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Welcome to Mesa West Rotary - President Pam Cohen
Pam welcomed everyone to the meeting.  She explained her black eye.  She had a basil cell carcinoma removed from her lower eyelid.  She wanted to make sure everyone knew she had not had an altercation with Don LaBarge.
The Invocation was led by Dick Myren and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jack Rosenberg.  President Pam thanked Shelly Romine for serving as greeter welcoming everyone to the meeting.
Rotary Minute - Lu General
On the screen, Lu shared the Rotarian Code of Conduct:
As a Rotarian, I will:
  1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life.
  2. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect.
  3. Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people's quality of life in my community and in the world. 
  4. Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.
  5. Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities, report any suspected harassment, and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment.
This is the essence of what we as collective Rotarians say and believe we should be doing.  
The world lost a very impressive leader - Queen Elizabeth.  At a formal ceremony on April 21, 1947, when she was 21 years old.  She said, "I declare before you that my whole life - whether it be long or short - shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.  That was a 21-year-old woman speaking, and she adhered to that value her entire life.  Lu then shared an ancillary Rotary moment.  In 1959, Queen Elizabeth's daughter Victoria was making a trip to Australia.  The Rotary District which was geographically where Princess Victoria was visiting was where the first RYLA was invented, and the Princess was a RYLA attendee.  You can see that the ethics of the monarchy and the ethics of Rotarians have had a very nice overlap for a long time.
Mesa West Rotary has come to an awakening that planning internally is not the most sustainable way to move into the future.  We are now in a process of visioning where we need to form a plan that is a product and reflection of our community.  This is the thing Lucinda said everybody in the room should try to answer in their head:  Can you name a person who you see as living their life in coordination of their beliefs.  Lucinda suggested PDG Chuck Fitzgerald who believes in the cause of Peace and works to host a Peace Forum every year would qualify.  Our own Ed Koeneman has picked up on the mentoring theme and is working to make that happen  George Wheeler never stopped serving.  Buey with Aqua Africa is living his convictions.  Every person needs to own the Visioning Process.  It is not a one and done process.  It will be ongoing.  We will need to use electronic polling and other means of communicating.  We all need to respond and offer suggestions, and challenges.  Lucinda implored everyone to take a commitment to fully participate.
John added another quote attributed to the Queen:  "The world is not the most pleasant place.  Eventually your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally.  You need to learn to stand up for what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass."
Introduction of Guests
  • Jim and Beth Hoban - visiting from Honolulu Sunset Rotary Club.
  • Salina Graves is with the East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of Chandler Rotary Club.
  • Diane Ware introduced her good friend, Mary Costello, was was visiting from Sacramento, California.
  • Esteban Holman was introduced by Kayla Mudge who said Esteban is exploring Rotary hoping to find a Rotary home.
  • Attending via Zoom were Lola McClane, Melodie Jackson and Lu General.
  • Pai Bethea as attending in person rather than on Zoom
  • Dick Myren and Jack Rosenberg wanted to welcome Jeanie Morgan back.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Steve Ross
Steve announced the big pot was up to $162.  The holder of the winning ticket would automatically win $35 and the chance to try to win the big pot by drawing the Ace of Clubs from the deck.  He asked Selina Graves to draw the winning ticket which was held by Jim Erickson.  Jim drew the 5 of Diamonds.
Happy Bucks - Sean Green
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 for he and Rod Daniels having the privilege of being part of Mesa West Rotary, and he gave another $1 to thank Ron Thompson for keeping up the tradition on September 8 when Dick had to be absent from the meeting.
  • Don LaBarge said the Salvation Army board took July and August off, but at their meeting in September, they learned their turkey order had been cancelled - apparently turkeys will be scarce this year because of the bird flu, so it might be wise to pick one up when you find one in the grocery to keep in your freezer for the holidays.
  • Kayla Mudge was happy to be at the meeting in person.  She was also happy to have enjoyed her family's annual Labor Day fishing trip.
