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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, August 5, 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 Marianne Prieto who will be speaking about the Stockton Children’s ).

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”


52 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 – Steve Morales.
  • Thought for the Day – Chris Lema presented the Thought of the Day and he used the Shared screen to illustrate the need to utilize Rotary’s “The Four-Way Test” of the things we think, say and do.  In the current state of our world,  this is a great reminder of our pledge to be better people in the world.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dudley Drake for his work on speaker recruitment, Colleen Stewart for taking notes and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • Rotary News – President Gary Frush Gary shared the RI President Holger Knaack’s words from the August Rotarian which emphasized looking at growing Rotary in a sustainable way.  Times and conditions are changing, and we need to adapt accordingly and be more flexible and less about rules and attending meetings and more how we can join together and do good in the world.
  • Rotary Direct –  Gary advised that after last weeks meeting and Ellen Hancock’s presentation on Rotary Foundation we had 6 members sign up for the program (Waqar Rizvi, Linda Guinn, Ron Allison, Kathy Hart, Ann Johnston, Gary Frush).  He thanked those members for signing up and is looking for more of our members to sign up.  It is not about the amount that you contribute but that you participate and contribute on a regular basis that works for you and do good in the world and at home.
  • 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 – Stockton Rotary Endowment announced last week that this week an election would happened for Trustees up for election so a formal vote and poll was done.  Secretary Matt sent out the poll to elect the following to SRE:
    Ann Van de Mark, Blain Bibb and Waqar Rizvi were all elected to 3 year term as Trustees.  97% voted for with one Abstaining.  Congratulations Trustees!!
  • 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: County Supervisor Tom Patti
Introduced By: Dudley Drake

Tom Patti, The Actor

Tom spent 15 years in the entertainment business as an actor, writer, and director.  He was involved in theatre releases on television, movies and live theatre mostly in New York.   He attended acting school with the famous acting coach, Lee Strasberg who taught method acting.  This is the school of thought about tapping into your emotions.  Also he spoke of the other acting method known as sense memory in group theatre.  He states that acting is about being truthful under imaginary circumstances.  Acting is putting life to words and it requires truthfulness and meaning.

He shared examples of acting using the same lines but with completely different results and emotions.  He changed into another character before our eyes and it was a completely different take on the same lines but appeared entirely different.

Thanks Tom for sharing this side of your life and your life experiences.


  • $76 – Eric Duran – SRE – July 28th birthday.
  • $50 – Steve Morales – SRE – July 28th birthday.
  • $100 – President Gary Frush – $50 SRE, $50 RI direct – July 29th birthday
  • $500 (Heart Stopper!) – Jeff Greenberg – SRE – July 30th birthday
  • $25 – Mark Bregman – SRE – July 31st birthday.
  • $50 – Past President Waqar -SRE for being elected to the SRE Board.

Dr. Joe Serra requested that all sing “Happy Birthday” to President Gary, which we did.

Happy Birthday to all July Birthday Rotarians and for your pledges which were 93.3% of July Birthday Rotarians! These are pledged funds to SRE and RI to celebrate with almost 100% participation.  Thanks to all who did and Happy Birthday!!!

August birthdays are listed below – 11 members and President Gary is anticipating they too will want to celebrate their birthday with a recognition and see if they can out do the July birthday performance of 93.3%.

Next Meeting: August 5, 2020
Marianne Prieto, “Stockton Childrens Museum”

  • Museum team member since 2006
  • 2019 Business Manager of the Year (Stockton Chamber of Commerce)
  • Leadership Stockton Class 2019
  • Certified Tourism Ambassador


Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

August 2020

  • 12 – Bart Bird, “Cmdr Stockton”
  • 19 – District Governor Sherry Cotta
  • 26 – SSA Chris McKinney, “FBI”

September 2020

  • 02 – Emergency Food Bank
  • 09 – TBA
  • 16 – TBA
  • 23 – TBA
  • 30 – Christopher Callahan, UOP President

August Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st Leena Mittal – 1st
2 2nd – 8th Joe Serra – 4th
Linda Guinn – 5th*
Angel Sepulveda – 8th
Zach Downs – 8th
3 9th – 15th Beve McCarthy – 10th
Jonathan Pakele – 13th
4 16th – 22nd  (None)
5 23rd – 29th Sally Fandrich – 25th
John LaRue – 26th*
Louis Lemos – 27th
Clare Simpson – 28th
6 30th – 31st  (None)
*= Meeting Day – Wish them a Happy Birthday!


Rotary Club of Stockton Member Files
(Logon to DACdb required to access)
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 Coleen Stewart, note taker extraordinaire; Matthew Grizzle, Virtual and Audio Visual Guru as well as Club and Attendance Secretary and Chief Checkers Matthew Grizzle and President Gary!

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