Highlights from March 5, 2020 Meeting
President Jim Schmidt opened the meeting by asking Daryl Bethea to offer the invocation and Warren Williamson to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  Chris Krueger was dressed for the occasion of leading members and guests in singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
Scott Ramsey with the Salvation Army was introduced as a guest.  Chuck Flint was honored to introduce former member Fred Scott and his wife Billie who were visiting from Salmon Arm, Canada.  Polly Cady introduced Don Seitz from Concord, North Carolina who exchanged flags with President Jim.
Don Seitz drew three tokens for the attendance drawing.  It would have paid Steve West, Kevin Gustafson, or Brian Harvey to attend Rotary, but since they were not there to win $5 it will roll over and the potential prize for attending Rotary on March 12 will be $10.  Fred Scott drew Ron Thompson's ticket in the weekly raffle, but since Ron did not draw the Ace of Clubs, the $1,131 prize he was trying to win will be even bigger on March 12.
Happy Bucks
Allan Cady was very happy.  At the March 5 meeting, Andrea Murphy, the Interact Advisor at Westwood High School, told about Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a project where volunteers provide hands-on effort to build beds for children who would otherwise sleep on the floor.  Following her brief presentation, Allan asked for other Rotarians to add to the $100 he was going to contribute to the effort.  He was happy to announce that $310 had been raised and he was going to ask the club to increase the overall amount to $600.  He suggested that other Rotarians could let Jeanie know if they want to be billed for a pledge to the project.  Dan Coons was happy to be going to PETS.  Pam Cohen pledged $100 toward her Paul Harris Fellow recognition as she was so happy to see Fred and Billie at the meeting.  Ray Smith was happy as an accountant that they were halfway to April 15.  He was also happy to see Jim Crutcher at the meeting.  Penny May was happy to announce that Hans and Lolita Wiesner were finally getting to go home.  For the benefit of those who might not be aware, she explained that they had been on the Diamond Princess cruise ship which was anchored outside Yokohama.  They were quarantined in an inside cabin for fourteen days.  They did get to go out on the deck for a walk wearing masks twice a day.  After two weeks quarantined on the ship, they left in hazmat suits to be transported by bus to a chartered plane to fly them to Ontario where they were quarantined an additional two weeks.  In their new situation, they had windows, but were looking at snow .  Penny May said that sales of Corona Beer have suffered, and they are thinking of changing their name to Ebola.  Bob Zarling was happy to tell of young friends of his - a couple in Tel Aviv, Pat and Shelly Gallahan who were happy to have a piece crafted by Jack Rosenberg.  John Pennypacker explained how to avoid the Corona Virus.  He said you need to wash your hands like you'd been cutting up hot peppers and had to get all the residue off your hands before you could take your contacts out.  He had learned in the March 1 Mesa Tribune that Waste Management and United Fibers both canceled contracts with the City of Mesa for recycling citing declining demand.  United Fiber submitted a "non-negotiable" processing fee increase of $95,000.  Mesa City Council voted on the increase at their March 3 meeting, but John had not been able to learn how they voted.  United Fibers increased their processing fee from $75 to $82 and reduced the contamination allowed from 10% to 0%.  The city estimated its contamination closer to 20%.  Recycling used to be a cash cow for most municipalities.  Mesa now pays more than $1million a year to recycle versus simply using the landfill.  Phoenix recently increased its collection fee by 25%.  Joan Reimann was happy to have received a good report from her doctor and does not have to go back until October.  Dick Myren contributed his traditional Happy to be a Member of Mesa West honoring  Rod Daniels.  He contributed more happy bucks because the last four meals at our meeting venue had been superb.  Greg Bouslog contributed because his four-year-old son had recently had outpatient surgery, and is doing well.  Polly Schumacher was happy to report her granddaughter has left Italy and is in England with her sister.  Both are coming home.  They are disappointed, but Polly is a relieved grandmother.  Don Boucher contributed for being late.  He had enjoyed getting acquainted with Shelly Romine over lunch.  Don has a request.  Since Shelly is new to the Valley, he asked Rotarians to network and find people in their circle of influence who might benefit from her expertise as a commercial loan officer with Horizon Community Bank.  Ron Thompson contributed $5 because he won and $25 toward the bed-building project at Westwood HS.  Shelly Romine contributed $5 to thank Don for his pitch on her behalf.  Don LaBarge contributed $5.  The Boy Scout Troup he works with has 50 boys.  They have a dilemma.  The person responsible for buying popcorn for them to sell accidentally ordered $11,000 of popcorn - 80% more than they need.  The company that sold it won't take it back.  He also reminded members he has tickets to sell for the Rotary event at Barleens on March 21.  Of the $62 ticket price, $25 will go to The Rotary Foundation.  He needs to sell twelve more seats. Don Boucher committed to two.  Bob Jensen told of hitch-hiking around the country as a young man trying to find himself.  He sometimes found himself homeless.  Some kind and generous people took him in sometimes for extended periods.  To pay it forward he contributed $100 to the project Allan Cady had mentioned.  Jim Schmidt thanked John Pennypacker for serving as greeter.
