The Wheel – June 12, 2019

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President Wagar (right) introduced new member Shak Khan who closed his store for an hour rather than delay his Rotary induction! Shak is proud to become a member of Stockton Rotary where he feels the positive vibes and sees the positive things Rotary is doing locally and internationally!

“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 – Mark Berbower.
  • Song –  Even with as little as 30-seconds notice, Past-President Bob Blower is ready to lead “America the Beautiful”.
  • Cathy Wooton

    Thought For The Day – Cathy Wooton mused on the chaos of parking at UOP during commencement time and the frustrations expressed by many staff and others trying to find a place to store their car.  On any given day, so many things out of our control cause frustration and stress, but if we shift our perspective and try to focus on the positive and what we can control, sometimes the inconveniences and disappointments become easier to handle.

  • Proposed New Members – President Waqar has proposed the following individuals for Rotary membership:
    • Khaksar Ahmad, classification real estate broker, Reliance Real Estate
    • Gerardo Garcia, classification Financial Services, Reginal VP Appreciation Financial
    • Jessica Garcia, classification Financial Services Agent, Appreciation Financial
    • Steve Reid, classification Education, Public Affairs/Community Engagement Representative, California School Boards Assoc.
    • Harry Shergill, classification Wine, Owner Beer & Spirits Retail, Owner Liquor Zone & Craft Beer
    • Maria Velasco, classification teacher, Stockton USD, Victory School
  • Head Table – Jerry Smith, Cathy Wooten and President Waqar Rizvi.
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Henry Wong; Mic1: Basel Karabela & Mic 2: Marcela Gracewski; Credit card: Farah Khwaja; Attendance, Beto Beas & John Salaices. Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator).
  • Birthdays This Week – Kris Blower, 10th; Susan Drake, 14th and Joe Ambriz, 15th. The club sang Happy Birthday to all.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2018-2019 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Recognition of this year’s Rotary Projects and Accomplishments

President Waqar announced that this year our club donated over $150,000 as follows:

  • Local Charities – $91,300
  • Scholarships – $30,600
  • Rotary International – $61,300
  • Polio Plus – $2,500

Past-President Jerry Smith thanked Past-President and Program Chair Terry Hull for his work in bringing in new members.  He also recognized Omar Khamisa and President Waqar for being the biggest contributors.

Past-President Terry Hull announced that we expect to net 11 new members this year. This will be the first year we have grown in several years, so thank you to everyone.

Corey Stewart, Colleen Stewart and Sharon Tweedy thanked the small army of club volunteers who supported the Club Public Image, Community Service and Youth Committees.  This Rotary Club has amazing people involved and those people are able to do amazing things in our community and around the world.

Club Announcements

  • Susan Drake

    Acknowledgement – President Waqar recognized Susan Drake, Past-President, District Governor, Chair of District Foundation Giving for 7 years, on the International Committee and in a lovely relationship with Dudley for 51 years… Susan Drake donated a bell-ringer to SRE in celebration!

  • Vote to Update membership Fee Structure – By voice vote, the club approved effective July 1, 2019 to reduce the one-time initiation fee to $50 and to increase annual dues to $300 with an early payment discount of $50 for dues paid by July 1st each year.
  • Past-President Chad Sublet

    Nominations for Speakers – Chad Sublet & Brian Lafferty are accepting nominations for the 36 great speakers that the Programs Committee is responsible to procure for next year.

  • Foundation Goal – Paul Harris Matching Points – Past-President Kuy Ky asked us to root for the Warriors to win again this year.  Foundation Chair Kuy held a quickie fundraiser to exceed the club’s $60,000 goal for foundation this year.  Kuy donated the first $1,500 in honor of an unnamed, toothless Rotarian patient and the following Rotarians joined in the fun:

    Past-President Kuy Ky


    • Past-President Kuy Ky


    • Past-President Bob Blower
    • Colleen Stewart
    • Harry Shergill


    • Jan Ambriz


    • Pam Wenger
    • Farah Khwaja
    • Henry Wong
    • Laura Pinkerton
    • Karen Johnson
    • Past-President Don Barry
    • Chheavy Lema
    • Chris Lema
    • Basil Karbala
    • Past-President Jerry Smith
    • Susanne Huebel
    • Fred Weibel
    • Tom McHugh
  • Hero’s Park

    Heroes Park Cleanup and Dedication – Saturday, June 22nd: Clean up @ 8:30am – Bring weed trimers and other garden tools.  Sunday, June 23rd, Dedication.

