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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, February 10, 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 speaker will be Maestro Peter Jaffe, “A Musical Valentine”  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”

At least 38 Rotarians and guests attended this virtual meeting


( Photos )
  • 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 – Past-President Michael Blower.
  • Thought for the Day – Pam Wenger:  Pam spoke of the famous body builder, Jack LaLane who started training around the age 15. He was very focused on fitness and motivated people to keep fit by working out 30-40 minutes a day at least 3-4 times in a week.
  • Greeter Corie

    Special Thanks Today to – Matthew Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings and Corie Stewart who is now our official greeter, 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.

  • Visiting Rotarians – Aguilar Sylvester from Sunrise Modesto Rotary;  Nadine Broghammer from Switzerland (where it was 9 pm) was one of the participants of new youth exchange program back in 2009. Rotarian Blain Bibb’s family had hosted Nadine’s stay in Stockton back in 2009.
  • Guests of Rotarians – Ngozi Elobuike (third time as guest) – would be joining the club possibly at the next meeting.
  • Rotary News – January issue “The Future”.  Well worth reading.
  • Rotary Direct – Latest sign up: President-Elect Colleen Stewart! Total members registered in Rotary Direct for Foundation giving are 16! 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.
  • 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

  • Foundation Fund Raiser –  Assistant District Governor Waqar announced the upcoming Rotary Foundation dinner. Please save the date for March 20, 2021. Rotarians will be able to pickup a dinner between 4:30 – 6:30pm. The dinner would be very special with the food option of Crab. People will take the food home and enjoy the foundation dinner at home over the zoom meeting. Some of the funds from this foundation dinner will come back to the club since all the clubs are struggling with the funds this year.
  • Fund Raiser Poll – Secretary Matthew put out a survey during the meeting and 70% of the members said that they would participate in the fund raiser. About 14 members thought that they would be available to help out as volunteer on the survey. About 50% of the members said that they would be selling the tickets for the foundation dinner.
  • Scholarship Team Review Committee – Kathy Hart announced that the last day to file an applications was January 31, 2021. They have received almost 30 applications already. Kathy is looking for some help in reviewing these applications. Ann Johnston, Gary Putnam, Corie Stewart, Terry Hull and Karyn Johnson volunteered to help. Matthew and Kathy have modernized the application process by allowing applicants to submit their application online. People who are participating in reviewing the applications will also be able to access online. Kathy will have a session with the team and they would start scoring the applications around Feb 15th, 2021.  If you are interested in helping Kathy, please mail Kathy or Matthew Grizzle.

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: Dr. Alan Carpenter
Introduced by:
Past-President Dudley Drake

Dudley Drake introduced the speaker, Dr. Alan Carpenter. Dr. Carpenter met a life threating accident in year 2013, while hiking the Pacific Crest trail. The accident inspired him to restore physical fitness and mental acuity for rest of his life.

Dr. Alan Carpenter
Nine ways to boost health and well being. The life you experience is based on the daily choices you make everyday. If you make better life choices, you will experience greater life energy, stronger relationships and greater meaning of life. On the other hand, if you make poor life choices consistently, you may experience malfunction of body parts. About half of the deaths reported in US were caused by smoking, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol. There is no age when you can start making better choices.

After the accident in 2013, Dr. Carpenter realized that he had taken his life for granted. He started reading books while in the hospital and worked on improving his fitness. He hiked 1099 miles to Canada in the same year he had the accident. He talked about the nine ways of healthy choices that helped to reach his goals of hiking and biking. He wrote a book on these choices. The title of the book is, “Choose Better, Live Better”.

