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President Chris Krueger opened the meeting with Darl Andersen offering the invocation in Spanish.  John Pennypacker led the Pledge of Allegiance.  She thanked seasonal visitor Tom Mellen, from Farmington, Maine for serving as greeter. 
President Chris explained that the reason the invocation had been delivered in Spanish was to remind members that Darl Andersen, herself, and Chuck Flint had missed the March 7 meeting as they were in Hermosillo, Mexico meeting borrowers and learning more about the micro credit project Mesa West is involved with.  They spent one full day meeting borrowers, and also met the Mayor of Hermosillo.  Initial loans are under $1,000.  Most are to women to help them start and grow small businesses which better enable them to provide for their families.   Darl will go back to do an audit.  Finreg manages the details of the loan process.  The audit will assure that the integrity of their process is sound.
Penny May introduced Ginger George-Smith with the Anchorage International Rotary Club.  While Penny and Ginger would like members to think their club name was earned because of their high participation in Rotary International projects, the club name has more to do with their close proximity to the Anchorage International Airport.  Pam Cohen introduced Erwin and Loan Reiman from Rapid City, South Dakota.  They have three grandchildren attending the University of Michigan.  They announced that since they are now in Mesa more months out of the year than they are anyplace else, they have started the paperwork to transfer their membership to Mesa West.  Guest Dave Stratton introduced his harem - his wife, Anna and their friend whose name is Sharon but is known as "Gus."  Jackie Hildebrand was introduced as a Rotarian form South Bend, Indiana.  Linda Roe, a former Rotarian in South Bend, but who now lives in Arizona, was also introduced.
As President Chris was asking a guest to draw a token for the attendance drawing, Chuck Flint called out his own badge number from across the room.  His suggestion worked as it was the token with his badge number that was drawn.  Chuck Flint announced that the weekly raffle winnings would be $33, and if the holder of the winning ticket were to draw the ace of clubs, they would win the accumulated winnings of $660.  Because there were so many guests, Chuck explained that each week, tickets are sold for $5 each.  One third of the money collected goes in the accumulating pot, one third goes to the weekly winner, one third goes to the club.  Aubrey Luma held the winning ticket, but drew the four of clubs rather than the ace.
Happy Bucks
John Pennypacker served as Sgt. at Arms.  Dick Myren donated his traditional $1 remembering honorary member, Rod Daniels' tradition of paying a dollar because he was happy to be a member of Mesa West Rotary.  Dick also contributed $83 because he had just celebrated his 83rd birthday.  Chuck Flint contributed because he had enjoyed a great time on the microcredit trip, and he applauded Darl Andersen's command of the Spanish language.  Ray Smith contributed sad dollars reporting that Carolyn Jones had fallen and broke her hip, which was surgically repaired.  Carolyn is recuperating in a care facility. 
Ginger George-Smith contributed and told quite a story about her car rental experience when she arrived in Phoenix from Alaska.  She said the Rotary flag she brought to exchange had been on quite an adventure.  The car rental agency had sent her to the lot to pick out a car saying the keys were in them and she was free to go.  She loaded her luggage and a package of frozen fish she had brought to Arizona for friends in the back seat of a car, but the keys were not in it.  She went back in to request the keys, but had to wait while another person was being served.  When she finally made it to the counter to be served, as she was explaining her situation, she saw the car containing her luggage leave the lot being driven by the man who had been ahead of her in line.  After some considerably frustrating communications, she was given that person's contact information and another car.  It took several hours before she was able to reach the other customer.  When she did, he was two miles away from Nogales.  He was on his way across the border to meet with his boss who was from Dallas, but in Nogales.  She explained to him that he not only had her luggage, but also had a package of frozen fish he would need to explain to border agents going out of and back into the U.S.  Several hours later, she met the other driver at a mall and collected her things which had been x-rayed and were still amazingly in good shape. 
Darl Andersen contributed as he believed Chuck Flint should be renamed "Mr. Rotary" for his 30-year history of participation in various missions and projects to benefit those less fortunate across the border in Mexico.  Aubrey was happy to be the weekly winner.  Erwin Reiman was happy to be alive.  He has had heart disease for over thirty years.  He saw a new local cardiologist who assessed his symptoms, and after placement of three stents, Erwin feels like he is "back to normal."  They were also happy to have recently become great grandparents and also enjoyed a visit from a son who was here from Michigan.  Pam Cohen was sad to hear the news about Carolyn Jones.
John Pennypacker was happy.  He was going to spend the next two days announcing from the first tee at Longbow for the Clover Cup Golf Tournament being hosted by Notre Dame.  Young ladies from fifteen colleges would be participating.  They would be representing colleges in Miami, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Houston, USC and Mississippi State, and others.  John has enjoyed announcing for a few years, but is humbled by the long drives made by the tiny coeds, and challenged by trying to pronounce names correctly which often contain many more consonants than vowels.
  • Steve Ross announced that the Gilbert Basketball team - the Tigers - were the 5A champs.  There is an effort under way to collect enough money to buy championship rings for all the players.  The team has participated in our Salvation Army bell ringing during the Christmas season and served as referees for our annual Spring Olympics for several years.  Steve can provide a 501(c)(3) tax receipt for donations to this fund.
  • President Chris announced that Chuck Flint needed to be fined for litter left on Aubrey's table after the drawing.  The torn four of clubs was not really worthy of a large fine, but the $660 dollars in the accumulated large raffle winnings cache was, she believed, worthy of a significant fine.  She did turn it back over to him to manage, however.
