President Waqar (far right) and Steve Bestolarides welcome new member Karyn Johnson. Steve Bestolarides sponsored Karyn Johnson, Assistant County Assessor into the club. Karyn is a native Stocktonian graduating from Stagg High School and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in construction management. Married for 25 years to a Desert Storm Veteran and law enforcement officer, they have 22 and 19 year old sons who are in college studying chemistry. Karyn is excited to move into her next life phase as a Rotarian.

Kris Blower and President Waqar (far right) welcome new member Jose Gutierrez. Kris Blower noticed a hunk at the pool with four beautiful women, his wife and 3 young daughters – so she invited him to join Rotary. Jose Gutierrez, owner of GG&G Cabinets, is a 1st generation American whose parents were from a remote part of Mexico with no electricity. From these hearty roots, Jose inherited a strong work ethic and love of God. Jose feels Rotary will give his family even deeper connections to their community.


“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 – Louis Lemos lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
  • Songleader Raul

    Song – In honor of Labor Day, Songleader Raul worked up “Heigh-Ho” a song from Walt Disney’s 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, written by Frank Churchill (music) and Larry Morey (lyrics). It is sung by the group of seven dwarfs as they work at a mine with diamonds and rubies, and, as demonstrated by the strong audience participation today, is one of the best-known songs in the film. It is also the first appearance of the seven dwarfs. The melodic theme for “Heigh-Ho” might have been inspired by Robert Schumann’s composition for piano “The Happy Farmer, Returning From Work” from his 1848 work Album for the Young, Opus 68.

  • Thought For The Day – Liz Hull has all thoughts on the importance and enjoyment of the upcoming Hukilau event.  In addition to SRE, the evening fundraiser has been a significant source of charitable fundraising for the club.
  • Head Table – Councilmember Elbert Holman, our guest speakers; Liz Hull, introducing the speaker; Louis Lemos, pledge & 4-way test; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn; Greeter: Marcela Gracewski; Microphones: Kevin Redick & Matt Drizzle; Attendance, Sharon Manois; Sergeant At Arms Madisen Sena, John Salaices, and Omar Khamisa. Lunch Ticket Sales: John Atwood & Mark Berbower, (credit cards) and Raffle Ticket Sales, Russ Hagen.
  • Past-President Gary Putnam

    Past-President Michael Blower

    Concern Reports – Past-President Michael Blower gave an update on Jamie Nance’s progress.  As of 9/5/18, Jamie was still in ICU with ongoing surgeries, however his intubation tube was removed that morning which is a positive step in his long road to recovery.  Jamie’s family will incur many expenses that will not be covered by his Worker’s Compensation so a fundraising event and an electronic donation site are being setup.  More info to comePast-President Gary Putnam announced the sudden death of Linda and Larry Phillip’s 41 year old son, Mark from a heart attack on September 4th.  Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

  • Raffle – #057416 Don Barry pulled the 8 of Clubs. $50 to Polio Plus at the Rotary Foundation in Don’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 THIS 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.
  • Past-President Terry Hull, Sr.

    Membership Minute – Past-President Terry Hull congratulated the club on the success of bringing in new members and teased that Steve Bestolarides is bringing 2 candidates which proves that anyone of us can do it.

  • Mystery Bus Trip –  October 13th by Luis Durate and Michael Blower  Save the date and get your name on the list!
  • 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.
  • Tom McHugh

    Santa Cruz Rotary Fundraiser – Tom McHugh announced he will be riding in the Sunrise 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.


  • $100 – President Waqar celebrated the election of a UOP Alumnus as President of Pakistan, Mr. Arif Alvi!
  • $75 – Colleen Stewart and tribe took a vacation to visit family in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky and all returned with no one left behind.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: District 1 Vice Mayor and Councilmember Elbert Holman
Subject: “ Impact Rotary Has on the Community”
Introduced By: Liz Hull

As a Rotarian since 2004, Vice Mayor Elbert Holman is highly qualified to talk about the impact Rotary has on this community by making a difference on the margins.  The Vice Mayor was raised in a nuclear family who arrived in Stockton in 1944 with everything they owned in a 1934 Dodge.  Elbert’s father worked as a dishwasher and his mother cleaned homes until Elbert’s father got a job with the City of Stockton and his mother went to school to become an LVN.  They bought a home on Spring St. and raised 10 children who all still live in Stockton.  In a surprising twist of fate, Elbert joined the Sheriff’s department and felt like a fish in water.  Elbert’s crime solving gift has made our community safer and his people skills have made him a great councilman.  He will be missed when he retires at the end of his term.

Next Meeting: September 12, 2018
Matt Lazaro, “Feeling Better Through Nutrition”

For the past 10+ years, Matt Lazaro has been helping our community member reach very specific nutrition goals. His claim to fame is working with bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts regarding their nutritional food intake. In a nut shell, you tell him what you want to look like and he tells you how to make it happen. He was a high school athlete and also fought competitively in Muy Thai kickboxing. Although being fit appears to come easy to him, he’s fought his fair share of challenges.

What most people don’t know about him is that he is an avid reader in areas such as: MD case study’s, Astro physicist, human behavior along with high elevation mountaineering.

He is a father of two beautiful children and a husband of a stunning wife. Today he has the honor of helping people feel better about themselves, helps them take their life back to live life to their fullest.

When working with Lazaro Nutrition you will have your own personalized health and wellness program tailored to your specific goals. Your program will address bettering your nutrition, training, rest and recovery, and other wellness aspects such as your mindset!”

Upcoming Speakers

September 2018

  • 19 – Jeff Schafer, “Protecting yourself and your data in today’s online/digital age”
  • 26 – Dave Gallagher, “All Aboard! Volunteering at the California State Railroad Museum”

October 2018

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

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