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President, Chris Krueger opened the meeting asking Darl Andersen to offer the invocation and Don Boucher leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Allan and Polly Cady were happy to have their granddaughters attending the meeting with them, and they were all looking forward to a California getaway to spend time on their boat and move on to some other activities while there.  Karen Estrada-Gonzales was introduced by Jeanie Morgan as a candidate for a grant from the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  Yordi Miguel, our outbound Youth Exchange student who will depart for Brazil on July 30 was introduced.  The winner of the attendance drawing was Steve Ross.  
Chuck Flint provided an update on the weekly raffle.  The small pot matched the prior week's record size at $125.00.  The accumulating large pot was up to $2,096.00.  He explained that the odds of holding the winning ticket were 75/1.  The odds of holding the winning ticket and drawing the ace of clubs was 300/1.  Yordi was asked to draw the winning ticket, and the ticket holder was Dan Coons.  Unfortunately for Dan, of the four cards remaining, he drew the six of hearts.  
Don LaBarge paid happy dollars for the use of Dr. Ron's cabin in Pine.  Dan Coons paid $20 happy dollars for an enjoyable family vacation in Taiwan. While there, they enjoyed meeting many of the Rotarians their son, Nick, had met during his Youth Exchange.  Dan said he would take time another time to tell about the Rotary Club that had hosted Nick and which he visited while he was in Taiwan.  Dick Myren was happy Mesa West was well represented at the celebration of Jerry Traylor's life.  Steve Ross was happy that he and Luin had celebrated their 37th anniversary on July 4.  He donated $100 to The Rotary Foundation annual fund to celebrate that special event. 
Jim Crutcher told about a policy of Berge Ford to employ autistic individuals.  One very special employee, Robert Stevens, who had been with them for three years passed away in his sleep.  He was only 49 years old.  The priest who had baptised him came out of retirement to conduct the memorial service.  Jim was proud that 68 of the Berge Ford employees honored Robert by attending his service. 
Allan Cady thought of a couple more things to be happy about.  This was the first meeting where Jeanie Morgan's banner was on display and he had a flag he had received from District 4185 in Mexico when he and Polly spent time with their friend Omar while at the RI Convention.  He reminded the club that we had participated with Omar's district with a wheelchair project where 4,000 reconditioned wheelchairs were distributed.  They are working on a similar project this year, and have increased their goal to 5,000. 
Don Boucher was happy to announce the birth of their sixth grandson.  Jeanie Morgan was happy to have a TRVFA Grant applicant at our meeting and also happy that Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation had given a $5,000 donation to TRVFA at their regular meeting.  Polly Cady was happy that the theme banner she thought had been left in Canada was found when they received Allan's dry-cleaning from the trip.  John Pennypacker was happy to have attended a Rotary Foundation meeting the prior weekend in California.  One of the takeaways was a 16-17 page document on how the new tax law will impact giving.  He offered to provide a copy to anyone who requested it.  He was happy he was going to see Tim McGraw in concert Friday evening.  Pam Cohen was sad that we would miss seeing Robert LaBarge who has relocated to Pinon, Arizona.
Steve Ross had an auction item from their recent vacation in Northern California.   Dr. Ron Thompson was the high bidder at $35.  In the bag, he found a San Francisco Cap, a bottle of Saki, earrings, and a very small shirt that he thought might fit his leg, but someone else speculated that it would more likely fit his arm.

The Arizona Ambassadors Team arrived in Arizona late Monday night from Kenya! We are all so happy to be home, sleep in our own beds, and take hot showers! However, I know that a lot of us are also sad to leave a place that made us feel so welcomed. Over this next year, all of us will be speaking at meetings and events sharing our experiences. As I am attempting to mentally process all that happened on the trip, one of the best days comes to mind. That is the day we helped build a woman's mud house and fix up her yard to be ready for gardening. 

