The Wheel – April 25, 2012

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  • Song – Heather Schlenger – “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Luis Duarte.
  • Thought for the Day – Graham Tweedy challenged us to stay sober and follow healthy living.
  • Raffle – Pat Patmon won $5.
  • COG Club – Michael Gotschall – team leader, Octavio Cruces and Steven Harvath – microphones, Rigo Cervantes – attendance, Jason Harrell – greeter, Hank Colberg – Attendance, and John Atwood – raffle and attendance.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 2, 2012

James E. Niskanen is the Retired Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods for the City of Modesto, California.  Other positions he has held include:  Interim City Manager; Interim Deputy City Manager; Interim Community and Economic Development Director and Interim Public Works Director.  Jim also served as Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Modesto; Program Manager/Recreation Supervisor for the City of Sunnyvale, CA; Recreation Supervisor for the City of Alameda, CA; and Recreation Program Coordinator for the City of Sunnyvale .  He received his B.S. degree in Recreation Administration and Leisure Services from San Jose State University (1976).  Read here for more info about our speaker. Read here for an incredible story.

Since retiring in June 2009, Jim has been a highly sought after national speaker on telling his story of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest in August 2008.  He also is the Community Chair for the American Heart Association Heart Walk – Modesto in September 2010.

Rotary International

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More Special Items

Head Table – Past President Susan Drake, Frank Moore, Resty Ramos, Dave Tygett, Luis Duarte and Pam Wenger.

New Member Proposed – Kathy Hart, acting president San Joaquin Delta College, sponsored by Judy Chambers


Resty Ramos and the GSE team from the Philippines

Filipino Team Report

Resty Ramos and the GSE team from District 3820 shared some of the projects and experiences from their home club and travels in California.  They expressed appreciation for the excellent hospitality they have received during their travels.  Each of the GSE team members shared a slide presentation on their backgrounds and of their home towns.

Dave Tygett introduced the team leader Resty Ramos.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 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!

  • 06 Kirby Robinson-Midway Today-70 Years Later
  • 13 Jose Hernandez-Migrant Worker to Astronaut
  • 20 TBA
  • 27 Renna’s Kick-Out


Luis Duarte leading us in the Pledge.

Heather Schlenger leading us in song.

Melanie Vieux reminding us to attend
the upcoming Membership Mixer.

Blain Bibb paying up for living life to
the fullest.

Graham Tweedy doing his best to help
a neighborhood.

Dave Tygett didn’t cook it but he will
probably eat it.

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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.

Paul Harris Fellows – the club’s goal this year is$43,875 to exceed $200 per member in donations.  We are less than three Paul Harris Fellowship’s from achieving this goal.  Congratulations everyone – good job!

District Simplified Grants – the club received a check for $2,100 from the District Governor for three projects that were recently completed.  The three projects are Children’s’ quilts for Rotaplast, Latino Literacy Project, and the Franklin High School garden.  These funds come from the donations the club makes to the Rotary Foundation.

District Conference – the club had 15 members in Modesto for parts of the Conference.  A good time was had by all.  There was a special session celebrating 25 years of Women in Rotary honoring Judy Chambers as the first woman in our club, Karen Munro as the first woman president and Susan Drake as the first woman district governor.

Awards – the club received several awards at the District Conference including New Generations recognition, 3rd place for large club and Foundation Service, 2nd place for International and Community Service, 2nd place for the Bulletin, 1st place for Vocational Service and the club tied for Best Large Club in the district.

Scholarship Interviews – Susan Drake, Nick Curtin, Dave Tygett, and the Interact advisors interviewed four students for the Susan Drake Interact Community Service Scholarship.  All four students were excellent candidates, have been accepted at the colleges of their choice, had outstanding grades and were active in their communities.  All said they would like to be part of Rotary in the future and plan to continue with their community service.  Next week the club will have the opportunity to meet the students as the Interacters run the meeting and the scholarships are awarded.

Dictionaries – all third graders in Stockton have received a dictionary from a donation of 5,000.  Each class also received the book Apple Dumpling.  The club has received many thank you notes and letters from the children.

Ambassadorial Scholar – Last week the club received a visit from Nancy Brady Ernst, a former ambassadorial scholar.  She wanted the club to know that she really appreciated the club’s supporting her and when she left she made a donation to Stockton Rotary to continue the good work that  we do.

Renna’s Kick Out – see Nick Curtin if you are interested in helping.

Stockton Sunrise Rotary Wine Tasting – the event is on June 1st at a cost of $40, see Susan Drake for tickets.

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.

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.  Contact Dave Tygett or Renna Beinoris.

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.  Contact Nick

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


Graham Tweedy – for moving onto Rotary Street.  $100 to the Rotary Foundation
Blain Bibb – for a triple header: celebrating his 40th birthday, celebrating 18 years of marriage and purchasing a business in Ventura, California.  $250

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Michael Blower, pictures; Louis Lemos, 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