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(Submitted by Past President Kuy Ky)

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, January 12, 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 Assembly Member Carlos Villapadua, with a Legislative ).

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.

    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.

  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – Past President Waqar Rizvi
  • Thought for the Day –President Kevin is grateful for all the Rotarians that have ‘stepped-up’ this year to help. Waqar and Bob just did and Past President Melanie View amazingly found us a fantastic substitute program for today. I believe that I speak for the entire membership that I feel so bless to have your support.
  • 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 (Retiring as editor of the Wheel) Eric Duran for putting it all together in the Wheel.
  • Concern Report – Those being impacted by COVID 19; 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 – Past President Chad Sublet introduced Michael Kenneth, who has been approved by the Board of Directors as our newest member.
  • Visiting Rotarians – (none).
  • Rotary Foundation Goal Status – Leonard Hansen: $30K Rotary Foundation Goal Status – Last few 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.
  • Membership – Liz Hull: Membership Minute at the Board meeting today at 1:30 pm. This is her first meeting since having knee surgery, and she says she is coming along well.
  • 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

  • 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.  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.

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 Speakers

Speaker: San Joaquin County Superior Court Judges Barbara A. Kronlund and Erin Guy Castillo
Introduced By:  Past President Melanie Vieux

Judge Erin Guy Castillo presented a series of PowerPoint slides explaining the civics lesson that we all learned in grade school. This reminder has become necessary be-cause of political attacks on the Judicial branch over the years that appears to be impacting ‘judicial independence’. She described how the executive branch through the law enforcement work with her to secure ‘warrants’ to not to violate one’s civil rights. This is a two-week 24-hour requirement that judges provide twice a year. Her explanation of the political attacks and the limitations on judges in making their decisions has put the judiciary in a difficult position.

Judge Barbara Kronland took over the remainder of the PowerPoint slides focusing in on the importance of maintaining judicial independence. In the 1930, Nazi Germany judges became part of the executive branch destroying their independence and taking away the rights and liberties of the individual. Judge Kronland has been asked to join a committee of judges statewide that are trying to address this issue and the are untied in dismissing bad judges but want to protect those being unfairly attacked.

She gave examples over the past 15-years of good judges that simply followed their legal guidelines who were either recalled or forced to defend themselves (at their own expense) from recall elections. Even with a two-thirds majority of Stanford Law School professors asking that one recall be ended, the politically minded effort re-fused. When cases involve money or kids, the emotions peak and justices usually are not liked by at least half of the people involved. A group called ‘Jail-4-Judges’ has not gained much momentum in California but is considered a significant threat to the judicial independence due to their attempt to strip the ‘immunity’ from judges.

Both Judge Kronland and Guy Castillo asked that if other Rotary clubs wished to see this presentation that we pass the word on their behalf. They remained around after the meeting to allow the many questions to be answered in-person.

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

Next Meeting:  January 19, 2022
Assemblymember Carlos Villapadua, with a Legislative Update.

Born and raised in Stockton, Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua is a lifelong Democrat. Carlos served on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors from 2008-2016. As the Supervisor for a District that rests entirely within the 13th Assembly District, he was able to work with his fellow supervisors in fighting for his district and the county as a whole to turn around the County General Hospital, saving healthcare in San Joaquin County, and attracting employers and creating good paying jobs for local working families by expanding both the Stockton Metropolitan Airport and the Port of Stockton.

Advocacy on behalf of his constituents and San Joaquin County has been a top priority for Assemblymember Villapudua. After his term on the Board of Supervisors, he served as the CEO of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, advocating for minority-owned small businesses locally and in Sacramento. Before election to the State Assembly, Assemblymember Villapudua served as the Governmental Relations Manager for Western Pacific Truck School, where he advocates on both a state and local level for increase funding for vocational education and well paying jobs and benefits that can support a household without having to take a 2nd and 3rd job like so many are forced to do these days.

Assemblymember Villapudua is married to his wife Edith, and their blended family of four daughters. From his youngest who just started Pre-K to his oldest who just began her college journey at San Diego State University.

Upcoming Speakers

January 2022

  • 19 – Mary Eberhardt, “Bank of Stockton History”
  • 26 – Sylvester Aguilar, “Port of Stockton”

February 2022

  • 02 – UOP Men’s Basketball Coach Leonard Perry, “UOP Men’s Basketball”
  • 09 – Madisen O’Laughlin, “Valentine’s Luncheon – The Richness of Dancing”
  • 16 – TBD
  • 23 – County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brown


  • Colleen Stewart as a proud Mom offered a split bell-ringer recognizing Corrie who was recognized as ‘Young Professional of the Year’ by the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce.

Birthday Recognitions

  • Frank Whitney (15th) $77 to SRE and $173 to Foundation (matching) for Johanna Joy (1st Great-Granddaughter)
  • Keo Keonorasak (20th) $100 split
  • Chris Lema (14th) $400 RF

January 2022 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st Mas Kamigaki – 1st
2 2nd – 8th Michael Keith – 3rd
Duane Isetti – 4th
Sharon Manaois – 4th
Kathy Hart – 5th*
Terry Hull, Sr. – 5th*
3 9th – 15th Shari Garibaldi – 14th
Jerry Butterfield – 14th
4 16th – 22nd Rod Place – 18th
Gary Hansen – 21st
5 23rd – 29th (none)
6 30th – 31st (none)
*= Meeting Day – Wish Them a Happy Birthday!


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Special thank you to everyone who contributed to The Wheel…

(Retiring) 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, Past President Kuy Ky for 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