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President Melanie Vieux starts her first meeting of the 2019-2020 Stockton Rotary Club year!


  • Call to Order and Welcome!  President Melanie welcomed members and guests to her first Rotary Club of Stockton meeting and asked all to greet each other.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Kristina Knudsen, visiting from Arizona!
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower lead the “National Anthem”.
  • Thought for the Day – Heather Schlenger:   “Change” was the theme for Heather Schlenger’s thought for the day.  “Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”   -Steven Covey
  • Head Table – Heather Schlenger, Kristina Knudsen, Chad and Isiah Sublet our speaker Cassie Gause and President Melanie
  • Sergeant at Arms – John Salaices
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Farah Khwaja; Mic 1: Basel Karabala; Mic 2: Farah Khwaja; Attendance John Salaices & John Atwood; Raffle: John Salaices; Cashbox: John Atwood and Photos: Colleen Stewart and Dave Midura.
  • Special Thanks – To Lynndee Riley for agreeing to document our meetings for another year (Amen to that -Editor). It looked like words would have to suffice for a thousand pictures in lieu of a photographer until Dennis Cochran and Colleen Stewart stepped into the breech and paparazzied it up!
  • Introduction of Visiting Rotarians – Visiting Rotarian Kristina Knudsen (AZ);
    Presidents Melanie’s Guests: Lee Clark (husband), Raelene Vieux (mom), Nieces Josey & Prim, Susy Parry (cousin), Officer Suzy Zaragoza, Marci Waller and Doug Davis.
  • Proposed New Members – Zach Downs has sponsored Keo Keonorasak as a member of the Rotary Club. His classification is Senior Software Engineering Manager, Walmart. Keo has attended several meetings to include the evening meeting in June. 1
  • Birthdays This Week – Renna Beinoris (13th)
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2018-2019 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.
  • Raffle – Buster Posey, Klay Thompson, Matt Chapman will be the winning cards for President Melanie’s sports card collection raffle drawing.  Past-President Bob Blower was the first person to select a consolation prize.  $50 to Rotary Foundation!

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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Club Announcements

  • Observation with a Price – Past-President Jerry Smith offered $50 to note the special treatment at Blain Bibb’s table where they had ice cream to go with their pies.  Blain Bibb raised and matched it to $75 because Blain had arranged the ice cream for the kids at his table and he had neglected to à la mode the biggest kid in the room.
  • 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!
  • 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 Past-President Waqar started that President Melanie wants to continue in her Rotary year to better acquaint you with your fellow Rotarians.

This week:

Linda Guinn

Linda Guinn is CEO and President of C B Merchant Services (CBMS) formerly known as the Credit Bureau of Stockton.

She was born in San Antonio, Texas on August 5, 1959 to an Air Force family.  Yes, she is an Air Force brat!  Her father served proudly in the Air Force for 25 years, and they moved often following her father wherever he was stationed.      In the mid ‘70s her father announced his retirement and decision to move the family from Georgia to Stockton, CA!  (Apparently her father had landed at the air base in Stockton a few times and really liked the people!)  It was quite a road trip,  driving across the United States with 5 kids in the Chrysler pulling a camp trailer.      Thankful to finally have some roots, Linda is proud to call Stockton her home.

Linda has 41 years’ experience in the credit reporting and collections industry.  Having spent her entire  career with CBMS (which was initially a summer job) , she advanced through several promotions from operations to sales and marketing and eventually to  Vice President of  Sales & Marketing  for CBMS’ Credit Reporting Division,  a former Equifax Affiliate.   In 2002, Guinn was promoted to CEO / President.    Even today, she still loves the challenges and opportunities that each day brings when working with consumers to solve financial difficulties.

C B Merchant Services’ strong philanthropic side (donating approximately $100,000 annually) has given her the unique opportunity to interact with, and provide funding to, many non-profit organizations that make the community a better place to live.    In fact, under Linda’s leadership, C B Merchant Services was the founding organization for the Community Foundation of San Joaquin, a philanthropic organization.

Linda is a Past President of California Association of Collectors (CAC), the State Unit for American Collectors Association International. Linda is also a Past President of CAC Educational Scholarship Foundation, whose mission is to expand financial literacy education to California high school graduates.  She has served on the Board of Directors of Better Business Bureau-Mid Cal; St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room, International Credit Association, and currently serves on the finance committee for the Community Foundation of San Joaquin and on the Legislative Committee for CAC.     In 2018, she was selected as Business Manager of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

Linda is married to Butch (future Rotarian) and they are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.  They have two adult children, Lindsay Metzinger (Stockton) and Blake (Fairfield).   Linda and Butch are excited to welcome their first grandchild, Caroline, in August!    In their free time they enjoy traveling, spending time with family, and also hitting the trails on their horses (Newman and Cody).

