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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, March 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 Tod Ruhstaller speaking about The Haggin Museum.  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”


As many as 37 members attended the virtual meeting.

  • 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 – President-Elect Colleen Stewart celebrated her birthday by leading us all in the pledge and 4-way test.
  • Past-President Bill Brown

    Thought for the Day – Past-President Bill Brown – He talked about his generation and how the people from that generation are hardworking people with strong work ethics. Since they were primarily farmers, they believe in hard work and grueling effort. He believes that hard work, loyalty, Respect, belief in moral values are important values to have and should be preserved and passed with each generation.

  • Special Thanks Today to – Matthew Grizzle for orchestrating these meetings, Corie Stewart our Zoom meeting entry coordinator, 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!
  • Guests of Rotarians – Amir Awan (Waqar’s guest), Gillian Murphy, wife of member, Gary Putnam.
  • Past District Governor (District 3272) Mir Arif Ali

    Concern Report – Past President and Assistant Governor, Waqar Rizvi asked the club to do a moment of silence on the passing away of his Uncle, Past District Governor (District 3272) Mir Arif Ali who introduced Waqar to the Rota-ry Club of Stockton back in 2008 when he was attending the Rotary International Convention in Los Ange-les, California. Mir Arif Ali passed away on February 27-2021. Waqar said, he was appreciative that his Uncle gave him the gift of Rotary which has become a huge part of his life. Waqar donated $100 to Rotary Foundation Polio Plus fund in his uncle’s name. Following is a brief bio and accomplishments of Mir Arif Ali.

    Mir Arif Ali has been a Rotarian for the last 42 years. He was introduced to Rotary by his late father PDG Mir Wajid Ali (1974-75) and his mother Mrs. Sartaj Wajid Ali, who was also an active member of Rotary Inner Wheel Pakistan. In 1979 he became the Charter Secretary of the Rotary Club of Lahore Model Town District 327 (later became District 3270). He served as Secretary for two terms and became President of the Club in 1982-83 and 1996-97, and became Assistant Governor in 2000-2001 and was elected as the District Governor in 2016-17 of District 3272. He attended many Rotary International Conventions. He organized and participated in hundreds of events and projects. In 2018 he coordinated and arranged a Polio Immunization trip from District 5220. Mir Arif Ali had visited multiple Rotary Clubs in District 5220 and had met many Rotarians from Rotary Club of Stockton. Earlier this year in January 2021 he was awarded the Service Above Self Award from Rotary International. He is survived by his wife Mahru Arif Ali and three children. Mahru is also a Past President of Rotary Club of Lahore Model Town, Past Assistant District Governor and current District Secretary of District 3272. Mir Arif Ali was the last surviving chartered member of Rotary Club of Lahore Model Town.

  • Guest of Rotarians – Amir Awan (Waqar’s guest), Gillian Murphy, wife of member, Gary Putnam.
  • Potential New Member – Membership Chair Marcela Gracewski sponsoring Leonard O. Hansen, CEO of the Emergency Food Bank.
  • 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.
  • SRE Chair Paul Kozlow – Judy Chambers on behalf of TLC. Judy Chambers in the Vice President of TLC non-profit organization. TLC has been serving homeless children and help them get education and health counseling. Thanks to Rotary and SRE for helping with the funding.
  • 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 thia blue box)

Club Announcements

  • From left to right: Steve Luthy, Test Tube/Beaker drying rack, Fillmore Elementary School Principal Thongthip (Tip) Duangsawat

    Test Tube/Beaker Drying Racks For School – The principal of Fillmore Elementary reached out to Rotary to supply three (test tube/beaker) drying racks for their science class rooms. Rotarian Steve Luthy made the racks and installed them above the sinks in each class room on March 5,2021.

  • Foundation Fund Raiser – Crab Feed & Foundation Evening March 20th. Rotary foundation dinner. Get your tickets now.   ADG Waqar said the pickup area will be at 2105 West March Lane. ( See Instructions ). The cost of the dinner is $60 and the price increases after March 12th to $65. The dinner will be available for pickup from 4-6 pm and the program itself will be on Zoom. Ngozi Elobuike well be giving a presentation about her endeavors in the UK. There will also be a Ukulele band from Canada along with presentations and awards. The meeting will be wrapped up by 8:30pm.
  • Rotary Read-In Wrap Up – Sharon Tweedy: There have been 2405 views already. Our own president, Gary Frush’s video is ranking at #2 for the number of views!

