The Wheel – March 28, 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 topic is a signature project for our club and for our city.  You will be entertained as well.  No better act than the Ann and Craig show.


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“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Michael Blower – “Construction Worker Song”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – John Green.
  • Thought for the Day – Roland Ghazal – “If life is chaotic just yield sometimes”.
  • Raffle – Michael Gotschall won $5.
  • COG Club – Team Leader – Kelly Huffman
    Raffle Tickets – Eric Duran
    Greeter – Jeff Woltkamp
    Microphone – Octavio Cruces and Amy Scriven
    Attendance – Julie Rhodes and Rigo Cervantes

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 4, 2012

Ann Johnston, Craig LaFargue and Graham Tweedy.  The Read to Me, Stockton! project celebrated the kickoff for the program on August 21, 2011 at Fillmore School.  This followed months of preparation by all involved.  Less than one year later, we have registered over 800 children, ages 0 to 5.  These children are receiving an age appropriate book each month from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Come join us this coming Wednesday.  You will be reminded of the incredible importance of reaching our youngest citizens to begin their life with a book in their lap.  You may be surprised of the need we have in our county for our help.  You will be impressed with the organization, under Mayor Ann Johnston’s leadership, that has been put in place. You will be pleased to learn of the work that Stockton Unified School District, in the person of Debra Keller, has put into this project.  You will hear from a mother whose child is receiving a book each month.

Oh, one more thing – and you thought I was done.  A video is being produced.  We go first class!

Rotary International

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More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Roland Ghazal, Sherry Dickhoff, Kerry Krueger, John Green and Susan Drake.

Concern Report – Axzine Woodward is currently at Meadowood.  Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Harry Hedburg, member since 1959, passed away on March 22.  Services will be held at Morris Chapel on April 13 at 1pm.

Dick Konig, member since 1972 and past president 1984-1985, also passed away on March 22.

Past member Jim Darnall, member for 26 years, died in a snowmobile accident on Saturday March 24.

Donation – President Renna Beinoris presented a check to Becky Mizener who founded Packed with Pride.  Her organization sends care packages to soldiers overseas.

Report on a District Simplified Grant.  President Renna Beinoris recognized Sharon and Graham Tweedy and members of Henry School who received a district simplified grant to help fund the Latino Family Literacy Project which encourages and trains parents to read with their children using books written in Spanish and English.  Members from Henry school who visited the club were Joni Jimenez, Vice Principal; Susan Ollis, 1st grade teacher; Lorena Cacho and Leticia Navarette, parents who participated in the program.

New Member – Jason Harrel by Tom McHugh.  Jason is a tax attorney.

Rotarian of the Month – Kerry Krueger was recognized as Rotarian of the Month for March.

Memorials for Dick Konig – Reid & Doray Johnson, Nick & Pam Curtin, Rotary Club of Stockton, Dudley & Susan Drake, Jerry & Norma Zedlitz, Dean & Bea McNeilly, Jim & Axzine Woodward, Tom McGurk, George & Norena Badway.

Memorials for Harry Hedburg – Nick & Pam Curtin, Reid & Doray Johsnon, Dudley & Susan Drake, Rotary Club of Stockton, Dean & Bea McNeilly, Jim & Axzine Woodward, George & Norena Badway.

Memorials for Lloyd DeBock – Bob & Marcia Merrill, Reid & Doray Johnson, Dean & Bea McNeilly, Nick & Pam Curtin, Graham & Sharon Tweedy, Rotary Club of Stockton, Jerry & Norma Zedlitz, Jim Darrah, Judy Chambers, Hal & Mary Monroe, Don & Shirley Barry, Kris & Bob Blower, Joe & Dorothy Serra, Susan and Dudley Drake, George & Norena Badway, Mas & Florence Kamigaki, Pat & Cheryl Patmon, Bill & Jo Anne Lynch, Frank & Marsha Shepard, Joyce Harris, Dale and Florence Drury, Steve & Rena Sheely, Jim & Shirely Anthony, Ken & Gayle Riley, Reed & Renee Robbins, Jim & Axzine Woodward.

Memorials for Jim Darnall – Dean & Bea McNeilly, Jim & Axzine Woodward, George & Norena Badway.


