The Wheel – December 8, 2010



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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame – A Christmas Song.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Bill Brown.
  • Thought for the Day – Marie Arbios brought the Thought for the Day in the form of a poem entitled Christmas Jam .
  • Raffle – Don Barry won a German mark.
  • COG – Team Leader: Brian Dillon
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Diane Stauffer
    Microphones: Ali Galbraith and John Litz
    Attendance: Brian Dillon

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – December 15.

Charlynn Harless – Children’s Christmas Program. More details in the Announcements below.

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, Kuy Ky, Fred Weibel, Marie Arbios, Bill Brown, Joe Serra and Susan Drake.

Concern report – Nick Curtin. Reed Robbins and Bob Leonard are both recovering from surgery. Bob Merrill s sister died of post polio syndrome. Robert “Bob” Eustis, a member of our club for many years, before he moved to St. Louis MO, passed away November 19th. A memorial service will be held at Quail Lakes Baptist Church at 2 PM, on Wednesday December 29, 2010.

Tribute – Liz Hull paid tribute to her aunt who was a Navy pilot trainer during WWII.

Rotarian of the Month – Bob Merdinger was awarded Rotarian of the Month for November by President Nick. Valli Israels, Rotarian of the Month for December.

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


Fred Weibel – President and CEO of Weibel Family Vineyards & Winery


The desire of the Weibel Family Winery is to produce Wines People will Enjoy . Fred is the third generation of his family involved in their wine-making business that started in Switzerland.

Their specialty is sparkling wines including flavored varieties. They learned that champagne should not be totally reserved for celebrations. It makes an excellent choice as another white wine that goes well with many different foods.

Past President Gary learned the mysterious tradition of six half turns to uncork a bottle of champagne is really no mystery at all. It is simply a reversal of the typical corking process – the bottling machine twists the wire securing the cork six half turns.

Kuy Ky introduced Fred Weibel.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Marie Arbios giving us her thought for the day.

The fix is in.

Mas Kamigaki paying for his lack of participation.

Hatless Rick Masten making it a bell ringer.

Bob Merdinger, recognized for his longevity.

Valli Israels paying up for her success.

Kris Blower paying for a major faux pas.
President Nick negotiates with attorneys not terrorists. There is a difference?
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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 – Renna Beinoris. 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 – 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. On Thursday equipment will be loaded on a truck at 10:00 AM for shipment to a playground in Romania.

Rotary Read-In – Gary Frush made the first announcement concerning Rotary Read-in. It will be on February 16.

Bell Ringing – Waquar Rizvi is recruiting volunteers for Christmas Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army at Dillards for December 18. Two members per 2 hour shift, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. On the same date Interactors will be at Macy’s. One Rotarian per shift is needed. Contact Waqar at

Rummage Sale – Kris Blower made the first announcement for the coming rummage sale next spring. Start reviewing your junk.

Board of Directors, 2011 – 2012. The following were elected. President: Renna Benoris ( elected last year), Secretary: Susan Drake (elected last year), Treasurer: Jerry Zedlitz (elected last year), 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.

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

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

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.

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


Mas Kamigaki – $100 to the Patmon Fund for missing the All-City Thanksgiving Luncheon and for his son s engagement.

Bob Merdinger – $110 for 50 years in Rotary and 60 years of marriage.

Valli Israels – $150 for her appointment to the Stanislaus County Superior Court and for her husband being recognized at his club for $100. A bell ringer

Ric Masten – $150 added to his earlier recognition of his trip and retirement to make a Bell Ringer.

Nick Curtin – $30. Jeff Prag, Past President of Stockton East Rotary, extorted $30 for the Stockton East Rotary Club Foundation from President Nick for the return of badges mistakenly placed in the wrong box after the All-City Thanksgiving Luncheon. The badges belonged to Doug Srulowitz, Marie Arbios and John Chandar, all COG Club members.

Kris Blower – $25 for addressing President Nick as President Nickie. My My.

Nick Curtin – $25 for forgetting the Rummage Sale announcement.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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