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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, September 2, 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 Leonard Hansen, CEO of the Emergency Food Bank.( 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! Past-President Melanie Vieux stood in for President Gary and welcomed members and guests to the Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton meeting!  Past President Melanie asked Frank Whitney to ring the Bell to start the meeting.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Steve Bestolarides did the pledge of the allegiance and Frank Whitney did the 4 way test.
  • Thought for the Day – John Salacies: We sometime forget little things that are important to us. We go through our daily lives and get ready for our day. While we are driving we get a phone call or texts. We forget to be thankful and grateful for the things we are blessed with.  John presented the following quote. “In life one has choice to take one or two paths. To wait for a special day or celebrate each day”.  Next time someone ask how was your day, instead of saying okay, we should say it say it is great. Take a moment to appreciate them. We should be always grateful. John said he was grateful to all the Rotarians that are in his life.
  • 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 Frush announced Louis Lemos signed up for Rotary Direct to celebrate his birthday in addition to his SRE gift.  Please consider signing up; easy to do!
  • Visiting Rotarian – Past District Governor Jim Pierce.
  • 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

  • Past District Governor Jim Pierce Presented District Award for Literacy – Past District Governor Jim Pierce said that his intent was to do the awards presentation in person but due to Covid-19, this is being done virtually. Jim said this year he had 25 district awards to give out for the projects that the clubs did in 2019-2020 Rotary year.  Mary Laughlin, of Stockton Sunrise Rotary was the District Awards Chair.  It is a tradition to give out these awards at the District Conference but due to COVID-19 the district conference in April of this year was cancelled.  This year, Rotarian Jo Moya from Stockton Sunrise Rotary made oak awards.  All the clubs in the district were divided into small, medium, large and XL club category.  Rotary Club of Stockton received the District Literacy Award. This special award was given in recognition of on-going leadership and coordination by Rotary Club of Stockton for the Rotary Read-In. This collaborative project of the 5 Stockton Rotary clubs, in its 29th year has utilized over 900 volunteers who read books to approximately 20,000 students in 67 schools, 864 classrooms, grades K-3, across 4 school districts. Over 1000 books donated annually to the schools’ libraries. Jim virtually handed the award to Past President Melanie Vieux and appreciated all the Club projects done under her leadership during 2019-2020. Jim said he will deliver the award to the Assistant Governor, 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.

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: Special Agent Chris McKinney, FBI
Introduced By: Dudley Drake

Dudley Drake introduced FBI Supervisor Special Agent Christopher McKinney.  Chris has had an active carrier with the FBI since 2010. He holds a master degree in public policy.

Chris joined FBI in 2010. He had no family in law enforcement. He was working as the budget analyst for California Department of Finance in Sacramento and decided one day that he was bored from his job and applied for the FBI. A few months later he was accepted and started the training program. He initially started in Arizona and was transferred to California in 2014. He was in Afghanistan last year and spent 4 months doing counter terrorism. The FBI is all over the world and one gets an opportunity to work all over the world. The FBI started in 1908 under attorney general Charles Bonaparte, grandson of Jerome Bonaparte, sibling of Neapolitan Bonaparte. It was started to fill the gap that secret service dealing with investigations under treasury related to banking. In the early days it was called the Bureau of Investigation. The scope of the bureau expanded in the interstate commerce because of the transportation of women (human trafficking) between states where the local authorities were unable to do much. With Prohibition, FBI expanded its scope. 1924 Hoover was appointed. He did an excellent job getting the FBI expanded. Some of Hoover’s methodology did pose a question of how ethical they were. In 1935 the Bureau of Investigation was renamed to the FBI and expanded its influence and jurisdiction during that time. FBI forensic labs are one of the most important resources that are utilized to solve cases and other law enforcement agencies also utilize the lab. September 2001 changed everything for the intelligence industry. Since then all the agencies do a better job in sharing intelligence.

Chris said he met the former FBI Director James Comey many times. He was a good person who was gracious and was a good director. The new director Christopher Wray is a solid individual. Chris had met him a few times. The new director gave up being an attorney making 10 million dollars a year to lead the FBI.

