The Wheel – January 16, 2019

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Paul Kozlow, Stockton Rotary Endowment President,  presented an SRE check to Jennifer Held (today’s speaker) representing Mary Graham Children’s Foundation for $5,000.


“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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  • Call to Order and Presidents Welcome! President Waqar Rizvi welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton that has been serving the community for the past 105 years!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Paul Kozlow.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower brought some heat to this bland day by leading us in “You are My Sunshine”.
  • Cathy Wooton

    Thought For The Day – Cathy Wooton shared a some of her favorite thoughts of the day from Rotarian Michael Keith’s Facebook postings:

    • The most common regret is not living a life true to yourself.  Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.  It does not matter where you start, but do start pursuing at least some part of your dreams.
    • In order to move forward, you must open yourself to new experiences.  There is no failing, only results.
    • You belong.  You are part of a family, friends, and even your community.  Share experiences with others.  You are not in this alone.
    • Whatever fills your heart with happiness is a good thing.  Let yourself be filled.  There is much more joy and beauty out there, but you have to open yourself up to it.
  • Representing the Head Table –President Elect Melanie Vieux, our speaker Jennifer Held,  Paul Kozlow and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Monie Ky; Mics: Claire Simpson & Russ Hagen; Attendance, Mark Berbower; Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood & Kevin Redick (credit cards); Raffle ticket Sales: Marcela Gracewski and John Atwood. Sergeant At Arms Team: Ken Steele (Coordinator); Omar Khamisa and John Salaices Lead.
  • Past President, now Club Secretary Jerry Smith

    Concern Reports – John Atwood was back at his post taking our money today.  Glad you are feeling better John!   Jerry Smith reports that Jim Woodward went home from Meadowood and his son and daughter-in-law are on duty at his home to assist.  The mobility and independence will be a slow process, but Jim is ready for visitors to pass the time.  If you are bringing dinner, be there at 5:15 pm sharp!

  • Birthdays This Week – C.P. Riddle (13th), Jerry Butterfield (14th), Shari Garibaldi (14th), Ken Norton (14th) and Kerry Krueger (16th).  Happy Birthday to you all; even if you were not in attendance!
  • Raffle – #058010 Mark Berbower reduced the deck by one again this week. $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Mark’s name. Don’t forget: If you draw the winning card 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!
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcements

  • SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – Henceforth full lunch will be $21.00, salad/beverage/dessert only is $11.00 and meeting only with no food is $6.00

  • Sharon Tweedy

    Rotary Read-In – Sharon Tweedy kicked off recruiting season for the 28th Annual Rotary Read-In on Thursday, February 21, 10:00 am.  This year, readers will be provided to 4 school districts and 66 schools including some charter schools.  Contact Sharon if your company or group would like to adopt a school or some classrooms for the Read-In.

  • Rotary Hockey Night – Teddy Bear Toss, Stockton heat vs. Texas Stars, this Saturday, January 19, 2019, Special Rotary Tailgate at 4:00pm, Game at 6:00pm, Stockton Arena ( map ), reserve tickets (includes a hat): ( Flyer )
  • Past Presidents Terry Hull, Sr. (right) and John Reusche

    Membership Minute – Past-President Terry Hull conducted a riveting man-on-the-street interview with Past-President John Reusche who kept it short and sweet:Q:  “When did you join Rotary?”
    A:  “1985, the same year Bob Blower joined.”Q:  “Why did you join Rotary?”
    A:   “To give back to the community.”

  • Marcela Gracewski with President Waqar

    Presentation of Rotary Banner and Video – Marcela Gracewski presented President Waqar a banner from her travels to El Salvador where she attended a Rotary meeting. Marcela showed a short movie about the programs Rotary is supporting to bring reliable clean water to rural areas and described a Rotary scholarship program that diverts the top-performing middle school students to private schools so they can avoid the risk of being forced into the MS-13 gangs and becoming a drop-out.The video featured Kevin Hicks brother who has spoken to our club on the topic of water projects in the past. Kevin contributed $50 to SRE in honor of his brother’s celebrity.  ( Download Video )

  • 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.
  • 2019 District Conference – The 2019 District Conference will be held at the Monterey Hyatt on May 3-5, 2019. 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.

