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Janea Green with C-Span Marketing will be presenting the program for the Mesa West Thursday, October 15 meeting.  She will be discussing how their networks deal with helping the public to be informed about government issues.
President Dan Coons introduced himself and recited the Rotary Vision Statement and reminded members that Rotary Opens Opportunities - the theme for this Rotary year.  He asked Ray Smith to offer the invocation.
Rotary Minute - Jeanie Morgan
Jeanie shared a bit of her Rotary adventure relaying a few of the opportunities Rotary has opened for her.  When she moved to Lake Havasu City in 1994, the bank manager she was replacing was retiring and was a member of the London Bridge Rotary Club.  He told her that she had to join that club because it was the best service organization in town and the bank would want her to be a part of it.  He sponsored her into the club.  Being new to town the opportunities to serve also provided opportunities to form friendships with her fellow Rotarians.  A year or so later, she became Treasurer.  She learned of an opportunity to help with RYLA, and in less than a year was treasurer and registrar for RYLA Pinerock.  In 1999-2000 she served as Club President.  in 2007, PDG Bill Snedecor called her and indicated that the District 5490 Nominating committee was disappointed that they were not getting candidates to run for District Governor for 2009-10.  Jeanie had not had any aspirations to go to that level of leadership, but her husband, Al encouraged her to apply because he thought it would be fun traveling the district with her.  She tried to prepare him for disappointment because she did not see any way that she would be the person selected on her first try.  By the time she interviewed there were other candidates.  Much to her surprise, she was selected.  Going through the training process over the next few years, was an amazing ride.  The finale was when all of the district governors-elect were in San Francisco for the International Assembly in January 2009.  She looked around the room and realized that every ethnicity and faith was represented by members of her class and there was no tension between any of them.  Everyone there was united by a common purpose of doing good in the world.  It was there that she understood that Rotary provides the model for our world community to one day live on a peaceful planet.
Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski
Jeanie Morgan had received self-imposed fines/pledges from two Rotarians:
  • John Pennypacker fined himself $10 because instead of being at the meeting, "I will be zooming through the beautiful fall countryside of Virginia and will miss our meeting.  I have an opportunity to visit my grandsons' school and they are excited to show me around.  This is not your ordinary school.  So to make up for all of this fun, I will fine myself $10.  See everyone next week."
  • Ed Koeneman "I've had recent encounters with two Rotarians in our club that exemplify Service Above Self.  As a thank you to Dan Coons for helping one of my students, and Jack Rosenberg for using his unique talents to repair a piece of glass artwork, I'k like to donate $100 to the Mesa West Foundation.  I'm sorry that I can't be there to announce this myself, but I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone online."
Back to fines/pledges from members attending the Zoom meeting:
  • Allan Cady pledged $5 sad dollars.  He and Polly had recently returned from a wonderful family vacation in Charlotte.  He has two very tall sons 6'6" and 6'3".  Allan was sad to learn on the trip that he is no longer 6'1½".
  • Polly Cady pledged $5.  She enjoyed their fabulous trip.  She was able to spend her birthday there taking in - in person - a Cardinals game and the Cardinals won!.  The Blue Ridge Mountains were beautiful.  She had another $5 for a miracle.  On the trip, she learned to bake bread.  She knows exactly how to do it, and it is possibly that some Mesa West Rotarians will enjoy some home made bread as gifts in the future.
  • Chris Krueger pledged $5 for a wonderful getaway with Mike to Alpine, Arizona where the daytime high temperatures were in the 70's, the scent of the Pines was very fragrant, and they saw lots of wild life - sheep, deer (Mike had deer actually eating out of his hand).  It was wonderful!
  • Warren Williamson - pledged $100 to Polio Plus to celebrate his birthday.  He shared a story about his sister and her husband who own a farm in Illinois.  His brother-in-law had gone out the pond near their hog lot, and surprised some neighbor girls who were skinny dipping in the pond.  They begged him to stay away.  He assured them he wouldn't go near them, he said he planned to leave just as soon as he fed their alligator.
  • Pam Cohen - pledged $5 for enjoying Wendell's alligator story, but was pretty sure there were no alligators on farms in Illinois.
  • Jim Schmidt - announced he will be celebrating a birthday on the 15th, and is trying to ignore the reality of that coming event.
