Raul Chavez (far right) with President Waqar introduced new member, Marcela Gracewski.  Marcela graduated from Sacramento State and after hitting the glass ceiling for women at a logistics company, started her own logistics firm.  Marcela loves sales and is very proud of the growth of her company in the past 8 years.  Now Marcela is excited to begin giving back to the community. Marcela enjoys a husband, a 4 year old daughter and a 3 year old son.

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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  • Call to Order and Presidents Welcome! President Waqar welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton-104 years of Service Above Self Serving the Community and asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the camaraderie of Rotary!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & 4-Way Test – New member Maricela Gracewski lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
  • Song – Everyone in the room knew Songleader Raul’s pick this week. “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da” is a song by the Beatles from their 1968 album The Beatles (often called “the White Album”). Although credited to Lennon–McCartney, the song was written solely by Paul McCartney around the time that highlife and reggae were beginning to become popular in Britain. The starting lyric, “Desmond has a barrow in the market-place“, was a reference to the first internationally renowned Jamaican ska and reggae performer Desmond Dekker. The tag line “ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah” was an expression used by Nigerian conga player Jimmy Scott-Emuakpor.
  • Thought For The Day – Susan Drake is in her 7th year serving as the District Foundation Chair.  Donation to the foundation support many of our club’s community and global projects.  As a thought for today, please consider making a donation to the Rotary Foundation this year.
  • Head Table – James Mousalimas, our guest speakers; Susan Drake, Thought for the Day; Marcela Gracewski, Pledge and 4-Way Test; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn; Greeter: Mark Berbower; Microphones: Sharon Manaois & Clare Simpson; Attendance, John Salaices & Omar Khamisa; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, Madisen Sena, John Salaices, Peter Jalilie and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & John Salaices, (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales, Sharon Manaois.
  • Proposed New Member – 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 – #057306 Corie Stewart pulled the 6 of hearts from the now 51-card deck. $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Corie’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

    • New Task Force – Sheriff-Elect Pat Withrow was in the house to recruit the Blower Team onto the new county Illegal Fireworks Task Force.  The Sheriff-Elect presented a task force t-shirt to the new team members.

      Sheriff-Elect Pat Withrow (right) with County Supervisor Tom Patti

      Blower Team Illegal Fireworks Task Force – from left, Bob, Kris and Michael

      County Supervisor Tom Patti (right) presents Bob Blower, the new Task Force leader, with a task force t-shirt.

    • Little did Sheriff-Elect Pat know that President Waqar had been the victim of a recent property crime.  Past-President Secretary Jerry Smith announced that the in-house Rotary Special Council (RSC) is preparing indictments against as many as three co-conspirators.  The property in question has been recovered (the president’s gavel).  Meanwhile, President Waqar is now carrying a big stick – a giant gavel that will be much harder to shoplift.

President Waqar and the “Giant Gavel”

From left: Speaker James Mousalimas, President Waqar, Sheriff-Elect Pat Withrow and County Supervisor Tom Patti – Could this be the “Rotary Special Council” (RSC)?

  • The Annual Stockton Rotary Fundraiser Event – The Hot Hula Hukilau, will be in 3 WEEKS – Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Everyone needs to make reservations now for the fundraiser NOW.  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. 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.
  • Zach Downs with the Fantasy Football Trophy

    Fantasy Football – Zack Downs waived around the Fantasy Football Trophy to whet the competitive appetites of the armchair quarterbacks in the club.  Zack says anyone can play and it will cause you to be interested in every game of the season – not just the ones your team is playing.  Are you ready for some football?

  • Membership Minute – Zach Downs joined Rotary about a year ago after visiting the club meetings a few times and feeling the energy from the members in the club who want to serve the community and after seeing the support our club give to worthy charities
  • 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 – President Waqar – for loosing the gavel.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: James Mousalimas
Subject: “STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education”
Introduced By: President Waqar

President Waqar introduced James Mousalimas, County Superintendent of Schools for San Joaquin County who gave an introduction to some of the innovative programs presented in detail by Kirk Brown, Director of STEM Programs and Johnny Arguelles, Director of the Center for Educational Development. Did you know that the office of education has a self-supporting department with 70 programmers developing applications used all over California and nationwide?  If you’ve ever applied for a job through EDJOIN which is used by virtually every school in California, you have used software written here in Stockton by these programmers.  Now, that department will use the training program it uses in-house for new recruits to train and develop programming talent to fill the growing need in the job market.

Next Meeting: August 22, 2018
Judy Lovett, District Govenor

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; Raul Chavez, photos; Madisen Sena, Audio Visual; 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