Presidential Humor
A defense attorney was cross-examining a coroner.  The attorney asked, "Before you signed the death certificate had you taken the man's pulse?"  "No," the coroner replied.
The attorney then asked, "Did you listen for a heartbeat?"  The coroner said, "No."
"Did you check for breathing," asked the attorney.  Again the coroner replied, "No."
The attorney asked, "So when you signed the death certificate you had not taken any steps to make sure the man was dead, had you?"  The coroner, now tired of the brow beating said, "Well, let me put it this way.  The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my desk, but for all I know he could be out there practicing law somewhere."
Rotary Minute
Scott Ramsey wanted to find out what Rotary Clubs throughout the Valley had raised during the Salvation Army bell-ringing season last year.  Unfortunately, that information was not available.  Instead he told of a Rotary Club in Vancouver which in August of 1991 gave a check toward a hospice house that was needed in Richmond.   In a collaborative effort with Rotary and the Salvation Army, eleven years later, after $2,900,000 from Salvation Army and $500,000 from Rotary, the Rotary Hospice House was opened.  Since its opening, 165 patients have stated an average of thirty-seven days.  Their average age was seventy-two.
Dan Coons introduced the speaker.  He had heard Kathleen Duncan at the Gilbert Rotary Club.  He said on rare occasions you hear from someone who had a vision, and their outcome was bigger than the steps to get there.  When he heard about the transformational magic created from Kathleen's dream, he wanted to share it.
Kathleen Duncan is a farmer's wife from Buckeye, Arizona.  When they started, they had nothing.  She can now confidently say they have provided access to quality educational opportunities for many young people and the program created can keep growing.
Kathleen and her husband had very limited means.  Rather than continue farming in the traditional ways of his family, her husband had started an organic farming operation.  For many years while he nursed the startup business she was the family breadwinner as a social worker.  Expensive vacations were out of the picture, so they vacationed frequently in Rocky Point.  When in Rocky Point, she was troubled seeing poor children washing windows, selling gum or asking for coins so they could eat.  
In 2012, they became empty nesters and her husband's organic farming business was thriving.  She no longer had to work full time.  They had more income than they needed.  Her husband thinks she was having a mid-life crisis which is still going, and he is still paying.  She had decided that instead of saying someone should do something for those poor children in Rocky Point, she would be that someone.  She would do something.  She spent 8-10 hours three days a week for three years.  It was her private investment.  She wanted to take them beyond surviving to thriving.  She learned the language, she built strong relationships and she gained the trust of local people.  She formed a local advisory group.  She felt it had to be led by local people.  They formed a Mexican Civil Association.  To help the children move beyond basic needs, what would be required was education, education, and more education.  Many children were forced to choose between school and eating.  Public school is not free in Mexico beginning in high school.  70% drop out.  It is free through 6th grade only.  Many do not go because they have no birth certificate.  Without education they are illiterate and cannot fill out forms.  Their group began by identifying 72 students from kindergarten through high school.  They followed them once they were in school and helped them overcome barriers.  Most had zero academic support at home.  The second year, they formed two homework clubs.  In Rocky Point the schools operate on half-day schedules, so they use their facilities twice each day.  By the end of year two, they had 160 students being supported by a team of ten.  Last year, they had 588 students.  
Kathleen is an original board member of a small non-profit here in the US.  They promote donations to their affordable, effective program in Mexico so more children can have access to their system which helps them thrive.  $34.80 per month will support a child in their system.  
She shared one success story.  Of the first 72 students, nineteen went on to high school and she was able to attend their graduation.  They are now in college.  That last statement drew spontaneous applause from those at the meeting.  There is an amazing return on investment.  They are having a bigger impact than she dreamed, and it is costing less than she imagined.  The US non-profit is  
Kathleen works with a Rotary Club in Mexico.  They are starting an English language program.  They want to add vocational programs.  It is to their advantage to have legal charitable entities on both sides of the border.  They are raising money to support the program in Mexico as well.
