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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, April 5th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be presented by Pete Otteson and he is speaking about “A Sportsman’s View on the state of the delta”.

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: 1958 Connie Francis ~~ Who’s sorry now”
    1969 Blood, Sweat & Tears ~~~ “And when I die”
    1975 Led Zeppelin ~~~ “Kashmir”
    1985 Phil Collins ~~ “One more Night”
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – lead by  Steve Luthy
  • Song of the day: Past President Michael Blower and we sang, “Take me out to the ballpark“.
  • Thought of the day: past president Mas Kamigaki
  • Trivia: In Lakota legend March is the Moon of the sore eyes from the snow.  Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, National Little Red Wagon Day, Lemon Chiffon Cake Day, Mom & Pop Business Owners Day and Manatee Appreciation Day
  • Motivation Video:

    The 1 minute that might change your day – Motivational Video ✔️ – YouTube

  • 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: Head phones won by Eddie Arias
  • Guest’s of Rotarians
  • 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

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

Report from El Salvador: International Service Project El Salvador – Marcela and crew are back from fitting children for wheelchairs with our Stockton International project and she shared a little about the emotional and rewarding experience it was and will be back to do a longer version.


Club Announcements

New Member induction:  Destiny Rivas and Ed Snow

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 Paul Kozlow has Marilyn Toginale of Friends of the Fox Theatre $2982 and Martha Arevalos of Catholic Charities of San Joaquin $2033, and Alicia Hawkins from Service First of San Joaquin $2000

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. Cost is $50 for a memorable event that will honor our heroes and pull at your heart strings.

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.

New Member Destiny Rivas announcement about Salvation Army and need for volunteers this Friday and she is donating $25 for this privilege.

President Colleen is paying $25 to announce an event.  The Community Philanthropy Summit scheduled for Thursday April 27th at Hutchins St Square in Lodi and includes Lunch and cost is $75 and flyers are on table to hear our keynote speaker is Mr. Thank You, John Israel.  Tables and sponsorships are available too.


Speaker: President Colleen about Lakota Virtue of Humility

Introduced by : Frank Whitney

Pat Doyle, MLB 2023 rule changes

Next Meeting:  March 29th, 2023

Pete Otteson and he is speaking about “A Sportsman’s View on the state of the delta”

He served as a Director with the San Joaquin County of Education for 35 years. Retired in 2003.

He served as manager of the Stockton Symphony for 21 years, bringing the performing arts to local schools and classrooms. In addition he has been the outdoor writer for The Stockton Record since 1973.

Upcoming Meetings

April 12th – Gospel Center Rescue Mission by David Midura
April 19th – Geologic Highlights of Northern California by Dot Lofstrom, Geologist
April 26th – Rotary El Salvador Project by El Salvador Team
May 3rd – EVENING MEETING Heroes Dinner


Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

Past President Melanie Vieux has a birthday tomorrow and she donated $100 to club finances

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