The Wheel – May 18, 2011



Next week we are at The Hilton, again. Check the announcement section for details.

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. What a story from New Orleans – Rotary accomplishes great things.

Next week’s meeting features one of our own. Make a special effort to join us. Please click here to learn more.

Check out the Announcement section for information about our club’s involvement in a new program that addresses a major educational challenge in our City.

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 – Bob Shapiro.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Hal Monroe
  • Thought for the Day – Heather Schlenger
  • Raffle – Nick Curtin won the opportunity to draw a coin. Unfortunately the person responsible for bringing the coin bag fouled up.
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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 25, 2011.


Cathy Peterson-Ameliorating Shortages of Health Care Personnel Through Educating the Professorate. Dr. Cathy Peterson is Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

She earned her Ed. D., in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco, holds a master s of science degree in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University and a BS from the University of Iowa. Her areas of expertise are Academic Administration, Neuroanatomy, and physical rehabilitation of the neurologically impaired adult.

Rotary International

Rotary stories from the Gulf Coast. When Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, needed help, Rotarians were a logical lifeline. See a video showing how Rotarians helped the school bounce back after Hurricane Katrina. Read the complete article.

Rotary, ONE Campaign collaborate to increase humanitarian service. Rotarians are encouraged to contact ONE chapters to explore ways they might work together. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Paul Harris Fellowship – Heather Schlenger was awarded a Fellowship.


George Liepart
Water Problems Worldwide and Bear Creek’s Recycling Program

George Liepart shared a very powerful film clip on the horror of the death of children world-wide because of the lack of clean water.

He explained the Bear Creek Water Project that raises funds locally from recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans to buy wells in third world nations that will provide clean water. Since the inception of this program they have raised in excess of $100,000.00 and have purchased and installed 20 wells. One hundred percent of recycling dollars go directly to the purchase and installation of the wells.

Operational funds come from the sale of Bear Creek bottled water. George’s challenge to all of us is to continue Rotary’s work for clean water around the world and to support the Bear Creek Water Project locally by donating our recycling cans and bottles to the project.

George Liepart was introduced by Fred Weibel.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 25 Cathy Peterson-Ameliorating Shortages of Health Care Personnel Through Educating the Professorate


  • 01 Jose Rodriguez-El Comcilio
  • 08 David Hosley-Developing Leadership in the Central Valley
  • 15 Tom Perry-At the End of His Rope: Adventures in Water Ski Racing
  • 22 Lee Eang-Unknown Palsy
  • 29 KICK OUT!



Hal Monroe leading us in the pledge.


Robert Shapiro leading us in song.


Heather Schlenger awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.


Reed Robbins celebrating his health status.


Kris Blower needs you help on Saturday at the rummage sale.


Fred Weibel introducing our speaker.
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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.

Next Week’s Meeting. Continuing our gourmet chase. Next week we are at the Hilton on Grand Canal again.

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. You may wish to visit their website for details. Kerry is looking for participants, volunteers and sponsors for the event. Please see Kerry or email her at .

Kayak Party – Join us at the Drake residence on Lake Lincoln for a Kayak party on Thursday, July 21 at 4pm plus. $10 for adults, kids free. Contact Susan Drake at

Ambassadorial Scholar – District seeking Ambassadorial Scholar candidates. Deadline for applications is May 31. If you know of anyone interested in graduate work in a foreign land have them look at the information and application at www. For further direction contact President Nick at

Read to Me Stockton! – as a member of the Mayor’s Book Club we are partnering with Mayor Ann Johnston, SUSD, County Office of Education, UOP, the County Library and United Way to bring to our City the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Visit our page on the Rotary website for complete information on the project Should you have questions please contact Craig LaFargue at or Graham Tweedy at

Boat Trip – a trip is planned for Saturday September 10. 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.

Bocce Ball Challenge – on June 12 our club has accepted a Rotary challenge to be held at the Bocce Club on Waterloo Road. $20 per person. Contact Chad Sublet at

Rummage Sale – 2nd Annual Rotary Rummage Sale. Saturday, May 21st – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Rite Aid parking lot – corner of West Lane and Bianchi Road. Please show up and help on Saturday morning. Gates open for workers at 6 and sale starts at 8.

Special Auction – We have a special auction that will take place on June 8th at our club meeting. Two great seats at the Giants vs Indians game on Sunday,June 26 at AT&T Park plus an authentic World Series Champions Tee shirt. Proceeds of the auction will go toward the Annual giving fund of Rotary Foundation. Where did we score such a great prize? You can thank our Director of International Service, Cathy Peterson.

Rotary Youth Exchange – Registrations have started for this year s Rotary Youth Exchange trip to Germany and so far we have approximately 12 – 15 kids who are interested in going. However, as is the norm, we have about 30 German students who would like the chance to come to the United States. So I would like to encourage anyone who has ever thought about opening their home to an exchange student to really consider doing so this year. This is a tremendous opportunity to impact the lives of our youth, and the friendship and bonds that are made last a lifetime. Please let me know if you are interested in hosting and I will get you the application. Contact Samuel Wheeler 209-536-1218.

District Assembly – on June 4, we will gather at the University of Merced for a big day of learning what goes on in our District. Plan to join us. New members and incoming board members are especially encouraged to attend. The club will pay your registration. You must sign up before May 20 as the fee increases from $25 to $30. We will be carpooling to Merced. Contact Susan Drake for more information at

Rotary and the ONE Campaign – are pleased to announce a joint effort to work together to achieve our shared humanitarian goals. This collaboration aims to encourage communication and cooperation between Rotary districts and clubs in the United States with local ONE affiliates. The ONE Campaign is an advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Co-founded by U2 lead-singer Bono and backed by more than two million members, ONE works with leaders of both parties to support proven, cost-effective ways to save lives and help people build sustainable futures. You can find more information about ONE on their website: This announcement was taken from Friday Facts.

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 $1215. If you would like additional cards for family, friends see Susan.





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Birthdays… May

  • Davidson, Alvin B (AL) 01
  • Wheeler, Cameron R (CAM) 01
  • Hake, Robert C (BOB) 02
  • Boucher, Julie H (JULIE) 03
  • Kramer, Barney C. (BARNEY) 04
  • Heinzen, Ronald T (RON) 07
  • Wenger, Pam K (PAM) 09
  • Rhodes, Juli A (JULI) 10
  • Jordan, Earnest C (ERNIE) 13
  • Speer, Todd J (TODD) 14
  • Martins, Daniel J (DAN) 15
  • McNeilly, Dean H (MAC) 17
  • Schlenger, Heather J (HEATHER) 22
  • Cervantes, Rigoberto V (RIGO) 23
  • Saroyan, Ralph Leon (RALPH) 27
  • Sheely, Steve L (STEVE) 30
  • Sublet, Chad M (CHAD) 30


Reed Robins – celebrating being in good health. $2500

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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