The Wheel – March 27, 2019

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Supervisor Tom Patti (right) presents Officer Jamie Nance of the Stockton Police Department the newly created “Jamie Nance Rotarian Award” for Outstanding Service Above Self.

Captain Scott Meadors, Stockton Police Department, is seen here with the 2019 Police Vocational Service Award with (from left), Stockton Rotary Club President-Elect Melanie Vieux, Marcela Gracewski; Captain Meadors; Chief Eric Jones, Stockton Police Department; Supervisor Tom Patti; and Stockton Rotary Club President Waqar.

San Joaquin County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Ollis was presented the 2019 Sheriff Vocational Service Award by (from left) Stockton Rotary Club President-Elect Melanie Vieux; Marcela Gracewski; County Supervisor Tom Patti; Deputy Ollis; San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow; 3) Miguel Villapudua, Chairman Board of Supervisors, San Joaquin County; and Stockton Rotary Club President Waqar.

Stockton Fire Department Firefighter Colt Lee was presented the 2019 Fire Vocational Service Award by (from left) Stockton Rotary Club President-Elect Melanie Vieux, Marcela Gracewski; County Supervisor Tom Patti; Firefighter Lee; Stockton Fire Department Chief of Training Ken Johnson; and Stockton Rotary Club President Waqar.

California Highway Patrol Officer Charlie Katzakian receives the 2019 CHP Vocational Service Award presented by (from left): Stockton Rotary Club President-Elect Melanie Vieux, Marcela Gracewski; Lieutenant Benjamin Moser, CHP; County Supervisor Tom Patti; Officer Katzakian; City of Stockton Councilmember Christina Fugazi; San Joaquin County Chairman of the Board Miguel Villapudua; and Stockton Rotary Club President Waqar.

“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 first evening Rotary Club of Stockton meeting!  In introduction, President Waqar said:

“Good Evening, my name is Waqar Rizvi and on behalf of the Stockton Rotary Members, I will like welcome you all to the Rotary Club of Stockton’s First Evening Meeting. This meeting is a special meeting as we are recognizing Heroes who serve and protect our community.

Rotary Club of Stockton was established in 1914. For the last 105 years we have been serving humanity, locally, nationally and Internationally. The members have been actively helping in the community with their time, talent and finances. In the last 10 years this club has given out over 1 million dollars to the local non profits in the community and has supported number of literacy projects. This year’s theme of Rotary International is “Be The Inspiration”. The Heroes that are being recognized inspire the entire community through their service and commitment.

The Case of the Missing Gavel or K9 Team Solves Mystery

Session 1 Episode 1

After the recently elected Sheriff spoke at last night’s Rotary Club Hero’s Night Co MC Tom Patti revisited the 2 disappearances of Pres. Waqar’s gavel. The first time it was recovered due to the diligence and successful negotiation by the dedicated and faithful Past President and Club Secretary Jerry Smith. Jerry agreed to keep the names of the 2 culprits confidential, both 1st names began with “T”.  No charges were brought in that incident and “person of interest” Tom Patti’s ubiquitous public commentary was held in abeyance.

In the meantime, President’ Waqar’s gavel again disappeared. Tom Patti was noticed frequenting the scene of the crime. With a reputation as “citizen hero” for past acts of questionable courage, Tom Patti continued to show undue interest in the case.

A break in the case came at Heroes Night.  Tom in his verbose and grandiose manner made an announcement as to the establishment of the newly formed Sheriff’s Gavel Recovery Response K9 Team, “GRRK9T”. He then treated us to a demonstration by the Deputy Handler and the K9. Unbeknownst to Secretary Jerry someone had planted the gavel in his jacket pocket while he was doing his Club duty. The K9 alerted on Jerry’s jacket, said gavel was found and MC Tom played it for all it was worth. Tom Patti appeared gleeful. Past-President Jerry Smith appeared in disbelief.  Sec. Jerry was heard to utter “I was framed” and is looking for a good defense attorney.

“Deflect and blame” sounds like the party to which Tom has now become associated with. Is Tom Patti a hero again? Is Past-President Jerry Smith a kleptomaniac with a gavel fetish? Will we ever see the Mueller report? Sheriff Withrow commented, “There is no perfect crime. The truth reveals itself.”

