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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 17, 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 Mayor of Stockton, Kevin Lincoln.  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 – Monie Ky with a twist on the 4-Way test featuring a Valentine theme.
  • Duane Isetti

    Thought for the Day – Duane Isetti:  All the world’s great religions and great leaders have emphasized on being kind. Kindness makes us strong and brings love into the society. Dalia Lama’s quote – “My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness”.

  • 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 for the ultimate publication of the Wheel!
  • Visiting Rotarians – Aguilar Sylvester from Sunrise Modesto Rotary.
  • Guests of Rotarians – Wendy Frush (President Gary’s wife and valentine), Mary Monroe (Hal Monroe’s wife), Christina Mok, and Debbi Luthy (Steve Luthy’s wife).
  • Rotary News:  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.  Goal is 150 members.
  • 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. ADG Waqar is requesting club’s participation in the Crab Feed. This is an opportunity to raise money for the club. Crab Feed proceeds will go to the club. There will be entertainment featured in the virtual meeting agenda. More details to come.
  • Fund Raiser Poll – President Gary got 40 positive responses from the survey sent out in the mail.
  • Sharon Tweedy

    Rotary Read-In February 22nd – Sharon Tweedy: Sharon gave a presentation on the Rotary Read-In program. Due to COVID, there would not be an opportunity to read to the students at school but there is an option to make your video and share it with the schools. The detailed information on the program was sent in an email by Sharon Tweedy.  Additional information can be seen HERE.

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: Maestro Peter Jaffe
Introduced by:
Past-President Ann Johnston

Past-President Ann Johnston

Peter Jaffe is one of Ann’s favorite people. Peter is the Conductor of the Stockton Symphony. At the beginning of the symphony, he always provides a great introduction/education to symphony and music. A lot of times he would dress up in a costume to entertain the audience. Peter has been with Stockton for 26 years. The Stockton Symphony has been here for 94 years.

Maestro Peter Jaffe:
A pre-valentine day’s event by Maestro Peter Jaffe and Concert Master, Christina Mok. There are different kind of love like romance, puppy love, kids, community, religion, love of communicating thru the magic of music. In 1973, Peter during his under graduate work in Ohio, Duke Ellington’s band came to perform there. Duke had a great way of communicating with the audience and during his performance he also talked about how the performers love the audience and why communication with audience is so important. Peter got inspiration from Duke Ellington and tries his best to connect with his audience. This is Peter’s 26th season at the Stockton Symphony. When pandemic happened, symphony had to re-invent itself. The players started making at-home videos. Christina played “Tomorrow” from Musical Annie, with her daughter. The Stockton Symphony also created an online contest like a fund-raising event. There is a YouTube channel for Stockton Symphony. They conducted a few online events last year. The next upcoming online event is on Feb 19th at 7 pm for Valentine celebrations. They would play real favorites love songs and share love stories from Stockton Symphony family. For more information, you can go to Stockton Papapavlo’s restaurant partners with them and will have a special drink exclusively for the event. The drink can be made at home or ordered from restaurant to go with the food.

Next Meeting: February 17, 2021
Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln

Mayor Kevin J. Lincoln was elected to office in November 2020. He is serving his first term as Mayor of Stockton beginning January 2021.

Born in Stockton, Mayor Lincoln was raised in an Army family and was inspired to serve others. Throughout his youth, Kevin served in many community outreach programs providing food and clothes to the homeless and those in need. Kevin also volunteered at the California Youth Authority where he spoke to and encouraged youth in the juvenile justice system.

With a desire to serve his Country, Kevin joined the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in 2001 and began his training at the military police academy. Kevin was later recruited by the White House Military Office and assigned to Marine One, where he would serve President George W. Bush.

Following his service in the military, Kevin worked for one of the nation’s top private security companies for eight years in Silicon Valley. He would ultimately serve as District Manager, responsible for an annual budget of over $55 million, a district support staff of 22 personnel, and a total employee base of over 1,300.

In 2013, Kevin felt the desire to resign his corporate position to serve the community of Stockton through full-time ministry at a local church. In his ministry work, Kevin served as the Executive Administrative Pastor overseeing the finances, implementation of the vision, daily operations, as well as community outreach initiatives. Kevin gets the most fulfillment by assisting those in need and helping them find the resources that will aid them and give them hope.

Kevin’s decision to run for mayor stemmed from this love of people, and desire to serve the City of Stockton. Mayor Lincoln believes Stockton is a city of potential, promise, hope, and healing. He will focus on the fundamental needs of the community and build bridges of trust to address and resolve issues including homelessness, public safety, civic engagement, and economic development, among others.

Kevin has an Associate of Arts in Business, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership.

Kevin and his wife Bonnie have been married for 18 years and have two wonderful children.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

February 2021

  • 24 – Chuck Myers, “The Hornet Aircraft Carrier”

March 2021

  • 03 – Port Director
  • 10 – PDG Robert Deering, Jr., “Human Trafficking”
  • 17 – PRIP Cliff Dochterman, “A Talk With Cliff”
  • 24 – Jay Schwabe (Train Museum), “Telescope Across America:
  • 31 – Ort Loftus/Dr. Joe Serra, “Stockton Antidotes”

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 – 10 Members

Birthday Recognitions

Week 2:

  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Hill Silver 2/10 to SRE
  • $100 – Laura Pinkerton 2/11 to SRE
  • $100 – Amir Khan’s 2/12 – 50/50 SRE, RI
  • $100 – Tom Harrington 2/1 to SRE (The birthday was wrong in DB and has now been corrected)

February 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 6th Liz Blanchard – 5th
Shirley Anthony – 5th
Colleen Foster – 6th
Tom Harrington – 1st
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
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