The Wheel – February 15, 2011

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. Learn how we are protected by dedicated workers at various ports of entry to our country.

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, “My Country Tis of Thee”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Bob Merdinger.
  • Thought for the Day – Graham Tweedy. Our differences can contribute to our efforts as Rotarian’s to make the world a better place.
  • Raffle – Pat Patmon won $5.
  • COG Club

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – February 22, 2012

Michael McGarrity and Rachael Thomas-Customs & Border Protection.

Rachel Thomas, Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer. Currently assigned as the Passenger Service Manager for the Port of San Francisco, SCBPO Thomas has worked in a variety of CBP environments throughout the United States. Part of Ms. Thomas’ assignment currently includes service as the Combined Federal Campaign Coordinator for Northern California, wherein she was responsible for promoting charitable giving at the Port of San Francisco. Ms. Thomas had also worked previously for the legacy United States Customs Service.

Michael McGarrity, Customs and Border Protection Officer. Officer McGarrity has worked at the Port of San Francisco as a lead for diplomatic coordination efforts. Mr. McGarrity has served as a trainer for the carrier liaison program, training internationally to ensure compliance with CBP regulatory issues. Officer McGarrity has also previously worked as an Inspector for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rotary International

Test your Rotary knowledge. Do you know the name of the first Rotary president from outside the United States? How about the site of the first convention held outside North America? Find the answers to these and other Rotary history trivia questions in the latest Historic Moments. Click here to read more.

More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Bob Merdinger, Linda Philipp, Leandro Vicuna, Graham Tweedy and Susan Drake.

Paul Harris Fellowships – Susan Drake honored two past presidents for their dedication to Rotary with PHF: Dave Tygett + 2 and Nick Curtin + 4.

Concern Report – President Renna led us in a moment of silence in remembrance of Jay Groom who passed away recently.

Visiting Rotarian – District Governor, Dave Mantooth.

New Member – Welcome back to Chris Papas, attorney.

Dictionary District Simplified Grant – DG Dave Mantooth brought us a check for our Dictionary Project.  We distribute dictionaries to third graders in our city.  The district matched our donation.

Club donation to St. Joseph’s Hospital Mobile Van – Kelly Hufman received $1500 from our club to purchase a TV and DVD player for their mobile van.

Memorials 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, Gail and Ken Riley, Pat and Cheryl Patmon, Rotary Club of Stockton.


Leandro Vicuna-Vice President, Senior Trust & Investment Officer, Community Bank of San Joaquin Wealth Management

Incentive Based Financial Literacy for Individuals & Small Businesses

Mr. Vicuna described Sus Finanzas, a nonprofit, offering a seven session program providing financial education for the Latino and Asian populations in particular, who have demonstrated an inability to manage their financial affairs for success.

One facet of the program is to match up to $250 in savings as an incentive to graduates who will put into practice the information they learned in the courses.

There have been 80 graduates to date. Eighteen of the graduates are near the $250 point in savings, and will soon receive the matching money.

Leandro Vicuna was introduced by Linda Philipp.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 22 Michael McGarrity and Rachael Thomas-Customs & Border Protection
  • 29 Craig Cheslog-California Department of Education

  • 07 Pete Morelli-Being an NFL Referee
  • 14 Scott Guidi-Caltrans Project Manager for I-5 Rehab
  • 21 TBA
  • 28 Jim Coleman-Stockton Civic Theatre


Bob Merdinger leading us in the Pledge.
DG Dave Mantooth giving us a check
for dictionary distribution.
Returning member Chris Papas.
Welcome back Chris.
Kelly Huffman presenting Mas Kamigaki
with the Volunteer of the Year Award
from St Joseph’s Hospital.
Susan Drake awarded Nick Curtin and
Dave Tygett Paul Harris Fellowships

Moses Zapien paying dearly for being
so bold as to run for Public Office.

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Club Announcements

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Volunteer for the Year – Mas Kamigaki received the Volunteer of the Year Award from St Joseph’s Hospital for his service.

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.

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

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! Tickets are $20 and this is a family event.  Contact Kerry Krueger for more information.

Annual 5k,10k Memorial Day Run – Kerry Krueger.  The annual 5k and 10k Memorial day run is coming and sponsorships are needed please see Kristen Dyke. The date is Monday, May 28 at 8:00 a.m.  $30 for pre-registration ($20 a piece for a family of four).  Live music at the end!!!  Contact Kerry Krueger for more information.  You may also visit their website  by clicking here.

Rotary Read-In – Gary Frush. The Read-In 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.

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. Fees cover bus ride, lift ticket, continental breakfast, lunch and beverages. Skis, boots and poles are available for rent for $30. 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 5220 Conference – April 20 & 21.  Two full days of quality speakers, meals, entertainment, awards, and fun in MODESTO! Register for the full conference package or mix and match meals and sessions to fit your time and budget. Each venue will require a special pass which you will find in your registration packet. Prices will be going up on March 1st, so make plans to register NOW!  You can register online at; click on “2012 District Conference”. If you prefer to pay by check, registration forms are also available from your Club President or District Administrative Secretary Chris Elswick at

Rummage Sale – Don Barry.  May 19 is the big day.  Start collecting.  Call Don for pickup.

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


Moses Zapien – $500 for an article in The Record announcing his candidacy for the Stockton City Council.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Michael Blower, 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