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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, October 26th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be will be “Against All Odds with a Passion” by Max Simoncic (Composer and war refugee from Slovenia)( 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: • 1955 Harry Belafonte ~~~ Day O later changed to Banana Boat Song
    • 1962 Bobby Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers ~~Monster Mash
    • 1967 Louis Armstrong ~~~”What a wonderful world”
    • 1967 Steve Miller Band ~~”The Joker”
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – led by Rigo Cervantes
  • Song of the day: Past President Michael Blower and I would like to thank Michael and his Father, Bob for always bringing joy to our meetings with song!
  • Thought of the day:Kris Blower/ Thought of the Day and it was about a widow who had married 4 times in her life and the first marriage in her twenties was to a Banker and then the 2nd was to a circus ring leader in her thirties and, then the 3rd was preacher in her 40’s and after that she married a funeral director in her 60’s.  When asked how she came to marry men from such different backgrounds.  She replied, “It all makes sense to me,  I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go.”
  • Trivia of the day :
    Today is National New Friends Day
    National Day of Unity
    National Evaluate your Life Day
    National Jared Day
    National Medical Assistance Day
    National Seafood Bisque Day
    National Ride to work Day
    National Support your local Chamber of Commerce
    World Humanitarian Action Day
  • Motivational video: “Attitude is Altitude”
    The motivational video is one that President Colleen recorded on Thursday.  I got an opportunity to listen and have a photo with Nick Vijicic who is amazing.
    What are Nick Vujicic’s achievements?
    Nick Vujicic is a New York Times best-selling author and a famous speaker. He has a double major in accountancy and financial planning. Nick Vujicic founded Life Without Limbs, a non-profit organization and ministry. He was born in Australia in 1982 and is now a US citizen, husband, and father of four. He is the most sought-after speaker under age 40 in the world.
  • 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:Echo Dot
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Faye Giovannetti, Jared Foster, Kristen Bristwhistle, all proposed to become members and Melinda Meza who is with SUSD.
  • Visiting Rotarians –
  • 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.
We received a progress report about District Designated Funds (DDF) which is our return of area funds from 3 year ago that were our regional funds sent to RI.  A grant approved that sent $62,151 to Mexico for a Rotary Microfinance Grant.  These loans are to be made to women of heads of households ages 18-68 to help them start a business or expand an existing one.  We are making a difference in the world from our area clubs

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.

New Member Induction:  Courtney Hayes was inducted into membership to our esteem club and Tom Perry sponsored her.

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. Rotary Read-In is reaching out to previous readers to assess the plan for February whether virtual as last year or in person

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 – Mystery Bus trip is this weekend and it will be an outdoor dining, so dress warm and business/casual dress. Pick up at Country Club at 5 pm.

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: World Polio Day is next week the 24th
RI Survey – 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 at the beginning of the month and have you replied yet?
International Motorcycle ride/Drive event Ride for Rotary in India and will be January 13-28th

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.


SUSD by Traci Miller, SUSD Interim Superintendent

Traci’s has been on the job for 79 days and has worked for the district for 25 years.  Her motto is ‘Happiness starts with a laugh”.  She said October is positive attitude month.   SUSD started Health Careers Academy or “HCA”.  Purple is her favorite color and it’s known to be a royal, noble and honorable color.  She instituted a line of purples that once crossed, one must become positive and uplifting.  She said, “Imagine the Unimaginable”.  She promotes that staff is to be uplifting students daily.  She says it’s all about being back to the basics.

Next Meeting:  October 26th, 2022

Against All Odds with a Passion by Max Simoncic

Max is a  Husband to his lovely wife, Sara and father of seven wonderful children.

Max’s music studies began at age eight, shortly after emigrating from Slovenia with my family. His sister Carmen surprised me with an accordion. His parents could ill afford paying for lessons, but did so anyway. Within a few months after beginning lessons, I wrote my first small pieces for accordion.
Compared to so many composers in history, he thinks that must have been a relatively late bloomer.

At age twelve he composed my first orchestral pieces. His informal training in orchestral music and orchestration came from records and books supplied by the Stockton public library. His college and university education took place at San Joaquin Delta College and University of the Pacific.

He taught music theory and composition and other related music courses at UOP from 1969 to 1975 and at Delta College from 1970-209.

His music commissions spanning over 52 years have been numerous. They have been performed throughout the USA and Europe. Most recently, the Stockton Symphony performed a work of mine in celebration of its 90th anniversary. Other premieres and performance in the past year included such organizations as the Michigan Philharmonic, Zion Lutheran Chamber Concert Series the Valley Concert Orchestra and Stockton Symphony, and more. In addition Simončič’s music has been performed by such groups as the San Francisco Symphony Bay Brass, San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, Zion Lutheran Chamber Orchestra, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra of New Jersey, The Flexible Symphony of New York City and numerous other ensembles. Simončič also composed chamber music for “New Release Alliance” a composers group based in San Francisco for over a decade. He was also co-founder of the California Composers Consortium.

In 2005, he won the ERM Media national competition “Masterworks of the New Era” for his orchestral composition “Petit Cirque” which received its premiere performance and recording with the Kiev Philharmonic in the Ukraine. Maestro Robert Ian Winstin described “Petit Cirque” as a “fun work, like a bizarre, over-the-top circus feel to it, sounds flying everywhere.” The CD was released in 2005. “Petit Cirque” has also been performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and at the Louvre in Paris, France by the Paris and New Millennium Symphony orchestras the VOS orchestra, and the Norwalk Youth Orchestra.

Stockton Symphony conductor Peter Jaffe said, “Max has a real imaginational gift, the actual spark of just having great musical ideas that cannot be taught. He has a real gift for sound and color.”

To this day, Simoncic finds composing both mysterious and exciting!

Upcoming Meetings

  • 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

  • Beto Beas turns 36 today and has pledged $100 for Polio. Happy Birthday Beto, his wife has taken him on a mystery day trip for his birthday today
  • Tom Patti has a birthday on Friday the 21st and he has pledged a bellringer of $250.00 for RI

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!


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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