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.
 
Save the Family Tree Planting Project 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
RYLA Ponderosa was a "first" for me, and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to witness it all in action from the bottom, up!  I already knew John Wintersteen and his dedication and support of our youth; but, I also had the pleasure of meeting Sherry Mischel.  I soon discovered that Sherry is a petite powerhouse of organization and management!  I believe there were about 75 students in attendance, and another approximate 30 or so Rotaract and adult RYLA volunteers and committee members.  John and Sherry were the ringleaders to it all, and did a fantastic job!
 
How does RYLA work?
 
Each year, thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program worldwide.
 
High School students are selected for their leadership abilities and experiences. The Rotary clubs pay the registration fee for the delegates weekend.
 
Those attending will reinforce their leadership abilities and skills, utilize new methods, learn about their inner selves through a well-rounded exciting, stimulating and busy program. Activities vary from climbing the wall and riding a zipline to exploring your own personality while meeting new friends of all ages and backgrounds. This is an interactive experiential program.
 
Rotary Youth Exchange students from around the world are in each group to share their culture, background and knowledge.Our RYLA weekend will lead delegates to expand their leadership capabilities. It encourages leadership of youth by youth. Delegates exceed their expectations through increased self confidence and group support. Delegates are leaders and followers and gain knowledge of how to apply their skills in each area.
 
 
RYLA - Ponderosa Highlights 2018-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
The North American Youth Exchange Network was simply an incredible experience, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to attend on behalf of our District.  
 
What is NAYEN?  
 
The North American Youth Exchange Network, commonly known as NAYEN, is a Regional Association representing 167 districts, in Canada, Mexico and the United States, which are involved in Rotary Youth Exchange. The annual three day conference provides a forum for training youth exchange officers in best practices and the opportunity for interaction and collaboration with our overseas counterparts. NAYEN further supports its members through the development of resources and training materials to support their district programs.
The North American Youth Exchange Network facilitates collaboration and provides support to Rotary Districts and Multi-Districts in the USA, Canada, and Mexico, and promotes Rotary youth exchange around the world.  I discovered that it is just one conference out of several, in different regions of the world.  Needless to say, I am excited for the opportunity in the future to attend others, as well.   
 
 
Donna Goetzenberger Shares NAYEN 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Our own Donna Goetzenberger was in charge of Outbound Youth Exchange Orientation for our Rotary District the weekend of March 24-25.  She had just recently returned from NAYEN and had only a few days to get caught up at home and work and put the final details of the orientation together.  This is what she had to say about the orientation when it was all over:
 
 "Last weekend in Prescott for our District's RYE Outbound Orientation was a huge success, if I do say so myself.  Suffice it to say, as it was my first year (let alone my first year 'in charge') of the two day/overnight camp, it was quite the learning curve for me with everything that had to be done in putting together all the student and parent packets that had to be created; knowing what information to give; creating the powerpoints, materials, and instructional videos; arranging the housing/cabins for all the students/staff/parents; and, even the little things like putting together games and entertaining evening activities for everyone - it was A LOT OF WORK for one person to do!!!  (Whew, am I glad that's behind me - at least for a year!  Ha!)  Not to mention the fact that I was out of state almost the entire week prior (Tues-Sun), attending the NAYEN conference!  Wowza, did that come at the wrong time!"
Outbound Youth Exchange Orientation 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
President Allan Cady opened the meeting with Daryl Bethea offering the invocation and Chris Krueger leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Guests present were Carolyn Jones, introduced by Wendell, and Gisella Bethea, a professional ballerina, who was proudly introduced by her father, John.
 
President Allan said he had decided prior to the meeting to make one last attempt to encourage members to wear their Rotary pins by paying $1 per pin.  Ed Koeneman made this a very expensive decision for him as Ed was wearing 23 Rotary pins at the meeting.  The actual total of 41 was rounded up to a $50 donation to the foundation from our President.
 
Dan Coons won the weekly attendance drawing.  Steve Ross handled the weekly raffle.  The winning ticket drawn entitled the winner to $39 and a chance to try to draw the ace of clubs and win  the accumulated pot of $1,065.  Ed Koeneman drew Jeanie Morgan's ticket, but since she drew the Jack of Hearts, the large pot will continue to grow.  This, alone, should encourage attendance, and President Alan might want to consider issuing an executive order that the eventual winner must donate the large pot to our foundation if they are NOT wearing a Rotary pin when their ticket is drawn.   
 
Ed Koeneman paid happy bucks for the GCU Robotics Club earning the privilege of going to national finals.  Dan Coons was happy the weather is warmer.  Matt Rotty announced that his wife, Emily, had given birth to their fourth child, a baby boy who they named Zachary, on Saturday, March 10.  John Bethea was happy to have his daughter home.  Darl Andersen paid happy dollars for finding some 1984 photos of Jack Rosenberg - at least one of Jack riding a horse.  Ed Koeneman was happy that it is only 65 days til the next Star Wars movie will be released.  Ron Thompson happily announced he and Toni would be celebrating their wedding anniversary over the weekend.  
 
President Allan reminded members to turn or mail in their club survey if they have not already done so.  He had extra copies to distribute to anyone who had not received or who had misplaced their survey.
 
     
    Highlights of March 22 Club Assembly 2018-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Mesa West Rotary Grant Project 2018-02-13 07:00:00Z 0
    Record breaking donations resulted from the Salvation Army bell ringing effort of Mesa West Rotary and friends, family and cooperating organizations recruited by members and bell-ringing coordinator, Don LaBarge.  The 2017 effort netted $17,420.91 surpassing our previous high recorded in 2015 of $14,400.00 by nearly 21%.
     
    During 28 ring days, with five 2-hour shifts each day, most with two ringers, and some with three or more, 560 hours of bell ringing were recorded.  We owe thanks to 120 non Mesa West Rotary members  who aided us in our effort.  The Mesa West bell ringing effort exceeded the largest amount of donations taken at any of the others of the thirty Mesa kettle locations.

     
    Mesa West Bell Ringers Net $17,420.91 2018-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
    Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return.  During my time as a member of Mesa West Rotary Club, I’ve witnessed your many gifts – your time, donations, goods and your voice.  I would also include others like experience, ideas and creativity, friendship and fun, business acumen and even your family.
     
    You should all be very proud of the record-breaking performances this year on Salvation Army Bell-Ringing and donations to the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona and the Sponsor Program.  And, who could forget the wonderful experience in Guaymas with the Gift of Hearing Mission?  Your generosity with happy bucks, auction items and the buckboards at our meetings throughout the year has been fantastic.
     
    So thank you for being a part of Mesa West Rotary and all you do to support our many and varied activities.  For me, there’s no club that can compare with ours.  See you soon and best wishes.
    President's Korner by Allan Cady 2018-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
    The meeting was called to order by President-Elect Chris Krueger as President Allan Cady was vacationing.  The invocation was offered by Dick Myren.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ed Koeneman.
     
    John Pennypacker introduced a distinguished guest at his table, District Governor Elect Jim Erickson of the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club.  Al was introduced as a visiting Rotarian from Olympia Washington.  Warren Williamson introduced his better 90%, Carolyn.  Lolita Wiesner, a seasonal regular was introduced.
     
     
    Highlights of January 4 Meeting 2018-01-05 07:00:00Z 0
    To begin the last club meeting of the year, the invocation was offered by Daryl Bethea, with Christy Citterman leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ray Smith led an enthusiastic group in singing Jingle Bells.
     
    Seasonal visitor Lolita Wiesner was present, Yordi (an aspiring outbound Youth Exchange student) was present with his mother.  Becky Morgan Beverly was attending with her mother, Jeanie.  Robert LaBarge seemed and was treated like a guest since his professional duties have kept him from attending recent meetings.
     
    Highlights of December 14 Meeting 2018-01-02 07:00:00Z 0
    On Thursday November 16, at the District Governor's official visit, President Allan Cady announced that our club would collectively support TRVFA with $5,000 or more in donations from our members prior to the end of the year.  As you may remember, the fund qualifies for Arizona Tax Credits, so the donations, in qualifying amounts ($400 for individuals and $800 for joint returns), will offset your Arizona State Income Tax obligation dollar for dollar and can also be a qualifying Federal Income Tax Deduction. 
     
    In the three previous years, our Club has made the following donations to TRVFA:
     
    • 2016: $10,000.00
    • 2015: $5,900.00
    • 2014: $2,374.00
     
    At your very earliest convenience, we ask that you evaluate an appropriate TRVFA donation to address your personal tax planning needs, and then, send an email to me (don.boucher@ccwealth.com) and to Polly Cady (pcady@cadyfam.com) to identify your personal pledge. Your donation should be completed by year’s end (12/31) and you may complete your donation by delivering a check to Polly or by donating online via the link below:
     
     
    Note: Completing your donation online is the preferred club method for submitting your donation. 
     
    Should you choose to make your donation online via the TRVFA website, please be sure to add “Mesa West Rotary Club” in the area that request:Please list your Rotary Club name here.
     
    Polly and I will look forward to receiving your emails to confirm your personal pledge amount, and we’ll provide weekly updates on our progress to meeting President Cady’s TRVFA pledge of $5,000.00.
     
    Should you have questions or need assistance, please call me (602-510-5285) or Polly (602-741-8835).
     
    “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
     
    We are kind and caring people who make a positive difference in the world, so as always, thank you for all you do!
     
    Don Boucher, Vocational Chair       
     
    As of the afternoon of December 7, the total of TRVFA donations is $4,600 from Mesa West Rotarians for this this tax year, and Don has received 7 e-mail confirmations from our members verifying their donations.  If yours is not one of them, remember to go ON LINE to make your donation.                                                               
    The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) - Donate Before Year End 2017-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
    The December 7 Meeting was called to order by President-Elect Chris Krueger.  Ray Smith encouraged members and guests to participate in singing "Silver Bells," which he understands was written with Salvation Army bellringing as their inspiration.  The invocation was offered by Ted Williams and John Pennypacker led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Darl Andersen served as the greeter.
     
    Ray Smith won the attendance drawing.  Carole Kralicek brought a guest with her to the meeting.  He drew the ticket for the weekly drawing and drew Carole's ticket, making Carole the winner of the small weekly pot, but since she did not subsequently draw the ace of clubs, the $570 rolling pot will continue to grow.
     
    During the Sgt at Arms portion of the program, Robert LaBarge paid happy bucks for learning the dental terms and vocabulary necessary for describing how to make certain linquistic sounds.  Dr. Ron Thompson verified the accuracy of what Robert was describing.  Bob Zarling paid happy bucks stating he will be gone for five weeks visiting Wisconsin.  Rod Daniels paid to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the date his former club merged into Mesa West Rotary.  Carole Kralicek announced she would have the privilege of  selling a collection of valuable western art.  Ted Williams announced the birth of his 56th grandchild.
     
    John Pennypacker announced that he was sad to see that there were 5-7 people present who were not properly dressed.  The background for this statement was that in March of 1978, the Duarte, California Rotary Club was terminated from Rotary for  allowing a woman to join their club.   The Supreme Court sided with the Club and in 1987, Sylvia Whitlock became the first woman to serve as a Rotary Club President, presiding over the Duarte, California Rotary Club.  John distributed Silver Slipper Rotary Pins to the women who were present to celebrate the history of women in Rotary.
     
    John Pennypacker auctioned a gift  which he had obtained at the recent Foundation dinner.  Tim Troy made the winning bid.
     
    Don LaBarge announced that he had been able to fill every opening to date for the holiday bell ringing. 
     
    Bob Zarling announced that the Interact Club Purple Pinky project netted $850 to fund polio eradication. 
     
    The program was introduced. Scarlett Zinggeler has a longer history with Rotary than some of our members.  She was in Interact in high school.  She also participated in RYLA.  She was a Rotary youth exchange student in Poland, and recently, she became the first President of the new Rotaract Club at Grand Canyon University where she is a senior.  She is on the board for Rotex (past exchange students).
     
    The Rotaract club was scheduled to have their first service project on Saturday, December 9.  They plan to have a purple pinkie project to raise awareness of the need for continued emphasis on the eradication of polio and to raise funds to support immunizations.   One of her personal goals for the Rotaract club at GCU is to develop a system where they can be pen pals with Rotaractors in other countries.  They plan to hand out water to participants in triathlons.  Tim Troy asked how many members are in their new Rotaract Club.  She indicated they have nineteen members.  
     
     
    December 7 Meeting Highlights 2017-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
    Many Mesa West Rotarians may already know that Chuck Flint travels, twice yearly, to a small fishing village on the Mexican mainland, on the Sea of Cortes, with Rotary Youth Exchange students.  This is a primitive (they just received electricity 3 years ago - no water yet) village that he has been visiting since 1970.  The YE kids will get to see the wonderful Sonoran Desert, hike two mountains in it, and kayak and swim in the sea.

    This will be done with two other Rotarians, both from Phoenix 100.  They stay in a 2 -bedroom apartment that has concrete floors and block walls and a tin roof - you do not want to be there when it rains, which is quite rare.



     
    Making Christmas Miracles in Mexico 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
    President, Allan Cady, opened the meeting with a moment of silence after he announced that Al Morgan, Jeanie's husband had passed away November 28.  Ray Smith offered the invocation and Chris Krueger led the Pledge of Allegiance.
     
    Jeanie Morgan won the weekly raffle, but failed to draw the Ace of Clubs, so the $575 pot will continue to grow.  Chuck Flint conducted the Buck Board elimination drawing.  Frank Rosenberg was the winner.  $1,000 will be donated to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) in his name.  
     
    Chuck Flint reminded members that one of our goals this year is for Mesa West to be recognized as an EREY (Every Rotarian, Every Year) club with each member donating $100 or more to The Rotary Foundation this Rotary year.  Chuck made EREY forms available, and enticed members to take the forms with them since a recipe was printed on the back of the form:  Citrus Roast Chicken a la Lucinda (1998 Lucinda Rose General).
     
    In the interest of time, "Express Happy Bucks" were collected.  Jeanie paid $47 for each of the 47 years she had the privilege of spending with a very good man.  
     
