Club Information
Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom or in-person
Doubletree, 1011 W Holmes
Mesa, AZ 85210
United States of America
Our hybrid meetings are held weekly on the 1st thru 4th Thursdays of each month. The meetings are broadcast via Zoom to include all, whether attending virtually or in person.
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Rotary Leadership Institute - Plan to Attend November 6
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is often referred to as Rotary's College of Knowledge.  There are a series of three sessions with common curriculum which are offered throughout the Rotary World - not to train officers, but to share the wide world of Rotary to all interested Rotarians.  Mesa's own Polly Cady is the RLI Chairperson for Rotary District 5495.
The three sessions will run concurrently, via Zoom, Saturday, November 6 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Because it will be online, it will be free.  When RLI meets in person, there is a nominal fee to attend.  The planners try to move where it is offered to various locations in the district, making it accessible to attend as well as offer a little in-state Rotary tourism.  CLICK HERE to email Polly if you have questions or would like to register for the September 6 session.  If you have never attended RLI in the past, you will need to register for the first session, as the curriculum is intended to be studied in sequence.  For more information, download a flyer.
You are Invited - District Foundation Events
November is Rotary Foundation month and District 5495 will be hosting two great events to celebrate.
Saturday November 20:  Rotary Foundation Education Day, 9:00 AM to Noon
Join live via Zoom.  The link will be published on the District website under the Rotary Foundation tab.  CLICK HERE to go to that page.  If it is not available yet, keep checking every few days.
All Rotarians are welcome to attend.  Encourage your fellow club members to learn more about our Rotary Foundation.  Learn about Rotary Foundation Programs and Grants.  Get the latest updates on PolioPlus around the world.  Gain ideas on how to increase Rotary Foundation giving in your club.  And much more!
Sunday November 21:  Rotary Foundation Celebration Luncheon, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Arizona Broadway Theater, 7701 W Paradise Lane, Peoria, AZ 85382
Lunch with great Rotary fellowship.
Hear inspirational updates on Rotary Foundation projects - See how your donations are being used to do good in the world and in our own back yard. 
Fun and lively entertainment.  Recognition for significant donors to The Rotary Foundation.
Register Today  $45/person - Note:  registration is limited due to space so register soon.
October Service Project
Friday, October 29, two crews of four Mesa West Rotary recruits volunteered to help with the fun at the Mesa West Senior Centers.
Jay Stuckey, Don Boucher, Dan Coons, and Dave Brauchler reported for duty at the Red Mountain Senior Center while Scott and Shelly Romine, Jeanie Morgan and Jeane Crouse were working at the downtown center.
They managed games for the seniors to participate in:  Candy Corn Hole, Wheel of Misfortune and Bone Bucket Chuck It.
They also helped by judging costume competitions at both facilities..  
Highlights of October 28 Meeting
 Welcome - President Dan Coons   
After introducing himself and welcoming everyone to the meeting, President Dan reminded those present that the 2021-22 Rotary International Theme is Serve to Change Lives.     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.
The invocation was offered by Dick Myren, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, which was led by Warren Williamson.
Jeane's Word Power
Jeane Crouse explained the difference between Capitol and Capital.
  • Capitol - When spelled with an "o," you are always talking about the building where the legislature meets.  Secret to remember when to use the "O" - think of the perfectly round Rotunda in our nation's Capitol.
  • Capital - can be a noun - generally meaning a store of useful assets or advantages.  Spelled with an "a" it is  used as an adjective
    • A capital offense
    • Capital letter
    • A capital experience, like when Geoff White is able to attend a Mesa West meeting
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck briefly announced that the holder of the winning ticket would win $45.00 and a chance to draw the Ace of Clubs with the hope of winning the big pot which is now up to $665.00.  He asked Lola McClane to draw the winning ticket.  She drew her own ticket, but her luck stopped there.  The card she drew was the 3 of Hearts.
