The Wheel – May 8, 2019

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Sharon Tweedy (far left) and Past President Kuy Ky (second from right) along with President Waqar presented a Paul Harris Fellow to Amanda Luna who has been part of the Rotary Read-In for many years representing the public library.

Past-President Mas Kamigaki (center) along with Past President Kuy Ky (right) and President Waqar announced a Paul Harris Fellow for his daughter-in-law, Lisa M. Laffan, who has been a teacher for 9-10 years and is now a counselor at Elkhorn School.

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Waqar Rizvi welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton meeting and acknowledged the club for its 105 years of service to the community
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Hil Silver.
  • Song – Past-President Bob Blower led all in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
  • Thought For The Day – Beverly Fitch McCarthy: Beverly shared that Herbert J. Taylor set out to save his company by changing the ethical values of his company.  After praying on the message, Herbert thought of the words for the 4-Way Test.  He later offered it to Rotary which adopted it and has used it in exactly the same form ever since.
  • Head Table – John Altia, our speaker; Sharon Tweedy, introducing the speaker; and President Waqar Rizvi.
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Henry Wong; Mics: Humberto Beas & Basel Karabala; Credit Card, Robert Gross; Attendance, Chad Marcigan. Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator); and Omar Khamisa (Lead).
  • Birthdays This Week – Corie Stewart – May 5th, Bill Johnson – May 14th, Henry Wong – May 7th, Pam Wenger – May 9th, and Omar Khamisa – May 11th.  The club sang “Happy Birthday” to those in attendance.
  • Concern Report – One of the interact members of Edison Interact was recently diagnosed with a serious illness that is being treated in Santa Rosa. His parents are commuting back and forth and he is doing independent study to be able to graduate this year. A desire for privacy has made the family reluctant to start a “GoFundMe”, but contact Laura Pinkerton, , if you would like to help the family.
  • Raffle – Past-President and club secretary Jerry Smith kicked off the new raffle by pulling a card other than the one needed to win half the pot.  Buy some raffle tickets! You could be the lucky Rotarian to win!
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Last Two Club Meetings of This Month

May 22nd Meeting signup- Food catered by Angelina’s and the meeting will be at the Vereschagin Alumni House at the University of the Pacific. Speaker is Dr. J. Mitchell Perry is a renowned human behavior expert, an executive coach, trainer, speaker, author. Sign-up sheets on the table at Rotary next week, or RSVP with Past-President Jerry at

Sign-up sheets will also be available for this month’s evening meeting on May 29th.

Club Announcements

  • Peace Pole

    Peace Pole Presentation – Past-President Graham Tweedy showed us a picture of the Peace Pole now installed at Spanos Elementary School which was sponsored by our club. Our pole features 7 languages. See details of the pole dedication which were featured in “The Record” and a recording of Waqar’s speech (more photos of the event below).

  • Beto Beas with President Waqar

    Presentation of a Banner – Humberto (Beto) Beas brought a banner and a video hello from his make-up in Zacoalco de Torres, Mexico where Beto’s father was a member. Beto came back with many ideas that he is excited to share with our club (video).

  • Women’s Final Four Raffle Winner – Past-President Kuy Ky announced the winner of the Women’s Final Four Raffle Paul Harris Fellow – Omar Khamisa!  Congradulations Omar!
  • Laura Pinkerton

    Meet the (Citizens Business Bank) President – The president of Citizens Business Bank is coming to Stockton. Laura Pinkerton invites all to a reception for the Citizens Business Bank President on Wednesday, May 15th, 5pm to 7pm, 4744 Quail Lakes Dr., Suite A (map)

  • Memorial Day Event – Mark your calendars for Memorial Day to attend the annual morning ceremony at the Weber Point WWII Memorial.  More details to follow.
  • District Leadership Seminar – May 18th Saturday District Leadership Seminar at Atwater, Merced County Community Center from 8am to 1pm ( map )
  • Stagg High School Clothing – Sharon Tweedy has received a request for donations of shirts, ties or suits that could be used by seniors to wear for graduation.  Contact Sharon for more information.
  • Coffee needed for homeless shelter – The Homeless Shelter of Stockton has run out of ground coffee and is collecting donations. Got any extra grounds or bucks? Help them out. Contact President Waqar to see how.
  • SAVE THE DATE – JUNE 14, 2019 5PM-8PM – District 5220’s newest Rotary Club  ModestoFLEX will be celebrating their charter and YOU ARE INVITED for some good old fashioned fun!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! The Charter Gala Gatsby Picnic will be held at the the home of Lars and Sabrina Enevoldsen in Oakdale.  Guest speakers are Past Rotary International Director Steve Snyder and Stephanie Gallo, Chief Marketing Officer for E&J Gallo Winery.  Only $20 for ModestoFlex members and $30 for all other Rotarians and Guests.  $10 for kids 10 and under.  Click here to see a copy of the news release describing ModestoFLEX’s “flexible” membership.  Hope to see you there! Eugene Awuah, President, ModestoFLEX Rotary Club,
  • 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

Club Award – President Waqar announced at the District Conference, Rotary Club of Stockton was awarded the Gold Medal Club distinction for all of the Platinum Level activities we sponsor!

