The Wheel – October 13, 2010



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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame – “Can’t Buy me Love”
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Bill Wagner
  • Thought for the Day – Frank Whitney spoke the words of Paul Harris in his 1947 Rotary address about building a sense of community, fellowship, complete tolerance, and international goodwill.
  • Raffle – Pat Patmon won a gold coin.
  • COG – Team Leader-John Maroulis, Raffle-John Atwood, Greeter-Rich Good, Mic1-Doug Srulowitz, Mic2-John Chandar, Attendance-Brian Dillon.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – October 20, 2010

Richard Vlavianos – Drup & Alcohol Prevention. Honorable Richard A. Vlavianos Superior Court Judge, San Joaquin County. Below is a list of some of Judge Vlavianos’ awards.
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2004 Peacemaker of the Year Award from the Mediation Center of San Joaquin County
Award of Excellence from San Joaquin County Office of Education, Partnership for Tomorrow for leadership in School to Career activities
Certificates of Recognition from Congressman Richard Pombo, State Senator Mike Machado and Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews for leadership in school to career activities.
Certificates of Appreciation Judicial Council, Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission, Teen Court, Beyond Incarceration Project.
Prosecutor of the Year Award for 1997 from the California Narcotics Officer s Association, Region II.
Letter of Commendation from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California for performance on the San Joaquin County Anti-Violent Crime Strike Team.
Certificate of Appreciation from Stocktonians Taking Action to Neutralize Drugs (STAND) for organizing and instituting drug buy programs to support Safe Neighborhoods Program. Please click here for more information about our speaker.

Rotary International

Youth programs pave the way into Rotary. Three-time program participant excited to become a Rotarian after Rotaract. Read the complete article.

What is your club known for? Promoting signature activities helps enhance Rotary’s public image, a priority of the RI Strategic Plan. Read the complete article.

More Special Items.

Head Table – President Nick, Frank Whitney, speaker Jeff Michael, Jane Butterfield, Melanie Vieux and Bill Wagner.

New Member – Craig LaFargue by sponsor Kerry Krueger.

Conceern Report – Louis Lemos’ dad passed away on Wednesday the 13th.


Dr. Jeffrey Michael – Director of the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific

“Status of our Regional Economy”

Jeffrey Michael discussed the results of their quarterly economic forecast for California and our region. Unfortunately the economic indicators are weak with private sector jobs flat for a year, trade deficits, and contraction of government spending.

Of the many facets of the current regional economic health condition, Dr. Michael reports that the worst news is that the unemployment rate is 17.3% and will continue high through 2012. The outlook for the next 12 to 24 months is described as a U shaped trajectory with an extended flat phase that we are in the midst of.

Our neighbors in the East Bay and Sacramento are losing jobs faster than any other region in CA. San Jose/Silicon Valley has rebounded the fastest in this economic climate.

The agriculture industry has helped to stabilize our local economy. In closing, Dr. Michael reports his findings from reviewing the jobs plan of the two main candidates for Governor and unfortunately doesn t see a prioritized, funded, and efficient plan in either.

Jeffrey Michael was introduced by Jane Butterfield.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 20 Richard Vlavianos-Drug & Alcohol Prevention
  • 27 Lynne 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


New member Craig LaFargue. Welcome to our club Craig!

Dan Chapman, partially out of the shadows, paying up for his absences.

Liz Hull – forever young.

Gary Gillis finally finding his Rotary flag from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Kuy Ky paying up for being dumber than his son but smarter than his Dad?

Jim Woodward celebrating the Navy’s 233rd birthday.

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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 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

Boots, Bales & BBQ – Cathy Dodson reported that our event raised over $29,000 and she commended the committee and volunteers for all their hard work.

Mystery Bus Trip – President Nick commended Luis Duarte and Lloyd De Bock for another successful trip, this time to Campo de Bocce. The trip uncovered a number of budding Bocce atheletes. You may wish to watch for their names in the press as their carreers take off.

Stockton Symphony library of music – Hal Monroe needs volunteers to help move the library. Date to be announced. You may reach Hal at

St. Joseph s Tour – Kristina Knudsen was thanked by President Nick for the outstanding tour and lunch.

Membership Competition – TJ Hull announced the membership Bingo Teams. More information to come.

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

Rotary Plaques – Our club is now offering two plaques for sale at $15 each. They are the “Object of Rotary” and “The Four-Way Test”. These plaques were on display at our meeting. If you wish to order please contact Susan at .

Employment Page – Graham Tweedy. We have created a new page on the Stockton Rotary website to help Rotarian employers who are hiring and Rotarians who are seeking employment find each other. You may find the page at our website. Look for the menu item “Members” and choose the button “Employment”. Please contact us for information as to how you can get your ad published. Contact Graham 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… 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


Dan Chapman – $100 for Lifestyles article and picture.

Liz Hull – $55, for RI Foundation, for having a birthday.

TJ Hull – $100 for cute picture of his daughter in the Lifestyles magazine.

Gary Gillis – $25 for his tardy presentation of the Rotary flag from his trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Hal Monroe – $25 for his cell phone ring.

President Nick – $25 for his cell phone ring.

Kuy Ky – $50, for RI Foundation, for the accomplishments of his son Dean who scored a perfect score on 4th grade standardized tests and coming in 1st place on the golf course.

Jim Woodward – challenged all Navy and Marine Veterans with his $100 contribution to the Stockton Rotary Endowment Library Fund. Jim Dyke and Bob Blower accepted the challenge with $50 each, Ric Masten pledged $25 and Dick Wary $100.

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