  • Ray Smith pledged $10 - part of it had something to do with Wendell's computer, and the rest was his hope that Jeanie would catch up with her mind which she seemed to have temporarily lost but was pretty sure she would find it somewhere running around the house.  He also told of grandsons who had a close encounter with a skunk while the family was enjoying some time in Alpine.  All ended well.
  • Lola McClane - was celebrating an Octoberfest mood with the shirt she was wearing.  A screen shot showing the shirt was not available and she was kind enough to provide a photo of her shirt. 
Auction Item - Allan and Polly Cady
After explaining that the bag contained a piece of art and some edibles from Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, the bidding opened at $20.  The bidding was brisk, but Colleen Coons was the first to bid $40 when Allan announced that amount would be the limit.  In the bag was candy from the Candy Barrell, Appalachian honey and a maple leaf night light.
  • October 29 is a 5th Thursday - We will not have a zoom meeting at noon on that date.  There will be a social at Pam Cohen's home.  The weather should be cool enough to enjoy social distancing while having hors d'oeuvres and beverages.  The event will start at 5:30 and members are welcome to attend and enjoy socializing with fellow members for as long as they are comfortable doing so.  There will not be a big meal served.
  • Dan Coons reminded members that we need to be identifying an outbound exchange student.
  • Virtual RYLA was planned for October 9-10.
  • The October 15 Program will be presented by Janea Green with C-Span
  • Shelly Romine had sent word that the food packed by Rotarians in August at the Feed My Starving Children food packing event had been shipped to the Phillipines, and that all fifteen volunteer slots for the October 15 United Food Bank emergency food packing event are full.  
  • Polly Cady announced that the next Rotary Leadership Institute will be held November 14 from nine to noon.  It will again be virtual, so there will be no cost.  Two Mesa West Rotarians are facilitators for RLI.  There are three different tracks which will be run concurrently.  Whether ready for Sessions two or three or just starting with Session one, Members who are not RLI graduates were urged to plan to attend.  Members can send Polly Cady an email to register.  
  • Steve Ross applauded the great women in Mesa West Rotary.
  • Lee Holmes reminded everyone that October 24 is World Polio Day.  He hopes that many members will celebrate the recent announcement that the continent of Africa has been declared polio free by sending a gift to The Rotary Foundation to support Polio eradication.
At noon President Dan Coons introduced himself and welcomed all present at the Zoom meeting.  Having finished the first three months of his term, Dan said he is enjoying being the president of the Rotary Club of Mesa West more and more each day.  He reminded everyone of this year's theme - "Rotary Creates Opportunities."  He also recited the Rotary Vision Statement.  He then called on Geoff White to offer the invocation.
Before offering an invocation, Geoff White shared a thought for the day which he thought was even more important today than when it which was published by Reader's Digest in the 80's:
“A child should learn not merely to love, but to be a loving person-
to make love his stance in the world. 
‘Love’ may come and go,
but a loving person, like the sun itself,
never loses his or her sustaining warmth.”
Several Guests were present for the meeting.  They were introduced by Colleen Coons:  Crystal Blanton, Development Officer for Valley of the Sun United Way; Melissa Darlington, Loaned Executive from Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant; Sean Edmonds; Timna Guerchon; and Reid DeSpiegelaere with the Vello project.
Happy Bucks - Bert Millett
  • Ron Thompson pledged $5 - happy to finally be able to attend a meeting after missing several.
  • Lola McClane pledged $10 - happy to be home after two lovely weeks with her daughter in Fort Worth
  • Colleen Coons pledged $5 for each of her invited guests who were in attendance - a total of $25
  • Pam Coons pledged $5 - she was happy to see John Benedict and Ron Thompson were in attendance.
  • Wendell Jones pledged $50 - he voiced his appreciation for the basket Pam delivered from the club and all the many thoughtful messages, cards and flowers received from club members following the loss of his sweet Carolyn.
  • Geoff White pledged $50 - he was happy to be attending the meeting in the company of his good friends Wendell Jones and Ray Smith
  • Chris Krueger pledged $10 - she held up a beautiful glass tray crafted by Jack Rosenberg which she had recently picked up from him.
