President Ann holds the BEST Large Club in the District banner that was awarded to our club at the recent District 5220 Awards Presentations!

President Ann presented Susanne Huebel with Rotarian of the month for her amazing stewardship of the Scholarship Committees which involves coordinating with Rotarians, schools, students, and parents to recruit, select and present the many awards given by our club.

Several other awards were won by our outstanding Board:

First Place
Kevin Kauffman

Second Place
President-Elect-Designate, Melanie Vieux
Community Service

Second Place
Cathy Wooten
Club Service

Second Place
Sharon Tweedy (file photo)

Second Place
Ken Steele (file photo)

Third Place
Omar Khamisa

Third Place
Peter Jalilee (file photo)

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


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed members and guests and asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the camaraderie of Rotary!.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & 4-Way Test – Kevin Redick.
  • Song – If you are a regular reader of The Wheel, you may have remembered the answer to Past-President Michael Blower’s trivia question: What was one of Herbert J. Taylor’s contributions to Rotary? If you take notes for The Wheel, you would definitely remember that Taylor wrote the 4-Way Test – so the good news is that the Assistant to the Editor (Lynndee) won the Starbucks gift card and the bad news is that we all had to sing the 4-Way Test song…again! All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.
  • Head Table – Blain Bibb, who will be introducing our speakers; Past-President Chad Sublet & Jeff Gilbert, our speakers; and President Ann Johnston.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Greeter: Clare Simpson; Microphones: Patie Jansen & Kevin Redick; Attendance, Christine Morrissey; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, Madison Sena, Peter Jalilie, John Salaices and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Russ Hagen (credit cards); and Raffle Ticket Sales, Dane Solberg.
  • Blain Bibb

    Thought for the Day – Blain Bibb: Blain increased our vocabulary with a new word, fruddy. As explained by Blain, friends come in many flavors – great, good, old, with benefits… Some friends turn into buddies, but in some countries that is not a good word. Fruddy is a good word for a friend who turned into a buddy.

  • Brian Lafferty – Raffle Winner!

    Raffle – #769840 Brian Lafferty got the Susan B. Anthony out of jail and donated the pot to Rotary International Foundation. Another Susan B. will be placed in the “book” for yet another chance for some lucky Rotarian. 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!

  • Birthdays This Week – Bill Johnson (5/14).
  • Potential New Members – Priscilla Hernandez, New Business Development Manager, Finance of America, sponsored by Omar Khamisa; Cheryl Day, sponsored by Angel Sepulveda, classification Realtor.
  • 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 – NEXT WEEK! don’t forget the May 23rd club meeting will be at the Spanos Reserve.
  • 2019 District Conference – The 2019 District Conference will be held at the Monterey Hyatt on May 3-5, 2019. If you register online or send in the form by Monday May 20th, you can take advantage of the total registration fee of only $290! Conference Registration does not include lodging, so be sure to book your hotel room at the Hyatt for the low discount rate of $229 a night. A link to make the group reservations is on the form.
  • Rotary Leadership Training – Omar Khamisa invites all to the Rotary Leadership Training in Madera, May 19th, 8am – 1pm.
  • Presidents Kick-Out – Past-President Kuy Ky and Omar Khamisa are calling all creatives to join them in planning the Kick-Out of President Ann. Uber yourself to the Kick-out meeting at Grupe Real Estate, 3428 Brookside Rd. ( map ) because Past-President Kuy will be providing refreshments to spark creativity. 3:00 pm, THIS Saturday, May 19th!
  • WWII Memorial @ Weber Point

    Memorial Day Observance – Past-President Bob Blower is organizing a special evening ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day this year in conjunction with two VFW Posts. There will be a 21 Gun Salute (or as Bob calls it, a firing squad). So bring the kids with their flak jackets & noise deafening ear phones to learn about the heroes who have kept our country and a more than a few countries free from tyranny. Weber Point, WWII Memorial, Monday, May 28, 2018, 7:00pm. ( map )

  • Brian Lafferty

    Swenson Disc Golf Course Project – Brian Lafferty announced that the Delta Windjammers are fully funded for the Swenson Disc Golf Course Project and held the ribbon-cutting yesterday. Brian gave special thanks to the Central California Safety Council (Lynndee Riley & Frank Whitney) for a generous donation which will also help sponsor the first disc golf tournament this summer.

