Paul Harris Awards!

Kevin Kauffman (far left) and President Ann present Dane Solberg with his first Paul Harris Fellow.

As the “Year of the Woman” comes to a close, Lynndee Riley (right) surprised President Ann, a great woman and role model, with her Paul Harris +6!

And special event awards!

President Ann presented Director of Communications, Sharon Tweedy with the District 5220 Communications Award!

Omar Khamisa received a Paul Harris Fellow as the winner of the Membership Madness contest. The mad man hosted 6 guests in 6 weeks to edge out the other worthy competitors.

How does one become Rotarian of the Month? Give President Ann her Paul Harris pin and before you barely sit down, she will call you up. A lovely surprise for Lynndee Riley, Assistant to the Editor. Thank you President Ann and the best boss ever, Editor Eric Duran.

From left to right recipients name: 1st Selena Chom, 2nd Ezequiel Perez, 3rd Estela Lopez, 4th Ashley Aninag, and Susanne Huebel, (Scholarship Chair)

Susanne Huebel gave her appreciation to the Scholarship Committee members, Steve Luthy, Don Barry, Sharon Tweedy, Nick Curtain and Jerry Smith for work selecting all the worthy scholarship recipients.  Then, Susanne presented the last of the 17 scholarships awarded by our Rotary Club this year.

Frank Thornton Smith Music Scholarship
Lacey Brown, Lincoln High School – $4,000
Selena Chom, A.A. Stagg High School – $1,500

Don Barry announced that the category of Nursing, suggested by dearly departed, Hazel Hill, was added for eligibility to the Career Technical Scholarship.

Knox LaRue Career Technical Education Scholarship
Estela Lopez, A.A. Stagg High School – $1,500
Ezequiel Galvan, A.A. Stagg High School – $1,500

Susan Drake Interact Scholarship
Ashley Aninag, Lincoln High School – $1,000
Aizlrose Albon, Edison High School, – $1,000
Andy Vang, Edison High School, – $500

To see how the process works and how the money was spent, please take a look at the “Special Report – Stockton Rotary Club Scholarship Programbelow presented by Susanne Huebel, Scholarship Chair.  Be sure to check the “Photos” section to see the recipients receiving their awards!

“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!.
  • Past Club President Dudley Drake

    Pledge of Allegiance & 4-Way Test – Past Club President Dudley Drake.

  • Song – Club song leader, Past-President Michael Blower, was away so dad Past-President Bob Blower broke out of his rut and we sang “America, the Beautiful”.  All sang along accompanied by Marie Medford on the piano.
  • Head Table – Past-President Chad Sublet, who will be introducing our speaker; Dustin Toms, our speaker; and President Ann Johnston.
  • 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.
  • Dennis Smallie

    Thought for the Day – Dennis Smallie asked the big question, are you prepared for the “O” or the “Q”? Apparently, one must be ready to jump on the problem, whether it has clothes on or not!

  • Raffle – #768846   Has Past-President Kuy Ky ever pulled the wrong tooth?  Answer unknown, but he did pull the wrong coin!  Assorted quarters and one Susan B. Anthony remain 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!
  • Concern Report – Bill Relf, longtime member of our Rotary Club passed away on June 5, 2018. No further details at this time.
  • Birthdays This Week – Doug Wilhoit (yesterday) Mark Plovnick and John De Gregori (Friday) and Dane Solberg (Saturday).
  • 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.
  • Past-President Kuy Ky

    Kick-Out Committee Meeting – Past-President Kuy Ky announced a Kick-Out Committee meeting at Bob Blower’s house on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 5:30pm.  Uber has the address on file…

  • 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!

Special Report – Stockton Rotary Club Scholarship Program

We received 35 scholarship applications from senior high school students that attended Stockton High Schools. From those applicants 17 received a scholarship.

Stockton Rotary Endowment’s “Twenty-Five Rotarian Community Service Scholarship” Recipients
Five Community Service Scholarships were given to students from Edison and Saint Mary’s High School for a total amount of $ 8,000.

