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

The Wheel – April 28, 2021

The Wheel – April 28, 2021

Stuart talked about how the wine industry was impacted during Covid and how the wine industry has changed and adapted to the customer demands.

The Wheel – April 21, 2021

The Wheel – April 21, 2021

Dan Leavitt, Manager, along with Mike Higgins, Virginia Madueno and Pam Heaney explained the Stockton Diamond Grade Separation; a major and largest rail project in the State.

The Wheel – April 14, 2021

The Wheel – April 14, 2021

In 2019, Dr. Alan Carpenter and his wife, Betsy, rode their bicycles across America from Anacortes, Washington, to Bar Harbor, Maine, on the Northern Tier Cycle Route. They covered 4,168 miles during their 58-day journey.

The Wheel – April 7, 2021

The Wheel – April 7, 2021

Andrew Mattos Crime Stoppers President. Since being president, they have tried to rebrand Crime Stoppers and changed the logo as part of rebranding. The organization is pretty old and in the March of 2021, it turned 40 years old.

The Wheel – March 31, 2021

The Wheel – March 31, 2021

Our speaker this week was San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti who talked about the area Homeless issues and the plan of actions.

The Wheel – March 24, 2021

The Wheel – March 24, 2021

Jay Schwabe – Train Museum – Telescope across America. Jay took us back in time when the railroad system was used to deliver a telescope from New York to California.

The Wheel – March 17, 2021

The Wheel – March 17, 2021

Our speaker this week was Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman who explaining how did Rotary got involved with immunizing. Interesting reading indeed!

The Wheel – March 10, 2021

The Wheel – March 10, 2021

Our speaker this week was Tod Ruhstaller from the Haggin Museum. Tod started his job at the museum back in 1984. There have been significant changes since then.

The Wheel – March 3, 2021

The Wheel – March 3, 2021

Our speaker this week was Port of Stockton Director Richard Aschieris. He explained the conception and creation of the Stockton Port and how during World War II, the port was nationalized. Many other aspects of the port operation were presented.

The Wheel – February 24, 2021

The Wheel – February 24, 2021

Our speaker this week was former Mayor of Stockton, Ann Johnston. She spoke of the many problems that have to be overcome and those tht can develop while running a city such as Stockton.

The Wheel – February 17, 2021

The Wheel – February 17, 2021

Our speaker today is Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln. His main strategy would be to have open communication and make the best possible decisions. Read more…

The Wheel – February 10, 2021

The Wheel – February 10, 2021

Our speaker today was Maestro Peter Jaffe. Peter is the Conductor of the Stockton Symphony. At the beginning of the symphony, he always provides a great introduction/education to symphony and music. A lot of times he would dress up in a costume to entertain the audience.

The Wheel – February 3, 2021

The Wheel – February 3, 2021

Our speaker today was Dr. Alan Carpenter who had a life threating accident in year 2013, while hiking the Pacific Crest trail. The accident inspired him to restore physical fitness and mental acuity for rest of his life.

The Wheel – January 27, 2021

The Wheel – January 27, 2021

( 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 – January 20, 2021

The Wheel – January 20, 2021

Today’s speakers, Julie Morehouse and Eric from In Season Nursery, gave a presentation on the Spring Planting Tips.

The Wheel – January 13, 2021

The Wheel – January 13, 2021

ANNOUNCING OUR NEWEST TO THE 5220 GOVERNOR LINE! Through a unanimous opinion the Nominating Committee selected Waqar Rizvi to by your District Governor for the Rotary year 2023-2024!

The Wheel – January 6, 2021

The Wheel – January 6, 2021

Our speaker this week was Michael Tudor who has been the financial advisor for Stockton Rotary Endowment since 2017.

The Wheel – December 16, 2020

The Wheel – December 16, 2020

Our speaker, Rebecca Glissman, spoke of the changes taking place in the Stockton Homeless Shelter including moving from under the freeway, which is CalTrans property, to a new location.

