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Immunization saves millions of lives every year.  Vaccination is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions.  Yet outbreaks of diseases that vaccinations could prevent continue to put children's health at risk throughout the world.  Rotary knows firsthand that Vaccines Work.  We've contributed more than $1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children from polio.  Take action and help Rotary spread the word about the importance of vaccination during World Immunization Week April 24-30.
You can contribute in a couple of easy ways:
  1. Use a purple marker or nail polish to paint your pinkie finger - or your nails.  Post your picture on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtags #EndPolio and #VaccinesWork.
  2. Make a donation to End Polio Now and your donation will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Pam Cohen, who was presiding in the absence of President, Chris Krueger, opened the meeting by asking Bert Millett to offer the invocation and Warren Williamson to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  She thanked Steve Ross for serving as Greeter, welcoming Rotarians and guests to the meeting.
Ray Smith led everyone present in singing two verses of "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands."  Pam, standing in front of the podium so she would obscure everyone's view of the 2018-19 Rotary International theme banner, asked if anyone knew the theme.  John Pennypacker readily answered, "Be the Inspiration."
Polly Cady introduced their guests from New Zealand:  Colin Nagle and his daughter, Carla Hechler.  Erwin and Joan Reiman, who are on the path to becoming Mesa West Rotary Club members were again introduced as Rotarian guests from Rapid City, South Dakota.  Harry Short was introduced as a visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Seattle Washington and the Kyrene Rotary Club in Tempe, AZ.  Scott Morris was welcomed as a former member who moved out of state, but is now back in our area and working at Gateway Bank.  Melody Jackson introduced visitor, Gabriela Warrant, as a potential member.  John Pennypacker introduced Jerry Abrams who was visiting from the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Jerry is a graduate of Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Pam thanked those who helped at the greeters table filling in for Aubrey who was not feeling well and unable to attend.
Dr. Ron Thompson was the lucky $5 winner in the weekly attendance drawing.  Chuck Flint explained that when raffle tickets are sold, 33 1/3 goes to the holder of the ticket drawn; 33 1/3 goes to the club for administrative expenses, and 33 1/3 gets added to the accumulating pot that will be the prize of the person who one day draws the ace of clubs from the dwindling deck.  Each week when a card (that is not the ace of clubs) is drawn, that card is destroyed. In the weekly raffle, Lola McClane held the ticket drawn, but her luck did not hold out.  When she attempted to draw the ace of clubs so she could take home the accumulating winnings, she drew the seven of hearts, instead.  
Happy Bucks
John Pennypacker was happy to have Jerry visiting in his home.  Jerry is the brother of John's son-in-law.  John was also happy that 62 years ago on April 18, the Army Aviation Association was formed.  John joined a few years later.  Lola McClane was happy to have won, was happy to be at the meeting, and happy she remembered to bring her badge with her as she had worn it home the prior week.  Allan Cady was happy to report he took advantage of an opportunity to go parasailing when he and Polly were vacationing in Cabo San Lucas.  Allan was also happy that they had recently celebrated Polly's birthday.  Polly explained a little more about their guests.  Colin's son, Aaron (who did not get to travel to the US this trip) was an exchange student in Polly's home when she was a District 5500 Rotarian in Yuma.  Carla was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Brazil, and her twin brother was a RYE student in Wickenburg, Arizona.  None of the three siblings and former YE students are Rotarians - yet.  Tim Troy was out of town last week on his birthday, but he made a birthday contribution anyway.  Ray Smith was happy tax season was over for this year.  Penny May contributed $2 with an actual $2 bill.  She was happy to be heading home to Alaska, but also very happy she would be back in September.  Dick Myren contributed $1 honoring Rod Daniels' tradition of being happy to be a member of Mesa West Rotary.  Rod just completed his 60th year of preparing tax returns, and donated $60 to the RI Foundation for Polio Plus.  Steve Ros was happy to announce he would be leaving for an extended vacation in Europe and would be enjoying time with his Son while there.  Pam said she  thought Steve should get extra credit for picking up the greeter table materials from Aubrey so we would have them at the meeting.  She was also happy to see Scott and invited him to start the process of coming back into the club.  Allan's parasailing story reminded Pam that she went parasailing when she was seven months pregnant with Alex.  Alex was born early soon after that adventure.  Alex wanted out of there!
  • Spring Olympics planning crew needs a headcount of who will be there.  See separate article in this newsletter for link to respond.
  • Allan Cady reported that with donations and commitments to date, the Sponsorship Program should bring in more than $45,000.  He is hopeful in the last couple of weeks remaining that we will go over $50,000.
  • Allan Cady also reminded Rotarians to RSVP to their No Ball Ball invitation.  He said that just 45% of Mesa West members have participated in the sponsorship drive so far.  Coons (aka team Ribeye) is out in front so far, but being challenged by team Krueger.
