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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, January 27, 2021 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 speakers will be Chief Eric Jones from the Stockton Police Department  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”


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  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Gary Frush welcomed members and guests to the Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton 2021 meeting!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Birthday Girl Shari Garibaldi.
  • Fubara Jack

    Thought for the Day – Fubara Jack: Fubara Jack’s thought of the day was aligned with the inauguration ceremony of the 46th president of United States of America, Mr. Joe Biden. He cited a few sayings from president Biden and Dr. Martin Luther King, that talked about uniting people and coming together as one nation. We as Rotarians can also make a difference in uniting the nation and should look at our principles, morals and the four way test to guide us.

  • Special Thanks Today to – Matthew Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Dudley Drake for his work on speaker recruitment, Leena Mittal for continuing to taking notes (thank you Leena), and Eric Duran’s role of keeping The Wheel rolling. Corie Stewart has graciously volunteered to co-host zoom meetings with Matt. Last but not least thank you to Past-President Melanie Vieux for presiding over last week’s meeting for me while I was in Seattle.
  • Guests of Rotarians – President Gary’s wife, Wendy and Ngozi Elobuike who is a potential new member.
  • Jo Moya

    Concern Report – Waqar requested the club members to do a moment of silence for passing Rotarian Jo Moya of Stockton Sunrise Rotary Club due to COVID-19. Jo was a Past President of Stockton Sunrise Rotary and was generous and active in the District. Jo was a polio survivor. Jo was related to Sharon Manaois a member of our Rotary Club. Following is the Funeral service information:

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021:
    Funeral Service and Burial (Public)
    11:30am to 1:00pm PST
    Cherokee Memorial Park
    14165 N. Beckman Road
    Lodi, CA 95240

  • Rotary News: Rotary Direct – Total members registered in Rotary Direct for Foundation giving are 15! Please consider signing up; it’s easy to do! Please call President Gary (209-601-3631) or Linda Guinn (209-639-1482) to sign up. Van Young is the newest sign up.
  • 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.)

Directions for members on how to make a payment to Rotary Club of Stockton

  • Click on “$ Online Payments” in the blue bar at the top (or click the blue box)

Club Announcements

  • Fantasy Football –  Secretary Matthew Grizzle’s team called “Kamira Virus” won the championship! Matthew’s team name is based on one of his players, Kamira. The last place in this championship is also honorary and is bagged by Steven Reid’s team. Bob Blower will present the “Pink Unicorn” t-shirt to Steve Reid and it is customary to wear the shirt at the next meeting.

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 continue taking notes! Your help is much appreciated! Now it’s time for someone else to step up!

PLEASE Consider volunteering (Like Leena has done) for a once a month (or more) opportunity to keep the Wheel rolling 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: Julie Morehouse and Eric Firpo  – Owners of the In Season Market and Nursery
Introduced by:
President Gary Frush

President Gary Frush

President Gary Frush introduced Julie Morehouse, the owner of “In season” market nursery. Gary’s wife Wendy had met her before. When Wendy was going thru the difficult time of radiation therapy, she used to stop by every time she went to get the radiation, at this Nursery to get some flowers to commensurate 21 days of radiation. Julie was very helpful to Wendy in finding the right flowering plants. Today, those plants are much bigger and bear beautiful flowers.

Julie Morehouse and Eric from In Season Nursery gave a presentation on the Spring Planting Tips.
They started their nursery about four years ago. Everything that they grow at this nursery is naturally grown and is free of any pesticides. Julie gave information of few species of flowering plants like Primroses are best for winters, Cyclamen are perennials. Perennials flower in one season but they live year after year. Annuals have to be planted every year. Primroses will bloom even in shady area.

The best time to fertilize grass and trees is right before it rains. This time of the year is a good time to prune fruit trees and fertilize them. At the nursery, they have started to grow summer vegetables from organic seeds. Currently they have vegetables like broccoli, carrot, chard etc. They use heat pads in greenhouse to grow plants from seeds. If you don’t have heat pad and trying to grow plants from seeds in this season, you can cover it with plastic and put it in the window sill. Without some source of heat, they won’t do much. Another tip that they provided was to spray Neem tree oil on peach trees to avoid peach leaf curls.

