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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, November 17, 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 Phillip Merlo, ED of the San Juaquin County Historical Museum, “History of the Museum and it’s future” ( 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 has been vaccinated and “boosted” 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.  A $100 Sponsorship will help pay for the operations of our hybrid meeting.

  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Past President Bill Brown.
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead all with “My Country ’tis of Thee“.
  • Thought for the Day – Past President Bob Blower – Veteran’s Day tomorrow & Monument Cleanup on Saturday at 9 am. He listed all the known veterans currently in our Club.
  • Head Table – Past President Melanie Vieux, Anabel Morris, Deputy Chief Katherine Nance, Sgt. John Snyder, Stockton PD 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 –  Past President Michael Blower – Ron Fraetis, Lodi School Board candidate; Tom Patti – Daughter Pressley who now plans to be a doctor; Past President Melanie Vieux – Gail Myer and Doug Davis.
  • Visiting Rotarians – Paul and Chuck from the Fremont Club, and Sylvester Agular and Shannon Ding from the North Stockton Club.
  • New Member Induction – (none)
  • Paul Harris Presentation – Linda Guinn presented Pam Wagner her PH +5!
  • 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)

Wheel Help needed.
After nearly 10-years of posting our Wheel every week, Eric Duran has asked to let someone else take on this role. Please let me know ASAP if you can help. This is a vital service to our Club and your work will be greatly appreciated.

Club Announcements

  • 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.  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.
  • Elk Grove and Stockton Dance Night – Madison , Arthur Murray Dance Center, offered $25 to promote their Elk Grove and Stockton Dance night; please contact her for tickets. It is there first event coming out of the pandemic.
  • Wheelchair Supply Project – Marcela Gracewski reported the progress of our wheelchair supply project for children in El Salvador. She invited those interested in making the trip to contact her.
  • Rotary Interact – Mentors needed. please see Dan Wright or myself.  Volunteers needed for the Veteran’s Mentor Program at Delta College for Kathy Hart.
  • 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.

 Awards Presentation

Past President Melanie Vieux presented a Rotary Club of Stockton’s Hero Award to Anable Morris. This award was for the 2020 calendar year and recognized Lt. Morris’ 20+ years of service to the Stockton PD. She put together some of the best Community Engagement Events associated with Stockton PD. Their monthly newsletter, National Night Out, Snow Day, and Trunk or Treat are just some of the examples of these programs. The latest and most recent Trunk or Treat event drew over 2,000 attendees; more than doubling her goal. She continues to build strong partnerships with local business and community members. She is helping her department achieve its goal of gaining public trust in the Stockton PD.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Sgt. John Snyder,Stockton PD
Introduced by:
Deputy Chief Katherine Nance

Sgt. John Snyder,Stockton PD – Stockton PD Recruiting in 2021
Over the last 10-years he has hired 610 new officers and lost 510 to other agencies. Stockton PD officers are sought after due to the extensive training provided and the challenges of our community. To keep the recruits coming, he partners with many community groups to encourage qualified candidates. He also manages a cadet program for pre-teens, cadet and sentinels in high school and on social media.

Stockton PD trust and justice training programs have been adopted throughout the nation. Reorganization and continuous improvement are an ongoing challenge and expectation. Female officers represent about 10% of the 420+ department personnel.

Salaries are reflective of the experience of the officers hired from the academy. They start at $5,300 a month with a bump of $900 for experience, and a fully trained officer earns $7,780 per month. Those who leave do so for more money and less work. He is ‘old school’ like many others that want to be dedicated long-term to the community they serve.

A $50 contribution and donated Book to Spanos Elementary in the speakers name and some Bubbly and Glasses!

Next Meeting: November 10, 2021
Phillip Merlo, ED of the San Juaquin County Historical Museum

Phillip was born and raised in Stockton, California, where he currently is the Executive Director at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. His passions include local history, youth empowerment, cultural bridge building, environmental science and policy, and East Asian languages and history.

After graduating from Franklin High with his IB diploma, Phillip attended UC Berkeley, studying abroad at Peking and Minzu Universities in Beijing, China. He graduated from Berkeley with degrees in Geography and History, and wrote his honors thesis on the creation of civic identity in a culturally diverse area of Southern China. At Berkeley he worked as a Resident and Community Leadership Assistant at Bowles Hall, and was nationally recognized for his programming and community development work by the National Residence Hall Honorary Society. He has taught seventh and tenth grade history at Franklin High School. He moonlights as a local historian and Science Olympiad Coach.

His experiences growing up in South and Midtown Stockton, as a student at Berkeley, and in China motivate him to use history to empower and provide opportunities for young people. While working in Stockton he hopes to continue his research on the municipal government’s history of disinvestment in low income communities, and to partner with other educators to build new forums for youth civics and local history education.

Upcoming Speakers

November 2021

  • 23 – Tuesday All Rotary Clubs meeting (no meeting on Wednesday)

December 2021

  • 01 – Brian Kolze, “Pacific Softball – 30 years of Coaching”
  • 08 – San Joaquin County District Attorney: Tori Verber Salazar
  • 15 – Amir Khan, “Drugs and More”
  • 22 – Children’s Christmas Party
  • 29 – DARK



Birthday Recognitions


November 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 6th Dudley Drake – 1st
Chuck Mowry – 4th
Khaksar Ahmad – 4th
2 7th – 13th Waqar Rizvi – 10th*
Karyn Johnson – 13th
3 14th – 20th Basel Karabala – 14th
Fred Weibel – 14th
Juan Oregel – 14th
Christine Morrissey – 15th
Graham Tweedy – 16th
4 21st – 27th Tom Perry – 22nd
Jim Woodward – 22nd
Jan Ambriz – 23rd
Gary Putnam – 27th
5 28th – 30th Tony Despotes – 28th
Ken Steele – 29th
Walt Wager – 30th
*= 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 Leena Mittal, 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