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Click on the photo to learn the innovative ways that immunizations are reaching children in Pakistan.
As we think of this being World Immunization Week, we need to be aware that many parents in the US are choosing to opt out of immunizing their children against diseases that they don't see occuring in our country.  What they don't realize is that even those children who have been immunized are put at higher risk when too many opt out.  Ask someone in the health industry to explain the "herd protection factor" that is negatively impacted when too many opt out.
Those of us that were alive and aware of the polio epidemic in the United States in the 1950's need to tell our stories about classmates who were out for long periods of time and came back crippled, and others who didn't come back to school at all.  As long as polio exists anywhere it can again spread.  An unknown carrier of the virus is only a flight away from unwittingly infecting someone here who has not been protected.
Saturday, April 21, District 5495 held a Club Leadership Academy at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix.  Well over 200 Rotarians were in attendance and each enjoyed the opportunity to attend five of the 40+ breakout sessions available on a wide variety of topics.  
Allan and Polly Cady had the privilege of picking up the keynote speaker, PDG Vicki Puliz, and her pilot husband when they arrived in Phoenix from Reno, Nevada in their twin-engine private plane with a Rotary wheel on the tail.
The topic of Vicki's presentation was next year's Rotary Theme - "Be the Inspiration."  Each of us, who are known as Rotarians by our family, friends, co-workers, business associates and acquaintances are "the Rotary brand."  We need to remember that we represent Rotary in everything we think, say, and do.  That responsibility puts our four-way test in perspective.  It sounds simple until we think about how we react in various daily situations - when we are impatient in line at a store, when we are cut off in traffic, or when we tip for service at a restaurant.  If we want to attract and retain quality members, donors, and volunteers, we need to represent Rotary well.
Several Mesa West Rotarians were present at the Academy, some were presenters.  Shown in the photo are (front row l-r) Pam Cohen, Jeanie Morgan, Polly Cady, Lucinda General and Donna Goetzenberger, (back row l-r) Bob Zarling, Allan Cady, Darl Andersen, Jim Schmidt, and Chris Krueger.  Not shown in the photo, but in attendance was Bob Jensen, who was a presenter in a session on grants.
Mesa West is an excellent club.  It is good to know that our current and future leaders understand that Rotary is a large and ever-evolving service organization, and no matter how much each of our members know about Rotary, there will always be much more to be learned.
The local Salvation Army held a volunteer recognition event Thursday, April 19.  Mesa West member Alan Ramsdell offered the invocation and spoke to the audience at the event.  Alan has served on the local board of Salvation Army since 1967.  It is his passion.
Officer Len Virtue presented Mesa West President, Allan Cady, with an award for Mesa West Rotary recognizing us as "The volunteer Club with the highest collected donations at a Salvation Army bell ringing station" during the 2017 collection season.
Mesa West members Immanuel Beeson, Polly and Allan Cady posed with Holly Beeson and Len Virtue to celebrate the success Mesa West members and recruited volunteers enjoyed collecting donations for the Army in front of Bass Pro last year.  Not shown in the photos, but critical to the success of Mesa West Rotary in this endeavor was our club's coordinator, Don LaBarge.
President Allan Cady opened the meeting by asking Daryl Bethea to offer the invocation and Warren Williamson to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  Visiting Rotarian Penny May was the official greeter.  Before we meet again, Penny will have left Arizona to return to her home in Alaska for the summer.  She hopes to be back in September.
Dr. Wilson drew the chip for our weekly attendance drawing.  Jim McGown's badge number was drawn, making him the winner of the $20 of accumulated winnings.  Chuck Flint announced that winner of the weekly raffle would win $44, and a chance to draw the ace of clubs to win $1,236.  Chuck's own ticket number was drawn.  Bob Jensen was sitting by Chuck and ensured that there was integrity in the shuffling and drawing process.  Unfortunately (for Chuck) he drew the seven of clubs.
President Allan drew cards and Chuck Flint posted the numbers on the columns and then on the rows of the buck board, which was full.  With President Allan drawing cards a third time, in an elimination drawing, Chuck crossed out the numbers vertically and horizontally until the only remaining name left was that of Penny May, who was very happily surprised to win a Paul Harris Fellow at her final visit of the season.
Several guests were present.  Don Boucher introduced his guest, Mark L. Machanic.  Don and Mark worked together in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Mark retired as Detective Sergeant after 36 years on the job.  After retiring from his position as a detective, he became a 911 dispatcher.  He also assumed some reserve duties on the force, and, adding to the many recognitions he received during his career for his outstanding detective work, he was named Reserve Deputy of the Year.  Jack Rosenberg introduced Mike Polley, a Rotarian from Hawaii, who is relocating to Arizona.  Joan and Erwin were repeat Rotary visitors from Rapid City, South Dakota.
