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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, December 15, 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 San Joaquin County San Joaquin County Superior Court Judges Barbara A. Kronlund & Erin Guy Castillo who will be talking about the judicial system and Judicial independence. 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 Zoom meeting to order.

    Note: This was a Zoom meeting only due to a conflict in using the Stockton Golf & Country Club venue. We had forgotten that the SG&CC usually asks us to find another venue for this week due to their standing holiday party for a long standing client.

    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.

    Meetings are brought to you 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.

  • ADG Waqar Rizvi

    Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – ADG Waqar Rizvi lead the Club and provided an announcement for the Child Abuse Prevention Bureau toy give-away program. Those willing can provide a toy valued at less than $25 to him or at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds on Saturday, December 18 (the same date as our Salvation Army bellringing).

  • Thought for the Day – Communication is so important; hence our meeting by Zoom today. If in doubt that I am not getting the message, please repeat it.
  • Special Thanks 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 his team (Dwayne, John and Eddie) 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, President Kevin for meeting notes, and to Eric Duran for putting it all together in the Wheel.
  • Concern Report – Those being impacted by COVID 19; Jim Woodward is not able to participate in Rotary at this point, his son Alan says that he is too frail to participate; Great to see Gary Putnam last week; Janet Ambriz asks that we continue to keep Joe in our thoughts and prayers (recovering and one more surgery in January); former member Bill Wagner (12/29).
  • Guest’s of Rotarians –  (none).
  • Visiting Rotarians – (none).
  • Rotary Foundation Goal Status – Leonard Hansen: $30K Rotary Foundation Goal Status – Last 30-days to take advantage of our ‘matching-point’ program.
  • Rotary Direct – Now 24!  Please consider signing up easy to do! Please call President Kevin (209-478-4940), or Leonard Hansen (209-595-2818) 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. President Kevin envisions a committee of 3 or 4 to join him and share this workload. Please let him 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

  • 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.
  • December 22nd Holiday Celebration Hour – Past President Bill Brown will provide a summary.
  • Walt Wager

    Slate of Officers for 2022-23 Rotary Year – Presented by Present Elect Colleen Stewart (list below). President Kevin announced that Walt Wager has been nominated by the past presidents to be our president in 2023-24.

  • 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.

Proposed 2022-2023 Rotary Board


President: Colleen D. Stewart
Secretary: Matthew Grizzle
Treasurer: Louis Lemos
Past President: Kevin Kauffman
Public Image Chair: Eddie Arias
Sergeant-at-Arms: John Salaices
International Service: Ken Steele & Marcela Gracewski
Membership Chair: Liz Hull
Club Service: TJ Hull
Community Service: Kathy Hart
Youth Service: Geneva Bamidele
Vocational Service: Dwayne Garcia/Walt Wager
Rotary Foundation: Leonard Hansen

Guest Speaker

Speaker: San Joaquin County District Attorney: Tori Verber Salazar
Introduced By:  Past President Melanie Vieux

After polling those on the Zoom call, Tori explained many of her department’s efforts to address the homeless crisis in our community and how these efforts fit into the San Joaquin County Continuum of Care program.

Her team has studied local homelessness and focus on what leads to this condition (drugs, alcohol, mental illness, economic pressures, etc.). numbers vary from 1,500 to 2,500 for the county, but that number is probably only half of the real problem due to those that are coach-surfing or being otherwise sheltered by family and friends.

With only $975 per month from Social Security, it is hard to pay the bills in our community. Therapy alone can cost $300 per month.

Old tools like locking them up is not realistic, especially given the recent court decisions. Without a ‘low-barrier’ shelter (allow dogs, partners, etc.), police cannot move homeless off the streets. 10% of the department’s prosecution load is due to homeless criminals.

The San Joaquin County Continuum of Care team that meets on Wednesdays has recovered 100 children and 4,000 dogs to date.
She feels that rental assistance programs have to greatest promise to prevent homelessness from happening. The Stockton Shelter and the Gospel Rescue Mission do a great job, but long-term solutions will come from programs that develop and train these families to reenter society.

Child deaths and suicides are two focus areas that have spiked because of the COVID 19 pandemic responses. Having 10 to 20 people living in marginal housing has created all kinds of opportunity for abuse and neglect. Her office is working with the school district and the County office of education to look at a program on how to handle the grief, family violence, and whatever trauma is being experienced by our young people. The goal will be to lower the violence occurrences by teaching these young people how to manage it in their own lives. One teacher uses the first 30-minutes of every day as a mindfulness exercise period to allow the children to just be themselves and express their thoughts and fears.

Tori’s team is having success working with other partners in the Continuum to get the homeless to reenter the sheltered living environments. A program managed by Catholic Charities in Olympia Washington has provided guidance for managing this process.
One of her biggest concerns for the homeless is vigilantes and predator gangs abusing these folks. 1/3 of these folks can be moved into shelters and eventually housing. 1/3 will reenter the workforce and become independent. The last 1/3 will never be independent. This is what her statistics are indicating.

