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President Waqar (right) and sponsor Marcella Gracewski welcome our newest member Beto Beas. Marcella Gracewski met our newest member at a car dealership and in discussing their shared interest for community giving, she invited him to Rotary. Beto Beas’ father is a long-time Rotarian in Mexico and he has seen the hard work Rotarians invest towards helping others. Beto is excited to become involved. Welcome Beto!

Stockton Rotary Endowment Chair Paul Kozlow (right) along with President Waqar (left) presented a $4,800 check to John Rieschick, St. Luke’s Church for library books.

“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 – Past President Don Barry.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower saluted the Vernal Equinox with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.
  • Kathy Hart

    Thought For The Day – Kathy Hart shared thoughts for promoting a growth mindset in ourselves, and our youngsters:

      • Believe you can learn anything.
      • Persist even when feeling frustrated.
      • Challenge yourself and know that it is OK to learn from failures.
      • Try hard at everything.
      • When you succeed, be inspired by your success.
      • Remember that effort and attitude influence everything
  • Representing the Head Table – Edie Sparks, our speaker; Cathy Wooton, introducing our speaker; and President Waqar.
  • COG Club – Chair: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Henry Wong ; Mics: Team Redick (Amir Khan & Kevin Redic); Attendance, Marcella Gracewski & John Salaices; Lunch Ticket Sales, Mark Berbower; Raffle ticket Sales: Jonni Redick. Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator); and Omar Khamisa (Lead).
  • Concern Reports – Past-President Michael Blower informed everyone that Rigo Cervantes suffered a heart attack last week, but thanks to outstanding emergency and surgical care had 3 stints installed and is home recovering well.  President Waqar shared that John Atwood was in the hospital, but is now home and recovering.
  • Birthdays  – Peter Ragsdale (27th, Cathy Wooton (30th) and President Elect Melanie Vieux. The club sang “Happy Birthday” to Cathy who was in attendance.
  • Potential New Member – Omar Khamisa is sponsoring Imran, “Ron” Javed in the classification Food Industry, Other. He is the owner of the Sunrise Market in San Francisco.
  • Raffle – #058406 Marcela Gracewski selected a card other than the Ace of Hearts.. The deck is getting smaller every week! Currently the raffle is over $2,100.00! 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

Don’t forget 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! ( Flyer )

Club Announcements

  • REMINDER (See Above Special Announcement) – Next Wednesday, March 27th, Rotary Club of Stockton Meeting will be in the evening at the Stockton Golf and Country Club.  President Waqar thanked Corie Stewart, John Salaices, Omar Khamisa, and Marcela Gracewski and all the others for planning the March 27th evening meeting.  There are 224 people RSVP’d to attend and it looks like a sell-out!
  • North Stockton Rotary Fundraiser – North Stockton Rotary invites us to their Books, Bands & BBQ Fundraiser, Saturday, April 6, 2019.
  • Membership Minute – Jonni Redick recognized Marcela’s technique in sharing Rotary with new acquaintances and her success in growing our membership.
  • San Joaquin County Leadership Prayer Breakfast – Don’t forget 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.
  • Matching Grants Checks – President Waqar proudly displayed “rebate” checks from District 5220 to our club totaling $11,250 to be used for local club projects.
  • 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.
  • 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 Rotarians

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

Harold “Hal” Monroe

Upon graduation at Ottawa (Kansas) University he enlisted in the Navy to avoid the draft. Attended boot camp in San Diego, made application to the Navy OCS and was accepted. Upon graduation at OCS in March of 1952, he spent the next three years stationed in Pearl Harbor aboard an Anti-Submarine Destroyer, serving two tours to Korea and one tour to Operation Castle, site of the Hydrogen bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1954.

He left the Navy in February 1955 and began his 34-year career with JCPenney in Oakland, California as a management trainee. After several department manager assignments in the Oakland store, He was promoted, and transferred to Walnut Creek, California as Assistant Store Manager in 1961. In 1964 he was promoted to Men’s Merchandiser in the Bay Area District. After several promotions in the District he was selected in 1968 to serve as Girls and Infants Merchandise Manager in the New York Corporate Office. Promoted to Corporate Custom Decorating Manger in 1972, overseeing 15 custom drapery manufacturing workrooms scattered across the country, which served all District Custom Decorator offices, eventually generating 100 million dollars in sales by the time in late 1977 he decided he wanted to leave the corporate environment, the East Coast culture, and return to California to manage a store.

After managing stores in Hawthorne, California and Carson City, Nevada his third and final store was in Stockton, California arriving in April 1982 and retiring in December 1989.

He has served on the Boards of Directors of The Greater Chamber of Commerce, Stockton Symphony Association, Welcome Home America Waterfest 1991, Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin, and United Way serving as Chairman in 1988. He was a coach with golf’s First Tee program from 2010 to 2016.