  • Pai Bethea asked to be billed $100 for a donation to the club's foundation.  Half to thank Pam for the great job she is doing leading the club and the other half for keeping the Zoom option available so he can attend our meetings when he is away from home.
  • Warren Williamson was thankful the club has now survived two catastrophes - first, the pandemic and - second, Jeanie Morgan being gone more than a month. 
  • Jim Hoban's "Aloha" preceding his sharing that King Charles is a Rotarian.
  • Shelly Romine donated to confess that September 22 was not on her volunteer signup sheet so volunteers were needed to fill the duty roster for the next meeting.
  • Jay Stuckey was glad he and Melissa were back after missing the last couple of meetings.  They were on the east coast and had a wonderful time.
  • Jeanie Morgan confessed she did not keep up the tradition of bringing back something to auction.  She didn't do that kind of shopping while in Michigan.  She did learn how to make homemade bread and butter pickles that "are to die for."  She said she caught her son-in-law drinking the brine more than once.  She said she would bring some to the Chile Cook-Off, and would take orders.
  • Pam Cohen recognized the September 15 is National Nurse's Day.  She wanted to recognize Frank and Amanda Rosenberg who are both nurses.  Their dedication to service of human kind is over the top and she thanked them very much.  September 15 is also National Linquini Day. She had some linguini and pesto for her favorite Mesa West Italian Rotarian - Lu General.   Pam only recently learned that Lucinda had nominated Pam in 20008 and 2009 for a prestigious award in the City of Mesa which Pam did not receive.  Lucinda had kept the nomination documentation, and had forgotten about it until she ran across it recently and and gave it to Pam.  Pam said she was sitting in bed reading it and could not stop crying.  She will never forget Lu's kind words.
  • Ed Koeneman attended the Interact meeting where they made more dog toys and they met the lady from Mesa Public Schools who coordinates all the service animals that are allowed to brought by faculty and staff to Mesa Public Schools.  She brought her dog, Nellie, and will be a featured speaker at one of our meetings in the future.
  • Don Boucher said that on Tuesday he and Sharon had attended the new Queen  Creek Rotary  Club and Sharon is thinking of joining..
  • John Pennypacker was happy that our exchange student, Fanny, would be celebrating her 17th birthday on September 19.  He said that on the tables was some information about Polio from John Germ.  We are only hitting about 92% immunization rate in the USA.  We need to do better.  John asked to be billed $100 for a donation to the club foundation to support the Guaymas hearing project.  He expressed his disappointment that he would be unable to participate in the Guaymas mission because it is timed when John is already committed to attend the Rotary Zone Institute in Salt Lake City.
  • Ray Smith announced the mission will take place November 9-12.  The ninth will be a travel day.  They will work the 10th and 11th and travel home on the 12th.  Instead of taking a large bus, they will be traveling in vans.  It will be a smaller operation with fewer medical professionals.  Rotarian volunteers are encouraged to help with logistical support for the medical professionals.  There will be no participation fee charged this year due to the savings by not going two years in a row and continued generosity designated for the mission during those years.  Housing and meals will be covered for all participants.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Ray.  Volunteers do need to have a passport.   A visa is not required.
  • In Dave Brauchler's absence, Pam announced 
    • Rock moving project from 8-10 AM on September 24 at the Y.  About 14 Interact members have volunteered to help but will need transportation.  Also, wheelbarrows, rakes, and shovels will be needed to move the decorative rock from the parking lot to the designated areas in the Y's landscaping.
    • We will continue to collect non-perishable food items for Midwest  Food Bank at our meetings through October.  Each week a different item will be requested.  This week was canned tuna, chicken, or pasta.  Next week will be canned fruits and vegetables.
    • Help the Chef at Salvation Army on Wednesday mornings from 8-10 is also an ongoing project through October.  Diane Ware has been having fun doing this.
  • Shelly Romine reminded members of the Chili Cookoff on September 29th.  In addition to the competition, we will hear a "soft rollout" of the visioning project.