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: Port Director Richard Aschieris
Introduced by:
Past-President Dudley Drake

Richard Aschieris’s contribution and leadership has led to a huge improvement and increased economic growth linked to the Stockton Port. Richard is deeply involved in the community as well.

Port Director Richard Aschieris
Richard talked about how the port director gets appointed. The local control is given to the 7 member board of the port. The board in turn appoints the director of the port.

Every ship that comes to port of Stockton comes from under the Golden Gate bridge. It takes 8 hour trip from SF to Stockton. He then shared some pictures of the port from back in 1930s. He then explained the conception and creation of the Stockton Port. During World War II, the port was nationalized but after the way the port was under the local government again. Today, Stockton port handles cargos for import/export of steel, fertilizers, bulk sulfur, bulk cement. Also, the port handles, packaged cargo and project cargo like windmill project, and Tesla robotics. As a part of enhancing Delta environment, the port has instituted zero emission vehicles and installed an aerator at the port that adds oxygen to the water of the port. There is another program, owl nest boxes. There are about 30 boxes and some have cameras and microphones. The live feed is available at the Stockton port website. In California, Stockton port is one of the three ports that has earned green marine port designation. For outreach, there are educational boat tours that are free. Every ship that comes in at the port takes out 1000 truck trips for the same cargo. The port supports ~1000 jobs and contributes to the taxes for state, city and the county

Next Meeting: March 10, 2021
Tod Ruhstaller, “The Haggin Museum”

Although born in San Francisco, Tod grew up in Stockton and is a fourth generation Californian.  He attended UC Davis for both his undergraduate and graduate work in Anthropology, with a specialization in Archaeology.  In 1979 he and four fellow grad students started an archaeological consulting firm—Far Western Anthropological Research Group.  Five years later, at the urging of his wife to “…get a REAL job…”, he returned to his hometown to take the position of Curator of History at the Haggin Museum.  In 1988 he was named the museum’s Director and became its CEO in 2010.  He will be retiring from that institution on May 21st of this year.

Tod met Sandi Greaves at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York where he was doing some archaeological work and she was the school’s Assistant Registrar.  After knowing one another for just two weeks, they decided to marry, and they will celebrate their 40th anniversary this 4th of July. Their daughter Kelly is a Maternal/Fetal Medicine specialist and in Wilmington, Delaware, and the mother of 5-year-old Dean and 2 ½ year-old Alexandra; their daughter Robin is a Flight Nurse in Denver, Colorado, and the mother of 2 ½ year-old Caleb.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

March 2021

  • 17 – PRIP Cliff Dochterman, “A Talk With Cliff”
  • 24 – Jay Schwabe (Train Museum), “Telescope Across America:
  • 31 – Ort Loftus/Dr. Joe Serra, “Stockton Antidotes”

April 2021

  • 07 – “Crime Stoppers”
  • 14 – Dr. Alan Carpenter, “Ride Across America”
  • 21 – Pam Heaney, “Stockton Diamond Grade Separation”
  • 28 – Stuart Spencer – Executive Director of the Lodi Wine Commission

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%!
Final Wrap for February – 10/10 participated = 100 %

YTD: Now 4 months @ 100% = September, October, January, February

March Birthday Challenge – 13 Members

Birthday Recognitions

Week 1:

  • $82 – Bill Brown 3/1 ($82 SRE)
  • $100 – Brian Dillon 3/1 (50/50)
  • $40 – Kristen Dyke 3/2 ($40 RI)
  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Colleen Stewart 3/3 ($250 BR – 50/50)
  • $100 – Chris Papas 3/4 ($100 RI – Polio)
  • $100 – Jim Hanley 3/6 ($100 SRE)

March 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 6th Bill Brown – 1st
Brian Dillon – 1st
Kristen Dyke – 2nd
Colleen Stewart – 3rd*
Chris Papas – 4th
Jim Hanley – 6th
2 7th – 13th (none)
3 14th – 20th Paul Jacobson – 16th
Pam Eibeck – 16th
4 21st – 27th Maria Velasco – 23rd
Deanna Solina – 24th*
Peter Ragsdale – 27th
5 28th-31st Melanie Vieux – 30th
Cathy Wooton – 30th
*= Meeting Day – Wish Them a Happy Birthdayhday!


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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