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President Chris Krueger opened the meeting with Bert Millett offering the invocation and Polly Cady leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  She thanked Bob Jensen for greeting members and guests as they arrived for the meeting.  Ray Smith led everyone in singing "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" to start celebrating Valentine's week!
Visiting Rotarians, Erwin and Joan Reiman from Rapid City, South Dakota were present.  Dil Brinton from the Mesa Club was present and introduced our soon-to-be-member, Lola McClane. Bert Millett introduced his guest, Tony Caliendo, who recently joined Bert's practice, Orangewood Law Group, as a partner.  Bruce Dransfeldt, from Chandler Horizon Rotary, was back as a visitor.  Dick Myren introduced Tom Mellen, visiting from Farmington Maine Rotary.  Rik Bucy was visiting from the Soldotna, Alaska club.  PDG Lloyd Gnirk from District 5650 was visiting from Omaha, Nebraska.  
Jim McGown won $10 in the weekly attendance drawing, since $5 had rolled over unclaimed from the January 31 meeting.  Dr. Ron Thompson handled the weekly raffle.  He announced that the lucky ticket holder would win $37.00, and if they were lucky, and drew the ace of clubs from the remaining cards in the deck, they would win $447.00.  Having pooled their money to purchase raffle tickets, the three musketeers, Jack Rosenberg, John Benedict, and Steve Ross held the winning ticket.  They appointed John to attempt to draw, but he drew the wrong ace - the ace of spades.
Happy Bucks
John Benedict reported that while caring for his daughter's dog, he took the dog on a walk and tripped over a speed bump and sustained an injury requiring stitches, but not a cast.  Dick Myren paid his traditional Rod Daniels tribute $1 - happy to be a member of Mesa West Rotary.  He paid an additional $1 because he was going to have to leave the meeting early.  Penny May was happy to be back at Mesa West Rotary, although she clearly wished she was still on her recent island vacation to the Cook Islands.  Penny explained that one of the major differences in meeting places for Rotary between Alaska and Arizona, is that in Arizona there are no coat and hat racks.  John Pennypacker was happy to be heading to his niece's rehearsal dinner later and would be enjoying her wedding on Friday.  Bruce Dransfeldt paid to promoting their annual hole-in-one fundraising competition.  CLICK HERE to see a You-tube video about the event.   He also announced that he is preparing tax returns for AARP at the Chandler Library.  Allan Cady was happy that Larry Fitzgerald will be coming back to the Cardinals.  Polly Cady was happy to be a Rotarian and had enjoyed their recent visit to the Verrado Rotary Club.  Donna Goetzenberger announced that even though her Short Term Youth Exchange Chair and Inbound Chair had both resigned their positions, she was happy to have recruited Machel Considine from Tempe Kyrene Rotary to fill one of those positions and was very thankful that Dan Coons had attended her recent Youth Exchange Committee meeting.  Donna is trying to expand her committee to a larger number of working members, so the volume of tasks involved in managing Youth Exchange can be accomplished by a broader number of Rotarian volunteers.  The additional workers will make the program much more manageable and sustainable.  Donna also reminded members that Colton Cagle, the current Interact District Governor, and a member of Westwood High School Interact Club (which is sponsored by Mesa West) will be an outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student next year.  One of his obligations for being selected is to come up with three host families to house an inbound student next year.  They do not need to be in the Westwood High School district.  Interested members were urged to contact Donna.  Rotarians were urged to spread this opportunity to others outside Rotary.  Lucinda was happy to have recognized her 2005-6 District Governor classmate, Lloyd Gnirk from Omaha, visiting our meeting.  Dil Brinton with the Mesa Club announced that their club would be celebrating their 97th birthday soon and hoped many Mesa West Rotarians would celebrate with them.  Chris Krueger was happy that one of her employees was going to receive the Chairman's Award from her bank that afternoon, and she might have to leave before the meeting was over to be there for the occasion.
  • Allan Cady announced that the Sponsorship Campaign is just over half way to our goal of raising $40,000.  Allan really believes we could raise $50,000 if members were to really get behind the program this year.  He had a progress thermometer prepared by Paige Goetzenberger to illustrate our progress.  He said there were brochures on the table, and Dan Coons had printed an additional supply for the meeting, and he was happy to report there is some action starting to happen.
  • Dick Myren announced that he had thank-you notes to hand out from Rod Daniels, who had prepared notes for those Rotarians who had reached out to him recently following the loss of his wife.
