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Past-President Bob Blower was surprised with the presentation of of a 50 year pin and award recognizing his service to the United States, veterans and this community by Service Officer, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 52, Bob Appler.

“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 Bob Blower
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower led the “National Anthem”.
  • Beto Beas

    Thought for the Day – Beto Beas thoughts were of the number of people who went to sleep the preceding eve not knowing that it would be their last night on Earth, the last time to see their loved ones, or the beginning of a long and difficult journey through chronic illness. September 11, 2001 changed the course of history and the lives of thousands of people.

  • Head Table – Introducing our speaker, Judy Chambers; our speaker Pacific’s Director of Athletics, Janet Lucas; Thought for the Day, Beto Beas, and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Tonight to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices; Our photographer today, Eric Duran; 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/ Farah Khwaja; Greeter: Beto Beas; Mic 1: Basel Karabala; Mic 2: Chad Margigan; Credit Cards: Dwayne Garcia; Raffle Tickets: Amir Khan.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2019-2020 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.
  • Proposed New Member – Rod Place has sponsored Jonathan Pakele, classification IT manager for Envision 4 in Stockton CA. Jonathan has attended several meetings.
  • Raffle – Buster Posey, Klay Thompson, Matt Chapman will be the winning cards for President Melanie’s sports card collection raffle drawing. #312745 Eric Duran had to take a selfie for ‘The Wheel” before drawing the Paul Blackburn card and a consolation prize.

Club Announcements

  • Dr. Joe

    Education and Literacy Month September – Past-President Dr. Joe Serra was instrumental in developing the Rotary Read-In 29 years ago. Save the date for the next Read-in on February 27, 2020.

  • Matt Grizzle

    Miracle Mile Car Show – Matt Grizzle announced there will be a car show on the Miracle Mile on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 3pm to 7pm. or call 209 623-1144 to register your car for the show! $25 to SRE! ( Flyer )

  • 2020 District Conference – Don’t forget: 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.
  • District 5220 Award – In breaking news, the previously unnamed award mentioned last week that was presented to Sharon Tweedy by District 5220 was the Merit Award for Community Service. Congratulations again Sharon!
  • 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.Get in on the action before it’s too late!
  • 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”. This will be totally different than anything done before!
  • 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.

Past President’s Report

Reid Johnson: Rotary President 1970-1971

When Reid Johnson was President of The Rotary Club of Stockton, Richard Nixon was the U.S. President, Postage was 8¢, “All in the Family” was the top-rated TV Show and “Patton” won the best movie Oscar.

Past-President Reid (1970 – 71) remembers the club as rather conservative and dignified in the day. A coat and tie was the dress code. The club service was focused on local needs and an idea to host an exchange student was the first foray into international service. Hammers and shovels were taken to a site in south Stockton and a tot play park was built. The club championed the idea of starting a 911 system for San Joaquin County. The Speaker of the CA Assembly (a Tracy Rotarian) worked with the state legislature to fund the system. There were 210 members in the club. The territorial boundaries between clubs in North Stockton and Downtown Stockton were eliminated, allowing members to join any club, regardless of where they lived or worked.


  • $25 – Matt Grizzle for his Miracle Mile Car Show announcement.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Janet Lucas, Pacific’s Director of Athletics
Introduced By: Judy Chambers

Judy Chambers introduced our speaker, Dr. Janet Lucas, University of the Pacific Director of Athletics. Janet has been at UOP just over a year and has become a welcomed member of the UOP and Stockton Community.

UOP Athletics is using #uproar on social media to get the information out about all of the activities the intercollegiate athletics are involved in this year. Janet feels UOP Athletics represents the best of balance between sports, athletics and community service. The goal is to create championship quality individuals, ready to succeed and be of service in life after UOP.

The athletics department is focused on getting the general student body connected and invested in UOP sports. While football will not be returning, a football alumni reunion is in the works.

Next Meeting: September 18, 2019
Professor of History Lynn Hawley: SJ County’s role in Women’s Right to Vote in 1911

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., Boston University

Lynn originally wanted to be a marine biologist but ended up majoring in history. She blames all the incredibly encouraging history professors she met at UC Santa Barbara, Boston University, and University of Michigan. All of these places gave her opportunities to learn and teach and Delta gave her the opportunity to teach a women’s history class as a full-time job. She feels very fortunate that she gets to do this job every day since she is sincerely interested in this subject and she has met so many wonderful students while teaching here.

Courses Taught:

  • History 27, Women in History

Upcoming Speakers

September 2019

  • 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; Eric Duran 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