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President Chris Krueger opened the meeting with Wendell Jones offering the invocation and Jim McGown leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
District Governor Jim Erickson and his wife, Maryanne were introduced.  Other visiting Rotarians were Jim Bissonett of Rotary Club of the Southwest who serves as District Foundation Chair, and
Noel DeSousa of Prescott Frontier Rotary Club who serves as Executive Assistant Governor.  Erwin Reiman of Rapid City, South Dakota will be visiting for the season.  Robert LaBarge and Andrea Murphy had a rare opportunity to break from their teaching duties to attend our meeting.  Andrea introduced Westwood High School Interact Club members, Colton Cagle (currently serving as Interact District Governor),  and Shakima Fagan, their Club President.  Assistant Governor Lee Holmes was visiting from Superstition Mountain Rotary Club.  Jack Rosenberg introduced his granddaughter, Sammi Rosenberg.  Alex Hopkins, Immediate Past District Governor of District 5030 was also visiting.
Carolyn Jones was the winner of the weekly attendance drawing.  Chuck Flint announced that the weekly raffle winnings would be $25 and if the holder of the ticket drawn were to be lucky enough to draw the Ace of Clubs, they would win $102.  Frank Rosenberg was the holder of the winning ticket.  He had his daughter, Sammi shuffle the cards and try to draw the ace.  Unfortunately, she drew the Queen of Diamonds.
Buck Board
Chuck Flint explained our buck board for the benefit of the many guests who were present.  There are 100 squares on the board, with ten columns across and ten rows down.  Individuals can purchase as many squares as they wish at a cost of $10 each.  Members can charge their purchases to their club account, but guests must pay cash for any squares purchased.  When the board is full, $1,000 will have been collected.  Cards will be drawn to give values to the rows and columns.  Those cards will then be re-shuffled and drawn  with lines drawn through the column or row with that assigned value until only one square remains.  The holder of that square will have $1,000 donated in their name to the annual fund of The Rotary Foundation and receive Paul Harris Fellow credit and the tax deductible receipt for that donation.  After explaining the board, Chuck circulated with the board for anyone who wished to purchase squares on the Buck Board.
Happy Bucks
  • Robert LaBarge told some brief stories about some of his experiences in his new teaching job in Pinon, Arizona.  It is a very small community.  He has attended a pow wow for the community and regularly sees his students and/or their parents at the local Bashas or laundromat.  He says there is a lot of apathy about education in the community.  He would like to see some revitalization of a culture of education. 
  • Lucinda announced that some time in the future she will be bringing an auction item from Las Vegas.  It will need to be cleaned with WD40. 
  • Dick Myren donated $1 in the tradition of honorary member Rod Daniels.  He also donated $27 celebrating his and Sandy's 27th wedding anniversary on Friday, October 5. 
  • Bob Zarling contributed as he was happy to be finished with his homeowners association finance committee and trip planning committee duties. 
  • Andrea Murphy contributed stating it was an honor to teach students like Colton and Shakima.  Penny May contributed for a near future vacation cruise which will include a stop in Cuba. 
  • Wendell Jones donated.  He was happy to have gone on a road trip with his family.  While on the trip they attended a conference in Salt Lake City and was sad to say BYU lost the football game they were able to attend. 
  • Jim Schmidt was happy to say that even though the October 15 corporate tax deadline was looming, Mesa West Rotary members in the accounting profession were present at the meeting. 
  • Jim Bissonett was happy that half of the Cast of "You're A Good Rotarian" were present at the meeting. 
  • John Pennypacker was happy to be nearly finished with his current dental upgrade project. 
  • Noel DeSousa reminded members that the RYLA food packing project needs to raise money to support the project.  The meals packed stay in Arizona.  Donations which qualify for Arizona Tax Credit can be made to Manzanita Outreach to support the project.  Noel was also happy about Mesa West and Gift of Life Arizona combined investment of $2,500 in a Rotary Foundation grant which supported neonatal equipment for a hospital in Caborca, Mexico.
  • Erwin Reiman announced that he met Penny May when he was visiting our club last spring.  Soon after meeting Penny, he ran into her in the community where they both stay during their seasonal visits to Arizona.  Erwin told Penny that he and his wife were planning a trip to Alaska this past summer, and Penny invited them to visit her at her home in Alaska.  
  • President Chris announced she had received an e-mail about a Polio Immunization trip to India in January-February 2019.  She encouraged anyone who wants to know more to e-mail her to get more information. 
  • Bob Zarling invited Colton and Shakima to go to the podium to talk about their Purple Pinkie Project at Westwood High School Interact Club to raise money at their school to support Rotary's polio eradication efforts.  They announced they were going to stay after the meeting to allow interested Rotarians to participate.  Their goal for the Purple Pinkie Project this year is $1,000.  They said they have standing room only at their Interact Club meetings which occur before school on Wednesdays.
Official greeter, Jack Rosenberg, welcomed Rotarians and guests to the meeting, which opened with Dick Myren offering the Invocation and Bob Zarling leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ray Smith led those present in song.  
President-Elect Jim Schmidt was the recipient of $10 when his badge number was drawn in the attendance drawing.  Dick Myren received $28.00 as the holder of the winning ticket in the weekly drawing. His attempt to draw the ace of clubs to win the accumulating pot was foiled when he drew the six of hearts.
Happy Bucks
Dr. Ron paid fine for not being at meetings.  John Pennypacker told of recent unpleasant dental procedures and made sure to relate he was not talking about Dr. Ron.  Dick Myren paid $1 remembering our honorary member, Rod Daniels, $5 because Sandy is back home and $5 for winning the weekly drawing.  Former member Paul Richardson was happy to be visiting.  Penny May contributed thanking the Alaska oil permanent fund for her ability to contribute $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation permanent fund.  Lee Holmes contributed $20 to the Polio fund.  Bob Zarling had attended the Westwood High School Interact Club meeting and reported it was awesome!  Jim Schmidt contributed $100 Paul Harris donation for his birthday.  DGE David Simmer was a guest.  Greg Okonowski made a $100 Paul Harris donation.  Howard Hill was visiting from Panama, as a guest of PDG Don Kelly.  Karen Chavez said she would know next week if she is cancer free.
The answer to the name of AG Lee Holmes African project, which was featured at Mesa West's September 27 meeting, is "Blessman International."
Producer - ALAN HAVIR
Special Guest Star - JOHN ABBS/GIFT OF LIFE 
The District 5495 Foundation Dinner will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel, 1600 South 52nd St., Tempe, AZ 85281.  A reception will begin at 5:00 PM with dinner and show at 6:00 PM.  Seating will be limited CLICK HERE to make your reservation.
We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
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 of America
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Donna Goetzenberger
Oct 25, 2018
Donna will introduce speaker from Habitat for Humanity
Jeanie Morgan
Nov 01, 2018
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona
Interact DG, Colton Cagle
Nov 08, 2018
Interact Ambassador - Crutches for Africa Mission
Dr. Ingrid McBride
Nov 29, 2018
Hearing for Humanity
Alexandria Papazian
Dec 06, 2018
Ballet Arizona
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
The Rotary Foundation Director
Membership Director (480) 213-1617
Public Image Director
Executive Secretary
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