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Dream Big by MG Project

Club member Marcela Gracewski:
Our mission is to bring a smile to children in El Salvador who have never received a gift for Christmas or been able to celebrate Christmas. This year, we are planning to go to a town called El Triunfo  in Usulutan where kids live without electricity, clean water, and their bed is usually a hammock or dirt. We want to bring a smile to these kids by giving them a day of happiness and provide them with a gift and a lunch, and give them the hope to dream big.  We are partnering with El Salvador Rotary, Fundacion para Obras Misericodiosas to help us complete this project and also with Meditour, a local transportation service.You can buy our beautiful earrings, 100% made in El Salvador. The earrings are made from working women, who make them in order to make a living and raise their families, in El Salvador. All the profit will go to the Dream Big by MG project.Earrings are $15 each.  Remember, earrings add more beauty to you, and they will bring a smile to one more kid.  Project will be done December 22, 2019

“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 – Kris Blower.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower led the “UOP Fight Song” in honor of our speaker and all Tigers in the house
  • Past-President Bob Blower

    Thought for the Day – Past-President Bob Blower’s thought today was “Put a smile in your life.” His inspiration came for a stranger who stopped by their table at a restaurant where Bob and Kris were goofing around to say how nice it was to see a happy couple. This would have been short, sweet, more than enough….. but Bob gave us the bonus of a 10 point list AND a joke that was proceeded with a proactive apology as well!

  • Head Table Introduction – Our speaker Allison Dumas; Introducing the speaker, Past-President Kuy Ky; Thought For the Day, Past-President Bob Blower and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Sergeant-At-Arms, Mathew Grizzle; Our photographer, Frank Whitney; Lynndee Riley & Eric Duran for all their work on the Wheel; and Mathew Grizzle for his work on Audio Visual.
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Farah Khwaja; Greeter: Jonathan Pakele; Mic 1: Robert Gross; Mic 2: Joe Ambriz; Credit Cards: Beto Beas; Attendance: Khaksar Ahmad and John Atwood at the cashbox.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2019-2020 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.
  • Raffle – Buster Posey or Klay Thompson will be the winning cards for President Melanie’s sports card collection raffle drawing.  #058979 Linda Guinn kicked off phase II of this year’s raffle with a Sam Dyson card and a nice bag from the consolation chest.

Club Announcements

  • Linda Guinn

    3/1 Matching Points Program for New Rotarians – Linda Guinn announced that the Rotary Board has approved a 3 to 1 points match for members who joined within the last year towards their first Paul Harris Fellow donated within 12 months of join date.  Contact Linda Guinn for any questions at

  • Sharon Tweedy

    Stockton Rotary Read-In – On November 7th the Stockton Rotary Clubs will receive an ABC Award for our work on the Rotary Read-In.  Contact Sharon if you have an interest in attending the award ceremony.

  • AAUW Home Tour – Don’t forget the 68th Annual home Tour to benefit the AAUW Stockton Branch., Sunday, November 3, 2019, 10am to 4pm, Advance Tickets: $35 available at C.R. Porter, Regalo Bello and Sheri’s Sunshine Nutrition Center. $40 on the day of the event.
  • Foundation Dinner – President Melanie announced they already have 1 table of 10 filled, but still taking sign-ups and would love to fill another! November 16th @ 5:30 – 9:00pm, 1150 9th St Modesto CA 95354 ( map )
  • World Series Raffle – The World Series Raffle board has been filled and numbers have been assigned.  The winner will be based on the cumulative points of all games in the World Series (which is a change from previous years).  Thanks for buying squares and good luck to everyone!
  • Spanos Fundraiser

    Spanos Elementary Fundraiser – Saturday November 2, 2019, Lodi Elks Lodge 19071 N. Lower Sacramento Rd. Woodbridge, CA. ( map ) 5 – 10 p.m.  $50 includes casino chips, appetizers, no host bar, live music and dancing.  Silent Auction and Raffle.  1920’s theme attire encouraged.  All proceeds benefit the Spanos School’s Art and Music Enrichment Program  – artist in the classroom, ukulele lessons, yoga instruction, etc.  Checks payable to:  Spanos Education Foundation (SEF).  Contact Sharon Tweedy for tickets

  • 2020 District Conference – Don’t forget: The conference will be on April 24-26, 2020 at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite ( website ). The rooms will be $192 per day including taxes.
  • 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.


  • $100 – Paul Jacobson donated $100 to the Rotary Foundation in Past-President Kuy Ky’s name to thank Kuy for coming back from a long day doing surgeries in the Bay Area and squeezing in one more root canal at 8:30pm for Paul’s wife.
  • $300 – Past-President Kuy matched Paul’s donation with an additional $300!

