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Tuesday, April 13th 8:00 AM – Wednesday April 14th 8:00 AM, 2021

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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 14, 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 Dr. Alan Carpenter, “Bike Across America”  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 – Monie Ky celebrated her birthday, in part, by leading us in the Pledge and 4-Way test.
  • Ngozi Elobuike

    Thought for the Day – Ngozi Elobuike: She reminded us of the top 5 regrets of dying – 1. Had the courage to live a life true to myself and not the life others expected of me, 2. Wish I hadn’t worked so hard, 3. Wish I had the courage to express my feelings, 4. Wish I had stayed in touch with friends, and 5. Wish I had let myself feel happier. Ngozi added #6 – Wish I done more to reduce human suffering.

  • 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!
  • Past-President Gary Putnam

    Concern Report – Gary Putnam:  During a recent colonoscopy it was discovered and diagnosed that Gary had colon cancer requiring additional surgery to remove a section of his colon. They are currently working with Sutter Gould in Sacramento and are very pleased and confident with the team they have put together there.  He is currently at home resting and recovering in anticipation of his next steps in the process which will include chemotherapy. This past weekend Gary required another trip to the hospital but is now once again home recovering and regaining his strength.  While he is not currently seeking calls or visitors, they want you to know that he is recovering, and they are confident that the future bodes well based on the current status and the team they have put together.  Please keep Gary & Jillian in your thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as they move forward in their journey and we hope to see them in person soon.

  • Visiting Rotarians – (none)
  • Guests of Rotarians – (none).
  • New Member Introductions – President Gary: Leonard Hansen & Amir Awan.   Steve Morales introduced Dr. Leonard Hansen as the new member of our club. Dr. Hansen is the CEO for food bank. He has been here less than year but he has accomplished a lot within the year and has been able to meet the increased demands of food and resources for the homeless. He has expanded on food supplies as well as on nutrition. He has over 25 years of experience in the super market industry. Before, he was franchise owners of about 10 Cold Stone Creameries. Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi introduced new member, Amir Awan. Mr. Awan has known Waqar for many years and he works for the San Joaquin county, Information Systems Division. Mr. Awan’s primary job duties include maintaining systems for the Law and Justice partners of San Joaquin County.
  • Rotary News:  Rotary Direct – Latest sign up: Liz Hull! Total members registered in Rotary Direct for Foundation giving are 17! 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

  • 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: Andrew Mattos
Introduced by:
Past-President Ann Johnston

Ann Johnston introduced Andrew Mattos. Andrew had 3 different careers in life. He worked in the service department at car dealerships, taught high school and community college for 10 years, elected as Area Director for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers in Silicon Valley. He retired in 2001, and moved to Stockton, and worked at the family winery for several years, selling and distributing wines.

Andrew Mattos – Crime Stoppers
Andrew was a member of Stockton Club of Rotary back in 2001-2002. Currently, he is the Chair person of Crime Stoppers. While working for his family winery, he came in contact with Eddy, who has a liquor store. Eddy invited him to the fund raiser for Crime Stoppers. That is how Andrew got introduced to the Crime Stoppers. Andrew became part of it and been on board with the Crime Stoppers for last 8 years. He became the president of the organization 5 years ago. Since being president, they have tried to rebrand Crime Stoppers and changed the logo as part of rebranding. The organization is pretty old and in the March of 2021, it turned 40 years old. They have received over 20 thousand tips at their call center. They helped Police make over 400 arrests. About 6 million dollars were recovered from stolen properties and narcotics by the arrests. The organization pays up to 10 times for tips than the National Crimes. Every year they spend a different amount on tips with an average of about 10 thousand per year. There are no standards for the tip rates. Andrew explained how they decide on the tipping and also gave more information on the board of the organization.

Next Meeting: April 14, 2021
Dr. Alan Carpenter, “Bike Across America”

In 2019, Alan Carpenter and his wife, Betsy, rode their bicycles across America from Anacortes, Washington, to Bar Harbor, Maine, on the Northern Tier Cycle Route. They covered 4,168 miles during their 58-day journey. Today, Alan will show photos of his adventure, explain some of the logistical considerations they faced, and share memorable stores of life on the road.

Over the past 12 years, Alan has logged 17,300 miles of long-distance hiking and cycling adventures. Biking trips include the Pacific Coast Route from Canada to Mexico and the Southern Tier Route from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida. Alan also hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

Next month, Alan and Betsy will continue their long-distance cycling adventures. They’ll repeat the Pacific Coast Route then head north back to Canada on the Sierra Cascades Route.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

April 2021

  • 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 – Jonni Redick, “Leadership in Turbulent Times”


  • $100 – President Gary Frush for his 42nd Wedding Anniversary! (50/50)

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 5 months @ 100% = September, October, January, February, March

April Birthday Challenge – 17 Members

Birthday Recognitions

Week 1 & 2: 

  • Bruce Uch 4/3
  • $90 – Monie Ky 4/5 ($45 x 2 SRE)
  • $50 – Van Young 4/6 ($50 RI) SD
  • Blain Bibb 4/6
  • $100 – Peter Lynch 4/8 ($100 SRE)
  • $160 – Ron Allison 4/8 ($80 x 2 50/50)
  • Pete Wolfe 4/10

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