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Next Virtual Meeting Information:
“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
Directions for members on how to make a payment to Rotary Club of Stockton:
- Rotary Club of Stockton in-person meeting announcement – May 12th will be the first in person inaugural meeting. There would be limit of 40 guests that will be able to attend in person meeting. The zoom option would be available for members who would like to continue attend online meeting. Reservations will be required for the in person meeting.
- Asparagus Festival – The Rotary Club of Stockton has always participated in the annual Asparagus festival. The festival is coming back this year. The club will be looking for volunteers to work in the Asparagus Alley. The volunteers would be cooking food. No previous experience is required. There will be slots available for May 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th. The Club will benefit from being paid for the shifts worked by volunteers.
- 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!
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Speaker: Stuart Spencer – Executive Director of the Lodi Wine Commission
Introduced by: Fred Weibel
Stuart Spencer – Lodi Wine Commission.
Stuart talked about how the wine industry was impacted during Covid. He explained how the wine industry has changed and adapted to the customer demands. About 18% of the wine sales used to come from restaurants and bars. With bars and restaurants closing due covid, wineries adopted by doing more online sales. Overall the wine sales have increased by 10% during the last year. They have created virtual tasting rooms and even did a virtual wine and cheese pairing. People from all over United States could participate in these virtual tastings which provided a new dimension to the tasting rooms.
The physical tasting rooms have opened in Lodi with limitations. Stuart’s family winery at Lodi has been very busy. They get a lot of people coming in from Northern California. People are spending more time and money on wine tasting and sales have gone up. The challenge has been to hire servers and employ people to work in the tasting rooms. Due to unemployment benefits, people are not coming back to work at the minimum wages but Stuart explained that the servers could make up to $30 an hour due to additional tipping.
The other challenge has been with the wine growers because of the increasing cost of labor. They are looking at automated machinery to cope with the increasing labor cost in California. He also shared some history behind the wine industry and how wine growers used to have communal meetings and used to discuss and help solve the issues within the local community. The Lodi Wine Grape Commission is the place where the wine growers and winery owners come together and discuss their issues. Due to lack of in person meetings, they are losing the interactive problem solving conversations. They are eagerly waiting to go back to in-person meetings.
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. After his Navy service Chuck joined what was then The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company and worked for that firm for more than 26 years, mainly in San Francisco and San Ramon. He took an early retirement from Pacific Bell / Pacific Telesis in 1992 and then spent nearly 8 years living and working in Europe as a telecommunications consultant. His principal residence was in Holland and he mainly worked in and around The Hague, but also spent time working in places like London, Paris, Brussels, Warsaw, Oslo, Zurich and Stockholm – something he attributes to serendipity more than talent or personal enterprise. He retired from it all in 2001 and returned to Alameda where he now resides.
(Virtual unless otherwise noted)
- 12 – Past District Governor Robert Deering, Jr., “Human Trafficking”
- 19 – Dr. Michael Sasevich, “Latest Technology for Heart and Lung Surgery”
- 26 – Jonni Redick, “Leadership in Turbulent Times”
- 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!!!
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
- $500 (Heart Stopper!) – Pete Wolfe 4/10 ($500 SRE)
- $25 – Gerardo Garcia 4/20 (RI)
- $100 – Mel Rakoncza 4/28 (SRE)
- $100 – Past-President Karen Munro 4/29 (SRE)
- $70 – Madisen Sena 4/30 ($35 ea SRE & RI)
- Jessica Garcia 4/15
- Steve Bestolarides 4/26
April 2021 Birthdays…
|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!|
|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, 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
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Stockton, CA 9520