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Following her second week of school at school, Fanny was doing well.  Tryouts for the cheer squad started on Monday, August 1 and continued every evening that week through Thursday.  Following the August 4 tryouts, results were announced.  Dan and Colleen Coons, Fanny's host parents, are proud to announce Fanny is officially a Campo Verde High School Cheerleader.  Members are encouraged to make it to one or more football games so they can see Fanny in action.
Fanny is interested in studying business marketing, which led her to attend the Mesa West Visioning Session Saturday, August 6, where she was able to witness Rotary members projecting what they would like to see our club look like three years from now and beyond.
Sunday, August 7, the Crutches for Africa ambassadors got together, and Fanny participated with them in an artistic endeavor while they enjoyed each other's company.  Cooper George, an ambassador from the Parker High School Interact Club is now interested in participating in Rotary Youth Exchange.
Open of Meeting - President Pam
President Pam welcomed members and guests as they arrived.  Her efforts were supported by Dick Myren, Jack Rosenberg and Steve Ross who were the crew working the greeter table.
Introduction of Guests
  • Carla Krcmarik introduced her guest, Diane Potheress, who sells health insurance.
  • Frank Rosenberg introduced Reno Zisa.
  • Ted Williams was warmly welcomed back after missing several meetings as he recuperated from recent health challenges.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Steve Ross
Steve asked Logan Harper to draw the winning ticket, which was held by Frank Rosenberg.  After shuffling the cards, Frank drew the Ace of Clubs making him the winner of the large pot in addition to the weekly pot.
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
  • President Pam was the first to contribute announcing it was International Pale Ale (IPA) Day and presented a box of VooDoo Ranger Imperial Pale Ale to her No. 1 assistant - Ed Koeneman.
  • Ed Koeneman was happy for the pale ale 
  • John Pennypacker was very happy to see Ted Williams at the meeting.  He had enjoyed a good time in Flagstaff over the weekend.  He learned something new about golf on Monday.  He learned about the time dimension of golf.  The time between where his ball lands and where his grandson's ball lands.
  • Frank Rosenberg contributed saying he would miss the next two weeks as he will be off on a flying excursion.  The following week, he will also miss as he will be celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary with Amanda.
  • Don LaBarge contributed telling about a recent vacation to Vermont.  Don had moved from Vermont in 1966.  His father was the first of nine children.  The younger three of his father's siblings are just a little older than Don.  He was able to visit all three of those aunts.  He had a good time, but was ready to get home and back to work.  It was his first two-week vacation in a very long time.
  • Ted Williams was glad to be back.  He had gone into the hospital for a gall bladder operation.  While there, they uncovered a problem with his heart.   He had quadruple bypass.  He said he is feeling good now.  It was great to be back - so great he pledged to make a $100 contribution to the club.
  • Jay Stuckey said it was good to see everyone.  He thanked Ed for sharing his Star Wars enthusiasm on a regular basis.  He and Melissa downloaded  Disney Plus and have been watching Star Wars.
  • Dave Brauchler was happy the toothpaste Dr. Ron Thompson donated for the August service project.  He also announced that the Salvation Army continues to need help - Volunteers are needed from 8-10 on Wednesdays and 8-10 and 10-12 on Saturdays.
  • Dick Myren gave his traditional $2 for himself and Rod Daniels.  He reminded members to fill out the Happy $ form to help with accurately accounting for the donations made at our meetings.
  • Dan Coons was happy to be saving some bucks this week since Colleen was unable to attend and make generous pledges.
  • Logan Harper showed a brief video of PDG David Simmer explaining the visioning process the club would be participating in on Saturday, August 6.  David is the Chair of the District Visioning Team.  The reason for having outside facilitators is to minimize the risk of club politics and any existing bias stifling input from the general membership.  The four-hour session should help the club find a vision shared by all and provide a framework to create an action plan to reach that vision.