    Announcements:
    • Six Mesa West Rotarians attended the Charter Meeting of Grand Canyon University's new Rotaract Club.  Member, Ed Koesneman is the advisor.  They will meet every other Wednesday at the university.
    • Don LaBarge reminded members we are in Salvation Army bell ringing season and lots of openings are still available on the schedule.
    • President Allan reminded members that EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) is a requirement for the District Achievement Award
    Carole Kralicek donated a bag to be auctioned of miscellaneous items she brought back from her Rotary Friendship Exchange to Australia.  Bob Zarling was the highest bidder with his bid of $75.
     
    Steve Ross announced upcoming speakers.  He also announced that when he joined the club, there were two annual events.  The Spring Olympics, has continued as a tradition.  The other event - The Rotary Shoot Out - no longer happens.  He introduced Coach Jay Cassario from Gilbert High School as the speaker, and reminded members that the Coach has brought his team to our Spring Olympics to keep the games honest each year.
     
    Coach Cassario is from Wisconsin.  He is married to his high school sweetheart.  They arrived in July, 2000 to experience 118 degree temperature as they arrived.  They have four children.  His wife is a labor and delivery nurse.  His first job was at Greenfield Junior High.  Coincidentally, when he contacted a friend from his own small town in Wisconsin, he found that the friend was living in the same apartment complex.  
     
    He moved from the junior high to coach under Coach Bennett.  When Coach Bennett retired, he felt fortunate to be offered the head coaching position.  It was challenging to take over following a very successful coach, particularly so, since he was only 8+ years older than his players.  He enjoys having the team help with Salvation Army bell ringing as well as serving as umpires/referees at the Spring Olympics each year at John Benedict's home.  
     
    When he inherited the basketball program, his primary hope was the he "didn't screw it up."  Kids want to be in the program commuting from other districts.  High school sports has changed.  It used to be that football players, would go on to play basketball, and then baseball in the spring.  Now each have year-round programs.  More kids are focused on one thing.  He has found that kids are resilient, and that they like discipline.
     
    In addition to coaching, he teaches High School Honors Biology.  He has a full day - 150 kids in five sections.  7th hour every day, he teaches his basketball team  It gets the kids home with their family in the evenings.  One of his requests when he started was that he be allowed to continue with the 7th hour basketball class, which had been started by Coach Bennett.  Coach Bennett was influencial in another way.  "The way to judge if you've had a successful season is to see where the kids are in 20 years."
     
    In answering a question about parent complaints about their kid not getting enough playing time, Coach Casario announced that when parents complain, their child is suspended from playing.  Coach Bennett had that practice and it had seemed harsh at the time, so he didn't operate that way when he first took over as head coach.  It made the job much more stressful, so he reinstituted the practice.  Parents may still complain - but not to him.
    November 30 Meeting Highlights 2017-12-05 07:00:00Z 0
    We are now nearly two weeks into the Salvation Army Bell-Ringing season.  From all accounts, things are going well. There are still quite a few shift openings according to Don LaBarge, our Community Service Chair.  With 26 days of bell-ringing and 5 sessions per day, sign-ups are an enormous task.  President, Allan, is confident that the service-minded Rotarians of Mesa West will once again answer the call.  Please, review your calendar and call or email Don to coordinate available shifts with that will best fit your schedule.  The bell-ringing concludes Saturday, December 23.  We need volunteers that will take 2-3 sessions each, even 4 if possible.  Don’s contact information is cell 480-213-1617 and email dlabarge47@gmail.com.  Your early response and the generosity of your time will be appreciated.
    Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Bass Pro Shops 2017-12-05 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Foundation has major focus areas to make our impact stronger throughout the world.  During December, the focus on member education and advocacy is the work we do in disease prevention and treatment.
     
    The "elevator speech" we can all use in educating our friends and associates about why we are proud to be Rotarians in this area is:
     
    We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.  We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas.
     
    December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month 2017-12-05 07:00:00Z 0
    At the District Governor's official visit, President Allan announced that our club members, collectively would support TRVFA with $5,000 or more in donations from our members prior to the end of the year.  The fund qualifies for Arizona Tax Credits, so the donations, in qualifying amounts ($400 for individuals and $800 for joint returns), will offset your Arizona State Income Tax obligation dollar for dollar and can also be a qualifying Federal Income Tax Deduction.  If you are going to have a 2017 state income tax obligation, CLICK HERE TO DONATE. 
     
     
    The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona 2017-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Clubs in Mesa, Arizona held a combined meeting Wednesday, November 15 to celebrate the official visit of District Governor Nancy Van Pelt.  Mesa West Rotary President, Allan Cady, called the meeting to order.  John Wiegenstein, President of Mesa Sunrise Rotary provided the thought for the day sharing the background behind how Herbert Taylor came up with the 4-Way Test for his business, and it became the test used for Rotarians world-wide to temper everything they think, say, and do.

     
     
    District Governor, Nancy Van Pelt's Official Visit 2017-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
    The team of doctors, students, and other professionals were honored at an evening of festivities celebrating 25 years of Mesa Baseline Foundation and Mesa West Rotary teaming with Rotarians in Mexico to carry out the Gift of Hearing mission to support needs in Guaymas and its surrounding communities.  Mesa West Rotary President, Allan Cady started the festivities with the Spanish translation of:  "Greeting to all Rotarians, Doctors and Students.  Thank you all for participating in the 25th clinic for people of Guaymas and surrounding     areas.  Tonight we wish to present Paul Harris  fellows to our friends from the Guaymas Rotary Club.  This a very special occasion.  May I      introduce Chuck Flint."  Everyone was very impressed that he made the effort to make the greeting in Spanish.
     
    Chuck Flint made the Paul Harris presentations in Spanish, as well.  As seen in the photo, receiving this honor in their community is achieved by very few.  Those who were named were elated.
     
    Bob Jensen, who has been the organizer behind the Gift of Hearing project since its inception gave certificates to the participating doctors.  He also honored Mesa West Rotarian, Ray Smith with a certificate recognizing his loyal dedication to the project for so many years.
     
    It was truly an evening of celebration!
     
    Special thanks is owed from Mesa West Rotary to Mike Whalen of New Line Trophy for his donation of name pins for all the doctors, audiology students and Rotarians participating in the Guaymas Hearing project, and for his discount given for the certificates and plaques presented at this special celebration.
    Celebrating 25 Years - Gift of Hearing 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
    PDG, Don LaBarge reports "All went like clock work at the Veterans Parade." His team gathered at 7:45 am at 8st & Center.  The team included Melodie, Jim McGown, Chris LaBarge, Warren  Williamson  and Ted Williams.  Chris and Don LaBarge picked up the U-Haul about 7:15am. It had been loaded with supplies for the Fallen Soldiers Event the day before by Theresa Carmichael and her staff.  The fallen soldiers event honors the 170 soldiers killed in action since 9-11. They drove the U-Haul to the loading area at 8st & Center.
     
    Theresa was Parade chair & Member of Mesa Sunrise.  Several Mesa Sunrise folks were assigned other duties, but very visibly working to support the parade. The Mesa West crew had worried about getting past the barricades, and possibly being hassled by the Guard.  It turned out Rich Guin from Mesa Sunrise was the Guard, so it worked perfectly.   The first shift included Don and Chris, Melodie, Jim & Warren and about 75 ROTC kids from all branches.  It took every hand to prepare the Fallen Soldiers poles and pictures for hand out.  The parts came in four different boxes. The ROTC kids received the poles, pictures, wreath and ribbons from the Mesa West Rotary crew.  In two-person teams, the ROTC kids put the poles together with the wreaths, picture and ribbons using zip ties. One of the jobs was to tie the ribbon into a bow to give the kids, Chris spent some time trying to teach Don how to tie a bow.  He gave up and took the role as supervisor.  He recruited two girl scout mothers, who happened to be using Don's truck for shade while they were waiting for other scouts, to help Chris tie the bows. Chris and the two girl-scout mothers tied bows and gave them to the ROTC kids. The ROTC adult leader and the head boss barked orders at the kids like it was boot camp. Don said, "It was great.  Trust me when I say the kids paid attention to the boss."
     
    After all the Poles were finally assembled about 10:30 am, Don and Chris moved to 2st street and Country Club which was the end of the Parade route.  They parked and set up with gear to receive the poles.  Their job was to disassemble the parts and repack the boxes for next year. The Mesa Fire Department showed up with a large grill which they set up next to the truck and trailer.  Don and Chris knew several of them as they are a retired group, and were part of the grilling crew. (Chris's brother Grant is a retired Mesa Fireman and they knew them from what Don calls the old days. After everybody shook hands and told stories, the firemen set up their grill and began the task of giving away 1500 hot dogs to the parade workers and participants, or, basically, anyone who asked for one, Their event was paid for by the Fire Union.  While Chris and Don waited for the Parade to end, they accepted the assignment of testing the hot dogs for quality. After eating two or three, they gave the fireman the OK. The firemen had been warned by Theresa to be ready for the ROTC kids at the end as they would be hungry and tired and eagerly invade the hot dog stand.
     
    Ted Williams joined Don and Chris about 11 AM, along with Colton and ten Interact kids.   They were ready for the ROTC, at about 12:20 PM, the 170 ROTC kids arrived with the boss barking orders and they marched straight to the Mesa West team's setup.  The chaos began.  After about thirty minutes all 170 poles had been collected.  The team began the process of removing the wreaths, pictures, ribbons and zip ties and repacking. "Thank goodness for the Interact kids!" Mental notes were made about what will be needed next year:  chairs, more cutting pliers, pipe wrenches to undo the poles etc.  Tje team finished at 2 PM and returned the truck to Theresa's office.    
     
    Don says "Many thanks to our volunteer crew."
    Mesa West Rotary Support of Veterans Day Parade 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
    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 Mission to Guaymas by Chris Krueger 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
    Polly Cady is shown with the director and assistant of the school where the Gift of Hearing clinic is set up.  The photo documents the school's acceptance of the school supplies that were donated from Mesa West Rotary Club, as well as from private donors, i.e. Warren and Sunny Williams and University of Arizona sorority Kappa Alpha Theta.
     
    Donations Associated With Gift of Hearing Mission 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
    Presiding over the meeting was Immediate Past President, John Eagleston.  The invocation was given by Geoff White, and Jim McGown led the Pledge of Allegiance.  It was noted that many of our Mesa West Rotary members were missing, as they were participating in the 25th Anniversary of the Gift of Hearing Project in Guaymas, Mexico.  Guests in attendance were Kristen Kelin, an audiologist, a guest of Jeanie Morgan, who responded to an inquiry from Kristen made through the Mesa West Rotary Facebook page.  Aubrey's daughter, Brin, was also present as a guest.  

     
    November 9 Meeting Highlights 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
    While the Steak and Beans contest officially ended October 31, contributions to the Sponsor Program continue to come in.  We are presently over $35,000 in receipts with numerous pledges still outstanding.  In total, 34 Mesa West Rotarians have participated with either a personal contribution or one from a non-member acquaintance or company.  That’s fantastic because it represents fifty percent of our club membership!  Good going and thanks to all for your efforts on behalf of those in need in our community and internationally.  In the days ahead, we will announce the dates for our Steak and Beans event and the Sponsor Recognition event.  Please, be encouraged to pass along to Aubrey Luma any remaining contributions at your earliest convenience.  Again, thanks!
     
    It is now time to turn our attention to one of our signature service events, Salvation Army Bell-Ringing.  We are fortunate again to the have the Bass Pro Shop location, arguably the best location in the city.  Don LaBarge, our “scheduler extraordinaire” is in charge of this event.  As usual, we ring the bell Mondays through Saturdays from Friday, November 24, through Saturday, December 23.  Sign-ups will be conducted at our regular Thursday meetings and via phone/email. We are asking each Rotarian to commit to a minimum of 3 or 4 two-hour time slots during the 26 day period.  Let us remember the OBJECT of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service.  Thank you for all you do for Mesa West Rotary.
    President's Korner by Allan Cady 2017-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
    President, Allan Cady opened the meeting with Chris Krueger offering the invocation and Penny May leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Christy Citterman introduced her guest, Bret Atkinson.  Wendell Jones introduced his guest, his better 90%, Carolyn.  Penny May welcomed Lolita Wiesner, from Red Deer, Canada, back as an additional (to herself) seasonal visitor and friend. 
     
    Highlights - November 2 Meeting 2017-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
    The conference was held October 27-29 at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Mesa West Rotarians in attendance for all or a portion of the conference were Bob Zarling, Donna and Bryan Goetzenberger, and Pollyanne and Allan Cady.  Overall, the attendance count numbered just over one hundred which was a record for this event.    submitted by Allan Cady
    17th Annual USA/Mexico Friendship Conference 2017-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
    Abundant Harvest, the Rotary Foundation Dinner, was held Saturday evening, November 4, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tempe.  Cowboy apparel was in abundance and country music was provided by Ryan Hart and the Heartbeats.  The keynote speaker was Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith.  Ray served as President during the 2010-2011 Rotary year and was the 100th President of the organization.  He recognized Rotary as the top charitable organization in the country.  There were numerous club, bequest society, and major donor recognitions.  For District 5510, Mesa West was honored for the following ---
     
    ·          Total Highest Giving Club                     $27,572
    ·          Highest Annual Giving Club                 $25,157
    ·          Highest per Capita Giving Club          $524.10
     
    Abundant Harvest - District 5495 Foundation Dinner 2017-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
    Carole Kralicek is with eleven Sun Lakes Rotary Club members on a Rotary Friendship Exchange to Sydney and Gosford areas in Australia.  They were hosted at an office luncheon by the Honorable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs (the Rex Tillerson counterpart), and Lucy Wicks, a member of Parliament.  They watched Parliament “at work” during Question Time.  “This shocking name-calling session was worse than our congress!!! HaHa”  It even included the Prime Minister. 

     
    Carole Kralicek on Rotary Friendship Exchange Down Under 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
    President, Allan opened the meeting with Darl Andersen offering the invocation, followed by John Bethea leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ray Smith set an energetic tone for the meeting when he led those present in a Rotary version of "If You're Happy and You Know it."
     
