The Wheel – May 30, 2012

feature 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.  Kirby Robinson, one of our own, has an incredible story to tell!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 – Julie Boucher – God Bless America.
  • Audio Visual – Gary Hansen.
  • Pledge of Allegiance/Four-Way Test – Steve Harvath.
  • Thought for the Day – Hazel Hill.  Excellent people only compare themselves to themselves.”
  • Raffle – Eric Duran won $20.
  • COG Club – Team Leader: Kristen Dyke
    Raffle Tickets: John Atwood
    Greeter: Michael Gotschall
    Microphones Steve Luthy & Jason Harrel
    Attendance: John Atwood & Rigo Cervantes

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Special Items…

Next Week’s Program – June 6, 2012

Kirby L. Robinson-Midway Today-70 Years Later.  Kirby was born and raised in Stockton, graduate of El Dorado Grammar School and Stockton High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio and Communications Engineering from Cal Poly. He received a second Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Kirby has been married to his wife, Sally, for almost 52 years. They have three children and three grandchildren

Following college he was called to active duty in the Navy, serving as a 3rd and 2nd Class Radioman prior to being commissioned as Ensign. His officer career was centered around electronic warfare, in which he was officer in charge of  detachments in Japan and on board the USS Dunn County (LST). He was the first Commanding Officer of the Naval Security Group Activity in Panama after which he served 3 ½ years on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. His final tour of duty was also in Washington, DC, as Deputy Commander for Logistics and Materiel of the Naval Security Group Command. He retired as a Captain.

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Rotary International

Test your Rotary knowledge. Do you know the name of the first Rotary president from outside the United States? How about the site of the first convention held outside North America? Find the answers to these and other Rotary history trivia questions in the latest Historic Moments. Click here to read more.

More Special Items

Head Table – President Renna Beinoris, Steve Horvath, Kerry Krueger, Jim Coleman, Allison Lafferty and Susan Drake.


Jim Coleman – Director/Producer of Stockton Civic Theater

Give My Regards to Broadway; Remember Me to SCT!


The history of Jim Coleman in the theater begins with how he literally fell into his career when early on during a walk across the stage he fell into the Orchestra Pit and onto and through a large drum.   According to Terry Krueger “he had a percussion”.

Coleman got his “big-break” in “Sweeny Todd” which SCT will present June 27-July 22, 2012.

The list of many great actors and actresses he has worked with is topped by Ms.Angela Lansbury.

Jim Coleman was introduced by Kerry Krueger.

Upcoming Speakers…



  • 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

  • 04 DARK
  • 11 Judge Vlavianos
  • 18 ADG-Mediation
  • 25 Wendy Saunders-Stockton’s Economic Development


Kerrry Krueger, thanked the
volunteers and participants in the
Polio Run.

Big Day for Steve Sheely and his
wife Rena.

Judy Chambers and Jim Darrah
celebrating their many years together.

Kris Blower and

Michael Blower recognized for being
outstanding real estate agents.

Proud father Jeff Zola celebrating
his sons military assignment.


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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.  Thanked all those that participated and volunteered for the second annual run..

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.

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… 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


$250- Steve Sheely72nd Birthday and 49th Anniversary$100 – Tom McHugh son Ryan graduated college$100 – Dave Midura for daughter Sarah Outstanding Student at Cesar Chavez H. S.

$25, $25 – Susan Drake and Judy Chambers for The Record article on Women in Rotary

$100 – Jim Darrah. The secret to their second anniversary is “Living long.”

$25  –Kerry Krueger for The Record article on the Rotary Race to Eradicate Polio.

$100 – Kris Blower recognized in The Record article listing Lodi Realty Master’s Life Member, Lodi Assn of Realtors. Also for selling and purchasing a home for one of our members.

$25 – Michael Blowerwho also received recognition in Lodi Assn of Realtors article in The Record “He is trying to catch up with Kris.”

$50 – Bob Blower, “Taught them all they know.”

$100 – Jeff Zola His son’s deployment was listed in The Record. Jeff’s monogrammed shirt signifies his recent employment change to seller of Sound Proof windows.

$25, 25 – from Duane Isetti and Linda Philipp for their part in organizing and promoting the Philanthropy Summit in Lodi by the Lodi and San Joaquin Community Funds.

Special Thank You …

The Wheel

Editor, Graham Tweedy. A special thank you this week to Frank Whitney, pictures; Bill Brown, 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