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President Jim Called the meeting to order by requesting Chris Krueger to provide the thought for the day.  John Pennypacker led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Remembering when members of both houses of congress stood on the capitol steps following 9/11, Ray Smith led Rotarians and Guests in singing the song they sang together - "God Bless America."
John Pennypacker introduced Shelly Romine, who recently moved to our area from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Shelly is a Rotarian and would like to find a great club here to become a part of.  Since Mesa West is the Ace of Clubs, we believe she should choose our club.  Also introduced as a guest for the last time was Greg Bouslog.  
President Jim asked Shelly to draw a token from the bag to see who would win the attendance drawing.  Pam Cohen was the lucky winner.  Chuck Flint also asked Shelly to draw to see who would win the $25 weekly drawing.  She drew Ron Thompson's ticket.  Chuck explained that 1/3 of the money collected from ticket sales goes to the club to cover administrative expenses, 1/3 goes to the holder of the ticket drawn and 1/3 goes into an accumulating pot, which is now up to $400.  If the winner of the weekly drawing draws the Ace of Clubs from the deck, they get the big winnings.  If not, the card they drew is destroyed making the odds better each week until someone draws the Ace of Clubs.  Unfortunately (for him) Dr. Ron drew the King of Diamonds.
Auction Items
Four members had items to auction.  Ray Smith's bid of $40 won the bag of items personally crafted by members of her family in Colorado which was offered by Jeanie Morgan.  For bids of $40 each, Chris Krueger and Ron Thompson each received a bag of items from the Rotary Zone Institute in Denver provided by John Pennypacker.  Melodie Jackson had a bag of items from Sonoma County California, which was won by Dan Coons with his $45 bid.
Wisdom in Lieu of Humor
Rather than follow his recent habit of telling a joke, President Jim shared a quote from Dennis Prager, an American writer, speaker, radio and TV commentator, theologian, and Zionist:
"The vast majority of those who are famous are not significant and the vast majority of those who are significant are not famous."
Thank You from Gilbert High School Basketball Team
The Gilbert HS Basketball Team - State Champions last year - gave our club a framed photo of the championship team to thank Mesa West for the long-term relationship our club has had with the team and for supporting their efforts to provide every player on the team with a championship ring and events relating to celebration of their outstanding achievement.
Our Newest Member - Greg Bouslog
Greg Bouslog relocated from Illinois to Arizona with his wife to become the Sports Director at the Ross Farnsworth-East Valley Family YMCA.  He has recently attended Mesa West more regularly than many of our members.  He was inducted as a new Member of Mesa West by President, Jim Schmidt.  Greg comes from a long family history with Rotary  His grandfather was a member of Rotary in Macomb, Illinois, and his father is currently a member of a Rotary club in Princeton, Illinois.
Happy Bucks
Pam Cohen was happy to have a new job.  She was happy Greg is a new member of Mesa West.  She was sad to report that honored member, Alan Ramsdell passed away Wednesday, September 11, two days prior to his 81st birthday.  He and Mary Jo celebrated their 57th anniversary this past summer.  Dr. Ron was happy he won the raffle.  Chris Krueger enjoyed the Rotary Zone Institute and is looking forward to enjoying Disney World.  Contributing sad bucks, John Pennypacker told of a friend he had reconnected with at the recent Rotary Zone Institute and who had passed away very unexpectedly Monday, September 9.   John became acquainted with Richard D. Elixman during his District Governor Nominee and District Governor Elect training.  "He was a good man and a better Rotarian."  Jim Schmidt was happy Jim Crutcher was able to attend his first meeting in a very long time. Polly Schumacher donated - glad Jim Crutcher was back.  Greg Okonowski was happy about a great experience when Jim Crutcher sold him a used truck recently.  Dan Coons, who filled in for her while she was away taking notes and photos for the Messenger, was happy Jeanie was back from her trip to Colorado.  Jim Crutcher was happy to be able to reconnect.  He will miss Alan Ramsdell and asked that we all pray for Mary Jo.  Jim was with Berge Ford for 25 of their 75 years in business.  He is now happy to be with Larry Miller - another great family-owned company.  Larry Miller's widow and sons do everything right.  One positive change for Jim is the Larry Miller team believes in their General Managers having an ownership interest in the company.  Geoff White was glad to be able to attend.  He was so happy to be back that he donated $100 toward his Paul Harris Fellow account for being late to his first meeting back.  Chuck Flint was happy that Geoff was the largest donor of the day with the money going to The Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Mesa will have as their speaker on Wednesday, October 16, Ray Anderson, the ASU Athletic Director, and on Wednesday, December 4, their speaker will be Dr. Michael Crow from ASU.  John Pennypacker contributed sad dollars. 
Colton Cagle is shown proudly displaying the US Flag during a Youth Exchange gathering in The Netherland.  Paige Goetzenberger is shown proudly displaying the Arizona flag at a similar gathering in Austria.  
Marcella, who is sponsored by Mesa West while attending school in Flagstaff is shown at a YE gathering this past weekend in Sedona, where they had a chance to enjoy a Pink Jeep tour. 
Paige had the opportunity to reconnect with former inbound YE students to our district - Lissa and Max.
Over 50 students attended the first meeting of the GCU Rotaract Club for the 2019-20 academic year.  Those in attendance had a great time listening to some speakers and making cards for kids in hospitals!  
Their first service project is on Saturday, September 28Members will receive 4.5 CCSC service hours for participating.
Members will be working at Oktoberfest in Fountain Hills to help our sponsoring Rotary club raise money to donate to multiple volunteer organizations.  Rotaractors will be working at a pretzel booth and picking up trash.  
 The club's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00 PM in room 57-222.  At the meeting, members will be making cards for veterans and active-duty military.  Members will receive 1 hour of CCSC credit for participating in the project at the meeting.
Members do not have to be in CCSC to be part of GCU Rotaract, but those who are CCSC scholars will benefit because Rotaract service hours convert to CCSC hours.