  • Dan Coons announced that he had visited the Westwood High School Interact Club.  They were selling stickers to raise money for Crutches 4 Africa.  Dan brought some of the stickers to the meeting to sell for $3 each.  Members said it would be easier and faster to buy them for $5 each.  Dan sold all the stickers he had brought to the meeting plus some invisible stickers at that price.  Crutches 4 Africa is an Interact District 5495 service project.  All Interact clubs have worked to collect mobility devices and raise money for them to be transported to Kenya to be delivered by a team of Interact Ambassadors and adult chaperones who will travel to Kenya this coming summer.  The mission is coordinated with a partnership of Kenyan Rotarians and Rotaractors and Crutches 4 Africa, a US non-profit which strives to fill mobility needs in deprived communities of Africa.
  • Melody Jackson announced a grand opening of a new revolutionary skin care business one of her friends was starting.
President Chris Krueger called the meeting to order asking Ryan Ellis to offer the invocation and Warren Williamson to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  She thanked Lola McClain for serving as greeter for the meeting.  Lola is on her way to becoming a Mesa West Rotarian, but has not yet been formally inducted.
Several visiting Rotarians were in attendance.  Ray Miller from Lolita Wiesner's home club in Red Deer, Alberta was visiting again with his wife, Marian.  AG Kay Caskey was visiting from Butler, Missouri.  Bruce Dransfeldt was visiting from Chandler Horizon Rotary Club and made sure Mesa West Rotarians were aware of their hole-in-one event.  CLICK HERE to see a u-tube video about their annual fundraising activity.  Tom Mellen was visiting from Farmington, Maine.  Joan and Erwin Reiman from South Dakota were also visiting.  Their attendance this winter has exceeded that of some of our club's members.  Rik Bucy declared himself to be a permanent seasonal visitor.
There were three attempts to give away five dollars in the weekly attendance drawing, but none of the badge holders of the token numbers drawn were present.  On February 7, if a winner is present, they will win ten dollars.  In the weekly raffle, Dan Coons was the holder of the winning ticket.  After a flurry of flying hand shuffling of cards, Dan's attempt to draw the ace of clubs ended unsuccessfully.  Chuck Flint announced that the Buck Board was full.  President Chris assisted with drawing the cards labeling the rows and columns on the buck board.  That was followed by an elimination drawing until the potential winners were down to just a few.  Allan Cady actually had multiple chances to win.  Chuck explained that this buck board was unique.  A visitor who had won a previous buck board has not been able to be reached.  Even the person who brought her as a guest has been unsuccessful reaching her.  That $1,000 in previous winnings was divided into $600 and $400 amounts to be won with this elimination as second and third place winnings.  Allan was feeling lucky and refused to sell any of his squares.  His feeling was well founded Greg Okonowski won the 3rd prize and Allan won both 1st and 2nd prize.  $400 will be sent to The Rotary Foundation in Greg's name, and $1,600 will be sent in Allan's name.  
Happy Bucks
Jeanie Morgan was happy that John Pennypacker had shared a great article and video both featuring Ann Lee Hussey about the importance of continuing Rotary's focus on polio eradication.  John reported there have already been 33 cases reported year-to-date, so there is a lot of work yet to be done.  As long as polio exists anywhere, it can travel everywhere.  It was reported that Gary Whiting's Navajo water project has passed its first review to be approved for a grant from The Rotary Foundation.  Dan Coons announced that his team has claimed the name "Team Ribeye" in the club's sponsorship program competition.  Don LaBarge had dinner with Rod Daniels and has agreed to help Rod move.  He also lamented the fact that his wife, Chris, is making Don help with her sorority's booth at the Phoenix Open, since he makes her help our club with our Veterans Day Parade duties. 
Dick Myren paid his usual $1 to honor Rod Daniels' tradition of being happy to be a member of  Mesa West Rotary.  Dick paid an additional $1 for his "early out."  Chis Krueger was fined for having dessert before the meeting.  She protested saying she was testing it to be sure it would be safe for the rest of the members to consume.
  • Chris Krueger announced Mesa West Rotary will be honored to have Rotary International Director Elect Johrita Solari as our guest speaker on February 28.  David Simmer, District-Governor Elect has arranged for this program and has extended an invitation to other Rotarians in the East Valley to join us.  If you plan to bring a guest for this meeting, please let Aubrey know so she can help the hotel be prepared.
  • Pam Cohen announced that February 7 will be an entertaining meeting with Shamus the Insulter/Complimenter from the Renaissance Festival presenting our program.  
  • Valentine's Day - February 14, the Arizona School for the Arts Choir will present a Valentine Serenade.
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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Feb 28, 2019
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