The Wheel – March 21, 2012

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  • Song – Julie Boucher, “America the Beautiful”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Chad Boeddeker.
  • Thought for the Day – Rich Good – In a personal experience while leading a Bible study with a preschool class he noticed one girl who was coloring. He asked her what was she coloring. She said, ”A picture of God.” He responded, “But, no one knows what God looks like.” She said, “They will in just a minute.”
  • Raffle – Joe Serra won $10, well, sort of.  Last week John LaRue won the pot for $662 which he donated to SRE.
  • COG Club – Team Leader – Jason Carlson, Raffle Tickets – John Atwood, Greeter- Rigo Cervantes, Mic#1-Michael Gotschall, Mic#2-Moses Zapien, Attendance- John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 21, 2012

Jim Coleman-Give My Regards to Broadway, Remember Me to SCT!  Jim Coleman is starting his seventh season as Producing Director of Stockton Civic Theatre and is thrilled to be a part of the ever-growing artistic community in Stockton.

Jim’s diverse career has spanned the worlds of theatre, opera and television. Jim’s Broadway credits as a Musical Director include Sweeney Todd, starring Angela Lansbury, the 1983 revival of Mame, starring Angela Lansbury, and Anything Goes, starring both Patti LuPone and Leslie Uggams.

National Tours include: The Sound of Music, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 42nd Street, A Little Night Music, Show Boat, and Sweeney Todd, which was subsequently released on video. At New York City Opera, Jim conducted The New Moon, The Desert Song, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, and The Student Prince. Please click here for more information about our speaker.

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 Elect Graham Tweedy, Chad Boeddeker, Joe Serra, Bill Behrns, Rich Good and Susan Drake.

Concern Report – Dick Konig is in St.Joseph’s Hospital.  He is in ICU.  No visitors at this time.

Harry Hedberg is also in the hospital.

Donation – Two Thunder tickets and a ride on the Zamboni were provided by Susan Drake and auctioned off to Bill Brown for $100. Proceeds to go towards a Paul Harris Fellowship.

A Big Thanks – PE Graham Tweedy thanked Gary Frush for his work over the last few years for the Rotary Read-In.  Under his leadership, with major help from others such as Scott McElhinnie, the number of volunteers coordinated by our club has risen from about 75 to over 350.

New Member – Steve Harvath by Tom McHugh.  Steve works at UOP in Fund Development.


Bill Behrns

World War II Flying Ace

In addition to being a WWII P-38 fighter pilot, and a Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, Bill has two other major accomplishments in his life: he has published a book about his experiences in WWII and he was one of the developers of Pine Mountain Lake.

Bill entered WWII in the Army, but quickly switched to the Army Air Force to pursue is desire to fly a P-38 fighter. He saw a sign on his Army base, recruiting pilots. He wandered in and took the test without preparation. He was one of six who completed his class successfully.

He flew 110 missions in his P-38, 104 were combat missions and 4 were weather related.

He served in an elite group of 32 pilots selected from 32 states, later known as  the 454th Fighter Squadron, sent to stop the Japanese from taking more territory. Twenty eight of the thirty-two were killed in action.

His Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded for downing one enemy aircraft and eluding two others while strafing an enemy air-field.

Bill Behrns was introduced by Joe Serra.


Upcoming Speakers…



  • 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-Philipines


Bill Brown made the highest bid for
tickets and ride for the Thunder game
donated by Susan Drake.

New member Steve Harvath.  We
welcome you Steve!

Pirate Dave drawing his sword to
spear Mucky Duck for dinner.

Gary Frush, in good Rotary style,
paying for his outstanding work
running our portion of the Read-In.

Nicholas Curtin paying dearly for
ventures south in high and low

Ken Norton sharing his to be gained
wealth from his upcoming seminar.

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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.

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. Featured speaker and three breakout sessions.  Please please click here to view a flyer.  Contact Susan Drake to register.

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.

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 Stockton 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. 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

Asparagus Festival – Date is April 27-29.  Need volunteers.  Sign up sheets on the tables.  Contact is John Green.

Rotary House – President Renna asked us to mark our calendars, Saturday May12, for a clean up visit to Rotary House on the grounds of San Joaquin General Hospital.

Rummage Sale – Don Barry.  May 19 is the big day.  Start collecting.  Call Don for pickup.  Papers are on our tables to sign up for duties and gifts of precious stuff.

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


Dave Tygett – $25 for being an ugly, ribald pirate and riling up the kids he read to on Rotary Read-In day.
Gary Frush – $25 for all his good deeds related to Rotary Read-In this year and in the past.
Nicholas Curtin III or II or I? –  $100 for the enjoyment of a trip to Arizona, lodging provided as a Christmas present by his two daughters. And, the disappointment of seeing the Giants lose to the Cubs.
Ken Norton – $100 for his small ad in The Record offering to assist those confused by the numerous full page ads of others promising major hearing improvements.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Eric Duran, 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