The Wheel – July 28, 2010



Marie Medford, our favorite pianist.

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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Michael Blower – “You are my Sunshine”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Duane Isetti.
  • Thought for the Day – Tony Despotes – quoted from Thomas Jefferson..
  • Raffle – Eric Duran won an Alaskan coin.
  • COG – Chad Sublet – Team leader: John Atwood – Raffle tickets; Marie Arbios – Greeter; Robert Shapiro and Robert Nelson – Microphones; Diane Staufer – Attendance

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – August 4, 2010

forster134Michelle Forster – GSE India. Group Study Exchange Team Member Michelle L. Forster is a quality engineer at General Mills Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota where she researched thin polymer film surface topography manipulation and graduated with distinction in 2007. Michelle received multiple honors including annual academic scholarships, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Awards, and recognition as the sole student speaker at the 2007 University of Minnesota Science and Technology banquet. Please click here for more information about Michelle.

Rotary International

Medical mission touches the ‘unreachable’. About 50,000 people in a remote area of India receive care over seven days. Read the complete article.

Flooding in Brazil. Rotary International staff are working with districts 4390 and 4500 to acquire information about the flooding that killed 57 people and left many homeless. Read the complete article.

More Special Items.

Head Table – Nick Curtin, Blain Bibb, Terry Hull, TJ Hull, Kevin Kaufman, Graham Tweedy.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Bob Merdinger honored his wife Peg with a Fellowship.

Rotarian of the Month Award – First recipient for this Rotary year was Paul Kozlow who was president of the Stockton Rotary Endowment Board for the past few years. Paul introduced new President Luis Duarte and Vice President Ken Miselis.

New Member Proposal – John Litz, TelePacific Communications, by Chad Sublet.


Terry Hull et al

“A Vision for Stockton Rotary”

Members of the Vision Committee gave presentations as to how they intend to lead us in reaching the five year goals that were determined in the visioning meeting that was led by district personnel a few months back. The major objectives are listed as follows:
-Increase membership to 250 members.
-Focus on diversity in the club as we introduce new members.
-Be recognized as the premier service club in Stockton.
-Enhance and diversify events to attract a broader base of attendees, such as young families.
-Increase the level of awareness of our club in the community.

In closing, President Nick Curtin said that the ideas of the vision committee must move from paper to our hearts and minds and thus into reality.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 04 Michelle Forster-GSE India
  • 11 Lindy Turner-Hardin-Violence in the Media and its Effects on Children
  • 18 Rudy Luna/Oscar Cano-San Quentin
  • 25 Judge Ross-West Nile Virus


  • 01 Marcus Niggli-Wineery Business-a Controlled Risk
  • 08 Max Simoncic-The Slovanian Go Between
  • 15 Club Assembly
  • 22 Michael Coffman-Climate Change
  • 29 Don Wiley-What Impact Will the County Hospital and New Inmate Facility Have on the Medical Profession in our Community


Tony Despotes leading us in the Thought for the Day.
Judy Chambers and Jim Darrah. The Jim and Judy show or is it the Judy and Jim show.
Paul Kozlow receiving the Rotarian of the Month Award.

TJ Hull the first of the gang that we all hope can shoot straight. …





Eric Duran winning the state of Alaska coin.

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Club Announcements

The Wheel editor suggests that persons email their announcements to prior to publication of the weekly edition. This will make sure that we present your information the way you wish and not our sometimes mangled interpretation of your verbal presentation.

Rotary Wear – Nick Curtin thanked Bill Burdick and his company for the Rotary wear. Any orders please contact Bill at

Rotarian of the Month – President Nick Curtin announced that every month he will present the Rotarian of the Month. He welcomes recommendations but he will make the ultimate decision. Recipients will be recognized during the meeting and awarded a special pin. First recipient was Paul Koslow who was president of the SRE board for the past few years.

Annual Golf Tournament – Jeff Zola. The tournament will be on Monday, August 16 at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. Breakfast and range balls at 8:30AM, shotgun start at 10:00AM and lunch and awards around 3:00PM. Join us for some good food, great Rotary fellowship and mediocre golf. This is a great event to introduce a guest to the club. Cost: golf $100 and includes breakfast and lunch, lunch only, $20. Contact Bill Wagner at 200-3800 or sign up at a regular meeting.

Annual Fundraiser Event – Cathy Dodson. Save the date. Back by popular demand is the Country Hoe-Down, Boots, Bales & BBQ. Featured will be live music, great food and live and silent auction items. The event will be at Borra Vineyards, 1301 East Armstrong Road, Lodi. The barn will open at 5 pm on Saturday September 18. Mark your calendars and sign up. You may visit our online calendar and sign up or fill out your info on fliers at your table. Volunteers are needed, contact Cathy at

Member Information Update – Graham Tweedy. You are reminded to make sure your information in the membership database is up to date. You may accomplish this in one of three ways. You may email Hal Monroe with new information. Or, visit our website at , go to the “Members” menu item and choose “Information Update” and fill out the form. Thirdly and the best way, as in the second option but choose “Database member login”, login, find your entry, choose “Edit” and change and/or add information. Should you have questions contact Hal, he is available 24 hours a day.

Stockton Rotary Centennial – the date is Feb 1, 2014. We wish to make this a celebratory series of events to share a century of service with the greater Stockton community. The committee has chosen five areas of focus. They are Projects, Events, Book, History and Publicity. If you wish to help in one or more of these areas please contact Susan Drake at We are in need of historical items for our club to include in publications and media announcements. We are asking past presidents and all our members to put on their thinking caps, search your offices and homes for historical tidbits. Please contact Frank Whitney at to help him in this task.

Grocery Card Fundraiser Our new card has the Rotary logo and name on them. Grocery rebate cards are available at the meetings. The Club will receive a rebate of 3% of purchases at SaveMart, Smart Foods, Food Max, and Lucky s. The card may also be used when purchasing pharmaceuticals. To date we have received over $923. if you would like additional cards for family, friends see Susan.





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Birthdays… August

  • Serra, Joseph B. (JOE) 04
  • Chandar, John R (JOHN) 04
  • Nelson, Robert C (ROBERT) 05
  • Wykoff, Victor (VIC) 06
  • Miller, David L (DAVID) 14
  • Benner, Dale (DALE) 16
  • Notman, John S (JOHN) 19
  • Campora, Cathryn M (CATEY) 25
  • Chapman, Daniel J (DAN) 25
  • LaRue, John K (JOHN) 26
  • Crump, Ronald L (RON) 26
  • Lemos, Louis G (LOUIS) 27
  • Burdick, William L (BILL) 28


Jim Darrah and Judy Chambers were recognized for their wedding photos that appeard in The Record. $500. Notice who we placed first in the billing. Habits are hard to overcome plus we are not sure as to who is in charge. We do have an idea.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Jim Woodward, pictures; Ramon Fernandez, notes; Susan Drake, chief checker; Nick Curtin, assistant to the chief checker.

Contact Information

Attn: Susan Drake, Club Secretary
1151 W. Robinhood Dr. Ste. A-10
Mailing address: P.O. Box 7457, Stockton CA 95267
Phone: (209) 472-9662
Fax: (209) 472-9664

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Rotary International President
Ray Klinginsmith

District 5220 Governor
Don Murphy

Stockton Rotary Club President
Nicholas Curtin