The Wheel is the newsletter put out every week showing the activities at our club meetings.

The Wheel – September 9, 2020

( Click any image on this page to view a larger version ) Due to the recent concerns about the COVID-19 virus and a desire to follow the suggestions of health care professionals, the club will be having virtual meetings until further...

The Wheel – September 2, 2020

The Wheel – September 2, 2020

Dr. Leonard Hansen Emergency Food Bank, or speaker this week, shared a picture of a warehouse filled with food items. He said at the Emergency Food Bank, they are trying to expand to store more food. Community has been generous in their donations. USDA and local grocery stores have been also making generous donations.

The Wheel – August 26, 2020

The Wheel – August 26, 2020

This week’s speaker was FBI Supervisor Special Agent Christopher McKinney has had an active carrier with the FBI since 2010. Chris said in the central valley 90 percent of cases that they deal with are of criminal enterprises involving drugs and gangs. The FBI is paying a lot of attention to cases dealing with Cyber Crimes.

The Wheel – August 19, 2020

The Wheel – August 19, 2020

Sherry Cotta, 5220 District Governor, was our speaker this meeting. Sherry said during this time of uncertainty, It is important and critical to adapt and see what we can do with this COVID19 situation.

The Wheel – August 12, 2020

The Wheel – August 12, 2020

( Click any image on this page to view a larger version ) Due to the recent concerns about the COVID-19 virus and a desire to follow the suggestions of health care professionals, the club will be having virtual meetings until further...

The Wheel – August 5, 2020

The Wheel – August 5, 2020

Our speaker today, Marieanne Prieto, talked about how the Children’s Museum is a great place for children and students. Here is Assistant Governor Waqar and Maria Rizvi along with their son Ebraheem at the Children’s Museum in August-2019.

The Wheel – July 29, 2020

( Click any image on this page to view a larger version ) Due to the recent concerns about the COVID-19 virus and a desire to follow the suggestions of health care professionals, the club will be having virtual meetings until further...

The Wheel – July 22, 2020

The Wheel – July 22, 2020

Speaker for today was Past District Governor Ellen Hancock who is the Foundation Resource Committee Chair. She gave a rousing “Thank You” to the Rotary Club of Stockton for our generous giving over the years to the Stockton Rotary Endowment and to Rotary International.

The Wheel – July 15, 2020

( Click any image on this page to view a larger version ) Due to the recent concerns about the COVID-19 virus and a desire to follow the suggestions of health care professionals, the club will be having virtual meetings until further...

The Wheel – July 8, 2020

The Wheel – July 8, 2020

Today’s speaker Joelle Gomez was able to update us about The Children’s Home of Stockton in several areas – how they are operating during the Covid 19 pandemic, civil unrest and the Home’s concerns/greatest needs.

The Wheel – July 1, 2020

The Wheel – July 1, 2020

Our speaker today was Carol Pandak who is the director of PolioPlus, Rotary’s global effort to eradicate polio, working in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Wheel – June 24, 2020

The Wheel – June 24, 2020

The final meeting for President Melanie on June 24th had at one time Over 80 Rotarians & guests attended, making it our largest online virtual zoom meeting ever!  Lot’s of love there Melanie!

The Wheel – June 17, 2020

The Wheel – June 17, 2020

This meeting featured Carrie Wright, Stockton Economic Director, as our speaker. The Economic Development Department is responsible for overseeing business attraction and retention, parking issues, and unsheltered population issues.

The Wheel – June 10, 2020

( Click any image on this page to view a larger version ) Due to the recent concerns about the COVID-19 virus and a desire to follow the suggestions of health care professionals, the club will be having virtual meetings until further...

The Wheel – June 3, 2020

The Wheel – June 3, 2020

Speakers for this meeting were Moses Zapien, Reyna Dekasha & Louis Ponick, “The Community Foundation of San Joaquin COVID-19 Related Grantmaking Efforts”

The Wheel – May 27, 2020

The Wheel – May 27, 2020

This Zoom meeting’s featured speaker was San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow who spoke of some of the great changes and advancements within the Agency.

