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Sharing Some Fiscal Year-to-Date Facts and Faces
So far this fiscal year, we have funded $83,727 in vocational education grants to fund life-changing education for 47 grant recipients.  At the bottom of this article, you will see the programs of study and the number of students who have elected to study each.
It is apparent that the majority of students we have funded have elected medical-related vocations.  What is not so apparent is that in many cases, the level of the program they have elected to begin with will result in improving their household income and quality of life, but is also selected because it is within their economic reach with the help of our grant.  Many vocational programs cost far more than our current $2,000 maximum grant will cover.
Only thirteen of the grants funded were for less than the current cap of $2,000.  It would be conservative to think that if our maximum grant had been $3,000, that we would have funded $100,000 in grants by now.  In fact, it would likely have been closer to $120,000.
What we cannot measure is how many students look into enrolling in a vocational education program, but give up because the cost of the program after our grant would still be far beyond their means.
The officers, board members and advisors of TRVFA know that to be the resource originally envisioned by those who gave birth to this uniquely Arizona Rotary vocational education resource, we have to expand the number of Rotarian donors as well as expand our sources of revenue beyond Rotarians.  There are several ways you can help:
  • Share this newsletter with your friends, family, and associates, encouraging them to give.
  • Advocate for us - tell others why you are proud to support what we do.
  • If your employer has a program where they will match your charitable contributions, please apply for that match.
  • If you - or someone close to you - has to take a mandatory IRA withdrawal which is not needed to maintain your quality of life, look into having the withdrawal transferred directly to TRVFA.
  • If you - or someone you know - manages a family trust, what we do by helping others help themselves just might be a very good fit for the type of legacy they would like to leave.
  • If you truly believe in what we do, don't limit your support to the maximum allowed tax-credit donation.  Any amount you give over the allowed tax credit will qualify as a charitable deduction since we are a 501(c)(3) charity.
We realize we have just entered our "season of giving."  The majority of our donations come in between December 1 and April 15.  At this point, we are only about 10% of the way to our $300,000 2020-21 fundraising goal.
It would be a huge help if more donors would elect the automatic giving option available through our on-line donation page.  It would help the donor by making their "remembering to give" effortless going forward.  It would enhance our ability to plan since it would provide some reliable year-round cash flow.
Gardening for St Vincent de Paul Urban Garden was a great success.
Those present were Joan & Erwin Reinman, Dan & Colleen Coons, Carla Krcmarik, John Pennypacker, Ray Smith, Brian & Marsha Harvey, Bob Zarling and Me.
John and Ray picked up trash, weeds and cleaned the chicken coop. Dan and Colleen tended the compost bin, Carla watered the garden and pots and planted seeds, Joan and Erwin picked herbs and Bob, Brian, Marsha and I all planted seeds.
During the pre-meeting social time, the annual task of putting up Christmas lights was discussed.  Warren mentioned that he had a neighbor that could fold his lights up somehow so they were completely out of sight, then easily drop them down each year when it was time to display them again.  Dan told about LED lights that are not that noticeable and can be programmed to display different colors for different occasions.
Joan Reimann was happy to announce she was "on the mend" and would be graduating from physical therapy on November 20.  
John Pennypacker is golfing again.  Allan Cady talked about a golf fund-raising event coming up at Wickenburg Ranch with an evening dinner and social.  He said there would be four four-star generals there.  Funds from the event will go to the Marine Education Foundation.  $500,000 had already been raised.  John declined participating - he's up to playing nine holes, but has not played eighteen holes since May.  
Call to Order - President Dan Coons
President Dan introduced himself, and recited the Rotary International theme for the year - "Rotary Creates Opportunities."  He also shared the Rotary Vision Statement - "Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the world, in our communities and in ourselves."  He asked Darl Andersen to lead the invocation.
Rotary Minute - Carla Krzmarik
Carla shared some history and interesting facts about The Rotary Foundation that were put together when the Foundation began the celebration of its centennial year July 1, 2016:
"We should not live for ourselves along, but for the joy in doing good for others."
Arch Klumph, founder of The Rotary Foundation
"It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world."
