President Ann congratulates and awards club Treasurer Steve Luthy the Rotarian of the Month award!  Steve keeps track of all the club finances and is instrumental in helping the board in their decisions when handing out awards to charitable entities.  Congratulations, Steve!


“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 – Kevin Kauffman.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower celebrated Colleen Foster and Ursula Meyer with “The Alphabet Song” for National Library Worker’s Day.  The song was first copyrighted in 1835 by the Boston-based music publisher Charles Bradlee, the musical arrangement was attributed to Louis Le Maire (sometimes Lemaire), an 18th-century composer, the tune is the same as the tune for “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”.  All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.
  • Head Table – Brian Petrovek, our speaker; Julie Damron who will be introducing our speaker and President Ann Johnston.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Greeter: Linda Guinn; Microphones: Kevin Redick & Mark Berbower; Attendance, Van Young; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, Madisen O’Laughlin, Peter Jalilie and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Doug Hansen (credit cards); and Raffle Ticket Sales, Christine Morrissey.
  • Thought for the Day – Madisen O’Laughlin:  Jet lag and a late travel night produced a crunchy Madisen O’Laughlin at work last Monday and the day worsened when she came home to sad news on Facebook about 30-something friends, leading Madisen to remind herself and the rest of us that life can change in the blink of an eye, so try to be nice and kind all the time.
  • Snow Birds Return – Snow birds Diane Stauffer and Pam Wenger have returned for the season.  Welcome back!
  • Dolly Parton video on 100 millionth book – Dolly Parton gave 100 million thanks for the 100 million books donated to the Imagination Library.
  • Raffle – #769608 Kevin Kauffman floated a foreign coin into the mix, but President Ann strained it right out and Karma gave him a quarter.  Next week 15 quarters and one Susan B. Anthony.  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 and Patie Jansen, formerly of the Rotary Club of Vail Colorado; Potential Member Dane Solberg, Financial Advisor , sponsored by Past President Jim Dyke.
  • Concern Reports – Dave Tygett showed off his progress by coming to lunch today escorted by his wife, Marlena and son Brett.
  • Birthdays This Week – Ron Allison (4/8), Pete Wolfe (4/10), Jane Butterfield (TODAY) and Judy Chambers (4-14).
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcement

  • Angel Sepulveda

    Child Abuse Prevention Council Ducky Derby – Angel Sepulveda: Angel donated $25 for her commercial announcement to remind everyone  that 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.

  • Raul Chavez

    Next Club Night – Raul Chevez: 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.

  • 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.

  • Sharon & Graham Tweedy

    Spanos School Fundraiser Report – Sharon Tweedy reported the Spanos Elementary School’s second annual “Music is in the Cards” casino & silent auction fundraiser was a huge success and thanked everyone that attended for supporting the fundraiser.

  • 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


  • $100 – County Supervisor Tom Patti for mention in the newspaper.
  • $25 – Angel Sepulveda for her announcement.

Birthday Recognitions

  • $50 – Ron Allison


Guest Speaker

Speaker: Brian Petrovek
Subject: “Stockton Heat”
Introduced By: Julie Damron

Brian Petrovek, CEO of the Stockton Heat has been involved in hockey for 30 years following an esteemed hockey career that culminated in 1977 when he was named the MVP of the Beanpot, one of college hockey’s most prestigious tournaments. In October, 1998, he was inducted into the Harvard University Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Stockton Heat are owned by the Calgary Flames.  The organization and the players make a big commitment to the community.  Rotary night drew 189 fans from 15 clubs and contributed $945 to Polio Plus.  Next year’s Rotary night will feature the Teddy Bear Toss, so save the date, January 19, 2019!

Next Meeting: April 18, 2018
William Trezza, “SJ County Banking / Economics”

Chief Executive Officer
BAC Community Bank
(formerly Bank of Agriculture and Commerce)
Stockton, California

Bill Trezza is a native of Orange, New Jersey and a graduate of Villanova University. Upon graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Business Administration with a major in Accounting, Bill took a position with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Bill held several prominent positions during his tenure with the OCC (1969-1982). He began as the New York Field Examiner (’69-‘75), then moved on to the Washington DC Special Projects Division (’75-’78). Bill distinguished himself in his next assignment as New York Special Projects Manager and was transferred to the West Coast in 1980. There, he was the San Francisco Deputy Regional Administrator for two years before being assigned to the Washington DC Regional Bank Division.

In 1982, an opportunity opened up for Bill with Bank of Agriculture & Commerce, once again bringing him out West. Bill became the Chief Financial Officer for the bank headquartered in Stockton, California in 1982 and in 1984 was named Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. To this day, Bill leads BAC Community Bank, in continued market growth and financial success, as he has for the past 33 years.

As an active member of the Bank’s many communities, Bill serves on numerous board positions and committees for local organizations and trade associations. He resides in Stockton with Debbie Hagen and a 12 year old son: he has four children aged 29, 27, 26, and 24.

Upcoming Speakers

April 2018

  • 25 – James Paul, “Rockit’s Basketball”

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”

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; 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