Chris said in the central valley 90 percent of cases that they deal with are of criminal enterprises involving drugs and gangs. The FBI is paying a lot of attention to cases dealing with Cybercrimes. Public corruption is another area that Chris and his team investigate. White collar crime is another area that the FBI pays close attention to. There are 56 FBI field offices. The Sacramento division is broken into four branches. The Stockton office used to be on March Lane. Stockton and Modesto offices are now combined. Now the local FBI office is in Ripon. It is still called the Stockton field office. Chris and his team have been involved with many counter intelligence cases and have investigated many gang related crimes.

Chris said he replaced former Rotary Club of Stockton member Andrew Manson who is a good friend of his. Chris said he appreciates all the work that Rotary and its members do for the community. He hopes to become a member one day of the Rotary Club of Stockton if time permits. 


  • $100 – Sally Fandrich for her birthday 8/25 ($100 to SRE)
  • $500 (Heart Stopper) – John LaRue for his birthday 8/26 ($500 to SRE)
  • $100 – Louis Lemos for his 8/27 birthday ($100 to SRE WWII Memorial) + signed up for Rotary Direct,
  • $60 – Clare Simpson 8/28 for her birthday (2x$30=$60 to SRE)

Next Meeting: September 2, 2020
Leonard Hansen, CEO, “Emergency Food Bank”

Dr. Hansen comes to the Emergency Food Bank from Howard Training Center in Modesto where he served as Director of Operations for over 5 years, supervising training of adults with disabilities in multiple settings. He managed the Senior Meals-On-Wheels Program for Stanislaus County which, also, serves meals each day to the San Joaquin PHF, CSU, and Recovery House as well as other clinics and schools within Stanislaus and San Joaquin County. Dr. Hansen supervised Production Training Programs as well as three Adult Integration Programs.

Dr.Hansen worked for over 25 years in the supermarket industry holding executive positions for Food4Less of Modesto, Fry’s Food & Drug Stores and Save Mart Supermarkets. He was a franchisee for Cold Stone Creameries throughout the Central Valley for many years. Prior to the jump into business, he taught business and professional speaking at Mount Union College in Ohio as well as teaching rhetoric and public speaking while earning his Ph.D. at Indiana University, and the M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of California, Davis.

“We see the Emergency Food Bank as the focal point for food distribution to underserved families in Stockton,” Dr. Hansen noted, as he talked about goals to expand services and facilities at the Emergency Food Bank.

For over 50 years, with the support of many individuals and private, business, and governmental organizations, The Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin County has provided food for the needy. Due to the demand of the past few months with the increased unemployment, the Emergency Food Bank continues to meet the needs. Please consider the Emergency Food Bank in your giving plans or join us as a Volunteer!

To receive food assistance, volunteer or donate, please contact the Emergency Food Bank at 7 W. Scotts Ave, Stockton, Calif. 95203. Call (209) 464-7369 or visit

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

September 2020

  • 09 – Davis Harper, “Community Choice Energy”
  • 16 – Sylvan Young, “The Salvation Army”
  • 23 – Paul Stebbins, “FixUS”
  • 30 – Christopher Callahan, UOP President

October 2020

  • 07 – Kuy Ky, “RYLA”
  • 14 – Peter Jaffee, “Stockton Symphony”
  • 21 – Dr. Joe Serra, “Polio Update”
  • 28 – TBA

September Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 5th Paul Kozlow – 1st
2 6th – 12th Shannon Ding – 6th
Steve Luthy – 6th
Raul Chavez – 10th
John Reusche – 10th
3 3th – 19th Ken Miselis – 17th
Jim Dyke – 18th
4 20th – 26th Susanne Huebel – 21st
John Salaices – 23rd*
Pat Patmon – 26th
Jim Anthony 26th
5 27th – 30th Jerry Smith – 27th
Ann Johnston – 29th
Don Barry – 29th
Jonni Redick – 29th
*= 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