Arch Klumph, June, 1917
The Rotary Foundation's Motto is "Doing Good in the World"
  • Rotary President (1916-1917) Arch Klumph's idea for an endowment fund dedicated to "doing good in the world" planted the seed of The Rotary Foundation in 1917 at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world's leading humanitarian foundations.
  • The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri made the first contribution to The Rotary Foundation in 1917 - $26.50.
  • At the 1928 Rotary Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Rotary Foundation was named and a Board of Trustees created.  (Before that the RI Board of Directors had oversight of the funds.)
  • In 1930, the Foundation awarded $500 to the International Society of Crippled Children, which later became known as Easter Seals.  The International Society of Crippled Children was founded by Rotarian Edgar Allen, who worked closely with Paul Harris and other Rotarians to aid children with disabilities.)
  • In 1936, Institutes for International Understanding were formed to illuminate global issues and to inform communities of global issues of the day.
  • In 1947, Rotary members contributed 1.3 million dollars in memory of Paul Harris.
  • in 1957, Paul Harris Fellow recognition began - the first form of donor recognition, expressing appreciation of eligible contributions of $1000.  (In 2006, the number of Paul Harris Fellows reached one million..)
  • In 1965, the Matching Grants Program was established, allowing the Foundation to fund club and district projects.  Group Study Exchanges began, connecting people across countries and cultures.
  • In 1978, the 3-H program (Health, Hunger, and Humanity) expanded service efforts.  The program was developed to improve health, alleviate hunger, and enhance human and social development.  Rotary members use the grants to create access to clean drinking water, support literacy programs, provide medical care, and more.
  • In 1979, Rotary began immunizing six million children in the Philippines against polio; in 1980, Rotary committed to eliminating polio through immunization.
  • In 1981, the Foundation established the Endowment Fund, specifically for investing certain contributions in perpetuity, with the earnings going to support the Foundation's future ability to do good.
  • In 1985, the Polio Plus program was launched - the "plus" initially referred to the additional vaccines administered along with the polio vaccine.  Today, it also reflects the fact that the infrastructure, fundraising, and advocacy methods developed for the polio eradication campaign also support efforts to fight other infectious diseases.
  • In1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), originally composed of Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF was created to coordinate polio eradication work.
  • In 1995, the Polio Plus Partners program was created to support National Immunization Days.
  • In1999, Rotary Peace Centers were founded.  The Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe.  Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master's degree or certificate program at one of the Rotary centers at universities around the world.  Members of the inaugural class of Rotary Peace Fellows begin studies in the fall of 2002.
  • In 2004, the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) initiative was created.  The initiative encourages every Rotary member to give every year to the Foundation, with the goal of $100 in per capita contributions to the Annual Fund.   After ten years of the initiative, Annual Fund total contributions reached $116 million.
  • In 2004, the Arch Klumph Society recognizes contributions of $250,000 or more to the Foundation.
  • In 2007, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation issued the $1 million challenge.  The grant challenged Rotary to raise $100 million, which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matched.  Two years later, the Gates Foundation pledged an additional $255 million and increased the amount Rotary must raise to $200 million.  Rotary's partnership with the Gates Foundation helps both organizations improve lives around the world.
  • In 2009, Rotary and USAID launched the International H2O Collaboration - improving drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in four countries.
  • In 2013, the Simplified Grant Model went into effect, introducing two new grant types:  global and district, and phasing out 3-H, Matching and District Simplified Grants, Ambassadorial Scholarships, and the Group Study Exchange Program.  Global grants enables Rotary members to plan, and sustain larger projects by meeting with community leaders to assess needs and create a plan for ongoing management.
  • In 2015, the number of polio-endemic countries dropped to two.  Polio cases worldwide are down 99.9% since 1988 when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched.
  • July 1, 2016 - The Rotary Foundation was about to mark a century of doing good in the world through humanitarian projects, scholarships, professional training and exchanges, and its remarkable campaign for a polio-free world.
In its first 100 years, The Rotary Foundation had spent over $3 billion on programs and projects to support humanitarian efforts and scholarships.
