Past-President Foundation Director Kuy Ky presented an encore performance of his infamous “commerce intersects cause” speech and announced the following Paul Harris Fellows: Trang Do (Kuy Ky) – 1st PH; Omar Khamisa – PH+4; and Rigo Cervantes – PH+7!

President Waqar (far right) and Past-President Kuy Ky (far left) presented Omar Khamisa with his Paul Harris +4!

President Waqar (far right) and Past-President Kuy Ky (far left) presented Rigo Cervantes his Paul Harris +7!


“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 welcomed members and guests and asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the camaraderie of Rotary!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & 4-Way Test – Ken Steele lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
  • Song – This years Song Leader Raul Chavez took a page out of the Bob Blower song book for his debut with “God Bless America”.
  • Tony Despotes

    Thought For The Day – Tony Despotes’ wife, Andrea, is three weeks into jury service. While she is doing double-time on the jury and at her regular job, Tony is doubling up on their 4 and 1 year old children.  While jury duty is a temporary inconvenience essential to the system for some, for others the service is a way of life.  So a big thank you and props to law enforcement officers and those involved in the court systems.

  • Head Table – Past-President Michael Blower, who will introduce our speaker; Officer James Nance, Stockton Police Department, our speaker; Jeff Zola and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn; Greeter: Doug Hansen; Microphones: Shannon Ding & Russel Hagen; Attendance, Christine Morrissey; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, Madisen Sena, John Salaices, and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & John Salaices (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales, Omar Khamisa.
  • Jeff Zola (right) and President Waqar with exchange flags

    Flag Exchange – Jeff Zola came home to visit with a Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach banner to exchange.  Jeff reports that the club is 90 years old and 38 members strong located right at the border of Florida and Georgia on the Gulf Coast.  Jeff is adjusting to life in an energetic club with fewer members.

  • Raffle – #057095 President Waqar strummed a somber tone when Tom Patti 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

  • 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.
  • Cathy Wooton

    Annual Rotary Fundraiser Hot Hula Hukilau! – The Annual Rotary Fundraiser Event will be – Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Cathy Wooton reminded us to Give, Get and Go to the Hot Hula Hukilau.  Wear your Luau clothes to the Rotary meetings during the month of August – anything that can pass the Country Club’s dress code, that is….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. ( Flyer )

  • Sharon Tweedy

    Hot Hula Hukilau Designated Deliverer – Sharon Tweedy has opened her home for deliveries of all Hukilau donations and will be the designated deliverer to the event

  • 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.

Vocational Talk

Russel Hagen
Premier Community Credit Union

Russel Hagen explained the origins of credit unions and the benefits of higher interest rates on deposits/lower interest rates on loans made possible because credit unions are owned by the members rather than outside stockholders. Russel works for Premier Community Credit Union which will host our next Club Night.


  • Mark & Daughter in Portugal

    $250 – Mark Berbower took his 5 year old daughter to London for 5 days followed by 2 weeks in Portugal.

  • $250 – Omar Khamisa took a “little trip” to Cancun with his family.
  • $250 – President Waqar made-up at the #1 Club in Chicago and brought home a banner from Paul Harris’ Rotary Club plus tales for future telling of his adventure at the Rotary Club of Chicago
  • $25 – Past-President Kuy Ky 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!

Special Announcement #2

Stockton Rotary Endowment and The Rotary Club of Stockton
Charity Allocations Advertisement

The Stockton Rotary Endowment Fund (SRE) and the Rotary Club of Stockton are soliciting requests for funds for the projects of charitable organizations operating in San Joaquin County. There are various funds within SRE that have specific requirements related to funding amount and approval. For applications and complete explanations as to the funding process, specific fund requirements, amounts available, etc., go to Rotary Club of Stockton’s website at, or by mail to:

Peter Gormsen, Charity Allocations Committee
Chairman, 1401 N, Hunter Street, Stockton, Ca 95202.

Deadline for applications
is August 31, 2018.

Charity Allocations Request
General Application Conditions
Stockton Rotary Endowment Components

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Officer James Nance, Stockton Police Department
Subject: Stockton Police Department Drone Program”
Introduced By: Past-President Michael Blower

Past President Michael Blower was fired up to introduce Officer James Nance who brought a motorcycle, a drone, 2 patrol cars, the pilot for the newly announced helicopter and a celebrity (as seen on TV) for today’s program.  Officer Nance described the equipment available to the unmanned aerial system (UAS) and the team of pilots.  He noted the things the department does not do with these tools, which include fly over 400 ft. high, randomly stalk backyards, or weaponize them.  The aerial systems can be in the air within two minutes to give a different vantage point during daily operations.

Next Meeting: August 1, 2018
Nicole Goehring/ ABC NorCal, “Apprenticeship & Workforce Development”

Nicole Goehring 

Nicole has been the Community and Government Relations Director for Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Chapter for 12 years, a premier construction trade association specializing in labor compliance, advocacy, safety and training.  Prior to that, Nicole was the District Director for seven-term Congressman Richard Pombo, who represented the 11th Congressional District.  A native of Lodi, California, Nicole Goehring received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music in 1995 from the University of California, Davis. A gifted musician, Nicole has played piano since the age of three.  As a strong believer in giving back to the community, Nicole serves on numerous boards.  In her spare time, Nicole enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, college football and spending time with her golden lab Lacy, friends and family.


Sergio Cortez

Sergio Cortez is an electrical course instructor with a Master Electrician license since 1999 with over 25 years’ experience as superintendent, foreman, and owner working in commercial, residential, and industrial work sites. His training began during his 5 years served with the US Coast Guard as an Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class. He is a former College of Southern Nevada Code Instructor who served on the Advisory Board of Curriculum for The Skilled Trades Department. He is the current Workforce Development Director who oversees and creates all craft training, safety training, and management classes for ABC NorCal. He currently serves on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for the state of CA and The Statewide Building & Construction Trades Advisory Committee for The California Department of Education and as an inspector for electrical trainee programs for the Department of Industrial Relations. He was awarded Klein Electrician of the Year 2013 Western Region Winner and ABC 2014 Instructor of the Year Award Nevada Chapter. He is an NCCER Certified Continuing Education Instructor, OSHA outreach trainer, and Master NCCER Trainer who has over 10 years teaching experience

Upcoming Speakers

August 2018

  • 08 – Don Moyer, Outdoor Columnist and Author of “Tight Lines”
  • 15 – Madison O’Laughlin, “Dancing with the Rotarian Stars”
  • 22 – James Mousalimas
  • 29 – TBD

September 2018

  • 05 – Elbert Holman
  • 12 – TBD
  • 19 – TBD
  • 26 – Dave Gallagher, “All Aboard! Volunteering at the California State Railroad Museum”

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; Past-President Kuy Ky, photos; Audio Visual, Madisen Sena 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