Paul Harris Award!

Kevin Kauffman (far left) and President Ann awarded one last Paul Harris for the year – the first one for Brian Lafferty. Congrats Brian!

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


The Rotary office will be closed Monday as the move begins. Office furniture etc. scheduled for Tuesday am. Phone, computer and copier are tentatively scheduled for the later part of next week. The office will be open sporadically the remainder of the week. Your patience is appreciated.

The new address is 1024 W. Robinhood Dr. Suite 5, Stockton, Ca 95207. It’s about 2 blocks east and across the street from the old office location.


  • 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 – Tim Schwartz.
  • President Ann and Past-President Bob Blower

    Song – Song leader Past-President Michael Blower finished strong by having Dad Past-President Bob Blower lead the song.  For President Ann’s last formal meeting, Past-President Bob stated that he chose a song from the 50’s that many in the room would not remember because they are too old….  “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite “[sic].  Written by Calvin Carter and James “Pookie” Hudson in 1951, it was first recorded by The Spaniels in 1953 and has since been released by some artists as “Goodnight, Well It’s Time to Go”.   Word on the street is that this song was the traditional last dance “in the day” which President Ann and Past-President Bob reenacted. All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.

  • Head Table – Liz Hull, who will be introducing our speaker; Bill Maxwell, our speaker; and President Ann.
  • COG Club – Chaired by Linda Guinn/Chris Lema. Greeter: Zach Drivon; Microphones: Russ Hagen & Van Young; Attendance, Mark Berbower; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, Peter Jalilie, John Salaices and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Doug Hanson (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales, Doug Hanson.
  • President-Elect-Elect Melanie Vieux

    Thought for the Day – Melanie Vieux: Melanie Vieux shared some architecture humor:

    • “I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.” – Le Corbusier
    • “Less is more.” – Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
    • “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
    • “Less is a bore.” – Robert Charles Venturi, Jr.
  • Raffle – #057001 Brian Rafferty failed in his attempt to go 2 for 2. In the year of the woman, even a tearful protest from Past-President Kuy Ky, who was holding 50 raffle tickets, did not deter President Ann from surprising the crowd with the new tradition of rolling the remaining raffle money over to sweeten President-Elect Waqar’s first raffle weeks.
  • Birthdays This Week – Kevin Kauffman (was Sunday)
    Amy Scriven (Monday) Dale Drury (tomorrow).
  • Secret Admirer?? – It is the thought that counts in President Ann’s book, but it seems her secret admirer turned into Phantom of the Opera, leaving a wilted rose on the podium with an eerie message:
    “Roses have bloomed out. A Rotary president is doomed out.”
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcements

  • Kick out committee meeting – Past-Presidents Bob Blower and Kuy Ky are making big promises of a kick-out you will not want to miss next week!
  • Progress on Rotary Pavilion—an update: As soon as the ADA permits are in place, there will be a grand opening for the Rotary Pavilion at Hero’s Park on Kelley Drive.
  • 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.
  • President-Elect Waqar Rizvi

    August 10th All-City Rotary Peace Day – President-Elect Waqar sweetened the pot for the August 10th All-City Rotary Peace Day at the ballpark. In addition to the t-shirt and opportunity to be in the giant peace sign on the field, you will get a HOT DOG before the game! $250 sponsorships are available to be a sponsor on the t-shirt. Contact Waqar.

  • Mark Berbower

    Rotary Club Night – Mark Berbower announced the next Rotary Club Night, Wednesday, June 27th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, De Vega Brothers, 5757 Pacific Ave., #140 ( map ), RSVP: Mark Berbower, 209 405-1088

  • Annual Rotary Fundraiser DATE – The Annual Rotary Fundraiser Event will be – Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Keep those grass skirts and loud shirts handy because it will be another Hot Hukilau!
  • President Ann

    Report on Read to Me, Stockton! – President Ann:
    —5800 books mailed each month to 0-5 year old children
    —expansion to all Stockton zip codes soon
    —support from First 5 of SJ, City of Stockton, United Way, BOG
    —this year’s focus on newborns and babies from birth to age 3
    —3rd grade reading scores up 7 points last two years President Ann requested and received a $50,000 block grant from the City of Stockton to support Read to Me Stockton in the next year. Many of the children are signing up at ages 3-5. The focus this year will be on the 0-3 year olds to get them started receiving books sooner.

  • 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!

Special Recognitions

Recognition of this year’s Rotarian Superheroes

President Ann recognized the following Rotarians who made things go as smoothly as possible in 2018:

  • Past-President Chad Sublet who lined up 50 great speakers as program chair.
  • John Atwood who gave selflessly behind the scenes and turned in all the money.
  • Past-President Secretary Jerry Smith who kept all the cats on the path.

President Ann will hunt down those who were not at the meeting for a private thank you at a later date.

Birthday Recognitions:

  • $89 – Rigo Cervantes $58 birthday years + $31 years married to the lovely Grace for a total of $89.

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Bill Maxwell
Subject: Stockton Architecure”
Introduced By: Liz Hull

Liz Hull introduced Bill Maxwell, rescued from his windowless room at the Bank of Stockton where he squirrels away all of the important pictures documenting the history of Stockton. Bill credited Leslie Crow with getting the Bank of Stockton archives in place. His presentation took us down memory lane and educated us along the way with a picture tour of Stockton architecture and the designers who created them.

This is a tiny sample of what you missed… (look in “Photos” for more)

The Municipal Baths, Stockton, CA

Avon Theatre

Male Department, State Hospital

Next Meeting: June 27, 2018
Bill Maxwell, “Stockton Architecure”

Presidents “Kick-Out”

Upcoming Speakers

July 2018

  • 04 – DARK
  • 11 – pending
  • 18 – Adam Cheshire, “Homeless Initiative”
  • 25 – James Nance, “Stockton Police Department Drone Program”

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; Past-President Kuy Ky, photos; and Jerry Smith, Chief Checker!

Contact Information
Attn: Jerry Smith, Club Secretary
1024 W. Robinhood Dr. Suite 5
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