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President Allan Cady opened the meeting with Greg Okonowski offering the invocation and Polly Cady leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Allan introduced Alan Ramsdell.  Guest, Gloria Holler was introduced as our speaker's mother.  Penny May introduced Bob James from the Calgary Centennial Rotary Club.  Bert Millett, a former member, was with us again and many are hoping he will rejoin our membership soon.  John Pappalardo, a visitor from the Chicago area, was with us again.  It looks like, in the foreseeable future, he may be spending more time here than there.  Immanuel Beeson with the Salvation Army was introduced as a visitor.
After badge numbers 16, 56, and 37 were called, but their owners were not present, the $5 from the attendance drawing will roll over doubling the size of the possible winnings on February 22.
Pam Cohen won the weekly $36 raffle pot, but after a moment of false hope when she drew a black ace, was immediately disappointed to learn that she would not be the lucky winner of $839, since she had drawn the ace of spades rather than the ace of clubs.  
Alan Ramsdell had lots of happy dollars.  Many others contributed as well, but failed to measure up to his enthusiasm.  In the absence of Dick Myren, Jeanie Morgan continued the Rod Daniels tradition of paying a happy dollar for being happy to be a member of Mesa West Rotary.
  • Lucinda Rose General explained the little slips members had been given as they arrived at the meeting.  They will help increase the reliability of members meeting the "Every Rotarian Every Year" goal of giving $100 each year to The Rotary Foundation.  The slips contained each members RI membership number, an 800# to call, and the date of their last donation to the foundation, as well as their total giving to date in their Paul Harris giving account.  Members can either call or log into the RI website to sign up for Rotary Direct specifying an amount to be regularly charged to a credit or debit card.
  • Chris Krueger had earlier sent an e-mail, but wanted to remind members that if they want to receive the newsletter from Buey Ray Tut's Aqua Africa Project (which we heard about at our February 1 meeting), send her an e-mail by CLICKING HERE.
  • Pam Cohen reminded everyone about the Steak & Beans dinner coming up February 24.  We will be celebrating the success of the sponsorship campaign.
Mesa West Rotarians - The Cady's and the Goetzenbergers - enjoyed good food and fabulous friends while supporting a February 17 red carpet fundraising event at The Arizona Broadway Theater. The event was hosted by Peoria North Rotary Club (a fellow club in District 5495). Donna Goetzenberger said, "I had to remind myself we were there for a purpose - doing good comes easy when you are in the company of friends." 
President Allan opened the meeting by asking Ron Thompson to offer the Invocation followed by Dan Coons leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ray Smith asked the women present to go to the front of the room so he could lead the men and women present in serenading each other with "Let Me Call You Sweetheart."
There were several guests present.  The guest who had travelled the longest distance was PDG Chris Runion from Harrisonburg, VA.  Chris is the immediate past governor of Rotary District 7570. He was on a business trip to AZ and stopped in to say hello.
Don Boucher won the attendance drawing.  
President Allan is continuing to try to incent members to wear their Rotary pins by paying $1 for each member wearing a pin at our weekly meetings.  Unfortunately, the number at this meeting was only nineteen - a new low.
Jeanie Morgan won the $30 pot in the weekly drawing, but the $804 accumulating pot will continue to grow since she drew the seven of hearts.  Steve Ross explained the Buck Board and circulated it while happy dollars were collected.  Dick Myren paid a happy dollar to be a member of Mesa West Rotary continuing the tradition of the club's newest Honorary Member, Rod Daniels.  Don Boucher paid happy dollars for the granddaughter they welcomed into their family last month, and for some new news.  They've just recently learned a grandson will be added to the family later this year.  Jeanie Morgan was happy she won the pot and was celebrating the last few days she would not yet be 75.  The club sang happy birthday to her with much better harmony than she's ever enjoyed hearing in the past.
Pam Cohen reminded everyone of the upcoming Steak and Beans dinner on February 24 celebrating the successful sponsorship campaign to raise funds to support our various projects.
Steve Ross announced upcoming speakers, but said Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista did not want a formal introduction.
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
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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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February 2018
Angelica Pilato
Feb 22, 2018
Author of "Angel's Truck Stop" discussing love, laughter and loss during the Vietnam War
Lieutenant Immanuel Beeson
Mar 01, 2018
Salvation Army
Judge Tommy Webb
Mar 08, 2018
Motivational Message
Ed Koeneman
Mar 15, 2018
Youth Day
President, Allan Cady
Mar 22, 2018
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