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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, October 6, 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 Lisa Lawrenson, Interim Superintendent Delta College ( 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 – Dwayne Garcia.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead everyone in singing: “God Bless America”.
  • Thought for the Day – President Elect Colleen Stewart provided a brief acknowledgement of who we are as Rotarians and how we respect each other, our guests, and our invited speakers. She stressed that we should choose our words in these ‘sensitive’ times so as to not offend. As an example, Colleen used the French origins of the word ‘squaw’ when referring to native American women, and how crude and demeaning it is, leading to its current discouraged use. Using the Rotary 4-way-test, it is clear how we should speak with and treat each other, and Colleen is confident that this Rotary Club will continue to honor its membership and guests.
  • Head Table – A, our speaker Lisa Lawrenson 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; Jim Anthony just celebrated his 91st birthday and is currently under the weather, but expects to be on the mend soon.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians –  Michelle De Julio and Noreen.
  • 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.
  • Rotary Interact – Mentors needed.  Contact President Kevin to help out.
  • Presidents Project – President’s Project is now funded ($3,000) to put a citizen’s guide on what we can do to assist the homeless in our community. President Kevin invited members to join him on a 10/7 outreach event with the Salvation Army team.
  • Joint Service Week – President Kevin announced “Joint Service Week” is 10/1 through 10/16 (contacts will be made with Kawanis, Lyons, an Optimists; and Dennis Cochran has a proposed project (downtown monument cleanup).
  • 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: Stockton Fire Chief Rick Edwards
Introduced by:
Deputy Chief Lewis

Stockton Fire Chief Rick Edwards provided a summary of the services provided by his department to the City, the County Islands, and the surrounding communities.

Current staffing levels are approximately what existed in the 1960’s, which is challenging but he is taking steps to improve services with modern management techniques (being more flexible and agile) and the help of State grants for both equipment and personnel. He noted that his personnel join the Salvation Army in the Thursday outreach to the homeless events.

Chief referred any interested members of the public to the departments open web portal for more information on their services:

Next Meeting: October 6, 2021
Lisa Lawrenson, Interim Superintendent Delta College

Dr. Lisa Aguilera Lawrenson has 28 years of experience as a community college professor, administrator, and social justice educator/trainer in California and Washington. She has expertise in culturally relevant curriculum design, social justice strategic planning, and mentoring. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of Hispanic students in developmental English in community colleges.

Dr. Lawrenson served as a tenured English professor at South Puget Sound Community College, and was an executive administrator at American River College and Cosumnes River College before coming to Delta College in 2020. She has led initiatives in basic skills/curriculum, equity, international education, strategic planning, college redesign, and governance.

Upcoming Speakers

October 2021

  • 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)


  • Kuy E Key $1,000 to Rf for celebrating his 25th year in business

Birthday Recognitions

  • Ken Miscellis (17th) $500 each
  • John Salaices (23rd) $250 RF
  • PP Don Barry (29th) $250 SRE (tech, arts & sciences)
  • Pat Patmon (26th) $1,000 SRE
  • PP Ann Johnston (29th) Song & $100 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