Wednesday September 21, Mesa West Rotarians took members of thee Westwood Interact Club to two local animal shelters to deliver the chew toys they have been making for the last few weeks.  Paige Kistner from Mesa Public  Schools made all of the arrangements and will be a featured speaker at Mesa  West in the near future.
First stop was Almost There:  A Mom + Pups Rescue, at 2611 East Indian  School Rd. Phoenix, Arizona.  This niche animal shelter only serves pregnant or new moms and their puppies.
Second stop was Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL) 25 N 40th St. Phoenix, Arizonaa.  Interact members got some up close experience with the felines, and also got to visit the canine residents.
Big thanks were expressed to Diane, John, and Ed for driving everyone around town on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.
If you ask a young teenage girl from France, what athletics are you interested here in America?  Their answer:  Cheer
Fanny regularly shares her appreciation to Mesa West Rotary and all the support the Club is giving her to experience High School Cheer.  
This week has been practice on M, T, JV game on Wed, more practice on Thursday - as it was Homecoming on Friday. Fanny was part of the CVHS Assembly with tons of school pride “CAMPO CRAZIES”. And Friday Night - all the CVHS Cheerleaders were out at Homecoming cheering for the home team against Apollo High.   Their cheers worked, as 42 to 27 ended her first Homecoming!  Not that I am biased, but the JV Cheerleaders are much better than the varsity girls!!!
Fanny woke up on Monday Morning - and turned 17!!!  When asked if she felt older and wiser - she said “no”….."just me, Fanny from France."
Opening - Ray Smith filled in for President Pam
Invocation was offered by Dave Brauchler, and the Pledge was led by Warren Williamson.  The Greeter was PDG Jim Erickson.
Rotary Minute  - PDG John Pennypacker
John placed on all of the tables the following:
Don’t focus on getting numbers;
instead, start a relationship, tell your Rotary story and
by doing so you invite that person
to come on the journey and
buy into the Rotary Dream.
You don’t want numbers, you want Rotarians.
Introduction of Guests
There were no guest at the meeting, but member Geoff White, who has been unable to attend several recent meetings was welcomed and treated like a guest.
Ace of Clubs Raffle
The raffle was won by Mike Whalen who drew the 2 of clubs.
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
  • Ed Koeneman for International Star Wars Day and the contribution of old shirts he received from the club that were used for dog toys by the Westwood HS Interact Club
  • Ron Thompson, in Dick Myron’s absence,  contributed $2 
  • Shelly Romine for Ray filling in for Pam 
  • Allan Cady for a great fish story
  • Polly Cady for clarification ad elaboration of Allan’s fish story 
Allan Cady who is chair of the club’s office nominating committee indicated club openings for the next Rotary year are President, President-Elect, Treasurer and three directors at large.  If anyone is interested in any of these positions and would like to nominate someone please contact Allan.
Shelly Romine reminded us of the club’s chili cook off/visioning session on September 29th at Pam Cohen’s home.  Shelly also announced an event yet to be described at Dan and Colleen’s home on October 15.
This has been a challenging year for all humanitarian hearing missions throughout the world.  Like many other programs, our club decided that it would be too risky for our volunteers, patients and others in Guaymas if we conducted what would have been our 28th Annual program.
After consulting with health professionals and officials here and in Guaymas, it was decided that we would wait and see what would develop in terms of access to patients, availability of a proven vaccine, and feasibility of conducting a reduced program sometime in 2021.  In talking to other audiologists who conduct programs in Nicaragua and Belize, this seemed to be the common opinion.
In the meantime, I continue to have dialogues with our friends in Guaymas and Alamos regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in their areas and what they see as a plan of action for the future.  Rudolfo Fernandez, our audiology technician in Alamos, is in constant contact with the school in Guaymas where we conduct the clinic and doctors in Guaymas to see what he can do to start up a testing and training program which will be fundamental to achieving a sustainable on-going program in Guaymas.  This would allow patients to be seen on a quarterly basis, reduce the number of patients seen during our two-day clinic and, consequently, reduce the need for a very large team to travel once a year to Guaymas.  It might take some monetary support from our club but would lower the overall cost of the mission if we support him in his efforts.  The cost savings to our club could be as much as $10,000 to $15,000 a year.
