The Wheel – January 30, 2019

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Past-President/Foundation Chair Kuy Ky (center) presented Paul Harris Fellows to (far right) Eric Duran (PH +4) and Walt Wager (PH +8).  Congratulations you awesome folks!


“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 – Mark Berbower.
  • Song – Past-President Bob Blower conducted “America”.
  • Thought For The Day – Dudley Drake offered this quote from John Quincy Adams:  If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.  From an inscription at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:  Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander. —- Ken Wytsma, “Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things”
  • Representing the Head Table –Cathy Peterson, our speaker; Ken Steele, introducing our speaker; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Mark Berbower ; Mics: Karyn Johnson & Rob Gross; Attendance, Cheryl Marshal; Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood & Priscilla Hernandez (credit cards); Raffle ticket Sales: Jonni Redick and John Atwood. Sergeant At Arms Team: Ken Steele (Coordinator); Omar Khamisa and John Salaices Lead.
  • 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 has also sponsored Perry Prach as a new member, classification Realtor. Perry has visited the Club on a number of occasions as well. And Omar has also sponsored Mobussar Ali as a new member, classification Manager, Auto Repair and Tires. Ali has visited the Club on a number of occasions too.  And finally, Omar has proposed Amir Khan as a new member, Classification Pharmacy Manager, Hammer Land Pharmacy.  Busy guy, Omar!
  • Birthdays This Week – Harley Smith (27th) and Micah Runner (28th).
  • Raffle – #058100 President Waqar reminded Mark Berbower that all he needed to do was pick the Ace of Hearts, but in a possible act of defiance, he picked the 3 of Clubs instead. $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! Currently the raffle is $1,715.00.  Winner would get: $857.50.  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.

New Potential Member

Member Madisen Sena introduced a potential new member daughter Liliana on January 30, 2019 @ 11:45 am.  Potential new member when introduced was 8 lbs. 10 oz – 21-1/2 inches tall.  Congratulations to the Sena’s!

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 President Bob Blower

    Recognition – Realtor of the Year – Past-President Bob Blower donated a bellringer towards the SRE fund that maintains the WWII Memorial at Weber Point for being inducted as a director for the Lodi Association of Realtors and making it a hat trick as Lodi Realtor of the Year.  Blain Bibb made good on his threat to match Bob’s donation with a $250 bellringer!

  • 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!
  • Duane Isetti

    Stocktonian of the Year – President Waqar reminds everyone to get their tickets to see Duane Isetti honored as Stocktonian of the Year at the Stockton Country Club on February 13th.  Ticket sales end on Feb. 10th.  Get your tickets HERE.

  • 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
  • Membership Minute – Before Eric Duran was famous as the Editor of the Wheel, he was Father-In-Law to the Blower Dynasty who recruited him as a new member.  Eric enjoys sharing lunch with the characters in our club.
  • 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.


Meeting and Make-up Changes: 

At the January 17, 2019 Board Meeting, the following changes were approved to begin in March:

  • Elimination of missed meeting fees.
  • Funnel all club charitable giving as well as outside charitable requests through the Stockton Rotary Endowment (SRE).
  • Elimination of club membership mixers and the lunch meeting on the last Wednesday of each month in favor of a social gathering that Wednesday in the evening. The event will feature either heavy hors d’oeuvres or a plated meal and the format is to be determined. It will be $25. Attendance valid for make-up credit, but a make-up will not be required for non-attendance.

Please see the January 17th Director’s meeting minutes for additional details (link included with the email notification of this Wheel).

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 (Bellringer) – Past-President Bob Blower for being inducted as a director for the Lodi Association of Realtors.
  • $250 (Bellringer) – Blain Bibb making good on his threat to match Bob’s donation.
  • $100 – Kuy Ky for an Article in the newspaper – Past-President Kuy Ky paid $100 for headlining an article in the Manteca Bulletin about his inspiring presentation to 7th & 8th graders at Shasta School which included a heavy dose of Rotary.
  • $25 – Past President, Club Secretary Jerry Smith for his phone going off during the meeting.
  • $25 – Luis Duarte for his phone going off during the meeting.

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Cathy Peterson, Wendy Auyoung, Ramon Chavez III, Allie Daby, Allison Snider, and Mari Takahashi
Subject: Wheel Chair Distributions
Introduced By: Ken Steele

Ken Steele introduced Professor Cathy Peterson who presented the group of U.O.P. Physical Therapy PhD candidates who traveled with her to participate with others in a Rotary-Sponsored Hope Haven West Wheelchair Distribution in Veracruz, Mexico.   Wendy Auyoung, Ramon Chavez III, Allie Daby, Allison Snider, and Mari Takahashi shared their preparation, highlights of the trip and how their experience informs their perspective going forward.

Next Meeting: February 6, 2019
Russell Orrin Stark, Stockton Metropolitan Airport Director “Airport Update
Ronald K. Elliott, Deputy Director, Stockton Metropolitan Airport

Russell Stark

Russell O. Stark is an aviation professional providing domestic and international aviation experience and innovative leadership for his tenants, customers and staff.  He retired from the U.S. Army with almost 32 years of active duty service.  In his military career he attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) and held various positions including Company Commander, Battalion Operations Officer, Standardization Instructor Pilot, Airfield Operations and Safety Officer and Deputy Chief of Airspace Command and Control, Aviation Operations and Plans.

During his time in the military he received qualifications on the UH-1, OH-58 and CH-47D/F helicopters as well as the C-12 (King Air) and the Dash 7 fixed wing airplanes.  He attended the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Flight Training Program, numerous Army Aviation qualification courses and has received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from City University.  Also, while at his previous position, Mr. Stark was a member of the New York Aviation Management Association Board of Directors and served as a member of the Academic Outreach and Training committee, Chairman of the NYAMA UAS Committee, and also served as an adjunct instructor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also Certified Member and Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) Candidate of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Ronald Elliott

As Deputy Director, Stockton Metropolitan Airport, Ron is responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of this full-service commercial airport and home to 165 based general aviation aircraft.  Ron’s responsibilities include budgeting; planning, prioritizing, assigning, reviewing and evaluating the work of airport staff; developing plans, programs, and recommendations for future Airport development and capital improvements; developing Airport Rates and Fees; preparing Airport facility leases; providing a variety of staff support for the San Joaquin County Supervisors and County Aviation Advisory Committee to include preparing and presenting written and oral presentations. Ron also serves as a point of contact and liaison between San Joaquin County and the FAA, State of California, commercial operations, and local businesses and general aviation tenants.

Prior to assuming his current position, Ron gained invaluable airport and operations experience as the Manager of Merced Regional Airport for almost seven years.  Prior to his airport career, Ron served twenty-one years in the United States Air Force.  While stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona, Ron was second in command of a Mission Support Group consisting of 2,300 personnel with an annual operations and maintenance budget in excess of $20 million, and managed annual housing, construction, and environmental programs in excess of $37 million.

Ron holds a Master of Aeronautical Science (MAS) degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree from the University of California, Irvine. Ron is active in a number of aviation industry associations to include the Association of California Airports (current President, Board of Directors), Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (Board of Directors), California Airports Council (CAC), and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

Upcoming Speakers

February 2019

  • 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)

February Birthdays…

Liz Blanchard – Feb 5th
Colleen Foster – Feb 6th*
Dave Midura – Feb 9th
Hil Silver – Feb 10th
Laura Pinkerton – Feb 11th
Ann Van de Mark – Feb 14th
Chad Marcigan – Feb 19th
Tom Harrington – Feb 20th*
Dennis Smallie – Feb 22nd
Brett Morgan – Feb 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; Eric Duran, 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