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Saturday, July 13, nine members of the Mesa West Rotary family travelled to beautiful Sedona, Arizona for the installation of our new District Governor, David Simmer.  Enjoying the getaway were, Allan and Polly Cady, Pam Cohen, Lucinda General, Chris and Mike Krueger, Jeanie Morgan, and John Pennypacker, 
Our own Lucinda General was the Past District Governor selected to officiate the swearing-in of David as our District Governor for 2019-20. 
A few of those making the trip took advantage of the perfect photo opportunity with DG David's wrapped car in the foreground and beautiful red rock formations in the background.
One of the areas of focus for DG David is utilization of global grant funding to help those in need close to home as well as with projects to meet needs that are often more well-known abroad.  Following the induction, DG David introduced George McGraw of Dig Deep to educate those present about the basic needs for water and electricity he has personally observed in the Navajo Nation. John Pennypacker took a photo of the Rotarian crew who will be supporting the water project Dig Deep is coordinating to bring the life-changing necessities of water and electricity to remote rural homes on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.  Shown in the bottom right photo are:  Jeff Poynter (Four Peaks RC), Curt Ward (Gilbert RC) John McKoy (Sun Lakes RC),George McGraw (CEO Dig Deep), DG David Simmer, and Gary Whiting (Sun Lakes RC).
Saturday, July 13, four club members represented MESA West Rotary for the Stuff the Bus event held at Arizona Walmart’s cosponsored by AZTV7. Walmart shoppers purchased and donated a bin full of school supplies for Arizona school kids. Thanks to Steve Ross, Dan and Colleen Coons for joining Melodie and her daughter Tanina (official sign-maker). 
President Jim Schmidt opened the first meeting of his year reminding members and guests of the Rotary Vision Statement:  Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Because we did not meet on July 4, Jim asked Ray Smith to lead everyone present in singing America the Beautiful.  The invocation was offered by George Wheeler who reminded everyone that Rotary is not political and not religious, then asked everyone to observe a moment of silence reflecting on those in our world who are less fortunate than ourselves.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dick Myren. 
Lucinda General introduced Past District Governor George Wheeler as an honorable patriot and Rotarian.  Our new President led by example introducing his guest, Jim LeCheminant, as a former member and Past President of the Mesa Baseline Club.  Jim had moved away from Arizona for a while, but now that he is back at Gateway Bank in Mesa and is being actively recruited to be sponsored by our President to come back into Rotary.
Robert LaBarge found it paid to attend Rotary when his badge number was drawn in the weekly attendance drawing.  Ron Thompson had purchased the winning ticket in the weekly drawing, so he won the weekly drawing, but his luck did not hold out when he attempted to draw the ace of clubs in an attempt to win the accumulating prize money.
Happy Bucks
Robert LaBarge reported that his dad, Don LaBarge recently had successful surgery to remove 10" from his intestine.  He was recovering nicely in Banner Desert and expected to be home by the weekend.  Don Boucher reported that a friend who he knew as a field training trainee had been diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo a full colonoscopy.  Don was excited to announce he and Sharon were heading to Thousand Oaks to celebrate their grandson's first birthday.  Ed Koeneman was happy to be attending his first meeting after several weeks away for the Rotary International Convention in Germany, moving into a new home, and undergoing knee surgery.  He was also proud to announce it is only 361 days until the next Star Wars movie.  Allan Cady was happy to announce he and Polly will have a guest from Mexico in their home for six weeks.  Valeria is the daughter of friends who they first became acquainted with when Allan and Polly hosted Valeria's family when they were here for the Rotary USA Mexico Friendship Conference in the fall of 2017.  He promised to bring Valeria to a Mesa West meeting.  While she is here, they plan to spend some time with her at a dude ranch.  John Pennypacker was happy to be entrusted with the "brain trust" of transporting four Past District Governors to the DG installation in Sedona Saturday.  Dick Myren contributed his usual happy buck honoring Rod Daniels' tradition of being happy to be a member of Mesa West Rotary.  Dick was also thankful that Jack Rosenberg's recent surgery went well and he is doing fine.  Dick's wife Sandy recently had to have a stent placed in the "widow-maker" artery.  The procedure took place at Mountain Vista, "a great hospital facility."  She is recovering slowly.  Steve Ross contributed $38 to celebrate his and Luin's 38th wedding anniversary on July 4.  Lucinda was happy to have lived through the remodel of a bathroom and other parts of their home.  George Wheeler contributed $3 for each of the "three wonderful ladies" seated at his table.  Ron Thompson contributed for a recent trip to Washington DC where they visited the Smithsonian and the African-American Museum.  He said both were amazing!  Darl Andersen contributed $5 NOT because he was happy to be at the old men's table, but because he was happy at the prospect of welcoming Jim LeCheminant back into Rotary.  President Jim was happy to have recently celebrated his and Rosalyn's 49th wedding anniversary.  John Benedict celebrated a recent trip to Washington DC.  While there, they saw his niece graduate from West Point.  A Jack Rosenberg update included the information that he had a kidney removed.  His cancer is gone.  He has a 15" scar.  All went well, and he is resting at home.
  • Allan Cady had an update on the 2018-19 Sponsorship Program.  $54,000 was collected.  55% of Mesa West members participated by either personally contributing or finding one or more contributing sponsors.  There were 89 contributing donors.  Dan Coons Team Ribeye was the top team bringing in $14,000.  The breakdown for the use of the donated funds was:
    • $23,000 Unrestricted
    • $16,800 Hearing
    • $7,200 Aqua Africa
    • $3,700 Youth
    • $1,100 Microcredit
    • $2,200 Various
  • Melodie Jackson asked for volunteers to help Saturday, July 13, with a Stuff the Bus event to gather school supplies.  She hoped volunteers would be willing to help for 1-2 hours at the Walmart located at Stapley and Highway 60.
  • The speaker for the July 18 meeting will be Naomi Sellers.  Naomi is a student at Westwood High School and a member of the Interact Club Mesa West Rotary sponsors there.  She is the daughter of Graem Sellers who presented a program on April 4 discussing his experience as a Rotary scholar in Scotland as a young man.  Naomi was accepted to participate in a Yale Young Global Scholars Program this summer for outstanding high school students.  Financial support for this opportunity was provided by the District 5500 Foundation with a small contribution from Mesa West Rotary.
My dear friends, Rotary leaders, and Rotaract leaders:

