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SRE Chair Paul Kozlow presented a check for $10,000 from the SRE Raven Fund to Maria Thompkins, Executive Director of the Delta Humane Society. Funds in the Raven Fund are earmarked for the Delta Humane Society as long as it remains a no-kill shelter. The shelter is working so hard with new management and new board members to get animals the medical care they need and placed in forever homes.

A wine tasting fundraiser is planned and everyone is invited. Come and enjoy delicious food and wine from local establishments while supporting Delta Humane Society & SPCA. There will be a silent auction, music, artisan booths, and more!! Even if you cannot attend, any contribution amount large or small can make the difference in the life of an animal. (Flyer)

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Club Brookside, 3536 Brookview Drive, Stockton, CA 95219

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Melanie welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton’s meeting and asked all to greet each other.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Clare Simpson.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower considered silence (no complaints) as golden for a repeat of singing “The 4-Way Test.
  • Thought for the Day – Gary Frush was trying to figure out what is on our minds these days and decided it was the weather. He gave a 5-day forecast and reminded us that, in comparison to other locals around the world, we have it great. There is nothing better than the Delta breeze on a summer evening!
  • Head Table – Thought for the Day, Past-Elect Gary Frush; introducing our speaker, Chad Sublet; our speaker Jose Nuno from Visionary Home Builders and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks to – Our photographer, Frank Whitney; Lynndee Riley & Eric Duran for all their work on the Wheel; and Corie Stewart for her work on Audio Visual.
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Marcela Gracewski, filling in for Farah who is on vacation; Greeter: Van Sylvan; Mic 1: Khaksar Ahmad; Mic 2: Steve Reid; Credit Cards: Beto Beas; Attendance: Robert Gross; Raffle: Beto Beas; and Cashbox: John Atwood.
  • Welcome New & Returning Stockton Rotarians – Kory Ley and Dwayne Garcia!
  • Concern Report – Frank Whitney – Passing of Sylvia Lofthus: Frank Whitney noted the passing of Sylvia Lofthus, wife of longtime Honorary Rotarian Ort Lofthus, with a moment of silence. Memorial arrangements are pending.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2019-2020 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.
  • Raffle – Buster Posey, Klay Thompson, Matt Chapman will be the winning cards for President Melanie’s sports card collection raffle drawing. #058807 Held by Mark Berbower, the winning raffle ticket yielded a trip to the consolation prize chest.

Club Announcements

  • HELP NEEDED – John Salaices, our Club Sargent at Arms needs a few good Assistant Sargent at Arms. The duties involve assisting John before, during and after the meeting. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about what makes the weekly meeting go off well. Please step up and volunteer. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. John Salaices, phone 209-244-8864, email,
  • SUSD’s Stockton Master Innovators-Mentor-Coach Program – Mentor Coaches are needed to volunteer for an hour with a student to give feedback on the high school juniors’ projects. For more information, contact Veronica R. Lynch 209-933-7035 x2062 ( Flyer ).
  • Tom McHugh

    Peace Night At the Ports – Tom McHugh announced the five Area 2 clubs will be forming a human Peace sign at the beginning of the Stockton Ports game on Friday night August 23rd at the Banner Island Ball Park in Stockton ( map ). Come early for an All City Rotary Tailgate party and be a part of promoting peace through Rotary. Each Rotarian will carry a flag from each country we have had/have service projects in to form a human peace sign on the field. A drone will take our picture to share with the Rotary World. Tickets are $20 which includes the game, the tailgate party and a Port’s fanny pack. Hope to see everyone there. Tail gate starts at 5:30 pm and the game begins at 7:10 that evening. Monies generated by this event will go towards providing handicapped children playground equipment for a park in Stockton. Tickets: Promo Code: Peace

  • Diane Stauffer

    Hospice Sip-n-Stroll – Diane Stauffer paid $25 to remind us of the Hospice Sip-n-Stroll and to sell the raffle tickets that could send you on a 7-day vacation to Maui at 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo, $800 towards airfare and $300 for the Seahouse & Merriman’s Restaurant included. Contact Diane: Saturday, August 17, 2019

  • Steve Luthy

    Dictionary Distribution – Steve Luthy: Dictionary distribution time is here and Steve Luthy has accepted responsibility for organizing this club project. Distribution days are fun and full of interesting questions from the children, such as “Were you in the revolutionary war?”

  • Mystery Bus Trip – Past-President Michael Blower: Save the date for this year’s Mystery Bus Trip: Saturday, October 5, 2019 leaving at 1:30pm, returning by 8:30pm. Is it a bit of a drive, or is it a 20-course meal, or does it include a round of golf?
  • Rotary International Convention – The convention will be from June 6th to June 10th of 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Past-President Bob Blower reminds us all that the Rotary Convention is only 4 days. There are so many things to do on the islands, plan to stay for a couple of weeks!
  • 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.

