The Wheel – December 15, 2010



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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance -Daniel.
  • Thought for the Day – David Miller celebrated this Season of Giving with thoughts on the Art of Giving: gifts of spirit, words, and self
  • Raffle
  • COG – Team Leader-Fred Weibel, Raffle-John Atwood, Greeter-Laura Reeves, Microphones-Rich Good and Todd Speer, Attendance-Fred Weibel.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – January 5, 2011.

krygsman134Alexander (Lex) Krygsman-Port of Stockton. Lex is one of our own and was director of the Port for many years. Lex brings a unique view of the Port. Join us for an interesting discussion of this very important facility.
Lex was born in the Netherlands. Went to the Amsterdam Navigational school. Sailed as Able Bodied Seaman, Third mate through Captain on Dutch vessels.

Immigrated to the United States to Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1959. Worked as a ships chandler and as operations manager for a shipping agency in Milwaukee for five years. Moved to Chicago as operations manager for the Great lakes. And as Vice President of a shipping Company and Port Captain for N.Y.K. Line and Ocean Wide Shipping Company and Crescent Line for four years. Was Vice President/General Manager for Stearns Milwaukee Marine Terminal for six years. Was Port Director for the Port of Pensacola Florida for three years. Came to Stockton in 1977 as Port Director of The Port of Stockton.

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More Special Items

Head Table – President Nick, Susan Drake, Gary Gillis, Chad Sublet, David Miller, Dennis Cochrane and two of our guest children Kylie and Daniel.

Concern report – Nick Curtin. Charlynn Harless’ brother passed away.

New Member Proposals – Bobbi Lafargue by Kerry Krueger and Heather Schlenger by Julie Boucher.


Charlynn Harless

“Children’s Christmas Program

The many children, from the Gospel Rescue Mission, the Child Abuse Prevention Center and the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, were thrilled to see Santa Claus burst into the meeting with a big HO! HO! HO! Santa presented each child with a Christmas stocking stuffed with toys and goodies along with a Teddy Bear.

Also on hand were clowns Sparkles and Ravioli who delighted the children with face painting, balloon animals, and a magic show. A special puppet show presented by Gail Litz with son Jordan and daughter Megan enthralled the kids and ended with a Christmas Carol sing along.

Rounding out this holiday cast of characters was Sparky the Firehouse Dog and Rotary Man spreading good cheer. Charlynn Harless, who organizes this event every year, gave heartfelt thanks to the many people behind the scenes who made this year s Rotary Children s Holiday Special such a success.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 05 Lex Krygsman-Port of Stockton
  • 12 Dave Gallagher-Rotary Assistance for Crisis in Haiti
  • 19 Robert Paoletti-Update on Iraq
  • 26 Shiren Assaly and Garrett Norris-Rotary and Hope Haven: Wheelchairs to Peru


  • 02 Bart Nay & Jordona Jackson-The Bay Bridge
  • 09 Valentine’s Day
  • 16 Darrell Petersen-100 Years of Scouting
  • 23 Chuck Tatum-Anniversary of the Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima








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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.

Membership Update – Michael Blower 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.

Playground equipment -Nick Curtin thanked Don Barry, Susan and Dudley Drake for their work loading a truck full of playground equipment headed for a Romania orphanage.

Rotary Read-In – It will be on February 16.

Bell Ringing – A reminder to volunteers that you are working Saturday at Dillard’s and Macy’s. Contact Waqar Rizvi.

Rummage Sale – Rrummage sale next spring. Start reviewing your junk.

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


Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Jim Woodward and Floyd Crame, 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