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Friday, December 29, was the beginning of Salvation Army Bell-Ringing Season for Mesa West Rotary.  Don LaBarge has been coordinating the scheduling of volunteers to work two-hour shifts in front of the Bass Pro Shop for more years than he probably wants to remember.  Boy Scouts help fill in some of the needed shifts, as do members of the Westwood High School Interact Club.  The Gilbert High School Basketball Team has also been a big help.
It is Don's hope that members of Mesa West Rotary will each work a minimum of three two-hour shifts this year.  If you have not yet connected with him to schedule your shifts, CLICK HERE to send an e-mail to him and let him know you would like to help.  He will let you know what shifts are still available.  It is not only okay, but strongly encouraged, to bring a friend or family-member with you when you "do your bell-ringing duty."  
Bell-ringing provides an interesting study in human behavior.  Lots of people won't make eye contact with you.  Some will say they already gave.  Many will make sure the children with them each have a few coins to put in the kettle then follow up with a bill themselves.  If you are cheerful enough, some of those who refused to make eye contact will come back a few minutes later and deposit a bill.
It was raining a good bit of the time on "Black Friday" so the Bass Pro Management allowed our volunteers to work inside, between the two sets of sliding doors where customers who had just made purchases exit the building.  John Pennypacker took a photo of Dave McGown before leaving after his shift.  Dave took a photo of a little girl who saved her allowance to "help the homeless."  Since that is one of the things that Salvation Army does, her parents took her to Bass Pro knowing there would be a Salvation Army kettle there.  It took the little girl about ten minutes to empty her purse of coins and bills to complete her generous donation.  Jeanie Morgan and her son Dan finished the first day of the 2019 bell-ringing season.
President Jim Schmidt called the meeting to order asking Bert Millett to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Geoff White to offer the Invocation.
Don LaBarge made an announcement about Salvation Army Bell Ringing.  The first shifts he needs to fill are on Friday, November 29.  The season is a little shorter this year because of Thanksgiving falling so late in the month of November.  He had a sign-up sheet to pass around at the meeting and said he would be sending an e-mail to all members following the meeting.  The expectation is that each member will take three 2-hour shifts during the bell-ringing season.  He will also use Boy Scouts and members from the Westwood High School Interact Club.
Don also introduced Major Scott with the Salvation Army.    Major Scott is a former Rotarian with The Bremington Washington Rotary Club.  He indicated that he arrived in Mesa in June and with the rainy weather being experienced in the community the day Don invited him to visit Mesa West, he said he finally likes the weather in Mesa.  He has served 27 years with Salvation Army.  While he is subject to transfer at any time, he sees no reason that Mesa will not be his final post and that he is likely to retire here.  Darl Anderson introduced Larry Kasperbauer, a visiting Rotarian who has had perfect attendance since 1972.  He is a Rotarian from Barrigade, Guam and wanted to do a make-up meeting while visiting Mesa.  He tried to attend the Mesa Club on Wednesday, but they were dark, so the Mesa West Club won the privilege of making his acquaintance.
Chuck Flint explained that the last microphone disappeared, and that new microphones are no longer compatible with the club's old sound system, so the club was initiating a new system and new microphone at the November 21 meeting.  Chuck explained the raffle.  Tickets are sold for $5 each.  1/3 of the receipts goes into the weekly raffle winnings, 1/3 goes to the club, and 1/3 goes into the accumulating prize, which will be won when a weekly winner is also lucky enough to draw the ace of clubs (which we believe we are) from a deck of cards.  Chuck said that large accumulating prize was up to $721.  If the joker is drawn, the winning ticket holder will win an additional $20, and the joker returned to the deck.  If any other card is drawn it will be destroyed,  Lolita Weisner was the holder of the ticket drawn, but when she drew from the deck, she pulled the ten of diamonds. Ron Thompson's badge number was drawn making him the $5 winner in the weekly attendance drawing.  He was happy that "it pays to attend Rotary."
Happy Bucks
Ron Thompson served as Sgt at Arms.  He began by contributing his $5 attendance drawing winnings back to the club, happy to have such a wonderful, beautiful wife, and he felt very lucky to have her.  Carolyn Jones' hip replacement surgery was successful, and she is now recuperating.  Lolita Weisner reported this would be her last meeting with Mesa West.  Her husband, Hans, injured his knee and they were going to have to go home to Canada for medical care.  She said: "We have 4 months of travel coming up. A 30-day cruise in January, 2 months in Portugal, plus a few shorter trips in April. I'm not sure if Hans will be able to accompany me."  Erwin Reimann contributed $58 to celebrate his and Joan's 58th anniversary.  They have both had some serious health issues and they are very appreciative of the good medical care they have received here as well as the support they've enjoyed from their family.  Dick Myren contributed a $1 each for being happy to be a part of Mesa West Rotary.  Warren Williamson contributed apologizing that he would have to leave the meeting early.  John Pennypacker reported he'd had so much rain at this house that his pool was about to overflow.  Polly Cady said she would have to be billed for her sad bucks.  She arrived at the meeting in the rain with no money and no umbrella.  She also said that Judge Tommy Webb has a new book out that is available on Amazon.  Ray Smith was thankful for his tortillas from Guaymas.  Shelly Romine's parents recently celebrated their 59th anniversary.  After returning to Alaska Penny May fell on black ice and injured her wrist.  Dan Coons contributed because he felt bad that the club's microphone disappeared on his watch.  Bob Zarling had banners for President Jim from two different clubs in South Africa.  Chuck Flint attended the Westwood High School Interact Meeting.  32 members were in attendance.  He delivered 51 shirts to their club and he brought two thank-you notes signed by the interact club members which he circulated for Mesa West members to see.  Ron thanked members for their generosity, stating it had been a very productive day.
Club Presidential Humor
Rather than getting an immediate groan by announcing he would tell another accounting joke, President Jim said he would share an attorney joke: 