The woman had a very tiny mud house that was falling apart and had almost no place to sleep. Also, her outhouse was being held together with some string and tarp. The conditions of her home made it unlivable and dangerous at night. We helped repair her existing mud house and outhouse, build an addition onto the house, and prepped the dirt. Repairing the mud house was a lot of hard work, but we all had fun while doing it. This experience made me extremely grateful for what I have. Although we were helping improve her current living conditions, they still were not the best, which put a lot in perspective. 

President, Chris Krueger, opened the meeting by asking Dick Myren to offer the invocation and Wendell Jones to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
There were several guests president.  Jeanie Morgan introduced her guest, Patty Bahoshy, and Dr. Kelli Ward who was visiting from the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club.  John Pennypacker introduced the guests at his table:  District Governor, Jim Erickson; District Governor Elect, David Simmer; Past District Governor, Barb Feder.  Other guests present were Dr. Mike Ward, Sammi Rosenberg, and Jim LeCheminant, a previous Mesa Baseline Rotarian.
Chuck Flint provided a little information about the weekly accumulating raffle, which has now rolled into its second year with no big winner.  The small pot was at a record high of $125 at this meeting, and the large pot is now $1,971.  The ticket drawn was not immediately claimed.  It was found on the floor and determined to belong to Jim LeCheminant.  There were only five cards remaining.  To win the large pot, the ace of clubs had to be drawn.  Jim did draw an ace, but from the wrong suit.  On July 19, there will only be four cards remaining and the large pot will likely be over $2,000.
Dr. Ron Thompson collected happy dollars.  John Pennypacker contributed for a delightful dinner he enjoyed and added a bit more for successful eye surgery.  Jim LeCheminant was happy about winning the small pot and was also happy about the swimming success of one of his granddaughters who was the state champion in freestyle swimming competition and her team also placed very high in relays.  Polly Cady was happy about the good time they enjoyed at the RI convention and was also happy to have her dining room table back - it is no longer loaded with Rotary paperwork from Allan's Presidency.  Don LaBarge had quite a tale about storm damage in the back yard of his home that was not apparent from the front.  A tree had split and was laying on the roof, and nearly everything loose had been relocated.  Don LaBarge was the winner of the attendance drawing.  Polly had a gift for Chris from the convention.  It was a scarf that conveniently went perfectly with the outfit Chris was wearing.  There were other gifts purchased, but they did not make their way to Arizona.  Polly did have a bag of edibles from the Toronto convention.  President Chris's bid at the cap of $45 make her the lucky auction item recipient.  
President Chris held a brief club assembly.  She introduced members to the organization chart that shows how the officers and directors will stay in touch with all the support committees.  She noted that there are some empty assignments that will be managed by the director above them until the positions are filled.  She encouraged members to get in touch with the appropriate director if they have a passion for any of the vacant responsibilities and would like to volunteer to fill that void.   Lucinda General complimented Chris for her effort in organizing the club's management structure this way and complimented the club on growing to the point that we can have this much depth of commitment working together for good.  To download a copy of the organization chart, CLICK HERE.
Colton Cagle is a student at Westwood High School in Mesa.  He is also a RYLA alumni, and is the District Governor of the District 5495 Interact Council.  Rotary has already had a huge impact on the character of this fine young man.  That life-changing impact of Rotary will now expand exponentially.  He and a team of ambassadors left on June 30, headed for Kenya to deliver the mobility devices gathered in the 2017-18 Interact Crutches for Africa project.  CLICK HERE to see a facebook album of photos taken on the day they departed.
Another Interact Ambassador on the trip, Madelynn MacDonald, kept a daily blog.  One of her observations on their first morning of delivering devices was of a situation that she will likely never forget: "We saw a perfect example of being there at the right time. A girl had fallen and twisted her ankle horribly and was relying on her friend to get across a huge campus. We were able to get her a pair of crutches, with one request, 'pass it on when you don't need it.'"  CLICK HERE to see a Facebook album of photos taken on day 1 and read Madelynn's blog post for that day.
