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Plan to enjoy a "Conversation with the Commander" Thursday, September 17, and our Mesa West Rotary Zoom Meeting.
Commander Peters has served with the Mesa Police Department for over 30 years.  He currently oversees the Superstition Patrol District.  He has a very diverse background in police leadership.  He has supervised the Technical Services Division, Traffic Unit, Organized Crime Bureau, Asset Forfeiture Unite, Air Unit, SWAT, K-(, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Police Operations, Forensic Services Section, Support Services Section, Criminal Investigations Division and Communications.  
Commander Peters has degrees from all three major Arizona universities, ASU, NAU, and UofA.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, and a member of the International Association of Police Chief's Drug Recognition Expert Subcommittee. 
He is a two-time President of the Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club.
President Dan Coons opened the Zoom meeting platform at 11:15 so members who wanted to engage in informal conversation could do so.  Since Allan and Polly Cady had recently returned from a fishing trip to Minnesota, there were a few fish stories to be shared.  Warren Williamson had a new twist on an old saw, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.  If you teach a man to fish you can get him out of your hair for weeks at a time." 
Wendell Jones had a story to share about two brothers who went ice fishing.  There were two holes to fish through in their hut.  The first brother was pulling in one fish after another but brother #2 was having no luck at all.  Finally, frustrated, the luckless brother dropped his line through first brother's hole, but still had no luck while first brother continued to be lucky.  Out of frustration brother #2 asked brother #1 what he was doing wrong.  He got a mumbled response and asked again.  Brother #1 spit something from his mouth into his hand, and with much more clarity responded, "You have to warm your worms." Wendell said they had taken their youngsters fishing many times over the years, but his best fishing trip was when he went to Alaska where they caught more and much larger fish.  They caught one halibut which weighed over 200#.  That's when he learned his mistake had been that he'd been fishing for the helluvit instead of for halibut. 
On a more somber note, Wendell asked for members to pray for his wife Carolyn who is also a member.  Since our last meeting she suffered a stroke and is now completely bedridden and cannot speak.  
Dan thanked the members who had already logged into the meeting for making his experience as club president year-to-date a lot of fun.  
At Noon, President Dan called the meeting to order.  He introduced himself and recited the Rotary Vision Statement.
Thought for the Day - Jeanie Morgan
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. 
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset
Saint Francis de Sales
The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
Norman Vincent Peale
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
Dalai Lama
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
Lao Tzu
When things change inside you, things change around you.
Peace can become a lens through which you see the world.
Be it.  Live it.  Radiate it out.  Peace is an inside job.
Wayne Dyer
If you don't know the guy on the other side of the world,
love him anyway because he's just like you.  
He has the same dreams the same hopes and fears.
It's one world, pal.  We're all neighbors.
Frank Sinatra
Peace cannot be kept by force.
It can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein
Past District Governor Chuck Fitzgerald had a takeaway
from a message at church a few years ago.
He had to ask himself, "Am I a peace lover, or a peace-maker?"
Let There be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin With Me
familiar song by Sy Miller & Jill Jackson and performed by many
Rotary Minute - Dan Coons
Following the theme of peace, President Dan encouraged members to attend the Persuing Peace Conference being hosted by our Rotary District 5495 on Thursday, September 18 at Rio Vista in Peoria, Arizona from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The conference will also be Livestreamed.  The conference will feature six keynote speakers, and will have a focus of "Is Your Organization a Platform for Peace?"  CLICK HERE to reach the registration/information site.
Another district event is being held virtually - at no cost to attendees - Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Club Leadership Academy Part 2 will feature breakout sessions to appeal to all Rotarians.  Don't let the name deter you from attending it is for all Rotarians - not just club leaders!  CLICK HERE to reach the registration/information site.
Happy Bucks
  • Allan Cady - Pledged $5.  $1 for the fist he caught on his recent fishing trip to Minnesota and $4 sad bucks for those fish that got away.  
  • Polly Cady - $5 - they know a young couple from Peoria Illinois who want to join Rotary.  Polly is helping them get connected.
  • Allan Cady - Pledged $75 to The Rotary Foundation to celebrate his 75th birthday and his 10th anniversary as a Rotarian.
  • Wayne General - Celebrated completion of their gazebo by pledging $20.
