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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, May 12, 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 District Governor Robert Deering, Jr. who will speak about human trafficking. 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 called the virtual Zoom meeting to order and rang the bell welcoming all with a hearty “Cinco de Mayo”!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Past-President and Past District Governor Joe Serra.
  • Dr. Leonard Hansen

    Thought for the Day – Dr. Leonard Hansen: We have a welcome and unusual opportunity at the opening of our society from the structures of the Pandemic Year. We can treat each person with openness and kindness, recognizing that each one of us, given a few changes in chance and circumstance, may be using the Food Bank today.”

  • Special Thanks Today to – Secretary Matt Grizzle and Corie Stewart for the making this Hybrid meeting and getting all the technical stuff together for us. We want to thank Dudley Drake, now located in Arizona, for his leadership in getting our speakers. Leena Mittal, our meeting note taker and to Eric Duran for putting all in the Wheel.
  • Visiting Rotarians – (none).
  • Guests of Rotarians – (none)
  • Rotary News:  Rotary Direct – Latest sign up: Steve Luthy! Total members registered in Rotary Direct for Foundation giving are 18! 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.
  • Linda Guinn

    Polio Fund Goal – Linda Guinn: Rotary Club of Stockton met it’s Polio fund goal. Last week Linda had sent out email for a donation of $25 as a give back to the community for free Covid immunization. She had also sent a FAQ on Rotary Direct to help people sign up for it. Linda also thanked people for participating in the auction for Rotary Foundation.

  • 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)

Meeting on-line reservations

  • Click on “Meeting Lunch Reservations” in the blue bar at the top (or click this blue box)

Club Announcements

  • Inaugural Hybrid Meeting May 12th – President Elect Kevin Kauffman is the coordinating chair for the Covid committee. The club is planning to resume the meetings at Stockton Golf and Country Club next week. All the members should have received an email from Matthew Grizzle that has the link for registration to attend the meeting in person at the Country Club. The registration is currently limited to 40 members only. Attendees would be required to use masks when entering and exiting the building and follow the protocols which includes checking body temperature, social distancing etc. The meeting time would the same. The meeting would begin at noon and will be done by 1:15pm. The committee is requesting the members to be flexible while live meetings are figured out.
  • Dictionary Distribution Volunteers! – Kathy Hart: Club members participate in this program on an annual basis. We distribute dictionaries to the 3rd graders in about 30 local schools. Traditionally, we would physically go to classes and distribute the dictionaries. This year would be different. Dan Wright and Kathy Hart are coordinating the effort. There is an opportunity for members to help. The members who would help would be needed to go to schools during the week of May 24th. They would arrange with Kathy to pick the dictionaries by May 19th. Pickup packet would have the instructions with name and contact information for school. The helping members would then make contact with the principal for each school. They would be making the actual delivery to the school during the May 24th to May 28th. President Gary Frush and Secretary Matthew Grizzle would be making video explaining where the dictionaries came from (our club). All dictionaries will also have a sticker inside representing it as a donation from the Rotary Club of Stockton. Almost six members committed to help during the meeting. If anyone else is interested, please reach out to Kathy Hart.
  • 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!

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: Chuck Myers
Introduced by:
Past-President Dudley Drake

Chuck Myers is a docent on the USS Hornet in Alameda, 3-time chairman of the Docent Council and currently chairman of the museum’s Speakers Bureau. He is a Navy veteran, having served as an officer on the USS Yorktown, an Essex class aircraft carrier and a sister ship of the Hornet.

Chuck Myers.
Chuck Meyers talked about the USS Hornet museum in Alameda and the history of the USS Hornet. He talked about how the first Hornet was commissioned in 1775. The first Hornet was a commercial vessel that was converted to a war ship. The USS Hornet and the USS Wasp were sent to fight the Royal Navy. In 1812, another Hornet was launched. Hornets were used in the Spanish war.

The USS Hornet is one of the most decorated ships in World War II. In 1959, the Hornet became a submarine carrier from flight carrier. In 1969, the Hornet was the recovery vessel for Apollo 11. It also recovered Apollo 12. Neil Armstrong put his first steps on USS Hornet after landing from moon. The USS Hornet from 1998, is available to visit in the museum in Alameda.

