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Sharon Tweedy shared pictures from the Action on Behalf of Children (ABC) Awards banquet where Rotary was recognized for 28 years of Rotary Read-In. Dan Wright wrote the Rotary nomination for the award.

Cathy Wooton announced that Matt Grizzle has accepted the appointment of Club Secretary to complete Jerry Smith’s term and will be nominated for the next term to be voted on December 4th meeting with all the other officers. Thank you Matt!

Past-President Michael Blower continues to show-off his socks and President Melanie continued to reward the behavior with a jar of pickles (November 14th is National Pickle Day).

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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President Melanie announced that the December 4th meeting will be held at the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House at the University of Pacific ( map ).  The facility is located between the Biology building and the Long Theater.  Sign-up sheets will be on tables in coming weeks.


  • 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 – Jerry Smith.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower honored all divisions of the military in honor of Veterans Day.  We sang the National Anthem and From the Halls of Montezuma.
  • Dan Wright

    Thought for the Day – Today is National Kindness Day and Dan Wright spoke of the value of intentional kindness and shared this passage:“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a. listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

  • Head Table Introduction – Our speaker Dustin Toms; Introducing the speaker, Blaine Bibb; Thought For the Day, Dan Wright and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices and John Atwood; 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: Farah Khwaja; Greeter: Juan Oregel; Mic 1: Stephen Reid; Mic 2: Khaksar Ahmad; Credit Cards: John Salaices; Raffle Tickets, Henry Wong; Attendance: Robert Gross and John Atwood, and John Atwood at the cash box.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2019-2020 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.
  • Raffle – Buster Posey or Klay Thompson will be the winning cards for President Melanie’s sports card collection raffle drawing. #988840 Guest Past-President of North Stockton Rotary Lorie Diaz-Liddicoat pulled the DeMarcus Cousins card and a consolation prize!

Club Announcements

  • President Melanie

    All City Thanksgiving Luncheon – President Melanie is taking names of those who will be attending the All City Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Baptist Church Community Center (formerly Scottish Rite Temple) – map – on Tuesday, November 26th.  There will be no Wednesday meeting that week.  Tickets available at next week’s meeting.

  • President Melanie’s Club Project – Past-President Bill Brown announced President Melanie’s club project which is to replace the wood chip surface under the children’s playground at the Gospel Rescue Mission ( map ) with an updated safety surface. There will be a work day on Saturday, December 7, at 8:30am, bring your family and shovels.  Past-President Bill is looking for 4 more volunteers to join the current group of 7.  Contact Bill to sign up!
  • 3/1 Matching Points Program for New Rotarians – The Rotary Board has approved a 3 to 1 points match for members who joined within the last year towards their first Paul Harris Fellow donated within 12 months of join date. In addition to the special matching point program for new members,  a 1/1 matching points program for all members until the 10,000 points allocated are gone. Contact Linda Guinn for any questions at
  • Clare Simpson

    Membership Minute – Clare Simpson shared that she joined Rotary because she wanted to belong to a club with substance where you have the opportunity to really get to know each other.  Coming to some club meetings changed her view that Rotary is for old people because our members are so young at heart.

  • Stockton Rotary Holiday Party – Cathy Wooton announced the Rotary holiday Party to be held at the Stockton Golf & Country Club on December 11th which will feature live music and dinner for only $35!
  • Salvation Army Bell-Ringing Day – Colleen Stewart reminded us to sign up for a shift for the  for Salvation Army Bell Ringing will be at Macy’s and Dillard’s this year, 2-hour shifts from 10am to 6pm, December 14th. Everything donated in Stockton stays in Stockton. Last year, our kettles raised $900. Sign-up at a meeting or contact Monie Ky.
  • 2020 District Conference – Don’t forget: The conference will be on April 24-26, 2020 at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite ( website ). The rooms will be $192 per day including taxes.
  • 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.


  • $200 – Russel Hagen was the lucky winner of the club fundraiser trip to Hawaii.  They had a wonderful vacation and donated $200 to Rotary international.
  • $200 – President Melanie donated $200 to SRE for 10 tickets to the Stockton Kings game tonight.
  • $200 – Cathy Wooton matched President Melanie and donated $200 to SRE so President Melanie could sit court-side at the Stockton kings game.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Dustin Toms
Subject: “Stockton Kings”
Introduced By: Blain Bibb

Blain Bibb introduced Dustin Toms, Vice President of Business Operations for the Stockton Kings. There are 23 games left in the season and Dustin has the goal of getting everyone out to at least one game this season. The Stockton Kings have produced 7 NBA players!

On the business side, the goal is to provide a quality, exciting experience.  You may not recall the score, but you will remember the fun.