Waqar asked if Rotary can help. Tori replied that if we see what appears to be homeless children, we should report it by calling 211 so the Continuum can act and protect these families. In the future she sees volunteers acting as ‘family mentors’ to help these folks become independent. They need to be trained on taking care of themselves and their homes.
The Continuum team meets at Bella Vista restaurant at 4 pm on Wednesdays to check-in on homeless camps in the area.
Tori has 300 people in her department with 100 attorneys. They spend about equal time on seeking prosecutions and recovering reimbursements for the victims.

With many questions remaining, Tori agree to stay after the bell and would welcome the opportunity to come back to the Club live in 2022.

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

Next Meeting:  December 15, 2021
San Joaquin County Superior Court Judges Barbara A. Kronlund & Erin Guy Castillo

Superior Court Judge Barbara A. Kronlund

The Hon. Barbara A. Kronlund is a judge for the San Joaquin County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Michael N. Garrigan (Ret.).

She is a registered Republican.

Judge Kronlund received her B.A. from Pepperdine University in 1985. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1989.

Kronlund served as an intern for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office before accepting a full-time position there as a deputy district attorney. In 1990, she became a deputy for the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. During her tenure as a deputy district attorney, Kronlund served as a supervisor of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit. She remained with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office until 1995, when she was selected to serve as a court commissioner for the San Joaquin County Superior Court. Kronlund was serving in that capacity at the time of her appointment to the bench in 2005.

While on the bench, Judge Kronlund was instrumental in helping to establish a Veterans Court in San Joaquin County and has presided over the Superior Court’s National Adoption Day. She has also served as a Supervising Civil Judge in the Civil Division and has presided over the Homeless Court which convenes at St. Mary’s Interfaith Community Services.

She has been a member of the California Judges Association.

Judge Kronlund grew up in Fair Oaks, California. Her father held a Ph.D. in microbiology and her mother was an electronics engineer at McClellan Air Force Base.

Superior Court Judge Erin Guy Castillo

Ms. Guy Castillo was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2007. Guy Castillo earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco, School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton. As an attorney, she was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for over five consecutive years and listed as one of the top women lawyers in Northern California. She handled a wide variety of civil matters and had several jury and court trials.

Ms. Guy Castillo, 40, of Stockton, has served as a court commissioner in the Superior Court of San Joaquin County, Stockton Branch, for the past two years, handling criminal, traffic, civil and family law cases. Prior to her appointment as a commissioner, she was a Partner at Parish Guy Castillo PC from 2014 to 2018. She was an Associate at William H. Parish PC from 2009 to 2014 and at Dowling, Aaron & Keeler Inc. from 2007 to 2009.

Ms. Guy Castillo has been extremely active in our local community serving all facets of society. She has been President of the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation, the San Joaquin County Bar Association, and currently serves as President of the Judge Consuelo M. Callahan American Inns of Court. She has also served as a board member for both the Leadership Stockton Alumni Association and Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. She has spent
countless hours improving the legal community, including developing mentorship programs and giving presentations on current legal issues.

Ms. Guy Castillo’s formal and public swearing in ceremony has yet to be scheduled. Presiding Judge Xapuri B. Villapudua had this to say about Ms. Guy Castillo’s appointment to the bench, “Our court is thrilled, although not surprised that Erin has been appointed to the bench in San Joaquin County. Her commitment to serving the people of San Joaquin County is unwavering. Our bench will benefit from her legal acumen, integrity, work ethic, and her dedication to the rule of law.”

A state Judicial Needs Assessment has found that the San Joaquin Superior Court is in need of additional judgeships. The appointment of Ms. Guy Castillo will greatly assist the Court’s goal in continuing to provide access to justice for court litigants.

Upcoming Speakers

December 2021

  • 22 – Holiday Happy Hour with Pianist Peter Jaffe & Phillip West
  • 29 – DARK

January 2022

  • 05 – DARK
  • 12 – Assembly Member Carlos Villapadua, “Legislative Update”
  • 19 – Mary Eberhardt, “Bank of Stockton History”
  • 26 – Sylvester Aguilar, “Port of Stockton”


  • Louie Duarte $100 SRE in honor of Bill Wagner;
  • Waqar Rizvi $25 SRE in honor of Gary Putnam’s presence

Birthday Recognitions

  • Tom Perry (11/22) $100 SRE;
  • Treasurer Louis Lemos (8/27) $400 Polio Plus & $400 to SRE by year’s end;
  • Steve Reid (8th) $58 + $42 (Eloise & 3-yr old);
  • Ken Steele (11/29) $75 SRE;
  • Kevin Hicks (12th) $58 SRE.

December 2021 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 4th (none)
2 5th – 11th Steve Reid – 8th*
3 12th – 18th Kevin Hicks – 12th
Cliff Dochterman – 13th
Chris Lema – 14th
Marcela Gracewski – 15th
John Atwood – 15th
Frank Whitney – 15th
4 19th – 25th Keo Keonorasak – 20th
5 26th – 31st Octavio Cruces – 27th
Russel Hagen – 29th
Pete Gormsen – 31st
*= 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 President Kevin, 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