The Wheel – February 22, 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. Our California Educational System is being challenged.  Our speaker is an advisor to our superintendent.


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 – Susan Drake.
  • Thought for the Day – Craig LaFargue took us for a walk down memory lane of long hair and peace signs reminding us that it is good to question the status quo.
  • Raffle – Kristen Dyke $5.
  • COG Club – Kristen Dyke – team leader and greeter, Michael Gotschall and Barney Kramer – microphones, Rigo Cervantes – attendance, Amy Scriven – Attendance, and John Atwood – raffle and attendance.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – February 29, 2012

Craig Cheslog-California Department of Education.  Craig Cheslog currently serves as the Principal Advisor to California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at the California Department of Education.

Craig’s responsibilities in this role include providing strategic policy advice to Superintendent Torlakson, directing the Superintendent’s special projects and initiatives; serving as the Superintendent’s liaison to other high-level individuals and organizations; managing the Superintendent’s Initiatives Office, Executive Office Support Unit, Awards Unit, and Superintendent’s Correspondence Unit; and representing the Superintendent at speeches, meetings, and other events.  For more information please click here

Rotary International

Rotarians have reason to celebrate as Rotary reaches 107 years.  Polio eradication fundraisers, lighting events mark a year of milestones. Click here to read more.

Singer and humanitarian Angelique Kidjo joins lineup for 2012 RI Convention.  Register by 1 March to save US$50.. Click here to read more.

More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Michael McGarrity, Rachael Thomas, Bill Gass, Craig LaFargue and Susan Drake.

Paul Harris Fellowships – Awards were given to Jim Dyke, PH +4 and Graham Tweedy PH +5.  Barney Kramer won a Paul Harris via the raffle route.

Memorials for Jay Groom – Jim Darrah, Karen McKee, J Milano Company, Gary and June Milano and Frances Curry.


Michael McGarrity and Rachael Thomas – Port of San Francisco

Customs & Border Protection

Michael McGarrity and Rachael Thomas shared their fascinating and varying rolls with the Port of San Francisco.  They work for a unique entity that is separate from the port authorities and Department of Homeland Security.  Their work includes working with the diplomatic community.

Bill Gass introduced Michael McGarrity and Rachael Thomas

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 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 Bill Behrns-World War II Flying Ace
  • 28 Jim Coleman-Give My Regards to Broadway, Remember Me to SCT!


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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.

RYLA Counselors– A big thank you to Melanie Vieux, Kuy Ky, Dave Tygett, John Reusche, Brian Dillon, Chad Sublet, Blain Bibb, and TJ Hull who were counselors.  Thanks to Nick Curtin and Graham Tweedy for taxi service.  Chad Sublet presents a video yearbook that the kids made this weekend.  Click here to view the video.

Charity Allocation Committee – President Renna thanked Pete Gormsen, chair, Mas Kamigaki, Dave Tygett, Nick Curtin, Jim Anthony, Tom McHugh and Reid Johnson for selecting this year’s recipients from the many fine organizations which submitted applications.  Accepting gifts on behalf of their organizations included Sara Garfield for the TLC School for Homeless Children, Dale Benner for New Directions and Kerri Tapia for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Club Vision – your visioning committee report is online on our Current Members page.  The committee encourages you to review the document and make comments to Graham Tweedy at or by phone at 478-0687.  Please make sure to comment by March 7.

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

Playground Equipment – Don Barry is looking for Rotarians to help with the playground project on Saturday March 3 at 9am.  We will be cleaning and painting a large playground that we will be shipping to Romania later this month.  We have Interacters to help but could really use some adults to help supervise. Contact Don Barry or Susan Drake.

Read to Me, Stockton! 95206 Kick Off – Come join the members of the RTMS group, invited guests, teachers and children at Taylor School on Friday March 2 at 10AM.  The school is at 1101 Lever Boulevard. This is big.  We are moving into our second zip code 6 months ahead of forecast. Please let Graham Tweedy know if you plan to attend.

Heckman Webcast – On March 8th at 11:30, First 5 will be sponsoring a webcast and luncheon of Dr. James Heckman, along with San Joaquin County Office of Education. Our desire is to share his message with the business and civic leaders in this community.  He will address the fiscal responsibility of investing in early childhood development to gain a more productive and valuable workforce that pays dividends to America for generations to come. Dr. Heckman is a Nobel Laureate economist and University of Chicago professor.  Please let me know if you have any questions, and in advance, thank you for helping to make this a successful event!  Lani Schiff-Ross, Executive Director, First 5 San Joaquin/HSA, w- 209-468-0250.

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.

District Assembly – To get us all started, for our up coming Rotary Year with DGE Liz Hosmer, the next District Assembly will be on March 31 at the University of California, Merced.  8:30 to 1.  Need to register before 8:30.  Featured speaker and three breakout sessions.  Please please click here to view a flyer.  Contact Susan Drake to register.  $25 before March 15.

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 474-8544 or 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. 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 by clicking on and then 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.

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


Ann Johnston– for advertising fees – $25

Hazel Hill
– for returning to the classroom – $25
Tom McHugh
– for his wife Janie receiving a gold medal honor – $25

Jim Darrah – for having two wives to receive recognition for their contribution to our community, Joan Darrah and Judy Chambers – $50

Jerry Smith – $100 for announcing a fund raiser for Mayor Ann Johnston.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to 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 BanerjeeDistrict 5220 Governor
Dave Mantooth


Rotary Club of Stockton President
Renna Beinoris