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Next LIVE only meeting Information:
Wednesday, June 15th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The guest speaker will be Phillip Merlo, ED San Joaquin County Historical Museum – Museum Site – New Master Plan ( 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, 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 SponsorThis is an opportunity; who needs some more advertising? This month we have our respective Fathers sponsoring these meetings. This is a great honor and way to help our Club’s budget. President Kevin shared his photo slides.
  • 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, Ralph, 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 –Welcome Sharon Tweedy back from her medical procedure and Mel Rakoncza, who is celebrating a release from his doctors today. Our fellow freedom fighters in Ukraine, our homeless neighbors, and all those in need of our thoughts and prayers.
  • Waqar, Maria, Colleen & Corrie at the Houston conference; it will be a great next year!
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – none
  • Visiting Rotarians – none
  • Our newest Rotarian was introduced by DGE Waqar Rizvi. Member Dwayne Garcia nominated Julie Eckardt-Cantrall. Julie provided a brief history of her family and as a former Rotarian is excited to join such a professional group as this Club.
    President Kevin ask every member of the Club to welcome Julie after the meeting and for her to know that we are all here to mentor her as our newest member.
  • 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 or today on the Board in front (June 15th Deadline)!!

  • Rotary Direct & Polio Plus Society: We have 24 direct participants including myself that have our donations electronically our donation taken out automatically and it is easy and adds up fast. The polio Plus Society is only $100 per year. Please consider donating this way. Please see Leonard Hansen, Secretary Matt, or President Kevin for more details.

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)

An Opportunity – Advertise in the Wheel. You will have the opportunity to again advertise your business, hobby, profession or nonprofit in  The Wheel this coming Rotary year which starts July 1.  These ads will take the format of a business card and will be approximately 2 ½”
by 1".  Cost will be $300 for a rotary year – a very reasonable cost to get your name in front of an elite group every week and make a contribution to our club at the same time. Please contact Graham Tweedy at 209-598-5881 or at

Our local emergency food bank can always use your food donations. To learn what they need this month, please see there webpage at Calendar ( Thank you for your service above self!

Club Announcements

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

Past President Gary Frush – Kickout Meeting was announced.

Memorial Day Event: Past President Bob Blower. Past President Michael thank all those who help with both the cleanup and the day of the event. He is proud of what his Dad has accomplished and expects to take over his reigns someday with this important project.

Past President Bill Brown – Day with the Ports – this Friday, June 10th 7:05 pm. Fifteen of us have signed up and we need another 10 to meet our 25 ticket minimum.


Dot Lofstrom, Environmental Investigations: A Geologist’s Perspective

Introduction of Speaker: Past President Melanie Vieux

Ms. Lofstrom provided a significant number of slides depicting the background for the environmental law known as CERCLA, or the Superfund Law. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was signed into law in 1980. The reason for the nickname of ‘superfund’ was that the 1.5-billion-dollar package was a significantly big number for that period of time. President Nixon signed the law establishing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970.
Dot provided a few examples of the environmental contaminations/disasters that led to enforcement of CERCLA and the establishment of Earth Day. The later started at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) with 50,000 interested folks showing up for the first ‘environmental learn-in’ conference.
The contamination by Hooker Chemical Company in Love Canal New York is one of the most famous superfund sites. This canal connects the Niagara River at each of its ends. The community and school adjacent to it were eventually evacuated and it took until 2004 for the site to be cleaned-up. Blackhawk Village has been developed on this site.
Times Beach near Vernon, Missouri became a ghost-town after the 90-horses and many animals will killed there, where the EPA determined that the dust control oil used on its dirt roads were contaminated with Dioxin. This superfund site has been completely restored and was turned into a Route 66 park and having no historical story present on the events at Times Beach. The polluter was never brought to justice.
Ms. Lofstrom answered a number of questions from Club members and received a sounding round of applause for her presentation.

Next Meeting:  June 15th, 2022

Phillip Merlo, ED San Joaquin County Historical Museum – Museum Site – New Master Plan!


Phillip was born and raised in Stockton, California, where he currently is the Executive Director at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. His passions include local history, youth empowerment, cultural bridge building, environmental science and policy, and East Asian languages and history.

After graduating from Franklin High with his IB diploma, Phillip attended UC Berkeley, studying abroad at Peking and Minzu Universities in Beijing, China. He graduated from Berkeley with degrees in Geography and History, and wrote his honors thesis on the creation of civic identity in a culturally diverse area of Southern China. At Berkeley he worked as a Resident and Community Leadership Assistant at Bowles Hall, and was nationally recognized for his programming and community development work by the National Residence Hall Honorary Society. He has taught seventh and tenth grade history at Franklin High School. He moonlights as a local historian and Science Olympiad Coach.

His experiences growing up in South and Midtown Stockton, as a student at Berkeley, and in China motivate him to use history to empower and provide opportunities for young people. While working in Stockton he hopes to continue his research on the municipal government’s history of disinvestment in low income communities, and to partner with other educators to build new forums for youth civics and local history education.

Upcoming Speakers

  • June 22nd, 2022 – Emily Grimmius, Miss San Joaquin County/ Legislative Advocacy Intern


Birthday Recognitions

  • Sharon Tweedy (20th) $75 RI;
  • Pam Wenger volunteered to donate $59 to SRE acknowledging her and Eldo’s recent wedding anniversary

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
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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!

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