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(Submitted by Past President 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:


Wednesday, April 6th, 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 Denise Ost, President & CEO Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley, ).

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 – Assistant District Governor Waqar Rizvi talked about “Change” and will presented the following two quotes.The first one was made by Cael Norman Sanderson is an American former folkstyle and freestyle wrestler who is the current head coach of Penn State University’s wrestling team. As a wrestler, he won an Olympic Gold medal and was undefeated in four years of college wrestling at Iowa State University (159–0). He quoted on change, “Unless you continually work, evolve, and innovate, you’ will learn a quick and painful lesson from someone who has”. The second quote is by President John F. Kennedy who said this in 1963 and this is still so relevant. “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”. Dear Rotarians and guests you are the leaders in this community, therefore embrace change and be a change agent, whether it is your work or in your Rotary club. Remember innovation and change is painful and yet the rewards are priceless.
  • Special Thanks to – Secretary Matt Grizzle and Corie Stewart for the making the Live/Zoom meeting possible and our Srgnt at Arms team today (John, 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 fighter in Ukraine, our homeless neighbors, and all those in need of our thoughts and prayers. Past President Terry Hull coming home soon; prayers and positive thoughts do matter.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians –Past President Melanie introduced next week’s speaker, Denise Ost and Stockton PD Lt Dan Lourey. Corrie introduced her son Lex. PP Kuy Ky introduced his associate dentist Paolo. Marcella introduced Robert Wilson, Angelou from Spanos Elementary School, and Elenore from Catholic Charities. President Elect Colleen introduced Elso from the Community for the blind.
  • 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, President of Stockton Rotary Endowment presented 3 SRE checks to Spanos Elementary School (Angelou), Catholic Charities (Ellenor), and Community Center for the Blind (Elsa).

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.
  • 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.

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

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.

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:SJ County Sheriff Pat Withrow, Update from the Sheriff

Introduced By:Rotarian Tom Patti introduced our speaker with some ‘tongue-in-cheek’ stories.

Sheriff Withrow expressed his appreciation for this opportunity to address this Club. He has been our Sheriff for 3-1/2 years and is starting to make progress in the direction that he envisions for the Department. He will be our Sheriff again for another 4-years because no one has filed to run against him this election cycle.
He summarized all the departments and units of the Sheriff’s office including the newly staffed motorcycle unit.
Sheriff Withrow reported that they have cleared the homeless from all County lands. This was done in a humanitarian way, assuring that each person had a place to go. Both he and the Board of Supervisors have the goal of compassionately addressing the homelessness issue in the County and it appears to be working. CalTrans and the City are also working on this approach and are expected to make similar progress as the services and support become available for this part of our population.
A new officer memorial was dedicated at the Stockton PD yesterday, and the Sheriff expects that one will be constructed at their office as well.
He expressed his disappointment in the state assembly law & justice sub-committee’s failure to support a bill supported by the Sheriff to address the thefts of catalytic converters. The proposed law sponsored by AM Bill Villapuada would have required stamping these with the VIN to help the DA’s office press charges when these parts are recovered. The committee could only find two votes in support of this Bill. The consensus appeared to be that we have enough regulations on vehicle and the possibility for success was not there. The Sheriff seizes anywhere from 10 to 100’s of catalytic converters at a time but cannot get the DA to press charges because it can not be proven which cars they come from. The cost of replacement ($1,500 to $5,000) could be devastating to a low to moderate income family.
In response to questions from PP Jim Dyke, PP Bob Blower, and Ken Steele, the Sheriff said that there were approximately 900 total employees in all departments and units. The average length of incarcerations for the 1,300 people currently in County jail is about 30-days. The end of the COVID pandemic, having social services available to help in the cause, and having a full forced Sheriff department staff should lead to a reduction in domestic abuse cases in the County.

Next Meeting:  April 6th, 2022

Denise Ost, President & CEO
Goodwill Industries of San Joaquin Valley, Inc.

Denise Ost has dedicated her career to helping others help themselves. With more than thirty-five years of service as President and CEO of Goodwill San Joaquin Valley, she spends much of her time driving up and down the Highway 99 corridor, from Lodi to Visalia. SheGoodwill oversees 18 Goodwill sites, including 15 stores, 2 distribution centers and a donation express.

During Denise’s tenure, Goodwill San Joaquin Valley has positively impacted the lives of more than 58,000 individuals with barriers to employment. Providing jobs, and developing many employees for careers in leadership positions, is what she is most passionate about.

Born and raised in Lodi, Denise graduated from central valley schools including San Joaquin Delta College and California State University, Fresno. Denise is a Certified Executive with Goodwill Industries International, a Certified Trainer through Zenger-Miller, and is certified in Total Compensation Design and Management through the American Compensation Association.

Denise and her husband, Chris, have made their home in Stockton for more than 25 years.

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



Birthday Recognitions

  • Melanie View (30th) $57 SRE; and received a B’day song and her left over playing cards from her year as President;
  • Rotarian Tom Patti was recognized for a bellringer ($250 split between SRE and RF) for a successful campaign event on St. Patti’s day;
  • Marcella and Kuy Ky agree to pay $100 each to the RF for the free advertising Kuy E Ky received last week from Marcella.

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!



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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