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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 17, 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 Carrie Wright, Stockton Economic Director. ( bio ).

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

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

The June 3rd Virtual Meeting at one time had up to 44 virtual Attendees!

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


  • Call to Order and Welcome! The meeting today was presided over by President-Elect Gary Frush who welcomed members and guests to the Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton meeting!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – President Melanie.
  • Thought for the Day – Past-President Graham picked a topic we haven’t heard much about lately, the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The Polio Initiative is a coalition of Rotarians as well as significant others who have developed a protocol for eradicating polio and in the process developed the strategy to fight any pandemic.  Rotarians should be very proud to be instrumental in providing an early roadmap for the current pandemic.  Read more at… and
  • Virtual Head Table – Our speakers today, Moses Zapien, Reyna Dekasha & Louis Ponick; Matthew Grizzle, Zoom guru and President-Elect Gary Frush.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings and Chad Sublet for his work on speaker recruitment.
  • Birthday – It was Kris Blower’s birthday but she escaped the virtual singing of “Happy Birthday” and instead had lunch with her husband, Past President Bob Blower.  Wise choice…
  • Proposed New Member – Leena Mittal, sponsored by Past President Waqar Rizvi.
  • 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

    • SRE Stimulation Challenge – Colleen Stewart has started a challenge to raise money for SRE.  This week the following was donated: President-Elect Gary Frush: $100 to SRE, $100 to the RI Foundation; Luis Duarte: $250, SRE; Kevin Hicks: $100 RI Foundation; Dudley Drake $250 SRE; Fred Weibel: $500 SRE; Ken Steele: $100 SRE, $100 RI Foundation and The Community Foundation: $250 SRE.
    • An Opportunity – Advertise in the Wheel – You will have the opportunity to again advertise your business, hobby, profession or nonprofit in The Wheel this coming Rotary year which starts July 1st. These ads will take the format of a business card and will be approximately 2 ½” by 1″. Cost will be $300 for a rotary year – a very reasonable cost to get your name in front of an elite group every week and make a contribution to our club at the same time. Please contact Graham Tweedy at 209-598-5881 or at
    • Grant Proposal Presentation – Marcela Gracewzki gave the following amazing grant proposal presentation to the Rotary International representatives:
        Cooperating organizations: Hope Haven West, Hogar de Paralisis Cerebral Arturo Callejas (HOPAC)
        Humanitarian Project for Disease Prevention and Treatment.
        Overview: To create a sustainable and ongoing continuum of orthopedic care for needs based patients,
        such as those with Cerebral Paralysis, to improve their quality of life through mobility. Patients are
        identified by HOPAC and other NGOs. HOPAC is providing overall coordination among the other NGOs,
        which are primarily located in more remote areas. The project provides 200 child and adult wheelchairs,
        50 walkers, and various canes, crutches, and other medical devices for persons with disabilities. The
        project additionally provides specialized fitting, training, and maintenance tools for families and
        volunteers, as well as logistics and warehousing for equipment.
        Rotarian Involvement: Host club members and associated Rotaract and Interact members provide
        logistical support to international crew, translation services, warehousing, and assistance to the NGOs.
        The three medical doctors comprising the host club committee provide overall leadership. International
        Rotarians travel with and support the Hope Haven International Staff.
        General Schedule: Medical evaluations and measurements – 3 months, Wheelchair delivery and fitting
        clinics – 2 weeks, Post delivery monitoring and evaluation – 12 months. Projected project start: early
        Current Budget Requirement: $63,756 (Equipment $46,500, Logistics $5700, Training $3000,
        Management and Administration $8556)
        Current Funding Status: $19,076, includes World Fund match
        Projected Funding need – $22,340 DDF with match from World Fund (RC Stockton expects to contribute
        about $12,000 RY 2020-21 DDF, so about $10,000 DDF would be needed from other clubs.)
        Experience and other factors: HOPAC has 34 years of experience in supporting the provision of medical
        care to patients with mobility problems. RC San Salvador Sur has successfully worked with Hope Haven
        West in projects of this nature in the past. RC San Salvador Sur has experienced success in working with
        Global Grants for WASH projects with the same communities to be served by this project. This particular
        experience led these communities to seek assistance from the Social Committee of RC San Salvador Sur
        for this project. Preliminary studies by the Host Club medical committee has determined the general
        scope of equipment, facilities and patient family training needed for this project. RC Stockton member,
        Marcela Gracewski, is from El Salvador and has excellent communications with the host club. In addition
        to meeting the special medical needs of the patients served, the project provides y and dignity
        for them and provides relief for families and neighbors who help care for these patients.
  • 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.