The good news is the gavel was recovered and a good time was had by all especially the 2 Ts. Fake News? Watch the video to determine for yourself .

Click HERE for the video.

Closing Remarks:

President Waqar Thanked Tom Patti and the event committee for organizing this event. He thanked the Board of Directors of Rotary Club of Stockton along with all the volunteers. He thanked all the attendees and Heroes.

He stated that the on behalf of the Rotary members it has been an honor to recognize the Heroes from Stockton PD, Stockton Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol. He encouraged the guests to consider joining Rotary. Special thanks to District Governor Judy Lovett for attending this event and her leadership in the district. There are five Rotary Clubs in Stockton and all of them are doing amazing things for this community and demonstrate “ Service Above Self”.

The next evening meeting will be on April 24th celebrating 105 year anniversary of the Rotary Club of Stockton.

He also thanked his wife Maria for her support.

President Waqar closed the meeting with the following two quotes. The first quote by President Ronald Reagan
We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone“.

And the second quote by President John F. Kennedy
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them“.

Distinguished Attendees

Elected Officials:

  1. Christina Galgiani , California State Senator
  2. Pat Withrow, Sheriff, San Joaquin County
  3. Miguel Villapudua, Chairman Board of Supervisors, San Joaquin County
  4. Tom Patti, Supervisor, San Joaquin County
  5. Steve Bestolarides, Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk, San Joaquin County
  6. Dan Wright, Vice Mayor, City of Stockton
  7. Christina Fugazi, Councilmember, City of Stockton

Planning Commission, City of Stockton.

  1. Kimberly Walmsley, Chair
  2. D ‘Adera Devi
  3. Ann Mallet
  4. Gerardo Garcia
  5. Xavier Mountain
  6. Jeff Sanguinetti


  1. Eric Jones, Police Chief Stockton Police Department
  2. Judy Lovett, District Governor Rotary District 5220
  3. Ken Johnson, Chief of Training, Stockton Fire Department
  4. Benjamin Moser, Lieutenant, California Highway Patrol

Sponsors & Committee Members

Platinum Sponsor:

  1. Homes for Heroes and Erma Capas

Gold Sponsor:

  1. Hammer Lane Pharmacy
  2. Mission San Jose Mortgage

Silver Sponsors:

  1. President Waqar Rizvi
  2. Dr. Kuy Ky
  3. San Joaquin County Business Alliance
  4. North Stockton Rotary
  5. Central Stockton Rotary
  6. Optimum Advertising
  7. JR Gyillory
  8. SeaBreeze
  9. Stockton Crime Stoppers
  10. Firefighters Local 456
  11. Homes for Heroes


  1. Priscilla Hernandez
  2. Marcela Gracewski
  3. Omar Khamisa
  4. Melanie Vieux
  5. Corie Stewart
  6. Jonni Redick
  7. Sharon Tweed

  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Marcela Gracewski
  • Song – Past-President’s Michael Blower and Bob Blower lead the guests in “God Bless America“.
  • Thought For The Day – Priscilla Hernandez.
  • Representing the Head Table – Supervisor Tom Patti, Master of Cermony’s; Marcela Gracewski, Pledge and 4-Way Test; President-Elect Melanie Vieux; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Beto Beas; Dinner Sales and Confirmation Team: Corie Stewart, and Kevin and Jonni Redick; Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator); and Omar Khamisa (Lead).
  • Concern Reports – Rigo Cervantes suffered a heart attack recently, but thanks to outstanding emergency and surgical care had 3 stints installed and is home recovering well.  John Atwood was in the hospital, but is now home and recovering.
  • Birthdays – Peter Ragsdale (27th, Cathy Wooton (30th) and President Elect Melanie Vieux.
  • Potential New Member – Omar Khamisa is sponsoring Imran, “Ron” Javed in the classification Food Industry, Other. He is the owner of the Sunrise Market in San Francisco.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcements

  • 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.
  • 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.

