This week’s meeting was held at the Spanos Reserve and several awards were presented:

Kevin Kaufman (far right) and President Ann present Mark Berbower his first Paul Harris Award!

President Ann presented Ramon Fernandez with his Paul Harris +2!

Susanne Huebel (second from right) along with President Ann (far right) and Club Treasurer Steve Luthy presented the Frank Thornton Smith Music Scholarship to Lacy Brown, Lincoln High School. Lacy plays saxophone and performs in orchestra, marching band and choir. Lacy will be studying musical therapy.

“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 Kauffman, Rotary Foundation Chair.
  • Song – Past-President Gary Putnam kicked off the Memorial Day celebrations with “America”, also known as “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith while he was a student at the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts. The melody used is the same as that of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, “God Save the Queen”, arranged by Thomas Arne. The song served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States (along with songs like “Hail, Columbia”) before the adoption of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the official U.S. national anthem in 1931.
  • Head Table – Julie Damron, who will be introducing our speakers; Ed Stewart, our speaker; and President Ann Johnston.
  • COG Club – Chaired by John Salaices today for Linda Guinn. Greeter: Dane Solberg; Microphones: Patie Jansen & Shannon Ding; Attendance, Hal Monroe/Christine Morrissey; Sergeant At Arms Madison Sena, Peter Jalilie, John Salaices and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Salaices (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales.
  • Fubara Jack

    Thought for the Day – Fubara Jack reminded us that adopting a furry fruddy can add companionship and improve your mental and physical health.  A furry fruddy can also be an ice breaker for conversation when you’re casting your pole for new fish in the sea

  • Raffle – #769857 Mark Berbower picked a quarter, leaving only a couple of quarters and a Susan B. Anthony. 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 – Sharon Tweedy (May 20), Heather Schlenger (May 22), Rigo Cervantes (TODAY!) and Adam Cheshire (tomorrow).
  • Potential New Members – 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

  • 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.
  • WWII Memorial @ Weber Point

    Memorial Day Observance – Past-President Gary Putnam reminded all that 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 )

  • Past-President Graham Tweedy

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

    Spanos School Book Fair:
    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 @

  • Zack Drivon

    Club Night – 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 at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel – same place as this years Annual Rotary Fundraiser Event! ( map ).

  • Madisen Sena

    Arthur Murray Event – Madisen (O’Laughlin) Sena: Madisen is holding an Arthur Murray Dance Performance at Long Theater, UOP, tickets are $25 and Madisen paid one tickets worth, $25 for the announcement.

  • 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.


  • $50 – Dane Solberg Because the new head of the New York Stock Exchange is a woman.
  • $25 – Madisen Sena for her Arthur Murray Event.

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Ed Stewart
Subject: President and Co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)”
Introduced By: Julie Dameron

Julie Damron introduced Ed Stewart, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).  PAWS was the manifestation of a desire by co-founder, Pat Derby to rescue captive wildlife.  PAWS is located on 2,300 acres in San Andreas ( map ).  The land is now held free and clear and the non-profit organization receives no taxpayer assistance.  With a $4 million annual budget, PAWS depends on loyal and generous donors to rescue, treat, feed and care for a wide variety of animals from eight elephants to tigers, lions, bears and more.

Ed besieges his audience to avoid places that sell opportunities to pose for pictures with baby tigers because those animals are bred from captive tigers and then live a life of abuse when after the age of 6 months they no longer have a business use.  Ed stated that the only way to save endangered species is not through captive breeding, but by saving their natural habitats.

Next Meeting: May 30, 2018
Brad Triebsch, “Investment in Stockton”

Brad Triebsch is a Managing Partner at Central Valley Fund Capital Partners and contributes over 25 years of experience in taking companies from concept to a successful exit. Prior to co-founding CVF, Mr. Triebsch served as a public finance investment banker for Westhoff, Cone and Holmstedt. Previously, Mr. Triebsch worked with former Los Angeles Dodger personnel on a successful turnaround for a sports medicine company. Mr. Triebsch also co-founded and was President of ConVault Mid-Atlantic, Inc., an Inc 500 environmental manufacturing firm. Early in his career, Mr. Triebsch worked for a boutique investment banking firm called First Chesapeake Capital and on Capitol Hill as an aide to Majority Whip Tony Coelho (D-CA).

Mr Triebsch is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California and attended law school at the University of San Francisco. Mr. Triebsch is a fourth generation Central Valley native and maintains strong business and political ties to the region. He serves on several public and private boards including the UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees, Fresno State’s Lyles Center for Entrepreneurship, The Stockton Business Council and nationally on the Board of Governors for the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA)-the trade association for SBIC’s

Upcoming Speakers

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