The Wheel – June 15, 2011



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“Building Communities – Bridging Continents”


  • Song – Floyd Crame – “Lazy Song”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – John Litz.
  • Thought for the Day -Tom McHugh observed Flag Day with a history and celebration of the birth of the flag in 1777.
  • Raffle – Gary Gillis won a coin.
  • COG Club -Team Leader Fred Weibel, Raffle Tickets John Atwood, Greeter Laura Reeves, Mic1 Kristen Dyke, Mic2 Amy Scriven, Attendance John Atwood

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 22, 2011.


Lee Eang – Unknown Palsy. My name Ly Eang. I was borned physically disabled and am not able to walk. The UNKNOWN PALSY had been with me for 15 years. My mother always asked “Why Me, Why my daughter? What did we do wrong to deserve this. I was carried, piggy-back, on my father’s back through the jungle in the escape to freedom from Cambodia to Thailand.

I arrived in the United States in 1979 at 13 yrs old. I graduated from A A Stagg high school. Attended San Joaquin Delta college, received B. A. from National University, M.A at Fresno State in Rehabilitation Counselor. I became a mom in 2003 to a healthy baby boy.

My disease was not diagnosed until 1981 at San Francisco Hospital. Only in America, I live a full & normal life despite of my disability.

Rotary International

Gates tells Rotary to keep up the fight. Cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation urges Rotarians to redouble their efforts to push the polio eradication campaign through its final and most difficult stage Read the complete article.

Banerjee outlines emphases for the year. President-elect asks Rotarians to take on today’s challenges in new and different ways.. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – President Nick Curtin, Tom Perry, Kerry Krueger, Tom McHugh, John Litz and Renna Beinoris.

Concern Report – DG Don Murphy fell ill at a Rotary kick out in Merced. Don is undergoing tests and is resting comfortably at home.

Paul Harris Fellowships – Kuy Ky received his Paul Harris plus 6 pin and then honored his mother, mother in law, and father in law with Paul Harris s each. Gary Putnum received his Paul Harris plus 3 pin.


Tom Perry – Partner Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson
At the End of His Rope: Adventures in Water Ski Racing

Our fellow Rotarian, Tom Perry, introduced us to the exciting sport of water ski racing whereby a single person straps on a single ski 7 4 long and 6 wide weighing 19 lbs. at the end of a 200 foot long rope attached to a speed boat going 60 to 100 MPH for a duration of 30 to 60 minutes in choppy water in close proximity to over half a dozen other racers. Whew!

Tom presented some thrilling video and personal testimony to illustrate this exhilarating sport. Along the way Tom s celebration of a life on the water shone through.

Tom Perry was introduced by Kerry Krueger


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 22 Lee Eang-Unknown Palsy
  • 29 KICK OUT!


  • TBA


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Tom McHugh bringing us the Thought for the Day.

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Kuy Ky and Gary Putnam receiving their Paul Harris Fellowships.

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Kuy Ky’s father in law, mother in law and mother receiving their Paul Harris Fellowships.

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Tom McHugh being recognized for his son leaving home.

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TJ Hull announcing a successful membership campaign.
Our club’s representation at the District Assembly on June 4. Hal, the camera is to your right.
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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.

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

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

Membership Update – TJ Hull announced the successful recruitment of 19 new members this Rotary year. Brian Dillon’s team won the Bingo challenge bringing in the most members.

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

Bocce Ball Challenge – A great time was had by all. Well, for some of us it was a shocking loss to President Nick’s team as they won the Rotary Challenge. Great job Pres.

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. Reserve now by contacting Graham Tweedy at

Boots, Bales & BBQ – Save the date, September 17. Our annual Hoe-down, barn dance and BBQ. Live and silent auction.

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.

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… June

  • Burns, Darrell R Jr. (DARRELL) 03
  • Wilhoit, Douglass W (DOUG) 05
  • De Gregori, John H (JOHN) 08
  • Plovnick, Mark S (MARK) 08
  • Neri, Don G (DON) 09
  • Blower, Kris A (KRIS) 10
  • O’Sullivan, John V (JACK) 10
  • Shapiro, Robert J (BOB) 11
  • Harless, Charlynn L (CHARLYNN) 13
  • Drake, Susan J (SUSAN) 14
  • Kauffman, Kevin M (KEVIN) 17
  • Moilan, Ross M (ROSS) 17
  • Scriven, Amy L (AMY) 18
  • Drury, Dale L (DALE) 21
  • Hosie, William C (BILL) 25
  • Curtin, Nicholas (NICK) 27
  • Lynch, William H (BILL) 29
  • Lofthus, Ort J (OJ) 29
  • Dietrich V, Francis J (JOSEPH) 30


Dick Wary – $250 in honor of his friend since kindergarten, James Whittaker from North Platt, Nebraska.

Roland Ghazal – $1000 for a trio of confessions . Vacation to Europe with his wife, son and daughter are doing well in college and arrival of first granddaughter.

Tom McHugh – $25 for youngest son Jack graduating high school and continuing on to Boise State.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Floyd Crame, 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