The Wheel – February 20, 2019

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President Waqar (far right) and Omar Khamisa (far right), who sponsored our two new members, welcome Mobussar Ali (second from right), who goes by Ali, owns an auto repair shop in Stockton and Perry Prach who works in Victim Services for San Joaquin County and is also as a realtor. Perry says he has two jobs because he didn’t listen to his parents. (Were his parents expecting him to have 3 jobs?)

President Waqar presented Paul Harris Fellows to Jamie Nance. Congratulations, Jamie!

President Waqar presented Paul Harris Fellows to Sharon Manaois. Congratulations, Sharon!


President Waqar (right) looks on as Stockton Rotary Endowment Chair, Paul Kozlow (left) distributed an SRE check for $10,000 to Ann Johnston for Read to Me Stockton.

President Waqar (right) and Stockton Rotary Endowment Chair, Paul Kozlow (left) distributed an SRE check for $2,500 to Sam Hatch for library books at Roosevelt School.

“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 – Basel Karabala (209 Furniture); 4-Way Test – Past-President Terry Hull, Sr.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead us in the National Anthem.
  • Thought For The Day – In honor of the Rotary Read-in on February 21st, Past-President Ann Johnston’s thought for the day came from Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends:
    There is a place where the sidewalk ends
    And before the street begins,
    And there the grass grows soft and white,
    And there the sun burns crimson bright,
    And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
    To cool in the peppermint wind.
    Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
    And the dark street winds and bends.
    Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
    We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
    And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
    To the place where the sidewalk ends.
    Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
    And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
    For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
    The place where the sidewalk ends.
  • Representing the Head Table –Joelle Gomez, our speaker; Jim Hanley, introducing our speaker; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Joe Ambriz ; Mics: Clare Simpson & ; Attendance, John Salaices; Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood & John Salaices (credit cards); Raffle ticket Sales: John Salaices and John Atwood. Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator); and Omar Khamisa (Lead).
  • Proposed New Members – Richard Sanguinetti, Sponsored by Hil Silver, Associate Director, The Wellness Center of San Joaquin. Richard has visited the Club several times.Marcela Gracewski has sponsored Humberto “Beto” Beas for membership. Beto is the 2nd generation in his family in the automobile sales business, Beas Auto Sales. His family has been in the auto sales business for 27 years. His classification will be Retail Sales Professional. Beto has been a guest of Marcela’s at the club meetings several time
  • Concern Report – Jim Woodward is doing well. Kuy and Dave Midura went and delivered Valentine’s Day Card to him.
  • Birthdays This Week – Chad Marcigan (19th); Tom Harrington (20th); and Dennis Smallie (22nd).  Chad was present so everyone sang Happy Birthday to Chad.
  • Raffle – #058241 Ken Steele tried to win some money to buy more symphony tickets, but he chose the 8 of hearts. Currently the raffle is $1,919.00. Winner will get half! 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

  • Kevin Kauffman

    Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp – Camp counselor, Kevin Kauffman recognized John and Sherry Reusche for another year of organizing an outstanding Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp.  Thank you to members of the interview team, Laura Pinkerton, Dave Midura, Michael Blower, Chad Sublet, Kevin Redick, Jonni Redick, Brian Lafferty and camp counselors Kuy Ky, TJ Hull, and Dave Midura.  There were 92 young men and 95 young women who overcame the huge snowstorm to participate in the leadership camp this year.

  • 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.


  • Sharon Manaois

    $500 – Sharon Manaois donated a heartstopper in honor of turning 33, her 6th wedding anniversary and her 1st Rotary anniversary.  $250 – SRE, $250 – RI Foundation.

  • $100 – Paul Kozlow donated 4 tickets to Sunday’s Stockton Symphony performance, Holiday Hit Parade. When President Waqar said they were a steal, thinking he had heard his name, Ken Steele raised his hand making him a symphony patron for $100 to SRE.


Guest Speaker

Speaker: Joelle Gomez
Subject: Children’s Home of Stockton
Introduced By: Jim Hanley

Jim Hanley introduced our program speaker, Joelle Gomez, CEO of Children’s Home of Stockton (CHS).  Joelle reports that CHS has cleared the hurdles to receive approval as a short-term residential therapeutic program (STRTP) and has become certified to accept Medi-Cal Insurance.  CHS has 52 beds for youth ages 12–18 (about half the number of beds required in San Joaquin County), a budget of $9.4 million and over 160 staff, most of whom are required to hold advanced degrees.  CHS also operates a nonpublic school for k-12th grade students and provides residential therapeutic and Specialty Mental Health Services

Next Meeting: February 27, 2019
Christina Kimball Family Promise of San Joaquin, “The Power of One Choice”

A former broken retired police officer, Christina Kimball was in the middle of starting a real estate company when she learned about a small interfaith group working to end homelessness for families in Our area. Shortly after getting involved, she became the President of Family Promise of San Joaquin County. Family Promise is a national movement with over 200 affiliates nationally. She leads a wonderful group of local volunteers bringing this powerful program to our county. Working together we can accomplish so much more than working alone.

Upcoming Speakers

March 2019

  • 06 – Ifti Mirza, “Altitude or Attitude: A Geeks’s Travel log; San Francisco to Concordia-K2-Gondogoro La of Pakistan”
  • 13 – Dr. Del Paine, “Reading Mentorship Program At North Stockton Rotary”
  • 20 – Edie Sparks, “Tillie Lewis and Early Female Bosses”
  • 27 – Evening Social For First Responders Appreciation Dinner (No speaker program)

April 2019

  • 03 – Dr. Les Harder – “Oroville Dam”
  • 10 – Scholarships Awarded
  • 17 – Jim Dale, “Stockton Sailing Club”
  • 24 – Evening Social (No Speaker)

March Birthdays…

Brian Dillon – March 1st
Bill Brown – March 1st
Kristen Dyke – March 2nd
Colleen Stewart – March 3rd*
Chris Papas – March 4th
Jim Hanley – March 6th
Chuk Chikwendu – March 15th
Paul Jacobson – March 16th
Fubara Jack – March 16th
Pam Eibeck – March 16th
Peter Ragsdale – March 27th
Melanie Vieux – March 30th
Cathy Wooton – March 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, 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