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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, December 2, 2020 12:00 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 President-Elect Kevin Kauffman 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”


All City Rotary Clubs Of Stockton 47th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

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  • Call to Order and Welcome! Assistant District Governor Area 2 Waqar Rizvi introduced himself and welcomed members and guests to the 47th Annual Thanksgiving City of Stockton All Rotary Virtual meeting!  He also welcomed the Keynote speaker Brad Howard, Past Rotary International Director.  “Most of you have attended this event in person for past many years. In Stockton we are proud to celebrate many years of tradition of fellowship and collaboration between all the area clubs.”
  • Pledge of Allegiance: President Darlene Henson, Rotary Club of Stockton Sunrise.
  • Four Way Test – President Gary Frush, Rotary Club of Stockton.
  • Thought for the Day – President Jeff Prag, Rotary Club of Stockton Pacific.  Jeff said a prayer for the pandemic – originally appearing on the Market University website in Milwaukee.
  • Rotary Gratefulness – President Julius Wilson, Rotary Club of Central Stockton: President Julius talked about some of the things that all City Rotary Clubs of Stockton did during the pandemic. Gratefulness week was celebrated to thank essential workers, Fire Fighters, Police, Civil Servants, Teachers, Doctors, Medical field employee and all First responders. PPE distribution was done in conjunction with Stockton chambers of commerce; PPE were shipped to South African schools; Drive through fundraisers were conducted; Helping at emergency food banks and an Electronic bill board message by Interstate 5 thanking the First Responders.
  • Moment of Silence – A moment of silence was done for Rotarian Marissa Cabutotan, member of the Rotary Club of Central Stockton who lost both of her parents in an accident. A link will be sent to the clubs for donations to help the family.
  • 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.)

Leadership Introductions were made by Assistant District Governor Stockton, Area 2, Waqar Rizvi – Past District Governor Teri Amarillo Bell, Ray Caparros and Past District Governor Judy Lovett were in attendance. Rotarian Dudley Drake spouse of Past District Governor Susan Drake was also recognized.

Stockton Area 2 Leadership Team

Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi
Area 2 Rotary Clubs of Stockton

President Gary Frush Rotary Club of Stockton Est: 1914

President Karen Rea
Rotary Club of North Stockton
Est: 1957

President Jeff Prag
Rotary Club of Stockton Pacific
Est: 1974

President Darleen Henson
Rotary Club of Stockton Sunrise
Est: 1983

President Julius Wilson
Rotary Club of Central Stockton
Est: 2018

Rotaract University of the Pacific Leadership

Jon Havton

Nathan Auyoung
Vice President

Lauren Nguyen Secretary

Arooj Rizvi

Cameron Stefanini
VP Marketing

Adam Le
VP Fundraising

Rotary 5220 Governor Line

Jim Perece
Immediate Past District Governor DG Year 2019-2020

Sherry Cotta
District Governor
DG Year 2020-2021

Tim Madden
District Governor Elect
DB Year 2021-2022

Chris Daly
District Governor Nominee
DG Year 2022-2023

Area 2 Brief Report – Waqar Rizvi, Assistant District Governor, Stockton:  Waqar Rizvi talked about a few upcoming projects in area 2 – Community garden project, Backpacks with Rotary logo distribution project, Cancer child adoption, Drive through fundraisers, giving awards of recognition to the first responders and scholarship distribution.

CPR Virtual Training – Karen Rea, President North Stockton: President Karen talked about the importance of CPR. She shared that almost 350k cardiac arrest at homes. CPR provides immediate care. 38$ box CPR training kit is available to be purchased online that would help in home training for CPR. President Karen made a live demo of CPR training and said she has provided all the Rotary Clubs in Stockton a kit.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Brad Howard, former director of Rotary International
Introduced by: Karen Rea, President North Stockton

President Karen Rea
Rotary Club of North Stockton

Brad, is a Past District Governor of District 5170 (California’s Silicon Valley), and a past member of the Board of Directors of Rotary International for the 2015-17 Rotary years. He is currently serving as Aide to Jennifer Jones, the 2022-2023 Rotary International President.

Brad just completed serving a three-year term as Chairman of the Rotary’s Communication Committee, and was a member of the 2020 Rotary Convention committee, which planned two conventions – one that was to have been held in Honolulu, Hawaii, and a second one that actually occurred – the 2020 Virtual Convention. In addition, he has served on a number of Rotary International committees.

The eradication of polio has been a significant part of Brad’s Rotary experience. He served 10 years as the Zone 26 End Polio Now Coordinator, and has led 34 Rotarian groups, comprised of over 1,600 people, to participate in polio national immunization days in sub-Saharan, West Africa and India.

Brad is president of Howard Tours and managing director of Howard Properties. He has dedicated much of his time and talents to the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, as a board member, chair of fund development and trustee of the Berkeley Foundation.

Brad is a recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and the International Service Award for a Polio Free World, a recognition provided.

