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Marcela Gracewski (left) with President Melanie received her Paul Harris +1.  With the matching points and year end she achieved almost both at the same time.  This was Linda Guinn’s first Paul Harris as the new Foundation Chair.


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Melanie welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton meeting and asked all to greet each other.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Past-President TJ Hull.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower lead “God Bless America”.  Written in 1918 while Berlin was an Army sergeant stationed in upstate New York, it was intended for a musical comedy revue about army life called Yip Yip Yaphank. The song’s earnest tone (“It’s a little sticky,” was Berlin’s assessment) didn’t quite mesh with the show’s light-hearted spirit, so Berlin squirreled it away in his songwriting trunk (an actual wooden trunk full of unused songs and half-finished ideas that Berlin opened whenever he was stuck for inspiration).
  • Thought for the Day – Tom Pattie chuckled about the level of schadenfreude in a room where everyone claps when his phone comes off, but not when his is introduced to provide a thought for the day.  Tom’s remarks for the day were about the Super Hero frenzy where we are in awe of super powers.  Tom reminded us that together as Rotarians we have super powers, to speak and share, to explain and educate.  Rotarian super powers provide service to others to help them be self-sustaining and use service above self to make this place a better place to live.
  • Head Table – Chad and Isiah Sublet, Tom Patti, TJ Hull, our speaker Janae Aptaker from Stockton Scholars and President Melanie
  • Sergeant at Arms – John Salaices
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Farah Khwaja; Greeter: Stephan Reid; Mic 1: Basel Karabala; Mic 2: Dan Wright; Credit Cards: Beto Beas; Attendance John Salaices; Raffle: Henry Wong; and Cashbox: John Atwood.
  • 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.(2)  Juan Oregel, sponsored by Major Van Young, classification Salvation Army, Lieutenant/Corps Office, sponsor Van Young (1).
  • Birthdays This Week – (none).
  • 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. #058651 Dianne Stauffer picked the Brook Jacoby card and 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

  • HELP NEEDED – John Salaices, our Club Sargent at Arms needs a few good Assistant Sargent at Arms. The duties involve assisting John before, during and after the meeting. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about what makes the weekly meeting go off well.  Please step up and volunteer. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.  John Salaices, phone 209-244-8864, email,
  • Past-President Bob Blower

    Remembering Rotary Year 2001-2001 – Past-President Bob Blower wondered how the club got by with only 3-5 women members.  (Fact Check: Unfortunately for Past-President Bob, the note taker still has the Rotary Directory from his year which shows 31 women out of 237 total membersJ.) Bob recalled how nervous he was during his first meeting about the specter of post-surgery “complicating factors” interrupting his debut.  Bob used the whistle from his refereeing side-hustle to awaken all when he blew it full-blast to commence recognitions.  Bob also coined the “heart-stopper”, a $500 recognition involving AED paddles.  In September, on the day after 9/11, Bob relied on Gary Putnam (a future club president) to provide words of comfort to club members still reeling from the shocking events.  Past-President Bob spearheaded the WWII Memorial as the club project for that year which is a lasting contribution to downtown Stockton.

  • Returning and New Member from Another Club –  We will have Kory Ley, a former member of our Club and a current member of the Sacramento Rotary Club transferring back to our Club.  Dwayne Garcia of Murphys/Angels Camp Rotary will be transferring to our Club. He is the new Branch Manager of the Bank of Stockton’s Quail Lakes Branch.
  • 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:

Heather Schlenger

Heather Schlenger is a Stockton transplant. She was born and raised in Portland Oregon area and is one of 7 siblings. She moved to Stockton with her husband in 2003. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Santa Clara University in 2004 with a degree in Business /accounting. She is fluent in two languages, English and Debits & Credits. While at SCU she was awarded the Charles Dirksen Prize which is given annually to the student with the highest cumulative GPA in the business school.  She is a CPA since 2008 and has worked the last 15 years in public accounting with Moss Adams and before that KPMG in both audit and tax. In 2016, Heather was named a Susan B Anthony San Joaquin Woman of Achievement and was also given the Women to Watch, Emerging Leader award by the California CPA society.

Last year, she moved into the private accounting role and is currently the financial controller for TRC Healthcare. TRC is a company founded in Stockton that performs independent research and content that is used nationally and even worldwide by pharmacists and other users regarding the effect of medications on patients.

Heather joined Rotary in 2010 and has been part of the annual fundraiser in the past and was the song leader (2013/2014). Heather has also been involved with the YMCA of San Joaquin since 2011.

Her hobbies include doing activities with her family, exercising, skiing, kiteboarding (although upwind can still be challenging). Her husband Chris and her have been married 18 years and have two children, Eric (11) and Natalie (7) and they recently added their Australian shepherd, Coco to the family.

Guest Speaker

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

Past-President Chad Sublet introduced Janae Aptaker, Director, Stockton Scholars Program & Strategy, 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. It is a College Promise Program, an organization that has been very effective in other communities across the nation.

The program’s commitment is that if a student In Stockton wants to attend college, the tuition and fees will not be a barrier.  The goal is to dramatically increase the percentage of students who enter and succeed in college.  For many students, the biggest challenge is to persist to completion.   The program incorporates the knowledge that it may involve many different supports for each student to achieve graduation.

There were 1,300 students this year that qualified for the program and last week over $200,000 were awarded to students who have completed the verification process.  The program was seeded with $20 million from the Spiegel family (Snapchat) with the goal of raising $100 million total to permanently endow the program. This year, the program raised $6 million towards that end.

Stockton Scholars Program needs community volunteers to help with the numerous events through out the year designed to help students understand the process and the college opportunities available.  It needs 100 mentors to work with students in guiding them through their college application and attendance experience. Go to for more information

Next Meeting: July 24, 2019
Chad Romine, “Evolution of Data Centers”

Chad Romine has over two decades of experience in technical and strategic business development. As Vice President of Business Development for Nautilus Data Technologies, Mr. Romine brings global connectivity to some of the most prominent global influencers in technology. Mr. Romine has led startups and under-performing companies to successful maturity built largely upon solid partnerships. Proven results in negotiating mutually beneficial strategic alliances and joint ventures.

Upcoming Speakers

July 2019

  • 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