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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 Dr. Joe Sera with a Polio update. ( 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 and Birthday boy (10/1) Bob Blower lead in the Pledge and 4-Way test.
  • Adam Cheshire

    Thought for the Day – Adam Cheshire: Adam said as some of you may have heard, there is an election coming up. It’s always around election time that I am reminded of one of the principles of the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius called The Way of the Higher Man, essentially the idea that public servants should strive for “higher” character. And this of course applies to those striving for higher office! Confucius gave us nine characteristics of the Way of the Higher Man. I won’t list those here but there is another tenet of Confucian philosophy which says that the foundation of character is sincerity. Sincerity is distinct from truth because truth can often be subjective. Sincerity is about consistency in our thoughts, words, and most importantly our actions. To a Rotarian that sounds very familiar. Whether intentionally or not, the Four Way Test is rooted in Confucian philosophy, and I’m sure it’s no accident that the first test is, “Is It The Truth”. And as much as the Four Way Test is about testing ourselves, it’s also about testing others. So when you vote, and I hope everyone here will vote or has already, I would implore you to think about the Four Way Test and Confucius to help guide you to the candidates that are sincere, because isn’t that what we deserve from those to which we the people give the privilege and responsibility of carrying us forward?

  • 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 needed below), Frank Whitney for the photos and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • Concern Report – Past President Don Barry told us about Past President Dave Tygett’s health. Dave now has dementia and is living with his son in Folsom area.
  • Rotary Direct – 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 to meet Gary’s goal.  Total funds raised: $3,550. List of donors:
    Additional $850 was donated to the Polio Plus at this meeting:
    Christina Morrissey – $50
    Kevin Kaufmann – $50
    Paul Kozlow – $50
    Ann Johnston – $50
    Gary Putnam – $100
    Phil West (Stockton Symphony) – $50
    Peter Jaffe (Stockton Symphony) – $100
    Bob Blower – $100
    Don Berry – $100
    Jerry Smith – $50
    Hal Monroe – $100
    Pam Wagner – $50

    Last Week’s meeting (10-07-2020):
    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 THIS WEEK! – 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 and Matt Grizzle are working with Stockton Golf and Country Club 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 24th at noon. The guest speaker is the Immediate Past Rotary International Director Brad Howard.  Link information to follow.
  • AG Waqar Rizvi

    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. The exact location at the mall is at the Service Court 5 between JC Penney and Dillard’s
    Following are the timings:

    • 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – 2 Volunteers: 1 with a clipboard to procure a signature, 1 to set PPE in the vehicle
    • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – 2 Volunteers: 1 with a clipboard to procure a signature, 1 to set PPE in the vehicle
    • 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – 2 Volunteers: 1 with a clipboard to procure a signature, 1 to set PPE in the vehicle
    • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – 2 Volunteers: 1 with a clipboard to procure a signature, 1 to set PPE in the vehicle

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.


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Guest Speaker

Speaker: Peter Jaffee, “Stockton Symphony”
Introduced By: Judy Chambers

Judy Chambers introduced Peter Jaffee. 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.

Speaker: Peter Jaffee – Stockton Symphony

Peter Jaffee said it was a pleasure to see everyone. He said it is absolutely true that we are the third oldest continuous running orchestra in California. The Stockton Symphony was found in 1926 by Manlio Silva who was brilliant Italian immigrant who came from Italy with his brother Julio. They setup a pharmaceutical shop in downtown Stockton and both were equally qualified to fill the prescription. Manlio was a musician and no one trusted him. Since Manlio was a musician, everyone wanted Julio to fill the prescriptions.

The Stockton Symphony has a colorful history. The Stockton Symphony is in its 94th season. There are people who participate from all over the region. In 1926 Manlio Silva had people patriciate from San Francisco Symphony to come and participate in Stockton Symphony. There is a school in Stockton in the Spanos West area by the name of Manlio Silva, that is part of Lodi Unified School District. There are hardly any conductors in the world who have a school named after them.  The Stockton Symphony has had great conductors in the past and the symphony continues to build on the successes of the past. There have been multiple grants won both funding wise and also performing wise. Stockton Symphony has broadcasted both on national and global radio.

