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Dan Coons' Team Ribeye crew were basking in their success at the Steak and Beans "No Ball Ball" Saturday May 11.  Their team won the competition in gathering sponsorships for the Mesa West Foundation this Rotary year.  
Team Ribeye gathered a total of $12,989 in donations and sponsorships.  Coming in second, was Terry Diedrick's team with a total of $6,710.  Steve Ross's team had a total of $2,450, followed by Chuck Flint's team with $1,900.  Team Zarling produced $1,262, Team Troy, $750, and Team Rosenberg $600.  $715 came in with no team identification.  Cheers go to our sponsorship program chair and co-chair who were not assigned to teams.  Allan Cady brought in $19,200 and Bryan Goetzenberger brought in $1,200.  The total campaign has produced $47,776 to date.
The results are impressive.  This was a fundraising activity that did NOT require gathering raffle prizes, renting a venue, and selling tickets, that the majority of the cost of which would not have benefitted our foundation and through the foundation the impact we can make in our community and our world.  Had we sold tickets, much of what we would have gathered in those ticket sales would have covered the cost of the venue, food, and other event-related expenses.  
Our donors and sponsors can feel confident 100% of their donated funds will be used to make a positive difference.  
Shown in the photo are Hannah Mason (Treasurer), Valeria Guttierez (Secretary), and Shakima Fagan (President).  They are holding the traveling plaque they won earlier this year when the club produced the winning video in a competition among all Interact Clubs in District 5495.  The goal was to produce a video that would create a compelling story about how much fun and fulfillment could be found in a club committed to service.
Hannah has been elected to be President of Westwood High School Interact for the 2019-20 academic year.  She has also been selected as one of five Interact Ambassadors with the Interact District 5495 Crutches 4 Africa mission to Kenya this coming summer.  Congratulations, Hannah!
President Chris Krueger called the meeting to order, asking Dr. Ron Thompson to offer the invocation and Jack Rosenberg to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  To acknowledge the Kentucky Derby, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 3, Ray Smith led everyone present in singing "Camptown Races," which was composed by Stephen Foster in 1850.
Past-President Allan Cady was invited to the podium to announce results of the sponsorship drive.  He stated that with pledges, it looks like the campaign will bring in just under $48,000 - well over the $40,000 goal set for this Rotary year.
Team Ribeye, led by Dan Coons, was the top team bringing in t total of over $13,000 in sponsorships and donations.  Six of the team's members participated by either successfully soliciting one or more sponsorships or by making a personal donation.  Team Diedrick, led by Terry Diedrick was the second place team gathering over $6,700 in sponsorships and donations.  Sponsors and donors had the option of choosing which avenue of service or project they wanted to support.  Those totals to date are as follows:
International Service
Hearing - $15,800
Aqua Africa - $7,200
Micro Credit - $1,100
Youth Service
No Specific Project - $3,000
No Specific Project or Avenue of Service - $17,900
Assistant Governor, Lee Holmes, was introduced as a visitor.  Jeanie Morgan introduced Jennifer Morrill, a candidate for a vocational education grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  Erwin and Joan Reiman chose NOT to be introduced as guests.  Jennifer G, a Guest of Greg Okonowski, came to hear the speaker who would be introduced later.
Our most recently inducted member, Tom Bradford, was the lucky $5 winner when the token with his badge number was drawn in the weekly attendance drawing.  Chuck Flint explained that the lucky holder of the ticket drawn in the weekly raffle would win $25, and have a chance to draw the ace of clubs which would entitle the weekly winner to also win $893.  Chuck asked our Assistant Governor Lee Holmes to draw a ticket.  The ticket he drew belonged to Warren Williamson.  After Allan Cady suggested he visualize the card he wanted to draw, Warren did draw the ace of clubs.  Warren indicated the majority of his winnings would go to his Paul Harris account at The Rotary Foundation.
Happy Bucks
Allan Cady was happy that our youth exchange student, Caio, was at the meeting.  Polly Cady was happy that Caio was there as well as she had a belated birthday card for him - Caio had celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday, April 28.  Polly was also happy Carolyn Jones and Jane Benedict were both at home and both doing much better.  Polly confessed that she had to reveal her fear of stairs without rails when she became paralyzed and had to ask for help climbing three steps to the podium at the Club Leadership Academy Saturday, April 27.  Several members felt we should sing Happy Birthday to Caio, which everyone enthusiastically supported.  AG Lee has been in Rotary 20 years.  He joined Rotary because he was invited to do so.  He reminded members it is each of our job to actively recruit new members to be a part of our wonderful organization.  Bob Zarling pad sad dollars because he was unable to attend CLA as he had a prior commitment at a Chandler giveaway.  John Benedict paid happy dollars.  April 30 marked his 39th anniversary of being a member of Mesa West Rotary.  Jack Rosenberg paid happy dollars.  Don LaBarge paid tribute dollars to a commanding officer he served under in Viet Nam.  Don had the privilege of visiting him in South Carolina in the fall of 2018.  Don was proud to have known him and serve under him, but sad to report that he has been taken off life support.  Chuck Flint paid happy dollars reporting that any member wishing to know their donation status with The Rotary Foundation could check with him as he had the latest reports printed and available at the meeting.  He was also happy to report that Don LaBarge had been treated to a colonoscopy on April 30.  Joan Reiman reported that their grandson and his wife had visited with their seven-week-old baby boy.  Their grandson, Tony, who recently spoke to our club had again scored as the top American in his most recent meet, taking him another step closer to his Olympic goal.  Dick Myren contributed his $1 remembering Rod Daniel's tradition of "being happy to be a member of Mesa West Rotary."  He contributed a sad dollar as he had been unable to attend Spring Olympics on April 27.  Dan Coons contributed, stating that Caio has moved to the home of Bob Zarling, the Coons family has improved cash flow due to savings in their grocery budget.
New Members Inducted
Membership Chair, Don LaBarge, invited Joan and Erwin Reiman to come forward to be inducted into Mesa West Rotary.  They are both experienced Rotarians from South Dakota.  Erwin explained that their club in South Dakota had funded Storybook Park, a frequently visited free park, in their city.  Joan has fewer years as a member of Rotary, but has participated with Erwin on friendship exchanges both as hosts and travelling abroad.  She was their South Dakota club's music person, but has no aspirations of displacing Ray Smith who holds that role in Mesa West.  Now that Erwin and Joan will be spending more time in Mesa than in South Dakota, they were welcomed as members of Mesa West Rotary.
Two Westwood High School students were selected in the 2019 Junior Achievement 18 Under !8 awards in Arizona.