  • $500 (Heart Stopper) – Fred Weibel to SRE;
  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Luis Duarte to SRE;
  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Dudley Drake to SRE;
  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – The Community Foundation to SRE
  • $200 – President-Elect Gary Frush: $100 to SRE, $100 to the RI Foundation;
  • $200 – Ken Steele: $100 SRE, and $100 to the RI Foundation; and
  • $100 – Kevin Hicks to the RI Foundation.

Guest Speaker

Speakers: Moses Zapien, Reyna Dekasha & Louis Ponick 
Introduced By: Colleen Stewart

Colleen Stewart introduced today’s speakers from Community Foundation of San Joaqin, Moses Zapien – CEO, Reyna Dekasha – Director of Donor Relations and Louis Ponick – Grants and Scholarships Manager.  The foundation is one of the newest community foundations and benefits from a really dynamic staff.

Community Foundations across the nation have acted quickly to push money into the community to support pandemic efforts.  In just 3 months, nearly $230 million dollars has been awarded by foundations nationwide. $1,300,119 has been donated by the local Community Foundation.

The foundation endowment is currently valued at over $17 million.  The team at the foundation is engaged in evaluating, awarding and tracking numerous component grants.

The foundation administers the following components:


  • Ambassadors of Peace
  • Beattie Family Charitable Fund
  • Bill Pollard Jr. Scholarship Fund
  • Borra Family Scholarship Fund
  • CB Merchant Services Charitable Fund
  • Charles Gordon Patmon Jr. and Dorothy Norris Perpetual Memorial Fund
  • Chispita Fund
  • Don & Sue Shalvey Family Fund
  • Ernest and Victoria Gribaudo Family Fund
  • Grewal Family Fund
  • Human Traffic
  • Joan C. Beattie Memorial Fund
  • John R. and Francesca Vera Family Fund
  • Johnson Family Fund
  • Kavanaugh Family Fund
  • Kenneth and Margaret De Jong Memorial Fund at Ripon Community Fund
  • Kevin & Julie Dougherty Family Fund
  • Lawrence and Linda Philipp Family Fund
  • Liguri Nel Mondo Charitable Fund
  • Live 209
  • Lorna L. Boothroyd Fund
  • Love Ripon Fund
  • Loy/Funamura Family Fund
  • Lubensky Cope Family Fund
  • Lynne Davis Charitable Fund
  • Michael P. Duffy Family Fund
  • MoreHeart Fund
  • Mountain Fund
  • Nance Strong
  • Nishka Yudnich Fund
  • Paul and Irene Perkins Family Fund
  • Petrick Family Fund
  • Robert & Becki Brown Family Charitable Fund
  • San Joaquin Society for Human Resource Management
  • Sandra Mazzuola Fund
  • Stockton Education Fund
  • Stockton Sunrise Rotary Fund
  • Support Stockton PD
  • Ted and Stefanie Leland Family Fund
  • The Louis and Audrey Shoneff Charitable Fund
  • The Robert and Catherine Lagorio Scholarship Fund
  • The Shores Family Fund
  • The TSH Fund
  • Yusuf A. Bargoma Fund for the Arts


  • Brian M. Stocker Fund
  • Community Health Fund
  • COVID-19 Response
  • Leadership Stockton Alumni Association (LSAA) Community Improvement Fund
  • Ripon Community Fund
  • Stockton Children’s Fund


  • Arturo Vera Art Scholarship
  • Bill Pollard Jr. Scholarship
  • Borra Family Scholarship
  • Jester’s Club Athletic Scholarship
  • John & Francesca Vera Community Leadership Scholarship
  • San Joaquin Society for Human Resource Management Scholarship
  • Taylor Farms Pacific Educational Scholarship
  • The Robert & Catherine Lagorio Scholarship

Next Meeting: June 17, 2020
Carrie Wright, Stockton Economic Director

The 44-year-old Wright comes to Stockton after leaving her previous job as the associate executive director of alumni relations at her alma mater, the University of California, Davis.

“I’m incredibly impressed with the foundation that has been built since the bankruptcy and will work to continue the momentum,” Wright said. “I see a lot of building, a lot of interest. My table will be very busy.”

Parking and venues; housing and homelessness; and economic development are within Wright’s purview. Wright also will play a leading role in the move out of the historic City Hall and into the new City Hall at the Waterfront Towers a few years from now.

“What drives me is the ability to have impact, and that’s going to take awhile,” Wright said. “There’s a huge amount of pride in the community. There’s a lot to wrap my arms around.”

Wright replaces Micah Runner, who left earlier this year to be deputy city manager in Rancho Cordova.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

June 2020

  • 24 – Kick-out, Evening Social

July 2020

  • 01 – Carol Pandak, “Polio Plus”
  • 08 – TBA
  • 15 – TBA
  • 22 – TBA
  • 29 – Tom Patti, “His (very interesting) Background”

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