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President Waqar inducts his wife Maria, the First Lady of Rotary Club of Stockton, as a new member.  The First Lady of the Club could not help but join after being involved with President Waqar this past couple of years.  Maria has been a teacher for 19 years and will be teaching 3rd grade next year.

President Waqar inducts Harry Shergill as a new member. Harry invited us all to his daughter’s graduation party this Saturday – food and drinks on him! 11500 N. Alpine Rd., Stockton near Eight Mile Rd. at 5:00pm.

Steve Reid, next to him is his wife Jennifer and daughter Penelope.  Steve returns to the club and now works for California School Boards Association as a Public Affairs representative.

President Waqar inducts Khaksar Ahmad as a new member.  Khaksar is the owner and broker of Reliance Real Estate, Inc. and living in Stockton for the last 17 years.

“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 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.  “I am happy to announce that we will be indicting 4 new members today to the Rotary Club of Stockton.”
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Hal Monroe.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower used lowest common denominator to arrive at his choice of “The Alphabet Song” (English version)
  • Thought For The Day – Lynndee Riley, Assistant Editor and note taker extraordinaire, encouraged all to pay their respects and teach their families about the Vietnam War as the traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be displayed at Weber Point starting at 3pm, Thursday, June 20, 2019. Free and open to the public, the Moving Wall will be open 24 hours a day staffed by Veterans and civilian volunteers who will assist in locating names, accompanying individuals or families to the Wall, and helping with taking a “rubbing” of a name. Find information about the ribbon cutting and special program at 10:00am on Saturday here:
  • Head Table – Mary Summerville, our speaker; Cathy Wooten, introducing our speaker; and President Waqar Rizvi.
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Farah Khwaja. Greeter: Farah Khwaja; Mic1: Karyn Johnson & Mic 2: Basel Karabala; Credit card: Beto Beas; Attendance, Jonni Redrick & John Salaices. Sergeant At Arms Team: John Salaices (Coordinator).
  • Birthdays This Week – Rob Gross (17th), Kevin Kauffman (17th), Amy Scriven (18th), and Dale Drury (21st). The club sang Happy Birthday to all.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2018-2019 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.

Club Announcements

  • NBA Finals Raffle Winner – Past-President Kuy Ky announced Marcela Gracewski chose the lucky square to win the NBA Finals Paul Harris Raffle!
  • Nominations for Speakers – Chad Sublet & Brian Lafferty are accepting nominations for the 36 great speakers that the Programs Committee is responsible to procure for next year.
  • Foundation Goal – Paul Harris Matching Points – At last week’s meeting, the club raised $4,600 for the Rotary International Foundation.  At today’s meeting, Dennis Cochran donated $150 that he earned from a small graffiti removal job for Past-President Kuy; Kuy matched it with $150 and money started falling out of pockets again:
    • Chad Sublet – $150
    • Zachary Downs – $100
    • Steve Bestolarides – $100
    • Linda Guinn- $100
  • Heroes Park Cleanup and Dedication – Saturday, June 22nd: Clean up @ 8:30am – Bring weed trimers and other garden tools. Sunday, June 23rd, 12 Noon, Dedication.
  • 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 )
  • Rotary International Convention – The convention will be from June 6th to June 10th of 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Past-President Bob Blower reminds us all that the Rotary Convention is only 4 days. There are so many things to do on the islands, plan to stay for a couple of weeks!
  • 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:
  • 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:

Dan Wright

Dan Wright is a midwestern transplant.  He was raised in Madison, Wisconsin and attended elementary and high school there before enrolling in the University of Wisconsin, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in1981.

In early 1983, Dan relocated to Managua, Nicaragua in Central America for his first teaching job.  It was during this period when he met his future wife, Grace, and subsequently became fluent in Spanish.  They were married in June 1984 and set up residence in Managua.  In August of 1985, Dan and Grace again relocated; this time to the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas, where he worked as a bilingual teacher and officiated middle and high school basketball games.