Introduction of Guests
PDG Tom Yuzer from District 5960 in Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin was recognized.  He and his wife will be leaving Minnesota in about a week headed to Arizona where they plan to spend the winter.  He will be with us at our December 3 meeting.  PDG Terry Cowan was also recognized.
Early Announcement - Sponsorship Program Coming Soon - Allan Cady
Mesa West Rotary has raised funds to support their charitable work two times.  In 2017-18, we raised a little over $40,000.  In 2018-19, the program raised around $50,000 for our Mesa West Rotary Foundation..  We did not repeat the program in 2019-20, but are going to kick it off again this Rotary year.  Because of all the challenges everyone is experiencing due to the COVID pandemic, the goal has been set conservatively at $30,000.  Allan is in the process of recruiting team captains and getting the stage set to be off and running for another Steak and Beans competition.  Winning teams will get steak and the losers will get beans.  
Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski
  • Polly Cady was unable to be at the meeting, but had asked Jeanie to announce that she wanted to make a pledge to honor Chuck Flint because his passion for the Foundation has inspired many to give to TRF and the Mesa Rotary Foundation as well.  Chuck's passion for the Foundation got Polly interested in helping the District Foundation Committee.  Because Chuck has sponsored Polly as a new member twice and has been an unknowing mentor to Polly, she wanted to pledge $50 to the Rotary Foundation of Chuck's choosing (he chose Polio Plus).
  • Dick Myren had also sent a pledge to Jeanie.  His pledge, in the amount of $61.00 is because he has just finished sixty-one years of doing Income Taxes and decided to hang it up, retiring two weeks ago.  "Hello to all, I hope this COVID thing gets over so we can start seeing all of you again."
  • Colleen Coons pledged $10 hopeful dollars asking that members pray for our new member Erika Yost who is still having health challenges and unable to attend our meetings.
  • Chuck Flint congratulated Carla Krzmarik for doing a great job presenting the Rotary Minute.  Chuck also encouraged members to donate to Polio Plus.  Members who donate $100 or more to Polio will be recognized as Polio Sustaining Members.  CLICK HERE to go directly to the separate article in this Messenger for information on how to set up automated gifts.  Chuck does not want our club to lose possession of the traveling trophy which our club was the first and only club to receive last summer for recognition of our support of Polio Plus.  Right now, some other clubs are ahead of us in polio donations this year.  Chuck also mentioned he would like to fly in that executive jet all could see in Greg's background.
  • Carla Krzmarik pledged $20 to the Rotary charity of Dan's choice.
  • Alan Cady pledged $5.  He had enjoyed a recent lunch with some former coworkers who have maintained their friendship.  Larry VanPuyl, who had recently turned 70 announced that he had been made a grandfather for the first time when his daughter was finally successful in being able to adopt a child from Texas.
  • There will be no Zoom meetings of Mesa West Rotary Club on November 26 - Thanksgiving, December 24 - Christmas Eve, or December 31 - New Year's Eve.
  • Shelly Romine reminded members of the St. Vincent de Paul Urban Garden service project to take place Saturday morning, November 21.  She said she had eleven volunteers already scheduled, but there was room for more.
  • Shelly also told of a service opportunity that can be done from the comfort of home.  The Arizona Caregiver Coalition has asked for our help.  
"We suddenly have a large number of inquiries about a caregiver program. The funds are running out December 31 and we are trying to return all the calls. We have a script and instructions, then there is an online form that needs to be filled out for each caller (name, address, etc.).  We are looking for volunteers to help with the calls. What is needed is a phone, a computer (to access the online form), and a willingness to call people on the phone, mostly seniors."
"It takes a good 30 minutes to review the script and ideally volunteers would offer to make at least 10-15 calls. Each call takes 5-10 minutes. We could do a practice call with volunteers, if desired. We can offer a Zoom session and two of us here can role play a call and then answer questions."
The minimum time commitment would be as a one time activity around 2 hours.  This program educates caregivers of resources available to them.
EMAIL Shelly Romine if interested in helping.
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
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Mesa, AZ
United States of America
Club Executives & Directors
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Foundation Director
Public Image Director
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Service Projects Director
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Dec 24, 2020
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