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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday,November2nd, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be will be “Imagine Your Story, Imagine Your Impact” by Ken Steele( 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! T J Hull, Past President 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: Michael Jackson-“Thriller”
    Warren Zevon- “Werewolves of London”
    The Cranberries – “Zombie”
    Oingo Boingo – “Dead Man’s Party”
    Song by The Specials- “Ghost Town”
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – led by John Reusch
  • Song of the day: Past President Michael Blower- “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
  • Thought of the day: by Graham Tweedy – World Polio Day was celebrated on Monday. The video clip we just watched gives us a feel of
    what goes on in the field. The examples we saw were from countries where polio is not endemic except for Pakistan. They were addressing out breaks which originated from an infected person from outside the country or where vaccinations had not been kept up which
    was probably the case in NY. The polio fight has come a long way since 1979, when Rotary led the vaccination against polio in the Philippines. Rotary was alerted to the polio outbreak from persons coming to the US for treatment. In 1985, six years later, Rotary launched a global effort to immunize the children of the world against polio, which eventually led to the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. At that time, more than 1000 children per day were being paralyzed by polio. The GPEI today, consists of 5 organizations, Rotary, WHO, CDC, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and,
    most recently, the Gavi Alliance which is a vaccination group. Since the formation of the Initiative more than 2.5 billion children have been immunized with
    cooperation of more than 200 countries and 20 million volunteers. This has resulted in the decrease of the wild polio virus by 99%. Only 2 countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, are left where the virus is endemic. We are close in the endemic countries – Afghanistan has reported 5 cases through August 22 and Pakistan 20. These numbers are up, probably due the advent of covid.
    Rotary’s fundraising initiative is called PolioPlus. Plus was added recently, as every team that visits a given family in the field today, looks and treats from a health perspective not just polio. For every dollar Rotary contributes to PolioPlus, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matches 2 to 1. Rotary must raise $50 million each year through PolioPlus to obtain the match. Vaccines work! Spread the word! Support PolioPlus!
  • Trivia of the day : Today is National Pumpkin Day
    National Accession Day
    National Lung Health Day
    National Chicken Fried Steak Day
    National Day of the Deployed
    National Financial Crime Fighters Day
    National Mincemeat Day
    National Mule Day
    Worldwide Howl at the moon night
  • Motivational video: Polio Update video here:
  • 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: Rotary cup
  • Guest’s of Rotarians
  • Visiting Rotarians –
  • 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.
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.

We are happy to announce that there are applications for membership to our club.  If you have an objection, please contact before NOVEMBER 5, 2022.  For membership rules from the club Bylaws see in the member resource tab of the website.

Faye Giovenetti, (Giovenetti Insurance Agency, Inc.) has been in insurance for 35 years and was a 15-year member of Stockton East but took a break from Rotary in 2013.  She supports various non-profits in our area and, is interested in working with teenagers, social media, projects, and events.  She has already signed up to work on our mid-winter event.

Jared Foster, (Solana Solar) is currently an owner and business entrepreneur in the energy industry.  Jared developed Guardian Alliance Technologies, here in Stockton, which is used for peace officer hiring background checks.  The service now has over 16,000 users.  He was involved with the original Downtown Alliance, is a Leadership Stockton graduate and Delta Chamber President.  He says he picked Stockton Rotary Club to give back to the community that has been so good to him.

Miguel Lara, (Keller Williams) was trained by Bob Blower to work in the real estate industry!  Small world he says of Stockton, but he absolutely loves living here.  His extended family moved here from the Santa Monica area starting in 2001 because it’s a great place to raise a family.  Miguel volunteers at Saint Mary’s Dining Room and is always promoting the value of service to others they provide.  He is joining our club because of Rotary’s service above self and the fact that Rotary is the place to do something ‘significant’.

Dorita Ivy, is a Stockton native with ancestors that came to the central valley from French Louisiana.  She is with Xpert Home Lending and in the home mortgage industry for 39 years.  She has participated on committees at church, but Stockton Rotary is her first choice to branch out in the business and service community.  As a history buff she feels a strong connection with elders in our community.

Kristen Bietwhistle is the president and CEO of United Way in Stockton.  Kristen told me that she has been planning to join Rotary for years and finally when sponsor David Midura called to invited her to hear a speaker, she knew that this was the right time to get involved.  Kristen has a background in healthcare with Kaiser Permanente and she mentioned something about tennis.  So fellow tennis players, give her a warm greeting when you see her next.

Traci Miller was our speaker on October 19th and immediately put in an application.  She is the interim superintendent of Stockton Unified School District.  She has her hands full at work where she is calling everybody to get behind the ‘purple line’ and committing to do their best when they cross any school threshold.  As a real “Okie” she is a college football lover and is passing that on to 6 grandchildren (all boys)

Club Announcements

Spanos Interact Club:  Club members will be sending holiday cards to veterans and the armed services.  If you have unused Christmas cards, please bring them to a Wednesday Rotary meeting.  Or if you want to donate a new box, the students would be most grateful.  Beto Beas and Graham Tweedy will collect and take the cards to Spanos School.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 was held this weekend.

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.


Against All Odds with a Passion by Max Simoncic

Max Simoncic- Born on 2/2/1945 Postojna, Slovenia. Composer of international repute, Max’s music has been performed throughout the United States and in Europe. He began composing short pieces at age 8, and has continued writing music for the past 67 years. Locally, Max has received commissions from the Zion Lutheran Chamber Orchestra, Stockton Symphony, and Valley Community Orchestra. Other commissions included the Michigan Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony’s Bay Brass, San Francisco Symphony Saxophone Quartet, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra of New Jersey, Flexible Symphony of New York City, and Concerto for Marimba and Symphonic Band premiered at Carnegie Hall, Greenwich Symphony plus numerous other ensembles. Max’s work, Fanfare for a Grand Occasion, was recently performed by the Stockton Symphony during their Sister City Program. His most recent work, a Jazz fusion piano concerto received its premiere January 2020. Max’s greatest joy is spending time with his wife Sara, and his family.

Next Meeting:  November 2nd, 2022

Imagine Your Story, Imagine Your Impact by Ken Steele

Upcoming Meetings

  • November 9th – Our Bolder Future at United Way of SJC by Kristen Spracher-Birtwhistle
  • November 16th – Election Integrity by Olivia Hale, San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters
  •  All Rotary Clubs meeting
  • UOP Military and Veteran Services by Stan Rapada, UOP Military and Veteran Student Center Coordinator


Zach Downs plane had an emergency landing-$100 to Foundation

Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

Pete Rosado had a birthday Monday, Oct 24
John Reusch and his wife celebrated 25 years -$100 to SRE

November 2022 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 5th Dudley Drake – Nov 1st
Khaksar Ahmad – Nov 4th
Chuck Mowry – Nov4th
2 6th – 12th Michael Kenneth – Nov 9th
Rick Schultz – Nov 10th
Waqar Rizvi – Nov 10th
Courtney Hayes – Nov 11th
3 13th – 19th Karyn Johnson – Nov 13th
Juan Oregel – Nov 14th
Basel Karabala – Nov 14th
Fred Weibel – Nov 14th
Christine Morrissey – Nov 15th
Graham Tweedy – Nov 16th
4 20th – 26th Tom Perry – Nov 22nd
Jim Woodward – Nov 22nd
Janet Ambriz – Nov 23rd
5 27th – 30th Gary Putnam – Nov 27th
Ken Steele – Nov 29th
Walter Wager – Nov 30th
*= 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