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Stockton Rotary Endowment Chair, Paul Kozlow presented a check for $5,000 to Mary Graham Center.

Stockton Rotary Endowment Chair, Paul Kozlow (right) presented a check for $5,000 to the Gospel Rescue Mission.

Past-President TJ Hull, Jr. (left) won the 2019 Fantasy Football League and receives the Trophy from Secretary Matthew Grizzle!

For every winner, there’s a loser but last place!?? That distinction went to Brian Dillon who had to wear the last place shirt for the rest of the meeting.

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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  • Call to Order and Welcome! Past-President Michael Blower ran the meeting today and welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Karyn Johnson.
  • Song – Past-President Bob Blower brought it with a rousing rendition of “America the Beautiful.”
  • Thought for the Day – Kevin Hicks cheered the fact that on the “Most Diverse” list Miami didn’t make it, Los Angeles was #8, New York City was #4 and STOCKTON was #1!
  • Head Table – Our speaker today, Colleen Stewart; Introducing our speaker, Corie Stewart; and Past-President Michael.
  • 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: Geneva Bamidele; Mic 1: Khaksar Ahmad; Credit Cards & Raffle Tickets, John Salaices; Attendance: Henry Wong and John Atwood, and John Atwood at the cash box.
  • Past-President TJ Hull, Jr.

    Concern Report – Past-President TJ Hull updated the club on his father’s recovery from a bad reaction to some medication that he was taking for his back.  Past-President Terry Hull is expected to be released from the hospital today.

  • 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. #9888637 – Cathy Wooton pulled the Rob Nelson card and a lovely (tasty) consolation prize from the Treasure Box.

Club Announcements

  • Past-President Graham Tweedy

    Spanos Interact Box Tops Fundraising Program – Past-President Graham Tweedy announced the big news that the box tops fundraising program has gone digital.  The new box tops is here!  Box tops for education has gone hi tech.  Go to your favorite app source, search for “Box tops for education”, download, sign up, search for “Spanos Elementary”, you are done.  When you buy your next box of cheerios use the app to take a picture of your receipt.  One more box top and 10 cents for Spanos playground equipment.  If you still wish to just cut out the box top, perfect.  Bring your load to Rotary and Spanos Interact will thank youNow you can download the app, take a picture of the receipt with box top eligible items, upload and get credit for Spanos Elementary.

  • Kevin Kauffman

    Zach Downs

    Ski Trip Recognition – Kevin Hauffman (AKA Kauffman) went to Telluride, CO for a 12-day ski trip and donated $250 to a new fund he is establishing called the “voluntary” Missed Meeting Fund (MMF) which will be used to replace the money gone missing from the elimination of missed meeting fees.  Zach Downs joined in to donate $250 to the MMF!

  • North Stockton Rotary After Hours – Come mix and mingle with Rotarians from Stockton on the last Tuesday of each month at the “AVE On The Mile” located @ 2333 Pacific Avenue, Stockton ( map ) from 5:30pm –7:30pm.  See what’s happening Tuesday, February 25th.
  • Sharon Tweedy

    Stockton Rotary Read-In –   Sharon Tweedy reminded everyone the Rotary Read-In date (February 27th – NEXT WEEK) looms nigh and more volunteers are needed.  Contact Sharon Tweedy if you’d like to participate.

  • Hero’s Night – Annual Fundraiser – Secretary Matthew Grizzle reminded everyone 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.  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.  NOTE:  The 27th will be considered a REGULAR MEETING replacing the 25th.
  • Past President John Reusche

    RYLA – Past-President John Reusche called out Dudley Drake for getting him involved in RYLA 28 years ago.  Over the years, John recruited wife, Sherri, to organize the event and continues to be impressed with the quality of young people who participate in this program.  Past-President Michael thanked Judy Chambers, Sharon Tweedy, Laura Pinkerton and Kevin Kauffman for conducting the interviews and Past-President TJ Hull, Zach Downs, Past-President Kuy Ky, Kevin Kauffman, John Reusche and Past-President Michael Blower who were camp counselors.

  • Impromptu Foundation Fundraiser – Past-President Michael Blower did an impromptu Foundation Fundraiser to help President Melanie get a little closer to her $60K Foundation goal. See below under “Recognitions” to see who stepped 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.


  • $1,000 (Double Heart Stopper) – Stocktonian of the Year, Beverly McCarthy donated a Double Heart Stopper ($500×2) to the Rotary Foundation.
  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Kevin Kauffman for the new MMF (Missed Meeting Fund, aka: the General Fund) for his 12 day ski trip to Colorado.
  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Zach Downs joined in and donated to the new MMF (General) fund.
  • $500 (Double Bell Ringer) – Past President Kuy Ky donated $250 to the Foundation for leading his RYLA team, “The IRS” to first place and another $250 to the Rotary Foundation for taking his entire office to the Super Bowl!
  • $25 – Past-President Bob Blower for calling Past-President Michael Blower “Mikey”.
  • $50 – Kevin Hicks for calling Past-President Michael “Mikey” twice during his Thought for the Day.
  • $25 – Sharon Tweedy for calling Past-President Michael Blower “Mikey”.
  • $25 – Graham Tweedy for calling Past-President Michael Blower “Mikey”.

Other Recognitions  (See “Impromptu Foundation Fundraiser” under Club Announcements)

Michael Blower – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Charles Patmon – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Tom Patti – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Bill Brown – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Bob Blower – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Cathy Wooten – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Steve Bestolarides – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Waqar Rizvi – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Brian Lafferty – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Laura Pinkerton – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Linda Guinn – $100 – Rotary Foundation
Gary Frush – $100 – Rotary Foundation

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Colleen Dawson Stewart
Introduced By: Corie StewartCorie Stewart introduced her favorite mom as the speaker today.  Colleen Stewart presented an entertaining walk down memory lane, playing dozens of oldies and discussing how their lyrics represented the norms and roles men and women played in society at the time.

Next Meeting: February 26, 2020
Ann Wicks, “Terrible Employers”

What Happens in the Office Should Stay in the Office.  Ever wondered if the problems you face with your employees happen to others?  Have you ever hired someone and regretted it but don’t know if you can fire them without triggering a lawsuit?  Does the #MeToo movement have you worried about a lawsuit?  Learn about the most common mistakes made by employers and how to avoid them.  Using examples from her practice, Ann Wicks will walk us through real-world examples of the most common mistakes made by businesses and teach us what not to do.  A Q & A session is included in the presentation.

Bio:  Ann Wicks has more than 25 year of experience representing California employers of all sizes in a variety of industries, from small businesses to international corporations.  Her clients include manufacturing, industrial, retail and restaurant clients, law firms, technology start-ups and established businesses, including a number of clients in the video game industry. A UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) graduate, Ms. Wicks is a former trial attorney and partner at Littler Mendelson in San Francisco, and also worked as employment counsel for Cooley, Godward in San Francisco and Palo Alto.  For the past 15 years, she has had her own practice representing clients throughout the state in matters involving harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and hour and all other aspects of being an employer, from pre-employment issues and the employee life-cycle through termination and litigation.  An experienced speaker and trainer, Ms. Wicks’ practice focuses on helping her clients anticipate and prevent problems before they arise through education, assessment. documentation and risk management.  While not all problems can be avoided, knowing what is expected and managing employees with respect is the key to being a good employer.

Upcoming Speakers

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

April 2020

  • 01 – TBA
  • 08 – Kristen Dyke, “Business Marketing 101”
  • 15 – TBA
  • 22 – Lindy Turner-Hardin, “CAPC / CASA Updates”
  • 29 – TBA

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; 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