The Wheel – April 20, 2011




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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Ken Norton – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Susan Drake.
  • Thought for the Day – Jim Anthony – Easter thoughts and wishes to fellow Rotarians and their families on a day of thanks, miracles, remembrance, hope and faith.
  • Raffle – Kuy Ky won a Deutschland coin.

Table of Contents


Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 27, 2011.


Cami Ferry-Facebook, Twitter, E-mail. The New Wave of Advertisement. Cami Ferry, a mother of six, is an Entrepreneur, Actress, and Home Educator. She currently resides in Lodi, California with her husband and children working from home as the Founder of Lodi Loyalty Clubs, a business she started in 2009 to help local business owners increase their profits and grow their loyal customer base during these tough economic times. Please click here for more information about Cami Ferry.

Rotary International

Rotary and Oikocredit launch strategic partnership. New packaged global grants will support microcredit projects and promote economic development. Read the complete article.

Project brings clean water to poor neighborhoods in the Philippines. Watch a video of an International H2O Collaboration effort. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – Jerry Smith, Jim Anthony, Doug Wilhoit, Susan Drake and President Nick Curtin.

Concern Report – Ursula Meyer passed away on Friday, April 15. There will be a celebration of her life on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 2:45 p.m. at the Stockton Golf and Country Club, 3800 Country Club Blvd , Stockton , CA . A reception will follow.

New Member – Juli Rhodes, Union Bank, sponsored by Luis Duarte.

Flag Presentation – Waqar Rizvi presented President Nick with a flag from the Rotary Club of Lahore, Pakistan. Waqar attended their district conference.

Memorials – Colleen Foster and Reid Johnson for Ursula Meyer.



Doug Wilhoit – CEO, The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce

The New State Prison Hospital

Doug Wilhoit gave a frank and informative talk regarding how a team effort ultimately led to agreement betweedn all parties concerned in the Prison Hospital Project coming to Stockton.

In 2003 a Federal Court ruled that federal prisoners were entitled to free health care under the 8th Amendment. That decision set into motion the events that at times were described as a bitter tug of war between local, state, and federal interests.

Wilhoit says that at the end of the day a significant benefit is jobs. The project will provide the opportunity for local business and community involvement with a focus on design, demolition, construction, civil engineering, operations, etc., and includes plans to partner with Delta College and Kaiser Permanente.

Doug Wilhoit was introduced by Jerry Smith.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Ken Norton leading us in song.
Jim Anthony bringing us the thought for the day.
Waqar Rizvi presenting a flag from Lahore, Pakistan.

New member Juli Rhodes. Welcome to our club Juli.

Jim Dyke and Luis Duarte claiming their rewards for bringing in new members to our club.
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Club Announcements

The Wheel editor suggests that persons email their announcements to gtweedy@dgtinternetmarketing.comprior 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.

Big Vote – We will vote on the revised club constitution and bylaws on May 4th.

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

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


CP Riddle– $100 for riding in a Linden Lions golf cart at the Asparagus Festival.Paul Kozlow – $25 for his cell phone ringing.

Waqar Rizvi – $25 for his make-up meeting in Pakistan.

Doug Wilhoit – $100 for missed meetings.

Special Thank You …

The WheelEditor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Jim Woodward, pictures; Ken Norton, notes; Susan Drake, chief checker; Nick Curtin, assistant to the chief checker.
Contact InformationAttn: 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