The Wheel – May 20, 2020

The Wheel – May 20, 2020

Zoom virtual meeting every Wednesday, 12 Noon. Check the Wheel for details on how to connect and who the speaker will be.

The Wheel – May 13, 2020

The Wheel – May 13, 2020

In our virtual meeting today, Liz Hull spoke about how much she is enjoying her time with hubby Past-President Terry and time at her home rather than traveling at every chance.

The Wheel – May 6, 2020

The Wheel – May 6, 2020

We continue with the Zoom virtual meetings and the May 6th Meeting had at one point 72 Attendees!

The Wheel – April 29, 2020

The Wheel – April 29, 2020

President Melanie welcomed members and guests to the Virtual Rotary Club of Stockton meeting! There were a total of 43 who attended.

The Wheel – April 2020

The Wheel – April 2020

Concerns about the COVID-19 virus and a desire to follow the suggestions of health care professionals has rendered the club DARK until further notice.

The Wheel – March 11, 2020

The Wheel – March 11, 2020

President Melanie and Secretary Matt announced that Heroes night (March 27th) has been postponed for at least a couple of months.

The Wheel – March 4, 2020

The Wheel – March 4, 2020

Hero’s Night – Annual Fundraiser – Secretary Matthew Grizzle reminded everyone the club will be dark on Wednesday, March 25th so don’t forget to save the date for Heroes night on Friday, March 27th, 2020, 6pm – 11pm,  at the Stockton Golf & Country Club. Attire is semi-formal or uniform. This is the only and major fundraiser this year. IMPORTANT – YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO ATTEND!

The Wheel – February 26, 2020

The Wheel – February 26, 2020

Past-President Kuy Ky introduced our speaker for today Ann Wicks who discussed the top 7 things she sees regularly that cause employers employee-relation problems.   Consistency, documentation, knowledge of the regulations and willingness to comply with them are recommended for a functional workplace

The Wheel – February 19, 2020

The Wheel – February 19, 2020

Past-President TJ Hull, Jr. (left) won the 2019 Fantasy Football League and receives the Trophy from Secretary Matthew Grizzle!

The Wheel – February 12, 2020

The Wheel – February 12, 2020

Lynndee Riley announced that Doris Lease, widow of Pat Lease and mother of Gayle (Lease) Riley who are both former club members passed on Sunday morning.  Doris loved her family, their travels all over the world and remodeling projects.

The Wheel – February 5, 2020

The Wheel – February 5, 2020

Stockton Rotary Endowment Chairman Paul Kozlow also presented a check for $11,188 to Past-President Ann Johnston for Read-to-Me Stockton. Read-to-Me Stockton is currently mailing 9,000 books a month to children in Stockton at a cost of $18,000 per month.

The Wheel – January 29, 2020

The Wheel – January 29, 2020

Past-president Waqar announced that the Rotary Club of Stockton was awarded a Presidential Citation with Platinum Distinction for the 2018-2019 club year.

The Wheel – January 15, 2020

The Wheel – January 15, 2020

Past Stockton Rotary President, PDG 5220, and longtime Foundation Chair Susan Drake past away. Our condolences to husband Dudley and their entire family!!

The Wheel – January 8, 2020

The Wheel – January 8, 2020

President Melanie (far left) looks on as Lynndee Riley (second from left) receives her Paul Harris 6 & 7. Lynndee also presented Paul Harris Fellows to her parents, Donna and Peter Ohm. Congratulations to all!

The Wheel – December 18, 2019

The Wheel – December 18, 2019

President Melanie welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton’s Children’s Christmas Party meeting and was crowned with balloons from Ravioli the Clown!

The Wheel – December 4, 2019

The Wheel – December 4, 2019

Today speaker featured Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones (right) and Officer Dan Lowry, who was named chief pilot for the Air Support program.

