The Wheel – December 20, 2017


President Ann welcomes special guest Santa Claus to the meeting.  Santa and all his helpers distributed merriment during the meeting as well as treats for those “deserving” children (well, all the children!)  Go to the Photo’s section below to see all the fun!


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


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed all to the annual Stockton Rotary Childrens Christmas Party!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & 4-Way Test – Graham Tweedy.
  • Song – President Ann lead everyone in a rousing rendition of “Jingle Bells”.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Greeter, Wayne Richardson. Sergeant At Arms, Peter Jalilie, Madisen O’Laughlin and Ken Steele. Lunch Ticket Sales John Atwood.
  • Proposed Member – Kevin Redick, sponsored by Terry Hull, Sr., Classification Assistant Director Major Gifts Officer, University of the Pacific. Former Rotarian, The Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Club Service & District Calendar of Es for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Children’s Annual Christmas Party

This meeting featured our Annual Children’s Christmas Party.  Arriving guests were greeted by Christmas songs played on the radios from three giant Fire Engines!  Average age in attendance was greatly reduced by approximately 110 guests under 10 years old!

“The Peanuts Movie” is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox, based on Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. The film is directed by Steve Martino and written by Craig and Bryan Schulz (Schulz’s son and grandson, respectively), and Cornelius Uliano, and stars the voices of Noah Schnapp as Charlie Brown and, via archival recordings, Bill Melendez as Snoopy and Woodstock. It is the fifth full-length Peanuts film, and the first feature film in 35 years.  It commemorates the 65th anniversary of the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, and was released on November 6, 2015.  The movie played on the big screen while guests enjoyed a choice of two buffet tables (Corn dogs and French Fries or red potatoes and pork).

Sparkles Delight and Ravioli The Clown made light sabers and other balloon sculptures for everyone except President Ann, who has plenty of balloons already.  Extra entertainment was provided by the Port as two massive ships were anchors aweigh during the meeting.

Santa Claus arrived and distributed beautiful stockings stuffed with gifts to each child.  Sparkles Delight and Ravioli The Clown brought laughter and amazement to the crowd with their comedy and magic routine.  A grand time was had by all!

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 )
  • 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

Next Meeting: January 10, 2018
Judy Chambers, “Women in Rotary – Celebrating 30 years”

Judy Chambers was the first female member in the Rotary club of Stockton.  When Judy joined she needed four men to support her entrance into the club.  Judy told the club about her original experiences in the club and she said prior to her joining then President Jim Darrah sent a questionnaire to all members asking about their opinion of women joining the club.  In response, 35 members said they would quit the club if Judy joined.  Judy said that she joined, always felt comfortable and well received and no one quit the club.

Upcoming Speakers

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”

February 2018

  • 07 – Wendy Brannen, “Lodi Wine Region”
  • 14 – Andrew Chesley, “A Medley of Love Songs”
  • 21 – Suzanne Schultz, “Human Trafficking in San Joaquin County”
  • 28 – Dr. Amalu, TBD

January Birthdays…

Mas Kamigaki – Jan 1st
Michael Keith – Jan 3rd*
Duane Isetti – Jan 4th
Terry Hull, Sr. – Jan 5th
Kathy Hart – Jan 5th
Doug Hanson – Jan 10th*
C. P. Riddle – Jan 13th
Jerry Butterfield – Jan 14th
Shari Garibaldi – Jan 14th
Ken Norton – Jan 14th
Doug Eberhardt – Jan 14th
Kerry Krueger – Jan 16th
Gary Hansen – Jan 21st
Harley Smith – Jan 27th
Micah Runner – Jan 28th

*= 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