The Wheel – September 29, 2010



Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International to learn of the latest around the world with Rotary and get ready for the upcoming RI convention in New Orleans.

Check out the speaker for next week’s meeting. Please click here to learn more.

Check for more information about our club and to be kept up to date on events by visiting the calendar. Click here to visit the site.

“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame – “Bad Case of Loving You”
  • Audio Visual
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Dave Midura.
  • Thought for the Day – Sister Abby recalled Michael Collins commenting on the astronauts of Apollo viewing the earth from the moon and seeing a round earth with no center. If only the politicians and world leaders could view it in the same manner.
  • Raffle
  • COG

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – October 6, 2010

Max Simoncic – The Slovenian Go Between.
Born in Slovenija, Max Simoncic came to the United States with his family in the early 1950s. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of the Pacific. From 1969 through 1976 he taught theory and composition at the UOP Conservatory of Music. In 1970 he was appointed to the faculty at Delta College in Stockton, CA where he is currently professor of music.

Closer to home, Simoncic recently accepted a commission from Maestro Peter Jaffe of the Stockton Symphony to commemorate their 80th anniversary in 2006. He has had the pleasure of composing works for their 70th and 75th anniversaries. Since the age of 12, when he wrote his first orchestral piece and to this day, Simoncic finds composing both mysterious and exciting! Please click here for more information about our speaker,

Rotary International

Historic Moments: Rotary in New Orleans. The 2011 convention tops off more than a century of Rotary in the Crescent City. Read the complete article.

San Antonio Interactors excel at service. Winston School club logs thousands of volunteer hours in the community. Read the complete article.

More Special Items.

Head Table – Susan Drake, Dave Midura, Pam Wenger, Kristina Knudsen, Nick Curtin, Don Wiley, Sister Abby and Doug Srulowitz.


Don Wiley, President and CEO of St Joseph’s Hospital

“Current Status of the Hospital”

St. Joseph’s was founded in 1899 by Father O’Conner. He originally planned a home for elderly men but was persuaded by local physicians to establish a hospital. The Dominican Sisters joined him in the endeavor and have been with the hospital throughout its history.

The recently completed new wing cost 117 million dollars to build and equip. A total of 150 million, including the 117, has been invested recently in new facilities and equipment. The hospital has 350 beds. It is also a good steward of money as illustrated by maintaining their courier vehicles for over 200,000 miles.

The hospital is the counties largest private employer beating out the University of the Pacific by a close margin.

St Joseph’s is recognized statewide for its outstanding cardiology center.

The hospital is committed to providing the best patient satisfaction possible and to be recognized as a charitable organization. It has donated over 50 million dollars in one year as illustrated in its aid to patients and the mobile mamography unit.

Don Wiley was introduced by Kristina Knudsen.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


  • 03 Larry Davis-High Profile Memorial Services
  • 10 Dean “Wilber” Wright-Patriot’s Jet Team
  • 17 Don Murphy-District Governor Presentation
  • 23 Tuesday – All City Thanksgiving Celebration


StJosephTour9_29_106 StJosephTour9_29_107 StJosephTour9_29_1010




Back to Top

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 International Foundation Dinner – Our annual District 5220 Dinner will be held at Hutchins Street Community Center in Lodi on Saturday November 13, 2010. This is a great affair and is a big event to raise money for the Foundation. Each year the program is interesting and informative featuring an outstanding speaker. This year will be no less. You have received raffle tickets, the drawing for which, will occur at the dinner. Please give this much consideration, give generously and help President Nicholas Curtin reach his goal of raising $135 per club member for the Foundation this year. Contact Kevin Kauffman for more information at or 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. To date we have now raised $4,200. 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.

Mystery Bus Trip – Put it on your calendar for October 9, bus leaving at 4:30pm. Forty one sign ups, close to full. Please sign up if you wish to go as there are always cancellations. 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.





card_truex_ins card_verve

Back to Top

Birthdays… October

  • Relf, William J (BILL) 01
  • Ky, Kuy E (KUY) 01
  • Monroe, Harold W (HAL) 01
  • Blower, Robert D (BOB) 01
  • Stauffer, Diane D (DIANE) 01
  • Fernandez, Ramon I (RAMON) 03
  • Gass, William G (BILL) 03
  • Bowman, Herbert H (HERB) 05
  • Hull, Elizabeth M (LIZ) 06
  • Tygett, William David (DAVE) 10
  • Cochran, Dennis M (DENNIS) 10
  • Gillis, William G (GARY) 10
  • Leonard, Robert O (BOB) 12
  • Johnson, Reid L (REID) 18
  • Morelli, David J (DAVID) 19


Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Floyd Crame, pictures; Graham Tweedy, 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

Back to Top

Rotary International President
Ray Klinginsmith

District 5220 Governor
Don Murphy

Stockton Rotary Club President
Nicholas Curtin