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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 31, 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 County Supervisor and Rotarian Tom Patti  
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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! Past-President Melanie Vieux welcomed members and guests to the Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton 2021 meeting!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Geneva Bamidele.
  • Sharon Tweedy

    Thought for the Day – Sharon Tweedy: In historian Johan Norberg’s new book titled “Open: The Story of Human Progress” he states mankind has attained more progress than ever. Specifics like global poverty, child mortality, chronic undernourishment and illiteracy have all declined faster than ever – these being measures of quality of life. Quote: “Literacy might be the most important skill. It’s the skill that makes it possible to acquire other skills. We’ve never seen literacy at these high levels before. Even in most problematic countries around the world.” He went on to write about other issues including climate change, wars and, of course, results of the pandemic. But I like to think the result of Rotary International’s 7 areas of focus around the world is part of 2020’s good news. When Rotarians give to our community and support international projects, we are part of the solutions – we are part of 2021 and now 2021’s good news.

  • 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!
  • Visiting Rotarians – (none)
  • Guests of Rotarians – Amir Awan (Potential new member of the club – sponsored by AG Waqar Rizvi)
  • Potential New Members – Membership Chair Marcela Gracewski: Dr. Leonard O. Hansen, CEO of the Emergency Food Bank, sponsored by Steve Morales and Amir Awan a San Joaquin County Systems Analyst sponsored by Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi.
  • 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: Thanks to all who purchased or sold tickets. Thanks to Matt Grizzle as master Coordinator and the Crab Feed team Melanie Vieux, Linda Guinn, Corie Stewart, Dudley Drake + all onsite helpers. Recap – Matthew: Total Tickets Sold 360. Our club sold 161 meals. Thanks to Terry Hull and PME for donating – Pick up Location: Foundation Fund Raiser: Waqar – Thanks to Matt for managing it and all the work done for the event. Thanks for members who came out to help. Hal Monroe was a good traffic cop at the event. The major donors were recognized at the event. Our club had two major donors that were recognized. The Ukulele Band played music from different parts of world. If you missed the event or would like to watch it again, it is still available on district 5220 website. ADG Waqar Rizvi also spoke to how much Susan Drake was such a big supporter and proponent of the Foundation.
  • Foundation Auction – Linda Guinn announced the auction will be closing on March 27th 2021. More information and a wrap-up of this event to follow.
  • Hybrid Live Meetings @ Stockton Golf & Country Club – President-Elect Kevin Kauffman: Coming soon – Go “live” Wednesday at noon later in April. Initially it would open for only a few members with the meeting broadcasting from the Country Club. About 30 people would be allowed to register afterwards for an in person meeting. More details to follow in emails. 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: Jay Schwabe
Introduced by:
Past-President Dudley Drake

Jay Schwabe – Train Museum – Telescope across America
Jay took us back in time when the railroad system was used to deliver the telescope from New York to California. He talked about the various hurdles and difficulties encountered in carrying such a huge item through such a long route. He also explained that they chose railroad over ship because they wanted it to be an event of cheer for the country especially after the period of great depression. He has a lot of great clippings of the news paper in his presentation that showed people waving and cheering for the passing by train carrying the telescope. He also had multiple pictures of events through the journey of the telescope from loading to reaching its destination in Pasadena. It was an entertaining presentation and is available on the Facebook page of Rotary Club of Stockton.

Next Meeting: March 31, 2021
County Supervisor and Rotarian Tom Patti

We know that Tom Patti is one of our current County Supervisors and that he once had a boxing past along with Mike Tyson followed by working in the entertainment business as an actor and writer, but what most of you may be unaware of is his past life working as a florist designing some of the most fragrant and aesthetically vibrant bouquets known to those lucky enough to have purchased them from the street corners of New York City and downtown Lockeford known worldwide for their exotic flowers. Tom’s artistic flair for flowers began when as a child he followed a bee as it flew amongst the many local flowers eventually landing on Tom’s hand and promptly stinging him. Undeterred, Tom realized that there is beauty in pain as he acquired knowledge about flowers that fills his day with joy.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

April 2021

  • 07 – Andrew Mattos, “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

May 2021

  • 05 – Chuck Myers, “The Hornet Carrier”
  • 12 – Past District Governor Robert Deering, Jr., “Human Trafficking”
  • 19 – TBD
  • 26 – TBD


  • $100 – Chevy Lema donated $100 (Rotary Foundation) for their business being recognized in the news. Their dry cleaning business provides free service who is getting ready for a job interview and want to look their best.

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 4: (3 birthdays this week)

  • $100 – Maria Velasco’s birthday is on 3/23 and she donated $100 – 50/50
  • $50 – Deanna Solina 3/24 ($50 SRE)
  • $250 – Peter Ragsdale 3/27 ($250 BR 50/50)

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!


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, 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