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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 25, 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 Chief Eric Jones, Chief Pilot Daniel Lowry, and Tactical Flight Officer Rick Buckley – Stockton PD Helicopter 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! President Kevin called the Live/Zoom Hybrid meeting to order. Welcome to our members and their guests to a 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 have been in the past. My name is Kevin Kauffman, and I am vaccinated; how about you?  If you are on Zoom – Thanks for joining us and please use your ‘raise-hand’ function if you wish to be recognized at this live venue.
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Ken Steele.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead everyone in singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” .
  • Thought for the Day – President Kevin Kauffman – President’s project for 2021-22: “Serving Bread & Roses” – recognizing our neighbors that are on the streets as fellow humans. Working with other Rotarians like Van Young and Bill Brown, I will recommend we will hopefully become a legacy program for myself and future presidents. It is intended to build better friendships with and an understanding of our neighbors in need. My goal is to have a training guide and/or program guidebook in place before the Spring, and to implement this program as your president or past president. God inspired me on this idea. Your thoughts and prayers are needed to guide me in this regard, so feel free to contact me preferably via email.
  • Head Table – Past President Chad Sublet, speakers Claude & John Pellarin and President Kevin.
  • 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, Leena Mittal for meeting notes, and to Eric Duran for putting it all together in the Wheel.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Kyle Conley (TJ Hull’s guest), Chuck Mowry (Liz’s dad), Eddie Aries (Graham Tweedy’s guest), Tony and Sally (Bob Blower’s guests), and Haley and Grant (Graham Tweedy’s grand daughter and her friend).
  • Visiting Rotarians – (none)
  • New Member Inductions – (5) at Board meeting today (see Membership Committee below)
  • 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

  • Foundation Dinner – October 30th in Modesto. Please contact Matt Grizzle, Linda or Kevin Kaufman.
  • 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 Minute – Liz Hull held a great meeting last week for our new members. These as well as other new COG members on the membership committee will be asked to help with the Wheel; room set-up/breakdown, etc. It’s a good time for all Rotarians to step up, and especially if you want to learn more about your Club.
  • Membership Committee – Liz Hull, chairperson: Membership Minute & O’Conner Woods Satellite. Liz and other members had a new member fellowship meeting at O’Conner Woods. There are five new members being inducted in the club, Bill and Sally Mata, Eddie Aries, Chuck Mowry, Rick Shultz.
  • 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.


Stockton Rotary Endowment and The Rotary Club of Stockton
Charity Allocations Advertisement

The Stockton Rotary Endowment Fund (SRE) and the Rotary Club of Stockton are soliciting requests for funds for the projects of charitable organizations operating in San Joaquin County. There are various funds within SRE that have specific requirements related to funding amount and approval. For applications and complete explanations as to the funding process, specific fund requirements, amounts available, etc., go to Rotary Club of Stockton’s website at, or by mail to Peter Gormsen, Charity Allocations Committee Chairman, 1401 N. Hunter Street, Stockton, Ca 95202. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2021.

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: Claude & John Pellarin
Introduced by:
Past President Chad Sublet

Chad said that Village West was a crown jewel in our community. Chad parks his boat at Village West. While introducing John, Chad said that his love for boats and water started when he was very young. John built his first boat with dad by hand. Chad also said that at the Village west, they care for their employees.

Claude & John Pellarin – Village West Marina Updates
John started the program by providing some historical background of himself and his family. He said that they came here almost six years ago. They bought a building in the Brookside area. They moved their offices to Brookside business park from the Redwood city. They were looking for a Marina in Stockton for almost 20 years. Then Village Marina came along. The Village Marina was full of debris and broken down boats when they came. The location of this marina was very attractive since it is less than half mile away from Interstate 5. The marina had the structure and back bone.

The Marina is not just for the boat rentals. There are also places to eat: Garlic brothers, and Bobs Burgers as well as water boat sales. They started timeshare program with boats named, “Freedom Boats”. They are planning the extension of the marina. There is an Ice cream store coming in front of Garlic Brothers as well as Kayak and boat charters that would rent kayaks, paddle boats etc. There is also a convenience store at the marina now.

They also started the summer concert series. They have designed and built tiny houses with Redwood decks. There are already 4 of those and plan to add 5 more. They also have something called Hydro hoists that help in launching the boat. Currently there are 650 boats in the marina. They have added amenities like a dog park, fishing deck, launch ramp for marina rentals and friends and a guest dock for boat light shows. The Village West marina received the Prestigious award.

Next Meeting: August 25, 2021
Chief Eric Jones, Chief Pilot Daniel Lowry, and Tactical Flight Officer Rick Buckley – Stockton PD Helicopter Program

Chief Eric Jones began his career with the Stockton Police Department in 1993 as a Police Officer. He became a Departmental Trainer and Instructor and then promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, and Assistant Chief over the decades. He was responsible for numerous police programs such as the Explosive Ordnance Detail, Critical Incident Investigations, Mobile Command Post Team, SWAT, and the Crisis Negotiations Team. In March 2012, Eric was appointed as the 49th Chief of Police for the Stockton Police Department.

Sergeant Rich Buckley served seven years in the California National Guard as a helicopter mechanic/Flight Engineer. After deployment to Iraq in 2003, he began a career with the Stockton Police Department in 2006 as a Police Officer. His assignments have included Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Field Training Officer, Administrative Field Training Officer, Mobile Field Force, and SWAT. Rich was promoted to Sergeant in 2016 and assigned to research starting an air unit, and officially assigned to the Air Support Unit in 2019. Sergeant Buckley obtained his Private Rotary Rating in December of 2020.

Chief Pilot, Officer Dan Lowry spent nearly two decades as a motorcycle officer and on the SWAT team, after serving in the Marine Corps in the Gulf War, and at Camp David for President George H.W Bush. During his service with the Stockton Police Department, he later joined the Army National Guard after 9-11, where he completed flight school and was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk pilot. Chief Pilot Lowry currently flies Lakota Helicopters as an instructor pilot for the Army National Guard in addition to his duties as Chief Pilot for Stockton PD’s Falcon 1-0.

Upcoming Speakers

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”

October 2021

  • 06 – Superintendent/President Delta College, Omid Pourzanjani, “Delta College Vocational Programs and Business Outreach”
  • 13 – Jay Wilverding, San Joaquin County Administrator, “County Administrator’s role in County government”
  • 20 – Dennis Beasley, Artistic Director Stockton Civic Theatre, “Stockton Civic Theatre”
  • 27 – Mayor Lincoln, “Mini State of City as it relates to business”


  • $760 (either a Heart Stopper and a Bell Ringer or 3- Bell Ringers and ?!) – Bob and Kris Blower completed their 50th transaction during the COVID year. They contributed $15 per transaction, a total of $750 to the RF.
  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Ann Johnston’s Balloonery also did well during the COVID year. Her business celebrated 40th anniversary this year and to celebrate that, Ann pledged to donate $250 towards SRE.
  • $270 – Rotarian Geneva’s business also did well and she also pledged to donate $15 per transaction and her business did 18 transactions, so 18*15= $270 to SRE, Read-to-me-Stockton.

Birthday Recognitions

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!


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 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