In 1988, the family relocated to California, where Dan took a job as a mathematics teacher in the Los Angeles area.  It was in Los Angeles where Dan first began taking on leaderships roles, serving as the president of his local teachers’ union and completing coursework in educational administration.  He received his Master of Arts from California State University, Los Angeles in 1991.  After receiving his Masters, Dan began a search for work in school administration, and, in 1993, found it in northern California.  He and his wife relocated again; this time to Stockton, California, where Dan began a 25-year career in Stockton Unified School District (SUSD).  At SUSD, Dan would work in various administrative positions.  He has been an assistant principal (Montezuma Elementary, Hamilton Middle School), principal (Commodore Stockton Skills School, Harrison Elementary School), and central office administrator (Director of Educational Services, Director of Career-Technical Education, Assistant Superintendent, Acting Deputy Superintendent, and Acting Superintendent).  In 2014, Dan began his political career when he applied for the vacant Stockton City Council seat for District 2, which was created by the resignation of Kathy Miler who had been elected to the County Board of Supervisors in November of that year.  Dan was selected to replace Council Member Miller and was sworn in at the first meeting of the 2015 session.  He was elected to a full four-year term in November 2016 and in 2019 was nominated and approved as Vice Mayor.  As a Council Member and Vice Mayor, Dan has focused primarily on financial stability, public safety, and economic development.  The area’s homelessness and blight crises have also taken on growing importance for him over the last few years.  As a former educator, he remains gravely concerned over low literacy rates in the city and serves as board member for Read to Me, Stockton, a local literacy non-profit.

Dan’s wife is a business analyst for SUSD, and they have two children.  Their son Miller is a UC Merced graduate and has worked as a curriculum specialist for McGraw Hill in Orange County.  Their daughter Madison graduated recently from UC Santa Cruz and is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University.

Dan has been attending Stockton Rotary meetings as a guest since 2015 and became a member in 2017.  He considers Rotary membership a natural extension of his other work in public service.

  • Wright was appointed to the City Council in January 2015 to complete the term vacated by Council Member Kathy Miller, who was elected to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
  • Wright was named Vice Mayor in January 2019.

Wright’s priorities for his term on the Council are to:

  • Ensure financial stability following the approval of the City’s bankruptcy exit plan,
  • Increase public safety,
  • Increase Stockton’s workforce development and employment opportunities, and
  • Support early literacy programs and preschool opportunities for children.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Mary M. Sumerville
Subject:  How Technology and Experiential Learning Are Transforming Libraries
Introduced By: Cathy Wooton

Cathy Wooton introduced the “delightful and well-educated” Mary M. Somerville, University Librarian for University of the Pacific Libraries which includes campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton, California.

Renovation demolition began in December of 2019 for the Stockton campus library.  The project is planned to be completed by January of 2020.  The trend for libraries is to move from housing knowledge to making knowledge.

Now that the building is housing only about 40% of the content, less of the building has to be a dark, protected repository, so the new library will feature beautiful skylights for natural light.  Of special interest to community members may be the new virtual reality technology which will offer immersive experiences as diverse as a trip to Yosemite or a trip back in time to Stockton’s Little Manila.

The Rotary Club of Stockton played an important role in funding the virtual reality projects as well as the most viewed documentary in this region last year, “George Moscone: A Legacy of Change”, produced by University of the Pacific Professor of Communication Teresa Bergman with research and production assistance by Pacific undergraduate and graduate students. It was directed by Nat Katzman and narrated by Peter Coyote.

Next Meeting: June 26, 2019

Evening Meeting – KICK OUT


  • 5:00 pm: Cocktails/Social
  • 5:30 pm: Buffet dinner
  • 6:00 pm: Meeting begins
    • Pledge to the Flag
    • Four Way Test
    • Presidents Thank You’s
  • 6:10 pm: Kick-out Program (Michael Blower & Cast)
  • 6:50 pm: Presentation of Pins:
    • Past President Waqar
    • President Melanie
    • President-Elect Gary Frush
  • 7:00 pm: Adjourn Meeting
    • President Melanie

Upcoming Speakers

July 2019

  • 03 – DARK – NO MEETING
  • 10 – Dustin Thoms, “Stockton Kings”
  • 17 – TBD
  • 24 – TBD
  • 31 – Evening Meeting, “Family Game Night”

August 2019

  • 07 – Lange Luntao, “Stockton Scholars”
  • 14 – Jose Nuno, “Visionary Home Builders Services – Overview”
  • 21 – TBD
  • 28 – District Governor Jim Pierce, “Rotary District 5220”

June Birthdays…

Doug Wilhoit – June 5th*
Dane Solberg – June 9th
Kris Blower – June 10th
Susan Drake – June 14th
James Nance – June 15th
Joe Ambriz – June 15th
Rob Gross – June 17th
Kevin Kauffman – June 17th
Amy Scriven – June 18th
Dale Drury – June 21st
Bill Hosie – June 25th
Ort Lofthus – June 29th
* = 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 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 9520