  • Greg Bouslog - Pledged $5 because he is happy that football is back and fun will come along with it.
  • Warren Williamson - $5 pledged because phone service has been out in his office since September 2, but cell phones took the place of the phone system very well.
  • Pam Cohen - Pledged $5 because although she was happy to see Wayne General attending, she was sad that Lucinda was absent.  Wayne explained that Lucinda was in another room working with an IT person to fix a problem.
  • Bob Zarling - Pledged $5 he showed a background screen from the TSA area in the Milwaukee airport which was a large image of two people toasting each other with large mugs of beer.
  • Don Boucher - Pledged $5 because he was in attendance and eating oatmeal.
  • Jack Rosenberg - Pledged $10 noting that before Allan Cady became a member, he was already a Paul Harris fellow.
  • Colleen Coons - Announced that she would be donating to the Mesa West Rotary foundation the proceeds of seven shares of stock.
  • Dan Coons - Pledged $5 for forgetting Terry Cowan's name.  He's known Terry a long time, saying he remembered them both being at the Rotary International convention in Los Angeles.
  • Bob Jensen - Pledged $100 for the Guaymas mission.  September is a big birthday month in his family.  They will be headed to Tucson to celebrate.  His grandson's birthday is the 12th, their son-in-law's is the 15th, and Bob's is the 19th.  He will be 71.  Bob also announced they would be presenting a program about the Guaymas mission to GCU Rotaract this fall.
  • John Pennypacker - Pledged $5 because his class of District Governors had recently had a Zoom meeting with Steve Snyder who had been their RI Director.  He shared news from Evanston (RI Headquarters).  Good news was that RI staff have had no instances of COVID.  Bad news is that Rotary has lost 14,000 members this year.  12,000 of the members lost were in North America.
  • Don Boucher - Pledged additional $12.  He and Sharon will be celebrating their 12th anniversary on the 26th.
  • The October 15 meeting will be presented by a representative from the C-Span network.
  • The Step-up-for Rotary fundraising opportunity provided by the district can be entered by individual Rotarians or groups of Rotary friends at any time.  CLICK HERE for information.
  • Shelly Romine reminded members of the September club service project, which will take place on Friday, September 25 from 6:30 AM to Noon.  Members who are interested in participating can CLICK HERE to register on the United Food Bank website
  • Shelly also announced that the October service event will be an evening event doing emergency food packaging for United Food Bank.
  • Colleen Coons announced that the second introductory on-line meeting about the Vello tutoring project would be held following the Rotary meeting at 2:00 PM.  There will be another two-session opportunity in two weeks.
Saturday, September 5, President-Elect Bob Zarling and Vocational Service Chair Bryan Goetzenberger utilized Zoom to participate in an online interview with Nicholas Phair.  The interview was to determine if Nicholas would be a worthy candidate to be sponsored by Mesa West Rotary for a grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA).
Nicholas plans a career in medicine and has a passion for serving the needs of geriatric patients.  He applied for the grant to study and be certified as Certified Nursing Assistant at East Valley Medical College.  He believes the practical experience he can gain with that certification will enable him to earn and gain practical knowledge while he continues to work toward his eventual goal of becoming a physician's assistant.
Following the interview, the sponsorship agreement was submitted and Nicholas began his studies September 14.
President Dan followed his recent practice of opening the Zoom platform at 11:15 so members who wanted to arrive early and engage in informal conversation would have the opportunity to do so.  
Jack Rosenberg was one of the early arrivals and was very glad to be there as he feared an earlier medical procedure might keep him from attending at all.  Jack's photo had been on Facebook and in the September 2 Messenger modeling a Rotary mask.  It seemed to be a consensus that every Mesa West Rotary members should be the recipient of a like mask and of course want to coordinate with other clubs to get them to take advantage of volume discounts.
Bob Zarling spoke about a greeting card rehab project.  Used greeting cards are collected and reconstructed into like-new cards to be sold in care facilities at $1 each, with the proceeds all being used for a charitable purpose.  
At noon, President Dan opened the meeting, first introducing himself and then reciting the Rotary Vision Statement.  He called on Ray Smith to offer the invocation   After some back and forth between Ray and Wendell Jones, Wendell finally offered the invocation.