    Among the guests present were Spencer Jones from Utah, Warren's wife, Son Hee, Gary Johnson, AG from Tempe, Salman Mubarak, and his wife from Multan, Pakistan.
    October 26 Meeting Highlights 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
    Allan and Polly Cady hosted District Governor Omar Falcon Aburto and his family from Vera Cruz, Mexico for the USA/Mexico Friendship Conference held this past weekend.  They are a lovely family who they are enjoying very much.  DG Omar's wife is a Rotarian in an all women Club where she is also a past president.  DG Omar has 99 Rotary Clubs in his District so is a very busy man.

    They have two children who are along with them - a daughter, age eleven, and their son, who is five-years old.  The daughter mentioned she would like to go trick or treating on Halloween since in Mexico they don't observe this tradition.  The kids picked out Halloween costumes and are very excited to go!   So in light of this, Allan and Polly decided to have a little get together Sunday night and show the kids all about pumpkin carving. 
     
     
    Halloween Fun - Friendship and Grant Exchange Conference Bonus 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
    For twenty-five years, the Mesa Baseline Rotary Foundation and the Mesa West Rotary Club have sponsored a team of audiologists and doctors that conduct a medical mission to help the people of Guaymas, Mexico with their hearing problems.  Although the city has approximately 130,000 citizens, there are no ear, nose and throat surgeons, audiologists or hearing aid dispensers in Guaymas. 

     
    Celebrating 25 Years - Serving Medical Needs in Guaymas 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
    Finalizing the requirement of a $2,000 district grant that was awarded to United Sound and announced at our October 5 meeting, July Duty hosted a book assembly project at her home Friday, October 27.  Members and guests of Mesa West Rotary Club participated in the work project, about which Julie exclaimed, "They got them all done!  It was completely amazing!" 
     
    United Sound Work Project - "Completely Amazing" 2017-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
    President, Allan Cady opened the meeting asking Chris Krueger to give the invocation, and Don LaBarge to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  When introducing Donna Ratonia with R&L Carriers as her guest, Chris Krueger noted that Donna is a former Rotarian from Nebraska.   Larry Kasterbaum was introduced as a visiting Rotarian from Guam.  Jerry Burnett, a lender from Chase Bank was also a guest at our meeting.
     
    President Allan shared three thoughts for the day:
    1. Most look up and admire the stars.  A champ climbs a mountain and grabs one.
    2. If you don't know where you are going, you might end up somewhere else.
    3. You can't steal second with your foot on first.
    Our President imposed a $5 "key fine" on Jeanie Morgan for leaving the October 12 meeting with another Rotarian's car key.
     
    The weekly drawing was won by a visiting Rotarian, who did NOT draw the ace of clubs, so the large pot will continue to grow.  Chuck Flint explained the background of our Buck Board for the benefit of our visitors, and gladly sold available spots on the board for $10 each. 
     
    During the Sgt. at Arms program, Greg Okonowski started the happy bucks by donating $100 celebrating a recent vacation, he announced that the money collected this week would be used to purchase school supplies for use at the school where the Guaymas mission takes place.  Since the money was going for a worthy cause, Don LaBarge searched his wallet for $$ to donate. 
     
    Ron Thompson won the attendance drawing and donated his winnings to the Guaymas school supply project.
     
    Penny May had a gift from her recent European vacation to auction.  Donna Goetzenberger made the winning $45 bid and received a beautiful cultured pearl necklace.
     
    President Allan made the following announcements:
    • Cards were placed on the tables reminding members of the assembly project scheduled for Friday, October 27.  Volunteers will enjoy wine and snacks while they help assemble curriculum books for the United Sound district grant project which received matching support from our club's foundation.
    • Mesa West Rotary will be sponsoring a buffet table at the USA Mexico Conference on October 29 at 10:30 AM.  Members were urged to attend, if possible.
    • The departure breakfast for the Guaymas volunteers was moved to the earlier time of 6:45 AM on November 8.  Westwood High School Interact will also be involved in helping with the breakfast.
    • The Steak and Beans competition for the Sponsor program will end October 31.  Donations and pledges now exceed $20,000.
    Pam Cohen introduced Harvey Clark, Past President of Superstition Mountain Rotary Club.  Harvey has a long history in Police Enforcement.  The program was about InfraGard, an Alliance for National Infrastructure Protection.  Harvey has an 18 year history with InfraGard.  He explained that private citizens can get involved in the Alliance which works is affiliated with the FBI.  In Arizona, there are 1400 members.  They are each required to meet the following criteria:
    • U. S. citizen, 18 years or older
    • Affiliated with a critical infrastructure sector
    • Consent to and pass FBI security risk assessment and periodic recertifications
    • Agree to adhere to InfraGard Code of Ethics and Information Sharing Policies
    An advantage to membership is the training that is available.  Arizona's vision is to have a "live fire" training program.  They train and hack and take down bad guys every single day.   He also spoke about ACTRA - Arizona Cyber Threat Respose Alliance. 
     
    Harvey introduced Agent, Paul Schaaf, who is the FBI InfraGard Coordinator.  He explained that InfraGard is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to strengthen infrastructure.  They push to get information out faster to reduce vulnerability, understanding it is dangerous to "sit on it."  They are often told the name of the organization is spelled wrong.  Their answer is,  "The only thing missing in InfraGard is U(You)."
     
    He reviewed a few common findings.  Don't fall for transactions where you are asked to wire money.  If you suspect you have had a breach of cyber security, report it.  Breaches can be reported anonymously.  He stated "You will be hacked, but won't know when."  Their existence helps to thwart terrorism, counter-intelligence, and cyber threats.
     
     
     
     
     
    October 19 Meeting Highlights 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
    President Allan was pleased to open the meeting with a full house.  Jim Schmidt gave the invocation and Polly Cady led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ray Smith led all present in a harmonious rendition of "America, the Beautiful."
     
    Among the visitors were Colton and Saundra of the Westwood High School Interact Club, along with their sponsor, Andrea Murphy, a new member of Mesa West Rotary.  Colton and Saundra explained the Purple Pinkie Project their club is doing to raise awareness of and funds to support Polio eradication efforts of Rotary during the month of October. 
     
    Other guests in attendance were Don Kesner from Tempe Downtown, Norm Duve of Mesa Sunrise, Bill Beamish, Guest of Don LaBarge, a Four-Peaks Rotary Club Representative, Cindy Harrison, from Tucson Sunset, Christine Weeks, a former youth exchange student, Sakio Kamakawi (from Japan), Norm Duve, Yordy Miguel (an aspiring exchange student) and his mother, Aide Rayna.
     
    Jim McGown won $34 in the weekly raffle, but made everyone else happy when the drew the 7 of diamonds, allowing the growing accumulating pot to keep growing.    After three badge numbers were called with their owners not present, President Allan declared that the $5 would roll over to be won by next week's badge number winner.
     
    Steve Ross collected happy bucks, with the largest contribution coming from Don LaBarge, who was celebrating his 70th birthday, and the fact that Chris has let him know he is now old enough that she will no longer pester him about wearing his suspenders.
     
    Chuck Flint explained the buck board for the benefit of our guests. 
     
    Bob Kesner passed the district's Traveling Friendship Trophy from Tempe Downtown to Mesa West, explaining that we do not get to keep it, but pass it on to another club in District 5495 at their regular meeting.  
     
    The speaker was introduced by Bill Beamish.  Sarah Hagerman is the President of ASU Rotaract and was sponsored by a grant from our district to attend the Rotary International Convention last summer.  Sarah opened her remarks by saying, "Rotary makes me feel good at the end of the day."  She said it was amazing how welcome she felt at such a huge convention.  She said it was like "visiting family she'd never met."
     
    Key ways the summer benefited Sarah:
    • She found that being in the Rotary Family is a huge honor
    • She learned that (positive) change is happening in the world because of us
    • Leadership is scary, but worth it
    • Rotarians are all the same - wanting to do good in the world
    • Nothing is better than to know you are a part of something bigger than yourself.
    In addition to attending the RI convention, Sarah talked about her experience participating in the Rotaract Round trip which started in Nice, France and ended in Paris.  On the trip, she stayed with local Rotaractors, and met Rotaractors from around the world.  She also attended the European Rotaract Convention. 
     
    It was obvious Sarah was appreciative of the opportunities Rotary has given her, and that she is committed to Rotary as a way of life. 
     
    Following the program, President Allan made a few announcements:
     
    • The October 19 meeting will be on the 8th Floor of the hotel in the Grand Canyon Suite.
    • With donations received and pending commitments, the sponsor program is now over $20,000.
    • A Guaymas Mission sendoff breakfast will be held at the Red Mountain Campus of Mesa Community College at 7:00 AM, Wednesday, November 8.
    • Don LaBarge announced that Mesa West is Partnering with Norm Duve from Mesa Sunrise to support Veteran's Day including the collection of peanut butter for the local food bank.
    • Don LaBarge also announced that while he appreciated the acknowledgment of his part in sending Rotaractors to the RI convention, that Bill Beamish was a key player in sending Sarah and the others to the Rotary International Convention.
    • The Traveling Trophy will be taken to the Camelback Club - date, place, and time to be decided.
     
    October 12 Meeting Highlights 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
    One of the requirements of the district grant that was awarded to United Sound and announced at our October 5 meeting is that members of Mesa West Rotary Club participate in a work project related to the grant.  The mission of United Sound is providing musical performance experiences through peer mentorship for students with special needs.  
     
    The grant funds, which were matched by the Mesa West Rotary Foundation for a total of $4,000 will cover printing of the curriculum/music books the participating students use.  The work project will utilize Rotarians and their guests and participating family members to assemble and customize the curriculum books adding colored stickers to aid the special needs students in transferring what they see in the book to more easily play correct notes on their musical instrument(s).
     
    A work project/social event will be held at the home of United Sound Executive Director and Mesa West Rotary Member, Julie Duty, on Friday evening, October 27, at 7:00 PM.  Wine and snacks will be provided. 
    United Sound Work Project - Friday, Oct 27 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
    The invocation was given by Jeanie Morgan, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Bob Zarling.  Ray Smith led everyone in singing "He Has the Whole World in His Hands." 
     
    Among the guests were Carlos Sotos, from Argentina and an aspiring youth exchange student who was attending with his mother.  Carole Kralicek won the attendance drawing.  Warren Williamson was the holder of the lucky raffle ticket, winning $33 in the weekly drawing, but failed to pull the Ace of Clubs.  The growing pot is up to $427. 
     
    The happiest donor of happy bucks was Polly Cady because she and Don LaBarge have finished a peanut butter project they have been working on.  Apparently, they now know more about how to make the best deal in large quantities of both creamy and crunchy spreads than they ever imagined they would want to know.  The also discovered that when purchased in large cartons, the weight and space were both overwhelming surprises. 
     
    Don LaBarge delivered a District Grant check for $2,000 which will be matched by a like amount from the Mesa West Rotary Foundation for United Sound - a total grant of $4,000.  Earlier this year, new members were asked to submit grant requests for worthy projects.  Our member, Julie Duty, who is Executive Director of United Sound, submitted the winning request.  Rather than posing for a photo receiving the check, she wanted a photo of the members of Mesa West Rotary, so United Sound can give them credit in their PR communications.
     
    Chuck Flint circulated the Buck Board after briefly explaining the background of The Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  
     
    Bob Zarling announced that October 24 is Polio Plus Awareness Day and encouraged members who had time to attend the webinar that RI will host that day.  He brought a Polio Plus Trick or Treat bucket, which was circulated for donations.
     
    President, Alan Cady made the following announcements:
     
    • When attending Andrea Murphy's Induction at Westwood High School Interact meeting, the Interact Club was given permission to attend our October 10 meeting, raising Polio Plus awareness with a Purple Pinkie Day.
    • He reminded members of the Fireside Chat and Chile Cookoff to be held October 7 at Tim and Angie Troy's home.
    • He also reminded members of the Guaymas Sendoff being planned at 7:00 AM, November 8.  Mesa West will be hosting a light breakfast for members who can attend to support the team headed for Guaymas that morning.  The entrance to Red Mountain Campus of MCC is found on McKellips between the 202 and Power Road.
    • He also announced that the Sponsorship is nearly up to $19,000 including pledges and the deadline for the steak and beans competition has been extended through October.
    • Volunteers are still needed at the Midwest Food Bank the morning of October 14 from 9 to Noon. 
    PDG John Pennypacker reminded members to sign up to attend the Foundation Dinner and to take time to read the items to be considered at the Council on Legislation which were recently distributed.
     
    Steve Ross announced upcoming speakers prior to announcing the program which was presended by Dr. Scott Russell on Arizona Indian Tribes.  Dr. Russell is an anthropologist who has been an instructor at MCC for 30 years.
     
    Dr. Russell shared some recent news articles showing "a month of news about Native Americans in Arizona.  Some of the information highlighted:
     
    • Native Americans represent 4.5% of Arizona's population, but reservations represent 25% of Arizona's land.
    • 25% of tribal children attempt suicide.  The challenge as cultural identity erodes is "Who am I?  How do I fit in?"
    • Pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of a situation that will impact health costs by letting tribes own their patents on new medications.  Because the tribes are sovereign nations, those medicines would never be able to be duplicated by generics.
    • Economic development on reservations is by necessity more socialistic than in the US as a whole, since the reservations are owned by the tribes, not by individuals.
    • Worldwide, indiginous people are not treated well.  Statistically, an average of two cultures are disapearing each week from our planet.  Native languages are disappearing.  With no land base, cultures disappear.
    • Coal mines on reservations create a challenge.  If they go away, jobs go away.  If they stay, energy production is more expensive.
    • Monument valley is beautiful and tribes are doing well there, but tribal people do not want tourism. 
    • Tribes along the Mexican border do not want a border fence.  Their people go back and forth regularly.
    • Some tribes are in the pot business
    • Diabetes among Native American population is highest in US.
    • Dropout rates are higher than in rest of state and performance of our schools is worst in nation. Lowest teacher salaries result in inability to keep talented educators but also indicate a poor priority of education in state budget planning.
    • Alcoholism being high is an overstated myth, but there is a tendency to binge drink.  Most Native Americans do not drink at home.
    October 5 Meeting Highlights 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
    The Chili Cook Off and Fireside was a huge success!  The Troy’s home was a perfect venue!  With Pam Cohen’s and Carole Kralicek’s planning and coordination, everything went very smoothly and was a lot of fun.  Not only was there good food and beverages, the whole evening was all about fellowship.
     
