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Next Hybrid Virtual and LIVE Meeting Information:
“The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community”
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)
Retention/Attendance Committee headed by Ken Steele- calls beginning this week!
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.
Blain Bibb made a ‘point-of-order’ that President Kevin introduced the City’s Economic Development Director as our speakers assistant. Kevin agreed to pay a $50 fine to the SRE for this insult although Carrie and Kevin agreed that we all assist Harry Black.
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: https://youtu.be/mklK1tHualI
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: Mike and David from Stockton Diamond Grade, “Separation Project”
Introduced By:President Kevin introduced David Lipari and Mike Higgins.
David Lipari from the San Joaquin Rail Commission and the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, and Mike Higgins from HDR
engineering David as the marketing manager for his employer provided the background on the Stockton Diamond Grade Separation Project. This is the project to modify the Union Pacific railroad tracks to be proceed without delay over top of the BNSF railroad tracks. This diamond location currently delays traffic on the N-S UPRR (Amtrack and ACE) trains and the E-W BNSF RR trains (from the Port of Stockton and Inter-Model train Center SE of Stockton.
Mike Higgins the project engineer for this project walked the Club members through his slides and poster boards of how the project will be constructed and what design options continue to be discussed by the project team and the public. The project is currently receiving public comments on its NEPA review process. It has already successfully completed its CEQA review. Rotarians were encouraged to provide comments today, or on the cards handed out today, or many other options available to the public.
Rotarians had many questions and David and Mike agreed to remain after the meeting to continue to address these questions. Cost will be covered primarily with Federal and State funding. Efficiency will be improved by at least 30% and no additional train traffic was anticipated. Minister Watkins had not heard about this project but was reassured that there has been a multi-year public outreach program to reach as many folks as possible. This appears to be a project that everyone in the region should support. Construction is expected to begin in June of 2023.
Next Meeting: April 27th, 2022
Ron Freitas, SJ County Prosecutor, “Being a Deputy DA in the juvenile division & member of LUSD board”
As a Prosecutor for the DA’s Office for over 30 years, Ron brings a unique set of skills that help guarantee we have the safe and secure schools our children deserve, as well as, ethics and integrity to promote a transparent and responsive leadership. In 2017, he was named the California District Attorneys Association Instructor of the Year. He is currently, Co-Chair of the California District Attorney’s Association Gang Violence Suppression Committee.
Ron is current President of the Lodi Unified School Board and past Vice-President. In 2016, he served as President of the Measure U campaign where voters approved $280 million to increase school security, provide new construction, and needed classroom renovations. He is the Past President and current Board of Director for Giving Opportunities to Kids (GOT Kids) Foundation which raised over $750,000 for needy Lodi Unified students to have a fuller educational experience. He is also a member of the California School Boards Association and the San Joaquin School Boards Association.
The safety of our neighborhoods is important to Ron. He raised his family in this community. His daughters are Lodi Unified graduates, and his grandson graduated from LUSD in 2020.
- May 4, 2022 – Mary Eberhardt, VP Bank of Stockton, “Stockton History”
- May 11, 2022 – Louis Ponick & Moses Zapien, Community Foundation of San Joaquin
- Pete Wolfe (4/10) $89 SRE;
- Matt Grizzle (4/18) $46 RF;
- Chevvy Lema (4/15) was going to donate $40 to the RF, but if one or more individuals reach a bell-ringer, she will commit to $250 to RF; The following folks made up the additional bell-ringer: Christine Morrissey ($100); Walt Wager ($50); Kuy E Ky ($50); and, Frank Whitney ($54) recognizing his wedding anniversary as well.
April 2022 Birthdays…
|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|
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|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!
Attn: Matthew Grizzle, Club Secretary
1024 W. Robinhood Dr. Suite 5
P.O. Box 7457
Stockton CA 95267
Phone: (209) 472-9662
Fax: (209) 472-9664
Rotary International President
District 5220 Governor
Assistant Governor Area 2
Muhammad Waqar Ali Rizvi
Stockton Rotary Club President
Kevin M Kauffman
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