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President Waqar looks on with Hil Silver (far right) who sponsored new member Richard Sanguinetti. Richard is a native Stocktonian, graduated in the Lincoln High School class of 1966. (Chris Papas recognizes him as a classmate. Don’t worry Richard, we won’t hold that against you.)

President Waqar (left) looks on with Omar Khamisa who sponsored new member Amir Khan. Amir shared that he was a BFF with Past-President Ann Johnston’s son in high school. Amir opened Hammer Pharmacy next to the Sutter Gould Medical Center.


President Waqar recognized Monie Ky (far right) for organizing the Children’s Christmas Party and Cathy Wooton for arranging the Holiday Party and December meeting locations as December/January Rotarians of the Month!

Past-President Kuy Ky (left) and President Waqar presented San Joaquin County Assessor Steve Bestolarides with a Paul Harris Fellow! Congratulations Steve!

“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 Rizvi welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton that has been serving the community for the past 105 years!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – County Supervisor Tom Patti
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower presented “God Bless America” in honor of his father.
  • Jonni Redick

    Thought For The Day – Jonni Redick took inspiration from an excerpt of Oprah Winfrey’s speech to the Harvard Class of 2013:  “…no matter what challenges or setbacks or disappointments you may encounter along the way, you will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal, there really is only one, and that is this: to fulfill the highest most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family and the people around you.”

  • Representing the Head Table –Christina Kimball, our speaker; Ken Steele, introducing our speaker; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Perry Prach ; Mics: Marcella Gracewski; Attendance, John Salaices & Mobusser Ali; Lunch Ticket Sales, John Atwood & John Salaices (credit cards); Raffle ticket Sales: Uzma Khamisa. Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator); and Omar Khamisa (Lead).
  • Proposed New Members – Marcela Gracewski has sponsored Humberto “Beto” Beas for membership. Beto is the 2nd generation in his family in the automobile sales business, Beas Auto Sales. His family has been in the auto sales business for 27 years. His classification will be Retail Sales Professional. Beto has been a guest of Marcela’s at the club meetings several time.  Omar Khamisa has sponsored Shakir Khan. “Shak” has been a guest of Waqar and  Omar at several Club meetings.  His classification will be Marketing and Sales.  Sharon Tweedy has sponsored Basel Karabala for membership. He has visited the Club on several occasions. Basel is the owner of 209 Furniture and his  classification is Marketing/Sale.  Waqar has sponsored Samir “Sam” Kharufeh for membership. He is the Business Representative for IBEW 595, classification Human Resources/Personnel Management. Sam has been Waqar’s guest at the Club several times.
  • Birthdays This Week – Brett Morgan (Feb 24th), Brian Dillon (March 1st, Bill Brown (March 1st), and Kristen Dyke (March 2nd).
  • Raffle – #0582xx Don Barry was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the pot. Currently the raffle is more than $1,900.00. Winner will get half! 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.

Special Announcement

Priscilla Hernandez announced the Stockton Rotary Heroes Night meeting on Wednesday, March 27th.  There will be no lunch meeting that day, no make-ups required.  Meeting will be at the Stockton Golf & Country Club, 5:00pm Cocktails, 6:00pm Dinner/Program, $25. Table sponsorships are available.  Sign-up sheets at the regular meetings or call Melanie Vieux, 925 518-3426.  Don’t miss this First Responders Appreciation Dinner.  Sign up right away!

Club Announcements

  • Sharon Tweedy

    Rotary Read-In Thank You – Sharon Tweedy thanked the 50 readers at the Rotary Read-In as well as the Edison Interactors who walked to Hazelton School to participate and the Spanos Elementary Interactors who ushered readers to classrooms at their school.

  • March 4th Musical Event – Family Promise of San Joaquin County is presenting a musical Event.  The idea for introducing community outreach groups to the Lincoln High School  students (and their parents) came from a student who thought everyone  should be more aware of those around us who are in need.  Choir Conductor Paul Kimball thought this was a great idea, so Lincoln High School Choir has this year begun to feature community groups at each of their concerts.  Click HERE for more information.
  • Past President Michael Blower

    San Joaquin County Leadership Prayer Breakfast – Past-President Michael Blower announced the San Joaquin County Leadership Prayer Breakfast, April 11, 2019, 6:15am to 8:45am, UOP Spanos Center, table sponsorships available, Reformed Mobster Michael Franzese will be the featured speaker.

  • ATTENTION VETERANS – Veteran court mentors needed for veterans treatment count.  Judge Barbara A. Kronlund is looking for volunteer Veterans to become mentors for Veterans Treatment Court.  Read the details HERE.
  • President Waqar

    Peace Pole Installation – President Waqar invites all Rotarians to celebrate the installation of a Peace Pole at Heroes Park, 11:45am, Sunday, March 3, 2019.  Trees will be planted in the African Rain Forest with money raised by the Peace Pole Project.

  • 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.

Know Your Rotarian

“Know Your Rotarian” is a weekly feature President Waqar is introducing to better acquaint you with your fellow Rotarian.
This week:

Jonni Redick

Retired Assistant Chief Jonni Redick was with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for 29 years, an organization with over 11,000 employees. As assistant chief, she worked in both the Bay Area, covering all nine counties, and within the Sacramento region where she oversaw eight CHP commands including the 3rd largest communications center in the state which handled over one million 911 calls annually. Within her field operations role as assistant chief, she has overseen large scale officer involved and civil disturbance incidents; natural disaster response coordination and oversight; and managed over two thousand personnel within daily operations.