    I’m not sure what the highlight was:  The induction of PDG John Pennypacker, conducted by Chuck Flint, the Chili Cook Off and food, or the Fireside Chat.
     
    Having known PDG John Pennypacker for a long while, Chuck conducted the induction with a glowing background of John’s military career and Rotary career.  John said a few words and praised the Mesa West Rotary Club and let us know how happy and privileged he is to be a part of it.
     
    There were eight participants in the chili cook off.  First place winner (again) was Chuck Flint.  Second place went to Tim Troy and third to Polly Cady.  The prizes were very appropriate:  Chili’s (the restaurant) gift cards!  The gift cards were placed on a stick with real red chili’s attached – very creative. As it turned out, Chuck offered to raffle off his gift cards so Polly joined him.  Tim Troy was the bidding winner – another plus for the Club’s service projects’ coffers!
     
    Carole Kralicek had a great idea of how to facilitate the Fireside Chat.  She had the new members who were there ask questions on Rotary subjects they were not quite sure about.  Donna and Bryan Goetzenberger asked how District Governors are selected.  Robert LaBarge, having been on such a committee, answered.  He let us know that there is a committee which consists of District Governors, Past District Governors and a few people who are selected at random.  They review all nominees and come up with an appointed District Governor.  Actually, they appoint a District Governor Nominee who then becomes a District Governor Elect and then District Governor.  Another question was asked by Bob Zarling.  He wanted to know if all Rotary clubs are supposed to conduct meetings with the same format.  Between PDG John Pennypacker and Chuck Flint, he got the answer that Rotary clubs are all different and conduct their meetings differently.  One more question had to do with where the happy bucks money goes – answer:  service projects unless specified to another fund such as Paul Harris, Polio Plus or the Rotary Foundation.
     
    Carole then asked President Allan “What makes a good Rotary club”.  Allan mentioned, of course, Mesa West is the best Rotary club due to its members.  Mesa West has the most giving . . .  excellent projects  . . . strong meetings with good speakers . . . . attendance is at 36-45 members each week with good involvement  . . .  strong board . . . . creative group with a variety of ideas.  After Allan shared his ideas, he called on several Rotarians to give their thoughts on what makes a good Rotary club. 
     
    Again, special thanks go to Tim and Angie Troy
     
    Submitted by Polly Cady
    Fireside Chat/Chile Cook-off Huge Success 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
    Mesa West Rotarians – at the present time, we have $17,068 in donations and another $1.400 in pledges for our Sponsor Program.  That means we are 62% of the way towards our first goal of $30,000.  On our Steak  and Beans Team competition, Team #7 – Steve Ross has the highest dollar amount of donations while Team #2 – John Eagleston has the greatest member participation with 5 of 9 team members participating.
     
    When John Eagleston presented the Sponsor Program concept to his board during his term, the thought was that if each Mesa West Rotarian secured one donation we could easily surpass our goal.  At present, we have 16 Rotarians participating which is 1/4 of our club.
     
    If you are numbered in the sixteen, many thanks.  If you have tried but had no success, still thanks.  If you haven’t tried, please give thought to one person or business owner that you can approach for a donation.  As you know, we extended the program through October 31, so you have plenty of time.  Remember all contributions make it possible for Mesa West Rotary to make a difference in the lives of those in our local and international communities.  Thanks for your dedication to Mesa West Rotary.
     
    President's Korner by Allan Cady 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
    Mesa West is proud to introduce Andrea Murphy as our newest member. She is the faculty advisor for our Interact Club at Westwood High School and truly embodies the Four Way Test.  Andrea was inducted to Mesa West Rotary at the Westwood High School Interact Meeting on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
     
    Andrea Murphy - New Member Inducted October 4 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
    President, Allan Cady opened the meeting with Daryl Bethea offering the invocation and Jim Crutcher leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
     
    Among the guests, were John Pennypacker, Cindy Rosenberg, and Dawn and Mike Polley. 
     
    Jim Crutcher won the attendance drawing. 
     
    President Allan made the following announcements:
    • Members were reminded to sign up and attend the fireside chat and chile cook-off to be held the evening of October 7 at the home of Tim and Angie Troy.
    • The team heading for the annual hearing project in Guaymas, Mexico will depart the morning of November 8.  They will depart from the Red Mountain Campus of Mesa Community College following a light breakfast to be provided by our club.  Members are encouraged to plan to be there VERY early to have breakfast with and show our support for the team.
    • Allan also reminded those in attendance to look in the Messenger and take advantage of Dan Coons' business card offer to print Rotary business cards for our members.
    Tim Troy held the lucky ticket making him the winner of $34 in the weekly drawing, but did not draw the ace of clubs, so the $394 in the larger pot will continue to grow.
     
    Chuck Flint circulated the Buck Board, continuing to raise funds which will go to The Rotary Foundation making the next winner the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship.  For each $10 donated, members and guests who purchase squares on the board will have a one in one hundred chance of being the lucky winner.
     
    We had two drawings:
     
    • Greg Okonowski auctioned a bag containing a variety of items purchased on his recent vacation in Alaska.  Polly Cady won the bag with her $40 bid.  She received a cedara cutting board, smoked salmon, a knife, coasters, and a recipe book, which it sounds like she will encourage Allan to use.
    • Jim Crutcher auctioned two Cardinals tickets for the Sunday, October 1, game against San Francisco.  The tickets were in Club Seating, and included a parking pass.  The tickets were valued at $213 each.  Jim said he would match the top bid with the money to go to the Guaymas project.  Daryl Bethea was the winning bidder with his bid of $300.  Daryl then announced that he would not be able to actually attend the game because of Sunday commitments, so he re-auctioned the package.  Chris Krueger was the final winner of the tickets with her bid of $200. 
    Darl Andersen was re-inducted into Mesa West Rotary.  Darl is a Past President of the Club.  As part of his induction, Darl was introduced by his sponsor, brother-in-law, and long-time friend, Daryl Bethea.  CLICK HERE to read a copy of the impressive bio of this re-membered Rotarian.  When Darl was first a member of our club, he was sponsored during the club's first year by member and past district governor, Ted Williams, who was a charter member of Mesa West.  Darl and his wife, Kaye, enjoy spending time with their nine children and 39 grandchildren all living in the east valley.
     
    President Allan introduced our Program, a Kickoff of a Business Networking focus for our club.  When Rotary first started in 1905, networking was one of the primary goals.  Later, in the evolving history of Rotary, networking fell out of favor for a few years.  It is currently encouraged again in Rotary, worldwide.  Allan has a vision of having a second table at our greeter station with ads displayed and business cards and information available for our Rotarian's businesses.  Jim Crutcher's in-house ad person will help develop a 7" x 7" ad for any member who would like that assistance. 
     
    Jim Crutcher gave a personal narrative of his history in the automotive industry, which led him to his position as General Manager with Berge Ford.  It was apparent that Jim takes a great deal of pride in the way Craig Berge has led the Ford dealership, making employee pride and satisfaction a priority which results in outstanding customer service.  Berge Ford has 273 employees and do over $200 Million in business per year.  They sell 4,000 new/used vehicles each year, and sell $1.5 Million in parts each month.   They deliver 300 parts on a typical day, and service an average of 350 service customers daily.  He is proud that the dealership has won the Ford's Presidents Award for the 3rd year in a row.  300 of these awards are given each year in our nation.  They also won the Ford Elite Presidents Award three years in a row.  Only 30 of these awards are given annually.  They are not the cheapest - they get a fair profit which enables them to retain good employees, and deliver good service.  The average employee has been there 8.5 years.  They have over 50 emlpoyees who have been with Berge Ford for 25 years or longer. 
     
    John Eagleston told of growing up as the youngest of eight children (but only five minutes younger than his twin).  His dad started an insurance company in 1968.  His business grew and he held licenses in all 50 states, doing a lot of business over the phone.  Until John was in college, he really had no idea what his dad did.  In 2001, John's brother went to work for their dad.  After John graduated from college in 2004, he and his wife were living in Utah.  When he let her know that he had been invited to join his father's business, he was surprised when his wife enthusiastically supported the move.  Being in a family business can be challenging.  Their dad was reluctant to support the investment in technology John and his brother both felt was needed for future development.  They broke off from their father's business and started their own.  It rocked their relationship with their dad for about a year, but eventually the relationship healed.  He and his brother had a vision of being an insurance hub, with the ability to serve all insurance needs of their clients.  They are still growing.  They have 1100-1200 clients in all 50 states.  They shop the market for their clients.  They were pleased that in seven years, they accomplished the goal they had set when they started.  They are continually growing and are having fun!
     
    Before the meeting adjourned, Rod Daniels announced that he was stepping down from his District Position as Polio Plus Coordinator, but that the position will stay in Mesa West Rotary with Bob Zarling stepping up to do so.
     
     
     
    September 27 Meeting Highlights 2017-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
    After the September 21 meeting was called to order by President, Allan Cady, John Eagleston led the invocation and Dan Coons invited all present to join him in the Pledge of Allegiance.  President Allan reminded members that the theme of the 2017-18 Rotary International President, Ian Risely, is "Making a Difference."  Allan had recently received a book written by Larry Van Tuyl, People, People, People.   The book contained a section on "Thought Starters," one of which was, "If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
     
    Guests present at the meeting included Beth Garrow, who is a remote employee of The Rotary Foundation, serving as a major gifts officer.  She is a member of the High Noon Rotary Club in Carlsbad, California.  PDG John Pennypacker was in attendance for his 4th consecutive week.  Alice Phan, District 5495 Rotaract Representative was visiting and brought three colleagues from her new place of employment with her.  Grace Canzoneri was a guest, attending with our speaker.  Morgan and Suzanne Davis, were also guests.
     
    Jim McGown won the attendance drawing.  Penny May won the weekly drawing, but did not draw the ace of clubs, so the large drawing prize will continue to grow.  Tim Troy collected happy bucks from those present.  Wendell Jones announced the birth of a new granddaughter - their 28th grandchild.  Alice Phan paid happy bucks as she is soon going to leave on an extended vacation, which will include many stops, including Viet Nam.
     
    President Allan made several brief announcements:
    • A sign-up sheet was being circulated for greeter, pledge, and invocation responsibilities
    • He encouraged members and their guests to attend the Chile Cook-off being planned for October 7
    • Bryan Goetzenberger had provided him with information that the sponsorship program had a good week, bringing the total collected to date to nearly $17,000
    Wendell Jones introduced his neighbor and guest, Suzanne Davis.  Suzanne introduced the speaker, Dr . Gary Walker, from the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center with a personal endorsement.  When her husband, Morgan, was diagnosed with cancer, it was highly recommended to them that they look into services offered by the MD Anderson Center.  They took that advice and could not have been more pleased with the attention, expertise, and level of care received.
     
    Dr. Walker shared some information about his specialty, radiation oncology, illustrating how tumors can be specifically targeted with radiation using today's technology, combined with a team of specialists.  targeted radiation is particularly useful in treating several specific types of cancer with head and neck cancers at the top of the list.  In some but not all cases, radiation is combined with chemo-therapy.  His personal care philosophy is "I partner with my patients to provide the highest leel of personalized, evidence-based medicine in a supportive and caring environment.  My goal is to implement the world-renowned MD Anderson standard of care in Phoenix."
    September 21 Meeting Highlights 2017-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
    In the spring of 2005, I led a Rotary Group Study Exchange team to District 4180 in southern Mexico.  A part of my heart will always remain with the many friends I made during that visit.  I will always remember the hospitality, dedication to service, and compassion I witnessed in every club I visited and each Rotarian's home where I was hosted.   The recent earthquakes were centered in the very area that became so dear to my heart.
     
    As District Governor in District 5490 in 2009-10, we had another exchange with District 4180, and I had the occasion to attend their District Conference, staying afterward to plan a Friendship and Grants Exchange Conference combined with a wheelchair delivery project in the fall of 2010 in their district in Mexico.  Our current District Governor, Nancy VanPelt participated in that planned event and I saw her passion for Rotary service blossom as she witnessed and experienced the life-changing differences Rotary can make through collaboration with Rotarians in other countries.
     
    At my District Conference in 2010, Past Rotary International President, Frank Devlyn, agreed to be a speaker.  He is one of my favorite Rotary Leaders.  I have never met any other individual who can remember the names and circumstances of people he has met in past encounters as this amazing Rotary leader and friend.  He resides in Mexico City and has first-hand knowledge of the devastation of the recent earthquakes.
     
    Like our District, 4180 was consolidated into a new, combined district, and is now numbered 4185.  A friendship and grants exchange conference with District 4185 is coming up  and will be hosted in our District 5495 this October.  I would encourage you to attend all or part of the conference if at all possible.  CLICK HERE to download a two-page document containing messages recently received from DG Nancy VanPelt, and another from PRIP, Frank Devlyn outlining ways that support can be sent to relieve suffering resulting from the recent earthquakes which impacted the area that has been dear to me since my 2005 visit there.
    Help Needed in Southern Mexico by Jeanie Morgan 2017-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Mesa West Rotarians – at the present time, we have $16,650 in donations and another $1,400 in pledges for our Sponsor Program.  That means we are 59% of the way towards our first goal of $30,000.  Shown is the breakdown by team.
     
     
    I have had several club members tell me that getting donations is not as difficult as they at first thought.  That’s encouraging.  I’ve also had several tell me they think we would do well to extend the program through the month of October.  So please consider  for the purposes of the Steak and Beans competition, the Sponsor Program will now go through October 31.  I must encourage all of you Mesa West Rotarians to continue your efforts on behalf of our club so that we meet our objective and maybe even our secondary objective of $40,000.  Thank you for what you do for Mesa West Rotary.
    Sponsorship Program Progress by Allan Cady 2017-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Don Boucher was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  He is the oldest of six children.  He has been an Arizona resident for almost ten years.  Prior to relocating to Arizona, Don previously resided in Rhode Island, California, and Georgia.
     
