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SRE Chair Paul Kozlow presented a check for $4,500 to Sandy Stoddard for Hospice of San Joaquin, the oldest not-for-profit hospice in San Joaquin.

Once again SRE Chair Paul Kozlow (right) presented a check for $4,000 to Keenon Krick for Second Harvest Food Bank.

And last but not least, SRE Chair Paul Kozlow presented a check for $2,000 to Joni Bauer for Community Center of the Blind.

“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 – Club Secretary Matthew Grizzle.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower doubled down on the 4-Way Test in musical format for this week’s song.
  • Thought for the Day – Gerardo Garcia shared this thought for the day: “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”― Lao Tzu
  • Head Table – Our speaker today, Ann Wicks; Introducing our speaker, Past-President Kuy Ky; and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices and John Atwood; Our photographer today, 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: Kory Ley; Mic 1: Rod Place; Credit Cards: Dwayne Garcia & Raffle Tickets, Ahmad Khaksar; 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. #9888679 was drawn and Past-President Kuy picked the Seth Curry card and then took a shot at getting President Melanie to give him the towel that came from her house to prop up the prizes in the treasure chest as his prize.  He’ll need to schedule a visit to her home to get a full set!

Club Announcements

  • Club Secretary Matthew Grizzle

    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.  Event sponsorships and tickets are available for Stockton Rotary Heroes Night!  To purchase tickets and for more information go to or contact Club Secretary Matt Grizzle (209) 740-9070 for information.

  • Rotary Anniversary – February 23, 1905 – President Melanie made everyone aware Chicago attorney Paul Harris formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” Paul Harris, Rotary founder
  • Spanos Interact Box Tops Fundraising Program – 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.
  • Impromptu Foundation Fundraiser – President Melanie thanked Past-President Michael Blower for handling the meeting in her absence last week and for raising $3,325 for the Foundation.  President Melanie chipped in another $100 to the Foundation in appreciation.
  • 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.


  • $100 – President Melanie in appreciation of Past-President Michael’s work at the last meeting raising funds for the Foundation.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Ann Wicks
Introduced By: Past-President Kuy Ky
Past-President Kuy Ky introduced the speaker, Ann Wicks, an attorney with 27 years of experience working with employers in employee relation matters.  Ann discussed the top 7 things she sees regularly that cause employers employee-relation problems.   Consistency, documentation, knowledge of the regulations and willingness to comply with them are recommended for a functional workplace.

Next Meeting: March 4, 2020
Becky Plath, “Volunteers in Police Service”

A graduate of Lodi High School in 1970.

Delta College, graduating with my AA Degree. While at Delta:

  • Volunteer work with San Joaquin County Probation Department assigned to work on the Boys Unit at Juvenile Hall teaching, and was advised I was the first woman to work on the Boys Unit.
  • Case History studies at Stockton State Hospital on the murder ward.

Transferred to San Jose State graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Corrections, and member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

  • Worked with the school district planning after school programs.
  • Interned, through a government program, as a Juvenile Probation Officer for Santa Clara County Probation Department.
  • Asked to volunteer undercover for the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Department’s Organized Crime Unit. Did this until graduation, when they offered me a full time paid position. I declined to come back to Stockton area.

In Stockton, worked for my father at the Snow White Bakery Outlets while waiting for employment.

Worked at California Youth Authority, working at DeWitt-Nelson Men’s Unit, the 18 to 25 year-olds.

November, 1975 hired by the Stockton Police Department. Worked as:

  •  Police Trainee
  •  Police Officer in June, 1977. I was the first woman to work patrol for the City of Stockton. My badge said “PATROLMAN” on it.
  •  Worked in Patrol
  •  Crime Prevention
  •  Undercover for Vice and Narcotics
  •  Made Sergeant in 1985, assigned back to Patrol as Patrol Sergeant. During this time, taught at Stagg High School – Juvenile Procedures
  •  Assigned to Detectives–first woman to work Detectives at the Stockton Police Department.
  •  Then assigned to Crime Stoppers and did reinactments of the “Crime of the Week” for television with no budget, and “Stockton’s Most Wanted”, and other television and radio segments.
  •  Assigned back as Patrol Sergeant and then SRO Sergeant over 24 officers who worked in 49 schools and 4 high schools, in 4 school Districts.

After retiring in 2002, I taught Police Academy Materials at Weber Institute until being asked to come back part time to Coordinate the Stockton Police Department’s Volunteers In Police Service in January, 2004.  I have been coordinating the V.I.P.S. for 16 years.

The most important part of the last 45 years was being blessed with my 2 daughters, 2 good sons-in-law and 4 wonderful grandchildren–wonderful at least most of the time

Upcoming Speakers

March 2020

  • 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

March Birthdays…

Brian Dillon – March 1st
Bill Brown – March 1st
Kristen Dyke – March 2nd
Colleen Stewart – March 3rd
Chris Papas – March 4th*
Jim Hanley – March 6th
Ron Javed – March 11th*
Paul Jacobson – March 16th
Pam Eibeck – March 16th
Fubara Jack – March 16th
Maria Velasco – March 23rd
DeAnna Solina – March 24th
Peter Ragsdale – March 27th*
Melanie Vieux – March 30th
Cathy Wooton – March 30th
*= 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