Paul Harris Award!

Kevin Kauffman (right) along with President-Elect Waqar Rizvi presents Heather Schlenger with her Paul Harris +2! Congratulations, Heather!

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


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President-Elect Waqar welcomed members and guests and asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the camaraderie of Rotary!
  • Audio/Visual – Madisen Sena.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & 4-Way Test – Julie Van Vuren.
  • Past-President Michael Blower

    Song – Club song leader Past-President Michael Blower celebrated Flag Day (Jun 14th) with the song, “You’re a Grand Old Flag”.  A spirited American patriotic march written by George M. Cohan in 1906 for his stage musical, “George Washington, Jr.”, the song is a tribute to the American flag with snippets of other popular songs incorporated. All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.

  • Head Table – Heather Schlenger, who will be introducing our speaker; Peter Johnson, our speaker; and President-Elect Muhammad Waqar Rizvi.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn. Greeter: Van Young; Microphones: Patie Jansen & Zach Drivon; Attendance, Peter Ragsdale; 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, Clare Simpson.
  • Dane Solberg

    Thought for the Day – Dane Solberg shared a quote from the wall in his father’s office, a longtime Rotarian in Minneapolis:
    “Man has affinity for his fellowman, regardless of race, creed, or politics, and the greater the variety, the more the zest. All friendliness needs is a sporting chance; it will take care of itself in any company.”
    A Road I Have Traveled, THE ROTARIAN, February 1934

  • Raffle – Past-President Bob Blower felt every coin in the box and still couldn’t pick a woman.  One raffle week left!. 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 – Kris Blower (was Sunday); Susan Drake (tomorrow, along with 50th wedding anniversary); and Jamie Nance (Friday).
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcements

  • 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.
  • Sharon Tweedy

    Report on Spanos School activities this year –  Sharon Tweedy.  Sharon Tweedy gave this thorough report on the activities our club supported at our adopted school, Spanos Elementary, this year.  Perhaps you will see something you would like to get involved with for next year on this list!

    • Interact
    • $970 plus ticket sales donated to Art Program
    • Speaker books each week donated to the library
    • Pumpkins for all Kindergarteners and baskets for Thanksgiving
    • Books from Santa for all K-3 students
    • Dictionaries for 3rd graders
    • Rotary Read-In
    • Library assistance (Thank You assistant to the librarian, Reid Johnson)
    • Scholastic Book Fair
    • Box Tops for Education Fund Raiser
    • Field Day
    • Family Library Sign-ups
    • First Impressions for 5th graders mock trial at the SJ Court House
  • Ports vs. San Jose Giants Game –  $20, Friday, August 10th, arrive by 5:30pm to participate in the Human Peace Sign on the field and receive a Rotary Peace T-Shirt.  Register with promo code: rotary at ticket sales
  • Past-President Bob Brown

    Annual Wine Tasting – Past-President Bill Brown paid $25 to announce the annual Wine Tasting at Pixie Woods Fundraiser, Friday, June 22, 2018, 5pm – 8pm.  The Rotary Club of Stockton donated to the establishment of Pixie Woods in 1954. (click on each image for a larger view).

  • 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.

Special Announcement
Stockton Kings Season Tickets!

Are you interested in enjoying the new Stockton Kings season with a few Rotary friends AND help out our club and community?

We have a limited number of season tickets on reserve, and if we sell them the Kings will include a Rotary night and discounts for all the schools we work with–that’s all of Edison High and Spanos Elementary!

But time is very limited to act. Contact Liz Hull or Chad Sublet ASAP with questions!

Vocational Talk

Pam Wenger

Pam Wenger and her husband ran a trucking corporation for 50 years and still, she managed to develop a thriving side hustle working with a company that is larger than Visa or E-Bay and grossed $12 Billion in 2016 with over 1,000 patents to its credit.

Pam shared the positives such as independence and excellent compensation in her business vocation as an Amway consultant.

Birthday (and other) Recognitions:

Princess Waqar (see photo by Omar) entertained donations to SRE for the following celebrations:

  • $100 – Past-District Governor Susan Drake – $100 for a Flag Day Birthday.
  • $250 – Dudley Drake – $250 for a Flag Day 50th Wedding Anniversary.
  • $250 – Kevin Kauffman – $250 for a Father’s Day Birthday.
  • $39 – Past-President Bob Blower paid a dollar per year for wife, Kris’s, birthday – $39
  • $25 – Past-President Bill Brown’s announcement about the annual Wine Tasting at Pixie Woods Fundraiser.

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Peter Johnson
Subject: Adding value in life, leading the way through Rotary”
Introduced By: Heather Schlenger

Heather Schlenger introduced Peter Johnson.  He is Director of both the Westgate Center for Leadership and the Institute for Family Business in the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific. Johnson founded the Institute for Family Business in 1997. His prior positions include Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for a national financial services firm, Executive Director of The Business Incubator, and founder and owner of several businesses in California.

If you are 41 to 59 years of age, Peter did not send you a special e-mail survey, but if you were lucky enough to be ≤ 40 or ≥50, your responses to Peter’s survey formed the basis for his presentation.  As it turns out, there is no generation gap in our club.   Responses to the poll questions were eerily bunched at the peek of the bell curve.

Peter challenged us with asking ourselves how Rotary adds value to our lives and what our plan is for next year to add value to Rotary

Next Meeting: June 20, 2018
Bill Maxwell, “Stockton Architecure”

William Maxwell, a 4th generation Stocktonian and longtime owner of Maxwell’s Bookmark on Pacific Avenue, is currently employed as Archives Manager of the Bank of Stockton’s Historical Photograph Collection and bank archives, a position he has held since closing his book shop in 2003.

The Bank of Stockton’s photograph collection currently contains over 32,000 prints and negatives by Stockton photographer Leonard Covello and numerous other earlier pioneer photographers including Batchelder, Spooner, Wells, Logan, and others.  Maxwell’s main functions are to maintain and grow the photograph collection and provide access for the bank and the public, and, of course, to help produce the popular Bank of Stockton calendar each year.  He can be contacted at the bank Monday through Thursday, from 10 am to 3 pm by calling 209-929-1575, or via email at .

Mr. Maxwell brings years of experience to his current job.  A bookseller in Stockton since 1975, he also has prepared appraisals on numerous local collections including the John Muir collection at UOP, the Berolzheimer family library, and the Coulson collection of World War I unit histories, now residing at The Citadel in South Carolina.

Prior to closing his book shop on Pacific Avenue in 2003, Maxwell sponsored a number of author events attracting such talent as Anne Rice, Maya Angelou, Maxine Hong Kingston, and others.  Working with the Stockton Arts Commission and the Marian Jacobs Literary Forum, he as been instrumental in bringing to Stockton writers such as Ken Kesey, Larry McMurtry, Ray Bradbury, Adrianne Rich, and many others.

He is a past Chair of the Stockton Arts Commission and served on the Stockton Arts Foundation and the board of the County Historic Records Commission.  He is currently on the board of the Friends of the Stockton Public Library.  He continues to sell used and rare books via the internet at and at antiquarian book fairs around the state.

Upcoming Speakers

June 2018

  • 27 – Presidents “Kick-Out”

June Birthdays…

Doug Wilhoit – June 5th
Mark Plovnick – June 8th
John De Gregori – June 8th
Dane Solberg – June 9th
Kris Blower – June 10th
Susan Drake – June 14th
James Nance – June 15th
Kevin Kauffman – June 17th
Amy Scriven – June 18th
Dale Drury – June 21st
Bill Hosie – June 25th
Ort Lofthus – June 29th


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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; Omar Khamisa, 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