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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, June 3, 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 Harry Black, the new Stockton City Manager. ( bio ).

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

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

The May 20th Virtual Meeting had up to 40 virtual Attendees at one time!

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


  • Pre-Meeting Laughs – Before the bell was even rung, Tom Patti paid $250 following a comment about having seen President Melanie’s Zoom broadcasting bedroom more than once, presumably at prior Zoom meetings.  Get ’em, Melanie!!
  • 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 – Hal Monroe.
  • Thought for the Day –Tom Patti gave us a little chuckle about the “new norm” where dogs trying to avoid another walk, Past-President Bob Blower’s pub crawls are confined to rooms in his house, people are putting on their best leggings to walk to the mailbox, liquor stores are essential services and we now appreciate humor a little more.
  • Virtual Head Table – Our speaker today, San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow; 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 or may not happen in the near future (due to the COVID-19 virus.)

Club Announcements

  • Program Committee Prep – President Elect Gary Frush announced that he has a great program committee working on recruiting excellent speakers for next year.  Past-President Chad Sublet has done a fabulous job this year putting together an administrative system to make organizing speakers straightforward for Dudley Drake to take over in July.
  • 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.


  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Tom Patti for his comment about having seen President Melanie’s bedroom more than once (during Zoom meetings, but geez…).

Guest Speaker

Speaker: San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow
Introduced By: County Supervisor Tom Patti

Tom Patti introduced Sheriff Pat Withrow who began his first term as Sheriff on January 7th, 2019.  It is his 29th year with the Sheriff’s Department.

The Sheriff reports that there have been only a couple of department employees who have tested COVID positive.  The department quickly deployed a 12-hr work schedule that allowed deputies to work 14 days and then be quarantined for 14 days so that even if there was a big outbreak in the department, there would be enough coverage to protect the community.  The jail has not seen an outbreak.

The department has made a significant investment in data systems to allow them to predict and target specific crime trends.  They also have new technology that triggers the body cams immediately if a weapon or taser is drawn from a holster.  The department can now track the exact location of an officer, not just where the officer’s vehicle is located.

The county is now offering signing bonus of up to $10K for people who pass the academy, join the department and stay for at least 6 years.  The Sheriff reports that this has been very effective in the past for recruiting and retaining deputies. The department is currently short by about 40 deputies and 40 correctional officers.  The Sheriff has restructured the executive level structure in the department allowing him to eliminate an open higher level position and add extra lower level positions at no additional cost to the county.

The department is focusing on practices to properly monitor the growing marijuana business as well as working to support the efforts to address the homeless epidemic.  Recently, inmates were used to go out and offer services to the population inhabiting the diverting canal.  There were no people who requested any of the services offered. At the end of the 72 hour vacate order, tons of trash was removed from the area.  The department will continue to offer the services and then address the problematic issues associated with the situation including issuing citations as warranted.

Next Meeting: June 3, 2020
Harry Black, the Stockton City Manager

Harry Black is a recognized champion of change and innovation who focuses on transforming organizations by applying best practices and outcome-based strategies. Black’s extensive career includes leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. He is a seasoned executive having served as city manager, deputy chief administrative officer, chief financial officer, program manager, and chief procurement officer.

Black is a leader and pioneer in the development and implementation of performance management programs for cities, helping them to optimize transparency, accountability, and overall performance, thereby improving overall service delivery. Black has implemented a comprehensive integrated systems approach that allows public sector organizations to optimize performance and results. He advocates for the systematic integration of data analytics, lean techniques, smart technologies, citistat programs, and laser-focused strategic planning.

In the area of public financial management, Black has led efforts for several large American cities in the issuance of more than $5 billion of municipal bond transactions from general obligation bonds, revenue anticipation notes, revenue bonds, short-term banknotes, and operating leases. Successfully represented multiple municipalities to rating agencies. In three cases efforts led to bond rating and outlook upgrades. Black has a proven track record of helping cities successfully address structural budget imbalances, budget shortfalls, strengthening reserves and achieving healthcare and pension reform.

Black has served as a leader in the area of capital program development and execution having served as Program Manager of a $500 million, five-year Federal design and construction program, building academic, food service, dormitory, medical, athletic/recreational, and vocational training facilities, supporting 20 million gross square feet of facilities across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Black is credited with helping cities overcome debt capacity constraints with the introduction of innovative debt financing solutions that allowed these cities to be able to more than double lane miles repaved/preventative maintenance, fleet refreshment, new schools, new recreation centers, and gateway beautification

Black is published in subjects ranging from community & economic development, pension & healthcare reform, and performance management & data analytics. In addition, he has delivered numerous presentations on the aforementioned subjects, as well as police-community relations reforms, infrastructure development, public procurement, and long-range public financial planning.

Black received his BS in Public Administration from Virginia State University and his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Virginia.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

June 2020

  • 10 – Joelle Gomez, CEO Childrens Home of Stockton
  • 17 – Carrie Wright, Stockton Economic Director
  • 24 – Kick-out, Evening Social

June Birthdays…

Doug Wilhoit – June 5th
Dwayne Garcia – June 6th
Kris Blower – June 10th*
James Nance – June 15th
Joe Ambriz – June 15th
Rob Gross – June 17th*
Kevin Kauffman – June 17th*
Amy Scriven – June 18th
Dale Drury – June 21st
Geneva Bamidele – June 28th
Ort Lofthus – June 29th
*= 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