The Wheel – February 29, 2012

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  • Song – Kuy Ky, “Itsy Bitsy Spiderl”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – CP Riddle.
  • Thought for the Day -TJ Hull discussed his participation and importance of the RYLA Camp.
  • Raffle – Reed Robbins $5.
  • COG Club – Team Leader – Kelly Huffman
    Raffle Tickets – Eric Duran
    Greeter – Kelly Huffman
    Microphone – Michael Gotschall and Octavio Cruz
    Attendance – Chris Lynn and Rigo Cervantes

Table of Contents

Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 7, 2012

Pete Morelli-Being an NFL Referee

  • Pete lives in Stockton, California, with his wife Cindy.
  • Principal of St. Mary’s High School, Stockton, since 1989.
  • On-field NFL official for 14 years
  • Cindy is a 2nd grade teacher in Lodi Unified
  • He has two sons Matthew and Daniel, Matt is Varsity Men’s Basketball Coach Ronald McNair High School, Lodi, Ca and Daniel is his assistant
  • Pete taught for ten years in the Linden Unified School District as a teacher of English and P.E., JV basketball coach and was a vice principal for his last five years.

For more information 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, TJ Hull, Speaker, Craig Cheslog, Hazel Hill, CP Riddle and Susan Drake.

Concern Report – President Renna lead us in a moment of silence for Doug Wilhoit’s father, Douglas Wood Wilhoit Sr., who passed away.
Lloyd De Bock suffered a stroke and is at St. Joseph’s hospital. No visitors as of now.  May we keep Lloyd and his family in our prayers.

Rotarian of the Month – President Renna presented Past President Nick Curtin with February’s award.

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



Craig Cheslog – Principal Advisor to California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at the California Department of Education.

State of California Education

Craig lives in Lafayette and takes the train to Sacramento every day.  Craig also likes to come to Stockton to see the Stockton Thunder as he is a Saturday game season ticket holder.

Craig gave the club some alarming statistics about California public education.  For example he told the club the public education system is in financial jeopardy.  Currently California has the largest classes and the shortest school year compared to other similar states.

California ranks 1st in total students with over 1054 school districts yet it ranks 47th in education spending.  The student population in the California Public education school system is made up of about 53% low income families and 24% are English learners.  Craig also told the club that one third of all 9th graders drop out before graduation, and one third of high school graduates are not college/university ready.

Today in California our state ranks 48th in sending kids to college.  In the United States kids go to school and average of 175 days, India goes to school 7 more weeks than we do, Australia goes to school 5 more weeks, and Zimbabwe goes one more month than we do.

Craig told us that a broad group of individuals came together to put together a blueprint for success for public education and they identified three primary issues:
21st Century learning – teaching the kids today using the technologies of today.
Meeting the needs of the Whole child,  we may need to teach the kids where the kids are.
Educator Quality – Finding ways to continue to strengthen and motivate educators.
For more information you can go to

Craig Cheslog was introduced by Hazel Hill.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 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!

  • 04 Ann Johnston, Craig LaFargue, Graham Tweedy-Read to Me, Stockton!
  • 11 TBA
  • 18 TBA
  • 25 GSE Team from the Philippines


A new duo to lead us in song.  We think
one of them can carry a tune.

TJ Hull bringing us the Thought for The
Day relating his experience at RYLA
Hazel Hill introducing our speaker.
Dave Midura and Chad Sublet confused
as to who owes how much.
Chad Boeddeker experiencing his first
Rich Good paying up for opening his

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Club Announcements

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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.  President Renna Beinoris distributed checks to the following non-profits:
Rich Good of YMCA received a check that will be used for a weekly reading program.
Lindy Turner of the Child Abuse Prevention Center received a check that will be used for a security communications system.
John Vera of Mary Graham’s Children Center received a check that will be used for scholarships for the children.
Tim Viall of the Emergency Food Bank received a check that will be used for their food bag distribution program.
Elvira Ramirez of Catholic Charities of Stockton received a check that will be used for desk top computers to help legal residents study for their citizenship exam.
Brenda Castellanos of Haven of Peace received a check to purchase bus passes for their clients.

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.

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.

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

Next week books will be available for purchase for the Read-In at the club.  Joe Serra, in the person of Gary Frush, pledged $20 to purchase books for those who cannot afford them.  25 more Rotarians joined Joe and Gary.  Hal Monroe, Nick Curtin, George Badway, Ann Johnston, Graham Tweedy, Dave Midura, Chad Sublet, Kevin Kauffman, Gary Gillis, Ken Steele, Judy Chambers, Walt Wager, CP Riddle, Cathy Dodson, Dean McNeilly, Luis Duarte, Hazel Hill, Jim Darrah, Kristina Knudsen, Linda Philipp, Ramon Fernandez, Jeff Zola, Waqar Rizvi, John LaRue.  Contact Susan Drake if you wish to join the donors.

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.

Blood Bank – Duane Isetti. The month of March is donation month to the local Blood Bank.  If you can participate please consider donating blood to the Delta Blood Bank. Make sure to remind the Delta Blood Bank that you are a Rotary Member.
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… March

  • Dillon, Brian M (BRIAN) 01
  • Brown, William R (BILL) 01
  • Reeves, Laura (LAURA) 02
  • Dyke, Kristen Marie (KRISTEN) 02
  • Papas, Chris W (CHRIS) 04
  • Hanley, James R (JIM) 06
  • Jacobson, Paul A (PAUL) 16
  • Zola, Jeff B. (JEFF) 16
  • Eibeck, Pamela A (PAM) 16
  • Zedlitz, Gerald O (JERRY) 17
  • Dodson, Catherine J (CATHY) 30
  • Vieux, Melanie A (MELANIE) 30


Rich Good was recognized for his photo and article in The Record, $25.Chad Boeddeker introduced the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. $50.Dave Midura was recognized for introducing the Leadership Breakfast on March 8th and the unshakable marriage conference on March 9th and 10th at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. $210.

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 BanerjeeDistrict 5220 Governor
Dave MantoothRotary Club of Stockton President
Renna Beinoris