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Lynndee Riley waited 25 years to qualify for “rule of 85” and just when she gets it, the missed meeting fees were eliminated… Even though rendered symbolic, it was worth $85 to the SRE Scholarship Fund.

“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 Melanie welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton’s meeting and asked all to greet each other.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Past-President Waqar Rizvi.
  • Song – Past-President Bob Blower led “God Bless America”.
  • Past-President Waqar Rizvi

    Thought for the Day – Past-President Waqar Rizvi: Waqar Rizvi led a moment of silence in memory of the lives lost this last week in mass shootings and then shared these thoughts:

    • It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. — Audre Lorde
    • We were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us. — Pravinee Hurbungs
    • You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one — “Imagine”, John Lennon
  • Head Table – President Melanie’s guest, Kim Sutton; Thought for the Day, Past-President Waqar Rizvi; introducing our speaker, Dennis Cochran; our speaker Don Parsons from Boy Scouts of America and President Melanie.
  • John Salaices

    Club Tribute to Sergeant at Arms John Salaices –  Thank you so much for all your hard work and help.  You are always willing to be there for our club whenever we need you.  Great Job!  We appreciate your time and effort just to assist us.  Meetings are a success because of you!  Thank you!

  • COG Club – Coordinator: Farah Khwaja; Greeter: Jessica Ramirez; Mic 1: Basel Karabala; Mic 2: Farah Khwaja; Credit Cards: Gerardo Garcia; Attendance: Robert Gross; Raffle: Henry Wong; and Cashbox: John Atwood.
  • Welcome New & Returning Stockton Rotarians – Kory Ley and Dwayne Garcia!
  • 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. #058797 Clare Simpson took a trip to the prize box.

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,
  • Sharon Tweedy

    SUSD’s Stockton Master Innovators-Mentor-Coach Program – Sharon Tweedy announced SUSD’s search for volunteers for the Stockton Master Innovators Program. Mentor Coaches are needed to volunteer for an hour with a student to give feedback on the high school juniors’ projects For more information, contact Veronica R. Lynch 209-933-7035 x2062 ( Flyer ).

  • President Melanie

    Peace Night At the Ports – President Melanie announced the five Area 2 clubs will be forming a human Peace sign at the beginning of the Stockton Ports game on Friday night August 23rd at the Banner Island Ball Park in Stockton ( map ). Come early for an All City Rotary Tailgate party and be a part of promoting peace through Rotary. Each Rotarian will carry a flag from each country we have had/have service projects in to form a human peace sign on the field. A drone will take our picture to share with the Rotary World. Tickets are $20 which includes the game, the tailgate party and the fun. Hope to see everyone there. Tail gate starts at 5:30 pm and the game begins at 7:10 that evening. Monies generated by this event will go towards providing handicapped children playground equipment for a park in Stockton.

  • Past-President Dr. Kuy Ky

    Vocational Report – Dr. Kuy Ky: So few people remember Past-President Kuy Ky… thank goodness he was recruited for a vocational refresher. For 23 years, Kuy has never missed an appointment at his practice. Even if he is ill, he will still Drill, Fill and Bill – even with a broken hand from snowboarding. Kuy aspires to be the reason that more people smile.

  • 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.


  • $85 – Lynndee Riley for joining the “Rule of 85” club.  $85 to the SRE Scholarship Fund.
  • $25 – Chris donated $25 for letting his phone ring during the meeting.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Don Parsons, Vice President of Operations for the Boy Scouts of America Greater Yosemite Council.
Introduced By: Dennis Cochran

Dennis Cochran introduced Don Parsons, Vice President of Operations for the Boy Scouts of America Greater Yosemite Council.  Stockton Rotary Club has sponsored the Boy Scouts in the past and our club boasts many Scouts and Eagle Scouts.  In recent years, attempts have been made to update, be more inclusive and increase membership by allowing girls to be eligible for the younger scouting programs.  The older Explorer program has included young women since the 1970s.

Don discussed what the organization had done and is doing regarding the sexual abuse that has been high profile in the media recently.  The organization requires leaders to complete an abuse prevention training, the organization is a mandatory reporter.  When kids join scouting they are given a book that begins with a parent’s guide to child sexual abuse.  Before the scout can attend meetings, parents must go through the chapter with their child to teach about appropriate and inappropriate secrets and touching.  The organization has a “two-deep” policy which requires two leaders to be present at all times with scouts.  Since the 1920’s, the organization has been keeping a “Do Not Recruit” list of people who should not be included as leaders for reasons including allegations of abuse, records of driving under the influence and other criminal records.

Next Meeting: August 14, 2019
Jose Nuno, “Visionary Home Builders Services – Overview”

Jose Nuño is the Vice President of Programs and Services at Visionary Home Builders of California Inc., (VHB) a nonprofit affordable housing developer and HUD-approved housing counseling agency in Stockton, California. He has worked for VHB for more than 13 years and has directly overseen numerous single and multi-family development projects covering all phases of acquisition, financing, rehabilitation, lease-up and operations. Jose has also overseen homebuyer education/certification for first-time homebuyers, foreclosure counseling and VHB’s Rent-to-Own program.

Currently, Jose oversees the agency’s service and homeownership programs which includes VHB’s $150 million real estate portfolio located within five (5) counties in California. He assures that the properties are operating with the agencies mission in mind to create and advocate for healthy, vibrant, safe communities through the development of affordable housing and educational opportunities for families, seniors, and individuals of low and moderate income.

Jose is actively involved in many organizations. He has been a member of and served on numerous boards and committees, including: National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), City of Manteca Planning Commission, League of United Latin American Citizens, Housing California, The Great Valley Center’s Institute for the Development of Emerging Area Leaders, CSU Stanislaus – Stockton Center, Leadership Stockton Alumni Association, City of Stockton Mayor’s Task Force on Persons with Disabilities and the California Coalition for Rural Housing Internship Program.

Jose was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and moved to the United States at a young age. He is a first-generation Latino to graduate from college. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from his alma mater. Jose also served 8 years in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Upcoming Speakers

August 2019

  • 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

August Birthdays…

Joe Serra – August 4th
Linda Guinn – August 5th
Angel Sepulveda – August 8th
Zach Downs – August 8th
Beve McCarthy – August 10th
Sally Fandrich – August 25th
John LaRue – August 26th
Louis Lemos – August 27th
Clare Simpson – August 28th*
* = 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; Mathew Grizzle, Audio Visual; 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