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Allison Dumas
Subject: “1st Generation to Go To College. Community Involvement Program (CIP), now 50 years!”
Introduced By: Past-President Kuy Ky

Even an allergic reaction causing swelling of his airway did not prevent Past-President Kuy (under observation by Doc Wager) from introducing Allison Dumas, Associate Vice President, Student Life, Student Involvement. For 30 years, this U.O.P. department has provided the guidance and support of U.O.P.’s community involvement programs (C.I.P) and programs that focus on recruiting and keeping first-generation students on track in their college careers through graduation and into their professional lives.

Over the last 5 years, the program has added an endowment component to help students with the gap between scholarship/grant opportunities and the cost of rising tuitions.

Next Meeting: October 30, 2019
Ann Chargin, “Arbitration”

When President Sue Sherrow called me to say a few words about Ann Chargin , I was completely delighted. Then I thought should I ROAST or TOAST her ? Should I deliver facts or fiction?
So I decided to Toast.
So Ann Discenza Chargin , here’s your life in a big nut shell.

The name Ann comes from the Hebrew language and means “God Has Favored You”, and indeed He has.

Ann’s parents came to America from Ferr a za no in the province of Campobasso in the Molise section of Italy in 1916 along with sister Mary Jane’s older brother. In 1917 twin boys were born and died in the devastating flu of 1918. Mary Jane was born in 1919, Ann and her twin brother Michael were born in 1923 in the midst of a blizzard. Well I think that blizzard established Ann’s reputation as a survivor come what may.

Before moving to California in 1957 Ann was a professional roller skater. I am not talking about skaters that go around and around in circles as fast as they can and knock other skaters down. I am talking about elegant ballroom dancing skaters. Apparently at that time there were some people who thought skaters were low class. So when Ann tried to rent a room in the community where she was teaching professional skating for 5 years , the landlady was reluctant to rent to her. Of course, Ann’s charm won the day and the landlady and she became life- long friends. When the rink closed, Ann moved to California.

Now in California , Ann enrolled at Humphreys College in the Lawrence Drivon School of Law , and in what should have taken 3 or 4 years to become a lawyer, Ann did in two. She did this while working full time.

At the age of 40 Ann was “sworn in” at San Francisco’s Superior Court House among a sea of approximately 300 new attorneys. Now you may ask why is the number 300 relevant? Well let me tell you. In that gathering there were exactly two women being sworn in. Ann’s friends had gifted her with a floral hat for the occasion . I am talking about lots of flowers. When the presiding judge addressed the assembly of new attorneys he said “Gentlemen and Lady”. He could not see the other woman. Ann still has that remarkable hat!

Ann had a difficult time finding a job as an attorney in Stockton. The people who interviewed her wanted her to be a legal secretary. Ann made it very clear that she had not gone to law school to become a secretary rather an attorney. Finally the Chargin brothers of Chargin and Briscoe, a General Practice firm, reluctantly hired her, and when she won her first case gave her a well- earned raise. A year later Ann became a Chargin when she married partner Robert Chargin. Little did they know when they hired her that she was soon to become a treasured member of the Chargin dynasty .

Now I must preface my next story by stating clearly that at that time in history, (the 1970s) the local male judges did not look kindly on defense attorneys, and Ann had just served as Assistant Public Defender from 1972 – 1975.
Well here’s the story. In the middle of the night of October 1975 the telephone rang. No, it was not a telemarketer, it was none other than Gov. Jerry Brown serving his first term. Ann was both shocked and thrilled. Brown wanted her to become Stockton’s first woman Municipal Court Judge . How could she say no! The local judges were not happy. Not only was she female, she was a defense attorney. A defense attorney on the bench? Unheard of.

The beginning of her judgeship was not as comfortable as she would have liked, but she was there and was not going away. When the next election period came around, Ann was elected. In 2008 the Honorable Ann Chargin was inducted into Humphrey’s Hall of Fame. It was a well deserved honor.

When Ann left the bench in 1983 she was looking for some new activities to become involved in, and she happened to ask her old friend Beve McCarthy if she had any suggestions. Did she ever. Ann Joined Assistance League of Stockton in 1988 and helped the League find their permanent thrift shop on Harding Way. She remains a member to this day. She joined the Stockton Opera Guild in 1993 where she has served as treasurer for 13 years. She was a Board Director for the Stockton Symphony Association for 13 years, and currently serves on the Board of the Stockton Symphony Alliance as a co-president. Every year she makes delicious English toffee candy, and sells it at the symphony’s Christmas Pops concerts.

