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Thank you to the University of the Pacific Alumni Relations Staff for hosting us.

Special Reminders:

  • No day meeting next week – Holiday party at 6 PM at the Stockton Country Club.
  • Children’s Christmas Party at noon on December 18th then dark for next 2 weeks.
  • Next regular Meeting is January 8th, with Mayor Michael Tubbs

“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 – Jamie Nance.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower gave us the gift of one round of Jingle Bells!
  • Colleen Stewart

    Thought for the Day – For her year-end thought, Colleen Stewart encouraged us to see the holidays through the eyes of others who may have suffered a recent loss or for whom the holidays are difficult. Try to appreciate and enjoy the good things in your life and not focus on the annoyances that the holidays may present.Colleen cited her mother as her inspiration for positive thinking.  Her mother grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She attended boarding schools and only got to go home on the holidays.  As the oldest of 5 children born to a teenage mom, she was excited to be allowed to take home the Christmas tree from school and she inspired positivity in her own children.

    “ … I’m walking into 2020 with a clear heart and mind.
    If you owe me, don’t worry about it – you’re welcome.
    If you’re angry with me, you’ve won, congratulations.
    If we aren’t speaking, I wish you well.
    If you feel I wronged you, I apologize.
    Life is too short for all the pent up anger, holding grudges and extra pain….”

    Colleen wished us all hope, health and a good new year!

  • Head Table Introduction – Our speaker Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones; Introducing the speaker, Jamie Nance; Thought for the Day, Colleen Stewart and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices and John Atwood; Our photographer, 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: Farah Khwaja; Greeter: John Salaices & John Atwood; Attendance: Hal Monroe.
  • 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. (No raffle this meeting).

Club Announcements

  • Past-President Waqar Rizvi

    Club Officers – Past-President Waqar announced the slate was approved as nominated.  Congratulations to President Elect Gary Frush’s board and to President Designate Kevin Kauffman!

  • President Melanie’s Club Project – Past President Bill Brown announced the workday at the Gospel Rescue Mission playground ( map ) has been postponed, thanks to Mother Nature, to Saturday, January 11, 2020 8:30am to 2pm-ish, lunch provided. Bring your family and shovels. Contact Bill to sign up!
  • Cathy Wooton

    Stockton Rotary Holiday Party – Cathy Wooton announced the Rotary holiday Party to be held at the Stockton Golf & Country Club on December 11th @ 6 pm which will feature live music and dinner for only $35! Last chance to sign up and come to a great holiday party. Contact Cathy to get your name on the list!

  • International Project – Marcela Gracewski collected impromptu donations of $100 each totaling $500 from several generous club members to meet her International Project goal.  Marcela will be leaving on December 20th to make the holidays very merry for the small village in El Salvador.
  • Past-President Kuy Ky

    Salvation Army Bell-Ringing Day – Past-President Kuy Ky notes that Monie is still looking for a few volunteers to finish the Macy’s shifts for Salvation Army bell ringing. 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!
  • Donation – Nick and Pam Curtin have made a donation in the names of Gary Putnam and Gillian Murphy to the Stockton Rotary Endowment, Know LeRue Career Technical Scholarship Fund.
  • 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.


  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Chad Sublet donated $125 to SRE to celebrate his completion of the Spartan Race and another $125 because he spotted Jamie Nance in the race pictures as another proud finisher.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones
Subject: “Helicopter Program”
Introduced By: Jamie Nance

Jamie Nance introduced the 49th Chief of the Stockton Police Department, Eric Jones. Chief Jones brought Chief Pilot Dan Lowry and Air Support Supervisor Rich Buckley to help him answer questions about the air support helicopter.  With the issues faced by the city and county, it was critical to get a City of Stockton helicopter.  A request was written and pushed by our legislators at the state to get the money appropriated by the governor.  It was the first time the state had ever funded a helicopter for a city.

The department named the helicopter Falcon 1 Zero. The air team has assisted in 55 arrests. Currently, there are 2 full-time officers assigned to air support. When operational, they can respond to any spot in the city within 90 seconds and within any part of the county within 10 minutes.  The annual operating budget is $350,000.  The department is working to raise additional funds to increase staffing and the operating hours.

The Chief feels that this is the most effective tool they have been able to bring to crime fighting in Stockton.

Next Meeting: December 11, 2019
Evening Holiday Party – No Luncheon Meeting

Upcoming Speakers

December 2019

  • 18 – Children’s Christmas Party
  • 25 – DARK

January 2020

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  • 08 – Michael Tubbs, “Updates”
  • 15 – Q. Karmue, “Save More Kids, Inc.”
  • 22 – Robert Gross’ Daughter, “Intern in D.C. for Nancy Pelosi”
  • 29 – TBD

December Birthdays…

Mark Berbower – Dec 7th
Steve Reid – Dec 8th
Kevin Hicks – Dec 12th
Cliff Dochterman – Dec 13th
Chris Lema – Dec 14th
John Atwood – Dec 15th
Frank Whitney – Dec 15th
Marcela Gracewski – Dec 15th
Keo Keonorasak – Dec 20th
Octavio Cruces – Dec 27th
Russel Hagen – Dec 29th
Bill Wagner – Dec 29th
Pete Gormsen – Dec 31st
*= 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 Eric Duran for photos this week; 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