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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 16, 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 Sylvan Young, “The Salvation Army”. ( 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”



 Several members attended this virtual Meeting!
( Photos )
  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Gary welcomed members and guests to the Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton meeting!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Steve Luthy celebrated his birthday (9th) by leading us all in the Pledge and 4-Way Test.
  • Thought for the Day – Humberto “Beto” Beas gave his thoughts on the best place to be: California.  Beto started by saying, fellow Rotarians on this day, September 09, in 1850 we celebrate 170 years since California became a State. I think to myself how fortunate we are to live in this great State. We have the best weather, and best sights to see. Everything happens here. One can travel a few hours in any directions and can enjoy, snow, beach, or desert planes. I am proud to be a Californian. What we all need to do is to be conscious about our surrounding and educate our children to become better citizens. Beto read a quote by the former US Treasury Robert Rubin:  “We do not face a choice between protecting our environment or protecting our economy. We face a choice between protecting our economy by protecting our environment − or allowing environmental havoc to create economic havoc.”
  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dudley Drake for his work on speaker recruitment, Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi for taking notes, and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • Concern Report – A member of our club Rotarian Brett Morgan who was a judge here in San Joaquin County Passed on August 28th 2020. He was a member since July 2011.
  • Rotary Direct – No sign ups this past week.  Please consider signing up; it’s easy to do!  Please call me (209-601-3631) or Linda Guinn (209-639-1482) to sign up.  So far only 9 members have signed up.
  • 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

  • Drive thru Fund Raiser – Friday, October 23rd – Secretary Matthew announced a Drive thru Fund Raiser- In conjunction with Fat City BBQ & World Polio Day. The dinner will be $40 per person. Beer and Wine will be also available for additional cost. Please mark your calendar. The proceeds from this will go to the Rotary Club of Stockton. We will also invite other Stockton Rotary Clubs to participate in this fundraiser.
  • Potential Meeting Format – President Elect Kevin Kauffman is working on how to have a format for Live meetings or fellowship with social distancing.
  • All City Thanksgiving Luncheon – All City Rotary Thanksgiving. Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi announced that due to COVID-19 this year the All City Thanksgiving Luncheon Meeting will be Virtual. Save the date of Tuesday, November 24 at noon. There will be a special speaker for the program.
  • All City Rotary Community Service – Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi announced that the Stockton Chambers of Commerce will be need assistance on a single day event in the Mall where representatives from Stockton Businesses will be able to come into the mall and receive their free PPE. Rotarian Doug Wilhoit who is also the CEO of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce is looking for Rotary volunteers to help with this project. He is envisioning it being a 6 hour event maximum. The date for this event will be announced in a couple of weeks.

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.

Meeting Note takers needed!

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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: Davis Harper and Woody Hastings, “Community Choice Energy”
Introduced By: Dan Wright

Dan Wright said he was happy to announce that this program will give the citizens of Stockton a choice in selecting a energy provider. Dan Wright introduced speakers Davis Harper and Woody Hastings.

Davis Harper

Community Choice Energy

Woody Hastings

Community Choice Energy is a non profit that provides alternative to PG&E. This a program City of Stockton is looking at to see how they can offer it as a choice for the city residents. What is Community Choice Energy? The state legislative paved way to get rid of monopoly. This is a non-profit and where the residents gets an opportunity to select different utility service. This is not going to replace the existing distribution or maintenance of existing infrastructure. Community Choice Energy also offers 100 percent renewable energy for certain customers.

  • They have Innovative local programs.
  • Advanced Energy Rebuild program offered up to $17,000 rebate for having energy saver products.
  • Energy storage for commercial and industrial customers working with Solar companies.

Community Choice Energy also responded to CVOID-19 that shows how critically important it is to be local. They have given millions of dollars of grants to local programs for COVID-19 relief. City of Stockton spends approx. 100 million dollars in energy. This amount can be redirected to the local economy.

A survey shows that 74% of people in Stockton do want a choice. Stockton City Council is looking to make this choice available for the citizens of Stockton. Please feel free to email at to connect one on one and learn more.

Birthday Celebration Challenge!!!

July finals 14/15 or 93.3%
August Wrap up – 10/11 or 90.1%
September Birthday Celebrations: 15 birthdays this month!


  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Shannon Ding for her birthday (9/6) + $1 for grandson’s first birthday – to SRE
  • $100 – Steve Luthy for his birthday on the 6th – to SRE
  • $100 – Raul Chavez for his 1st birthday of a new life/new beginnings on the 10th – to RI
  • $62 – John Reusche for his birthday on the 10th to SRE.  Son is a senior in UOP in MediaX/Music and daughter is a sophomore in Sac City College and Sherri and him are committed to RYLA.

Next Meeting: September 16, 2020
Sylvan Young, “The Salvation Army”

I have been an officer for the Salvation Army for 20 years. I have had appointments in Salvation Army Corps, (Church and Social Services) and Adult Rehabilitation Center’s. As an Administrator my duties have been to oversee financial management, program development and Spiritual Care of those I have the privilege to have under my care.

In my appointments I developed relationships with other organizations, government entities and the corporate world. I have enjoyed serving in my capacity with the Salvation Army and have had the great pleasure of meeting and working with some great individuals.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

September 2020

  • 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 – 2LT Grant Hall, “Rotary International Scholar”

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 13th – 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 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