President Waqar presents his first Paul Harris Award as President to Chheavy Lema and her Paul Harris +1!  Congratulations, Chheavy!


“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Waqar welcomed members and guests and asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the camaraderie of Rotary!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & 4-Way Test – Fubara Jack lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower made the big reveal for the 2018-2019 Songleader… drum roll please…  Raul Chavez!  Then Michael led us acapella in singing “God Bless America”.
  • Clare Simpson

    Thought For The Day – Clare Simpson shared the importance of gratitude for all the people who have helped, supported, guided and inspired each of us in our lives and the value of making the opportunity to acknowledge those contributions.

  • Head Table – Shannon Ding, who will introduce our speaker; Adam Cheshire, our speaker; Past-President Dr. Joe Serra  and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn; Greeter: Jamie Nance; Microphones: Doug Hanson & Van Young; Attendance, Ken Steele & Chhevy Lema; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, John Salaices, and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Van Young (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales, John Salaices.
  • Raffle – #057095 President Waqar strummed a somber tone when guest, Don Nelson, pulled the 6 of Spades card Close… $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Don’s name. Don’t forget: If you draw the winning card your share will be 1/2 of the current pot plus 1/2 of the take at the next meeting! Buy some raffle tickets! You could be the lucky Rotarian to win the pot!

Club Announcements

  • Russel Hagen

    Club Night – Russel Hagen announced the next Club Night will be at the Premier Community Credit Union, Thursday, July 26th, 6:30 PM, 3315 W. Benjamin Holt Drive ( map ).  Mix, mingle and enjoy a relaxed evening with food, drink, music, raffle prizes and fun fellowship ( flyer )

  • New Rotary Club in Town – The Rotary Club of Central Stockton has just been added to the many clubs now in Stockton. More on this new club to follow.
  • 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. And if you want even more exposure, an extra $75 will get you a link to your website (providing you have a website, that is…).  If interested, contact Graham Tweedy.
  • 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.
  • August 10th All-City Rotary Peace Day – President Waqar sweetened the pot for the August 10th All-City Rotary Peace Day at the ballpark. In addition to the t-shirt and opportunity to be in the giant peace sign on the field, you will get a HOT DOG before the game! $250 sponsorships are available to be a sponsor on the t-shirt. Contact Waqar.
  • Chheavy Lema

    Annual Rotary Fundraiser DATE – The Annual Rotary Fundraiser Event will be – Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Keep those grass skirts and loud shirts handy because it will be another Hot Hukilau! Chheavy Lema and Corie Stewart are looking for volunteers for the Hot Hula Hukilau committee.  Tickets for VIP Tables of 8 are available, items for the Silent Auction and Live Auction are needed (fancy wine, time at vacation homes, boat trips, dinners, gift certificates to fun vacation venues, themed gift baskets are always popular).  Check with any friends who may own businesses and would be interested in the promotional value of an auction item donation.

  • 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.


  • $100 – Tom Patti – $100 to celebrate 7 years of being happily divorced.  Will the “Ex” match that donation?
    $100 – Walt Wager – $100 for 42 years of happily being married.
  • $25 – Diane Stauffer – $25 Don Nelson, Executive Director & CEO of the Stockton Symphony announced that now is the time to get the performances on your schedule for the 2018-2019 season.
  • $25 – Tim Schwartz for his phone going off during the meeting.

Special Announcement
Stockton Kings Season Tickets!

Are you interested in enjoying the new Stockton Kings season with a few Rotary friends AND help out our club and community?

We have a limited number of season tickets on reserve, and if we sell them the Kings will include a Rotary night and discounts for all the schools we work with–that’s all of Edison High and Spanos Elementary!

But time is very limited to act. Contact Liz Hull or Chad Sublet ASAP with questions!

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Adam Cheshire
Subject: Homeless Initiative”
Introduced By: Shannon Ding-McGovern

Shannon Ding-McGovern introduced the program prepared by fellow Rotarian, Adam Cheshire.  Adam is now the Program Administrator for Homeless Initiatives for San Joaquin County, where he works to coordinate resources for homeless services programs throughout the region.  His mission is to identify, coordinate and develop all resources available to make homelessness rare, brief and non-reoccurring in this county.

Next Meeting: July 25, 2018
James Nance, “Stockton Police Department Drone Program”

James Nance is a Traffic Motor Officer within the Traffic Section of the Stockton Police Department.  In addition, he is an Instructor/Pilot for the department’s recently formed Unmanned Aircraft System (

UAS Unit

UAS) Unit.  He began his career with the Amador County Sheriff’s Department in 1993, where in addition to patrol, he served on the department’s SWAT Team and in the Boating Safety Unit.  He joined the Stockton Police Department in 1999 and has served in patrol, on the Vehicle Street Enforcement Team, Impact Team, as a CPO, and was a K-9 handler for 6 years.  Currently a Traffic Motor Officer, he’s also one of the department’s Accident Reconstructionist’s.

Upcoming Speakers

August 2018

  • 01 – Nicole Goehring/ ABC NorCal, “Apprenticeship & Workforce Development”
  • 08 – Don Moyer, Outdoor Columnist and Author of “Tight Lines”
  • 15 – Madison O’Laughlin, “Dancing with the Rotarian Stars”
  • 22 – TBD
  • 29 – TBD

July Birthdays…

T.J. Hull, Jr. – July 1st
Michael Blower – July 1st
George Badway – July 2nd
Linda Philipp – July 2nd
Christine Noguera – July 4th*
Brian Lafferty – July 5th
Lynndee Riley – July 6th
Renna Beinoris – July 13th
Luis Duarte – July 23rd
Peter Jaffe – July 25th*
Kevin Redick – July 25th*
Eric Duran – July 28th
Steve Morales – July 28th
Gary Frush – July 29th
Jeff Greenberg – July 30th
Marc Bregman – July 31st
* = 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; 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