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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 12, 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 Commodore Robert F. Stockton, Bart W. Bird .bio ).

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”


32 Members 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 – Van Young.
  • Thought for the Day – Geneve Bamidele who quoted a famous Chinese proverb:
    If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
    If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
    If you want happiness for a month, get married.
    If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
    If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody else.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dudley Drake for his work on speaker recruitment, Past-President and Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi for taking notes and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • Rotary Direct –  President Gary announced ADG Waqar Rizvi was the first member to sign up after Past District Governor Ellen Hancock gave the presentation three weeks ago. The following week 5 more members signed up and this week Joe Serra and Kevin Kaufman signed up. Please consider signing up easy to do!
  • Concern Report – C.P. Riddle,retired military general and a member of our club is having health issues. Please reach out to him to see how he is doing. Home phone: 209-836-9017, email:
  • 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

  • Children’s Museum Kid’s Playground – Past President Jim Dyke was the Rotary President in 1999-2000 when the project of kid’s playground was adopted at the Children’s Museum . By the time the project was finished, Bob Blower had become the President and Bob claimed this being his project along with WWII Memorial project. Jim said in order to put the record straight it was not Bob’s presidential project. Bob was not present at this meeting but had a note that said, he was glad to take credit for both projects. The playground was inaugurated by Mayor Gary Podesto. (For readers. This was all scripted.)

    Assistant Governor Waqar and Maria Rizvi along with their son Ebraheem at the Children’s Museum in August-2019. In the background can be seen the Rotary Club of Stockton Plaque at the outside playground.

  • 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: Marianne Prieto
Introduced By: Former Children’s Museum Board Member, Duane Isetti

The Presentation started with a short video of the Children’s Museum.

Marieanne Prieto talked about how the Children’s Museum is a great place for children and students. At the museum there is a Fire truck, an ambulance, a police car, a police motorcycle that all the visitors enjoy.  At the museum there is a also a post office and a grocery store models/sets.

The museum is working with San Joaquin County Office of Education to showcase STEM exhibits (STEM is an acronym for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math). There is also exhibits of Lego Derby race track where the visitors can build and race. There is also an Art studio that has various programs that kids participate in. The museum also has a recycling awareness education. The museum attracts, 41,000 visitors, 10000 field trips from 29 cities, 36 schools. In 2019 the museum celebrated its silver jubilee/25 year anniversary.  The museum also offers Robotics and art workshops.

Every year there the museum offers free admission days for the community. The museum also donates free admission passes to local non-profits  Last year 450 passes were given to community partners.  In the recent years the museum has done a great job by bringing out a few exhibits to the community at public events. There is a mobile outreach bus where arts activities are offered. From University of the Pacific/Beyond the Gates there was a grant that gave the museum the ability to give out 2000 books/ Every year the museum participates in 20 plus events in the community.

2020 has been a tough year for the museum due to COVID-19. At present he museum, is closed. It is getting ready to open with all proper safety protocols in the next few weeks.  The museum had been focusing on virtual outreach via Facebook and their website.


  • $107 – Leena Mittal $42 (to SRE) for her birthday on 8-1 when Leena turned 42 AND $65 to Rotary Foundation for her mom turning 65 on 8-2.
  • $89 – Dr. Joe Serra for his 89th birthday on 8-4 (SRE).
  • $61 – Linda Guinn for her birthday to Rotary Foundation.
  • $198 – Zach Downs for his birthday on 8-8 – $99 x 2 ($99 each to SRE & Rotary Foundation). He is turning 33 and he calculated it 33 times 3 and then times 2.
  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Past-President and past club Secretary Jerry Smith to the Rotary Foundation in memory of Susan Drake.
  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Jim Dyke for the historical clarification on the Children’s Museum (to SRE).

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 12, 2020
Bart Bird, “Commodore Stockton”

Commodore Robert F. Stockton
Bart W. Bird

Born and raised in Stockton, and by coincidence, my Grandfather was born in Stockton, Utah in 1889.  While attending Victory Elementary School, my interest in why Stockton was named after the Commodore began.  Now, 55 years later, I am sharing that adventure with young and old alike.

Graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in Biology.

Started working for Pre-Peeled Potato, Co. in 1967 and in 2005 my wife, Marit, and I bought the business, changing the name to Pre-Peeled Product, Inc.  We are celebrating Pre-Peeled’s 60th year, 1956-2016.

During the mid-70’s, I also worked for the California Department of Fish & Game and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  Mostly on projects associated with the Peripheral Canal.

Member of the Boy Scouts of America for 48 years.

Past Sheriff of the Stockton Corral  of the Westerners and recipient of the R. Coke Wood Award.

After investigating the life of Commodore Stockton for many years, I started portraying him in 2003.  History has come to life through the people and events surrounding his life and that of his ancestors.  Few people do you learn about that have as varied and enduring a legacy as Robert F. Stockton.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

August 2020

  • 19 – District Governor Sherry Cotta
  • 26 – SSA Chris McKinney, “FBI”

September 2020

  • 02 – Emergency Food Bank
  • 09 – Davis Harper, “Community Choice Energy”
  • 16 – Sylvan Young, “The Salvation Army”
  • 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!


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Special thank you to everyone who contributed to The Wheel…

Editor, Eric Duran. Special thanks this week to Past-President and Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi, 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