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Wednesday evening, July 29, Dan and Colleen Coons, Chuck Flint, Wendell Jones, John Pennypacker, Shelly Romine, Greg Okonowski, Jim Schmidt, Ray Smith, and Ron and Toni Thompson arrived at the Wells Fargo Branch located at 1860 East University in Mesa ready to go to work.  Shelly's friend Sonya Aguilera and her friend also showed up to help.
After a brief orientation, donning gloves and masks, the volunteers assembled in positions next to  stacks of preboxed food items.  They had fun in record-breaking heat placing the boxes into the trunks of cars for people in need.  
United Food Bank has been hosting these drive up food distribution events during COVID to keep exposure to a minimum for volunteers and food recipients.
These thirteen volunteers each worked 2.5 hours - how much value do you place on a total of 32.5 hours of volunteer time invested in performing a labor of love?  It's priceless!
As members and guests were logging in for the Zoom meeting, they enjoyed an informal conversation.  One of the pieces of information shared was from Warren Williamson, who said that Son Hee told him there were 1,000 yards of yarn and 26,000 stiches in the scarf she created and offered for auction to support the community service project taking place on July 29. 
Ed Koeneman shared that a student is helping him convert a 1994 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup to be the first and only all-electric Chevy S-10 in Arizona when they are finished.  He said they have made a lot of progress.
John Pennypacker was checking his ability to attend a Zoom meeting while driving.  He was on his way to pick up Chuck Flint.
Andrea Murphy confessed she is obsessed with VW buses, but doesn't drive theirs.  Her husband has owned it since he was nineteen.  
Pam Cohen was attending from her "she shed" travel trailer in Flagstaff where she is continuing to enjoy cooler weather as well as the opportunity to spend time with her grandson, Wilder.
Given the subject of the program, a few VW stories were shared.  Pam worked at a VW dealership when she was in high school.  Chris tried to get Pam to confess that she had hauled a hog in a VW bug when she was much younger, but Pam denied that story saying it was actually a Porsch she used to haul the hog.  Warren Williamson had a neighbor who drove a VW Bus to work.  When he arrived home at night, he parked it in the driveway, turned the motor off, put it in neutral and pushed it into the garage.  Warren still wonders why...
President Dan called the meeting to order at Noon and began the meeting by reciting the Rotary Vision Statement.  He asked Jeanie Morgan to offer the invocation.
Presidential Humor
  • Dan did some research to attempt to learn how many lawyer jokes exist.  What he discovered is that there are actually zero jokes about attorneys - because all the stories told about lawyers are actually true.
  • Dan credited Lola McClane when he told everyone that a row of rabbits that is backing up is called a receding hare line.
Rotary Minute
Colleen Coons began by saying "everyone has a gift."  Rotary creates value through a network of 1.2 million friends, leaders and problem solvers who each use their gifts to solve problems, and effect positive change in the world, their communities and in themselves.
Happy Bucks
  • Jeanie Morgan pledged $10 - $5 for the phone conversation she had enjoyed prior to the meeting with Jim Crutcher.  Jim had overpaid his dues and he pledged the amount of the over-payment to support the Gift of Hearing Mission in Guaymas.  He was happy to do this to recognize Bob Jensen who was recently honored as one of 150 Rotarians in the world to receive the Service Above Self award in 2020.  The other $5 was because on Saturday, July 18, Jeanie was elected to serve as the first female president of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  She hopes her fellow Rotarians in Mesa West will support her by making Mesa West the top giving club this year in percentage of members giving to TRVFA.
  • Polly Cady pledged $10 for the wonderful time they had with their house guests during the past week.  She said, "My RYE student from NZ has a sister who was also a RYE student to Brazil.  She is married to an American and they live in the Orange County.  They have become our extended family.  We’ve been on many international vacations together! They have 3 children ages 11 and 8 (twins).  They were house guests for 6 days, 3 of which was non-stop pool action.  Allan says his hands are still wrinkled."   
  • Chris Krueger pledged $10.  She is headed to Nebraska to spend time with her grand-babies, but she will also be working in her dad's home.  He had a stroke this year and is unable to live in their family home.  The house has been sold and Chris will have lots of stuff to go through.  She was pretty sure they have tax records going back to 1963.
  • Some one suggested either John Pennypacker or Chuck Flint should have to pay for making everyone watch the unedited release of "Driving Mr. Chucky."
  • Pam Cohen pledged $10.  She has sold her home in Whisper Mountain and plans to donate enough to The Rotary Foundation to become a Major Donor.  She is enjoying her time in Flagstaff.  Little Wilder, who was born premature, is nearly four months old and weighs about ten pounds.
  • Ed Koeneman pledged $10.   He was thankful Andrea Murphy agreed to be a replacement speaker for the meeting.  He was also a little in awe regarding the number of times the start date for him to go back to work to prepare for the fall semester at GCU has changed - August 10, August 3, July 30, and now August 17.  He was not going to be surprised if it would change yet again.  At this time, it is planned that the first three weeks will be on-line only, and after Labor Day in-person classes with lots of new procedures to mitigate risk.
  • Andrea Murphy pledged $10.  She really appreciates Mesa West Rotary Club.
  • Ray Smith pledged $10 as a confession for seeing Chris Krueger very early in the morning when she didn't look nearly as good as she did at the meeting.  
  • District 5495 DG Elizabeth Mahoney knows that raising funds to support Rotary causes this year will be challenging.  On the district website is a program where individuals can seek pledges to support them in raising money by walking, running, swimming, or other activity of the Rotarians choice through a web-based program funded by the district.  Read all about it and/or sign-up by clicking stepupforrotary.com.
  • Shelly Romine and Colleen Coons have announced a volunteer opportunity that can be done from home or office.  Volunteers will be trained to participate as tutors in a virtual tutoring program which those who are interested can learn more about through Vello.org.  UPS will put up the funds required to sponsor a classroom, and some of their employees will also serve as volunteers.  View videos about the program - CLICK HERE.
  • There will be no meeting Thursday, July 30 - we will be dark.
  • Reminder - there will be a service project Wednesday evening July 29.
  • Polly Cady announced that the next Rotary Leadership Institute will be held virtually on Saturday, August 15.  Whether you are starting your first session or ready for session two or three, you can EMAIL POLLY CADY to register for this Rotary College of Knowledge.
August 15 – 9:00-12:00 noon
Rotary Leadership Institute: The College of Knowledge for everything Rotary. This is for ALL Rotarians, not just those in leadership! Flyer is attached or Click HERE
September 18 – 9:00-12:00 noon
Pursuing Peace Conference: The conference is designed for those who want to understand how institutions become platforms for peace.Click HERE
September 19 – 9:00-12:00 noon
Club Leadership Academy-Virtual: Join us to learn about your favorite Rotary topics and meet friends from around Arizona. Click HERE
Happening Now!
Fundraising Opportunity for All: Step up for Rotary! Visit www.stepupforrotary.com.  Choose between The Rotary Foundation, PolioPlus, YOUR CLUB, or the Interact Ambassadors Project.  Let’s get moving and raise money for ROTARY! Click HERE
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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