Past-President Kuy Ky and Foundation Chair presented a Paul Harris +5 to Cathy Wooton (far right) and a Major Donor Crystal to Judy Chambers!  (Note: a Major Donor is a cumulative donation of $10,000!)  Congratulations to both!!

“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 – Fred Weibel lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
  • Song – Songleader Raul Chavez controlled himself to 2 verses of “The Ants Go Marching” which uses the tune and refrain of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”.
  • Past-President Don Barry

    Thought For The Day – Past-President, Don Barry pulled out his copy of Cliff Dochterman’s book, “As I Was Saying” and read a short excerpt where Cliff encourages Rotarians to reflect on what is really most important, asking the question, “For what would you put your life on the line?”  Cliff suggests to focus on these things and the conversation you have with yourself in the end will be most satisfying.

  • Head Table –  District Governor Judy Lovett, our guest speakers; Assistant Governor Wayne Hose, introducing the speaker; Fred Weibel, Pledge and 4-Way Test; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn; Greeter: President Waqar & Priscilla Hernandez; Microphones: Russel Hagen & Zach Downs; Attendance, Mark Berbower & 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.
  • Past-President Michael Blower

    Concern Reports – Past President Michael Blower reports that Jamie Nance continues in surgeries at U.C. Davis.  Amid the numerous broken bones and internal organs, Jamie’s humor was still intact.  His reply when asked how he felt, “I feel like I got hit by a car.”  Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  Please give any cards you may have for him to Michael and he will ensure delivery.

    Walt Wager reports that Joe Serra is recovering well from knee surgery and is welcoming visitors and phone calls.

  • “Lucky” Brian Lafferty

    Raffle – #047386 Brian  Lafferty had two lucky things happen on this day.  First, he had volunteered to take notes for The Wheel because note taker extraordinaire Lynndee was called for jury duty (which darn near put the Wheel editor in a panic) – but it was catch & release day at the court house – so his services were unnecessary AND THEN his number was called for the raffle.  That is where his luck ran out as he pulled the Queen of Hearts from the deck. $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Brian’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

  • The Annual Stockton Rotary Fundraiser Event – The Hot Hula Hukilau, is only 10 DAYS AWAY (from todays meeting) – Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Everyone needs to make reservations now for the fundraiser NOW. Help the planning committee by getting your tickets bought, raffles tickets turned in and donations of auction items and $20+ wine for the Wine Pull turned in. Contact event chair Corie Stewart for more information about how you can help with this great event! ( Flyer )
    Some of the great auction items that will be available!
  • 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.
  • Membership Minute – Dane Solberg gave a shout-out to today’s Paul Harris Fellow recipients and encouraged us to look through our contact lists for additional Cathy’s and Judy’s who we could invite to our club.
  • Tom McHugh

    Santa Cruz Rotary Fundraiser – Tom McHugh announced he will be riding in the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz 20th annual 200 mile bike ride to raise funds for youth in Santa Cruz county.  The event is September 27 – 29, 2018.  This is the 21st annual ride and the fundraising goal is $50,000. My fund raising goal is $1,500 and seven club members have each pledged $100 so I’m nearly half way towards my goal.  The ride is spread over three days and goes from Healdsburg to Santa Cruz. There will be approximately 65 riders the ride is supported by 10-12 volunteers, Rotarians and non Rotarians.
    The money raised will support 3 charities in the Santa Cruz area. They are as follows:

    • Leo’s Haven at Chanticleer Park. This is Santa Cruz County’s first inclusive playground for children of all abilities. It exposes children to the benefits of play and teaches lessons about compassion and awareness. More information can be found at
    • CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. This is a national association that provides abused or neglected children access to safe and loving homes.
    • Second Harvest Food Bank- Works to end hunger and malnutrition by educating and involving the community.

    Anyone wishing to make a contribution can make their check payable to Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary and give it to me at our next meeting.

  • 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

Zach Downs, President
Solar Energy Collective
Marketing and Sales

Zach Downs started the Solar Energy Collective 3 years ago after noticing a dearth of understanding about solar energy systems while managing a solar energy company.  The mission of the Solar Energy Collective is to help bridge gaps in the solar industry by providing case by case solutions for the specific needs of each customer and to help educate consumers on how to take control of their energy needs.


  • $25 – Tom McHugh for announcement about the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz 20th Annual 200 mile bike ride.

Guest Speaker

District Governor Judy Lovett

Speaker: District Governer Judy Lovett
Subject: “What’s Happening in the District”
Introduced By: Assistant Governor Wayne Hose

District Governor Judy Lovett encouraged us to focus on the actions and accomplishments of Rotary when sharing the Rotary message and recruiting new member candidates to our club.  DG Judy points out that every Rotary project results in some form of peace making.

District Governor Judy Lovett presented the follow awards to club members:

Quiet Rotarian – Fred Weibel

Peace Builder Pin – Past President Kuy Ky

President Waqar announced John Salaices (right) as Rotarian of the month. Omar Khamisa congratulates John, one of our many new members who have jumped into the thick of it.

District Governor Judy issued a “save the date” for the Foundation Dinner, Friday, November 10, 2018 at the Stockton Golf & Country Club. The District Conference will be in Monterey on May 3-5, 2019.

Next Meeting: September 5, 2018
District 1 Vice Mayor and Councilmember Elbert Holman

Councilmember Elbert Holman is a life-long resident of the City of Stockton. He graduated from Edison High School and continued his education with coursework at both California State University – San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) and University of the Pacific.

On January 10, he was appointed to serve as Vice Mayor by Mayor Michael D. Tubbs.

Councilmember Holman is retired, with 34 years in law enforcement, 20 years with the San Joaquin County Sheriff Department, and 14 years at the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, the last five years as Chief Investigator.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

His focus is on the many challenges facing Stockton, including growth, budget, redevelopment, job creation and reducing crime.

Councilmember Holman is an active member of the community as a member of the NAACP, Rotary International, Stockton Sunrise Rotary, vocalist and elder in his church. He and his wife of over 40 years, Marcia, have two adult daughters and seven grandchildren.

Upcoming Speakers

September 2018

  • 12 – Matt Lazaro, “Health”
  • 19 – TBA
  • 26 – Dave Gallagher, “All Aboard! Volunteering at the California State Railroad Museum”

October 2018

  • 03 – TBA
  • 10 – TBA
  • 17 – Paula Sheil, “The Importance of Cursive”
  • 24 – Dr. Joe Serra, “World Polio Day”
  • 31 – TBA

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; Frank Whitney, 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