Mesa West Rotarians at PETS
President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) is held each spring throughout the Rotary world to prepare incoming club presidents to lead their club for the following Rotary year.  Those who attended learned about the theme incoming RI President Holger Knaak has selected for the 2020-21 year:  "Rotary Opens Opportunities."
Dan Coons, who will lead Mesa West in 2020-21 was in attendance, and Bob Zarling attended the President-Nominee sessions.
Chris Krueger led a model club meeting and actually inducted a new member into the Tempe Downtown Rotary Club.  John Pennypacker and Allan Cady worked at the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) vendor table.  Polly is Chair of RLI, an institute program that has a curriculum of three one-day sessions to teach emerging leaders about Rotary beyond the club level.  Many existing District 5495 leaders are graduates of RLI.  Wayne General was the official photographer.  Donna Goetzenberger gave an impassioned speech about Youth Exchange and introduced the inbound, soon-to-be outbound, and ROTEX (returned) Youth Exchange Students during a flag presentation ceremony.  Lucinda General was a facilitator as well as serving as the 2019-22 Rotary Coordinator for Zone 26.  Jeanie Morgan facilitated a "Money Matters" session for the 2021-22 Club Presidents who attended.  
Art Harrington of the Prescott Sunup Rotary Club spoke about leadership skills necessary to lead volunteers noting that a successful manager in business may be surprised at the results they don't get if they fail to understand that volunteers need to be inspired, respected, and empowered to succeed and they need to be appreciated by their leadership team.
Those who attended heard from powerful keynote speakers.  Alan Mallory told about New Heights in Human Performance and Leadership as he told of his family's adventure Climbing Mount Everest.  Many of the planning and execution skills in successfully completing such an expedition directly relate to skills needed to do the difficult work Rotarians do around the world.  
Friday evening, Glynn Gilcrease, a member of the Tempe South Rotary Club presented an excellent speech impersonating Abraham Lincoln.  In his speech, he related the principals and four-way test of all the things we think, say and do to situations he faced prior to and during his term as President of the United States.  
Saturday, following lunch, John Pennypacker had the privilege of introducing Anne Lee Hussey, a polio survivor and impassioned worker to eradicate polio.  Her story is powerful in helping Rotary leaders know why being close to succeeding is not enough.  We need to persevere until the job is done.  Anne Lee is a member of the Portland Sunrise Rotary Club in Maine. 
Allan and Polly Cady and John Pennypacker were active in making sure the keynote speakers' needs and transportation were taken care of.  Wayne General was the official photographer making sure the incoming leaders had good photos for their websites, Facebook and other social media.
Each year, each Rotary Club and District gets a new leader.  With quality training like our Assistant Governors, Presidents-Elect and President Nominees received at District 5495 PETS, District Governor-Elect Elizabeth Mahoney should have a great team of Club Presidents and Assistant Governors to help clubs open doors of opportunity through Rotary during her year.  The skills they have acquired will enable them to succeed and accomplish more in other areas of their lives and most will very likely be there to support each succeeding new class of Rotary leaders.
Allan and Polly Cady Treat Marcela to a Cubs Game
While Marcela Sousa was in the Phoenix Area for the Youth Exchange presentation at President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) and some fun social activities with the other exchange students, Allan and Polly Cady made sure she experienced a Spring Training game at Sloan Park in Mesa.
She got to see the Arizona Diamondbacks prevail over the Chicago Cubs with a winning score of eight to one.
Marcela is an inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Brazil who is spending the school year in Flagstaff.  Mesa West Rotary is supporting her monthly stipend to cover personal expenses.
Jim Crutcher's Invitation to his Rotary Friends
March is Water and Sanitation Month in Rotary
Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.
We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term. 
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
The Most Efficient Way to Support The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary that enables the amazing work we, as Rotarians, are all proud to be a part of.  Every Rotarian is strongly encouraged to support TRF every year by donating to the General Fund of TRF.  The target gift is $100 per year per member.  That has been the target for a very long time and in the US the average family income has multiplied a few times since that target was set.  Many Rotarians who have the means to do so have set their personal target at the $1,000 per year mark making them eligible for the Paul Harris Society level of donor recognition. 
The End Polio Now campaign is a separate fund to which gifts are matched two-for-one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Many Rotarians choose to support both the general fund and the fight to end polio.
No matter what level you decide to donate, please support the Foundation by giving through Rotary Direct.  CLICK HERE to get answers to commonly asked questions about this program.  DOWNLOAD A FORM to authorize your Rotary Direct donations.  By giving through Rotary direct, the opportunity for human error is eliminated and recognition credit for the Rotarian and their club is much more accurate and timelier.
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