The Wheel – November 26, 2019

The Wheel – November 26, 2019

46th Annual Rotary Clubs of Stockton All City Thanksgiving Luncheon held at the First Baptist Church of Stockton Community Center (formerly Scottish Rite Temple).

The Wheel – November 13, 2019

The Wheel – November 13, 2019

Cathy Wooton announced that Matt Grizzle has accepted the appointment of Club Secretary to complete Jerry Smith’s term and will be nominated for the next term to be voted on in January. Thank you Matt!

The Wheel – November 6, 2019

The Wheel – November 6, 2019

Jack Frost (right), visiting Rotarian from Arizona, presented a Paul Harris Fellow to David Rajkovich, Executive Director of the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum

The Wheel – October 30, 2019

The Wheel – October 30, 2019

President Melanie proclaimed today “Sock Day”. Past-President Michael Blower, Marcela Gracewski and Gerardo Garcia competitively displayed their socks for the coveted “Best Socks in the House” prize. Guess who won!

The Wheel – October 23, 2019

The Wheel – October 23, 2019

Dream Big by MG Project: Buy beautiful earrings, 100% made in El Salvador. The earrings are made from working women, who make them in order to make a living and raise their families, in El Salvador.

The Wheel – October 16, 2019

The Wheel – October 16, 2019

Past-President Ann Johnston received the Great Valley Bookfest’s Literacy Hero Award for all of her work championing education for young people and, in particular, for bringing the Dolly Parton “Read to Me” program to Stockton.

The Wheel – September 25, 2019

The Wheel – September 25, 2019

Tom McHugh was already suited up for his bicycle ride that starts tomorrow. The beneficiary this year is Jacob’s Heart for the Santa Cruz Rotary event and he has raised his $2,000 goal thanks to $1,100 from fellow club members.

The Wheel – September 18, 2019

The Wheel – September 18, 2019

With President Melanie looking on, Van Young (center) introduced the new member he has sponsored, Lt. Juan Oregel, Salvation Army. Juan grew up in Stockton and is excited to be back.

The Wheel – September 11, 2019

The Wheel – September 11, 2019

Past-President Bob Blower was surprised with the presentation of of a 50 year pin and award recognizing his service to the United States, veterans and this community

The Wheel – September 4, 2019

The Wheel – September 4, 2019

Zach Downs and Matt Grizzle announced that since last year’s Fantasy Football winner has moved and is no longer in the club, by default, second-place Past-President Michael Blower will be credited for last year’s win.

The Wheel – August 21, 2019

The Wheel – August 21, 2019

Past-President Waqar (center) is a San Joaquin Delta College Honor Society member.  Waqar was sorting boxes from back in the day and came upon a special item. 

August 14, 2019

August 14, 2019

SRE Chair Paul Kozlow presented a check for $10,000 from the SRE Raven Fund to Maria Thompkins, Executive Director of the Delta Humane Society. Funds in the Raven Fund are earmarked for the Delta Humane Society as long as it remains a no-kill shelter. The shelter is working so hard with new management and new board members to get animals the medical care they need and placed in forever homes

August 7, 2019

August 7, 2019

Lynndee Riley waited 25 years to qualify for “rule of 85” and just when she gets it, the missed meeting fees were eliminated…

The Wheel – July 31, 2019

The Wheel – July 31, 2019

The nightly meeting was game night and all had a great time!  Members played board games and also had a corn hole playoff!  See all the action in the photos

The Wheel – July 24, 2019

The Wheel – July 24, 2019

Jessie and Gerardo Garcia (center), with President Melanie (right), joined our club at the last meeting of Past-President Waqar’s year, but due to the Kick-Out, their introductions were delayed to this meeting.

The Wheel – July 17, 2019

The Wheel – July 17, 2019

Marcela Gracewski (left) with President Melanie received her first Paul Harris Fellow as Foundation Chair to a first-time Paul Harris Fellow. This was Linda Guinn’s first Paul Harris as the new Foundation Chair.

