Steve Bestolarides has perfect attendance for 3 straight weeks at our club.  He even did a make-up at Rotary One in Chicago where he ran into President Waqar and the President-Elect of Rotary International, Mark Maloney. The proof is in the pictures (this also cost Steve a Bell Ringer – $250):

Steve Bestolarides (far left) and President Waqar with the Paul Harris statue at Rotary One in Chicago.

Steve Bestolarides (far left), President Waqar (center) and President-Elect of Rotary International Mark Maloney at Rotary One in Chicago.


“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 – Past-President and Past-District Governor Susan Drake lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
  • Song – Song Leader Raul Chavez: Today was Jerry Garcia’s birthday, so Raul Chavez chose Touch of Grey”, a 1987 single by the Grateful Dead, from the album “In the Dark”. The song is known for its refrain “I will get by / I will survive”. It combines quasi-dystopian lyrics with a pop tempo. The music was composed by Jerry Garcia, and the lyrics were written by Robert Hunter.
  • Tom Patti

    Thought For The Day – Tom Patti rang the bell in penance for failure to keep himself out of the news and then gave testimonial that certain medications must be taken with great caution so as not to take the wrong one and then try to drive endangering one and all.

  • Head Table – Nicole Goehring and Sergio Cortez, our speakers; Past-President and Past District Governor Susan Drake and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn; Greeter: Colleen Stewart; Microphone: Christine Morrissey; Attendance, Christine Morrissey; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, Madisen Sena, John Salaices, and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Van Young,  (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales, John Salaices.
  • Raffle – #057178 Past-President Bob Blower pulled the Jack of Hearts leaving 48 cards in the deck… $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Bob’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

  • Past-President Terry Hull, Sr.

    Membership Minute – Past-President Membership Chair Terry Hull advised that it takes a special person to enjoy the shenanigans of our club, so we’ll need to bring a lot more possible candidates as guests in order to get 30 to hang around.

  • Past-President Bob Blower

    Wine & Cheese Fundraiser – TODAY (Thursday, 8/2) Century 21 M&M Realty is hosting a Wine & Cheese fundraiser for Hospice of San Joaquin 1510 W. Kettleman Ln Lodi Ca 95242 ( map ).  No entry fee, doors open at; 4:00PM until 7:00Pm Food, Fun, Auction Items, Raffle, Wine Barrel, and more!  Get down there TODAY!

  • 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 – Past-President Kuy Ky bought 20 tickets to the Rotary Ports Game which qualified him for the baseball glove prize level in the race to equal the tickets sales of North Stockton Rotary.  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.
  • Past-President Ann Johnston

    Read to Me, Stockton! – Past-President Ann Johnston spoke of the Michael Fitzgerald article in the paper about Van Buren school and the reading performance there. She emphasized the Read to Me Stockton was increasing its scope of service to more schools and children and now includes ALL the zip codes in Stockton!

  • 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 )
  • fundraiser for the Hospice of San Joaquin –
  • Fundraiser for The Hospice of San Joaquin – Dianne Stauffer’s guest invited us to a Butterfly Auxiliary fundraiser for The Hospice of San Joaquin, 17th Annual Moonlight Sip & Stroll, Heron Lakes Drive, August 18, 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, $60/$70 at the door.
  • 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.
  • Birthday’s This (Rotary) Week* – Dr. Joe Serra, Saturday, Aug 4th; Linda Guinn, Sunday, Aug 5th; and Vic Wycoff, Monday, Aug 6th.
  • 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.

* Rotary Week = Wednesday to following Tuesday.


  • $250 – Steve Bestolarides for running into President Waqar and President-Elect of Rotary International, Mark Maloney at Rotary One (see pics above).
  • $100 – Bob Blower went away and brought back this little piece of trivia. Q: How much rain falls in Ketchikan, Alaska each year? A: 13 feet.  He also took his bride, Kris, on a 4-day Kayaking trip for their anniversary.
  • $26.26 – Doug Hansen ran his first marathon last weekend.
  • $25 – Bob Blower ran 25 feet from his bed to the bathroom this morning.  Also, for his announcement about the Wine & Cheese fundraiser.
  • $25 – Dianne Stauffer for her guests announcement inviting us to a Butterfly Auxiliary fundraiser for the Hospice of San Joaquin.
  • $25 – Madisen Sena announced that she is 15 weeks preggers today. Congratulations Madisen, we look forward to watching this development.
  • $25 – Laura Pinkerton for her 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: Nicole Goehring and Sergio Cortez, ABC NorCal
Subject: Apprenticeship & Workforce Development”
Introduced By: President Waqar

Nicole Geohring

President Waqar introduced Nicole Goehring, Community and Government Relations Director for Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California Chapter and Sergio Cortez, electrical course instructor.  The ABC Norcal is a premier construction trade association specializing in labor compliance, advocacy, safety and training.

Sergio Cortez

Nicole and Sergio described the Apprenticeship program which pays new workers to learn a trade and begin a career in the construction industry.  The struggle is to find the hidden workforce, so partnerships with organizations that serve under-employed populations is critical to recruiting.  Participants in the apprenticeship programs work 3 weeks and attend classes one week with full pay to learn the necessary trade skills and life management skills.  They also offer classes to help candidates practice the basic math skills necessary to pass the entry screening exam.

Next Meeting: August 8, 2018
Don Moyer, Outdoor Columnist and Author of “Tight Lines”

Rotarian Don Moyer began writing his outdoor column, Tight Lines, at the Tracy Press in California in 1979. As years went by, he added other numerous other newspapers. Also a freelance fishing writer, his work has appeared in Angler, Flyfishing the West magazines.

An angler and hunter since childhood, Don has been active in fishing and hunting conservation groups for decades. A former Region Manager of California Trout and member of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Flyfishermen, Don also served on the Board of Directors of the Tuolumne River Trust. He has been a member of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, the NRA, and the Outdoor Writers of America. When not exploring the outdoors, Don is President of Moyer Consulting, a firm specializing in fighting government red tape.

Tight Lines is a collection of Don’s most memorable columns and magazine articles over the past 30 plus years. They cover not only traditional fishing and hunting topics, but such diverse outdoor pursuits, as fly tying, reloading, theology, ghost towns, wilderness hot tubs, arrowhead collecting, woodcutting, conservation, guns, knives, rattlesnake wrangling, and Second Amendment Rights. You may agree with him, you may think he’s dead wrong. He might make you laugh, cry, or angry, but whether you agree or disagree, he’ll surely make you think. Tight Lines is truly the observations of an outdoor philosopher

Upcoming Speakers

August 2018

  • 15 – Madison Sena, “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”

August Birthdays…

Dr. Joe Serra – August 4th
Linda Guinn – August 5th
Vic Wykoff – August 6th
Angel Sepulveda – August 8th
Zach Downs – August 8th*
Beve McCarthy – August 10th
Sally Fandrich – August 25th
John LaRue – August 26th
Louis Lemos – August 27th
Clare Simpson – August 28th
* = 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