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“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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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.
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.
(Virtual unless otherwise noted)
- 18 – Ngozi Elobuike, “Life in Full Color – Rotary International Scholar”
- 24 – All City Luncheon (Tuesday @ noon)
- 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:
- $100- Dudley Drake 11/1 – SRE
- $50 – Khaksar Ahmad 11/4 – RI/match
|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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|Conflict of Interest Policy||2019 Updated Club Constitution|
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!
Attn: Matthew Grizzle, Club Secretary
1024 W. Robinhood Dr. Suite 5
P.O. Box 7457
Stockton CA 95267
Phone: (209) 472-9662
Fax: (209) 472-9664
Assistant Governor Area 2
Muhammad Waqar Ali Rizvi
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
Stockton Golf & Country Club
3800 W. Country Club Blvd.
Stockton, CA 9520