    Don has traveled to six foreign countries:  Canada, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Monaco and France.  The only language in which he is fluent is English.
     
    As a teenager, Don dreamed of a career in Law Enforcement.  He lived that dream for a significant number of years.  He is a retired Narcotics Detective from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  He was medically retired in his fourteenth year of service as a result of service-connected injuries (cervical and lumbar).  During his time of service, he received dozens of commendations from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, The California State Treasurer’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for his high level investigative skills.
     
    While assigned to the Narcotics Bureau’s Marijuana Eradication Team, Don trained and worked with members of elite U.S. Military teams including the Navy Seals, Army Special Forces, Marine Corps Force Recon, and Army Military Police, and had the good fortune of completing a modified version of the Army’s Air Assault School at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma.
     
    Don is the recipient of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department highest honor – The Medal of Valor.  He received this award for his role in the rescue of his partner who had become trapped inside an apartment during the execution of a narcotics search warrant and ensuing gunfight with two armed drug dealers.
     
    Don is currently Managing Partner with Wealth Advisor at Copper Canyon Wealth Management.  They provide investment, insurance and wealth planning services.   Don now has fifteen years of experience in his second career.
     
    Don has been married for nine years to Sharon, who is also his best friend and business partner.  He has one daughter, two stepdaughters, and one stepson.  They have four grandchildren with a fifth due in late December. 
     
    Favorite vacation memories for Don are of fall hiking trips in Yosemite and the Eastern Sierras.
     
    Don’s most rewarding volunteer experience to date was his nine-week Mesa West Rotary Club grant for the Paideia Health, Nutrition and Leadership Program in the sping of 2015.  Our club interacted with and positively impacted approximately 60 lower income children from the Sequoia Chartered School in Mesa.
    Don Boucher, Vocational Service Director 2017-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Dan Coons has generously offered to print business cards for Mesa West Rotary Club members at the nominal cost of $12.00 per box of 500.
     
    They are available in two designs, as shown, and should be ordered by Thursday, October 12 by members who wish to take advantage of this pricing opportunity.  The initial orders will be printed in a single batch, making the cost savings possible.  The business cards will be useful in many ways as we network within our own club, invite potential members to join us as guests at our meetings, promote our sponsorship program, etc.
     
    To order your cards, CLICK HERE to send an e-mail to provide Dan with the details of how you wish to have your cards printed.  If you choose Option A, you will need to provide a digital head-and-shoulders photograph with your e-mail.  If no photo is included, cards will be printed in the option B format.  Cards can be ordered with fewer than four detail lines, but additional lines cannot be added.
     
    If you miss the deadline, cards can still be ordered, but the cost will be $20.00 per 500.  To keep the bookkeeping as simple as possible, the cards will be paid  by the club and available at the sign-in table.  When you pick up your cards, you can pay cash to Aubrey or have her bill your account for the cost of your order.
    Order Your Mesa West Rotary Business Cards! 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
    Ray Smith upstaged our President to lead the members in a harmonious rendition of Happy Birthday to celebrate Allan's birthday.  Dick Myren offered the invocation, and Warren Williamson led the Pledge of Allegiance.
     
    The members welcomed a number of guests at their tables.  Among the guests were: visiting Rotarian from Hawaii, Mike Polley, has recently purchased a home in our area made another repeat visit;  PDG John Pennypacker who is visiting our  club for the second week in a row; Penny May, a regular seasonal visitor, now back from the north; our inbound exchange student, Takuma Fujiya; Dan Pierce, who was the guest of Jane Pierce, and Colleen Coons.  Lucinda General's badge number was drawn making her the winner of the $5.00 attendance drawing.  The large pot has grown to $323.00.  Christy Citterman's ticket was drawn again this week for the weekly drawing, but she did not draw the ace of clubs, allowing the large pot to continue to grow.
     
    Dr. Ron Thompson served as Sgt at Arms.  Dan Coons paid happy bucks and encouraged members to take time to meet our exchange student.  Penny May contributed, telling about clubs she visited and related adventures enjoyed during her summer travels.  She shared flags from two of the clubs visited.
     
    Jim McGown told a story on himself as an "out-of-breath heart patient," whose cousin (who is an EMT) realized from symptoms Jim had described that he likely had a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung).  Jim went to the ER, and told the staff that was what he thought he had.  Much to their dismay, he was right.  They were able to treat it--problem solved!  He paid happy bucks for his cousin's knowledge and for his restored health.  This is a great illustration about how we all should listen to our body's signals and accurately report changes to medical professionals, and be persistent in getting answers that make a difference.
     
    Jack Rosenberg told about a summer of medical challenges.  Early in the summer, he had a pacemaker installed and as that was being handled, discovered his kidneys were not functioning correctly.  A mass was found in his right kidney and subsequently removed.  As of two weeks ago, he is cancer-free. 
     
    Chuck Flint explained our Buck Board for the sake of visitors in attendance, and gave members and guests the opportunity to buy $10 squares on the board.
     
    Lucinda General had a bag to be auctioned containing east coast memorabilia gathered during a recent vacation.  Chris Krurger made the winning $50 bid.  Jim McGown had a gift from the Fly Creek Cider Mill.  Our speaker for the day made the winning $30 bid. 
     
    Allan Cady reported on the volunteer project at the food bank.   He also reminded members of the October 7 Chile Cook-Off and Fireside Chat.  A sign-up sheet was circulated at the meeting. 
     
    President Allan provided an update on the Sponsorship Program.  An additional $2,500 has come in.  We are now over $15,000, making progress and taking us more than half way to our $30,000 goal.
     
    A number of members were recognized for perfect attendance:  John Benedict, Pam Cohen, Dan Coons, Jim Crutcher, Rod Daniels, Chuck Flint, Lucinda General, Wendell Jones, Carole Kralicek, Don LaBarge, Jim McGown, Jack Rosenberg, Ray Smith and Warren Williamson.  John Eagleston was also recognized in absentia.
     
    Chuck Flint conducted the induction of Jane Pierce, sponsored by Don LaBarge.  Jane was accompanied by her husband, Dan, who pinned her as she pledged to fulfill the obligations of membership, and Dan pledged to support her.  During the induction, Chuck provided Rotary education, reminding members that The Rotary Foundation was begun with $26.50 left from the Kansas City Rotary International Convention, and from that humble beginning has given over $3 Billion to support causes worldwide.  TRF holds a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and over 91% of funds donated are used to do good in the world.
     
    The speaker, Denise McCreery of D'Vine Gourmet, was introduced by Dick Myren.  Denise's business was awarded the Micro Business of the Year recognition by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
     
    Denise told of a life-changing Rotary experience when she was a high-school student.  She had heard that there was a scholarship supported by the Wilcox Rotary Club for the Rodeo Queen at the annual Rex Allen Days Rodeo in their community.  She was originally from Boston, had moved west with her family during elementary school.  Her father owned a local drug store and she did not know how to ride a horse, but needed money to achieve a dream to tour Europe with Up With People.  A boyfriend taught her to ride a horse.  She did not win, but was selected as the Rodeo Princess.  When the queen got sick, Denise had to fulfill the duties of the Queen and got the scholarship and achieved her dream after all.  The Up With People Experience gave her a world view and changed her life.
     
    She told of how a fluke over 14 years ago, when she decided to try making jelly with wine that was accumulating in their household into jelly, resulted in selling 100's and 100's of jars of the wine jelly in a single weekend.  The original plan was just to sell it at farmer's markets, but instead as they evaluated what their potential might be and who they wanted to be, they decided they wanted to be a business that sold the wine jelly and other Arizona-made products. 
     
    In the D'Vine Gourmet shop, located at 4955 S Alma School Rd Suite 4 in Chandler, they have a kitchen on-site.  They encourage others who are thinking of starting similar small businesses to first refine and test marketing their products in the D'Vine Gourmet facility.  In addition to local gourmet food items, they have a lot of local art displayed in their shop.  Denise firmly believes that "a rising tide lifts all boats," and encouraged those in attendance to shop local merchants.  Statistics show that for every dollar spent locally, twice that amount stays in the local economy.  As part of their business, they can create custom gift baskets.  They have a wine cellar, and host wine tasings once each week.  She had brought a gift basket with her, which was auctioned to those in attendance.  Colleen Coons purchased it and planned to give the basket to our exchange student, Takuma.
    September 14 Meeting Highlights 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
    Mesa West Rotarians -
     
    Please read this direct quote from Paul P Harris, January, 1911:
     
    "If anyone tells you that it is reprehensible to make a dollar or two for the wife and babies from club associates in straightforward business transactions, tell that person that some foreign substance has gotten into his carburator."
     
    I would say that is very much on point, wouldn't you?  In my seven-year association with Mest West Rotary, I've seen some business networking but frankly not much.  We want to breathe more life into this aspect of our associaiton one with another.  In the days ahead, we plan to develop a display outside our meeting room, help you create a 7 x 7 ad with the help of Jim Crutcher's graphic specialist, and call on many of you to tell us about your business. 
     
    I  hope you can see the opportunity this represents.  As this is a work-in-progress, please submit any thoughts/ideas you may have on the matter.
     
    Yours in Rotary,
     
    Allan Cady
    President's Korner by Allan Cady 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
    Carole Kralicek was born on a farm in northern Minnesota in a log cabin and learned to read by a kerosene lamp.  The oldest of two in her French Canadian family, her parents adopted her mother's sister's seven children when Carole
    was two. French was their first language. An eighth brother was adopted later.
     
    Her parents first wintered in Aizona when she was eight and Arizona has always felt like home.  Four years ago, she became a permanent resident.
     
    Married 44 years to three men, who are now deceased, she has two children, their spouses and two granddaughters.
     
    Through business and Rotary interests, Carole has visited or worked in 50 countries and traveled to 48 states, having lived in three. Each journey was a vacation.
     
    During high school, Carole decided to become a physician but was told "girls aren't doctors so be a nurse".   While working in a hospital, she learned she enjoyed the business world and has been a business owner continuously since age 17. Her retirement business is appraising antiques and conducting estate sales.
     
    Carole has conducted fifty two Antique Appraisal Show fundraisers for non profits.   All volunteer experiences are rewarding, but it was a surprise when the Lions of Minnesota honored her with their annual Helen Keller Award.
    Know your Fellow Rotarian - Carole Kralicek, Membership Chair 2017-09-19 07:00:00Z 0
    Bob Zarling, Matt Rotty, and Allan and Polly Cady responded to the call for volunteers to report for work at the Midwest Food Bank Saturday morning, September 9.  They helped stack goods to go to Texas the next morning for the flood victims.  The boxes contained everything from personal hygiene items to paper goods to cleaning supplies.  Others were packing boxes with canned goods, water, tea, coffee, and  fresh dates.
     
    Greg Okonowski and his family also were at the food bank to work Saturday, representing Mesa West Rotary,but were not available when this photo was taken.

    Midwest Food Bank has a new and wonderful facility where they provide a marvelous service.  Polly wrote, "It was heart warming to know our efforts are actually doing good in benefiting the victims of hurricane Harvey."
     
    Midwest Food Bank is an organization that collects non-perishable food items from vendors throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area. These food items are collected using Midwest Food Bank trucks, brought to the Midwest Food Bank warehouse, repackaged by volunteers like us, then redistributed into Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, and Tempe. Our club will be participating the second Saturday of the month for the remainder of 2017. One thing that makes this project worthwhile is the ability to play a vital role in feeding our community. Another reason is that the work is simple; we repackage bulk items (crackers, chips, and so forth) into smaller quantities for out-going delivery. We are asking that at least 12 people attend each of the remaining three Saturdays.  You are free to attend for whatever amount of time is convenient. Members are encouraged to mark their calendars, and encouraged to bring their spouses, significant others, and friends because they need all the help they can get. Matt Rotty, who identified this volunteer opportunity says, "Thank you very much in advance!"
     
    Address: 725 E Baseline Rd Gilbert, AZ 85233
    Remaining Schedule:
    Saturday, October 14th (9am to Noon)
    Saturday, November 11th (9am to Noon)
    Saturday, December 9th (9am to Noon)
    Mesa West Rotarians at Work September 9 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Ray Smith is shown presenting our club's check for $1,010 to Director, Deborah Schaus at the East Valley Resource Center. which is located at 247 North MacDonald Street in Mesa.  The photo was taken July 14 when Mesa West Rotary Club members were invited to be present for the check presentation, as well as enjoy lunch and a tour of the center.
     
    There were 11 clubs that participated in a joint project using District Grant funds, matching the funds with their own money, each check was $1,010.00. The clubs each received $510.00 from the District Grants fund and matched it with their funds of $500.00.  Mesa West was one of the 11 clubs and was the lead club for the project.  The other ten clubs involved were Fountain Hills, Mesa, Gold Canyon Superstition Mountain, Paradise Valley, Mesa Sunrise, Flagstaff, Sun Lakes, Phoenix Camelback, Tempe Downtown and Tempe South.  2016-17 District 5510 Governor Tonya’s theme was “Assist the Elderly.”  As District Grants Coordinator, Don LaBarge challenged clubs to take part.  Many more clubs wanted to join the project, but there were only enough funds available from District Grant funds for eleven clubs to participate at $500 each.  It was a great project.  The total expenditure of items purchased for the Elderly center will be $11,110.
     
    It is anticipated that the final purchases of equipment funded by this project will be completed this week allowing formal documentation of this joint project to be finalized.
    Mesa West - Lead Club in 11-Club Joint Project 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
    After the September 7 meeting was called to order, Geoff White led the invocation and Steve West led the Pledge of Allegiance.   Among the visitors, were PDG John Pennypacker, visiting Rotarian, Michael Polley, Cristy Setterman, Christy Citterman and her guest, Ray Schmal, who will be going on the project trip to Guaymas.
     
    Jack Rosenberg won the attendance drawing.  Visitor, Ray Schmal, was asked to draw the winning raffle ticket.  He drew Christy’s ticket, making her the winner of the $28 pot, but she did not pull the ace of clubs, so the big pot, which is now up to $293, will continue to grow.
     
