The Wheel – February 1, 2012

feature 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.  A special day.  Bring your honey and enjoy a Valentines celebration.


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 – Heather Schlenger, “America the Beautiful”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Joe Serra.
  • Thought for the Day – Melanie Vieux – presented quotes about the power of service.
  • Raffle – Bob Nelson won $10.
  • COG Club -Team Leader – Kelly Huffman; Raffle Tickets – John Atwood; Greeter – Kelly Huffman; Microphone – Michael Gotschall and Amy Scriven; Attendance – John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – February 8, 2012

Matthew Baer-Valentine’s Day Melodies.  Mr Baer is a talented pianist from San Joaquin Delta College.  He will perform romantic melodies for us.

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, Ally Tieszen, Chrissy Hauer, Joe Serra, Melanie Vieux and Susan Drake.

Concern Report – We had a moment of silence for the loss of Rotary member Frank Dutton.

New Member – Chad Boeddeker, sales and marketing, sponsored by Susan Drake.

Memorials to SRE – For Frank Dutton – Reid Johnson, Rotary Club of Stockton, Jerry Zedlitz.

For Helen Hauser – Nick and Pam Curtin, Graham and Sharon Tweedy, Susan and Dudley Drake, Dean and Bea McNeilly, Reid and Doray Johnson, Jerry and Norma Zedlitz, Walt and Nora Wager, Dominque & Patti Azpeitia, Rotary Club of Stockton.



Ally Tieszen and Chrissy Hauer, Graduate Students in Physical Therapy at UOP

Guatemala Wheelchair Distribution.


Ally Tieszen, Chrissy Hauer and Faculty member Sandy Bellamy went to Antigua Guatemala in November 2011 to distribute wheelchairs.

Approximately 58 wheelchairs were distributed when they were there.  Both Ally and Chrissy told us some information about Guatemala.  For example, on average, education in Guatemala lasts just 6 years, and only roughly 40% of those eligible participate.  The country is primarily agricultural.

Both Rotary and Hope Haven coordinated the fabrication and distribution of the wheelchairs.  Hope Have has a manufacturing facility that’s makes the wheel chairs in Antigua.  Many of the people working in the fabrication center are in wheelchairs themselves.  Both Ally and Chrissy told us of the many people they helped and shared stories about how the wheel chairs are changing people’s lives.

The speakers also told us how they educated the children on how to use the wheelchairs and they also educated the parents on properly making future adjustments.  The wheelchairs can go through numerous adjustments with only one wrench which all recipients received with their wheel chair.  On average Hope Have distributes about 10,000 wheel chairs per year.

Both Chrissy and Ally were so moved by this experience that they want to continue volunteering to distribute wheelchairs in the future.

The UOP group was introduced by Joe Serra.



Upcoming Speakers…


  • 08 Matthew Baer-Valentine’s Day Melodies
  • 15 Leandro Vicuna-Incentive Based Financial Literacy for Individuals & Small Businesses
  • 22 Michael Mcgarrity and Rachael Thomas-Customs & Border Protection

  • 07 Pete Morelli-Being an NFL Referee
  • 14 TBA
  • 21 TBA
  • 28 TBA


Heather Schlenger leading us in song

Melanie Vieux bringing us The Thought for the Day.


New member Chad Boeddeker.  Welcome to the Rotary Club of Stockton, Chad.

 Jim Woodward displaying his District Service Award.
Ross Moilan paying for his reporting.
 Being careless is not accommodated in Rotary Walt.

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Club Announcements

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Rotary Foundation International annual Pledge Drive – Ken Steele. Any donations to the Annual Programs Fund made by February 29, 2012 will be matched by the club and all go towards a Paul Harris Fellowship.

District Service Award – Jim Woodward was recognized for all his years of service to Rotary.  Jim was presented the award at the Mid-Year Assembly on Saturday January 28.

First Tee – Joe Serra reminded the club that every Tuesday the First Tee program has class for just girls.  Contact the First Tee if interested.

Library Literacy Trivia Bee – Kerry Krueger.  The annual Library Literacy Trivia Bee will be held on March 9th at the Civic Auditorium.  Our Club participants, who specialize in trivia are Gary Putnam, Jeff Zola, and Paul Kozlow.  This is always a fun event.  Lets come and support our team!  Contact Susan Drake or Kerry Krueger to sign up.

Annual 5k,10k Memorial Day Run – Kristen Dyke.  The annual 5k and 10k Memorial day run is coming and sponsorships are needed please see Kristen Dyke.  You may also visit their website  by clicking here.

Rotary Read-In – Lee Neves announced the Rotary Read-In.  It will be on March 21, please sign up.  You can go to facebook and type Rotary Readin or go to to sign up. Or contact Gary Frush.

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

Ski Trip – Michael Blower. Join the Rotary Club of Stockton for a day of downhill fun and fellowship! Thursday March 15, 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.

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 $1691. If you would like additional cards for family, friends see Susan.

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Birthdays… February

  • Harrington, Thomas C (TOM) 01
  • Darrah, James P (JIM) 02
  • Carlson, Jason R. (JASON) 02
  • Blanchard, Elizabeth Y (LIZ) 05
  • Crame, Floyd S (FLOYD) 07
  • Midura, David L (DAVE) 09
  • Silver, Hilary (HIL) 10
  • Pinkerton, Laura L (LAURA) 11
  • Chalmers, Wesley H (WES) 14
  • Smallie, Dennis R (DENNIS)22
  • Morgan, Brett H (BRETT) 24
  • Boeddeker, Chad (CHAD)27


Walt Wager $25 for cell phone ringing and $5 for leaving some papers behind at the last meeting.


Ross Moilan was recognized for an interview in The Record regarding a marijuana dispensary next to his office.  $200 to SRE and $50 to the Rotary Foundation.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Frank Whitney, pictures; Ramon Fernandez, 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