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President Chris Krueger opened the meeting with an invocation offered by Daryl Bethea and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Jeanie Morgan.
Donna Goetzenberger introduced Albie Abrahams and Sheri Collins from First Things First and who would be heard from later in the program.  She also introduced Clem, who was an inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student from Belgium a few years ago.  During her exchange, the Goetzengergers were her host family.
Darl Andersen was the lucky $5 winner in the weekly attendance drawing.  Chuck Flint explained that the weekly raffle winner would definitely receive $39.00, but might also be the lucky winner of $126 if they were to draw the ace of clubs (which we are).  President Chris's ticket was drawn by Clem, and she did draw the ace of clubs.  Feeling lucky, Chris announced she might use some of her winnings to buy lottery tickets.
Buck Board
Because we did not have many guests and Rotarians present were all familiar with the Buck Board, Chuck Flint announced he would simply circulate through the tables to give Rotarians the opportunity to purchase squares on the board with the hope they will be purchasing the square that will result in them going to the next level in Paul Harris Society giving to The Rotary Foundation.
Happy Bucks
Chris Krueger was the first to contribute - happy to have won the raffle, and very happy to have recently spent lots of time in Nebraska enjoying her family.  Pam Cohen paid sad dollars as a fellow board member on Gift of Life Arizona, Michael Burke of the Arcadia Rotary Club, had recently passed away.  Bob Jensen contributed $50 to go to the Gift of Hearing Mission.   Bob helped the Dove Mountain club get a $12000 district grant to train Guaymas, Alamos and San Felipe, Mexico volunteers to receive training in basic hearing testing.  Bob explained they would start with a two-day training session during our clinic in Guaymas in November,  which will help us in pursuing a global grant as it begins the first steps to sustainability. The global grant was obtained by the Catalina Tucson club and will provide many aspects of health care in Alamos including some hearing health care. Our club has contributed money for this grant. Darl Andersen paid happy dollars thanking Carolyn Jones for being the young beauty putting up with the old guys at their table.  Jim McGown was back from his summer travels.  It wasn't clear that he was happy to be there, as he would have been out on the lake if he were still on his summer respite.  Don LaBarge was happy to have enjoyed his Rotary adventure in Idaho.  Chuck Flint was happy to announce the Havasu Falls trip had sold out.  Donna Goetzenberger was happy to report they had interviewed another outbound youth exchange candidate the night before.  They are now up to fifteen outbound students for next year.  She also said that the inbound students had traveled to Sedona September 7-9 for to participate in a  campout as well as work at a car wash fundraiser.  Polly Schumacher contributing asking fellow Rotarians to keep the people on the east coast in their thoughts and prayers as they deal with the coming hurricane.  Immanuel Beeson paid happy dollars because, even though his little boy's team lost their game, his son was the only one who scored.  His other son had the opposite experience.  His holder son's team won even though that son did not score. 
Basic Education and Literacy is one of the six "Areas of Focus" of The Rotary Foundation.  Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
Realizing that getting children into schools isn't enough to solve illiteracy, Rotary shifts to mentoring and coaching teachers.
CLICK HERE to read a story featured on the RI Website telling how Rotarians are making a difference with a program which teaches teachers how to integrate critical thinking skills into the process of teaching basic literacy.
President Chris Krueger opened the meeting asking John Pennypacker to offer the invocation - "A Soldier's Prayer."  Ray Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Introduction of Guests
Don LaBarge Introduced Ryan Ellis with the YMCA.  Jack Rosenberg introduced his wife, Cindy.  Chris Krueger was pleased to introduce member Karen Chavez who was back from an extended absence.
Weekly Drawings
Chris asked Cindy Rosenberg to draw a token for the attendance drawing.  She drew #7, which made Frank Rosenberg the lucky $5 winner.  Chuck Flint explained that the small weekly raffle winnings would be $22, and if that winner should be lucky enough to draw the ace of clubs from the deck, they would win $74.  Karen Chavez drew Chris Krueger's ticket, but the card Chris drew from the deck was the four of clubs.
