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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, August 24th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be will be “High profile funeral services” by Larry Charles Davis( 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 Colleen Stewart called the meeting to order.

    Welcome to our members and their guests to a year of Service Above Self. “Imagine” 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 in February. We have a rich history in Stockton.

    Meetings are brought to you live at the Stockton Golf and Country Club.

  • Music Selection: From 1963 The Ronettes ,released  “Be my Baby”
    1966  The Youngbloods released “Get together”
    1981 The Rolling Stones “Start me Up”.  And a little trivia, in 1995 Microsoft paid the band 12 million pounds to use the song to promote their start button
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – led by Diane Stauffer.
  • Song of the day: Past-President Michael Blower lead us in the  song.
  • Thought of the day:Sharon Tweedy provided the thought of the day. Englishman Joseph Addison wrote in the early 1700’s about happiness. Quote: ‘Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are: Something to do, something to love, something to hope for.’
    This certainly addresses our personal life but I thought it also addresses our Rotary life:
    1. Something to do – within our club there are a pleura of things to do from volunteering to help with the Oyate Gathering on Sept. 17th, joining a community activity such as the Stockton Rotary Read In or participating internationally in a project like Marcella’s wheelchair project to El Salvador. What is on your Rotary something to do list?
    2. Something to love – as an example, my Rotary love is fostering literacy in our community through collecting books for Spanos School Library, Christmas books for K – 3rd graders with Santa Bob Blower’s help, supporting Read to Me, Stockton and so on. What is on your Rotary something to love list?
    3. Something to hope for – RI’s 7 areas of focus speak to the idea of hope for a better future for our world. With the addition of the most current focus, Supporting the Environment, Rotary is pledged to make our world a better place. What area of focus fills you with hope?
  • Meeting Sponsor: We have a meeting sponsor this week. Gerardo Garcia, Regional Vice-President of Appreciation and he shared a program he assists businesses/non-profits to get reimbursed for employing during Covid and it’s called Employee Retention Credit under CARES Act .
  • Special Thanks to –  A round of applause for all the Worker Bees of Rotary Stockton. We appreciate you and all your time and effort. There are many that are the core of our organization that go unnoticed but not unappreciated. Thanks to everyone that assists us in all we do. I need to thank the set-up team, Sergeant at arms, Ken Steele, Dwayne Garcia, Eddie Arias, Monie Ky. I want to thank the Board as we had a meeting on Monday. Matt, our Secretary for all his behind the scene work as well as Louie Lemos, Treasurer. And we can’t forget Sharon for always bringing a book. Finally, the speaker committee for getting interesting speakers lined up for us to hear.
  • Concern Report –We have very sad news to report our long term 50-year member, Reid Johnson, passed away last week. His celebration of life is September 2nd at 10:30 at the First Congregational Church.
    We have our District Governor Chris Daly that has announced that she has breast cancer and will be having chemo and other treatments and will be scaling some of her Rotary work down and we need to keep her in our prayers.
  • Weekly door prize:We have a ticket for the Oyate Gathering donated by Chris Pappas today. Round of applause for Chris as this is a value of $85.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Courtney Hayes came with Tom Perry and has applied for membership
    Ben Ky, son of Past President Kuy Ky
    Bill Alessio, son of Ron Allison and also applied for membership
    Carrie Fox with UOP and came with guest speaker and introduced by Corie Stewart
  • Visiting Rotarians – none
  • 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.)

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)

Rotary News

Rotary Direct: We have 26 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 myself for more details.

Leonard Hansen, our Foundation Chair announced that we received some funds for Rotary International and are well on our way with $17,216 towards our goal of $30k.

We are needing Silent Auction items, Live Auction items and ticket sells. President Colleen’s first committee meeting was held yesterday. They are making progress and need to sell tickets. Flyers are on the table and the QR code is there to make it easy to purchase or you can go to our website. We are getting wine donations and some silent and live auction items and now we need sign ups for help and have a meeting scheduled for final details and assignments and times for Oyate Committee to be held at President Colleen’s office Thursday August 25th at 5:30

Help Needed

  • Speaking of donations that we want to collect, we are assisting The Emergency Food Bank with needed donations each month and this month they are collecting boxed mashed potatoes for the holiday season. To learn what they need this month, please see there webpage at Calendar (  We truly thank you kindhearted and generous Rotarians.
  • We ask of us all to give from our time, talent, and treasures. If you are unable to give treasure, then time or talent is needed. We need help with set up each week, greeters, notetakers, and shut down. We need someone to lead COG. Does anyone have a desire and ability to give back by organizing and teaching our COG? Can we get a commitment for a month to sign up for these duties that are our basic club functions and lunches? Please see me, Matt to sign up.

