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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday,November 9th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be will be Our Bolder Future at United Way of SJC by Kristen Spracher-Birtwhistle ( 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.

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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 1959  by Bobby Darin  ~~~  “Mack the Knife”
    From 1969  by Elvis Presley  ~~~~ “Suspicious Minds”
    From 1979  by Kool & the Gang  ~~~~~ “ Ladies Night”
    From 1989 by B52s ~~~~ “Love Shack”
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – led by Secretary Matt Grizzle l
  • Song of the day: Past President Kuy Ky- Take me out to the Ballpark
  • Thought of the day: Past President Terry Hull reminded us that when he was the President of our club he instituted three things.  He started the meeting by having everyone greet one another and shake hands and of course this was pre-covid and he moved the meeting location from downtown to the country club and he instituted reciting the “Four Way Test at each meeting.
  • Trivia of the day : Today is National Deviled Egg Day
    National Stress Awareness Day
    National traffic directors’ day
    National Professional’s Day
    All Souls Day
  • Motivational video: Life’s obstacles
  • 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: 
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Pres. Colleen Stewart introduced Destiny Rivas, from SUSD, and Liz Hull introduced Athena Herrera. Priscilla Hernandez introduced Dorita Ivy, proposed member and Imelda Guiterrez
  • 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
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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.

Club Announcements

Induction: Paulo Marullo by Kuy Ky. Finally we have inducted Dr Marullo who works with Kuy and is alumni of USC and from Italy

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.

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

Salvation Army Bellringing project is in December 10th at Hobby Lobby and Dillard’s and Monie Ky is organizing

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.


Imagine Your Story, Imagine Your Impact by Ken Steele

Ken Steele, who did a fantastic job of recounting his story of service with Rotary and meeting the President of Uganda who confessed that had he received the first set of shoes he ever owned from Rotary.  He spoke about his trip to Uganda and the women who formed a Women’s Center there.  He made lifelong friends there and made a difference in their lives but they touched his too.  He was married in the building that is now the Rotary Foundation headquarters but formerly a church.

Next Meeting:  November 9th, 2022

Our Bolder Future at United Way of SJC by Kristen Spracher-Birtwhistle

Kristen Spracher-Birtwhistle became President/CEO of United Way of San Joaquin County in January, 2019.

Over 25 years’ experience in executive leadership positions in the management of medical group operations and consultant services for Kaiser Permanente. Served in various capacities as Medical Group Administrator, Associate Medical Group Administrator, and Regional Director for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG)-the largest integrated medical group in the country.

Lead as operational administrator of medical centers and clinics in support of primary care and specialty care initiatives, while strategically working as a region wide consultant leading physician and staff teams towards innovative advancements in the support of patient centric service delivery programs in the Northern California region. She served as the administrative lead for the Allied School of Health Sciences opening a secondary branch at the Stanislaus State campus and creating the Community Partnership Advisory Council for the Health Career Academy in Stockton. She was instrumental in start-up of the award-winning Child Abuse Prevention Services Program for the Northern California Region mobilizing TPMG physicians and staff to recognize, treat and case manage suspected child abuse cases in primary care.

Her work has included expansive support of community benefit initiatives from building a clinic on the campus of elementary schools, to construction and implementation of a medical clinic on wheels that traveled to all corners of the community, to establishment of a Women’s Wellness Conference that ran for over 12 years and major lead of the La Salud Permanente program for The Permanente Medical Group.

She is one of the founders of Pacific’s Advancing Women’s Leadership forum, is a past ATHENA and Susan B. Anthony recipient and the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award from University of the Pacific. She is also the founder of The Eleanor Project a program dedicated to the advancement of women, their causes and mentorship between young and established women.

Upcoming Meetings

  • 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



Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

Dudley Drake had a birthday yesterday, November 1st.  All Saints Day and he has pledged a bellringer $250.00.  Happy Birthday Dudley and thanks so much.

Chuck Mowry is 92 on Friday and has pledged $92 to RI.  Happy Birthday Chuck!

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