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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, July 1, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (PDT)

This will be the first meeting of the new Rotary year for President Gary Frush!  Be sure to attend.

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 Rotary International speaker Carol Pandak who will speak about the “Polio Plus” program. bio ).

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

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

The final meeting for President Melanie on June 24th had at one time Over 80 Rotarians & guests attended, making it our largest online virtual zoom meeting ever!  Lot’s of love there Melanie!

In case you missed the kick-out meeting, click HERE to watch the meeting!

To view the script of the kick-out production, click HERE and see what it takes to create such fun entertainment.

Past-President Waqar introduced new member Leena Mittal. Leena is our first “Zoom” new member. Leena worked for San Joaquin County which is where she met Waqar. A while ago, she attended a mystery bus trip which was so much fun, she just had to join. Leena now works for the Franchise Tax Board. Leena comes from a family of Rotarians hailing from her homeland in India and has long been involved in Rotary through her family. Leena is excited to join. Leena is married to Aman Ahuja and has a 9 year old daughter.

“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 her last Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton meeting as President!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – President-Elect Gary Frush.
  • Thought for the Day – President Melanie had a lot of thoughts, so many that she could not put into words, but her theme was gratitude.  Thank you for the opportunity to lead such a distinguished group.  Her experience this year was incredible, even though the meeting schedule was cut short, she is grateful for having been able to attend the R.I. Convention in Germany.  She is grateful for the many special experiences provided by club members including attending A’s games, Stockton Kings games and a ride in the Police Department helicopter as well as the chance to meet such special guests who came to speak to the club.  Melanie recognized and thanked the many volunteers needed run a club of this size.  Melanie was grateful to everyone who volunteered and donated time and money towards the club and club projects this year.
  • Virtual Head Table – Matthew Grizzle, Zoom guru, President Melanie and surprise “guest” Paddy O’Furniture (Past President Michael Blower).
  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Chad Sublet for his work on speaker recruitment, , Hal who has been monitoring attendance and for your vast institutional knowledge, Lynndee who took notes at EVERY meeting for the Wheel, and of course Eric who puts out the Wheel.
  • False Alarm – After the last online virtual meeting, Past-President Michael Blower announced because of an active case of COVID-19 at his workplace, he was tested and was told he was positive for the virus!  Needless to say that was concerning for all the family members, including my wife and I, because of a recent visit to the Blower household for a birthday party for the youngest daughter.  The good news is that the whole family was tested, and Michael re-tested, and all came back negative!  It seems Michael’s initial test was deemed a “false/positive” result.  Michael would like to thank everyone for their well wishes!
  • 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

  • From President to Past-President – Past-President Waqar recapped highlights of the club achievements during President Melanie’s year and then had her husband, Lee, pin her with a Past-President’s pin.  Past-President Melanie then invited President-Elect Gary’s wife, Wendy, to pin him with the President’s pin.  Melanie will receive a beautiful plaque commemorating her presidency.
  • President Elect – Finally, President Gary had President-Elect Nominee Kevin’s wife, Lindsey, pin him with the President-Elect pin and the meeting/year was complete.
  • First July Meeting – President Gary announced that there will be a meeting next week on July 1st featuring a Rotary International speaker on the Polio Plus program.
  • 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.

    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.


Next Meeting: July 1, 2020
Carol Pandak, “Polio Plus”

Carol Pandak is the director of PolioPlus, Rotary’s global effort to eradicate polio, working in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has held this position since 2000.

Carol , acknowledged that the fight against polio is difficult. Rooting out polio from conflict regions in Afghanistan especially is challenging. Still, she says, she is not discouraged.

Rotary has increased its annual fundraising commitment from $35 million to $50 million per year to make finishing the job possible. Carol says, “We made a commitment to the world and we haven’t completed it, yet.”

“We hope the end is coming soon,” Carol adds.

Rotary brings together a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We connect 1.2 million members from more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit and for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

July 2020

  • 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 – Children’s Home – Stockton, “Programs”
  • 12 – Bart Bird, “Cmdr Stockton”
  • 19 – TBA
  • 26 – SSA Chris McKinney, “FBI”

July Birthdays…

Michael Blower – July 1st*
T.J. Hull, Jr. – July 1st*
Dan Wright – July 1st*
George Badway – July 2nd
Linda Philipp – July 2nd
Christine Noguera – July 4th
Brian Lafferty – July 5th
Uzma Khamisa – July 5th
Lynndee Riley – July 6th
Renna Beinoris – July 13th
Luie Duarte – July 23rd
Peter Jaffe – July 25th
Eric Duran – July 28th
Steve Morales – July 28th
Gary Frush – July 29th*
Jeff Greenberg – July 30th
Marc Bregman – July 31st
*= 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