The Wheel – January 9, 2019

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Colleen Stewart congratulated Duane Isetti on becoming Stocktonian of the Year! Duane says it is a bit overwhelming, but he is $250 worth of honored and grateful. Go HERE for tickets to honor Duane, $70, Stockton Golf & Country Club, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Congratulations, Duane!


“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!
  • Inspired Blain Bibb

    Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Blain Bibb.

  • Song – Dave Midura lead us bravely in “God Bless America”.
  • President Nominee Gary Frush

    Thought For The Day – Gary Frush: President Nominee Gary Frush observed that we start the year with many challenges personally and as a nation.  To quote Annie, “The sun will come out tomorrow”, so ask yourself what you can do to make the world a better place in this new year.

  • Representing the Head Table –Blain Bibb, Doug Hansen and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Dan Wright; Mics: Marcella Gracewski & Rob Gross; Attendance, Monie & Kuy Ky; Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood & Kevin Redick (credit cards); Raffle ticket Sales: Jose Guiterraz. Sergeant At Arms Team: Ken Steele (Coordinator); Omar Khamisa and John Salaices Lead.
  • Concerned Past President and now Club Secretary Jerry Smith

    Concern Report – Jerry Smith advises that Jim Woodward is currently at O’Conner Woods and is ready for visitors.  John Atwood was hospitalized on Saturday for an ulcer, but is out now and plans to be back at his Rotary post next week.

  • Birthdays – Captain Doug Hansen celebrates a birthday this week!  Happy Birthday, Doug!
  • Raffle – #057983 Colleen Stewart made a payment to the raffle, but was underwater with her card choice. $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Colleen’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

  • President Waqar and Rotarian of the Month Corie Stewart

    Rotarian of the Month – President Waqar presented Corey Stewart with Rotarian of the Month in recognition of her hard work in making this year’s Hot Hula Hukilau such a success.

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

    Membership Minute – Past-President Terry Hull announced that 57 out of 160 Rotarians in our club have been members more than 20 years.  Apparently, Terry does not believe that 60 is the new 40 – so he’d like us to ring in the new year with some new blood.

  • 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.
  • District 5220 Scholarship Application – District 5220 of Rotary International is currently seeking qualified candidates for its District Scholar program for students planning to do graduate work during the 2019-20 school year at the Master’s, Doctorate or Post-Doctorate degree level. The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019. Click HERE for further details.

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 – Duane Isetti on becoming Stocktonian of the Year.
  • $100 – Past-President Chad Sublet paid $100 for wake-boarding in the Delta on New Year’s Day.  Water temperature 46˚, air temperature 45˚
  • $300 – Tom Perry was a no-show to the wake-board party ($50 for SRE) because he took his wife to Hawaii for their 50th anniversary ($250 for SRE).  Tom tore himself away from the loving arms of his wife to kite-board for 2 days.
  • $50 – Tom Patti joined the wake-board party one year in the past not realizing that it signed him up for a lifetime commitment and now, apparently, will have to pay $50 this year and every year in the future that he doesn’t go.  Always read the fine print on the invitation.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Doug Hansen
Subject: History of Salvation Army
Introduced By: President Waqar

President Waqar introduced guest speaker and fellow member, Captain Doug Hanson of the Salvation Army.  President Waqar announced that Captain Doug’s hobby is running and his wife is four months pregnant with a sibling for their 14 year old daughter.  The Salvation Army is a church founded in London’s East End in 1865 by one-time Methodist Reform Church minister William Booth and his wife Catherine as the East London Christian Mission, and this name was used until 1878. When Booth read a printer’s proof of the 1878 “Christian Mission” annual report, he noticed the statement “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” Crossing out the words “volunteer army,” he penned in “Salvation Army.” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army. Today, The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world and serves in over 100 countries, offering the message of God’s healing and hope to all those in need. Learn more about the mission, programs and history at

Captain Doug is looking for people to provide guitar lessons at the community center.  President Waqar also announced that $1,219 was collected by Rotarian Bell Ringers this season!

Next Meeting: January 16, 2019
Jennifer Held, “Children’s Foster Care”

Jennifer Held is committed to helping bring joy and stability to local foster youth through her position as Executive Director of the Mary Graham Foundation. Jennifer came to Stockton via Chicago to attend Pacific, where she earned her both her bachelors and masters degrees. She has used her education as a communication professional in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  She served as the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at Pacific for six years, Community Relations Manager & Market Trainer for Barnes & Noble Bookstores for five years, and Marketing Manager for F&M Bank for eight years before returning to work with non-profits. Jennifer spent two years with San Tomo, and under the tutelage of Dino Cortopassi she had the opportunity to work with his established family foundation and develop two new foundations from the ground up. Having found her niche, she took the reins of the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation in mid-2017 as the Executive Director.

In addition to these experiences, Jennifer is a faculty member at Delta College, is married to Stockton native Laurence Held and has two young adult children. These combined experiences in her personal and professional life helped make a smooth and successful transition for her leadership role at the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation.

Upcoming Speakers

January 2019

  • 23 – Kory Ley, “The Paradise Fire and the American Red Cross”
  • 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; Peter Rosado, 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