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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, April 13th, 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 Harry Black, City Managerbio ).

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 – Kevin apologized for any political message from last week’s meeting and is committed to refrain from similar events in the future. But just to show that ‘religion’ can upset members to Kevin mentioned that he put on his Meta-FaceBook page a summary of a great article about what we can all try to do during the Lenten season (A Christian honored time).
  • 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 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 fighters in Ukraine, our homeless neighbors, and all those in need of our thoughts and prayers. Past President Terry Hull is back home; Don Barry is in St Joesph now with a broken leg; prayers do matter. Immediate Past president Gary noted that he will be having a second knee replacement next week. President Kevin also mentioned that he will be having a cardio version procedure on Thursday.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians –Past President Kuy E Ky introduced Paolo Murido, his colleague who is interested in becoming a member. Past President Melanie Vieux introduce Carrie Sass.
  • Visiting Rotarians –None
  • 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.)
  • Presentation of SRE Checks Paul Koslow presented 2 SRE checks:  Julie Eckardt-Cantrall from St. Joseph’s Foundation of San Joaquin $5,651, and either Sara Garfield from TLC or Judy Chambers as a board member $12,600.

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 today!! #’s will be drawn after today’s meeting (Kansas 3 and NC 9).
  • 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.
  • Monie Ky and Liz Hull described their fundraising event for May and June of this year. May will be Mother’s month and June will be Father’s month. For a $40 fee, one can have their parent included in a slide show to be shown during the social portion of every meeting in these respective months. If one wanted to choose two mothers or fathers they can purchase both for $75.
  • 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.
  • Liz Hull – Membership COG – They met last night and their projects are proceeding with the next event being on April 12th at the Shelter and preparing the application for Rotary sponsored public art.

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

President Elect Designee Walt Wager: Hope and Harmony Event by the Uplift All Foundation, which provides services for the homeless. It will occur on April 23rd, at Harmony Wynelands. $25 to SRE

Note: Live Meetings will continue, and you can make your reservations online and gives us a good headcount and you can even prepay for lunches. Beginning May 4th (may the 4th be with you), we will not be conducting HYBRID meetings; other than for special occasions.

Board Meeting April 20th – 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. You will soon be receiving a survey from Matt to help your Board make a final decision on these issues.

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:Denise Ost, President & CEO San Joaquin Valley Goodwill Industries – Growing Good Will

Introduced By:Past President & Past District Governor Dr. Joe Serra

Ms. Ost provided to ‘story behind the store’. They operate in 13-counties regionally starting in 1937 locally, but over 100 years nationally. Their motto is ‘strength comes from those that work.’ Each store provides jobs for about 40 individuals that otherwise may not have the opportunity to be in the workforce.
The pandemic was a struggle for Goodwill. As a ‘non-essential’ portion of our workforce they were forced to close. People cleaned up their homes and ended up littering their stores with what became hazardous waste. It costs Goodwill $250,000 to take this waste to the dump in addition to the $2 million loss from being closed. They received help from the government but are still recovery from the shutdown. The local March Lane store is now open six days a week from 10 am to 6 pm. Once the employee shortage is over, they intend to extend their hours and days.
Asking for Rotarians to spread the word, Denise asked that whenever the ‘roll-up doors’ are closed, please do not leave your donated items. Even if people are their wearing orange vest taking items; if the doors are closed, these are likely imposters.
A new 10,000 SF outlet store opening on Arch Rd near Airport Way. This store is expected to double the sales volume due to the intended customer that this store will serve.

Next Meeting:  April 13th, 2022

Harry Black, City Manager

Harry Black is a recognized champion of change and innovation who focuses on transforming organizations by applying best practices and outcome-based strategies. Black’s extensive career includes leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. He is a seasoned executive having served as city manager, deputy chief administrative officer, chief financial officer, program manager, and chief procurement officer.

Black is a leader and pioneer in the development and implementation of performance management programs for cities, helping them to optimize transparency, accountability, and overall performance, thereby improving overall service delivery. Black has implemented a comprehensive integrated systems approach that allows public sector organizations to optimize performance and results. He advocates for the systematic integration of data analytics, lean techniques, smart technologies, citistat programs, and laser-focused strategic planning.

In the area of public financial management, Black has led efforts for several large American cities in the issuance of more than $5 billion of municipal bond transactions from general obligation bonds, revenue anticipation notes, revenue bonds, short-term banknotes, and operating leases.  Successfully represented multiple municipalities to rating agencies. In three cases efforts led to bond rating and outlook upgrades. Black has a proven track record of helping cities successfully address structural budget imbalances, budget shortfalls, strengthening reserves and achieving healthcare and pension reform.

Black has served as a leader in the area of capital program development and execution having served as Program Manager of a $500 million, five-year Federal design and construction program, building academic, food service, dormitory, medical, athletic/recreational, and vocational training facilities, supporting 20 million gross square feet of facilities across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Black is credited with helping cities overcome debt capacity constraints with the introduction of innovative debt financing solutions that allowed these cities to be able to more than double lane miles repaved/preventative maintenance, fleet refreshment, new schools, new recreation centers, and gateway beautification.

Black is published in subjects ranging from community & economic development, pension & healthcare reform, and performance management & data analytics. In addition, he has delivered numerous presentations on the aforementioned subjects, as well as police-community relations reforms, infrastructure development, public procurement, and long-range public financial planning.

Black received his BS in Public Administration from Virginia State University and his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Virginia.

Upcoming Speakers

  • April 13, 2022 –  Stockton City Manager, Harry Black, “City of Stockton – updates”
  • April 20, 2022 –  Mike and David from Stockton Diamond Grade,  “Separation Project”
  • April 27, 2022  – Ron Freitas, SJ County Prosecutor, “Being a Deputy DA in the juvenile division & member of LUSD board”
  • May 4, 2022  – Mary Eberhardt, VP Bank of Stockton,  “Stockton History”
  • May 11, 2022 – Louis Ponick & Moses Zapien, Community Foundation of San Joaquin



  • Monie Ky (5th) $105 to Foundation (10-squares);
  • Liz Hull and Past President Gary Frush – Sharing ice flow machine for Gary’s knee replacement medical procedure next week; Each will provide $50 each to the SRE & RF.
  • Susanne Huebel donated $300 to the RF for the Ukraine relief effort.

Birthday Recognitions

  •  President Kevin for Colleen Stewart $100 RF – birthday in March

April 2022 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st -2nd
2 3rd – 9th Bruce Uch – 3rd April
Monie Ky – 5th April
Sylvan Young – 6th April*
Blain Bibb – 6th April*
Peter Lynch – 8th April
Ronald Allison – 8th April
3 10th – 16th Peter Wolfe – 10th April
Jose Gutierrez -12th April
Judith Chambers -14th April
Jessica Garcia -15th April
Chheavy Lema -15th April
4 17th – 23rd Matthew Grizzle – 18th April
Gerardo Garcia – 20th April*
5 24th – 30st Steve Bestolarides – 26th April
Melvin Rakoncza – 28th April
Karen Munro – 29th April
Madisen Sena – 30th April
*= 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
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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