A young couple was on their way to get married when they were involved in a fatal car accident.

They soon found themselves standing in front of the pearly gates of heaven staring at St. Peter himself. Upset, but wanting to make the best of a bad situation, the woman asks St. Peter if they can get married in Heaven, since they couldn’t before they died.

“Wow,” he said, “that’s the first time in all of eternity anyone has ever asked me that. I’ll go check!”

So, for what seemed like an eternity, St. Peter was gone. Innumerable amounts of people were backing up the line at the gates of heaven. He was gone for so long; the young couple began having doubts as to whether they really wanted to be with each other for all of eternity.  Just when they were about to give up hope, St. Peter finally returned. “Good news! Looks like we can make this happen!”

“Great!” replied the young man, “but before we go through with it, we were wondering… what if it doesn’t work out? Can we get a divorce in heaven?”

“Good grief!” gasped St. Peter. “It took me four months to find a priest up here, do you have any idea how long it will take to find a lawyer?”

Induction of New Member
Polly Cady spoke briefly about our new member mentoring program before inviting Shelly Romine to come forward to be inducted by Lucinda General who will be Shelly's mentor.  Since Shelly is a transferring Rotarian from Idaho, Lucinda interviewed her so members could learn about highlights from her previous Rotary experience.  Shelly first joined the Post Falls club and was a member there for eleven years.  They had 30-35 members.  She later transferred to the Coeur d'Alene club, which was established in the early 20's.  They had approximately 200 members.  It was a very active club with lots of members - many of whom travelled to Arizona to spend the winter months.  When asked what she liked best, she reported she enjoyed being President in 2012.  She enjoyed lots of support from her fellow-members.   She helped apply for a grant from The Rotary Foundation for a Community Garden in Post Falls, but it was declined because some of the funds requested would be used to construct a building to be used for gardening education.  She later wrote and received a TRF grant for a bike rack project.  When asked about the worst job she'd ever had, she spent one summer working in retail in a major department store.  She was assigned to a different department every day and never did feel like she knew what she was doing.  At Horizon Community Bank, she is a commercial loan officer.  She loves it because no two deals are ever the same.  When asked how she met her husband, Scott, Shelly said he was a bartender where she waited tables.  She was dating someone else at the time.  She tried to fix Scott up with her sister, but - thankfully - that plan didn't work, and they've enjoyed a wonderful marriage.  Last October they took their adult son to Spain for two weeks and had a wonderful time.  Shelly was given a Certificate of Membership, club information, her name badge and a new Rotary pin with a magnet.  Shelly received a standing ovation as members welcomed her into the club.

President Jim reminded members that we still have a long way to go to get to 100% of our members signed up for contributing to The Rotary Foundation through Rotary Direct.  When we get to 100%, we will receive $2000 in grant funds from our District.  CLICK HERE to download a form to enroll in Rotary Direct.  CLICK HERE for a list of commonly asked questions.


