President Ann welcomed the addition of a new member and the presentation of two Paul Harris Awards!

President Ann Welcomes new member transplant (from the Vail, Colorado club) Patie Jansen. See more about Patie below.

Gospel Center Rescue Mission received their first Paul Harris. From left: Paul Kozlow, Past President Bill Brown, CEO of the GCRM, Wayne Richardson, Bill Wagner and President Ann.

President Ann (right) congratulates Laura Pinkerton on receiving her Paul Harris +2!

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


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed all and asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the camaraderie of Rotary!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & 4-Way Test – Dr. “Chuk” Chikwendu.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower hit one out with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.  All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.
  • Head Table – Past President Bob Blower, who will be introducing our speaker; Bill Trezza, our speaker and President Ann Johnston.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Greeter: Mark Jones; Microphones: Sharon Manaois & Lori Richards; Attendance, John Salaices; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, Madisen O’Laughlin, Peter Jalilie, John Salaices and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Mark Berbower (credit cards); and Raffle Ticket Sales, Peter Ragsdale.
  • Thought for the Day – Chris Papas spoke to trust as an important thread in our social fabric.  Chris encouraged us to be a social weaver by looking for reasons to trust, being trustworthy ourselves, by taking small risks in order to build trust.  “Trust, but verify.” -Ronald Reagan; “Life really must have joy.  It’s supposed to be fun.”  -Barbara Bush.
  • New Member Patie Jansen

    New Member – Patie (pronounced Pattie) Jansen was welcomed into the club as a former member of the Vail Colorado Rotary Club.  Patie has been in Stockton for 1-1/2 years working for Delicato Family Vineyards as a Learning and Development Specialist.  Patie was deadlifted by Past-President Michael Blower.

  • C.O.G. Club Graduate – Colleen Stewart graduated C.O.G. Club and donated $250 in memory of her mother, Charlene Dawson, who passed two weeks ago
  • Raffle – #769635  Ken Steele was able to recognize the coin he pulled as a quarter.  For Kevin Kauffman… and anyone else who may need a refresher…
    This is a quarter:

    This is a Susan B. Anthony dollar:

    Next week, there will be 15 quarters and 1 Susan B. Anthony dollar.  Don’t forget: If you draw the winning coin (a Susan B. Anthony) your share will be 1/2 of the current pot plus 1/2 of the take at the next meeting! Buy some raffle tickets! You could be the lucky Rotarian to win the pot!
  • Potential Member – Matthew Grizzle is being sponsored for membership by Terry Hull, Sr. Matt is the owner of Midtown Creperie & Café; Potential Member Dane Solberg, Financial Advisor, sponsored by Past President Jim Dyke.
  • Birthdays This Week – Chheavy Lema (4/15) Peter Jalilie (4/19).  Chheavy Lema celebrated birthday #36 on Cambodian New Year by achieving her goal of deadlifting 200 lbs.  $36 + $200 +$14 = Bell Ringer!  Peter Jalilie rocked out last week while hosting his drummer daughter and her bandmates in Glam Skanks.  $53 for his birthday and Viva La Rock’n Roll!
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcement

  • May 23rd Club Meeting – It may be a little early (for some) but don’t forget the May 23rd club meeting will be at the Spanos Reserve.  More information will be posted in subsequent club meetings.
  • Chris Lema

    Membership Committee – Chris Lema, in referencing Chheavy Lema’s goal of deadlifting 200 lbs., explained how getting new members is the same as the process for training to deadlift 200 lbs.  Even if the prospective member doesn’t budge the first time, keep pulling until you defeat inertia.

  • Child Abuse Prevention Council Ducky Derby – It is time to adopt your yellow duckies for Child Abuse Prevention Council Ducky Derby. Adopt one or many ($5 each) at Tom Patty will be dumping all the little quackers to start the race at 2pm on Saturday, May 12th, Weber Point, Stockton.
  • Next Club Night – Wednesday, April 25th, 5:30pm, Omar Khamisa’s business, Mission San Jose Mortgage, 2111 West March Lane, #B100, Stockton, CA 95207 ( map ). Bring a guest and get credit towards the Paul Harris Fellow Membership Madness Contest.
  • Trivia Bee Challenge – Sharon Tweedy is pitting the Rotary Trivia Team against the Interact Trivia Team at the Trivia Bee on April 27, 2018. See Sharon for tickets to the event.
  • North Stockton Rotary Fundraiser – North Stockton Rotary invites all to attend Books, Bands & BBQ Fundraiser, April 28, 2018, 6pm-10pm, St. Basil’s Church, 920 W. March Ln., featuring a battle of the Bands (The Summit Band vs. Dragons With Matches). Bring a new or used book to donate to Monroe School, $50 in advance, $65 at the door. Contact Lorie Liddicoat, 915-9913. Register Online
  • Tom McHugh

    AMGEN Needs Volunteers – Tom McHugh: AMGEN is looking for a few good Rotary volunteers to assist on race day, May 17th, here in Stockton. Dave Midura volunteered to chair the team that now includes President Ann and Tom McHugh! Please contact him to volunteer. What’s an “AMGEN”? Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring.  Tom reports that they have about 12 volunteers for Course Marshals during the AMGEN bicycle race.  Fun Fact #1: A bicycling uniform is called a “kit”;  Fun Fact #2: The bicycles used on the tour weigh about 15 lbs.; and Fun fact #3:  The bicycles used on the tour cost about $10,000!

