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President Allan Cady opened the meeting asking Ed Koeneman to offer the invocation, which he did using the Boy Scout prayer.  Jeanie Morgan led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The large pot for the weekly raffle had grown to $1,454.  Christy Citterman's raffle ticket was drawn, making her the automatic winner of the smaller $54 prize.  The three of diamonds, which she drew, disappointed her, but others in the room celebrated the fact that the large pot will continue to grow and the odds of winning get better each week.
Dr. Ron Thompson, serving as the Sgt. at Arms collected happy bucks.  Ed Koeneman happily contributed as his school year has ended and he will be able to attend more of our Mesa West meetings and enjoy other activities. 
John Pennypacker paid for the privilege of  recently serving as was the starter on the 1st Tee for the first 2 days of the Junior College Women’s JCNCAA National Championship held at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa.   He said, "Learning to pronounce some of the Thai, Spanish and Greek names, along with a few others was a beautiful learning experience.  Not only did some of these very petite young ladies drive the golf ball well off the tee, they were all very polite and a pleasure to be around.  They did their schools proud."
Bob Jensen paid celebrating 37 wonderful years married to Nancy.  Daryl Bethea was thankful for mothers and all that they contribute to make each of our lives much more wonderful than our lives would be without them.  Darl Andersen paid sad bucks because he was sitting at a table of losers, many of whom had not purchased raffle tickets when they arrived at the meeting.  He reminded them and any others present that were also guilty of being losers - "If you don't play, you can't win!"  Jim Crutcher was happy to be happy.  Chuck Flint was happy that his list of members who have not yet contributed to The Rotary Foundation this year is now down to 14 and continuing to shrink.  He reminded all present of the club's commitment to "Every Rotarian Every Year - EREY," and that meeting that commitment is a requirement  for Mesa West to receive the District Five Avenues of Service Award.
  • President Allan read a thank you letter from the GCU Rotaract thanking Mesa West for our continuing support during their first "trial" year.  The letter stated the club is starting to really take off, and thanked Mesa West Rotarians for showing an example of what true Service Above Self looks like.
  • The collection for Colton Cagle's travel fund for his "Crutches for Africa" delivery trip this summer is now more than half way to our goal.  The envelope was circulated again during the meeting.  Members have the option of listing their donation to Colton's fund as a donation to the Mesa West Rotary Foundation so that their donation will be tax deductible.
  • Members were reminded that the club would be dark (no regular meeting) on June 14 and July 5.
  • The June 16 installation event will be held at the home of Don LaBarge.  Members were reminded that the patio there does have a misting system which will keep those who attend cool and comfortable.


Maya Gurrola and Daniel Ochoa Castillo were recognized as the 2018 Mesa West Rotary scholarship recipients at the Westwood High School presentation held Thursday, May 17.  Maya was not present at the recognition event.

 Mesa West member, Andrea Murphy, has been the Westwood Interact faculty advisor for many years.  She is on Westwood's scholarship committee and sees all of the students who have applied for and received scholarships.  

The ideal student for our Mesa West scholarships is one that has good grades, but is not at the top of their class (with a plethora of other scholarships already lined up).  Our recipients should be very service minded and of good character.  There must be a clear financial need.  The Mesa West Foundation checks presented by Chuck Flint are payable to the college or university each of the students plan to attend. 