President Jim Schmidt was present and ran the meeting.  Ray Smith led the club in singing “The More We Get Together.”  The invocation was by Darl Bethea.  Pledge was by Warren Williamson.

Guests:  Greg Bouslog, a potential new member, and Shakima Fagan.

Drawing:  Carolyn Jones won the attendance drawing.

Happy Dollars:  Carolyn Jones and Dick Myron were both happy to be there.  Daryl Bethea was happy his son was there to listen to his presentation.  Warren was happy to participate in the Feed My Starving Children project.

President Jim gave the club a bit of Rotary history by letting us know that the very first Rotary project was not the community toilets as many believe, but was to purchase a new horse for a preacher.  He also added to his weekly humor letting us know that the two inevitable things in life are death and taxes.  However, you only have to die once.  Taxes just keep coming.

Chuck Flint introduced Shakima Fagan who was an Interactor at Westwood HS.  She is originally from the British Virgin Islands.  Now that she has graduated from Westwood, she has been accepted to the University of  York in York England to work on environmental and ecology studies.  She also expressed her gratefulness for the scholarship she was awarded by Mesa West.

Mesa West Rotary may have been the best-represented club at the Big West Rotary Zone Institute held in Denver September 5-8, 2019.  The Institute followed the Governor Elect and Governor Nominee training sessions that were held earlier that week.  Two Mesa West Members - Allan Cady and Chris Krueger were invited by District Governor David Simmer to participate in training for Emerging Leaders.  Lucinda General is active at the zone level and served on the Institute planning committee as well as participated as a trainer. John Pennypacker served as an aid to one of the many Rotary VIP's at the Institute.  Don LaBarge played a huge logistical role.  He transported the flags representing all the countries where Rotary is represented from Arizona to the Institute and was involved in getting them placed strategically in the rooms where the general and plenary sessions were held. 
The six photos on the left were taken Thursday evening at a mix-and-mingle social event.  Photo-documenting their attendance at a Rotary make-up by attending the Institute were Allan Cady, Polly Cady, Jeanie Morgan, Chris Krueger, John Pennypacker, Don LaBarge, Lucinda General and Wayne General.
PDG George Wheeler and his Rotarian-wife Willie are long-time friends of Mesa West.  John Pennypacker is shown presenting an End Polio Now hat to Mike McGovern, chair of the Rotary International End Polio Campaign.  The photo taken on the bottom right was taken the evening of the Roaring 20's graduation celebration for the District Governor Class of 2020-21.  Shown in the photo l-r are John Steelquist, RI President-Elect Holgar Knaak, John Pennypacker, and Laura Steelquist.
The Rotary Zone Institute was abundant with inspirational and motivational speakers.  One of the things that becomes abundantly clear is that Rotary is rich with servant leaders - leaders at all levels who are approachable and who have and continue to put service above self. 
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.
Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
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Pam Cohen did some shopping so that the children waiting for exams at this year's Gift of Hearing mission in Guaymas, Mexico will have something to keep them happily busy while they wait.  The leftover supplies will be gladly accepted by the teachers for use in the classrooms at the school where our team will do the exams.
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


First three Thursdays each month 12:10 PM, fourth Thursday is evening meeting at 6:00 PM
1011 W Holmes
Mesa, AZ  85210
United States of America
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Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
Foundation Director
Membership Director
Public Image Director
Executive Secretary
Dee Montague and Jenny Richardson
Sep 26, 2019
Override Election
Hannah Mason
Oct 03, 2019
Westwood High School Interact and Crutches 4 Africa
Pam Cohen
Oct 10, 2019
Legacy Project Discussion
Meghan Fable
Oct 17, 2019
Ability 360 - Empowering People with Disabilities
Pam Cohen
Oct 24, 2019
Legacy Project Discussion
Oct 31, 2019
Happy Halloween!!
John Pennypacker
Nov 07, 2019
Rotary Involvement and Family Stories
Chuck Flint
Nov 14, 2019
Mesa West Rotary Foundation
Lola McLane
Nov 21, 2019
Life as a Court Reporter
Nov 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Russ Wiells
Dec 05, 2019
Business Columnist Inforamtion
District Governor David Simmer
Dec 12, 2019
Official Visit to Mesa West Rotary Club
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