Bradford R. Howard, Past Rotary International Director

Brad Howard- born in Honolulu Hawaii and has watched the tide change at the Rotary convention in Honolulu. He talked about how the sea tide coming back in as a metaphor for Rotary membership, and the education of Rotary. Presidents and leadership is important. We have to make Rotary grow and avoid it from shrinking. The landscape for Rotary has changed. Development of acquaintance is the first step of Rotary. Creating sense of community of clubs. Break bread with someone is another way to make friends and relationships at clubs. So, meals that were essential are not that essential any more. We can connect in different ways. Millennials want to spend money on Rotary but not on meetings. Over the past 9 years, membership has dropped by 11%. Rotary is a 115 year year old organization. There needs to be a balance on how to honor tradition and innovation. Some clubs need environmental change in current evolving environment. Change needs to be there that will work for everyone. Long time members in some of the clubs like Rotary club of Stockton may start dropping out if too many changes are introduced. While the landscape is changing, a tidal wave has come in of COVID-19. An opportunity and crisis like this should not go waste. There is an opportunity to do something different. After pandemic started, Rotary survived and out of all the clubs, 75% of the clubs were meeting online. 25% club did not know what to do initially. Hard to change from face to face to zoom. Attendance decreased. For some clubs, attendance increased. 2/3rd of the clubs did more under the circumstances. We need to think about what is essential and non-essential. Are meals the essential part? Start to reach out across clubs and to the community. Started to say why keep them here as part of organization. Rotary is not a service club. It is a membership organization that serves the community.

Essence of any organization is that Clients don’t come first, employees come first. We need to follow the same principle where members come first.

How can Rotary make you a better person? We need to better understand members. We should consider to continue and use tools like zoom even when we go back after COVID-19 ends. We could have meetings that are half online and half in-person. The speakers can continue to be on screen. We need to understand what is necessary to engage. Is it better to have people attend meetings by logging virtually via Zoom from their offices than not having an ability for them to attend at all? Best things happen outside our club. Rotary connects the leaders in community and help build friendships. Benefits of membership should be highlighted. Rotary allows us to be bigger than what we are. Rotary Foundation is an enabler of dreams.

Concluding Remarks – Waqar Rizvi, Assistant Governor, Stockton

On behalf of the all Stockton Rotary Clubs, a donation of $100 to the World Polio Fund in the name of Brad Howard was announced. Waqar thanked Brad for giving an inspirational message. He further added that Rotary Opens Opportunities is the Theme of the RI President Hloger Knaack this Rotary Year.

He recited a quote by Helen Keller “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

Waqar added that due to COVID our Local Stockton Clubs have been unable to do many hands on community projects yet have been creative and committed in helping out the community funding local non-profits and acknowledging our First Responders. Thanks to everyone for coming. Thank you to the University of the Pacific Rotractors, PDG’s and the DG Line. Next year will be the 48th Annual Luncheon and hopefully we will be meeting in person. At this time I will like to say thank you to Matt Grizzle, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Stockton for being the Zoom administrator for this meeting. A huge thanks to all the Rotarians that joined today from Stockton and from the District 5220.

“Leadership is not just about giving energy… it’s unleashing other people’s energy.” – Paul Polman.

“No one can whistle a symphony, It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock

Rotary is a platform that has brought all of everyone together and enabled to do Service Above Self. Rotary is Changing Lives, One at a time. Thank you All, God Bless you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Next Meeting: December 2, 2020 (Tuesday)
President-Elect Kevin Kauffman, “The Water Group”

Kevin M. Kauffman, P.E.

Native of Rochester, New York

Schooled at the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering

Registered as a Professional Engineer in California (#34883)

Manager of water and wastewater utilities/districts since 1986

General Manager of the Stockton East Water District (SEWD) from July 1999 through December 2012.

Kevin Kauffman Consulting was formed on December 21, 2012.

KKC currently provides water resources, engineering, and management consulting services to SEWD, and one other client.

In December 2019 began representing the Water Group LLC in Ripon. TWG distributes and installs Parjana EGRP devices throughout CA, NV, and AZ.

Spouse Lindsey retired from teaching at St. Luke CES in Stockton, and son Patrick is a Civil Engineer at LC Engineering in Thousand Oaks.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

December 2020

  • 09 – Lonny Davis, Hope Haven West,
  • 16 – Rebecca Glissman, “Stockton Shelter Homeless”
  • 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.

December – 12 members this month.
November week 1:

Birthday Recognitions


December Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 5th (none)
2 6th – 12th Steve Reid – 8th
Kevin Hicks – 12th
3 13th – 19th Cliff Dochterman – 13th
Chris Lema – 14th
Marcela Gracewski – 15th
John Atwood – 15th
Frank Whitney – 15th
4 20th – 26th Keo Keonorasak – 20th
5 27th – Jan 2nd Octavio Cruces – 27th
Russel Hagen – 29th
Bill Wagner – 29th
Pete Gormsen – 31st
*= 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 & ADG Waqar Rizvi, note takers 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