  • Dan Coons - announced he was happy to be a member of a new club - The Juice Club.  Two other members of Mesa West were also in the new club - Chuck Flint and Jeanie Morgan.  The three had been on the juice detail at the United Food Bank food distribution event Friday, September 25 at the Mesa Convention Center.
  • Shelly Romine pledged $5 (a total of $15) for each of the three  Mesa West volunteers at the September 25 United Food Bank service project, and reminded members to follow the link in the Messenger and sign up for the October service project.  It will take place in the evening.  She also commended members who are holding food drives in their residential communities - Jack Rosenberg and Bob Zarling.
  • Bob Zarling pledged $10 to plug the December 13 food drive he is hosting in his community in conjunction with having the Salvation Army brass band there to incent neighbors to show up and contribute to the drive.  He encouraged Mesa West Rotary members to attend as well.
  • Ray Smith - pledged $25 - he was happy to be at Wendell's although he'd hoped to enjoy more of the goodies from Wendell's basket, Ray said he and Geoff each only received one cookie.
  • Pam Cohen - mentioned that her company has a 5 for $500 offer where if one of their employees is involved in a community service event with five or more other volunteers, their company will donate $500 to the organization hosting the project.  Sign up for the October service project!  Help get a $500 donation.
  • John Pennypacker - who was attending from his daughter's home in Virginia and frequently seen during the meeting with one or two little boys in his lap or hanging around their grandpa - was called out for trying to misrepresent his appearance when a handsome young man appeared on his screen.  John said he could only afford $10 for his fine/happy bucks since he'd just spent $50 getting fresh haircuts with and for his grandsons.  One thing he mentioned he was very happy for was when he picked up his rental car and was finally able to remove his mask after wearing it for twelve hours.
  • Don Boucher pledged $5 - he was happy to be back in attendance.
  • AG Lee Holmes pledged $10 - he will be having cataract surgery with the first procedure next Monday.  He has worn glasses since second grade and looks forward to not needing them anymore.
  • Greg Okonowski - pledged $5 for the delicious salad his wife had prepared for his lunch
  • Jack Rosenberg is making gift baskets which will, among other things, contain some of his beautiful glass work.  Food donors at his event will be entered into a drawing for the baskets., when asked why he had such a big smile responded that he always does, but did explain that he is making gift baskets which will, among other things, contain some of his beautiful glass work to be raffled to food donors at his November 7 food drive in his community.
  • October 29 is a 5th Thursday.  The club will follow its relatively new tradition of being dark rather than have a regular meeting on that date.  Tentative plans are being made to have a club social that evening - possibly at the home of Pam Cohen.  It was pointed out that October 29 is Pam's birthday - a very special birthday - her Social Security birthday.
  • October 15 - the program will be presented by C-Span.
  • Members need to help find a worthy candidate to apply for the outbound Rotary Youth Exchange opportunity our club will sponsor during the 2021-22 Rotary Year.  It sounds like a long way off but interviews need to happen soon.  For more information, contact Donna Goetzenberger.
  • Virtual RYLA will be held October 9-10.  It is targeted for high school students and particularly for sophomores.  For information and to register interested students should go to Virtual RYLA.
  • John Pennypacker provided some information about the Rotary International Council on Resolutions and promised to send more information for the October 7 Messenger.
World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians and Rotaractors across the globe to raise awareness about our work to eradicate polio for good. If we stay committed to making progress, polio will be the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
In our fight to end polio, we’ve used our collective strength to defeat this devastating disease in almost every part of the world. This year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus – showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances.
Wild poliovirus still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere. Let’s Take Action A polio-free world is possible, but we can achieve it only by taking action together. With the challenges to vaccination programs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more crucial that Rotary continues to build awareness and raise funds for polio eradication.  
Past President Jim Schmidt this week received word that the board and members of Mesa West Rotary have been recognized for their 2019-20 combined efforts.  He wants to thank all for being a part of this achievement! 
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.
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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!

Mesa West


We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom
Mesa, AZ
United States of America
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Director
Public Image Director
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
Executive Secretary
Dawn Marie Rapaport
Oct 22, 2020
H.E.L.P. - Help snackz program - Snacks for homeless kids
Scott Smith
Nov 05, 2020
Valley Metro - Transit issues/ Covid-19, etc.
Bill Hodgman
Nov 19, 2020
Assistant DA - Prosecutor of OJ Simpson Trial
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