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As the COVID-19 pandemic leaves this world, the Club has migrated from 100% virtual meetings to providing our members and guests the option to attend IN PERSON or via ZOOM. This hybrid format of a simultaneous live and virtual meeting will continue until further notice. Please attend in person because we would love to see you. But if you cannot, information on how to attend our meetings virtually is as follows:
Next Hybrid Virtual and LIVE Meeting Information:


Wednesday, May 26, 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 Jonni Redick, “Leadership in Turbulent Times”. bio ).

You can also dial in using your phone. United States: (669) 900-6833

Meeting ID: 845 6619 6027
Password: 005220

If you plan on attending in person, plan to show up around noon as it is anticipated we will be serving lunch prior to the meeting starting at 12:15 pm.

“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”


President-Elect Kevin Kaufmann

Next week’s host will be President Elect Kevin Kauffman

  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Gary called the second ever Live/Zoom Hybrid meeting. Thanks to Covid & Cares Act & our Secretary Matthew Grizzle!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Sharon Tweedy celebrated her birthday at Rotary by leading all in the Pledge and 4-Way test.
  • Kevin Hicks

    Thought for the Day – Kevin Hicks: Propose a toast to the “Man who saved the world”. In October 1962 four Soviet submarines were sent to Cuba. The Soviet Union and United States of America were confronting each other about missiles that were thought to be in a secret missile base in Cuba provided by the Soviet Union. The commander of each submarine had permission to act without direct orders from Moscow if they believed they was a threat. Americans did not know that each of the four Soviet subs carried a Nuclear torpedo. Captain of one of the submarine ordered a launch of a Nuclear torpedo. However, this order was vetoed by the 3rd officer, Arkhipov. The three officers had to be in agreement to launch it and at that time, Arkhipov had the power to veto it. Kevin Hick’s dad was one of the marines posted in Cuba at that time. Thanks to Arkhipov for saving the world in 1962.

  • Harry Shergill

    HELP WANTED – One of our newer members, Harry Shergill, owns three liquor stores in Stockton and has been facing a challenge with employee hiring. Harry and his wife have been working 15-16 hours a day, 6 days a week to keep the business running with few employees. Harry’s Cell #938-9247.

  • Special Thanks Today to – Secretary Matt Grizzle and Corie Stewart for the making this first ever Live/Zoom 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 – Wendy Frush (First Lady), and John Boise.
  • Rotary News:  Rotary Direct – Latest sign up: Leena Mittal! Total members registered in Rotary Direct for Foundation giving are 19THANKS LEENA! 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)

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

Club Announcements

  • ADG Waqar Rizvi

    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.  Make a pledge today!  Georgette Hunefeld from UOP will do a presentation. She will be talking about the UOP library and its renovation, along with the programs and special projects that were able to take place due to the contribution of Rotary Club of Stockton.

  • 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. The helping members would make contact with the principal for each school. They would be making the delivery to the school during the week of 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.
  • 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: Dr. Michael Sasevich
Introduced by:
Club President Gary Frush

Dr. Michael Sasevich is a high tech surgeon who also happens to be President Gary’s neighbor. He uses the latest technology in preforming transplant surgeries for heart and lungs. His personal interests are in rock and roll drumming, national parks, romance and chivalry.

Dr. Michael Sasevich
Dr. Sasevich explained how the technology today leads the way for complex surgeries for heart and lungs. In America, number the #1 disease is heart disease and most common cancer is lung cancer.

Dr. Sasevich is originally from Chicago. He has a beautiful wife and three young kids. He is a big fan of national parks and is thankful to those who protected them by starting the national park initiative.

He talked about technologies like XI Robot, Hybrid Maze, ECLS. The surgery on the human chest has started only 50 years ago. Technology is benefitting all of us and help these surgeries to be minimally invasive. The surgeons need to learn these new technologies as they come out. For the patients, these surgeries are less painful and heal quicker. XI Robot is used for lung surgery. ECLS – are life support machines used to keep the patient alive while performing surgery on heart and lungs.

Previously, the surgeons had to open the chest to perform surgeries on heart or lungs. But now with assistive surgery through robot, which has 4 arms, the surgery needs only small cuts on the side of the chest. One arm of the robot has the camera. Surgeries with Robots are better and safer. Robots takes out the possible error with the shake of human hand. Also, with the technology, the same number of surgeons have helped a greater number of patients than with the traditional surgeries.

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.

Next Meeting: May 19, 2021
Jonni Redick, “Leadership in Turbulent Times”

In a multi-billion-dollar law enforcement organization, Jonni Redick oversaw large-scale civil disturbance, natural disaster response coordination, and oversight, and managed thousands of personnel within daily operations. A 29-year veteran, rising through the ranks of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) from county clerical worker to breaking through the “less-than-one-percent” ceiling for women of color in executive leadership in law enforcement.

Her progression from front-line police work to executive leadership generated her passion for cultivating trust and legitimacy in organizational cultures. She now builds 21st Century leaders as the founder and CEO of JLConsulting Solutions (JLCS) where she works with police executives in law enforcement and public safety, CEOs in corporate, government, and nonprofit businesses.

She is a thought leader in law enforcement and educates public safety and law enforcement leaders across the country. Jonni Redick is also the author of “Survival Guide” to Law Enforcement Promotional Preparation and the forthcoming book “Black, White & Blue: Surviving the Sifting.”

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

June 2021

  • 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!!!

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

Week 4: 

  • $74 – Sharon Tweedy 5/20 $37 x 2 RI & SRE

YTD Participation Thru April: 130 members 121 participants = 93.1%

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