Happy Bucks were received from several Rotarians.  Dick Myren was happy to have finished his 59th year doing taxes.  Immanuel Beeson was happy to report that the Salvation Army would be holding their volunteer appreciation dinner that evening.  He was also happy that he and his wife were planning to go on a date Friday evening.  It sounded as though it has been a very long time since they've had that opportunity.  Being parents of six children apparently makes the planning of date nights complicated.  Dan Coons was not so happy with himself as he fined himself for signing up for the tree planting project, but not making it to do his share of the work.  Bob Zarling was happy to report he did go to the tree planing.  Penny May said she would be experiencing 16 hours of daylight in Anchorage.  Don Boucher is happy to be in our club and be lucky enough to be married to his best friend and business partner.  Polly Cady just loves our club.  Chuck Flint paid happy dollars because he is thankful for Pam's good care.  Pam paid for the full Rotary week coming up.  Don LaBarge reported that Chris Krueger's all girl tree planting team out performed the others.  Allan Cady was happy the tree planting went well.  He was very impressed with the hard-working Interactors who helped.
  • Pam Cohen reminded everyone of the Sponsor Appreciation Reception to be held Wednesday, April 25 at 5:30 PM at the Arizona Museum of Natural History.  All members are invited and need to RSVP to Pam Cohen.  Those who successfully solicited sponsor donations were reminded to make personal calls to their donors to extend a personal invitation.  Food will be handled by Heidi's Catering and Live Music will provide ambiance and entertainment.
  • Spring Olympics flyers were on the tables.  The event is posted on the calendar on the club website  To download the event flyerCLICK HERE It is available as a downloadable document on the website.
The GCU Rotaract club just had their final elections, meeting, and ice cream social on this past Wednesday night, and it was wonderful!
As far as service projects go, our club has partaken in many projects these past four months! 
The first service project we took part in was in mid-December in which we packed food at a food shelter with various Rotarians around the valley! It was such a fun first project!
The next project we took part in was on-campus where we packaged notes and granola bars to distribute to the homeless population in Phoenix. 
In January, our club teamed up with the Abounding Service organization!! This project involved volunteers coming in and helping immigrants learn English! The volunteer works with the student by either helping them fill out worksheets or by guiding them in their Rosetta Stone program! This was an exciting and eye-opening project. :) 
The next project we worked at was in February, in which we packed food at St. Mary's foodbank! It was such a blessing to work with so many volunteers at this event to help alleviate the hunger problem in Phoenix! 
In March, our club had our first fundraiser --- The Purple Pinkie Project! This project raised money to help Rotary's initiative to end Polio! We had a table in which we encouraged people to dye their pinkie purple for $1 to support the eradication of polio. Although our club didn't raise much money, it was a fun experience and we can't wait to do it again next year with new ideas to implement into the project! 
Finally, our last project was at the beginning of April! For 5 hours, our club volunteered at the Rugged Maniac Mud Run! Our job was to help competitors over certain obstacles to finish strong! Although we were sunburned, dehydrated, and tired, we had the opportunity to run the mud run for free! Of course, being the college kids we are, we decided to run the race! We got SO muddy! I hurt my back, cut up my hands, and tripped a couple times. But overall, this final project of the year was one that we won't ever forget!
I am also excited to announce the new GCU Rotaract officer board for the upcoming 2018 - 2019 school year:
President: Isabelle Clausen - Major in Finance and Economics
Vice President: Natalie Lunsford - Major in Communications 
Secretary: Luke Schilperoort - Major in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Med
Treasurer: Taylor Anzalone - Major in Nursing
Thank you and your club for all your support and encouragement these past few months! I can't wait to work with you all for many more years to come. 
God bless and Lopes Up!
Isabelle Clausen, President
About a month ago, Polly Cady contacted Save the Family to inquire if they were in need of trees on any of their properties.  She explained the international project with a goal of each Rotarian planting a tree by April 21, 2018.  She received an immediate response from Steve Langstaff, Chief Property Development Officer, of Save the Family.  Don LaBarge and Polly met with Steve to assess the need and then went to TreeLand Nurseries where they were given a good deal on 15 trees and needed supplies.
Friday, April 13, a few Mesa West Rotarians met at Save the Family on University Drive in Mesa to remove stumps and start the holes for planting the trees to be planted on Saturday.  Don LaBarge, along with Steve Langstaff, guided and helped Warren Haussler, Bob Zarling, Allan and Polly Cady in removal of stumps from the dead trees that were to be replaced.  Due to improper planting, there were many dead trees on the Save the Family property.   It was hard work,  and the volunteer Rotarians wished the Interact Club could have been there to help.   Even though it was very hard work, Polly said "We had good fellowship!"