  • Logan followed after the video by reminding members to complete the survey if they had not already done so, and to complete the writing exercise and bring it with them to the session.
President Pam opened the meeting and suggested that everyone say "Hi" to Jeanie Morgan who was attending via Zoom.  She asked Ed Koeneman to offer the invocation, which he was happy to do, reciting a Boy Scout invocation.  Pam showed those present a book that would be available at the reception table.  Many members are reluctant to volunteer to offer the invocation or thought for the day.  The book is full of inspirational messages that would be perfect, so if your are "voluntold" to offer the invocation at a meeting, grab the book and share one of those messages.  Warren Williamson led the Pledge of Allegiance.   She announced for the program would be presented by Dr. Mark Leonard on The Happiness Breakthrough.
Rotary Minute -  Polly Cady
The Rotary theme for the month of August is Membership and Extension.  To truly reflect our community, we should keep in mind the Diversity Equity and Inclusion commitment of Rotary International:
At Rotary, we're committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect, allowing everyone's voice to be heard, and providing equitable opportunities for fellowship, service, and leadership.
Our members want and expect Rotary to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. We're committed to creating supportive environments that foster open communication and shared learning. And although the Rotary experience may differ from country to country, the dynamics, histories, and structures that create inequality and bias can be found all over the world. Issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion are globally relevant. 
The Rotary International Board of Directors and The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees embrace the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and Rotary is taking action to follow these principles in everything we do. We recognize that being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization will enhance the experience that members have in Rotary, allow us to carry out more meaningful and effective service efforts, and create open, welcoming environments that appeal to people who want to connect with us.
Polly shared a few names of famous Rotarians she had found on a list in Wikipedia.  Among those named were  Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Gerald R. Ford, John F. Kennedy, Frank Borman, Dr. Charles H. Mayo, Sir Winston Churchill, and Admiral Richard Byrd.
President Pam thanked Steve Ross for serving as greeter.  She also remarked that Clarence Birdseye of Birdseye frozen foods was another famous Rotarian.
Introduction of Guests
  • John Pennypacker introduced his guests - Brian and Jackie Harrington who were visiting from the White Mountains.  Brian is currently serving as President of the Silver Creek Rotary Club.
  • Jay Stuckey introduced Dale Shafer of the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club, saying Dale was attending his second Rotary Meeting of the day.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Steve Ross
The ticket drawn was held by Dave Brauchler, but when Dave attempted to draw the Ace of Clubs form the deck, he instead drew the Queen of Diamonds.
Happy Bucks - John Pennypacker
  • John began by contributing because he was happy to have the Harringtons at our Mesa West meeting.  He was also happy his pickup passed emissions.
  • Jim LaCheminant contributed.  He was happy two of his grandchildren are back home, having returned from their missions.
  • Colleen Coons was happy to present a new bell ringer for Pam to use at club meeting.  It was made by a Massai Tribe in the area they visited in Kenya.  She also contributed happy to be hosting Fanny - our Rotary Youth Exchange Student.  Fanny planned to try out for the cheer squad on Monday, August 1.  She hopes to play badmitten.  Fanny also wants to go paddle-boarding.  She thanked Brian Harrington for his father's help with Crutches 4 Africa and offered to show he and Jackie the photos taken on the mission which were conveniently available on her IPad.  She said it was a life-changing experience.
  • Dale Shafer contributed.  He was happy to be at the Mesa West meeting.
  • Warren Williamson said he had voiced a concern with their family doctor about Sunny losing her hearing.  The doctor said he could not speculate on what the problem was but suggested Warren could do his own simple evaluation.  He suggested he say something to Sunny using his normal voice from about 20' away, and each time he did not get a response to move five steps closer.  He tried it.  He asked Sunny, "What's for dinner?"  There was no response.  He moved five steps closer and asked again.  Still, no response.  He moved five steps closer and asked again.  Sunny loudly replied, "For the third time, we're having chicken for dinner!"