A new Rotary year is upon us, and let us say one final thank you to former President Barry Rassin for his outstanding leadership.
Barry, we will miss you, but we know and appreciate that you will continue to lead Rotary in important ways for years to come.
I have spoken for several months about how Rotary Connects the World, and the time has now arrived to put our words into action. We have an exciting year ahead of us, a year when we begin to implement the new Strategic Plan, what I call the Rotary Action Plan and when we will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter.  
That anniversary will underscore the ties we have and goals we share with the United Nations. We will host five special events—UN Day in New York, three presidential conferences in Paris, Santiago, and Rome, and a final celebration just before the Convention in Honolulu. This will help us achieve the first Action Plan goal of increasing our impact by demonstrating that Rotary’s influence in the world has only just begun.

The second Action Plan goal is expanding our reach. To achieve that, we need to grow Rotary – reaching out to new members, engaging current members, and creating more alternatives for membership for the next generation of Rotarians.

The third goal is enhanced participant engagement, making sure that Rotarians have experiences that are personally and professionally relevant and fulfilling. This is why I believe so strongly in building a more family-friendly Rotary -- one that welcomes children to our activities and that is considerate of families in our scheduling. Let us recommit to putting the needs, expectations, and growth of our participants at the center of all we do.

The final priority of our new Action Plan is increasing our ability to adapt. New approaches to our organizing principles do not threaten our sense of who we are. That is why I believe that Rotary must respect professional commitments and not require Rotary leadership to be a full-time job. We need to respect the time and responsibilities of young people who are building careers.

Together, we will harness the power of connection just as our organization has been doing for more than 114 years. We have a long, proud heritage. And we will continue to thrive because we are not afraid of change.

I look forward to leading you in this important journey, as Rotary Connects the World!

Yours in Rotary,
Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-2020
Circled in the picture are two familiar faces to many Mesa West Rotarians.  Sandra  (standing) and Hannah are both members and have served as officers of the Westwood High School Interact Club which is sponsored by Mesa West Rotary.  Both young ladies are currently in Africa delivering mobility devices to those in need and enjoying being immersed in the culture.
CLICK HERE  to read blog posts submitted by members of the team. 
On July 1, the team of six District 5495 Interact Ambassadors and their five Advisors departed from Sky Harbor Airport.  They changed planes in Amsterdam and travelled on to Kenya.  They are due to return to Arizona July 17.  
The trip is not all work and no play.  They have seen some species of wildlife that most of us will only see in zoos.  They have learned some African dance steps and taken some strenuous hikes through beautiful terrain.  They are spending two weeks in a way that will have ripple effects throughout their lives with the personal growth and understanding this experience will provide.
Each Year, on July 1, the leadership in Rotary changes.  Mesa West Rotary Club has a new President - Jim Schmidt.  He is the leader we, as members, will know best.  He will be supported by Rosalyn, who has been by his side for over 42 years.   
David Simmer is now the District Governor for District 5495.  He has been preparing for this role since he was selected as District Governor Nominee Designate in 2016-17.
Johrita Solari is one of the first two women to serve on the Rotary Board of Directors.  She represents the zone our District is a part of - Zone 26.  Hers is the only two-year position of our new leaders.  To ensure continuity, only half of the directors are new each year. 
Mark Daniel Maloney is our new Rotary International President.  Our Past Presidents, Chris Krueger and Ed Koeneman both had the opportunity to hear his remarks at the recent Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama.
New leadership each year keeps Rotary fresh and full of energy.  The core values of our vision, the areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation, and our four-way-test keep Rotary dynamic, focused and ethically sound.   
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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Membership Director
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Naomi Sellers
Jul 18, 2019
Yale Young Global Scholars Summer Program
Michael Carlin
Jul 25, 2019
Stock Market and Future of Economy
Ed Koeneman
Aug 01, 2019
Future Vision for Interact and Rotaract
Bill Richardson
Aug 08, 2019
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Aug 15, 2019
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Aug 22, 2019
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Sep 05, 2019
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