The Wheel – May 2, 2012


Rotary Interact Students Run the Show and provide a great example of the current and future leaders. We should all be very proud of the work that they do to help our community as well. Check for more information about our club and to be kept up to date on events by visiting the calendar. Click here to visit the site“Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Star Spangled Banner – Arman Osana from Edison and Michelle Divino from Chavez, assisted by Julie Boucher.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Keith Moa, Edison Interacts’ Historian.
  • Four-Way Test – Kua Vang, Secretary of Edison Interact
  • Thought for the Day – Aroosa Ahmed, secretary of Chavez Interact: Interact says “Thank You” to Stockton Rotary.
  • Raffle – Jim Darrah won $5.
  • COG Club – Elioth Gomez and Brian Gaoat both from Edison – microphones, Student Greeters today were Melissa Calica from Edison and Thao Hoang from Chavez, Rigo Cervantes – attendance, and John Atwood – raffle and attendance.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 9, 2012


Patrick Langham and Simon Rowe will share their jazz talents as well as a discussion of jazz music with us.

Dr. Simon Rowe is the current Director of the Brubeck Institute. A well-known jazz pianist, Rowe has played with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie,
Bob Mintzer, Marvin Stamm, Dianne
Schurr and many others. In 1997, Rowe founded Catalyst Productions, a record label dedicated to documenting and championing the work of some of the Midwest’s most outstanding jazz artists.

Patrick Langham joined the Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2003 as associate professor and Director of Jazz Studies. As a saxophonist, Professor Langham has performed with distinguished jazz artists and on numerous jazz festivals throughout the southern United States. At Pacific, Professor Langham directs the Pacific Jazz Ensemble, the jazz combos, and teaches courses in improvisation, jazz history and theory.

It’s sure to be an enjoyable and fun meeting. See you there!

Rotary International

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More Special Items

Head Table – Chavez Interact Pres Nick Sanchez, Edison Interact Pres Jeffrey Vongkao, Kua Vang from Edison, Keith Moa from Edison, Bill Gass, speaker James Niskanen.

Paul Harris Presentation – Kevin Kaufman presented Gary Gillis with his Paul Harris Plus 3.

Community Scholarships – Nick Curtain presented the winners:

  • First Place $1000 – Harlee Keller from Franklin High School
  • Second Place $500 – Jamie Wong from Edison High School
  • Third Place $500 – Nicholas Sanchez from Chavez High School
  • Fourth Place $500 Allison Sakai from Bear Creek High School

Susan Drake Interact Scholarships

  • First Place $500 Jeffrey Vongkao from Edison High School
  • Second Place $250 Kua Vang from Edison High School
  • Third Place $250 Elioth Gomez from Edison High School
  • Fourth Place $250 Aroosa Ahmed from Chavez High School

A Letter from Milawi – Hello from Malawi.  Thanks for publicising Cathy’s blogs. They are so infomative.
This has started out as one of my best trips to Malawi.  My first week there was a three-day seminar for our students in orthopedics put on by the faculty; it was the first ever; and I had a chance to participate.  I’m already helping in the physical therapy lab on subjects such as hand, and shoulder; and Cathy has aked me to do a lecture to her class on the knee.
Weather is warm and sunny.  People are so wonderful.  Life is good.

The country is peaceful, and I gather from the responses that the people are quite happy with their new president, Joyce Banda.  She has started out with a definite plan, and is gaining the support from the Parliament. We wish her the very best.  The answer to the African Dilemma is more women presidents!  I’m convinced of this after coming here for 30 years.
That’s it for now.  Need to prepare a lecture. Also by the way, I’m working on my Malawi Story.
Hope your preparations for July 1st are progressing well.

My best to all!


Jim Niskanen – A personal story of surviving cardiac arrest. Jim Niskanen is a Past President of the Modesto Sunrise Rotary Club. He shared with us his personal experience with sudden cardiac arrest which occurred August 25th 2008. Jim focused on the good people that were quick to respond and also focused on the techniques and technology that were instrumental in saving his life. Specifically, the updated CPR techniques were used and the Automated External Defibrillator was on hand to bring Jim’s heart back to beating. Jim reported that cardiac arrest is the number one cause of death in the USA, in fact adding up all the other types of disease that causes death does not come close to the number of cardiac arrest deaths yearly.

Upcoming Speakers…



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



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Club Announcements

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Annual 5k,10k Memorial Day Run – Kerry Krueger. We need sponsors. Please contact Kerry if you would like to sponsor this fun event. 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!!! Contact Kerry Krueger for more information. You may also visit their website by clicking here.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 (in case you forgot)

  • 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


  • $25 Dave Tygett for artwork in the Stockton Record
  • $250 Susan Drake for the Interact Scholarship being named in her honor
  • $50 Nick Curtain for working at the Asparagus Festival and good humored comment about Mayor Ann Johnston

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

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