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Next LIVE only meeting Information:
Wednesday, May 11th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The guest speaker will be Louis Ponick & Moses Zapien, Community Foundation of San Joaquin( bio ).

Please plan to show up around noon as it is anticipated we will be serving lunch prior to the meeting starting at 12:15 pm.

Meeting on-line reservations
Click on “Meeting Lunch Reservations” in the blue bar at the top (or click this blue box)

“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
  • Song of the Day – Past-President Michael Blower led the Club in ‘take-me-out to the ballgame’.
  • Thought of the day – President Kevin was happy to support his Club with a photo of his mom from ~1941, and his grandkids (Quinn and Scarlett). Each member of this Club have the same opportunity in May for Moms and June for Dads; please support your Club.
  • Meeting Sponsor: This is an opportunity; who needs some more advertising. This month we have our respective Mothers sponsoring these meetings. This is a great honor and way to help our Club’s budget.
  • 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, Monie, Duane, and Eddie). Always thanks to Waqar Rizvi, Graham Tweedy and Leena Mittal for all their hard work in taking notes and preparing and getting us the Wheel. The Club provided a round of applause for all the Worker Bees of Rotary Stockton.
  • Concern Report – Ken & Rita Steele recovering from a COVID strain; our fellow freedom fighters in Ukraine; our homeless neighbors, and all those in need of our thoughts and prayers.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Past President introduced Dot Lofstrum, a geologist whom will be presenting to our Club later this month. Recipients of SRE checks introduced themselves: Linda Minion and Dorita Ivy.
  • Visiting Rotarians –Past President Waqar introduced Jay Hislop from the North Stockton Club and Arnold, and on his way to our Club.
  • 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. Also, and NBA Pool is in the works for the final game score; please buy your squares online.
  • 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.
  • Liz Hull provided an update on Membership and what they are up to with the COG projects suggesting that the program committee include the homeless ambassador Guru we all have met on our tours of encampments. A final meeting of the committee is scheduled for Monday the 9th.
  • 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)

Club Announcements

Note: We will only be live; other than hybrid for special occasions.

Retention/Attendance Committee headed by Ken Steele- calls beginning this week!

Past President Gary Frush – Kickout Meeting was announced.

Past President  Bill Brown informed the Club of a fellowship opportunity at the Ports game on Friday, June 10th. Tickets are for the ‘back-porch’ seats and includes a meal ($37 each). More extravagant meals are available at 4 and 8 dollars more. This is a great chance to meet with your Club members in a fun setting. We are committed to purchase at least 25-seats, so please sign up right away.

President Kevin provided a 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. A survey from Matt is now on-line to help your Board make a final decision on these issues.
Budget Committee meeting at 1:30 today in the bar area of this ballroom.

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.

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.

Presentation of SRE Checks
Paul Koslow, President of Stockton Rotary Endowment presented 2 checks from SRE to (1) East of Eden K-9 Rescue for $2,500 (Linda Minion) and (2) to the Women’s Center for $10,098.00 (Dorita Ivy).

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


Phillip Merlo, Executive Director of San Joaquin County Historical Museum; Metropolis, Lost: The Development of Stockton