President, Allan Cady, opened the meeting by asking Immanuel Beeson to offer the invocation and Warren Williamson to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
There were several guests present at the meeting:  Jim Erickson, District Governor Elect, Wendell Jones' wife, Carolyn; John Lane, a visiting Rotarian from Troy, Ohio; and Mike Polley, a Rotarian who has recently moved to our area from Hawaii.
Frank Rosenberg was the lucky $5 attendance drawing winner on the third try - winning after badge numbers 19 and 14 were called with their owners not present to win.
As Foundation Chair, Chuck Flint reminded members that for the club to qualify for the District's Five Avenues of Service for Club Achievement Award, every member must donate, during this Rotary year, a minimum of $25.00 to The Rotary Foundation.  Chuck has personally contacted all the members who had not yet done so, and while many responded, there are still 14 members remaining who have not donated.  He will contact them again, but is hopeful the reminder at the meeting and in this Messenger article will prompt them to take action. 
At the May 3 meeting, President Allan had promised to give members the opportunity to contribute to "walking money" for Colton Cagle to take on his upcoming trip to Africa.  Colton was selected to be on the team to travel to deliver the mobility devices collected by the district-wide Interact project this past year.  Colton served as the President of the Westwood High School Interact club this school year and was recently elected to be the Interact District Governor for 2018-19.  Allan had an opportunity to talk to Andrea Murphy, our member who is the sponsor at Westwood High for the Interact Club when she attended the Mesa West Rotary Club's annual Spring Olympics.  She spoke very highly of Colton  who is a very impressive young man.
John Pennypacker paid happy dollars to celebrate the birth of his father 102 years ago.  Polly Cady paid happy dollars to be sitting at a prestigious table with two Past District Governors and one District Governor Elect.  Wendell Jones contributed happy dollars for Carolyn's birthday.  Pam Cohen contributed for the privilege of being seating with four handsome men, and Daryl Bethea contributed for the privilege of sitting at the same table with Pam.  Greg Okonowsky contributed $20 to Colton's fund as the happy winner of the Spring Olympics competition.  Ed Koeneman was happy that school is out for the summer.  He announced that the Interact Club had elected officers Wednesday evening, May 9.  All three newly elected officers are girls who have attended RYLA.  Their President will be a senior next year and immigrated to the US with her family from the British Virgin Islands.
  • District Conference will be held at the Wigwam Resort June 1-2
  • Mesa West Rotary will NOT meet June 14
  • Saturday, June 16, the annual Changing of the Guard will take place at the home of Don and Chris LaBarge
  • John Pennypacker suggested members consider attending the Pursuing Peace Conference, which will be held at the Wigwam Resort May 31, in addition to attending the District Conference.  One of several speakers, will be Paul Chappell, a West Point graduate, Iraq War Veteran and whose current profession is Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.  He is the author of several books about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human.
Saturday, May 5, 2018, John and Jane Benedict again opened their home for the Mesa West Rotary annual Spring Olympics.  The date, "Cinco de Mayo," could not be ignored, so a delicious menu of Mexican food was arranged by Club Service Chair, Pam Cohen.   Click on the image to link to the Facebook album of the outstanding collection of photos taken by Wayne General at the event.
Special guests were present from the Westwood High School Interact Club including Colton Cagle, who was recently elected to serve the Interact District as their District Governor in 2018-19.  
Members of the Gilbert High School basketball team again lent their support to the event by doing some of the heavy lifting with setup and tear down.  They also served as referees to oversee the fairness of the games.  Luin Ross (again) demonstrated her dominance as a first-place winner at this annual competition even though she had a different Rotarian, Greg Okonowski, participating as her partner this year.

The morning of November 8, 2017, the parking lot at Red Mountain Community College was filled with those of us anticipating the trip to Guaymas for the Hearing Aid Project.  As I had never been there before, I was unsure what to expect.  Several Rotarians from our club met us with breakfast items that were welcome at that time of the morning and a great way to see us off on our journey.
The journey ended up being a long one, especially for those on the bus.  The bus was stopped at the border for three long hours, initially being told that new paperwork was not filled out and therefore, they would have to return home.  Luckily, our Guaymas Rotarian friends were able to procure an email that allowed us all to continue.
The Mesa West Rotary Club, through its charitable foundation, is soliciting individual participants for our annual sponsor's contribution program.  All monies will benefit the project of your choice.  Through generous contributions we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those in our local and international communities.  To download a copy of the sponsorship brochure, CLICK HERE
To see a list of our 2017-18 sponsors, CLICK HERE
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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!

Mesa West

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Hilton Phoenix East Mesa
1011 West Holmes Avenue
Mesa, AZ  85210
United States
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May 2018
Mary Cameli, Mesa Fire Chief
May 24, 2018
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Joachim Mattisson
May 31, 2018
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Jun 14, 2018
Replaced by Special Meeting Saturday, June 16
Andrea Murphy
Jun 21, 2018
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Jun 28, 2018
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Jul 12, 2018
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Jul 26, 2018
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