The Wheel – March 30, 2011



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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame – Sweet Caroline”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Diane Stauffer.
  • Thought for the Day – John Green filled in for Kevin Kaufman and delivered Kevin’s myths of disaster relief.
    Raffle – Ken Norton won a promise.
  • COG – Team Leader-Marie Arbios, Raffle-John Atwood, Greeter-Laura Reeves, Mic1-Julie Boucher, Mic2-Amy Scriven, Attendance-John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes.

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 6, 2011.

Don Moyer-Rattlesnake Wrangling – Don Moyer began writing his outdoor column, Tight Lines, at the Tracy Press in Cmoyer134alifornia in 1979. As years went by, he added other numerous other newspapers. Also a freelance fishing writer, his work has appeared in Angler, Flyfishing the West magazines.

An angler and hunter since childhood, Don has been active in fishing and hunting conservation groups for decades. A former Region Manager of California Trout and member of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Flyfishermen, Don also served on the Board of Directors of the Tuolumne River Trust. He has been a member of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, the NRA, and the Outdoor Writers of America. When not exploring the outdoors, Don is President of Moyer Consulting, a firm specializing in fighting government red tape.

Tight Lines is a collection of Don s most memorable columns and magazine articles over the past 30 plus years. They cover not only traditional fishing and hunting topics, but such diverse outdoor pursuits, as fly tying, reloading, theology, ghost towns, wilderness hot tubs, arrowhead collecting, woodcutting, conservation, guns, knives, rattlesnake wrangling, and Second Amendment Rights. You may agree with him, you may think he s dead wrong. He might make you laugh, cry, or angry, but whether you agree or disagree, he ll surely make you think. Tight Lines is truly the observations of an outdoor philosopher.

Rotary International

Rotaractors help out in Peru. Northwestern University club members give up their spring break to do relief work in Pisco, Peru, which is still recovering from a 2007 earthquake. Read the complete article.

Concert to End Polio a resounding success. Rotarians and friends turn out in Chicago to help raise funds and awareness for polio eradication. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – Susan Drake, Jerry Smith, Ross Moilan, Diane Stauffer, John Green, Robert Granberg and President Nick Curtin.

New Members Proposed – Jeff Marsee and Bill Jeffrey by Judy Chambers. Ted Leland by Duane Isetti. Juli Rhodes by Luis Duarte.

Honorary New Member Proposed – Pamela Eibeck, President, University of Pacific, by Cathy Peterson.


Robert Granberg – Deputy Director Municipal Utilities/Water Resource Planning

Delta Water Supply Project

Robert Granberg is responsible for overall water supply planning for the City and project manager of the Delta Water Supply Project. In addition to water supply planning, he oversees the Water Operations Division.

Mr. Granberg has been with the City since 2004 in his current capacity and as a Senior Civil Engineer from 1998 to 2000. The focus of his talk was the Delta Water Supply Project which is charged with providing reliable clean water while meeting our growing needs over time in addition to protecting the ground water supply.

The $217 million project is said to provide local economic stimulus with 140 full time construction workers, 11 full time operations and maintenance workers, with overall impact of an additional 700 jobs to the region. Construction of the project can be viewed along Eight Mile Rd from the Pump Station at Lower Sacramento Rd over to Trinity Parkway.

Robert Granberg was introduced by Ross Moilan.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 06 Don Moyer-Rattlesnake Wrangling
  • 13 GSE Team from Mexico
  • 20 Doug Wilhoit-The New State Prison Hospital
  • 27 Cami Ferry-Facebook, Twitter, E-mail. The New Wave of Advertisement


  • 04 Wendy Martin-Delta Habitat & Education Foundation
  • 11 Tom Perry-At the End of His Rope: Adventures in Water Ski Racing
  • 18 George Liepart-Water Problems Worldwide and Bear Creek’s Recycling Program
  • 25 Cathy Peterson-Ameliorating Shortages of Health Care Personnel Through Educating the Professorate


Welcome back Bill from your health hiatus.

Garry Gillis and Frank Moore report on their African Safari.

Michael Blower recognized for his photogenic abilities.

Jim Hanley, Board of Directors, Community Bank of San Joaquin.

Congratulations to Cathy Peterson on receiving her Fullbright Scholarship.

Kris Blower wants your junk!

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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.

Gift Boxes for Our Troops – At our District Conference we are partnering with the 101st Airborn Division to provide 100 gift boxes to troops in Afghanistan. We are looking for items to fill these gift boxes. A list of items needed can be found by visiting this website page. Those going to the District Conference will be happy to bring your donations. This is a great way to show tangible support for our fighting men and women. We leave for District Conference on April 29th.

Asparagus festival – One of our clubs major fundraisers is working the gates at the Asparagus festival. This year s event is April 15-17th. Due to a recent change, no one under the age of 18 can volunteer, so we will need more adult volunteers than ever. Please encourage as many people as you can to volunteer with us. Morning and afternoon shifts Friday thru Sunday are available and signup sheets will be on the tables at Rotary. This is not only a wonderful community service activity that raises money for our club but it is also a lot of fun. Contact is John Green Sign up sheets will be on the tables.

PolioPlus Run – the PolioPlus run (and Walk) event is 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 .

Boat Trip – a trip is planned in September. More information to follow.

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 190 members and our goal is 200.

Japan Earthquake Relief – In response to the massive earthquake off of the coast of Japan and the resulting tsunami on 11 March 2011, the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) are temporarily accepting contributions to help fund Rotary projects for longer-term disaster recovery efforts in Japan and the Pacific island nations impacted by the earthquake and tsunami. Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Foundation (note on your check that the contribution should be used for the Rotary Japan and Pacific Islands Disaster Recovery Fund, #G10005 ). Online contributions may also be made on the Rotary International website: . We suggest that you contact Susan Drake 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? Kris is in special need of help from persons with trucks to help pick up large items for the sale. WE are only 7 weeks away from 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… April

  • Hazel M (HAZEL) 01
  • Merdinger, Robert G (BOB) 02
  • Bibb, Blain J (BLAIN) 06 April
  • Scott Jr, William H Jr. (BILL) 07
  • Lynch, Peter A (PETER) 08
  • Allison, Ronald A (RON) 08
  • Wolfe, Peter V (PETE) 10
  • Butterfield, Jane R (JANE) 11
  • Chambers, Judith M (JUDY) 14
  • De Bock, Lloyd A (LLOYD) 17
  • Fetters, Brant (BRANT) 22
  • McHugh, Thomas R (TOM) 23
  • Bestolarides, Steve J. (STEVE)
  • Rakoncza, Melvin L (MEL) 28
  • Munro, Karen (KAREN) 29


Michael Blower – $25 for his modeling job in a rafting adventure brochure. $25 each to Bob, Kris, and Helen for their collaboration.

Jim Hanley – $250 for joining the board of directors of Community Bank of San Joaquin.

Cathy Peterson – $250 for earning a Fullbright Scholarship to teach in Malawi next year.

Garry Gillis and Frank Moore – back from South Africa where they participated in the Wheelchair Foundation Program. $25 each

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