Introduction of Speaker: Diane Stauffer

Out of the gate of his ‘abbreviated’ 1.5-hour lecture slides Phillip asked the Club ‘who owns history? The most popular answer was ‘the victors’ and it will be written by our grandchildren. Professor Merlo took the Club through the history of Stockton as much as time would allow today, and he committed to come back to a subsequent meeting to complete the topic.
It is estimated that ~80,000 indigenous residents existed in the Stockton region prior to the 1840s. The gold rush brought Anglo-Saxon adventurers world-wide to the Stockton area. The Chinese followed and provided the labor to construct the levee system that now supports the delta islands and the navigation connection to San Francisco Bay. In the 1870 to 1890 period, Stockton became the agricultural hub for the entire Central Valley due to its ability to export crops from the fertile soils of this valley worldwide.
Including the County pockets within the City of Stockton boundaries and the migrant workers that move in to harvest crops from area farms, the current population is between 420 and 430,000 residents. This is more than 100,000 more than the City population.
One of California’s first billionaires was George Shima (Shima Tract), a Stockton native who developed and built much of the original Stockton homes and communities.
Due to the access to one of the nations largest natural gas reserves under the Delta, Stockton built and operated segregated bath houses throughout town. They were all eventually shut down due to labor and operational cost. South of what used to be known as North Street (now Harding), Stockton resident enjoyed an electric car/bus system that allowed travel within any portion of the city in a 10-minute timeframe.
Philip gave the Club a taste of the remainder of his lecture when he learned that he was out of time (Pres Kevin apologized for giving him the wrong impression). His theory is that the 2008 subprime loan collapse in Stockton was at least partially due to the 80-years of segregation policies adopted throughout the City using the CCRs as the method to exclude specific races. This created a ‘rental-trap’ for these minorities, displacing many of them from 1956 to 1964. Many families have still not recovered.
Grupe and Spanos built north Stockton from 1986 through 1995, and this growth continues. Many of these homes were sold to families that could not afford them once the bubble-burst. Moe explanation to come from Professor Merlo.

Next Meeting:  May 18th, 2022

Louis Ponick & Moses Zapien, Community Foundation of San Joaquin

Mosses Zapien, CEO/President

Moses Zapien is born and raised in Stockton, Moses was the first in his family to graduate from college and has dedicated his life and career to serving his community. After attending University of the Pacific and University of Southern California, Moses followed his dreams and became an attorney, earning his law degree from Laurence Drivon School of Law. Furthering his education, Moses recently earned a master’s in public affairs from UC Berkeley.
Moses started his career in public service in 2012 when he was elected to serve on the Stockton City Council, where he worked to improve the socioeconomic state of the City. He then was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and elected as Chairman in 2016. In 2017, Moses was appointed as the CEO/President of the Foundation.

Louis Ponick, Director of Donor Relations

Louis Ponick joined the Community Foundation of San Joaquin in January 2020. Prior to accepting the position of Director of Donor Relations, he served as the Foundation’s Director of Grants and Scholarships. Louis has served as Assistant Dean for Development at the University o f the Pacific’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, as the National

Director of Major and Planned Gifts at the PETA Foundation in Berkeley, CA, and as CEO of the Save-Mart Employee Association in Modesto, CA. He has a B.A. from Sonoma State University and an M.B.A. from C.S.U. Sacramento.
Presently, Louis is responsible for providing top-quality customer service to current and potential fund holders, and ensuring a consistent donor experience across the organization.

Upcoming Speakers

  • May 18, 2022  – Steve Jacobs (Salida Club) and Ken Steele, Polio Plus Society & Projects Connecting RCofS to Rotary Foundation
  • May 25, 2022 -Lonni Davis, Hope Haven International
  • June 1, 2022 – Heroes Luncheon, Stockton PD, SJ Sheriff, CHP + Stockton FD Heroes Awards
  • June 8th, 2022 – Dot Lofstrom, Environmental Investigations: A Geologist’s Perspective
  • June 15th, 2022 – Phillip Merlo, ED San Joaquin County Historical Museum – Museum Site – New Master Plan!
  • June 22nd, 2022 – Emily Grimmius, Miss San Joaquin County/ Legislative Advocacy Intern


President Kevin presented a Paul Harris +5 pin to Pam Wanger in recognition for her continues support of the Rotary. Pam accepted this honor with a statement that she was proud and happy to support such a great organization.

Birthday Recognitions

  • Steve Bestolarides (26th) $100 RF;
  • Julie Van Vuren (5/3) $1,000 RF ;
  • Corrie Stewart (tomorrow) $72 split.

May 2022 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st -7th Julie Van Vuren – 3rd May
Corie Stewart – 5th May
Henry Wong – 7th May
2 8th – 14th Pam Wenger – 9th May
Omar Khamisa  – 11th May*
Bill Johnson  – 14th May
3 15th – 21st Sharon Tweedy – 20th May
4 22nd – 28th Heather Schlenger  – 22nd May
Rigoberto Cervantes – 23rd May
Adam Cheshire – 24th May
Harry Shergill  – 25th May*
Ralph Saroyan – 27th May*
5 29th – 31st Chad Sublet – 30th May
*= 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
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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