The Wheel – November 15, 2017

Paul Kozlow presented the following checks from the $88,000 allocated towards donations from the Stockton Rotary Endowments this year:

$4,000 to Emergency Food Bank for turkeys accepted by Mike Donaghy (left picture); and $3,000 to Read to Me Stockton for 1,500 books accepted by Past-President Graham Tweedy (far right) and President Ann Johnston.

“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 – Dave Midura.
  • Song – Past-President/Songleader Michael Blower, “Turkey Day”, a sweet serenade of the stuff that makes one salivate sung to the melody of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.  All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.
  • Kerry Krueger

    Thought For the Day – Kerry Krueger:  On the theme of appreciation, Kerry Krueger re-told this tale (paraphrased for brevity):  Two men meet and one seems to be bummed out.  The first asks what is wrong and the bummed out man says three weeks ago his friend died and left him $40K, two weeks ago his Uncle died and left him $85k, two weeks ago, his Great Aunt died and left him $250K, but this week – nothing!

  • Head Table – Frank Whitney, presenting our speaker; Paul Hicks, our speaker; Kerry Krueger, Thought For the Day; and President Ann Johnston.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Greeter, Zach Drivon; Microphones: Christine Morrisey & John Salaices; Attendance: Tracy Orin. Sergeant At Arms, Peter Jalilie, Omar and Ken Steele. Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood.
  • Raffle Winner – Ticket #768716: This week’s raffle totaled $1,048. The speaker, Frank Whitney’s nephew, pulled his uncle’s ticket.  Frank should have had his nephew draw the coin.  Frank picked a quarter.  Week after next:  30 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 $524 plus 1/2 of the take at the next meeting! Buy some raffle tickets! You could be the lucky Rotarian to win the big bucks!
  • Foundation Report –  Kevin Kauffman: Matching dollars!  There are still funds available for matching dollars for Paul Harris Fellows to the end of this month.
  • Secret Admirer? – Stop and enjoy the turning fall leaves, crispness of the air and the smell of the rose left for President Ann on the podium again this week.
  • Birthdays this Week – Fred Weibel, Christine Morrisey, Graham Tweedy.  $500 – Fred Weibel and Past-President Graham Tweedy put their heads together and agreed to donate Heartstoppers for their birthdays.  Christine Morrisey donated a $250 bellringer for her birthday and Kevin Hicks donate $80 in honor his father’s birthday this week.
  • 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

  • SAVE THE DATE –  Rotary International 2017-18 President Ian Riseley and First lady Juliet will come from Victoria Australia as honored guests at an event in San Jose on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Major Donor Reception 5:00pm $25, Dinner 6:00pm $90.  Tables of 10 – $900 seating priority in order of that tables are purchased – SO BUY THEM NOW TO BE IN THE FRONT ROW.  Discounted hotel room prices available.  Registration.
  • Annual Club Christmas Party – December 15th at the Weibel’s.  Rotary (Adult) Christmas Party, Friday, December 15, 2017, 6:00pm, $35, Fred & Judy Weibel’s Home, 4151 Yacht Harbor Dr. ( map ), RSVP – ASAP!
  • Santa Rosa Tree Planting Project –  The district is organizing donations towards the Rotary Phoenix Tree Park in Santa Rosa.
  • 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. Jerry needs a head count for the meetings. Please contact RSVP ASAP so they will have food for you.
  • Read to Me, Stockton! – Bookfair this next week! Tom Patti is appearing at Barnes & Noble, Weberstown Mall, for a booksigning on Saturday, November 18th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm.  Tom will host a book discussion and sign his book, “Iron Ambition:  My Life with Cus D’Amato”.  Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of book sales that day to Read to Me Stockton.
  • Best friends Raul Chavez (right) and Chris Lema

    Membership Committee –  If you are, or would like to be, best friends with Raul Chavez and/or Chris Lema , send them a note and volunteer for the Membership Committee as the original sign-up list is in an unknown location.

  • Job Shadowing – Omar Khamisa & Peter Jalilie are arranging job shadowing for high school students. Please contact them to volunteer for the shadowing opportunity and/or transportation of students.
  • Children’s Christmas Party – The children’s Christmas Party Luncheon will be held at the December 20th meeting at the Stockton Country Club.
  • 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. Cash is accepted.
  • 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 $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 ).
  • 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.
  • 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!

How do we “make a difference”?

  • Interact clubs at Edison & Chavez;
  • Dinner with a Scientist;
  • Polio Plus activities;
  • Adopt Spanos School; and
  • Lead Rotary Read In on February 22nd.

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:


  • $500 – Fred Weibel and Past-President Graham Tweedy; one Heartstopper each for their birthdays.
  • $250 – Christine Morrisey donated a bellringer for her birthday.
  • $80 – Kevin Hicks donate $80 in honor his father’s birthday this week.

Michael “Old Blue Eyes” Blower crooned a very special rendition of “Happy Birthday” to the big spenders.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Paul Hicks
Subject: We all Drink Down Stream
Introduced By: Frank Whitney

Paul Hicks has spent the last 20 years as a Water Resources Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services working all over the world to address issues of water crises.  Paul is currently working in El Salvador where ¼ of all households do not have access to water in their home.  The cost to truck in water to central locations where the women and children carry it to their homes is $5/m3 (cubic meter) versus the water piped into Paul’s home at the rate of <$1/m3 illustrating the irony of the situation.  Working to build worldwide partnerships with expertise to develop and support the locals’ abilities to create and maintain the infrastructure that can provide access to water and sanitation to all is the goal

Paul 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: TUESDAY, November 21, 2017
All City Rotary Club Thanksgiving Lunch (counts as a meeting)

Upcoming Speakers

November 2017

  • 29 – Assemblymember Susan Eggman, “Report from the Capital”

December 2017

  • 06 – Wayne Richardson, “Gospel Center Rescue Mission”
  • 13 – Jackie Ronzone, “Animal Protection League”, (at 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; Raul Chavez, 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