Sherry Dickhoff – Executive Director. Habitat for Humanity

  Our Story

The local chapter for Habitat For Humanity serves from Lodi to Tracy.

Sherry told us that group is currently in 80 countries.  The primary goal of Habitat for Humanity is to build or remodel homes for families in need who can afford to pay a mortgage.

Any person who has lived in the county for more than one year and has a job can apply, but they have to be able to pay the mortgage which Habitat for Humanity provides.  The family also has to provide 500 hours of sweat equity in building their home.

Currently the local chapter is servicing 17 loans and soon that number will reach 19.  The money received from these loans are then used to fund future projects.

Sherry also told us about the Habitat for Humanity Restore store located on Fremont Street that sells donated hardware and home improvement items to assist in funding their projects.

Habitat for Humanity in cooperation with Lowe’s also coordinates a training program for women to give women training on home improvements.

Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers.  You have to be at least 16 to volunteer in construction projects.  Finally, Sherry told us about a new project called Dream Creek Subdivision on the east side of Hwy 99 near Arch Road and Mariposa Road.  The Habitat for Humanity local chapter bought 19 lots and they hope to buy more to build a subdivision of affordable homes.  Currently two homes are near completion.

Sherry Dickhoff was introduced by Kerry Krueger.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 04 Ann Johnston, Craig LaFargue, Graham Tweedy-Read to Me, Stockton!
  • 11 Alayna Thompson-Get on the Bus
  • 18 TBA
  • 25 GSE Team-Filipino Team Report

  • 02 James Niskanen-Perfect Storm of Good Fortune
  • 09 Patrick Langham, Simon Rowe-Brubeck
  • 16 Judy Chambers, Karen Munro, Susan Drake-25 Years of Women in Rotary
  • 23 Bob Blower-Stockton Rotary Remembers the Greatest Generation
  • 30 Jim Coleman-Give My Regards to Broadway; Remember Me to SCT!


Michael Blower led us in a building

Rotarian of the Month, Kerry

Becky Mizener receiving a donation
from us.

Susan Ollis, teacher at Henry
Elementary, explaining the Latino
Family Literacy Project to us.

New member Jason Harrel.
Welcome to Rotary Club of Stockton,

Big winner Michael Gotschall.


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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.

Cesar Chavez High School Senior Picnic – Stockton Rotary has helped sponsor the senior class picnic to be held on Tuesday April 10 from 9am to 12pm at the Oak Park picnic area next to the ice skating rink.  They have invited any of our members who might like to chaperon and help serve food to join them. It should be a fun morning and besides how long has it been since you’ve been to a senior picnic? Please let Dave Tygett know if you plan to attend.

Rotary Club of Stockton Membership Mixer! – bring a guest and join us on Wednesday May 2 at Casa Flores, Marina, 3201 W Ben Holt Dr. #155 from 6 – 8 pm.  Hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails, (no host bar for members) Contact Melanie Vieux:

Interact Trip – On May 12th, Stagg and Edison Interact, will go to Big Trees State Park.  Drivers are needed to take the Edison Interactors there from 7 am to 7 pm.  If you can help please see Nick Curtin.

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 for Saturday and Sunday.  Sign up sheets on the tables.  Contact is John Green.

Rotary House – President Renna asked us to mark our calendars, Saturday May 12, 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… April

  • Hill, Hazel M (HAZEL) 01
  • Merdinger, Robert G (BOB) 02
  • Bibb, Blain J (BLAIN) 06
  • Jeffery, William D (BILL) 07
  • Lynch, Peter A (PETER) 08
  • Allison, Ronald A (RON) 08
  • Wolfe, Peter V (PETE) 10
  • Butterfield, Jane R (JANE) 11
  • Chambers, Judith M (JUDY) 14
  • Fetters, Brant (BRANT) 22
  • McHugh, Thomas R (TOM) 23
  • Bestolarides, Steve J. (STEVE) 26
  • Rakoncza, Melvin L (MEL) 28
  • Munro, Karen (KAREN) 29


Bob Leonard– recognized for his phone ringing during the meeting $25.Graham Tweedy – recognized for forgetting the raffle money bag $100.

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