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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 24, 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

This meeting will be the last for the current President so be sure to join for the “kickout”!

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

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

The June 17th Virtual Meeting had a number of virtual 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 here last Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton meeting as President!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Past President Waqar Rizvi.
  • Thought for the Day – President-Elect-Elect (or as the venerable Jim Woodward taught us when training for the Rotary Trivia competitions, President-Designate) Kevin Kauffman.  Today there are many things to be grateful for and many important political and social issues to be discussed.  During Rotary meetings, many enjoy civil debates.  Kevin pointed to Past-President Jerry Smith and Ursula Meyer who spent many a lunch in banter and serve as a great example for how to share information and differing views with respect and humor.
  • Virtual Head Table – Our speaker today, Carrie Wright; 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.
  • 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

  • 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
  • Annual Spanos Interact Purple Pinkie Days – Past-President Graham Tweedy reported that the annual Spanos Interact Purple Pinkie Days raised $138 this year, ($1,619 total over the last 7 years) which was matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  With the match, the Interators are responsible for $4,859 in total donations which equals over 4,000 polio vaccinations.  Graham reminds everyone that Rotary International needs to receive $14 million for Polio Plus by this summer to complete the matching program goal.  Without those donations, Rotary will lose $100 million for Polio Plus.  So, please consider making a donation specifically to Polio Plus to help Rotary meet this goal.
  • End-of-year Fundraising Challenge: $3,200 to SRE + $300 RI
    In the first meeting in June, Colleen Stewart challenged us to raise funds for SRE (our local charitable arm) Last week, PE Gary picked up the baton & encouraged us to donate to the International Foundation in addition to SRE
    1. Colleen Stewart, $250
    2. Corie Stewart, $250
    3. Blain Bibb, $500
    4. Kathy Hart, $250
    5. Kevin Kauffman, $250
    6. Kuy Ky, $250
    1. Gary Frush, $100 SRE/ $100 RI
    2. Luis Duarte, $250 SRE
    3. Kevin Hicks, $100 RI
    4. Dudley Drake, $250 SRE
    5. Fred Weibel, $500 SRE
    6. Ken Steele, $100 SRE/ $100 RI
    7. Community FDN, $250 SRE
    $1,750 to SRE $1,450 to SRE + $300 to RI

    Ann Johnston $100-SRE, $100-R.I. Foundation
    Sharon $100-SRE, $100-R.I. Foundation
    Chad $100-SRE, $100-R.I. Foundation
    Kevin K. $500 to R.I. Foundation
    Waqar Foundation/Endowment Split $250
    Ken Steele $138 to Polio Plus to match the Interactors

    Past-President Michael Blower donated $25 to R.I. Foundation for realtor services advertising and Past-President Bob Blower matched the $25 donation with the offer of “extremely experienced” realtor services.

    Program Speaker, Carrie Wright made a $50 to Read-to-Me Stockton

    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.


Guest Speaker

Speaker: Carrie Wright, Stockton Economic Director 
Introduced By: Past-President Michael Blower

Past-President Michael Blower introduced Carrie Wright, Stockton Economic Director as our Zoom Speaker with an invitation to join the club (and in full-blown salesman mode also offered realtor services for which he was later recognized).  The Economic Development Department is responsible for overseeing business attraction and retention, parking issues, and unsheltered population issues.  Carrie reminds everyone to make sure they have returned their census information because that information directly impacts economic development.

Carrie reports that Stockton’s economy was strong when COVID hit.  A continuum of care for the unsheltered was being developed, the plan is now ready for approval by the board of supervisors and city council.  The unsheltered population was the first focus for COVID funding to secure that population through shelters.  The Public Works Department has been doing clean-ups of encampments using a homeless outreach team.  Using the State’s Turn-Key program, the department created a trailer park at the fairgrounds and placed 8 trailers to house unsheltered veterans.  Stockton has been successful in keeping COVID out of the unsheltered population.

The department has been working with small businesses to facilitate communication and assist these businesses in finding ways to stay viable during the pandemic.  One example of this is an emergency order to allow outdoor dining permits with a one-page application.  The department continues to provide education on ways for businesses to minimize COVID risks and they encourage patrons and workers to wear masks to make more people comfortable to participate in the economic recovery.

They continue to monitor the economic data.  Carrie states she is encouraged by the number of inquiries she continues to receive from businesses looking to move into the area.  In August there will be a virtual conference to provide information to businesses from out of the area who have potential to bring higher-paying jobs into the area.

As we move into a likely recession, Carrie indicates that Stockton is being impacted by drops in sales tax, but as of right now no cuts are considered necessary.  The staff is very lean already due to work in making the budget healthy in the recent years and this will be monitored going forward.

Next Meeting: June 24, 2020
President Melanie’s Kick-Out.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

July 2020

  • 01 – Carol Pandak, “Polio Plus”
  • 08 – Joelle Gomez, “Children’s Home of Stockton Updates”
  • 15 – Colleen Stewart, “Indian Heritage”
  • 22 – PDG Ellen Hancock, “Foundation”
  • 29 – Tom Patti, “His (very interesting) Background”

August 2020

  • 05 – TBA
  • 12 – Bart Bird, “Cmdr Stockton”
  • 19 – TBA
  • 26 – TBA

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!


Rotary Club of Stockton Member Files
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Conflict of Interest Policy 2019 Updated Club Constitution












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