The Annual Stockton Rotary Fundraiser Event, the Hot Hula Hukilau, will be in ONE MONTH – Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel.  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. If you were at the meeting, you should have received your raffle tickets for the fundraiser.  If you were absent, they are in the mail.  Please send the stubs with payment or return the full tickets prior to the fundraiser.  If you do nothing, you will be charged, but your stubs will not be in the drawing (lose, lose). ( Flyer ) Contact event chair Corie Stewart for more information.

“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 – Dane Solberg lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
  • Señor Songleader Raul Chavez

    Song – Señor Songleader Raul Chavez picked a campfire classic, “Smokey the Bear”, written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins in 1952 for the national campaign to prevent forest fires. Smokey Bear’s name and image are protected by U.S. federal law, the Smokey Bear Act of 1952.  But there was no protection from our club’s rendition.  Check out the hyperlink to know how it should sound.

  • Shari Garibaldi

    Thought For The Day – Shari Garibaldi shared a couple of beautiful quotes guiding us to look ever to nature, stay close to nature and adopt the pace of natural things.

  • Head Table – Don Moyer, our guest speakers; Past-President & Past District Governor Susan Drake, Dane Solberg  and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn; Greeter: Cheryl Day; Microphones: Clare Simpson & Kevin Redick; Attendance, Mark Berbower; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, John Salaices, Peter Jalilie and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & John Salaices, (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales, John Salaices.
  • 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
  • Birthdays This Week – Zack Downs, Angel Sepulveda, and Linda Guinn all stood for a rendition of “Happy Birthday”.  President Waqar will cut a secret deal in a smoke-filled room, mob-style, for their recognition amount.
  • Raffle – #057223  Eric Duran pulled the 2 of clubs leaving 47 cards in the deck… $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Eric’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

  • President Waqar and “Splash”

    Rotary Peace Night at the Ports Game – Rotary Peace Night at the Ports Game TODAY, Friday Aug 10th (5:15pm). Splash from the Stockton Ports appeared in real-life to drum up attendance at the game this Friday.  President Waqar was jumping off his seat in excitement – which is always contagious.
    President Waqar presented special hats to the following sponsors: Dave Midura,NCS Development; Omar Khamisa, Mission San Jose Mortgage; and thanks to Zack Down, Hedy Holmes and Kris Gaskin!

  • 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.
  • Corie Stewart

    Membership Minute – Corie Stewart observed that obviously every one of us had a sponsor and that qualifies every one of us to be a sponsor to someone who would enjoy participating in fun social activities, service projects and eating lunch with friends.

  • Fundraiser for The Hospice of San Joaquin – 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.
  • 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, 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


  • $70 – Chuck Smith, a guest of our speaker Don Moyer donated $70 to the Rotary Club of Stockton.

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Don Moyer
Subject: Outdoor Columnist and Author of “Tight Lines”
Introduced By: Susan Drake

Past District Governor and Past President Susan Drake introduced longtime Ripon Rotary Club member, Don Moyer.  Don started writing his Outdoorsman column, “Tight Lines”, at the Tracy Press in 1979.  Don has published a compilation of his articles in an Amazon Best Selling book of the same name.  Don told wonderful big tales of his colorful experiences and gave some basic lessons for those who would like to pick up his hobby of snake hunting.

Next Meeting: August 15, 2018
Madison Sena, “Dancing with the Rotarian Stars”

I was born and raised in Hayward California and went to College at the University of California Santa Barbara.  My dream was to be a dance major but I couldn’t keep up with all of the ballerinas and ladies who had studied contemporary and modern dancing. I ended up going for a communications major, and minored in marriage and family therapy.

I began taking lessons at The Arthur Murray in Santa Barbara  while still in college, and fell in love with partner dancing. I loved how graceful I felt while dancing the waltz, and I loved shaking my hips in the salsa!  I began to become more and more passionate about marriage and family therapy and saw my dancing as more of a hobby that I wanted to do forever.

While in college, the bills started piling up, and although I had three jobs – lifeguard and swim instructor, sandwich maker, and receptionist for a day spa –  paying for books, every day expenses, and my dance lessons was not working out.

I began working at the Arthur Murray in Santa Barbara in 2007 and then transferred to the Arthur Murray in Hayward after graduating in 2008. I quickly learned that teaching dance lessons was so much more than just that.  My hopes and dreams of becoming a marriage and family counselor were being filled every single day!  I knew that this was the career path for me, and I knew that the opportunities were endless with such an amazing company like Arthur Murray.

In 2011 I was given the opportunity to open a brand-new studio in Walnut Creek. I learned the ins and outs of starting a business from scratch, as well as opening the doors with no dancers yet and building a student body.  We took that studio from ground zero and were able to build it to be a $1 million studio within its first year of opening, and became the #3 studio in the entire world.  In 2015, I had gained the confidence to venture out on my own and open a studio for myself.

My wonderful husband Joey took a chance with me, bought a house in Stockton in December of 2015 and by May 15, 2016, the doors of Arthur Murray Stockton opened, and we are so happy to be here!

Upcoming Speakers

August 2018

  • 22 – James Mousalimas
  • 29 – Matt Lazaro, “Health”

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