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(Provided by ADG Waqar Rizvi)

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:


TUESDAY, November 23, 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

Purchase your tickets online here

Doors Open @ 11:30am – Luncheon From 12:00pm-1:30pm
RSVP Deadline – Friday, November 20th @ 5:00pm
Contact Stockton Rotary Club Secretary, Matthew Grizzle @ 209-740-9070 with any questions!  

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 and ADG Waqar Rizvi – Reminder about the Joint Stockton Rotary Clubs Thanksgiving Luncheon (silent auction to benefit polio plus) and red kettles to benefit Salvation army..
  • Song – Past President Michael Blower lead all with his now classic Turkey song.
  • Head Table – Tod Gregory (Executive Search), Phillip Merlo, Executive Di-rector; San Joaquin County Historical Museum 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 President Kevin for meeting notes, ADG Waqar Rizvi for this meeting photos, and to Eric Duran for putting it all together in the Wheel.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians –  Dr. Henry Wong introduced his visitors; Dr. Kuy E. Ky introduced his visitors; and Madisen Sena introduced her son, Tristen.
  • Visiting Rotarians – Tod Gregory from the Stanford Rotary Club in Palo Alto.
  • New Member Induction – None but three in the pipeline.
  • 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 (Must know by December 31, 2021).

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.
  • Madisen Sena and son Tristen

    Elk Grove and Stockton Dance Night – Madison Sena, 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.

 Paul Harris Awards Presentations

Paul Harris presentations were made by Dr. Henry Wong;

Past President Kuy E Ky presented Paul Harris awards to his staff (Amanda Cabrera, Amy Epperson, Andrew Sun, Cherise Mora, Merissa Schultz, Rodina Mullinex, and Stephanie Segura).

Those in attendance appreciated these gestures with a standing ovation for all the recipients.

Guest Speaker

Speaker: Phillip Merlo
Introduced By:  Tod Gregory

Phillip Merlo, Executive Director; San Joaquin County Historical Museum – Our Community’s History
Phillip has been with the Society and Museum for three years and in April of 2020 was promoted to Executive Director. His talk was well received and received many compliments on his communication ability.

Phillip explained how his time has been focusing on combining the efforts of all the local archives and museums into a digital network for all of San Joaquin County. The SJ County Histories Stories page on Facebook has been visited by over 1.2 million visitors. When he arrived, the website had not been updated since 1996 and staff was still using typewriters. Their digital museum and educational software is now being used by 60 local teachers in their curriculums.

Their archives now include recent find from Roberts Island, San Joaquin County Recorders Office, and the Stockton Record. Black Bart’s mug shot is one of the most famous finds that include ancient Chinese armor donated to the museum in the 1980’s. The Sheriff’s Office is using some of this information to research coldcase files.

Another famous exhibit includes ‘Kerosene Kate’ an antique automobile. A not well know fact was that the SJ Fairgrounds was a stop over camp for Japanese Americans on their way to internment camps during WWII. Phillip promoted their quarterly academic journal and their fundraising events.

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

Next Meeting:  Tuesday All Rotary Clubs meeting (no meeting on Wednesday)

Upcoming Speakers

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

January 2022

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


  • Supervisor Tom Patti had some news that he thought he should be recognized for a bell-ring (split); Tom is now a candidate for US Congress.
  • President Kevin $25 SRE for phone and
  • Liz Hull $50 SRE for out-burst and announcement regarding Tom Patti.

Birthday Recognitions

  • Chuck Moury (4th) $25 SRE;
  • Waqar Rizvi (10th) $100 split;
  • Capt. Juan Oregel (14th) $10 SRE;
  • Basel Karabala (14th) $100 split;
  • Christine Morrissey (15th) $250 split;
  • Graham Tweed (16th) $284 split (Colan Powell recognition of 4-way test);

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!


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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, ADG Waqar Rizvi for meeting photos, 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