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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 28, 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 2nd Lt, MS Grant Hall, Rotary International Scholar – University of Cambridge.  He will be speaking on: “Bench-top to bedside: Rapid implementation of SARS-CoV-2 genomics for infection control”. ( 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 37 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 – County Supervisor and Birthday boy (10/21) Tom Patti lead in the Pledge and 4-Way test.
  • Past President TJ Hull

    Thought for the Day – Past President TJ Hull, Jr.: TJ said that he was wearing a pink shirt as October is the breast cancer awareness month. When he was the Rotary Club of Stockton President in 2014-15 he wore pink in the month of October to all the Rotary meetings. This was to show his support to all the women impacted by breast cancer.  According to World Health Organization 1.38 Million new cases and 458 thousand deaths happen each year due to breast cancer. Women are diagnosed of breast cancer every 2 minutes. Like any cancer early detection is the key to the survival rate. TJ said he has a unique family history. His mother passed away almost 20 years ago from breast cancer. His sister was also diagnosed with breast cancer and is a fifteen year plus survivor because of early detection. Every year she gets a mammogram and is checked. TJ also talked about his own cancer. He said, he is a survivor of colorectal cancer. Cancer has impacted his family a lot. He advised to be diligent and be healthy. One should always tell their loved ones to be aware of their family history and get checked.

  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dudley Drake for his work on speaker recruitment, AG Waqar Rizvi for taking notes, Frank Whitney for the photos and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • Concern Report – Past President Bob Blower reported on the health condition of Rotarian Bill Wagner. Bill is being moved from his home in Woodbridge to be close to his relatives in Fresno to be at a full time care facility. His brain is unable to communicate with his muscles and he is unable to move. Bill has been a member of Rotary Club of Stockton since 1985.
  • Visiting Rotarians – Past District Governor Marvin Williamson.
  • Guests of Rotarians – Ken Steele’s guest: Ngozi Elobuike.
  • Rotary Direct – President Gary announced the total members registered in Rotary Direct 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: $3,950. List of donors:
    Donations at this meeting:
    Steve Morales $100 in honor of Eric Duran and the Wheel,
    Liz Blanchard $100,
    Omar Khamisa $100, and
    Tom Patti $100.

    Additional $850 was donated to the Polio Plus at the 10-14-2020 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

    Donations at the 10-07-2020 meeting:
    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

  • November & December Note Volunteer – Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi announced that Rotarian Leena Mittal will be taking the notes for the Wheel for the month of November and December. He also praised Lindy Riley for doing a fine job as a note taker for past many years. The Wheel publication is a very important source for the district as well as the members of the Rotary Club of Stockton in getting information out on club activities, events and projects. Being the oldest club in the district, this publication does a great job in memorializing the club meetings. A special thanks to Eric Duran for maintaining the Wheel publication.
  • 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.
  • 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 shifts are still available:

    • 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.

Stockton Rotary Endowment Presentation

Luis Duarte Treasurer

Stockton Rotary Endowment is separate entity from Rotary Club of Stockton. This year there is a $130K that will be distributed to local non-profits. SRE was founded in March 1982. One of the original board member of SRE Past District Governor Jim Anthony is still a member of the Rotary Club of Stockton. In 1982 Rotary Club of Stockton donated $5000 to start SRE. In March 1983 the SRE has a fund of $58K. In July of 1988 the fund grew to $262K. The way the funds grew was due to the recognitions and bell ringing of $250 donation by club members. From 2012 to 2020, the Rotary Club of Stockton has been contributing an average of $20K a year to SRE. There also has been a few large bequest to SRE by the Rotary Club of Stockton members. For the last 10 years the SRE via Rotary Club of Stockton has given out over a million dollars. The fund is now 4 million dollars. This has been only possible due to the contribution of the members of the Rotary Club of Stockton.

Thank you Leena Mittal for volunteering to take notes for the months of November & December!  Your help is much appreciated!