  • Past-President Graham Tweedy

    Spanos School Volunteers – Past-President Graham Tweedy invites you to take advantage of one of the following volunteer opportunities:

    Spanos School Book Fair:
    Thursday, May 17th 8-noon Set up book fair on the stage in cafeteria.
    Friday, May 18th 7:50-2pm Class preview day
    Monday May 21st 7:30-8:15, 9:30-12:30, 1:45-2:15
    Tuesday May 22nd 7:30-8:15, 9:30-12:30, 1:45-2:15
    Wednesday May 23rd 7:30-8:15, 9:30-2:00
    Thursday May 24th 7:30-8:15, 9:30-12:30, 1:45-3:00
    Friday May 25th 7:30-noon Pack up book fair.

    Spanos School Field Day:
    Wednesday, May 30th 10:00 – 11:00 Drink and food table, games
    Help collect tickets for drink and food items, help with games.

    Contact Sharon Tweedy @

  • Membership Minute – Assistant to the Membership Chair, Zack Drivon, invited us to bring a guest and make some new fruddies at the next membership mixer on Wednesday, May 30th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm (location pending).
  • SAVE THE DATE – Annual Rotary Fundraiser Event- Saturday, September 8, 2018 (Corrected Date), University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Keep those grass skirts and loud shirts handy because it will be another Hot Hukilau!
  • 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.

Vocational Talk

Laura Pinkerton, Citizen’s Business Bank

Laura Pinkerton at Citizen’s Business Bank focuses on ways to structure debt in order to help businesses grow. Laura shared her wide and winding road with stops as a financial planner, Time’s Magazine cover girl, mortgage broker, baker and coffee maker (no candlesticks) to her current vocation.

Guest Speaker

Past-President Chad Sublet

Speakers: Past-President Chad Sublet and Jeff Gilbert
Subject: The Modern Workforce – 5 Ways to Attract and Retain the Next Generation of Workers”
Introduced By: Blain Bibb

Jeff Gilbert

Blain Bibb introduced his fruddies, Chad Sublet and Jeff Gilbert who are partners in Verve Networks. Established in 2006, Verve provides specialized IT support and services including technical help desk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses at small-business prices.

Chad and Jeff described what is necessary to attract and retain the illusive millennial workforce who, in general, seem to value work/life balance and access to technology over money and prestige. In two more years (2020), millennials will comprise nearly 1/2 of the workforce.

Next Meeting: May 23, 2018
Ed Stewart, “PAWS”

Ed Stewart
President and Co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Ed Stewart co-founded the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in 1984 to advocate and provide sanctuary for abandoned, abused and retired performing animals and victims of the exotic animal trade. Mr. Stewart has positioned PAWS as the leader in the “confront captivity” movement which examines the ethics and efficacy of confining wild animals for novelty, education and conservation. Stewart and PAWS co-founder the late Pat Derby established the nation’s first elephant sanctuary in Galt, California, in 1986.

Mr. Stewart oversees all aspects of the organization, including its captive wildlife sanctuaries, direct action advocacy, and legislative efforts. Currently, PAWS operates three sanctuaries in Northern California including the 2,300-acre natural habitat ARK 2000 refuge, and cares for elephants, tigers, lions, bears and other wild and exotic species. PAWS is a charter member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). In 2013, Stewart, Derby and the elephants of ARK 2000 were featured in the critically-acclaimed HBO documentary “An Apology to Elephants.”

Recognized for his expertise in the management and care of wild animals, including his innovative habitat designs at the ARK 2000 sanctuary, Mr. Stewart regularly consults for organizations around the world on wild animal rescues and habitat design, and has worked in range countries on projects aimed at mitigating human-elephant conflict. He also provides expert verbal and written guidance to other organizations on cases of animal abuse, neglect, conditions, rescue, transportation and housing.

Mr. Stewart serves on the Director’s Advisory Committee on the Humane Care and Treatment of Wild Animals for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. He also sits on the advisory committees for the Detroit Zoological Society’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) and The Whale Sanctuary Project. He is a popular speaker at various events and conferences, both locally and around the world, where he educates the public about issues affecting wildlife in captivity and in the wild. He regularly provides expert testimony at state, county and city public policy hearings.

Upcoming Speakers

May 2018

  • 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”

May Birthdays…

Bob Hake – May 2nd*
Nate Schloss – May 2nd*
Julie Van Vuren – May 3rd
Corie Stewart – May 5th
Pam Wenger – May 9th*
Wayne Richardson – May 9th*
Omar Khamisa – May 11th
Bill Johnson – May 14th
Sharon Tweedy – May 20th
Heather Schlenger – May 22nd
Rigo Cervantes – May 23rd*
Adam Cheshire – May 24th
Ralph Saroyan – May 27th
Chad Sublet – May 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