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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, March 15th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program will be presented by Wes Rhea, Visit Stockton

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 1936 Billie Holiday ~~ Carelessly
    From 1964 Dave Clark 5 ~~ Do you love me
    From 1970 Simon & Garfunkel’s ~~ Bridge over troubled waters
    From 1985 REO Speedwagon ~~ Can’t fight this feeling
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – lead by Colleen Foster
  • Song of the day: Past President Michael Blower and we sang God bless America
  • Thought of the day: Past President Bob Blower, who true to his colorful and fun style recited the Thought of the day about “Old Farts”.
  • Trivia:In Lakota legend March is the Moon of the sore eyes from the snow. International Women’s Day, National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, National Proofreading Day and National Peanut Cluster Day
  • Motivation Video: Lesson in empathy
  • 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: Girl Scout cookies to Past President Gary Frush and Steve Luthy who each won
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – PE Walt Wager brought Chuck Knetz.  PP Gary Frush brought Jon Mendelson.  Dave Midura brought Britton Kimball and Kendra Kaiserman.  Dennis Cochran brought Joseph Feneck.  Sally Motta introduced Jessica Veldez.
  • 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

Sargent At Arms Announcement:  Ken Steele announced that we have new banners and he pointed out the new exchange flags added and some historic ones too.  He also told us that if you have a badge number higher than 200 that you will be reassigned a new number as he is consolidating the badge boxes into 2 instead of the 4 we currently have.

RYLA We have some Edison RYLA attendees that Sharon Tweedy has invited and they all gave us their great impressions of their time at RYLA camp and what a significance and wonderful experience it was.

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 gave funds to
Sandy Stoddard of Hospice of San Joaquin,
Dave Rajkovich for Stockton Maritime Museum,
Mick Davis for Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, and
Rebecca Felton for Mary Graham Children’s Foundation

Blain Bibb recognition – Foundation Director, Leonard Hansen presented Blain Bibb a Paul Harris +6. The most generous Paul Harris +6 recipient made a $2000 pledge and sponsorship to our club finances.  He is really an inspiration to us as we needed the funds and he came through when we needed him.  Thanks so much Blain!!!  You’re a Rotary Hero!!!

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: Emily Ballus, Stockton Shelter for the Homeless

Introduced by: Past President Melanie Vieux

Emily Ballus, Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, Board of Directors and Treasurer told us about the current shelter and stats.  They are currently hosting 357 people nightly.  They are a temporary shelter.  They think there are approximately 941 sheltered homeless in Stockton and the Shelter provides 37% of the shelter for those without a habitat.  There are unsheltered homeless at about 1355 individuals in Stockton.  They are building a “Navigation Center” scheduled to be completed in June 2023 and how it is getting done so quickly is that they are building this with 22 shipping containers.  It will be 2 stories and have 180 beds and will house another 13% of unsheltered homeless and this is a community-wide coordinated event.  They will have a storage facility for the guests to store their belongings and they can bring their pets.

Next Meeting:  March 15th, 2023

Wes Rhea, Visit Stockton

Upcoming Meetings

March 15th – Visit Stockton by Wes Rea


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
(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