  • Ed Koeneman was happy he had been able to be at the airport to meet everyone returning from the C4A mission to Africa as well as greet Fanny when she arrived for her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.
  • Brian Harrington was happy to be at Mesa West - the most stellar club in the district.  Other clubs strive to be like us.
  • Dave Brauchler was "guilted" into contributing.  He had fun working with Polly Cady Tuesday, July 26.  He said Polly had a personal grown experience.  He was able to teach her how to close plastic containers.  Dave worked with her for an hour and a half and she can do it now.  It might be up to Allan to teach her how to open them herself.
  • Dr. Ron Thompson was happy to be back after missing two meetings.
  • Lu General said any day she get to see the Harringtons is a stellar day.  She said she and Wayne took some Arizona heat with them when the travelled back East for her father's memorial.  The temperature reached 100 with 90% humidity.  When they returned to Arizona, they brought some humidity with them.  She thanked God for the club - and loves everyone.
  • Past President Dan was happy to have the Harringtons at the meeting.  He recalled Brian helping him prepare to lead a GSE team to Australia.  DG Larry Horton was on that trip.  He was also happy to have been pulled over by a member of the Mesa PD, who just chatted with him and let him go.  He said the kids from Westwood who went on the C4A mission were the best kids you could every have.  He said the Massai people to not get mad - they are the best people he's ever seen.
  • Dan Lamborn contributed $5 specifying it be donated to TRVFA.  He was happy about daughters' participation in Penn State online curriculum and ASU
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 - happy that he and Honorary Member Rod Daniels are members of the best Rotary Club in the world.  He also thanked Jackie Harrington for the help she always readily provided when he was Executive Secretary.
  • Pam Cohen was happy Logan Harper no longer has a scheduling conflict and will be able to attend our meeting in person.  She thanked Dale Shafer for checking us out.  She thanked the Coons for being Fanny's host parents.  She said the Harringtons were like a second set of parents for her daughter who was hosted by them on summer exchanges.
Auction - Lucinda General
Lucinda pointed out that she was the deliverer.  The items were all selected by Wayne, who would purchase one item for the auction at each of several interesting places they visited.  She pointed out the "Newport Mansion" on the bag which contained something edible, but no alcohol.  She suggested the bidding start at $35.  She said one item started out being edible but is now in a different state.  The bag was purchased by Colleen Coons for $75.  Among the items in the bag was some Cinnamon Pear Jam, a mysterious Cranberry item and a book about New England Ships.
  • Dave Brauchler talked about the Salvation Army service project.  He said they REALLY need help on the weekends and thanked everyone who had volunteered for helping.  He said the Salvation Army is overwhelmed with extra customers, and that he still had some vacant spots for Friday, July 29.
  • Attending via Zoom were Bob Jensen and Bob Zarling as well as Jeanie.
  • Logan Harper apologized for bombarding everyone with emails, but stressed the importance of setting aside time to attend and participate in the August 6 Visioning Session to be held at Salvation Army.  If you are hesitant to register online, email Logan and he will enter your registration.  He asked everyone to fill out the written form even if they are unable to attend.  Pam reinforced how important it is to have a strategic plan to take us into the future incorporating our passions.
David Brauchler, Community Service Chair, is shown with Polly Cady chopping peppers and onions for the meatloaf and preparing salads to be served at lunch at the Salvation Army facility.  They enjoyed some great conversations as they worked.  There was some counter-cleaning and floor sweeping done as well.
Colleen Coons shared these comments July 21:
"These are photos of our distributions of mobility devices.  The people in Kenya are the most amazing, kind hearted, loving people.  They all have a deep respect for each other, the community, the animals and the environment. 
