The Wheel – November 8, 2017

President Ann welcomes two new members to the club:

Zack Downs (left), Sponsored by Terry Hull Sr., grew up in Stockton, has 3 children and 1 wife, who Zack described as “very patient”.  Sylvan “Van” Young (center) and his wife are Administrators for the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.  Married for 37 years, they enjoy 5 children and 10 grandchildren.  Welcome to the club!

“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 – Reid Johnson.
  • Song – Past President/Songleader Michael Blower honored the 242nd anniversary of the United States Marine Corps on November 10th with the “Marines’ Hymn“.  Introduced by the first Director of USMC Band, Francesco Maria Scala. It is the oldest official song in the United States Armed Forces. The “Marines’ Hymn” is typically sung at the position of attention as a gesture of respect. However, the third verse is also used as a toast during formal events, such as the birthday ball and other ceremonies. Western Illinois University uses the hymn prior to all football games. They are the only non-military academy allowed to use the hymn. The university has had permission to use the official nickname, mascot, and hymn of the Corps since 1927.  All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.
  • Jim Woodward

    Thought For the Day – Julie Damron-Brown invited us to an All Service Event on Veteran’s Day on the 11th hour of the 11th day this November 2017.  Julie shared at the Patriot’s Ball on Nov. 3rd, our own Jim Woodward was honored for his service in WW II, the Korean War, Vietnam War and, apparently, the Cold War – although Secret Agent Jim can neither confirm nor deny this involvement.  “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”  –Douglas MacArthur.

  • Head Table – Gene Eacret, presenting our speaker; Judge Richard Vlavianos, our speaker; Julie Damron-Brown, Thought For the Day; and President Ann Johnston.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn.  Greeter, Russ Hagen; Microphones: Colleen Stewart & John Salaices; Attendance: Omar Khamissa. Sergeant At Arms, Peter Jalilie, Omar and Ken Steele. Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood; Heath Prichard, Raffle Ticket sales and Beve Fitch McCarthy, Thanksgiving ticket sales.
  • Raffle Winner – Ticket #768634: This week’s raffle totaled $998.  Rotary Guest, former City Councilman Ted Gonzalez, pulled a quarter from President Ann’s book-box.  Next week: 31 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 $499  or 1/2 of the take at the next meeting! Buy some raffle tickets! You could be the lucky Rotarian to win the big bucks!
  • Secret Admirer? – President Ann would like to thank her secret admirer who left another what appeared to be a freshly cut Double-Delight Rose on her podium before the meeting today.  The love is growing!
  • Birthdays this Week – Fred Gassner and President-Elect Waqar Rizvi.  Dudley Drake added his $50 for not being at the meeting when his birthday came around.
  • 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

  • Past President & current Club Secretary Jerry Smith

    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.

  • 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 $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 ).
  • 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!

November is Foundation Month—club match toward a Paul Harris.

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

  • Susan Drake – $1,000

Report on Stockton Rotary Endowment: Paul Kozlow & Jerry Zedlitz

Paul Kozlow

Jerry Zedlitz

SRE Treasurer, Jerry Zedlitz, reported that the Stockton Rotary Endowment funds exceeded $4 million on November 8, 2017.  $2.5 million is invested in Equity funds by a management company.  The balance is managed internally in Fixed Income investments.

When a club member gives to SRE, there are 10 components to which the donation may be designated:

  • Stockton Rotary Endowment General Charity Fund (default fund, if no designation)
  • The Woodward-Clark Library Fund
  • The World War II Memorial Fund
  • The Frank Thornton Smith Music Scholarship Fund
  • The 25 Rotarian community Service Scholarship Fund
  • The Patmon Family Memorial Fund
  • The Knox LaRue Career Technical Education Fund
  • Stockton Rotary endowment Beautification fund
  • The Lange Family Health, Hungry and Clothing Fund
  • The Richards Raven Fund

Fund Descriptions and Valuations

For 2017, the 8-member committee has designated $115,950 dollars to be available for the Distribution Committee to award in scholarships and charitable contributions.

In celebration, Jerry donated a Bell Ringer ($250):

  • Dale & Florence Drury  on the birth of a new grand-daughter – $100 Woodward-Clark Library fund
  • Dr. Harold Wolf (in memory of) – $100 to the World War II Memorial Fund -(Kris Blower’s uncle)
  • Myself – Trip to Germany in October – $50.00 -Twenty-Five Rotarian Scholarship Fund

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:


  • Presely & Dad Tom Patti

    $100 – Tom Patti was so proud of his 8-yr old daughter, Presley Paternostro, for singing “God Bless America” in front of 300+ people at the Patriot’s Ball!

  • $100 – Waqar Rizvi paid $50 for a November birthday and another $50 because Waqar was born exactly 200 years after the U.S. Marine Corps was established.
  • $50 – Dudley Drake for having a birthday celebration.
  • $50 – 50 years ago, Frank Whitney flew his girlfriend, Barbara, to the Arizona Marine Corps Ball and proposed.  She said, “Yes!” He took his bride back to the scene of the crime this year to mark the 50 years since that romantic proposal took place.
  • $25 – Secretary Jerry Smith’s charge to President Ann for temporarily losing custody of the gavel.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Judge Richard Vlavianos
Subject: “San Joaquin County’s drug court successe”
Introduced By: Gene Eacret

The Honorable Richard Vlavianos reviewed the court’s story of redemption in using new approaches for treating addiction and mental health issues associated with crime.  The Drug Courts and DUI Courts are now long-established and beginning May 2018, all of the Stockton courts will be using the similar model.

