The Wheel – September 21, 2011



Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Read about Rotary during 9/11 and Rotary’s commitment to the Imagination Library.

Check out our speaker for next week.Something about reducing air pollution with almonds. 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.

“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Robert Paoletti, The Air Force Song.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Louis Lemos.
  • Thought for the Day – Bill Wagner. Is there a fellow Rotarian you should call or otherwise encourage?
  • Raffle – Luie Duarte drew a $10.
  • COG Club -Team Leader: Jason Carlson
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Juli Rhodes
    Microphones: Josh Shackelford & Barney Kramer
    Attendance: John Atwood & Rigo Cervantes

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – September 28, 2011.


Brent Holz-Wood chipping almond prunings to reduce air pollution and build soil organic matter. Brent is employed by the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is County Director and Farm Advisor, Administration, Pomology, since January 2010. For a complete resume please click here.

Rotary International

New York club honors heroes in 9/11 anniversary remembrance. Luncheon at the Harvard Club on 12 September will feature speeches, letters, and tribute videos. Read the complete article.

RI chief meets with Dolly Parton to talk literacy.
Hewko meets with country music legend and reading proponent, reinforcing shared literacy goals. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Louis Lemos, Bill Wagner, Kristina Knudsen, Pat Collier, speaker and Susan Drake.


Pat Collier-Health on 18 Wheels

The Care Van program is a free outreach service of St. Joseph s Hospital. It operates out of a semi-trailer that has been completely outfitted to operate as a medical clinic with a patient waiting room, records and admitting room and exam and minor treatment or surgery areas.

The Van program includes Episodic Care for such things as minor colds, screening for blood pressure and blood sugar and education of patients in resources, access to other care including community partnerships.

There are 15 regular sites in Stockton where 3,285 patients were treated last year, which reduced E R traffic at St Joseph s as well as the other hospitals in the community. The average patient income is between 0 and $25,000 per year. The primary age of patients is 20-59. Sixty percent are female and forty percent are male. Patients are only seen as walk-in. Sixty five percent speak Spanish as their primary language.

In addition to the clerical staff there is always a volunteer physician or a nurse practitioner available. The program operates four days each week.

Our own Dr. Mas Kamigaki is a regular volunteer in the program.

Pat Collier was introduced by Kristina Knudsen.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 28 Brent Holz-Wood chipping almond prunings to reduce air pollution and build soil organic matter


  • 05 Richard Tucker-What does it Mean to Donate Your Body to Science?
  • 12 Sandra Schubert-The Farm Bill
  • 19 Bob Krauter-Protecting Private Property Rights
  • 26 Angel Arceo-California Highway Patrol



Robert Paoletti bringing us the song for the day.


Bill Wagner, bringing us the thought for the day.


Students and coordinator from Franklin High School, through Nick Curtin’s efforts, received a District Simplified Grant to help them with their school garden.


Liz Hull describing the job shadowing program.

Lloyd De Bock paying for celebrating his wedding anniversary. Which one Lloyd?

Kristina Knudsen introducing our speaker.

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Club Announcements

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Spirit of Literacy Award – Ann Johnston was recognized for her dedication to literacy by San Joaquin A+ at their annual “The Spirit of Literacy Awards” banquet at Wine and Roses on Tuesday, September 20. Ann dedicates considerable effort to addressing the literacy issue in our city including the Mayor’s Book Club which spawned the Read to Me, Stockton! project. Congratulations Ann! Ann is shown with Andrew Mendoza of Kaiser Permanente who sponsored the event.

The Rotarian Magazine – Distribute The Rotarian in the community. The club has stickers with the Rotary Club address to cover your personal information. Pick ’em up and stick ’em.

Charity Solicitation – the club s Charity Allocations Committee is soliciting requests for funds for the projects of deserving local charitable organizations for the 2011/2012 club year. If any members have contacts with local charities in need of funding, please refer them to Pete Gormsen at 944-0740 for funding requests forms and information regarding the selection process. The deadline for receiving completed funding applications is October 31, 2011. The application request is also available at our website.