    Chuck Flint explained our Buck Board, which provides opportunities at $10 each for members and guests to potentially have $1,000 donated in their name to The Rotary Foundation so that they could be the recipient of Paul Harris Fellow recognition and be credited with a receipt for the tax-deductible donation.
     
    President Allan told quite a fish story about a fish Polly caught on their recent trip to Ontario.  See the full story, as told by Polly, in a separate newsletter article.
     
    Sgt. At Arms, Greg Okonowski, collected happy bucks.  Frank Rosenberg contributed proudly announcing that their daughter, Sammy, would be singing the National Anthem with the Phoenix Childrens Choir at Chase Field Saturday, September 9, at the Diamondbacks game.  Don LaBarge contributed as he announced that he had finally been successful  in selling Snowy.  He announced that the price was $7,000 which covered expenses and that we made $1,000 on the deal.  He requested that two huge plaques be made to honor those who were instrumental In getting Snowy sold. 
     
    Members were reminded of the volunteer opportunity coming up Saturday morning at the Midwest Food Bank, and the Rotary Day at the Diamondbacks on Sunday, September 10.
     
    President Allan announced his intent to honor those with perfect attendance for the past year at the September 14 meeting.  He also announced that Janie Pierce has recently qualified to become a Mesa West Rotary Club member and her induction will be planned in the near future.
     
    Chuck Flint provided Rotary education during the induction ceremony of our newest Member, Christy Citterman, who was sponsored by Allan Cady and accompanied by Ray Schmal, who was congratulated for supporting Christy in her commitment to Rotary service as she enters this new chapter of her life.
     
    Steve West introduced our speaker, Marc Garcia, from Visit Mesa (formerly known as the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau).  Marc is a graduate of Valley Leadership and has led Visit Mesa since 2012.  Under Marc’s leadership the numbers have increased dramatically.  Steve has long supported Visit Mesa and is currently a director emeritus.  He has had the opportunity to observe the positive impact of Marc’s leadership.
     
    Marc showed some short video clips that have been developed to be strategically utilized in attracting visitors to our area.  One of the markets they hope to target is one that, if their dream becomes a reality, will attract families to our area to participate in and support youth and amateur sports tournaments.   It will be a Multi-Purpose Youth & Amateur Sports Complex to be developed in Northeast Mesa. The fields will be large enough to accommodate games like soccer and lacrosse, which will automatically make them large enough for other popular games.  While the fees charged to use the complex will not produce a profit, it is anticipated the increased dollars generated in hotel bed taxes paid by families coming for the competitions and staying at facilities in our area will allow the complex to pay for itself. 
    Highlights of September 7 Meeting 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Mesa West Rotarians attend Rotary Day at the Diamondbacks 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
    When we show up to have fun at Chuck Flint's at the end of this year's Sponsorship campaign for our club's charitable foundation, will you be eating steak or beans?  You will be eating steak if your team has raised the most in donations, or if EVERY member of your team has brought in at least one donation.  If your team hasn't met either of these criteria, you are encouraged to come for the fellowship and to celebrate those who have worked at helping us make the funds needed to do the work we want to do in our community and the world, but Chuck Flint suggests you may want to bring some Gas-X.
     
    "If it is to be, it is up to me," should be each of our attitudes.  If you don't know what team you are on, CLICK HERE to download the team roster. 
     
    The donations are not supposed to come from us, it is hoped we will each give our personal Rotary "elevator speech" to friends, neighbors, associates, neighbors who might be too busy to join a Rotary Club, but who would be happy to help us make a difference, if asked.  Just ask!  Download our Sponsorship Brochure to give (or send) to those you ask.
     
    Let's not try hard to make this program work, Instead, let's each try very hard to make it fun! (and pray you're not on a team of vegans)
    Sponsorship Program - Get Your Ask in Gear 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
    We were in a bay in Sand Point Lake in Ontario, not too far from Crane Lake, MN.  It was such a windy, cold and rainy day we tried to find areas that were protected from the wind.  We were fishing mainly for Walleye using minnows.  In the area I caught the Northern Pike, we were catching a lot of small Perch and throwing them back.  A Perch bit my minnow and the Northern Pike bit the Perch!  According to Allan, it took about 15 to 20 minutes to pull it in but felt like two minutes to me.  J 
     
    We did have a guide – a great and personable one who we’ve used before – he actually came to the US from Sweden when he was the age of 21 – he’s now 66.  He’s very fun.  Anyway, I’ve caught Northern Pikes before and know they really fight but this one felt like I was catching a Marlin!  The guide coached me on what to do and I caught her (according to the guide, the larger girthed fish are female and that’s why I named her Northern Nancy).  We did measure and weigh it.  It was 45 inches long and weighed 26-27 pounds.  In Canada, any fish longer than 29-1/2 inches has to be thrown back so, of course, we did.
    Northern Nancy, by Polly Cady 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Pam Cohen was born in Lexington, Nebraska.  She was the middle child of three children until stepchildren were added and she was the second oldest of six.  Pam has been a resident of Arizona for thirty-six years, relocating here in 1981.  She has resided in three states, Nebraska, North Carolina and Arizona.
     
    She has visited 27 foreign countries:  Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, Borneo, Japan, China, Tibet, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Jamaica, France, England, Scotland and Canada.  She is not fluent in any language other than English, unless we allow her to count South African, Scottish, Irish, Australian, and Canadian.
     
    As a teen, Pam dreamed of being an artist or anthropologist.  Instead, she has spent the last 33 years in real estate sales, escrow, finance and marketing.
     
    Pam is not married.  She is engaged to Chuck Flint.  She has one beautiful daughter, one son-in-law and one granddaughter by marriage.
     
    When asked to share the location and time of year for the best vacation Pam can remember, she responded it was her trip to South Africa in May of this year.
     
    Pam's most rewarding volunteer experience to date is her service as the RYLA Director for District 5510 for eight plus years and being involved with RYLA for thirteen years.  She still stays in touch with some of the students and am often surprised when someone recognizes her form their time at RYLA.  "Growing Rotarians - they were my kids, too!"
     
     
    Know Your Fellow Rotarian - Pam Cohen, Club Service Chair 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
    Chris Krueger presided over the meeting.  Ray Smith led the members in singing "God Bless America" to get the meeting off to a rousing start.  Ron Thompson led the invocation.
     
    Volunteers are needed Saturday, September 7 to pack food with Youth Exchange Kids.  Members can see the article below or contact Matt Rotty for more information. 
     
    The Fireside Chat scheduled for October 7 will be held at the home of Tim Troy.
     
    Those who wish to support Rotary efforts to support needs resulting from Hurricane Harvey should send funds to any of the three districts mentioned in DG Nancy's recent e-mail.  Members with questions can contact Lucinda General.
     
    Tim Troy was a double winner.  He won the attendance $5 as well as the raffle draw of $15, but failed to pull the ace of clubs. 
     
    Greg Okonowski served as Sgt. at Arms, collecting some nice fines including $5 from Don LaBarge.  Way to go, Don!  Daryl Bethea introduced his son as a potential member.
     
    Janie Pierce of Pierce Development presented the program, Habits of Effective Leaders.  She donated two books titled "Coaching to Win."  Her presentation included some great anecdotal applications. 
     
    Habits of Effective Leaders
     
    A leader’s #1 job is to get results through others.  Adopting the following three habits will unleash your leadership effectiveness and unlock the talent on your team, giving you a differentiated leadership advantage.
     
    HABIT #1:  Look for the gold in others and inspire them to reach higher
    Each person has a measure of greatness – or ‘gold’ – within.  It’s a leaders job to find it.  Sometimes you have to move a ton of dirt to find it.  But just like a prospector, the reward is not in the dirt.  The reward is in the gold.  Once you find the gold you are looking for, give it back to the rightful owner in the form of feedback, which will raise the owner’s self worth.  When self worth goes up, so does the desire to contribute at even higher levels.  Everybody wins.
     
    HABIT #2:  Never forget that what gets pointed out gets repeated
    When you see something, whether it’s a behavior you like or one you don’t like, once you call attention to it, there is a higher probability you will see it again.  It’s not a conscious act…it takes place deep within our subconscious.  We’re designed to be visible.  We do things that make us visible.  Make it a habit to call attention to the things that you want to see repeated. 
     
    HABIT #3:  Behavior is always aligned with what gets rewarded
    When you see a behavior you don’t want to see repeated, always ask yourself – what’s the reward?  Then address the reward.  It’s your job as leader to ensure you are not unintentionally rewarding the wrong behaviors. 
     
    Each one of these habits is impactful alone. 
    But when you put them together, it’s magical.
     
    When you are consistently looking for the gold in others, they begin to reach higher.  When they are trying to reach higher, that’s when they need your leadership the most.  It’s your feedback that guides them along the way, and the rewards keep them on course.  But, consistency is key.  Always remember:
     
    Your consistent actions become your habits, 
    your habits become your character, and
    your character becomes your destiny!
     
     
    Highlights of August 31 Meeting 2017-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
    Dan Coons was born in Springfield, Illinois.  He is one of three children with one sister two years older and another sister ten years younger.  Dan has been an Arizona resident for 38 years.  He moved here in 1973, but spent six years in Texas form 1980 to 1986.  He has only resided in three states - Illinois, Texas and Arizona.
     
    Dan has traveled to Mexico, Canada, England, Australia and Japan.  He is not fluent in any language other than English.
     
    Being an Indy 500 race car driver was his dream career as a teenager..."still is!"  His current profession is print shop owner.  He has been in the printing business for twenty-three years.
     
    Dan has been married to Colleen for four years.  He (as the step-father) and Colleen have two boys.
     
    His favorite vacation memories are of a family trip to Japan in June.  "Experiencing the Japanese culture was a real treat."
     
    Dan's most rewarding volunteer experience was when he helped administer polio drops in Hermosillo.  "Seeing the gratefulness and generosity of the mothers was very rewarding."
     
     
     
     
    Know Your Fellow Rotarian - Dan Coons, Youth Services Co-Chair 2017-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
    RLI is an excellent way for Rotarians, especially those already moving up into leadership roles, to learn more about the larger world of Rotary.  The institutes are held three times each year in various locations throughout the state.  Each institute has all three sessions available.  To graduate from the program, Rotarians need to attend all three of the sessions.  The next institute is scheduled for October 7 in Prescott, Arizona.  The cost is $60 per session.  CLICK HERE to download a registration/information form.
    Rotary Leadership Institute - Next Session October 7 2017 2017-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
    Polly Cady lead the August 24 meeting, as President, Allan, was unable to attend.  Ray Smith opened the meeting by leading the club in song.  A recent repeat guest, Jane Pierce, was present again and her application for membership has been submitted for processing.  Bob Murray, the District Public Image (Rotary Branding) Resource was also a guest.  Dan Coons introduced his son, Nicholas Dellolio, who was scheduled to depart for his year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Taiwan on Saturday, August 26. 
     
    Polly Cady won the small $20 drawing, but failed to draw the ace of clubs so did not win the cumulative prize.
     
    The new Buck Board is ready for Rotarians and guests to purchase one or more of the one hundred $10 squares.  After the board is filled, cards will be drawn to number the rows and columns, then cards will be redrawn to eliminate squares until there is only one square left.  The holder of that square will have $1,000 donated in their name to The Rotary Foundation and be eligible for a Paul Harris Fellow as well as receive a receipt verifying the $1,000 tax deductible donation.  Members can pay cash or charge the cost of their squares.  Guests must pay cash. 
     
    The Goetzenbergers reported that their daughter, Emilee, who recently departed for her year in Belgium as a Youth Exchange student, is doing well and already has some extended travel planned to Berlin and Amsterdam in September.
     
    Chuck Flint explained the Steak and Beans competition to promote our club's Sponsorship Program.  He suggested that those who are not on the top team or even on a team where each member brings in at least one sponsorship, might be rewarded with GasX, since they will be eating beans at the celebration event to be held at his home.  To get started seeking sponsors, download and share the Sponsorship Brochure with potential donors.
     
    Stephen West was asked to share with club members details about the recent professional recognition he was honored to receive.
     
    Matt Rotty announced a monthly service opportunity he recently brought to the club, which has the full support of our Club President and our Community Service Co-Chairs, Polly Cady and Don LaBarge to put on a trial run through the end of this year.  Read more about the project in a separate newsletter article in the August 30 Messenger.
     
    The Guaymas project planning committee reports that plans are going great, and were happy to report that thirteen Rotarians will be going this year.  More than have ever participated in the project in the past.
     
    Wendell Jones introduced Jerod Langkilde, Director of Development at Mesa Community College, who presented a program titled "Building Tomorrow's Workforce Today."  Jerod suggested Rotarians watch a You-Tube Video, Shift Happens, to review some of the startling statistics he shared.  The video highlights the importance of recognizing the challenges that the workforce of today is already facing and which will continue to change dynamically going forward.   New jobs will result form technological changes.  Fourteen years ago, the US was #1 in highest educated population in the world.  Today, we are 17th.  20% of jobs today will be gone in 7-10 years.  47% of today's jobs will be automated in twenty years.  One example he provided was Fox.com, which manufactures the I-phone in China employing 65,000 people.  Their jobs could be replaced by robots, with 300 people managing the robots. 
     
    Jerod talked about specific challenges that MCC faces enrolling local students.  The poverty level of students attending Mesa public schools is low as is average household education level compared to some of our surrounding communities.  Scholarship programs to help students - particularly those from families where they will be the first generation to seek higher education is critical if we want our youth to survive in tomorrow's workforce.  Jerod brought a current MCC student with him.  Greg Thomas is taking advantage of the opportunity to take some of the technological curriculum available at MCC which will be required for him to transition from a retail career into the technical expertise that will be more relevant in the future.  He is certain this change will provide better growth opportunity and higher income potential.
     
     
     
     
     
    Highlights of August 24 Meeting 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
    Ed Koeneman was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was the oldest of three and has two younger brothers.  They moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona in 1984, so he has been an Arizona resident for 33 years.
     