The Wheel – December 2, 2020

The Wheel – December 2, 2020

Our speaker, President-Elect Kevin Kauffman, is a registered professional engineer in California. He explained the Energy Pacific Groundwater Recharge Project (EGRP) and how it works by drying up the surface and helps the water drain into the layers below.

The Wheel – November 24, 2020

The Wheel – November 24, 2020

Brad Howard, Past District Governor of District 5170 (California’s Silicon Valley), and a past member of the Board of Directors of Rotary International for the 2015-17 Rotary years, spoke at the All City Rotary Clubs Of Stockton 47th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration.

The Wheel – November 18, 2020

The Wheel – November 18, 2020

Our speaker was Ngozi Elobuike who studied at University College London to do the Masters in Global Health and Development which coincidently happened to be around the same time when the world was hot by global pandemic of COVID-19.

The Wheel – November 11, 2020

The Wheel – November 11, 2020

This week’s speaker was none other than Past President Bob Blower. Bob explained how difference between Memorial Day which is to celebrate to those who gave all and the Veteran’s day is to celebrate the ones who gave some. Several club Rotarians spoke of their time in the service.

The Wheel – November 4, 2020

The Wheel – November 4, 2020

Our virtual speaker for this meeting was Dr. Thomas Pogue is the Associate director of the Center of Business and Political Research at UOP so spoke of the COVID-19 impact on Nor Cal economy.

The Wheel – October 28, 2020

The Wheel – October 28, 2020

Our speaker this week was 2nd Lt, MS Grant Hall, an Rotary International Scholar. With the research background in virology, in Cambridge he had started his research on Noroviruses, he quickly switched gear due to COVID-19. He spoke of three tests used in Cambridge University to test for Corona Virus.

The Wheel – October 21, 2020

The Wheel – October 21, 2020

Todays virtual speaker was Dr. Joe Serra who gave us an update on the polio project and how it’s linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wheel – October 14, 2020

The Wheel – October 14, 2020

Today’s speaker was Maestro Peter Jaffe has served as the Stockton Symphony’s dynamic music director since 1995, combining a passion for outreach and education with top-notch musicianship, and fostering sustained artistic growth throughout his tenure.

The Wheel – October 7, 2020

The Wheel – October 7, 2020

Past President Kuy Ky was or speaker this week and spoke about RYLA and what it means. He has been volunteering at RYLA as a counselor since 2012 and gave up being a volunteer as a Marshall at the PGA tour that was at the same weekend every year to start volunteering at RYLA.

The Wheel – September 30, 2020

The Wheel – September 30, 2020

Our virtual speaker for this meeting was Christopher Callahan, the 26th president of University of the Pacific. He spoke of the challenges that need to be overcome now during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Wheel – September 23, 2020

The Wheel – September 23, 2020

Our speaker today was Paul Stebbins who is the founding Member of “FixUS”. Most of the people in the country want the country to move forward. Fix Us began the journey finding ways to restore the country. Read more about this interesting concept.

The Wheel – September 16, 2020

The Wheel – September 16, 2020

Fellow Rotarian and Salvation Army Officer Van Young was our speaker. All the officers of the Salvation Army are ordained ministers. Salvation Army has three components. Work Therapy, Counseling/Education and Spiritual Awareness. There is a 6 Months Residential Program for men to combat addiction. The program is free.

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

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 – March 27, 2019

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The Wheel – March 20, 2019

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The Wheel – March 13, 2019

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The Wheel – March 6, 2019

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The Wheel – February 27, 2019

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The Wheel – February 20, 2019

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The Wheel – February 13, 2019

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The Wheel – January 30, 2019

( Click any image on this page to view a larger version ) Past-President/Foundation Chair Kuy Ky (center) presented Paul Harris Fellows to (far right) Eric Duran (PH +4) and Walt Wager (PH +8).  Congratulations you awesome folks!   "The Rotary Club of Stockton...