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District Governor Jim Pierce presented President Melanie the official certificate of completion for PETS.

With President Melanie looking on, Ken Steele (center) was awarded the Quiet Rotarian Award by District Governor Jim Pierce.

Rotarian of Merit Community Service Award was given to Sharon Tweedy (center) by District Governor Jim Pierce with President Melanie.


“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 monthly evening Rotary Club of Stockton’s meeting and asked all to greet each other.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Sharon Tweedy.
  • Song – Past-President Bob Blower lead all in “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”.
  • Thought for the Day – Ken Steele presented the history and importance of 4 way test.
  • Head Table – Introducing our speaker, Assistant District Governor Bob Melrose; our speaker District Governor Jim Pierce; Doug and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Tonight to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices; Our photographer, Past-President Waqar Rizvi; Lynndee Riley & Eric Duran for all their work on the Wheel; and Mathew Grizzle for his work on Audio Visual.
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Marcela Gracewski, filling in for Farah who is on vacation; Greeter: Beto Beas; Mic 1: Khaksar Ahmad; Mic 2: Basel Karabala; Credit Cards: Gerardo Garcia; Raffle Tickets: Jessie 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. Jessie Garcia won the raffle drawing but did not pick one of the winning cards. Consolation prize for her!

Club Announcements

  • 2020 District Conference – District Governor Jim Pierce promoted the 2020 District Conference by showing a video. The conference will be on April 22-24, 2020 at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite ( website ). The rooms will be $192 per day including taxes.
  • Rotary House Clean-Up – President Melanie announced the Rotary House at the county Hospital is having a clean-up day on Saturday September 28 at 9:00 until about noon. 2-3 members from each club are needed for the clean-up.
  • Fantasy Football Draft – Zach Downs made the announcement about forming the Fantasy Football Draft. Contact Zach for more details.
  • SUSD’s Stockton Master Innovators-Mentor-Coach 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 ).
  • Mystery Bus Trip – Save the date for this year’s Mystery Bus Trip: Saturday, October 5, 2019 leaving at 1:30pm, returning by 8:30pm. Attire will be “dressy-casual”.
  • 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:

Dennis Cochran

I was born and raised in Chico, California. Working during my college years, I enjoyed sales and marketing, and eventually became a regional trainer of sales teams. Grocery chains were my field. I later changed to the industrial chemical industry, joining Certified Labs. As graffiti became a greater community problem, I developed working relationships with cities and school districts, as well as the private sector. In addition, I started organizing community teams of volunteers, who were happy to help clean up their neighborhoods, and I formed a nonprofit for that purpose. Many businesses helped fund my program with candy machines, as well as annual agreements.

When the enterprise zone, including my graffiti removal on the application, was awarded to City of Stockton, the opportunity to improve downtown Stockton business was a good fit for my work. While that did not work out, I learned from the experience. I looked for other ways to serve the community. Always a joiner, I was invited to become a Rotarian. My background and training have helped to bring in new members and speakers. Maintaining Rotary’s WWII Memorial is my pet project..

Next Meeting: September 4, 2019
Marcela Gracewski, LBM Logistics is “Beyond Amazon and FedEx”

My name is Marcela Gracewski, I was born in El Salvador. I came to the United States at the age of fourteen with my family to pursue the American dream and for medical reasons for my little brother. After visiting hospitals in Maryland, Los Angeles, and Stanford my parents decided to move to Sunnyvale. My brother’s complex situation required many surgeries that required us to live in the Bay Area to be near Stanford Children’s Hospital. Stanford was the only children’s hospital at that time that offered to operate my brother as they were the most medically equipped and technology advanced at that time.

We moved to Stockton after I graduated High School. I went to Delta College then I transferred to Sacramento State University and got my degree in Marketing. While I was in college, my parents quit their jobs in the Bay Area and my father started his trucking company. When I graduated, I moved to Pleasanton to work for a transportation Logistics company for little pay. I was frustrated by never getting the opportunity to become a sales agent. Shortly afterwards with the help of my parents I started LBM Logistics, Inc.I was only twenty five at that time.

Couple years later I got married and I have two kids. Bianca and Diego, they are five and four years old. My husband is now in the Coast Guard reserve and works for the CHP in Martinez. My kids bring out the biggest joy in my life they make my bad day instantly better. I thank my family for always being next to me and having them as my support.

Professional area
Trucking hasn’t been easy specially when you are a young woman. People don’t want to take you seriously. Trucking is a fast and stressful industry, maybe this is why I like it. Every morning I have to chase drivers, shippers and receivers to get my job done.

Personal area
I love to sing, dance, act goofy, and do outdoor activities with my family.

One of my dreams
I would like to do a project in El Salvador to help people that are in need.

Current Projects
I am working on a wheelchair project in El Salvador and I am partnering up with a Rotary Club in San Salvador by sponsoring and mentoring kids to finish High School and be able to get a full scholarship to go to college.

I think that my life is like trucking; fast, stressful and fun!

Upcoming Speakers

September 2019

  • 11 – Janet Lucas, “Building Champions”
  • 18 – TBD
  • 25 – Evening Meeting*

October 2019

  • 02 – Dr. Kuy Ky, “Dentistry at St. Mary’s Dental Clinic: A Joy!
  • 09 – Susan Eggman, “Update 2019 Legislative Session”
  • 16 – TBD
  • 23 – Allison Dumas, “1st Generation to Go To College. CIP, now 50 years!”
  • 30 – Evening Social, “Halloween Party!”*

* Subject to possible change

September Birthdays…

Paul Kozlow – Sept 1st
Steve Luthy – Sept 6th
Shannon Ding – Sept 6th
Raul Chavez – Sept 10th
John Reusche – Sept 10th
Ken Miselis – Sept 17th
Jim Dyke – Sept 18th*
Susanne Huebel – Sept 21st
John Salaices – Sept 23rd
Priscilla Hernandez – Sept 24th
Pat Patmon – Sept 26th
Jim Anthony – Sept 26th
Jerry Smith – Sept 27th
Don Barry – Sept 29th
Ann Johnston – Sept 29th
Jonni Redick – Sept 29th
* = 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