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SRE Chair Paul Kozlow presented a check for $3,500 to Olga Rodriguez for Haven of Peace.

SRE Chair Paul Kozlow (right) presented a check for $5,000 to David Rajkovich for the Maritime Museum.

“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 – Ramon Fernandez.
  • Song – Past-President Michael Blower marked the elections with the song, “Happy Days Are Here Again.”
  • Karen Johnson

    Thought for the Day – Karen Johnson shared about her Rotary Read-In experience reading “The Pigeon Needs a Bath” to a Kindergarten class.  It had been a rough day for all to that point, but Karyn shared with the class a video of her own African Grey Parrot singing in the shower and by the end, everyone was laughing and having a good time in the moment.

  • Head Table – Our speaker today, Becky Plath; Introducing our speaker,Ken Steele; Matthew Grizzle 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: Geneva Bamidele; Mic 1: Corie Stewart; Credit Cards: John Salaices; Raffle Tickets, Dwayne Garcia; Attendance: John Salaices 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. #9888689 Karyn Johnson selected the Sean Menaea card and a mini bottle of whiskey (JD) from the treasure chest.

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, 2020, 6pm – 11pm,  at the Stockton Golf & Country Club. Attire is semi-formal or uniform. This is the only and major fundraiser this year.  Please note that all tickets ($60) must be purchased in advance for this event.  Event sponsorships and tickets are available.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Go to: or Matthew Grizzle (209 740-9070) for tickets. IMPORTANT – YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO ATTEND!  Jamie Nance will be the Master of Ceremonies and will choose the “Jamie Nance Award” recipient and announce his choice at the event. NOTE: The 27th will be considered a REGULAR MEETING replacing the 25th.

  • Past-President Waqar Rizvi

    Area 2 Assistant Governor 2020/2021 – President Melanie recognized Waqar Rizvi for $125 to SRE and $125 to the Foundation to celebrate his appointment as Area 2 Assistant Governor for 2020-21. Waqar is also going to President-Elect Training with President-Elect Gary Frush and was elected chairman of the county planning commission.  Mr. Over-committed managed to recruit Past-President Michael Blower to handle President Melanie’s kick-out meeting.

  • Gospel Center Rescue Mission – President Melanie announced the playground work day for Gospel Center Rescue Mission ( map ) will be on Saturday, March 21st.
  • Maritime Museum Open House – The Maritime Museum will hold a free open house event on Saturday, April 18th from 9am – 2pm.  All are welcome to visit, see the progress being made and meet the students & mentors who are working to restore the vessel. ( map )
  • Sharon Tweedy

    Stockton Rotary Read-In Event – Sharon Tweedy thanked everyone who read at the Rotary Read-In event this year.  Next year will be the 30th year, so get ready! Thank you Sharon and the committee who organized a fantastic effort this year.  See photo’s of the event HERE.

  • 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 (Bell Ringer) – Waqar Rizvi for $125 to SRE and $125 to the Foundation to celebrate his appointment as Area 2 Assistant Governor for 2020-21.
  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Dan Wright currently has a 30 point lead in his council seat race, so he is donating a $250 to Read-To-Me Stockton.
  • $25 – Past-President Michael Blower left his badge behind after his first stint as a RYLA counselor and paid $25 to retrieve it. Now he can return next year.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Becky Plath
Introduced By: Ken Steele

Ken Steele introduced Sergeant Becky Plath, Stockton Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) coordinator for the past 16 years.  In 1977, Sergeant Plath was the first woman to work patrol and the first female detective for the City of Stockton.

If you are 40 years or older, you are eligible to join the family of VIPS.  Some of the activities the VIPS handle are deterrence patrols for vacation houses, the You Are Not Alone Program (YANA) for seniors or the disabled, traffic control for special events, abandoned auto abatement, fleet maintenance and other duties as needed.  The VIPS wear distinctive uniforms and drive marked cars. If you are interested, call 937-8477.

Next Meeting: March 4, 2020
James Mousalimas, “SJCOE Update”

James A. Mousalimas was elected to the office of County Superintendent of Schools on November 4, 2014 and began his term on January 5, 2015.

Mousalimas served as Deputy Superintendent of Student Programs and Services with the San Joaquin County Office of Education from March 2013 to December 2014. In this role, he oversaw Educational Services, County Operated Schools and Programs, and Special Education. Prior to becoming Deputy Superintendent, he was the Assistant Superintendent of County Operated Schools and Programs at SJCOE from 2008 to 2013. As Assistant Superintendent, Mousalimas directed Court and Community Schools, Greater Valley Conservation Corps, Outdoor Education, Foster and Homeless Youth Services, Adult Education in County Jail, WorkStartYES*, YouthBuild San Joaquin, and Greater Valley Conservation Corps. During this time, he directed the opening of two charter schools that serve at-risk youth: San Joaquin Building Futures Academy (SJBFA) and one.Charter – Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. SJBFA collaborates with YouthBuild San Joaquin to prepare students, 16-24 year olds who do not have a high school diploma or GED, for a career in the building and construction trades. one.Charter – Academy for Visual and Performing Arts provides at-risk students in grades 7-12 with an education and instruction in the arts.

Preceding this position, Mousalimas served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at Tracy Unified School District. His education career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer High School teacher and basketball coach in Niger, West Africa. Following this experience he taught math in Richmond Unified School District. For the next eight years, Mousalimas was a teacher, assistant principal, and principal of an American International School in Saudi Arabia. He returned to the United States in 1998 and served as Coordinator of Year-Round Education before becoming the Director of Alternative Programs for Tracy Unified School District in 2001.

Mousalimas received his Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Stanislaus; he earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from University of California, Berkeley, and his Master of Education from the College of New Jersey.

Upcoming Speakers

March 2020

  • 18 – Melinda Dubroff, “Registrar of Voters”
  • 25 – DARK – No Speaker – Friday 27th Night Fund Raiser

April 2020

  • 01 – Jonni Redick, “Interact / Scholarship”
  • 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