The Wheel – June 26, 2019

The Wheel – June 26, 2019

Elvis and his fellow L.U.S.H. (League of Unimpressive Superheroes) members investigate shenanigans going on in the club under the leadership of the current president (President Waqar).

The Wheel – May 29, 2019

The Wheel – May 29, 2019

President Waqar singing “Besame Mucho” with the featured guest band “Mariachi Tierra Jaliciense”, lead by Andrew Ysiano.

The Wheel – May 22, 2019

The Wheel – May 22, 2019

President Waqar (right) presents the coveted Rotary mug with the 4-Way test to our speaker Dr. J. Mitchell Perry of JM Perry Learning.

The Wheel – April 17, 2019

The Wheel – April 17, 2019

President-Elect Melanie recognized Past-President Ann Johnston (left) and Sharon Tweedy for their appearance in The Record in a story highlighting the Delta College Student Chef Lounge. Kathy Hart had donated a lunch for six at the lounge and Past-President Ann purchased it at the fundraiser last year. Great food and service was enjoyed by all. $100 each to Stockton Rotary Endowment!

The Wheel – November 20, 2018

The Wheel – November 20, 2018

This week’s Rotary meeting was held at the First Baptist Church of Stockton. Rotary Clubs of Stockton Presidents in attendance: From left: Waqar Rizvi, Stockton Rotary , Vanessa Peralta, Central Rotary, Mary Laughlin, Sunrise Rotary, Lorrie Diaz Liddicoat, North Stockton Rotary, Rick Foy, Pacific Rotary.

The Wheel – September 19, 2018

The Wheel – September 19, 2018

Past-President Michael Blower reports that club member Jamie Nance moved last week to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, one of the top 2 rehabilitation facilities in the state

The Wheel – September 12, 2018

The Wheel – September 12, 2018

As 104 years ago Rotary Club of Oakland sponsored the Rotary Club of Stockton. Our club in the same spirit of Service Above Self has sponsored the newest Rotary Club of Central Stockton, chartered in 2018. On behalf of Rotary Club of Stockton, President Waqar Rizvi...

The Wheel – September 5, 2018

  "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (79) (21) Activities Call to Order and Presidents Welcome! President Waqar welcomed members and guests to the Rotary Club of Stockton-104 years of Service Above Self...

The Wheel – August 29, 2018

The Wheel – August 29, 2018

Past-President Kuy Ky and Foundation Chair presented a Paul Harris +5 to Cathy Wooton (far right) and a Major Donor Crystal to Judy Chambers!  (Note: a Major Donor is a cumulative donation of $10,000!)  Congratulations to both!! "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the...

The Wheel – August 22, 2018

The Wheel – August 22, 2018

  Raul Chavez (far right) with President Waqar introduced new member, Marcela Gracewski.  Marcela graduated from Sacramento State and after hitting the glass ceiling for women at a logistics company, started her own logistics firm.  Marcela loves sales and is...

The Wheel – August 15, 2018

Our Guest Speaker today was none other than our own member Madisen Sena! Blain Bibb introduced the Diva of Disco, Señora of Salsa, Hussie with the Hustle and contagious smile, Madisen Sena.  Madisen showed off her fellow Rotarians with twinkle toes as well as the...

The Wheel – August 8, 2018

The Annual Stockton Rotary Fundraiser Event, the Hot Hula Hukilau, will be in ONE MONTH - Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel.  Give, Get and Go to the Hot Hula Hukilau. Wear your Luau clothes to the Rotary meetings during the month...

The Wheel – August 1, 2018

Steve Bestolarides has perfect attendance for 3 straight weeks at our club.  He even did a make-up at Rotary One in Chicago where he ran into President Waqar and the President-Elect of Rotary International, Mark Maloney. The proof is in the pictures (this also cost...