President Jim Schmidt opened the meeting asking Ray Smith to lead everyone present in singing America the Beautiful.  Dick Myren offered the invocation and Tim Troy led the Pledge of Allegiance.  
President Jim introduced his wife, Rosalyn.  Jeanie Morgan introduced PDG Jim Erickson and Amber Zenteno who had been interviewed prior to the meeting for consideration by Mesa West Rotary Club to sponsor her grant request from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona to study at East Valley Institute of Technology to become certified as a surgical technologist.
Carolyn Jones was the lucky $5 winner in the weekly attendance drawing.  Chuck Flint explained the weekly raffle.  Of each $5 ticket sold, part goes to the club operating account, part becomes the daily raffle prize, which at the November 14 meeting would be $35, and part goes into the accumulating prize (now $681) to be won if the holder of the winning ticket should be lucky enough to draw the ace of clubs (which we believe we are) from the dwindling deck of cards.  Any card drawn other than the ace of clubs or the joker, the card is destroyed.  Should the ticket holder draw the joker, they would win $20, and the joker would be returned to the deck.  Looking for an honest face, Chuck asked PDG Jim Erickson to draw the winning ticket, which was held by Chris Krueger.  Chris drew the king of hearts from the deck.
Happy Bucks
Dr. Ron Thompson served as Sgt. at Arms and said he planned to "fill the bucket" as he began collecting happy bucks.  The first to contribute was Chuck Flint who reported that he had enjoyed the Guaymas trip.  He had a great time with all the Rotarians who were there.  He reported that Wendell Jones and Ray Smith "lived on candy" while they were there.  Chris Krueger also contributed for a great time on the Guaymas trip, and thanked Bob Jensen and Ray Smith for doing so much work in preparation for and during the trip.  Tim Troy contributed.  He was happy to be able to attend the meeting as he has missed several this year.  He reported that he and Angie had purchased a house in Cornville, Arizona.  He announced that in the near future, he would make a three-night stay at the new house available for the club to auction.  Pam Cohen had a birthday (somewhat) recently.  One of her gifts was a new nickname - Bubbe. The reason for the nickname - Pam's daughter, Alex, will be presenting her with a grandbaby next spring.  To celebrate this exciting family event, Pam contributed $100 toward Alex' 2nd Paul Harris.  Don Boucher contributed sad dollars for the shooting victims at Saugus High School in California.  Don has many reasons to feel close to that community and was deeply saddened by this tragic event.  Lucinda General contributed - she was Jim's seatmate on the trip to Guaymas and now "has all the dirt on him."  She said she began her term as District Governor scooping poop at a parade in Springerville and has not been elevated much as her official duty at the Guaymas Gift of Hearing mission was that of bathroom monitor attempting to ensure that only one gender at a time was using the only available working restroom.  Wendell and Ray's sweet tooth tendencies are apparently epic.  Story is that some cookies fell to the floor, but Ray ate them anyway.  A confession that Ray and Wendell were NOT served key lime pie as they were told, but instead were served margarita pie.  Polly Cady contributed, happy to be a member of the best Rotary Club ever.  While she and Allan were at the Friendship Conference at the Grand Canyon, they could see the pictures posting on Mesa West's Facebook page and know what was going on in Guaymas.  Shelly Romine reported that President Jim's company made the list of top Corporate Volunteer Programs in the state.  They were ranked 24, but made that achievement with only 38 employees who contributed 1900 hours of volunteer service.  The firms that placed higher on the list were MUCH larger than Jim's.  Dick Myren contributed in the tradition of honorary member Rod Daniels as a proud member of Mesa West Rotary.   John Pennypacker contributed for a very special Veterans Day experience.  He was at a park in Anthem where there are five pillars lined up representing the five branches of the US Armed Forces.  They are lined up so that holes in each pillar align perfectly on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 minutes after the 11th hour, the sun shines through the holes and illuminates the Seal of the United States.  John also had the opportunity at the event to meet an Admiral who was instrumental in the development of the Anthem Veterans Memorial.    He was Captain of the battleship USS New Jersey and was in command when it was taken out of service in the late 80's or perhaps a few years later.  In 1968, John's unit flew several combat assaults with supporting fire from the New Jersey.  "The rounds they fired were 2000 lb. bombs and an entire grid square (1000m x 1000m) was obliterated.  It definitely got their undivided attention the first time they fired for us."  John's experience with this awesome war machine preceded the Admiral's time by two decades plus.  Bob Jensen contributed celebrating 33 years of doing the Gift of Hearing project.
