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President Jim Schmidt opened the meeting by asking Dick Myren to offer the invocation and Tom Mellen to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
PDG Terry Cowan was visiting from the E-Club.  Don Bevis was visiting from the Rotary Club of Calgary.  Bob Zarling introduced Maria Lopez, an applicant for a vocational education grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona who had been interviewed prior to the meeting hoping Mesa West Rotary would sponsor approval of her application.  Penny May was back from Alaska.
The attendance drawing was won by John Pennypacker.  Chuck Flint announced that the holder of the winning ticket in the weekly raffle would win $30 and have a chance to draw the Ace of Clubs from the dwindling deck of cards.  Should that person draw the Ace of Clubs, they would win $896.  Bert was asked to draw the ticket and John Pennypacker was lucky a second time.  John's luck did not hold out, however, because when he drew from the deck, the card he chose was the Five of Hearts.
Happy Bucks
Penny May was happy to be back among her Arizona Rotary friends and enjoying warmer weather.  She said the Tuesday high back home in Alaska was -14° with snow falling.  Rik Bucy from Soldatna Alaska said it was -16° there on the morning of our meeting.  Bob Zarling was happy to report four Rotarians have already signed up to go to participate in Dr. Blessman's mission projects in South Africa in the fall of 2020.  Steve Ross was happy to report he would be celebrating his 73rd birthday in Las Vegas.  Dick Myren was happy to report Rod Daniels may be back to Mesa West Rotary soon.  John Pennypacker paid $20 for the twenty days he had just returned from spending with his 3 and 5-year-old grandsons.  He had adopted Warren Williams' resolution to no longer indulge in excessive moderation.  Lola McClane was happy to report good news.  She said her world was turned upside down when she lost her husband two years ago.  She needed to sell her home.  Her good news was that the woman they had purchased their home from called and wanted to buy it back.  Polly Schumacher was happy to be able to see PDG Don Kelley.  She had served as his District Registrar during his term as District Governor.  John Pennypacker reminded members that it was National Law Enforcement Day.  Pam Cohen contributed because she was happy to see PDG Terry Cowan.
Presidential Humor
  • President Jim explained that Dick Myren (an accountant) was having problems sleeping.  His doctor suggested he count sheep.  Dick explained that counting sheep actually caused him to have trouble sleeping because if he noted he had made a mistake, he had to do an audit to find out what went wrong.
  • A customer in a bar told the bartender he would like to share an accounting joke.  The bartender cautioned him telling him that the patron on his right was an accountant that was about 6' tall and weighed around 200 pounds.  The bartender further cautioned that the individual on his left was also an accountant and was even bigger - about 6'2" and 225 pounds.  The original customer said "Never mind, I don't want to have to explain the joke twice."
  • Toastmasters and Rotary International have announced an Alliance and both organizations are encouraging local relationship.
  • Melody Jackson stated that January is a tough month for the homeless population.  She announced that Tuesday January 28 a Point-In-Time Homeless Count must be taken.  Volunteers are needed to support the Salvation Army in surveying families and individuals on that date who are living on the street and in shelters.  Mesa must participate in the count to continue to receive Federal assistance to support the needs of our homeless population.  Since it starts with an orientation at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, and volunteers will be sent to their location by 5:30 a.m.  Wednesday, January 22 Melody was hopeful the count would be finished without intruding on too much of normal workdays for Rotarians.  A volunteer training session will be offered prior to the count.  The training will be offered at the Salvation Army, Building 3 (241 E 6th St., Mesa, AZ 85201) from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  CLICK HERE to register for the training and to help with the count.  Care packages will be handed out on the day of the count.  Members were encouraged to bring donations of items for those packages to the January 15 Mesa West Rotary meeting.  Suggested items to donate are:
    • Socks
    • Chapstick
    • Band-Aids
    • Hand warmers
    • Waterless shampoo
  • Pam Cohen reminded members of the Post-Holiday Party to be held Saturday, January 18 at the home of Dan and Colleen Coons
President Jim Schmidt opened the meeting by wishing everyone present a Happy New Year and asking Ray Smith to lead them in singing "Auld Lang Syne."  Daryl Bethea offered the invocation and Sammy Rosenberg led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Since the schools were still closed for the holiday break, Aubrey Luma had four young guests with her.  Don LaBarge introduced Dan Taylor who was visiting from the Mesa Club.
The weekly attendance drawing was won by Warren Williamson.  Chuck Flint announced that the small pot in the weekly raffle was $30, and if the holder of the winning ticket was also lucky enough to draw the ace of clubs, they would win $881.  Chuck asked Sammy Rosenberg to draw the winning ticket.  Sammy drew her father's ticket and showed obvious disappointment when he pulled the jack of spades from the deck.