Auction of Items from Georgia - Jeane Crouse
Georgia is famous for their peaches and vidalia onions.  Jeane assured potential bidders they would enjoy both if they purchased the items she brought back from her recent trip to Georgia.  Jim Erickson's bid of $40 let him take home the prize.  In looking over what he had purchased, he felt he had received more than his money's worth of culinary delights.
Happy Bucks - Bert Millett
  • Penny May was happy to announce she would be leaving Monday for eight days in Hawaii.
  • Greg Okonowski was happy to be at the meeting.
  • Shelly Romine was happy she was able to observe and participate in a Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build project on Saturday, October 23.  She said Mesa West member Andrea Murphy helped show her the ropes.  Shelly said that Andrea has recently completed her paralegal training program and is looking for work.
  • Chuck Flint pledged to donate $100 on line to The Rotary Foundation in memory of a good friend he knew professionally since 1977.  Chuck had travelled with Dean Rice on African veterinary adventures.  Dean passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.  He was only 71.
  • John Pennypacker had recently returned from a trip to Virginia where he had traveled on to South Carolina to attend his niece's daughter's wedding.  He had a good time at the wedding and enjoyed seeing two of his sisters he hadn't seen for a while.  On the drive back to Virginia, he announced he had the good sense to pull of the road and stop when driving in rain coming down so hard he had not visibility.
  • Wendell Jones put in $5.  He was happy to not have to put up with Ray Smith while Ray was off enjoying a vacation with his wife.
  • Don LaBarge was happy to have gotten a statute of limitation question answered in his round-about way of asking.
  • Dick Myren contributed his tradition $2 for his and Rod Daniels' association with Mesa West Rotary.  He also pledged $75 for Poilio Plus to celebrate Sandy's 75th birthday the prior week.
  • Jim McGown contributed.  He told of two situations that occurred while spending the summer in New York.  He was in a shop and a young lady learned he was a Rotarian.  She said she had spent the best year of her life in Germany as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.  The other situation happened in a barber shop where  a young man said he had spent the best year of his life in Croatia as a RYE student.
  • Jack Rosenberg announced his glass art will be displayed with his bio in a gallery in Sedona.
  • Bert Millett contributed $20 for a tribute to Bert's football hero, Whizzer White, who was Geoff White's grandfather.  Whizzer was the first Arizona State University All-American football player and still ranks third in school history with 1502 rushing yards in the 1950 season.  He played halfback for the Chicago Bears from 1951-52. 
  • Chris Krueger contributed happy to be at the meeting and happy that being in Rotary makes the world seem smaller.
  • Lola McClane contributed $25 of the cash she'd won when she drew her own ticket.
  • Dan Coons said that Colleen has found her retirement niche with her appointment as District Rotaract Chair.  Colleen is out of town and Dan had attended the ASU Rotaract meeting for her.  What had started out as plans for a Rotaract BBQ at the Coons home grew into plans for a long-weekend Rotaract campout at their house.  
  • Shelly Romine announced that she had the minimum required number of volunteers to help with the Halloween parties being held at both Mesa Senior Centers October 29, but more volunteers would be welcome.  She also announced that our November and December project would be our traditional Salvation Army bell-ringing.
  • Don LaBarge announced that he is Chair of the Salvation Army Board.  Bob Zarling has been serving as a member of the board but his personal challenges have made it necessary to step down from that role.  They are looking for a new board member.  Anyone interested in learning more should get in touch with Don.
Program - Foundation Report - Chuck Flint
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
This is where the majority of Paul Harris and Polio Plus Donations go.  The total inflow or the last audited year, which was 2019-20 was $342 million which was down from $360 million the previous year.
When donations are made to the Annual Fund, Rotary International invests the funds for a period of three years.  They are then spent on programs unless the funds were restricted by the donor(s).  Restricted funds could be legacies from donors that can never be spent, with only the income earned on the funds being spent for specified programs.
Typical expenses for programs are Polio Plus which is about half of the total, Rotary Grants (like our Aqua Africa Global Grant) and other programs.
After the three years, funds go back to local districts in the form of District Designated Funds (DDF).  Those funds can be used for district grants like the one Mesa West used to fund the 7th Street Food Pantry renovation early in 2021.  
