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Next meeting Information:

Wednesday, May 3rd, 5:30pm-8:30pm (PDT)

The program is the Hero’s Dinner

Please remember the meeting will not be at our usually scheduled time. It will be start at 5:30PM.

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 1810 Ludwig van Beethoven ~~~”Bagatelle No 25 in A Minor or Fur Elise”  (it wasn’t published during his lifetime but 40 years after his death and not known who Fur Elise was) From 1968 Louis Armstrong ~~ “What a wonderful life” (was released in 1967 but Pres of ABC records didn’t like it, so he didn’t promote it.  It became #1 in the UK in April 1968 but was later used in the movie, Good Morning Vietnam and reissued as a single in 1988)

    From 1988 UB 40’s ~~~”Red Red Wine” which was written by Neil Diamond in 1967 and is often mistaken for a Bob Marley tune as it has a reggae tone and was recorded by UB 40 in 1988 and they had no idea that it was a Neil Diamond song.

    And lastly from 2010 Katy Perry “California Gurls” which features Snoop Dogg and is considered a Summertime Anthem.

  • Pledge of Allegiance & Four Way Test – lead by Bill Allesio
  • Song of the day: “4 Way Test Song” by Past President Michael Blower
  • Thought of the day: Imelda Gutierrez about the importance of life changing events.
  • Trivia: In Lakota legend April is the month of Green Grass Moon.  Today is National Denim Day, National South Dakota Day, National Dissertation Day, Help a Horse Day, Library Outreach day, Pretzel Day, Kids & Pets Day, National Richter Scale Day, Audubon Day, Administrative Professional Day.
  • Motivation Video: You Belong
  • Meeting Sponsor: Beto Beas from Bea’s Auto Sales
  • 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
  • Weekly door prize: Donated by Jared Foster
  • Guest’s of Rotarians – PE Walt introduced Chuck Krietz, PP Michael Blower introuduced Kimberly Warmsley, Edith Villapudua introduced Veronica and Gia, PP introduced Joshua Moore, Jay Hislop introduced Gail Hislop and Marcela introduced her husband and her friend Jackie.
  • 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 Murphy’s

Club Announcements

Club Vote 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 are 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 at every meeting with the exception of the speaker and any brand-new guests of Rotarians that are interested in joining our club.

4/20 Retro Night: We had a great time last Thursday at the Well where we had about 50 people come and enjoy the great food and music and of course the fellowship.  It was a blast!!!  Thanks to Sally Motta, Kris Blower, Priscilla Hernandez, Edith Villapudua and TJ Hull.

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 year 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.”

Annual Hero’s Dinner on May 3rd – PP Melanie Vieux and Tom Patti have been chairs of this event that is really the only honor that our local heroes get.  We are honoring the Stockton PD, Stockton FD,  California Highway Patrol, and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s

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 Liz Hull is seeking volunteers for this 2nd annual event that gives us funds for volunteering hours like the Asparagus Festival did and will be next month May 19-21st.  We have a video to show the fun from last year.

Emergency Food Bank: canned beans for May and thanks to all who donated canned vegetables for April


Speaker: El Salvador International Grant Team

A video was shown about how these kids lives were affected by the donations of the wheelchairs. The team of speakers elaborated on the effects these wheelchairs had on not only the kids but on the family as a whole. Over 200 wheelchairs were donated and assembled for the children in El Salvador. Each speaker covered a different aspect of the trip. From the initial grant process, the years of delays, the translation challenges, the organization of an assembly line of wheelchairs, and finally what this event meant to them along with the fellowship of Rotary.

Next Meeting:  May 3rd, 2023

Hero’s Dinner



Birthday and Anniversary Recognitions

Steve Bestolrides is today the 26th and has donated $100 to SRE.

Karen Munro is Saturday the 29th and has donated a bell ringer.

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
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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 & 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