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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 14, 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 Maestro Peter Jaffe, Stockton Symphony. ( 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 – Hal Monroe celebrating his birthday by leading the pledge and 4-way test.
  • Thought for the Day – Past President Graham Tweedy: Past President Graham Tweedy read an email from a 7th grade student at Spanos school to the Rotary Interact faculty advisor Kathleen Moody sent in July. This was in response to her being asked to be the president of Spanos Rotary Interact this year.

    “A ray of sunshine amidst our murky skies” From Abidail Garcia-Bello 7th grade: To Kathleen Moody. About Interact Ms. Moody. I would love to be a leader and as a leader I promise to do my duties and serve well in interact. I am really looking forward to interact, though it might be different from last year but i know it will be fun. I know that being a leader is not easy but I will do my best. I have tons of ideas of interact during this summer. For example you know how last time we discussed about peace, (comment)well I came up with this idea during June of how we could let classes make a poster of peace and what it means to them and do a contest like class vs class. Thanks to Interact I have changed a bit. It has helped me realize that there are so many people in need and kids like me could change this by just simply joining clubs that help in small ways like Interact. We help raise money in many ways. Not only do we help but we get to know a bit about each other, in other words we interact and i go to interact with other people and learn about them. So yes I would love to become a leader. I would like to know what stuff I will be doing as a leader. Hope you are having a great summer Ms. Moody. My best.”

  • 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.
  • Concern Report – Long time member Bill Wagner resigning due to progressive illness and will be moving out of the area.  Would love to hear from members use his cell number ( in DACdb )
  • Rotary Direct – Now 11!!  New sign up Christine Morrissey.   Now the total members registered in Rotary Direct for Foundation giving are 11!  Please consider signing up; it’s easy to do!  Please call me (209-601-3631) or Linda Guinn (209-639-1482) to sign up.
  • October is Polio Plus Month – This years goal of President Gary Frush is to raise $3000 for Polio Plus. Past President Kuy Ky  challenged the club members in that he will donate up to $1500 to the Rotary Foundation if the rest of the members combine can match this amount.  List of donors:
    Kuy Ky – $41 (to match up to a total of $1500)
    Waqar Rizvi – $125
    Maria Rizvi – $125
    Sharon Tweedy – $50
    Gary Frush – $100
    Dudley Drake – $250
    Madison Sena – $50
    Kathy Hart – $100
    Colleen Stewart – $100
    Dan Wright – $50
    Karyn Johnson – $50
    Ken Steele – $50
    Leena Mittal – $50
    Joe Serra – $50
    Judy Chambers – $50
  • 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. Conducted member survey for feedback results to be posted.
  • 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: Past President Kuy Ky
Introduced By: Assistant Governor/Past President Waqar Rizvi

Assistant Governor/Past President Waqar Rizvi introduced Dr. Kuy Ky who was the Past President for the year 2016-17 for the Rotary Club of Stockton. Kuy is married to Monie who is also a Rotarian and both of them have 4 amazing children. He arrived to the United States from Cambodia as a refugee on September 7, 1979. Church of Christ, Jim and Norma Pickett co-sponsored the entire Kuy family to Houston, Tx. His family came to Stockton in August, 1980. Kuy has his own private practice in North part of Stockton since 1996. His journey went from Stagg High School to Delta College to UOP to USC. His heart is here in Stockton, a great town he calls home for the last 41 years. He joined Rotary because Rotarian Ron Allison asked him to have lunch with his amazing friends back in 1997. He is a Major Donor Level 2 of the Rotary Foundation. Under his leadership as the President of Rotary Club of Stockton, the club was able to raise over 80K for the Rotary Foundation.

Past President Kuy Ky started by saying he was excited to be talking about RYLA. He has been volunteering at RYLA as counselor since 2012. Kuy said Rotarain John Reushe, District Chair of RYLA asked Kuy to be a counselor’s. Kuy gave up being a volunteer as a Marshall at the PGA tour that was at the same weekend every year and started volunteering at RYLA. Kuy said many Rotarian members of this club participates every year in RYLA and its related activities,

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, and 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. The Rotary annual dues help fund the RYLA project!

Besides proving mentoring to these kids post camp, every year Kuy arranges a reunion of the students as well. Rotarian Dave Midura has helped him organize a few of the reunions in the past. Kuy also talked about the hardships that some of the students have in their lives and still they are able to overcome this. He is proud to be a counselor at this program as this weekend has a meaningful impact on these young men.

Birthday Celebration Challenge Recognitions

  • $51 – Past President Kuy Ky for his birthday (10/1) to RI
  • $100 – Hal Monroe for his birthday (10/1) to SRE Community Service
  • $79 – Past President Bob Blower for his birthday (10/1) to SRE
  • $130 – Liz Hull for her birthday (10/6) – $65 to SRE, $65 to RI
  • $78 – Dennis Cochran for his birthday (10/10) to SRE
  • $75 – Diane Stauffer for her birthday (10/1) to SRE
  • $100 – Ramon Fernandez for his birthday (10/3) – $50 to SRE, $50 to RI

Next Meeting: October 14, 2020
Peter Jaffee, “Stockton Symphony”

Peter Jaffe has served as the Stockton Symphony’s dynamic music director since 1995, combining a passion for outreach and education with top-notch musicianship, and fostering sustained artistic growth throughout his tenure. Organizations ranging from the Association of California Symphony Orchestras to the Brubeck Institute and Goodwill Industries have honored Mr. Jaffe with prestigious awards for his innovations in educational programming and for his distinguished cultural contributions throughout the county. His engaging and informative preconcert discussions include his own renditions of symphonic examples at the piano, and he frequently advocates for the Symphony and orchestral music in radio broadcasts, television appearances, and web videos. He is also the host of the local radio program Symphony Mix, promoting orchestral events and broadcasting entertaining and educational programs about symphonic repertoire.

With a zeal for introducing new vital repertoire along with established masterworks, Mr. Jaffe has spearheaded the commissions of many world premieres. Avner Dorman’s Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu earned the Stockton Symphony national recognition for community engagement activities dealing with crucial social issues. A portion of the Stockton Symphony CD of Chris Brubeck’s Mark Twain’s World was broadcast nationally on NPR’s Performance Today, and Ansel Adams: America, co-composed by Dave and Chris Brubeck, has since been performed nationally and abroad.

Mr. Jaffe also conducts the Auburn and Folsom Lake Symphonies and Stockton Opera, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, and many other orchestras and music festivals across the country. He teaches every summer at the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina. He conducted and taught at the Aspen Music Festival for fourteen years, and he spent three seasons conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory and two as a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Many of Mr. Jaffe’s own arrangements have been commissioned by and performed with orchestras in Aspen, Chicago, Long Beach, and Stockton, including his Symphonic Birthday and his transcription of Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos for Jan DeGaetani, which was also performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A CD of his lullaby arrangements was released on the Chandos label, featuring mezzo-soprano Nadia Pelle with Yuli Turovsky directing I Musici de Montréal.

Mr. Jaffe appeared on NBC’s First Camera in a show devoted to Tanglewood, where he was coached by Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller, Gustav Meier, and Leonard Bernstein—a brief segment was later included in the American Masters special honoring Bernstein. Mr. Jaffe also studied conducting with Andor Toth, Paul Vermel, Charles Bruck, and Herbert Blomstedt. His instrumental background includes extensive performing on the violin, viola, and keyboard, and he often conducts from the harpsichord when performing Baroque or early Classic repertoire.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

October 2020

  • 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

Birthday Celebration Challenge!!!

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

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,  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