What can be done in COVID-19 pandemic? Of course there are no gathering of 1500 attendees anymore. In the interim we have been doing all kinds of projects, reaching out to people virtually. Musicians during this time have been performing and hosting events virtually. We are in the process of creating a large composite video where each individual musician will play their own large orchestra piece. This is a very complex process. This will be released in a few weeks. It will be like Hollywood squares of having 50 to 60 musicians. The overriding strategy during this pandemic is that we are looking at it as an opportunity so we are getting better and better every week as we learn more about the technology and to produce and deliver music online. These virtual performances are put on the Stockton Symphony’s website and YouTube page. Please go out to check the website of Stockton Symphony at

We are hoping all these activates that we are doing will continue even after the pandemic is over. Stockton Symphony is very proactive and vibrant and reaching out to all its subscribers. This past Saturday we have launched a small ensemble that are playing live programs with social distancing. This past weekend we had a brass quintet augmented by six players including a drummer who surprised the Past Stocktonian of the year and Rotarian Beverly McCarthy on her front lawn and serenaded her. CEO of the Stockton Symphony Philp West shared that video with the Rotarians. These small ensembles are being able to perform as Philip West was able to secure a grant to do it.

Peter Jaffee introduced Philip West. Philip West joined Filament, LLC in June of 2018 after serving as the Managing Director, CAO for Ballet Memphis for 11 years, and has continued on as an independent. As a consultant with a primary focus on financial modeling and interim management for institution in leadership transition, he works with clients to make consensus-based decisions that are on time and on budget. His work with the Ballet was preceded by a career in symphony management as an Executive Director for the Stockton (Calif.) Symphony Association, Santa Cruz County (Calif.) Symphony, the Traverse (Mich.) Symphony Orchestra, and for the Midland Odessa (Texas) Symphony & Chorale. He served on the League of American Symphony Board of Directors representing small Budget Orchestras.

Philip West announced that in October they will start a series of concerts starting with a Sax quintet and will be keeping protocols in place. In November they will have a String quintet and in December a Woodwind quintet to celebrate Christmas spirit.


  • $59 – Don Barry for celebrating his 59th year wedding anniversary – to SRE, LaRue.

Next Meeting: October 21, 2020
Dr. Joe Serra, “Polio Update”

Joe was born and educated in Detroit, Michigan. He served in Korea from 1950-51 as a Navy medical corpsman with the First Marine Division. He obtained his pre-med degree at Albion College in Albion, Michigan; and attended Wayne State University College of Medicine graduating in 1960. He interned at Los Angeles County hospital then returned to Wayne State Univ. for his residency in Orthopedic Surgery. He and his wife, Dorothy, moved to Stockton in 1966 where Joe entered private practice.

He has served as orthopedic team physician for the University of Pacific, the Milwaukee Brewers farm system, and the Stockton Ports baseball team.

Joe joined the Rotary club of Stockton in 1977; and served as President in 1990-91. He served as Governor of District 5220 from 1994-95.
He has served the Rotary Foundation as a volunteer orthopedic surgeon to Malawi, Africa on eleven tours; primarily performing surgery on polio victims called “crawlers”. He has received many awards including the Service Above Self award, the Foundation PolioPlus Pioneer award, and the Distinguished Service Award of the Rotary Foundation.

He has also served his community, and was named “Stocktonian of the Year” in 1987; which he attributes to Rotary’s prominent identity in his community. He has received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from San Joaquin Medical Society; and recently “The Citizen of the Year Award from The Greater Yosemite Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Joe and Dorothy have two sons, and four grandchildren. His favorite activities include skiing, mountaineering, travel, and giving power-point presentations about Rotary’s legacy to the world—the eradication of polio.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

October 2020

  • 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”
  • 24 – All City Luncheon (Tuesday @ noon)

Birthday Celebration Challenge!!!

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

Birthday Recognitions

  • $79 – Past President Bob Blower for his birthday on 10/1 – SRE – WWII fund.
  • Dave Tygett’s birthday was on 10-10

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, Frank Whitney for the photos and Chief Checkers Matthew Grizzle and President Gary Frush!

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