Club Announcements

NEW MEMBER PROPOSAL: We are happy to announce that Bill Alessio and Courtney Hayes have applied for membership to our club. If you have an objection, please contact before AUGUST 20, 2022. For membership rules from the club Bylaws see in the member resource tab of the website.

Foundation Dinner is November 5th at Doubletree in Modesto

Marcella Gracewski spoke about her International Grant Project to El Salvador which is a first of its kind in that Country and cost is about $1100 for flight and hotels.

All City Thanksgiving is in the works for November 22nd to be held here at the Stockton Golf & Country Club


Monie Ky wanted to tell us about the event on Saturday that was a blast.

President Colleen had a donation to make to RI for $100.00 as she thought she owed Kuy Ky and Paolo and debt of thanks for seeing her on Sunday and performing an emergency surgery to my tooth and mouth. She said that she was  grateful I to be a Rotarian and to the Rotarians in the club that care. Kuy & Paulo you are a blessing.
Sally Motta announced that Mariposa/Yosemite club has been hugely impacted by the Oak Fire and one of their members has lost a home. District 5220 is soliciting for donations.

TJ Hull announced the Mystery Trip is returning October 22nd . Save the Date.

 Susanne Huebel was awarded a Paul Harris  and President gave Leonard Hansen’s to him.

Stockton Rotary Endowment and The Rotary Club of Stockton
Charity Allocations Advertisement

The Stockton Rotary Endowment Fund (SE) and the Rotary Club of Stockton
are soliciting requests for funds for the projects of charitable organizations
operating in San Joaquin County. There are various funds within SRE that have
specific requirements related to funding amount and approval. For applications
and complete explanations as to the funding process, specific fund requirements
amounts available, etc., go to Rotary Club of Stockton’s website at, or by mail to Peter Gormsen, Charity Allocations Committee
Chairman, 1401 N. Hunter Street, Stockton, Ca 95202. Deadline for applications
is October 15. 2022


Janet Lucas, Director of Athletics, UOP

Introduced by: Diane Stauffer.

Next Meeting:  August 24th, 2022

High profile funeral services (military, first responder, presidential) by Larry Charles Davis

 Larry Davis, Vice President, Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries, serving the Coachella Valley locations – Cathedral City, Indio, and Coachella. 18 Years.
 Fifty years as a Funeral Professional.
 Over 48 years’ experience as a licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director.
 President of Cemetery and Mortuary Alliance of California 2003
 Chairman Small Cemetery Conference, American Cemetery Assoc.
 Professional experience includes serving as a Cemetery and Funeral Consultant to independent cemeteries and mortuaries and Church’s in California, Tennessee, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
 Larry was the Founding Director of Crystal Cathedral Memorial Gardens in Garden Grove, CA, and personally prepared Dr. Robert H. Schuller for all memorial services which Dr. Schuller officiated in the Crystal Cathedral.
 Larry is very active in community events and served two terms as Chairman Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce. Serves on the Cathedral City Police Chief’s Advisory board. Former member of Rotary Club, Ontario, CA and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
 Floral Designer/Float Builder – Tournament of Roses Parade 1975 – 1985
 Education; California College of Mortuary Science, Los Angeles, CA.
University of La Verne, CA – Behavioral Science
 Larry and his pug Mochi Marie reside in Cathedral City, CA. His wife, Linda and he were married 50 years at the time of her passing in 2020. They have one adult son, Doug, an Architect who resides in Stockton, California.
 Larry topic today is Celebrity Funerals – Aren’t just for celebrities?

Upcoming Meetings

  • August 31st – Children’s Home of Stockton: 140th Year! by Joelle Gomez
  • Sepetmber 7th – Gallo Center for the Arts by Chad Hilligus
  • September 14th – Bread of Life by Chris Johnson
  • September 21st – Stockton History by Mary Elizabeth Eberhardt
  • September 28th – UOP Women’s Basketball by Head Coach Bradley Davis


Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions


August 2022 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 6th Leena Mittal – Aug 1
Joe Serra – Aug 4th
Linda Guinn – Aug 5th
2 7th- 13th Zachary Downs – Aug 8th
Angelina Sepulveda – Aug 8th
Bill Smith – Aug 8th
Eddie Arias – Aug 11th
3 14h – 20th Ngozi Elobuike – Aug 16th
4 21st – 27th Sally Fandrich – Aug 25th
John LaRue – Aug 26th
Louis Lemos – Aug 27th
5 28th – 31st
*= 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 Colleen, 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 Colleen Stewart!

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

Jennifer E. Jones

District 5220 Governor
Chris Daly

District Governor Elect
Muhammad Waqar Ali Rizvi

Stockton Rotary Club President

Colleen Stewart

Meeting Location
Wednesdays at 12 Noon
Stockton Golf & Country Club
3800 W. Country Club Blvd.
Stockton, CA 9520