The Wheel – January 26, 2011



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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame – “What a Wonderful World”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Eric Duran.
  • Thought for the Day – Ken Steele gave thanks for food and to those who provide it.
  • Raffle – Cam Wheeler won a German coin.
  • COG – Team leader: Floyd Crame; Microphone 1: John Chandar; Microphone 2: John Litz; Greeter: Laura Reeves; Attendance: Kerry Krueger; Raffle Tickets: John Atwood.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – February 2, 2011.


Jordona Jackson-Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Projects. Our speaker will be discussing the seismic innovations used in designing the East Span and the overall history of the project. Jordona works with the project’s on-site public information team. Her responsibilities include community outreach and agency coordination; she manages the tour program. She is a 2008 graduate of California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor of Science in Jounalism. Members may want to visit and to see some of the latest information and photos of the project.

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 – Nick Curtin, Susan Drake, Eric Duran, Cathy Peterson, Shiren Assaly and Garrett Norris.

Proposed New Member – Helen Hauser by Kris Blower.

New Member – Hank Colberg was introduced into the club by Ken Steele. Hank is retired. His past occupations included work as a truck driver and in the medical equipment field.

Concern Report – President Nick reported that his wife Pamela is recovering well from her surgery and thanked everyone for their telephone calls, visits, and best wishes.


Shiren Assaly and Garrett Norris

“Rotary and Hope Haven: Wheelchairs to Peru

Peru is the third largest country in South America with 13 states the size of California. The Wheelchair mission team visited 3 cities: Lima, Cusio, and Chiclayo and enjoyed sightseeing, visiting beaches, malls and the catacombs in Lima. They also toured four ruins in Cusio including MachuPicchu, one of the fifteen wonders of the world.

Wheelchair distribution began in Cusio, where the volunteers worked in a clinic helping with treatments, feeding children, and adjusting chairs. Wheelchairs were customized to fit all shapes and sizes from children to adults, with a variety of tilt, height, width, headrest and other comfort options.

Most of the patients were children with cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Some patients were orphans; some were disabled adults. Not all kids were receptive, but they all enjoyed tipping back! In Chiclayo the team also fitted patients into performance chairs. These were like hand bikes allowing athletic performance (i.e. the ability to play basketball) and were best suited for adults with good upper body strength.

Overall the team fitted 200 wheelchairs in 6 days. The message Garrett Norris and Shiren Assaly came back with was the importance and value of helping others.

Shiren Assaly and Garrett Norris were introduced by Cathy Peterson.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 02 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


  • 02 Steve Smith-Status of SUSD
  • 09 Don Glaser-TBA
  • 16 Steve Morales-New Age Communication
  • 23 Cami Ferry-Facebook, Twitter, etc., The New Wave of Advertisement
  • 30 Mark Madison-Delta Water Supply Project


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Eric Duran leading us in the salute to the flag.

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New member Hank Colberg. We welcome you Hank to our club.

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Michael Blower confessing his role

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Pam Wenger learning that the cost of travel always includes Rotary’s take.

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Cathy Peterson paid up for being a dedicated member of the COG club.

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Kuy Ky paying for being a great boss and an outstanding dental presenter.

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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.

Dress Code – A reminder that the Stockton Golf and Country Club has a dress code that does not allow the wearing of jeans. When appropriate, members may wish to point this out to visitors that they invite.

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. Brian Dillon’s team has introduced three new members while PP Michael Blower’s team has initiated 0 members. Tragic.

Rotary Read-In – Gary Frush is seeking volunteers for the Rotary Read-In on February 16, 2011. He needs 200 readers. Currently he has 150 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. Next Wednesday, Feb. 2, Barnes and Noble and another private bookseller will be at the Rotary meeting with books to sell. Rotary Readers will get a 20% discount. Classroom assignments will be distributed next week. Rotarian Steve Morales has publicized the event with an article in the local Caravan News.

Stockton Thunder Hockey – 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.

Leadership Seminar – 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

Rummage Sale – Rrummage sale next spring. Start reviewing your junk and saving your stuff. Would you like to help? Contact Kris Blower at 471-9771 or Don Barry 471-3217.

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… February

  • Harrington, Thomas C (TOM) 01
  • Darrah, James P (JIM) 02
  • Carlson, Jason R. (JASON) 02
  • Blanchard, Elizabeth Y (LIZ) 05
  • Crame, Floyd S (FLOYD) 07
  • Midura, David L (DAVE) 09
  • Silver, Hilary (HIL) 10
  • Pinkerton, Laura L (LAURA) 11
  • Chalmers, Wesley H (WES) 14
  • Smallie, Dennis R (DENNIS) 22
  • Wulff, John A (JOHN) 28


Cathy Peterson graduated from COG club-$25 to purchase her picture.

Michael Blower helped Bob Blower dump his limo at the Infinity dealership in Sacramento. $50 from Bob!

Pam Wenger cruised the Carribean, visiting four islands. As a travel agent she probably got a great deal. $150.

Ky Kuy spoke to 400 attendees at a Dental Implants conference in Las Vegas recently. He took his entire staff with him including his wife! The staff especially enjoyed the trip as he didn t see them at his seminars! $250 bell ringer.

Special Thank You …

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Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Floyd Crame pictures; Laura Pinkerton, 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