The Wheel – December 21, 2011



Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. For you history buffs – what a treat.  For all of us, an opportunity to learn about how we got here.DARK next week.  Check out our program for January 4.  For those of you who are relatively new members you will be impressed by how smart they were back then.  For those that have been around for awhile, great fun to reminisce. 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 and Heather Schlenger, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Susan Drake.
  • Thought for the Day – Brian Dillon.  Brian’s child’s Christmas wish list.
  • Raffle –
  • COG Club -Team Leader: Kelly Huffman; Greeter: Kelly Huffman; Microphones: Octavio Cruces and Kelly Huffman; Attendance: John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – January 4, 2012.

Past President’s Day- the History of the Rotary Club of Stockton.  We will have four past presidents, representing four different decades as speakers. They will be Reid Johnson from the 70’s, James Darrah from the 80’s, Gerald Smith from the 90’s and Terry Hull from the 21st Century.

Rotary International

Historic Moments — Collecting history.  Rotary Archives chronicles more than 100 years of Service Above Self.  Read the complete article.

The comeback of Comely Bank.  Group hopes to raise US$3 million to restore Rotary founder’s home. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Amber Gonzalez-Vargas, Santa, Judy Chambers, Jim Darrah and Susan Drake.

Special Guests – Children from the Shelter for the Homeless and the Child Abuse Prevention Council.  Children and grandchildren of  Rotarians, Santa, Sparky and Rotary Man.


Christmas With The ChildrenThanks to the graciousness & generosity of Charlynn Harless and her merry elves, we held our traditional Children’s Christmas Program.  Santa visited and presented gifts to all children in attendance.  Sparky and Rotary Man were on deck to assist Santa.The Lincoln High School Choir and Chamber Chorus, led by Paul Kimball, Music Director, entertained us with many wonderful songs.  There were 30 members of the 135 regular members in the choirs present.Some of the special music included: “The Caroling Song”, “Child of Peace”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Oh Santa”, “Just Believe-from  Polar Express”, a Jewish hymn, an all sound effects piece called “Kindle”, “Christmas Wish”, and a very unique rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” taken from You Tube.The singing continued with familiar Christmas Carols that were sung by everyone.

Great music, good fun and lots of smiles and laughter was the theme of the day.







Upcoming Speakers…


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  • 04 Reid Johnson, James Darrah, Gerald Smith and Terry Hull-Past President’s Day-the History of the Rotary Club of Stockton
  • 11 Ed Sprague-UOP Baseball
  • 18 Paul Wenger-Why Agriculture is Important to You
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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.Thank you’s from President Renna – Special thank you to Charlynn Harless and husband Clint for arranginganother wonderful children’s Christmas event! Also to Rotary Man, Santa, Sparky, and  Chad Sublet, our “Go To Guy” always! Thank you to Bill Gass for arranging the Salvation Army bell ringing last Saturday and all those hardy Rotarians who helped. Thank you Nick Curtin for the usual amazing scheduling of Edison & Chavez Interact students who rang the bells too. Thanks to Waqar Rizvi for generously making sure all those in this event could enjoy Krispy Kreme donuts, cups of coffee and all the fixin’s, juice boxes, water and plenty of candy canes to hand out to the young ones.  Thanks to Dean and Bea McNeilly for making a special run for even more candy canes

Let’s Win – Help Rotary win United Airline air miles by voting at Click on the Rotary logo and then click Vote. You can vote every day through December 31, 2011.

We are currently at #6.  Help us get to #1 by voting today and every day until December 31, 2011. Your vote will help increase Rotary International’s percentage of the 10 million miles.  Membership in MileagePlus or OnePass® programs is not required to vote for your charity. Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of 25,000 miles. The donated miles will be deposited by January 31, 2012.

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.

Holiday 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.

Food Drive – President Renna thanked us for our generous gifts of cash and non-perishable food items to help Hazelton Elementary School in their food drive. The principal of the school thanked us for our help.

Membership Mixer – President Renna thanked Melanie Vieux for organizing a memorable event and for Octavio Cruces for hosting it.

Pearl Harbor Tribute – President Renna thanked Jim Dyke for arranging an inspiring group and an outstanding speaker.

Childrens Christmas Party – this will be on December 21st. If you plan to bring your children please let Chad know with names. Paul Kimball, of Lincoln High School, will lead the high school Christmas Carolers, Santa will be here and Charlynn Harless will lead in the gift giving to the children. Bring a $5 donation for Lincoln High School Music Department.

Toys for Tots – Natalie Norton, daughter of Ken Norton, is conducting her annual notecard sale the proceeds of which she gives to Toys for Tots. If you missed the literature on the table contact Ken at

A Friend in Need – Dick Wary introduced his friend George Grismore who needs a life saving double lung transplant. If you wish to help financially and missed the paper work on the tables please visit the website You may also contact Dick Wary.



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Birthdays… December

  • Gorham, Larry F (LARRY) 01
  • Fearrand, Trever (TREVER)05
  • Moore, Frank Jr. (FRANK) 07
  • Hicks, Kevin A (KEVIN) 12
  • Dochterman, Clifford (CLIFF) 13
  • Atwood, John A. (JOHN) 15
  • Whitney, Frank K (FRANK) 15
  • Dutton, Frank B (FRANK) 17
  • Peterson, Cathy (CATHY) 18
  • Hedburg, Jr, Harry (HARRY) 19
  • Sather, Michael C (MIKE) 20
  • Huffman, Kelly A (KELLY) 21
  • Cruces, Octavio (OCTAVIO) 27
  • Woltkamp, Jeffery M (JEFF) 29
  • Wagner, William E (BILL) 29
  • Masten, Richardson (RIC) 29
  • Gormsen, Peter G (PETE) 31


Special Thank You …

The Wheel – Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Frank Whitney, pictures; Pam Wenger, notes; Susan Drake, chief checker; Renna Beinoris, assistant to the chief checker.

Contact InformationAttn: 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