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Past Stockton Rotary President, PDG 5220, and longtime Foundation Chair Susan Drake passed away. Our condolences to husband Dudley and their entire family!!

“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!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Tom Patti.
  • Song – Dedicated to Past-District Governor Susan Drake, Past-President Michael Blower led us in singing “Rotary 4-Way Test”.
  • Thought for the Day – Past-President Gary Putnam acknowledged Dudley Drake and Susan’s sister, Frances Looney in attendance today and then gave such an eloquent Thought For The Day remarking on all of the things we will miss and remember about Susan Drake.  In closing, Gary gave thanks for the time we had Susan in our midst and for her presence in our hearts forever more.Services for Susan will be held at the Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA, 2:00pm. ( map )  The Mid-Year Rotary Assembly being held in Stockton that day will conclude by 1:00 pm for those who wish to attend.

    The Club is making a contribution to the Stockton Rotary Endowment in Susan’s name and in October, we renamed our Community Service Scholarship the “Susan Drake Interact Scholarship” in honor of Susan’s decades of service inspiring and elevating our youth.  Additional donations are being accepted in her name for the Stockton Rotary Endowment and/or Rotary International.

  • Head Table – Our speaker today, Q. Karmue; Introducing our speaker, Fubara Jack; and Thought for the Day, Past President Gary Putnam.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices and John Atwood; Our photographer, Frank Whitney; Matt Grizzle for his work on the Audio Visual presentation; and Lynndee Riley & Eric Duran for all their work on the Wheel.
  • COG Club – Coordinator: Farah Khwaja; Greeter & Mic 1: Robert Gross; Credit Cards: Geneva Bamidele; Raffle Tickets, Gerardo Garcia; Attendance: Khaksar Ahmad 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. #9888490 Past President TJ Hull didn’t pick the winning card but did picked Jacob Evans card and a 49er mug for his father out of the prize chest.

Club Announcements

  • Sharon Tweedy

    Rotary Read-In – Stockton Rotary Read-In will be February 27th and will be the 29th year of this event!  Volunteer to read to a classroom and have a fun time!  Contact Sharon Tweedy if you’d like to participate.

  • Rotary Youth Exchange – The Rotary Youth Exchange participants will depart for France on June 28, 2020 returning on July 22, 2020.  The French students will arrive here on august 12, 2020. Students stay with same gender/age host students.  Students ages 15-19 are eligible and do not have to be related to Rotarians.  Application deadline is February 14, 2020. Flights must be purchased by March 31st, 2020.  The approximate cost to participants is $2,800 for airfare, insurance, application fee, personal spending money and travel documents.  There are sponsor opportunities for air miles, airfare and application fees. Contact Chris Currie, District 5220 Youth Exchange Chair,, 209 652-5976.
  • Tom Patti

    Annual Fundraiser – Tom Patti reminded everyone to save the date for Heroes night on Friday, March 27th where we’ll honor local first responders from SPD, Fire, SJ County Sheriff and the CHP. This will be the club’s major fundraiser for this Rotary year.  More information to follow.

  • Rotary Night at the Heat – Annual Teddy Bear Toss Night! Bring your kids, your teddy bears and your Rotary shirts and enjoy a great family fun night. Tickets are $15 and each Rotarian will be able to go on the ice to help pick up the teddy bears! Saturday, January 18th @ 6:00pm
  • Mid-Year Assembly – Past-President Waqar Rizvi is organizing the mid-year assembly. It will be held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education January 25th, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. You are encouraged to take advantage of the nearby location and attend this year!
  • President Melanie’s Club Project – Past President Bill Brown announced the workday at the Gospel Rescue Mission playground ( map ) will have a future date announced soon. You can still contact Bill to sign up!
  • 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.


  • $300 ($100 each) – Tom Patti donated $100 for missing a few weeks of Rotary and for using his adorable daughter as a pitchman.  Tom dragged Dan Wright and Blain Bibb into the light and each donated $100 for their recent absentia as well.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Q. Karmue
Introduced By: Fubara Jack

Fubara Jack introduced Quanuquanei A. Karmue, aka Q, Founder & President of Save More Kids, Inc.  Q is a survivor of the Liberian Civil War, activist, artist, and his nonprofit organization is dedicated to changing the lives of Liberia’s children and rebuilding a country left in devastating conditions.

In “Witness: A Civil War Through The Eyes of A Child” Q recounts his family’s separation by civil war and dramatic survival. Q wrote the “Witness” series to take readers through his childhood experience as a boy confronted with the terror, bloodshed, and chaos of a war-torn Liberia and his escape to the United States.

Q founded Save More Kids, Inc. as an organization to provide the resources, education, and action to create a bright future for the forgotten children of a post-war Liberia by building schools and obtaining land to create agricultural opportunities. For more information on Save More Kids, Inc., visit

Next Meeting: January 22, 2020
Morgan Gross, “Intern in D.C. for Nancy Pelosi”

Morgan Gross is currently a senior pursuing a B.A. in Political Science at CSU, Stanislaus in Turlock, CA. She will be graduating with honors in May 2020.

She recently completed participation in the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Congressional Internship Program. A program created by CEO Sylvia Panetta and her husband, the former Congressman, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Director of the CIA, White House Chief of Staff, and Secretary of Defense – Leon E. Panetta. This program selects one student from twenty-three California State Universities and three private schools to intern in congressional offices in Washington D.C. each Fall.

The Panetta Institute provides interns with weekly seminars led by experts in their field. Interns, prior to arrival in Washington D.C., had to attend a two-week training in Monterey, CA at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy to receive a training on how to be congressional interns. Daily tasks, weekly homework, and two major final projects were required upon completion of the internship.

After being selected as a representative of her school, she was selected to intern for the Office of the Speaker of the House, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). As an intern, she had the privilege to work within the leadership office and the personal office of the Speaker while in Washington D.C. Internship tasks included many things such as answering phones, logging constituent calls, taking notes at briefings, attending hearings, and managing the front desk of the Speaker’s suite.

After completing the internship program in the Fall of 2019, she is finishing her last semester in college. Once graduated from CSU, Stanislaus, she plans on taking a gap year before attending a law school in California. While in law school she plans to study criminal law and to one day become a District Attorney.

Upcoming Speakers

January 2020

  • 29 – Jay Hislop, “Shelter Box”

February 2020

  • 05 – Don Shalvey, “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation”
  • 12 – Melinda Dubroff, “Registrar of Voters”
  • 19 – TBD
  • 26 – Ann Neumann, “Terrible Employers”

January Birthdays…

Mas Kamigaki – Jan 1st*
Michael Keith – Jan 3rd
Sharon Manaois – Jan 4th
Duane Isetti – Jan 4th
Terry Hull, Sr. – Jan 5th
Kathy Hart – Jan 5th
C.P. Riddle – Jan 13th
Shari Garibaldi – Jan 14th
Jerry Butterfield – Jan 14th
Ken Norton – Jan 14th
Rod Place – Jan 18th
Gary Hansen – Jan 21st
Harley Smith – Jan 27th
*= 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 Matt Grizzle, Club Secretary and Chief Checker!

Contact Information
Attn: Matthew Grizzle, 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