Completed applications should be mailed to the following:
Pete Gormsen, Chairman
Rotary Club of Stockton Charity Allocations Committee
1401 N. Hunter Street
Stockton, Ca 95202
Telephone 209-944-0740
E-mail address:

New Member – Kristina Knudsen was recognized for the new member she brought in during Past President Nick s year.

Franklin High School Garden Program
– Nick Curtin introduced current and founding members of the Franklin High School After School Garden Program. They were presented with a check for $700 from a District Simplified Grant in support of their work.

Latino Family Literacy Program – President Renna announced the District Simplified Grant for $3000 in support of the program at Henry School led by first grade teacher Susan Ollis and volunteer Sharon Tweedy.

Job Shadowing – Liz Hull promoted Rotary Vocational Month during October. She is recruiting Rotarians who are willing to be job shadowed by Edison and Chavez high school students on October 26. Contact Liz or sign up at the club.

Clean Air Month – Kevin Hicks promoted Clean Air month with an encouragement to car pool or ride your bike to work.

Dictionary Sticking – Thanks to Susan Drake, Nick Curtin, Don Barry, Gary Putnam, Diane Stauffer, Hal Monroe and six Edison Interactors for placing the Rotary sticker on 1,300 dictionaries.

Kids in a Box – Nick Curtin thanked those who transported the Interact students to and from the event where they raised $900 plus for the Haven of Peace family shelter. They were Laura Reeves + use of two Hanot vans, Dave Tygett, Nick Curtin, Marie Arbios gave us her bus + driver. On stand-by but not needed: Frank Moore, Graham Tweedy, Don Barry, Dennis Cochran, and Susan Drake. Special thanks to those who donated funds to make this event a great fundraiser for Haven of Peace Homeless Shelter.

Dictionary Distribution – Susan Drake. We are getting ready to distribute dictionaries to third graders in 17 schools. If you would be interested in helping hand out the books please let Susan Drake know. It usually takes 1-2 hours and we have plans for various days and times. Contact Susan at

Rotary Foundation Dinner and Raffle – the District Foundation raffle tickets are now ready for distribution. Pick up your package, letter and raffle tickets, at the club. The dinner is on November 5. Sign up with Ken Steele.

Delta Yacht Club – Our hosts, for the Boat Trip, have a limited number of memberships open. It is a beautiful spot with lots of amenities. If you are interested call Brian Wurtz at 925-672-6728.

Boots, Bales and BBQ – Melanie Vieux, Rich Good and crew pulled off an outstanding event. About 150 Rotarians and guests enjoyed great food, fun and fellowship at Borra Vineyards. In the process we raised money for our charities.

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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Click on Better Hearing and CMPD to link to their websites

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Birthdays… September

  • Krygsman,Alexander(LEX)01
  • Kozlow, Paul C (PAUL) 01
  • Schwartz, Timothy J (TIM) 03
  • Knudsen, Kristina M (KRISTINA) 04
  • Corrales, Lex A (LEX) 05
  • Reusche, John E (JOHN) 10
  • Lee, Derron T (DERRON) 10
  • Stefanac, Matthew R (MATT) 13
  • Ghazal, Roland R (ROLAND) 14
  • Sheil, Fred J (FRED) 15
  • Miselis, Kenneth V (KEN) 17
  • Dyke, James R (JIM) 18
  • Anthony, James P. (JIM) 26
  • Patmon III, Charles G III (PAT) 26
  • Smith, Gerald L (JERRY) 27
  • Johnston, Ann H (ANN) 29
  • Barry, Donald K (DON) 29


Lloyd De Bock and wife Pat vacationed in Hawaii to celebrate their wedding anniversary. $250.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Eric Duran, 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

University of California, Division of Agriculture and natural resources,

San Joaquin County

County Director and Farm Advisor, Administration, Pomology, January 2010-present

Director of UC Cooperative Extension in San Joaquin County and research and extension of sustainable orchard practices in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

University of California, Division of Agriculture and natural resources, Madera County

Farm Advisor, Pomology, Plant Pathology, 2002-2009

Associate Farm Advisor, Pomology, Water and Soils, 1998-2002

Assistant Farm Advisor, Pomology, Water and Soils, 1994-1998

Research and extension of sustainable orchard practices of tree fruit and nut crops in the San Joaquin Valley of California.