The Wheel – March 13, 2019

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Stockton Rotary Endowment Chair, Paul Kozlow (right) with President Waqar distributed a check to Sara Garfield for $12,400 for TLC School.

Stockton Rotary Endowment Chair, Paul Kozlow (right) with President Waqar distributed a check to David Rajkovich for $5,000 for the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum.

Stockton Rotary Endowment Chair, Paul Kozlow (right) with President Waqar distributed a check to Joni Bauer for $1,800 for the Community Blind Center which will be used to purchase 50 Thanksgiving and 50 Christmas dinners for their clients.

“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 – Lorie Liddicoat, President North Stockton Rotary.
  • Leprechaun Dave

    Song – Past-President Michael Blower’s 23andMe profile has been upgraded from 42% to 45% Irish.  Getting better all the time!  We all sang “Irish Eyes Are Smiling”.  Especially Past-President, Possible Leprechaun, Dave Tygett who rocked it in all his St. Paddy’s couture!

  • Collen Foster

    Thought For The Day – Colleen Foster spoke of crime novelist, Donna Leon’s childhood memory of her mother taking her to the library to let her borrow 5 books after Donna had bemoaned feeling bored.  Donna said it felt like the whole world was in that library.  Colleen reminded us that we should feel proud of the work we do as Rotarians to support literacy so more people have access to the whole world through reading.

  • Representing the Head Table – Dr. Del Pain, our speaker; Lorie Liddicoat, President North Stockton Rotary; Amir Khan, vocational Talk; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Henry Wong ; Mics: Team Redick (Jonni & Kevin); Attendance, Marcella Gracewski & John Salaices; Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood & Mark Berbower; Raffle ticket Sales: Amir Khan. Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator); and Omar Khamisa (Lead).
  • Proposed New Members – Waqar has sponsored Samir “Sam” Kharufeh for membership. He is the Business Representative for IBEW 595, classification Human Resources/Personnel Management. Sam has been Waqar’s guest at the Club several times.
  • Birthdays This Week – Chuk Chukwuemeka (15th), Paul Jacobson (16th), Pam Elbeck (16th), and Fubara Jack (16th).  The club sang “Happy Birthday” to Paul who was in attendance.
  • Raffle – #058379 One of our guests withdrew the 2 of Clubs.  The deck is getting smaller every week! Currently the raffle is $2,108.00! 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 Announcement

Don’t forget the Stockton Rotary Heroes Night meeting on Wednesday, March 27th. There will be no lunch meeting that day, no make-ups required. Meeting will be at the Stockton Golf & Country Club, 5:00pm Cocktails, 6:00pm Dinner/Program, $25. Table sponsorships are available. Sign-up sheets at the regular meetings or call Melanie Vieux, 925 518-3426. Don’t miss this First Responders Appreciation Dinner. Sign up right away! ( Flyer )

Club Announcements

  • North Stockton Rotary Fundraiser – North Stockton Rotary invites us to their Books, Bands & BBQ Fundraiser, Saturday, April 6, 2019.
  • Jonni Redick

    Membership Minute – Jonni Redick challenged club members to reach out to new members so they become connected through fellowship and get involved in activities and also challenged the recipients of our charitable giving to become Rotarians and bring guests as well.

  • Foundation Donations – Past President Kuy Ky reports that we are nearing our club’s District goal of $25 in Foundation donations from each club member. Please check your piggy bank and see if you can make a donation to contribute to the effort as soon as possible.
  • San Joaquin County Leadership Prayer Breakfast – Don’t forget the San Joaquin County Leadership Prayer Breakfast, April 11, 2019, 6:15am to 8:45am, UOP Spanos Center, table sponsorships available, Reformed Mobster Michael Franzese will be the featured speaker.
  • President Waqar with matching grant checks

    Matching Grants Checks –  President Waqar proudly displayed “rebate” checks from District 5220 to our club totaling $11,250 to be used for local club projects.

