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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 26, 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 Special Agent Chris McKinney, FBI.( 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”


 Many 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! Gary thanked Matt Grizzle for bringing the Rotary Club Bell from the Stockton Golf and County Club and delivering it to him for use at this meeting.  NOTE: Next week’s meeting will be chaired by Past President Melanie Vieux!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Past-President T.J. Hull.
  • Thought for the Day – Christine Morrissey: The thought of the day was to reach out to someone who you have not heard from and have not talked to for some time. Take time to reach out to them and try to see how they are doing in their lives and dealing with the stress.
  • 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 her presentation in a past meeting. President Frush announced Louis Lemos signed up for Rotary Direct.  Please consider signing up; easy to do!
  • Visiting Rotarian – Joe Cotta, member of Lodi Rotary Club, the Assistant Governor and the husband of DG Sherry Cotta was introduced by Waqar Rizvi
  • 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

  • Fantasy Football – Matt Grizzle announced the start of the fantasy football this year. TJ was the champion last year. His intent is to have someone else get the trophy from the Zoom background of TJ. Please let Matt know if you are interested to join. The draft is in a couple of weeks and the season starts on September 10, 2020.
  • 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.

Stockton Rotary Endowment and
The Rotary Club of Stockton
Charity Allocations

The Stockton Rotary Endowment Fund (SRE) and the Rotary Club of Stockton are soliciting requests for funds for the projects of charitable organizations operating in San Joaquin County. There are various funds within SRE that have specific requirements related to funding amount and approval. For applications and complete explanations as to the funding process, specific fund requirements, amounts available, etc. Go to this link for more information, or send mail to Peter Gormsen, Charity Allocations Committee Chairman, 1401 N. Hunter Street, Stockton, Ca 95202. Deadline for applications is September 30, 2020.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: District Governor Sherry Cotta
Introduced By: Assistant Governor, Waqar Rizvi

Assistant Governor, Waqar Rizvi introduced District Governor Sherry Cotta. Sherry Cotta, a member of the Lodi Rotary Club. Lodi Rotary Club was sponsored by Rotary Club of Stockton in 1921.  Sherry’s services to the district include serving 3 years as the Membership Chair. She has been a member of the District Cabinet for 6 years, the District Advisory Council for 3 years, the Budget and Finance Committee for 4 years, and is the current District Governor.

Sherry thanked Waqar and said she was excited to be doing her official club visit as the District Governor. She indicated that has a wonderful meeting with President Gary Frush and the board of directors prior to this meeting.  Sherry said during this time of uncertainty, It is important and critical to adapt and see what we can do with this COVID19 situation. She said we must ask ourselves three questions.

  1. Why did I join Rotary
  2. Why I stayed in Rotary
  3. Where the world be without Rotary

She said the third question is what we all need to focus and reflect. The plus in Polio Plus is for other causes the Rotary International is taking part in the World. Sherry said she was unaware of this till Dr. Joe Serra last week visited the Lodi Rotary and talked about it. Polio funds have been diverted in the past to address SARS, Ebola and other disasters that the world has faced. It is doing the same thing now diverting resources to COVID19. It is very possible when the vaccine is developed for COVID19, Rotarians may the one helping deliver it to adults. DG went over the COVID19 Map. We have COVID19 now at home where we lost 2 members recently in our district. We have had to shut down many of the regular programs that our clubs were involved due to the pandemic.  Rotarians in the District have delivered 15,000 masks, 1000 face shields, 500 hospital gowns and supplied food supplies to the seniors. The members in the district have donated 100,000 dollars to the local food banks. One club in the district raised 5,400 dollars and gave 200 dollars to 27 local businesses struggling due to COVID19. There is a lot of anxiety among the community due to the uncertainty when all this will be over. Kids too are very sensitive are having a tough time as they have no schools and have no friends to interact with. Parents are having a difficult time to find child care as they have jobs. Kids are feeling the same anxieties as the kids of 1940’s when graduations were cancelled due to Polio outbreak, kids were not allowed to interact.  In nutshell we have been here before. In 1940’s there were no other form of interactions. Now we have our phones, Netflix, TV, and video games to keep us entertained.

Alcohol consumption is up to 60 percent. Housing in the areas that are less expensive may become expensive and vice versa. Bay area companies have changed models and now allowing people work from home. Now they are offering different salary based on where you live. Now people have opportunity to work from anywhere.

How do we convince Rotarians to be active during these times? All Rotary Clubs are having the same challenges. We all have to be innovative and evolve our fundraisers as we provide for own and International communities. We have to remind all Rotarians that Rotary matters and the work that Rotary does has a lasting impact in the local communities. We cannot let the virus take over us.  It is never about having breakfast and lunch in Rotary. It is about serving others. Choosing not to serve means that you have been beaten by COVID19. We cannot let out passion to serve be repressed by COVID19. Think outside the box and throw the box out.

DG Sherry also said that the Polio Immunization is being resumed. We are still raising 50M and that will be matched by Bill and Melinda Gates. Joe Cotta announced that this year Sherry is encouraging all the clubs in the district to plant a tree.

President Gary Frush thanked Sherry for the club visit and said we will plant a tree. 50 dollars were donated to Read to me Stockton in Sherry’s name. A bottle of wine from Weibel winery will be delivered to Sherry along with two Rotary wine glasses.


  • $87 – Beverly McCarthy celebrated her Birthday on 8/10. She said she had the entire week of celebration and many of her friends came to visit and she made sure they were following the social distance protocol due to COVID-19. She donated $87 to The Rotary Foundation.
  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Past President Jim Dyke said years ago he went to see Joe Cotta at his home and his car got stuck in the mud. Joe Cotta used his tractor to get the car out. In honor of Joe, he will donate 250$ to The Rotary Foundation.

Next Meeting: August 26, 2020
Special Agent Chris McKinney, FBI

Christopher McKinney has been employed as a Special Agent with the FBI since September 2010. He spent his first four years with FBI investigating violations of U.S. Criminal Code in southern Arizona before transferring to Stockton in September 2014. His investigations have led to the successful indictment and prosecution of investment fraud, mortgage fraud, corporate embezzlement, terrorism, civil rights and public corruption cases. In June 2020, Christopher McKinney was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) to oversee matters relating to white collar and terrorism matters in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne Counties. SSA McKinney has served over eight years as an operator and team leader for the FBI SWAT team and has executed over 200 high risk search and arrest warrants. SSA McKinney holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration and was employed as a budget analyst for the California Department of Finance prior to joining the FBI.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

September 2020

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