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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, February 22nd, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be presented by Susan Obert, Haggin Museum

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:From 1940 Glenn Miller ~~~ “In the Mood”
    From 1954 Bill Haley & His Comets ~~~”Shake, Rattle & Roll”
    From 1967 The Monkees ~~~ “I’m a Believer”
    From 1975 Linda Ronstadt ~~~ “You’re No Good”
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – lead by Phil Merlo
  • Song of the day: Past President Bob Blower presented the song,  “God Bless America”
  • Thought of the day: Madisen Sena, who recited a Valentine’s Day poem that she composed that was poignant, funny, and lighthearted.  She is very talented.
  • Trivia: Black History Month. February is the “Moon when the trees pop” in Lakota legend. It is International Childhood cancer Day, Lantern Festival Day, Love reset Day, National Black Girl Magic Day, Gumdrop Day, I want Butterscotch Day, Remember the Maine, Single Awareness Day, Total Defense Day, World Hippo Day and Susan B Anthony Day
  • Motivational video:

    A glass of water is my motivational video  “A glass of water” An inspirational story – YouTube

  • Meeting Sponsor: Louis G Lemos, CPA for the month of February and is donating $100 and brought in $400 for club expenses. Contact Vocation Chair Beto Beas for more information about sponsoring meetings.
  • 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, Monie Ky.  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. Leena Mittal for The Wheel and Eddie Arias- Public Image Chair Instagram now and facebook videos of meetings are being posted.
  • Concern Report – 
  • Weekly door prize: Orchard plant and a set of sweetheart cupcakes donated by Monie Ky
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Pres Colleen introduced her husband, Jim Stewart. PE Walt Wager brought his wife, Nora and a guest Sharon Benniger. Faye Giovanetti introduced for the last time, proposed member, Ed Snow. Steve Luthy introduced his wife, Debbie. Ken Steele introduced his wife, Rita. Sally Motta introduced Jessica Velez from Red Rabbit.
  • Visiting Rotarians – our speaker, Shannon Hurles is a North Stockton member.
  • 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.)

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Rotary News

District Conference Save the Date – June 24th and its only one day conference to be held at Ironstone Winery in Murphys


Club Announcements

Member Induction: Michael Lara was inducted as our youngest member at 23. His father, Miguel Lara is his sponsor and Michael is a graduate of Merced college and wants to assist us with youth. Welcome Michael!!

SRE Scholarships Kathy Hart has announcement and needs some readers for the scholarships from March 13-20th and would like 6-8 volunteers to review and select the next recipients.

Rotary Read-In: PP Ann Johnston encouraged us to participate on Thursday February 23 at 10 and this is the 32nd annual Rotary Read-In, please sign up soon to participate in this rewarding event

Drive by Crabfeed – March 11th and this is a fundraiser for us and cost is $75 and you will be able to drive by from 4-6 and pick up your crab package from the office in the Fountains in Brookside

International Projects: Marcella Gracewski announced that we have a few members of our club going to El Salvador to bring wheelchairs.

Club Service Chair TJ Save the Date April, 20th for the 60/70’s theme Social Fund Raiser  at “The Well”

Hero’s Lunch – May 3rd and we are seeking sponsors for this event.

Golf Tournament – Past President Chad Sublet announced a date for the golf tournament of May 12th with more information to come.

Emergency Food Bank: Dried Beans & Rice for February


Speaker:  Shannon Hurles, Executive Director of the Builders’ Exchange.

Introduced by: Past president Melanie Vieux

Shannon and her husband are partners in an Engineering Company and became acquainted with the Builders Exchange as a result of her involvement she became the Executive Director. The Builders Exchange offers membership to an array of businesses that are involved in building, construction, real estate, architectural, etc… This association offers classes from safety to certifications.

Next Meeting:  February 22nd, 2023

Susan Obert, Haggin Museum


Upcoming Meetings

February 22nd – Haggin Museum by Susan Obert
March 1st – Delta Protection Commission by Bruce Blodgett, Excutive Director
March 8th – New Navigation Center Project by Emily Ballus, Stockton Shelter for the Homeless
March 15th – Visit Stockton by Wes Rea


PE Walt Wager had a recent vacation and said he and his wife had recently returned from visiting Jerry Smith in Arizona and has donated $50 to club finances

Monie Ky set up the entire room to celebrate Valentine’s day with chocolates and balloons. Thanks to Monie for her thoughtfulness. As a tribute, Past President Kuy Ky made a $250 bellringer donation.

Vocation Chair Beto Beas had an alarm go off and donated $25 for the interruption.

Paul Harris presentations: Kathy Hart Paul Harris +8 and she got a standing ovation and our Foundation Chair Leonard awarded her the new pin with 3 pink stones

Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

Dave Midura had a birthday last Thursday February 9th and he is donating $100 to club expenses
Amir Khan had a birthday on Sunday February 12th and he is donating $100 to club expenses
Ann Vandemark had a Valentine birthday yesterday and she is making a double heart stopper, 2 – $500 donations, one to RI and one to SRE for a total of $1000 and she says she budgets for this every year. Thanks so much Ann and Happy Birthday!!!
Julie Eckhardt-Cantrell has a birthday Thursday February 16 and she is donating $50 to SRE

February 2023 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 4th
2 5th – 11th Liz Blanchard – Feb 5th
Shirley Anthony – Feb 5th
Colleen Foster – Feb 6th
David Midura – Feb 9th
Hilary Silver – Feb 10th
Laura Pinkerton – Feb 11th
3 12th – 18th Amir Khan – Feb 12th
Ann Van de Mark – Feb 14th
Dorothy Serra – Feb 14th
Julie Eckardt-Cantrall – Feb 16th
4 19th – 25th Chad Marcigan – Feb 19th
Dennis Smallie – Feb 22nd*
Philip Merlo – Feb 23rd
Amir Awan – Feb 24th
5 26th – 28th
*= 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- Club Secretary, 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