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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 20, 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 Dennis Beasley, Artistic Director Stockton Civic Theatre ( 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.  President Kevin announced he was vaccinated and asked the question: “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.

    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 – President Kevin.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead all with “Anchor’s Away” in honor of the US Navy’s birthday.
  • Head Table – Our speaker Jay Wilverding, San Joaquin County Administrator 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.  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians –  (none).
  • Visiting Rotarians – (none)
  • New Member Induction – (none)
  • Linda Guinn – October 30th Foundation Dinner!; auction is open!  Linda provided a summary of the auction items on line. Those wishing to attend are asked to sign up this week.
  • 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 – Saturday, 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!!!
  • All-Stockton Rotary Club Meeting – ADG Waqar Rizvi asked everyone to mark their calendars for Tuesday, November 23rd. The All-Stockton Rotary Club meeting will be held here at the Stockton Golf & Country Club at noon. More details will come out shortly. The website will provide a location to make your reservations.
  • 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. please see Dan Wright or myself. Dan is sending a reminder via DACdb.
  • 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.


Past President Michael Blower will be presiding over the meeting next week, October 20th, and Past President Melanie Vieux will be presiding over the Board meeting to occur at 1:30 pm (the Club constitution and By-Laws item will be on the agenda). Past President TJ Hull will be presiding over the October 27th Club meeting.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Jay Wilverding, San Joaquin County Administrator.
Introduced by:
President Kevin

President Kevin introduced Jay Wilverding, who as of March 2021 is the San Joaquin County Chief Administrative Officer. Jay has been married to Ellen for the last 25-years, who is also a accounting professional. Before working in the public sector, Jay worked for a savings and loan, Verizon, and Foster Farms. San Joaquin County brought Jay in from Contra Costa County, where he served as our Auditor-Controller for eight (8) years. The Club gave Jay a strong welcome back to the Club applause.

Jay Wilverding, SJ County Administrator – His role in County government.
Jay provided a little more meat on the bones of Kevin’s introduction and then explained how proud he was to work for such a fine organization as San Joaquin County. He feels that this County is now one of the best organizations he has ever worked for, and it get better every day. It has the 15th largest budget of Counties in the State, and its communication system has eliminated many of the ‘silos’ that you see in other large organizations. The County hopes to partner with ‘Common Spirit’ and Dignity Health by year’s end to better manage the County Hospital.

Jay explained how American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds have been solicited and granted and where the money is being expended. 60 of 74 million dollars has been processed this year to date, and another 74 million is expected next year.

Amazon is planning to double the size of its warehousing at the County’s airport. And their private Airpark 599 industrial project is expected to create about 1,000 local jobs.

Many of the Club’s questions were about the ARPA funds and how they were being spent. Council member Dan Wright expressed his opinion that the Home Key project appeared to be the most successful effort to date.

Next Meeting: October 20, 2021
Dennis Beasley, Artistic Director Stockton Civic Theatre, “Stockton Civic Theatre”

Dennis is a freelance director, actor, producer, and educator who has directed many plays and musicals over the past fifteen years. He holds an MFA in Directing from UC Irvine and received his undergraduate training in the Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. He trained with (among others) Broadway stars Karen Morrow and Nancy Dussault and had the great opportunity to be directed by Tony Award Winners Mel Shapiro and John Rubinstein.

Favorite roles include: The Baker (Into the Woods), Seymore (Little Shop of Horrors) Alvin (The Story of My Life), and Woof (HAiR). Recently, he returned from the East Coast where he was the Artistic Associate and Associate Producer at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, NY. Before moving to New York, Dennis directed a highly successful production of Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party that called a “lushly staged… all-around superb production” and recognized it with seven of its year-end awards, including Outstanding Direction and Best Musical.

Earlier in the year, his 2009 production of The Little Dog Laughed garnered recognition as’s Best Regional Production for LA/Orange Counties and earned Dennis a Garland Award Nomination for Best Director from BackstageWest Magazine.

Other favorite shows directed include Take Me Out, Songs for a New World, Damn Yankees, and Les Miserables. Dennis was the Artistic Director at Odyssey Theatre Company in Gilroy, CA where he produced two full seasons of plays and musicals. He has had the opportunity to work at theatres across the country including South Coast Repertory and The Utah Shakespearean Festival, both Tony Award winning regional theatres.

He is an Associate Member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Currently, Dennis is an Instructor of Theatre at Gavilan College and Hartnell College and works in Marketing and Public Relations at The Western Stage.

A $50 contribution and donated Book to Spanos Elementary in Jay’s name and some Bubbly and Glasses!

Upcoming Speakers

October 2021

  • 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)


  • Past President Michael Blower offered $50 to the Rotary Foundation for the advertising of his name in the Stockton Record on October 5th.

Birthday Recognitions

  • Past President Bob Blower (1st) $80 to the SRE Memorial Maintenance Fund;
  • Dennis Cochran (10th) $100 to the SRE Memorial Maintenance Fund.

October 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 2nd Hal Monroe – 1st
Kuy Ky – 1st
Bob Blower – 1st
2 3rd – 9th Ramon Fernandez – 3rd
Liz Hull – 6th
3 10th – 16th Dennis Cochran – 10th
4 17th – 23rd Reid Johnson – 18th
Farah Khwaja – 19th
Beto Beas – 19th
Tom Patti – 21st
5 24th – 30th Pete Rosado – 24th
Zack Drivon – 24th
*= Meeting Day – Wish Them a Happy Birthday!


Rotary Club of Stockton Member Files
(Logon to DACdb required to access)
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, 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