The Wheel – December 1, 2010



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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Shari Garibaldi
  • Thought for the Day – Jerry Smith reflected on the state of the government providing a civics and finance lesson on balancing the budget, reducing debt and learning from our mistakes.
  • Raffle – Nick Curtin won a Montana coin.
  • COG – Floyd Crame – team leader, greeter and attendance, Julie Boucher and Doug Srulowitz – microphones, and John Atwood – raffle.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – December 8.

fred_weibel134Winemaking – Fred Weibel. Fred Weibel, Jr., has been President and CEO of Weibel Family Vineyards & Winery since the early 1970s. He exemplifies the low-key, hardworking ethics of his grandfather and father, Rudolph and Fred Emile Weibel, Sr. He donates his plane and skill as a pilot to Angel Flight West. Angel Flight West is a group of 1,000 volunteer pilots in California that give their time and planes to fly medical patients to and from treatment centers, and burn victims to burn units. It services eleven Western states.

He guides Weibel Vineyards with the philosophy of creating wines that people will enjoy with food.

Rotary International

Progress toward Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge. As of 31 October, Rotarians have raised about $152 million. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – President Nick, Reed Robbins, speaker Larry Forero, Melanie Vieux, Shari Garibaldi and Susan Drake.

Concern report – Nick Curtin. Ursula Meyer fell and is in St. Joseph s Hospital, room 416. She would like visitors. Hazel Hill s husband, Jim, had successful heart surgery and is recovering well.

New Member – Terry Hull introduced new member Barney Kramer who is returning to the Club after an eight year absence. Barney is a third generation Stocktonian and owns an executive recruiting firm with offices in Stockton and Modesto.

SRE Memorials – Charles Patmon Jr – Jerry and Norma Zedlitz, Nick and Pam Curtin, Susan and Dudley Drake, Aggie Mohrmann and Ron Daniel, Lloyd and Pat DeBock, Leonard and Cherly Cavagnaro, Joe Crane, Lynn Lyon, Frank and Lisa Passadore, Alice and Dwayne McClendon, Guido Marengo, Liz and Dave Rea, Chip and Sam Boggiano, Mark and Bird Holley, Karylene Mann, Alyce and Bruce Benninger, Alex and Faye Spanos, Jim Darrah, Jane and Jerry Butterfield, Bank of Agriculture and Commerce, Croce and Company.

Charles MacNear – Lloyd and Pat DeBock, Nick Curtin, Susan Drake, Graham and Sharon Tweedy, Jim Darrah.


Larry Forero – Shasta County Livestock Farm Advisor

“Beef Cattle Economics”

The Farm Advisor program started in 1917 with Ester Steinbeck, sister to John Steinbeck.

Larry provided an overview of what is required and how hard it is to achieve, a successful cattle operation. There are five facets of the cattle industry: cow-calf/seed stock, yearling/stocker cows, feed lot, packer, and wholesale/retail.

Cattle need six to seventeen acres per cow for grazing. Cattle ranchers need to supplement their income with other sources to survive the current economic challenges.

Larry Forero was introduced by Melanie Vieux.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 08 Fred Weibel-Winemaking
  • 15 Charlynn Harless-Children’s Christmas Program
  • 22 Dark
  • 29 Dark


  • 05 Lex Krygsman-Port of Stockton
  • 12 Dave Gallagher-Rotary Assistance for Crisis in Haiti
  • 19 TBA
  • 26 TBA


New member Barney Kramer. Welcome back Barney!

Ken Norton learning that it is costly in Rotary to have a smart child.

Opportunistic Jerry Smith contributing to the Endowment.

Sara Garfield accepting our donation to The Learning Center.

Todd Speer being recognized for his contribution in the Lincoln Chronicle.

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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.

Annual Children’s Party – Chad Sublet. This will be held on December 15. The purpose of the luncheon is to provide needy children in our community with a lunch, a good time and a chance to get to know us. If you plan to bring children please sign them up to make sure they receive a gift.

