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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, October 7, 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 Past President Kuy Ky. ( 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!
( 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, Club Secretary and birthday boy Jerry Smith.
  • ADG Waqar Rizvi and Dr. Art Dugoni

    Moment of Silence – Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi talked about Dr. Art Dugoni, father of Rotarain Jim Dugoni who passed on September 23, 2020 at the age of 95 years. Dr. Dugoni was a Dean Emeritus of Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific campus in San Francisco. He was internationally renowned and his contributions in the field of dentistry has been recognized by his peers. Waqar recalled his last meeting with Dr. Dugoni in 2019 when Dr. Dugoni mentioned how proud he had been with the accomplishments of his students who have done well for themselves. He also talked about the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi who was one of his students with whom he stayed in touch. A moment of silence was observed by the members of Rotary Club of Stockton.

  • 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), Frank Whitney for the photos and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • UOP Rotaractors – ADG Waqar introduced the Rotarctors from University of the Pacific that included, Arooj Rizvi, Nathan Auyoung, Lauren Nguyen and Cmaeon Sefanini.
  • Guests of Rotarians – Rollie Guntert (Kevin Kauffman) and Bob Hanyak, retired UOP (Gary).
  • Rotary Direct – Now 10!! New sign up Ken Steele.   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 10 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

  • Steve Luthy retiring as Club Treasurer after 5 years – President Gary announced that Steve Luthy has expressed he would like to retire from the being the treasurer of the Rotary Club of Stockton after five years of service. If any member is interested please contact President Gary or any board member.
  • 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!
  • Fantasy Football – Secretary Matthew reports everyone is having a great time!  It’s a great fellowship activity!
  • 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.  Link information to follow.
  • 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.

City of Stockton Mayoral Candidates

North Stockton Rotary will be hosting an evening with Michael Tubbs and Kevin Lincoln, on Wednesday, October 14th, beginning at 5:00 PM.

The event will be online, and will last until approximately 7:30 PM.  The format will be more of a forum, rather than a debate.  Mayor Tubbs will speak between 5 and 6 PM, with time for Q&A, which will be moderated.  Attendees will be able to post their questions for the moderator to ask on their behalf.  There will be a hard break at about 6:15, and the event will resume at 6:30 with Mr. Lincoln will speak from 6:30PM to 7:30PM, again with time for Q & A.

Password: 005391

Meeting Note takers needed!

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Guest Speaker

Speaker: Christopher Callahan, UOP President
Introduced By: Judy Chambers

Judy Chambers introduced Chris Callahan as the 26th president of University of the Pacific. President Callahan comes from Arizona State University where he was a Dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Under his leadership, he helped to double enrollment and diversity and increased student retention. He started his term as the President of the University of the Pacific in July 2020. Judy praised him for being an innovative and collaborator and problem solver. Two of his finest attributes are his optimism and positive thinking.

UOP President Christopher Callahan

President Callahan thanked Judy Chambers for the lovely introduction. He said that his wife Jean and he has been received by the community with great enthusiasm. He said he had an opportunity to meet with a few who were on the zoom meeting including President Gary, ADG Waqar and Ann during Pre-COVID events. He said no one has been more important to Jean and himself as they had been making this really exciting transition during these unusual times than their wonderful new friend Judy Chambers. President Callahan further said “I will say Judy is the personification of both the University of the Pacific and the entire Stockton community. Because of her warmth and graciousness we truly feel Stockton to be our home. It is also perfect that Judy introduced Jean and I today because she has played an important role in both of these great institutions, University of the Pacific and the Rotary Club where she helped breakdown the gender barriers more than 30 years ago. Judy thank you for what you all have done”.

President Callahan said that they were proud of the partnership of Rotary Club of Stockton and the University of the Pacific and both Jean and he hope to grow this relationship more in the future.

President Callahan said before he begins to talk about the past, present and future of University of the Pacific, he will like to thank Waqar for the comments he made about Dr. Art Dugoni. Art in so many ways represented the spirit of University of the Pacific. Jean and he met with Art a few months ago for the first time where they were expecting it only be a meet and greet meeting which turned into a terrific working meeting. President Callahan was soon taking notes of the ideas Art was sharing with them about the University. Art also attended a public event of University of the Pacific a couple of weeks before his passing and spoke eloquently.

President Callahan said when he first came to Pacific, people asked him what the new mission of the university was? He told them there was not going to be a new mission. Historically the mission of the university had been fantastic. The mission has been to take the young people and help them to achieve their dreams and become leaders in their chosen fields and as leaders for them to come back to their communities. When people look at Pacific, it has a rich history of being California’s oldest charted university and it all start with this gorgeous campus. Jean and he feels that they are living on a 175 acres beautiful park in the world.

The campus is an important part of the university. In many ways it is like a quaint New England campus in traditional setting except it is in west coast. The real strength of Pacific that manifests itself every day is the relationship of faculty and students. President Callahan said he had been in higher education for over thirty years and have yet to see this. It is in the classrooms as well as outside the classrooms. Alumni that he has met have so many stories to share where the Pacific faculty had changed their lives. Last week coach Pete Carol was the guest speaker at a virtual event that had 400 attendees. When coach Pete Carol was asked about his Pacific experience he quickly talked about professor Larry Meredith, who changed the trajectory of Pete’s life. This is what makes Pacific special.

