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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, November 4, 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. Thomas Pogue.  He will speak about the Economic Impacts of COVID19 in northern California.   ( 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!
  • Past President Reid Johnson

    Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Past President Reid Johnson.  Reid gave a history of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge was written by a Baptist Minister in 1892 and the purpose for this was to have a class of young students who were participating in Columbus Day. In 1954 Congress added two words to the Pledge under God, it came right after one nation. There is no comma between one nation and under God. Over the years we have said the pledge as if there is a comma after one nation; there is none in the text. So please join today in the pledge without giving pause after one nation.

  • Madisen Sena

    Thought for the Day – Madisen Sena: Madisen talked about how much Rotary means to her. January 1st 2020 was when her husband left the Arthur Murray after 13 years and joined Madisen’s business full time as Madison was planning on opening a second location on April 1st-2020. Due to COVID-19 they were unable to open. And Madisen was pregnant with the second baby. She started doing virtual lessons and spending more time with her daughter. Thinking about What Rotary does for people. We had some students that paid 100 lessons in advance. We started virtual Bible studies. The world has become more adaptable. A quote from Hamilton is very appropriate for these times “How lucky we are to be alive right now”. She is excited to be back attending Rotary Meetings via Zoom and great to see all Rotarians on Zoom today.

  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dudley Drake for his work on speaker recruitment, ADG Waqar Rizvi for taking notes, and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • 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: $4,150. List of donors:
    Last chance: Helped me push over $4,000:
    Jerry Smith donated $100.
    Luie Duarte donated $100

    Donations at the 10-21 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 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

  • Bill Wagner is giving out the furniture from his house – Kris Blower announced that Bill Wagner has moved to Fresno because of health reasons. His house is being sold and will like to give the furniture out for free asap. Please contact Kris Blower
  • Steve Luthy is still 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.  Interviews in 2 weeks!
  • BBQ Volunteers

    Drive thru Fund Raiser – RESULTS – Secretary Matthew: Special thanks to the delivery team including Matt’s son Cameron, Past President Melanie Vieux, Corie Stewart, Dudley Drake, Geneva Bambedelle, Past President and ADG Waqar Rizvi & thanks to all who supported the event.  View the photos from the event HERE. (Thank you ADG Waqar Rizvi for the great pics!)

  • Returning to Live Meeting Format – President Elect Kevin Kauffman reported on the plans to do Live meetings at the Stockton Golf and Country Club in January 2021. Kevin said we would like to do a mock meeting reservation for Wednesday Nov 11th to see what numbers we get. Matt will be sending an email. Again this is a mock/fictitious meeting.
  • 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.
  • Rotary Zone 26-27 Big West Conference – Nov 12-14 Free; Lots of stuff. For more information please go to the following website.

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!

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

PLEASE Consider volunteering (Like Leena) 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: 2nd Lt, MS Grant Hall, Rotary International Scholar – University of Cambridge
Introduced By: Ken Steele

Ken Steele started by saying that the Rotary Foundation supports International scholarships at the graduate school level. Two years ago our district participated in this program. There were multiple applicants and two applicants outshined. Both these candidates were awarded the scholarship. Grant Hall was one of the scholarship recipients.

Grant Hall – Rotary International Scholar
Grant said his local Rotary Clubs in the District 5220 were Oakhurt Sunrise and Oakhurst Lunch. He grew up in Oakhurst and did his under graduation at the US military Academy, graduated in 2019 and commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the US Army. After getting an opportunity of the Rotary International Scholarship, he has been living in Cambridge, UK. As a Rotary Scholar he is completing his Master’s degree in Biological Sciences with a focus in Virology. He has recently passed his viva and now has a Master’s degree. He will continue his research with US army as a Microbiologist in Military hospitals.

With the research background in virology, in Cambridge he had started his research on Noroviruses, he quickly switched gear due to COVID-19. The entire world got impacted. His research in March changed from Noroviruses to Corona Virus. He talked about the impact of Corona virus on UK, where there had been 741,216 confirmed cases with 43,726 deaths. The lockdown in UK was done on March 23-2020 and on March 29-2020, Grant was asked to join a research team researching Corona Virus. There are three tests used in Cambridge University to test for Corona Virus: qPCR, Rapid Diagnostic 50minutes test and then Hologic panther test. What all three tests have in common is they require and explore the viral genome of SARS-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19. The Oxford Nanopore Flow Cell device reduced the size of the sequencing device to be portable and reduced time necessary to sequence a pathogen and made it accessible where it was no longer required to be in a big laboratory facility. In 2014 the West African Ebola Outbreak made use of this device of portable genome sequencing to become the first seen. This way this process can be deployed anywhere there is an outbreak. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the COVID-19 Genomic UK Consortium was founded to address the pandemic. Grant’s work is getting to an end in UK.  He will be going to El Paso, Texas working in a Military Medical Center. The Department of Defense has established collaborative virus genetic sequencing capability for COVID-19, where Grant will be taking his expertise and applying his research. He thanked COG UK COVID-19 Genomics -UK consortium team, Rotary International and Rotary District 5220 and US Army for allowing him a year off to peruse his degree.


Next Meeting: November 4, 2020
Dr. Thomas Pogue, “COVID-19: select economic impacts on the San Joaquin County economy”

Thomas Pogue is Associate Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) at the University of the Pacific. His expertise and research interest revolve around regional economic and workforce development. Now in his eleventh year at the CBPR, he has led its efforts to advance understanding and transformation of skills development across the North San Joaquin Valley. Thomas has also directed CBPR’s work assessing changing socio-economic relationships across the Northern California Megaregion. In over 25 years as a professional economist Dr. Pogue has amassed extensive experience with research institutes in the United States, Europe, and Africa.”

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

November 2020

  • 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 – Kevin Kauffman, “The Water Group”
  • 09 – Tom Patti, “Hero’s Presentation”
  • 16 – Kids Christmas Lunch
  • 23 – DARK
  • 30 – DARK

Birthday Celebration Challenge!!!

July finals 14/15 or 93.3%
August Wrap up – 10/11 or 90.1%
September Birthday Celebrations: 100% participation!
October Finals 14 of 14 = 100%
Both September and October were 100 percent participation.
November Challenge team get ready. There are 18 members who have birthdays in November.

November Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 7th Dudley Drake 1st
Kory Ley – 3rd
Khaksar Ahmad – 4th*
2 8th – 14th Waqar Rizvi – 10th
Fred Gassner – 10th
Karyn Johnson – 13th
Fred Weibel – 14th
Juan Oregel – 14th
Basel Karabala – 14th
3 15th – 21st Christine Morrissey – 15th
Graham Tweedy – 16th
4 22nd – 28th Tom Perry – 22nd
Jim Woodward – 22nd
Jan Ambriz – 23rd
Gary Putnam – 27th
Tony Despotes – 28th
5 29th – Dec 5th Ken Steele – 29th
Walt Wager – 30th
*= Meeting Day – Wish Them a Happy Birthday!


Rotary Club of Stockton Member Files
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Special thank you to everyone who contributed to The Wheel…

Editor, Eric Duran. Special thanks this week to Leena Mittal, 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 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