    Ed has traveled to eight foreign countries:  England, Switzerland, Austria, Cayman Islands, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, and Mexico.  The only language in which he is fluent is English.  He has resided in three states:  Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Arizona.
     
    As a teen, Ed dreamed of designing and building electric guitars and amplifiers.  He is starting his second year teaching engineering at Grand Canyon University.  Prior to teaching, he was a co-founder of a small medical device company for fifteen years. 
     
    Ed has been married to Debbie Koeneman for twenty years.  They have two high-school-age children:  James and Susie.
     
    The best vacation Ed can remember was taken in November, 1998, when they went scuba diving on the island of Pulau Sipidan (off the coast of Malaysia).
     
    Ed's most rewarding volunteer experience was the year he served as Mesa West Rotary Club's President.  "It was an honor to serve during our merger year."
    Know Your Fellow Rotarian - Ed Koeneman, Youth Services & Interact Ch. 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
    I’m excited to announce a proposed monthly service project for our club! Midwest Food Bank is an organization that collects non-perishable food items from vendors throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area. These food items are collected using Midwest Food Bank trucks, brought to the Midwest Food Bank warehouse, repackaged by volunteers like us, then redistributed into Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, and Tempe. Our club will be participating the second Saturday of the month for the remainder of 2017. One thing that makes this project worthwhile is the ability to play a vital role in feeding our community. Another reason is that the work is simple; we repackage bulk items (crackers, chips, and so forth) into smaller quantities for out-going delivery. We are asking that at least 12 people attend and you’re free to attend for whatever amount of time is convenient. Please mark your calendars because they need all the help they can get. Thank you very much in advance!
     
    Address: 725 E Baseline Rd Gilbert, AZ 85233
    Schedule:
    Saturday, September 9th (9am to Noon)
    Saturday, October 14th (9am to Noon)
    Saturday, November 11th (9am to Noon)
    Saturday, December 9th (9am to Noon)
    Service Project for Mesa West Rotarians by Matt Rotty 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
    On August 18, our club was represented at opposite ends of our nation by members visiting other Rotary Clubs.  One of the benefits of being a Rotarian is that we are welcome to visit any other Rotary Club anywhere in the world.
     
    Allan and Polly Cady visited the Point Loma Rotary Club and Polly will share more about that visit at the August 24 Mesa West Rotary Club meeting. 
     
    Lucinda General, while in Virginia Beach, visited the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads, which is the club of PDG Bill Pollard.
    Mesa West Rotarians Visit Other Rotary Clubs 2017-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
    It seemed the majority of club members present wanted to sing since Ray was present, so Rod's birthday was celebrated with a harmonious rendition of "Happy Birthday" in his absence.
     
    Visitor Christy Citterman turned in an application for membership today and Jane Pierce returned and was welcomed as a repeat visitor. 
     
    John Benedict was present to win the $5 attendance drawing.  Warren's ticket was pulled to win the small drawing, but he did not draw the ace of clubs so the jackpot will continue to grow.
     
    The Sponsor Program has now reached $13,000 in donations.  Team Captains have been selected for the Steak and Beans competition.  The Steak and Beans finale will be held at Chuck's Place.  The team raising the most dollars in donations will eat steak as will the team(s) where every member has brought in at least one donation.  All other members will eat beans.
     
    President Allan announced that the Guaymas Project has received $1,000 in $100 donations from club members, which will cover the cost of 10 hearing devices.  It is still possible for members or friends of Rotary to make donations to cover more devices.  Don Boucher announced the day of departure, which will be November 8, there will be a breakfast for participants.  Those not going can attend the breakfast to see them off.  The breakfast will be held at the MCC Red Mountain Campus.  They will be taking school supplies for the school there.  We may ask for donations for those items.  It is planned to award Paul Harris Fellows to Guaymas Rotarians helping with the project using accumulated points.  The awards will be made at the final event.
     
    At the June 29 meeting, outgoing President, John Eagleston announced that he had selected Donna and Brian Goetzenberger as "New Rotarians of the Year."  He also announced the selection of Chuck Flint as "Rotarian of the Year."  The recognition plaques were not available to give to his honorees at that meeting.  He made the formal presentations at the August 17 meeting.
     
    Dick Myren introduced the speaker, Brian Sexton, C.M., Community Relations Manager for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.  Brian started with the airport 21 years ago.  The airport is located on the property formerly known as Williams Air Force Base.  For a period, it was named Williams Gateway Airport, which was confusing to some from out of state who thought it was an airport for Williams, Arizona.  It is now known as Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.  Located at Power and Ray, there are three 10,000' runways - the same runway capacity as Sky Harbor.  Brian works for the airport authority which represents six municipalities.  Mesa is the majority owner, with Gilbert, Apache Junction, Gila River Indian Community, Queen Creek, and Phoenix all having financial involvement in the airport.  The airport is self sufficient.
     
    In 2016, 1.3 million passengers flew out of the airport.  It is the 38th busiest tower in the US.  Fifteen Million Gallons of fuel were used.  There are fifty tenants and 2,000 employees on the site.  Military consists of 4% of the total operation.  48 cities are served from Allegiant and Westjet.  Future plans are to focus on hub destinations such as Salt Lake or Denver.  There is a 10-gate passenger terminal which adequately serves the current passenger traffic.  The cheap fares offered by Allegiant bring new tourist dollars into the valley.  There is a park adjacent to the airport which offers great views of aircraft landing and departing from the airport.  Friday and Saturday are the best days for viewing aircraft.  The views of various types and sizes of aircraft from the park are so outstanding that visitors from all over the world come to our municipality for the primary purpose of visiting the park for viewing purposes.  For more information, visit their website:  http://www.gatewayairport.com/
    August 17 Meeting Highlights 2017-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
    Lucinda General was born in Hartford Connecticut.  She is one of two children.  She is the oldest with one brother, David, who is four-and-a-half years younger. 
     
    Lucinda has lived in Arizona for 21 years, having moved here in 1996.  Prior to living in Arizona, Lucinda has resided in Connecticut and Texas.  She has travelled to Spain, Sweden, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Argentina, Canada, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and about eight Caribbean islands.  In addition to English, Lucinda is conversational in Spanish with "genuine lousy grammar." 
     
    As a teenager, Lucinda dreamed of being a lawyer.  She has the owner of a bookkeeping and small business management company since 1999.
     
    Lucinda married Wayne in April, 2009.  She has two adult children both living in Illinois, Leslie, her oldest child, and Brian, who has two children, Sophia (8) and Quentin (3).
     
    The best vacation Lucinda can remember was a travel experience driving from Costa Rica to Connecticut to Arizona from May to September 1996 in a 1972 Diesel Land Rover.  She hopes the great memories of that trip will be surpassed by a planned vacation in Italy in October of this year.
     
    Remembering her most rewarding volunteer experience, Lucinda recalls two trips to Jinotepe, Nicaragua on grant trips delivering medical supplies.  She toured  the hospital where the supplies went, watched a baby being delivered, saw their "basic, basic" hospital infrastructure and supplies and saw how much they do with so little.  She also saw a village built by the same partner Club, seeing firsthand the effects of clean water on overall quality of life.
    Know Your Fellow Rotarian - Lucinda General, Presidential Advisor 2017-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
    Abundant Harvest - Rotary Foundation Dinner 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
    The August 10 meeting was a memorable meeting for many reasons.  The meeting was attended by former member, Darl Andersen, who served Mesa West Rotary as Club President in 1984-85 and as the Governor's Rep. 1986-89.  In addition to being a past member of our club, he has also been a member of the Mesa Rotary Mesa Baseline Rotary Clubs.  We were also visited by Dane Pierce, a Rotarian visiting from Hawaii.  He is relocating to our community and was aided in that relocation by networking through Rotary connections. 
     
    Tim Troy collected happy bucks, which were generously shared by many members in attendance.  President Allan announced that the Steak and Beans competition to raise funds for our club's foundation to support our projects is getting close to being ready to present to the membership.  Team Captains are being identified.  There will be two ways to eat steak at the closing event:  The team that brings in the most $$$ will eat steak as will any team with each of their members bringing in at least one donation.  Teams that do not reach either of those criteria will eat beans.
     
    Chuck Flint, Foundation Chair, made some presentations to members who have reached giving milestones with The Rotary Foundation.  Before making the presentations, Chuck gave John Eagleston the family photo that was taken on June 29, when his family was invited to celebrate with John the many significant accomplishments of his year serving as our President.  Four members were recognized for their first Paul Harris Fellow (recognizing $1,000 in giving to TRF).  Those members were our Immediate Past President, John Eagleston; our President-Elect, Chris Krueger; our Public Image Chair, Matt Rotty; and Tim Troy.  For each additional $1,000 in giving to TRF, members are given pins with precious stones in them for each additional $1,000 given.  Two members were recognized for Paul Harris Plus 1 giving:  Matt Rotty and Frank Rosenberg.  John Benedict was recognized for Paul Harris Plus 3.  Last year, our club was highest in our district in dollars given as well as in per capita giving to The Rotary Foundation.  TRF is the 3rd highest ranked charity in the United States.  97% of donations are used for charitable purpose.  Donations are held 3 years and invested.  Net earnings on those investments is used to cover most of the administrative costs of running the foundation.  There is a goal of Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) giving $100 to TRF, but it should be noted that we are not restricted to only give that amount.  Chuck would be glad to meet with any member who would like to be more generous in their support of the work of The Rotary Foundation.
     
    Steve Ross introduced the speaker - Dave Keiser of Waste Not.  The organization is celebrating 30 years collecting and distributing perishable food that would otherwise go to waste.  The donated food comes from restaurants, resorts, caterers, grocers and various food purveyors.  It is delivered the same day it is collected to a diverse network of organizations that feed the hungry, including schools, after-school programs, senior facilities, transition homes and rehabilitation centers.  Overhead is covered by private and grant funding.  They do not rely on state or federal funds to cover their costs.  to learn more, visit their website
     
     
    August 10 Meeting Highlights 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
    USA-Mexico Friendship Exchange 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
    During the 2016-2017 Rotary year, Mesa West Rotary achieved the President’s Award and the District Achievement Award, two truly wonderful accomplishments.  Our entire membership should be proud of this and the collective effort it took to make this a reality.  This year we plan to work hard to gain these awards once again.  We’ll need your help with that.  In addition to these efforts, we have 10 club goals for Mesa West Rotary which you will find below.  Please, review these goals.
     
    Together with our Board, I believe it is important to keep our club aspirations in front of you.  I don’t want you to see these objectives as a burden but rather the opportunity they represent.
     
    Yours in Rotary,
    Allan M Cady, President
    Mesa West Rotary Club
    2017 – 2018 CLUB GOALS
    1.         Achieve the Presidential Citation Award
     
    2.         Achieve the District Achievement Award
     
    3.         Net increase in membership of two members
     
    4.         Recruit two new members (between the ages of 25-40 years or female members)
     
    5.         Involve Former Rotarians in Community Service or Club Service event(s)
     
    6.         Create networking opportunities at meetings and through newsletter
     
    7.         Promote participation in Leadership Academy – four members
     
    8.         Start Mesa West Rotary newsletter
     
    9.         Increase participation in Club Community Service and Club Service events
     
    10.        Increase Paul Harris Fellows by five and add one Benefactor or Bequest Society Member
     
    CLICK HERE to download a printable pdf document listing these 2017-2018 goals.
    President's Korner - Allan M. Cady 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
    Polly was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona and moved to Phoenix in 1992.  Her great aunt and uncle homesteaded in the Yuma valley and had a dairy farm.  Her grandfather was from Texas and moved to Yuma to build cotton gins in the southwestern part of Arizona.  Polly's father moved there from Indiana while he was in high school and met Polly's mother.
    Polly is the oldest of her siblings.  She has a sister three years younger and two half-brothers who are six years younger.
     
    Polly has been an Arizona resident for 62 years.  She lived in South Dakota for about seven months as a child in fifth grade.  She is thankful a blizzard drove her family back to Yuma.  The only two states that she has resided in are Arizona and South Dakota.She has visited Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Australia, England, British Virgin Islands, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Holland, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Fiji, and Mexico where she has stayed in Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Cozumel, Rocky Point, Guaymas, San Carlos, San Luis, Algodonez, and Mexicali.  Polly is not fluent in any language other than English, but pretends to know a little Spanish and loves to try Italian.
     
    As a teenager, Polly really wanted to be a flight attendant, but back then, she was too short.  The requirements were 5'7".  Polly has been retired since April of 2010 from a law firm she loved and where she served as Firm Administrator for ten years.  Before that, she was a legal secretary for most of her adult life working for prosecutors and different defense attorneys.
     
    Polly is married to our President, Allan Miles Cady.  They celebrated 20 years of marriage last December.  Polly has no children.  She skipped that part and went straight to being blessed with eight grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
     
    Polly has many wonderful vacation memories, but the memory that currently stands out for her is a vacation to Paris immediately followed by a trip down the Danube and then on to Italy during the last part of April and through May.
     
    Polly listed two rewarding volunteer experiences.  The first was in Rocky Point for the gift giving at Christmas to families in need.  "It was heart wrenching.  The second was the experience of helping with the Gift of Hearing project in Guaymas.
     
    Know Your Fellow Rotarian - Pollyanne Cady, Secretary & Community Service Co-Chair 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary International nominating committee has selected Barry Rassin of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, East Providence, Bahamas  to fill the void left by the July death of Sam F. Owori two weeks into his term as RI President-Elect. 
     
    Rassin will be declared the president-elect on September 1 if no challenging candidates have been suggested and will serve as president-elect for the balance of this Rotary year, and as the President of Rotary International July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.  CLICK HERE to learn more about this distinguished Rotarian.
    Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
    The meeting began with Ray Smith leading the club in singing My Country Tis of Thee.  Warren led the invocation and Polly led the Pledge of Allegiance.
     
    Lissa, our new inbound Youth Exchange Student from Austria, drew the badge numbers for the $5 attendance prize.  At the time she drew, none of owners of the badge numbers called were present, but President, Allan used executive discretion to give the $5 to Jim Crutcher, when he arrived late.
     
