The Wheel – June 6, 2012

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Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”


  • Song – Julie Boucher and Heather Schlenger – “America the Beautiful”.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Frank Moore.
  • Thought for the Day – Susan Drake quoted from Past RI President, Cliff Dochterman’s book, “As I Was Saying”. Rule of the wood pile: leave a little more than you found!
  • Raffle – John LaRue picked out a $5 bill.
  • COG Club – Team leader was Heather Schlenger; Raffle Tickets by John Atwood; Greeter was Bill Jeffery; Microphones by Steve Luthy and Heather Schlenger; Attendance taken by Jeff Woltkamp and John Atwood.

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 13, 2012

Jose Hernandez-Migrant Worker to Astronaut. José Hernández was born to Mexican immigrants in French Camp, California and has spent most of his life in the northern San Joaquin Valley.  José and his family were migrant farm workers, following the harvest in the valley. At age 9, José was inspired by the Apollo17 mission to the Moon and was encouraged by his father to pursue his dream.

José obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of the Pacific, and a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He then served as an engineer at the prestigious Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 15 years. In his time at Livermore, José was recognized for his work helping develop the first full-field digital mammography imaging system that has successfully increased early detection of breast cancer, as well as working in Russia to help reduce its nuclear stockpile.

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More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Frank Moore, Kirby Robinson, Jim Woodward, Carolyn Kendrick and Susan Drake.

Paul Harris Fellowship – Ken Steele, RI Foundation Chair, reminded us of the polio eradication plans with Foundation funds.  Ron Allison presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Dieter Diekmeyer, Founder of the Sundance Running Club of San Joaquin County.

Music Scholarship – Susan Drake announced the recipient of the $2000 Rotary Rotary Endowment, Frank Thornton Smith Music Scholarship, Carolyn Kendrick.  Carolyn will attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  Ms.Kendrick, accompanied by her father, Brian Kendrick, played a piece for us on the violin.  Dave Midura, President of SRE, presented Carolyn with a certificate.  The school will receive her scholarship funding of $2,000.

New Member Sponsors Recognized – President Renna asked those who brought in recent new members to Rotary to help themselves to a prize from the Rotary Treasure Chest.  Susan Drake, Gary Gillis, Tom McHugh, Ken Steele and Judy Chambers had the opportunity to dig through the chest.

Rotarian of the Month – President Renna presented the Rotarian of the Month Award for May to John LaRue!

New Members Proposed – Bobbi LaFargue sponsored by Kerry Krueger and Doreen Hartman by Kristina Knudsen.


Kirby L. Robinson – Navy Captain, Retired

Midway Today -70 Years Later

Kirby visited the Midway Atoll with the Gallapagos Travel Agency, one of only six agencies licensed to take visitors there.

The island is 2800 miles from San Francisco.  None of the adjacent islands are allowed visitors.  In July 1859, R.C. Brooks, founded Midway.  The island is now owned by the US Government.

In 1935 Pan Am began their business on the island.  In 1941 it became
headquarters for the Navy.  Kirby was a radioman in 195 and though
not stationed there, he was in close contact with Midway.  In 1996 President Clinton turned the island over from the US Navy to
the Department of Interior.

On June 3, 1942 the island was attacked.  There were 28 US Navy ships to fight off the Japanese, who lost big in this attack.  That was just 6 months after Pearl Harbor.

Kirby shared many photos of the past and the present, which included
scenes of some of the 388,000 pairs of albatross who inhabit the island.
The albatross mate for life and are often called Gooney Birds.  There are also many red-tailed tropic birds, Kirby’s favorite species, on Midway Atoll.  Many other types of birds inhabit the island.

Kirby Robinson was introduced by Jim Woodward.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 13 Jose Hernandez-Migrant Worker to Astronaut
  • 20 Victor Nunnemaker-How Rotary Changed My Life
  • 27 Renna’s Kick-Out

  • 04 DARK
  • 11 Judge Vlavianos
  • 18 Jim Cherry ADG-Peace through service-what that might mean to you and your club.
  • 25 Wendy Saunders-Stockton’s Economic Development


Dieter Diekmeyer receiving his Paul

Scholarship winner, Carolyn Kendrick,
accompanied by her father, entertaining
us with her violin.

Entertainer Rich Good being recognized
for his talents?

Big Gary, Small Businessman Hansen,
reluctantly paying up for his frugality.

Kathy Hart paying for her picture in
the San Joaquin Magazine.

Proud grandfather John LaRue,
celebrating the birth of his second
grandson.  And no, John, the rate does
not go down with each grandchild.


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Club Announcements

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Ports Night – Chad Sublet.  The annual Ports Night for Rotary.  It is at Banner Island, Thursday, June 28th at 7:05 pm.  Cost is $28, which
includes BBQ tri-tip, hot dogs, baked beans, slaw and a soda.  We will be in the Rocking Chair Section.  Sodas and beer are only $2 from 6 pm
to 8 pm.  Eight more signups are needed.  Contact Nick Curtin. 209-609-9291.

Annual Golf Tournament – The golf tournament is scheduled for Monday August the 13th at the Stockton Golf and Country Club.  It will cost approximately $90 per player and will include breakfast, range balls, greens fee, golf cart, and lunch (hot dogs and hamburgers), as well as on course refreshments. There will be prizes yet to be determined.  Registration opens at 8:30am and start time is 10am.  Contact Bill Wagner. 209-954-7424; .

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… June

  • Burns, Darrell R Jr. (DARRELL) 03
  • Wilhoit, Douglass W (DOUG) 05
  • Plovnick, Mark S (MARK) 08
  • De Gregori, John H (JOHN) 08
  • Neri, Don G (DON) 09
  • Blower, Kris A (KRIS) 10
  • Shapiro, Robert J (BOB) 11
  • Drake, Susan J (SUSAN)   14
  • Kauffman, Kevin M (KEVIN) 17
  • Moilan, Ross M (ROSS) 17
  • Scriven, Amy L (AMY) 18
  • Drury, Dale L (DALE) 21
  • Hosie, William C (BILL) 25
  • Curtin, Nicholas (NICK) 27
  • Lynch, William H (BILL) 29
  • Lofthus, Ort J (ORT) 29


Rich Good was honored as the “HOT” Director of Adventure Guides for Dads and Kids that meets once a month to bond. Rich was also recognized for the serenade given to Kerry Krueger at last week’s meeting.  It was a singing telegram that he had not been able to deliver to Kerry previously.  $50.Gary Hansen, G-Force Productions, was honored recently by the Stockton Chamber as Small Businessman of the Year.  Being fiscally prudent, Gary was recognized for $50.


Kathy Hart was recognized $25 for her picture in the San Joaquin Magazine attending the 32nd Annual Luncheon of the Women’s Center of San Joaquin.


John LaRue became a grandfather for the second time with his new grandson, born on March 28th.  President Renna also noted that John had previously donated $10,000 to Read To Me, Stockton! A double bell ringer for John. $500.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Brian Dillon, pictures; Pam Wenger, 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