Holiday Party – Chad Sublet. Our annual party will be held at Laura Pinkerton’s home on December 16. $35 per person. Make sure to put this fun event on your calendars. Sign up sheets are on the tables at our meeting.

Membership Update – TJ Hull. TJ reminds us to check the list to see what team you are on. You may also keep up with the progress of your team by checking the Bingo Card. We have 190 members and our goal is 200.

Board of Directors, 2011 – 2012. President: Renna Benoris, Secretary: Susan Drake, Treasurer: Jerry Zedlitz, Community Service: Bill Gass, International: Gary Gillis, Communications: Graham Tweedy, Club Service: Chad Sublet, Membership: Melanie Vieux, Foundation: Ken Steele, Youth: Floyd Crame, Vocational: Gary Frush. All nominees will be voted on next week at our regular meeting.

Nominees for 2012 – 2013. Secretary: Susan Drake, Treasurer: Jerry Zedlitz, President Nominee: Graham Tweedy.

SRE Board of Trustees 2011 – 2014. Mark Plovnick, Ken Miselis, John LaRue.

TLC School Pat Patmon. presented a check from the Club for $4,500 and a personal check for $4,500 to director Sara Garfield for the wonderful work TLC does for children. A near speechless Sara shared that TLC has educated over 7,000 children over 20 years and provided supplies, clothing, backpacks, anything that is need to help children succeed and change the cycle of poverty. Pat encouraged the membership to donate to the Endowment.

Playground Equipment Don Barry, Michael Keith, Dudley and Susan Drake, Ken Steele, Bill Brown, Dennis Smallie, Connie Uychutin s nephew, Nick Curtin and five of the biggest, strongest and enthusiastic clients from Gospel Center Rescue Mission worked for a couple of hours to load seven sets of playground equipment for shipment to Mexicali. Stockton Rotary s reputation has gone international with a Romanian orphanage requesting the Club to send playground equipment to them. Equipment is available and arrangements are underway for delivery.

RYLA Floyd Crame, Dave Tygett, Nick Curtin and Blain Bibb interviewed students for attendance at RYLA. Five students from Edison High School and four students from Chavez High School were selected to attend in RYLA in February 2011.

Our Ambassadorial Scholar – Our scholar this year is Kendra Bruno. Read her first report. Also check out a slide show illustrating her actvities and those of her host Rotary Club in Costa Rica. Here is an excerpt of an email that she sent to Susan Drake, “Everyone is so enthusiastic in my club; filled with ambition towards a lot of different projects – its going to be a great working relationship, I can tell.”

Holiday Bucks Wanted — holiday bucks for Bill Brown and the Gospel Misson from Marina Market. For every $25 spent at the market you will recieve a holiday buck that Bill can use to shop for Christmas. Drop off your bucks coupons to Bill Brown or Liz Hull before December 15 at Rotary or call Liz at 209 649-4174 for pick up ’til Christmas eve.

Employment Page – 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… December

  • Gorham, Larry F (LARRY) 01
  • Fearrand, Trever P (TREVER) 05
  • Bob, John K (JOHN) 05
  • Moore, Jr, Frank (FRANK) 07
  • Hicks, Kevin A (KEVIN) 12
  • Whitney, Frank K (FRANK) 15
  • Atwood, John A. (JOHN) 15
  • Dutton, Frank B (FRANK) 17
  • Peterson, Cathy (CATHY) 18
  • Hedburg, Jr, Harry W (HARRY) 19
  • Sather, Michael C (MIKE) 20
  • Wagner, William E (BILL) 29
  • Masten, Richardson (RIC) 29
  • Gormsen, Peter G (PETE) 31


Ken Norton for having a talented and entrepreneurial daughter, Natalie. $100

Jerry Smith for his wife Linda s picture in the paper sharing her musical gifts playing the piano at the Hospice House and for mentoring to Ken Norton s entrepreneurial daughter, Natalie, $250

Todd Speer for aricle and picture in the Lincoln Chronicle re his fitness business. $50

John Maroulis, Tony Despotes, and Robert Shapiro for graduating from the Cog Club and keeping their picture off the Internet. $25 each

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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