Elizabeth Mahoney, who will be District Governor of our Rotary District in 2020-21, is enjoying the adventure with the Interact Ambassadors.  She shared an impression from an interaction of a father of a 16-year-old girl who was left unable to walk from being stricken with menengitis at a very young age:  "He shared that no one could ever truly understand the pain and suffering he has had all these years as a caregiver. Needing to carry her to and fro, while trying to work - while trying to make sure she was safe. In the same breath he shared that no one will ever understand the greatness of the gift he received today. He will no longer need to carry his daughter - she received her first wheelchair!"  To see photos taken on day 2 and more of Elizabeth's remarks, CLICK HERE.
Producing the Messenger each week has many benefits.  It has helped me get to know my fellow Rotarians and my new Rotary Club much better than if I simply attended lunch each week.  It also allows me to stay in touch with some of our seasonal visitors.  This week, I learned a little more about Lolita Wiesner, a member of the Red Deer Rotary Club in Alberta, Canada.  Lolita is a seasonal visitor, who regularly attends our Mesa West meetings during the cooler months of the year.
Lolita and her husband, Hans, are members of one of the Rotary fellowships.  Since joining the International Travel and Hosting Fellowship, they have been hosted by Rotarians in Scotland, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Denmark, India, Japan, United States and even Canada.    When on cruises, where they've been in port for a day, they've been picked up by Rotarians to spend the day with them as they are shown around.  Lolita says: "This has happened in quite a few cities around the world.  It has been awesome.  We've made many friendships, and quite a few of the Rotarians we've met have in turn visited us."
Polly and I attended the Rotary Convention in Toronto June 23 – 27.  We shared the Convention with 24,000 other Rotarians.  For us, it was our third RI Convention, having attended both the Sydney and Atlanta events.
Toronto is a vibrant, multi-cultured city with a population of 2.7 million.  The general sessions were held in the Air Canada Centre, while the breakout sessions and the House of Friendship were based in the Toronto Convention Centre.  Both locatons worked remarkably well with ample room for all attendees and presentations.
The Keynote speakers were Laura Bush, First Lady and wife of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States; Princess Anne, only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip; and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada.  Polly and I attended a total of seven
breakout sessions.  Our favorites were Getting Your Story Covered in the News, Engaging Young Professionals, Involving Alumni in Rotary Projects, and Rotarians Combatting Human Trafficking and Slavery. Both Polly and I captured many program ideas which we look forward to sharing with Mesa West Rotary in the days and weeks ahead. 
Additionally, Polly and I attended three separate events:  District 5495 Kickoff Dinner; District 6000 breakfast at the invitation of Lee Holmes, our recently appointed Assistant Governor; and a Gift of Life International reception.
While we were in Toronto, we also reconnected with Omar Falcon Aburto and his family.  They stayed at our home during the Mexican-USA Friendship Conference in Phoenix last October and acquainted us with Enchulamma la Silla, a wheelchair project to which Mesa West made a $1,000 contribution last year.
Following the Convention, Polly and I made a side trip to Niagara Falls, a wonder neither of us had previously witnessed.  We thrilled with a Hornblower Catamaran adventure into the mist and rain at the base of the falls.  Many great pictures were captured with our camera and i-Phones. 
Finally, all Rotarians extended a hearty thanks and farewell to Ian Riseley, now Past RI President from Victoria, Australia.  President Riseley is succeded by Barry Rassin from New Providence, Bahamas.  The Rotary theme for 2018-2019 is Be the Inspiration.  The RI Convention next year with all of its friendship, fun, and inspiration will be held in Hamburg, Germany.  Polly and I hope to attend that one too!
Each of two couples in Mesa West Rotary have been separated from one of their children for close to a year.
Dan and Colleen Coons' son, Nick Del'Ollio, was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Taiwan this past academic year.  Dan, Colleen, and Ryan departed Saturday, June 29 to go to Taiwan to spend the last few days of his exchange with him.  They will have the opportunity to meet some of the people Nick has become close to during his exchange an see a tiny amount of the cultural immersion opportunity he had a chance to enjoy.  They will return to Arizona together on July 11.
