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President Melanie (far left) looks on as Lynndee Riley (second from left) receives her Paul Harris 6 & 7. Lynndee also presented Paul Harris Fellows to her parents, Donna and Peter Ohm. Congratulations to all!

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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  • President Melodie starts the first meeting of the new year!

    Call to Order and Welcome! President Melanie welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton in the first meeting of the 2020 year!

  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Duane Isetti.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower celebrated the New Year with “Auld Lang Syne”. The poem’s Scots title may be translated into standard English as “old long since” or “for the sake of old times”.
  • Past-President Waqar Rizvi

    Thought for the Day – Past-President Waqar Rizvi continued the New Year Theme with a quote from William Shakespeare: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”  Rotary has been impacting and improving the world for 114 years and our club has been doing so for 105 years.  Sometimes people feel they don’t have enough time to volunteer, but this is a leap year.  Waqar encourages us to use that extra day to do some volunteering.

  • Head Table – Our speaker today, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs; Introducing our speaker, former Stockton Mayor and past Rotary Club of Stockton President Ann Johnston; and Thought for the Day, Past President Waqar Rizvi.
  • 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: Gerardo Garcia; Mic 2: Jessica Garcia; Credit Cards: Humberto “Beto” Beas; Raffle Tickets, Dwayne Garcia; Attendance: Henry Wong 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.  #9888467  Past President Michael Blower didn’t pick the winning card but did picked Eric Show from the Athletics, so he gave it to his dad and picked a package of socks for himself from the treasure box.

REMINDER: Effective January 1, 2020 Matthew Grizzle is the new Club Secretary.
Contact Information:

  • Office Tel: 209-472-9662
  • Cell #: 209-740-9070
  • Email:

Club Announcements

  • Stocktonian of the Year – Past-President Michael Blower as chair of the Stocktonian of the Year committee announced that once again, one of our club members has been selected.  Congratulations to Beverly Fitch McCarthy!
  • Holiday Bell Ringing – Monie Ky was so pleased with the way the holiday bell ringing went and gave special recognition to Omar Khamisa who was on vacation in Mexico and changed his flight to come back to do bell ringing.  Monie donated a bell ringer for the bell ringing – $250 to SRE!
  • Marcella Gracewski

    El Salvador Project – Marcella Gracewski thanked the club for your purchases and donations to the event that she organized for the children and families in El Salvador. Marcella shared that the children had many questions, such as what kind of food is this?  Answer – Pizza!  They must know the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  Please take a look at the video Marcella mentioned yesterday on her El Salvador Project. Thanks to all of you for supporting such a great cause and a dear member of our club!

  • Cathy Wooton

    Rotary Youth Exchange – Cathy Wooton is working on a Rotary Youth Exchange for our club this year.  High school students sponsored by our club will leave at the end of June for France to stay in the homes of Rotarians and then return with French exchange students who will stay in local host homes.  Please advise any teens you know who might be intéresse!

  • 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
  • NBC Nightly News

    NBC Nightly News: Saturday – Stockton’s Universal Basic Income – President Melanie showed a shot from the NBC Nightly News regarding Stockton’s Universal Basic Income program that featured the club’s WW2 Memorial at Weber Point.

  • SAVE THE DATE – Friday, March 27th.  Stockton Golf & Country Club where we’ll honor local first responders from SPD, Fire, SJ County Sheriff and the CHP. This will be our fundraiser for the year!
  • 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 and the club will pay your early bird registration by January 10th.  You are encouraged to take advantage of the nearby location and attend this year!
  • Past-President Graham Tweedy

    Bob (Santa) Blower

    Recognition of Santa (Bob Blower) – Past-President Graham Tweedy applauded Santa Bob Blower for going above and beyond this year at Spanos Elementary by doing a picture-taking fundraiser and Bob did a great job. Santa then went to every K – 2 classroom to distribute books and took more pictures with the Kindergartners.

  • President Melanie’s Club Project – Past President Bill Brown announced the workday at the Gospel Rescue Mission playground ( map ) HAS BEEN CANCELED! A future date will be announced. 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.


  • $250 (a Bell Ringer!) – Monie Ky gave special recognition to Omar Khamisa and donated a bell ringer for the bell ringing – $250 to SRE!
  • $80 – Past-President Terry Hull Sr. celebrated his 80th birthday with an $80 donation to the Rotary International Foundation!  Happy Birthday Terry!

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs
Introduced By: Former Stockton Mayor and Past Stockton Rotary Club President, Ann Johnston

Past-President/Mayor Ann Johnston introduced Mayor Michael Tubbs who became Stockton’s youngest mayor and the youngest mayor serving a city with a population of over 100,000 residents in 2017. During his term, Mayor Tubbs has focused on several new initiatives and has brought a great deal of positive attention and money to Stockton.

Mayor Tubbs sees major progress on so many fronts.  Every time the mayor sees a program that Stockton has been excluded from, he is quick to challenge and ask, and justify and get Stockton added to the list.

His time has been spent in meetings, meetings, meetings needed to secure the attention, funding and support of the federal, state and county governments and to allow local citizens and experts to create the plans that will offer long-term solutions to the city’s needs.  The mayor’s message is that things are not perfect, but they are moving in a better direction every day.

Next Meeting: January 15, 2020
Q. Karmue, “Save More Kids, Inc.”

QUANUQUANEI A. KARMUE better known as Q, is a survivor of the Liberian Civil War, activist, artist, and president/founder of Save More Kids, Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of Liberia’s children and rebuilding a country left in devastating conditions.

Witness: A Civil War Through The Eyes of A Child is the true story written by “Q” as he recounts of his family’s separation by civil war. 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. After escaping to the US through the strength and fortitude of his mother, Q adapted to American life, completed an Undergraduate Degree at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree at East Tennessee State University (ETSU).

Once a grown man, Q returned to the country he remembered as bloody and destroyed, and his family fulfilled a promise to God of adopting children of war and orphaned children. Renewed with a sense of purpose and a mission greater than himself, Q formed Save More Kids, as an organization to provide the resources, education, and action to create a bright future for the forgotten children of a post-war Liberia. For greater knowledge on Save More Kids, Inc., visit

Upcoming Speakers

January 2020

  • 22 – Morgan Gross, “Intern in D.C. for Nancy Pelosi”
  • 29 – TBD

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