Announcement – Rotary District Scholarship

Did you know that students planning to do graduate work during the 2019-2020 school year may qualify for a $15,000 District 5220 scholarship?

To see how, please read the information sheet and share the application with anyone you know who might meet the criteria.

The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019.

Thank you!

Jim Dugoni, BSBA ’86, MS, MA, CSPG
Senior Director of Development
University of the Pacific
Office of Estate & Gift Planning
3601 Pacific Avenue | Stockton, CA 95211
O: 209.932.2829 | C: 209.607.9661 |


  • $250 – Monie Ky needed a break, so she planned a lovely 7-day trip to Oahu.  Kuy and the four little Ky’s tagged along to make it a family trip.  So Kuy paid $250 and is looking forward to Monie’s next break.
  • $100 – Dan Wright attended his first council meeting which ended early – by 7:00pm, but that was enough time to elect him Vice Mayor!
  • $25 – Kevin Hicks contributed $50 to RI in honor of his brother’s celebrity status.
  • $25 – Judy Chambers for her phone going off during the meeting.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Jennifer Held
Subject: Children’s Foster Care
Introduced By: Cathy Wooton

Cathy Wooton introduced program presenter, Jennifer Held which was a relief to Jennifer who was leery of what a Judy Chambers intro might reveal going all the way back to Jennifer’s days as a U.O.P. student. Jennifer Held is Executive Director of the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation (MGCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the foster youth who pass through the Mary Graham Children’s Emergency Temporary Facility with financial support, enrichment and mentorship while in the foster program and as young adults. In San Joaquin County, 1,200 children are taken into protective foster care each year.

MGCF serves youth whose needs include companionship, confidence building, and minor academic or career guidance.  For foster youth, environmental circumstances (neglect, abandonment and/or abuse) have resulted in limited access and exposure to responsible, reliable, caring adults.  If you are at least 21 years old and willing to make a one-year commitment to a foster youth, please consider volunteering or making a donation.

Next Meeting: January 23, 2019
Kory Ley, “The Paradise Fire and the American Red Cross”

Kory Ley and Liza Cruz from the American Red Cross: Kory, a former Stockton Rotarian and now a member of the Sacramento Rotary, has been with the Red Cross for 1.5 years. She serves as a Regional Philanthropy Officer. With over 10 years of non-profit experience, she has a heart for serving the community and giving back.

Liza has held many positions with the Red Cross in her 15 year tenure. She currently serves the Modesto/Stockton region as a Philanthropy Officer. She enjoys meeting new people and loves working with volunteers. Her family was raised to serve others every day. “When we wake up, we ask ourselves what can I do in the community to make it better today?”

Upcoming Speakers

January 2019

  • 30 – Cathy Peterson, “Wheel Chair Distributions”

February 2019

  • 06 – Michael Marshall, Supervisory Fishery Biologist, CA Dept of Fish & Wildlife, “Operations of the Delta Fish Monitoring Program and how the program impacts water management in the Central Valley.”
  • 13 – TBD
  • 20 – Joelle Gomez, “Children’s Home of Stockton”
  • 27 – Christina Kimball Family Promise of San Joaquin, “Family Promise Caring for Our Homeless Children”

January Birthdays…

Mas Kamigaki – Jan 1st
Michael Keith – Jan 3rd
Duane Isetti – Jan 4th
Sharon Manaois – Jan 4th
Terry Hull, Sr. – Jan 5th
Kathy Hart – Jan 5th
Doug Hanson – Jan 10th
C.P. Riddle – Jan 13th*
Jerry Butterfield – Jan 14th
Shari Garibaldi – Jan 14th
Ken Norton – Jan 14th
Kerry Krueger – Jan 16th
Gary Hansen – Jan 21st
Harley Smith – Jan 27th*
Micah Runner – Jan 28th
* = Meeting Day – Wish them a Happy Birthday!






Ken Norton Business Card




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, photos; Eric Duran, Audio Visual; 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
Barry Rassin

District 5220 Governor
Judy Lovett

Stockton Rotary Club President
Waqar Rizvi

Meeting Location
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
Stockton Golf & Country Club
3800 W. Country Club Blvd.
Stockton, CA 95204