  • ATTENTION VETERANS – Veteran court mentors needed for veterans treatment count. Judge Barbara A. Kronlund is looking for volunteer Veterans to become mentors for Veterans Treatment Court. Read the details HERE.
  • 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

Amir Khan
Pharmacy Manager
Hammer Lane Pharmacy

Amir Khan is the son of an immigrant who started out working the fields and became a hotelier in order to provide Amir an education at UC San Diego and graduate degrees in pharmacy at UOP.

Amir worked happily for Target Pharmacies for 20 years and after Target sold to CVS, Amir recruited the best and brightest of his co-workers and together they opened Hammer Pharmacy in the Food Source Shopping Center across the street from Sutter Gould Medical Center.

With California’s abolishment of the “gag order”, Amir and his team can now recommend the lowest price option for your order.  They offer personalized service, free local home delivery, a no cost prescription savings program, free kids vitamins for 12 and under, lower co-pays on most plans, accept all insurances including Medicare Part D Plans, have a free RX App to manage your medications and the Shingles Vaccine in stock! Tell them you are a Rotarian and get an extra 10% discount.  209 477-7100. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-3pm; Sun 10am – 2pm

A fellow Rotarian is needed to take over the Audio Visual duties; e.g., the laptop operation during the meeting. The requirements are minimal: a knowledge of Windows PowerPoint and basic computer skills, like copying files from a thumb drive to the laptop. They will not have to worry about keeping the laptop updated; that will be taken care of from time to time. Instruction on what to do will be provided as well as on going tutoring if needed, then after they have a basic knowledge of what’s needed, they can “customize” it to their liking. Interested Rotarians willing to step up and assist, contact Eric Duran or Jerry Smith if interested or need additional information.

Know Your Rotarians

“Know Your Rotarian” is a weekly feature President Waqar is introducing to better acquaint you with your fellow Rotarians.
This week:

Reid Johnson

I joined Rotary in 1960 when the club was meeting at the Hotel Stockton. Women were not allowed in Rotary at that time and there was only one member for each business of profession. Thus, there could only be one banker, one attorney, etc. and members of the judiciary were excluded. An exception was made for the clergy, however and we had representatives of Christian and Jewish faiths in the club.

Stockton Rotary included all of the leaders in business, government and education at that time. The City Manager, Superintendent of Schools, Chief of Police, President of UOP, District Manager of PG&E and many other similar executives and business owners were members. It was also considered poor form if a member attended the meetings unless wearing a coat and tie. (And this being a time when the dining room was not air-conditioned.)

The outlook, or mission of the club at that time was local in nature. We supported several local charities but the only international activity was to nominate a foreign exchange student. When I became club president in 1970 I had been to two international conventions and had learned a great deal of the broader scope of Rotary International. We began to emphasize Paul Harris Fellowships and the board of directors was urged to attend District Workshops and several members were asked to join District Committees and to bring information of a broader nature back to the club.

My legacy was to bring 911 to the Stockton area. With the help of the Speaker of the Assembly (a prominent Tracy Rotarian) and the local phone company manager we were able to obtain the service a year two after I left office. I have enjoyed seeing Rotary evolve both locally and internationally into the great organization that it is today.

Marcela Gracewski

Hello, My name is Marcela Gracewski, I was born in El Salvador. I came to the United States at the age of fourteen with my family to pursue the American dream and for medical reasons for my little brother. After visiting hospitals in Maryland, Los Angeles, and Stanford my parents decided to move to Sunnyvale. My brother’s complex situation required many surgeries that required us to live in the Bay Area to be near Stanford Children’s Hospital. Stanford was the only children’s hospital at that time that offered to operate my brother as they were the most medically equipped and technology advanced at that time. During my high school years I worked alongside my mom and grandma cleaning big beautiful houses in the Palo Alto area and often I’d think to myself “One day I’ll own one of these houses”. My father worked at a high end furniture store delivering furniture in Palo Alto. My parents in El Salvador had very good jobs in banking and logistics but when we moved here they worked jobs that would hire them with little English speaking ability.