The Wheel – July 25, 2018

Past-President Foundation Director Kuy Ky presented an encore performance of his infamous “commerce intersects cause” speech and announced the following Paul Harris Fellows: Trang Do (Kuy Ky) – 1st PH; Omar Khamisa – PH+4; and Rigo Cervantes – PH+7!   "The Rotary...

The Wheel – July 18, 2018

President Waqar presents his first Paul Harris Award as President to Chheavy Lema and her Paul Harris +1!  Congratulations, Chheavy!   "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (89) Activities Call to Order and...

The Wheel – July 11, 2018

Past President Ann Johnston (Queen Ann) opened the meeting and presided over the coronation of King Waqar (incoming President Waqar Rizvi) with his new badge as he takes over leading the club in his first official meeting of the 2018-2019 Rotary year! President Waqar...

The Wheel – June 27, 2018

Special Edition Well, a whole lot of work by the Kick-Out Committee and preparation went into this incredibly festive yearly Stockton Rotary Club tradition.  President Ann endured all the jesting and enjoyed the members who portrayed various characters who reminded...

The Wheel – June 20, 2018

  Paul Harris Award! "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (100) IMPORTANT NOTICE The Rotary office will be closed Monday as the move begins. Office furniture etc. scheduled for Tuesday am. Phone, computer and...

The Wheel – June 13, 2018

  Paul Harris Award! "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (101) Activities Call to Order and Welcome! President-Elect Waqar welcomed members and guests and asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the...

The Wheel – June 6, 2018

  Paul Harris Awards! And special event awards! Susanne Huebel gave her appreciation to the Scholarship Committee members, Steve Luthy, Don Barry, Sharon Tweedy, Nick Curtain and Jerry Smith for work selecting all the worthy scholarship recipients.  Then, Susanne...

The Wheel – May 30, 2018

The Wheel – May 30, 2018

District Awards! And new members! "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (94) Activities Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed members and guests and asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the...

The Wheel – May 23, 2018

The Wheel – May 23, 2018

This week's meeting was held at the Spanos Reserve and several awards were presented: ​ "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (83)(12) Activities Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed members and guests...

The Wheel – May 16, 2018

The Wheel – May 16, 2018

  Several other awards were won by our outstanding Board: "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (93)(12) Activities Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed members and guests and asked everyone to...

The Wheel – May 16, 2018

  Several other awards were won by our outstanding Board: "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (93)(12) Activities Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed members and guests and asked everyone to...

The Wheel – May 9, 2018

The Wheel – May 9, 2018

President Ann (far right) welcomed two new members to the club: Sponsored by Jim Dyke (second from right), Dane Solberg (third from right) is a Minnesotan whose father has been a Rotarian in the land of 10,000 lakes for 35 years. Dane recently graduated from...

The Wheel – May 9, 2018

  President Ann (far right) welcomed two new members to the club: Sponsored by Jim Dyke (second from right), Dane Solberg (third from right) is a Minnesotan whose father has been a Rotarian in the land of 10,000 lakes for 35 years.  Dane recently graduated from...

The Wheel – May 2, 2018

The Wheel – May 2, 2018

Kevin Kauffman (far left) along with President Ann presented the following Paul Harris Fellows: Pat Patmon, III (far right), PH+4; Past President Bob Blower (second from right), PH+5, and Tom Patti, PH+4

The Wheel – May 2, 2018

  Today's meeting was run by the Edison Interact and it was a big day for giving out scholarships, awards and checks: Suzanne Huebel presented the following SRE Community Service Scholarships: Sharon Tweedy presented the following Rotary Club of Stockton...

The Wheel – April 25, 2018

The Wheel – April 25, 2018

April 25, 2018: President Ann and Past President Terry Hull, Sr. (far left) welcome new member Matthew Grizzle. Terry introduced Matthew, owner of Midtown Creperie & Café who moved to Stockton 8 years ago with his wife and child from Manteca where he was a Rotarian.

