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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, June 9, 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 Georgette Hunefeld and ADG Waqar Rizvi, “UOP/Stockton Rotary Cooperation”. 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”


Assistant Governor Waqar Rizvi along with President Gary presented Paul Harris Awards to the following:

Dan Wright – His first Paul Harris Award!

Secretary Matthew Grizzle – Paul Harris +1!

Colleen Foster – Paul Harris +3!

Kathy Hart – Paul Harris +5!

Of the $30K goal status for the foundation, $29,005 has been met.


  • Call to Order and Welcome! President Gary called the Live/Zoom Hybrid meeting to order. Thanks to COVID & Cares Act & our Secretary Matthew Grizzle!
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Colleen Foster
  • Past-President Melanie Vieux

    Thought for the Day – Past-President Melanie Vieux: With all the stress of the pandemic, Melanie wanted to talk about something light. It is nice to have the baseball season back this year. She quoted a line from the movie, “Field Of Dreams”. It goes… “People will come, Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again.”

  • Special Thanks Today to – Secretary Matt Grizzle and Corie Stewart for the making the Live/Zoom meeting possible 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.
  • Cliff Dochterman, Past President of Rotary International

    Concern Report – Judy Chambers: Cliff Dochterman is going through rehabilitation and therapy in Walnut Creek and is recovering well. One piece of good news is he will be moving back to Stockton this summer!

  • Visiting Rotarians – (none).
  • Guests of Rotarians – Kristina Knudsen, and Mary Monroe.
  • 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.  DON’T MISS THIS NEXT MEETING!!

  • Club Live Meetings – We are excited to return to Stockton Golf & Country Club and feel we are providing a great safe environment to get together once again. We need your support in coming and making advance reservations due to minimums required. Reservations by Friday 2 pm are Guaranteed, after that, subject to availability. Working on drop in option. Get your reservations as soon as you can.
  • Volunteers Step Up to Help – Marcela’s requested help unloading dictionaries Thursday June 3rd at her home. Michael Blower, TJ Hull, Steve Luthy, and Diane Stauffer volunteered to help and made short work of the project. Thanks volunteers and Marcela for offering your garage as a temporary home.
  • 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.  For now, make reservations using the website link.
  • 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: Tim Viall
Introduced by:
Past-President Dudley Drake

Tim Viall has been the weekly travel writer for the Stockton Record newspaper for the past seven years. He was the Executive Director of the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin. He has been the CEO of the Downtown Stockton Alliance and Business Development Manager for the Stockton Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Viall – Worthy Road Trips
With travel restrictions all over the world, Tim, talked about the national parks and the local travel that can be done by road. Tim said that he has travelled over 150 thousand miles in last 8 years in car and trailer. He used to write a gardening column in Stockton Record. Now he writes articles on local travel for the newspaper. In one of the columns, he wrote about the beautiful experience of visiting Yellow Stone National Park in the winter.

Some of the local places to visit around Stockton area are Cosumnes River Preserve, the Delta, Sierra Foothills Lincoln Highway and historic bridges. These places are great to learn about American history and have beautiful landscapes.

The East bay is another great place to visit. Black Diamond was the Coal Capital back in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Mount Diablo, John Muir’s home in Martinez are a few other great places to learn more about history. Taking a ferry to San Francisco is a great way to experience the city and spend a good day.

He mentioned that California has the highest number of national parks in United states. We have 9 National Parks in California. Alaska has 8 and Utah has 5. Visiting national parks in a great way to spend a vacation!

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: June 9, 2021
Georgette Hunefeld and ADG Waqar Rizvi, “UOP/Stockton Rotary Cooperation”

Georgette Hunefeld
Senior Director, Strategic Philanthropic Initiatives University Libraries, University of the Pacific.
Georgette Hunefeld, class of 1990 has found a strategic intersection between social interests and philanthropy. Her purpose is to guide donors to engage in opportunities to create impact and transform lives by giving through Pacific. Specializing in capital projects she is focused on the Library renovation. She also concentrates transformative gifts of Powell Match and Endowed Scholarships, and Student Life Initiatives to include internships, leadership and scholarships for first generation college students. Her expertise supports all schools and units and she would love to assist you in your purposeful gift to Pacific. Her husband Chris class of 74 is a member of North Stockton Rotary Club. Her daughter Allie ’16 and son Billy are proud members of a Pacific legacy family.

Georgette will be talking about the Rotary Club of Stockton Study Room in the University of the Pacific Library and how the funds donated by the club was used for student learning and hands-on special projects.

Waqar Rizvi
District Governor Nominee Designate
Waqar Rizvi has been a member of Rotary Club of Stockton “Club #92”since 2008. He has held multiple leadership positions within the club including being the President. He was the District Awards Chair for four years and is the Assistant District Governor (2020-22). He has participated in a number of projects, activities, events and meetings, both locally and internationally. In 2018, Waqar organized and coordinated a NID trip for Rotarians of District 5220 to visit District 3272 Pakistan for Polio immunization.

Waqar graduated with a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific in 2002. He received his Masters of Business Administration from National University in 2007. He works at the San Joaquin County as the Department Information Systems Manager at the Assessor/Recorder office. He is also serving his second term as the Planning Commissioner for the City of Stockton. He is married to Maria, who is also a Rotarian, and has two young children, Fatima and Ebraheem.
He is a Major Donor 1 and belongs to the Paul Harris society. Additionally, he is the Vice Chair of the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Stockton, Vice President of the American Pakistani Association of San Joaquin, and the Vice President of the Stockton Rotary Endowment.
He considers it a blessing that through Rotary, he has been blessed to be engaged and participate in projects like, literacy, polio immunization, disaster relief, promoting peace and community outreach. He is always looking forward to further serve the community and the world through Rotary. He servers at the District Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Currently, he is the District Governor Nominee Designate. He will be the District Governor in 2023-24.

Waqar will be talking about the long relationship between Rotary Club of Stockton and University of the Pacific.

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

June 2021

  • 16 – Chris Jacobson, “(OEW) – Operation Enduring Warrior” 
  • 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 11 85%
June 2021

June Birthday Challenge – 10 Members
Can June make 100% for 6 @ 100%???

Birthday Recognitions

Week 1: 

  • $100 – Doug Wilhoit 6/5 ($100 50/50)

YTD Participation Thru April: 143 members 132 participants = 92.3%

June 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 5th Doug Wilhoit – 5th
2 6th – 12th Dwayne Garcia – 6th
Kris Blower – 10th
3 13th – 19th James Nance – 15th
Joe Ambriz – 15th
Rob Gross – 17th
Kevin Kauffman – 17th
Amy Scriven – 18th
4 20th – 26th Dale Drury – 21st
5 27th – 30th Geneva Bamidele – 28th
Ort Lofthus – 29th
*= 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