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District Governor Jim Pierce (3rd from right) presented the following Paul Harris Fellows (from left): Lynndee Riley, PHF+7; Ramon Fernandez, PHF+3; Luis Duarte, PHF+7; Judith Chambers, PHF+8; Colleen Stewart, PHF+2; Jim Pierce; Gary Frush, PHF+6; and Kathleen A Hart, PHF+4.

President Melanie and District Governor Jim Pierce (far right) look on as Dr. Joe Serra (second from left) presented Joe Goldeen his First Paul Harris Fellow.

Henry Wong presented and accepted on his wife’s behalf, her first Paul Harris.

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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The February 5th meeting will be held at The Reserve at Spanos Park, 6301 West Eight Mile Road, Stockton ( map )


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Melanie welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton!
  • Fellow American and Past-President Graham Tweedy

    Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Past-President Graham Tweedy who has apparently decided to stay a while and has become a U.S. Citizen, led the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-Way Test.

  • Song – In the spirit of unity, Past-President Michael Blower selected “God Bless America” for our song today.
  • Head Table – Our speaker today, Morgan Gross; Introducing our speaker, her father Robert Gross; and President Melanie.
  • 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: Khaksar Ahmad; Mic 1: Beto Beas; Mic 2: Jonathan Pakele; Credit Cards: Beto Beas; Raffle Tickets, Beto Beas; Attendance: John Salaices 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. #9888533 Colleen Stewart chose the Mark McGuire card and a Giant’s bobblehead from the treasure trunk.
  • Club Foundation Raffle – Check your numbers: Super Bowl XIV!

Club Announcements

  • Ray Call

    Mix and Mingle – Ray Call, Past-President of North Stockton Rotary, announced an after Hours is being held next Tuesday, Jan 28th from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Ave On The Mile on Pacific Ave. ( map )  This has been developed for all Stockton Rotarians.  Our first guests are the majority of the Stockton Mayoral candidates.  They each will speak briefly then mingle with the crowd.  Bring a friend!  Free entry, no host bar and small plates available for purchase.

  • 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.
  • 2019 Stocktonian of the Year – Come to the celebration for the Stocktonian of the Year our own club member Beverly Fitch McCarthy on Wednesday, February 12th at 6:00pm at the Stockton Golf & Country Club. $75 per person.
  • Sharon Tweedy

    Rotary Read-In – Stockton Rotary Read-In will be Thursday, 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.

  • Annual Fundraiser – The club will be dark on Wednesday, March 25th so don’t forget 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.
  • Past-President Waqar Rizvi

    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!

  • 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.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Morgan Gross, “Intern in D.C. for Nancy Pelosi”
Introduced By: Robert Gross

Robert Gross introduced his amazing daughter, Morgan Gross, who will be graduating with a B.A. in Political Science from CSU Stanislaus this spring.  This fall, during a very exciting time in Washington D.C., Morgan worked as an intern in the Office of the Speaker of the House, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

In Washington, Morgan sat in meetings of the Chiefs of Staff where the talking points for the week are decided.  Her role was to take notes which in turn were disseminated and she would recognize the talking points later in the week on television interviews and tweets. The Interns were clearly labeled with bright yellow badges and kept in the dark about many goings on.  They were also kept away from controversial situations like major protests to protect their naïve selves from being preyed upon by the media representatives for inside information.

Other internship tasks included many things such as answering phones, logging constituent calls, taking notes at briefings, attending hearings, managing the front desk of the Speaker’s suite and notifying the Capital Police of the numerous death threats directed to the speaker’s office.

On the day of the impeachment announcement, Morgan happened to be in the right place at the right time (and the right height) to be Pelosi’s lighting stand-in as the podium was prepared for the announcement.

Morgan is very grateful to her professor who reached out to her persistently to encourage her to pursue this opportunity.

Next Meeting: January 29, 2020
Jay Hislop, “Shelter Box”

Dr. Jay Hislop is Past President of North Stockton Rotary, (2016-2017), and currently serves on the District 5220 Grants Committee, the District 5220 Advisory Council, and is the co-chair of a new D5200 Leadership development Committee.  He is also a ShelterBox Ambassador, serving the area of District 5220. ShelterBox Ambassadors volunteer to create awareness, and to raise funds for ShelterBox’s international relief work. Jay is an attorney practicing healthcare, business, and real estate law, and a retired dentist.  He lives in Stockton, California, USA. He and his wife Gail have two adult daughters and a granddaughter who live in Santa Barbara, California, USA.  In addition to serving as a ShelterBox Ambassador and working on Rotary International Service projects, in his free time Jay is an artist who paints with watercolors and oils, and enjoys cooking, gardening, cycling, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, SCUBA diving, fishing and hunting

Upcoming Speakers

February 2020

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

March 2020

  • 04 – TBA
  • 11 – James Mousalimas, “SJCOE Update”
  • 18 – TBA
  • 25 – DARK – No Speaker – Friday 27th Night Fund Raiser

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