The Wheel – April 18, 2012

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Check out our program for next week. The Group Study Exchange group from the Philippines will address our club.

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“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Heather Schlenger “America the Beautiful”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Linda Philipp.
  • Thought for the Day – Walt Wager. Quotes on health and humor.
  • Raffle – Pat Patmon won $5.
  • COG Club – Team leader – Octavio Cruces
    Raffle Tickets – John Atwood
    Greeter – Octavio Cruces
    Microphone – Michael Gotschall, Amy Scriven
    Attendance – John Atwood

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 25, 2012

GSE Team-Filipino Team Report.
Restituto “Resty” Ramos
, Team Leader.   School Principal.  Resty oversees and supervises the activities of the school.  He is married with two children.

Carla Edith Jimena, Team Member.  University Education, Assistant Professor.  Carla does instruction in research, extension and public service in the areas of Human Ecology, sustainable development and social development.  Carla is married with three children.

Gay Marie Francisco, Team Member.  School Administrator.  Instructor at the College Level, Bachelor of Arts in Communication.  Job responsibilities include institutional relations, public affairs, marketing communications.  Gay Marie is single.

Cecille Carandang,  Team Member.  Principal, Public Elementary School.  Leadership in Instructional and Curricular Supervision.  Cecille is married with two children.

Cheryl Rallos, Team Member.  Teacher.  Cheryl teaches English to grades 4, 5 and 6.  She is school choir coordinator and grade five class adviser.  Cheryl is married with one child.

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More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Roland Ghazal, Gary Putnam, Jeff Zola, Linda Philipp and Susan Drake.


Gary Putnam

Mark Twain: Speaking Eternally: Humor for Social Justice

Gary spoke about Mark Twain and focused more on Samuel Clemens his real name and life.  Samuel Clemens was born in 1835 in Hannibal Missouri and he passed away in 1910.  Gary told us that Samuel Clemens wrote for the Sacramento Union,

He wrote as people spoke.  Samuel Clemens worked as a riverboat master pilot and that is where the name Mark Twain. Mark Twain is a term used to measure the depth of water.  Ideally 12 feet is needed for boats to make a safe passage.

As Samuel Clemens became older he made many lectures around the world to make money for his family, As he became older he felt responsible for the death of his brother and his sister.  Samuel’s young son also passed away and his daughter died of spinal meningitis when he was giving a lecture.

Samuel was very devoted to his wife and missed her terribly when she passed away.  Gary made the presentation very interesting by using numerous quotes made by Mark Twain.  Gary also told us about his passion for reading and understanding Mark Twain’s life.

Gary Putnam was introduced by Jeff Zola.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 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!


Jeff Zola introducing our speaker
Gary Putnam.

Walt Wager bringing us the Thought
for the Day.
Terry Hull paying for his writing skills.

Duane Isetti paying for his lifestyle.

Welcome back Pam and thank you
for your donation.

Lyndee Riley announcing a
contribution to SRE in memory of
Lloyd De Bock.

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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.

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.

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.

Rotary Youth Exchange to Germany 6/30/12.  We are in need of some help from Rotarian Interact and youth leaders. Our “deadline” just passed and we have about 10 applicants who will travel to Germany in late June and stay with a like minded students for three weeks before returning to California with their friend who will stay three weeks here.  There are 22 young Germans who are excited to come here which leaves us short on District 5220 kids ages 15-19. So we need at least 12 more applicants to fill the program. Please contact the young folks in your sphere of influence to encourage them to apply. We want to make this  year’s program the smashing success that the past several years have been and hope you can help.  Please contact Lee Thoma at  (209) 586-2475.

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.

Ports Night – Nick Curtin.  There will be a Rotary Night with the Stockton Ports on June 28th.

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


Lynndee Riley and the Safety Council– made a contribution in honor of Lloyd De Bock’s birthday. $80.Pam Wenger– spent 64 days in Palm Springs working and also her son was just recently married.  $250.


Duane Isetti– for an article in Lifestyles Magazine. $100.Terry Hull – for an article for the Business Journal. $250.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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