As 104 years ago Rotary Club of Oakland sponsored the Rotary Club of Stockton. Our club in the same spirit of Service Above Self has sponsored the newest Rotary Club of Central Stockton, chartered in 2018. On behalf of Rotary Club of Stockton, President Waqar Rizvi presented a Rotary Bell and Rotary Club Banner to President Vanessa Peralta of Rotary Club of Central Stockton.  The club meets at UJ’s Restaurant at 6pm on Tuesdays ( map ).  Visit their Facebook page: Rotary Club of Central Stockton.

“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 – Ken Steele lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
  • Eyes of the Tiger

    Song – Songleader Raul Chavez gave us a healthy dose of acapella “Eye of the Tiger”. Composed by guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboardist Jim Peterik for the American rock band Survivor, it was released as a single from their third album of the same name and was the theme song for the film Rocky III, which was released a day before the single. Director Sylvester Stallone requested that it be recorded, after Queen denied him permission to use “Another One Bites the Dust”, Stallone’s original pick as the Rocky III theme. The movie version of the song contained tiger growls, something that did not appear on the album version and features original Survivor singer Dave Bickler on lead vocals.

  • Thought For The Day – Kris Blower spoke of how differently men and women handle adversity.  Using last year’s three-week road trip up the northeast coast of Maine as her example, Kris described her version of what would happen when she became directionally challenged versus when Past-President Bob gets lost.  Let’s just say Kris’s version did not include any yelling, spitting or farting.
  • Head Table – Matt Lazaro, our guest speakers; Raul Chavez, introducing the speaker; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn; Greeter: Linda Guinn & John Salaices; Microphones: Marcella Gracewski & Doug Hansen; Attendance, Russ Hagen; Sergeant At Arms Ken Steele, and Peter Jalilie. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Karyn Johnson, (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales, Don Barry.
  • Concern Reports – President Wagar announced that Chad Sublet’s father has passed.  Please keep his family in your thoughts.  Dave Tygett was hospitalized for an infection, but is doing better.
  • Proposed New Member – Jonni Redick. She is sponsored by Kevin Redick in the classification of Law Enforcement – retired. She recently retired as an Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol and has attended several of our Club meetings.
  • Raffle – #057472  Mark Berbower selected a King of unspecified suit, but not the Ace of Hearts. $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Mark’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 Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcements

  • Hot Hula Hukilau Co-Chairs, Corie Stewart (left) and Sharon Tweedy

    Hot Hula Hukilau Thank You – President Waqar gave a huge thank you to Hot Hula Hukilau Co-Chairs, Corie Stewart and Sharon Tweedy.  The co-chairs in turn, have big thanks to their committee members, volunteers, donors and attendees.  Tom Patti excelled in his role as auctioneer.

  • 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 – Past-President T.J. Hull noted that Corie Stewart had time to recruit a stranger in the hotel lobby in the midst of the Hukilau she was coordinating to bring as a guest to Rotary and that the brand new club we have sponsored recruited 30 members in one month – so we can do it too!
  • Rotary Club Night – Next get together will be on Thursday, September 27th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, 14741 S. Wing Levee Road, Stockton 95206 ( map ).
  • Mystery Bus Trip – October 13th by Luis Durate, Michael Blower and TJ Hull. Save the date and get your name on the list pronto!  The Mystery Bus co-conspirators Luis, Michael and T.J. promise a nice ride, pleasant surprise destination and a night without the kids.  This destination is not kid appropriate, so get your sitters now and get your name on the list as the bus is already half-way full!  See Kevin Kauffman to find out where they are going and take the “mystery” out of “bus trip”.
  • Walk to End Alzheimers – Colleen Stewart invited us to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimers on October 13th.
  • Peter Jalilie

    Heroes Park Work Party – Peter Jalilie will host a work party at Heroes Park to paint the Rotary Amphitheater at 8:30 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 8407 Kelley Dr., Stockton.  VOLUNTEERS: are needed, especially you! We will be helping to spruce up Hero’s Park, and make some improvements to our play structure and amphitheater. Free lunch provided. Painting, spreading out tan bark, and maybe some light work in our Delta Kidz Hang-out.

