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Next LIVE only meeting Information:
Wednesday, May 25th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The guest speaker will be Lonni Davis of the Hope Haven International( 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
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“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, 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
  • 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 (Ken, Ralph, 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 Waqar introduced Rotaract Chair John Hopsin; Kathy Hart introduced Julie Eckardt-Cantrail; and Past President Kuy Ky introduced Paolo Marullo.
  • 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. A final meeting of the committee was held on 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 – President Elect Colleen was thanked for her and her committee. A full report will follow. President Kevin presented Corie Stewart with a Rotarian of the Month pin, recognizing her help in having this fundraiser succeed.

Heroes Award Event Past President Melanie Vieux informed the Club of the special June 1 meeting. This meeting will begin early and will celebrate five (5) local heroes from the police, sheriff, and FD. She noted that one more table sponsor was needed; Ralph Gresham immediately offered to provide the $500 sponsorship. Pres Kevin expressed his gratitude and rang the bell twice for Ralph’s generosity, and pride in this Club’s members willing to step-up when needed.

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.


Steve Jacobs (Salida Club) and our own Ken Steele presented on the Polio Plus Society & Projects Connecting RCofS to Rotary Foundation

Introduction of Speaker: President Kevin

Steve explained how he and Club member Doctor Joe Serra would normally do this program, but with Joe out of town, he would do his best to keep the Club entertained.
One of the photos that Doctor Jacobs presented included a current Rotarian from the Atwater Club. The arena full of ‘iron lungs’ was taken in the 1950s (Dorothy Pasinni).
He went through the history of polio victims going back to at least 1540 BC (Egyptian Carvings).So far in 2022 there has been three cases (one in Afghanistan and two in Pakistan (same family). There were five (5) cases in 2021. ‘We are this close,’ holding his index finger and thumb about a half-inch apart.
Rotary is concerned about future immunization efforts due to eight (8) volunteers being killed in Pakistan in April. There appears to be Taliban cooperation in Afghanistan (only nice thing he could say about them).
Vaccine induced polio is thought to occur at a rate of one in six million cases. The sugar cubes were 100% effective in the US.
Doctor Jacobs asked that every Rotarian consider being part of the ‘Polio Plus Society Program’ For as little as $100 per year a Society member will be presented with w certificate, pin, and wristband. Secretary Matt noted that our Club has contributed $4,000 this year to the Polio Plus effort.
Ken Steele went through a few slides that detailed how the Club’s contribution to the Rotary Foundation result in international projects that the Club can talk about with pride. Examples include a program to address gender based and sexual violence in Uganda; a drinking water/sanitation program in Pakistan; medical center improvements to benefit developing countries services; and many other projects and programs that this Club participates in with other District 5220 Clubs.
The speaker next week will be from Hope-Haven West which proposes to provide wheelchairs to the needy in San Salvador. This Club need to take pride in good that your contributions are making worldwide.

Next Meeting:  May 25th, 2022

Lonni Davis of the Hope Haven International

Hope Haven Mission

  • Hope Haven West is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing mobility to the disabled poor in developing countries around the world.
  • Our distributions are focused primarily in South and Central America and Mexico.
  • We accept donations of equipment, time or money.

Hope Haven Model

  • Hope Haven West is a 100% model. We don’t pay salaries. We don’t pay any kind of administrative expenses.
  • There’s no advertising or promotional expenses.
  • All administrative and fund raising costs are paid by private benefactors.
  • 100% of everything we collect goes to help kids and adults in the developing world discover mobility.

Hope Haven Team

  • ​Our volunteers collect used and discarded wheelchairs, refurbish them, and prepare them for distribution. In addition, we also distribute newly manufactured pediatric wheel chairs.
  • Volunteer teams (who pay all their own expenses) travel to the host country to provide seating clinics. The clinics include appropriate seating options, and are supervised and directed by professional seating specialists.

Upcoming Speakers

  • 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


Birthday Recognitions

  • Pam Wanger (9th) $75 SRE;
  • Omar Khamisa (11th) $100 split;
  • Bill Johnson (14th) $100 split;
  • Madison Sena (4/30) volunteered $110 split for her birthday and the 110th of Author Murray Studios.

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
(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