Rotary Minute - Greg Okonowski
Greg joined Rotary when he was very young - he was in his 20's.  It changed his life.  He had sent a video to be shared.  It had been prepared by Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland.  CLICK HERE to enjoy the video.
You are in a good place.
Think about it.
Every day, you make a difference.
You hit the targets … and sometimes they hit you.
You put in the hours … yet you still make time for what’s important.
You do the hard yards.
You take responsibility … for the successes … and, sometimes, for the failures.
You weather the storms … and enjoy the time in the sun.
So think about it.
You may not realize it … but your skills are invaluable.
And, now?
Now it’s time to put them to good use … to give something back.
To get into a new business … the business of making a difference.
The business of improving lives …
The lives of those who didn’t get your opportunities.
The business of saving lives … and making lives worthwhile and fulfilled.
The business of caring … and sharing your experience.
Of restoring pride … and rediscovering dignity.
Imagine the difference your time could make.
That your skills could bring to bear.
Imagine a simple “thank you” was your reward.
Imagine a smile was your return on investment.
Imagine what a difference you could make.
Following the video, Greg remarked about how he was seen his fellow club members do everything that was highlighted in the video, specifically mentioning his memory of Jack Rosenberg travelling to Bosnia and Kuwait to entertain refugee children as Jelly Bean The Clown.
Happy Bucks
  • John Pennypacker - John had two things to be happy about, each worth $10.  He has ordered new carpet for the second floor of his home.  Getting ready for the installation, he removed all that had accumulated on the floors of four closets over thirty-plus years and has the treasures in his living room where his son has offered to come and help with a purging effort.  John was also happy to report that his daughter would be starting back to work on September 14.
  • Greg Okonowski - $5 for all the pleasant memories of his years in Rotary.
  • Jack Rosenberg - $5 pledge for the reminder of Jelly Bean the Clown.  Last year, when Jack was dining in a restaurant, one of the refugee children he had entertained recognized Jack and spoke to him.  The young man, now grown, is living in the USA and they get together occasionally.  
  • Pam Cohen - Pledged $5 to remind/inform members that the hat we use at in-person meetings for raffle tickets is Jelly Bean's hat - Jack had it bronzed and donated it to the club when Jelly Bean retired.
  • Greg Okonowski - Pledged another $5, glad that Bob Jensen was present and asked Bob to bring everyone up to date on the Gift of Hearing mission in Guaymas, Mexico.
  • Bob Jensen - Bob reported that his doctor friend in Mexico has indicated that the reporting about COVID cases in Mexico is not accurate.  Nobody is being tested unless they are symptomatic, and he felt even that information was being underreported.  Hospitals there are not taking new cases.  It is not likely the mission will happen this Rotary year.
  • Ray Smith - was attending from Alpine, Arizona where it was 50° outside when he woke up.
  • Chris Krueger - Pledged $10.  Her best friend since 7th grade was coming from Austin, Texas for a visit .  The two friends were heading to San Diego for the Labor Day weekend after which they would return for a few days before heading for Sedona for another outing.  On a sad note, Chris reported that her father who is recovering from a stroke has now been diagnosed with COVID.   She is worried he is giving up hope.
  • Wendell Jones - Pledged $10.  With Ray in Alpine, Wendell was missing the clown in his office.
  • Ed Koeneman - Pledged $10.  $5 was because he was happy that Ashley Ferguson, GCU Interact President 2020-21, was in attendance.  The remaining $5 was because he is sad that when school starts next week, his teaching schedule will prevent him from attending our Rotary meetings until the semester is over.
  • Jim Schmidt - Pledged $5.  His son and his family have moved in with them for six months.  They have three teenagers - 13, 15, and 18.  When Jim arrived home recently he noticed the freezer (which is in their garage) was open.  The temperature in the garage was 123°.  After Jim cleaned up the thawed, melted mess, someone had a lesson in the importance of closing what one opens.  
  • Chuck Flint - A conditional pledge of $10 if Chris Krueger and her friend return from San Diego without being subject to any arrest warrants.
  • President Dan Coons - Pledged $5.  He was embarrassed that after making a big deal about wanting lots of service project opportunities during his year of service, he and Colleen were "no shows" for the Feed My Starving Children food-packing event.
