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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, March 23rd, 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 speaker will be San Joaquin Sheriff, Patrick Withrowbio ).

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. Rotary Club of Stockton was formed in 1914 just the 92nd club worldwide. With over 1.4 million Rotarians worldwide.   Rotary International was formed by Paul Harris in Chicago in 1905. Stockton Rotary celebrated our 108 Anniversary just last month. We have a rich history in Stockton.

    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 for sponsoring the meeting. 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 – led by the group
  • Thought of the Day – President Kevin explained that yesterday was World Water Day (WWD) and how Rotary does so much to bring clean water to community all over the world with the help of Club member donations to the Rotary Foundation. He then explained how the theme of this year’s WWD is Groundwater (GW) – Making the invisible visible. GW basins all over the world our being depleted; some that may never recover. In California, our GW supply is plentiful but at risk if not managed properly. The state began to govern surface water with its Water Code in the 1920’s. Nearly 100-years later, the state is now governing GW use. GW storage is approximately 20-times the volume of the existing surface water reservoirs in California. New law passed in 2014 will result in monitoring GW levels, creating a market that values GW, and having institutional mechanisms that prevent long-term damage of the GW supply. Managing surface and GW supply together will allow for the state to do its job. Since 2014, every GW sub-basin in CA has formed a GW sustainability agency and as of January 31, 2022, these GSA have submitted plans to achieve sustainability. Some sub-basins began limiting GW pumping in 2021. Adjudicated sub-basins south of the Tehachapi’s have been limiting GW pumping for years. So, I hope you enjoyed WWD and please see me if you need more information about GW.
  • Special Thanks to – Secretary Matt Grizzle and Corie Stewart for the making the Live/Zoom meeting possible and our Srgnt at Arms team today (Ken, Duane, Monie, Eddie and Ralph).  We also want to thank Past President Melanie Vieux’s program committee for getting our speakers. President Kevin, Waqar Rizvi for meeting notes, and to Leena Mittal for putting it all together in the Wheel.
  • Concern Report – Our fellow freedom fighter in Ukraine, our homeless neighbors, and all those in need of our thoughts and prayers. 
  • Guest’s of Rotarians –SRE Guests were Gene Harden from the Women’s Center, Paula Sheil, from Hospice of San Joaquin and Orlando Molina from the Tuleburg Press. Kuy E Ky introduced his new associate and fellow USC graduate Paolo, assistant Sophie, and colleague, Alfred. Marcela commented on what a great dentist and person Kuy E is and provided a personal story to support this opinion.
  • Visiting Rotarians –None
  • Presentation of SRE Checks – Paul Koslow, President of Stockton Rotary Endowment, presented 3 SRE checks- Orlando Molina from the Tuleberg Press; Paula Sheil from the Hospice of San Joaquin and Gene Harden from the Women’s Center -Youth and Family; totaling over $20,000.Paula Sheil from the Hospice of San JoaquinGene Harden from the Women's Center
  • 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.)

Rotary News

  • District 5220 has launched a campaign to send money for Ukraine and you can go to DACdb for the link to make your donation or provide it directly to Leonard Hansen.
  • NCAA Pool is in the works for the final game score; please buy your squares next week live or online beginning tonight and before April 7th. President Kevin noted that the SuperBowl Pool was conducted out of the time period in which we are allowed to do so by the permit issued to our Club. Therefore, if there is no objection, we will award two Paul Harris’ at the time of the NCAA Pool. Please let President Kevin know if you want your money back or have any objection.
  • Rotary Direct: We have 24 participants including myself that have our donations electronically our donation taken out automatically and it is easy and adds up fast. Please consider donating this way. See Leonard Hansen, Secretary Matt or President Kevin for more details.
  • Leonard Hansen, our Foundation Chair is doing a fantastic job of raising funds toward this year’s goal of $30k. We need help to make this goal.
  • Help Needed: President Kevin reminded everyone of why we joined Rotary to begin with. We joined because we wanted to be a part of change for the better for our community and our world. We ask of us all to give from our time, talent and treasures. If you are unable to give treasure, then time or talent is needed. We need help with set up each week, greeters, notetakers, and shut down. Can we get a commitment for a month to sign up for these duties that are our basic club functions and lunches? Please see Matt, Liz Hull or President Kevin to sign up.

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 so grateful for live meetings, and you can make your reservations online and gives us a good headcount and you can even prepay for lunches

Board meeting report –The club will be asked to consider some possible changes to offset our deficit and to better budget and get a handle on our finances.  We have discussed several strategies and will bring them to you and ask for your opinion and then we will bring them before you for a vote.  The Board will be having their monthly directors meeting next Wednesday, March 16th, so any ideas will be presented and then we will get back with you with a survey to complete and may be making some needed changes.

