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Next LIVE only meeting Information:
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The guest speaker will be Dot Lofstrom, Environmental Investigations: A Geologist’s Perspective( 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
  • Thought of the day – Marcella Gracewski, as a Rotarian and a spouse of a first responder (Stockton PD) expressed her feelings
    from experience of her and her friends about the position of having a spouse that is in harms-way every
    time they go to work. It was powerful and well received by the ~120 people attending this meeting.
  • 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. 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 – our fellow freedom fighters in Ukraine; our homeless neighbors, and all those in need of our thoughts and prayers.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.


Stockton Rotary Heroes Awards Presentation

Master of Ceremonies, Supervisor Tom Patti

Tom Patti opens the awards presentation with some thoughts of why those to receive awards today are heroes and the importance to the Rotary Club of Stockton membership that they be properly recognized.
Tom provided some levity by suggesting that especially the law enforcement and investigatory personnel present from the four entities have been helpful over the years in solving capers and acts of larceny at the Rotary Club of Stockton.
A. CHP Recipient: MC Tom introduced Captain Mel Hutsell from the Stockton California Highway Patrol Office.
Captain Hutsell provided a lengthy list of commendations to support his Officer Jeffrey Steele to receive the Rotary Club of Stockton’s Hero Award for this past year. “Officer Steele conducts himself with the utmost professionalism and often goes above and beyond in his service to the community. He is highly respected by his peers and supervisors alike.” Captain Steele humbly accepted the Hero
award provided to him and provided a few words of thanks to Rotary, his family, and colleagues.
B. Stockton Fire Department: MC Tom introduced Captain Kevin Taylor.
Captain Taylor provided an inspirational speech about the Stockton Fire Department and the Stockton community. He expressed his pride in serving both. His heartfelt speech included expressing his love for his mentor and friend who gave his life in the line of duty, Captain Max Fortuna. Captain Taylor explained all the many accomplishments of Captain Fortuna and used example to emphasize the dedication he had to his company , the department, and his community. He also explained how he refers to Captain Fortuna often when he is training other personnel. The ‘bar’ Captain Fortuna set is very high, but he and everyone that he trains is expected to reach for that ‘bar’ of excellence.
Captain Taylor accepted the Hero award from MC Tom and will pass it along to Captain Fortuna’s widow who was sitting at their table.
C. Stockton Police Department: MC Tom introduced Senir Chaplain Jesse Kenyon.
Chaplain Kenyon provided some thoughtful and caring stories about how first responders deal with the risks of the job and the grief that comes with losing a fellow first responder. Officer Pancho Freer bravely assisted his fellow officer and the family they were attempting to protect a year ago here in Stockton when Officer Jimmy Inn was killed. His actions resulted in saving the life a child at the scene
and allowed his to do all he could for his fellow officer. According to the Stockton PD Facebook page, Officer Freer has an excellent attitude, good work ethic, and is a team player at the department. Officer Freer accepted the Hero award with gratitude and humility, saying that the real Hero is Jimmy.
D. San Joaquin Sheriff Department: MC Tom introduced Lieutenant Andrew Theodore.
Lieutenant Theodore provided a long biography for their department’s Hero, Deputy Sheriff Steve Jacobson. A native Californian that had an extensive career before desire to relocate to Stockton from Oakland. He now heads up the Agricultural and special investigations section of the department and has been doing a stellar job. His work has brought countless criminals to justice including some that were completed in cooperation with Federal, State, and local enforcement offices. In accepting the Hero award from MC Tom, Deputy Chief Jacobson provided some prideful comments about the accomplishments of Rotary as well as the other agencies in the room. In possible the best line of the entire day, he made eye-contact with Officer Freer and assured him that he was indeed a Hero, and nobody in this room thinks otherwise.
E. James Nance Award: MC Tom introduced Officer James (Jamie) Nance. Officer Nance explained the reason for this award and asked last year’s recipient (Dan) to join with him in presenting this year’s award. He provided his history with the Rotary Club of Stockton (2015
via past president Michael Blower) and his time as an active officer with Stockton PD. His near-death experience in 2018, being hit while in pursuit on his PD motorcycle was heart wrenching to hear. Jamie now has a Nance Strong Foundation that supports first responders that have suffered spinal injuries. In receiving his Hero award, the following year, the Rotary Club of Stockton felt it appropriate to make the James Nance Award an annual honor for a first responder of Jamie’s choice. His choice this year is Senior Chaplain Jesse Kenyon. The support and compassion Jamie received during especially his darkest days of recovery made him an easy choice for this year’s Jamie Nance Award. Chaplain Kenyon provided some history of himself and what brought him to the Stockton PD, and he was not only surprised to receive this honor, but grateful to Jamie and the Stockton Rotary Club.

Closing Remarks

MC Tom Patti asked President Kevin to take back his meeting. Kevin thanks Tom for his spectacular work as MC and Corrie Stewart for managing the slides for this meeting.
Kevin recognized the sponsors of this meeting and asked the sponsors representative to stand and be recognized.
1. Emergency Food Bank – Leonard Hansen
2. Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. – Ralph Gresham
3. California Water Service Company – Shannon Ding
4. Gem Mortgage – President Elect Colleen Stewart
5. Law Offices of Elizabeth Mowry Hull – Liz Hull
President Kevin offered that any non-Rotarian guest in the room is welcome to join the Stockton Rotary Club as his guest next Wednesday at noon. Just show up and tell the Sargent at Arms that Kevin is covering your lunch. WE think you will enjoy a regular meeting just as much as today’s meeting. And this was the best meeting of the year.


Next Meeting:  June 8th, 2022

Dot Lofstrom, Environmental Investigations: A Geologist’s Perspective

He is a Senior Engineering Geologist (Supervisor) at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Environmental Protection Agency. My unit of eight geologists provides technical support for the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites, focusing on military bases, hazardous waste landfills, and petrochemical plants. He is  a co-author of DTSC’s Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Advisory, and a contributing author on DTSC’s Vapor Intrusion Guidance, Active Soil Gas Investigations Advisory, and Vapor Intrusion Public Participation Advisory. He is also pleased to be the State Engagement Coordinator for the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC), to serve on the ITRC Advisory Board, and be a member of ITRC’s Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Team, specifically focusing on the mitigation aspect of petroleum vapor intrusion. {source: LinkedIn Profile}

Upcoming Speakers

  • 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

June 2022 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st -4th
2 5th – 11th Doug Wilhoit – 5th June
Dwayne Garcia – 6th June
Kris Blower – 10th June
3 12th – 18th James Nance – 15th June*
Joseph Ambriz – 15th June*
Robert Gross – 17th June
Kevin Kauffman – 17th June
Amy Scriven – 18th June
4 19th – 25th Dale Drury – 21st June
Ralph Gresham – 25th June
5 26th – 30th Geneva Bamidele  – 28th June
Ort Lofthus – 29th June*
*= 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