Know Your Rotarian

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

Kenneth A. Steele

Ken was born in Paris, Tennessee and graduated from E.W. Grove High School there. He is a registered civil engineer with degrees from Georgia Tech and Colorado State University. Ken served in the Army for 22 years in a variety of combat engineering and engineer district assignments. He retired from the Army in 1992 as Deputy District Commander, Los Angeles where he was responsible for major construction projects at Army and Air Force Installations in southern California, southern Nevada and Arizona. Following his Army career Ken served as engineering manager for the San Diego County Water Authority. He led the planning, engineering feasibility, environmental and financial studies for the Emergency Water Storage Project. This project included the construction of Olivenhain Dam and the enlargement of San Vicente Dam. Olivenhain was the first major dam to be constructed using roller compacted concrete in California and is the tallest RCC dam in the US. San Vicente is the largest enlargement of an existing dam using RCC technology in the world. The EWSP was recognized as the Outstanding Constructed Project of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Ken was also the Water Authority’s representative for multi-agency projects for the lining of the All American and Coachella Canals. Ken is a member of several professional societies and was national president of the United States Society on Dams. He served as US delegate to the International Commission on Large Dams and was a member of their committees on the Environment and Climate Change. He and Rita moved to Stockton in 2009 to be near their grandchildren. Ken joined Rotary in 2010. In addition to Rotary, Ken is an active member and leader at Holy Cross United Methodist Church, the Sacramento Chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors and Family Promise of San Joaquin. He serves as a Volunteer in Police Service with the Stockton Police Department. Ken and Rita have four children and three grandchildren. Daughter Carmen, with husband Jesse and twins, lives in Stockton. Son Cody, with wife Jessica and son Braeden, lives in State College, PA. Son Skye lives in New York City. Son Paul, with wife Julie, is in the process of moving from Muscat, Oman to Chicago, IL, where he will be an international projects coordinator for the Lions Club. Ken and Rita enjoy hiking, camping, concerts and travel. They have been married for 49 years. Next year, they are planning a major trip, with their children to Rita’s home town in Puerto Rico. Ken says they go to Paris, his home town, every year.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: John Altia
Subject: Library Update
Introduced By: Colleen Foster

Colleen Foster introduced John Alita, Director of Community Services for the City of Stockton. John is responsible for the Recreation Division and the 16-branch Stockton San Joaquin County Public Library System. The ¼ cent special sales tax approved by voters for library and recreation services has led to the re-opening of one branch that had been closed for seven years, the addition of three new “Micro Libraries” in existing community centers where there is no nearby library services and the restoration of library and community center hours through-out the system. A new library/community center is planned for 2020 on 5 acres at 9501 West Lane, on the northwest corner of West Lane and Ronald E. McNair Way. next to Ronald McNair High School.

On Friday and Saturday nights during the summer, the community centers have extended hours to 11pm which proved so popular that it has been continued 1 weekend a month during the school year.

John sees the library and community centers as an instrument to build community, health bodies and curious minds. In the future, the library will be adding technology to provide growth and learning opportunities to advance readers in grades three and up.

Next Meeting: May 15, 2019
Sheriff Martin Ryan of Amador County, “History of Daffodil Hills-Amador County”

Daffodil Hill opened to public since 1940. Sheriff Marin Ryan’s family has owned the property since 1987. There are about 300,000 bulbs of Daffodils in full bloom. Every year about 16,000 new daffodils are planted.

Sheriff Ryan has been a California peace officer for 43 years (1975-2018) having served at both the local and state levels. He began his career in 1975 as the Chief Investigator for the Amador County District Attorney’s Office.  In 1981 Sheriff Ryan was hired as a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice and was assigned to the Los Angeles Office of the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In 1997, Sheriff Ryan was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of CBI, responsible for the statewide daily operations of CBI’s six regional offices. In 1999 Sheriff Ryan was appointed by the Attorney General as the Chief of CBI and served in that capacity until December of 2005.

During his law enforcement career, Sheriff Ryan graduated from both the POST Basic Police Academy (1975) and the California Department of Justice Special Agent Academy (1981) where he served as class President. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of California, Davis (1973), and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (186th), the POST Command College (25th), the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and the U.C. Davis Executive Development Course.

Daffodil Hill video

Upcoming Speakers

May 2019

  • 22 – Dr. J.M. Perry
  • 29 – Evening Social – No speaker program needed

June 2019

  • 05 – TBD
  • 12 – Waqar Rizvi, “Outgoing Board and Team Recognitions/Presentations”
  • 19 – Mary Summerville, “Little Manilla research project or The evolution of Libraries in the age of technology”
  • 26 – KICK OUT

May Birthdays…

Julie Van Vuren – May 3rd
Corie Stewart – May 5th
Henry Wong – May 7th
Pam Wenger – May 9th
Omar Khamisa – May 11th
Bill Johnson – May 14th
Sharon Tweedy – May 20th
Heather Schlenger – May 22nd*
Rigo Cervantes – May 23rd
Adam Cheshire – May 24th
Ralph Saroyan – May 27th
Chad Sublet – May 30th
* = 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 for photos; and to Jerry Smith, Club Secretary and  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