The Rotary Foundation has seven Areas of Focus:
  • Promoting Peace
  • Fighting Disease - Polio, HIV/AIDS, Malaria - of all the people who have ever been on earth throughout history (105 Billion) half of them have been killed by malaria.
  • Providing Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Saving mothers and Children - 6 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of nutrition, poor healthcare and sanitation.
  • Supporting Education - more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.
  • Growing Local Economies - carry out service projects - The Microcredit project Mesa West supports in Mexico is an example of this, as are many of the service projects Shelly coordinates.
  • Protecting the Environment - this is the newest area of focus of The Rotary Foundation.
Without our donations to The Rotary Foundation, none of this will or can happen.  Chuck said that he had reports with him if anyone was wondering when they last donated.  CLICK HERE to email Chuck and ask him about your most recent donation. 
At the bottom of the Messenger is information about how to give to TRF.  Rotary Direct is the best - and most painless way to give - is to set up a monthly, quaarterly, or annually repeating gift from your credit card or checking account.  Using that method, you don't have to remember when you last donated - it happens automatically.  $10 is the minimum on-line donation.
Mesa West Rotary Foundation
Mesa West Rotary Club has its own 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. 
Funds which were received specifically for the Aqua Africa grant are held in a separate checking account.  Funds to be used for our charitable work and donations is held in another checking account, and a significant sum of money is invested to ensure we will be able to continue our charitable endeavors even in a bad year. 
Chuck shared a recent Mesa West Rotary Foundation Balance Sheet on the screen but it was such fine print that members had difficulty seeing it.  CLICK HERE if you want to review the balance sheet he shared.
The Gift of Hearing Project in Guaymas, Mexico is our largest ongoing charitable project and shows the largest balance of restricted funds.
When Mesa West has our sponsorship campaigns, donations go to the foundation so donors can use their donation as a tax deduction.  Donations can be restricted for one or more specific purposes or unrestricted so their donation can be used where the need is greatest.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
After the first $1,000 in cash is donated to The Rotary Foundation, for each additional amount donated the donor accrues recognition points, which they can transfer to recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Paul Harris Fellow recognition can be received for cash donated, transferred recognition points or a combination of both.  Each time an additional $1,000 increment has been reached, a new level of Paul Harris Fellow is awarded up through PHF+8
The next level of TRF recognition is Major Donor Status.  Recognition points cannot be used to receive this recognition.    It can only be received through accumulated actual donations.  The first level of Major Donor Status is $10,000.  The next level is $25,000, the third level is $50,000 and the fourth level is $100,000-249,999.  Donors with accumulated donations of $250,000 or more are recognized as Arch Klumpf Society donors.
Receiving recognition at this meeting were:
  • Carla Krzmarik received her first Paul Harris Fellow pin and certificate.  Dan Coons was very proud of this achievement by this new member who he sponsored into the club.
  • Dick Myren received his PHF+3 pin and accepted Sandy Myren's PHF+1 pin for her.
  • Joan Reimann received three pins - PHF+1, 2, and 3.
  • Erwin Reimann received two pins - PHF+3 and 4.
  • Chris Krueger received her PHF+5 pin.
  • Daniel Coons received his PHF+6 pin.
  • Don LaBarge received his PHF+7 and 8 pins.  It was noted that Don is already a Major Donor level 1. 
As an explanation as to why there were multiple recognition pins for some individuals - recognition pins are presented at scheduled meetings or events and if the recipient is not present to receive their recognition it is held to be presented later.  
Close of Meeting
Before officially adjourning the meeting, President Dan recognized that Pai Bethea and Shenaaz Shaik were both attending via Zoom.  Even though the meeting was officially over shortly after 12:30, many stayed longer to enjoy socializing.
Something to Ponder

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel.

If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish 

Sam Walton (1918-1982)

Today's Chuckle
The Big Four - Ways to Support Rotary in Mesa West
As Rotarians, we are regularly exposed to opportunities to support various causes with our time, talent and treasure.  Sometimes it is hard to sift through all the information and decide where we are going to use our available financial resources. 
