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Due to the recent concerns about the COVID-19 virus and a desire to follow the suggestions of health care professionals, the club will be having virtual meetings until further notice.

Next Virtual Meeting Information:


Wed, May 20th, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (PDT)

Log in for social time from 12:00pm (noon) – 12:15pm, bell will be rung at 12:15pm to start meeting. Please join our meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Click Here To Go To Zoom Meeting

Our speaker will be Wayne Richardson, “Gospel Center Rescue Mission” ( bio ).

You can also dial in using your phone. United States: (669) 900-6833

Meeting ID: 845 6619 6027
Password: 005220​​​​​​​

The May 13th Virtual Meeting had at one point 47 Attendees!

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Melanie welcomed members and guests to the Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton meeting!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Colleen Stewart.
  • Thought for the Day – Liz Hull gave us a break from COVID talk and spoke about how much she is enjoying her time with hubby Past-President Terry and time at her home rather than traveling at every chance.  Liz celebrated her 27th sobriety birthday on May 12th and spoke about why service to others is an important element to supporting a clean and sober lifestyle.
    To honor Liz celebrated her 27th sobriety birthday, President Melanie pledged $27 to SRE and the following Rotarians matched the donation: Liz Hull, Bob Blower, Kris Blower, Farah Khwaja, Blain Bibb, and Jerry Smith.
  • Virtual Head Table – Our speaker today, Jamie bossuat, a shareholder with Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson; Matthew Grizzle, Zoom guru and President Melanie.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings and Chad Sublet for his work on speaker recruitment.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2019-2020 – Click HERE for the latest list! Don’t miss out on some great activities that may happen in the near future.

Club Announcements

  • Quarantine Photos – President Melanie is soliciting pictures of what our members have been doing to flourish during the quarantine. Send them to Matthew Grizzle for display at our next virtual meeting! Send Matthew some photo’s!

    When we resume regular meetings…

  • 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.


  • $27 (each):  To honor Liz celebrated her 27th sobriety birthday: Liz Hull, Bob Blower, Kris Blower, Farah Khwaja, and Blain Bibb (total: $135)

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Jamie Boussat
Introduced By: President Melanie

President Melanie introduced Jamie Bossuat, a shareholder with Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson, who specializes in employment practices.  Jamie discussed the current state/county COVID orders.  These are changing weekly, but employers are still encouraged to have employees who can perform their work at home to continue to do so.

The governor has signed an executive order that any employee who is working and contracts COVID will be presumed to have contracted it in the workplace.  For an employer to re-open, the first step is to perform a risk assessment, detail cleaning protocols and train employees.  The county’s social distancing protocol document must be completed and make sure your posters are current as there have been some updates.

It is important to share all of these new practices with employees to help them feel more comfortable with returning to work.  Some employees may have restrictions due to underlying conditions that make it more risky for them to return to work.  When non-essential employers are allowed to return to work, it is possible to terminate workers who choose not to return, but you have to take care to make sure they are not covered under a protected disability

Next Meeting: May 20, 2020
Wayne Richardson, “Gospel Center Rescue Mission”

Wayne serves as Chief Executive Officer at the Gospel Center Rescue Mission which serves the Homeless of San Joaquin County, California with eight distinct programs serving over 2,000 men, women and children each day from its Stockton based campus.  He arrived to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission in August 2016 from Florida.  From 2017 through 2023, Wayne is leading a Campus Renovation Campaign towards an increase from 225 to 500 beds serving the homeless with a focus on an up to two year New Life “Regeneration” Program for men, women, and women with children.

Wayne’s background also includes serving in leadership positions at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Charlotte, NC), Christian Broadcasting Network’s Operation Blessing International (Virginia Beach, VA), United States Military Academy’s West Point Association of Graduates (West Point, NY), Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL), Faith Farm Ministries (Boynton Beach, FL), and Mountainside Management – his family’s property management business (Poughkeepsie, NY).  He is a national seminar speaker with a focus on non-profit Board and senior leadership fund raising training.

Service to his country comprises a 23 year Army Active and Reserve career, which includes six years of command and leading multiple Army Engineer unit deployments to Korea and Panama.  He is an Eagle Scout.

Education is highlighted by graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point having gained an appointment as an enlisted soldier.  Wayne is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (known globally as a CFRE), an Ordained Minister with the Fellowship of Ministers International and a graduate of the Stockton Police Chaplain’s Academy.

Wayne’s, teammate, best friend and wife, Carol, serves as the Director of New Life Program Scholarships (for the homeless entering the Rescue Mission’s New Life Program).  They are blessed with three adult children and three grandchildren.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

May 2020

  • 27 – Sheriff Withrow, “Updates”

June 2020

  • 03 – TBA
  • 10 – TBA
  • 17 – TBA
  • 24 – Kick-out, Evening Social

May Birthdays…

Julie Van Vuren – May 3rd
Corie Stewart – May 5th
Henry Wong – May 7th
Pam Wenger – May 9th
Omar Khamisa – May 11th
Bill Johnson – May 14th
Sharon Tweedy – May 20th*
Heather Schlenger – May 22nd
Rigo Cervantes – May 23rd
Adam Cheshire – May 24th
Harry Shergill – May 25th
Ralph Saroyan – May 27th*
Chad Sublet – May 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; Mathew Grizzle, Virtual and Audio Visual Guru as well as 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