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The nightly meeting was game night and all had a great time!  Members played board games and also had a corn hole playoff!  See all the action in the photos below.


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Melanie welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton’s evening meeting and asked all to greet each other.She mentioned that the meeting will be short so members and guests can enjoy fellowship and play games.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Priscilla Hernandez.
  • 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: Basel Karabala; Mic 2: Farah Khwaja; Credit Cards: Beto Beas; Attendance: Jose Gutierrez; Raffle: Henry Wong; and Cashbox: John Atwood.
  • Birthdays This Week – Eric Duran (28th), Steve Moralis (28th), Gary Frush (29th), Jeff Greenberg (30th), and Marc Bregman (31st).
  • 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.  Steve Bestolarides had the winning raffle ticket. He didn’t win the pot but got a Giants hat from the chest as 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,
  • 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.
  • 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:

Maria Velasco-Rizvi

I am excited to become a member of the Rotary Club of Stockton. I have been attending Rotary meetings and events for last 10 years as a guest since my husband, Waqar ie a member of the club. I am a graduate of Stagg High School. I attended Delta College and transferred to University of the Pacific where I received my bachelor, master and teaching credentials. I have been teaching at Victory Elementary School for the last 18 years. Waqar and I have two children, Fatima who is 10 and Ebraheem who is 5. We celebrated our 15 year anniversary this July and took a trip  to Hungary, Greece, Turkey and Pakistan.

I have always appreciated all the activities that Rotary does both locally and internationally. Being a teacher, I especially commend Rotary what it does to promote literacy. I am looking forward to contribute and getting to know each of you better.

Next Meeting: August 7, 2019
Boy Scounts and Rotary: History and Updates”


Upcoming Speakers

August 2019

  • 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

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; Past-President Waqar Rizvi 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