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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 23, 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 District Governor-Elect Tim Madden, “What May Happen in the Next Rotary Year” 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”


  • 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 – President-Elect Kevin Kauffman
  • Steve Morales

    Thought for the Day – Steve Morales:  Shared the story of a high school girl, Verda Tetteh, 17, who was awarded a scholarship during the graduation ceremony at her Massachusetts high school. Moments later, she returned it and said it should go to a student who needed it more. After sharing the story his thought was, “We are all blessed to be the blessing for others”.

  • Concern Report – Gary Putnam is in hospital for an infection caused by his treatment for cancer. Please keep him in your thoughts.
  • 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.
  • Visiting Rotarians – (none)
  • Guests of Rotarians – Joe Kramer, guest of PE Kevin Kauffman’s.
  • Rotary News:  Rotary Direct – Latest sign up: Ngozi Elobuike! Ngozi shared during the meeting the process to sign up is super easy and quick! Total members registered in Rotary Direct for Foundation giving are 21THANKS Ngozi! 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.
  • Prospective New Members – Ralph Gresham, branch manager/owner of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc., nominated by Geneva Bamidele and William (Bill) Smith, maintenance supervisor facilities, nominated by Dennis Cochran..
  • 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

  • Sylvan Young

    Paul Harris Presentations – Linda Guinn, Rotary Foundation Chair, announced the Foundation goal of 30k is already exceeded by $79. The Polio goal of $3000 dollars has already been met. $4939 have been collected for the Polio cause in Gary’s presidential year. She announced that 110 members from our club are Paul Harris Fellows. Twenty-three of our club members are major donors for Paul Harris fellowship. Linda Guinn presented Paul Harris fellow (Sapphire) to Sylvan Young. Sylvan is a member of two major organizations, Rotary and the Salvation Army.

  • 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 possible.
  • Liz Hull

    Membership Committee – Liz Hull, chairperson, urged members to come and join the membership committee. The committee would work on exposing people to rotary and would be reaching out to specific groups.

  • North Stockton Fund Raiser – Sharon Tweedy and Lorie Liddicoat from North Stockton Rotary – Books Bands & BBQ. There will be music and BBQ on June 26th. Please purchase tickets. They are also collecting new or gently used books for grades Pre-K to 4th.
  • Fireworks Sales – PE Kevin Kauffman announced there is a fellowship and fund raising opportunity at the Phantom fireworks booth at the corner of Hammer and West Lane which will have volunteer sales opportunities. There are 8 days of operation and about 80- 100 slots available for volunteers. If the club could volunteer for about 50 shifts, it would raise $1000.
  • 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: Chris Jacobson
Introduced by:
Jamie Nance

Jamie Nance has known Chris for almost 20 years. They were on K9 and motor units together. Chris retired from Lodi as the Police Captain.

Chris Jacobson – Operation Enduring Warrior
Chris talked about the organization whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded military and law enforcement veterans through physical, mental, and emotional rehabilitation.

They have programs to help participants overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, team-work, and perseverance. This ultimately enables the lives of their wounded military and public service veterans to go in directions they may have once thought were impossible.

They cheer each other and participate in challenging activities, races, and obstacle courses like Spartan. By accomplishing these physically and mentally challenging activities, participants get over their stresses without the need for dependency on medications.

Their families have attested that they do much better after becoming a part of this organization and participating in the activities with the members. They take on other challenges like mountain climbing and keep trying until they finish it. Some of the members have also taken up sky diving and once they get trained, they help train other new members who are interested.

The organization helps by funding for the travel and the costs associated with these endeavors. The value this membership has provided to these men and women is much greater than any cost required.

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 23, 2021
District Governor-Elect Tim Madden, “What May Happen in the Next Rotary Year”

At various times in his life Tim has been known as Mister Vacation, The Fixologist and Just Plain Tim. He’s been an ardent entrepreneur since 1973 and likes the challenge of starting new businesses and exploring new possibilities.

He and his wife Susan, herself a Past President and Area 9 Assistant Governor from the Rotary Club of Oakhurst Sierra, live in Ahwahnee with their two dogs, two cats and lots of wild critters. They have four grown children and three amazing grand kids, Parker (9yrs.), Oliver (3yrs.) and Paloma (3yrs.+ 45 minutes)

An engaged Rotarian of the Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Club for ten years Tim sees his professional attributes serving him well on the journey as District 5220 Governor for 2021/2022. Tim knows that we are entering one of the most exciting and challenging times for Rotary, a time when we must be creative and adaptive, a time when we must be engaging and inclusive and a time to increase the public’s knowledge of who we are and what we do.

His work with Rotarians in Haiti and Central America has shown him first hand the difference that Rotary makes in the world. Tim honors the 100+ year traditions of Rotary and embraces the next generation of Rotarians that are creating new, diverse opportunities to serve their communities.

According to Tim, “The world needs what Rotary offers and I look forward to engaging all Rotarians in our mission of service above self. Give me a call, 559.283.4731. Let’s get busy making a difference!”

Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

June 2021

  • 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 3: 

  • $100 – Jamie Nance 6/15 ($100 SRE)
  • $100 – Joe Ambriz 6/15 ($100 SRE)
  • $100 – Rob Gross 6/17 ($100 SRE)
  • $100 – Kevin Kauffman PE 6/17 ($100 SRE)

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


  • $500 (Heart Stopper!) – Fred Weibel donated a $500 Heart Stopper to SRE to celebrate his marriage to Ida, June 12th in Bob & Kris Blowers back yard.

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!


Rotary Club of Stockton Member Files
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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