The Wheel – September 15, 2010



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Check out the speaker for next week’s meeting. Please remember that next week, September 22, we will meet at Brookside Country Club. Please click here to learn more.

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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame “Friends in Low Places”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Ken Steele.
  • Thought for the Day – Rich Good asked if your Rotary Cup is half full or half empty his is overflowing!
  • Raffle – Jim Darrah won a coin.
  • COG – Team Leader-Chad Sublet, Raffle-John Atwood, Greeter-Derron Lee, Microphones-Chad Sublet and Kerry Krueger, Attendance-Chad Sublet.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – September 22, 2010

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Michael Coffman – Climate Change. Dr Michael S Coffman received his BS in Forestry and MS in Biology at Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff and his Ph.D. in Forest Science at the University of Idaho at Moscow in 1966, 1967 and 1970 respectively.

Since then he has become a respected Scientist and ecologist who has been involved in ecosystem research for over forty years in both academia and industry. He published a book on forest ecosystem classification which has become the standard in Upper Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. He also assisted the U.S. Forest Service in developing an Ecological land Classification System for each of the National Forests in Region-9. Please read more about our speaker.

Rotary International

Getting active to fight polio. Rotarians cycle, swim, and dance to raise money for polio eradication. Read the complete article.

Rotary Peace Fellow tells her story. Kelly Nicholls applies her skills to defend human rights in Colombia. Read the complete article.

More Special Items.

Head Table – President Nick, Rich Good, Ken Steele, Susan Drake, Jerry Zedlitz.

New Member Proposals – Carl Henderson by Ron Heinzen and Giovanni Stagi by Don Neri.


Nick Curtin, Susan Drake, Jerry Zedlitz and TJ Hull

“The State of the Rotary Club of Stockton”

President Nick started with a message regarding his presidential project which will be the establishment of a service project fund for the club’s Centennial Project in 2014.

Club Secretary, Susan Drake, reviewed the importance of updating member information in the database, which is updated daily, as well as reporting your make-up meetings. She reported some news from last April s Rotary Legislative meeting. A fifth avenue of service, New Generations, emphasizing youth service, was introduced. The rule of 85 was modified to age 65 and 20 years of service. E-Clubs have been made permanent and each district is allowed two.

Club Treasurer, Jerry Zedlitz, reported that the Rotary Club of Stockton’s finances are in good shape and we are funding programs in the community. However, the Stockton Rotary Endowment equity portion has been hit hard by market forces and we are just beginning to recover.

Membership Chair, TJ Hull, announced a membership drive involving a Bingo theme to get members to invite guests for some fun new club membership categories.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


  • 06 Max Simoncic-The Slovenian Go Between
  • 13 Jeff Michael-The Status and Future of Our Local Economy
  • 20 Richard Vlavianos-Drup & Alcohol Prevention
  • 27 Lynn Roberts-Women’s Collegiate Basketball


Susan Drake reporting on issues in our club and new “stuff” from Rotary International.
Our treasurer, Jerry Zedlitz, proclaiming we are in good hands and in good shape.
TJ Hull filling us in on the membership programs that are rolling out.

Ernie Jordan paying for his travels and for funny sounds on his phone.

Congratulations to Gary Frush for his Read-In award.

Big changes at David Miller’s Goodwill Industries.







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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.

Meeting Location Change – On September 22 we will meet at Brookside Country Club.

Meeting Location Change Two – On September 29 we will meet at St. Joseph s new Medical Center Building. Sign up is required as space is limited.

Boots Bales and BBQ fundraiser – Auction items still needed. One auction item was presented by a past president whose initials are MB and who also goes by the monikor Mickie. You must believe that this item of original art photography is not representative of the items that have been collected so far. Further, it should act as a stimulus for each of us to do better and bring items that have value and that we would look forward to taking them home with us. On the other hand it is a “one of kind” and could very well become a collectors item following the decease of the featured. Please check below for more information about the BBQ.