We know that the need for our services is great in Guaymas but we must approach the solution to the need in a safe and prudent manner.  I will keep the club updated and hope to meet with the Mission Committee in the early part of 2021 to form a plan of action to help our friends in Guaymas.
Thanks to the club members for your continued support of the mission
Bob Jensen
As Rotarians, we are regularly exposed to opportunities to support various causes with our time, talent and treasure.  Sometimes it is hard to sift through all the information and decide where we are going to use our available financial resources. 
It would be wonderful if every Arizona Rotarian would make the following BIG FOUR their Rotary charities of choice and support every one of them every year, we could make a bigger difference than we are making today.
  1. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Annual Fund - The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world."  Giving a small amount each month adds up.  CLICK HERE to download a form you can use to sign up for Rotary Direct, electing "Annual Fund - Share" for your recurring donation.  
  2. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Polio Plus - Rotary's commitment to eradicate polio is so well known and respected that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches donations $2 for $1.  To take advantage of this opportunity to multiply the effect of your giving, CLICK HERE and download a second Rotary Direct form, this time electing electing "Polio Eradication" for your recurring donations.  Those who donate $100 or more annually to Polio Plus qualify in District 5495 as Polio Plus Society Members.  If you would like to make that commitment, CLICK HERE to download the commitment form.
  3. The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) provides vocational education grants to Arizona Residents who meet specific low-income guidelines.   The grants enable the recipients to lift themselves out of poverty, benefitting themselves, their families and the economy of our state.  TRVFA is a 501(c)(3) charity.  They also are a Qualifying Charitable Organization for Arizona Tax Credit Donations.  Their QCO Code is 20698.  Many Arizona Rotarians say giving to TRVFA is a "no brainer."  If you can help someone lift themselves out of poverty and it won't end up costing you anything why would you not do it?  Mesa West Rotary has the highest number of members who have signed up for automated monthly recurring donations by electing that option on the "Donate Now" button on the TRVFA website.  Click the image to learn more or CLICK HERE to DONATE NOW.  
  4. Mesa West Rotary Foundation, Inc. is the funding and fundraising arm of our own Mesa West Rotary Club.  It is a 501(c)(3) charity.  We have had successful sponsorship campaigns the last few years enabling us to spend our energy on service rather than on holding fundraising events.  Charitable grants that we get involved with are funded through our charitable foundation, Our signature Gift of Hearing Project in Guaymas Mexico is funded through this foundation.  Scholarships are awarded annually to Westwood High School Students (the high school where Mesa West Rotary sponsors an Interact Club).  Funds are used to support a variety of activities in four of the Rotary Avenues of Service:
    1. Community Service
    2. International Service 
    3. Vocational Service
    4. Youth Service
The process isn't quite automated at this point in time, but we hope it soon will be.  For now, you can email our executive secretary who can help you work out a recurring donation plan should you wish to make that arrangement to support our own club's charitable activity.
Club Information
Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West


We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom or in-person
Doubletree, 1011 W Holmes
Mesa, AZ 85210
United States of America
Our hybrid meetings are held weekly on the 1st thru 4th Thursdays of each month. The meetings are broadcast via Zoom to include all, whether attending virtually or in person.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership Dir "23
Director '23
Director '23
Director '24
Director '24
Public Image Co-Chair
Public Image Co-Chair
TRF Chair
Executive Secretary
Daniel Becker
Oct 06, 2022
Service Learning and Vocational Programs at Westwood High School
Sue Gifford
Oct 13, 2022
Child Crisis Arizona
Chris Quadrini
Oct 20, 2022
Logan Harper
Nov 10, 2022
Big Reveal - Club Visioning Project
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