  • Coffee Needed for the Homeless Shelter –The Homeless Shelter of Stockton has run out of ground coffee and is collecting donations. President Waqar thanked the members who have donated already. Got any extra grounds or bucks? Help them out even more. Contact President Waqar to see how.
  • Advertise in the Wheel – You will have the opportunity to again advertise your business, hobby, profession or nonprofit in The Wheel this coming Rotary year which starts July 1st. These ads will take the format of a business card and will be approximately 2-1/2 by 1″. Cost will be $300 for a rotary year – a very reasonable cost to get your name in front of an elite group every week and make a contribution to our club at the same time. EXTRA! For $75 for the whole year we will link your ad to your website! Contact Graham Tweedy for more details. ( flyer )
  • Rotary International Convention – The convention will be from June 6th to June 10th of 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Past-President Bob Blower reminds us all that the Rotary Convention is only 4 days. There are so many things to do on the islands, plan to stay for a couple of weeks!
  • Celebrate 30 years of Women in Rotary – Rotary District 5220 celebrates 30 years of Women in Rotary, Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2 pm – 4 pm, Roselle Winery, 9599 N. HWY 99, Stockton, Hors d’oeuvre and Beverages, $40:
  • 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.

Know Your Rotarian

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

Susan Drake

Susan Drake has been a member of Rotary Club of Stockton since 1995. She served as the President in 2004-2005 and Assistant Governor in 2006-2007. She served as the Club Secretary starting in 2005 till 2015. Susan also served as the District Secretary for two years from 1999-2001 and was the District Membership Co-Chair and the Vocational Services Chair. She was the District Governor in 2009-10.  Susan also served as the District Foundation Chair for the past 7 years ending her term this year. During her time as the chair, Rotary Club of Stockton contributed the highest amount towards the Rotary Foundation giving.

Susan also was the advisor of the Edison High School interact from 1995 to 2012. She had lead the Stockton area Rotary Clubs do deliver and install playground to Mexico numerous times. Susan has been honored with Silent Rotarian Award and Avenues of Service Awards. She is a graduate of Leadership Stockton, District 5220 Leadership Academy and is a Major Donor and the member of Paul Harris Society.

Susan was born in Trail, British Columbia, Canada. Her grandfather was the President of the Trail Rotary Club and was also the District Governor. Her father was a member of the Trail Rotary Club, later joined the Madera Rotary, Merced Rotary, Oakhurst Sierra Rotary and the Stockton East Rotary Club. He was the President of the Merced Rotary Club and was the District Governor of District 5220 in 1973-74.

Susan retired as a manager for the San Joaquin County State of California Employment Development offices where she had been employed for 35 years. She graduated from Merced High School and Fresno State University.

Susan has been married to Dudley Drake since 1968. Dudley is member of Rotary Club of Stockton. Dudley joined Stockton East Rotary in 1984 and was the President twice in 1988-1989 and 2008-2009. Susan and Dudley has two sons, Brian and Steve and two grandchildren Allison and Darren.

Susan and Dudley have been active in the community for many years especially with youth activities. Susan has served as the Vice Chair of the Goodwill Service Connection, member of the San Joaquin County Workforce Investment Youth Council. Susan and Dudley has hosted a long term exchange student from Brazil and several short term exchange students and GSE team leaders/members.

Humberto (Beto) Beas

Humberto (Beto) Beas is the Vice president of Beas Auto Sales Corporation in Stockton. Beas Auto Sales Corp has been in business for over 27 years. Beto graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Beto studied in Mexico and Chile as well. He also taught elementary school Spanish for many years and loves teaching. Beto has a passion for learning and creating new paths for others.  Last month in May, Beto visited his father’s Rotary Club in Mexico, Rotary Club of Zacoalco de Torres in Jalisco. Beto is excited to be part of Rotary Club of Stockton and is looking forward to contributing and participating in projects and community service.


$250 – (A Bell Ringer!) Susan Drake, Past-President, District Governor, Chair of District Foundation Giving for 7 years, on the International Committee and in a lovely relationship with Dudley for 51 years. To Rotary Foundation.

Next Meeting: June 19, 2019
Mary Summerville, “How Technology and Experiential Learning Are Transforming Libraries”

Mary M. Somerville serves as University Librarian for University of the Pacific Libraries, with campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton, California. Her leadership approach uses participatory design to create workplace learning systems and professional information practices that support information sharing and knowledge creation for and with campus constituencies and community stakeholders. Results since 2003 in North American academic libraries are presented in her second book: Informed Systems: Organizational design for learning in action, published in 2015 by Chandos Publishing, a subsidiary of Elsevier.

Dr. Somerville has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Information Systems, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane, Australia, from 2015-2018. She received the Distinguished Scholar Award for a lifetime of applied research accomplishments from the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University, California, in 2010.

Upcoming Speakers

June 2019

  • 26 – Evening Meeting – KICK OUT

July 2019

  • 03 – DARK – NO MEETING
  • 10 – Dustin Thoms, “Stockton Kings”
  • 17 – TBD
  • 24 – TBD
  • 31 – Evening Meeting, “Family Game Night”

June Birthdays…

Doug Wilhoit – June 5th*
Dane Solberg – June 9th
Kris Blower – June 10th
Susan Drake – June 14th
James Nance – June 15th
Joe Ambriz – June 15th
Rob Gross – June 17th
Kevin Kauffman – June 17th
Amy Scriven – June 18th
Dale Drury – June 21st
Bill Hosie – June 25th
Ort Lofthus – June 29th
* = 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 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