The Wheel – May 25, 2011



Back home for June 1.

RI Convention. Bill Gass sent an article from the New Orleans paper about the speech that Bill Gates gave about polio. Click here to read the article.

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 our speaker and special events re Read to Me, Stockton! Make a special effort to join 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 – Robert Paoletti – a song he wrote, “I am Just a Soldier”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Robert Paoletti, our most recent veteran.
  • Thought for the Day – Richard Tucker related his experience traveling abroad through Rotary Youth Exchange.
  • Raffle – Nick Curtin and Dave Midura drew coins.
  • COG Club -.Team Leader – Marie Arbios
    Raffle Tickets- John Atwood
    Greeter – Marie Arbios
    Microphones – John Litz and Brian Dillon
    Attendance – Rigo Cervantez and John Atwood

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 1, 2011.

Jose Rodriguez-El Concilio. Mr. Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of the Pacific and Humphrey s Law College. He began his tenure as a volunteer with the Concilio in 1988. He quickly moved through the ranks to become President and CEO the agency in 1994. Under his direction, the agency has added 28 new programs. In doing so he has increased the operating budget from 1.5 million dollars to 8 million dollars per year. For more information about our speaker please click here.

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

Head Table – President Nick Curtin, Richard Tucker, Cathy Peterson, Graham Tweedy, Susan Drake and Kerry Krueger.

Concern Report – Harry Hedberg is improving but he is still not accepting visitors. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Rotarian of the Month – President Nick Curtin recognized Kris Blower as Rotarian of the Month for June for her efforts on the rummage sale.

SRE Presentation – Mas Kamigaki made a presentation to the club and Luis Duarte, president of SRE, for the establishment of the Barbara Richards Raven Fund that will go towards care of animals in a “No Kill” shelter. She donated $50,000 to initiate the fund. The fund is named in honor of Barbara Richards and her pet Raven, a rescue dog that was also her pet.

SRE Society– President Nick Curtin made a special recognition to the members of the Stockton Rotary Endowment Society who have donated $1000 or more in a year to the Endowment. Members recognized were Jerry Butterfield, Susan Drake, Dale Drury, Lisa Bickford (former member), Roland Ghazal, Kuy Ky, John La Rue, Dean McNeilly, Pat Patmon, Reed Robbins, Richard Wary, Jim Woodward, Jerry Zedlitz, and Rotary Club Of Stockton.

New Member Proposals – Jeff Marsee by Judy Chambers. Jeff Woltkaamp by Robert Paoletti.


Cathy Peterson, Ed. D. – Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physical Therapy, University of Pacific

Ameliorating Shortages of Health Care Personnel Through Educating the Professorate

Dr. Cathy Peterson told us about her efforts to coordinate a 3 year post professional doctorate program to be offered abroad.

In order to do some research Dr. Peterson traveled to various countries including New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Mumbai, Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. She met with over 52 people and visited 16 Universities in those countries.

The proposed tuition for the 3 year program is roughly $87,000 which some of the countries were luke warm to but the eastern oil rich countries were very excited about it.

Dr. Peterson also told us about her experience in Saudi Arabia where she went to a college where male and female students learn and study separately. Male student have no visual contact with female students.

Cathy Peterson was introduced by Kerry Kreuger.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 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!


  • TBA



Robert Paoletti presenting his song, “I am Just a Soldier”.


Richard Tucker bringing us the thought for the day.


Kris Blower reporting on the very successful rummage sale.


Frank Moore and Don Barry. A job well done for the Rummage Sale.


Sustaining members of the Stockton Rotary Endowment


Susan Drake holding a letter she received from a child that received a dictionary.
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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. Guess where? Home at last. In case any have forgotten where home is call President Nick.

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. The event starts at 8 am at De Carli Plaza. 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 . More. We will be conducting a special event on June 1 that will feature our mayor and representatives from each group that is involved in the project.

Boat Trip – a trip is planned for Saturday September 10. More information to follow.

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 – Kris Blower reported that the rummage sale made almost $5000. Kris recognized all who were instrumental in making the entire event very successful. A special thanks to Frank Moore, Don Barry and Dave Midura.

Stockton Rotary Endowment – Luis Duarte stated that the Endowment is around 2.5 million. We will be able to make donations in the neighborhood of $30,000 for the 2011-2012 year.

Advertise in The Wheel – what a great opportunity we have to advertise in The Wheel. Give us your business card and we will place it in The Wheel. $300 for the Rotary year plus $75 if you wish a link to your website. Reseerve now by contacting Graham Tweedy at

Plotting – Michael Blower is having a “Kick Out” meeting at his dads home next Tuesday at 5:30.

Third Grade Dictionary Project – Susan Drake reported that every 3rd grader in Stockton has received their own dictionary. She read a few letters from the students who received the dictionaries.

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


Terry Hull Sr. – for cell phone misbehavior. $25.

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