Happy Bucks
Dick Myren contributed $5.  He was both sad and happy since he had missed some meetings after his wife was diagnosed and had a difficult bout with valley fever.  He was happy to have a new car - a Chevy Trax.  Frank Rosenberg was happy to have been in Jerusalem over Hanukkah, but he left Arizona without his debit card with only a limited amount of cash.  He contributed $100 toward his Paul Harris.  Dan Coons was glad Jeanie was back from vacation and he was no longer in charge of taking notes for the Messenger.  Joan Reimann was very happy to report on her recent breast surgery.  The day after Christmas she learned that the cancer was not in her nodes and there was no more cancer.  Don LaBarge provided some up-to-date Salvation Mesa West Rotary volunteer Army bell-ringing results.  A total of $18,277.71 was collected by our team.  He learned that the person dropped four gold coins throughout Mesa.  The kettle passed at the club netted $1,968.  He plans to send an e-mail to all club members who helped.  Lucinda General provided the "rest of the story" about the day the gold coin was donated.  Lucinda and Wayne were doing a double shift together from Noon to 4:00 on Friday, December 20.  About 2:00 a woman with a boy came out of the Bass Pro Shop with a fishing rod.  Her son in Derby had sent them on a widespread good will mission to buy a rod and give it to the Salvation Army, so Lucinda and Wayne accepted the rod on their behalf and continued to enjoy the afternoon listening to the carols they were playing on their boom box.  About twenty minutes to four, a women about 50-years-old came from the parking lot very deliberately approaching the kettle.  It was obvious she was nervous.  She had a dollar bill wrapped up around something, but it wouldn't fit through the slot in the kettle.  She said, "I have to get it in - my boss is watching me."  They took the $1 bill off.  Under it was another wrapper with something written on it in black marker.   That wrapping covered the now-infamous gold coin.  Dave McGown got a new tire for his daughter before it blew out.  He said the tire was so worn it was "nearly to the air."   Allan and Polly Cade recently travelled to New York.  While Polly was shopping, Allan sat outside smoking a cigar.  A couple guys with a sound system were dancing.  He said it was very entertaining and wondered if we might not want to add music and dancing to our draw potential when working our kettle next year.  Ted Williams enjoyed family members who visited from New Mexico and Texas.  He said he'd been having problems with a disc causing sciatic pain and may need surgery.  Warren Williamson announced his New Year's resolution not to indulge in excessive moderation.  Robert LaBarge, who is teaching in Pinon Arizona, announced that one of their students who attended RYLA was thinking about quitting the ROTC.  She shared some of the issues she was having with Robert and showed him her Rotary Four-Way Test coin and explained to Robert how she was using the coin to help her decide what she should do.  Robert reminded her to include herself when asking if would be "fair to all concerned."  Chuck Flint thought there was something fishy about Lucinda's story.  He was in Mexico December 18 with Arizona youth on a Rotary Service Project.  They caught fish.  The students were thrilled until they learned they had to clean the fish.  President Jim thanked Don LaBarge for again organizing a successful bell-ringing season.
Presidential Humor
With regard to his New Years Resolutions, he plans to read more.  He thought about quitting bad habits, but decided not to since nobody likes a quitter.  He resolved to lose ten pounds and only has fifteen more to lose.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute is coming up February 8 at Grand Canyon University.  The Rotaract Club there will be helping with the event.  Follow the link on the District Website.
  • The club is still pushing for members to sign up for Rotary Direct to manage their giving to The Rotary Foundation.
  • Don LaBarge announced that we were again #1 in the Mesa bell-ringing season.  There were thirty collection points in Mesa.  The Fry's at Recker and McKellips came in second place with a little less than $12,000.
  • The 4th Thursday in January, we will again meet in the evening.  The program will be a firefighter speaking about safety in the home.
  • Pam Cohen announced the post-holiday party and gift exchange, thanking Dan and Colleen Coons for opening their home for the January 18, 6:00 PM event.  The main meal will be catered by Rotarians, but members are asked to bring appetizers or dessert to share.
Pollyanne Cady, who is currently serving as Chairperson for Rotary Leadership Institute is hoping several of her fellow-club members will commit to starting and completing the three one-day sessions that are required to graduate from RLI.  All three sessions are typically offered concurrently so club members could carpool and go as a group even though some are just starting and others will be attending session II or III.  The next RLI offering will be held at Grand Canyon University Saturday, February 6.  The cost of each institute session for Rotarians in District 5495 is $60, which includes materials and lunch.  For visiting Rotarians from other Rotary Districts, the registration fee is $75.
Many past graduates have gone on to serve in leadership positions in their own club and/or the district.  Anyone who has been approached to serve on the club Board of Directors or in an officer position would be wise to choose to invest their time in this valuable Rotary education resource.
To register, CLICK HERE.
Arizona Rotarians have a unique opportunity to support this Rotary Avenue of Service by donating to
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.
Donated funds support vocational education grants for those who meet low-income guidelines.
Donations may not actually cost the donor anything in the long run since
TRVFA is an organization which meets
Arizona's Credit for Contributions to a Qualifying Charitable Organization requirements.
Their QCO Code is 20698.
The amount of a donation can typically be deducted from Arizona state income tax liability for 
up to $400 for an individual or $800 for a couple filing jointly.
CLICK HERE to donate to TRVFA on-line
or to download a form you can mail with a check, CLICK HERE.
Donations made between January 1 and April 15, 2020 can be used to offset Arizona State Income Tax liability for the 
2019 or 2020 tax year (but not both).
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.
Club Information

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
Steve Ferguson
Jan 23, 2020
Smoke Alarms and Fire Danger in Homes
Jan 30, 2020
5th Thursday Service Opportunity
Susan Cosaro-Johnson
Feb 06, 2020
Busting the Myths About Hospice
Wayne Lorgus
Feb 13, 2020
Business Presentation
Dirk Vanleenen
Feb 20, 2020
The Holocaust in Holland
Clark Landrum
Feb 27, 2020
Waste Management
Kathleen Duncan
Mar 05, 2020
Education for the Disadvantaged in Mexico
Doug Nick
Mar 12, 2020
Fed Regs for air travel - new AZ Travel ID license
Steve Feld
Mar 19, 2020
Business Owners Goal Achievement
Harley Lutz
Mar 26, 2020
Volunteer Service to Youth Organizations and Schools
Upcoming Events
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