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Jessie and Gerardo Garcia (center), with President Melanie (right), joined our club at the last meeting of Past-President Waqar’s year, but due to the Kick-Out, their introductions were delayed to this meeting. Gerardo is a returning Stocktonian who serves on the planning commission with Past-President Waqar and is a financial planner. Jessie and Gerardo work together and were married just a few months ago. Jessica was born in Mexico City and raised in Anaheim. The Garcias are excited to belong to our club and begin giving back to this community through Rotary.

Past-President Waqar and Maria Velasco donated a joint bell ringer to celebrate the end of a long and well-deserved vacation including Hungary, Santorini among other locals, and ending in Pakistan. The cute couple did a make-up at the Rotary Club of Budapest City.

President Melanie (right) presented Susanne Huebel with her Paul Harris +2!  Congratulations, Susanne!


  • 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 Chad Sublet.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower cheerfully championed “The 4-Way Test Song”.
  • Thought for the Day – Colleen Stewart presented a thorough version of the purpose and history of Rotary.
  • Head Table – Chad and Isiah Sublet, Colleen Stewart, our speaker Chad Romine and President Melanie.
  • Sergeant at Arms – John Salaices
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Farah Khwaja; Greeter: Khaksar Ahmed; Mic 1: Jose Gutierrez; Mic 2: Farah Khwaja; Credit Cards: Beto Beas; Attendance Basil Karabala; Raffle: Henry Wong; and Cashbox: John Atwood.
  • Proposed New Members –  Juan Oregel, sponsored by Major Van Young, classification Salvation Army, Lieutenant/Corps Office, sponsor Van Young (2).
  • Birthdays This Week – Luis Duarte (23rd) and Peter Jaffe (25th).
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2019-2020 – 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. #058672 A lucky guest picked Jose Canseco and a consolation prize.

“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 Bill Brown

    Past-Presidents Remember their Presidential Year – Past-President Bill Brown, 2003-2004, remembers his year as “the year of the bell”.  The Rotary International bell traveled through-out the countries to commemorate Rotary’s Centennial and our club was the 92nd to ring it, since we are club #92.  The Rotary Convention was in Brisbane, Australia that year and a highlight of his trip included going to the Sydney Opera House and getting a Rotary tattoo.  Our club became a twin club to the Mexicali Club and continued the projects which included installing playground equipment in Mexico.  The club also supported the District’s international project in Kenya.

  • Diane Stauffer

    Hospice Sip-n-Strill – Diane Stauffer donated $25 to SRE to publicize the 18th Annual Moonlight Sip & Stroll, benefiting Hospice of San Joaquin. Heron Lakes Drive, August 17, 2019, 6pm-9pm, $60 or $70 at the door. Tickets:

  • 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.

Stockton Rotary Endowment and The Rotary Club of Stockton
Charity Allocations

The Stockton Rotary Endowment Fund (SRE) and the Rotary Club of Stockton are soliciting requests for funds for the projects of charitable organizations operating in San Joaquin County. There are various funds within SRE that have specific requirements related to funding amount and approval. For applications and complete explanations as to the funding process, specific fund requirements, amounts available, etc., go to Rotary Club of Stockton’s website at, or by mail to Peter Gormsen, Charity Allocations Committee Chairman, 1401 N. Hunter Street, Stockton, Ca 95202. Deadline for applications is September 15, 2019.

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:

Angel Sepulveda

Angel Sepulveda is the owner of Angel Sepulveda State Farm Agency, established in 2014. Angel grew up in the greater San Joaquin County area, and when the time came to open her business, she knew it would be in Stockton, CA. Her love for the community, and the opportunity for growth were things that drew her back to the city of her youth. Angel and her husband, along with their daughter Isabella made the transition from the mountain community of Sonora, to the heart of the city of Stockton in 2015.

Early in her career, Angel had the fortunate blessing of having someone within State Farm provide mentorship in the insurance and financial services industry. She was able to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to be a stand out professional in the field. Angel was the first in California to be accepted into a rigorous program that State Farm launched in 2012. The design of this program was to be a fast track learning program, which would prepare her to open her own agency.

Angel’s approach to her professional and personal life is to be of service to others; the trademark of her business is to treat everyone with integrity and care. Her firm belief is that we all have a responsibility to each other to build stronger communities and families. Immediately getting involved in the local community and establishing lasting relationships was the priority then, as it is today. She and her team empower her customers to make informed and educated decisions in order to help prepare them for the unexpected, as well as create goals when it comes to planning for the future.

She is involved in the Rotary Club of Stockton, the San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council, and Membership Chair for the SJC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and co-founder of the professional mentorship program Global Women’s Study Group.

Drawing on the examples of diligence, and hard work from her family, to the mentoring she gratefully received in the beginnings of her career, Angel continues to be of service to others in any way she can. Recognizing, that as a young entrepreneur, she has the ability to create impactful and positive change in the community.


  • $250 – Past-President Waqar and Maria Velasco donated a joint bell ringer to celebrate the end of a long and well-deserved vacation including Hungary, Santorini among other locals, and ending in Pakistan.  The cute couple did a make-up at the Rotary Club of Budapest City.
  • $25 – Diane Stauffer donated $25 to SRE to publicize the 18th Annual Moonlight Sip & Stroll, benefitting Hospice of San Joaquin.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Chad Romine
Subject: Evolution of Data Centers
Introduced By: Chad Sublet

Past-President Chad Sublet introduced Chad Romine, Vice President of Business Development for Nautilus Data Technologies. Chad announced that Stockton will be the location for the greenest, most environmentally friendly data center built for Nautilus on a barge off the Port of Stockton.  It is so environmentally friendly, that it only took 4 months to get the permit that routinely takes 18 months to complete and will open in October. There will be 14 highly paying technical jobs at the facility. Their clients include Applied Materials, government institutions, medical facilities and so forth.

Conventional data centers are a huge environmental hazard and drain on local power resources.  Data centers use up to 10% of the world’s power. This data center will have an open loop for water discharge and will be a 6 megawatt data center with 8 megawatts at full capacity using 30% less electricity. Their design is patented has already won significant awards for innovation.

Data centers are like the anchor store in a mall, bringing many more businesses to the area and this innovative facility will bring a great deal of global attention.

Next Meeting: July 31, 2019
Evening Meeting, “Family Game Night”


Upcoming Speakers

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”

September 2019

  • 04 – Marcela Gracewski, “Beyond Amazon and FedEx”
  • 11 – Janet Lucas, “Building Champions”
  • 18 – TBD
  • 25 – Evening Meeting

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