The following nine choices is the key to heathy life:

#1. Keep moving, even if means taking the dog out for walk
#2 Eat better
#3 Sleep better
#4 Cultivate social connections
#5 Diffuse Chronic Stress- meditation could help
#6 Keep Learning – pick up some new activity and learn some new skill
#7 Have positive attitude- read some books that would help to be optimistic
#8 Live with purpose- live a life of service
#9 Participate in spiritual community


Next Meeting: February 10, 2021
Maestro Peter Jaffe, “A Musical Valentine”

Peter Jaffe has served as the Stockton Symphony’s dynamic music director since 1995, combining a passion for outreach and education with top-notch musicianship, and fostering sustained artistic growth throughout his tenure. Organizations ranging from the Association of California Symphony Orchestras to the Brubeck Institute and Goodwill Industries have honored Mr. Jaffe with prestigious awards for his innovations in educational programming and for his distinguished cultural contributions throughout the county. His engaging and informative preconcert discussions include his own renditions of symphonic examples at the piano, and he frequently advocates for the Symphony and orchestral music in radio broadcasts, television appearances, and web videos. He is also the host of the local radio program Symphony Mix, promoting orchestral events and broadcasting entertaining and educational programs about symphonic repertoire.

With a zeal for introducing new vital repertoire along with established masterworks, Mr. Jaffe has spearheaded the commissions of many world premieres. Avner Dorman’s Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu earned the Stockton Symphony national recognition for community engagement activities dealing with crucial social issues. A portion of the Stockton Symphony CD of Chris Brubeck’s Mark Twain’s World was broadcast nationally on NPR’s Performance Today, and Ansel Adams: America, co-composed by Dave and Chris Brubeck, has since been performed nationally and abroad.

Mr. Jaffe also conducts the Auburn and Folsom Lake Symphonies and Stockton Opera, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, and many other orchestras and music festivals across the country. He teaches every summer at the Conductor’s Institute of South Carolina. He conducted and taught at the Aspen Music Festival for fourteen years, and he spent three seasons conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory and two as a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Many of Mr. Jaffe’s own arrangements have been commissioned by and performed with orchestras in Aspen, Chicago, Long Beach, and Stockton, including his Symphonic Birthday and his transcription of Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos for Jan DeGaetani, which was also performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A CD of his lullaby arrangements was released on the Chandos label, featuring mezzo-soprano Nadia Pelle with Yuli Turovsky directing I Musici de Montréal.

Mr. Jaffe appeared on NBC’s First Camera in a show devoted to Tanglewood, where he was coached by Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller, Gustav Meier, and Leonard Bernstein—a brief segment was later included in the American Masters special honoring Bernstein. Mr. Jaffe also studied conducting with Andor Toth, Paul Vermel, Charles Bruck, and Herbert Blomstedt. His instrumental background includes extensive performing on the violin, viola, and keyboard, and he often conducts from the harpsichord when performing Baroque or early Classic repertoire.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

February 2021

  • 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 – Ort Loftus and Dr. Joe Serra, “Stockton Antidotes”
  • 24 – Jay Schwabe (Train Museum), “Telescope Across America:
  • 31 – TBD


  • $500 (Heart Stopper) – Blain Bibb: Covid Business Change: They added about 100 more employees recently. Initially they lost 20% of the business when the covid started but later the business picked up and now just hired their 500th employee! Blaine made a donation of $500. One bell ringer for Rotary foundation and another bell ringer for SRE.
  • $100 – Eric Duran – Wheel Publisher – Move to Lodi from Stockton. They moved almost ten miles and made at least ten trips. So, at $10 per trip, 10x 10=$100 to SRE for a move to Lodi.

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 of 10 for 100%!
Third month with 100% participation!

February Birthday Challenge – 9 Members

Birthday Recognitions

Week 1:

  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Honorary Member Liz Blanchard’s birthday was on 2-5 – $250 to SRE!
  • Honorary Member – Shirley Anthony birthday was on 2-5
  • $75 – Colleen Foster’s birthday was on 2-6 – $75 to SRE!

February 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 6th Liz Blanchard – 5th
Shirley Anthony – 5th
Colleen Foster – 6th
2 7th – 13th Hil Silver – 10th*
Laura Pinkerton – 11th
Amir Khan – 12th
3 14th – 20th Ann Van de Mark – 14th
Dorothy Serra – 14th
Chad Marcigan – 19th
Tom Harrington – 20th
4 21st – 27th Dennis Smallie – 22nd
Shak Khan – 22nd
5 28th (none)
*= 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