Colton Cagle has found the value in volunteering. A senior at Westwood High School, Colton’s extracurricular work with the Rotary Club has proven to be among the most impactful on his young life.

As a freshman, Cagle got involved with Interact, which is the youth branch of the Rotary club. There, he learned about the organization’s service projects in Arizona and beyond, particularly its primary initiative of eradicating polio.

Cagle is the governor for his district of Interact – it covers the northern two-thirds of Arizona – and also leads local initiatives such as the annual Purple Pinkie project, which raises money for polio vaccines throughout the world. Through Interact, Cagle was one of seven students from Arizona that made a trip to Kenya to deliver mobility devices (braces, walkers, wheelchairs) to medical centers, schools and villages.

“Here with our club, we set up a table/booth at lunch for two weeks and we have kids donate a dollar,” Cagle said. “That provides three polio vaccinations, and that’s matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and our Rotary Club. I love this project in particular because we think that because we aren’t financially stable, we can’t make an impact. But this project shows that donating just a dollar – a small amount – can make a huge impact.”

This year, Cagle and his team brought in $1,200 from Westwood’s Purple Pinkie drive.

Cagle is taking a gap year and traveling to the Netherlands for an exchange program. While overseas, he’ll learn a new language and a new culture, while doing service leadership projects. He plans to attend college when he returns to the United States.

“Kids are asked what do you want to do? What do you want to be? We’re constantly changing and learning. And I’m keeping it open,” Cagle said. “I don’t want to lose what I’m passionate about.”

Youth Exchange
(Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
Rotary Programs open the world for our youth, while our youth light up the lives of Rotarians!
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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