Members and Guests were rewarded for their time spent driving to Queen Creek when they found a little piece of the old west surviving in a suburban environment.  They weather was pleasant, the boxed lunches prepared by the Doubletree were enjoyed,  President Dan Coons welcomed everyone and had a few announcements which needed to be made before the actual program began:
  • Dan reminded members to check their Messenger for information about the Sunday, November 21 District 5495 Foundation Celebration.  It will be the first time a Foundation Celebration has been held in the district since the COVID pandemic began.  Also available was free Zoom Rotary Foundation Education available via Zoom Saturday morning, November 20.
  • Dan reminded members that he is still encouraging all members to get involved in one of the club committees.
  • Bob Zarling announced the Salvation Army November 30 season of giving kickoff dinner.  Mesa West will be honored for their strong collection efforts last year.  We have a table for eight reserved.  Members were encouraged to contact Bob if they wanted to fill any of the available seats.  Bob said not to worry - more seats would be made readily available if more than eight Mesa West Rotarians responded.  Those who do respond should have their wallets or checkbooks handy.  The Mesa Firefighters, Police Department, and Chamber of Commerce will be competing to see which team can raise the most campaign kickoff funds at the dinner.  Lucinda helped Bob out by basically repeating the same information, but enhancing the fun that would be had by those who choose to attend.
  • Dan announced that Happy Bucks collected at the three December meetings would go to the Salvation Army.
  • Penny May announced that she would be departing for Alaska Monday, November 21 to spend the holidays with her family.
  • Jeane Crouse was happy to announce the Mesa West Board of Directors had approved Marc Hunt's membership application be forwarded to Mesa West members for the seven-day review period.
Dan turned the meeting over to Brian Bausch, our host for the day.  He is the owner of Beyond Riding - a business specializing building the horse's trust and willingness on the ground, joining it to the responsiveness in the saddle.  Brian's history of decades of training "problem horses", allows him to identify detrimental mistakes, that are causing horses to not reach their earning potential, and fix them.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Brian and some of the fun adventures that began when he was eight years old and he got his first pony.  He has had fun following his dream and still having fun every day doing what he loves.
Your Messenger Editor wants to thank Lola McClane who captured some awesome photos that will tell the story of what club members and guests experienced at this very special meeting much better than words could ever describe: