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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, September 1, 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 County Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Brown who will be speaking on the Status of San Joaquin County Schools ( 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.
  • Louis Lemos

    Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Club Treasurer Louis Lemos.

  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead everyone in singing “My Country ’tis of Thee” .
  • Head Table – Deputy Chief Katheryn Nance, Chief Pilot Daniel Lowry, Tactical Flight Officer Rich Buckley 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 – ADG Waqar Rizvi’s guests, Rick Aban, Joe Smiley, Erin Castillo, Eddie Aries, Allison Tusodo, Sally and Tony Mata (new members), Ben Ky, Doug Davis, and Chuck Mowry (new member).
  • Visiting Rotarians – Sylvester Aguilar from Modesto Sunrise Rotary Club and Carlos DeJesus Jr. from North Stockton Rotary Club.
  • New Member Inductions – Sally and Tony Mata were introduced as new members by their friend Bob Blower. Sally and Tony have been past presidents of Rotary Club in Kuai. They talked about their presidential year projects and how they were successful in raising money for their projects. Welcome Sally and Tony to the Rotary Club of Stockton.
  • New Member Introduction – Chuck Mowry, who is the father of Rotarian Liz Hull, moved to Stockton over a year ago. He enjoys being in Stockton and would like to meet new people through the club. Welcome Chuck!
  • Past President Ann Johnston

    Paul Harris Presentation – Linda Guinn: Paul Harris presentation – Past President Ann Johnston was presented the Paul Harris fellow +7 pin. The club thanked her for her contributions.

  • 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.
  • District 5220 Foundation/Membership Seminar ( flyer )
  • Joint Fundraiser News – A check for $2,562 was received from the latest fundraiser and recognized all that volunteered to help.
  • Thank you from TLC – The TLC foundation works with San Joaquin county of Education and they provide funds to schools with underprivileged kids. Through Rotary Club of Stockton, they received $4,500 to pay for STEM activities for schools in Stockton downtown that provides education to homeless kids.
  • 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.
  • Officer Dan Lowry

    2020 Hero Award – Past President Melanie Vieux: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the “Hero’s Night” event which was planned in spring of 2020 was cancelled. Jamie Nance presented the Hero’s award to Officer Dan Lowry. Dan Lowry has been in service since 1997. He was in Field Services Patrol as a Motorcycle Officer and also on the SWAT team. In 2005, he also received a letter of gratitude from the DEA. From his career in Law Enforcement, he went to into the Military. There he received training as a helicopter pilot and was deployed to Iraq. Now he is back in Stockton and flies the Falcon One helicopter. He is the second recipient in recognition of “Outstanding Service to the Community Award”.

  • 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

Speakers: Deputy Chief Katheryn Nance, Chief Pilot Daniel Lowry, and Tactical Flight Officer Rich Buckley
Introduced by:
Immediate Past President Melanie Vieux

The helicopter program was started after receiving state funding. Chief Jones worked hard to get the program started. Currently Stockton has one helicopter and one pilot. It started in July 2019. The program has the helicopter in the air four days a week. It helps in pursuits. They presented actual footage of the pursuit where the Falcon One Helicopter and the police cars worked together to get the stop the pursuit. This program helps the Police Department clear a lot of calls and frees up the police vehicles and officers for other issues. The average response time for a call that is received for Falcon One is 42 seconds. Through Falcon One, missing people can be traced. This program has been a great aid to the Police department helping solve crime.

Next Meeting: September 1, 2021
County Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Brown, “Status of San Joaquin County Schools”

On October 21, 2020, Brown was appointed to the office of County Superintendent of Schools by the San Joaquin County Board of Education. He began his term on July 1, 2021.

In this capacity, Brown serves as the SJCOE chief executive officer, providing leadership, support, and state-designated fiscal and program oversight for the county’s 14 school districts and approximately 150,000 public school students.

He also leads the SJCOE’s innovative schools and programs, including the SJCOE’s CodeStack Academy, Discovery ChalleNGe Academy, Come Back Kids program, Greater Valley Conservation Corps, and Teachers College of San Joaquin.

Superintendent Brown earned his masters’ degree in educational administration in 2008 and his Doctorate of Education in 2020. He resides in Manteca with his wife Cindy and has four children: Jacob, Nicole, Allie, and Zackary.

Upcoming Speakers

September 2021

  • 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”


  • $50  – Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi recognized his guest Rick Aban who is retiring after 35 years of service to San Joaquin County. In his recognition, Waqar donated $50 to the Polio foundation.

Birthday Recognitions

  • $100 – Louis Lemos $100 (August 27th) to SRE

September 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 4th Paul Kozlow – 1st*
2 5th – 11th Shannon Ding – 6th
Steve Luthy – 6th
Raul Chavez – 10th
John Reusche – 10th
3 12th – 18th Ken Miselis – 17th
Jim Dyke – 18th
4 19th – 25th Susanne Huebel – 21st
John Salaices – 23rd
Sally Motta – 23rd
Priscilla Hernandez – 24th
5 26th – 30th Jim Anthony – 26th
Pat Patmon – 26th
Jerry Smith – 27th
Ann Johnston – 29th*
Don Barry – 29th*
*= 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, 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