The Wheel – January 18, 2012



Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Read some of the top stories of RI for the past year.Check out our program for next week. The topic is critical to all of us. 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, & Heather Schlenger, “I’m a Little Teapot”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Ken Steele.
  • Thought for the Day – Jeff Zola, shared thoughts on showing love to others. Love comes from within; if you love someone, tell them often.
  • Raffle – Graham Tweedy won $5.
  • COG Club – Heather Schlenger – team leader and greeter, Michael Gotschall and Jeff Woltkamp – microphones, Rigo Cervantes – attendance, and John Atwood – raffle and attendance.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – January 25, 2012

Don Miller-The First Tee of San Joaquin. Don Miller was born and raised in New Jersey (on the Jersey shore).  Graduated with B.A. in Sports Administration from Saint Thomas University, Miami, FL  Worked in minor league baseball front offices in Oklahoma City, El Paso, Lodi, Stockton for total 10 years.

General Manager of Stockton Ports 5 yrs.  Director of Stockton Sports Commission 13 years.  Became Executive Director of The First Tee of San Joaquin in April 2011.  I have lived in Stockton for 30 yrs., married to wife Janice, have 2 dogs – Taco and Tia.  “It is a blessing to live and work in your in your own community and have an impact on young people’s lives with The First Tee of San Joaquin.”

Rotary International

Top Stories of the Year – See a review of the top Rotary stories of 2011, from Rotarians responding to help tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan, to the unveiling of the RI theme, Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. Read the complete article.

More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Ken Steele, Bill Gass, Paul Wenger and Susan Drake.

Concern Report – Member Helen Hauser, Kris Blower’s mother, is in hospice care.  Please keep Helen and her family in your thoughts and prayers.


Paul Wenger – President of the California Farm Bureau Federation

Why Agriculture is Important to You

The California Farm Bureau Federation has approximately 20,000 members.  Food is in – with the explosion of television cooking and reality TV chef shows.  The majority of food still comes from the local farming entities that have become highly technical and productive operations.

Today’s agri-markets need to change and adapt to the new markets.  As countries develop their economies and improve their standard of living, they want to eat better.  They want their food from the United States.  This will improve the markets for the local farmer.

Paul also shared his admiration for the World War II generation as the greatest generation ever to have lived.

Paul Wenger was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…


  • 25 Don Miller-The First Tee of San Joaquin

  • 01 UOP Physical Therapy Students-Guatemala Wheelchair Distribution
  • 08 Valentine’s Day
  • 15 Leandro Vicuna-Incentive Based Financial Literacy for Individuals & Small Businesses
  • 22 Michael Mcgarrity and Rachael Thomas-Customs & Border Protection
  • 29 TBA


Jeff Zola bring us the Thought for the Day.

Derron Lee.  If you are involved, Rotary will find you.

Mark Plovnick paying for being in multiple publications.

Tom Perry
Chad Sublet paying up for not acting their age.

Madam President, did you misplace the two?

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Club Announcements

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Sanitation Project in the Philippines – Gary Gillis.  Stockton Rotary #92 and our District #5220 are partnering with the Rotary Club of Vigan and their District #3790.  Our project will construct sanitation facilities (latrines) at 11 high schools in the greater Vigan area in the Philippine state of Ilocos Sur.  The sanitation facilities are, in their words,  “little more than outhouses” and are “very dirty, and impossible to clean due to old wood and porous concrete.”   Ron Singson, a former Stocktonian, lives in the area and has done several education projects for Rotary with the assistance of Stockton rotary and specifically Liz Hull.  Please click here to learn more about the project.  A grant over $24,000 was developed for this project

New Microphones – Gary Hansen and Chad Sublet shared their expertise in setting up the new microphones.  Thanks guys!

Thunder Day – Our third Annual Rotary District Thunder Day is on February 26. Game time is 4pm, pre game mixer in the King’s Room at 3pm.  Contact Susan Drake at

Career Day – Cesar Chavez High School Career Day will be held on February 8th Sign up to speak to the Juniors and Seniors.  Contact Dave Tygett.

Science Judges – We are in need of volunteers to judge science projects at SUSD’s Science Fair at Weberstown Mall on Friday February 3, 5-7pm.  Come join Sharon and Graham Tweedy and others, put on your Rotary shirt and show our Rotary support to our young people.  Contact Graham if you wish a fun 2 hours at the Mall. Email,

Ski Trip – Michael Blower.  Join the Rotary Club of Stockton for a day of downhill fun and fellowship!  Thursday March 8, 6AM to 6:30PM.  $80 per person, $55 for seniors, $45 for super seniors, 75+, $40 for non-skiers (aka Eater/Drinker).  Fees cover bus ride, lift ticket, continental breakfast, lunch and beverages. Skis, boots and poles are available for rent for $26.  There are 42 seats available on a first come basis.  Contact Michael Blower at 209-644-6445 or email at .  Sign up sheets on our tables.

District Assembly – The third district assembly for this year will be held at the County of Education Offices on Arch Road on Saturday January 28.   The sessions start at 8AM and lunch is over around 1PM.  These meetings are always informative and you get to learn what goes on outside our own club. The club will cover your $25 fee.  What a way to spend a Saturday morning.  Contact Susan Drake.

Bright Ideas Wanted – Mark Plovnick.  The 2012 San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge, the third annual.  It is to be held on February 29 and March 21.  For information visit

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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Click on Better Hearing and CMPD to link to their websites


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Birthdays… January

  • Kamigaki, Masanobu (MAS) 01
  • Robinson, Kirby L (KIRBY) 02
  • Keith, Michael L (MICHAEL) 03
  • Isetti, Duane E (DUANE) 04
  • Hull, Sr., W Terrence (TERRY) 05
  • Shackelford, Joshua (JOSHUA) 09
  • Paoletti, Robert F (ROBERT) 11
  • Riddle, C. P. (CP) 13
  • Garibaldi, Shari Allen(SHARI) 14
  • Norton, Kenneth (KEN) 14
  • Butterfield, Jerry (JERRY) 14
  • Eberhardt, Douglass M (DOUG) 14
  • Krueger, Kerry L (KERRY) 16
  • Good, Richard W (RICH) 18
  • Zapien, Moses (MOSES) 21
  • Konig, Richard W (DICK) 21
  • Hansen, Gary G (GARY) 21
  • Smith, Harley J (HARLEY) 27
  • Galbraith, Alexis K (ALI) 30
  • Colberg, Henry W. (HANK) 30


Derron Lee– for sharing his optometric talent, joining the California Optometric Board, and his knowledge of the Chinese New Year  – $250Tom Perry and Chad Sublet – for participating in the “Frozen Bun Run” and water skiing on New Year’s Day – $50 eachMark Plovnick – for being in articles in The Record and The Business Journal on the 3rd annual Entrepreneur Challenge – $100

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Eric Duran, pictures; Louis Lemos, 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