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Today’s meeting was held at the Stockton Sailing Club

President-Elect Melanie recognized Past-President Ann Johnston (left) and Sharon Tweedy for their appearance in The Record in a story highlighting the Delta College Student Chef Lounge. Kathy Hart had donated a lunch for six at the lounge and Past-President Ann purchased it at the fundraiser last year. Great food and service was enjoyed by all. $100 each to Stockton Rotary Endowment!

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Elect Melanie Vieux conducted the meeting and welcomed everyone to a very nice outdoor venue.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Marcela Gracewski.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead us in a little ditty called “A Sailor Went to Sea”. Traditionally, a children’s nursery rhyme, clapping game and jump-rope rhyme. It was initially called ‘My Father Went to Sea’, before becoming more widely known as ‘A Sailor Went to Sea’. It is typically sung to the tune of The Sailor’s Hornpipe. There was no clapping or jumping, but it was fun to sing!
  • Thought For The Day – Priscilla Hernandez shared this Thought for the Day quote:“Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.” — Bradley Whitford
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Chad Marcigan; and attendance, Beto Beas helped Hal Monroe. Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator); and Omar Khamisa (Lead).
  • Birthdays This Week – Judy Chambers – April 14th, Chevy Lema – April 15th. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Chevy Lima. Rotary humor overheard from the Peanut Punster Gallery: “May have been a taxing day for your mother….. but, she got a good return…..” A request for refund was made by the crowd. Matt Grizzle – April 18th, and Peter Jalilie – April 19th.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2017-2018 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Next Week’s Meeting Reminder


April 24th Evening Meeting – April 24th will be an Evening meeting at the the Stockton Golf and Country Club at 5:15 pm. Rotary Club of Stockton will be celebrating 105 years of Service. There will be a performer who is an Elvis Impersonator. He will be performing and entertaining us with Elvis songs. We will also have a photo booth. Please come, enjoy and celebrate.

Club Announcements

  • Trivia Bee – Past-President Michael Blower revealed our 2019 Rotary Library Literacy Trivia Team: Brian Lafferty, Adam Cheshire, Dan Wright. The event is on Friday, April 26, 2019, $30 includes dinner and trivia, theme is Fabulous Forties (1840 and 1940), Stockton Arena ( map ), 5pm – 9:30pm, sign-up sheets for tickets will be on tables.
  • Read at Home Program – RAH recruits volunteer readers to go into the classroom on a weekly basis. Can’t commit to every week? No problem, team up with someone and share the reading schedule. RAH currently serves Pulliam, Kennedy, Creekside, Madison, Taft, McKinley, Van Buren and Cleveland schools. Dennis says the key to spreading this program to more schools is individual contact with the decision makers in the schools. To donate, volunteer or to provide a contact for a school with low reading scores: Email Dr. Dennis Del Paine, 209 601-7069 at – or text Dennis at 209-601-7069 put RAH in the subject line. “
  • 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:

Steve Luthy

Steve Luthy was raised on a small farm in central Nebraska. His parents were share croppers who raised corn & cattle. At age 16 he became foreman of a young crew that followed a corn sheller from farm to farm shoveling ear corn in to a drag line. The main distraction other than heat & dust were rats & wasps. He had several blue-collar jobs such as working nights in a machine shop in Santa Monica, paying off jackpots in the slot machine department of Harrah’s casino in Reno, foreman of a Steel rigging crew that traveled the United States erecting radio & microwave towers. He served two years in the Army as an MP. He was part of a very large contingent that was sent to Alabama to maintain order when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched from Selma to Montgomery. He was also air lifted to the Dominican Republic when a revolution broke out. After hostilities ceased, he volunteered to stay in the country under the control of the (Organization of American States) which meant patrolling the Capital City with a soldier from Brazil and one from Nicaragua. There was not much conversation all day. Later on, he became a traffic accident investigator.

Steve received an associate degree in accounting and had various accounting jobs in Omaha as well as buying a franchise to repair microwave ovens on weekends. He moved to Baton Rouge in 1977. In Louisiana he worked as controller for several different construction firms. His hobbies are sailing and wood working. He has been married to Debbie for 46 years and has two children. Debbie is retired from the position of Chief of WIC (Nutrition education for Women Infants and Children) for the state of Louisiana. They supplied nutrition education and food vouchers to the needy. His daughter Stacy has her PhD in Marine Biology, and is the senior environmental program manager in the regional Stockton Office for the California Department of Fish & Wildlife. His son has a PhD in Computer Engineering and is a professor at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem NC.

