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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 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 Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman.  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”


  • 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 – Frank Whitney.
  • Thought for the Day – Dan Wright: Stockton is a large city by the definition and large cities generally have many amenities. Stockton may not have all amenities but we have the Haggin Museum and private galleries. We need sculptures for Stockton and Sculpture is the art of open air.
  • 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 – Wendy Frush (wife of President Gary Frush).
  • SRE Paul Kozlow – Michelle Galvin, Community Center for the Blind.  Michelle thanked Rotary for the donations. They are used for purchasing a Perkins Brailler to print out braille cells and used in braille classes for literacy. The funds donated by Rotary are being used to purchase PPE and other equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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 this blue box)

Club Announcements

  • Foundation Fund Raiser – Crab Feed & Foundation Evening March 20th. Rotary foundation dinner. Get your tickets now (220 tickets sold as of last Wednesday – available online)  ADG Waqar said the pickup area (donated by Terry Hull PME) will be at 2105 West March Lane. ( See Instructions ). The cost of the dinner is $65. The dinner will be available for pickup from 4-6 pm and the program itself will be on Zoom. The program would have the foundation presentation. There would be recognition for major donor statuses. Our club’s member Ngozi would do a presentation on how the ambassador scholarship is being utilized. There would also be an entertainment portion presented by Ukulele band from Canada. Rotaractors will be helping in giving out the pickup dinners on March 20th.
  • Foundation Auction – Linda Guinn shared the website for the auction
    The auction will close on March 27th 2021. The auction features getaways and other items for purchase. The bid proceeds count toward Paul Harris fellow and the purchase could have tax benefit as well.
  • Hybrid Live Meetings @ Stockton Golf & Country Club – Getting close to live/hybrid meeting in first half of April. The Country Club will continue to provide service. They will serve buffet and the cost will be similar to past meetings. Limited participation with significant protocol to keep everyone safe. The members can chose Zoom option as well.

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: Tod Ruhstaller from the Haggin Museum
Introduced by:
Judy Chambers

Judy Chambers introduced Tod who has been working for the Haggin Museum for the last 39 years and has changed the landscape of the museum in these years.

Tod Ruhstaller
Tod started his job at the museum back in 1984. There have been significant changes since then. There was only one computer when he started but now they have laptops and smart phones for employees. The Haggin museum has a Jeep from World War II which was restored. Tod talked about how the museum acquires historical items that are now exhibited at the museum. Tod, is retiring this year to move closer to his daughter and grandchildren in Delaware.

Next Meeting: March 17, 2021
Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman, “A Talk With Cliff”

Cliff Dochterman served as the President of Rotary International during 1992-93. His professional career in higher education administration included 20 years at the University of California in Berkeley and 20 years at the University of the Pacific.

Dr. Dochterman is the recipient of the George Washington Honor Medal of The Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge for his contributions to the American way of life.

Cliff earned the Eagle Scout award in l939 in the Central Ohio Council just before he reached his 14th birthday. He was President of the 49er Council (now the Greater Yosemite Council) from about l975 to l980. His son is also an Eagle Scout. Cliff was Camp Chief for the Western Region at the 1981 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia and Assistant Chief at the 1977 Jamboree at Moraine State Park in Pennsylvania. He served on the Executive Board and several committees of the Western Region, BSA.

He has been awarded three of the highest honors of the Boy Scouts of America, the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope (1981) and Distinguished Eagle (1991) awards. Cliff was presented the Silver Wheel award of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians in 2003.

Cliff also served as president of the Stockton Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation Commission.

For 45 years, Cliff Dochterman has been a leader in Rotary International. He has served on virtually every committee of Rotary, including Chairman of the original 3-H Committee, the New Horizons Committee, the Dreams of the Future committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee. He most recently served as the Chairman of Rotary’s Centennial Operations Committee, which planned the observances of RI’s 100th Anniversary events culminating in 2005.

As the world President of Rotary International, he was honored and decorated by the heads of state of many nations for his personal contributions to goodwill and understanding in the world. Rotary International has presented him with its Distinguished Service Award and the Polio Plus Pioneers Award for his humanitarian work throughout the world and his early leadership in creating the Polio Plus program. He is author of the booklet, “The ABCs of Rotary.”

From 1993 to 1999 he was a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, and served as Chairman of The Rotary Foundation during 1997-98. He was chairman of Rotary 2001 Council on Legislation. As world president of Rotary, he created the theme, “Real Happiness Is Helping Others”.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

March 2021

  • 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 2: (no birthdays this week)

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, Corie Stewart our Zoom meeting entry coordinator, 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