The Seeds of Hope to Zomba Prison – The Malawi Travelers. You will recall that during our presentation about Malawi, Africa, Cathy Peterson mentioned our incredible tour of Zomba Prison which she had requested of our hosts. During our tour we were informed that the prison food was primarily ensima, very similar to corn meal mush. There was little variety; occasionally beans, but no vegetables. Also the prisoners are fed once a day at noon. However, there were two designated gardens at the prison, but they had no seeds.

We immediately thought of Seeds of Hope, a program sponsored by North Stockton Rotary and managed by Mel Hansen. The idea was presented to Mel by Dave Mantooth at our Grants Committee meeting one month ago. Dave and Sally Mantooth of Escalon Sunrise Rotary were our fellow travelers to Malawi.

And two days ago Dave Mantooth announced that 350 packets of seeds are on their way to Malawi by DHL, and should arrive at the Zomba prison in 4-5 days.

Just another example of how we can make life a little better for many people.

Membership Mixer – TJ Hull anounced that on September 23, Terry Hull and his family will be hosting a membership mixer at their home at 3847 Portsmouth Point, at 5:30. Please come and bring someone who is new to Rotary. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a ride on the Blower Cruiser.

Membership and Foundation Seminar – Saturday September 25, 2010 Escalon High School 1528 E. Yosemite Ave., Escalon. Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30 9:00 am, Training: 9:00am 2:00 pm (includes lunch). All members are encouraged to attend. The club will cover costs. Contact Susan Drake at

Pakistan Relief Effort – still need for clean potable water in Pakistan explaining that $125 will provide drinking water and supplies for four people for over six months through the Aquabox. The membership donated $2,750 during the meeting for this excellent cause. You may wish to visit the website for more information about the Aquabox. . Donations are still desired. Derron Lee offered to contribute the equivalent of 20% off of his optometry services plus a match amount toward the purchase of Aquaboxes. Contact Susan Drake at 209-472-9662.

Peace Award – Duane Isetti. A reminder of the up coming Mediation Center of San Joaquin and UOP School of International Studies, Peacemaker of the Year Awards where Dr Joe Serra will be recognized as one of two 2010 Peace Makers of the Year. Cliff Dochterman will be the event speaker. We need to fill at least one table in support of Dr. Joe. Contact Duane Isetti

GSE – there is a planned GSE trip to India from January 24th through March 2nd and a planned trip from March 23rd to April 24th to Mexico. if you know someone who may be interested see Cathy Peterson or contact her at Please visit our district website at for more information.

Goodwill Helping Hands Award Goodwill is honoring the generosity and many achievements of Rotarian Judith Chambers as their Helping Hands Recipient of 2010, on September 30, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hilton. Table and individual sponsor are needed. Contact David Miller at 209-466-0547.

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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. Silent and live auction items are needed. Contact Cathy at

Mystery Bus Trip – Put it on your calendar for October 9, bus leaving at 4:30pm. More information to come. Contact Luis Duarte at and Lloyd DeBock at

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… September

  • Northup, Ron A (RON) 01
  • Krygsman, Alexander (LEX) 01
  • Kozlow, Paul C (PAUL) 01
  • Schwartz, Timothy J (TIM) 03
  • Knudsen, Kristina M (KRISTINA) 04
  • Corrales, Lex A (LEX) 05
  • Reusche, John E (JOHN) 10
  • Lee, Derron T (DERRON) 10
  • Stefanac, Matthew R (MATT) 13
  • Ghazal, Roland R (ROLAND) 14
  • Sheil, Fred J (FRED) 15
  • Miselis, Kenneth V (KEN) 17
  • Dyke, James R (JIM) 18
  • Anthony, James P (JIM) 26
  • Patmon III, Charles G (PAT) 26
  • Smith, Gerald L (JERRY) 27
  • Johnston, Ann H (ANN) 29
  • Barry, Donald K (DON) 29


David Miller – for promoting Goodwill s new D logo which emphasizes the value of material donations. $25

Chad Sublet – for an article in the Business Journal in which Chad declared his business is booming . $100

Gary Frush – who received the Executive Champion of Literacy Award form San Joaquin A+ for his work reenergizing the Rotary Read-In. $50

Ernest Jordan – for High School reunion in Oklahoma and for his cell phone ringing. $75

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Ramon Fernandez, pictures; Ken Norton, 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