"The  Rotaractors in Naivasha certainly make an impact as they have many signature projects, working with schools, hospitals, food inequity, and the most important, water. Our Westwood High Kiddos are doing great and certainly want to thank Mesa West for this life changing opportunity! They extend a big hug to Ed!!! "
Overview of the program:
The Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Mexican Women Abroad started in the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix with the objective of providing tools to Mexican Women in Arizona to start or grow their business.  As a result of the success of this project, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs through the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) adopted the program and it is currently implemented across the Mexican Consulates in the United States and Canada, in the Embassy of Mexico in Paris, France, and with plans of expansion to other countries.
The upcoming edition of the Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Mexican Women Abroad will take place between September of 2022 and January of 2023 with an additional stage in the summer of 2023. During the program, participants will complete DreamBuilders, attend virtual conferences with experts on entrepreneurship and business topics, engage in a pitch competition, take part in a mentoring program and obtain a list of useful resources for small businesswomen.
Results of the program with 40 graduates:
  • 90% increased their sales.
  • On average, their sales increased 163% and the number of customers by 71%.
  • 64% reduced their direct and/or indirect costs.
  • 78% of the participants developed a new marketing strategy.
  • 60% created a website for the business.
  • 78% of the participants developed a business plan for the first time.
  • 52% of the participants have done a sales forecast.
  • 23% of the participants received some type of financing.
Opportunities for collaboration for members of the Rotary Club of Mesa West
  • Become a mentor for English speaking participants.
  • Become a sponsor.  Examples of previous sponsored items/services:  iPads, consulting services and developing a marketing strategy.
  • Be added to our mailing list.  You can expect to receive an email every other week and each time we will have a spotlight business.  The objective is to promote participant's business.
CLICK HERE to cast your vote for Child Crisis Arizona in the second round of voting.  There is one vote per person during each round.  We are now in the second round of voting which began August 1.  If you first voted in July, you can vote again.  In fact, you can vote a few more times.  They are in the second of five voting rounds, and you can vote using each of your devices once each round. 
Mesa West Rotary has a long history of supporting Child Crisis Arizona.  Your vote(s) will help propel them to the next level in this competition.  They were sitting in second place the last time we checked..  The voting link gets updated for each round.  We will try to keep the current link available to our members by updating this article
Just before the 2021-22 fiscal year ended, Mesa West Rotary Foundation sent a $2,000 donation to Child Crisis Arizona.  CLICK HERE to read the letter of appreciation received from Child Crisis Arizona.  You may want to have a tissue box handy...   
This has been a challenging year for all humanitarian hearing missions throughout the world.  Like many other programs, our club decided that it would be too risky for our volunteers, patients and others in Guaymas if we conducted what would have been our 28th Annual program.
After consulting with health professionals and officials here and in Guaymas, it was decided that we would wait and see what would develop in terms of access to patients, availability of a proven vaccine, and feasibility of conducting a reduced program sometime in 2021.  In talking to other audiologists who conduct programs in Nicaragua and Belize, this seemed to be the common opinion.
In the meantime, I continue to have dialogues with our friends in Guaymas and Alamos regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in their areas and what they see as a plan of action for the future.  Rudolfo Fernandez, our audiology technician in Alamos, is in constant contact with the school in Guaymas where we conduct the clinic and doctors in Guaymas to see what he can do to start up a testing and training program which will be fundamental to achieving a sustainable on-going program in Guaymas.  This would allow patients to be seen on a quarterly basis, reduce the number of patients seen during our two-day clinic and, consequently, reduce the need for a very large team to travel once a year to Guaymas.  It might take some monetary support from our club but would lower the overall cost of the mission if we support him in his efforts.  The cost savings to our club could be as much as $10,000 to $15,000 a year.
We know that the need for our services is great in Guaymas but we must approach the solution to the need in a safe and prudent manner.  I will keep the club updated and hope to meet with the Mission Committee in the early part of 2021 to form a plan of action to help our friends in Guaymas.
