President Jim Schmidt opened the meeting asking Wendell Jones to offer the invocation and Polly Cady to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  He thanked Joan and Erwin Reimann for serving as greeters welcoming Rotarians and guests to the meeting.
 
Guests
Jeanie Morgan introduced Cynthia Smith who she had met when she attended the President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) as a facilitator.  Cynthia had shown interest in joining Rotary and Jeanie invited her to attend Mesa West because it was the best club!  Sammy Rosenberg was a guest of Frank and Amanda Rosenberg.  Fred and Billie Scott were visiting for the second week in a row from Salmon Arm, Canada.
 
Drawings
President Jim asked Sammy Rosenberg to draw a token from the bag to see who would win the $10 prize for attending Rotary.  Sammy drew not one - but five - tokens before Jim gave up on finding a winner.  The attendance drawing will net the winner $15 at our next meeting (if the person whose badge number is drawn is present to win).  Jim asked Sammy to draw the winning raffle ticket.  The winning ticket happened to be held by Amanda Rosenberg, who let Sammy try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the deck of cards.  She was not successful, so the prize will continue to grow.
 
Happy Bucks
John Pennypacker showed everyone a baseball which he had brought back from PETS.  He had the current District Governor David Simmer and next three DG's - Elizabeth Mahoney, Bret McKeand, and Larry Horton sign the unblemished ball.  He offered to take bids and auction the ball to Rotarians. 
Ray Smith started the bidding with a bid of $25.  After some back and forth, Ray's top bid of $35 made him the winner.  Pam Cohen contributed - happy that the Scotts were at the meeting and also that Sammy Rosenberg and Robert LaBarge were in attendance, as well.  Polly Cady cleared up some misinformation published in the March 11 Messenger giving Allan and Polly more credit than she thought she was due for their role at PETS.  PDG Duce Minor and DGN Bret McKeand had been the aides for the keynote speakers at PETS.  John Pennypacker had given Anne Lee Hussey the opportunity to ride in Francesca to an after-party at the Cady home.  On the way, he told her he needed to drop by his house for something.  He had some fun with that taking her to the Wrigley Mansion instead where he treated her to a drink.  She had their "Dirty but Flirty" beverage which is only sold there.  Allan Cady contributed saying he was simply happy.  Darl Andersen was happy to know that the Corona Virus does not affect the young and healthy.  Steve Ross was happy to report that Jack Rosenberg was being released from the hospital and on his way home - probably as the club was meeting.  John Benedict was also absent, as he and Jane wanted to be present when a new grandchild arrived on our meeting date.  Bob Zarling was happy to have attended PETS.  He was also happy to report he has lost fifteen pounds but has another thirty to go.   Dan Coons was happy to have attended PETS, but was also happy because Wendell Jones had given him a check to support the charity that Kathleen Duncan had informed the club about when she spoke at the March 5 meeting.  Amanda Rosenberg announced that their family had recently purchased three electric guitars and would soon be serenading the club.  Sammy Rosenberg was happy to be on spring break.  Dr. Ron Thompson contributed for arriving late for the meeting.
 
Rotary Minute
Shelly Romine said that Dr. Harris, a PhD, said the best thing Rotary did was admit women in 1989 for the first time as official members.  She said the push had started in 1950 when a club in India first deleted the word "male" from their constitution.  In 1972, a club from the United States proposed admitting women to the Council on Legislation.  In 1977, a club in Duerte, California admitted women in violation of the constitution.  That club's membership was terminated.  They started pushing a legal case for allowing women in Rotary that eventually made it all the way to the United States Supreme Court.  In 1987, the Supreme Court decided in their favor.  The next Council on Legislation to change the Rotary Constitution was not held until 1989 when barriers to women in Rotary officially ended.  Pam Cohen added that the late Al Mabry, a PDG who was a member of Mesa West said his proudest Rotary moment was when participated at that Council on Legislation and cast his vote in favor of admitting women to membership in Rotary.  A woman from California - Sylvia Whitlock - was the first woman to serve as president of her Rotary club.  Don LaBarge told of attending the Rotary International Convention in Taiwan where he met some Japanese Rotarians who stated they had dealt with the change by starting an all women's club.  Jim Schmidt had also attended that convention.  He was pretty sure there were 10,000 Japanese there with flash bulbs constantly flashing.
 
