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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, July 28, 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

The guest speaker will be Wes Rhea, “Visit Stockton”  ( 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! Past President Melanie Vieux stood in for President Kevin for this meeting and called the Live/Zoom Hybrid meeting to order. Thanks to COVID & Cares Act & our Secretary Matthew Grizzle!  This is the third meeting of our new Rotary year, and we welcome our members and their guests to what is going to be another exciting and successful year of Ser-vice Above Self. “Serve to Change Lives” is our mantra this year, and with your help we can be as successful this year as we were last year under the leadership of Past President Gary Frush and his Board of Directors.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Frank Whitney.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead everyone in singing “God Bless America“.
  • Concern Reports – Cheryl Patman, Gary Putnam, and Mary Jacobson (ankle).
  • Head Table – Amy Lapointe & Deb Rider + K9 “Rahab”
  • 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 Past President Melanie Vieux’s program committee for getting our speakers, ADG Waqar Rizvi for taking notes in Leena’s absence, Frank Whitney and granddaughter Addisyn for the fine photos and to Eric Duran for putting it all together in the Wheel.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Dave Rob guest of Dennis Cochran, Jamie Cochran guest of Michael Blower, Laurie Wick from Mary Graham guest of Diane Stauffer, Frank Whitney introduced his granddaughter Addisyn and Liz Hull introduced her Father.
  • Rotary News:  Rotary Direct – Now 22! Past President Gary Frush left us with 22 participants; this is a great start. Please consider signing up easy to do! Please call President Kevin (209-478-4940) or Linda Guinn (209-639-1482) to sign up.  Goal is 150 members.
  • Club Service & District Calendar for 2021-2022 – 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

  • 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 also appreciate your support in coming and making reservations. Reservations by Friday 2 pm are guaranteed, After that, subject to availability. We are also accepting walk-ins up to the current maximum capacity of this room (70). Reservations are a good way to prepay as well. Get your reservations as soon as possible.
  • Membership Committee – Liz Hull, chairperson: Membership Minute, COG, and Raffle?  This is the third time she is the director of membership. Liz announced in August Angles Murphy’s Rotary is having a Shrimp feed. It will be a good opportunity for fellowship by attending this event.
  • Fellowship Mixer – Past President Bill Brown announced that every month there will be a fellowship mixer.  The mixers may be held at Rotary member’s place of business or home. This will be a great fellowship and networking opportunity to reconnect with the other members. A signup sheet will be circulated.
  • Mary Graham Kids Classic – For over 20 years, the Mary Graham Kids Classic is a day filled with 18 holes of golf at the Stockton Golf and Country Club and includes lunch, dinner, and terrific prizes. It’s a “scramble” format and all levels of skill are invited to participate. All proceeds go to Trade School and College Scholarship Program. The event will be held on August 30, 2021. Please join by participating or sponsoring this event.
  • 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: Deb Rider + K9 “Rahab”
Introduced by:
Amy Lapointe Scriven

Amy Lapointe Scriven introduced Deb Rider has been associated with pharmaceutical R&D since 1993. She was born in Hollister, CA. She attended her first A’s and Yankees game at 6 months ago and is a big Yankee fan. She has been volunteering at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church. She is on “Team Rehab” and is responsible for “Rehab”, a comfort dog. She is also accountable for 20 volunteers that are on Team Rehab.

Deb Rider + K9 Rahab – Amy Lapointe Scriven
Deb Rider talked about the Lutheran Church Charities. This is a faith based non-profit operating since 1947. The charity has helped both national and international disaster relief, family/congregation in need, Haiti / Israel / Ghana, Hearts of Mercy and Compassion, Human Care Ministry. The charity also helped victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2008 the comfort dog ideas started to form. In 2012 the K9 ministry responded to providing K-9 comfort dogs to comforting family members impacted by Sandy Hook elementary mass shooting, Boston Marathon bombing and several other disasters and shootings. In 2021, the program had 130 K9 comfort dogs in 27 states and 70 churches. Lutheran Church Charities K-9 comfort dogs provide service to people who need a hug or a smile, trauma/crisis: natural or human caused tragedies, benefit from a friendly visit, such as schools, nursing home residents, community events, prison inmate.

All LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are extensively trained AKC purebred golden retrievers. Only go when invited, never charged for expenses. In 2014 Lutheran Church Charities founded LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry. The K9 visits VA hospitals and medical centers and visit veterans in their homes or nursing homes. There are 80 Kare 9 Military Ministry dogs in service in 26 states. In 2017 Lutheran Church Charities K9 Police Ministry was launched. All the comfort dogs are named after biblical names. The comfort dog that was brought to the Rotary Club of Stockton meeting was named Rehab. Rehab has been providing services to first responders, local events, fairs, sports, veterans and public schools. Rotary club of Stockton member Amy Lapointe Scriven and her family takes care of Rehab. The family is also trained how to interact with Rehab. Amy took Rehab to all the tables so that the member of the Stockton Rotary could interact with Rehab.

Next Meeting: July 28, 2021
Wes Rhea, “Visit Stockton”

Wes Rhea is the CEO of Visit Stockton and has held that position since 2005. A Stockton native, Wes is very involved in his local community and serves on the board of the United Way of San Joaquin County, where he has also served as president; the Stockton Maritime Museum, and the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Professionally, Wes serves on the board of the California Travel Association, and as past-president of DMA West and the Central Valley Tourism Association. Wes is married to Kristi and has two boys, and is a 10-year veteran of the US Army.

Upcoming Speakers

August 2021

  • 04 – Gwen Daley, “Dome of Hope”
  • 11 – Deputy Jimmy Claude (K9 Partner “Axel”) Deputy Alex Serrano (K9 Partner “Kimbo”), “SJ County Sheriff’s Department K9 Program”
  • 18 – Claude Pellarin, “Village West Marina Updates”
  • 25 – Chief Eric Jones, Chief Pilot Daniel Lowry, Tactical Flight Officer Rick Buckley – Stockton PD Helicopter Program

September 2021

  • 01 – County Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Brown, “Status of SJ County Schools”
  • 08 – TBA
  • 15 – (tentative) Suzy Daveluy, “Stockton Library & Recreation Programs”
  • 22 – District Governor Tim Madden, “Rotary District 5220”
  • 29 – Stockton Fire Chief Rick Edwards, “Stockton Fire Department”

July 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 3rd Dan Wright – 1st
Michael Blower – 1st
T.J. Hull, Jr. – 1st
George Badway – 2nd
2 4th – 10th Uzma Khamisa – 5th
Lynndee Riley – 6th
3 11th – 17th Renna Beinoris – 13th
4 18th – 24th Leonard Hansen – 19th
Luie Duarte – 23rd
Shak Khan – 24th
5 25th – 31st Peter Jaffe – 25th
Eric Duran – 28th*
Steve Morales – 28th*
Gary Frush – 29th
Jeff Greenberg – 30th
Marc Bregman – 31st
*= 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 ADG Waqar Rizvi, note taker, Matthew Grizzle, Virtual and Audio Visual Guru as well as Club Secretary, Corie Stewart our Zoom meeting entry coordinator, photos by Frank Whitney and granddaughter Addisyn and Chief Checkers Matthew Grizzle and President Kevin Kauffman!

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

Shekhar Mehta


District 5220 Governor
Tim Madden


Assistant Governor Area 2
Muhammad Waqar Ali Rizvi


Stockton Rotary Club President

Kevin M Kauffman


Meeting Location
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
Stockton Golf & Country Club
3800 W. Country Club Blvd.
Stockton, CA 9520