Madisen Sena

I was born and raised in Hayward California and went to College at the University of California Santa Barbara. My dream was to be a dance major but I couldn’t keep up with all of the ballerinas and ladies who had studied contemporary and modern dancing. I ended up going for a communications major, and minored in marriage and family therapy.

I began taking lessons at The Arthur Murray in Santa Barbara while still in college, and fell in love with partner dancing. I loved how graceful I felt while dancing the waltz, and I loved shaking my hips in the salsa! I began to become more and more passionate about marriage and family therapy and saw my dancing as more of a hobby that I wanted to do forever.

While in college, the bills started piling up, and although I had three jobs – lifeguard and swim instructor, sandwich maker, and receptionist for a day spa – paying for books, every day expenses, and my dance lessons was not working out.

I began working at the Arthur Murray in Santa Barbara in 2007 and then transferred to the Arthur Murray in Hayward after graduating in 2008. I quickly learned that teaching dance lessons was so much more than just that. My hopes and dreams of becoming a marriage and family were being filled every single day! I knew that this was the career path for me, and I knew that the opportunities were endless with such an amazing company like Arthur Murray.

In 2011 I was given the opportunity to open a brand-new studio in Walnut Creek. I learned the ins and outs of starting a business from scratch, as well as opening the doors with no dancers yet and building a student body. We took that studio from ground zero and were able to build it to be a $1 million studio within its first year of opening, and became the #3 studio in the entire world. In 2015, I had gained the confidence to venture out on my own and open a studio for myself.

My wonderful husband Joey took a chance with me, bought a house in Stockton in December of 2015 and by May 15, 2016, the doors of Arthur Murray Stockton opened, and we are so happy to be here! We just had a baby girl Liliana on January 30th, 2019, and are ready for all the next adventures and challenges to come!


  • $200 – Past-President Ann Johnston and Sharon Tweedy for their appearance in The Record. $100 each to the Stockton Rotary Endowment.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Jim Dale
Subject: Stockton Sailing Club
Introduced By: Brian Lafferty

After our last sojourn to the Sailing Club, Brian Lafferty joined the Sailing Club and bought a boat. Brian introduced the Harbor Master, Jim Dale who highlighted several upcoming events including opening day, Saturday, April 27, 2019 when the public is invited to come out and take a ride on a sailboat. Reservations may be made at the sailing club website:

Sailing lessons for all ages are available. A series of lessons for kids runs from June to August.

You do not need a sail boat to enjoy membership in the Sailing Club. Pam Wenger has a social membership and enjoys the Friday night dinners where you can watch the sun go down over the Delta and enjoy friendship, food and $1.85 beer. There are many opportunities to go out on the water with the sailors, if you like.

Next Meeting: April 24, 2019
Evening Social – 105 year Rotary Club of Stockton Celebration Program (No Speaker Program)

Upcoming Speakers

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. J.M. Perry
  • 29 – Evening Social – No speaker program needed

June 2019

  • 05 – TBD
  • 12 – Waqar Rizvi, “Outgoing Board and Team Recognitions/Presentations”
  • 19 – Mary Summerville, “Little Manilla research project or The evolution of Libraries in the age of technology”
  • 26 – KICK OUT

April Birthdays…

Bruce Uch – April 1st
Moni Ky – April 5th
Van Young – April 6th
Blain Bibb – April 6th
Peter Lynch – April 8th
Ron Allison – April 8th
Pete Wolfe – April 10th*
Cheryl Marshall – April 10th*
Jane Butterfield – April 11th
Huero Gutierrez – April 12th
Judy Chambers – April 14th
Chevy Lema – April 15th
Matt Grizzle – April 18th
Peter Jalilie – April 19th
Tom McHugh – April 23rd
Steve Bestolarides – April 26th
Mel Rakoncza – April 28th
Karen Munro – April 29th
Madisen Sena – April 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; Eric Duran for 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