The Wheel – April 11, 2012

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Check out our program for next week. Our own Gary Putnam is presenting.  Gary will give us insights into the mind of Mark Twain – what a mind!  Both Gary’s and Mark’s.
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“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Julie Boucher – “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Chris Papas.
  • Thought for the Day – Brian Dillon – April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.  April is spring vacation month which gives a $1 billion boost to resort economies.  April brought a Barry Zito shutout.
  • Raffle – Ken Steele won $5 and donated last week’s $50 to Read to Me, Stockton!
  • COG Club – John Atwood, raffle tickets
    Barney Kramer, Greeter
    Amy Scriver & Laura Reeves, microphones
    Juli Rhodes, attendance

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 18, 2012

We meet at Brookside!!

Gary Putnam – “Mark Twain: Speaking Eternally: Humor for Social Justice”.  Gary has been a member of our Rotary Club since 1991 and served as Club President 2008-09.    He has presented characterizations of Abraham Lincoln as well as Mark Twain at club events.  Prior to his retirement Gary served as Senior Pastor at Central United Methodist Church, 1990-2003.  He came to California to serve as the first University Chaplain at Pacific in 1983.  Most of his professional career has been spent on university campuses at Iowa State, University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse, and the University of Northern Iowa.  He also served an internship at First Methodist in downtown Hollywood.  Gary’s wife, Gillian Murphy, serves as the Director of the Small Business Development Center.  They have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Rotary International

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More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Chris Papas, Bill Gass, Alayna Thompson and Brian Dillon.

Concern Report – Axzine Woodward is currently at Meadowood.   Services for Harry Hedburg.will be held at Morris Chapel on April 13 at 1pm.

Paul Harris Fellowship – John Atwood received his Paul Harris plus 4.


Alayna Johnson

Get on the Bus-Uniting Children With Their Mothers and Fathers in Prison

Get on the Bus is a program started by a group of nuns to facilitate children of inmates visiting with their parents during the parent’s incarceration.

It can cost as much as $700 for a child to visit with the parent.
Get on the Bus annually connects 1,500 children on 60 buses to visit their parent in 10 of the 33 prisons in California.

Get on the Bus organizes the trips each year through advertising for both children and prisoners who wish to see each other. This year 39 children will board five different buses stopping in Stockton to pick them up and transport them to visit with their parent.

The children range in age from one month to 27.  Individuals can support these visits through monetary donations and donations of supplies and snacks.

One bus trip averages $6,200.

Alayna Thompson was introduced by Bill Gass.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 18 Gary Putnam-Mark Twain: Speaking Eternally: Humor for Social Justice
  • 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!


Brian Dillon bringing us the Thought
for the Day.
John Atwood awarded his Paul Harris
plus 4.
Kristina Knudsen announcing the
Membership Mixer.
Steve Bestolarides. Saving as a
candidate, spending as a Rotarian.
Bill Wagner, happy to part with $25.
Ken Steele, raffle winner two weeks
in a row.  Rummer has it he has a trip
planned to Vegas.

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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.

Rotary Foundation Giving – Ken Steele. We have given $150 per member for the current year.  Our goal is $200 per member.

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!!! We need sponsors. Contact Kerry Krueger for more information.  You may also visit their website  by clicking here.

Cesar Chavez High School Senior Picnic – Stockton Rotary has helped sponsor the senior class picnic to be held on Thursday, April 19th at Cesar Chavez High School from 8:00 AM to 11:00AM. Look for the “jump tents”..  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:

Community Service Project – on May 5th, starting at 8AM, with Habitat for Humanity House Construction Project near Hwy 99 and Arch Road.  No construction experience necessary.  Contact Bill Gass by email at 209-639-6145.

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.

District Simplified Grant Suggestions.  You are encouraged to make suggestions.  The project must match one of the Rotary areas of interest, peace/conflict resolution, disease control and prevention, water sanitation, maternal and child health, education/literacy, economic or community development.  Typically these grants are in the area of $2000 to $3000.  Types of projects in the past have been purchase of dictionaries, support of a literacy project by buying books and supplies and a vegetable garden at a local high school.
Please submit to Graham Tweedy no later than May 2, 2012.

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.  Need volunteers.  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


Bill Wagner – $25 for his misbehaving phone.
Steve Bestolarides –  $250 for running for county supervisor unopposed.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Michael Blower, 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