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Rebecca Ray of Family Resource and Referral announced that Rotary Clubs of Stockton have been selected as the Action on Behalf of Children (ABC) Award recipient in the non-profit category. All are invited to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, November 7, 2019, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, Individual Reservations: $45 and Table Reservations for 8: $400, Leina Warren at (209) 461-2957 or email

Juan Oregel announced the first Red Kettle Kick-Off Holiday Luncheon, Sal-vation Army, Stockton Community Center, 1305 E. Weber Ave, Thursday, November 14, 2019, 11:30am, $25, sponsorship opportunities available,, 518-5098

President Melanie proclaimed today “Sock Day”. Past-President Michael Blower, Marcela Gracewski and Gerardo Garcia competitively displayed their socks for the coveted “Best Socks in the House” prize. By a vote of cheers and jeers, Marcela took the grand prize of a bag of candy corn

“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.
  • Juan Orgel

    Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Juan Orgel.

  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower gave us a scare with “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
  • Cathy Wooton

    Thought for the Day – Cathy Wooton observed that sometimes you just have to “just roll with it”. A can-do attitude when you need just roll with it can produce a positive outcome.

  • Head Table Introduction – Our speaker Ann Chargin; Introducing the speaker, Bev McCarthy; Thought For the Day, Juan Orgel and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salices and John Atwood; 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: Marcela Gracewski; Greeters: John Salices and John Atwood; Mic 1: Beto Beas; Mic 2: Rob Gross; Credit Cards: Rob Gross; 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. #0888315  Jonathan Pakele picked Alphonso Soriano and a nice prize from the consolation trunk.

Club Announcements

  • Polio Plus Event

    Polio Plus Event Report – Linda Guinn announced that our club raised $735 at the Polio Plus Event!

  • 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
  • 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 )  We have a full house for the Foundation Dinner, so if you still need tickets, see Linda Guinn ASAP!
  • Jen Lozo

    Spanos Elementary Fundraiser – Sharon Tweedy introduced Jen Lozo from Spanos Elementary who announced the Spanos Education Foundation Casino Night. Saturday, November 2, 2019, Lodi Elks Lodge, 19071 N. Lower Sacramento Rd., Woodbridge, ( map ) 5pm – 10pm, $50 ticket includes $200 in chips, appetizers, no-hot bar, live music & dancing, silent auction, raffle, 1920’s attire encouraged. Call 933-7335 for tickets and a fun night out for a good cause. 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.


  • $25 – President Melanie in honor of Michael Blowers socks (pumpkins?)

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Ann Chargin
Subject: “Arbitration”
Introduced By: Beverly McCarthy

Beverly McCarthy introduced our speaker, Ann Chargin, who served as a Judge in the Stockton Municipal Court from 1975 to 1983.  Judge Chargin spoke about the process of arbitration.  Based on some recent cases involving mandatory arbitration, Judge Chargin has come to the opinion the process of mandatory arbitration can be very unfair.

In the area of sexual harassment claims, new laws are taking effect to allow more time to file claims and banning mandatory arbitration as a condition of employment.

The Judge’s objections to arbitration include:

  • the lack of public scrutiny
  • arbitration can be considerably more costly than a civil filing
  • the arbitration process can be drawn out at the arbitrator’s disgression
  • the arbitrator may set out procedures – but there is no requirement that the arbitrator follow the procedures
  • an arbitration order is not enforceable – if it is not voluntarily followed, a state court order would be required to enforce it
  • there is no right to review or appeal.

Next Meeting: November 6, 2019
Ann Johnston, former Peace Corps Volunteer, “Reflections on the Conflict with Iran”

Ann Johnston is President and General Manager of The Balloonery, Inc., a retail business in Stockton since 1981, and has been actively involved in the community as both an elected official and a community volunteer.

She served as Mayor of the City of Stockton from 2009 to 2012 and as a City Council Member from 1995 to 2002.  From 1979 to 1992 Ann served as a Lodi Unified School District Board Member.

Ann served as a Peace Corps volunteer and taught English as a Second Language in Shiraz, Iran. Working with Iranian English teachers and community workers at the grass roots level gives her unique insights into the culture, religion and politics of this country that currently dominates news headlines. Today she will share some of those insights with you and offer her perspective on the events of today.

Upcoming Speakers

November 2019

  • 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


November Birthdays…

Dudley Drake – Nov 1st
Kory Ley – Nov 3rd
Khaksar Ahmad – Nov 4th
Fred Gassner – Nov 10th
Waqar Rizvi – Nov 10th
Karyn Johnson – Nov 13th*
Basel Karabala – Nov 14th
Juan Oregel – Nov 14th
Fred Weibel – Nov 14th
Christine Morrissey – Nov 15th
Graham Tweedy – Nov 16th
Tom Perry – Nov 22nd
Jim Woodward – Nov 22nd
Jan Ambriz – Nov 23rd
Gary Putnam – Nov 27th*
Tony Despotes – Nov 28th
Ken Steele – Nov 29th
Walt Wager – Nov 30th
*= 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