The Wheel – November 16, 2011



Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Read an article to hear Jack Hanna’s opinion of Rotary’s involvement with polio.

Check out our speaker for next week. Note, we meet on Tuesday, joining the Rotary clubs of Stockton for a Thanksgiving celebration. . 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 – Julie Boucher – God Bless America .
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Waqar Rizvi.
  • Thought for the Day – Jerry Smith. Navy Seals are, the strong and silent type. When asked how many languages Seals had to learn to do their work, a Seal replied, We don t go anywhere to talk.
  • Raffle – Rich Good won $10.
  • COG Club – Team Leader: Jason R. Carlson, Raffle Tickets: Amy Scriven, Greeter: Kristen Dyke, Microphones: Josh Shackelford and Bob Nelson, Attendance: Amy Scriven.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – November 22, 2011. This is a Tuesday


Peter L. Salk, M.D., Vice President and Scientific Director,Jonas Salk Foundation. Dr. Salk, eldest son of Dr. Jonas Salk, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 1965 and Alpha Omega Alpha from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1969. Following two years of house staff training in internal medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, he worked in his father s laboratory at the Salk Institute from 1972 to 1984, conducting research on immunotherapy of cancer and autoimmune diseases. He worked again with his father from 1991 to 1995 on a project to develop an inactivated vaccine for prevention and treatment of HIV infection, which is still under way. Dr. Salk has also been engaged in the introduction of antiretroviral drug treatment for HIV infection and AIDS in Africa and Asia. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Immune Response Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company co-founded by his father and dedicated to developing immune-based therapeutic vaccines for HIV and AIDS.

Rotary International

Rotary has the power to end polio Read a Q&A with wildlife expert and ‘This Close’ participant Jack Hanna. Read the complete article.

Former Rotary Scholar educates, supports new mothers with HIV Aadila Sabat is working to prevent new HIV infections in children in sub-Saharan Africa. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Concern Report – Ken Miselis’ mother passed away recently.


Cathy Peterson – Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program UOP

The Anatomy of a Stroke

Dr Peterson left us with an easy way to remember the essence of her presentation. F.A.S.T. Face: facial droop. Arm: Arm numbness. Speech: speech is slurred. Time: Call 911 for any of the above symptoms.

Be transported by ambulance. Chew an aspirin while waiting for transportation or treatment.

The first 4.5 hrs are the most critical for treatment and recovery.

Cathy Peterson was introduced by Walt Wager.


Upcoming Speakers…


  • 23 Meet on 22. All City Thanksgiving
  • 30 Danny Sink-US Open Golf Tournament


  • 07 Admiral Joseph “Pepe” Castillo-Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941
  • 14 Lonny Davis-Hope Haven
  • 21 Santa-A Holiday Celebration
  • 28 DARK



Waqar Rizvi leading us in the Pledge.


Jerry Smith bringing us the Thought for the Day.


Gary Gillis updating us on PolioPlus.


Bill Jeffery joining the ranks of photographed Rotarians.

Bob Merdinger celebrating 51 years as a Rotarian. We are proud of you Bob.

Hazel Hill paying twice for her raffle winnings.



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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.

All City Thanksgiving Luncheon – The Rotary clubs of Stockton Annual All City Thanksgiving Luncheon will be on Tuesday November 22. We will not be convening our regular meeting on the 23rd. Get your tickets, $30 each, at our club meetings or contact Susan Drake. Bring a canned food item. The speaker will be Peter Salk, son of Jonas Salk, the discoverer and developer of the polio salk vaccine.


Membership Mixer
– Please bring a guest and join us for a Rotary Club of Stockton Membership Mixer! Wednesday, December 7th, at Casa Flores Marina, 3201 W. Ben Holt Dr. #155, 6 pm 8 pm. Hors-d oeuvres and cocktails. No-host bar for members. Contact Melanie Vieux, 944-9110 office or 925-518-3426 cell.

PolioPlus Update – Gary Gillis. The Plus in PolioPlus stands for the five other diseases Rotary has determined the PolioPlus network could be used to reduce or eradicate. These are measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus.

Change of Venue – December 7th we meet at Brookside Country Club. Program will be about Pearl Harbor. Please check our announcement next week.

Christmas Party – Tom Perry. The party will be at Laura Pinkerton s home on Thursday, December 22 at 6 pm. Music, wine and hors d’oeurves. Sign up sheets will be on the tables.

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 $1531. If you would like additional cards for family, friends see Susan.



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Birthdays… November

  • Litz, John T. (JOHN) 04
  • LaFargue, Craig J (CRAIG) 08
  • Rizvi, Muhammad Waqar (WAQAR) 10
  • Gassner, Alfred M (FRED) 10
  • Weibel, Fred E Jr. (FRED) 14
  • Maroulis, John P (JOHN) 14
  • Arbios, Marie M (MARIE) 15
  • Tweedy, Graham (GRAHAM) 16
  • Perry, Thomas O (TOM) 22
  • Woodward, Albert James (JIM) 22
  • Snyder, Robert L (BOB) 23
  • Uychutin, Connie (CONNIE) 23
  • Srulowitz, Douglas S (DOUG) 24
  • Putnam, Gary B (GARY) 27
  • Sperry, Gerald A Esq. (JERRY) 27
  • Despotes, Anthony M (TONY) 28
  • Steele, Kenneth A (KEN) 29
  • Hauser, Helen W (HELEN) 29
  • Wager, Walter E (WALT) 30


Hazel Hill – $5 paid to have her Foundation Dinner raffle prize returned to her.

Bob Merdinger – paid $100 to celebrate his 51st anniversary as a Rotarian.

Bill Jeffery – $100 for his photo published in a local magazine.

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