    Lissa also pulled the raffle ticket, and pulled Polly Cady's ticket, but the big pot rolled over as Polly did not draw the ace of clubs.
     
    Jeff substituted for Greg to collect happy bucks.  Members present at the meeting were generous in their participation in this fun weekly activity.
     
    The highlight of the day was the program.  Dan Coons introduced our speakers, Kegan Olson and Emilee Goetzengerger to talk about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. 
     
    Kegan told of her many colorful experiences during her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Seville, Spain.  She also told of how the experience has changed her as a person.  In college, she wants to study psychology.  She wants to study abroad.  She plans to enlist int he military, and serve eight years as a psychologist.  She wants to change the world, beginning at her high school, Marcos de Niza, where she hopes to start an Interact Club. 
     
    Emilee told of her planned year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Belgium, where three languages are spoken (Dutch, French and German.  She will be in the south, where French is the primary language.  She brought some Belgium cookies to reward Rotarians who could correctly answer some Belgium trivia questions she had prepared.  
    August 3 Meeting Highlights 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
    Rotarian, Ray Smith, was born in Safford Arizona.  He is the oldest of six children - two boys and four girls.  An Arizona resident for seventy years (since birth), Ray has never made any other state his residence. 
     
    Ray has traveled to six foreign countries - England, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, Argentina, and Mexico, where he has visited Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Guaymas and Rocky Point.  English is his primary language, and he is moderately fluent in Spanish. 
     
    As a teenager, Ray dreamed of a career in music.  As a high school senior, he made Arizona All State Chorus and Band.  Ray has served as a Certified Public Accountant since 1970, and continues an income tax practice as a sole proprietor.
     
    Ray has been married to Vicki Smith for forty-nine years.  They have five children, seven grandchildren and no great grandchildren. 
     
    His favorite vacation is a Hawaiian cruise in April, following tax season. 
     
    His most rewarding volunteer experience has been the Guaymas, Mexico hearing project.  He has made the trip five times to participate in and support the project.
     
    In addition to serving Mesa West Rotary this year as our International Service Director, Ray frequently leads our club in song at the beginning of our meetings.
     
     
    Know your fellow Rotarian - Ray Smith, International Service Director 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
    We had quite a few guests. Among them were students from Westwood High School Interact: President Colton Cagle, Secretary Annika Reimers, and Treasurer Sandra Franco.  Colton gave a very short talk about how their Interact Club is looking forward to working with Mesa West this year. He also reported that Westwood Interact has a goal to raise $600 for Polio Plus.

    Rod Daniels also had special guests: Brenda and Gary Looney who had their high school aged daughter, Sophie, with them. Sophie participates in The Power Of Voice charity at her school.  She decided to raise money for an important cause: Polio Plus!  She baked cookies and sold them for a dollar each and raised $100 for Polio Plus. She also put Polio Plus tags on her cookies for more awareness.

    During "happy bucks", John Hunt announced he would have his annual boxes of Colorado peaches to be auctioned off at our meeting in the near future.
     
    Carole Kralicek announced that our next Fireside Chat will be at her home on the first Saturday in October.

    $75 was given to Polio Plus through happy bucks - $50 from Allan Cady due to there being 50 people at the meeting.

    The Buck Board was completely filled at the meeting so the process of elimination resulted in Gil Gibbons being the recipient of a Paul Harris award. Gil was a guest of Carole Kralicek at a prior meeting.

    Allan talked briefly about  the Sponsor Program and showed the barometer we're using to measure our progress.  So far we have $10,000 with the goal being $30,000. He and Bryan Goetzenberger are considering to have a contest with teams. Their may be a steak and beans at the end of the contest.
     
    The Program was presented by Harvey Clark, a member of the Superstition Rotary Club.  He is an agent for SkyMed, "If your trip turns into an emergency because of illness or injury, Skymed takes you home.  They also offer travel services and protection for this type of emergency.

    Highlights of July 27, 2017 Meeting 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
    At the July 27 meeting, Chuck Flint had the honor of inducting Rick DePonte as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Mesa, West.  Rick’s wife Donna was with him, as well as Polly Schumacher (his sponsor) standing up front during the induction.
     
    Rick was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, and was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 1987.  He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, New Hampshire in 1987.  Prior to that, he had graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He received a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University in 1980. 
     
    Rick, and his wife, Donna, have been married for 40 years.  They have two adult children, Austin and Taylor, both residing in Seattle.  Donna and Rick enjoy the beach and especially enjoy escaping to Rocky Point whenever they can.  He is a big Arizona team sports fan and a bigger Boston fan, especially the Red Sox. 
     
    Rick has a history as a Rotarian.  In about 1992 through 1996, returning to active membership in 2005 through October, 2016, when he was in the Ahwatukee Foothills Rotary Club (President 2010-11).  The club closed in 2014.  After that, he was in the Phoenix Camelback Rotary Club. 1992
     
    Donna spoke for a few minutes after Polly “pinned” Rick.  She mentioned that Rick has always loved serving in Rotary and although she’s not a member of Rotary, she has always been there with him.
     
    Rick let us know that he is looking forward to working with Mesa West.  He mentioned that the thee extraordinary Rotary thoughts that come to mind have to do with Mesa West::
     
    1. He was a host family for an Rotary Youth Exchange Student through Chuck Flint;
    2. He was involved in the purple pinky project in Hermosillo to help eradicate Polio through Polio Plus.  Don LaBarge was there and instrumental in that project, and
    3. He’s on the Gift of Life Board with many Mesa West members: Chuck Flint, Pam Cohen, Frank Rosenberg and Polly Cady (Rod Daniels used to serve on the GOL board too).
    Rick is happy to be with Mesa West and mentioned that he is hard of hearing so don’t be surprised to see him scrambling for a seat at a front table.
     
    Rick received a standing ovation after his induction.
     
    New Member - Rick DePonte 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
    In lieu of an invocation at the July 27, 2017 Rotary Club of Mesa Meeting, President Allan read a poem written by Samantha Pierce of Vacorville High School Interact Club honoring Sam Owori, who had been elected President-Elect of Rotary International, and unfortunately died as a result of complications from surgery on July 13, 2017.
    Happy
    As simple as can be
    his end goal was to make life completely free
    Joy he brought to all
    And devastated we were to see him fall
    The light he brought
    to us
    Will never turn to dust
    Because the fire within is bright
    Providing the drive to fight
    Bettering today tomorrow and forever
    To never stray on our
    endeavor
    To make the world united
    Is continuously sighted
    So together we stand tall
    Our ideas never small
    Our time together was brief
    And death is
    truly a thief
    For the world that's now dim
    Will completely miss him
    For the little influencer I am
    The greatest impact.... Sam
     
    President-Elect, Sam was buried with state honors on July 27, 2017, as announced by President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni.  To learn more about this great Rotary leader, CLICK HERE.
    Tribute to Sam Owori - 1941-2017 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
    Our President-Elect, who will serve as our Club President in 2018-19, is Chris Krueger.  Chris was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and has lived in Arizona for the past three years.  Arizona and Nebraska are the only two states in which she has resided.  She has visited three foreign countries.  English is her primary language and the only language in which she is fluent. She was one of two children, and is the oldest.
     
    Although, as a teenager, Chris dreamed of becoming an actress, she has served 31 years as a banker, and is currently Senior Vice President, Bank Client Care with Mutual of Omaha Bank.  She has been married to Mike for 30 years.  They have three children and seven grandchildren.

    The best vacation Chris can remember was a trip to Grand Cayman Island in November.
     
    In 2003, Chris went to China with her church to determine if they could build a relationship there with some people including someone who ran a private orphanage.  She says "it was an amazing revelation as to how blessed we are to be Americans and all of the freedoms that we take for granted."
     
     
    Know Your Fellow Rotarian - Chris Krueger 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
    Mesa West Rotarians
     
    Wow!  What a special meeting we had last week – 50 members and guests, plenty of enthusiasm, laughs, happy bucks, and a marvelous induction of Rick DePonte conducted by Chuck Flint.  I am excited to be your President this year.  Together with our experienced and energetic board, we’re working hard to make this a very special year.  Our theme is “Put Life Into Rotary – Your Life”.  I encourage all Mesa West members to attend as often as possible, bring a friend or spouse or invite a Rotarian that hasn’t joined us in a while.
     
    Recently, you received a notice about our Sponsor’s Program.  If our entire membership gets behind this drive, we are certain to pass our $30,000 goal.  Soon we will divide up into teams and start our “Steak and Beans” competition.  Should be a lot of fun!  Let me  or Bryan Goetzenberger  know if you have any questions.
     
    This week our speaks are Emilee Goetzenberger and Keegan Olson from our Youth Exchange program.  With youth lies our future and these are two amazing young ladies.  We encourage you to come out and hear about their adventures, both planned and past.  Several activities are planned this year with Westwood High School Interactors and ASU Rotaractors.
     
    Special thanks go to Jeanie Morgan, the editor of the Mesa West Messenger.  I don’t plan to bore you with my thoughts every week.  I thought periodically would be fun and it is!
     
    Yours in Rotary,
     
    Allan
    President's Korner by Allan M. Cady 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
    On July 17, the Judge gave his final approval to Mike and Devon Whalen for their adoption of beautiful baby Oliva.
     
    Is she smiling because they've already told her about Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange, and Rotaract?
    Family of Rotary Growing - Meet Oliva Whalen 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Carole Kralicek is our Membership Chairperson this year.  It is statistically proven that new members who become engaged in Rotary early in their membership remain members longer and find their membership more fulfilling.  Carole is also implementing a Mentorship Program where seasoned Rotarians will be assigned to new members to answer their questions and mentor them through a Red Dot Program of indoctrination and engagement.  
     
    CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Mentorship Program.    If you would be willing serve as a mentor, contact Carole.
     
    Download a copy of our club's 2017-18 Membership Goals and Objectives.
    New Member Mentoring Program 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Leslie Balderas and Alice Phan, two of the five Rotaractors who sponsored through a District Grant to attend the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta were the featured speakers.  They enthusiastically talked about their observations.  They learned that Rotaract is enthusiastically supported by college students and young adults in many foreign countries to a greater degree than it is in the United States. 
     
    University based clubs can only have students in their membership.  Community based clubs can include students and young adults.  These young ladies believe new life needs to be encouraged for the community-based clubs to bridge an avenue for service for young people as they move from Interact to Rotaract to Rotary.
     
    President, Allan, illustrated the early success of the club's new sponsorship program.  We are already at the $10,000 level.  Members are encouraged to each find one individual or business who would be willing to sponsor our club's programs and services.
     
    Don LaBarge found a box of Rotary treasures recently.  At the meeting, he presented PDG Ted Williams with a copy of Ted's District 550 Directory from 1989-90.  Don also read off a list of Ted's many accomplishments, which had been prepared by Pam Cohen a number of years ago. 
    July 20, 2017 Meeting Highlights 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
    Our Club President, Allan Cady, was born in Vancouver, Washington.  He has one sister, two years older than himself, Barbara Wilderman.  Allan has been an Arizona Resident for 35 years. 
     
    During his lifetime, he has traveled to 18 foreign countries:  Mexico (Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Cozmel, Rocky Point, Guaymas, and San Carlos), Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas, Grand Caymen, British Virgin Islands, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa, England, and Puerto Rico.  English is his primary language, and only language in which he is fluent. 
     
    Allan has resided in four states:  Washington, Missouri, Kansas and Arizona.
     
    When Allan was growing up, he wanted to become a pro basketball player.  Instead, his career was in Automotive Management, serving as CFO, then Operations Manager East Region (16 dealerships), serving two months short of 39 years with a single company.
     
    Allan has been married to Pollyanne Taylor Cady for 20 years.  Prior to his marriage to Polly, he had three children.  He now has eight grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
     
    When asked about the best vacation he can remember, it was a week cruising the Danube River followed by a week in Italy. 
     
    Allan's most rewarding volunteer experience was last year, when he and Polly were fortunate to participate in the Gift of Hearing Mission in Guaymas, Mexico.  The staff assembled by Bob Jensen was fantastic and the people served were very appreciative.  "It was just an all-round wonderful experience."  He is looking forward to going again this year.
     
     
    Know your Fellow Rotarian, Pres. Allan Cady 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
    The more we connect, the more we can accomplish together.  Sharing ideas and resources will make us do better work together.
     
    Pam Cohen shared a link that she thought some of the rest of you might want to use.  She subscribed to some Rotary newsletters through the RI website.  The link she used was Newsletters.
     
    I (your editor) have two apps on my smart phone that you might want to download: 
     
    (Rotary) ClubLocator was the app that helped me find Mesa West when I recently moved from Lake Havasu to Chandler and needed to find a great club so I could transfer.  It is also helpful when traveling to find a club to visit. 
     
    ClubRunner Mobile App requires you to use your ClubRunner ID and password to login, but it will bring up members names and contact information, list of upcoming events including meeting speakers, list of club executives and website stories.  I only downloaded it a week ago, and it has already been useful more than once. 
     
    If you have any additional ideas on how we can better connect, please let me know.
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    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
    Sponsorship Program 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
    Past President, John Eagleston was supported by a full table of his family during his final meeting of the 2016-17 Rotary Year. 

    He received an interesting humorous award presented by Pam Cohen, but also received a commemorative picture frame which will have a group photo of him with his family members who were in attendance mounted in it.
     
    A plaque with a symbolic gavel was presented by John to Allan Cady, who will serve as Club President for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.
    June 29 Meeting Highlights 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
    President, Allan Cady rang the bell to call his first meeting of the new year to order.   He mentioned that he has set some ambitious club goals for 2017-18.  CLICK HERE to see our goals.
     
    Members and guests were privileged to hear from two energetic exchange students - one who recently returned to Arizona from Spain and another who will be leaving part of her heart in Arizona when she returns to Spain.  This was her last meeting with us - she will be missed!
     
    The program was delivered by Jim Welter, founder and Executive Director of IMPACT Phoenix.  He discussed a project he is working on - a mobile shower unit with laundry capability.  He is hopeful that Rotary Clubs in the Phoenix metro area will get behind the project.
    July 13 Meeting Highlights 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0