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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 Past District Governor Ellen Hancock who will be speaking about the ).

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

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

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


40 Members and guests attended this virtual Meeting!
  • 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 – Beato Beas.
  • Thought for the Day – Shannon (Ding) McGovern presented a portion of a poem by Tecumseh, a Shawnee Chief (1763-1813).  She encouraged us to consider and apply his encouragements to our daily lives and discussions:

    “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
    Trouble no one about their religion, respect others in their view,
    and demand that they respect yours.  Love your life, perfect your life,
    beautify all things in your life.  Seek to make your life long and
    its purpose in the service of your people.”

  • Virtual Head Table – Matthew Grizzle, Zoom guru, President Gary and our speaker and fellow club member, Colleen Stewart.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dudley Drake for his work on speaker coordination, Sharon Tweedy diligently taking notes awaiting some other Rotary friends to join her for a once a month opportunity to take meeting notes so we can all share in the weekly Rotary Wheel which is put together by Eric Duran.
  • Concern Report: CP Riddle is developing dementia with short term issues. The family is looking for visitors and contacts.  Please contact President Gary
  • 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 News: “Rotary Direct” President Gary’s Goal for 2020-2021:  a comprehensive program for members to better understand our Stockton Rotary Endowment and Rotary International Foundation.
  • 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!  What’s a better way to know what’s going on in your club? -editor.  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: Colleen Stewart
Introduced By: Corie Stewart

Colleen’s inspiring presentation shared her heritage, history and culture of her Native family residing in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  The Reservation is the second largest in the US with approximately 120,000 acres in “The Badlands”.  Being 28% Native, Colleen, or Tokj ke We (Big Sister), has deep traceable roots to her Grandfather Tunkashila, known as the Great Chief Red Cloud.

Escaping the European expansion of the US in the 1600’s, tribal migrations westward began with rival bands eventually fighting over land and hunting grounds.  Hunters of buffalo, the horse became the center of social and political life.  Mobile with transportable Teepees enabled movement to Summer and Winter Camps. Living by the 12 Virtues, customs of dress or regalia, scalping, the Louisiana Purchase and the custom of name changes were just a few of the many topics covered.

Being a 7th generation, Colleen’s was proud to share information about, Chief Red Cloud, a skillful hunter, brave warrior and leader of his people. He was able to preserve the language, customs and traditions of the Lakota with his knowledge of how to protect through the language of Treaty.  This result is the story of the Lakota, the story of the Oyate, the story of America. Hoka Hey!


  • $100 – Kathy Hart – SRE – Stockton Symphony new board President
  • $100 – Linda Guinn – SRE – for graddaughter Caroline’s first birthday.
  • $50 – Linda Guinn – RI – National Horse Day.
  • $50 – Uzyma Khamisa – SRE/RI – for July 5th birthday

Next Meeting: July 22, 2020
Past District Governor Ellen Hancock

Dr. Hancock is a graduate of the University of Pacific where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities.  She continued at UOP to earn a Master’s and a Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership.  She has been a classroom teacher, computer resource teacher, assistant principal, principal, superintendent, and regional director.  Dr. Hancock was a Director at the San Joaquin County Office of Education for 16 years where she supervised numerous programs to train teachers, administrators, business people, and the community on English Language Arts programs, including Common Core Standards.  Her regional territory extended from Bakersfield to Galt and I-5 to the mountains.

Dr. Hancock is a professor at the Teachers College of San Joaquin where she created and administered the “Master’s Degree in Advanced Teaching” program.

Governor Ellen is married to Howard Hancock who retired from PG&E.  They have two sons and three grandchildren.  Their children and grandchildren are Paul Harris Fellows.  Our Governor and her husband are Paul Harris Society members.

She has also been a member of Stockton Seaport Rotary Club, serving a year as president, after she took a job with Lincoln Unified School District.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

July 2020

  • 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