Linda has only been a Rotarian for 3 years and, looking back, she wishes she could have committed the time to become Rotarian sooner!     She is inspired by all the great work that fellow Rotarians accomplish collectively.    She is looking forward to her new role as Rotary Foundation Chair and is appreciative of the giving spirit of so many generous Rotarian’s who make it all possible.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Cassie Gause
Subject: Stockton Kings
Introduced By: Chad Sublet

Past-President Chad Sublet introduced Cassie Gause, Director of Sales and Marketing for SMG which manages the Arena, Bob Hope (Fox) Theater, Oak Park Ice Rink, Banner Island Ballpark and now the Downtown Marina.  SMG’s goal is to bring great opportunities for entertainment to the Stockton area.

The arena is projected to host 141 events this year bringing 250,000 to downtown.  The Bob Hope (Fox) Theater is on track for over 80 events.  The theater has become very popular on the comedy tours as a venue that sells out.  The Tom Jones performance reached a record-breaking $200,000+ in gross ticket sales.  All tickets to Bob Hope Theater events can be purchased at the Stockton Arena box office to avoid the processing fees.

Banner Island ball bard was in use for 288 days this year.  Oak Park Ice Rink hosts “try skating for free” and “try hockey for free programs” with 50% rate of retention for those participating. St. Mary’s High School now has an ice hockey team with Oak Park as their home ice.  The Stockton Colts semi-professional team placed 2nd in their league this year.  In February, a “try sled-hockey for free” event was so successful for physically challenged participants that SMG was able to raise enough money to buy sleds and start a local sled-hockey team..  At the Downtown Marina, SMG has introduced Wi-Fi service, kayak and water-bike rentals as well as the Marina Pavilion which has a stage and hosts free concerts with the goal to attract boaters to the marina area.

SMG spends over a million dollars in local advertising for venue events and has a local payroll of $2.8 million dollars.


  • $75 – Secretary Jerry for noting Blain Bibb’s table had ice cream to go with their pies (to SRE).
  • $75 – Blain Bibb matched Jerry’s offering! (Also to SRE)
  • $25 – Kevin Kauffman for his announcement of the Rolling Stones Tribute Band that played last Friday (sorry, technical problems prevented the Wheel from being distributed beforehand that would have contained more information -Editor)

Next Meeting: July 17, 2019
Janae Aptaker, “Stockton Scholors”

Janae Aptaker

Director of Stockton Scholars Program & Strategy


Janae Aptaker is the new Director of the Stockton Scholars Program & Strategy. Stockton Scholars is a program component of the Reinvent Stockton Foundation, a charitable organization that aims to expand opportunity and build hope by attracting resources into Stockton and investing in our city’s people.  Janae is a California native at heart and spent time growing up in both the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

The seed for Janae’s career in education was planted in New York City during her time as a graduate student intern with NYU Metro Center for Research on Equity & Transformation of Schools. There, she developed a passion for data-based program development and advocacy services for urban youth.

Janae is an advisory member for California Afterschool Network’s Site Coordinator Work Group.  Additionally, she was selected to be part of the first cohort of Alameda County Office of Education, Expanded Learning Programs Division’s Site Visitor Cadre Program designed to provide grantee technical assistance and support. Janae volunteers with Resonate Church as a Missional Community Leader. Additionally, she is a Coalition Community leader with Eden Youth and Family Center in Hayward.

Janae enjoys hiking and is a semi-aspiring wine, cheese, & chocolate connoisseur. When she is not advocating for Stockton’s students and families, she enjoys spending time with her husband Lee, her two sons and her super cute English Bulldog named Madeline.

Upcoming Speakers

July 2019

  • 24 – Chad Romine, “Nautilus Data Tech”
  • 31 – Evening Meeting, “Family Game Night”

August 2019

  • 07 – “Boy Scounts and Rotary: History and Updates”
  • 14 – Jose Nuno, “Visionary Home Builders Services – Overview”
  • 21 – Max Simoncic, “Go Between”
  • 28 – District Governor Jim Pierce, “Rotary District 5220”

July Birthdays…

Michael Blower – July 1st
T J Hull, Jr. – July 1st
Dan Wright – July 1st
George Badway – July 2nd
Linda Philipp – July 2nd
Christine Noguera – July 4th
Brian Lafferty – July 5th
Uzma Khamisa – July 5th
Lynndee Riley – July 6th
Renna Beinoris – July 13th
Luie Duarte – July 23rd
Peter Jaffe – July 25th
Kevin Redick – July 25th
Eric Duran – July 28th
Steve Morales – July 28th
Gary Frush – July 29th
Jeff Greenberg – July 30th
Marc Bregman – July 31st*
* = 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

Mark Daniel Maloney


District 5220 Governor
James Pierce


Stockton Rotary Club President

Melanie Vieux

Meeting Location
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
Stockton Golf & Country Club
3800 W. Country Club Blvd.
Stockton, CA 9520