PLEASE Consider volunteering for a once a month (or more) opportunity to keep the Wheel roll along.  Our Wheel editor will appreciate you stepping up to assist!  What’s a better way to know what’s going on in your club? -editor.  Contact Corie Stewart at

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Dr. Joe Serra
Introduced By: Dudley Drake

Dudley Drake

Dudley Drake introduced Past District Governor Dr. Joe Serra. 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 Polio Plus Pioneer award, and the Distinguished Service Award of the Rotary Foundation. He was also the Stocktonain of the year in 1987.

Past President & Past District Governor Joe Serra

Dr. Joe Serra

Dr. Joe Serra said he wanted to share where the Rotary International is with the Polio eradication worldwide and also how Rotary is leveraging the infrastructure of Polio Plus to also address the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary has been working with World Health Organization Unicef and CDC had formed this collation of eradicating Polio years ago. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the efforts in 2013 and have been instrumental in providing financial support to Rotary International. In March 2020, Rotary International started using its volunteers and resources to fight against COVID-19. For last many months this was being done to get a handle on the situation. The Plus in Polio stands for the other diseases that Rotary International is committed to fight. Rotary International has fully resumed its efforts towards the eradication of Polio. In 1988 there were 350K cases of paralysis caused by Polio in over 125 countries. At present there are only two countries in the world with Polio cases that are in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The entire continent of Africa was declared Polio Free in August 2020. Now the main task is to keep the efforts going to prevent Polio to come back in the countries that it has been eradicated from. COVID-19 pandemic has not impacted the continent of Africa as bad as other places due the lack of density in the population. Polio workers all over the world are educating people to take precautions and safety measures against COVID-19. These workers are also assisting in doing contact tracing. The Polio vaccine containers are being used to carry COVID-19 specimens. The PPE, personal protective equipment is being produced and distributed by Rotary as well. In Pakistan a factory is tasked to repair ventilators. Typically a National Immunization Day and Polio immunization requires door to door immunizations. Due to COVID-19 this was halted. The massive National Immunization Days are not being continued at this time due to COVID-19 but a controlled immunization with proper safety precautions have been resumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Every year, there is close to one billion dollars that goes to Polio Plus.


  • $100 – Liz Blanchard to SRE to honor Joe Serra.

Next Meeting: October 28, 2020
2nd Lt, MS Grant Hall, Rotary International Scholar – University of Cambridge
“Bench-top to bedside: Rapid implementation of SARS-CoV-2 genomics for infection control”

My name is Grant Hall, I am a US Army Microbiologist and a 2019 Rotary Global Grant Scholar finishing my MPhil at the University of Cambridge. As a result of the SARS CoV-2 pandemic, my original proposed research programme in human noroviruses was no longer feasible, therefore I explored the utilization of rapid genomic surveillance as a tool to support hospital infection control and the UK national response. I plan to share how a preclinical research lab was rapidly repurposed to provide clinical genomic surveillance within the COVID-19 Genomic U.K. Consortium. Utilizing a technique known as multiplex amplicon genomic sequencing, we sequenced over 2000 patient samples during a three-month period of the COVID-19 pandemic. The real time availability of this genomic data supplemented traditional epidemiological and clinical data to better inform infection control policy within the Cambridge University Hospitals and to illustrate the current genomic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 in the East of England. I hope to show how this emerging technology is reducing the temporal distance between laboratory research, its impact on the healthcare system, and flexibility for field implementation.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

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)

December 2020

  • 02 – TBA
  • 09 – TBA
  • 16 – Kids Christmas Lunch
  • 23 – DARK
  • 30 – TBA

Birthday Celebration Challenge!!!

July finals 14/15 or 93.3%
August Wrap up – 10/11 or 90.1%
September Birthday Celebrations: 100% participation!
October Week 4:

Birthday Recognitions

  • $90- Reid Johnson for his birthday (10/18) to RI
  • $55 – Farah Khwaja for her birthday (10/19) to SRE
  • $100 – Beto Beas for his birthday (10/19) to RI
  • $100 – Tom Patti for his birthday (10/21) to RI
  • $50 – Pete Rosado for his birthday (10/24) to RI
  • $135 – Zack Drivon for his birthday (10/24) $35 to SRE, $100 to Ri

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 AG 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