Stockton Rotary Endowment’s “Knox LaRue Career Technical Education Scholarship” Recipients
Two  Career Technical Education Scholarships were given to students from Stagg High School for a total amount of $ 3,000.

Stockton Rotary Endowment’s  “Frank Thornton Smith Music Scholarship” Recipients
Two Music Scholarships, one each, was given to students from Lincoln High School and Stagg High School for a total amount of $ 5,500.

Stockton Rotary Club’s “Susan Drake Interact Scholarship” Recipients
Three Interact Scholarships were given to students from Edison and Lincoln High School for a total amount of $ 2,500.

Stockton Rotary Club’s “Community Service Scholarship” Recipients
Five Community Service Scholarships were given to students from Saint Mary’s, and Stagg High School, and Stockton Early College Academy for a total amount of $ 5,500.

Today’s scholarship recipients and participants during the Scholarship Award Lunch were:

Selena Chom, recipient, will study music education
Estela Lopez, recipient will study nursing
Ezequiel Perez, recipient will study auto mechanic
Ashley Aninag, recipient will study architecture
Angelica Sparsa, Guest
Derik Ratcliff, Guest
Agnes Olmsted, Judge
Susanne Huebel, Scholarship Chair

Best Regards,

Susanne Huebel
Scholarship Chair
Stockton Rotary Club

Birthday Recognitions:

  • $100 – Honorary Member, Doug Wilhoit is putting a $100 check in the mail.
  • $100 – New member, Dane Solberg opted to credit his sponsor’s account, Jim Dyke, with the serenade-free birthday fee of $100.

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Dustin Toms
Subject: NBA G League at Sacramento Kings”
Introduced By: Past-President Chad Sublet

Past-President Chad Sublet welcomed Dustin Toms, Vice President, Business Operations, NBA G League at Sacramento Kings and the Stockton Kings to the Rotary Club of Stockton.  In Stockton for a month now, Toms described the excitement and energy he feels in the community for the new team and the importance that the Kings’ organization places on integrating with the community.  The Kings have a reputation for supporting the community and have been named the best community impact team for three seasons.

Toms described how the predecessor “D” League teams each fed several NBA teams.  With the “G” League system, each team has a one-on-one relationship with an NBA team, so members of the Sacramento organization will be driving south on I-5 regularly to participate with the Stockton area schools and programs.

Already, more season tickets have been sold for the 50 game (27 home games) season, than all of last year in Reno.  The Stockton Arena is the nicest facility in the G League and will likely host many league-wide events in the future.

Calling all dreamers, there will be three opportunities for open try-outs for the Stockton Kings later in the summer.  So practice your dribbling, zig-zagging and dunking to be ready!

Next Meeting: June 13, 2018
Peter Johnson, “Adding value in life, leading the way through Rotary”

Peter Johnson 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.

As an educator, consultant, and speaker, he has worked with for-profits, nonprofits, and government agencies on a variety of topics including leadership/management development, marketing, family business, board development/governance and strategic planning. Johnson has been a guest speaker for many organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Johnson wrote a feasibility study for The Business Incubator that has been used as a model for more than twenty business incubators around the country. Additionally, Johnson wrote a business plan that generated an initial investment of more than $13 million in funding. Johnson is often quoted in local, regional and national media including The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Success Magazine, and Wine Spectator and has served as an expert witness on family business issues.

Johnson has served on numerous boards including The Governor’s Small Business Advocate Council, Child Abuse Prevention Council, The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Stockton Alumni Association, and the YMCA of San Joaquin County. He has also been an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America since 2006. In 2004, Johnson was elected to the Board of Education for the Lodi Unified School District. In January 2009, he was appointed to the San Joaquin County Planning Commission. In January of 2016, he was appointed to the LAFCO Commission. Johnson received his MBA from the University of the Pacific and a BS in Management from San Diego State University. He is a graduate of Leadership Stockton and a former member of Vistage (TEC).

Johnson is happily married with three children. He has completed the New York City Marathon, the Marine Corp Marathon, and the Tough Mudder. He enjoys camping and traveling with family and friends.

Upcoming Speakers

June 2018

  • 20 – Bill Maxwell, “Stockton Architecure”
  • 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; 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