The Wheel – April 4, 2012

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“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Julie Boucher – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Michael Gotschall.
  • Thought for the Day – Ramon Fernandez.  Ramon presented  Easter thoughts and appreciation to all serving in the US armed forces.
  • Raffle – Ken Steele won $50.
  • COG Club – Team Leader – Kristen Dyke, Raffle Tickets – John Atwood, Greeter- Chad Boeddeker, Mic#1-Kristen Dyke, Mic#2-Chris Lynn, Attendance- John Atwood.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – April 11, 2012

Alayna Johnson, Northern California Regional Coordinator for Get On The Bus. Uniting Children With Their Mothers and Fathers in Prison. Alayna has been working with incarcerated individuals and their families for the past four years.  Her path began as a director for a weekly tutoring program which brought undergraduates from UC Berkeley to assist in the education classes at San Quentin State Prison.  Through this program she learned about the hidden victims of crime and turned her attention toward the affects of incarceration on families, partners, and children of those behind the walls.  After volunteering with Get On The Bus for two years, she is honored to be brought on to the first full-time position in Northern California.

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More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Graham Tweedy, Michael Gottschall, Craig LaFargue, Ramon Fernandez and Tony Despotes.

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

New Member – Sally Fandrich sponsored by Ken Steele

Membership Minute – Terry Hull reminded us.  It’s simple – Just Ask!


Ann Johnston and Craig LaFargue

Read To Me, Stockton!

Read to Me, Stockton! is an effort to address a serious problem affecting San Joaquin County.  As a nation we are facing a change in job descriptions where 85% of current jobs require post secondary education. In San Joaquin County, 20% of our students can’t read English and 28% fall below the federal poverty level. Statistics show that 2/3 of children who can’t read well are destined for prison and/or welfare.

The solution is spearheaded by Mayor Ann Johnston’s project – Read To Me, Stockton! This program strives to improve literacy by providing reading training to parents, providing measurements of success, and partnering with Dolly Partons’ Imagination Library.  The Imagination Library program provides a book a month to a child from birth to age five. The book is mailed to the child which creates a strong bond between the book and the recipient.

It costs only $25 to sponsor a child to receive an age appropriate book each month for one year.  So far 1300 children are enrolled in the program.  The fact that a child’s brain is 90% developed by age three reinforces the need to act quickly in the effort to develop a literate, competitive, and prosperous populace in San Joaquin County.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 11 Alayna Thompson-Get on the Bus-Uniting Children With Their Mothers and Fathers in Prison
  • 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!


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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.

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


Brian Dillon – $50 for his photo on the Truex Insurance billboard advertisement.
Linda Philipp – $50 for her son’s photo on the same billboard advertisement.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Ken Norton, 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