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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:


Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:00 PM (PDT)

All City Rotary Clubs Of Stockton 47th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

Our speaker will be Brad Howard, former director of Rotary International ( bio ).

Topic: Rotary District 5220 – Area 2 – 47th Annual Thanksgiving Meeting
Time: Nov 24, 2020 11:55 AM Pacific Time
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Or Dial In Via Phone: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 886 7995 5649

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”


( 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 – Christine Morrissey (birthday 11/15).
  • Past President Chad Sublet

    Thought for the Day – Past President Chad Sublet talked about the upcoming holiday season and what’s happening around us. He shared, how everyone including himself, is struggling with political climate, the COVID situation, socio economic struggle, struggle and with kids and their education. It is difficult to understand how to protect family during holidays. These are difficult times. Back in 2005, he went through similar struggles when it was a difficult time and financial situation was bad for business, and paying bills. He worked very hard during that time and still had a difficult time keeping up with the bills to pay. These were similar times of struggles and but were also the time of greatest growth. Together as a couple, Chad and his wife, did things larger than their lives to come out of these challenges. During this time, he became closer to friends and also became stronger internally. We are all in this struggle together again. Chad would be a great friend that you want to lean on in these difficult times. We should not forget there is light at the end of the tunnel and we all will come out stronger.

  • 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.
  • Visiting Rotarians – Dave Mantooth
  • Rotary News: Rotary Direct – Now the total members registered in Rotary Direct for Foundation giving are 12! 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 about 3,850. Great way to get your first or next level PH award. Only 12 days from this meeting remaining.  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

  • Steve Luthy is retiring as Club Treasurer after 5 years – We had 3 great candidates. Finalizing the candidate this week. Dec 2nd, we would be announcing the board for next year and Dec 9th would be the voting day for the board.
  • All City Thanksgiving Luncheon – Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi announced that due to COVID-19 this year the Thanksgiving Luncheon is going to be a virtual meeting on Tuesday November 24th and past Rotary International director is going to be the speaker. All rotary clubs of Stockton would be attending this luncheon. So we expect maybe more than a hundred people attending. The topics would be related to “What’s the future of Rotary and how is Rotary being active during COVID and what’s the relevance of rotary during crisis?” There is going to be a presentation on CPR being done by the president, of North Stockton rotary, so please attend. Click HERE for instructions on how to attend virtually.
  • Basel’s Billboard – Our club member Basel Karbala, who is also a board member, owns the furniture store “209 Furniture”. The store is located on Fremont street right off the off ramp to the I-5 freeway. Basel has a electronic billboard that changes on a regular basis and it’s very beautiful with a lot of great color in it. He allowed us to post our fundraiser for the drive-thru Barbeque on the sign. He has also agreed to add “Thanks to all our essential workers” up for us as well. So people driving through the community going either north or south on I-5 will be able to spot the sign. There are 100,000 plus cars that travel on Interstate 5 every day.  President Gary thanked Basel on behalf of the club for postings on the sign.
  • 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!!  Watch for it!

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 next year (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: Ngozi Elobuike
Introduced by: Ken Steele

Ken Steele

Ngozi Elobuike, was raised in Stockon. She attended Bear Creek High School. She is a Nigerian natively. She did her Bachelors from Howard University with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. At Howard, she co-founded Global Med and the Howard Harbor Metastatic breast cancer campus ambassador project. She was one of the two very prominent, well qualified rotary international scholars identified by our district a couple of years ago. Both were accepted and were funded by the Foundation. Back in Stockton, she is doing a fellowship course Teaching and organizing leadership academy and learning to become a community activist.

Ngozi Elobuike Rotary Scholar
Life in full Color Ngozi Ngiozi is born and brought up in California. She started her presentation by giving her family’s background and the life in Nigeria. On her trip to Nigeria with her parents, she quickly realized the importance of health care system and how her extended family for dealing with health issues in the absence of proper health care. She expressed gratitude towards Rotary foundation and explained how Rotary had a great role in transforming her life. Through the help of Rotary North Club of Stockton, and Rtn. Jim Digoni introduced her to the scholar program which enabled her to pursue her global learning. Neil and Doreen Beeton at the Newport club, London helped in transitioning her. To become a global scholar, she picked up emotional intelligence, empath and diversity into story telling. She studied at University College London to do the Masters in Global Health and Development which coincidently happened to be around the same time when the world was hot by global pandemic of COVID-19. She got to travel various countries in Europe and gaining skills. Here in Stockton, she is training to be a community organizer at TOLA organizing Academy.

Next Meeting: November 24, 2020 (Tuesday)
All City Luncheon, Brad Howard, former director of Rotary International

Brad Howard is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oakland Uptown and past district governor of the district serving California’s Silicon Valley. He was a Rotary International director from 2015-2017 and served 10 years as the coordinator for End Polio Now. He has led 25 groups of Rotarians — more than 1,000 people — to participate in polio international immunization days in West Africa and India. Howard is a graduate of UC Berkeley, a past board member of the Cal Alumni Association and a trustee of the University of California, Berkeley, Foundation. He is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and International Service Award for a Polio Free World.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

December 2020

  • 02 – Kevin Kauffman, “The Water Group”
  • 09 – Lonny Davis, Hope Haven West,
  • 16 – TBA
  • 23 – DARK
  • 30 – DARK

January 2021

  • 06 – TBA
  • 13 – Tom Patti, “Hero’s Presentation”
  • 20 – TBA
  • 27 – 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 Finals 14 of 14 = 100%
Both September and October were 100 percent participation.

November – 18 members this month.
November week 3:

Birthday Recognitions

  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Christine Morrissey for her birthday on the 15th – 50/50 + points
  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Past President Graham Tweedy – 50/50 + points. Donate the foundation points back to be used for someone else.

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