  • Bob Zarling - Pledged $5 because he is happy to be back in Arizona.
  • Donna Goetzenberger - Contacted the Messenger Editor following the meeting to pledge $20 because Rotary Youth Exchange is prominently featured in the most recent issue of the Rotary magazine.
Presidential Humor
A patient with a bad heart was finally at the top of the transplant list.  In fact, he had three hearts he could choose from.
  1. 20-year-old man in good health
  2. 30-year-old man who was very fit, a vegetarian, and an active marathon runner
  3. 60-year-old attorney who was a heavy drinker, and who led an inactive lifestyle 
With no hesitation, the patient said he would take the attorney's heart because it had never been used.
  • Dan expressed appreciation for the work of the Community Service Chair, Shelly Romine and Colleen Coons, who is working to partner with UPS in a virtual tutoring program for young readers.
  • The club has received a $2,000 grant which we were awarded because of the number of members participating in Rotary Direct automated giving to The Rotary Foundation.  The grant will be used for the Steps of Love program which was presented to our club by Kathleen Turner last year.  Dan completed the paperwork on the 30th (one day before the deadline) and was happy to say, "The check is already in the bank."
  • Grand Canyon University Rotaract Club will be looking for speakers. Since they will be meeting virtually, they hope members of Rotary will volunteer to get involved.
Thirteen members of Mesa West Rotary gathered at the Feed My Starving Children Food-Packing Facility Thursday evening August 27.  Before being allowed to stay to work, everyone's temperature was checked and masks, hairnets, and gloves became mandatory apparel.  Secure lockers were available for purses, jewelry and any other personal belongings.
Volunteers gathered in a large assembly room and were seated for orientation far enough apart to maintain safe social distancing.  Some startling statistics were shared.  In our world today, one out of nine children will go to bed hungry.  Hunger is the cause of nearly half of the deaths of children under the age of five.  Feed My Starving Children believes hope starts with food.  CLICK HERE to watch a video from their website.
After the orientation, the volunteers scrubbed before reporting to their stations.  In the workroom, they found well-organized areas where teams of five could work together to fill bags.  Each bag contained essential vitamins, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein, and rice which were carefully measured by the volunteers and poured into a funnel through which the ingredients would fall into a bag.  The order with which the ingredients were added was very intentional.  The items with the most nutritional content were added first, followed by the protein and the rice was added last.  The volunteer who had held the bag removed it swiftly so the partner on the opposite side of the table could place the next bag under the funnel.  After each bag was removed from the funnel, it was weighed.  If it was too light, rice would be added.  If it was too heavy, rice would be removed.  The bags were then placed in a rack and the fifth volunteer had the job of sealing the plastic bags and organizing them for placement in a box for shipping.  The volunteers doing the sealing would help each other pack the boxes.  The count in each box had to be identical.  Filled boxes were placed on a pallet.
Feed My Starving Children staff kept the volunteers stocked with the necessary supplies.  It was rare to wait more than a few seconds for the supply replenishment to happen.  Even so, it nearly always slowed the process as the distraction broke the rhythm of the team.  Adding to the ability to move methodically, was fun music with a strong beat which played throughout evening.  Some Mesa West Rotarians were more skilled than others at getting in some dance moves without missing a beat in their responsibilities.
There were other volunteers working with Mesa West at FMSC on the 27th.  Twenty volunteers in total.  At the end of the evening, the group again gathered in the large assembly room to be thanked and to get a summary of what they had accomplished.  Typically, they expect volunteers to average about one box per person during a shift.  This group far exceeded that expectation.  46 boxes were packed.  Enough food to feed twenty-seven children for a year.
Way to go Mesa West - this is that People of Action can do!
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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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!

Mesa West


We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom
Mesa, AZ
United States of America
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Director
Public Image Director
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
Executive Secretary
Erica Williams
Sep 24, 2020
Help Me to Hear - Guaymas Gift of Hearing Presentation
Reid DeSpiegelaere and Crystal Blanton
Oct 01, 2020
Vello/Valley of the Sun United Way
Siddhant Urunkar
Oct 08, 2020
Borgen Project - Elimination of Global Poverty
Jenae Green
Oct 15, 2020
C-Span Networks - Government issues (pandemic, economy, election, etc.)
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