The Wheel – November 3, 2010



This weeks meeting was conducted by retro Past President Bob Blower. Bob began the meeting by referring to the baseball team on the other side of the bay, the name of which escapes us at the moment. Something about a pitching coach – critical information. They might wish to call the Giants. However, we all recovered and we had a great meeting. Great fun Bob!

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International to learn of the latest around the world and the progress that we are making.

Check out the program for next week’s meeting. A special meeting as we celebrate the Rotary International Foundation. Please wear your Paul Harris pins and medallions. 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 – retro Ken Norton. “America the Beautiful”.
  • Audio Visual – non retro Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – retro Jim Woodward.
  • Thought for the Day -Jim Hanley s thought for the day was on the subject of funerals. How will people speak of you. Words of praise? What emotion will mourners be experiencing at your funeral?
  • Raffle – Bill Brown won a future gold coin.
  • COG – Team Leader: Brian Dillon
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Ken Steele
    Microphones: Brian Dillon & Ken Steele
    Attendance: Ali Galbraith

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – November 10, 2010


Jim Anthony and Kevin Kauffman – A Paul Harris Celebration. November is Rotary Foundation Month. A great time to review the reasons we support it. Here are the top five reasons to support the Foundation: Fighting hunger; Reducing child mortality; Promoting peace and conflict resolution; Basic education and literacy; Eradicating polio. Please read an interesting article that expands on these reasons. Our speakers ask us to wear our Paul Harris pins and medallions.

Rotary International

Progress report recognizes Rotary’s gains. Report highlights RI’s achievements on key priorities in the past three years. Read the complete article.

Online contributions break records. Approximately US$2.8 million was raised in online contributions for PolioPlus 18-24 October. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – PP Bob Blower, Susan Drake, Connie Uychutin, Jim Woodward, Jim Handley, Melanie Vieux and Larry Davis.

macnear_134In Memory of Charles MacNear – Susan Drake. Last Saturday, we lost a great Rotarian and longtime member of our club Charlie MacNear. Some thoughts about Charlie.

  • Charlie was a member of our club since December 1, 1978.
  • Charlie had been inactive for a number of years due to ill health for both himself and wife Betty but he remained supportive of the club. Always one to pay his dues promptly, he gave an annual pledge to SRE. He was one of the first to return his club raffle stubs with a check. He loved reading the Wheel and keeping up with his Rotary friends.
  • He traveled around the world with the Red Cross for disaster relief.
  • He sponsored President Nick.
  • When our club started the Mexicali playground project, he was one of the first to volunteer and traveled with the group for many years.
  • When his health would not permit the annual trip to Mexicali, he sent his truck and tools in his place.
  • When we moved from Stockton Inn to the Arena, Charlie and Betty donated their piano so we could continue to enjoy music.
  • Always willing to lend a hand, Charlie was a true Rotarian who put Service above Self.

Susan led us in a moment of silence for Charlie.

New Member – Connie Uychutin sponsored by Susan Drake.

Job Shadowing – Nineteen Interact students from Edison High School, who shadowed Rotarians on their jobs, were introduced.


Larry Davis – Vice President, Forest Lawn Memorial Parks & Mortuaries

“Morticians Can be Fun”

Larry Davis demonstrated that morticians aren t all dark and sinister people, by relating his instructions to a co-worker describing how to pin a corsage on a deceased woman. Just stick the pin straight in, she won t mind.

He has been involved in many celebrity funerals such as police chiefs, policemen killed in the line of duty, soldiers killed in wars, Marie Calendar, Michael Jackson s funeral and funerals of past presidents Reagan and Nixon.

Larry Davis was introduced by Melanie Vieux.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 10 Jim Anthony and Kevin Kauffman-A Paul Harris Celebration
  • 17 Don Murphy-District Governor Presentation
  • 23 Tuesday – All City Thanksgiving Celebration


  • 01 Larry Forero-Beef Cattle Economics
  • 08 Fred Weibel-Winemaking
  • 15 Charlynn Harless-Children’s Christmas Program
  • 22 Dark
  • 29 Dark


New member Connie Uychutin. The Rotary Club of Stockton welcomes you Connie.

Jim Dyke paying up from money left over from his cheap dinner party for his son.

Pat Patmon having funds extracted. Cell phone usage? Double for p presidents?

Susan Drake remembering Charlie MacNear.

Raffle winner? Pomises, promises. Ask Frank Whitney.

Melanie Vieux introducing our speaker Larry Davis.

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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. Make sure you return your tickets by November 10. 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

Annual All-City Thanksgiving Luncheon – The Luncheon is Tuesday November 23 at noon at Elkhorn Country Club. Tickets are $25. Please contact Susan Drake at for tickets and more information.

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… November

  • Drake, Dudley D (DUDLEY) 01
  • Waidhofer, Joe J (DOC) 01
  • Litz, John T. (JOHN) 04
  • Hurick, Ronald G (RON) 05
  • La Fargue, Craig J (CRAIG) 08
  • Gassner, Alfred M (FRED) 10
  • Rizvi, Muhammad Waqar (WAQAR) 10
  • Weibel, Fred E (FRED) 14
  • Maroulis, John P (JOHN) 14
  • Arbios, Marie M (MARIE) 15
  • Tweedy, Graham (GRAHAM) 16
  • Silva, Anthony R (TONY) 22
  • Perry, Thomas O (TOM) 22
  • Woodward, Albert James (JIM) 22
  • Snyder, Robert L (BOB) 23
  • Srulowitz, Douglas S (DOUG) 24
  • Putnam, Gary B (GARY) 27
  • Sperry, Gerald A (JERRY) 27
  • Despotes, Anthony M (TONY) 28
  • Steele, Kenneth A (KEN) 29
  • Wager, Walter E (WALT) 30


Past Presidents – retro PP Bob recognized past presidents and then made their walk lighter by lifting $20 each for SRE.

Jim Dyke – $250 to celebrate the marriage of his son Garret Dyke at Wine & Roses in Woodbridge.

Pat Patmon – retro PP Bob technologically removed $250 via cell phone from Pat Patmon for his recent hunting trip in Montana.

Frank Whitney – $100 for a recent trip to Las Vegas.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Frank Whitney, pictures; Bill Brown, 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