President Ann and Past President Terry Hull, Sr. (far left) welcome new member Matthew Grizzle. Terry introduced Matthew, owner of Midtown Creperie & Café who moved to Stockton 8 years ago with his wife and child from Manteca where he was a Rotarian.  Matt is eager to get into some Rotary work.  Welcome, Matthew!

“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 – Walt Wager.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower added to his list of un-favorite Rotary cuisine:
    1. $20 Hot Dogs
    2. Valentine Beans
    3. Catfish…   and then he “honored” Herbert J. Taylor with a musical version of Taylor’s 4-Way Test.  All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.
  • Head Table – Past President Terry Hull, Sr., who will be introducing our speaker; Carol Ornellas, our speaker and President Ann Johnston.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Greeter: Mark Jones; Microphones: Kevin Redick & ; Attendance, Christine Morrissey; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, Peter Jalilie, John Salaices and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Russ Hagen (credit cards); and Raffle Ticket Sales, Omar Khamisa.
  • Past President Bill Brown

    Thought for the Day – Past-President Bill Brown presented President Ann with a red hat because April 25, 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the founding by Sue Ellen Cooper of the Red Hat Society, a playgroup for women created to connect like-minded women, make new friends and enrich lives through the power of fun and friendship.  Cooper was inspired by a beautiful vintage red hat in a thrift shop and the following poem:

    “When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple” by Jenny JosephWhen I am an old woman I shall wear purple
    With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
    And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
    I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
    And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
    And run my stick along the public railings
    And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
    And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
    And learn to spit.You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
    And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
    Or only bread and pickle for a week
    And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
    And pay our rent and not swear in the street
    And set a good example for the children.
    We must have friends to dinner and read the papers. But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
    So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
    When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

  • Raffle – #769720 Fred Weibel selected a properly aged George Washington leaving 14 quarters and 1 Susan B. Anthony for next week.  Don’t forget: If you draw the winning coin (the 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 –  Dane Solberg, Financial Advisor, sponsored by Past President Jim Dyke; Clare Simpson, Project Manager, Tuleburg, a business development firm, sponsored by Chheavy Lema; and Priscilla Hernandez, New Business Development Manager, Finance of America, sponsored by Omar Khamisa.
  • Birthdays This Week – Tom McHugh (4/23), Steve Bestolarides & Paul Marsh (4/26), Mel Rakoncza (4/28).
  • 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.
  • Shannon Ding

    Community Leadership Breakfast – Shannon Ding: Community Leadership Breakfast to benefit Leadership Stockton Alumni Association, Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7:30am – 9:30am, Stockton Golf and Country Club.  $35 – $50, Info and tickets: ( Flyer )

  • 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.
  • 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 and this weeks Fun Fact #4:  The main group of riders in a bicycle race is called the “peloton” (In a road bicycle race, the peloton (from French, originally meaning ‘platoon’) is the main group or pack of riders.)

  • 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

President Ann announced that The Rotary Club of Stockton was named Best Club for Large Clubs in District 5220 for a second year in a row!  More awards will be announced at a later date.


  • $25 – Shannon Ding for her announcement for her Community Leadership Breakfast announcement.

Birthday Recognitions

  • $103 – Tom McHugh
  • $53 – Paul Marsh


Guest Speaker

Speaker: Carol J. Ornelas
Subject: Visionary Home Builders of California”
Introduced By: Past President Terry Hull, Sr.

Past-President Terry Hull, Sr. introduced Carol J. Ornelas, CEO of Visionary Home Builders of California.  Visionary Homes create and advocate for healthy, vibrant, safe communities through the development of affordable housing and educational opportunities to families, seniors and individuals of low and moderate income.

Their goal is a rent that does not exceed 33% of a tenant’s income in a sustainable community that complements rather than detracts from the neighborhood

Next Meeting: May 2, 2018
David Harvey, “Afgan War Veteran”

CW5 David Harvey

54 Years old

Married with 3 children

Military 35 years of service and counting.

California Army National Guard full time, based at Stockton Airport.

CH-47F Chinook Pilot, 12,000 total flight hours.



  • Bronze Star
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • 2 Air Medals
  • 9 Army Commendation Medals
  • 29 Search and Rescue Medals
  • Combat Action Badge
  • Master Aviator Wings

Humanitarian and Combat Tours of Duty: 

  • 1993 – Operation Fuertes Caminos – Panama, 6 months
  • 1996 – Task force Eureka – Panama, 7 months
  • 2003 – Operation Iraqi Freedom – Iraq, 13 months
  • 2008 – Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan, 14 months
  • 2010 – Operation New Dawn – Iraq, 13 months
  • 2015 – Operation Inherent Resolve – Iraq, 13 months
  • 2020- (?) – Iraq, 1 year (1)

Upcoming Speakers

May 2018

  • 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; 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