The Wheel – December 13, 2017


Several members took advantage of the club match for any Rotary Foundation donation and Rotary Foundation Chair, Kevin Kauffman, awarded Paul Harris’ to the following (from left):
President Ann Johnston, PH +5;
Judy Chambers, PH +6;
Julie Damron, PH +1;
Frank Whitney, PH +2;
President-Elect Waqar Rizvi, PH +7;
Omar Khamisa, PH +1, +2, and +3; and
Liz Hull, PH +8.

Congratulations to all!

SRE Trustee Paul Kozlow presented checks to the following:

Jody Christopherson
Transitional Learning Center

Edward Figueroa
St. Mary’s Dining Hall

Wayne Richardson
Gospel Center Rescue Mission


“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 – Ramon Fernandez
  • Song – Past President and now song leader Michael Blower:  I Have a Little Dreidel” (a.k.a. “The Dreidel Song” or “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel”) is a children’s Chanukah song. Dating from 1986 in the English speaking world, there is also a Yiddish version called “Ikh Bin A Kleyner Dreydl”, (Yiddish: איך בין אַ קלײנער דרײדל.  The lyricist for the English version is Samuel S. Grossman and the composer of the English version is listed as Samuel E. Goldfarb. The Yiddish version was both written and composed by Mikhl Gelbart, but he listed the author as Ben Arn, a pseudonym referring to himself as the son of Aaron. There is a question about who composed this music, as the melody for both the Yiddish and the English versions are precisely the same. The meaning of the lyrics to the Yiddish and English versions is largely the same. However, in English the singer sings about a dreidel, whereas in the Kafkaesque original Judeo-German version, the singer is the four-sided spinning top made out of ‘blay’ (Yiddish: בלײַ‎), which is lead.
  • Thought For the Day – Doug Hansen: Doug Hanson’s Thought For the Day theme was “The tradition of Christmas is more.” Dr. Seuss said it best when describing the Grinch’s confusion at the sight of the Who celebration:“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Greeter, Van Young. Microphones: Peter Ragsdale & Doug Hanson. Sergeant At Arms, Peter Jalilie, Omar and Ken Steele. Lunch Ticket Sales/Attendance, Madisen O’Laughlin; and raffle ticket sales, Dr. Chuk.
  • Raffle Winner – Ticket #768836: This week’s raffle is over $1,200!  Past President Bob Blower nabbed a quarter.  Next week 27 quarters, 1 Susan B. Anthony. He will receive a $50 credit for a donation to Rotary Foundation in his name.  Don’t forget: If you draw the winning coin, a Susan B. Anthony, your share (as of this week) will be 1/2 or $615 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!
  • Birthday til the End of the Month – Kevin Hicks (12th), Cliff Dochterman (13th), Chris Lema (14th), John Atwood (15th), Frank Whitney (15th), Octavio Cruces (27th), Bill Wagner (29th), Russel Hagen (29th), and Pete Gormsen (31st).  See below for their “birthday” recognitions.
  • Club Service & District Calendar of Events for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Election Results

66 votes were cast in the election. A quorum of 56 was needed for the election to be valid. As the Club Secretary I certify that the election results stand.

President (2019-2020) – Melanie Vieux
Secretary (2018-2019) – Jerry Smith
Treasurer (2018-2019) – Steve Luthy

CLUB DIRECTORS (2018-2019)
Membership – Terry Hull, Sr.
Foundation – Kuy Ky
Youth Service – Sharon Tweedy
Communications – Madisen O’Laughlin
International Service – Ken Steele
Vocational Service – Omar Khamisa
Community Service – Colleen Stewart
Club Service – Cathy Wooton

Kerry Krueger
Eric Duran
Colleen Stewart

Thank you to all who voted

Jerry Smith
President 1998-1999
The Rotary Club of Stockton
Tel:      209-472-9662

 Club Announcements

  • 2018 Mid Year Assembly – Save the Date!  February 3, 2018, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Mary Ann Sanders Elementary School, 3101 Fine Ave., Modesto ( map )  Registration available online:  Log into DaCdb Calendar or Click Here.  ( Flyer )
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Julie Damron 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!
  • 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.  Omar is looking for more shadowing opportunities in hospitals.
  • 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.

Dr. Julie Damron-Brown, the Medical Director for Stockton Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center and Founder of the Loving Tails Community Vet Clinic, knows no limits to service. Her passion for giving in Rotary and beyond is truly unmatched in a myriad of inspiring ways. Learn what empowers Julie to contribute to our community each and every day:
  1. First off, tell us about your involvement in the community.

