The Wheel – July 24, 2013

John Reusche spoke about CAMP RYLA and how it has been an on-going success. This great program proves how great RYLA really is.

“100 years of serving our community the
Rotary Club of Stockton”



  • Call to Order and Welcome – Welcome to the Rotary Club of Stockton.
  • Song –“Jingle Bells” – Bob Blower
  • Audio Visual – Eric Duran
  • Pledge of Allegiance and 4-Way Test – Nick Curtin
  • COG Duties – Team leader: Michael Gotschall, Raffle Tickets: John Atwood, Greeter: Rigo Cervantes, Microphones: Brian Lafferty & Michael Gotschall, Attendance: Jason Harrel
  • Head Table – Susan Drake, Nick Curtin, TJ Hull, John Reusche, Chad Sublet, Anissa Massiah.
  • Thought for the Day – Kuy Ky – “America is the land of opportunity, In America if it is to be, it is up to me.”
  • Raffle – Jim Darrah won a silver eagle; AGAIN, which he returned back to the club as a credit towards a Paul Harris.
  • Concern Report –  Dick Wary is recovering at home after heart surgery.

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Club Announcements

  • Kayak Party was excellent; everyone had a great time. Thanks to Susan and Dudley Drake for hosting.
  • Boots Bales & BBQ: September 14 @ 5:00 PM. $55 each or $60 after August 15. Event will be held at Brookside Farm.
  • Centennial Cocktail party: August 12 at the Hotel Stockton on the roof to commemorate the Club’s first planning meeting. Starts at 5:30pm, $25 each, sign up at club or with Dave Tygett.
  • Annual Golf Tournament: August 19 at Stockton Golf & Country Club. Contact Bill Wagner for more information. Contact Jeff Zola to sponsor a hole.
  • District 5220 Foundation & Membership Seminar: Saturday, August 24th, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Escalon High School and the cost, $25, will be covered by the club for any members that want to attend. Contact Susan Drake to sign-up or if you need more information.
  • Jet Reed son of Jeanette Reed is conducting his Eagle Scout project for troop 148. Please bring the items listed on the sheet to next week’s meeting for pickup also cash or check donations are accepted to help out St. Mary’s Dining Room.
  • Next Wednesday July 31, there will be music in the park, come and enjoy music and desert with fellow Rotarians.
  • Read To Me, Stockton! is being expanded to zip codes 95202 and 95210. Also, the program is providing online registration.
  • Centennial Celebrations: If you are interested in participating for the Centennial events contact Steve Harvath. Steve is the contact if you want to get involved with February 1 dinner, otherwise contact Susan Drake or Dave Tygett


$25 Jeanette Reed was recognized for her son Jet’s presentation regarding his Eagle award.
$25 Bill Jeffery graduated from COG.
$25 John Reusche was recognized for attending the meeting and his participation in RYLA.
$25 Susan Drake was recognized for the Lodi Sunrise banner exchange.
$60 Kuy Ky is a science coach to local elementary kids. He donated $60 for the six kids he coaches.
$125 John Atwood celebrated his 75 birthday and his 50th wedding anniversary.
$25 Brian Lafferty for calling Graham during the meeting.


Guest Speaker: John Reusche, introduced by Chad Sublet.
John has been in the club and involved with RYLA since 1985. He has been a past club president and District Governor.The primary goal of CAMP RYLA is to encourage young people to get involved and better their community and become leaders. RYLA participants are of the top students at their schools. Only 1 student per every 1550 students are selected. Each year a total of about 100 junior boys and 100 junior girls attend. The schools nominate the students and they go through an interview process with Rotary members. Dave Tygett conducts interviews at Chaves High School and Nick Curtin at Edison. When the kids attend CAMP RYLA they are intentionally placed in cabins with other kids they do not know to get the students to open up. All the counselors are Rotarians and the boy and girl campers are kept separate.Anissa Massiah is a senior at Chavez High School and attended CAMP RYLA as a junior. Before CAMP RYLA she saw herself as a timid leader and would only step up when asked. Now after attending CAMP RYLA she is the leader of 2 school clubs and is captain of her two school sports teams. Anissa credits CAMP RYLA for her positive change. She is now motivated and conducts a program delivering teddy bears to cancer patients.

Anissa Massiah


Upcoming Speakers…

July 2013 

  • 31 – Susan Eggman – California Legislature
August 2013

  • 07 – Mimi Nguyen – Executive Director of the Miracle Mile
  • 14 – Judge Kronlund – Stand Down
  • 21 – Jose Rodriguez – El Concillo
  • 28 – Tony Franks – Youth Football Coach at St. Mary’s



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Special thank you to everyone who contributed to The Wheel…

Editor, Eric Duran. A special thank you this week to Eric Duran, pictures; Ramon Fernandez,notes; Susan Drake, chief checker; Kristen Dyke, 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
Ron D. Burton

District 5220 Governor
Marvin Williamson Jr.

Stockton Rotary Club President
TJ Hull