  • SAVE THE DATE – Annual Rotary Fundraiser Event- Saturday, September 15, 2018, University Plaza Waterfront Hotel
  • Use That Credit Card at The Meeting – You may now pay for lunch, raffle tickets (minimum Credit Card Purchase of $5.00) and other purchase at the Club meetings with a credit Card.
  • 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.

Message from the President

Bring a potential member to our meetings (or club night) until May 31, 2018 and qualify for a Paul Harris! The club member who brings the most number of guests (must be potential members) will receive a Paul Harris for their efforts. This membership contest begins tomorrow, April 11th, so start checking your contact lists for your friends, colleagues, and associates who would make great members of our outstanding club! I’m calling this “Membership Madness” because the reward is so great……so let the games begin!

Thank you for “Making a Difference” each and every day in our community!

President Ann

Vocational Talk

Kris Blower, Real Estate Agent

Kris Blower described why she enjoys selling homes and kept it to 3 minutes.  But, let me tell you from personal experience, Kris helped my daughter take advantage of the housing crises to buy her first condo (a bank-owned foreclosure), then to find a great house (a short sale) and at the end of last year, Kris sold the condo for her at a nice profit.  None of these transactions was easy, but Kris stayed on top of the process, kept all parties informed and the roller coaster on the tracks through every up, down and unexpected curve to successful completion.  Thanks Kris – Lynndee Riley, Assistant Editor


  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Colleen Stewart in memory of her mother, Charlene Dawson who passed two weeks ago.
  • $50 – Our speaker Bill Trezza donated $50 to Read to Me Stockton.

Birthday Recognitions

  • $250 – Chheavy Lema for achieving her goal of deadlifting 200 lbs.
  • $53 – Peter Jalilie for his birthday and hosting his drummer daughter and her bandmates in “Glam Skanks”


Guest Speaker

Speaker: William Trezza
Subject: SJ County Banking / Economics”
Introduced By: Past President Bob Blower

Past-President Bob Blower introduced Bill Trezza, Chief Executive Officer, BAC Community Bank and Villanova Wild Cat.  Trezza described the post-apocalyptic banking environment noting that there are now only 185 banks headquartered in California.  The figures for housing show recovery, but not to the levels seen prior to the housing crises.  The national debt is now almost equal to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  Trezza reports that the recent tax cuts have brought billions of dollars from overseas back to the United States market place.  The Federal Reserve is in the process of unwinding the Federal Reserve Economic Program by 2019 which may cause a flattening of the stock market and real estate market.

Next Meeting: April 25, 2018
Carol J. Ornelas, CEO of Visionary Home Builders of California

Carol J. Ornelas is a visionary and advocate for providing quality “affordable housing” to families within the Central Valley – Fresno, San Andreas, San Joaquin, Sacramento, and Stanislaus. For the past 30 years, she has served as Chief Executive Officer for Visionary Home Builders of California, formerly ACLC, Inc.; a non-profit residential development company and provider of social services in housing related issues. VHB is headquartered in Stockton, California.

Carol is highly recognized as a leader within the community, as well as nationally in the housing industry. Her strength is in building and creating partnerships with citizens of the community, and collaborating with local city, state officials and other agencies to provide quality “affordable housing” for the communities she serves. Under Carol’s direct leadership, Visionary Home Builders has built and rehabilitated more than 1200 units of rental housing and more than 500 residential homes for first time homebuyers within San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus and Merced counties.

Carol is passionate about her work and the work that her staff accomplishes on a daily basis. She takes pride in knowing that her organization has the resources to provide quality housing for the “underserved”. This allows her to continue Visionary Home Builders’ mission, “to focus on a clear vision of providing balanced communities that incorporate housing, education and child development services for its’ residents.” A perfect example of Visionary Home Builders is its work with the County of San Joaquin in the development of a community of 76 units of housing for Farmworker families who live here all year round. The community includes childcare with an emphasis on early development, social services and a medical clinic. The project was awarded “Best Affordable Housing Project” in its category in the nation by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. Through her leadership, she has been able to bring over six-hundred million dollars in grants and private dollars to develop affordable housing in the San Joaquin Valley.

Upcoming Speakers

May 2018

  • 02 – David Soderston, “Afgan War Vet”
  • 09 – Pam Elbeck, “UOP Update”
  • 16 – Chad Sublet, “The Modern Workforce – 5 Ways to Attract and Retain the Next Generation of Workers”
  • 23 – Ed Stewart, “PAWS”
  • 30 – Brad Triebsch, “Investment in Stockton”

June 2018

  • 06 – Jamie Nance, “Stockton Police Department Updates”
  • 13 – Peter Johnson, “Strategic Planning?”
  • 20 – Bill Maxwell, “Stockton Architecure”
  • 27 – Presidents “Kick-Out”

April Birthdays…

Bruce Uch – April 3rd
Heath Prichard – April 3rd
Van Young – April 6th
Blain Bibb – April 6th
Peter Lynch – April 8th
Ron Allison – April 8th
Pete Wolfe – April 10th
Jane Butterfield – April 11th*
Judy Chambers – April 14th
Chhevy Lema – April 15th
Peter Jalilie – April 19th
Tom McHugh – April 23rd
Steve Bestolarides – April 26th
Paul Marsh – April 26th
Mel Rakoncza, Sr. – April 28th
Karen Munro – April 29th
Madisen O’Laughlin – April 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, Assistant Editor and 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