There are some challenges to overcome. More students are needed. Pacific story need to be told to others. Better future planning and to anticipate the job landscape of the future needs to happen. There is a need to design new programs for the students. COVID-19 surely has effected Pacific. A decision was made in mid-July to only have remote classes due to the health concerns. Health and safety of all Pacific family will always come first. After COVID-19 there was prediction of 20 percent enrollment decline in the fall semester. Like most private universities 90 percent of the revenue comes from students. It looks like based on pre-COVID-19 target the university will be only 1 percent off from the original enrollment numbers. This is due the hard work of all Pacific staff. The plan is to come back in January 2021 with keeping the safety protocols in place.  Students are unhappy not being on campus.

President Callahan talked about bringing more students in general, diverse students, and start new academic programs like data analytics. There is a need to find new revenue streams that are not contingent on raising tuition. One of the ideas is to look at the possibility of creating a condo complex on campus for retirees who will live on campus and be involved with campus activities. President Callahan talked about the recent retired dean of pharmacy Phil Oppenheimer who said in a lot of universities a professor will teach and do research during the day and on the way home the professor will think about his research. At Pacific our professor will teach do research during the day and on the drive home they will think about teaching and think about the students and this truly makes Pacific a special place.

Birthday Celebration Challenge!!!

July finals 14/15 or 93.3%
August Wrap up – 10/11 or 90.1%
September Birthday Celebrations: 100% participation!


  • $100 – Past President and past Club Secretary Jerry Smith for his birthday on the 27th to SRE
  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Past President Ann Johnston for her birthday on the 29th to SRE
  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Past President Don Barry for his birthday on the 29th ($87 + $163 to SRE – Knox LaRue Vocational and Technical Scholarship)
  • $50 – Jonnie Redick for her birthday on the 29th to SRE.

Next Meeting: October 7, 2020
Past President Kuy Ky, “RYLA”

The journey to the United States from Cambodia as refugee on September 7, 1979 was a saga that I wish no other fellow beings ever experience. It was harsh and cruel. I was 10 years old. Many of my countrymen had lost their lives, matter of fact, 1.8 million went to heaven. I am one lucky individual. My father said, son, I am willing to risk everyone’s life in search of freedom. By staying put, all of us will never have a good life.

Back in Cambodia as a little boy from 1975 to 1979, I was removed from my parents at age 7, along with my older brother,9, to join little men army. This is where the communist government brainwashed us to treat everyone in the village as just another person, so were your parents. Year Zero was the start of the Pol Pot regime; where all western influences, religion, doctors, teachers, etc were eliminated. My family was forced to settle in a rural area as peasant farm workers and to create instability the government moved us 4 times in 3 years. Many Cambodians lost their lives due to executions, starvation, diseases, totaling 1.8 million.

By 1979, the Vietcong regime had overthrown the Khmer Rouge, a relief, but not much. It was the 2nd, 3rd, 4th chances of being alive. I ran through the jungle of a tropical rain forest without water and food to escape from HELL… Thailand refugees camp.

Jim and Norma Pickett, along with Mr. and Mrs. Saukam Khoy were God sent; they were our precious sponsors in Houston, Texas.

My family moved to Stockton in August, 1980. This is home for the last 40 years.

I graduated from Stagg high school, Delta College, THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC with a B.S. degree. I went on to earned my dental degree from the University of Southern Cal in 1996 and returned home to Stockton after graduation. MY HEART IS HERE IN STOCKTON.

I joined this club, the Rotary Club of Stockton, in 1997 because a gentleman name Ron Allison invited me to have lunch with his rotary friends. I am a major donor level 2 recipient as I am paying it forward to those less fortunates.

I am passionate about my family, dentistry, ROTARY (RYLA), my community, and the United States of America!

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards!

What is RYLA? Rotary District 5220 is composed of all of the rotary clubs from Madera to Galt and Twain Harte to Los Banos. We picked 1-2 students of each high school in our district to attend a 4 days leadership camp in the remote area of Calvin Crest Camp in Oakhust, Ca. 100 boys and 100 girls were selected to Camp RYLA. The boys camp is at Calvin Crest and the girls camp is at Camp Oakhurt in the city of Oakhurst on President’s Day weekend with 10 amazing counselors, rotarians in our district. The two camps are about 20 miles apart and about 2000 feet in elevation. Each counselor is assigned 8 to 9 students to their group and their cabin. Each student in a group will be assigned to an activity. The activities are entertainment, engineer, newspaper, yearbook, olympiad, and cabin council. To see the talents and intelligence in these young man are something to treasure as camp counselor. Our annual due helps fund the RYLA project!

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

October 2020

  • 14 – Peter Jaffee, “Stockton Symphony”
  • 21 – Dr. Joe Serra, “Polio Update”
  • 28 – 2LT Grant Hall, “Rotary International Scholar”

November 2020

  • 04 – Dr. Thomas Pogue, “Economic Impacts of COVID19 in northern California”
  • 11 – Bob Blower, “Veterans Day Presentation”
  • 18 – Ngozi Elobuike, “Life in Full Color – Rotary International Scholar”
  • 25 – All City Luncheon

October Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 3rd Diane Stauffer – 1st
Kuy Ky – 1st
Hal Monroe – 1st
Bob Blower – 1st
Ramon Fernandez – 3rd
2 4th – 10th Liz Hull – 6th
Dave Tygett – 10th
Dennis Cochran – 10th
3 11th – 17th (none)
4 18th – 24th Reid Johnson – 18th
Farah Khwaja – 19th
Beto Beas – 19th
Tom Patti – 21st*
Pete Rosado – 24th
Zack Drivon – 24th
5 25th – 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 Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi, note taker extraordinaire; Frank Whitney for taking pictures, 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