Our Guest Speaker today was none other than our own member Madisen Sena!

Blain Bibb introduced the Diva of Disco, Señora of Salsa, Hussie with the Hustle and contagious smile, Madisen Sena.  Madisen showed off her fellow Rotarians with twinkle toes as well as the impressive moves of her professionals and even some of our own members!  We should all be so lucky to take dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Center Stockton

“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 – Pam Wenger lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
  • Song – Songleader Raul Chavez: We had the time of our lives singing along with Raul Chavez and getting in the mood for some dirty dancing.  “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” is a 1987 song composed by Franke Previte, John DeNicola, and Donald Markowitz.  It was recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, and won an Academy Award for “Best Original Song”, a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song”, and a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
  • Thought For The Day – Dave Midura:  Dave advised us to add an alarm in our reminders: 1)Pick-up bread; and 2) Make the effort to reach out to someone and let them know we appreciate and think of them.
  • Head Table – Madisen Sena, our guest speakers; Dave Midura, Thought for the Day; Pam Wenger, Pledge and 4-Way Test; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn; Greeter: Cheryl Day; Microphones: Dane Solberg & Kevin Redick; Attendance, Mark Berbower; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, John Salaices, Peter Jalilie and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Russ Hagen, (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales, Sharon Manaois.
  • Proposed New Member – Marcela Gracewski. Marcela is being sponsored by Raul Chavez. She has been a guest at the last few Club meetings She owns a trucking firm, LBM Logistics Inc. Her classification will be Transportation, Road; Karyn Johnson. Karyn is being sponsored by Steve Bestolarides. She is the Assistant Assessor – Recorder- County Clerk of San Joaquin County. Her classification will be Government; and Jose Gutierrez. Jose is being sponsored by Kris Blower. His classification will be Manufacturing, Director of Operations. He is with GG&G Cabinets.
  • Raffle – #057252 President Waqar will be researching EBAY to determine what Tom Patti will pay for vandalizing the 4 of Clubs from a limited edition collector’s deck in his moment of dismay. $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Tom’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

  • Christine Noguera

    Community Medical Centers 40/50 Anniversary Celebration – Christine Noguera invited us to Community Medical Centers 40/50 Anniversary Celebration.  40 years incorporated as a non-profit, 50 years serving the community with affordable health services. Friday, August 24, 2018, $100, 6pm Cocktail Reception, 7pm Dinner followed by program and dancing, University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 60’s & 70’s Theme, Cocktail Attire, RSVP Sarah Taft or 209 373-2435

  • The Annual Stockton Rotary Fundraiser Event – The Hot Hula Hukilau, will be in NEXT MONTH – Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. The Hukilau committee says it is time to get your sponsorships, raffle donations, wine bottle donations and event tickets in so the event can run smoothly.

    Past-President Kuy Ky

    Past-President Kuy announced that he will be donating a Day at the Sonoma Raceway for a party of 8 including a VIP meeting with Cruz Pedegron, “Funny Car” driver.  A “Funny Car” can accelerate from zero to 300 mph in less than 4 seconds; the same time it takes you to go from zero to 30 mph in your car!  See this amazing video to see what can happen when trying to control a 10,000 horsepower Funny Car: ( video ).  Contact event chair Corie Stewart for more information about how you can help with this great event! ( Flyer )

  • 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.
  • Rotary Peace Night at the Ports Game Report – Rotary Peace Night at the Ports Game was on Friday Aug 10th @ (5:15pm). President Waqar recogonized  sponsors: Dave Midura,NCS Development; Omar Khamisa, Mission San Jose Mortgage; and thanks to Zack Down, Hedy Holmes and Kris Gaskin! A video was shown showing how clubs can make a difference working together for their community. ( video )
  • Kevin Redick

    Membership Minute – Kevin Redick encouraged everyone to contact a relative, neighbor, friend and become their sponsor and bring them to a meeting to see how they can participate in the fun and social activities, service projects we do and at the same time, eating lunch with friends.

  • 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.

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 stocktonrotary.org., 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


  • $25 – Christine Noguera for her announcement about the Community Medical Centers 40/50 Anniversary Celebration.

Next Meeting: August 22, 2018
James Mousalimas, “STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education”

James A. Mousalimas was elected to the office of County Superintendent of Schools on November 4, 2014 and began his term on January 5, 2015.

Mousalimas served as Deputy Superintendent of Student Programs and Services with the San Joaquin County Office of Education from March 2013 to December 2014. In this role, he oversaw Educational Services, County Operated Schools and Programs, and Special Education. Prior to becoming Deputy Superintendent, he was the Assistant Superintendent of County Operated Schools and Programs at SJCOE from 2008 to 2013. As Assistant Superintendent, Mousalimas directed Court and Community Schools, Greater Valley Conservation Corps, Outdoor Education, Foster and Homeless Youth Services, Adult Education in County Jail, WorkStartYES*, YouthBuild San Joaquin, and Greater Valley Conservation Corps. During this time, he directed the opening of two charter schools that serve at-risk youth: San Joaquin Building Futures Academy (SJBFA) and one.Charter – Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. SJBFA collaborates with YouthBuild San Joaquin to prepare students, 16-24 year olds who do not have a high school diploma or GED, for a career in the building and construction trades. one.Charter – Academy for Visual and Performing Arts provides at-risk students in grades 7-12 with an education and instruction in the arts.

Preceding this position, Mousalimas served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at Tracy Unified School District. His education career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer High School teacher and basketball coach in Niger, West Africa. Following this experience he taught math in Richmond Unified School District. For the next eight years, Mousalimas was a teacher, assistant principal, and principal of an American International School in Saudi Arabia. He returned to the United States in 1998 and served as Coordinator of Year-Round Education before becoming the Director of Alternative Programs for Tracy Unified School District in 2001.

Mousalimas received his Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Stanislaus; he earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from University of California, Berkeley, and his Master of Education from the College of New Jersey.

Upcoming Speakers

August 2018

  • 29 – Judy Lovett, District Govenor

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