  • President Chris thanked John Pennypacker for making the beautiful stands to hold the club's banners.  The room looked "amazing."
  • Members were invited to participate in a Community Service project Saturday, March 16.  They should arrive ready to pain the interior of the House of Refuge.  The service opportunity was arranged by Melodie Jackson.  The location was 6858 E. Ursula Ave., Mesa and would start at 9:00 and the goal was to finish by 2:00.  Members that would have to arrive late or leave early were welcome to participate.
  • April 10, members were invited to attend a meeting of a New Rotary Club, which Mesa West is sponsoring.  The meeting will be from 5:30-6:30 PM at East Valley Associates, 1791 E Queen Creek Rd #3, Chandler, AZ 85286.  Their speaker will be Kathleen Winn, Board Member of Project 25/VAST (Valley Against Sex Trafficking).  
  • Chuck Flint announced that he had the reports with him that showed where members were with their giving to The Rotary Foundation.  He said that on the most recent report it showed that 31 Mesa West members have not yet donated this year to the Annual Fund.  Members were encouraged to go to Rotary Direct and log in to sign up for regularly recurring donations that would accrue to the $100 per member per year goal that we strive for.  Of course, you are not limited to that amount. 
Chris Krueger and Darl Andersen both missed the March 7 meeting of Mesa West as they were away on Rotary business.  Chris, Darl, and District Governor Elect, Davis Simmer, along with several other Rotarians from District 5495 were in Hermosillo, Mexico getting an educational tour of the microcredit project we are sponsoring there.  They met some of the borrowers and heard their stories.  The Mayor of Hermosillo joined them for part of the tour as she wanted to know more about the program.
On Friday, March 8, President Chris posted these and other photos on Facebook with this comment:  "Spent the day today meeting some borrowers from our micro-credit project. Since 90% of them are women, it was a wonderful way to spend International Day of the Woman.  Micro credit are very small loans that enable these people to expand their business, care for their families and provide a better life for their children. I’m proud to be a small part of the process."
The meeting was opened by President-Elect Jim Schmidt with Pam Cohen leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Immanuel Beeson offering the invocation.  PE Jim thanked Polly Schumacher for serving as greeter.
PE Jim and Past President, Allan Cady had both attended President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) March 1-2.  Allan was being trained for the Assistant Governor role he will assume July 1. It was noted that Allan sometimes talks to himself - he needs expert adivse.
  • Allan Cady brought members up-to-date on progress of the Mesa West Foundation sponsorship program.  Over $30,000 has been collected.  With pledges, nearly $31,500 has been raised - over 3/4 of our $40,000 goal.  Dan Coons' Team Ribeye is currently ahead.  Dan offered anyone who wanted to join his team a buy-in price of $100.
  • Pam Cohen has a time share in Flagstaff.  It is reserved for her use March 31 through April 7.  April 5, 6, and 7, our exchange student, Caio will be hosted by Pam for the weekend, but March 31 through April 4 is available.  Pam offered Mesa West members the opportunity to use her time share during those days in exchange for the member making a donation to our sponsorship program.  If you are interested, CLICK HERE to send Pam an e-mail.
  • Don LaBarge provided a lesson in school zone traffic rules.  There is no passing in a school zone.  If the car next to you is going four miles-per-hour, you cannot go past them even if the speed limit is fifteen miles-per-hour.  If that car stops, you have to stop, too.  School zones are different than regular crosswalks.  The other car may be going slow or stopping because they can see a child you cannot see.
  • Harry Short from the Kyrene Rotary Club in Tempe announced that his 20-member club formed a charitable foundation and held their first fundraiser last year.  They made $17,000 and most of it was spent locally.  Friday, February 5, they will be hosting a golf tournament.  The cost is $125 per person or $500 four a foursome.  They hope to raise more money this year and participate in international projects.  For more information about their golf tournament, CLICK HERE.
  • Melody Jackson announced that a Community Service Project would be available Saturday, March 16, supporting Mesa Leadership's painting project at the House of Refuge.  
Penny May introduced Dave Stratton with Lincoln National who was visiting form Penny's club in Anchorage, Alaska.  Dan Coons introduced Caio, our Rotary Youth Exchange student.  Jeanie Morgan introduced Salishian Smith, a candidate for a grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  Jeanie and Bob Zarling were scheduled to interview Salishian following the meeting.
Shout Out
Jim Schmidt wanted members to know what an awesome job Mesa West Member, Donna Goetzenberger, did at PETS.  At the Friday evening dinner, he invocation was sung by Donna and Brian's daughters, Emilee and Paige.  Donna coordinated and narrated the presentation of Flags, involving 34 inbound and Rotex (returned outbound youth exchange students).  Following the presentation, Emmilee sang the National Anthem.  Jim also noted that Mesa West members Jeanie Morgan and John Pennypacker served as table hosts at the Friday evening dinner.
March is Water and Sanitation Month
  • $24 is all it takes to provide one person with safe water
  • 23 million people now have safe water because of Rotary
  • 21 million people have access to sanitation and hygiene thanks to Rotary projects
  • 2030 is the year Rotary hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene
CLICK HERE to view a short video with more information about the importance to all of us in making clean water and sanitation available to everyone on our planet.
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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General Mick McGuire
Mar 28, 2019
Arizona National Guard
Graeme Sellers
Apr 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Rotary Scholar Experience in Scotland
Tony Smoragiewicz
Apr 11, 2019
Triathlete Training for 2020 Olympics
Apr 25, 2019
Mesa West Rotary will not have a regular meeting this week.
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Life as a Teacher in Pinon, Arizona
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