45th Annual Rotary Clubs of Stockton All City Thanksgiving Luncheon.

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This week’s Rotary meeting was held at the First Baptist Church of Stockton. Rotary Clubs of Stockton Presidents in attendance:

From left: Waqar Rizvi, Stockton Rotary , Vanessa Peralta, Central Rotary, Mary Laughlin, Sunrise Rotary, Lorrie Diaz Liddicoat, North Stockton Rotary, Rick Foy, Pacific Rotary.


From left: Lorrie Diaz Liddicoat, Assistant Governor; Wayne Hose, Past President Micheal Blower; Officer Jamie Nance; President Waqar Rizvi and City Manager Kurt Wilson.

President Waqar and Maira Rizvi

City Manager, Kurt Wilson

Deputy City Manager, Christian Clegg

“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! Wayne Hose, Assistant District Governor, North Stockton, welcomed members and guests to the 45th Annual Rotary Clubs of Stockton All City Thanksgiving Luncheon.
  • Pledge of Allegiance – Vanessa Peralta, Central Stockton
  • Four Way Test – Rick Fooy, Stockton Pacific
  • Song – Andrew Chesley, North Stockton
  • Thought For The Day – Mary Laughlin, Stockton Sunrise
  • Birthdays this week – Tom Perry and Jim Woodward (11/22).
  • Proposed New Member – Henry Wong, sponsored by Mas Kamigaki classification retired radiation oncologist.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcements

  • Support For The Town of Paradise – Linda Philipp is spearheading an effort that will give Stocktonians the opportunity to support the town of Paradise. If you would like to donate to help Paradise, CA in their relief efforts from the Camp Fire, please send checks or cash to the Community Foundation of San Joaquin. Checks will be made out to CFOSJ and money can be sent to: 6735 Herndon Place, Suite B, Stockton, CA 95219. Memo: Stockton Helps Paradise. Call 209.943.2375 for more information.
  • Bell Ringers Needed – Dave Midura is calling all bell ringers to sign up for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive on Saturday, December 15th. The list begins with Dianne Stauffer. Contact Dave now to get on the schedule!
  • Christmas/Holiday Party – December 14th, Friday evening, at 6 pm at the University of the Pacific Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House ( map ). A fantastic venue, decorated by UOP for the holidays. We have sumptuous food catered by Bon Appetit, UOP’s own caterers, and professional bartenders. Signup sheets on tables starting Nov 28 or Email or call Jerry Smith at email: secretary@stocktonrotary.org phone: 209-472-9662.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • District 5220 Scholarship Application – District 5220 of Rotary International is currently seeking qualified candidates for its District Scholar program for students planning to do graduate work during the 2019-20 school year at the Master’s, Doctorate or Post-Doctorate degree level. The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019. Click HERE for further details.

Philippines Rotary District 3820

Pictures from the farewell of the cultural exchange of Rotary District 3820 Philippines visiting our district. The farewell was hosted by Rotary Club of Stockton at President Waqar and Maria Rizvi’s residence. President Waqar gave the Club banner to the PDG Maria Lewina Tolentino from Philippines. California flags were given to the rest of the team members. November 11, 2018.


Special Announcement

Foundation Matching by the Club/Foundation Dinner – President Waqar announced that our club is the third in the district to meet our per capita annual giving goal. Our club is #1 in the district for total giving. To celebrate, the club is having a BOGO sale and will match your Rotary Foundation donations dollar for dollar until December 12th or allocated money of $10,000 is gone, whichever comes first.

We have RI matching Funds remaining of $4,532. Once this is matched no further matching will be made. So don’t miss this opportunity to get your Paul Harris Award or reach the next level at 1/2 the amount. Donations of $5,468 have been received to date. Thank you to all that have donated.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Kurt O. Wilson, City of Stockton City Manager
Introduced By: Lorie Liddicoat, North Stockton

Next Meeting: November 28, 2018
Bob Gutierrez, “2018 General Election Post-mortem report”

Bob Gutierrez is part of a new generation of political strategists disrupting the status-quo in Sacramento and Washington D.C. After nearly 20 years in the political arena, Bob brought a fresh approach to helping his clients redefine how they can win in pro-business policy making in California and on a national platform.

Bringing forward new and often underrepresented audience perspectives and a comprehensive and tactical management approach, Bob focuses on helping BGS clients anticipate likely outcomes, and stay ahead of issues with customized service. His creative strategy and efficient media campaigns have put “wins” on the scoreboards of candidates, communities and industries facing significant challenges within the political landscape.

Prior to founding BG Strategies, Bob was the Government Affairs Director for PAQ Inc, a family-owned grocery franchisee of the Food 4 Less grocery chain and Rancho San Miguel markets in California, and Times Supermarkets in Hawaii. For eight years, Bob navigated the company through complex industry issues such as recycling, plastic bags in California, theft thresholds and loss prevention. He worked closely with policymakers at the state and federal levels to ensure the grocery industry was well-represented in the ever-changing policies around the Women Infant Children (WIC) program and the federal Farm Bill’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Bob’s extensive political background also includes experience as a senior district representative for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee as well as a campaign consultant for a candidate for California Lieutenant Governor.

Over the past several years, Bob has focused his attention to working with a variety of organizations and community groups to help them organize and advocate for the issues they champion to legislators in Sacramento and Washington D.C. Bob currently serves as the elected vice-chairman of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, the board president of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the chairman of the San Joaquin Partnership.

Upcoming Speakers

December 2018

  • 05 – Omar Khamisa/Waqar Rizvi, “Polio Imuization – Pakistan” (Alternate meeting location: UOP Veresschagin Alumni House)
  • 12 – William Herrington, UOP Professor, “UOP Students trip to Africa” (Alternate meeting location: UOP Veresschagin Alumni House)
  • 19 – Children’s Christmas Party
  • 26 – DARK – NO MEETING

January 2019

  • 02 – DARK – NO MEETING
  • 09 – TBA
  • 16 – Jennifer Held, “Children’s Foster Care”
  • 23 – TBA
  • 30 – TBA

November Birthdays…

Dudley Drake – Nov 1st
Fred Gassner – Nov 10th
Waqar Rizvi – Nov 10th
Karyn Johnson – Nov 13th
Fred Weibel – Nov 14th*
Christine Morrissey – Nov 15th
Graham Tweedy – Nov 16th
Tom Perry – Nov 22nd
Jim Woodward – Nov 22nd

Gary Putnam – Nov 27th
Tony Despotes – Nov 28th*
Ken Steele – Nov 29th
Walt Wager – Nov 30th
* = 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 President Waqar, 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