The Wheel – March 7, 2012

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Check out our program for next week. We will be able to put a face on a gentleman who is guiding us to smooth sailing down I-5.

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“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Julie Boucher, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Frank Whitney.
  • Thought for the Day – Kerry Krueger.  It is easy to focus on all of the negatives around us-city, state, national and personal. Helen Keller would help us to stop looking at the closed doors in our lives, so we can look for the waiting open door.  An ancient Chinese poem says, “My barn burned down; now I see the Moon.”
  • Raffle – Judy Chambers won $5.
  • COG Club – Team Leader:  Kristen Dyke
    Raffle Tickets:  John Atwood
    Greeter:  Chad Boeddeker
    Microphones:  Laura Reeves & Amy Scriven
    Attendance: John Atwood & Rigo Cervantes

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – March 14, 2012

Scott Guidi-Caltrans Project Manager for the I-5 Rehabilitation Project.  Scott Guidi was born and raised in Stockton, and graduated from Lincoln High School.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Ecology from Humboldt State.  Scott joined Caltrans in 2001.  He has held the positions of biologist, associate biologist, construction liaison, branch chief, and most recently project manager.  In June of 2007 he became a project manager and has managed a project workload of up to $750,000,000.00.  Scott has delivered or awarded to contract approximately $275,000,000.00 to the construction industry including the current I-5 North Stockton Widening and High Occupancy Vehicle Lane Project.  Other area projects he manages include State Route 12 Improvements, French Camp Sperry Road, Crosstown Freeway Extension, and the I-205 Auxiliary Lane projects.  Scott and his wife Colleen live in Stockton and have two children.

Rotary International

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More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Frank Whitney, Pete Morelli, Joe Serra, Kerry Krueger and Susan Drake.

Donations to local charities – St Mary’s Interfaith, Ed Figueroa, grant for meals; Women’s Center, Joel Gomez, 20 new mattresses; Montezuma Elementary School, James Cowan, for books; Gospel Center Rescue Mission, Bill Brown, camera.

Paul Harris Fellowships – Don Neri, PH+7; Kevin Kaufman, PH+3; Barney Kramer,PH+2.

Concern Report – Lloyd DeBock passed away this week. Lloyd was president of our club in 2002-3.  A memorial service will be held at Morris Chapel at UOP at 2 PM Friday. Lloyd was a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and very active in his club—co-chairing the yearly mystery bus trip, very involved in yearly boat trip and always willing to help by driving Interact students to Kids in a Box and other activities. He always stepped up when it was needed; in the last year, he read in the paper about a homeless man who needed weekly transportation to UCSF for medical treatment, and he provided it for approximately 9 months.

Dick Koenig is now at Meadowood.

Memorials for Lloyd DeBock – Bob & Marcia Merrill, Reid & Doray Johnson, Dean & Bea McNeilly, Nick & Pam Curtin, Susan and Dudley Drake, Graham & Sharon Tweedy, Rotary Club of Stockton, Jerry & Norma Zedlitz, Jim Darrah & Judy Chambers.

New Members Proposed – Steve Harvath and Jason Harrel by Tom McHugh and Sally Fandrich by Ken Steele.


Pete Morelli

Being an NFL Referee

So You Want to be an NFL referee.

Can you not gamble during the NFL season, run six miles during the course of a game, pass a rigorous annual health physical, work in a fish bowl, make the same call that 16 of your peers would make on any given play, travel every weekend during the NFL season, fit 21 commercial timeouts into every game, etc, etc. And, most important of all, can you totally focus on the action of every play to the exclusion of the cheer leaders, the fans, and the coaches for eleven seconds to be able to mentally photograph all the actions of the players, so you can call the infraction(s) of the game rules or allow the actions to stand as played.

Makes you glad you only have to show up at your usual recliner with the sandwiches, chips and beer doesn’t it?

Pete Morelli was introduced by Joe Serra.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 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-Philipines


Kerry Krueger bringing us the Thought
for the Day.

Paul Harris Fellows Barney Kramer,
Kevin Kaufman and Don Neri.

Frank Whitney at loose ends.

Gary Putnam paying for becoming an
arty commissioner.

Hal Monroe paying for jazzing up the group.

In memory of Lloyd DeBock.

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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.

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 at .  We need more readers.

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. We need about 12 more skiers.  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 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.

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… 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


Frank Whitney – $200 for retiring from the Better Business Bureau.
Gary Putnam – $25 for becoming a new board member of the Public Art Advisory Commission.
Hal Monroe – $25 for promoting All That Jazz collaborative between UOP and Valley Brew.

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