As members were arriving for the meeting, many were surprised and delighted that Erwin and Joan Reimann were able to be present - and that they were in Arizona rather than South Dakota.
President Dan Coons opened the meeting by introducing himself and welcoming those in attendance.  He recited the Rotary Vision Statement which he has come to love.  He asked Ed Koeneman to offer the invocation.
  • Mesa West Board of Directors Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 21 via Zoom at 5:30 PM.
  • Shelly Romine announced that the top bid for Son Hee's scarf was up to $50 and John Pennypacker had submitted the top bid.
Happy Bucks
  • Ed Koeneman pledged $10 - he was happy to report his brother, who is the Scientific Medical Director at SonoraQuest, was interviewed with CBS News on national television Wednesday July 15.  He spoke about their current and future goals for their testing capacity.
  • Alan Cady pledged $10 - $5 for each of the two meetings he recently missed.
  • Polly Schumacher pledged $5.  She recently had a debit card and a credit card compromised.  Her little dog, Minnie, survived her recent surgery and there was no evidence of cancer.  She no longer has to wear a cone and is doing fine.
  • Colleen Coon pledged $10 because her husband (Dan) had volunteered her to do the Rotary Minute.  The pledged another $10 if those in attendance enjoy it.
  • John Pennypacker pledged $10 for the recent loss to the Rotary world of two Past Rotary International Presidents - Frank Devlin and Clem Renouf who inspired Rotary's polio eradication efforts.  Pam Cohen added she was really going to miss Frank Devlin's emails.
  • AG Lee Holmes pledged $20 - he is happy he and Bob Zarling are planning another trip to South Africa in March, 2021.  They recently participated in a Zoom meeting with a couple of gentlemen there who are with Blessman International.  There will be a Zoom presentation to the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club on Wednesday August 12.  Lee promised to provide details later about how interested Mesa West Rotarians could hear the presentation.  Bob Zarling suggested Lee talk to Shelly Romine about a possible service project related to the trip.
  • Bob Zarling added $10 for the same reason as well as the fact that the continent of Africa will soon be declared polio-free.
  • Greg Okonowski answered a question about the beautiful background everyone could see as he officiated over the collection of Happy Bucks.  He said it was a picture of an actual view he enjoyed with his son in the mountains near Strawberry, Arizona.  He said it was beautiful and cool there.  He took one son one weekend and the other son the next and had a great time with both on their father/son trips.
  • Dan Coons pledged $5.  He was happy to know Immediate Past Presidents could arrive for Zoom meetings five minutes late.
  • Shelly Romine was happy to announce all volunteer slots for the Community Service event were filled.
  • Erwin Reimann pledged $5 for the new laminate floor in his and Joan's bedroom and another $5 celebrating Lee and Bob's planned trip to Africa.  Their earlier remarks had triggered a fond memory for him of a trip to Africa he had enjoyed.
  • Pam Cohen pledged $10.  She needed a jacket in her RV during her recent trip to Flagstaff to see Wilder (her grandson).  Wilder is now three months old and weighs nearly ten pounds.
  • Don Boucher pledged $5 for arriving late to the meeting.
  • Jeanie Morgan pledged $5 - happy to see Mesa West's newest Honorary Member, Sharon Spane, in attendance.  John Pennypacker matched Jeanie's pledge.
Rotary Minute
Colleen Coons was prepared to present a Rotary Minute, but needed to share her screen and was unable to do so.  Dan will have had a tutorial in allowing other participants to share their screen by the time we meet again, and Colleen will share her Rotary Minute on July 23 during the Zoom meeting.
    Lola McClane introduced Biz Coach Steve Feld as our speaker, Steve Feld, who has over 30 years of extensive senior-level experience in highly competitive industries. An expert in all aspects of change management, operations, business development, marketing, sales, HR, customer service, leadership, and finance. Steve has a large passion for everything business.

    Created and owned six high 6 figure businesses, operated 3 others business generating anywhere from $20 to $35M in gross revenue. Operated divisions for 3 brand name Fortune 500 companies. Those have included being a COO/CFO for a large non-profit organization, director of global merchandise for the Harlem Globetrotters, General Manager for Rawhide an 1880’s Western Theme town.

    Steve provides training and business performance coaching to business owners, professionals and executives. Has written 3 books- “45 Minute Breakthrough”, “10 Secrets all Businesses Should Know for Success” and “Why YOU need a Business Coach.”  Steve also conducts workshops and training on a variety of subjects for business owners, executives and their staff to provide the greatest positive impact.

    He said he works with businesses to help them find hidden profit by developing a clear mission, message, and consistent management.  He said that without a strategic plan, business owners/managers run in circles.

    He provided, as an example, that many people flounder in the beginning the fact that Abraham Lincoln failed in business in 1831 and had a nervous breakdown in 1835.  In 1861, Lincoln became the US President - what changed?

    Steve said the average person uses only 10% of their potential.  In reality, he said it's closer to 2%, leaving 98% of their potential left unfulfilled.  He said that to unlock that hidden potential we have to remove the limitations that exist in our own minds.

    He said we need to determine what we really want and then look at how others have succeeded in that area and copy what they did and are doing.

    He said life is like a combination lock with seven factors:

    1. Peace of Mind
    2. Be healthy - to optimize energy and ability
    3. Have happy relationships
    4. Have meaningful work - "If you are unhappy in your work for seven straight days, get out."
    5. Financial independence - where you can do what you want without worrying about cost
    6. Self-Actualization - having a sense that you are growing and becoming what you want to be.
    7. Live your life your way - decide what you want and make plans to achieve it - with daily activities toward that goal.
    This will result in increased self-esteem and self-respect and improve relationships with family and friends and allows very real growth in personal pride.
    Steve said we should not be limited by our self-beliefs.  He said it is true that we become what we think about most of the time.  We can grow by expanding our beliefs based on solid values and growing our beliefs about reality to a more positive and hopeful view.  He said self-confidence determines our ability to succeed.  He said an individual will always earn within 10% of their own self-concept of deserved income.
    Self esteem is based on how much we like and value our self.  He said everyone should give themselves positive messages when alone - look in the mirror and say, "I like myself."  He said when we are kids, we are spontaneous and unintimidated.  We become conditioned by what makes us uncomfortable as well as any destructive criticism we endure.  Fear of failure becomes a self-fulfilling criticism, and makes us scared to take action.  It also takes a negative toll on our bodies.
    He said anyone can break out of that negativity with positive affirmations.  Change happens in the subconscious mind.  We need to tell ourselves, "I'm good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like me."
    To answer how we can learn to have full control of our lives, he said we need to develop a sense of control which equals mental well-being.  It comes from how we explain stuff to ourselves.  We need an internal locus of control.  He said if we have a sense of being powerless, it causes negative interactions between ourselves and society.
    Steve told of a boy who scored 98% on a test.  Instead of thinking it was within 2% of a perfect score, he thought it was his IQ score.  It lowered his self-confidence and self-esteem and his performance in his studies and other areas of his life reflected the fact that he thought he was not that bright.  Once his misunderstanding came to light, his usual top performance reappeared.
    Steve said that everything he talked about applies just as much in our personal lives as it does in business.
    CLICK HERE to visit Steve Feld's website