The Wheel – November 29, 2017


Past District Governor Susan Drake learned a hard lesson about secrets when she tried to surprise Ken Steele with a Crystal and Diamond Pin designating him and his wife Rita as Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation.  If you tell one person, it isn’t a secret anymore – even if it is President Ann.

“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 – Colleen Foster.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower was suffering a cold, but managed to croak out “Jingle Bells”, one of the best-known and commonly sung American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857.  Originally intended for the Thanksgiving season, it became associated with Christmas music and the holiday season after it was first performed on Washington Street in Boston in 1857. Some area choirs adopted it as part of their repertoire in the 1860s and 1870s, and it was featured in a variety of parlor-song and college anthologies in the 1880s. It was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder. All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.
  • Susanne Huebel

    Thought For the Day – Susanne Huebel: Susanne expressed gratitude for all the support she received in the 3 years of her mother’s illness from friends, family and her employer.  Susanne started a gratitude chain that included testimonials from Diane Stauffer, Past-President/Secretary Jerry Smith, Past-President Don Barry and President Ann.

  • Head Table – Presenting our speaker, Steve Morales ; Speaker Assemblymember Susan Eggman; Thought For the Day, Susanne Huebel; and club President Ann Johnston.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Greeter, Zach Drivon; Microphones: Doug Hanson & Christine Morrissey; Attendance: Shannon Ding McGovern. Sergeant At Arms, Peter Jalilie, Omar and Ken Steele. Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood; and raffle ticket sales, Russ Hagen.
  • Past-President Auctioneer Bob Blower

    Auction – Past-President Auctioneer Bob Blower auctioned off two beautiful Blue Diamond holiday baskets donated by Susanne Huebel.  Winners: Ken Steele – $101, Colleen Stewart – $85.

  • Raffle Winner – Ticket #768722: This week’s raffle totaled $1,122.  “The Wheel” editor-in-chief, Eric Duran took another stab at the raffle.  He adds a quarter to his collection.  He will receive a $50 credit for a donation to Rotary Foundation in his name. Next week: 29 quarters, 1 Susan B. Anthony. Reminder to President Ann – please take Ms. Anthony out of the box between meetings so she doesn’t get harassed.  If you draw the winning coin, a Susan B. Anthony, your share (as of this posting) will be $561 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!
  • Birthdays this Week – Birthday Bounty!  Any relationships between dollars paid and years of living are left to speculation:  Tracy Orin – $50; Gary Putnam – $100; Walt Wager – $70; Ken Steele – $71; Tom Perry – $72; Tony Despotes, plus honoring Baby Gabriel born this summer – $250;  and Jim Woodward $500.93
  • Club Service & District Calendar of Events for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Special Announcement From The President

Our club match for any Rotary Foundation donation was set to end tomorrow, November 30th, but your Rotary board decided today to extend this funding opportunity until December 31st.  It’s a popular way for Rotarians to reach the Paul Harris level, and the board wants to give you more time to make that happen. Each donation to the Rotary Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar by the club, so this is the time to double down on your end of the year giving for the Rotary Foundation and the good work it does.

Thank you for making a difference in our community, in our nation, and in our world.  Happy Holidays!

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.
  • Doug Hanson

    Salvation Army Advisory Board – Doug Hanson announced that the Salvation Army would like to re-launch their Advisory Board.   A meeting will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 1305 E. Weber Ave featuring a free lunch and discussion of Salvation Army programs.  RSVP:  209 729-0878 or

  • 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 to Secretary Jerry Smith, Tom Perry or Cathy Wooton – ASAP!
  • 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.
  • 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!

  • Children’s Christmas Party – The children’s Christmas Party Luncheon will be held at the December 20th meeting at the Stockton Country Club.
  • ATTENTION MEMBERS: See special announcement above! President Ann and the Board have extended the Paul Harris Matching Program for this year. The Club will match your RI contributions dollar-for-dollar beginning October 11, 2017 now through December 31, 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!
  • Cathy Wooten

    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.

  • 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.

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:


  • $100 – Laura Pinkerton for travels.  Laura was not implicated as a despondent empty-nester although fires suspiciously began on the first day her daughter moved to Napa.  Laura fled to New Jersey by way of Napa, Spain and Washington D.C. where her alibi was an overseas wedding and spending time with her son and other family back on the east coast
  • $50 – President Ann: Nancy Slatten, President, Sunrise Rotary Club took President Ann down for failure to wear her crown during the Thanksgiving Luncheon.  Apparently, it was President Ann who had the royal idea to wear tiaras in the first place!
  • $50 – Linda Guinn graduated from C.O.G. and paid $25 x 2 great years in C.O.G.
  • $25 – Doug Hanson for his Salvation Army Advisory Board announcement.


  • $500.93 – Jim Woodward; one Heartstopper and a penny for each year of his birthday.
  • $250 – Tony Despotes who also honored Baby Gabriel born this summer.
  • $100 – Gary Putnam.
  • $50 – Tracy Orin.
  • $70 – Walt Wager.
  • $71 – Ken Steele.
  • $72 – Tom Perry.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Assemblymember Susan Eggman
Subject: Report from the Capital”
Introduced By: Steve Morales

Steve Morales introduced Assembly member Susan Eggman as a great negotiator and a great cook.  Eggman specializes in issues of the Delta, agriculture, was involved in getting the fountains fixed in Victory Park and opening the Challenge Academy at Sharpe Depot for challenged youth which was the 3rd academy to open in the state.

Eggman touted passage of the transportation tax, the cap and trade extension to 2130, SB1 which is a jobs/housing bill and successfully strangling the funding for the tunnels.  Continuing projects include a new CSU in Stockton, the SB2 Bond for housing projects and work on a connection of the ACE/BART system by rail to Stockton and Sacramento

Next Meeting: December 6, 2017
Wayne Richardson, “Gospel Center Rescue Mission”

Wayne arrives to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission having served Faith Farm Ministries’ as its Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development and Programs. Faith Farm is a three campus, free Christian nine month resident addiction regeneration program with 450 beds. During his four years “on the Farm” he instituted a comprehensive fundraising program, a college accredited academic program for up to nine college credits, a Comprehensive Work Training Institute where students can train in any of the 17 vocational skills, as well as numerous other changes which moved Faith Farm Ministries to a national non-profit.

Wayne’s background also includes serving in leadership positions at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Christian Broadcasting Network’s Operation Blessing International, the United States Military Academy’s West Point Association of Graduates, Southeastern University, and Mountainside Management – his family’s property management business in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

Wayne serves as an Advisory Board member for South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary in Deerfield Beach, Florida and Help One Love One (supporting Cystic Fibrosis clients) in Byron, Minnesota. He is also a national fundraising seminar speaker with a focus on non-profit Board and senior leadership fundraising training.

Service to his country comprises a 23 year Army active and Reserve career, which includes six years of command and leading multiple Army Engineer unit deployments to Korea and Panama.

Education is highlighted by graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983 having gained an appointment as an enlisted soldier. Wayne is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a licensed minister from the Fellowship of Ministers International.

Wayne Teammate and wife, Carol, served as the Dean of Student Life for South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. They have three adult – Chris, Colin and Megan.

Upcoming Speakers

December 2017

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

January 2018

  • 03 – DARK
  • 10 – Judy Chambers, “Women in Rotary – Celebrating 30 years”
  • 17 – John Reusche, “RYLA”
  • 24 – Lori Richards, “Aspire Schools”
  • 31 – Tim Pelican, SJ Ag Commissioner, “The State of Agriculture in San Joaquin County”



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; Frank Whitney, 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