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President Waqar presented a surprise Paul Harris Fellow to Kelli Page to recognize the support she has provided him during this past year while he was both president of our club and president of the UOP Alumni Association.

President Waqar (right) presents the coveted Rotary mug with the 4-Way test to our speaker Dr. J. Mitchell Perry of JM Perry Learning.

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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  • President Waqar

    Call to Order and Welcome! President Waqar Rizvi welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton meeting and acknowledged the club for its 105 years of service to the community. Today we are here at the meeting at the Alex and Jeri Vereshchagin Alumni House at the University of the Pacific. Stanley E. McCaffrey who was member of this club and was the President of Rotary International in 1981-1982 as well as the President of University of the Pacific. His theme as the RI President was World Understanding and Peace Through Rotary. Rotary Club of Stockton has deep ties with UOP.

  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Judy Chambers.
  • North Stockton Past President Jim Dugoni

    Song – Past-President Kuy Ky and Jim Dugoni, Past President North Stockton Rotary, roared out the “Tiger Fight Song” Hail for the orange and black!

  • Pam Wenger

    Thought For The Day – Pam Wenger honored Memorial Day with this quote from President Ronald Reagan. “Freedom is never more thank one generation away from extinction! We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on to them to do the same.”

  • Head Table – Dr. J.M. Perry, our speaker; Steve Bestolarides, introducing the speaker; and President Waqar Rizvi.
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Linda Guinn. Greeter: Matt Grizzel; Attendance, Hal Monroe and John Salaices. Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator); and Omar Khamisa (Lead).
  • Birthdays This Week – Sharon Tweedy, 20th; Heather Schlenger, 22nd; Rigo Cervantes, 23rd; and Adam Cheshire, 24th. The club sang “Happy Birthday” to Sharon and Rigo!
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2018-2019 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcements

  • President Elect Melanie Vieux

    District Leadership Assembly – District Leadership Assembly was attended by President Waqar Rizvi and President Elect Melanie Vieux. President Waqar made a Water and Sanitation Project presentation in the Project Fair session and President Elect Melanie gave the inspirational thought. President-Elect Melanie Vieux is a star in the Rotary District 5220 world already. Thank you for making the Water and Sanitation Project presentation at the Project Fair Session.

  • Next Evening Meeting – Sign-up sheets will be available for this month’s evening meeting on May 29th. There will be Latin entertainment. Bring a guest!
  • Memorial Day Ceremony – Fred Weibel announced that at 10:00 am on Memorial Day, Monday May 27th, there will be a brief ceremony at the WWII Memorial at Weber Point down by the Waterfront. Bring the whole family!
  • Coffee Needed for the Homeless Shelter –The Homeless Shelter of Stockton has run out of ground coffee and is collecting donations. Got any extra grounds or bucks? Help them out. Contact President Waqar to see how.
  • Matt Grizzle

    Special Event on the Miracle Mile – Matt Grizzle announced a special event on the Miracle Mile, “Miracle Mile En Blanc”. Get those white clothes out of the closet and enjoy musical performances by Calli Grace & the Penetrators Groove Band, Photo Zone, raffle & Silent Auctions, International Foods Prepared by Miracle Mile Restaurants, Saturday, June 8th, 6pm to 10pm, $60, All White Dress, Tickets: Information:

  • Past President Terry Hull, Sr.

    Membership Update – Past-President Terry Hull invited us to bring a Latin lover and prospective member to the Latin-themed evening meeting next week. RSVP ASAP with Jerry Smith. President Waqar promises to pay half of your membership fee for next year if you close the deal on a new member this year!

  • New CEO of the YMCA – Last week Heather Schlenger donated a Paul Harris Fellow and announced that as current President of the YMCA board she is happy to announce that Dan Chapman has been named the new CEO. The “2019 Y Dads Matter” event on June 11th, 12pm – 1pm, Spanos Reserve will feature former NBA Rookie of the Year and Rookie All Star Damon Stoudamire, with opening remarks by Mayor Michael Tubbs. Attendance is Free, but guests will be asked to make a donation. RVSP to or here on Facebook.
  • Advertise in the Wheel – You will have the opportunity to again advertise your business, hobby, profession or nonprofit in The Wheel this coming Rotary year which starts July 1st. These ads will take the format of a business card and will be approximately 2-1/2 by 1″. Cost will be $300 for a rotary year – a very reasonable cost to get your name in front of an elite group every week and make a contribution to our club at the same time. EXTRA! For $75 for the whole year we will link your ad to your website! Contact Graham Tweedy for more details. ( flyer )
  • Past President Kuy Ky

    Paul Harris Matching Points – Paul Harris Matching Points Matching points are available for those making donations to the Rotary International Foundation to the end of June. Past-President Kuy Ky offered to match every $100 donation to the R.I. Foundation by UOP alumni. The following Tigers raised their paws:

    • Omar Khamisa
    • Steve Bestolarides
    • Judy Chambers
    • Kelli Page
    • Past-President Terry Hull, Sr.
    • Jerry Smith (A Tiger in Spirit)
    • Susanne Huebel
    • Gary Frush
    • Tom Patti
    • Waqar Rizvi
  • Volunteer as an Ombudsman – Sign-up to volunteer as an ombudsman at the San Joaquin County Booth at the State Fair!
  • Celebrate 30 years of Women in Rotary – Rotary District 5220 celebrates 30 years of Women in Rotary, Sunday, June 23, 2019, 2 pm – 4 pm, Roselle Winery, 9599 N. HWY 99, Stockton, Hors d’oeuvre and Beverages, $40, RSVP by June 1st:
  • Past President Bill Brown

    Pixie Woods Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Past President Bill Brown announced the 31st Pixie Woods Wine Tasting fundraiser, Friday, June 21st, 5pm – 8pm, $50 now, $60 at the door, tickets available at Gary Long Jewelers or Wine Wizards.

