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Next Virtual Meeting Information:
“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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- District Governor 2023-24 – Immediate Past President Melanie said she was happy and excited to announce Past President/Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi as being selected as the District Governor for 2023-24 Rotary Year. Melanie had kind words for Waqar and how he helped her during her year as the President. She asked Waqar to say few words.Waqar thanked the Rotary Club of Stockton and its members for the inspiration that he had received from them in the last many years. Waqar acknowledged the three recent Past District Governors from the Rotary Club of Stockton that included PDG Jim Anthony, PDG Joe Serra, and PDG Susan Drake. He thanked PDG Joe Serra for all his services for Polio eradication that got recognition at the International level. He thanked PDG Susan Drake who guided him and got him involved both at the Club and at the District. PDG Susan had a clam aura and had answers for any Rotary related questions. He also thanked his family for all the support, especially to his wife Maria. He said he was humbled to be given this honor by the leadership of the District 5220
Message by District Governor Sherry Cotta:
ANNOUNCING OUR NEWEST TO THE 5220 GOVERNOR LINE!
Assistant Governor and Past President WAQAR RIZVI of Rotary Club of Stockton!
This morning our 5220 Nominating Committee met via Zoom. We spent over an hour in interview with Waqar and his representative Chris Currie. Through a unanimous opinion the Nominating Committee selected Waqar Rizvi to by your District Governor for the Rotary year 2023-2024.
The committee agreed Waqar has shown a passion and understanding of Rotary both at home and abroad and has supported his club and our district for over ten years as a stellar Rotarian. His goals include maintaining continuity among the Governor line, increasing our impact and our community awareness, encouraging clubs to work together in the district and in their areas, developing a better collaboration between our clubs and the other non-profits in our communities. As we support those non-profits, perhaps they can better support our clubs. He is a good listener, calmly leads through challenging events, is organized and, most important to me, he always follows through. He believes in team development and is a team player himself. He states “we often hire for skill, but we fire for lack of character” and insists character is the number one trait for his team members. His district teams will be ethical, motivational and inspirational. Although all Rotary Areas of Focus are important, he is humbled by what he sees in developing countries which makes Water and Sanitation his particular passion. He states fellowship and Rotary knowledge is the glue to our organization, and bringing all of our newest members to a better understanding of the fundamentals of Rotary should be every club’s goal. He states that family is everything, and bringing our families into Rotary, as well as continuing to develop more Rotaract Clubs, can be a positive element in our district. Although we have done a good job with our district giving to the Rotary Foundation, small monthly giving to Rotary Direct can have a huge impact on not only TRF, but our clubs’ DDF grants as well. There is a demographic we can reach through social media, and he feels we need to increase our efficiency on our websites to draw people into our club websites quickly and without requiring “too many clicks”. We’ve lost many members, primarily due to covid, with our larger clubs continuing to shrink while smaller clubs seem to have a tighter bond. We should make a conscious effort to continue to develop new ways to help our clubs maintain and grow their membership while developing new clubs where there is support or demand. He states that everything starts at the club level and comes back to the club level.
Going forward, this is us! We thank you for the support you’ve given to us and the confidence you’ve shown to us.
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.
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Speaker: Christopher J. Lema
Introduced by: Chheavy Lema
Chheavy Lema introduced Chris Lema. Chris is 6th generation family in Elk Grove. He grew up on a ranch and understood the
significance of hard work early in the childhood. He started his career as a Computer network technician. Chris likes to keep his experience of a “Computer Network Engineer” concealed under the hood. One of his fun gigs was being a DJ at a night club. Chris went to California State University for his Bachelor’s of Science degree, where he met his lovely wife Chheavy. He is currently a Financial advisor and also owns a Dry cleaning shop. Chris and Chheavy have two young and energetic children. Chris has a huge passion for the outdoors.
Chris Lema – Off Roading
Chris did a beautiful presentation on his love of outdoors and how he loved to explore the nature’s paths without boundaries on his Jeep. He said that there are a number of misconceptions and fear for off road driving. He went on to explain, how his love for outdoors began. His family used to have a ranch, long time ago. Inside one of the sheds, at the ranch, Chris found a Honda Trail 90. That is when he got into dirt biking. Then he developed a passion for mountain bike racing. He had a number of injuries and even got a few broken bones while mountain biking and dirt biking. He said, “With age comes cage”. As he aged, he went from bikes to Jeep. Jeeps can literally go anywhere. He shared his journey on Rubicon road/trail with his Jeep Wrangler. He did a lot exciting and adventurous trips in his Jeep. Some of the trips were accompanied by his wife, Chheavy, but a lot of crazy trips were accompanied by his passionate friends. He shared pictures of his travels and it was amazing to see they took the Jeep through the rocks, mounds of snow, river and other nature’s wonders. He said, “I have spent more time under the Jeep than being in the Jeep”. The vehicle required a lot of maintenance. He also shared his pictures with Kuy’s family, who went with him on the Rubicon trail. Mr. Ky has bought that trip on a fundraiser event. Chris does not own a Jeep anymore. With his busy life and kids, he likes to explore nature with the trailer RV now.
They enjoy sharing their knowledge of gardening and farming through classes, presentations and interactions with their customers.
(Virtual unless otherwise noted)
- 27 – Chief Eric Jones, “Stockton Police Department”
- 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”
- $1,000 – Lema Foundation gift of $1,000 is for the purpose of giving a Paul Harris recognition to Chheavy’s parents from them and her siblings instead of a traditional Christmas Gift. They all wanted to do something that was special and meaningful instead of a material item this year.
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 Recognitions
January 2021 Birthdays…
|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||(none)|
|*= Meeting Day – Wish Them a Happy Birthdayhday!|
|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