Ray smith reported on highlights of the Guaymas trip.  The Gift of Hearing mission had the entire front page of the local newspaper and the story continued onto the second page.  Ray reported that President Jim cannot roll his r's, as required to properly pronounce some words in Spanish.  Ray advised anyone to stand back should Jim attempt to roll his r's.  Failing to stand back could cause you to get wet.  Several on the trip ordered local tortillas while in Guaymas.  On the bus ride home, the tortillas were distributed, but at the end of the distribution, they were short - not good when at least three CPA's were on the trip.  It was particularly vexing for Ray Smith who was in charge of keeping the mission in balance.  It was discovered that one of the CPA's (President Jim) had ordered two packages but received and accepted six packages without pointing out the discrepancy.  The extra tortillas have been retrieved and have been delivered to Allan and Polly Cady.  
Bob Jensen thanked all who went on the trip and the club in general for supporting the trip.  He is not certain how the tortillas are prepared, but they do not deteriorate.  All prior records were broken with this year's Gift of Hearing Mission.  450 patients were seen.  287 devices were distributed, and 80 devices are left to begin the inventory to take in 2020.
Allan Cady was sorry to miss the Guaymas trip.  It was unfortunate that the Mexico/USA Friendship Conference overlapped.  He reported that 90 were present at the conference at the Grand Canyon.  It was about an even split between US Rotarians and Rotarians from Mexico.  Allan had the opportunity to present the Aqua Africa project.  The reception for the project was good.  $1,950 was donated by seven other clubs.  $2,000 was committed by District 4185 in Mexico,  so the support was just under $4,000.  The strength of the project is the water tower which will serve 10,000 people.  Allan was also able to secure commitments form Bret McKeand (who will be District Governor in 2021-22) and Patrick Walsh from Tempe South that their clubs will contribute if Allan or Chris Krueger will make presentations at a meeting of each of their clubs.  Allan and Polly hosted three people.  Pita and Rosa were from Vera Cruz and Paco Romero was from Puebla, Mexico.  Donna, Bryan and Emilee Goetzenberger were also at the conference.
November 7-10 several Mesa West Rotarians and a team of medical professionals travelled to Guaymas Mexico for the 2019 Gift of Hearing Mission.  Participating Mesa West Rotarians were:  Pam Cohen, Chuck Flint, Lucinda General, Bob Jensen, Wendell Jones, Chris Krueger, Jim Schmidt, Ray Smith and Erica Williams.  Thanks to Jim Schmidt and Lucinda General for taking photos.  Look for many more on the Mesa West Rotary Facebook page.  
Mesa West Rotarians who did not get to participate in the mission will look forward to hearing from those who did as well as the professional volunteers who took part in this awesome annual service event which Mesa West Rotarian Bob Jensen, a retired audiologist, has organized and supported for twenty-seven years.  
The mission was a signature project of the Mesa Baseline Rotary Club which is now merged into Mesa West Rotary.  All current Mesa West Rotarians are extremely proud of this annual service activity which touches so many lives each year.
Rotarians from District 4185 in southern Mexico and District 5495 in Arizona met at the Grand Canyon November 7-10 for their traditional Friendship Conference and Grants Exchange Workshop.  
District Governor David Simmer presented a district flag to his counterpart, DG Jesus Pita.  During the project presentations, Allan Cady presented the Aqua Africa grant opportunity that Mesa West Rotary Club was promoting at the conference.  After the grant presentations, attendees at the conference went from table to table seeking additional information from the presenters and the presenters each used their best negotiating skills.
Allan Cady sent the following report:
"I thought things went well for the Aqua Africa project at the Friendship Conference last week. Overall, we ended up with seven separate club donations totaling $1,950. In addition to that, we had a District 4185 match for another $2,000. So, our total was $3,950 at the conference.

