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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 29, 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 County Supervisor Tom Patti who will be speaking a lot about ).

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 – Assistant Governor Area 2 and Past-President Waqar Rizvi.
  • Thought for the Day – Jessica Garcia shared a thought from Will Smith about building a wall.  Like the following quote, we as Rotarians are building a difference in our world, one “brick” at a time:

    You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t set out to build a wall.  You don’t say I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built. You say, I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.  And you do that every single day.  And soon you will have a wall.’

  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dudley Drake for his work on speaker recruitment, Sharon Tweedy for taking notes and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • 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

  • SRE Special Election Next Week – Proposed slate: two incumbents; Blain Bibb, Ann Van de Mark and Past President Waqar Rizvi.
  • Meeting Note Takers – PLEASE Volunteer for a once a month opportunity to keep 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 Stewart 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: Past District Governor Ellen Hancock
Introduced By: Linda Guinn

Foundation Resource Committee Chair, Ellen Hancock, gave a rousing “Thank You” to the Rotary Club of Stockton for our generous giving over the years to SRE and to Rotary International.  Praising our club’s individual commitment, our community focus and global participation reminds us that our 9 target areas of SRE connect well with the Rotary International 7 areas of focus, with the newly added Environmental focus.  Stockton Rotary’s generosity, cash/recognitions or major donor dollars, enables our club to support global projects recently in Nigeria/Pakistan for water, a hospital in the Philippines, Pakistan for water and toilets and National Immunization Day. Ellen also reviewed our giving from the past several years and encourages us to set a goal for this Rotary year.

Rotary Direct online giving provides a quick and easy way to donate to the annual fund.  Go to, click on GIVE, select your choice of giving (once, monthly, yearly), describe how much and you will receive a tax deductible receipt from RI.  If you need help, contact President Gary, Foundation Chair Linda Guinn or Ellen at or call 952.529.5094.  These folks can also help with your Rotary ID number.  If you subscribe to the Rotarian Magazine, the ID number is also above your name on the address label.


  • $63 – Luie Duarte – SRE – July birthday.
  • $50 – Van Young – RI – 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Next Meeting: July 29, 2020
County Supervisor Tom Patti

Tom Patti was overwhelmingly elected to the County Board of Supervisors, District 3, in 2016. Supervisor Patti recognizes the challenges facing San Joaquin County, and the need for transformative leadership to change the trajectory of our community. To achieve this, he will focus on education, economic development, public safety — and tackling the connected issues of mental health, homelessness and caring for veterans.

As a second-generation local business owner, Tom recognizes that small businesses are the job creators of our community – the engine that drives our society. He is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business Owners, Stockton Builder’s Exchange, and the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau. Tom’s vision is smart economic growth with an eye on the future of self-sustaining, energy-efficient communities.

Patti graduated from local schools and attended Delta College – and currently sits on the Board of the Delta College Foundation, which helps expand education access for local students.

With a life-time passion for giving back, Prior to being elected, Tom was active serving on the Child Abuse Prevention Council, March of Dimes and the Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee. Supervisor Patti also serves on the Board of Directors for Stockton Crime Stoppers. In 2015 Tom Patti had the honor of being selected by the African American Chamber as their “Man about Town” in recognition of his many local contributions.

Tom is a 5-time State and Golden Gloves boxing champion. He briefly considered a professional boxing career in 1986 and spent time in New York training with the legendary Cus D’Amato. He returned to California in 2001 and along with his father built Delta Cranes into the preeminent crane company in the San Joaquin Valley.

As a single father of 7-year old Presley, Tom Patti is dedicated to improving the safety and opportunity in our community.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

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!


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 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


Assistant Governor Area 2
Muhammad Waqar Ali Rizvi


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