The Wheel – December 6, 2017


Jim Woodward (right) presented a Stockton Rotary Endowment, Woodward-Clark Fund $6,000 check to Brian McCoy, who is from the Stockton Unified School District.  Brian shared that budget constraints have prevented SUSD from directing any money to the purchase of library books since 2007.  Brian has been working to obtain books to replace and update the school resource libraries and this donation will be used to buy books.


President Ann receives a $3,000 check from PG&E’s Dylan George for the Read to Me, Stockton project!  PG&E has been a long-time supporter of Read to Me, Stockton, and this will add another $3,000 contribution for this year.

“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 – Past President T.J. Hull, Jr.
  • Past President “Santa” Michael Blower

    Song – Past-President/Songleader Michael Blower put on his best, knit Santa Visage and led “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.  Written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934, it became an instant hit, with orders for 500,000 copies of sheet music and more than 30,000 records sold within 24 hours. The song has been covered by over 200 artists, including The Crystals, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra and The Jackson 5.  A 1970 Christmas stop motion animated television special is based on the hit.

  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Microphones: Madisen O’Laughlin & Dennis Cochran. Sergeant At Arms, Peter Jalilie, Omar and Ken Steele. Lunch Ticket Sales/Attendance, Hal Monroe; and raffle ticket sales, Dave Tygett.
  • Britton Kimball

    Thought For the Day – Britton Kimball (GCRM): Today, Britton Kimball is the COO of the Gospel Rescue Mission and has worked there for 15 years.  Britton shared his journey which began with a dysfunctional family life and progressed through addictions to marijuana, then alcohol until spiraling out of control with methamphetamine.  The “New Life Program” at the Gospel Rescue Mission gave Britton a chance at spiritual, physical and emotional restoration through the love of Jesus Christ.

  • Ken Steele

    Rotarian of the Month – President Ann presented Sgt.-At-Arms, Ken Steele the Rotarian of the Month Award for his unfailing work for Rotary, his leadership in local and international projects and outstanding problem solving skills.  Congratulations, Ken!

  • Raffle Winner – Ticket #768781: This week’s raffle is $1,167! Linda Guinn failed to save the Susan B. Anthony.  Next week 28 quarters, 1 Susan B. Anthony. She will receive a $50 credit for a donation to Rotary Foundation in her name.  Don’t forget: If you draw the winning coin, a Susan B. Anthony, your share will be 1/2 or $583.50 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 this Week – Trever Fearrand.
  • 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!

Special Announcement

Past President Kuy Ky announced the nomination of 2018-2019 Club Officers and Directors:

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

Membership – Terry Hull
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

Election next week!  Be sure to attend and vote!

 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.
  • 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
  • Cathy Wooton

    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 lunch on December 13th (next week) will both be held at The Spanos Reserve ( map ). Sign-up sheets for that date will be on lunch tables, or let Jerry Smith know that you would like to attend. Jerry needs a head count for the meeting. Please contact RSVP ASAP so they will have food for you.
  • Julie Damron

    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!

  • 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!
  • Omar Khamisa

    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.


  • Tom Patti

    $100 – Tom Patti:  Tom Patti for his successful book signing and featured article in “The Record” about his associations with boxing royalty AND for all of the Rotarian support during his recent spinal surgery.  He appreciated Blain Bibb for advising him to get post-surgery complications checked out (which turned out to be a blood clot) and he was thankful to survive the hearty slap-on-the-back greeting from Bob Blower when they happened to cross paths the day after Tom’s hospital release.

  • $50 – Bob Blower for lack of sensitivity (see above)
  • Liz Hull

    $25 – Liz Hull donated $25 in support of the brave people who have come forward in the #METOO movement to end sexual harassment and the good people who know it when they see it and stand up against it.  Liz was matched by several others (see below).


(All $25 unless otherwise noted)

  • Madison O’Laughlin
  • Don Barry
  • Kuy Ky
  • Linda Guinn
  • Ramon Fernandez
  • Kris Blower
  • Cathy Wooton
  • Dave Midura
  • Paul Jacobson
  • Christine Morrissey ($50)

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Wayne Richardson, CEO
Subject: Gospel Center Rescue Mission”
Introduced By: Dave Midura

Dave Midura introduced fellow Rotarian, Major Wayne Richardson, CEO of the Gospel Rescue Mission.  The Gospel Rescue Mission offers numerous programs with the objective that every student will be a responsible person, living in a supportive community (church, spouse and friends), with a job and permanent housing.

Wayne highlighted the New Life Program which involves 6 months of addiction recovery and focus on development of a solid moral, ethical value system that includes respect for the law, respect for bosses and developing the desire to treat others with kindness.  New Life Program Plus focuses on the transition to independent living.    The mission offers the only Recuperative Care option offering respit for the homeless after hospital discharge, manages $6 million dollars a year as a payee service and has a free clothing outreach.

The mission has plans to offer up to 12 trade schools, increase the number serviced in New Life Program from 50 to 300 and to become self-supporting in the future.

Wayne 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. Wayne and his COO (see “Thought For the Day”) also received the most sought after Rotary mug from President Ann.

Next Meeting: December 13, 2017
Jackie Ronzone, Executive Director, “Animal Protection League”, (at The Reserve at Spano’s Park)

As Executive Director of Animal Protection League Jackie has had the privilege to lead the Board of Directors, plan meetings, network in our community and be responsible for financial reporting. She was previously a volunteer for over 12 years.

She was formerly  employed by The American Cancer Society as the manager of The Stockton Discovery Shop that recruits donations from the community and sells gently used clothing, furniture and home décor to benefits their programs.

Jackie started the Bow Wow Meow event 10 years ago, which involved the American Cancer Society and the Animal Protection League (formerly the Stockton … [Read More]Animal Shelter Friends) because she believes that pets are natural healers and can make a difference for patients.

Since Jackie was very young, a Saturday with her grandfather always included a visit to the shelter in Oakland, where she developed her passion for animals and was hooked! She currently lives in Stockton with her husband of 41 years and their “furry and feathered family” as she puts it.

Jackie’s passions include spending time with family, gardening, and helping the Animal Protection League with their mission.

Upcoming Speakers

December 2017

  • 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”



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