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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 11, 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 our own Past President Bob Blower who will speak of Veterans Day    ( 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 Bill Brown.
  • Chhevy Lema

    Thought for the Day – Chhevy Lema: Chhevy gave a motivational speech about how to be a string during these difficult times. She said ” We don’t have to accept to bow to the circumstances. We should let our confidence shine through.” These difficult times are impacting everyone especially the small business owners. It is good to reach back to the community and adapt with the circumstances.

  • Guest of Rotarian – Henry Wong introduced guest Don Wiley as the leader of medical field in county of San Joaquin. He is also an educator at St. Joseph medical school.
  • Moment of Silence – Passing of Ron Monroe – Club Member 1976-2017, 41 years.
  • Special Thanks Today to – Matt Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dudley Drake for his work on speaker recruitment, newest member Leena Mittal for taking notes, and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • Rotary News: 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. Members should have received an email from Linda.
  • November is Foundation Month – Club is offering matching points $1/1 point – We have budgeted 10,000 points and have already used 2,000. Great way to get your first or next level PH award. One point 1 dollar match. This information is included in the email sent to the members from Linda Guinn. Matt Grizzle donated $500 towards PH award. For more information, contact Linda Guinn, Foundation Chair.
  • 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

  • Henry Wong

    Paul Harris Presentation – To Don Wiley from Henry Wong, President Elect Kevin Kauffman presenter. President Elect Kevin talked about how a Chicago Lawyer had started Paul Harris in 1905 and the award was named after him. This award is a tribute to a person for their substantial contribution towards humanitarian and educational programs. Don Wiley was honored to receive the Paul Harris fellowship. Don was designated to receive this recognition as a special expression of appreciation from Rotarian Henry Wong. Don Wiley thanked Henry & the Rotary Club of Stockton was this honor.

  • 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. Interviews in 1 week!  Two candidates at this point. We are looking for candidates hopefully experience in accounting or a degree in accounting. If interested or know of someone, please reach out to President Gary, Matthew, or Past President Melanie. Looking at conducting interviews next week.
  • 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.
  • Chamber City Wide PPE Event – Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi thanked all the volunteers for participating in the Stockton Chambers of Commerce PPE distribution to the small businesses.  Doug Willhoit, Diane Stauffer, Leena Mittal and Waqar Rizvi had signed up from Rotary Club of Stockton. There were also volunteers from the other Area 2 Stockton Rotary Clubs.
  • 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.
  • Beto Beas

    Kids Taking a Stand – Beto Beas: Kids take a stand organization for breast cancer awareness. With the help of SRE and Rotary International foundation, robes were purchased and given to patients undergoing radiation treatment at St. Joseph’s in a gesture of support and understanding of the challenges they face in the process. These robes and bags were distributed by kids at St. Joseph’s regional center as a gesture for breast cancer awareness. The event was a huge success and was well received by the community.

  • Past President Melanie

    2022-2023 Candidates for Rotary Club of Stockton – Past president Melanie announced that it is time to discuss 2022-2023 candidates for Rotary Club of Stockton President. A Past Presidents meeting would be held on Nov 10th @ 2pm, requesting participation from all the Past Presidents of Rotary Club of Stockton.

  • Secretary Matthew

    Stockton Rotary Meetings LIVE – Secretary Matthew had applied for a grant that was awarded to Rotary Club of Stockton to buy technology equipment to continue with a hybrid meeting model using Zoom. This equipment will enable to stream meetings via Zoom when the meetings are going to be held in person at the Stockton Golf and Country Club.  Way to go Matthew!!

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: Dr. Thomas Pogue.
Introduced By: Ken Steele

Dr. Thomas Pogue is the Associate director of the Center of Business and Political Research at UOP. In his 25 years as a professional economist, Dr. Thomas has extensive experience in research institutes in US, Europe and Africa.

Dr. Thomas Pogue – UOP – COVID-19 impact on Nor Cal economy

The presentation demonstrated how behavioral patterns are changing during COVID-19 times. A lot of new data is being collected that has not been completely analyzed. There are still a lot of things that we do not understand and we are keeping tabs on the research. In our county, the COVID-19 cases had been rising since March until August. The number of cases are now more stable in months of Sep/Oct. Hospitals have been under stress during this period.

There are a variety of technologies capturing real time data. The data demonstrates how our leaving from home behavior has changed. Very few people left home in early April. Even today the percentage of people leaving home is reduced by 7-8% compared to January of 2020. They also collected data on credit card expenditure and analyzed how spending has changed during these times. There was a 35% decline in credit card spending in early April. Now, it is 12% down from earlier months in the year. Although the average expenditure for San Joaquin county is higher than average in California is higher than average in US. Food delivery services have grown dramatically over 200%. Grocery spending spiked early in prep for lockdown. Restaurant spending dropped a lot and has been low. Quick service restaurants like Popeye’s, Papa Johns, Pizza hut, Dominos have done well but some like subways have not done well.

Next Meeting: November 18, 2020
Past President Bob Blower, “Veterans Day”

Past President (2001-2002) Bob Blower was born in Oakland in 1941 and raised in Walnut Creek. Bob was a pretty good football player and upon graduating from high school received a football scholarship to the University of Idaho. While attending college he enrolled in the Naval ROTC program. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Upon graduating from college in 1964 he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. While aboard the USS Magoffin (APA-199) he made three trips to the Viet Nam. After 2 years at sea he received orders to the U.S. Naval Communications Station on Rough and Ready in Stockton for three years. During this time he had the toughest job of his life as Casualty Calls Officer, notifying next of kin of the death of a relative in Viet Nam. His service time was a total of 10 years active and reserve and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

In 1969 Bob entered the real estate business and is currently in his 52st year. For years he was President of Grupe Realtors and then had his own company. He and his wife Kris moved to Kauai in 2003 and sold real estate there before returning to Stockton in 2006. He recently managed the Century 21 office in Lodi and now works for Re/Max Realtors. Honors include Salesman of the Year, Realtor of the Year (twice), Top Ten, and Masters Club. He served many years as an association Director.

When Bob became Rotary President in 2001, he instituted the “Heart Stopper” fine of $500. As a pastime, Bob officiated high school and college football games for 51 years (over 1000 games) so he would put on his ref’s hat and blow his whistle when it was time for fines. Fines were in “yardage” which translated to dollars.

His proudest accomplishment of his year as Rotary President was the completion of the World War II Memorial in Weber Park in downtown Stockton. It was dedicated on Memorial Day of 2002. About 500 people attended including many war veterans and featured a flyover of World War II vintage bombers; a B-17 and a B-24. To help defray the costs the Club sold 800 bricks at $100 each with the names of WW II vets inscribed. Our Club has an annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the site to ensure the heroes are not forgotten. 9/11 happened during Bob’s year and the 9/12 meeting was the probably the most somber meeting in recent years.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

November 2020

  • 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 Week 1 – 18 members this month.
Two members lead the Nov challenge:

Birthday Recognitions

  • $100- Dudley Drake 11/1 – SRE
  • $50 – Khaksar Ahmad 11/4 – RI/match

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!


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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