The Wheel – January 19, 2011



Past District Governor and Club President and our current secretary Susan Drake filled in for President Nick. Real smooth Susan.

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. We are always looking forward in Rotary. Check out who is our RI President elect and his message to us.

Don’t miss next week’s speakers. They will have a very interesting story to tell. 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 – Floyd Crame – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Cathy Dodson.
  • Thought for the Day – Dennis Smallie led us in a prayer for our men and women of the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement that continually protect us.
  • Raffle – Roland Ghazal won a coin.
  • COG – Team Leader-Brian Dillon, Raffle-John Atwood, Greeter-Brian Dillon, Mic1-John Litz, Mic2-Dianne Stauffer, Attendance-Ken Steele.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – January 26, 2011.


Shiren Assaly and Garrett Norris-Rotary and Hope Haven: Wheelchairs to Peru.

Shiren Assaly graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and is currently completing her doctoral degree in physical therapy at University of the Pacific. She is originally from San Jose, CA and plans to practice physical therapy in the bay area. Shiren s current interests include spending time with family and friends cooking middle-eastern dishes and painting.


Garrett Norris graduated with a BS in Exercise Physiology from Chico State is currently completing his doctoral degree in physical therapy at University of the Pacific. He is originally from Walnut Creek, CA and plans to practice physical therapy around the bay area. Garrett’s current interests include road biking, relaxing with friends, and attending Cal football games.

Rotary International

2011-12 RI theme. RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee announced the 2011-12 RI theme, Reach Within to Embrace Humanity, at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, 17 January. Read the complete article.

Watch a video of the theme speech. RI President-elect Kalyan Banerjee announces the 2011-12 RI theme. Watch the video

More Special Items

Head Table – Susan Drake, Dennis Smallie, Robert Paoletti, Jerry Smith, Dean McNeilly, Hazel Hill.

Proposed New Members – Amy Scriven and Kelly Huffman sponsored by Kristina Knudsen.

Concern Report – John Green s mother, Barbara Green, passed away.


Robert Paoletti – Major, California Army National Guard

“Update on Iraq

Robert Paoletti, Captain in the Stockton Police Department and Major in the California Army National Guard, presented an insiders look into the 49th Military Police BDE role in the Iraq conflict.

He contrasted the 2005/6 mission which focused on stabilizing Baghdad with the 2009 mission which focused on the drawdown of forces from 9806 MPs to 1500 MPs. Major Paoletti interspersed his talk with insight into the day to day operations, political dance, and cultural differences associated with the task of training an Iraqi civilian police force while building an Iraqi army.

Ultimately, the lesson to learn is to not impose our cultural norms that we take for granted, to a foreign society with its own cultural values. While Major Paoletti is proud of the accomplishments of the 49th MP BDE he also focused briefly on the ultimate sacrifice made by some of the individuals of his brigade.

Robert Paoletti was introduced by Jerry Smith.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 26 Shiren Assaly and Garrett Norris-Rotary and Hope Haven: Wheelchairs to Peru


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


Dennis Smallie giving us the thought for the day.

Sue de Polo, San Joaquin A+ and Gary Frush, Rotary Read-In.

Volunteers from our club for Rotary Read-In.

Mary Nakamura announcing the Lincoln Unified School District campaign to raise funds for science camp.

The Jim and Judy show continues – but it costs.

Walt Wager being recognized for writing about diet. Heavy, Walt.

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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 – Do not forget 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 184 members and our goal is 200.

Rotary Read-In – Gary Frush is seeking volunteers for the Rotary Read-In on February 16, 2011. He needs 200 readers, so please volunteer. There are sign up sheets on our tables or you may contact Gary Frush for more information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it You may sign up using our website calendar.

Stockton Thunder Hockey – Chad Sublet. Please join District 5220 Rotarians for the 2nd annual Family of Rotary Day with the Stockton Thunder Sunday March 20 at 4 pm at the Stockton Arena. Everyone is invited: Rotarians, Families, Rotaractors, Interacters and Friends of Rotarians. Last year we had over 300 attendees and had a wonderful time. Ticket prices: vary from $7 to $16 ($16 includes hat). For information please contact Susan Drake Sign up at the club or with Susan.

