The Wheel – August 17, 2011



Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International.

Check out our speaker for next week. Rod Bovee is a true adventurer. Please click here to learn more.

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“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Julie Boucher & Heather Schlenger, “America the Beautiful”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Gary Gillis.
  • Thought for the Day – Floyd Crame. Freedom means the absence of undue restrictions. There is a cost associated with freedom, which usually involves the American armed forces. We must not take freedom for granted. God bless all of the American service men and women!
  • Raffle – Gary Gillis drew a $10 bill.
  • COG Club -Team Leader: Heather Schlenger; Raffle Tickets: John Atwood; Greeter: Bill Jeffery; Microphones: Connie Uychutin & Jeff WolfKamp and Attendance: John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – August 24, 2011.


Rodney Bovee-Racing the Planet. Rod s adventures started back in the days while working at American Savings and Union Safe Deposit Bank with his adventure partner, Kent Gikas, starting with backpacking trips into the High Sierras and later climbing Mt. Whitney and Mt. Shasta multiple times. While on the frozen slopes of Shasta, it was decided that warmer country was needed for future adventures. Several months later, and over a couple of martinis at de Vega Brothers, the two of them agreed to enter in an ultra marathon foot race across the Gobi Desert in the far western territory of China, near the Tajikistan border. Since completing that race, Rod and Kent were hooked and a year later entered into another race, but this time across the sands of the Sahara. This addicting adventure racing was not out of their blood so days after the terrific earthquake in Chile, Rod and Kent were on a plane for their next adventure, the driest place in the world known as the Atacama Desert in sight of the Andes and at 10,000 feet of elevation in northern Chile. It is the place where NASA tests its Mars robotic vehicles. Needless to say, the terrain and temperatures resemble Mars.

These races are 250 kilometers in distance and require the 150 to 170 competitors to carry all of their own provisions, including medical supplies, food, clothing and emergency gear on their backs while they complete 6 marathons in 5 consecutive days over the harshest terrain on the planet thus Racing the Planet.

Rotary International

Rotarians play key role in Pakistan s strategy to end polio. Club members press ahead with immunization, social mobilization, and advocacy. Read the complete article.

Foundation alumni empower communities in South Africa, India. Former scholars, peace fellow use their training to help others. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Graham Tweedy, Gary Gillis, Dave Gallagher, Floyd Crame and Susan Drake.

Paul Harris Fellowship Awards – Roland Ghazal, Paul Harris plus 5. Graham Tweedy, Paul Harris plus 4 four.

Proposed New Member – Erica Plumb of Mercy Housing by Susan Drake.

Memorials – Dean McNeilly for Bill Scott and Ellie Conway; Reid Johnson and Jerry Zedlitz for Bill Scott.


Dave Gallagher-District Foundation Chair, Past District Governor of 5220

The Rotary Foundation In Action.

The Rotary International Foundation’s mission is to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the many avenues of service.

Our club has contributed $1,050,105.22 to the Foundaton. We have 694 Paul Harris Fellowships, 13 Major Donors ($10,000 ea) and have donated over $200,000 to Polio Eradication.

What is the foundation doing with our money?

In addition to Project Hope at an orphanage in Kenya which is now complete, the foundation has awarded another Health, Hunger and Humanity Grant to our District through the work of Director Gallager and others to address the needs of orphans in Romania.

The early results of this grant have been both to care for the children in these orphanages and to make several of the programs and the orphanages themselves self-sustaining. This has been accomplished through the sale of food products produced in excess of the food needed to care for the children in the orphanages on orphanage farms. Another benefit has been the training the children have received through working in the food production.

Another phase of this grant has been to setup and operate a vocational training school which is becoming self-sufficient through the students repairing vehicles at a fee for the community.

Dave Gallagher was introduced by Susan Drake.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 24 Rodney Bovee-Racing the Planet
  • 31 Robin Burcell-Writing Fiction and Forensic Art


  • 07 Jon Coupal-California Taxpayeers-An Endangered Species
  • 14 Dave Mantooth-District Governor
  • 21 Pat Collier-St Joseph’s Care Van
  • 28 Brent Holz-TBA



Roland Ghazal and


Graham Tweedy commenting on their Paul Harris Fellowship Awards.


