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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 15, 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 Colleen Stewart who will be speaking on Indian Heritage. bio ).

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

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

This virtual meeting had at least 32 Rotarians & guests attending!

“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 the Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton meeting!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Ron Allison.
  • Thought for the Day – Khaksar Ahmad’s thought for the day tied in seamlessly with speaker Joelle Gomez’s update of the Children’s Home of Stockton.  Both Rotary and the Children’s Home of Stockton’s care about the health and welfare of children.  When over 9 million children die each year from malnutrition and health issues, both look forward to be an opportunity of change to improve lives of children who are our world’s future.
  • Virtual Head Table – Matthew Grizzle, Zoom guru, President Gary and our speaker, Joelle Gomez with an update on the Children’s Home of Stockton.
  • 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

  • Rotary International – Service Above Self – The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, and if particular, to encourage and foster:
    1. Development of acquaintance as an opportunity to service.
    2. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
    3. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.
    4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service
  • COVID Response Committee –  President-Elect Kevin Kaufman’s team will be determining where our club will go and how we will get there. Thanks to Gillian Murphy for assisting this team.  Contact Kevin if you have an interest or a skill to make it happen!
  • Meeting Note Takers – Corie Stewart is putting together a note taking team effort.  Volunteer for a once a month opportunity to make the Wheel roll along.  Our Wheel editor will appreciate you stepping up to assist!  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.  For the proper procedure when proposing a new member, read this document.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Joelle Gomez
Introduced By: Past-President Chad Sublet

Today’s speaker Joelle Gomez was able to update us about The Children’s Home of Stockton in several areas – how they are operating during the Covid 19 pandemic, civil unrest and the Home’s concerns/greatest needs.

Students, clients, staff and essential workers have all been affected by the Covid 19.  Guidance has come from multiple agencies while information changed often.  The task of addressing the level of fear was having to be balanced with taking care of the 52 students.  Although one part time off campus worker was home isolated with the virus early in April, no other cases have surfaced. Supplies of masks were addressed by Facebook volunteers.

Education of the students about the Covid 19 is helping them to understand the importance of sheltering in place.  Some students have gone AWOL, as well as sex traffic victims and suicide attempts are needing appropriate services. Visits to the cottages found the students frustrated, angry but also hopeful and feeling safe at the campus as they learn about their personal responsibility to wear masks and social distance.

Ways to address unrest have been something as simple as a parade and BBQ where an open mike allowed students to have a voice.  Refrains of “it is ok to be who you are” set examples for their peers.

The concerns/needs include funding, training, masks, sanitizers.  Board has vacancies and if this fits your passion, skill and diversity, Joelle would certainly love to hear from you!


  • $500 (Heart Stopper) – Ken Steele – RI – 50th Wedding Anniversary
  • $100 – Bob Blower ($50 SRE/$50 RI) For Boat Parade on Lake Lincoln
  • $100 – Chad Sublet – SRE (Matching Bob)
  • $70 – Lynndee Riley – SRE Birthday
  • $52 – Eric Duran – SRE – 26th Wedding Anniversary
  • $50 – Christine Noguera – SRE Birthday
  • $50 – Brian Lafferty – RI Birthday

Next Meeting: July 15, 2020
Colleen Stewart, “Indian Heritage”

Colleen was born at Ellsworth Airforce Base in Rapid City, South Dakota to an Oglala Lakota Woman and Caucasian Airforce Airman. She is the 7th Generational Granddaughter of Chief Red Cloud of the Oglala Sioux Nation and moved in Stockton, CA before attending school. She was educated in Stockton and attended college at Sacramento State.

Colleen works at Golden Empire Mortgage also known as GEM Mortgage as a Branch Manager and Real Estate Loan Originator and has been in Real Estate lending for almost 35 years. She loves assisting buyers with their financing needs and feels this is a Nobel and rewarding career.

She lives in Lodi with her husband, Jim. She is the Mother of two daughters, Corie Elizabeth and Kimberlee Ann and the grandmother of grandson, Lexon Cole and granddaughter, Skylar Jameson.

She serves as Treasurer of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin and as Vice Chair of Lodi Community Foundation. She is currently on the Board of Directors, serving as Director of Community Services for Stockton Rotary Club. Colleen serves on the Community Philanthropy Summit Committee and has been the Co-Chair of the “Stocktonian of Year” for the past 30 years.

She loves to travel, read, and is fascinated with history and is proud of her Native American Indian Heritage and visits her home State of South Dakota at least every other year.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

July 2020

  • 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