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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, March 29th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be presented by Pat Doyle, MLB 2023 rule changes

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 1969 Tommy Roe ~~~~ Dizzy
    From 1982 J Geils Band ~~~ Centerfold From 1987 Bon Jovi ~~~”Livin On A Prayer” From 2014 Pharrell Williams ~~ Happy
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – lead by Public Image Chair Eddie Arias
  • Song of the day: Past President Michael Blower and we sang, “America the Beautiful“.
  • Thought of the day: past president Jim Dyke who thought he was quoted a wise and sage quote from Abraham Lincoln but learned it was from another source.  Nonetheless, it was a potent statement about society and about work ethic and common sense.
  • Trivia: In Lakota legend March is the Moon of the sore eyes from the snow.  In Rotary world today is World Water, Sanitation, Hygiene Day.  Today is the start of Ramadan.  It’s also National Bavarian crepes day and National goof of day.
  • 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. He made a quick presentation about what Parjana does about underground water retention and capture.
  • 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: GEM yeti mug won by Miguel Lara
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Monie Ky had her two daughters, Meghan and Allison. Dennis Cochran had Joseph Feneck. President Colleen introduced her husband, Jim Stewart, friends Dave & Denise Hill, Joy Bansil and Destiny Rivas.
  • 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.)

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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 has 3 checks to present today. Alisa Hawkins from Service First $2000, Alicia Hernandez, Second Harvest Food Bank $1295 and Linda Minor from East of Eden K-9 rescue $3000

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 is sponsored by GEM Mortgage and the Stockton FD are sponsored by Emergency Food Bank, and Ralph Gresham is sponsoring Stockton PD and Geneva Bamidele is sponsoring 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.Flyers on table and pricing depends on Stockton Golf CC membership or not but still affordable and fun.  Please sign up for this anticipated camaraderie of this event.

Emergency Food Bank: Canned tuna is being collected for March

Flavor Fest Liz Hull announced that this 2nd annual event is like the old Asparagus Festival event in that it is staffed by volunteers from non-profit organizations and service organizations and funds made are distributed by the hours served by these volunteers.  It is a 3-day event downtown that was a well-attended event last year and all the Rotary clubs of Stockton are participating.

Reminder of upcoming changes and upcoming vote to ratify changes.  Last week we announced that beginning July 1st we have increased our dues back to $375 per year.  We are going to be implementing the credit card fees for use of them that is imposed on us from the merchants.  We plan to allow no one to charge their account if they owe over 60 days on any past invoices.  Lastly, everyone is charged for lunch every meeting with the exception of the speaker and any brand new guests of Rotarians that are interested in joining our club.

Live from El Salvador: International Service Project El Salvador – Marcela and crew are fitting children for wheelchairs with our project and she and they want to share what they are doing so they Zoomed into our meeting live with updates from their successful trip.  Remember this is our funded International project and a first in this Country ever.


Speaker: President Colleen about Lakota Virtue of Humility

Introduced by : president elect Walt Wager

President Colleen about Lakota Virtue of Humility and the story of “No Moccasins”.  She read from Joseph Marshalls book about Lakota morals and character and of stories passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth.  There was no written Lakota language and President Colleen was wearing Lakota Regalia including a beaded leather outerwear, a quill and feather headpiece made by Alice Blue legs that is old and also yellow/red leggings and moccasins.  The story of “No Moccasins” is emotional and heartfelt about a woman who lived before 1700 and was brave but humble as was her husband, Three Horns and their amazing story of love, courage and humility.

Next Meeting:  March 29th, 2023

Pat Doyle, MLB 2023 rule changes

I am committed to being a proactive, diplomatic, passionate and hard working
ambassador for baseball. I feel that sharing my expertise in coaching and
developing players and coaches translates into an environment of learning that is
very effective. Baseball has become a common denominator between cultures that
fosters communication and understanding. It allows people to look towards their
similarities not their differences. I have truly been blessed to have experienced a
large variety of cultures and found people to be the best natural resource every
country has to offer. The game of baseball has been overly generous to me and my
family. I plan to keep giving back to all of those that I can so they hopefully can
experience all of the positives that I have gained from baseball.

Upcoming Meetings



Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

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
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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