The Wheel – June 29, 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.

President Nick, we salute you for a job so well done. You made our Rotary year successful and fun beyond measure. Now we start all over and welcome President Renna. Here we go.

Check out our speaker for next week. Timely, as we near the kick off for Read to Me, Stockton! on August 25 at Fillmore School. 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 – Mary Zastrow – “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance -Kerry Krueger
  • Thought for the Day -Melanie Vieux read a quote on gratitude and thanked President Nick and all the members for a great year.
  • Raffle – .
  • COG Club -Team Leader Jason Carlson, Raffle Tickets John Atwood, Greeter -, Mic1 Ali Galbraith, Mic2 Fred Weibel, Attendance John Atwood.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – July, 6 2011.


Stockton Schools – Carl J. Toliver. Carl Toliver is the Superintendent for Stockton Unified School District. Since coming out of retirement to serve as Superintendent, Mr. Toliver was instrumental with the development and establishment of the Health Careers Academy, Law Academy, and Trades Academy. In addition, he has provided instructional leadership to his management team to help them become true instructional leaders.

Mr. Toliver retired in 2006 as Interim Superintendent of Stockton Unified School District. Prior to this position, he was Deputy Superintendent, Associate Superintendent and high school Principal. He has thirty-seven years experience in all aspects of school operations, management, curriculum development, instructional leadership, district administration. Click here for more information about our speaker.

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


Nicholas Curtin, O.P.P.

“My Kick Out Or, Thou Shalt Not… .”

The regularly scheduled meeting was preempted by the shocking accusation that President Nick had broken not one but all of the Ten Commandments of being a Rotary President.

An inquisition commenced with a council of Cardinals including Cardinal Moe (Michael Blower), Cardinal Curly (Dave Tygett), Cardinal Larry (Bob Blower), and even RotoPope himself (Gary Putnam). President Nick sat on the stool of judgment as the council heard testimony from many, many members and witnesses presenting evidence of President Nick s transgressions.

With the threat of excommunication as the President of the Rotary Club of Stockton looming each commandment was heard:
Thou shall not forget your wife s name Guilty
Thou shall not forget the raffle and shall make it comprehensible Guilty
Thou shall not let the meeting go past 1:30 Guilty
Thou shall not drive with your head up your tail pipe Guilty
Thou shall not dress in drag Guilty
Thou shall not have too many female speakers Guilty
Thou shall not embarrass a new member Guilty
Thou shall not let your own cell phone go off in a meeting Guilty
Thou shall not where silly hats Guilty
Thou shall not move the meeting around Guilty


The council of three Cardinals, (Moe, Larry, and Curly) reached a tie vote so RotoPope was called in to bring final judgment. RotoPope brought balance to the charges by citing some examples of the good that has occurred during President Nick s year:
Planting many trees
Backpacks for needy students
Dictionaries for 3rd Graders
Foundation total giving over $45,000
Over $180 per capita to annual program funds
Polio giving of $3350
Polio Fun Run
Matching grants for Malawi medical supplies and Mexicali clean water project
The most successful Rotary Read-In in our history
Sent playgrounds to Mexicali and Romania
Presidential citation with distinction
Edison Interact and all their good deeds
Growth in Membership
Many awards at the District Conference including third place overall for large clubs

Nick Curtin was finally expunged by RotoPope.


Upcoming Speakers…


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


  • 03 Dr. Marsee-Delta College
  • 10 John Blount-Rotary International
  • 17 Dave Gallagher-The Rotary Foundation In Action
  • 24 TBA
  • 31 Robin Burcell-Writing Fiction and Forensic Art



Cardinal Moe getting things started.


Melanie Vieux giving us the Thought for the Day.


Mary Zastrow serenading our wahsed out president!

Cardinal Larry. Something about a Cardinal in dark glasses. Where is he looking?
IMG_2761RotoPope with some kind words for our beleagured President – not enough.


President Renna Beinoris!

Plesae click here for a complete slide show of the goings on at Presidents Nick’s Kick Out.

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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.

Read to Me, Stockton! – Mayor Ann Johnston introduced the program to the City at the City Council meeting on Tuesday. It was also announced that the kick off, not out, will be on August 25 at 10AM at Fillmore School. 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.

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… July

  • Blower, Michael C (MICHAEL) 01
  • Hull, Jr, W Terrence (TJ) 01
  • Badway, George A (GEORGE) 02
  • Philipp, Linda J (LINDA) 02
  • Green, John M (JOHN) 04
  • Riley, Lynndee (LYNNDEE) 06
  • Monroe, Ronald E (RON) 10
  • Wary, Richard M (DICK) 10
  • Robbins, Reed (REED) 11
  • Beinoris, Renna (RENNA) 13
  • Meza, Carlos E (CARLOS) 15
  • Merrill, Robert W (BOB) 17
  • Duarte, Luis A (LUIE) 23
  • Jaffe, Peter (PETER) 25
  • Duran, Eric E (ERIC) 28
  • Morales, Steve A (STEVE) 28
  • Frush, Gary L (GARY) 29
  • Greenberg, Jeffrey M (JEFF) 30
  • Bregman, Marc A (MARC) 31


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, awol.

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