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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 9, 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 Lonny Davis from Hope Haven West 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”


( 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 Graham Tweedy.
  • Frank Whitney

    Thought for the Day – Frank Whitney: It has been 9 months since we have been dealing with the Covid situation. It is like the gestation period and it has been like a re-birth. It is Christmas season and time to take out negative thoughts. It is a different year since families may not be visiting each other personally on Christmas but we can find different ways to connect. We could use something like Zoom to bring joy during Christmas. We can connect to grandkids using technologies like Facebook, and online game named Marco Polo. Frank shared how his granddaughters made a beautiful picture of themselves and the grandparents symbolizing social distancing. During these special times, we can value the time we spend with kids and grandkids being home schooled, our time with our spouses and family in the household.

  • 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 (NEED NOTE TAKER FOR JANUARY!), and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling.
  • Sharon Tweedy

    Rotary News: Rotary Direct – New sign up: Sharon Tweedy! Now the total members registered in Rotary Direct for Foundation giving are 13! Please consider signing up; it’s easy to do! Please call me (209-601-3631) or Linda Guinn (209-639-1482) to sign up.

  • November was Foundation Month – Now EXTENDED through December! – Club is offering matching points $1/1 point – We have budgeted 10,000 points and have already used about 6,000 with about 4,000 remaining. Great way to get your first or next level PH award. One point 1 dollar match. $7,560 raised for the Rotary Foundation and those would receive matching points as well! 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

Past-President Melanie

Proposed Board – Past-President Melanie announced that we would need attendance on 12/9 to vote for our next President, Kevin Kaufman’s board. The slate of members would be:

Immediate Past-President: Gary Frush,
Secretary: Matt Grizzle,
Treasurer: Louis Lemos,
Public Image: To be determined,
International Service and club grants: Ken Steele/Marcella,
Club Service: Bill Brown,
Community Service: Kathy Hart,
Youth service: Dan Wright,
Vocational service: Walt Wager,
Foundation Chair: Linda Guinn,
Membership: Melanie Vieux,
President 2022-23: Colleen Stewart
Assistant District Governor 2021-22: Waqar Rizvi

Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi

Assistant District Governor: Waqar Rizvi will continue as Assistant District Governor for the year 2021-2022.

Adopt a Resolution for the District Governor Nomination: President Gary Frush announced that the Rotary Club of Stockton board approved on November 18, 2020 nomination for District Governor 2023-24 nominating Past-President and current Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi as a candidate. President Gary said he will be making a motion to adopt the resolution to nominate Waqar Rizvi for the District Governor candidate position in this meeting today. President Gary moved the motion and Frank Whitney seconds the motion. The motion is carried.

When (if) we (ever) 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 for the New Year!

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: President-Elect Kevin Kauffman – The Water Group
Introduced by: Dudley Drake

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

President-Elect Kevin Kauffman – The Water Group

Kevin is a registered professional engineer in California. In December 2019 began representing the Water Group LLC in Ripon. TWG distributes and installs Parjana EGRP devices throughout CA, NV, and AZ. Kevin talked about Water Group LLC and how they help in preserving water in California. The ground water basin has been diminishing. Instead of building reservoir, he has focused on building ground water basin. He explained the Energy Pacific Groundwater Recharge Project (EGRP) and how it works by drying up the surface and helps the water drain into the layers below.

Next Meeting: December 9, 2020
Lonny Davis from Hope Haven West

Lonny Davis is the owner and operator of Davis Guest Home, serving the chronically mentally ill from throughout Northern California. His passion however, extends to serving the disabled poor in the developing world by providing dignity through mobility.

Lonny began participating in wheelchair distributions approximately 20 years ago. As his love of the work grew, he partnered with Hope Haven International and began coordinating distributions from Modesto. Three years ago, Hope Haven West was incorporated, allowing full operations here on the West coast.

After many years of focusing his service internationally, Lonny started a new venture: Uncle Lonny Presents, a tax-exempt promotion company, dedicated providing local musicians opportunities to perform, and creating and promoting events for local charities  to raise needed funds.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

December 2020

  • 16 – Rebecca Glissman, Stockton Homeless Shelter
  • 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: 15/15 for 100% participation!
October Finals 14 of 14 = 100%
Both September and October were 100 percent participation.
November birthday challenge was 87.5%.

Birthday Recognitions

(November wrap-up)

  • $100 – Tom Perry for his birthday on 11/22 – SRE
  • $25 – Jim Woodward’s birthday was on 11/22. ADG Waqar gifted $25 on Jim’s behalf to SRE
  • $200 – Jan Ambriz’s birthday was on 11/23 gifted $100 to SRE & $100 to RI +pts
  • $101 – Gary Putnam’s birthday was on 11/27 gifted $101 RI + pts
  • $100 – Tony Despotes’s birthday was on 11/28 and he gifted $100 RI + pts
  • $74 – Ken Steele’s birthday was on 11/29 gifted $74 RI

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, 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