We moved to Stockton after I graduated High School. I went to Delta College then I transferred to Sacramento State and got my degree in Marketing. While I was in college, my parents quit their jobs in the Bay Area and my father started his trucking company. When I graduated, I moved to Pleasanton to work for a transportation brokerage company for little pay. I was frustrated by never getting the opportunity to become a sales agent. Shortly afterwards with the help of my parents we started LBM Logistics, Inc.I was only twenty five at that time. My mom quit her factory job to help me out with the banking side of the business.

Couple years later I got married and I have two kids. Bianca and Diego, they are five and three years old. My husband is in the coast guard and he’s currently in the CHP academy pursuing his goal of becoming a CHP officer. My kids bring out the biggest joy in my life they make my bad day instantly better. My kids and I love to sing, dance, act goofy, and do activities. I thank my family for always being next to me and having them as my support.

One of the things in my bucket list is to do a project in El Salvador to help people that are in need. I thank my family for always being next to me and having them as my support. I’m blessed to have a great husband and kids that I love so much.


  • $150 – Tom McHugh is now married to a SEVEN-TIME Hall of Famer.  His wife Jayne was just inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.  St. Patrick’s Day will be 35 lucky years of marriage as well.  $150 to SRE!

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Dr. Del Paine
Subject: MD and founder of the READ AT HOME PROGRAM
Introduced By: Amir Khan

Amir Khan introduced our presenter, Dr. Dennis W. Del Paine a board Certified in Allergy, Asthma, Immunology Rheumatology, Internal Medicine and Past President of North Stockton Rotary Club 2009-2010.

Dennis is the Founder and President of Reading at Home (RAH). RAH is a 501(c)3 that provides books with audio CDs and CD players (as needed) to Kindergarten and First Grade students in schools with low reading proficiency test scores.  Students must spend time reading at home to improve their skills and the younger, the better.  The RAH Program allows every child – regardless of whether there is an adult who can assist them at home – to improve reading proficiency and nurture a love of reading at home.  For $425, RAH can provide supplies for an entire classroom.  RAH also recruits volunteer readers to go into the classroom on a weekly basis.  Can’t commit to every week?  No problemo, team up with someone and share the reading schedule.

RAH currently serves Pulliam, Kennedy, Creekside, Madison, Taft, McKinley, Van Buren and Cleveland schools.  Dennis says the key to spreading this program to more schools is individual contact with the decision makers in the schools.  To donate, volunteer or to provide a contact for a school with low reading scores:  Dr. Dennis Del Paine, 209 601-7069 – put RAH in the subject line.

Next Meeting: March 20, 2019
Edie Sparks, “Tille Lewis: New Evidence In An Old Story”

Edie Sparks is Professor and former Department Chair of History at University of the Pacific.  She earned her master’s and doctorate in History from UCLA in 1996 and 1999, and her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley in 1991.  She joined Pacific in 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of History, and was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and full professor in 2018.  She taught courses in U.S., Women’s, Immigration and California History and was a champion of undergraduate research, especially projects focused on local history.  In 2018 she and her collaborators received a California Humanities grant awarded to fund a summer research project for students who constructed an interactive, digital recreation of Stockton’s “Little Manila” which is being used in museums and schools.  She served as Senior Associate Dean of the College of the Pacific for six years and presently serves as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education for the university.

As a scholar, Edie specializes in the history of women business owners.  She has presented at research conferences around the world and is the author of two monographs: Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 2006) and Boss Lady: How Three Women Entrepreneurs Built Successful Big Businesses in the Mid-Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Upcoming Speakers

March 2019

  • 27 – Evening Social For First Responders Appreciation Dinner (No Speaker Program)

April 2019

  • 03 – Dr. Les Harder – “Oroville Dam
  • 10 – Interact Led Scholarships Awards
  • 17 – Jim Dale, “Stockton Sailing Club”
  • 24 – Evening Social – 105 year Rotary Club of Stockton Celebration Program (No Speaker Program)

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