The Wheel – February 23, 2011



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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Kuy Ky God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Kris Blower.
  • Thought for the Day – Bill Wagner – God is Blessing Us all .
  • Raffle – Ken Steele. No raffle bag so Ken will draw next week. Good incentive to encourage Ken to come to the meeting.
  • COG – Team Leader – Fred Weibel
    Raffle Tickets Eric Duran
    Greeter Laura Reeves
    Microphone Melanie Vieux and Fred Weibel
    Attendance Rigo Cervantez and Doug Surlowitz

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 2, 2011.


Steve Smith-Status of SUSD.
Steve Smith has a street-wise, book smart perspective on business and sales. Having fought his way in the beginning of his 25+ years of selling and management, to eventually achieving success as top salesman and as a successful sales manager, Steve has succeeded as a salesman, sales manager, speaker and now as a SUSD Board Member.

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 – Kerry Krueger, Tod Ruhstaller, Nick Curtin, Bill Wagner, Kris Blower, Connie Uychuten, Laura Reeves and Susan Drake.

Concern Report – Susan Drake was welcomed back by President Nick.

New Member Proposed – Kristen Dyke, of Port City Marketing, by Jim Dyke.


Todd Ruhstaller – Director, Haggin Museum

“Haggin Happenings-Life Without Mummy”

Todd told us that the museum will celebrate its 80th anniversary this coming June. The museum was started during the Great Depression.

The Haggin has the largest single collection in America of original art work by JC Leyendecke. President Ronald Reagan had on loan to the White House from the Haggin, a painting by American artist Albert Bierstadt.

Some upcoming events for this year are:
April 21- June 19, Fairy Tale art which will have illustrations from children s books.
August 4th until September 25th, Seaweed, Salmon and manzanilla cider this is an event which will have foods and artifacts from native Californians.
July 17th until September 25, Dali illustrates Dante s Devine comedy. This is an event which will showcase Dali watercolors which were eventually converted into wooden blocks.
October 15 until January 22, 2012 The allure of water on location with plain air painters of America, basically artwork involving water, painting outdoors on location.
Upcoming events at the Haggin in 2012 :
Memories of World War II, images of events during WWII.
Art of the Charreria, artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture

For more information on the Haggin Museum visit the website at

Todd Ruhstaller was introduced by Kerry Krueger.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 02 Steve Smith-Status of SUSD
  • 09 Don Glaser-Dilemma and Consensus in Water Resources Management
  • 16 Steve Morales-New Age Communications plus mobile and email marketing
  • 23 Cami Ferry-Facebook, Twitter, etc., The New Wave of Advertisement
  • 30 Bob Granberg-Delta Water Supply Project


  • 06 Don Moyer-Rattlesnake Wrangling
  • 13 GSE Team
  • 20 Doug Wilhoit-The New State Prison Hospital
  • 27 Lynell Hamilton-Road to the NFL and Education


Terry and TJ Hull, Paul Jacobsen and Fred Sheil recognized for their judicious use of taxpayer money.

Frank Whitney paying for article writing on the topic of “you just don’t know how tough it is inside”.

Brian Dillon recognized for his dancing skills.

Blain Bibb, so enthralled with Brian’s dancing, that he handed over $50.

Chad Sublet wishes to get another look at Brian’s performance. Wheat did the rest of us miss?

Gary Putnam, alias Old Abe, recognized for his apperances.

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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.

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

RYLA – President Nick Curtin thanked all those who helped either as counselors or drivers for Camp RYLA. A special thanks to Brian Dillon, John Reusche, Dave Tygett, Chad Sublet, Blain Bibb, Bill Burdick, Kevin Kaufmann, Laura Reeves and Connie Uychuten.

PolioPlus Run – Kerry Krueger introduced the PolioPlus run (and Walk) event scheduled for Memorial Day May 30th. It will be a 5K and 10K event. Kerry is looking for participants, volunteers and sponsors for the event. Please see Kerry or email her at .

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.

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.

Ski Trip – Bill Wagner announced that the ski trip is cancelled due to lack of interest.

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? Kris is in special need of help from persons with trucks to help pick up large items for the sale. 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 $1070. 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


Terry Hull, Fred Sheil, Paul Jacobson and TJ Hull, were recognized for using Federal Revitalization money to purchase and rehabilitate homes to sell to low and moderate income families. Due to their good work all four were recognized $100 each towards their Paul Harris Fellowships.

Frank Whitney was recognized for the article in The Record regarding the inmate relating that the new vending machines were too expensive. $100

Brian Dillon was recognized for his dancing skills at Camp RYLA,

Blain Bibb honored Brian s recognition. $50

Chad Sublet offered $50 for a copy of the video.

Jerry Smith offered another $50 if the video made it to YouTube. How would you find it Jerry?

Gary Putnam was recognized for $25 for his Abe Lincoln presentations and articles.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Jim Woodword, pictures; Ramon Fernandez, 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