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Past-president Waqar announced that the Rotary Club of Stockton was awarded a Presidential Citation with Platinum Distinction for the 2018-2019 club year. Here he presents the citation to President Melani. Congratulations to all of us who contributed to this achievement!

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”


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!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Sharon Tweedy.
  • Song – Past-President Bob Blower drew inspiration for today’s song from a snowy day-trip to Yosemite, “America the Beautiful”.
  • Thought for the Day – Past-President Waqar Rizvi reflected on the beautiful souls recently lost, Past-District Governor Susan Drake, basketball great Kobe Bryant and the others lost in the helicopter crash this weekend.
    “To do more for the world than the world does for you – that is success.” – Henry Ford
    “A life lived for others is a life lived well.” –Albert Einstein
  • Head Table – Our speaker today, Jay Hislop; Introducing our speaker, Past-President Waqar Rizvi; and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices and John Atwood; Our photographer, Eric Duran; 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: Marcela Gracewski; Mic 1: Basel Karabala; Mic 2: Jonathan Pakele; Credit Cards: Dwayne Garcia; Raffle Tickets, Geneva Bamidele; 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.  #9888565 Past-President Bob Blower chose a Brandon Belt card, disappointing to him on more than one level.  All of the Athletics swag is gone from the treasure box, so he chose some wine.
  • Club Foundation Raffle – Check your numbers: Super Bowl XIV!

Club Announcements

  • Kory Ley

    Stockton Rotary Read-In – Kory Ley really encouraged all of us to get signed up and gave the prize of a Read-In Book to Madisen Sena and Past-President Waqar Rizvi – the first two to volunteer on the spot!  Spoiler Alert!:  A celebrity duck will be at our meeting next week.  We are short of readers this year, so please sign up!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tom Patti

    Hero’s Night – 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.  Tom Patti announced Jamie Nance will choose the Jamie Nance Award recipient and announce his choice at the Heroes Night Fundraiser on Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Stockton Golf & Country Club.  Everyone (except Tom Patti who will be in London teaching a Cus D’Amato boxing clinic) will be there to recognize our local heroes and raise money for SRE

  • 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.

Vocational Talk

Humberto “Beto” Beas

Humberto “Beto” Beas is doing his part to save the world by offering Hybrid and Electric Vehicles for sale at Beas Auto Sales.

Beto works 7 days a week, driving or flying to Los Angeles on Mondays and Fridays, going to Sacramento and Fairfield on Tuesdays to view cars.  On Wednesday, Beto hangs out with potential buyers of cars at Rotary.  The work is so fun for Beto that the rest of the time, you can find him at the dealership doing what he loves.


  • $25 – Hal Monroe for his phone going off during the meeting.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Jay Hislop
Introduced By: Past-President Waqar Rizvi

Past-President Waqar Rizvi introduced R. Jay Hislop, Esq. (also a retired dentist), and Past-President of North Stockton Rotary, (2016-2017).  Jay 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.

As a District 5220 ShelterBox Ambassador, he volunteers to create awareness, and to raise funds for ShelterBox’s international relief work. The mission of ShelberBox is to provide immediate emergency shelter and other lifesaving aid to survivors of a disaster or humanitarian crisis. The mission is specific and does not include areas experiencing chronic shelter issues.

ShelterBox is a Rotary Project that does not receive any financial support from the Rotary Foundation.  Each shelter box costs about $1,000. It includes a special tent, tent liner, water filtration, tools, blankets, special LED solar lights and so forth.

ShelterBox designates anyone or any organization that donates $1,000 or more as a Hero Donor.  Via serial numbers, the box (es) you buy can be traced and you can be notified of their exact deployment location.  Jay’s mission is to raise $50K this year.

Next Meeting: February 5, 2020
Don Shalvey, “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation”

Don Shalvey is a Deputy Director for K-12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he oversees charter schools, teacher preparation, and school and system leadership. Prior to joining the foundation, Don was the founder and CEO of Aspire Public Schools, and has spent the past 40 years in public education where he is widely recognized as a leader in public school reform and the charter school movement.

In 1992, Don served as the Superintendent of San Carlos School District, where he sponsored the first charter school in California. The San Carlos Charter Learning Center became a California Distinguished School and has since served as a model for many other charter schools. In 1998, Don and entrepreneur Reed Hastings co-founded Californians for Public School Excellence, a grassroots organization that led to the passage of the Charter Schools Act of 1998, which lifted the cap on the number of charter schools in the state. Dr. Shalvey is a frequent advisor to policy makers, practitioners and authorizers of charter schools across the nation. In 2002, the prestigious Ashoka Foundation recognized Don as a Fellow for his outstanding work as a social entrepreneur. More recently, Don was given the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for advancing the quality of life for Californians, and in June 2009, he was elected to the Charter School Hall of Fame.

Don earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership/Administration from the University of Southern California, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Gonzaga University, and a B.A. from LaSalle College.

Upcoming Speakers

February 2020

  • 12 – Gary Armagnac, “Pacific”
  • 19 – TBA
  • 26 – Ann Neumann, “Terrible Employers”

March 2020

  • 04 – Becky Plath, “Volunteers in Police Service”
  • 11 – James Mousalimas, “SJCOE Update”
  • 18 – Melinda Dubroff, “Registrar of Voters”
  • 25 – DARK – No Speaker – Friday 27th Night Fund Raiser

February Birthdays…

Liz Blanchard – Feb 5th*
Colleen Foster – Feb 6th
Dave Midura – Feb 9th
Hil Silver – Feb 10th
Laura Pinkerton – Feb 11th
Amir Khan – Feb 12th*
Dorothy Serra – Feb 14th
Ann Van de Mark – Feb 14th
Chad Marcigan – Feb 19th*
Tom Harrington – Feb 20th
Dennis Smallie – Feb 22nd
Shak Khan – Feb 22nd
Brett Morgan – Feb 24th
*= 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; Eric Duran 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