Buck Board
A Mesa West tradition of boosting support of The Rotary Foundation was back.  Chuck Flint explained for the benefit of newer members and guests that there are 100 squares on the Buck Board.  Members and guests will be able to purchase squares at a cost of $10 each.  Members can charge the cost of the squares they purchase to their dues account, but guests need to pay at the time they commit to their purchase(s).  When all 100 squares are filled, values will be assigned to each row and column by drawing cards from a deck.  Those 20 cards will then be shuffled and redrawn one at a time eliminating rows and columns until only one square is left without being eliminated.  The owner of that square will have $1,000 donated in their name to The Rotary Foundation for Paul Harris Fellow credit.  They will receive a receipt from TRF for the $1,000 tax-deductible donation.
Happy Bucks
Steve West paid $100.  He and his wife, Julie, recently marked their 39th wedding anniversary.  He confessed he was in Brazil and Julie was not in Brazil with him on their special day.  There were two common sources of contributions at this meeting.  There were contributions celebrating the life of Senator John McCain, and other contributions were from Rotarians happy to have Karen Chavez back.  One of those was Chuck Flint, who pointed out that Karen is a fellow Havasu Falls hike survivor. 
John Pennypacker was happy to have driven Francesca (his convertible) with the top down to Show Low to play golf there with his friend who rode with him.  He was happy with the ride the game and the cooler temperatures.  Dick Myren contributed $1 honoring Rod Daniel's tradition of paying $1 because he was happy to be a member of Mesa West.  Jack Rosenberg was happy a recent corrective surgery endured by Cindy was successful and she is able to walk unassisted again.  Ted Williams announced that he and Susan had recently celebrated their 15th anniversary as he donated $100 to the foundation. 
Don LaBarge was happy he would be heading to Boise next week for the Zone Institute for Zones 21A and 27.  He was really happy his hotel and registration costs would be covered as thanks for his willingness to transport all the flags he has in his custody for use at the Institute.  Don is not confused.  He knows our own zone will be having their institute in Reno in November.  A bonus will be that Don will get to reconnect with friends made before the zones were reorganized a few years ago.  He will see many Rotary leaders from the midwest that he met while preparing for and serving as District Governor of 5510 in 2008-09. 
Don asked for thoughts and prayers for his brother, Neil.  A spot was recently found on Neil's lung and they are anxiously awaiting biopsy results.  Immanuel Gleeson also asked for thoughts and prayers.  He has a teen-aged daughter who is going through some troubled times.  Immanuel wants to be a loving, supportive parent, but is surprised to find himself troubled with some selfish feelings, such as "Why am I having to deal with this right now?"
Chris Krueger was happy she would be headed for Nebraska Friday and would get to spend time with family.  Jim Schmidt donated $100 for Paul Harris credit in Karen's name.
Dan Coons shared Caiu's wish list of activities to enjoy while he is in Arizona for his Rotary Youth Exchange.  He passed the list around asking Rotarians to sign up for any activity they wished to host.  There were blanks on the last page for Rotarians to use to invite Caiu to have dinner with their family or participate in a unique planned event not listed.
Shakima Fagan kicked off the first Interact meeting of the year Wednesday, August 29.  Approximately 40 students showed up to hear about all the great things that Westwood Interact has on the schedule. Purple Pinkie, Crutches for Africa, WAPI Wednesdays, and much more.  The next meeting is Wednesday Sept. 5th at 8AM (then every other Wednesday).

GCU Rotaract had a great recruitment night at the GCU club fair on Monday, August 27.  Over 130 students signed up for the Remind notices. The first meeting of the year is Wednesday Sept. 5th at 6PM. Contact Ed Koeneman for the new meeting room information if you'd like to attend.
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.
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


We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Hilton Phoenix East Mesa
1011 West Holmes Avenue
Mesa, AZ  85210
United States
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Outreach Representative
Sep 20, 2018
Child Crisis Center
Lee Holmes
Sep 27, 2018
Assistant Governor Visit
Gary Whiting
Oct 04, 2018
Navajo Water Project
Jim Erickson
Oct 11, 2018
Official District Governor Visit
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Club Service Director
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The Rotary Foundation Director
Membership Director
Public Image Director
Executive Secretary
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