Know Your Rotarians

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

Cathy Wooton

Cathy Wooton has been a member of Rotary since July 2008 and is in her second year of service on the Rotary Club of the Stockton Board and looks forward to her third year of board service next year. Cathy has been a participant in the annual Rotary Read-in, has helped distribute dictionaries, and has especially enjoyed the opportunity to host students from Brazil and Germany through Rotary exchange programs. She and her husband, Rob, enjoy traveling and spending time with their five grandchildren.

In her professional life, Cathy is the Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at University of the Pacific where she has the opportunity to be involved in the impact that thoughtful, committed donors can have through philanthropy. Cathy earned a degree in diversified studies and completed advanced coursework and certifications from Pacific and has spent her full professional career as a part of the Development and Alumni Relations division at Pacific. She is a member of Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and, in addition to the Rotary Club of Stockton Board, she is also on the board of the Planned Giving Forum of Greater Sacramento. She has been a planner and presenter for professional workshops and conferences and is a former board member of the California Researcher’s Association (CARA), Stockton Estate Planning Council, the San Joaquin County Financial Planning Association and Habitat for Humanity of San Joaquin County.

Mark Berbower

Mark Berbower, started insurance in 2001 as a Farmers Insurance Agent, and has owned Berbower Insurance Agency since 2006. We are focused on helping individuals and families and small business owners with their personal and commercial insurance. As an independent insurance agents we have many companies to offer you including Safeco, Liberty Mutual, MetLife Home & Auto, Stillwater, CSE, Hartford, Hartford AARP, Kemper, Nationwide, Travelers, Dairyland, Foremost, Guard, Berkshire Hathaway, CNA, Golden Eagle, and many others, We also offer Hagerty, Grundy (& many others) for collector cars, boats, and collectibles. Life insurance and Annuities. We offer insurance in 5 States including CA, AZ, MO, OR & TX. A simple way to use Berbower Insurance Agency is to use an agent/broker of record letter to change agents, if you use any of the companies we represent, then we can help you with your insurance, your policies & payments all stay the same or call Mark for a consultation.

Mark has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 17 years, we live in Stockton and have 3 beautiful children Emily 5, Steve 3, and Sherry 1.

We enjoy spending family time together and Mark also enjoys traveling Europe and Portugal.

Mark’s hobby is also as a travel agent helping people visit exotic destinations and Europe & Mexico.

Next Meeting: April 3, 2019
Dr. Les Harder – “Oroville Dam

Dr. Leslie F. Harder, Jr. , PE, GE

Dr. Harder is currently a Senior Water Resources Technical Advisor and Senior Professional Associate with HDR.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from U. C. Davis, and obtained his Doctoral degree in Geotechnical Engineering from U. C. Berkeley in 1988.  Dr. Harder has over 40 years of experience in the design and construction of earth structures, most notably dams and levees.  For most of his career, he served in various roles with the California Department of Water Resources.  Dr. Harder has also served on numerous post-earthquake reconnaissance investigations regarding the performance of earth dams and levees, including the 2011 Tohoku, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.  He has been also heavily involved with the emergency responses to numerous floods in California and other states.  In 2008, Dr. Harder was appointed to the National Committee on Levee Safety by the Assistant Secretary of the Army.

Upcoming Speakers

April 2019

  • 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)

May 2019

  • 01 – Tim Piaz, “Amgen Tour Update”
  • 08 – Kendra Stockwell, “Library Update”
  • 15 – Sheriff Martin Ryan of Amador County, “History of Daffodil Hills-Amador County”
  • 22 – Dr. JM Perry
  • 29 – Evening Social – No speaker program needed

April Birthdays…

Bruce Uch – April 3rd*
Monie Ky – April 5th
Van Young – April 6th
Blain Bibb – April 6th
Peter Lynch – April 8th
Ron Allison – April 8th
Pete Wolfe – April 10th*
Cheryl Marshall – April 10th*
Jane Butterfield – April 11th
Huero Gutierrez – April 12th
Judy Chambers – April 14th
Chevy Lema – April 15th
Matt Grizzle – April 18th
Peter Jalilie – April 19th
Tom McHugh – April 23rd
Steve Bestolarides – April 26th
Mel Rakoncza – April 28th
Karen Munro – April 29th
Madisen Sena – April 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 Secretary Jerry Smith for assisting with the content; Karyn Johnson, photos (Thank you, Karyn!); 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