The Wheel – June 22, 2011



Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Read about Bill Gates at the RI Convention and learn about RI President Elect’s emphasis for the next Rotary year.

All good things come to an end. And so it has for our President Nick. Or should we say for us. Let’s make a special effort to join him for his send off. Guaranteed to be memorable. 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 – “Lady is the Best”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance -Jim Dyke
  • Thought for the Day -Kuy Ky read a poem from his son Dean Ky, Dean Ky a boy who wants to be like his Dad .
  • Raffle – Pete Gormsen won the coin.
  • COG Club -Team Leader Marie Arbios
    Raffle Tickets John Atwood
    Greeter Laura Reeves
    Microphones Barney Kramer and Joshua Shackelford
    Attendance John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 29, 2011.


Nick Curtin – My Year. Whew! We will review our President’s year through some pretty jaundiced eyes. Just remember Nick, through it all, we really love you we just have a funny way of showing it. The reign of Nicholas the Great, or is it the Lessor, ends. It was a wonderful year.

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, Kuy Ky, Lee Eang, Jim Dyke, Kendra Bruno and Susan Drake.

Special Recognition from President Nick – Marie Medford for providing us wonderful music.

Special Recognition from President Nick – Avenues of Service award to Chad Sublet for all his contributions to the club.

President Nick Curtin also recognized the following individuals for their assistance during his presidency year.

Board of Directors

Renna Beinoris President elect
Blain Bibb Director of New Generations
Susan Drake Secretary
TJ Hull Director of Membership
Kevin Kauffman Director of Rotary Foundation
Cathy Peterson Director of International Service
Chad Sublet Director of Club Service
Waqar Rizvi Director of Community Service
Graham Tweedy Director of Communications
Walt Wager Director of Vocational Service
Jerry Zedlitz Treasurer

President Nick Curtin also recognized members who make things happen, week after week.

Rigo Cervantes Sergeant at arms
Floyd Crame Leader of Song
Lloyd DeBock Concern Chair
Kuy Ky Program Chair
Melanie Veaux Thought for the Day Coordinator

Special Guest – Kendra Bruno, recently returned Ambassadorial Scholar. She will talk to us in July about her experience in Costa Rica.

New Member Proposals – Octavio Cruces by Terry Hull Sr and Brett Morgan by Liz Hull.


Lee Eang

Unknown Palsy

Lee Eang was introduced by her younger brother and Rotarian Kuy Ky. Lee was born in Cambodia and mainly cared for by her grandparents, she moved to the United States in 1979. Her sponsors were from Texas.

Lee attended local schools which included Stagg High School, then Delta College and then a short time at UOP. She received her BA from National University and her Masters from Fresno State in the Study of Rehabilitation Counseling.

When Lee was born she was disabled and suffered from an unknown palsy. Her parents wondered that her illness may have occurred from something they had done. In 1981 her condition was diagnosed as Cerebral Palsy by a hospital in San Francisco.

Lee has tremendous strength and is very strong willed and independent. She shared a story about her desire to drive, convincing her father to buy her a van. Throughout her life she has been very positive and maintains a strong desire to remain active and independent.

Lee became a mother in 2003 to a healthy boy.

Next on the list for Lee is to sky dive, she concluded by saying that the wheel chair has in no way limited her desire to live life.

Lee Eang was introduced by Kuy Ky.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 22 KICK OUT!


  • 06 Carl Toliver-Schools in Stockton
  • 13 Maria Pallavicini-UOP
  • 20 John Donnelly-Overview of DEA and Drug Trends in the Central Valley
  • 27 Kendra Bruno-Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar



President Nick thanked Marie Medford for her musical contribution to our meetings.


Chad Sublet. Receiving the Avenues of Service Award.


Rigo Cervantes, one of those who makes things happen every week.


Pete Wolfe paying up for managing to dodge the FAA for fifty years.

Ken Steele, the romantic returned from Paris.
Curtins for the Board of 2010-2011.
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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.

Update from the Philippines – Ron Singson brought us up to date regarding the Philippine students the club sponsored four years ago. We helped them gain a high school education and some are getting ready to graduate.

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

Read to Me, Stockton! – Mayor Ann Johnston will introduce the program to the City at the City Council meeting this coming Tuesday at 5:30 PM. You are invited to join us at the Council meeting. Please be there at 5:30 as we will be early on the agenda. 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

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

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

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.

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


Ken Steele was recognized for his romantic trip to celebrate his anniversary with his wife to Paris. Actually Paris, Tennessee $25. Ken also presented the club a banner from the Rotary Club in Paris Tennessee.

Bob Blower was recognized for $150 for his trip to Hawaii. Kris Blower and Helen Hauser contributed $50 each to the total.

Jim Dyke was recognized for a bell ringer for his recent cruise. $250.

Gary Gillis was recognized for his picture in the front page of The Record. $100

Peter Wolfe received an FAA recognition for 50 years of service in the aviation industry without a single complication or infraction. A double Heart Stopper $1000.

Laura Reeves – for a misbehaving cell phone. $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