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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, March 8th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be presented by Emily Ballus and Mike Davis, Stockton Shelter for the Homeless (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 1931 Cab Calloway ~~~ “Minnie the Moocher”
    From 1940 Artie Shaw ~~~~”Frenesi” Spanish for frenzy
    From 1965 The Temptations ~~~”My Girl” written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, 1st #1 hit about Ron’s wife
    From 1975 The Eagles ~~~~ “The Best of my Love”also their 1st #1
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – lead by Stockton Rotary Endowment Treasurer, Lui Duarte
  • Song of the day: 
  • Thought of the day: Past President Terry Hull about the 4-Way Test
  • Trivia: In Lakota legend March is the Moon of the sore eyes. Today is Ash Wednesday. In 1933 in 6 States, bank holidays were declared to prevent a run on the banks. President Kennedy established the Peace Corp in 1961 today.  Its National Day of Peanut Butter lovers Day, Endometriosis Awareness Day, International Ideas Month, International Women of Color Day, National fruit compote day, Horse Protection Day, National Pig Day, Share a smile day, World complimentary day and Zero discrimination day.
  • Motivational video: RYLA Boys camp 2023 shown
  • Meeting Sponsor: Past President Kevin Kauffman has Parjana EGRP & Water Group sponsoring for the entire month with $500 to club expenses. There are 5 Wednesdays in March.
  • 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. Greeter was Edith Villapudua. Microphone, Eddie Arias and Rick Schultz at the desk.
  • Concern Report – 
  • Weekly door prize:
  • Guest’s of Rotarians
  • Visiting Rotarians – Allison Aranda from Terra Vista
  • 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

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



Club Announcements

DACDB- Everyone should check their information in DacDB as things change and emails, phone numbers, addresses, etc. Please check that the information on yourself is accurate and update it.

SRE Check Presentations: SRE President Paul Kozlow for EFB and Haven of Hope to Olga Rodriguez with Haven of Peace, Elsie Hirata with Community Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, and Leonard Hansen with Emergency Food Bank.

Rotary Read-In: was a great success and I see it posted all over. SRE Scholarships

Drive by Crabfeed – Has been cancelled due to lack of interest anyone who has paid will get a refund.

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 and it will be a dinner event and we will have no lunch meeting that day.

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

Emergency Food Bank: Canned tuna is being collected for March


Speaker: Bruce Blodgett, Executive Director for Delta Protection Commission

Introduced by: Past President Chad Sublet

Bruce was previously with the Department of Water Resources and is no trying to stop the Tunnel that was proposed from Northern California prime Delta farmland waters to Southern California and it adds no new water to their resources than with it.  It will destroy our local habitat and fisheries and salt water will encroach and cause havoc.  He says he wants our help with Commission and that we tell them “NO PROJECT ALTERNATIVE”.  It will harm the delta levies not just the species of life but also the recreational use of the delta too.

Next Meeting:  March 8th, 2023

Emily Ballus and Mike Davis, Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and speaking on the New Navigation Center Project

Mick Davis is the Director for the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. He brings over a decade of work experience in Stockton’s housing for the homeless community and foster youth and has worked with the Shelter, Lutheran Social Services and Aspiranet. Mick graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a BS in Psychology and minor in Sociology and is a dedicated champion for unhoused individuals to regain their self-sufficiency.


Emily Ballus is a board member for the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless where she chairs the new Navigation Center committee. Emily is a long-time advocate for Stockton’s nonprofits serving as a past Executive Director for the Mary Graham Children’s Foundation, Miracle Mile Improvement District and CEO for the YMCA of San Joaquin County. Emily recently completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business’s LEAD executive education program where she routinely presented on Stockton’s homelessness issues.


Upcoming Meetings

March 15th – Visit Stockton by Wes Rea


Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

Past President Bill Brown had a birthday on the meeting day and had pledged $100 to club finances.
Edith Villapudua had a birthday today as well and donated $100 to SRE and we sang Happy birthday to Bill & Edith.
Pres Colleen Stewart, has a birthday on Friday the 3rd and made a $100 donation to club finances too.
Chris Pappas has a birthday this Saturday the 4th and he is pledging $50 to Polio and $50 Ukraine

Chad Sublet donated $100 to club expenses because of the work done recently by Past President and local dentist Kuy Ky.

March 2023 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 4th Bill Brown – March 1st*
Edith Villapudua – March 1st*
Kristen Dyke – March 2nd
Colleen Stewart – March 3rd
Chris Papas – March 4th
2 5th – 11th
3 12th – 18th Paul Jacobson – March 16th
Ivy Dorita – March 18th
4 19th – 25th Maria Velasco – March 23rd
5 26th – 31st David Robb – March 28th
Cathy Wooton – March 30th
Melanie Vieux – March 30th
*= Meeting Day – Wish Them a Happy Birthday!


Rotary Club of Stockton Member Files
(Logon to DACdb required to access)
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