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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, April 26th, 12:00 PM (PDT)

The program is the El Salvador Program

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 109 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 1958 Laurie London who was 13 years old from the UK and he was #1 for “He has the whole world in his hands” and in 1967 by Nancy & Frank Sinatra was “Something Stupid” and from 1980 by Blondie was “Call Me” was the theme song for American Gigolo, the movie about a male prostitute and finally the final song in 1987 is by George Michael & Aretha Franklin called “I knew you were waiting for me”
  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – lead by PP Ann Johnston
  • Song of the day: “America the Beautiful” by Past President Bob Blower
  • Thought of the day: Presented by Blain Bibb about the hot dog seller. That no matter the economic state of the world it is important to press on.
  • Trivia: In Lakota legend April is the month of Green Grass Moon. Today is National Banana Day, National Amaretto Day, National Garlic Day, and National Hanging out day. But I must tell the history of 420. Since the 1970s, people have celebrated 420 Day. Why 420, though? Many myths circulate about how 420 came to mean cannabis or smoking marijuana. Most of them are untrue or unverifiable. However, as related in Time magazine, one tells the story of five teenagers from San Rafael High School in Marian County, California. In 1971, they would meet at 4:20 PM, and eventually, 420 became their code for marijuana. One of the five, Dave Reddix, worked as a roadie for the Grateful Dead and further popularized the term. In 1991, High Times magazine printed a flier initially handed out by a group of Deadheads in Oakland, California. The flyer was an invitation to a 420 event to smoke marijuana. It was on April 20, 1990 at 4:20 PM.
  • Motivation Video: A 100% Peaceful Sleep Motivational Moral Story
  • Meeting Sponsor: Emergency Food Bank has sponsored two weeks.
  • Special Thanks to –  Set-up team, Secretary Matt Grizzle, Sergeant at Arms/Ken Steele and Monie Ky, Louis Lemos, Treasurer, Leena Mital and Michael Lara our new Editor for The Wheel, Eddie Arias- Public Image Chair and our Board of Directors and committee chairs.
  • Concern Report – Paul Jacobson has a report about PP Kevin
  • Weekly door prize: 
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – Coneen Foster introduced Donna Brown and Sharon Testo. Edith Villapudua introduced Celina Curiel.
  • 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

Reminder of upcoming changes and upcoming vote to ratify changes.  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.

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

WWII Monument: PP Bob Blower is leading the cleanup effort this Saturday the 15th at 9:00 and the memorial is downtown on the waterfront. Thanks in advance.

COG Meeting: Michael Lara presented that there will be a COG meeting after the meeting this coming week.

District Governor Elect Waqar Rizvi: May 6th is hosting this event for all upcoming officers, directors and committee chairs that is a training and informational session and costs $35 and includes breakfast. All new officers of the club for upcoming years are encouraged to attend.

International Grant: International Chair Sally Motta shared some photos of a project in Puerto Vallarta thoughts about international grants and how we can assist with in the future.

Club Service Chair TJ Save the Date:4-20 and 60/70’s theme Social Fund Raiser is April 20th at “The Well.”

Hero’s Dinner – May 3rd and it will be a dinner event and we will have no lunch meeting that day.  The cost is $50 for a memorable event that will honor our heroes and pull at your heartstrings.

Golf Tournament May 12 – PP Chad Sublet is chairing this event for the first time in a few years and should be a fun Friday at the Stockton Country club and see flyer for details.

Flavor Fest- Membership chair Liz Hull is seeking volunteers for this 2nd annual event that gives us funds for volunteering hours similar to the Asparagus Festival did and will be next month May 19-21st.

Emergency Food Bank: canned vegetables for April


Speaker: Dot Lofstrom, Geologist

Introduced by : Melanie Vieux

Dot Lofstrom talked about how tectonic plates formed California and the some of the national parks located in California. She went over how the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite was formed. Also the history of California’s volcanic events the type of formations that appear from their eruptions.

Next Meeting:  April 26th, 2023

El Salvador International Grant Team

Upcoming Meetings

May 3rd – EVENING MEETING Heroes Dinner


Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

Secretary Matthew P Grizzle has a birthday tomorrow and has donated $100 to RI and Jessica Garcia had her 31st birthday on the 15th and her husband Gerardo Garcia will be 39 tomorrow so they decided to round up to $100 to RI.

April 2023 Birthdays…

Week Dates Rotarian
1 1st – 8th Moine Ky – April 5th
Sylvan Young – April 6th
Blain Bibb – April 6th
Peter Lynch – April 8th
Ron Lynch – April 8th
2 9th – 15th Pete Wolfe – April 10th
Jose Gutierrez – April 12th
Judy Chambers – April 14th
Chevy Lema – April 15th
Jared Foster – April 15th
Jessica Garcia – April 15th
3 16th – 22nd Matt Grizzle – April 18th
Gerardo Garcia – April 20th
4 23rd – 30th Steve Bestolarides – April 26th
Karen Munro – April 29th
Madisen Sena – April 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 & Michael Lara. 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