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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, October 12th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be will be “Uplift All” Foundation by Chinu Mehdi ( 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: 1939 Benny Goodman ~~”Flying Home”
    1968 Cream ~~”White Room”
    1982 John Mellencamp ~~~”Jack and Diane”
    1995 Coolio ~~”Gangster’s Paradise” from the movie starring Michelle Pfiefer in Dangerous Minds and Coolio died last Thursday at 59 of heart attack
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – led by Frank Whitney
  • Song of the day:no song/no song leaders today
  • Thought of the day: Ken Steele presented the Thought of the Day. It was in remembrance of Gary Gillis (Rotarian & Fire Chief, now deceased) about fires and the Great Chicago fire that happened from Oct 8-10, 1871 and was devasting. 100 years ago, national Association of Fire Marshalls started National Fire Prevention Week which we celebrate from Oct 9-15 this year. He said this year’s motto is “Fire won’t wait, Plan your escape.”
  • Trivia of the day : Yesterday after 61 years, American League Homerun record from Roger Maris was broken by Aaron Judge, 62 homeruns and is considered the clean all time world record holder for homeruns in a single season.
    Today is Apple Betty Day
    National Do something nice Day
    National get funky day
    National walk to school day
    National Pumpkin Seed Day
    National coffee with a cop day
  • Motivational video:  Words have Meaning
  • Meeting Sponsor:
  • 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.  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 –
  • Weekly door prize: 3 decorated pumpkins
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Dave Robb brought Molly Watkins and Carla Huney
    Gerardo Garcia brought Jared Foster, who has applied for membership
    Miguel Lara returned and has applied for membership as well
  • Visiting Rotarians – none
  • New Induction: Liz Hull, Ron Allison, for induction for Bill Alessio. Ron Allison introduced his son, Bill and said he was an exchange Rotary Student in London and had been exposed to Rotary his whole life because of his father. He also explained that he took the family name back to Alessio as his father had changed his to Allison and that is the reason for the difference. Welcome Bill!
  • 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
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Rotary News

Rotary Direct: We have 21 participants 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 over $18k towards our goal of $30k.

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 their webpage at Calendar (  We truly thank you kindhearted and generous Rotarians.We  are donating turkeys for September & October so you can make arrangements for turkeys or take the easy route and give a donation and Leonard has the signup sheet for that or we are also seeking boxed mashed potatoes and stuffing.

Club Announcements

Big, Big Announcement!! Our generous member, Pat Patmon made a $5000 memorial donation to honor Jim Woodward.

Liz Hull, Membership Chair – announcement about a Smiley face sticker added to your badge to show you brought in a new member.

Lui Duarte – Mystery Bus trip is full but we will take backup signup. And it is still not only a mystery destination but still a mystery price too!! October 22nd

Update on the El Salvador project – Marcella’s project and due to supply chain issues, the wheelchairs are delayed so the trip is being delayed until early next year, likely January but more news to come and it might be a great time to go there in the winter here

Foundation Dinner is November 5th at Doubletree in Modesto $75 per person. We have a full table of 8 attending and need 2 more for a table.

All City Thanksgiving is in the works for November 22nd to be held here at the Stockton Golf & Country Club and the cost is $40.00

Rotary International News:
The 2022 Rotary All-Member Survey is your chance to tell RI about your experience as a member. What you like and dislike. Survey is sent to all members by email from International President Jennifer Jones

Other announcements:
•  International Motorcycle ride/Drive event Ride for Rotary in India and will be January 13-28th
•  We are seeking a volunteer for RYLA for this year to represent our club and I need to turn a name in ASAP. So please see me if you can volunteer as our representative from our club-
•  President Colleen sent an email to all members seeking advisors/volunteers for my President project that I am just beginning. It is involving tutoring from high school students for elementary students, and we are partnering with the Library & Literacy Foundation and San Joaquin A+ and we need help because this is not my endeavor so educators and interested others, please help the president and we are on the ground level currently but have funds available immediately for use. Thanks so a few of you that are volunteering for this, and we could use more for the committee

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


“Election Integrity” by Dave Robb

Introduced by: Ron Allison

David Robb, Stockton Rotary Club member and practicing scientist in industry for 50 years. Was in biophysics on environmental effects from nuclear power plants. He appears to have a diverse background of many interests

Next Meeting:  October 12th, 2022

Uplift All Foundation by Chinu Mehdi

Chinu is a yoga instructor specially for cancer patients and survivors.
She is a co-founder of the Uplift All Foundation Chinu Mehdi

After a lifetime of working with the poor and the sick, Mother Theresa lamented “the biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of not belonging” Homelessness is a unique issue. It creates invisible walls which separate, ostracize, the homeless from the rest of the society.

At Uplift All, we understand and realize how true it is for the homeless community. Homelessness is a perpetuating cycle and the barriers the homeless face are staggering. The homeless have many needs, but the one most lacking, and perhaps most vital, is the need for human connection, the sense of belonging.

We at Uplift All “don’t do great things but do small things with great love”. We don’t just provide clean clothes; we remove barriers towards integration into the rest of the community. We provide a safe and accepting environment.

Upcoming Meetings

  • October 19th – SUSD by Traci Miller, SUSD Interim Superintendent
  • October 26th – Against All Odds with a Passion by Max Simoncic
  • November 2nd – Imagine Your Story, Imagine Your Impact by Ken Steele
  • November 9th – Our Bolder Future at United Way of SJC by Kristen Spracher-Birtwhistle


Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

  • Diane Stauffer donated $100 to RI and also had a birthday on Oct 1st
  • Liz Hull has a birthday tomorrow and is donating $100 to SRE

October 2022 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st Hal Monroe – Oct 1st
Kuy Ky – Oct 1st
Diane Stauffer – Oct 1st
Bob Blower – Oct 1st
2 2nd – 8th Liz Hull – Oct 6th
3 9th – 15th Dennis Cochran – Oct 10th
4 16th – 22nd Reid Johnson – Oct 18th
Farah Khwaja – Oct 19th*
Beto Beas – Oct 19th*
Tom Patti – Oct 21st
5 23rd – 29th Pete Rosado – Oct 24th
6 30th – 31st
*= 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 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