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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, October 19th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be will be “SUSD” by Traci Miller, SUSD Interim Superintendent( 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 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: • 1963 Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs ~~”Sugar Shack”
    • 1975 Neil Sedaka & Elton John ~~”Bad Blood”
    • 1983 Cyndi Lauper ~~~”Girls just want to have fun”
    • 1991 Mariah Carey ~~”Emotions”
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – led by Eddie Arias, Public Image Chair
  • Song of the day: Past President Bob Blower- “My country Tis of Thee”
    • Thought of the day: Pam Wenger/ Thought of the Day
      Quote by Charles R. Swindoll:
      “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
      Pam also added “We are in charge of our own attitude”
  • Trivia of the day :
    Today is National Farmers Day
    National Respect Cultural Diversity Day
    National Emergency Nurses Day
    National Ingenious Resistance Day (close to Pres Colleen’s heart)
    National Curves Day
    National Gumbo Day & Pulled Pork Day
    National Take your parents to lunch day (too late)
    National Stop Bullying Day
    World Arthritis Day
  • Motivational video:  Empathy Empathy – Best Inspirational Story – YouTube
  • 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: End Polio baseball cap- Nora Wager was the winner!
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Guest of Dave Midura: Kristen Birtwhistle with United Way
    Guest of Walt Wager: Nora Wager
  • Visiting Rotarians –Joe Dietrich
  • 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
Click on “$ Online Payments” in the blue bar at the top (or click this blue box)

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

District Governor 5220 for Rotary Year 2025-2026 has been announced and we are so happy to congratulate our own member, Jay Hislop!!!!

SGCC General Manager and Member Rick Schultz assured us that we shouldn’t worry about the recent news about the Country Club. They have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Sharon Tweedy, Rotary Read-In Committee has an announcement

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

TJ Hull ~ 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 March 2023.

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

Christmas/Holiday Evening event- On December 7th at 5:30 pm also at Stockton Golf & Country Club in lieu of our regular lunch we will have an evening event much like last year with heavy appetizers and a non-hosted bar. More details to come but special entertainment is: Atomik Tommy McClendon performing and interviewed about being a rock star.
December 14th is the children’s luncheon for being planned also here at the club and more details to come

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: Cathy Wooton will be moving to Pocatello, Idaho and will be working for Idaho State University, wishing Cathy best  wishes for all of her new endeavors!

Presidential Project for Literacy: President Colleen sent an email to all members seeking advisors/volunteers for my President project that she is 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 she needs help because this is not my area of expertise-so educators and interested others, please help me 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 she could use more for my committee. Thanks to those who have already reached out to help.

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


“Uplift All Foundation” Chinu Medhi & Sharon Benniger, Co-Founders of Uplift All Foundation

Introduced by: President-Elect Walt Wager

It all started with holding the hands of a homeless gentleman; his hands were so cold. That’s when Chinu asked, what she and Sharon could do to help. All the man wanted was some gloves to warm his hands! Chinu and Sharon, with their friends, took 300 packages of beanies, gloves, scarves, and socks for the homeless that very first year. Thus started their yearly Bundles of Joy giveaway at St. Mary’s Dining Room.

Meela, Sharon, and Chinu (the founders) started classes to engage the homeless mentally and physically to give the homeless a purpose, a meaning in life. They soon realized that the homeless did not have a place to wash their clothes.

Thus started Loads of Hope.

The homeless gentleman who started it all


Loads of Hope is a free mobile laundrovan that provides the homeless community with the ability to wash their clothes. Benefits include:

Mitigation of Waste: For every load of laundry not washed, 10-15 pounds of soiled, infection-carrying clothes are discarded on our streets.
Clothing: Loads of Hope offers clothing to the homeless community.
Positive Mood: Dr. Lawrence Rosenblum, Professor of Psychology at University of California, conducted a study that demonstrated wearing clean clothes resulted in more positive brain activity, brain power, relaxation, and a happier mood.
Food: Loads of Hope offers food and water to the homeless while they are waiting for their clothes to be cleaned.

Next Meeting:  October 19th, 2022

SUSD by Traci Miller, SUSD Interim Superintendent

Traci Miller has been with the district for more than 25 years, first starting as a middle school counselor at Hamilton High School.

Traci MillerShe was the founding principal at Health Careers Academy charter school and has served as the district’s director of student support services since 2017. Miller’s even met the pope, who she gave one of Health Career Academy’s signature PASSION wristbands, a 2014 experience she said lit a fire under her to serve Stockton the best she can.

Upcoming Meetings

  • 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

  • Dennis Cochran had a birthday on Monday the 10th and turned 80 and donated $100 to SRE. Thanks Dennis

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