Stockton is my adopted home town, and I am devoted to seeing it shine. I have a bi-monthly pet column in The Stockton Record, and a weekly radio show on The Voice of Stockton. I am a very strong community advocate. In addition to Rotary and Lions, I am also a member of The Woman’s Auxillary at Karl Ross Post 16, Leadership Stockton 2017, The Stockton Chamber of Commerce, The Hispanic Chamber, and The Asian Chamber; as well as an Ambassador for Toys for Tots, a Certified Tourism Ambassador and a Chamber Ambassador. I serve on The Homeless and Hunger Tasks Forces; am a board member for The Emergency Food Bank, HOPE, and Pixie Woods; an alternate on the Disabled American Veteran’s Charities board; and I am a strong advocate for the underserved in our community. I founded a clinic Loving Tails that provides free vaccines and other services to the animals of the homeless and low income on a monthly basis rotating at 4 locations throughout Stockton.

  1. What inspired you to become a club member and dive into service?

Community Service has always been a priority for me.  Prior to becoming a member of The Rotary Club of Stockton, I had joined other organizations; but they were not having the community improvement impact I was seeking.  I love that Rotary is improving the daily lives for people on both a local and international level in so many ways.

Literacy is especially important to me.  I love that our club participates in so many activities from Read To Me Stockton, The Rotary Read In, Books to the Spanos LIbrary, Dictionaries in 3rd Grade Classrooms throughout Stockton, and more. We are at the forefront in the effort to make sure all of our 3rd graders are reading at the national level.

  1. What’s been the most fun part of your involvement in the club?

I love giving dictionaries to the 3rd grade classrooms.  The children are so excited to receive these books that belong to them and stay with them forever. I enjoy talking and interacting with them and encouraging them to strive to be anything that they want to be.

I also really enjoyed being a camp counselor for RYLA.  It was great to spend time with the top students from our surrounding schools.  These are our future community leaders, and it is amazing to see their intelligence, passion, and devotion to our society.

  1. How has your Rotary membership benefited your career?

Rotary has helped me grow personally and professionally.  I have had some club members become clients; but this is not a big part of why I joined Rotary.

  1. What’s your favorite way of giving with Rotary so far?

This year, I am in charge of Bell Ringing for The Salvation Army.  I am excited to see how many of our club members have signed up, and am looking forward to caroling with many of you.  The Salvation Army does so much for our community; it is a great way for our club members help them help others.

  1. In the new year, what do you look forward to contributing to our club?

I am looking forward to more camaraderie and fellowship with my fellow Rotarians.  As well as participating in multiple events and drives, particularly in the field of education. I am especially excited about reaching out to the schools.

To contribute dog and cat food donations to Loving Tails, a free veterinary clinic for animals in need in Stockton, please email Julie at

Birthday Recognitions

    • $64.80 – Kevin Hicks, 648 months old.
    • $75 – Frank Whitney to one-up Kevin, his nephew/God Son.
    • $80 – John Atwood, one dollar per year.
    • $59 – Bill Wagner, dollar per year.
  • $100.60 – Russ Hagen, $100 to recognize Jesus’ birthday plus a penny per year for himself.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Jackie Ronzone, Executive Director
Subject: “Animal Protection League
Introduced By: Julie Damron

Jason Roth, CEO of Tuleburg, a full-service business development firm that helps businesses grow in new and revolutionary ways took over for ailing Jackie Ronzone, Executive Director of the Animal Protection League (APL).  Roth serves as the Vice President of the APL board.  Founded in 1996, APL supports the animal shelter to increase the number of adoptions, such as raising $75k to purchase an x-ray machine or raising $40k to keep the Adopt-a-Bull program which helps get adoptable pit bulls into loving and safe homes.  APL currently has a $25 vouchers to help people get over any financial hurdles for spay/neuter and vaccination of their pets.  Learn 13 reasons why a dog will make your life so much better!  Hundreds of worthy animals are waiting, consider adopting one today

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

Next Meeting: December 20, 2017
Children’s Christmas Party!

Upcoming Speakers

December 2017

  • 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”



Trever Fearrand – Dec 5th
Kevin Hicks – Dec 12th
Cliff Dochterman – Dec 13th*
Chris Lema – Dec 14th
John Atwood – Dec 15th
Frank Whitney – Dec 15th
Octavio Cruces – Dec 27th*
Bill Wagner – Dec 29th
Russel Hagen – Dec 29th
Pete Gormsen – Dec – 31st

*= 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