The Wheel – February 16, 2011



A special visit from our District Governor Don Murphy! He came with checks in hand.

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. We are always looking forward in Rotary, change is in the wind. Check out what the future is for Rotary.

Don’t miss next week’s presentation. Pretty special, something about a mummy. 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 – Dave Tygett – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Blain Bibb
  • Thought for the Day – Hal Monroe – lessons and parables of Scouting.
  • Raffle – Dennis Cochran won the Vermont coin.
  • COG – Team Leader-Brian Dillon, Raffle-John Atwood, Greeter-Diane Stauffer, Mic1-Brian Dillon, Mic2-John Litz, Attendance-John Atwood.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – February 16, 2011.

Tod Ruhstaller – Haggin Happenings Life Without Mummy . The Haggin Museum, an art and history musetoddruh134um celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year, has been referred to by Sunset magazine as “one of the undersung gems of California.” This is no doubt in part due to its Director Tod Ruhstaller.

A Stagg High School graduate, Tod Ruhstaller has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology from University of California, Davis. He helped found an archaeological consulting firm in Davis after college. In 1984, he returned to his hometown, spending four years as Curator of History for the Haggin Museum, before being named director in 1988. He still serves as Curator of History, setting up exhibits and accepting items for The Haggin’s historical collection while also managing the museum’s full-time and part-time employees, as well as keeping an active engagement with volunteers and visitors to the museum. He and his wife Sandi have raised 2 daughters here in Stockton and thankfully, they have no plans to leave!

Tod will share the exciting events currently happening at the Haggin and soon to be happening! You won t want to miss the events and you won t want to miss Tod s presentation!

Rotary International

A new approach to Rotary. Understanding younger generations is key to attracting members. Read the complete article.

Future Vision Plan provides incredible opportunity. Foundation trustee chair shares early success stories, encourages incoming district governors to learn about the plan. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – Blain Bibb, Dave Tygett, President Nick, Ken Steele, Darrell Pedersen and Hal Monroe.

New member Heather Schlenger, CPA with Kalfsbeek & Co, sponsored by Julie Boucher.

Concern Report – Susan Drake is home recuperating from surgery and doing well.

Distinguished Guests – District Governor Don Murphy presented our club with checks totalling about $3000 for the Tree Planting and Dictionary projects.


Darrell Pedersen – District Director for the Greater Yosemite Council

“100 Years of Scouting”

Darrell, a Life Scout and member of the Greater Yosemite Council of Boy Scouts of America, gave us a history and status report on the BSA.

The scounts celebrated their 100th year in 2010. Did you know that the Scouts were essentially started by a Brittish war hero named Baden Powell who wrote a training manual for the cavaliers which later became a manual for boys in the Victorian age?

Currently there are 10,000 children served in the Greater Yosemite Council. Remember the Scouts words to live by: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Clean, Reverent.

Darrell Pederson was introduced by Ken Steele.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 23 Tod Ruhstaller-Haggin Happenings-Life Without Mummy


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


President Nick receiving funds from District Governor Don Murphy.

New member Heather Schlenger and Don Murphy. We welcome the latest member to Stockton Rotary and to Rotary International.

Dave Midura paid dearly for his lost pen.

Dennis Cochran paying for his wife’s picture appearing in the press. Rotary is not fair.

Barney Kramer caught writing.

Congratulations to the Blower family for having three generations in Stockton Rotary at the same time. We are looking for the fourth.


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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.

Country Club Request – the Country Club reminds us that the ellipse in front of the entrance is a no parking zone.

Reminder – Hal Monroe reminds us to register our guests at the check-in table. Not just guests who are perspective members but all guests.

Stockton is Great – Linda Philipp suggests we check out Greg Basso’s video response to Forbes miserable rating of our fair city. Click here to view the video.

Matching PHF funds – Susan Drake explained that the Club will match all PHF donations made between today and the end of March. Susan asked us to review the information that we have received and evaluate our contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Contact Susan at

Heatlh Care Update – Tom McHugh announced a Health Care Update On February 24 at the Doubletree in Modesto. Contact Tom if you wish to attend.

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 188 members and our goal is 200.

Trivia Bee – Our same award winning team will represent us this year – Gary Putnam, Jeff Zola and Paul Kozlow. Save the date. Friday March 11, 2011 from 5 to 9 pm.

Rotary Read-In – President Nick thanked Gary Frush for his outstanding leadership.

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). Chad Sublet reminded us all to sign up real soon so we can sit with our club. For information please contact Susan Drake Sign up at the club or with Susan.

Leadership Seminar – President Nick thanked Jim Dyke for his leadership in running the District Assembly last Saturday. Also, Graham Tweedy for registration.

Ski Trip – Bill Wagner is planning to coordinate a ski trip on March 17, $95 per person. A total of 40 members need to sign up, please let Bill know or sign up as soon as you can. Contact Bill at

Rummage Sale – Our second annual rrummage sale will be held May 21. 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


Brian Dillon – $50 for his big picture on a big billboard
Brian Dillon, Kris Blower and Helen Hauser – $50 each for a first – three generations of active Rotarians in our club.

Michael and Bob Blower volunteered $50 each to make the occasion a bell ringer

Dennis Cochran – $25 for wife’s picture appearing in the newspaper.

Dave Madura – $25 for retrieving his lost pen. Poor Dave.

Barney Kramer – $50 for an article in the San Joaquin Business Journal.

President Nick – $25 for flubbing Barney s name.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Frank Whitney, 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