The Wheel – April 13, 2011



Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Read about rotaractors in Peru and Rotary and a violin in Chicago.

Alert! Next week’s meeting starts ten minutes early. Don’t miss next week’s presentation. Learn of the economic affect of the coming State Prison Hospital. 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 – Floyd Crame – Sea of Love”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Reid Johnson.
  • Thought for the Day – Joe Serra. Think about your health. Go for a walk in the morning for six weeks. Start with ten minutes and build to 45 minutes in six weeks. Your doctor will approve, and you will be ready for the Memorial Day Walk to eradicate Polio.
  • Raffle – Eric Duran won a Deutschland coin.
  • COG – Team Leader: Brian Dillon
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Helen Hauser
    Microphones: Ali Galbraith and John Litz
    Attendance: John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 20, 2011.


Doug Wilhoit-The New State Prison Hospital. Doug is CEo of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. His bio is quite comprehensive. Please click here to read about Doug’s career.

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 – Dave Tygett, Reid Johnson, Veronica Garcia, Gabriel Gomez, Susan Drake and President Nick Curtin.

Concern Report – Cameron Wheeler’s friends died as a result of the Jamestown mine accident.

Rotarian of the Month – John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes are Co-Rotarians for the month for April.

New Member – Kelly Huffman, Fundraiser at St. Joseph s Hospital, sponsored by Kristina Knudsen.

Guest District Governor Nominee Designate, Marv Williamson, from Tracy Sunrise.


GSE Team from Mexico, District 4180

Team Leader:
Gabriel Mora
is married with three daughters. Professionally he is both a psychologist and doctor. He owns his own medical clinic, which serves the emergency medical needs of 26 companies. He has been a Rotarian since 1999, and is a past president of his club. He enjoys movies, traveling with his family, Billiards and Texas Hold em Poker. He says, Belonging to Rotary has changed my life. His Rotary Club supports its community by giving food, clothing medical services just to name a few. He and his fellow Rotarians have also done maxillofacial surgery correction successfully for children with cleft lip and donated wheelchairs.

Team Members:
Veronica Garcia Cid
is married with two children. She is a Chemical Engineer. She presently works in the areas of production and quality control. She is very active in her professional field and in developing her personal health and family life.

Luis Dominguez is married with two children. He has worked as a structural engineer designing and supervising the construction of homes and schools. He is presently collaborating with Alternatives and processes of participation Social A.C. promoting sustainable development project such as WATER FOREVER PROGRAM. He is an avid Chess player and enjoys swimming.

Araceli Aportela Palacios is 31 years of age and single. She has recently returned from living in Mexico City to live with her parents. Her education is in the area of food engineering, which has taken her into the public education arena. She is currently enrolled in post-graduate study as a diplomat about Formacion de Gestores de la Vinculacion. She is a happy person, very content in her career. She has a dog and an aquarium with eight fish.

Juan Alberto Hernandez Perez is single. Professionally he is a environmental engineer. Most recently he has worked as Director of the Environment and Ecology Department of his city. He was engaged in improving municipal nursery garden facilities and constructing the city s first botanical garden. Previously, he has worked at developing projects for the collection, conveyance and sanitation in marginalized communities. He enjoys architecture, traveling, photography and music.

The GSE team was introduced by Dave Tygett.






Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Picture 003
Joe Serra encouraging us to get in shape

Picture 005
for the PolioPlus run anounced by Kerry Krueger.

Picture 009
John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes our Rotarians of the month.

Floyd Crame, a dedicated Rotarian and Marine.

Picture 012
New member Kelly Huffman. Stockton Rotary welcomes you Kelly.

Picture 016
Dave Tygett introducing our visiting GSE team from Mexico.

Picture 001 Picture 006 Picture 007

Back to Top

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 and we still need packages.

WWII Memorial Cleaning – President Nick recognized Bob Blower, John Reusche, Waqar Rzvi, Pam Wenger, Kuy Ky, Mas Kamigaki and Pres. Nick for their efforts to clean the Memorial before the start of the Asparagus Festival.

Stockton Symphony Fundraiser – Hal Monroe, introduced the largest fundraiser for the Stockton Symphony, the 22nd annual Pops & Picnic Concert which will be a tribute to The Beatles. This will be on April 29th, 2011 at the AG Spanos Center at UOP.

Ports Game – Join us at the Ports game on June 27th to celebrate Presidents Nick’s birthday and kick out week. Consider signing up for fellowship and enjoying a baseball game. Cost is 28 dollars per person which covers a seat in the back porch section of the park and a BBQ dinner. Contact Chad Sublet at

Dictionaries – Susan Drake asked for volunteers to deliver dictionaries to Stockton and Lincoln Unified Schools. Contact Susan at .

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.





card_truex_ins card_verve

Back to Top

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


Floyd Crame was recognized for his loyalty to both Rotary and the Marines. He attended our meeting which made him travel to a Marines meeting with out change of clothes or his tooth brush. $100

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Floyd Crame, 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

Back to Top

Rotary International President
Ray Klinginsmith

District 5220 Governor
Don Murphy

Stockton Rotary Club President
Nicholas Curtin