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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 23, 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 Paul Stebbins, Founding Member of FixUS. ( 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”


 As many as 36 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 – Past-President Jim Dyke, who also celebrated his birthday, lead us all in the Pledge and 4-Way Test.
  • Thought for the Day – Past-President Ann Johnston shared a poem that Sister Abby at St. Joseph shared. This poem is written by Kitty O’Meara: “What kind of hope we have for the future. And the people stayed home and read books, and listened and rested and exercised and made art and played games and learned new ways of being still. Listen more deeply, some mediated and some prayed some dance and some met their shadows and people began to think differently and the people healed. In absence of people of living ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways the Earth began to heal and when the danger passed and the people began to joined together again they grieved their losses and made new choices and dreamed new images and created new ways to live and heal the Earth fully as then they had been healed.”
  • 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 (see cry for help below), and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • 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

  • Mayor Gary Podesto with Jim Dyke

    Presidential Rotary Project SOLVED! – Jim Dyke shared a picture of him with Mayor Gary Podesto at the dedication of the playground to Children’s Museum. Further proving that the Playground was his Presidential Rotary Project not Bob Blower’s.

  • Rotary Magazine – President Gary talked about the Rotary Magazine and an article about Volunteering. Rotary did a study to see how many hours Rotarians put hours per years. It is 47 Million hours per year. The value study on this with regards to money it is $850 Million dollars’ worth of volunteering.
  • 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.  Click HERE to sign up!
  • Potential Meeting Format – President Elect Kevin Kauffman is working on how to have a format for Live meetings or fellowship with social distancing.  Any ideas?  Contact Kevin.
  • 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. The guest speaker is the Immediate Past Rotary International Director Brad Howard.
  • 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: Rotarian and Salvation Army Officer Van Young
Introduced By: Dudley Drake

Van started by talking about the history of Salvation Army. All the officers of the Salvation Army are ordained ministers. Salvation Army has three components. Work Therapy, Counseling/Education and Spiritual Awareness. Work Therapy includes, getup, cleanup, show up and do an honest day of work. Counseling and Education includes reading of the books that are required for people in the program. Through Counseling they help regaining social skills and regain health. Spiritual Awareness is a way to help people with addiction. There is a 6 Months Residential Program for men to combat addiction. The program is free. The success rate is 25 to 30 %. Due to COVID-19, anyone being admitted in the program had to do a 14 day quarantine.

A 22 year young man gave a testimony about his experiences with the rehab program. He loved playing baseball and was hoping to make a carrier out of it. He unfortunately had an injury and could not play baseball anymore. Due to depression and wrong choices he kept going in downward spiral. During this time he had 2 kids. He started over using pain pills. He went in to rehab program and it did not work. He started drinking and then decided he has to turn his life around. He started the Rehabilitation program at the Salvation Army. By this time he was an alcoholic. The program helped him stop drinking and gave him a positive perspective on life. This made him reevaluate his life and his relationships with others and also helped gather himself. He has been in the program for 6 months and feels he is ready to be responsible.

Van also said that at the Salvation Army they were following all COVID-19 protocols. There had been several months of no income. They are hoping to keep this important program going and are hoping they don’t lose this program.

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) – Rotarian Chheavy and Chris Lema gave $250 to RI/SRE in the memory of San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Brett H. Morgan who passed on August 28-2020. He was a member of Rotary Club of Stockton since 2011. Judge Morgan was a regular patron at Chheavy and Chris Lema’s dry cleaning business in Elk Grove.
  • $1,000 (Double Heart Stopper) – Ken Miselis for his birthday on the 17th; $500 to SRE & $500 to RI.
  • $100 – Jim Dyke for his birthday on the 18th – to SRE.

Next Meeting: September 23, 2020
Paul Stebbins, “FixUS”

Paul Stebbins has served as Chairman Emeritus since May 2014 and has served as a director of the Company since June 1995. Prior to his appointment as Chairman Emeritus, from January 2012 to May 2014, Mr. Stebbins served as Executive Chairman of the Board. From July 2002 to December 2011, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and, from August 2000 to July 2002, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. From January 1995 to August 2000, Mr. Stebbins served as President and Chief Operating Officer of World Fuel Services Americas, Inc. (formerly Trans Tec Services, Inc.), at the time our principal subsidiary engaged in the marine fuel services business. From September 1985 to December 1994, Mr. Stebbins was an officer, shareholder and director of Trans Tec Services, Inc., a global marine fuel services company, which Mr. Stebbins co founded in 1985.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

September 2020

  • 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!




Rotary Club of Stockton Member Files
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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 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