The team strives to lead with integrity by identifying and sharing the sports team with other interests, such as a pre-game video gaming night and increasing the number of women involved in the organization.

The team acts as an agent of change in Stockton by becoming involved with the community in fundraising and other projects such as the Kings Closet which is filled with not only toiletries and much needed basics, but also Kings SWAG.  Access to Kings Closet can be earned in numerous ways such as perfect school attendance and meeting reading challenges.

Contact Dustin to learn more about how sports can bridge the gap between you and your audience

Next Meeting: November 20, 2019
Dan Cort, “Building Residential Loft Apartments at City Hall”

As CEO of the Cort Companies, Dan Cort has been actively involved in the preservation and renovation of historic real estate in Northern California for the past 40 years, including National Historic Landmarks. Cort Companies has purchased, restored, and created over a million square feet of mixed-use environments in which office, retail, and affordable housing are combined for quality living (  Mr. Cort and his team have helped communities nationwide to restore and revitalize neighborhoods and downtown districts, with the emphasis on creating the urban village. Cort Companies has been a major force in reversing the trend from urban sprawl to the infill of our recovering central urban areas.

Dan Cort originally came to Stockton, California as a student at the University of the Pacific and holds a graduate degree in education with a lifetime teaching credential and an undergraduate degree in history and sociology, both from University of the Pacific. After leaving his teaching career, he began his real estate/development interest with the restoration of landmark Victorian homes; Cort was instrumental in establishing the mid-town Magnolia National Historic District in Stockton.  He developed Eden Square, an urban village with apartments, and adult and child daycare centers.  He then became fascinated with downtown historic commercial buildings, and over the years has renovated historic buildings for office, retail, Superior Court Family Law courtrooms, and two high-quality public charter schools bringing over 1,500 students to the heart of the city.  Cort was a founding member of The Children’s Museum and Vice-Chair and founding member of the Downtown Stockton Alliance, a property-based improvement district.

Cort lectures throughout the United States on the preservation of our inner cities, housing, job creation, and public/private partnerships. As a consultant for public agencies revitalizing their downtowns, Mr. Cort offers practical and innovative approaches to the renewal of our cities.

Dan Cort was a three-term Mayor of Pacific Grove, California.  During his tenure he was successful in balancing the budget, encouraging downtown historical development, creating public-private partnerships (notably the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum), and participating in numerous sustainability projects.  Mr. Cort and his wife Beth founded “Trees for PG,” a pioneering program in which 2,000 trees were planted in the urban forest.  He is co-founder of “Sustainable PG.”

Mr. Cort resides in San Francisco and Pacific Grove with his wife.  He is the author of Downtown Turnaround: Lessons for a New Urban Landscape, which was published in 2010 (  He is currently working on his second book, The Do-It-Yourself Nation.


City Council Member, Mayor Pro-Tem and Mayor, City of Pacific Grove, California 2004 – 2009
Pacific Grove Planning Commission, 1999-2004., Chairperson – 2003-2004
Ocean Council, Oceana
Board of Directors, Sealife Conservation
Board of Directors, Pacific World History Institute
Advisory Board, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific
Advisory Board, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS)
International Advisory Board, MIIS
Founding Board Member, Vice-Chairman, Downtown Stockton Alliance
Board of Directors, United Way of San Joaquin County
Founding Member, Board of Directors, The Children’s Museum of Stockton
Rotary International, Stockton, CA
Lifetime Member, California State Teachers Association
Member, Urban Land Institute

Upcoming Speakers

November 2019

  • 27DARK (All Stockton Rotary Clubs Thanksgiving Meeting – Baptist Church Community Center (formerly Scottish Rite Temple) – map – on Tuesday, November 26th

December 2019

  • 04 – Chief Eric Jones, “Helicopter Program”
  • 11 – Evening Holiday Party – No Meeting
  • 18 – Children’s Christmas Party
  • 25 – DARK


November Birthdays…

Dudley Drake – Nov 1st
Kory Ley – Nov 3rd
Khaksar Ahmad – Nov 4th
Fred Gassner – Nov 10th
Waqar Rizvi – Nov 10th
Karyn Johnson – Nov 13th*
Basel Karabala – Nov 14th
Juan Oregel – Nov 14th
Fred Weibel – Nov 14th
Christine Morrissey – Nov 15th
Graham Tweedy – Nov 16th
Tom Perry – Nov 22nd
Jim Woodward – Nov 22nd
Jan Ambriz – Nov 23rd
Gary Putnam – Nov 27th*
Tony Despotes – Nov 28th
Ken Steele – Nov 29th
Walt Wager – Nov 30th
*= 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 this week; 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