The Wheel – April 25, 2018

  President Ann and Past President Terry Hull, Sr. (far left) welcome new member Matthew Grizzle. Terry introduced Matthew, owner of Midtown Creperie & Café who moved to Stockton 8 years ago with his wife and child from Manteca where he was a Rotarian.  Matt...

The Wheel – April 18, 2018

  President Ann welcomed the addition of a new member and the presentation of two Paul Harris Awards! "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (89)(11) Activities Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed...

The Wheel – April 18, 2018

The Wheel – April 18, 2018

  President Ann welcomed the addition of a new member and the presentation of two Paul Harris Awards! "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (89)(11) Activities Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed...

The Wheel – April 11, 2018

  President Ann congratulates and awards club Treasurer Steve Luthy the Rotarian of the Month award!  Steve keeps track of all the club finances and is instrumental in helping the board in their decisions when handing out awards to charitable entities. ...

The Wheel – April 11, 2018

The Wheel – April 11, 2018

  President Ann congratulates and awards club Treasurer Steve Luthy the Rotarian of the Month award!  Steve keeps track of all the club finances and is instrumental in helping the board in their decisions when handing out awards to charitable entities. ...

The Wheel – April 4, 2018

The Wheel – April 4, 2018

Club members County Supervisor Tom Patti, along with Omar Khamisa conducted the Annual Vocational Awards to Local First Responders: Fire, Police, Sheriff and Highway Patrol

The Wheel – April 4, 2018

The Wheel – April 4, 2018

  ​Club members County Supervisor Tom Patti, along with Omar Khamisa conducted the Annual Vocational Awards to Local First Responders: Fire, Police, Sheriff and Highway Patrol: (Click on any image to view a larger version)  Two Paul Harris awards were also given...

The Wheel – March 28, 2018

The Wheel – March 28, 2018

  ​We have a Winner! As they say in soccer, GOOOOOAAAAAL!!! Mark Berbower not only had the ticket for the raffle drawing but found the winning Susan B. Anthony coin, won the pot and then donated it towards a Paul Harris Fellow. How will Waqar tell President Ann...

The Wheel – March 28, 2018

  ​We have a Winner!  As they say in soccer, GOOOOOAAAAAL!!!  Mark Berbower not only had the ticket for the raffle drawing but found the winning Susan B. Anthony coin, won the pot and then donated it towards a Paul Harris Fellow.  How will Waqar tell President...

The Wheel – March 21, 2018

  ​Kevin Kauffman, far right, and President Ann presented Omar Khamisa with his Paul Harris +3!  Congratulations, Omar!  Omar is one of the outstanding club Sergeant-at-Arms and does a terrific job, with his fellow Sergeant-at-Arms members, getting things set up...

The Wheel – March 14, 2018

  "The Rotary Club of Stockton Begins the 2nd Century of Service to the Stockton Community" (89)(11) Activities Call to Order and Welcome! President Ann welcomed all and asked everyone to greet one another to enjoy the camaraderie of Rotary! Pledge of Allegiance...

The Wheel – March 7, 2018

  President Ann (far right) and Sharon Tweedy (second from right) presented the following surprise Paul Harris Fellows for service above and beyond self for the Rotary Read-In: Rebecca Ray (4th from right - Barnes & Noble) – her First PH; Scott McElhinnie...

The Wheel – February 28, 2018

  President Ann gave special thanks to Sharon Tweedy for the Herculean effort of organizing the 27th Rotary Read-In.  Sharon thanked Gary Frush for turning it over in such a thriving state, special thanks to Eric Duran for the essential database, Colleen Foster...

The Wheel – February 21, 2018

  Stockton Rotary Endowment Trustee Paul Kozlow (far right) presented checks to the following:  Olga Ramirez, $1,500 on behalf of Haven of Peace and Randy Pinnelli, P.A., $1,260 on behalf of Community Medical Center.  Paul announced this concludes our...