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Stockton Rotary Endowment Chairman Paul Kozlow (right) presented a check for $10,000 to Ed Figueroa of St. Mary’s Dining Hall who shared a holiday thank-you note from one of their guests.

Stockton Rotary Endowment Chairman Paul Kozlow also presented a check for $11,188 to Past-President Ann Johnston for Read-to-Me Stockton. Read-to-Me Stockton is currently mailing 9,000 books a month to children in Stockton at a cost of $18,000 per month.

“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 – Past-President Gary Putnam.
  • Song – A sorceress may have cursed Past-President Michael Blower with a frog voice.  Who knows what will be necessary to break the spell… so, together we croaked out, “You are my Sunshine”
  • Head Table – Our speaker today, Don Shalvey; Introducing our speaker, Past-President Ann Johnston; 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 – No COG club participation today because of the venue but John Salaices, our Sergeant-At-Arms, took care of moving the mic around to those that just had to speak.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2019-2020 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities.
  • Raffle – No Raffle today because of the meeting location but if you do draw Buster Posey or Klay Thompson they will be the winning cards from President Melanie’s sports card collection.  Next week there will be a raffle drawing.

Club Announcements

  • Christine and Patty the Duck

    Stockton Rotary Read-In –   Christine Morrissey announced that the Rotary Read-In date (February 27th) looms nigh and more volunteers are urgently needed.  Christine brought a guest, Patty the Duck, who is a Camp Fire survivor. Patty suffered serious burns on her webbed feet and now, fully recovered, is a literacy ambassador.  Contact Sharon Tweedy if you’d like to participate.  Note: If you’re reading and need a book to read, at next week’s Valentine’s meeting, Barns & Noble will have a table set up in the lobby to recommend and sell us books for the Rotary Read-In.

  • 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.
  • 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 at the Stockton Golf & Country Club.  President Melanie announced Jamie Nance will be the Master of Ceremonies and will choose the “Jamie Nance Award” recipient and announce his choice at the event.  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 critical funds for club operations.
  • 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: Don Shalvey
Introduced By: Past-President Ann Johnston

Past-President Ann Johnston introduced Don Shalvey, Deputy Director for K-12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he oversees charter schools, teacher preparation, and school and system leadership.

Don shared that the 1,100 employees of the foundation are “impatient optimists” with the goal of reducing inequity around the world and to provide opportunity for every human on the planet to live a productive and healthy life. An interesting work requirement at the foundation is for employees to spend 20% of their time reading and thinking.

The $50 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gifts about $4 billion annually and the 7th largest program supported is Polio Plus.  In Stockton, the foundation has contracted a feasibility study on building a teacher’s village.  The teacher’s village would feature retail on the bottom floor.  Affordable one-bedroom apartments might have an operating cost of $600 per month which are rented to new teachers for $900 per month.  At the end of 3 years, the teacher is given $9,000 to use for a down payment to buy a house.

Another focus area for Stockton is to create up to 11 schools that accelerate and combine opportunities for students to complete requirements for higher education and vocational opportunities. Statistics show that students who participate in these types of programs achieve higher education goals at much higher success rates.

Next Meeting: February 12, 2020
Gary Armagnac, “Film, TV and Stage actor”

Gary has been a professional actor in both film and theater from Start Trek to Shakespeare and has also been a writer and director.   If you are a Star Trek: the Next Generation fan, you might recognize him as Lieutenant McNary:   Gary is a delight and is now doing exciting things working with students in Pacific’s Media-X program where he is teaching Motion Capture.

Here is a link to a video of Gary talking about his work at Pacific:


  • $25 – Omar Khamisa for his telephone sounding off during the meeting.

Upcoming Speakers

February 2020

  • 19 – Colleen Stewart, “Songs of Yesterday,Questionable today
  • 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