Bryan and Donna Goetzenberger's daughter, Emilee spent the 2017-18 school year in Belgium.  She will be arriving home June 20.  Before Emilee leaves Europe, she will visit the Police headquarters in Paris to pick up Mesa West Rotarian Ed Koeneman's recovered wallet which was stolen from him on his family's recent tour of Europe.  The Goetzenbergers have had an established family tradition of enjoying weekend staycations at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona.  That is where they plan to spend the weekend to welcome Emilee back to their close family.  
President-Elect, Chris Krueger opened the meeting in the absence of President, Allan Cady.  Allan and Polly had sent photos of the view of Niagara Falls, which they had sent earlier in the day from their hotel room.  They apparently were having some travel adventures following their attendance at the Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada.  
Ray Smith led those present in singing one verse of "Old MacDonald Had A Farm."  Dr. Ron Thompson offered the invocation and Ed Koeneman led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Pam Cohen served as greeter, welcoming all to the meeting.
Carolyn Ann Jones, introduced herself for the last time as a guest.  Wendell will no longer be introducing her as his guest, since Carolyn will be our newest Rotary Reserve member.
In the attendance drawing, Ed Koeneman was the $5 winner.  Chuck Flint was looking for an honest Rotarian to draw the raffle ticket in the weekly drawing.  The holder of the winning ticket would win $88 in the weekly drawing, and if they were to draw the ace of clubs from the six cards remaining, they would be the lucky recipient of $1,846.  Chuck had Bert Millett (an attorney) draw the winning ticket.  When no-one got excited when they heard the last four numbers on the ticket, Chuck checked his own tickets and found that he was the winner.  John Pennypacker volunteered to help keep the card drawing honest, and laid the six cards face down on the table after shuffling them.  Chuck had his eye on two cards.  His first choice was (unfortunately for Chuck) the Queen of Hearts.  This is the first time the weekly drawing has rolled into a second Rotary Year.  The club will be dark on July 5.  Attendance should be good on July 12 when the odds of drawing the right card will be even better, but offset by the odds of buying the winning ticket likely being worse.
Sgt at Arms, Greg Okonowski, went around collecting happy bucks.  John Hunt was happy to be at the meeting after having to miss several recently.  Dick Myren paid $2 because he was happy to see his friend Rod Daniels at the Changing of the Guard.  Steve Ross paid sad dollars for having to leave 75º weather in San Diego to return to 105º weather here.  Dan Coons was happy he was going to get to see his son, Nicholas, on Sunday.  Dan, Colleen and Ryan will depart early Saturday morning to fly to Taiwan and enjoy the last few days of Nicholas' Rotary Youth Exchange journey with him.  Bob Zarling was happy to be heading for Long Beach next week.  Ed Koeneman was happy to report that Emilee Goetzenberger was going to pick up his stolen wallet at the Paris Police Department and bring it home with her when she returns from her exchange in Belgium.  Steve West made a generous contribution as he was happy to finally be able to find time to attend.  John Pennypacker was happy to have placed Rotary Foundation brochures on all the lunch tables.  He announced that on July 12, our new District Governor, Jim Erickson will be attending our meeting to officiate in recognition of some TRF giving achievements.  
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 of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
The Mesa West Rotary Club through its charitable foundation is soliciting business and  individual sponsorship contributions.  All funds received will be used for charitable purposes—there are no administrative fees.  Through your generous support, we can continue to make a difference in our local and international communities. 
Donors can choose to designate specific areas of interest for their donation or allow their gift to be used where the need is greatest.
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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!

Mesa West


We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Hilton Phoenix East Mesa
1011 West Holmes Avenue
Mesa, AZ  85210
United States
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Josephine Godwyll
Jul 26, 2018
Young at Heart Ghana
Emilee Goetzenberger
Aug 02, 2018
Youth Exchange Experience in Belgium
Nick Del'Ollio
Aug 09, 2018
Youth Exchange Experience in Taiwan
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