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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 8, 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 Joelle Gomez who will be giving updates on the Children’s Home of Stockton. bio ).

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

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

The first meeting for President Frush had at least 38 Rotarians & guests attending!

Starting the 2020-2021 Rotary Year! This photo taken at the recent PETS features (from left to right): Assistant Governor Area 2  Waqar Rizvi, Rotaract President UOP, Jon Havton, Stockton Rotary President Gary Frush and 2020-2021 Rotary International President, Holger Knaack.

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


  • Call to Order and Welcome!  President Gary Frush welcomed members and guests to his first Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton meeting as President by ringing his Rotary mug!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – John Salaices.
  • Thought for the Day – Karyn Johnson’s inspiring thought for the day included a quote from Condoleezza Rice:   “The essence of America – that which really unites us – is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea – and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.”
  • Virtual Head Table – Matthew Grizzle, Zoom guru, President Gary and our speaker, Carol Pandak, director of PolioPlus.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dashing Dudley Drake for his work on speaker coordination, Helpful Hal Monroe for his vast institutional knowledge, Scribe Sharon Tweedy who took notes of the meeting for The Wheel, and of course, last but not least, Eric Duran, the Awesome, who puts out the Wheel each week.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2020-2021 – 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

  • COVID Response Committee –  President-Elect Kevin Kaufman announced he will be chairing this committee.  Interested?  Please contact Kevin, Gary or Matthew.
  • Note takers arise! – Grab those pens/laptops! Corie Stewart is looking to put together a note taking team effort.  Volunteer for a once a month opportunity to make the Wheel roll along.  Contact Corie at

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: Carol Pandak
Introduced By: Dr. Joe Serra
Carol, director of PolioPlus, Rotary’s global effort to eradicate polio, shared with us that Rotary has devoted over the years 2 billion dollars to develop infrastructure to help eradicate polio and other diseases.  This infrastructure has been applied to help support efforts to help conquer the Covid-19 virus.  Although we are pausing Polio vaccinations at this time, Rotary is using coordination of outbreak response teams, educating communities about prevention, investigating cases, training health workers and tracing contacts to help stop the spread of Covid-19.  Other ways include support in resource centers, food rations, and personal protection equipment.  For more information contact Carol at


(All recognitions are to the Stockton Rotary Endowment unless otherwise noted)

  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Karyn Johnston:  $250 bell ringer for a spirited start to President Gary’s year!
  • $106 – Waqar Rizvi:  $106 Wedding anniversary July 11th.
  • $52 – Michael Blower for his July 1st Birthday.
  • $52 – T.J. Hull, Jr. for his July 1st Birthday.
  • $50 – Dan Wright for his July 1st Birthday (who according to Michael is much older).
  • $50 – George Badway for his July 2nd Birthday (to Rotary International).
  • $70 – Lynndee Riley for her July 6th Birthday (SRE – Susan Drake)

Next Meeting: July 8, 2020
Joelle Gomez, “Children’s Home of Stockton Updates”

Joelle Gomez was appointed CEO of Children’s Home of Stockton in 2016.  In 2018, Joelle successfully lead CHS through the State of California’s Continuum of Care Reform making CHS the only licensed Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program in San Joaquin County providing residential therapeutic and Specialty Mental Health Services for youth ages 12-18. CHS also operates a nonpublic school for k-12th grade students. CHS has a budget of 9.4 million and over 160 staff.  Joelle spent 24 years as CEO at the Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services. In March of 2014 she initiated and convened San Joaquin County’s first Human Trafficking Task Force which now has over 70 participating member from government and non-government entities.

Joelle is Chair of the San Joaquin County Human Trafficking Task Force and is an active board member of the St. Joseph’s Medical Center Transitional Advisory Committee and Commissioner on the Children’s Coordinating Services Commission. Joelle is the recipient of the John Aguilar Spirit Award, presented in 2018 by the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Joelle is the 2014 Athena Recipient.  In April, 2011, Joelle was featured in an interview with Katie Couric on a 60 minutes segment on college campus rapes.  In the same year she was awarded the National Visionary Voice Award. She was named as one of fifty most Powerful and Influential people in San Joaquin County, San Joaquin Magazine, April, 2009. In August, 2008, Joelle was inducted into the Mexican American Hall of Fame and received the 2008 Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian.

Joelle is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and attended Oxford University in England.  Her pride and joy are her two daughters, Isabelle and Alyce.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

July 2020

  • 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 Sharon Tweedy, note taker extraordinaire; Mathew Grizzle, Virtual and Audio Visual Guru as well as Club and Attendance 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

Holger Knaack


District 5220 Governor
Sherry Cotta


Stockton Rotary Club President

Gary L. Frush

Meeting Location
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
Stockton Golf & Country Club
3800 W. Country Club Blvd.
Stockton, CA 9520