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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 22, 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 Stockton Fire Chief Rick Edwards, “Stockton Fire Department” ( 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. 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.

    This meeting is being brought to you here live at the Stockton Golf and Country Club and via Zoom thanks to the CARES act funding and the City of Stockton. If anyone would like to sponsor any future meeting, please contact Club Secretary Matthew for details.  Sponsorship $$$ help pay for the operations of our hybrid meeting.

  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Sergeant-At-Arms John Salaicies.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead everyone in singing: “The Rotary 4-Way Test”.
  • Thought for the Day – President Kevin said we all need to be sensitive and show empathy towards each other. As Rotarians we need to avoid bringing politics in the Rotary meetings and focus on serving our local community and doing Service Above Self. Rotary Clubs like our ours focus on overarching goals of Rotary which is building bridges and changing lives. The mood of Rotary is calm and collective and we avoid dividing ourselves in groups and camps. We all try to follow the 4-Way Test of Rotary which has 4 basic questions and is a simple checklist of human behavior. As Rotarians we should consider the 4-Way Test in our everyday interactions. For the good of the community we the Rotarians tend to set the politics aside for a common goal of serving the humanity. This is a reminder to our friends at Rotary that if we ask questions at Rotary meetings to our speakers, please keep the politics and religion out. We all need to remember why we all are here and we should all continue to fulfill the mission of Rotary.
  • Head Table – Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi, our speaker District Governor Dan Madden 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; 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 and ADG Waqar Rizvi for meeting notes, and to Eric Duran for putting it all together in the Wheel.
  • Concern Report– Those being impacted by our fires and down with COVID 19.  Stay safe, stay healthy.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians –  (none)
  • Visiting Rotarians – (none)
  • New Member Induction – (none)
  • 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

  • Mystery Bus Trip – October 23, 2021. The first Mystery Bus Trip was over twenty years ago organized by Lloyd De Bock. It was truly a Mystery for all, including Lloyd. For the “Wool Growers Restaurant” in Los Banos did not accept credit cards, so there was a scramble from all to find enough cash to cover the bill. Great way to start off the Mystery Bus Trip.The concept is to fill a bus with 42 adventurous people and only the bus driver and the organizers know where they are going. The trip is normally planned for October to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather. Along the way there are refreshments, Wine and snacks to enjoy with the adventure. The trip to the destination is planned to confuse and to enjoy the autumn scenery. Along the expedition there are numerous guess by participants to the final destination and there may be some fake out stops.  In the past the destinations have been the Foothills, the Delta, East Bay, North to Sacramento, and South to Los Banos. Sometimes there is Wine Tasting, a tour of a Castle or activities such as Bocce Ball, or a Street Fair to enjoy.  So, sign up and don’t miss The Rotary Mystery Bus Trip it fill up fast!!!
  • Live Meetings – We are excited to be meeting live again at the Stockton Golf and Country Club. 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.
  • Foundation Dinner – October 30th in Modesto. Please contact Matt Grizzle, Linda or Kevin Kaufman.
  • Membership Minute – Liz Hull:  O’Conner Woods Satellite. Liz said this initiative is still going well and O’ Conner Woods administration supports this.
  • 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.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: District Governor Tim Madden
Introduced by:
Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi

At various times in his life Tim has been known as Mister Vacation, The Fixologist and Just Plain Tim. He’s been an ardent entrepreneur since 1973 and likes the challenge of starting new businesses and exploring new possibilities.

He and his wife Susan, herself a Past President and Area 9 Assistant Governor from the Rotary Club of Oakhurst Sierra, live in Ahwahnee with their two dogs, two cats and lots of wild critters. They have four grown children and three amazing grand kids, Parker (9yrs.), Oliver (3yrs.) and Paloma (3yrs.+ 45 minutes)

An engaged Rotarian of the Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Club for ten years Tim sees his professional attributes serving him well on the journey as District 5220 Governor for 2021/2022. Tim knows that we are entering one of the most exciting and challenging times for Rotary, a time when we must be creative and adaptive, a time when we must be engaging and inclusive and a time to increase the public’s knowledge of who we are and what we do.

His work with Rotarians in Haiti and Central America has shown him first hand the difference that Rotary makes in the world. Tim honors the 100+ year traditions of Rotary and embraces the next generation of Rotarians that are creating new, diverse opportunities to serve their communities.

According to Tim, “The world needs what Rotary offers and I look forward to engaging all Rotarians in our mission of service above self. Give me a call, 559.283.4731. Let’s get busy making a difference!”

District Governor Dan Madden – District 5220 Report

District Governor Tim Madden said the comments made by President Kevin were of the same sentiments that he has of making sure to keep politics out of Rotary. DG Tim started by addressing the new members by saying that there are 535 district governors all over the world who are visiting Rotary clubs in their communities and listening to the clubs. The Rotary International President Shakar Mehta has put forward three inactivates. The first one is that everyone’s brings one. The second initiative is that each club should do and participate in a project. The third initiative is empowering young girls and women and to provide equal access.

DG Tim said he was appointed as DGN in 2018. As a District Governor the commitment is of 7 years. DG Tim said that Rotary is seeking new opportunities to reinvent Rotary Meetings and events to reenergize the members. He advised the club to seek out new members in the community who reflect the 4 way test and yet they are not in Rotary. We need to tell and share the story of Rotary and what Rotarians do. We should reduce roadblocks for memberships and try to find ways where joining a Rotary club is simple. We as Rotarians need to expand our reach so that the others have opportunity to become part of Rotary serve the community.

DG Tim encouraged the members to attend District events with the Foundation Dinner in end of October and Rotary District Conference in May 20 to May 22, 2022 at Bass Lake.

Next Meeting: September 29, 2021
Stockton Fire Chief Rick Edwards, “Stockton Fire Department”

Richard J. Edwards was selected as the 18th City of Stockton Fire Chief in December of 2019. Chief Edwards began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in 1995 with the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire Protection District. He became a professional firefighter with the Georgetown Fire District in 1998, and later worked for the City of Folsom as a Firefighter Paramedic before coming to the City of Stockton in the year 2000.

Edwards holds an Associate’s degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s program, studying Organizational Leadership and Public Administration. Chief Edwards also holds certification as a Chief Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, Paramedic, and an Emergency Management Specialist.

Chief Edwards oversees the Stockton Fire Departments $57 million budget and 218 employees from Operations, Administration, Fire Prevention, Emergency Communications, and Training.

Chief Edwards is proud to lead an outstanding Fire Department and is committed to providing the best services to the community while ensuring his personnel have the tools and training necessary for long and healthy careers.

Upcoming Speakers

October 2021

  • 06 – Lisa Lawrenson, Interim Superintendent Delta College
  • 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”

November 2021

  • 03 – Pat Filippone, President, Stockton Ports – “Stockton Ports Baseball”
  • 10 – Sgt. John Snyder,Stockton PD, “Stockton PD Recruiting in 2021”
  • 17 – Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua, “Legislative Update”
  • 23 – Tuesday All Rotary Clubs meeting (no meeting on Wednesday)


  • (none)

Birthday Recognitions

  • $100 – Sally Motta $100 Rotary Foundation
  • $250 (Bell Ringer!) – Jim Dyke $250 SRE
  • $100 – Susanne Huebel $100 Rotary Foundation
  • $100 – John Salaices $100 Rotary Foundation

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