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Lynndee Riley announced that Doris Lease, widow of Pat Lease and mother of Gayle (Lease) Riley who are both former club members passed on Sunday morning.  Doris loved her family, their travels all over the world and remodeling projects.  She spent the last few years enjoying her retirement home in Pacific Grove. Doris had celebrated her 92nd birthday in January.  Lynndee donated $92 to the SRE Susan Drake Scholarship Fund in her memory.

Sharon Tweedy brought the Stockton City Council’s “traveling” proclamation of an official recognition for Rotary Read-In Day and President Melanie showed it off & made it available for selfies before it heads to the next Rotary Club.  Don’t forget: 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.

“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 – Diane Staufer.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower celebrated the Feb. 12th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln with the “Happy Birthday” song.
  • Head Table – Our speaker today, Gary Armagnac; Introducing our speaker, Cathy Wooton; and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Sergeant-At-Arms, John Salaices and John Atwood; Our photographer today, Matthew Grizzle; 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: Geneva Bamidele; Mic 2: Farah Khwaja; Credit Cards: Dwayne Garcia; 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. #9888606 Dan Wright chose the Mike Gallego card and the little bottle of champagne from the treasure chest to use in his Valentine’s plans.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.  Committee meets next Wednesday at 5 pm at Omar’s Office, 2111 West March Lane Suite B100, Stockton, CA 95207 (mapNOTE:  The 27th will be considered a REGULAR MEETING replacing the 25th.
  • Ray Call

    Rotary Area 2 Speech Contest – The Rotary Area 2 Speech Contest is being held on Tuesday, February 18th, at Brookside Golf and Country Club – Diablo Room at noon ( map ).  All are welcome.  Please notify Ray Call if you will be in attendance so he can ensure the proper amount of food is available.  Contact him at or 986-3291.

  • 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.


  • $92 – Lynndee Riley donated $92 to the SRE Susan Drake Scholarship Fund in memory of Doris Lease.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Gary Armagnac
Introduced By: Cathy Wooton

Cathy Wooton introduced Gary Armagnac, Professional Actor and instructor of Motion Capture in University of the Pacific’s Media-X program. Gary shared stories of love of many kinds as seen through the lens of his years of experiences in the worlds of acting and educating.

“Three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.”
–1 Corinthians 13:13

Next Meeting: February 19, 2020
Colleen Dawson Stewart, “Songs of Yesterday,Questionable today

Colleen was born at Ellsworth Airforce Base in Rapid City, South Dakota to an Oglala Lakota Woman and Caucasian Airforce Airman. She is the 7th Generational Granddaughter of Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Sioux Nation and moved in Stockton, CA before attending school. She was educated in Stockton and attended college at Sacramento State.

Colleen works at Golden Empire Mortgage also known as GEM Mortgage as a Branch Manager and Real Estate Loan Originator and has been in Real Estate lending for almost 34 years. She loves assisting buyers with their financing needs and feels this is a Nobel and rewarding career.

She lives in Lodi with her husband, Jim. She is the Mother of two daughters, Corie Elizabeth and Kimberlee Ann and the grandmother of grandson, Lexon Cole and granddaughter, Skylar Jameson.

She serves as Treasurer of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin and as Vice Chair of Lodi Community Foundation. She is currently on the Board of Directors, serving as Director of Community Services for Stockton Rotary Club. Colleen serves on the Community Philanthropy Summit Committee and has been the Co-Chair of the “Stocktonian of Year” for the past 29 years.

She loves to travel, read, and is fascinated with history and is proud of her Native American Indian Heritage and visits her home State of South Dakota at least every other year.

Upcoming Speakers

February 2020

  • 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; Matthew Grizzle 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