This USS Hornet is 894 ft. in length, weighs 40,300 tons when fully loaded. There are 14 decks and levels to tour on the Hornet. They are also the largest event center in the bay area. There are programs for boy scouts and girl scouts. Also, educational programs are available for schools. There is also an overnight program in crew bunks. Here is the website for more details: Chuck urged the members to visit the Hornet at the museum in Alameda. It would be a great experience for all ages.

Next Meeting: May 12, 2021
Past District Governor Robert Deering, Jr., “Human Trafficking”

Robert (Bob) P. Deering, Jr.
Rotary International District 5180
District Governor, 2012-13

Bob was a certified public accountant with the accounting firm, Pomares & Co., LLP, in Sacramento, CA, starting in 1973 and becoming a partner in 1979. He retired in 2018 but still does a few tax returns for long time clients. Seeing a need, he helped establish a national industry specialization organization called the AutoCPA Group. This group is comprised of major accounting firms in the country which advocate for major tax and accounting policy in the automotive industry. He was their chairman in 1995-96.

Joining the Rotary Club of East Sacramento in May 1985, Bob has served as a director of the club on numerous occasions. He served as their president in 1996-97 and has been awarded their Presidents Award, Rotarian of Year and “Chick Alexander Memorial Award” for outstanding contributions to Rotary. He is a Major Donor to the Rotary International Foundation, a member of the Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society. He has also received the District Service Award and The Citation for Meritorious Service from The Rotary Foundation.

In District 5180, he has served as District Treasurer, Assistant Governor, has been on the Group Study Exchange Committee, being their chairperson from 2007 through 2010 and served on many other District Committees. He chaired the 2008-09 District Training Assembly and led the District’s Group Study Exchange team to Sweden in 2007. He served as District 5180’s District Governor in 2012-13 and served as the chairperson of both the District’s Advisory Committee and Foundation Committee from 2014 to 2017. Currently he serves the district as it’s Treasurer.

He along with Past President Brian Gladden of the Rotary Club of Roseville, spearheaded a Global Grant Project to bring education training to students in the area of human trafficking in District 5180 along with an outreach campaign to make the general population of the Greater Sacramento area aware of the problem in their communities. This project raised close to $400,000. He has become active in the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery and currently serves as one of three ambassadors in the state of California.

Upon completing his year as District Governor, Bob has worked in many areas in Rotary International’s Zones 26 and 27. He chaired the District Governor’s Training Session in both 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona and 2014 in Victoria B.C., was the chairperson of the Governor Nominee Advanced Training Seminar in the fall of 2015, and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 was the Vice Chairman for the Zone Educational Training Team as well as chairperson for the Governor Elect Training Seminar.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

May 2021

  • 19 – Dr. Michael Sasevich, “Latest Technology for Heart and Lung Surgery”
  • 26 – Jonni Redick, “Leadership in Turbulent Times”

June 2021

  • 02 – Tim Viall, “Worthy Road Trip Destinations”
  • 09 – TBA
  • 16 – TBA
  • 23 – District Governor-Elect Tim Madden, “What May Happen in the Next Rotary Year”
  • 30 – Kick Out

Birthday Celebration Challenge!!!

Month Members Participation Percentage
July 2020 15 14 93.3%
August 2020 11 10 90.1%
September 2020 15 15 100%
October 2020 14 14 100%
November 2020 16 14 87.5%
December 2020 10 9 90%
2020 Challenge Total:  76 of 81 for 93.8% – Thanks!
January 2021 10 10 100%
February 2021 10 10 100%
March 2021 12 12 100%
April 2021 17 13 76%
May 2021 13
June 2021

May Birthday Challenge – 13 Members

Birthday Recognitions

Weeks 1&2: 

  • $70 – Corie Stewart 5/5 ($35 x 2 -50/50)
  • $125 – Henry Wong 5/7 ($125 SRE)

May 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st (none)
2 2nd – 8th Julie Van Vuren – 3rd
Corie Stewart – 5th*
Henry Wong – 7th
3 9th – 15th Pam Wenger – 9th
Omar Khamisa – 11th
Bill Johnson – 14th
4 16th – 22nd Sharon Tweedy – 20th
Heather Schlenger – 22nd
5 23rd – 29th Rigo Cervantes – 23rd
Adam Cheshire – 24th
Harry Shergill –  25th
Ralph Saroyan – 27th
6 30th – 31st Chad Sublet – 30th
*= Meeting Day – Wish Them a Happy Birthday!


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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