President Chris Krueger opened the meeting by asking Daryl Bethea to offer the invocation, and Dick Myren to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  
Erwin Reiman introduced their grandson, Tony Smoragiewicz.  Tony is the son of Erwin and Joan's daughter.  Jeanie Morgan introduced Vanessa Kagai, an applicant for a vocational education grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.
President Chris asked Vanessa to draw a token to determine the winner of the weekly attendance drawing.  She drew Jeanie Morgan's badge number.  Vanessa also drew for the weekly raffle winner.  Dr. Ron Thompson was the lucky holder of the ticket drawn, but his luck did not hold out.  Rather than draw the ace of clubs from the cards remaining in the deck, he drew the nine of hearts.  
Happy Bucks
John Pennypacker contributed.  He was happy that he was awakened by a friend at 4:38 AM on the 10th.  The friend had called to wish John a Happy Birthday.  With that awareness, everyone wanted to sing "Happy Birthday" to John, but it wasn't the club's best effort at singing...  John went on to mention his pleasure at being invited to the No Ball Ball on May 11 and turned in his RSVP and check for $100.  Pam Cohen contributed.  She and Chuck had hosted youth exchange students Caio (hosted by Mesa West) and Gabriel (who is being hosted in Prescott) for a weekend of Skiing in Flagstaff.  In addition to skiing, they enjoyed the hot tub and pool at Pam's time share, and enjoyed a jeep tour in Sedona on the way home.  Dick Myren paid his normal happy buck honoring Rod Daniels' tradition of paying for being happy to be a member of Mesa West Rotary.  He was sad he would be leaving early but very glad that the end of tax season was less than a week away.  Lola McClane contributed.  She was happy her daughter and granddaughter had the opportunity to take the trip of a lifetime to Bangkok Thailand.  She was happy that they got to go, but even happier that they were now home after safe travel.  Jack Rosenberg was happy to be back at Rotary with his son, Frank.  Bob Zarling fined himself for arriving later than planned when he was scheduled to serve as greeter.  He also contributed and made an impassioned sales pitch for using the forms on the table to sign up for Rotary Direct donating to Polio Plus, the Annual Fund or both.  CLICK HERE to download a copy of the form.  Daryl Bethea wanted to thank Chris and Mike Krueger for inviting the club to their home for the Steak and Beans No Ball Ball event. Greg Okonowski paid happy dollars for some time he recently spent playing Mr. Mom with his kids, saying, "It's Been Fun!"  Chris Krueger contributed saying the meeting was her 3rd Rotary Club meeting of the week.  She attended a Chandler Club meeting Tuesday at Noon and attended a meeting of the soon-to-be formed Gilbert South Club where she heard their speaker, Kathleen Wynn, discuss Sex Trafficking.  
  • Flyers were on the tables about the April 27 Spring Olympics event (see separate article in this newsletter)
  • There will be no regular meeting April 25.
  • Chris also encouraged members to attend Club Leadership Academy on Saturday, April 27.  CLICK HERE to learn more and/or register.  The club will reimburse the cost of registration for members who attend the academy.
  • She told members where they could get copies of the No Ball Ball invitation if theirs had not yet arrived in the mail.
  • Chris assured members that the steaks at the  May 11 event at her home would be good - Mike (not Chris) will be in charge of preparing them.
  • Lolita Wiesner asked Chis to let members know she had hoped to say farewell herself before heading home but was not feeling well and could not attend.
Gift of Hearing Update
Chris invited Bob Jensen to share a brief update about the hearing mission to Guaymas.  Bob said that it seems they always fall short of hearing aids before finishing the mission.  This past year one individual who was very disappointed had traveled 8.5 hours on a bus to be there.  Bob tried to get the person served at another Rotary audiology mission, but they were unable to accommodate as their grant was restricted to citizens of Mexicali only.  Last month, Bob traveled to Guaymas with twenty hearing aids.  The Caborca Rotary Club paid for bus transportation to get the patients to the clinic.  On that trib, Bob was finally able to get the person who had been disappointed after traveling so far last fall taken care of.  When asked how many devices the team was short in 2018, Bob answered, "At least 30."  Bob said that Jim Schmidt found someone who offered $2,500 to avoid being short again in 2019.  That individual has now expanded that offer to "up to $5,000 match."  Pam Cohen quickly pledged $100, but Bob told the club that he and a colleague have each already committed $2,500 to ensure they get the full $5,000 for the 2019 mission. 
Through The Rotary Foundation, we expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented.
Rotary programs improve women’s access to skilled health personnel: doctors, nurses, midwives, or community health care workers.
Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
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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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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