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With President Melanie looking on, Van Young (center) introduced the new member he has sponsored, Lt. Juan Oregel, Salvation Army. Juan grew up in Stockton and is excited to be back.

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  The meetings on the last Wednesday of the month will return to lunch time beginning next week, September 25, 2019!


  • 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 – Heather Schlenger
  • Song – In honor of the 72nd anniversary of the United States Airforce, Past-President Michael Blower conducted “The U.S. Air Force” song… Off we go into the Wild Blue yonder….
  • Jose Gutierrez

    Thought for the Day – Jose Gutierrez used technology real time to come up with his thoughts about real life blind spots. Blind spots should never be taken for granted.  Resist temptation to stay focused on blind spots and encourage others to challenge the blind spots in your own mind.

  • Head Table – Introducing our speaker, Bev McCarthy; our speaker Professor Lynn Hawley; Thought for the Day, Jose Gutierrez, and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Tonight to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices; Our photographer, Frank Whitney; 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: Jessica Ramirez; Mic 1: ; Mic 2: ; Credit Cards: Beto Beas; Raffle Tickets: Gerardo Ramirez; Attendance: Rob Gross and John cashbox.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2019-2020 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.
  • DONATION – Nick & Pam Curtin made a donation to SRE in memory of Gary Gillis.  NOTE: the Rotary Club of Stockton now donates $50 to SRE on behalf of an active Rotarian passing. The 1st donation was made on behalf of Gary Gillis.
  • Raffle – Buster Posey, Klay Thompson, Matt Chapman will be the winning cards for President Melanie’s sports card collection raffle drawing. Past-President Jerry Smith pulled a bottle of wine from the consolation chest to go with his Jeff Samardzija card.

Club Announcements

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Luis Duarte

    Mystery Bus Trip – Luis Duarte announced the deadline to cancel without being charged for the Mystery Bus Trip is Friday, September 27th.  After that date, you will be charged show or no show. Bus leaves at 1:30 from the Stockton Country Club: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 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.

Vocational Talk

Kevin Kauffman

Kevin Kauffman is a water resources consultant who came to Stockton in 1999 to work for Stockton East Water District.  Kevin semi-retired in 2013 and now consults for several entities.  Kevin encouraged parents to counsel their kids to enjoy the arts in high school and then get a technical degree in college as there is a shortage of trained people in the U.S.

With a $25 donation to SRE, Kevin brought an example of a patented device to allow water to percolate into the ground more efficiently and replenish ground water supplies.  Kevin also advertised for RYLA which takes place over President’s Day weekend.  RYLA needs volunteers to interview high school juniors who have been nominated as candidates for the 2020 camp. Interviews take place in October.


  • $25 – Kevin Kauffman (see above)

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Lynn Hawley
Introduced By: Bev McCarthy

Beverly McCarthy introduced Lynn Hawley, Professor of History at San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC).  Beverly noted that SJDC was recently rated the number one community college in the state and the fourth in the nation.  Beverly hailed Kathy Hart’s role in that accomplishment.

Professor Hawley has been an instructor at SJDC for 21 years.  The western states of Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho and Utah were the first states to adopt the constitutional amendment required to ratify the Women’s Right to Vote.  Each of those early adopting states had a different reason for approving this.  Wyoming, for example, hoped that it would encourage more women to move there.

When the law was put up for vote in CA, it lost the first time.  In San Francisco, it lost by a 3 to 1 margin.  This was mainly due to fear that women would change the alcohol laws (Women’s Temperance Christian Union) and try to reduce the corruption in San Francisco’s government.  In San Joaquin County, the vote was in favor of the Women’s Right to Vote.  Following that first failure, a number of women’s groups were formed to lobby for passing the legislation.  Irving Martin, a progressive Republican, lobbied very hard for this legislation over the next 15 years in the Stockton Record.

It appeared on the ballot again in October of 1911.  The women took advantage of the 11 trains per day (4 express) between San Francisco and Stockton to campaign all out in San Francisco. Over 10,000 women campaigned in San Francisco using fancy, new cars filled with pretty, young girls attracting men who then were given campaign fliers.

In the early vote count, it was behind in San Francisco, but this time it was losing 2-1 and the votes from all of the “country” counties were overwhelmingly favorable.  Three days later, after two recounts, the legislation passed.  California became the sixth state (after Washington) and the largest state to approve.  Thereafter, the national campaign really snowballed.

San Joaquin County men were so favorable because there was a belief that the good valley women would vote to clean up the evil and corruption of San Francisco.

Next Meeting: September 25, 2019
Motorcycle Bob, “From Iron Lung to Iron Butt”

Bob Mutchler is riding full throttle against polio. Though his legs are weakened because of a childhood bout with the virus, the 62-year-old Folsom resident is an avid motorcyclist who has traveled all over the world.

“I will continue to talk, to ride, to raise awareness until we have immunized the last child on Earth,” Mutchler has said to Rotary Club members.

Mutchler contracted the polio virus when he was 9 months old, years before the polio vaccine was available. His parents were told he never would walk. He spent three years in an iron lung in a children’s hospital.

Upcoming Speakers

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 – Ann Chargin, “Arbitration”

November 2019

  • 06 – Ann Johnston, former Peace Corps Volunteer, “Reflections on the Conflict with Iran”
  • 13 – Dustin Thoms, “Stockton Kings”
  • 20 – Dan Cort, “New Projects Downtown”
  • 27 – DARK (All Stockton Clubs Thanksgiving Meeting is on 11-26)


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