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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:


Wednesday, April 7, 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 Andrew Mattos, “Crime Stoppers”  
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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! President Gary Frush welcomed members and guests to the Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton 2021 meeting!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Madisen Sena.
  • Marcela Gracewski

    Thought for the Day – Marcela Gracewski: A year ago our lives changed due to the onset of the Pandemic. For parents, it has been challenging to home school kids while doing their jobs. The year seemed to be worst for business owners. All the sacrifices the people made last year will pay off this year. A shout out to people who ran the business in this hard year and are continuing to keep their businesses above water.

  • 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!
  • Dave Tygett

    Concern Reports – Long time member Dave Tygett passed away last Thursday March 25th, 2021. He was a member of our club for over 30 years and was president in 2005-2006. We do not currently have any additional information regarding a potential memorial but the family has advised that if anyone wishes to make a contribution in his memory that they do so to Shriner’s Hospital for children in Sacramento.  Gary Putnam had surgery, he is home and recovering now.  Joe Serra gave a report on our honorary Rotarian, Ort Loftus, who is 95 years old and is currently in the hospital. Ort was the co-author of the book, “Igniting the Spark”, which has many short stories about the period of Gold rush.

  • Visiting Rotarians – (none)
  • Guests of Rotarians – Ashley Kenny (President Gary Frush’s daughter).
  • SRE Thank You – Past-President Ann Johnston thanked the Rotary Club of Stockton for contributions to the program “Read to me Stockton”. About six thousand books were distributed to Stockton children this year, so that they are ready for Kindergarten. This year, Rotary donated 14k dollars to this program.
  • Potential New Members – Membership Chair Marcela Gracewski: Dr. Leonard O. Hansen, CEO of the Emergency Food Bank, sponsored by Steve Morales..
  • 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. Funds Raised: $8,481.60 for our club $3,793.16
  • Foundation Auction – Linda Guinn announced the final results: raised $29,300 of $30,000 goal!
  • 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: County Supervisor and Rotarian Tom Patti
Introduced by:
President Gary Frush

Tom Patti has been a Boxer, an Actor and a writer before his career in government service. One interesting fact about Tom, is that he was a florist in New York city a long time ago. As a child, he was interested in flowers and gathered knowledge of flowers. He is currently the San Joaquin County Supervisor.

County Supervisor Tom Patti
Tom Patti talked about the area Homeless issues and the plan of actions. He spoke of the District Attorney he is working with, who he  had taken to Olympia WA, to better understand how they are addressing the homeless situation. They have developed a special Crisis response unit for community outreach. This unit works closely with Law Enforcement and are integrated with police officers. That way, the crisis team is able to take over the situations when it is not a Law Enforcement issue. This team is comprised of people from Behavioral Health Services and are trained to work with such situations. Tom and his team are looking to adopt something similar locally. Representatives from Stockton and Tracy PD who looked at this program, are interested in integrating. San Joaquin County is almost 44 thousand doors short. There are people who are living under the roof but are experiencing Homelessness. They share apartments with 10-15 other people or stay in Motels with friends but are without their own home. Then there are people living under freeways, waterways with no toilet facilities, food and other basic necessities. The county wants to work with the cities to reduce homeless situations. They are looking at programs that provide job trainings and funding for apprentice programs at Delta College to reduce the situations of becoming homeless.

Next Meeting: April 7, 2021
Andrew Mattos, “Crime Stoppers”

I’ve been fortunate to have 3 major careers. I have worked in the service department at car dealerships in Silicon Valley, (put me through college), I taught high school and community college for 10 years, was elected as Vice-President, Then President, Business Representative and then Area Director for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers in Silicon Valley. I represented the technicians in dealerships and independent shops, as well as Lockheed, FMC, Westinghouse, and GE. I retired in 2001, and we moved here to Stockton, and I worked at the family winery for several years, selling and distributing our wines.

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

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 %
Final Wrap for March – 13/13 participated = 100 %

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

March Birthday Challenge – 13 Members

Birthday Recognitions

Week 5: 

  • $56 – Melanie Vieux 3/30 $56 SRE
  • $56 – Cathy Wooton 3/30 $56 SRE

March final: 100% Participation!

April 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 3rd Bruce Uch – 03 April
2 4th – 10th Monie Ky – 05 April
Van Young – 06 April
Blain Bibb – 06 April
Peter Lynch – 08 April
Ron Allison – 08 April
Pete Wolfe – 10 April
3 11th – 17th Huero Gutierrez – 12 April
Judy Chambers – 14 April*
Chevy Lema – 15 April
Jessica Garcia – 15 April
4 18th – 24th Matthew Grizzle – 18 April
Gerardo Garcia – 20 April
5 25th-30th Steve Bestolarides – 26 April
Mel Rakoncza – 28 April*
Karen Munro – 29 April
Madisen Sena – 30 April
*= 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