Over her career, she has worked throughout California to include Ontario, Ventura, Hayward, Stockton, San Jose, Contra Costa and Sacramento, and has held all uniformed ranks. She was the first female captain of the Contra Costa CHP Area in Martinez CA where she worked with 18 allied agencies to collectively provide service to an 802 square-mile region. Administratively, she has overseen statewide programs and responsible for millions of dollars in funding along with expansive work in traffic safety projects receiving national recognition. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Human and Civil Rights Committee, Past President of the NOBLE Central Valley California Chapter, and member of the American Association of University of Women. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Management, graduate of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Command College and holds a Masters in Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego.

She is married to Kevin Redick and together they have a blended family of five children: Sean Jr., Emma, Emily, Dallas and Mason. In retirement, she has found enjoyment in continuing to mentor and develop professionals in the law enforcement industry through her consulting business where she works to shape and inspire the leadership of others. In addition, she is adjunct faculty for San Joaquin Delta College for the P.O.S.T. Regional Academy where she works with those seeking a career in law enforcement. She is also adjunct faculty with the University of San Diego where she teaches for their online Master of Science, Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership program for executive leadership in the public safety industry.

Her hobbies include reading, some travel, working out, spending time with her family and two small fur babies, Lola and Izzy. This season of life has truly allowed her to continue to be of service and pursue some of her passions without limitations. She is currently working on two literary projects very personal to her that she has only been able to dream about and now she has the time to complete them. Having a purpose driven life is the enthusiasm that lights her pathway in this new season.


  • $250 – In the Rotary Read-In version of “Who’s on First?”  Walt Wager was greeted in the classroom by letters of appreciation and a big welcoming poster for Mr. Patti.  Mr. Patti claims to have been elsewhere reading in his assigned classroom.  Mr. Patti volunteered $250 for RI, Paul Harris in honor of Rotary Read-In and to cover any other times he has made headlines recently.


Guest Speaker

Speaker: Christina Kimball, Family Promise of San Joaquin
Subject: The Power of One Choice
Introduced By: Ken Steele

Ken Steele introduced Christina Kimball who retired as a U.C. Davis Police Officer to open real estate and mortgage brokerage businesses.  Christina has become President of Family Promise of San Joaquin, a small interfaith group working to assist families who are temporarily without stable living accommodations.  Family Promise is recruiting 13 churches to host 14 guests overnight for one-week stints.  The charity is doing fundraising for $150,000 in start-up funds and for the purchase of a 15-passenger van to transport the guests to a day center each morning and children to school.  During each 60-day period, volunteers will work with the guests to transition into stable housing and employment situations.

Next Meeting: March 6, 2019
Ifti Mirza, “Altitude or Attitude: A Geeks’s Travel log; San Francisco to Concordia-K2-Gondogoro La of Pakistan”

About the Author

Ifti Mirza is a seasoned technology professional who has been in the Silicon Valley for the last 15 years. He currently works at a biotech firm and happy that he is somehow able to help contribute to the latest research in DNA understanding, which helps finding cures. In addition to the technology, he is passionate about mountains and writing. He is the author of a book “Altitude or Attitude”. He is your next door guy who has a restless soul that finds solace in nature. Originally from a humble Sufi town Multan of Pakistan, he now calls California his home. He can be found running in the regional parks of San Francisco suburbs, attending geek sessions at the Silicon Valley tech giants, volunteering at non-profits, solving database problems for tech companies, and hauling his kids to soccer and football practices.

About the book

Not many people know that Pakistan is home to 108 peaks above 7,000 meters (22,966 ft.) and many more above 6,000 meters (19,685 ft.).  Not only that, 5 out of 14 peaks above 8,000 meters (26,247 ft.) of our planet are in Pakistan. Trek with me to the remote, rugged, and beautiful mountain range, the Karakoram of Pakistan, where most of these gorgeous peaks stand tall. Know the ins and outs of the daily drill while you trek all the way to see K2, the second highest peak in the world, via the Concordia Trek on the Baltoro Glacier and then return via Gondogoro La and Hushe of the Karakoram range of Pakistan. Tag along! We will trek more than 85 miles into the thin fresh air reaching approximately 19,000 feet. We will trek and camp on the wildest glaciers of our planet. We will travel through the concentration of highest peaks of the world. There are Glaciers so magnificent that they can be seen from space. This book is your user manual on how to see K2 and come back alive. If there would be a place in the world where Mountain Gods would live then the Concordia of the Karakoram would be their throne. This book will humbly take you to the thrones of the Mountain Gods, Concordia-K2-Gondogoro La of Pakistan.

Upcoming Speakers

March 2019

  • 13 – Dr. Del Paine, “Reading Mentorship Program At North Stockton Rotary”
  • 20 – Edie Sparks, “Tillie Lewis and Early Female Bosses”
  • 27 – Evening Social For First Responders Appreciation Dinner (No Speaker Program)

April 2019

  • 03 – Dr. Les Harder – “Oroville Dam”
  • 10 – Scholarships Awarded
  • 17 – Jim Dale, “Stockton Sailing Club”
  • 24 – Evening Social (No Speaker Program)

March Birthdays…

Brian Dillon – March 1st
Bill Brown – March 1st
Kristen Dyke – March 2nd
Colleen Stewart – March 3rd
Chris Papas – March 4th
Jim Hanley – March 6th*
Chuk Chikwendu – March 15th
Paul Jacobson – March 16th
Fubara Jack – March 16th
Pam Eibeck – March 16th
Peter Ragsdale – March 27th
Melanie Vieux – March 30th
Cathy Wooton – March 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 Lynndee Riley, Assistant Editor and note taker extraordinaire; Frank Whitney, photos; Eric Duran, 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