CLICK HERE to see all the photos taken on Friday, April 13, 2018 - the day of preparation.
President Allan Cady, looking refreshed and enthusiastic following his recent trip to New Zealand, opened the meeting by asking Ray Smith to lead everyone in song.  Ray chose two verses of  "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."  Geoff White offered the invocation and Bob Zarling led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Bob Jensen was the official greeter.
Several guests were present.  Frank Rosenberg introduced his wife, Amanda.  Erwin and Joan Wyman were visiting from Rapid City, South Dakota.  Carolyn Jones was introduced by Wendell.  Ted Williams introduced two guests seated at his table:  Cindy Koen, a realtor and Don Eckstrom, a visiting Rotarian.
After badge numbers 68, 14, and 30 were drawn with none of the badge owners present to win, the growing pot for the attendance drawing will again move forward to April 19, when the potential winnings will be $20.
Chuck Flint announced that the weekly raffle winner would receive $52, and if the ace of clubs were to be drawn the winner would receive an additional $1,192.00.  Bob Zarling's ticket was drawn, but after being allowed to see that the ace of clubs was actually in the deck, and doing his own shuffling, he drew the four of hearts.  Bob was disappointed, but everyone else seemed pretty happy that the potential winnings next week would be even more.
Sgt. at Arms, Greg Okonowski, collected happy bucks.  Steve Ross was happy the Spring Olympics were coming up.  He urged everyone to start getting in shape, stating that Luin is already working out and planning to retain her title.  Dr. Ron Thompson was simply happy to be present at the meeting.  Chris Krueger was happy that Allan and Polly were back from their trip.  John Eagleston was just happy.  Pam Cohen had some Arizona gifts for Takuma (our exchange student from Japan), Polly Cady was glad to be home from their wonderful trip.  Don LaBarge saw Jim Crutcher since our last meeting.  It will be some time before life settles down at the Berge Ford dealership, but Jim will be back as soon as he is able.  He assured Don he would not resign and he will be back.  Bob Zarling paid $2 because Greg told him he had to since he won the weekly raffle, but he paid more because he was happy to be at the meeting.  Penny May paid happy dollars because she was in Arizona long enough this spring to learn that 100° "isn't so bad after all."  
Polly Cady had an auction item from their trip to New Zealand.  The bidding was pretty intense until Bob Jensen jumped his bid to $100 and became the lucky winner.  
  • Don LaBarge reminded members of the tree planting project at the Save the Family building at 121 W University on the 13th and 14th.  Prep work was scheduled for 9:00 AM Friday.  Expert instruction for the volunteers should prevent damage to the trees from improper preparation and planting.  The actual planting work was planned for Saturday, again at 9:00 AM.  
  • Allan reminded members that the Sponsor Appreciation Reception will be held 5:30 - 8:00 Wednesday, April 25 at the Arizona Museum of Natural History.  A list of donors was on the tables for members to take review for accuracy in the way donor names were displayed and to remind members to contact the donors they solicited by phone to personally invite them to the reception.
The morning of November 8, 2017, the parking lot at Red Mountain Community College was filled with those of us anticipating the trip to Guaymas for the Hearing Aid Project.  As I had never been there before, I was unsure what to expect.  Several Rotarians from our club met us with breakfast items that were welcome at that time of the morning and a great way to see us off on our journey.
The journey ended up being a long one, especially for those on the bus.  The bus was stopped at the border for three long hours, initially being told that new paperwork was not filled out and therefore, they would have to return home.  Luckily, our Guaymas Rotarian friends were able to procure an email that allowed us all to continue.
The Mesa West Rotary Club, through its charitable foundation, is soliciting individual participants for our annual sponsor's contribution program.  All monies will benefit the project of your choice.  Through generous contributions we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those in our local and international communities.  To download a copy of the sponsorship brochure, CLICK HERE
To see a list of our 2017-18 sponsors, CLICK HERE
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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!

Mesa West

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Hilton Phoenix East Mesa
1011 West Holmes Avenue
Mesa, AZ  85210
United States
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April 2018
Bob Solis
Apr 26, 2018
Open Arms Africa
David Rosh, Banner Health
May 03, 2018
Grief Recovery Program and More
Bob Jensen, Ray Smith and Wendell Jones
May 17, 2018
Gift of Hearing Program in Guymas
Mary Cameli, Mesa Fire Chief
May 24, 2018
Mesa Fire Department
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