Presidential Humor
President Jim said that Steve West, a local attorney who is a member of Mesa West was counselling his son who wanted to attend college to study medicine.  When he asked his son what in the world he was thinking of - deciding not to follow in his footsteps into the legal profession, his son's response was, "When were you ever in a crowded restaurant when anybody yelled, 'Is there a lawyer in the house?'"
 
Corona Virus Discussion
President Jim told of communications many members had seen from the Rotary President Mark Maloney and District Governor David Simmer regarding the seriousness of the rapidly spreading Corona Virus and suggesting clubs might want to cease having in-person meetings for the foreseeable future.
He said his first reaction was that Greg Okonowski might die without his weekly feast at the Mesa West meeting.  Pam Cohen volunteered to set-up webinar meetings.  Chuck Flint said he would hate to not meet and cast his vote to hold meetings.  Don LaBarge agreed, but anyone who felt ill should stay at home.  It was a consensus that if we did meet, precautions like elbow bumps in lieu of handshakes and hugs should be taken.  It was noted that hand sanitizer had been available at the meeting in progress.  Frank Rosenberg, from his perspective working in the health care field, strongly recommended that meetings be cancelled for the next month or so.  A vote was taken with the majority present in favor of continuing to meet.
 
The Rotary Foundation
Chuck Flint is the club's Foundation Chair.  He had recently received information for District Governor David Simmer and District Foundation Chair Jim Bissonett wanting to remind Rotarians of the push in District 5495 to support The Rotary Foundation this year.  Major Donors to the foundation will be honored by the District an elegant evening event prior to the District Conference.  To qualify to attend, donors need to have given a minimum of $10,000 or more to the Annual Fund, the Polio Fund or other Endowment funds. Many donors choose to give much more.  TRF is recognized by Charity Navigator with their highest available ranking. Information was on the tables telling how to contact Beth Garrow, who works for The Rotary Foundation assisting those who wish to make major donations to TRF.  DG has a goal for his Connect Through Giving campaign to raise $2,000,000 by May 31.  The celebration will take place June 25.
 
Program
Lola McClane introduced our speaker, Doug Nick.  Doug has worked for the State of Arizona for seventeen years and has been with Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for three years.  He was hoping MVD was everyone's favorite government agency. 
 
He more seriously said that they were hopeful that policies implemented since he joined the department were having a positive impact on the customer experience for those who need to go there.  Instead of checking in and being given a number and sent to a room full of chairs to wait until their number was called, visitors now are asked what they are there for and sent to the correct line where the wait time is much shorter.  They also began opening most offices at 7:30 AM.  The suggestion to do so came from an employee with an idea about a "change to do better."  By opening a half hour earlier and staggering schedules, they could cover lunches better and growth of items in the employee's "in baskets" diminished.  This change was implemented in all of their major offices.
 
Another change was that much can be done on-line now that previously required a visit to one of their facilities.  At MVD now, they are changing their computer system - after thirty-five years.  Vehicle transfers can be done online.
 
He spent a lot of time talking about the identification requirements that go into effect October 1, 2020.  New Arizona state driver's licenses and identification cards will meet the Real ID Act requirements. These new cards have the Arizona gold star in the upper right-hand corner.  You will need that or a passport if you want to fly.  
 
To get your new license or identification card, you have to take the following documentation examples with you to the MVD office:
  • Proof of identity (bring 1)
    • Birth certificate (original)
    • U.S. Passport
    • Passport card
  • Proof of Social Security Number (bring 1)
    • Social Security Card
    • W2 form
  • Proof of Arizona Residency (bring 2)
    • Mail with resident address
    • Utility bills
    • Credit card statement
    • Insurance policies
The cost of the new AZ Travel ID is $25 and will be good for eight years.  He encouraged those in attendance to share the information with everyone they know.  It will be required to fly after October 1.  For more information, go to AZTravelID.com