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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, August 4, 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 Gwen Daley, “Dome of Hope”  ( 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 Kevin called the Live/Zoom Hybrid meeting to order. Thanks to COVID & Cares Act & our Secretary Matthew Grizzle!  This is the fourth 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 Service 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 – Paul Kozalow and Reid Johnson.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead everyone in singing “Jingle Bells” (in the middle of Summer??).
  • Concern Reports – Cheryl Patman, Gary Putnam, and Mary Jacobson (ankle).
  • Head Table – Wes Rea, Amy Alpers
  • 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, Corie Stewart for the fine photos and to Eric Duran for putting it all together in the Wheel.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – (none)
  • 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.)

Special Presentation

Rotarian/Chairman of San Joaquin County Board of the Supervisors Tom Patti talked about the special presentation that was made at the board meeting honoring Rotary International and the five Rotary Clubs of Stockton. The five Rotary Clubs in Stockton were being represented by Area 2 Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi. Waqar made a presentation of Rotary International’s impact on the World with regards to Polio eradication efforts and the local impact in Stockton with all the projects done in the community for over 100 years. Rotary Club of Stockton was being represented by President Elect Colleen Stewart, North Stockton Rotary Club by President Evan Stone, Rotary Club of Stockton Pacific by Jeffery Prag, Rotary Club of Stockton Sunrise by President Elbert Holman and Rotary Club of Central Stockton by Peter Amendola. Tom thanked Rotary International and all the members of Stockton Area Rotary for providing Service Above Self in the community and around the world.

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 on August 21, 2021, cost is $50
  • 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..
  • SRE Donation – President Kevin announced that the guest speaker at the July 14, 2021 Rotary meeting, Bill Trezza, donated money to Stockton Rotary Endowment.
  • 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: Wes Rhea
Introduced by:
President Kevin Kauffman

President Kevin did the introduction of the guest speaker West Rea. 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.

Wes Rhea
Wes thanked the Rotary Club of Stockton for having him as the speaker and thanked Rotary for all they did in the community. Wes talked about how “Visit Stockton” provides visitors information about Stockton and the community. Wes introduced Amy Alpers who is one of the newest directors of Visit Stockton. Wes said today he will like to share how they track visitors who come to Stockton.

The organization was founded in 1979 as Convention and visitor bureau of Stockton. Now most of the cities who don’t have a convention center use the “Visit” or “Experience” and the name of the city. Visit Stockton doesn’t get any funding from the government. Their funding comes from the hotel community, from the self-assessment of the bills of the people that stay overnight in the hotels. Visit Stockton is self-funded since 2003.

Visit bureaus are usually tied up to the economic development. Anyone or any company that want to move anywhere, they are visitors first in that city. Therefore, Visit Stockton has a very important role. $339 million of money was spent in 2019 by people visiting Stockton. These included people who don’t live within 50 miles of Stockton. In 2020 this number went down to $152 million because of COVID-19. The restaurants in Stockton, last year lost $55 million in business. In, 2020, 634 thousand hotel night in 2020, it was $59 Millon. At any given day there are about 1700 hotel rooms in Stockton being occupied. The hotel rooms go as much as $200 a night.

Visit Stockton uses all avenues of marketing to market Stockton. Visit Stockton uses Geo location data that tracks cell phone usage for tracking people visiting Stockton. This data helps determine how to market Stockton to these visitors. Most of the overnight visitors come from the local region of Sacramento or Bay area. Wes shared data of visitors who attended University of the Pacific for homecoming. The data showed how these visitors did not go to Stockton downtown or miracle mile. The data can distinguish the age /demographic information as well. This data is helpful to plan events and activities that can attract visitors to Stockton.

Next Meeting: August 4, 2021
Gwen Daley, “Dome of Hope”

Gwendolyn Dailey is the President and CEO of the Dome of Hope Organization, Inc, which teaches independence and interdependence through four foundational pillars of E.T.T.A: Education, Technology, Trade, and Arts. Additionally, she is the President of Dailey Solutions, LLC, a new staffing agency, and business consulting firm. To add, Gwendolyn is a proud “Tiger!” A double alumna of the University of the Pacific and currently re-enrolled, pursuing her doctorate in Education.

She balances her life through family, academics, church, and community. Her passion is education, community engagement, and enrichment. As a former high school dropout Gwendolyn is committed to ensuring that all students, youth, and adult learners, receive access to quality education and remain in school. Her vision is that everyone can live an independent and sustainable lifestyle. Her mantra is rooted in the words of a negro spiritual, “If I can help somebody, then my living shall not be in vain!” (Mahalia Jackson)

As the youngest of 14 children, Gwendolyn learned that you are born with a purpose to help others. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, her family migrated to Stockton, California, when she was nine months old. Currently, she is married to Derrick Dailey, together they have a blended family, three daughters, and two grandchildren.

Each day, you will find Gwendolyn pursuing her passion of sharing Hope with others, through education and love.

Upcoming Speakers

August 2021

  • 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 – Suzy Daveluy, “City of Stockton Library & Recreation Programs”
  • 22 – District Governor Tim Madden, “Rotary District 5220”
  • 29 – Stockton Fire Chief Rick Edwards, “Stockton Fire Department”

Birthday Recgonitions

  • $77 – Eric Duran (July 28th) made a contribution of $77 to World War II Memorial (SRE).
  • $62 – Luie Duarte (July 23rd) donated $62 half to SRE and half to Rotary Foundation.
  • $100 – Gary Frush (July 29th) donated $100 to SRE

August 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 7th Leena Mittal – 1st
Joe Serra – 4th*
Linda Guinn – 5th
2 8th – 14th Angel Sepulveda – 8th
Zach Downs – 8th
Bill Smith – 8th
Beve McCarthy – 10th
3 15th – 21st Ngozi Elobuike – 16th
4 22nd – 28th Sally Fandrich – 25th*
John LaRue – 26th
Louis Lemos – 27th
Clare Simpson – 28th
5 29th – 31st (none)
*= 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