The Wheel – November 1, 2017

President Ann announced Julie Damron-Brown (left) as the October Rotarian of the month.  Julie steps up no matter the challenge or time commitment – such as taking on the C.O.G. Club while Linda Guinn recuperated.

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the comradery of Rotary.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & 4-Way Test – Paul Kozlow.
  • Past President Kuy Ky

    Song – Past President Michael Blower handed song leader duties to Past President Kuy Ky this week.  Mindful of the recent victims of terrorism and in celebration of the resilient American Spirit, Kuy led “God Bless America”. All sang along with Kuy accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.

  • Thought For the Day – Peter Jalilie shared his view that Rotary is more than an organization.  It is an always evolving organism willing to get involved with other partners and causes taking us beyond our comfort zones.
  • Head Table – Julie Damron-Brown, presenting our speaker; Mike Donaghy, our speaker; and President Ann Johnston.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Julie Damron-Brown. Linda Guinn will return next week – back in the saddle to lead C.O.G. Club again; Greeter, Doug Hansen; Microphones: Colleen Stewart & John Salaices; Attendance: Tracy Orin. Sergeant At Arms, Peter Jalilie, Omar  and Ken Steele. Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood and Christine Morrissey, Raffle Ticket sales.
  • Raffle Winner – Ticket #768616: This week’s raffle totaled $800+, so “The Wheel” Editor-in-Chief missed out on $400+ buckaroos when he pulled a shiny quarter from Ann’s book.  Next week:  32 quarters, 1 Susan B. Anthony dollar. He will receive a $50 credit for a donation to Rotary Foundation in his name. If you draw the winning coin, a Susan B. Anthony, your share (as of this posting) will be $457 + 1/2 of the take at the next meeting! Buy some raffle tickets! You could be the lucky Rotarian to win the big bucks!
  • Luis Duarte

    Mystery Bus Trip Report – Where did we go?  Luis Duarte revealed that the Mystery Bus left on-time at 4:30pm headed due west to Skates on the Bay at the Berkeley Marina.  Dinner was great and featured a beautiful sunset over the San Francisco Bay.

  • Congratulations – to Madisen O’Laughlin who is getting married this weekend!
  • Secret Admirer? – President Ann would like to thank her secret admirer who left what appeared to be a freshly cut Double-Delight Rose on her podium before the meeting today.  Check the cameras!
  • Birthdays this Week – Dudley Drake & Kory Ley who is currently on a Leave of Absence.
  • Club Service & District Calendar of Events for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcements

  • Club Meetings in December – The club lunches on December 6th and the 13th will both be held at The Spanos Reserve ( map ).  Sign-up sheets for those dates will be on lunch tables for the next couple of weeks, or let Jerry Smith know that you would like to attend.
  • Children’s Christmas Party – The children’s Christmas Party Luncheon will be held at the December 20th meeting at the Stockton Country Club.
  • Omar Khamisa

    Dinner With a Scientist – Omar Khamisa announced that the scientist seats are full for dinner with kids on Friday, November 3rd.

  • Spanos Elementary Thanksgiving Baskets – Aron Alexander is now accepting donations for the Spanos Elementary Thanksgiving Baskets. Bring contributions to a meeting or drop them off for Aron at Atria Senior Living, 3318 Brookside Road, Stockton, CA 95219
  • All Stockton Rotary Club’s traditional Thanksgiving luncheon – All Stockton Club’s will be dark the week of November 20th and will be meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21st at 12 noon at the 1st Baptist Church for the All Stockton Rotary Club’s Thanksgiving Lunch. International President 2001 – 2002, Rick King is our speaker. Tickets are $35, after Nov 10th they go up to $40. Still at 1st Baptist Church on Tuesday before Thanksgiving. There will be a food drive for the Food Bank that day. Please consider bringing Thanksgiving focused food items (boxed stuffing, canned yams, etc.). Other food donations will of course be accepted ( flyer ).
  • Hurricane and Earthquake Help – Millions of people in Texas, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the neighboring countries are asking for our help caused by devastating hurricanes and earthquake. Kindly be generous in sending your tax deductible financial assistance to District 5220 Disaster and Relief Corporation 4510 Sun West Dr., Salida, CA 95368. For questions please email Chair Dave Gallagher at
  • ATTENTION MEMBERS: November is Rotary Foundation month. President Ann and the Board will open the Paul Harris Matching Program for this year beginning October 11, 2017. The Club will match your RI contributions dollar-for-dollar beginning October 11, 2017 through November 30, 2017. Please contact Kevin Kauffman, Jerry Smith or a Foundation Committee member for more information. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to achieve your next Paul Harris level with the help of your Club. Thank you!
  • Rotary Night at the Stockton Heat – The ticket sales page for Rotary Night at the Stockton Heat has been developed so people can purchase tickets and have the donated funds go towards their club. $5 from every ticket purchased will go back to the fight against Polio. Friday, January 5th, Stockton Heat vs. San Antonio Rampage, Stockton Arena at 7PM ( flyer ). See the drop down list of 5220 Rotary clubs on the webpage.
  • Julie Damron-Brown

    Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Julie Damron-Brown announced the date for Salvation Army Bell-ringing in front of Macy’s will be December 16th! Julie is now scheduling bell-ringers for both doors at Macy’s.  The 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm spots are in particular need, but anytime you can be there would be great. Contact Julie to sign up!

  • SAVE THE DATE – to celebrate an enjoyable evening at the District 5220 Foundation Dinner, Saturday November 18, 2017 at the McHenry Event Center/The Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto ( map ). Register online on DaCdb to pay by credit card or check. For question please call Diana Barden 559-674-7138 or email Kevin Kauffman said the club will have a table. Event Details. Contact Jerry Smith, to sign up.
  • Credit Card Payments – You can now pay your Rotary dues and monthly bills by credit card. See the link on your next Rotary invoice for details.
  • Potential Members – To encourage Club members to bring a potential member to the Wednesday meetings the Rotary Club of Stockton will pay for the 1st meal of a potential member brought by a Club member.

Meeting Note

Please note that the Thanksgiving Luncheon on Tuesday the 21st will be considered a meeting in lieu of our regular Wednesday schedule.  There will be a missed meeting fee if you do not attend and do not complete a make-up.

President’s Message

Rotarians are People of Action! Polio Initiative!

Colleen Stewart

November is Foundation Month—club match toward a Paul Harris.
Colleen Stewart spoke of how by contributing to the Foundation you not only help yourself (feeling good) but help those in need.  This month is the time to take advantage of the club matching your donation.

The following members made a voluntary recognition to take advantage of the November Foundation 50% off sale for matching funds towards Paul Harris Fellows:

  • Tom Patti – $200
  • Omar Khamisa – $1,000
  • Colleen Stewart – $500
  • President-Elect Waqar Rizvi – $500
  • Eric Duran – $100

President Ann gave the following report on the Hukilau event:

  • Live Auction              $14,000
  • Silent Auction           $  7,995
  • Fund the Need          $  7,350
  • Hurricane Project    $  5,330
  • Raffle for Trip           $  5,445
  • Ticket Sales                $ 15,000
  • Center Pieces            $       490
  • Gross Income            $ 55,781  (or $55,610  if you actually add up the numbers)
  • Expenses                     <$17,000>
  • Net Income – Over $ 38,600!

President Ann recognized the men and women in blue – USPS mail carriers who save and return 50-70 undeliverable books each month to help the literacy program keep the address database accurate and to allow the books to be repurposed.

Rotarian Roundtable with John Atwood

John Atwood is a Jack of All Rotarian Trades. As an active member of the Rotary Club of Stockton for over 40 years, John has served in a variety of roles to further the mission our club. Learn what motivates this pillar of our club community to continually give and support our organization’s ongoing work for good:

Tell us about your family-owned business.

As a fourth generation printer, I guess you can say ‘ink flows  through my blood’.  I ventured out on my own  as “John Atwood Graphics” in 1973.  Thanks to community support and amazing employees, we were able to purchase Big Valley Printing in 1978. In 2006, my daughter June came back full time when Big Valley Printing purchased Abrahamson Printing.

What inspired you to join Rotary?

My father, Lee Atwood, who was Rotary President from 1964 to 1965, encouraged me to become a member in 1971.

What’s been the most rewarding part of your involvement in the club so far?

I’ve been the bulletin editor of “The Wheel”, club photographer, and sergeant and arms for 11 years (the second time). Now, I’m collecting money for lunches on top of receiving (Paul Harris Awards plus 6) and giving (3) Paul Harris Awards.

How has your Rotary membership benefited your printing business?

It has been an honor to help the club with their printing items for special events and also their stationary.

What’s your favorite way of giving with Rotary?

Giving Paul Harris Awards and helping at the weekly meetings.

What advice do you have for new Rotarians?

Get active in the club!