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”  -Mark Twain

Judge Vlavianos 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 15, 2017
Paul Hicks, “We all Drink Down Stream”

Paul Hicks |+503.7888.7956 | San Salvador, El Salvador


Contribute to solving water crises in developing countries with a focus on two themes:

  • Protect and restore water resources through sustainable land management
  • Improve management and administration of rural and urban water services


Proven program leader in the water sector, with eighteen years’ professional experience in developing countries. Innovative manager with expertise across several disciplines: water supply, water resources management, and agricultural development. Demonstrated track record for: designing and launching new programs; learning and innovation; and a relentless drive for program quality. A strong and persuasive communicator, both written and verbal.


Water Resources Coordinator

Catholic Relief Services, Latin America and Caribbean Region

2012 to Present

  • Redesigned a five-year strategy for the Global Water Initiative for Central America, focused on water-for-agriculture. The new program is an innovative research and advocacy initiative focused on increasing strategic public and private-sector investments in rainfed agriculture. Recruited high-quality regional team and led the restructuring of the program in three countries; teams are delivering on important policy changes in two countries in Central America through collaborative learning and direct policy advocacy.
  • Designed and built a new water resources management program called Blue Harvest and obtained multi-year funding from Keurig Green Mountain, plus complementary public and private funding at the regional and country levels.
  • Spearheaded an action-research for a new Water Financing Services to upgrade and expand water services in Central America by catalyzing public and private financing (loans).
  • Provided field leadership for CRS’ disaster responses to two typhoons in the Philippines in December 2012 and 2013.

Regional Coordinator for the Global Water Initiative

CRS – Central America

2009 2012

  • Coordinated the work of 15 development organizations in four countries with an annual budget of $4.5 million. Restructured the strategic priorities for the program in 2009 to link rural and small urban water supply to water resources management in critical watersheds. Developed innovative results-based monitoring and evaluation system, and prepared semi-annual reports for the donor.
  • Spearheaded the strategic planning for CRS’ water program in Latin America, based on a vision for “Safe Water, For All, All the Time”, which goes beyond conventional projects toward catalytic programs to strengthen water governance.
  • Led CRS-Haiti’s emergency water and sanitation activities for six weeks following the earthquake in 2010. Led a five-member team of international watershed experts in early 2011 to develop a strategy CRS Haiti Water Program.

Country Representative

CRS – Afghanistan

July 2006 to November 2008

Led CRS’ program in Afghanistan: Expanded the program from 80 staff to 350 in four field offices, and continuously increased annual funding from a wide range of donors. Focused on fostering a dynamic-learning environment to build staff capacity. Led the design of country program strategy focused on water, agriculture, and rural education. Extended mission in Afghanistan for six months (May to November 2008) as a program manager to launch a new integrated water program in a remote province.

Director, Water and Agriculture Program

CRS – Afghanistan

July 2004 to June 2006

Designed and led a new agriculture program for CRS in Afghanistan, recruited 40 all new international and national staff, and secured funding from US government and other sources. Program focused on market-based agricultural development, linking farmer groups to local markets.

Manager, Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Manager

CRS – Philippines

2001 to June 2004

Developed new Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Program, created a strategy and successfully obtained funding from multiple donors. Recruited and trained local staff for management and technical positions. Formulated agriculture extension strategy that responded to farmers’ initiatives and requirements with high-quality technical support. The original program strategy continues to be funded.

Manager, Rural Water Supply Program

CRS – Albania

August 1999 to November 2000

Managed rural water and sanitation projects for $3.5 million post-emergency program, funded by USAID. Supervised team of seven civil engineers, purchased and imported materials, and contracted local construction firms. Collaborated closely with a groundwater hydrologist in evaluating and designing bore wells and contracting companies to build/install wells and pumps.

Woods Boss and Crew Leader

Northwest Conservation Corps, Oregon

1996 to 1998 (Seasonal)

Directed field activities for conservation crews (50 staff) working in forests of the Pacific Northwest. Led conservation work, such as trail-building, fire management, and tree planting. Trained crew members in professional skills, personal development, and environmental education.

Water and Sanitation Technician

United Stated Peace Corps Volunteer, Honduras

February 1993 – August 1995

Water technician assigned to the National Water and Sanitation Service of Honduras (SANAA) for a rural water supply program funded by USAID. Designed and coordinated construction of ten gravity flow water systems serving small towns and villages in the north coast region of Honduras, including project feasibility studies, hydraulic designs and topographic studies, construction management, budgeting and purchasing, and forming and training community water boards.


MS International Agricultural Development, University of California, Davis

Completed July 1999

Concentration on hillside agriculture and soil management. Conducted field research on comparative water infiltration depth and run-off rates on organic versus conventional farms in California. Served as Student Chair for the IAD Graduate Group.

BA Political Science – International Relations. University of California, Santa Barbara



English & Spanish: fluent spoken and written.

Upcoming Speakers

November 2017

  • 22 – 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 – 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; 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