The Wheel – January 23, 2019

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President Waqar (far left) and Past-President Mas Kamigaki (second from left) sponsored Henry Wong, Doctor of Radiation Oncology, into the club.  Henry immigrated to Canada at age 13 and was raised by his grandparents.  He is married to Sylvia Wong.  While at Princeton working on his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, he decided to study medicine instead.  He has been retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital for 5 years during which time he was apparently working on becoming a stand-up comedian because his set killed!  Welcome to the club, Henry!


“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 – Shari Garibaldi.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower presented “Yankee Doodle” as a patriotic tune.
  • Frank Whitney

    Thought For The Day – Frank Whitney celebrated 5 years of retirement by noticing in his thought for the day that people have been sharing Golden Rule themed thoughts as far back as documentation can be found and as wide as all the world in cultures and countries diverse in many other ways.  So, while the thought is universal, the ability to consistently turn the thought into action is a universal struggle.

  • Representing the Head Table –Kory Ley & Liza Cruz, our speaker; President Elect Melanie Vieux,  and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Chad ; Mics: Marcella Gracewski & Zach Downs; Attendance, Mark Berbower; Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood & Russ Hagen (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 Jerry Smith

    Concern Reports – Jerry Smith visited Jim today at his home. He seems in good spirits, maybe it was the DQ ice cream in a cup. He will began physical therapy this week to build lower body strength thus enabling him to be independent of the wheel chair. He is answering his phone when you call so please do so. I will continue to keep you informed. Please visit him if you can.

  • Proposed New Members – Omar Khamisa has sponsored Uzma Khamisa as a new member, classification Wholesale/corporate sales professional. Uzma has attended server Club meetings and functions.  Omar Khamisa has also sponsored Perry Prach as a new member, classification Realtor. Perry has visited the Club on a number of occasions as well.  Omar Khamisa has sponsored Mobussar Ali as a new member, classification Manager, Auto Repair and Tires. Ali has visited the Club on a number of occasions too.
  • Birthdays This Week – Gary Hansen (21st) was the only birthday this week but was not present!  Email or text him a Happy Birthday!
  • Raffle – #058036  Ironman Eric Duran pulled a card from the deck or, in other words, Eric Duran pulled the Ironman card. $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Eric’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

  • Past-District Governor Susan Drake

    Recognition – During the Foundation Dinner, Past-District Governor Susan Drake was surprised with a recognition for being the District Foundation chair for 7 extremely productive years.  Susan donated a bell-ringer to RI for her recognition by the District.

  • Sharon Tweedy

    Rotary Read-In – Sharon Tweedy reminded everyone of 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 and be sure to sign up if you’d like to participate in this fun event!

  • Superbowl Omelet Fundraiser – Manteca Rotary Club is holding it’s annual Superbowl Omelet Fundraiser, Sunday, February 23, 2019, 7am to 11:30am, American Legion, 220 East Yosemite Avenue, Manteca, CA 95336 ( map ), $5 – $8, Enjoy a delicious made to order OMELET breakfast benefiting the Relay For Life of Greater Manteca Area. Price includes omelet breakfast with beverage. There will be Raffle prizes and carry-out available.  Sign Up
  • Past-President Kuy Ky

    Paul Harris Presentation – Past-President Kuy Ky tricked the entire club into giving him a standing ovation by presenting a PHF+7 to an invisible Amy Scriven.  Congratulations to Amy anyway!

  • 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 (Bell Ringer) – Susan Drake donated a bell-ringer to RI for her recognition by the District for being the District Foundation chair for 7 extremely productive years.
  • $100 – This meeting date (1/23) was Madisen Sena’s due date, but she and the baby only paid for one lunch again today. Madisen donated $100 to RI –  because the day isn’t over yet!

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Kory Ley and Liza Cruz
Subject: The Paradise Fire and the American Red Cross
Introduced By: CPresident-Elect

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Liza Cruz

President-Elect Melanie Vieux introduced Rotarian Kory Ley and Liza Cruz of the American Red Cross. Kory is a former Stockton Rotarian, currently a member of the Sacramento Rotary Club and has been a Red Cross Regional Philanthropy Officer for the past 1.5 years.

The mission of the American Red cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​ Through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need.   They are currently recruiting volunteers to participate in an event on May 4th to install smoke detectors in local homes and educate families on how to create an evacuation plan for their families.

Next Meeting: January 30, 2019
Cathy Peterson, “Wheel Chair Distributions”

In October last year, Wendy Auyoung, Ramon Chavez III, Allie Daby, Allison Snider, and Mari Takahashi participated with Professor Cathy Peterson and others in Rotary-Sponsored Hope Haven West Wheelchair Distribution in Veracruz, Mexico. They will share their experiences including preparation, fears, friendships, and how they have grown personally and professionally from this opportunity.

Dr. Peterson was recently named Fulbright Scholar to Malawi. Dr. Peterson’s interests include developing international opportunities for students to learn about themselves, other cultures and issues pertinent to health, and health care delivery in our global society.Favorite thing about teaching at Pacific: “The students – we have a role in selecting the students, but there is something about Pacific that the students are just excited, engaged and committed at a level that most of the time exceeds my expectations. They support one another, they’re not trying to undermine anyone and it’s just a good environment to be in. I appreciate the support within our peer system and the support of administration, and what the University has to offer. I like the student centered philosophy and emphasis here.”

Teaching philosophy: “To create an environment where students feel safe exploring new knowledge and their application of that new knowledge to situations of clinical relevance. I’m trying to be very innovative with new technology to keep them on board but I don’t use that in a way that detracts from the content.” Dr. Peterson enjoys going to San Francisco to see Giants games. She enjoys city hiking, urban hiking and shopping. She also loves to travel and believes that all of her hobbies are much better when with her husband. They also enjoy scuba diving, watching old movies and playing scrabble.”It’s so important for me to learn about people in different areas. When I’ve been to a part of the world and I see those corners show up in the papers it gives me a personal connection. It makes me want to know more about life there and be supportive when it’s not peaceful. I am a Rotarian and I enjoy the service through rotary. I enjoy the networking and the fellowship as well as the opportunities to serve local community in Stockton.”

Upcoming Speakers

February 2019

  • 06 – TBD
  • 13 – Mia Arostigui Cabrera, “Depictions of love Presented Through Art”
  • 20 – Joelle Gomez, “Children’s Home of Stockton”
  • 27 – Christina Kimball Family Promise of San Joaquin, “Family Promise Caring for Our Homeless Children”

March 2019

  • 06 – Ifti Mirza, “Altitude or Attitude: A Geeks’s Travel log; San Francisco to Concordia-K2-Gondogoro La of Pakistan”
  • 13 – Micah Runner, “Economic Development in Stockton”
  • 20 – Edie Sparks, “Tillie Lewis and Early Female Bosses”
  • 27 – Evening Social For First Responders Appreciation Dinner (No speaker program)

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