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Next meeting Information:

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

The program will be presented by President Colleen

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 SelectionWagon Train, How the West was won and The Big Country
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – lead by Past president Jim Dyke
  • Song of the day: Past President Michael Blower and we sang, “when Irish eyes are smiling”.
  • Thought of the day: District Governor Elect Jay Hislop and he spoke about happiness.
  • Time out for Humor: Past President Bob Blower, the merchant of mirth made us laugh with some jokes
  • Trivia:
  • Motivation Video:
  • 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:wine won by past president Bob Blower
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Sally Motta introduced Jessica Velez for the 3rd time, Kristen Birtwhistle introduced Joel Juarez, Beto Beas introduced John Franpierre, Liz Hull introduced Allison Arenda and Kathy Hart introduced Petra Linden.
  • Visiting Rotarians – Joe Dietrich from North Stockton
  • 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

Foundation report: Leonard Hansen announced our goal of $30k has been exceed and we are $34k currently with a new goal of $40k with 3 months to go still.

International: Marcela Gracewski announced that 5 people are heading El Salvador.  The first time a Rotary club has done a project or visited there.  They are going to be there next week and all leave this weekend and they hope to be able to facetime us during our meeting next week.

President Elect Walt Wager has returned from PETS would be hosting his 1st meeting as President Elect for this meeting next week.  He told us that he has already been planning the Annual big fundraiser.  Save the date for the RotaryFall Follies Fundraiser for September 30, 2023.  And to celebrate his upcoming Presidency,  he donated $500 to SRE and $500 to RI.

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 Read to me Stockton and Ann Johnston received it for them.  For St Mary’s Interfaith Dining Hall and Petra Linden accepted it.  Sam Hatch from Tuleburg Press was there to accept on their behalf for Hazelton Elementary Library.

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 $500 for this event and it will be a dinner event and we will have no lunch meeting that day. The sheriff’s and the Stockton FD are sponsored, and we need the CHP’s and Stockton PD

Golf Tournament – Past President Chad who said that it is filling up fast and if you want to sponsor a hole, please contact him

Emergency Food Bank: Canned tuna is being collected for March


Speaker: Wes Rhea, Visit Stockton

Wes Rhea, Visit Stockton and he was very informative. He said that it was originally founded in 1979 and are funded by tourism business improvement district bonds and have an annual budget of 2 million. Some recaps he shared were in 2022 we had 666,014 room nights in hotels in our city. 1800 hotel rooms are occupied every night. Stats from 2021 showed 241.2 million dollars spent from people traveling to Stockton. 18.6 million visits and they use geo-location data to track visitors. They track visitors from more than 30 miles or more away. The come from mostly within California. They are hosting “Feast of the Fox” and collaboration with San Joaquin Delta College Culinary School to offer a 5 course meal to 175 people. It sells out fast. This event is scheduled for May 5. The are hosting the National Collegiate Water Polo tournaments at UOP on May 12 thru 14. The 2nd Annual “Flavor Fest” which was a huge success last year and won the international award for best new festival. This I scheduled for May 19,20,21st and is at a cost of $5.00 on Friday and $10 on Saturday and Sunday.

Next Meeting:  March 22nd, 2023

President Colleen is sharing her culture with a Story from Native American wisdom on ethics and character and her favorite of all the Lakota virtue stories.  The story of No Mocassins and about humility.  Don’t miss this special story and lesson.

Upcoming Meetings



Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

Paul Jacobson has a birthday March 16th and will be 85 and donated $85 to club general fund

Dorita Ivy has a birthday Saturday March 18th and donated $250 Bellringer to Rotary International

Tony & Sally Motta have a anniversary they are celebrating and donated $100 to Polio plus

Past President Terry Hull is celebrating 50 years as a Rotarian and has donated a heartstopper $500 to Rotary International

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