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Zach Downs and Matt Grizzle announced that since last year’s Fantasy Football winner has moved and is no longer in the club, by default, second-place Past-President Michael Blower will be credited for last year’s win. With a poor performance last year, Tom Patti donned a pink t-shirt stating, “I used to be good at fantasy football, but not last year.” Tom’s strategy is to randomly guess and that strategy has served him well 50% of the time so far.

“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 – Tom Patti.
  • Song – In honor of American Football, the sport with the biggest fan base in the U.S., Past-President Michael Blower led “God Bless America”.
  • Thought for the Day – Clare Simpson shared thoughts about gender payback. It turns out that in 42% of households with 2 partners, the women make equal to or more than the man. In California, this is true in 60% of households. Women take a penalty for time away from careers when having children which becomes exponential over the length of their working lives. Men commonly apply for jobs that they have 60% of the qualifications to do and women tend to apply for jobs that they have 100% of the qualifications to do. Clare’s recommendation to women is to go after each job and always negotiate to get the compensation that you think you are worth.
  • Concern Report – Diane Stauffer reports that Peter Jaffe’s mother passed last week after a long period of failing health. His mother lived in Berkeley and was an avid supporter of Peter and his family.
  • Head Table – Introducing our speaker, Kuy Ky; our speaker Marcela Gracewski; Thought for the Day, Clare Simpson, and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Tonight to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices; Our photographer today, 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/ Farah Khwaja; Greeter: Dwayne Garcia; Mic 1: Beto Beas; Mic 2: Chad Margigan; Credit Cards: Keo Keonorasak; 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. Beto Beas held the winning raffle number, but pulled a juiced up Mark McGuire card for a trip to the consolation box.

Club Announcements

  • Education and Literacy Month September – President Melanie announced that Sharon Tweedy received a very special award last Wednesday. It was a big deal, but apparently the exact title of the award is not to be mentioned. Sharon announced that the club will add some new service projects to our literacy efforts.
  • 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.
  • Ride to help Children Suffering from Cancer – Tom McHugh announced he will ride again (bicycle). Tom called for a raise of hands and several went up, helping him make his goal of $2,000. This year the ride will benefit a charity that helps children suffering from cancer. $25 to SRE.
  • 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”. 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.

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:

Past-President Bob Blower

Past President (2001-2002) Bob Blower was born in Oakland in 1941 and raised in Walnut Creek. Bob was a pretty good football player and upon graduating from high school received a football scholarship to the University of Idaho. While attending college he enrolled in the Naval ROTC program. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Upon graduating from college in 1964 he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While aboard the USS Magoffin (APA-199) he made three trips to the Viet Nam. After 2 years at sea he received orders to the U.S. Naval Communications Station on Rough and Ready in Stockton for three years. During this time he had the toughest job of his life as Casualty Calls Officer, notifying next of kin of the death of a relative in Viet Nam. His service time was a total of 10 years active and reserve and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

In 1969 Bob entered the real estate business and is currently in his 51st year. For years he was President of Grupe Realtors and then had his own company. He and his wife Kris moved to Kauai in 2003 and sold real estate there before returning to Stockton in 2006. He currently manages the Century 21 office in Lodi. Honors include Salesman of the Year, Realtor of the Year (twice), Top Ten, and Masters Club. He served many years as an association Director.

When Bob became Rotary President in 2001, he instituted the “Heart Stopper” fine of $500. As a pastime, Bob officiated high and college football games for 51 years (over 1000 games) so he would put on his ref’s had a blow his whistle when it was time for fines. Fines were in “yardage” which translated to dollars. His proudest accomplishment of his year as Rotary President was the completion of the World War Two Memorial in Weber Park in downtown Stockton. It was dedicated on Memorial Day of 2002. About 500 people attended including many war veterans and featured a flyover of World War Two vintage bombers,a B-17 and a B-24. To help defray the costs the Club sold 800 bricks at $100 each with the names of WW 11 vets inscribed. Our Club has an annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the site to ensure the heroes are not forgotten. 9/11 happened during Bob’s year and the 9/12 meeting was the probably the most somber meeting in recent years.


  • $50 – Blain Bibb and Brian Dillon gave $25 each To the “Find Brian Fund”. It seems a number of Rotarians are interested in finding Brian.
  • $25 – Tom McHugh’s ride to help children suffering from cancer announcement (to SRE).

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Marcela Gracewski, LBM Logistics, Inc.
Introduced By: Past-President Kuy Ky

Past-President Kuy Ky introduced fellow Rotarian, Marcela Gracewski, LBM Logistics, Inc. LBM Logistics, Inc. is a third-party logistics company. Marcella introduced us to some of the unusual things that her company specializes in moving such as large construction equipment, boats, cranes and even buildings. It turns out, you can be well-kept, fashionable and in the trucking business. Third-party brokers coordinate all the activity related to a job and have to know all the rules related to whatever needs to move and for wherever it needs to go.

Pricing loads is very complicated. California is a very expensive destination for shipping because of the high cost of fuel, the pending 2023 requirement that truck engines be 2010 or newer, traffic congestion which affects the 14-hour limit for long-haul truckers and many other regulations. Marcella recommends that you go to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website for information on shippers in order to find good shipping companies.

Next Meeting: September 11, 2019
Janet Lucas, “Building Champions”

Janet Lucas, a nationally recognized administrator with extensive leadership and management skills who previously served as the interim athletics director at two different California public universities was named the University of Pacific Director of Athletics on April 12, 2018 and began her new post on May 7, 2018.

“I am extremely honored to be joining this great university,” Lucas said. “The opportunity to lead this program in the pursuit of excellence with integrity and building champions in the classroom, in competition and in the community is truly a privilege.”

“This is a special place and I am excited to begin engaging with the campus and community as we work together to shape the future.”

Joining UC Riverside in November 2006, the executive associate director of athletics and senior woman administrators duties included serving as the department’s second in command and providing leadership and management of the university’s 17-sport program. Her responsibilities have included overseeingthe day-to-day operations, supervising academic services, business operations, compliance, event management and sports medicine. She managed the athletic scholarship program and at times supervised external areas such as marketing, fundraising and media relations. She also served on various Big West committees and the NCAA Division I Leadership Council and the Legislative Review and Interpretations Committee. She was named the 2015 Administrator of the Year for NCAA Division I by National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, now the Women Leaders in College Sport. She served as the interim athletics director at UC Riverside and also at her previous position at California State University, Northridge.

She held similar duties at Cal State Northridge, where she worked from June 2004 to 2006. Her accomplishments included adding a $1 million office building for athletics staff and coaches, stabilizing the department’s finances, and rebuilding the institution’s compliance program.

Prior to Cal State Northridge, Lucas spent 15 years at James Madison University in Virginia, rising to the position of senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator. She was also an athletics department administrator at University of Maine in Orono.

Upcoming Speakers

September 2019

  • 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; Past-President Waqar Rizvi 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