President Dan Coons opened the meeting by reciting the 2020-21 International President's theme - Rotary Opens Opportunities.  He then recited the Rotary Vision Statement:
Together we see a world where people unite and 
take action to create lasting change - 
across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves
Invocation/Thought for the Day - John Pennypacker
John bowed his head and began, "Lord, I hate lard," then followed with "Lord, I ain't too crazy about plain flour. But after you mix 'em all together and bake 'em in a hot oven, I just love biscuits."  He continued saying, "Lord help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that we don't like, whenever we don't understand what You are doing, that we need to wait and see what You are making. After you get through mixing and baking, it'll probably be something even better than biscuits. Amen.
In a more somber tone, John remarked that we have all gone through a lot of things we never dreamed we'd experience and some of it has been very difficult.  If we wait and see, there may be some good emerge out of these difficult times.
Ed Koeneman led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Dan Lamborn was thanked for serving as greeter.
Introduction of Guests
  • District Governor Elect, Bret McKeand  was introduced,
  • Jay Stuckey introduced his guest - his wife, Melissa Stuckey, and announced she would be turning in a membership application.
  • Donna Goetzenberger introduced her daughter, Paige Goetzenberger, and reminded members that Paige had been sponsored by Mesa West Rotary as an outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student.  She was in Austria for the 2019-20 school year.  This is the first meeting Paige has been able to attend since her year abroad.
  • Dave Brauchler was introduced as a guest with a membership application being processed.
  • It was noted that Lola McClane, Jack Rosenberg and Bob Zarling were all attending via Zoom.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Before explaining the raffle, Chuck noted that someone observing the way Greg Okonowski loads his plate at our weekly meetings might be a situation that would require a building permit.  Looking at the plate Greg loaded at this meeting, Chuck thought Greg might additionally need a variance. Chuck explained that each week tickets are sold at $5 each.  The amount collected is divided in thirds with 1/3 going to the club operating account, 1/3 being added to the "big pot," and the other 1/3 going to the holder of the lucky ticket drawn.  The lucky winner would then have an opportunity to draw a card from the eleven remaining cards in the deck.  If they draw the ace of clubs, they will win the "big pot" which is up to $1,592.  DGE Bret McKeand  drew Jeanie Morgan's ticket.  Her luck did not hold out - the card she drew was the seven of clubs, which was immediately destroyed.  Next week the "big pot" will be bigger and the odds of drawing the elusive ace of clubs will be better.
Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski
  • Jim LeCheminant was happy to be at the meeting
  • Ted William contributed $10.  All but three of hi grandchildren were with him on a recent trip to their place in the high country.
  • Dick Myren contributed saying the club was blessed to have Jeanie doing all the things she does for the club.
  • Donna Goetzenberger was happy to have 3/4 of her family at the meeting.  Emilee was in Costa Rica with friends.  She put in a plug for Rotary Youth Exchange (Donna is District 5495 Youth Exchange Chairperson), saying they are taking applications for outbound students for the 2022-23 school year.  The age qualifications are no younger than 15 - generally the outbounds go during their sophomore through "gap" year.  Gap year is the year following high school graduation but before starting college.  They need to finish their exchange before they turn nineteen.
  • Colleen Coons contributed because she was so happy to have Dan reach his new member goal, she contributed $100 to our club foundation to be used for Youth Exchange.
  • Warren Williamson contributed, buying permission to tell an Irish joke.  An Irishman who was new in town started frequenting the local pub.  Each evening he would order three pints of beer.  The barkeep noticed this habit and suggested that it would be more affordable if he would order a mug and a pitcher.  The customer explained that he was one of three brothers.  One brother was on the high seas, and the other was working on an oil rig, but he liked to think of himself drinking with and enjoying his brothers each evening as he drank the pints he ordered.  A short time later, the same customer's habits changed.  He consistently ordered only two pints.  Not only the barkeep, but many of the regulars were concerned that something might have happened to one of the brothers.  The barkeep finally asked if one of the brothers was no longer with us.  The custoemr replied, No, me brothers are well, but I've stopped drinkin'."
  • Jim Erickson contributed.  He has a grand-nephew who recently had a motorbike accident.  He broke his arm, but it doesn't seem to have slowed him down much - in fact the stories about how it happened keep getting better.
  • Pam Cohen contributed $50 making good on her pledge if Kayla followed through and joined the club.  She reminded Greg Okonowski he had made a pledge as well.