It would be wonderful if every Arizona Rotarian would make the following BIG FOUR their Rotary charities of choice and support every one of them every year, we could make a bigger difference than we are making today.
  1. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Annual Fund - The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world."  Giving a small amount each month adds up.  CLICK HERE to download a form you can use to sign up for Rotary Direct, electing "Annual Fund - Share" for your recurring donation.  
  2. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Polio Plus - Rotary's commitment to eradicate polio is so well known and respected that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches donations $2 for $1.  To take advantage of this opportunity to multiply the effect of your giving, CLICK HERE and download a second Rotary Direct form, this time electing electing "Polio Eradication" for your recurring donations.
  3. The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) provides vocational education grants to Arizona Residents who meet specific low-income guidelines.   The grants enable the recipients to lift themselves out of poverty, benefitting themselves, their families and the economy of our state.  TRVFA is a 501(c)(3) charity.  They also are a Qualifying Charitable Organization for Arizona Tax Credit Donations.  Their QCO Code is 20698.  Many Arizona Rotarians say giving to TRVFA is a "no brainer."  If you can help someone lift themselves out of poverty and it won't end up costing you anything why would you not do it?  Mesa West Rotary has the highest number of members who have signed up for automated monthly recurring donations by electing that option on the "Donate Now" button on the TRVFA website.  Click the image to learn more or CLICK HERE to DONATE NOW.  
  4. Mesa West Rotary Foundation, Inc. is the funding and fundraising arm of our own Mesa West Rotary Club.  It is a 501(c)(3) charity.  We have had successful sponsorship campaigns the last few years enabling us to spend our energy on service rather than on holding fundraising events.  Charitable grants that we get involved with are funded through our charitable foundation, Our signature Gift of Hearing Project in Guaymas Mexico is funded through this foundation.  Scholarships are awarded annually to Westwood High School Students (the high school where Mesa West Rotary sponsors an Interact Club).  Funds are used to support a variety of activities in four of the Rotary Avenues of Service:
    1. Community Service
    2. International Service 
    3. Vocational Service
    4. Youth Service
The process isn't quite automated at this point in time, but we hope it soon will be.  For now, you can email our executive secretary who can help you work out a recurring donation plan should you wish to make that arrangement to support our own club's charitable activity.
Nov 11, 2021
USS Forrestal
Nov 18, 2021
Mystery Program
Nov 25, 2021
There will be no in-person meeting of Mesa West Rotary
Dec 02, 2021
New Member
Dec 09, 2021
Transitioning to Assisted Living
Dec 30, 2021
We will be dark - Mesa West Rotary does not meet on the 5th Thursday of any month
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership Dir "23
Community Service Dir. '22
Vocational Dir '22
Foundation Dir. '23
Public Image Dir. '23
Fundraising Chair
Co Sergeant. At Arms
TRF Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Executive Secretary
Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Nov 11, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Nov 18, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Nov 25, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Dec 02, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Dec 09, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Dec 16, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Dec 23, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Dec 30, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jan 06, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kayla Mudge
November 12
Keith Deering
November 24
Shane Buntrock
November 28
Spouse Birthdays
Chris LaBarge
November 21
Chris Krueger
Mike Krueger
November 8
Don Boucher
Sharon Boucher
November 15
Erwin Reimann
Joan Reimann
November 25
Joan Reimann
Erwin Reimann
November 25
Join Date
Alex Cohen
November 1, 2016
5 years
Dick Myren
November 1, 1970
51 years
Pai Bethea
November 1, 1977
44 years
Wayne General
November 1, 2016
5 years
John Bethea
November 4, 2014
7 years
Geoff White
November 13, 2001
20 years
John Benedict
November 21, 2000
21 years
Rodney Daniels
November 30, 2003
18 years
Rotary District 5495 Links
District Links
Rotary Interact District 5495
Rotary District 5495
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA)
Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - RYLA
RYLA Service Project Support
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Jeanie Morgan
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