Tree Planting – Waqar Rizvi needs volunteers to plant trees on January 29, 2011. Please sign up, we need lots of help. Contact Waqar Rizvi at

Leadership Seminar – Jim Dyke reminds us of the Mid – Year Leadership Seminar on February 12, 2011, from 8am to 1:30pm. A great opportunity to learn how Rotary works. The club will pay your $25 fee. Contact Susan Drake at

Lincoln Unified Science Camp – Cathy Dodson introduced Mary Nakamura, who is the parent of a Lincoln Unified School District child. A group of parents are raising money to send all of the district students to Science Camp next year. Their funding deadline is March of this year for the groups who want to go to camp next year. Because of budget cuts the school district can not provide scholarships to cover the cost of Science Camp (at about $260/child) for the 54% of students in the district who qualify for the Federal free/reduced lunch program. The district has also said that either all students go, or no students can go. Parents are working diligently to raise about $80,000 to cover the low income children so that all children in the district can go to Science Camp next year.

Rotarians who are interested in helping to provide financial support can contact Mary Nakamura at 957-3848 or via email at The funds are tax deductible gifts handled through a nonprofit, Broadening Educational Possibilities, founded by Lincoln Unified parents in 2006.

Science Camp scholarship donations may be sent to:
Broadening Educational Possibilities, Inc.
3031 W. March Lane, Suite 300E
Stockton, CA 95219

Pub Night – Stan Thomas promoted Stockon East Rotary’s annual Pub Night to be held this year at St Anne’s Episcopal Church on Thursday February 17. Contact Stan at

The Brazilians are coming – Rotary District 5220 will be hosting three young adults from Curitiba, Brazil from Thursday, January 31, 2011 to Monday, February 28, 2011. They are: Johann da Silva, 19, student of aeronautics, male. Flavia Nones, 19, business student, female. Andre Carneiro, 18, international studies student, male.

Rotary Clubs will take the group as a whole for a week at a time in a manner similar to hosting a GSE team. The students will be hosted in Rotary homes. The hosting club(s) will organize activities; these can be tourism, vocational, or learning more about American industry, government, culture, and life. At least two days a week (often the weekend) and most or all evenings should be designated as host family or free time. Individual Rotary Clubs can agree to take the group or they can work with other clubs to share the group for a week.

We are looking for host clubs for the following weeks: Monday, January 31, 2011 to Monday, February 7, 2011, Monday, February 7 to Monday, February 14, Monday, February 14 to Monday, February 21. If your club would like to host, please contact John Mensinger, (209) 602-4515, jmensinger@4×

Cathy Peterson needs two families to host students on January 31 through February 7, 2011. Please contact Cathy at cpeterson@PACIFIC.EDU or contact John Mensinger at (209)602-4515 or jmensinger@4×

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… January

  • Kamigaki, Masanobu (MAS) 01
  • Robinson, Kirby L (KIRBY) 02
  • Keith, Michael L (MICHAEL) 03
  • Isetti, Duane E (DUANE) 04
  • Hull, Sr., W Terrence (TERRY) 05
  • Paoletti, Robert F (ROBERT) 11
  • Riddle, C. P. (CP) 13
  • Butterfield, Jerry W (JERRY) 14
  • Norton, Kenneth E (KEN) 14
  • Garibaldi, Shari Allen (SHARI) 14
  • Eberhardt, Douglass M (DOUG) 14
  • Krueger, Kerry L (KERRY) 16
  • Good, Richard W (RICH) 18
  • Munoz, Charles S (CHARLES) 18
  • Hansen, Gary G (GARY) 21
  • Konig, Richard W (DICK) 21
  • Smith, Harley J (HARLEY) 27
  • Galbraith, Alexis K (ALI) 30


Jim Darrah and Judy Chambers – $50 each for picture in the San Joaquin Magazine at the Athena Awards.

Walt Wager – $250 for picture and article in the Record.

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