  • Stockton Sunrise Rotary Club Fundraiser – Rotary Pins and Our Community Wins, dress-up and bowl on Sunday, October 21st, 12noon to 3pm, Pacific Ave. Bowl.
  • Fantasy Football – Contact Zack Downs right away to get one of the last 4 spots for Fantasy Football.
  • Dinner With a Scientist – Omar Khamisa is recruiting volunteers for Dinner with a Scientist on Friday, November 13, 2018.
  • Tom McHugh

    Santa Cruz Rotary Fundraiser – Tom McHugh rounded out his $1,500 fundraising drive with these pledges:
    $100 – Dane Solberg, Ken Steele, Ann Johnston, Gary Putnam, Dave Midura
    $50 – Mark Berbower, Tom Patti
    $25 – Gary Frush

  • 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

The District Foundation Dinner Celebration will be here before you know it!  November 10th at the beautiful Stockton Golf and Country Club.

We are fortunate to have Brenda Cressey, Rotary International Foundation Trustee as the keynote speaker.

Register by September 30th to take advantage of the early bird specials.  You can use the attached form to register or registser online on the DaCdb calendar with check or credit card.

All forms and flyers can be found on the District website under the Foundation tab.  For questions contact Dinner Chair Liz Hosmer on or Silent Auction Chair Rebecca Ciszek on .

Dinner Registration Form

Foundation Dinner Club Auction Donation Form


  • $25 (each) – Phone Fines – Bill Wagner, Tom Patti, President Waqar for his guest, Michael Blower and Corie Stewart for her guest.  Note to self:  Remind guests to turn off their phones!

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Matt Lazaro
Subject: “ Feeling Better Through Nutrition”
Introduced By: Raul Chavez

Raul Chavez introduced Matt Lazaro, of Lazaro Nutrition, who specializes in working with metabolically challenged individuals.  Matt discussed reducing the uncertainty and determining what kind of fuel your body processes most efficiently.

Next Meeting: September 19, 2018
Jeff Schafer, “Hackers and Protecting Your Online Identity”

I am an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of the Pacific. My teaching interests include computer organization and architecture, networking, cloud computing, and the interface between hardware and software. My research interests focus on computer architecture in the modern datacenter, including the areas of networking, storage, and virtualization.

I received my Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2010 from Rice University. There, I was a member of the Rice Computer Architecture group under Professor Scott Rixner.  Previously, I received the B.S in Computer Engineering in 2002 and the M.S in Electrical Engineering in 2004, both from the University of Dayton.  During my career I have worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory investigating real-time video compression algorithms and at Hewlett-Packard Labs researching high-performance network architectures for cluster computers and data centers.

I am a member of the IEEEACM, and ASEE professional societies as well as the Tau Beta PiEta Kappa Nu, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.

Upcoming Speakers

September 2018

  • 26 – Dave Gallagher, “All Aboard! Volunteering at the California State Railroad Museum”

October 2018

  • 03 – TBA
  • 10 – Colleen Stewart, The Real “All-Americans” (Alternate Meeting Location: Brookside Country Club)
  • 17 – Paula Sheil, “The Importance of Cursive”
  • 24 – Dr. Joe Serra, “World Polio Day”
  • 31 – Kurt Wilson Stockton City Manager, “City of Stockton Office of Violence Prevention”

September Birthdays…

Paul Kozlow – Sept 1st
Tim Schwartz – Sept 3rd
Steve Luthy – Sept 6th
Shannon Ding – Sept 6th
Raul Chavez – Sept 10th
Derron Lee – Sept 10th
John Reusche – Sept 10th
Mark Jones – Sept 13th
Ken Miselis – Sept 17th
Jim Dyke – Sept 18th
Susanne Huebel – Sept 21st
John Salaices – Sept 23rd
Priscilla Hernandez – Sept 24th
Jim Anthony – Sept 26th*
Pat Patmon – Sept 26th*
Jerry Smith – Sept 27th
Ann Johnston – Sept 29th
Don Barry – Sept 29th
* = 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; 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