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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, August 31st, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be will be “Children’s Home of Stockton: 140th Year!” by Joelle Gomez ( 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 1938 Count Basie ~~~ “Jumping at the Woodside”
    1965 The Lovin’ Spoonful ~~~ “Do You believe in magic”
    1976 Boston ~~~ “Rock & Roll Band”
    1986 Paul Simon ~~~ “You can call me, Al”
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – 
  • Song of the day: Past-President Michael Blower lead us in the  song.
  • Thought of the day: Dave Midura to came up and gave us a thought of the day.
    Dave spoke about Love and acts of kindness and doing gestures of kindness daily. He reminded us that we have to frame our minds to kindness. Navy seals have a different outlook on difficult situations and so must we. And of course, Dave is one of the most positive people in Rotary and never fails to ask if any has told you that they love you today? He is famous for that line and we love him for it. 
  • Meeting Sponsor: noen
  • 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 and Monie Ky today. Dave Midura was greeter and on microphone. Photographer was Eddie Arias.
    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 –none to report
  • Weekly door prize:We had a Rotary baseball cap today won by Blain Bibb.
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Melanie Vieux brought 4 guests: Cheryl Escobar, her family members, Raylene Vieux and, Brenda Vieux and Dan Lowry. She also brought Doug Davis, her partner and father of our speaker today.
  • 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 are up to 41 Rotary Direct signups and this makes our life easy with withdrawal automatically from our accounts and as little as $10 a month and it all adds up. Thanks to those who are our Rotary Direct Givers.

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.

Oyate Committee : 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

Paul Harris Awards Leonard Hansen, our Foundation Chair came up to explain the Paul Harris pins and the significance of the colors of the stones and to award to the following Paul Harris’s and all were surprised to have made pledges to get to this point.
Robert D Blower, Paul Harris + 7
Dr Walter Wager, Paul Harris + 6
Past President Gary Frush, Paul Harris + 8
5220 Rotarian of the Year 2020/2021 is Gary Frush and past president Kevin Kauffman gave award to Gary. This award is to one Rotarian of the Year for our entire district and Past President Gary Frush was the winner.

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.

Help Needed 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  you can stay less time if needed.

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.

Endowment Funds  Lui Duarte, Treasurer of SRE updated us about our Endowment fund that has $4 million invested to be able to make grants to local Non-profit organizations in Stockton in about the amount of $127k this year.  President Colleen has been granted $16k from SRE for a Presidential project and other funds are available for funding this year. All because of the forethought of previous Rotarians to begin this fund and to our members now that continue to support this.

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


Larry Charles Davis, Vice President of Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries

Larry Davis works for Forest Lawn Cemetery in Palm Springs and has been in the business for 30+ years and has been assisting families in their time of grief with making final arrangement for families. He has had many celebrities that he has assisted over the years. He showed us photos of President Lincoln’s funeral parade and that of President Kennedy as well. He was very amusing and full of good stories and we enjoyed him.



Next Meeting:  August 31st, 2022

Children’s Home of Stockton: 140th Year! by Joelle Gomez

Upcoming Meetings

  • 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

John LaRue who lives in La Selva Beach has a birthday on Friday the 26th and he pledged $100.00 to SRE
Louis Lemos, our esteemed Treasurer has a birthday on Saturday and he is very shy and doesn’t want the publicity but he pledged a bell ringer $250.00 to RI!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!
Happy Birthday to both John & Louis, Thanks so much for your continued support of Stockton Rotary
Secretary Matt Grizzle announced that election for SRE was successful and that to make an announcement about SRE election of two new Trustees and the officers.

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