Thanks to the club members for your continued support of the mission
Bob Jensen
As Rotarians, we are regularly exposed to opportunities to support various causes with our time, talent and treasure.  Sometimes it is hard to sift through all the information and decide where we are going to use our available financial resources. 
It would be wonderful if every Arizona Rotarian would make the following BIG FOUR their Rotary charities of choice and support every one of them every year, we could make a bigger difference than we are making today.
  1. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Annual Fund - The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world."  Giving a small amount each month adds up.  CLICK HERE to download a form you can use to sign up for Rotary Direct, electing "Annual Fund - Share" for your recurring donation.  
  2. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Polio Plus - Rotary's commitment to eradicate polio is so well known and respected that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches donations $2 for $1.  To take advantage of this opportunity to multiply the effect of your giving, CLICK HERE and download a second Rotary Direct form, this time electing electing "Polio Eradication" for your recurring donations.  Those who donate $100 or more annually to Polio Plus qualify in District 5495 as Polio Plus Society Members.  If you would like to make that commitment, CLICK HERE to download the commitment form.
  3. The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) provides vocational education grants to Arizona Residents who meet specific low-income guidelines.   The grants enable the recipients to lift themselves out of poverty, benefitting themselves, their families and the economy of our state.  TRVFA is a 501(c)(3) charity.  They also are a Qualifying Charitable Organization for Arizona Tax Credit Donations.  Their QCO Code is 20698.  Many Arizona Rotarians say giving to TRVFA is a "no brainer."  If you can help someone lift themselves out of poverty and it won't end up costing you anything why would you not do it?  Mesa West Rotary has the highest number of members who have signed up for automated monthly recurring donations by electing that option on the "Donate Now" button on the TRVFA website.  Click the image to learn more or CLICK HERE to DONATE NOW.  
  4. Mesa West Rotary Foundation, Inc. is the funding and fundraising arm of our own Mesa West Rotary Club.  It is a 501(c)(3) charity.  We have had successful sponsorship campaigns the last few years enabling us to spend our energy on service rather than on holding fundraising events.  Charitable grants that we get involved with are funded through our charitable foundation, Our signature Gift of Hearing Project in Guaymas Mexico is funded through this foundation.  Scholarships are awarded annually to Westwood High School Students (the high school where Mesa West Rotary sponsors an Interact Club).  Funds are used to support a variety of activities in four of the Rotary Avenues of Service:
    1. Community Service
    2. International Service 
    3. Vocational Service
    4. Youth Service
The process isn't quite automated at this point in time, but we hope it soon will be.  For now, you can email our executive secretary who can help you work out a recurring donation plan should you wish to make that arrangement to support our own club's charitable activity.
Club Information
Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West


We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom or in-person
Doubletree, 1011 W Holmes
Mesa, AZ 85210
United States of America
Our hybrid meetings are held weekly on the 1st thru 4th Thursdays of each month. The meetings are broadcast via Zoom to include all, whether attending virtually or in person.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership Dir "23
Director '23
Director '23
Director '24
Director '24
Public Image Co-Chair
Public Image Co-Chair
TRF Chair
Executive Secretary
Aug 11, 2022
GCU Rotaract Sponsorship Review
Lynette Kontkanen
Aug 18, 2022
V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc. - Reverse Mortgage
Dr. Sean Drake
Aug 25, 2022
Athlete Chiropractic
Desiree Garcia
Sep 01, 2022
Read Better Be Better
Elaine Poker-Yount
Sep 08, 2022
Visiting Angels
Bonnie Lewis
Sep 15, 2022
55+ TLC Interior Design
DG Larry Horton
Sep 22, 2022
Official District Governor Visit
Sep 30, 2022
We will be dark - 5th Thursday
Chantelle Lentini
Oct 06, 2022
Sue Gifford
Oct 13, 2022
Child Crisis Arizona
Chris Quadrini
Oct 20, 2022
Mark Arnold
Nov 10, 2022
Computer Tech
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