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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 30, 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

President’s KICK-OUT!  DON’T MISS IT!

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 – Geneva Bamidele celebrated her birthday, in part, by leading everyone in the Pledge and 4-Way Test.
  • Jamie Nance

    Thought for the Day – Jamie Nance: He condensed his thoughts into six things that we should remember in life: 1. Make peace with your past; 2.What people think of you should not matter to you; 3. Only person in control of your happiness is you; 4. Don’t compare yourself to others; 5. Time heals everything; and 6. It’s all right you don’t know everything.

  • 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; and John Salaices, Sergeant-At-Arms, and Dwayne Garcia for traditional meeting set up and live check in. We also 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 it all together in the Wheel.
  • Visiting Rotarians – District Governor Elect Tim Madden.
  • Guests of Rotarians – (none).
  • New Member Inductions – Bill Smith & Ralph Gresham
    Member Dennis Cochran sponsored Bill Smith. Mr. Smith is a Maintenance supervisor for San Joaquin County’s downtown buildings. He is pleased to be part of Rotary.
    Mr. Ralph Gresham is sponsored by Geneva Bamidele. They have known each other for the last 12 years. Mr. Gresham came to Stockton in the year 1975 to study in college. He got married in Stockton to local Stockton girl and just stayed in Stockton since then. He has been in the real estate business for the last 40 years.
  • Rotary News:  Rotary Direct – Now 22! Ngozi Elobuike inspired by Pam Wenger & Now Dan Wright inspired by Ngozi. THANKS! 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

  • President-Elect Kevin Kaufmann
    Paul Harris +8

    President Gary Frush
    Paul Harris +7

    Paul Harris Presentations – District Governor Elect Tim Madden presented a Paul Harris to President Elect Kevin Kauffman for Paul Harris +8, and President Gary Frush for Paul Harris +7!

  • 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.
  • Membership Committee – Liz Hull, chairperson, is still looking for members to participate in the membership committee. They already have a few members on the committee now. Liz is planning to bring back the COG Club with help from Linda Guinn where new members first land. It would help them get introduced to the Rotary.
  • Secretary Matthew

    CONGRATULATIONS – To Secretary Matthew Grizzle who was elected to the Stockton Chamber of Commerce as a new board member with a 3-year term!

  • 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.
  • Dictionary Distribution Success – ADG Waqar Rizvi: The distribution went well and is attested by Waqar’s wife, Maria who is a third-grade teacher at one of the Stockton Unified school. And speaking of “books”, Waqar’s beard shave raised $8000 for the UOP Library Fund!
  • An Opportunity – Advertise in the Wheel. You will have the opportunity to again advertise your business, hobby, profession or nonprofit in The Wheel this coming Rotary year which starts July 1. These ads will take the format of a business card and will be approximately 2 ½” by 1″. Cost will be $300 for a rotary year – a very reasonable cost to get your name in front of an elite group every week and make a contribution to our club at the same time. Please contact Graham Tweedy at 209-598-5881 or at
  • Fireworks Sales – President Elect Kevin Kauffman, Past President Melanie Vieux and Bill Brown 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 several slots available for volunteers. If the club could volunteer for about 50 shifts, it would raise $1000. This is also an opportunity to meet and greet other members of the club.
  • 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: District Governor-Elect Tim Madden
Introduced by:
President Elect Kevin Kauffman

President Elect Kevin Kauffman – District Governor Elect Tim Madden is known as Mr. Vacation. Tim lives with wife, a dog and two cats. He has four children and three amazing grandchildren. Tim believes that it is time to increase public knowledge of what we do in Rotary. He embraces the next generation of Rotary and is open to new and diverse ways of serving the community. His motto is: “Let’s get busy making Rotary great”.

District Governor Elect Tim Madden – Rotary 2021-2022
Tim appreciated the creative and interesting ways Rotarians have for generating funds like The Beard Shave. Rotary District 5220 has survived well under Sherry’s leadership.

Members got more comfortable with technology. Tim said that sometimes Zoom meetings can save the drive times substantially. Another advantage of Zoom meetings is that the clubs can arrange speakers from all over the world. Majority of members have retained the membership for fellowship. As we have emerged from COVID, there is a renewed interest to reach out to the community to serve and to change lives. Everyone wants to make lives better for their friends and family. At Rotary we go one step beyond by helping people that we don’t even know. We plant trees that we never sit in the shade of, we dig a well that we never drink the water from, we deliver medication that we never use.

Personally, Tim feels that he needs a simple and root mission for being a member of Rotary. For him, it is, Service Above Self which is also the mission.

In general, people have a desire to demonstrate their passion. Everyone could have a different desire. It could be providing clean water, providing medical supplies, etc. As leaders we should create opportunities for everyone to serve. We also need to get rid of roadblocks that prevent people from joining Rotary, like meeting times, financial constraints, and time constraints. Development of new clubs catering to community like young families, or retirement communitys could help in increasing membership. Rotary has experts in all fields. Reaching goals for Rotary is possible due to the diversity of its members. We should help people follow their passion. In May – 2022, the district conference will be held at Bass Lake. Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi is the chairperson for the event. The theme of the conference is based around family friendly adventure.

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 30, 2021
Rotary Club of Stockton President’s Kick-Out
Come see what Past-President Michael Blower and crew have planned for President Gary’s last meeting as president.


Upcoming Speakers

(Virtual unless otherwise noted)

July 2021

  • 07 – Dr. Maggie Park, “Coming out of the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • 14 – Bill Trezza & Betty Wilson, “Business Council of San Joaquin County Update”
  • 21 – Stockton PD – Helicopter Program
  • 28 – Wes Rhea, “Visit Stockton”

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 – 11 Members
Can June make 100% for 6 @ 100%?

Birthday Recognitions

Weeks 4&5: 

  • $1,000 Heart Stopper x 2! – Amy Scriven 6/18 ($1,000 SRE 2x-HS),
  • $150 – Geneva Bamidele 6/28 ($150 SRE – Literacy)
  • $100 – Ort Loftus 6/29 ($100 SRE – Gifted)
  • $150 – New member Ralph Gresham also donated $150 to SRE Literacy for his upcoming birthday in June

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


  • $50 – Secretary Matthew Grizzle for being elected to Stockton Chamber of Commerce as a new board member with a 3-year term: $50 RI

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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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!

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