"Also, I got a commitment from Bret McKeand that his club would make a contribution upon his return to Phoenix. Patrick Walsh from Tempe South RC
requested that we make a presentation at his club sometime in the near future...  I will continue to follow up with both Bret and Patrick to make sure we receive donations from those two clubs. Further, Dale Gray told me he likes the Aqua Africa project a lot and stands ready to assist with club donations and the District 5495 match.
"I will receive Jim Bissonette’s final report in the next few days. Mesa West RC did make $2.500 in donations to four separate projects all of which were properly authorized by the district. More to follow on that. Here is the list of separate donations received:
$300 Boca del Rio
$100 Puebla Centro Historica
$100 Cuernavaca
$100 Atlatnucan
$100 Kingman Route 66 RC
$1,000 Mesa RC
$250 Sun City RC
$2,000 District 4185"
On the way back from the Grand Canyon the Allan and Polly Cady and Bryan, Donna, and Emilee Geotzenberger stopped in Sedona for lunch with several of their friends from Mexico:  Dr. Paci Ramos. Club President of Puebla Centro Historico, District Governor Jesus Pita and his wife Rosa from District 4185, Taci from Puebla Oriente, Gaby from Puebla Oriente, and Erik Friend from club Cuernavaca Juarez.
Next year the Friendship Conference will be held in Tlaxcala, Mexico, October 29-November 2.
Thanks to Polly Cady and Donna Goetzenberger for sending photos.
Bob Zarling, Jim McGown, Chris LaBarge and Don Labarge were a small but capable team of volunteers who took care of Mesa West responsibilities to support the Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11.
Don picked up the U-Haul, which had been loaded the night before with all the gear and drove it to the parade staging area where he met the other volunteers and the ROTC kids.  They put the poles displaying photos of fallen veterans together.
The U-Haul was later driven to the parking area at the end of the parade where the poles were taken apart and all the supplies re-packed.
Thanks to Bob Zarling for taking photos.
Recently, Mesa West Rotarians Donna and Bryan Goetzenberger, and Dan and Colleen Coons, had a whirlwind of a wild and exciting weekend spent with our District’s youth exchange on a three-day trip across Northern Arizona and into Utah.  This trip was put together for the purpose of introducing our District’s Inbound Youth Exchange to not only the Northern parts of the State of Arizona, but also to educate the students about the landscapes, attractions, native American culture, and the beauty of our great State.  In addition to the adult Rotarian leadership, the group consisted of this year’s Inbound students, next year’s Outbound students (2020-21), Rebound students from last year (2018/19), ROTEX, as well as a couple of Short Term Exchange Students (rebound and outbound).   The group consisted of 21 total participants.
Departure was set for the morning of Friday, October 25th.  Dan and the students from the Valley (Emilee, Remy, Martina, Ben, Adryan, Rebekka, and Maci) met at the Goetzenberger residence at 6:30 a.m., and the partial group departed at 7:00 a.m.  First stop was Anthem, picking up three students - Tianna, Ashtyn, and Lucas, the second stop was Cordes Junction picking up Prescott student Quinn, third stop was Sedona I-17 turn-off to pick up In-bound student Louise, and the last pickup stop in Flagstaff to pick up Vince, Marcela, Cherish, and Gillian. 
Friday’s travel itinerary included a first stop at Walnut Canyon.  Unfortunately, we were met with a slight problem “right off the bat,” and were forced to adjust the day on the fly and scrap Walnut Canyon,  due to a large semi-trailer and multi-car incident on the I-40.  We detoured and instead started out day out at Sunset Crater Volcano, where we explored the lava landscape, before having a picnic lunch. 
We then drove to the Wupatki National Monument sites (two separate well-preserved ancient dwellings) where we learned about the Native American history of these ancient people who inhabited the area thousands of years ago. 
Our next stop was Meteor Crater where we learned fascinating information about this meteorite impact that occurred approximately 37 miles east of Flagstaff, and 18 miles west of Winslow in the northern Arizona desert.  It is proclaimed to be the "best preserved meteorite crater on Earth."  The crater is about 3,900 feet in diameter, 560 feet deep, and is surrounded by a rim that rises 148 feet above the surrounding plains. 
Our last stop of the day was at the home of local Flagstaff Rotarian, Paul Wagner.  Paul, his lovely wife and other Flagstaff Rotarians welcomed us with a huge spread of heavy appetizers and desserts, after our long day of touring and exploration.  We enjoyed a wonderful evening, where our students each introduced themselves and shared about their home country (or their exchange country), and shared a favorite experience and amazing language skills, to the Flagstaff Rotary Club.  We all had a very nice evening spent in Rotary friendship, and are very grateful Paul and the Flagstaff Rotary Club for the wonderful welcome they gave us.