Tony Despotes and Jim Dyke. Typical attorneys, could you follow a thing they said?


Dave Tygett getting us ready for the Boats, Bales and BBQ’s.

Did a certain president miss something?

Big winner Gary Gillis!

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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.

August – Rotary Membership Month – August is Rotary Membership Month. We are encouraged to look to our friends, family, co-workers and neighbors and consider introducing them to Rotary and our club.

Directory News – Graham Tweedy. No more printed directories by the club. Instead, members may access and print out the club member roster from the district database accessable to every club member. This will save the club $2,500 to $3,000 plus per printing. Hal Monroe will be emailing every member with detailed instructions to access the database to use the membership directory and how to update your personal profile. Should you have an issue in printing out your directory please contact Hal or Graham.

Music in the Park – Kerry Krueger. The event is Wednesday August 31, 6-8 p.m. at Victory Park Bandstand. The band is Miss Lizzy and Her Cadillac Kings (Jump Blues music think Patsy Cline or Bonnie Raitt or Elvis for that matter!). Ice cream served, you bring the rest

Night at the Ports – District 5220 is holding a Night At the Ports on August 30. Cost is $10 per person. Contact Nick Curtin at

Golf Tournament – Bill Wagner. Rotary Club of Stockton Golf Tournament was held August 15 at Stockton G&CC. Tim Swartz foursome, including Tim, Rob Gross, Luke Schwartz and Mike Fisher, took low-net. Hal Monroe’s group – Hal, David Miller, Jim Anthony and Mark Plovnick, took low-gross.

Foundation Seminar – August 20. An opportunity to be updated on the functioning of the Rotary Foundation. A number of us are signed up but room for more. We will be car pooling. The club will pay for the event. It will be held at Escalon High School, 1520 Yosemite Avenue, Escalon. 8-9am Registration and Check-in; 9-12pm Seminar; 12pm Lunch-sandwiches, salads, drinks. RSVP s to Susan.


Read to Me, Stockton! Kickoff
– The public kickoff for Read to Me, Stockton! is scheduled for August 25 at 10 AM at Fillmore School. A program is planned to include persons to introduce the program. You are invited to join SUSD leaders, staff and community leaders. Please contact Graham Tweedy at Lets have a good Rotary turnout to show our committment to the children of Stockton and an opportunity to help them succeed.

John Harmon Annual Boat Trip – a trip is planned for Saturday September 10. Our destination will be the Delta Yacht Club. Depart times will vary with boat. BBQ at 12:30. Menu – BBQ Tri Tip, BBQ chicken, baked beans, salad, rolls and wine. Oh, and cookies. Cost, $20 for adults, 12-18 $10, under 12 free. No host bar by Delta Yacht Club. Sign up at tables or online at our calendar. Dave Tygett is the contact.

Boots, Bales and BBQ – Rich Good reminded the club to get the raffle tickets in for the Boots Bales and BBQ to be held at Bora Winery on September 17th. 1st PRIZE: A cruise; 2nd PRIZE: An IPod 2: 3rd PRIZE: $500. This is our major fund raiser. Contact Richard 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 $1339. If you would like additional cards for family, friends see Susan.



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Birthdays… August

  • Serra, Joseph B. M.D. (JOE)04
  • Nelson, Robert C (ROBERT)05
  • Wykoff, Victor Jr (VIC)06
  • Miller, David L (DAVID)14
  • Benner, Dale (DALE)16
  • Notman, John S (JOHN)19
  • Campora, Cathryn M (CATEY)25
  • Chapman, Daniel J (DAN)25
  • Crump, Ronald L (RON)26
  • LaRue, John K (JOHN)26
  • Lemos, Louis G (LOUIS)27
  • Burdick, William L (BILL)28


Tony Despotes – $25 for being AWOL from a picture showing members of his firm in their renovated digs.

Jim Dyke – $150 for the same crime as his partner above and travelling. At least Jim confessed where he was. Jim and Tony are attorneys in questionable standing at Neumiller and Beardslee.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Michael Blower, pictures; Bill Brown, notes; Susan Drake, chief checker; Renna Beinoris, 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
Kalyan Banerjee

District 5220 Governor
Dave Mantooth

Stockton Rotary Club President
Renna Beinoris