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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 11, 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 speakers will be Deputy Jimmy Claude (K9 Partner “Axel”), and Deputy Alex Serrano (K9 Partner “Kimbo”), “San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department K9 Program”  ( 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 Gary Frush, in President Kevin’s absence, called the Live/Zoom Hybrid meeting to order. Thanks to COVID & Cares Act & our Secretary Matthew Grizzle!  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 – Linda Guinn.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead everyone in singing “The Mr. Rogers Theme”.
  • Reid Johnson

    Thought for the Day – Past President (1970-71) Reid Johnson gave the following thought of the day.
    • “Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of the prayer all the people gathered but only one boy came with an umbrella.” That’s FAITH.
    • “When you throw babies in the sir and laugh because they know you will catch them”. That’s TRUST.
    • “Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set the alarms to wake up”. That’s HOPE.
    • “We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future”. That’s CONFIDENCE.
    • “We see the world suffering, but still, we get married and have children. ”That’s LOVE.
    • “On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence. ‘I am not 80 years old; am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience”. That’s ATTITUDE.
    Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories.

  • Head Table – Gwen Dailey, Derick Daley and Past President Gary Frush.
  • 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 providing the pictures of todays meeting and for taking notes in Leena’s absence, and to Eric Duran for putting it all together in the Wheel.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – (none)
  • Visiting Rotarians – Members from Rotary Club of Central Stockton that included President Peter Amendola and Past President Vanessa Peralta.
  • 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?   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
  • Satellite Club – Membership Chairperson Liz Hull announced that there is interest in opening a Satellite Club of the Rotary Club of Stockton at the O’Connor Woods: Stockton Senior Living Community. There will be a meeting at 9am coffee on August 12, 2021 to discuss this with the interested people at the O’Connor Woods location. On August 25, 2021 they will attend a Zoom meeting of the Rotary Club of Stockton.
  • Fellowship Mixer – Past President Bill Brown announced the monthly Rotary fellowship mixers. Members are encouraged to host a mixer either at their homes or at their business. This will be a good opportunity to reacquaint and also get to know about Rotarian’s vocation.
  • 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: Gwen Dailey
Introduced by:
Diane Stauffer

Diane Stauffer did the introduction of Gwen Dailey. Diane said that Gwen was very much interested in education. If Stockton had more people like Gwen, it will be a better place. 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.

Gwen Dailey
Gwen thanked Diane Stauffer for the introduction and the Rotary Club of Stockton for having her. She acknowledged Dr. Kathy Hart and Ann Johnston in the audience whom she had always looked up to. Gwen said she was born in Phoenix, Arizona and was 8 months when her parents decided to move to Stockton as the education was free over here. She is one of the 14 siblings of 12 girls and 2 boys. The age range between her siblings between the ages 58 to 78. She said her family has been residing in South East Stockton since 1964. She dropped out of grade 10 and then later completed her GED. She told that there were hardy any books in the school of their area. Instead of books they had the weekly readers. She worked in the Stockton Police Department for 8 years under the leadership of Chief Ed Chavez. She had to resign to become a full time caretaker of her mother. She did this for 11 years and then went back to school to fulfill a promise she had made to her mother. She went to Delta College and then to University of the Pacific. She graduated in 2013. She thanked Denise Jefferson who was coordinated to get her name out for raising money for UOP tuition based on financial hardship. She did get help from an anonymous donor as well. Gwen said she had a stroke 6 weeks before her UOP graduation. She recovered and then started in the Master’s program of UOP and earned her degree.

Dome of Hope was created by Gwen and initially, the organization mission was to serve the residents of Southeast Stockton, with efforts in education, financial literacy, community resources, empowerment and simply providing help to those who were in need. For decades, the Dome of Hope has gained the respect and earned trust of the residents, throughout the community. Their broad scope of focus was beginning to take effect in the sustainability of the underserved residents. In doing so, several programs were organized to meet the vast need of the people, such as, an Urban Reading Circle, Parental Engagement Team, Mobile Tutorial, Employment Readiness Training Sessions, Resume building practices, Career Expositions, hosting Inspirational programs, teaching life skills courses as well as feeding over 800 homeless residents during their annual Thanksgiving Day Community dinner and more. Since then, the Dome of Hope has restructured, expanded and modified their mission and programs to a regional efforts, in order to meet the increased need and viability of a larger population of residents, throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Their inclusivity practices and structure extend to all ethnicities, ages, genders, and socioeconomic statuses. The renewed mission focus is, to teach independence and interdependence through a balanced lifestyle of E.T.T.A. (Education, Technology, Trade, and Arts). These four foundational pillars of Education, Technology, Trade and Arts, is an acronym of the founder’s mother, Mrs. Etta Mae Ford, who was a community advocate and resource for the Stockton residents. Her example of community and compassion, has allowed the Dome of Hope the structure in which they continue to provide an array of services which will create an opportunity to serve and equip the whole person, families and ultimately produce an effective change of empowerment and elevation in achieving HOPE of a greater self and healthier lifestyle.

Next Meeting: August 11, 2021
Deputy Jimmy Claude (K9 Partner “Axel”) and Deputy Alex Serrano (K9 Partner “Kimbo”), “San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department K9 Program”

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit consists of 12 Deputy Handlers, and their 12 K9 partners.

All 12 Deputy Handlers and their partners work on Patrol, and are assigned to the various Patrol Teams which consist of Dayshift, Swing Shift, and Graveyard, with two of them assigned to Lathrop Police Services.

Our K9’s are mainly used for apprehension purposes, however we have recently sent two of our canines to be trained as dual purpose canines for both apprehension and narcotics detection.

Upcoming Speakers

August 2021

  • 18 – Claude Pellarin, “Village West Marina Updates”
  • 25 – Chief Eric Jones, Chief Pilot Daniel Lowry, and Tactical Flight Officer Rick Buckley – Stockton PD Helicopter Program

September 2021

  • 01 – County Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Brown, “Status of San Joaquin County Schools”
  • 08 – Jamie Cochrane, President, Stockton Heat, “2021 Season”
  • 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 Recognitions

  • $500 – Jeff Greenberg (July 30th) $500 SRE
  • $100 – Linda Guinn (5th) $100 SRE
  • $68 – Zack Downs (8th) $68 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