The Wheel – April 6, 2011



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

Don’t miss next week’s presentation. The Group Study Exchange young professionals from Mexico are visitng with us 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 – Bye Bye Love”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Waqar Rizvi.
  • Thought for the Day – Linda Phillipp read quotes regarding Facing Your Fears.
  • Raffle – Guest from Tracy won a coin.
  • COG – Team Leader – Brian Dillon
    Raffle Tickets – John Atwood
    Greeter – Joshua Shackelford
    Microphone – Ken Steele and Barney Kramer
    Attendance – Kristen Dyke

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 13, 2011.

GSE Team from Mexico, District 4180- Team Leader: Mora Gomez, Gabriel : Vocation Doctor for 12 years.
Garcia, Veronica: Vocation Chemical Engineering for 10 years – water management.
Palacios, Aracelia Aportela: Vocation Education and Food Processing.
Hernandez Perez, Juan Alberto: Vocation Environmental Urban Designer Government – 3 years.
Calleja, Luis: Vocation Civil Engineer water & environment for 10 years, soil conservation and efficient use of water.

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 – Kuy Ky, Don Moyer, Linda Philipp, Waqar Rizvi, Susan Drake and President Nick Curtin.

Concern Report – Frank Whitney underwent minor outpatient surgery. He is doing well.


Don Moyer

Rattlesnake Wrangling

Don Moyer has been a Rotarian for more than 30 years and is currently a member of Ripon Rotary.

Don told us that he is an avid outdoors man. He loves everything about the outdoors from picking flowers and plants, to hunting and looking for rare artifacts like stone arrows.

Don has been invited to numerous ranches to control the rattlesnake population. Don demonstrated how he goes about catching the rattlesnakes. He also showed us the equipment he uses.

Don explained that adult rattlesnakes may bite you but often the bite is “dry” as they wish to save the venom for normal prey such as squirrels. Young rattlesnakes are more dangerous as they have less control than the adults and will release the venom.

Don also explained that the best thing to do in case you are bit is to stay calm and seek quick medical attention. Sometimes the shots that are needed to fight the rattlesnake venom can cost $1200 per shot and sometimes a minimum of 12 shots may be needed.

Finally, Don told us a little about a book he wrote entitled “Tight Lines”. He donates a portion of all books sold at any Rotary club event to Rotary’s polio eradication efforts.

Kuy Ky introduced Don Moyer.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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


Don Moyer with new friend Linda Philipp who is doing her best to avoid her fear.

John Green – come on all. Sign up for our main fundraiser of the year and have a great time people watching.

Kuy Ky introducing our speaker.

Hal Monroe recognized for announcing the Stockton Symphony Pops & Picnic Concert.

Susan Drake being recognized for being recognized. Wow, life is tough.

Tony Despotes paying up for his days in the sun.

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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 and we still need packages.

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.

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 – Susan Drake. 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 Susan 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.





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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


Hal Monroe was recognized for $25 dollars for the announcement of the Stockton Symphony concert.

Nick Curtin was recognized $25 for his phone ringing during Linda Philipp’s thought for the day.

Susan Drake was recognized for $25 for her recognition by the North Stockton Rotary Club for dictionary distributions.

Tony Despotes
was recognized $100 for his Vacation in Arizona to enjoy a few baseball spring training games.

Jerry Smith was recognized for $250 for his promotion of his company. Jerry was so proud he offered a challenge to others in the same industry to match it. No takers.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Jim Woodward, 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