The Wheel – Februrary 6, 2019

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Paul Kozlow, Stockton Rotary Endowment Chairman, (far left) along with President Waqar presented a check for $5,000 to Stockton Unified School District Librarian, MaryAnn Pafford which will be used to purchase books for libraries at central and south Stockton schools. Some of the schools have not been able to purchase new books in over 10 years.


“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 – Dennis Cochran.
  • Song – Dave Midura lead us in “God Bless America”.
  • Christine Noguera

    Thought For The Day – Christine Noguera was quietly culling her husband’s accumulation of inspirational literature for “check-out” to the garage when a fancy bookmark caught her eye and serendipitously revealed the following thought for the day:

    “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”—- Jim Rohn

  • Representing the Head Table –Russell Stark, Stockton Metropolitan Airport Director, and Ronald Elliott, Deputy Director, Stockton Metropolitan Airport, our speakers; Judy Chambers, introducing our speaker; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Henry Wong ; Mics: Priscilla Hernandez & Cheryl Marshall; Attendance, Jan Ambriz; Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood & Jonni Redick (credit cards); Raffle ticket Sales: Joe Ambriz 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! Another proposed new member is Richard Sanguinetti, Sponsored by Hil Silver, Associate Director, The Wellness Center of San Joaquin. Richard has visited the Club several times.
  • Dave Midura

    Birthdays This Week – Liz Blanchard (5th), Colleen Foster (6th) and Dave Midura (9th). Club sang Happy Birthday to Dave ’cause he was the only one in attendance but best wishes to the other birthday folks as well.

  • Concern Report – Past-President Jerry Smith reports that Jim Woodward’s condition is stable and he is on Facebook, so D.M. him!
  • Raffle – #058116 President Waqar told Past-President Jerry Smith he could pull any card but the Ace of Hearts. Ever the good soldier, Jerry followed orders! Currently the raffle is more than $1,700.00. 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.

Special Next Meeting Announcement

Reserve time with your sweetheart and invite your Rotarian Widow(er)s to next week’s Valentine’s Luncheon Meeting: February 13, 2019, Presenter: Mia Arostigui Cabrera, “Depictions of love Presented Through Art


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 also $11.00

  • From left: John Salaices, President Waqar and Ken Steele

    Sergeant at Arms Assignment and Acknowledgment – Ken Steele thanked the team of Omar, John, Madisen and others who shared the duties of Sergeant at Arms with him over the past months. Ken explained that duties of the Sgt.-at-Arms include strong-arming Rotarians at the greeting table for their lunch money and keeping the peace. Arms are optional, but weapons are not allowed. Ken officially inducted John Salaices as the club’s new Sgt.-at-Arms. Thank you for your service, John!

  • Sharon Tweedy

    Rotary Read-In – Sharon Tweedy reminds everyone to check the Read-In Assignments. She also has had a request for 4 more readers. If you have not yet volunteered, there is room for YOU! Don’t forget: the 28th Annual Rotary Read-In is 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! President Waqar announced Rotarian-Councilman Dan Wright accepted the City Council Proclamation on behalf of Rotary for the Rotary Read-In!

  • 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
  • Superbowl Raffle winner Jonni Redick

    Super Bowl Raffle Winner – Past President announced Jonni Redick revealed that she is game to play even when the consequences of winning are unclear. What a relief it must have been after President Waqar called her name to hear him say it was a Paul Harris Fellow and not a barn-yard animal or gift certificate to Ikea!

  • Membership Minute – Past-President Terry Hull, Sr. recognized Omar Khamisa for sponsoring 5 new Rotarians and Terry reports the club has 10 more new members working towards induction. Keep up the good work and keep bringing more candidates to meetings!
  • 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.

Vocational Talk

Chad Marcigan
Branch Manager AVP
F & M Bank

Chad Marcigan has enjoyed his 13 years in banking and values working for F&M Bank, a local bank headquartered in Lodi because of its ties to the community and the fact that the bank really encourages its employees to get involved in local charities and events.

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 |

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Russell Orrin Stark, Stockton Metropolitan Airport Director and Ronald K. Elliott, Deputy Director, Stockton Metropolitan Airport

From left: Russell Stark, Judy Chambers and Ron Elliott

Subject: Airport Update
Introduced By: Judy Chambers

Judy Chambers introduced today’s presenters Director Russell O. Stark and Deputy Director Ron Elliott of the Stockton Metropolitan Airport. The airport has a couple of major expansion projects underway including the doubling of 767 loading spots from 4 to 8, the lengthening of a runway and changes to allow landing with 100 ft. visibility. A new $50 million terminal is in the planning stages.

United Airlines will begin twice-daily service to LAX in August and they hope to recruit airlines to serve Denver and Seattle as well. The airport is currently home to 165 general aviation aircraft. Online retail is driving an increase in the cargo business

Next Meeting: February 6, 2019
Mia Arostigui Cabrera, “Depictions of love Presented Through Art”

Mia Arostigui is a Studio Art major at the University of the Pacific and a native of Stockton, California. She is a Community Involvement Program scholar and is also a recipient of the Marjorie Webster Williams Art Endowed Scholarship, Thomas J. Long Foundation Core Leadership Scholarship, and the Provost’s Scholarship.

Mia is active on campus through her leadership as president of the Singing Hands Student Agency and the Community Involvement Program Student Association, and as a founding member and current mentor for the Pacific Art Club. Her community service spreads off campus through CIP’s Read With a Superhero and Princess project where she reads to children as Snow White, through her CIP cohort’s You-Nited academic, professional, and personal well roundedness program for high school students, and her development of a mentor program for Stockton’s TLC School for Homeless Youth.

As an artist, her work aims to represent the under-represented whether it be cultures, people, ideas, lifestyles, or even popular culture. Her influences mostly come from her Latino/Basque culture, social issues, and art history and how it relates to our society in the past and present. Her university work primarily addresses Basque cultural elements.

She exhibited her first solo show at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center in Boise, Idaho in June 2017. For Cultural Day at the South San Francisco Basque Cultural Center in October 2017, she was a distinguished speaker talking about her research and art on Basque mythology and folklore from her Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Mia highly values education and community involvement therefore, she always tries to find a way to make her artwork a vehicle for teaching her viewers about important concepts and issues.

Upcoming Speakers

February 2019

  • 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