The Wheel – February 9, 2011



Welcome back President Nick Curtin. You looked great!

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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame – “My Funny Valentine”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Jim Anthony.
  • Thought for the Day – Renna Beinoris – Love reaches out in little ways, showing attention & admiration. Love remembers what pleases a loved one, what excites them. Love remembers that it s often the small surprises that say, You are a very special person in my life.
  • Raffle – Don Neri drew the Ohio State Coin.
  • COG – Team Leader: Melanie Vieux
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Derron Lee
    Microphones: Jason Carlson and John Litz
    Attendance: Ken Steele

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – February 16, 2011.


Darrell Pedersen -100 Years of Scouting. A 29 year professional with the Boy Scouts of America. He has had assignments in Phoenix, Eureka, Santa Rosa, and has been here in Stockton, since 1998. Currently is the District Director for the Greater Yosemite Council. He oversees Scouting in Stockton and vicinities including Scoutreach which covers Hispanic outreach in south Stockton, Thornton and Harney Lane Migrant camps. Darrell also oversees the council s grant writing and reporting for 10 different programs with 4 United Ways. Darrell has recently managed as many as 8 full time professionals and 5 part-time Scoutreach and support professionals in the council.

Darrell received degrees from Glendale College, Northern Az University and Ariz State University. He plans on retiring within two years and will build on his ranch land in Seligman Az. (pop. 850) where he will settle in as a part-time high school teacher, woodworker and gentleman rancher and cowboy.

Darrell s talk will be on 100 years of the Boy Scouts of America, from it s beginning in England to the present, including an update on current local Scouting.

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 – Dudley Drake, Susan Drake, Nick Curtin, Jim Anthony and Shirley Anthony.

New members Helen Hauser sponsored by Kris Blower is a retired teacher. Amy Scriven sponsored by Kristina Knudsen is a local dentist.

Paul Harris Fellowships – Don Barry and Terry Hull were awarded their multiple Fellowships.

Rotarian of the Month – President Nick awarded Waqar Rizvi for his effort in leading the Tree Planting Project.

Raffle – Last week Bob Merdinger won the raffle. Bob won $2,540.00 to be allocated as follows:
60% goes to Stockton Rotary charities.
30% goes to SRE or Rotary International Foundation in the name of the winner.
10% goes to the winner.
The raffle continues with 34 more state coins, 4 Canadian coins and 7 German coins. The new grand winner coin is the New Jersey State Coin.


The Delta College Quartet – Brian Kendrick

“Valentine Jazz”

The group entertained us with two popular numbers: April in Paris and a number written by Paul Desmond and made famous by the Dave Brubeck Quintet, Take Five .

Kuy Ky introduced Brian Kendrick.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 16 Darrell Pedersen-100 Years of Scouting
  • 23 Tod Ruhstaller-Haggin Happenings-Life Without Mummy


  • 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


Floyd Crame serenading us.

Helen Hauser and

Amy Scriven join us as new members. We welcome you to our club.

Waqar Rizvi, awarded Rotarian of the Month.

President Nick presenting Paul Harris Fellowship awards to Don Barry and Terry Hull.

Tom McHugh paying for the opportunity to advertise a Healthcare Seminar.


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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.

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 187 members and our goal is 200.

Rotary Read-In – Gary Frush is seeking volunteers for the Rotary Read-In on February 16, 2011. This year is the 20th anniversary of the event. We have filled all 13 elementary schools assigned to us with readers. However, more are needed if you wish to volunteer for other schools. Contact Gary Frush for more information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 – The Mid – Year Leadership Seminar on February 12, 2011, from 8am to 1:30pm.

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


Tom McHugh – donated $25 to SRE to announce a presentation on healthcare reform on Feb 24.

Pat Patmon – $250 Bell Ringer for singing Happy Birthday to his buddy Dave Midura.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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