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“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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- SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS PRESENTATIONS – District Governor Sherry Cotta started the presentation talking about life challenges. She said, “Choose your hard”. Life will not be easy, life is always hard, so we should choose your hard wisely. Then she presented the award for “Silent Rotarian”. These are the members who support the president and go unnoticed. President Gary chose two members who received this award, Dudley Drake, Dudley for his tireless work in securing interesting speakers for our meetings and making sure everything is in place for their presentation and Eric Duran, for his ongoing efforts with publishing and improving the Wheel each week and the amazing job he did in helping to coordinate and convert the 30th Annual Rotary Read-in to a virtual event with recorded readers and a library of options including pictures and reviews for the teachers. The other award was for the member who served above and beyond. President usually depends heavily on this member and they usually do things before even asked. Gary chose Matthew Grizzle for the “Service Above And Beyond” award for the many challenges he dealt with this year including closing an moving the office. Updating our technology, seeking and securing a CARES Act grant to allow us to upgrade our ability to have Hybrid meetings, and spearheading the Foundation Drive Thru Crab Feed.
- UOP Library Educational Program Fund Raiser – Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi announced that he will be shaving his beard to raise money for the University of the Pacific Library educational program. Rotary Club of Stockton has a Rotary Study room at UOP that was dedicated during club’s centennial year. He asked the Rotarians to please save the Date of June 09, 2021. He will shave his beard in the Live Rotary Club of Stockton Meeting.
- Club Hybrid Meetings – President Elect Kevin Kauffman is the coordinating chair for the Covid committee. The club has resumed the meetings at Stockton Golf and Country Club, albeit hybrid for now. 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.
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Speaker: Past District Governor Robert Deering, Jr.
Introduced by: Past-President and Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi
Robert Deering was Past DG for district 5180 in the year 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. 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. He was 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 along with Past President Brian Gladden of the Rotary Club of Roseville, spear-headed 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.
Robert Deering, Jr.
Robert started the presentation that talked about who, how and where human trafficking prevails and the role that education and awareness plays. Target age for human trafficking of 11-12 years old girls. Sacramento Rotarian committee worked on the program and was appreciated by educators, law enforcement officers.
This whole thought of working on Human trafficking came from peace conference that Robert went to in the year 1995-96. He met a former CIA agent and one story that caught his attention about two young ladies had been taken from home and taken to Bolivia for sex trafficking. There are about 39 different agencies in Sacramento area trying to combat human trafficking. Human trafficking is the 3rd largest criminal activity. It is a $150 billion industry. Sacramento is one of the hotbed spots. In November 2017, they put together a global grant in Sacramento. At the time, it was the largest grant ever given out by Rotary International in US and also at the time the largest initiative against human trafficking. It was $213 thousand dollars grant. Additional funding from clubs in and around the district raised another $170 thousand dollars. They worked with 3 strands global organization that had put together an education program for children in school. The project also put together a “Ugly truth” campaign for public awareness.
There were billboards and signs that were put on highways, buses restrooms. Education program was for elementary school 5th and 6th graders. It centered around teaching kids about safe space. Middle and High school were also provided human trafficking education. District Attorney of Sacramento, Anne Marie Schubert who is running for attorney general, has helped put the word out that drew public radio, news and public media attention to the program. Robert himself went through 4-5 trainings. During these trainings, 4-5 ladies would came up and they shared the exact same things that they were going through on the internet. Now, the grants is closed.
Laguna Sunrise club did a high school billboard for the cause and put together a few more things. This club was instrumental in getting human trafficking education to the students for EGUSD. Asking clubs to adopt a school. 39 non profit organizations around Sacramento area that are working in the area. One of the organizations is City of Refuge that take care of people rescued from human trafficking. Cause based clubs are future of Rotary. To continue with the effort, Robert is looking for a new club in Sacramento for the cause of Human trafficking. There are already a few cause based clubs in other cities like Los Angeles.
A $50 contribution to Read to Me, Stockton was made in the speakers name as well as donating a signed book to Spanos Elementary AND some fine wine and glasses.
PHILOSOPHY OF CARE
I am committed to doing the right thing for the patient and doing it well. I promise to treat each and every person like the very important person that they are. I am committed to staying on top of the latest technologies and marrying them to time-tested ideals.
– Michael Sasevich, M.D.
Maze Hybrid for atrial fibrillation
Rock N Roll drumming
Romance and Chivalry
English and Spanish
(Virtual unless otherwise noted)
- 26 – Jonni Redick, “Leadership in Turbulent Times”
- 02 – Tim Viall, “Worthy Road Trip Destinations”
- 09 – ADG Waqar Rizvi, “UOP/Stockton Rotary Cooperation” – Waqar shaves his beard!!
- 16 – Stockton Police Department Staff, “The SPD Helicopter”
- 23 – District Governor-Elect Tim Madden, “What May Happen in the Next Rotary Year”
- 30 – Kick Out
Birthday Celebration Challenge!!!
|2020 Challenge Total: 76 of 81 for 93.8% – Thanks!|
May Birthday Challenge – 13 Members
- $50 – Pam Wenger 5/9 ($50 SRE WWII)
- $100 – Omar Khamisa 5/11 ($100 50/50)
- $100 – Bill Johnson 5/14 ($100 SRE & $100 RI)
YTD Participation Thru April: 130 members 121 participants = 93.1%
May 2021 Birthdays…
|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!|
|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, Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi for contributing some of the pictures of todays meeting and Chief Checkers Matthew Grizzle and President Gary Frush!
Attn: Matthew Grizzle, Club Secretary
1024 W. Robinhood Dr. Suite 5
P.O. Box 7457
Stockton CA 95267
Phone: (209) 472-9662
Fax: (209) 472-9664
Assistant Governor Area 2
Muhammad Waqar Ali Rizvi
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
Stockton Golf & Country Club
3800 W. Country Club Blvd.
Stockton, CA 9520