The Wheel – May 4, 2011



Next week we are at The Reserve. Check the announcement section for details.

Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Read about how Rotary is changing to adapt to the times.

Next week’s meeting features a visit to the Hubble Telescope. Rumor has it that our speaker makes a very interesting presentation. 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 Blower – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Bob Leornard.
  • Thought for the Day – Gary Frush. A Mother’s Day theme with poems, history and some special thoughts.
  • Raffle – Dave Midura won a coin.
  • COG Club – Team Leader, Jason Carlson, Raffle Tickets John Atwood, Greeter Joshua Shakelford, Mic1 Jason Carlson, Mic2 Barney Kramer, Attendance John Litz

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 11, 2011.


Bert Bulkin-The Hubble Telescope and the Last Launching of our Space Shuttle Program in June.

Rotary International

The Rotary of the future. What will Rotary be like in the future? Find out what average Rotarians had to say about this question and others in Rotary Minute. Read the complete article.

Rotary clubs make changes to attract younger members
. Evening club in California, USA, meets in a brewery, promotes hands-on service projects. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – Susan Drake, President Nick, Bob Leonard, Gary Frush, Wendy Martin and Ken Scheidegger.

Concern Report – Lloyd DeBock. Harry Hedburg was involved in a car accident and is being treated at St. Josephs Hospital. No calls or visitors.

Motions Passed – Revisions of Rotary Club of Stockton By-Laws and Constitution were approved by the club.

Rotarian of the Month – Graham Tweedy was given May’s award by President Nick.

Memorials – From Gayle and Ken Riley for Ed Coy and Ursula Meyer.


Ken Schiedegger, President and Wendi Martin, Executive Director of the Discover the Delta Foundation

Delta Habitat & the Delta Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to promote, protect and preserve the California Delta by providing objective and scientific based information so that this very important resource can be better understood, enhanced and enjoyed. The Foundation, established in 2006, is a non-profit promoting education and economic stimulus to the Delta.

The flagship project, the Delta Discovery Center, will be located on the corner or Highway 12 and Highway 160 and will include an 8000 square foot educational center, Farmer s Market (already opened), a working farm, Native American village, a greenhouse, and many other attractions.

Those interested in learning more and supporting these projects can find information at

Our speakers were introduced by Nick Curtin.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 11 Bert Bulkin-The Hubble Telescope
  • 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


  • 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!



Bob Leonard leading us in the pledge after which he transgressed.


Hear me! Hear me! Join Kris and the gang at our Annual Rummage Sale.


Chad Sublet, our Club Service Director, announcing the Kayak Party. Congratulations Chad, you are number one!


Laura Pinkerton paying up for her son’s accomplishments.


Dave Tygett being recognized for a job well done at the District Conference.


Susan Drake, recognized for her duties at the District Conference.
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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. We will have a change of locations for our next regularly scheduled Rotary Club of Stockton meeting Wednesday May 11th. We will meet at The Reserve at Spanos Park, 6301 West Eight Mile Road, Stockton, CA 95219. The meeting will be held in the banquet hall to the south of the clubhouse. Edison Interact students will run the meeting. Speaker is Bert Bulkin former director of the Hubble Telescope.

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 .

Kayak Party – Chad Sublet. 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

District Conference – at the recent District Conference our club won nine awards. The list is below. Congratulations to all and to our President Nick for his tireless effort to make our club’s presence at the conference a positive one. Susan Drake and Dave Tygett also contributed and they are listed in the Recognitions section. One more! Gary Putnam was there and presented Mark Twain in his inimitable way.

The awards. Large Club-Best Overall, 3rd. Club Service, 1st. Electronic bulletin, 1st. Membership, 2nd. New Generations Service, 3rd. Polio Eradication Public Awareness, 2nd. Printed Club Bulletin, 2nd. Public Awareness, 1st. Website, 1st.

Ursula Meyer Celebration – There will be a Celebration of Ursula Meyer s 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. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Friends of the Stockton Public Library, P.O. Box 77933 , Stockton , CA 95267. Stockton Opera Association, P.O. Box 7883 , Stockton , CA 95267-0883. Diabetes Association. Arthritis Association.

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 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.

Rummage Sale – Yup! It’s almost here! Our BIG 2nd annual Rummage Sale being held on Sat. May 21st!! You have all been fabulous giving and collecting “STUFF” for the big event! Remember, Frank Moore, will have his truck at Wednesday’s meetings to collect what you bring and take it to our sale spot.

If you need to deliver items on another date or need us to pick it up, please call or email Don Barry – 471-3217, Frank Moore – 639-4982, Linda Philipp – 482-8282
Kris Blower – 471-9771 . PLEASE dont’ forget to ask your neighbors, family, friends, enemies…….they all have “STUFF” that we can sell and make money for Charities!!!
As time nears, we need a lot of MAN POWER!!!….
We need help sorting thru the “Stuff”…..Doors will be open Tues, Wed., Thurs & Fri (May 17th thru May 20th) from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Hopefully you can find an hour or two or more to help us organize the “STUFF”! If you can’t, maybe you know a friend or family member that would like to help. Believe me, we NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET!!!

The sale is from 8:00 to 3:00 pm. Saturday May 21st. It is located in the Rite Aid parking lot (behind the store) at the corner of West Lane and Bianchi Road. We will start setting up at 6:00 am that morning. This is where we REALLY need help!!! Everything needs to be carried out to the parking lot!! Strong muscles are NEEDED!!
And a final need…….WE NEED PEOPLE TO WORK THE SALE!! Please let me know if you can work the morning shift, afternoon shift, an hour here or there, if you have kids, spouses, friends, ex’s, etc….etc…. any one who would like to be part of this “Unbelievable Rummage Sale Experience!!
We also are in great need of tables to put the items on. If you have tables to lend, we would love them. Please write your name on the underside of the table so we know who it belongs to. If possible, we would like the tables to be available to us the days that we are sorting the “STUFF”!!!

Again, thank you for all of your help and donations!! Remember, we are all trying to raise money for Rotary and President Nick!!! Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeers and thank you again! Kris.

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. We will be carpooling to Merced. Contact Susan Drake for more information at

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


Susan Drake – $150, was very busy at the District Conference, in charge of judging Awards, aid to the International Rotary President s representative Brenda Cressey, and was elected as our District s representative to the Council on Legislation in 2013.

Laura Pinkerton – $100 for her son s accomplishments winning the League in tennis and starring in the lead role in a production of Streetcar Named Desire.

Bob Leonard – $25 for cell phone impropriety.

Luie Duarte – $25 for cell phone impropriety.

Dave Tygett – $25 for is usuall entertaing style in carrying out a borderline boring assignment at the District Conference.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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