Saturday started bright and early, with us all up at the crack of dawn eating breakfast and ready to depart Flagstaff at 7:00 a.m. sharp!  (Well, maybe not quite as sharp as we wanted, but 7:15 am on a Saturday morning is “sharp” enough in my mind!)  We had a loud and boisterous two hour car ride to Page, Arizona, where our first stop was a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam.  We learned that the Dam is 710 feet high.  It was built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) from 1956 to 1966, and forms Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the U.S.  We discovered that the dam is nearly the size of the Hoover Dam, and that the operation of Glen Canyon Dam helps ensure an equitable distribution of water between the states of the Upper Colorado River Basin (ColoradoWyoming, and most of New Mexico and Utah) and the Lower Basin  (CaliforniaNevada and most of Arizona).  During years of drought, Glen Canyon guarantees a water delivery to the Lower Basin states, without the need for rationing in the Upper Basin. In wet years, it captures extra runoff for future use.  The dam is also a major source of hydroelectricity, averaging over 4 billion kilowatt hours per year. 
Following our tour of the dam, our next destination was Horseshoe Bend for a scenic overlook and an invigorating hike. 
And the jewel of the crown of our day was a hike of Antelope Canyon led by a very informative native tour guide.  As you can imagine, the pictures taken by our group were nothing short of spectacular!  After Antelope Canyon, we headed back to Page for a local pizza dinner spot, followed by ice cream at the iconic Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop! 
We departed for Monument Valley at approximately 7:00 p.m. that evening, and arrived later that night around 9:30 p.m.  (Needless to say, after the adventurous day that we had, it was a relatively quiet night, and an early bedtime). 
Sunday dawned bright and early.  Alarms were set for 6:00 a.m.  As you might imagine, the students were seeing Monument Valley for the first time via a beautiful early morning sunrise at 6:30 a.m.  Again, the pictures taken were spectacular!  Breakfast was at 7:00 sharp, followed by a quick stop at the historic Goulding’s Lodge.  At 9:00 a.m., we were all ready and waiting for our next adventure – a jeep tour through Monument Valley, led by a native tour-guide/driver.  The experience was educational, enlightening, and gave many pop culture facts about the famous western films and movie stars who had filmed in the special location.  Once again, the pictures that were taken of the landscape and our group were amazing, and will continue to provide reminiscent memories of this special trip to these students for a very long time. 
Our group said goodbye to Monument Valley and to Utah, and headed off to our next adventure – Dinosaur Footprints in the native desert, the Navajo Code Talkers Museum, and the historic Tuba City Trading Post. 
At the end of the day, we followed our original schedule of drop-offs at Flagstaff, Sedona, Cordes Junction, Anthem, and back to Phoenix at 7:00 p.m.  To say the least, the trip was incredible and jammed-packed full of adventure!  I truly believe those who participated will look back with fond memories, and be thankful to our District for such an incredible trip that will be forever remembered. 
(A special thank you to Bryan, Dan and Colleen for allowing me to talk them into such a crazy weekend!  I could not have done it without their help.) 
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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


First three Thursdays each month 12:10 PM, fourth Thursday is evening meeting at 6:00 PM
1011 W Holmes
Mesa, AZ  85210
United States of America
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Service Projects Director
Foundation Director
Membership Director
Public Image Director
Executive Secretary
Dickens Carolers
Dec 19, 2019
Christmas Caroling
Dec 26, 2019
Enjoy the Holiday Season!
Jutta Ulrich
Jan 02, 2020
Arizona Caregiver's Coalition
PDG Don Kelley
Jan 09, 2020
Hydrogen Bomb Radiation and PTSD
Russ Wiles
Jan 16, 2020
Arizona Republic and USA Today
Steve Ferguson
Jan 23, 2020
Smoke Alarms and Fire Danger in Homes
Jan 30, 2020
5th Thursday Service Opportunity
Susan Cosaro-Johnson
Feb 06, 2020
Busting the Myths About Hospice
Wayne Lorgus
Feb 13, 2020
Business Presentation
Dirk Vanleenen
Feb 20, 2020
The Holocaust in Holland
Clark Landrum
Feb 27, 2020
Waste Management
Kathleen Duncan
Mar 05, 2020
Education for the Disadvantaged in Mexico
Doug Nick
Mar 12, 2020
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