In 1990 he was asked by Terry Hull, Sr. to become a partner in Property Management Experts to oversee the IT system and train associates on the proprietary software. Remaining there until 2002.

Also, in 1990, Hal and an accountant friend formed a Limited Partnership with a young Scuba Dive Instructor to establish a Dive Shop with an indoor dive instruction pool. Over the next ten years he embarked on many Scuba Diving excursions throughout the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans accumulating over 450 dives. He sold the shop and terminated the Limited Partnership in 2000 when the dive instructor decided to move to Florida and pursue Scuba Dive opportunities there.

Hal has served on his Church Board of Trustees, was appointed on-site construction coordinator for the church when they reroofed the entire facility, refurbished the sanctuary with a larger chancel and new pews, removed the pipe organ and replaced it with a digital Rodgers 4 manual organ, and constructed a columbarium on part of the property over a two-year period from 2000 to 2002. For the past 10 years he has produced and presented a PowerPoint presentation for the Sunday Service consisting of 70 to 80 slides.

He has been actively involved in the Rotary Club of Stockton since 1983, having served on the Board of Directors, the Stockton Rotary Endowment Board, chairing several committees. Participated annually for four years in building playground equipment at elementary schools in Mexicali, Mexico with High School Interactors and other Rotarians. Served on the Rotary Committee responsible for Admissions to the Stockton Asparagus Festival for 27 years. He has served as Club Attendance Secretary and the Club Directory data base administrator for the past 10 years

Chad Marcigan

Hello fellow Rotarians, My name is Chad Marcigan.  I am proud to say that I was born and raised right here in Stockton where I am the oldest of 5 siblings.  I have been happily married to my wife Jennifer for 11 awesome years. We have 2 sons, Cruz and Greyson ages 6 and 6 months respectively.

My family and I love to travel in our off time. Some of our favorite places to go include Lake Tahoe, San Francisco , Half Moon Bay, and Cancun Mexico. We actually just got back from Cancun and we are learning that travel is not quite as easy as it was before with kids, but the family memories that we are making are well worth the work!

After school, I was offered a position with a local bank and almost instantly fell in love with the industry. I enjoy banking because I have the opportunity to help my clients realize, plan and achieve their financial goals.  In what seems to have been a blink of an eye, I have been a banker for 16 years  now.

I am currently with F&M Bank based out of Lodi. F&M Bank is special because it encourages a very active participation in community organizations and community service, something that means a lot to me as a lifelong resident of Stockton.

I am a graduate of the Leadership Stockton Program and I currently serve in the board for the YMCA of San Joaquin County.  Both of these organizations have helped me to fulfill my obligations to my hometown by doing my part to help make Stockton reach it’s full potential.

I am very much looking forward to doing more for my community with the opportunities that are available through Rotary and I would like to thank you all for your very warm welcomes into the club.

“Slim” Brian


  • $100 – Brian Lafferty’s practice is growing and he is shrinking.  Brian has hired a full-time paralegal to join the practice and by changing his diet/exercise routine he has reduced his footprint by 31 lbs!

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Edie Sparks
Subject: Tille Lewis: New Evidence In An Old Story
Introduced By: Cathy Wooton

Cathy Wooton introduced Edith Sparks, Professor and former History Department Chair at UOP.  Edith specializes in the history of female leaders and today her presentation was focused on three business women detailed in her book,  “Boss Lady”.

Tillie Lewis (founder of Flotill Products), Olive Ann Beech (cofounder of Beech Aircraft), and Margaret Rudkin (founder of Pepperidge Farm)–who started their own manufacturing companies in the 1930s, sold them to major corporations in the 1960s and 1970s, and became members of their corporate boards. These leaders began their ascent to the highest echelons of the business world before women had widespread access to higher education and before there were federal programs to incentivize women entrepreneurs or laws to prohibit credit discrimination.

Next Meeting: March 27, 2019
Evening Social For First Responders Appreciation Dinner (No Speaker Program)

Upcoming Speakers

April 2019

  • 03 – Dr. Les Harder – “Oroville Dam
  • 10 – Interact Led Scholarships Awards
  • 17 – Jim Dale, “Stockton Sailing Club”
  • 24 – Evening Social – 105 year Rotary Club of Stockton Celebration Program (No Speaker Program)

May 2019

  • 01 – Tim Piaz, “Amgen Tour Update”
  • 08 – Kendra Stockwell, “Library Update”
  • 15 – Sheriff Martin Ryan of Amador County, “History of Daffodil Hills-Amador County”
  • 22 – Dr. JM Perry
  • 29 – Evening Social – No speaker program needed

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