Stockton Rotary Endowment and
The Rotary Club of Stockton
Charity Allocations

The Stockton Rotary Endowment Fund (SRE) and the Rotary Club of Stockton are soliciting requests for funds for the projects of charitable organizations operating in San Joaquin County. There are various funds within SRE that have specific requirements related to funding amount and approval. For applications and complete explanations as to the funding process, specific fund requirements, amounts available, etc., go to Rotary Club of Stockton’s website at, or by mail to Peter Gormsen, Charity Allocations Committee Chairman, 1401 N. Hunter Street, Stockton, Ca 95202. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2019.


  • $25 – Diane Stauffer for her Hospice Sip-n-Stroll announcement.
  • $250 – Colleen Stewart just returned from a cruise to the Caribbean landing in New York where she saw one of her favorite former Giants player now playing for the Mets, Mark Melancon!

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Jose Nuño
Introduced By: Chad Sublet

Manteca Rotarian Jose Nuño is the Vice President of Programs and Services at Visionary Home Builders of California Inc., (VHB) a nonprofit affordable housing developer and HUD-approved housing counseling agency in Stockton, California. Currently, Jose oversees the agency’s service and homeownership programs which includes VHB’s $150 million real estate portfolio located within five (5) counties in California. He assures that the properties are operating with the agencies mission in mind to create and advocate for healthy, vibrant, safe communities through the development of affordable housing and educational opportunities for families, seniors, and individuals of low and moderate income.

Since 1983, this organization has been delivering lower income individuals great, beautiful housing. The company manages 27 properties, 1,400 units in the counties they serve. Casa de Esperanza is one example where the rents average $300 per month and the tenants are families earning between $20,000 to $30,000 per year. VHB is very proud of creating and maintaining modern, energy efficient properties where it is not possible to look at them know that the rents are affordable.

Next Meeting: August 21, 2019
Max Simoncic, “Go Between”

I am Husband to my lovely wife, Sara and father of seven wonderful children.

My music studies began at age eight, shortly after emigrating from Slovenia with my family. My sister Carmen surprised me with an accordion. My parents could ill afford paying for lessons, but did so anyway. Within a few months after beginning lessons, I wrote my first small pieces for accordion.

Compared to so many composers in history, I must have been a relatively late bloomer.

At age twelve I composed my first orchestral pieces. My informal training in orchestral music and orchestration came from records and books supplied by the Stockton public library. My college and university education took place at San Joaquin Delta College and University of the Pacific.

I taught music theory and composition and other related music courses at UOP from 1969 to 1975 and at Delta College from 1970-209.

My music commissions spanning over 52 years have been numerous. They have been performed throughout the USA and Europe. Most recently, the Stockton Symphony performed a work of mine in celebration of its 90th anniversary. Other premieres and performance in the past year included such organizations as the Michigan Philharmonic, Zion Lutheran Chamber Concert Series the Valley Concert Orchestra and Stockton Symphony, and more. In addition Simončič’s music has been performed by such groups as the San Francisco Symphony Bay Brass, San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, Zion Lutheran Chamber Orchestra, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra of New Jersey, The Flexible Symphony of New York City and numerous other ensembles. Simončič also composed chamber music for “New Release Alliance” a composers group based in San Francisco for over a decade. He was also co-founder of the California Composers Consortium.

In 2005, he won the ERM Media national competition “Masterworks of the New Era” for his orchestral composition “Petit Cirque” which received its premiere performance and recording with the Kiev Philharmonic in the Ukraine. Maestro Robert Ian Winstin described “Petit Cirque” as a “fun work, like a bizarre, over-the-top circus feel to it, sounds flying everywhere.” The CD was released in 2005. “Petit Cirque” has also been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and at the Louvre in Paris, France by the Paris and New Millennium Symphony orchestras the VOS orchestra, and the Norwalk Youth Orchestra.

Stockton Symphony conductor Peter Jaffe said, “Max has a real imaginational gift, the actual spark of just having great musical ideas that cannot be taught. He has a real gift for sound and color.”

To this day, Simoncic finds composing both mysterious and exciting!

Upcoming Speakers

August 2019

  • 28 – District Governor Jim Pierce, “Rotary District 5220”

September 2019

  • 04 – Marcela Gracewski, “Beyond Amazon and FedEx”
  • 11 – Janet Lucas, “Building Champions”
  • 18 – TBD
  • 25 – Evening Meeting

August Birthdays…

Joe Serra – August 4th
Linda Guinn – August 5th
Angel Sepulveda – August 8th
Zach Downs – August 8th
Beve McCarthy – August 10th
Sally Fandrich – August 25th
John LaRue – August 26th
Louis Lemos – August 27th
Clare Simpson – August 28th*
* = Meeting Day – 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; Frank Whitney for photos; Mathew Grizzle, Audio Visual; and to Jerry Smith, Club Secretary and 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

Mark Daniel Maloney


District 5220 Governor
James Pierce


Stockton Rotary Club President

Melanie Vieux

Meeting Location
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
Stockton Golf & Country Club
3800 W. Country Club Blvd.
Stockton, CA 9520