  • 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.

Know Your Rotarian

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

Eric Duran

Eric was born in WWII era 1944. His mother was living with her parents while his father was serving in the 5th Armored Division helping General Patton defeat the forces of evil. As a military family, “home” traveled from one end of the country to the other; Fort Bragg, North Carolina to Fort Ord, California. In a record year, Eric attended 7 different schools and became very familiar with military life. Eric’s father went from active to reserve when Eric was about 11 and the family settled in a new city that was later called Fremont, California. His father, who had a teaching credential and knew 7 different languages, begin teaching at the local high school where he was also one of the class counselors and … Eric’s school counselor.

After high school, Eric enrolled in college, but was spirited away for a free South East Asian tour, complements of the U.S. Army. Trained in “long range ballistic communications” (a very rare MOS for you military types) with no “legal” job potential in the U.S., the return to civilian life was a challenge both in career and due to the political/public environment at the time. But, having the support of a military family was helpful.

After a short stint as a mechanic championing a race car for the local auto dealer, Eric went to work in undercover narcotics for the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Shasta and Lassen County area for about 2 years. In 1974 as a newlywed in search of a more “family friendly” career, Eric went to the Sheriff’s Academy and became a Deputy Sheriff for the County of Alameda, “officially” retiring in 1998 from his duty station at the Office of Emergency Services in Dublin, CA. However, the Sheriff of Alameda County was responsible as primary law enforcement entity during a crisis for what was a region extending from Oregon to about Monterey and inland to San Joaquin County. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was an essential part of that region and Sheriff Plummer convinced Eric to remain on contract to manage the EOC for 14 more years! The Sheriff retired and the joke was that he couldn’t make Eric stay any longer, so at that point Eric started an IT Consulting business basically continuing what he was doing for the county but this time for “real” pay!

Eric’s last betrothal lasted 10 years followed by 9 years in search of the now love of his life, Karen, whom he married in 1994. Karen’s daughter, Tiffany, eventually married Past-President Michael Blower and they all became part of the Clan Blower. In 2009, after enjoying a few spirits at Past-President Bob Blower’s house, Eric was convinced to join Rotary where he has been enjoying the Rotarian camaraderie and fellowship for the last 10 years, even if it does occasionally interfere with his hobby – long range shooting. Eric inherited the website and club meeting IT duties and is a decorated (as in award-winning) Editor of our club’s newsletter, “The Wheel”.


  • $100 – Tom Patti for describing his fight for constitutional rights; in particular, freedom from the Board of Supervisor’s Code of Conduct! $100 to RI.
  • $100 – Peter Rosado donated $100 to SRE in celebration of the fabulous facility in which we lunched. Peter was the architect on the project and it is the only building on campus that was fully-funded by alumni!
  • $100 – Duane Isetti, who may have helped raise the alumni money matched Peter with $100 to SRE.
  • $100 – Long time past member and Club Treasurer Jerry Zedlitz made a recognition of $100 for “For those who served” and in memory of Dr. Harold Wolf. (Kris Blower’s uncle) – WWII Memorial Fund

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Dr. J. Mitchell Perry
Subject: Embrace the Obvious “Common Sense is Uncommon
Introduced By: Steve Bestolarides

Steve Bestolarides introduced Dr. J. Mitchell Perry of JM Perry Learning. A psychotherapist and human behavior expert, Dr. Perry spoke on the importance of building relationships to improve performance.

Dr. Mitchell suggests we improve our relationship skills by remembering to replace, reinforce and rehearse. Replace our negative self-talk (don’t do/can’t do) with positive (will do/can do). Reinforce desired behavior with at least 5 positive observations to every 1 criticism of others. Rehearse having a pleasant interaction with others using your smile/positive energy and others will touch your life positively in return.

Next Meeting: May 29, 2019
Evening Social – Latin-themed evening meeting next week. RSVP ASAP with Jerry Smith.

Upcoming Speakers

June 2019

  • 05 – Nicholas Domingo, “Captain Encouragement School Assembly Program”
  • 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 – Evening Meeting – KICK OUT

July 2019

  • 03 – DARK – NO MEETING
  • 10 – Janet Lucas, the UOP Athletic Director, “Coach/video on life as a collegiate student Athlete today, or Preparations for hosting the NCAA final for Waterpolo”
  • 17 – TBD
  • 24 – TBD
  • 31 – TBD

May Birthdays…

Julie Van Vuren – May 3rd
Corie Stewart – May 5th
Henry Wong – May 7th
Pam Wenger – May 9th
Omar Khamisa – May 11th
Bill Johnson – May 14th
Sharon Tweedy – May 20th
Heather Schlenger – May 22nd*
Rigo Cervantes – May 23rd
Adam Cheshire – May 24th
Ralph Saroyan – May 27th
Chad Sublet – May 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 to Jerry Smith, Club Secretary and 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