The Wheel – May 16, 2012

feature Much thanks to Steve Morales who has edited The Wheel in the past two weeks in my absence.  Your service is appreciated Steve.Visit the “Special Items” section for updates from Rotary International. Read some of the top stories of RI for the past year.


Check out our program for next week. WE ARE AT THE HILTON.  Come join Bob Blower in a celebration and remembrance of what is often called the Greatest Generation.


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Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Heather Schlenger and Julie Boucher – “God Bless America”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Kristen Dyke.
  • Thought for the Day – Kris Blower led us in a celebration of all mothers.
  • Raffle – Octavio Cruces won $10.
  • COG Club – Team Leader Michael Gotschall.  Raffle Tickets – John Atwood.  Greeter – Steve Harvath.  Microphone – Michael Gotschall and Steve Luthy. Attendance – John Atwood and Rigo Cervantes.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 23, 2012


Bob Blower – Stockton Rotary Remembers the Greatest Generation.  Bob was born in Oakland and raised in Walnut Creek.  During his youth in the 40’s and 50’s he attended many fleet weeks and air shows in the bay-area and developed a keen interest in World War II history.  Upon graduation from high school, he received a football scholarship to the University of Idaho.  At Idaho he enrolled in Naval ROTC and was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy the day he graduated from college in 1964.

After tours in the pacific and Vietnam he requested shore duty in San Francisco and to his dismay received orders to Rough and Ready Island in Stockton!  Upon completion of 5 years active duty he took a real estate course at Delta College to learn how to sell his house and save a commission and get back to the bay area. For more info about Bob please click here.

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More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Kristen Dyke, Kris Blower, Judy Chambers, Karen Munro and Susan Drake.

MemorialsHarry Hedburg:  Nick & Pam Curtin, Reid & Doray Johsnon, Dudley & Susan Drake, Rotary Club of Stockton, Dean & Bea McNeilly, Jim & Axzine Woodward, George & Norena Badway, Pam & Eldo Wenger, William & Mary Brierly, Lynn Lyon, Gerrie Nogare, Port of Stockton, Reed & Renee Robbins, Perry & Aileen Andrews, Pat & Cheryl Patmon, Nancy Spiekerman, Bill & Jo Anne Lynch, Jerry & Norma Zedlitz, Diane Stauffer, Dick & Kathy Wary, Dr. & Mrs. Robert D. Lawrence, Suzanne & Paul Waters, Jane Butterfield, Dale & Florence Drury and family Patrick, Catie and Christopher.

Dick Konig:  Reid & Doray Johnson, Nick & Pam Curtin, Rotary Club of Stockton, Dudley & Susan Drake, Jerry & Norma Zedlitz, Dean & Bea McNeilly, Jim & Axzine Woodward, Tom McGurk, George & Norena Badway, Reed Robbins, Nancy Spiekerman, Pat & Cheryl Patmon, Bill & Jo Anne Lynch.

Lloyd DeBock:  Bob & Marcia Merrill, Reid & Doray Johnson, Dean & Bea McNeilly, Nick & Pam Curtin, Graham & Sharon Tweedy, Rotary Club of Stockton, Jerry & Norma Zedlitz, Jim Darrah,Judy Chambers, Hal & Mary Monroe, Don & Shirley Barry, Kris & Bob Blower, Joe & Dorothy Serra, Susan and Dudley Drake, George & Norena Badway, Mas & Florence Kamigaki, Pat & Cheryl Patmon, Bill & Jo Anne Lynch, Frank & Marsha Shepard, Joyce Harris, Dale and Florence Drury, Steve & Rena Sheely, Jim & Shirely Anthony,Ken & Gayle Riley, Reed & Renee Robbins, Jim & Axzine Woodward, Luis & Laura Duarte, Mas & Florence Kamigaki, Jack & Suzanne Darley.

Jim Darnall:  Dean & Bea McNeilly, Jim & Axzine Woodward, George & Norena Badway, Pat & Cheryl Patmon.


Judy Chambers, Karen Munro and Susan Drake

Twenty Five Years of Women in Rotary

Rotary was an all-male organization until in 1987 the Supreme Court ruled that women must be allowed into membership

Judy Chambers was the first female member in the Rotary club of Stockton.  When Judy joined she needed four men to support her entrance into the club.  Judy told the club about her original experiences in the club and she said prior to her joining then President Jim Darrah sent a questionnaire to all members asking about their opinion of women joining the club.  In response, 35 members said they would quit the club if Judy joined.  Judy said that she joined, always felt comfortable and well received and no one quit the club.

Karen Munro joined Rotary  in 1988 and in 1992 Judy Chambers, Karen Munro and Ursula Meyer were the only female members.  Karen became club President in 1995-1996 and at that time there were only 34 female members.  Karen said that she always felt very supported in the club.  She discussed her experiences in the including fund raising and recognitions.  Karen introduced and thanked all current members who helped her during her presidency.

Susan Drake told the club how her grandfather, her father and her husband were all Rotarians.  Susan joined the club during Karen Munro’s presidency.  Susan was the second female club president.  Susan told the club about her experiences in the club, she shared some memories and also expressed how well received and supported she was in the club.  Susan shared with the club her passion for Rotary, so much so that she decided to retire from working for the State of California and devoting her time to Rotary.  Susan’s time in Rotary has included Rotary member, board member, club president, club secretary and District Governor.

Susan Drake introduced the speakers.


Upcoming Speakers…



  • 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 Victor Nunnemaker-How Rotary Changed My Life
  • 27 Renna’s Kick-Out


Kris Blower reminding us of the
Rummage Sale Saturday.

Kerry Krueger inviting us to run, walk
or crawl on Memorial Day for a great

Octavio Cruces winning $10 from the

Micheal Blower being recognized for
bringing in the big bucks as

did Paul Jacobsen.  Hats off to you
both for being outstanding examples
of your profession!

The Tweedy’s, who almost baht their
way out of a recognition, but were skillfully
out maneuvered by our President.

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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.

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

Interact Trip – On May 12th, Stagg and Edison Interacters, went to Big Trees State Park. President Renna Beinoris thanked Nick Curtin, Laura Reeves and Steve Luthy for providing a great day at Big Trees with the Interact students.

Rotary House Cleanup – Renna thanked Dave Tygett for coordinating a cleanup day at our  Rotary House which included Ken Norton and his son as well as Chris Papas.

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.

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… May

  • Davidson, Alvin B (AL)01
  • Hake, Robert C (BOB)02
  • Boucher, Julie H (JULIE)03
  • Kramer, Barney C. (BARNEY)04
  • Heinzen, Ronald T (RON)07
  • Wenger, Pam K (PAM)09
  • Rhodes, Juli A (JULI)10
  • Jordan, Earnest C (ERNIE)13
  • Martins, Daniel J (DAN)15
  • McNeilly, Dean H (MAC)17
  • Schlenger, Heather J (HEATHER)22
  • Cervantes, Rigoberto V (RIGO)23
  • Saroyan, Ralph Leon (RALPH)27
  • Sheely, Steve L (STEVE)30
  • Sublet, Chad M (CHAD)30


Paul Jacobson was recognized for being one of the top realtor producers in our county.  $50
Michael Blower was recognized for being one of the top realtor producers in our county.  $50.
Graham Tweedy recognized for his trip to Bangkok for the International Rotary Convention.  $100.

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