Wine & Food Pairing Event – Thanks to President Elect Colleen and her committee; we are so pleased to announce a date and time for our Stockton Rotary Wine & Food Pairing Event-  Lucky Friday May 13th at the First Congregational Church at 5 pm for a cost of $75.00

Heroes Award Event June 1 meeting will be a celebration of our local heroes from the police, sheriff and fire department; we need one more table sponsor. Please see Melanie for details.

President Elect Colleen Stewart wants the Club members to mark their calendar for April 28th Community Philanthropy Summit at Hutchin Street Square in Lodi. A flyer was provided and Colleen donated $25 contribution to SRE for this opportunity.

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.


Register now for the 2022 District Conference at The Pines Resort-Bass Lake May 20-22!

See a DG Tim’s promo video on You Tube:

We’re celebrating after three long years! Bring the entire family to the Pines Resort on beautiful
Bass Lake. There’s so much to do for all ages, you’ll never get bored.

Click here for a pdf copy of the conference flyer with all the details.

Go to the DaCdb calendar to register and pay by credit card or send in a registration form with your check.  Discounted rates for kids available!

Copy and Print Registration Form CLICK HERE


Program:Trevor Wilson, City Of Stockton Public Arts Coordinator

Introduced By:President Kevin introduced our speaker Trevor Wilson, who further introduced Ms. Avie Delavos, Chair of the Stockton Arts Commission 

Trevor reported that he started his job for the Community Services Department just before this COVID pandemic crisis started. So, it has been challenging to make progress over the last two years. He is the staff for the Stockton Arts Commission and Ms. Delavos has been leading this commission as Chair. Ms. Delavos thanked Trevor for his support and hard work. She then proceeded through a series of PP slides summarizing the Arts Commission’s goals and objectives using the 2019 annual report as a guide due to COVID delays. She mentioned the youth conference and their performance arts efforts, as well as the ‘collide’ arts exhibit planned as part of the Stockton Flavor Fest planned this spring. The Commission’s goal is to promote the growth in arts and culture in Stockton. They need volunteers to serve on the Commission as well as helping with their events. Ms. Delavos told the story of her daughter (a performing artist) and how she got burned out commuting to the Bay for studio time. Her daughter now lives in LA. Money is available for art grants (100’s of thousands of dollars). Ralph Grisham, Representing the Club’s COG team explained how they had many ideas for public art throughout Stockton and will fill Trevor and Ms. Delavos in on their ideas. Orlando Milina of Tuleburg Press said that there are now several studios in Stockton for recording artist, and he will let the Art Commission know of his sources. Music in the park is not part of the Art Commission’s work but provides a venue for them to introduce youth to the performing arts.

Next Meeting:  March 30th, 2022

Sheriff Withrow was elected Sheriff in June fifth, 2018, and was sworn into Office on January 7th, 2019. This is Sheriff Withrow’s third term as Sheriff, but it is his 32nd year with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure, he has worked almost every divisions of the department, including five years with S.W.A.T. and 12 years with the Canine Unit and Lathrop Police Services. He has also been nominatedPat Withro five times for the Italian Athletic Club’s Officer of the Year Award, as well as being nominated for the California State Life Saving Award.

Sheriff Withrow graduated from Central Catholic High School in Modesto California and attended Modesto Junior College and Stanislaus State University. He graduated from Union Institute and University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Management and graduated from the West Point Leadership Academy.

Sheriff Withrow has been married to his wife Kathy New Withrow for 30 years, and they have three grown children. He enjoys riding his motorcycle with his wife Kathy and camping across America with his family.


Upcoming Speakers

  • March 30 – San Joaquin Sheriff, Patrick Withrow
  • April 6 – Growing Good Will, Denist Ost, President & CEO Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley



Birthday Recognitions

  • Maria Rizvi (3/23) $100 Rotary Foundation
    Deanna Solina (3/24) $100 FR (Ukraine)
    Peter Ragsdale (3/27) $100 (Ukraine)

March 2022 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 5th Bill Brown – 1st
Brian Dillon – 1st
Kristen Marie Dyke – 2nd*
Colleen Stewart -3rd
Chris Papas -4th
2 6th – 12th
3 13th – 19th Pamela Eibeck – 16th*
Paul Jacobson – 16th
4 20th – 26th Maria Velasco – 23rd*
DeAnna Solina – 24th
5 27th – 31st Peter Ragsdale -27th
David Robb – 28th
Melanie Vieux – 30th*
Catherine Wooton – 30th*
*= 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
Approved 2016/2017 ByLaws










Special thank you to everyone who contributed to The Wheel…

Editor, Leena Mittal. 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, 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