The nursery also has a Café where they serve coffee made from locally roasted coffee beans. They also sell homemade jams and jellies. They are looking for some crafty people that make homemade goods like candles, soaps, garden art.

Next Meeting: January 27, 2021
Chief Eric Jones, Stockton Police Department

Eric Jones, Chief of Police

Eric Jones began his career with the Stockton Police Department in 1993 as a Police Officer. He became a Departmental Trainer and Instructor and then promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, and Assistant Chief over the decades. He was responsible for numerous police programs such as the Explosive Ordnance Detail, Critical Incident Investigations, Mobile Command Post Team, SWAT, and the Crisis Negotiations Team. In March 2012, Eric was appointed as the 49th Chief of Police for the Stockton Police Department.

Eric holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from National University. He also completed the Harvard Kennedy School Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and is a member of the FBI National Academy Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Eric is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, California Police Chiefs Association, and was President of the Central Sierra Police Chiefs Association, representing 62 municipal police departments. He is an Executive Fellow with the Washington D.C. Police Foundation, and Chairs the California Police Chiefs Association Evidence-based Policing Working Group. Eric leads the Stockton Police Department in contemporary intelligence-led policing methods and created Stockton’s Real-Time-Policing concepts. He also created the Department’s first Community Response Teams and Community Advisory Board. Eric authored the 2012 Violence Reduction Initiative for Stockton. In 2015, Eric developed and led “Principled Policing” with the California State Department of Justice for statewide training, also leading to Stockton being one of only six sites for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice; and in 2017, he founded the Stockton Alliance for Equity (SAFE) Coalition for Criminal Justice Leaders. He has received national awards and recognition (DOJ/Destination Zero), and his work was profiled in July 2016 in The New York Times, in June 2017 in USA Today, and in the Los Angeles Times in July 2020.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

February 2021

  • 03 – Dr. Alan Carpenter, “9 Ways to Boost Health and Well Being”
  • 10 – Peter Jaffe, “A Musical Valentine”
  • 17 – Kevin Lincoln – Mayor of Stockton
  • 24 – Chuck Myers, “The Hornet Aircraft Carrier”

March 2021

  • 03 – Port Director
  • 10 – PDG Robert Deering, Jr., “Human Trafficking”
  • 17 – TBD
  • 24 – TBD
  • 31 – TBD


  • $250 (Bell Ringer) – Bill Brown’s Record Article December 8th – “Dream Come True” – to SRE.

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%.
December Challenge Wrap Up: 90% Participation

2020 Challenge Total:  76 of 81 for 93.8% – Thanks!

January Birthday Challenge: 10 total!

Birthday Recognitions

  • $500 (Heart Stopper) – Jerry Butterfield – 1/14 to SRE
  • $50 – Shari Garibaldi – 1/14 to SRE
  • $60 – Gary Hansen – 1/21 to RI
  • Rod Place – 1/18
  • $100 – Sharon Manaois – 1/4 – $50 to SRE, $50 to RI

January B$irthday Recognitions

January 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 2nd Mas Kamigaki – 1st
2 3rd – 9th Michael Keith – 3rd
Duane Isetti – 4th
Sharon Manaois – 4th
Kathy Hart – 5th
Terry Hull, Sr. – 5th
3 10th – 16th Jerry Butterfield – 14th
Shari Garibaldi – 14th
4 17th – 23rd Rod Place – 18th
Gary Hansen – 21st
5 24th – 30th (none)
6 31st – Feb 6th Liz Blanchard – February 5th
Shirley Anthony – February 5th
Colleen Foster – February 6th
*= Meeting Day – Wish Them a Happy Birthdayhday!


Rotary Club of Stockton Member Files
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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