To learn more about John’s local printing business, click here (Link:


  • Tracy Orrin

    $100 – President Ann paid $100 to the Rotary Foundation for The Balloonery which was featured in Michael Fitzgerald’s column headlined “Dia De Los Muertos Blows Up”.

  • $100 – Tracy Orrin paid $100 to celebrate marriage to her childhood sweetheart after 23 years!  What was the rush?

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Mike Donaghy – CEO Emergency Food Bank
Subject: “The surprising and unseen holiday food needs of our county”
Introduced By: Julie Damron-Brown

Julie Damron introduced Mike Donaghy, CEO of the Emergency Food Bank.  The Emergency Food Bank delivered 1.5 million lbs. of produce and a total of 6 million lbs. of food to people in San Joaquin County.  Only 45% of families in San Joaquin County are self-sufficient while 28% of children live in homes that are food insecure.  There is no income restriction to receive services and the food bank helped 65,000 people in 2016.

The food bank works with partner pantries such as churches and other organizations to expand accessibility and most clients of the food bank are the working poor rather than the homeless because the food requires refrigeration and an oven/microwave to store and prepare.  The homeless populations are served by other organizations such as the Gospel Rescue Mission and St. Mary’s Dining Hall.

The food bank also offers training in health, nutrition and food preparation and features a community garden on the property.  In 2016, the food bank delivered 2,090 Thanksgiving boxes and 1,461 Christmas boxes with turkeys and fixings for a holiday feast.  The food bank is funded 29% by city, county and federal grants, relying on the generous donations of this community for the balance.

Mike also autographed a book for us to donate to Spanos Elementary School and a donation was made in his name to Read to Me Stockton to help fund our efforts to promote literacy in our community. He also received the most sought after Rotary mug from President Ann.

Next Meeting: November 8, 2017
Judge Richard Vlavianos, “San Joaquin County’s drug court successes”

Richard A. Vlavianos is a Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin.  He was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson in 1999.  He serves by appointment of the Chief Justice of California as Chair of the Judicial Council’s Collaborative Justice Advisory Committee.  He also serves as an Judicial Advisory Panel member for the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR).

He has served as faculty for: Lifesavers, Transportation Research Board; National Judicial College; Judicial Council of California, Center for Judicial Education and Research; and multiple state courts.

He currently oversees a multi-track DUI Court system of court supervision in high risk DUI cases that has documented a 32% reduction in recidivism and 50% reduction in collisions with repeat offenders (over 4,000 in nine years.  He has also implemented a DUI prevention program that involves court proceedings inside of schools, using prisoners and collaborative court clients to educate students on the dangers of alcohol and drugs, and an outreach program into the Hispanic community for DUI prevention.

He has received the 2017 Public Service Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for implementing the multi-track DUI Court;  2012 Kevin E. Quinlan Award from the Century Council (now FAAR) for excellence in traffic safety.

Upcoming Speakers

November 2017

  • 15 – Paul Hicks, “We all Drink Down Stream”
  • 22 – DARK – All City Rotary Club Thanksgiving Lunch on Tuesday the 21st – counts as a meeting!
  • 29 – David S. Rader, “Theodore Roosevelt: American President/Global Leader”

December 2017

  • 06 – RYLA (Tentative), The Reserve at Spano’s Park
  • 13 – Jackie Ronzone, “Animal Protection League”, The Reserve at Spano’s Park
  • 20 – Children’s Christmas Party!
  • 27 – DARK


Dudley Drake – Nov 1st*
Kory Ley – Nov 3rd
Fred Gassner – Nov 10th
Waqar Rizvi – Nov 10th
Fred Weibel – Nov 14th
Christine Morrissey – Nov 15th*
Graham Tweedy – Nov 16th
Tom Perry – Nov 22nd*
Jim Woodward – Nov 22nd*
Tracy Orrin – Nov 26th

Gary Putnam – Nov 27th
Tony Despotes – Nov 28th
Ken Steele – Nov 29th*
Walt Wager – Nov 30th

*= Club Meeting – Wish them a Happy Birthday!



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Special thank you to everyone who contributed to The Wheel…

Editor, Eric Duran. Special thanks this week to Lynndee Riley, note taker extraordinaire; Eric Duran, photos; and Jerry Smith, Chief Checker!

Contact Information
Attn: Jerry Smith, 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
Ian H.S. Riseley

District 5220 Governor
Ray Caparros

Stockton Rotary Club President
Ann Johnston

Meeting Location
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
Stockton Golf & Country Club
3800 W. Country Club Blvd.
Stockton, CA 95204