She has taught bridge for SICL (Stockton Institute for Continuous Learning) at San Joaquin Delta College for 20 years…pro bono . and has her very own dedicated followers. Many women and men are now playing bridge because of Ann’s gift for teaching. . . She is famous.

Needless to say Ann’s entire family is musical. Every last one of them loves to sing. Ann’s son Nick is a professional musician in San Jose, and her grandson is studying music in Boston. Ann took piano lessons for a few years and instead of becoming a pianist she became a professional” page turner” for sister Mary Jane who is a pianist.

Among Ann’s many outstanding character traits is her fabulous sense of humor. Some time, do ask her to tell you the story of the nun , the priest and the donkey. She will have you rolling in the aisles.

In closing I have one last story about my friend of 45 years – almost half a century of sharing mostly joys and a few sorrows.

Now, please listen carefully. These are Ann’s exact words. QUOTE . “This is the most beautiful advice I have ever received in an email—please don’t close or delete this one before reading!”
WOW, this really sounded important.

It was the year 2010 when I felt our friendship was being tested. Ann sent me an email entitled “God’s blessings for Beve from Ann ”. I thought “How thoughtful of Ann. She is always so kind to everyone!

There were 36 blessings. I have chosen to share only six of them. I was impressed until I started reading them. Here is what a few of the blessings said: No. 1. “Say no to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health”. HUMMM She’s concerned about my mental well- being. Very interesting, but not too offensive. But then came No. 2. “Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases”. Ok, I guess she thinks I am not very good with money. I can handle that too. No. 3. This blessing had an acronym KMS –“ Keep Mouth Shut” . At this point I was beginning to suspect the sincerity of our friendship. Then came Number 4,“Get organized so everything has its place”. So! Ann thinks I am messy as well. Then there was No. 5. “Make friends with Godly People”. Well I guess she has decided that I am a terrible sinner. And finally Number 6. The Coup de Gras came in the last blessing – “Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe”. Well, that did it!

Remarkably, I managed to survive the year 2010, and realized that she simply had my best interests at heart. But I secretly hoped that Ann would not send me any more blessings from God. I have a very weak heart!

Dearest Ann, Congratulations from all of us on your newest well -deserved honor.
Love you, Beve


Judge, Stockton Municipal Court, October 1975-January 1983
Assistant Public Defender, 1972-1975
Deputy Public Defender, 1968-1972
Associate – Chargin & Briscoe, General Practice, 1963-1968
Secretary (Labor Management, Wine Cooperative, Attorney) 1958-1962
Coach and Instructor (Roller Skating) 1952-1957

Appellate Justice Pro Tem, Fifth District Court of Appeal, 1978
Judicial Council of California (2 terms) 1979-1983
California Council on Criminal Justice, Appointed August 1984

Humphreys College Lawrence Drivon School of Law, 1962
Inducted in the Hall of Fame, 2008

Board of Governors, California Women Lawyers, 1983-1984
Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, 1983-1984
Board of Directors, Community Council, 1974-1978
Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club, St. Mark’s Branch
Executive Board, Boys and Girls Club
Board of Directors, Stockton Symphony Association, 1984-1997
Board of Directors, Stockton Symphony Alliance
Board of Directors, Stockton Opera Guild
Board of Directors, Stockton/San Joaquin Trade Club
Legislative Round Table Participant
Board of Governors , Women Lawyers of San Joaquin County
Charter Member STEP Advisory Board for Women’s Center of San Joaquin
Task Force, California Council for Criminal Justice, 1974-1978
Assistance League of Stockton, Life Member

Upcoming Speakers

November 2019

  • 06 – Ann Johnston, former Peace Corps Volunteer, “Reflections on the Conflict with Iran”
  • 13 – Dustin Thoms, “Stockton Kings”
  • 20 – Dan Cort, “New Projects Downtown”
  • 27DARK (All Stockton Clubs Thanksgiving Meeting held on 11-26 at the First Baptist Church – map )

December 2019

  • 04 – Chief Eric Jones, “Helicopter Program”
  • 11 – Evening Holiday Party – No Meeting
  • 18 – Jay Hislop, “Shelter Box
  • 25 – DARK


October Birthdays…

Hal Monroe – Oct 1st
Kuy Ky – Oct 1st
Bob Blower – Oct 1st
Diane Stauffer – Oct 1st
Ramon Fernandez – Oct 3rd
Liz Hull – Oct 6th
Dave Tygett – Oct 10th
Dennis Cochran – Oct 10th
Reid Johnson – Oct 18th
Farah Khwaja – Oct 19th
Beto Beas – Oct 19th
Tom Patti – Oct 21st
Pete Rosado – Oct 24th
Zack Drivon – Oct 24th
* = 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 this week; 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