The Wheel – May 23, 2012

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Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Rich Good and Kerry Krueger – End Polio, sung to the tune of  New York, New York.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Dave Tygett.
  • Thought for the Day – Derron Lee paid tribute to and encouraged patronage of local small businesses.
  • Raffle – Ken Norton won $10.
  • COG Club – Michael Gotschall – team leader and microphone, Rigo Cervantes – attendance, Octavio Cruces – greeter, Steve Harvath – attendance, and John Atwood – raffle and attendance.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – May 30, 2012

Jim Coleman – Give My Regards to Broadway; Remember Me to SCT!.  Jim Coleman is starting his seventh season as Producing Director of Stockton Civic Theatre and is thrilled to be a part of the ever-growing artistic community in Stockton.

Jim’s diverse career has spanned the worlds of theatre, opera and television. Jim’s Broadway credits as a Musical Director include Sweeney Todd, starring Angela Lansbury, the 1983 revival of Mame, starring Angela Lansbury, and Anything Goes, starring both Patti LuPone and Leslie Uggams. National Tours include: The Sound of Music, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 42nd Street, A Little Night Music, Show Boat, and Sweeney Todd, which was subsequently released on video. At New York City Opera, Jim conducted The New Moon, The Desert Song, Sweeney Todd, South Pacific, and The Student Prince.

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Rotary International

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More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Bob Blower, Michael Blower, Dave Tygett, Derron Lee and Susan Drake.

New Member – Judy Chambers introduced Kathy Hart as the Club’s newest member.  Kathy is Acting President of San Joaquin Delta College.  Welcome Kathy!


Bob Blower –  Past President, Rotary Club of Stockton

Stockton Rotary Remembers the Greatest Generation

Recognizing there were no tributes to WWII in Stockton, Bob lead the charge to honor the citizens who participated in the war.  Bob recognized the WWII veterans present in our meeting which included Dean McNeilly, Army; Reed Robbins, Navy; Jim Woodward, Navy; and Bob Merdinger, Navy.

Bob devoted the President’s Project during his presidency to building the WWII Memorial.  He solicited the support of the City of Stockton, Mayor Gary Podesto, Congressman Richard Pombo and other dignitaries.

Club member John Ruesche, a general contractor with experience building memorials, built the WWII Memorial.  Construction progressed quickly with the longest waiting period being for the black granite to arrive from India.  The Memorial was built in two weeks after the granite arrived.

Bob told the story of a 22 year old pilot who had to fly 35 missions to return to the United States.  The life expectancy of a pilot was 11 missions.  The toll on the United States and the World was devastating.  The United States suffered casualties of 416,000, or 1.3% of its population, and, Russia suffered 8.8 to 10.7 million military and 12.7 to 14.6 million civilian casualties – 14% of their population.

Bob’s vision, tenacity and leadership not only honored the WWII veterans, it brought honor and recognition to the Rotary Club of Stockton as well as the City of Stockton.

Bob Blower was introduced by Michael Blower.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 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


A rendition of “End Polio” we will not
forget.  Rich Good and Kerry Krueger.

Derron Lee bringing us the Thought for
the Day.
Don Barry thanking those that helped
make the Rummage Sale a success.

New member Kathy Hart.  Our club,
now your club, welcomes you Kathy.

Winner, Ken Norton!

Our President Renna.


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Club Announcements

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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.

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.

Foundation Milestone – As announced by DG Dave Mantooth.  “Congratulations to our newest STAR Club—Stockton Rotary. With contributions to The Rotary Foundation this month, Stockton’s per capita giving rate has increased to $210.53. STAR clubs are those that have exceeded $200 per member, and Stockton is the largest club by membership to achieve that goal this year. This brings our total to 10 so far with a number of others in close proximity to the goal.”

Rummage Sale – Don Barry.  Big success.  Don thanked all those that volunteered especially Kris Blower.  Totals are not tallied yet but we did pretty well.

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


Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Frank Whitney, 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