  • Greg Okonowski said he was going to contribute $500 to The Rotary Foundation and take Chuck Flint up on his offer to match donated dollars two for one with recognition points transferred ad the donor designated.  Greg said to transfer the points to the member Pam was reminding him about -  Kayla Mudge.
  • Jim Schmidt shared a couple of heartwarming stories about individuals to whom he had given one each of the helping hands kits we had packed in April.
  • Ron Thompson was $25 worth of happy to be at the meeting.
  • Lu General had to brag about Mesa West Rotary a bit.  She is active at the Zone level and has been on some virtual meetings where she has heard a lot of bad news about how clubs are struggling.  She is very happy and proud that Mesa West has the Nike "Just Do It" spirit.   
New Member Induction - DGE Bret McKeand
New members and their sponsors were called to the front of the room.  Jeane Crouse was accompanied by her sponsor, Daryl Bethea and Ray Smith, who has been reminding her regularly that she needed to get back into Rotary.  Kayla Mudge was accompanied by her sponsor, Polly Cady.  Jeanie Morgan was the sponsor for both Jay Stuckey and Logan Harper.
John Pennypacker was the sponsor for Jim Erickson.
DGE Bret McKeand welcomed the new members not only into Mesa West Rotary, but reminded them they are now part of a worldwide association and by virtue of their membership in our club whey will be welcomed into the fellowship of any Rotary club in the world.  
He also reminded them there are duties and obligations - they are now trustees of Rotary's ideals.  Being known to be a Rotarian, others will judge Rotary by each Rotarian's conduct.  Bret said Rotary is more than a club - it is a way of life, and Mesa West Members because Mesa West Members believed each new member would be a good fit for that way of life.
The new members received membership packets and Rotary pins.  Members stood and gave them a standing ovation to welcome them into the club.
Recognition for Support of The Rotary Foundation
DGE Bret McKeand and Chuck Flint worked together to get the abundant awards distributed to those who had earned them.  It had been quite some time since the club had had the opportunity to meet in person and see their fellow members receive their earned recognition materials.  
The generosity of Mesa West members continued during the many months we were isolated from seeing each other due to COVID-19 precautions.  There will be at least one more event after some of our members return from their summer travels when a higher than usual number of recognitions will be acknowledged.
Receiving their first Paul Harris Fellow
Donna Goetzenberger and Colleen Coons each were given their first Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  Each received a lapel pin and a certificate.
To receive this recognition, either up to $1,000 in dollars actually donated or a combination of dollars donated and/or recognition points were transferred to honor them.
Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1
Daryl Bethea was happy to receive recognition of his second $1,000 in recognition points or dollars actually donated.
Bob Jensen designated Ray Smith to accept his recognition in his absence.
Paul Harris Fellow Plus 3
Wayne General designated Lucinda General to accept his recognition in his absence.  She actually accepted three pins on his behalf, PHF+1, PHF+2, and PHF+3.
Frank Rosenberg accepted his own Paul Harris Fellow level 3 recognition.  He also accepted for Jack Rosenberg who was attending via Zoom
Christine Krueger was presented with her Paul Harris plus four, which means she has accumulated a total of $5,000, which can be in dollars or transferred recognition points or a combination of the two totaling $5,000.
Chris has been championing a Global Grant from TRF to partner with Aqua Africa to provide clean drinking water for a community in South Sudan.  
This recognition has a lot to do with her support of the way dollars given can be increased through the global grant process and much of the work and materials are at greatly reduced costs, making every dollar go farther in changing lives than most of us can imagine.
Paul Harris Fellow Plus 5
President Dan Coons has many things to be proud of during his year of service.  Achieving this level of 
recognition for his support of The Rotary Foundation is a significant addition to that growing list of accomplishments.
Paul Harris Fellow Plus Six
Polly Cady and Warren Williamson were each recognized for reaching the the threshold of a total of $7,000 in either dollars given or recognition points transferred or any combination of the two.  
Paul Harris Fellow Plus Eight
This is the last level of recognition that can be achieved using recognition points.  The next level after this is Major Donor, which requires a total of $10,000 in monetary donations be received in the donor's name.
Allan Cady and Greg Okonowski were both recognized for reaching this level.  
Allan and Polly Cady as a married couple have already reached major donor status.  That is one advantage of being married to a Rotarian.
Major Donor
Pam Cohen and Jeanie Morgan were both very happy and to have reached this milestone in giving.  The traditional crystal they each received is beautiful and personalized with engraving in the outside circumference.
At the close of the recognition presentations, DGE Bret presented a 2021-22 Rotary International theme banner to President Dan.  It is shown at the top of this article, and the theme will be "Serve to Change Lives."