Remember!! - January 23 Meeting will be at 6:00 PM
The board of directors elected to have the meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month, be evening meetings, to enable those Rotarians who have a difficult time regularly attending our lunch meetings to join us.
The program will be presented by Steve Ferguson, a Scottsdale firefighter, who will discuss smoke detectors and fire danger in the home.  
Training for Hands-On Service Project is Tonight
At our January 9 meeting, Community Service Chair Melodie Jackson stated that January is a tough month for the homeless population.  She announced that Tuesday January 28 a Point-In-Time Homeless Count must be taken.  Volunteers are needed to support the Salvation Army in surveying families and individuals on that date who are living on the street and in shelters.  Mesa must participate in the count to continue to receive Federal assistance to support the needs of our homeless population.  
A volunteer training session will be offered prior to the count.  The training will be offered Wednesday, January 22 at the Salvation Army, Building 3 (241 E 6th St., Mesa, AZ 85201) from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  CLICK HERE to register for the training and to help with the count.  Care packages will be handed out on the day of the count.  
Since the count starts with an orientation at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, and volunteers will be sent to their locations by 5:30 a.m., Melody was hopeful the count would be finished without intruding on too much of normal workdays for Rotarians. 
John Pennypacker's Answer to "Why Attend RLI?"
"I am pretty sure most Mesa West Rotarians think they know full well the benefits of attendance at a Rotary Leadership Institute session.  Many have attended and benefited from it.
"Personally, it was more the interchange of ideas with others that benefited me more than any of the information presented.  But that is the best part of being in Rotary.
"I would hope that at least a couple of members of our club will register and go to the February 8 Institute to be held at Grand Canyon University, and not just the NEW members.  Very often it is the old crusty members who need this form of rejuvenation more than anyone."
CLICK HERE for a link to more information about session content and a link to register.
Highlights of January 16 Meeting
President Jim Schmidt opened the meeting by asking Ray Smith to lead everyone in singing Three Blind Mice.  The Invocation was led by Darl Andersen and Bob Zarling led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chris Krueger introduced her guest, Buey Tut with Aqua Africa.  Frank Rosenberg introduced Past District Governor Jim Erickson, and Victoria, an ASU graduate who is working with Senator McSally's re-election campaign and who was willing to stay following the meeting to answer any questions Rotarians or guest might have.  Jack Rosenberg introduced his granddaughter Danielle.
Darl Andersen found that it paid to attend Rotary when the token drawn had his badge number on it.  Chuck Flint explained that the holder of the ticket drawn in the weekly raffle would win $30 and a chance to win $921 if they could draw the Ace of Clubs from the deck of cards.  Danielle Rosenberg's ticket was drawn, but the card she drew was the four of spades.
Happy Bucks 
Ron Thompson served as Sgt at Arms collecting the happy bucks.  Penny May was the first to contribute.  She generously gave $5, happy to be leaving Saturday for a two-week vacation in Rarotonga - her favorite vacation spot - a tropical paradise in the South Pacific.   John Pennypacker had driven to Palm Springs on the 15th to meet his niece at a golf tournament.  He said Francesca "Purred all the way."  Danielle Rosenberg was happy to be at the meeting, and happy to know her grandfather and father would be by her side whenever needed.  Ray Smith was proud of his blind song leaders who led the various rounds of Three Blind Mice.  President Jim was happy he and his wife were both feeling better.  Rosalyn had been down with the flu for a week and a half and Jim had caught a cold.  
  • There was a pile of contributed items for the hands-on service project.  Members were encouraged to bring more items to the post-holiday party to be held on the 18th at Dan and Colleen Coons home.  Items needed are:  socks, Chapstick, Band-Aids, dry (waterless) shampoo, and hand warmers.
  • Chris Krueger gave an update on the global grant Mesa West is partnering with Aqua Africa to provide water for 8,000 people in the Maiwut community in South Sudan.  Solar power will enable the availability of 60,000 liters of water per day for the community.  Solar power will provide the energy to both pump and pipe the water to the school and a central place to draw water making the daily walk for water one mile or less rather than six miles that is the current norm.  Buey Tut had a map of the community to illustrate what he and Christine were working to bring to fruition.
Presidential Humor
President Jim told of a decision Ray Smith and his wife Vickie had made when they were young.  They decided to wait until their son was older to tell him that his father was an accountant.  He also shared four things to remember about accounting:
  • Trial balances don't.
  • Bank reconciliations never happen.
  • Working capital never does.
  • Return on investment never will.
Russ Wiles with the Arizona Republic and USA Today provided information about the economy including business and investment trends and themes.  He began by saying the economy is moving along and growing, although the growth is expected to slow this year.  The current growth streak is in its twelfth consecutive year of growth.  Russ said there is a 5% chance of a recession this year, but a 40% chance next year.  
Arizona has had its fourth minimum-wage hike.  Our average wage is still one of the lowest in the nation but improving.
Arizona is number 3 in the nation for job growth
Wiles stated that Governor Ducey was correct when he stated recently that the Arizona economy is diverse.  The problem in the metro area is the cost of housing.  The greatest growth in new business is in the East Valley.  It is desirable to attract corporate headquarters.  Top executives will want to live near where they work and their presence is a driving force behind construction, quality schools, and quality health care.  
He spoke a bit about a boom in commercial construction which can be a precursor for a boom/bust cycle.
Arizona is getting into the auto manufacturing business.  Pinal County will benefit from jobs created with a manufacturing plant in Coolidge and another in Casa Grande.  Headquarters will be in Phoenix.  These plants will create need for more housing.
The economic winners of the last decade have been professionals and college graduates.  The losers have been less educated blue-collar workers, renters, those in rural Arizona in small towns.  Tucson was also among the losers.  One third of the layoffs in Arizona in the last year have been in Tucson.
The wealth gap has widened.  The median household income is $117,000.
When asked if the economy is fairly good, Russ said Republicans think so and Democrats do not.
In a study by the Economic Innovation Group, Arizona has seven of the nation's most popular cities.  Gilbert was number one.  Scottsdale and Chandler were in the top five.
He spoke a bit about the stock market.  We have been in a bull market for eleven years.  Last year, a new record in the market was set twenty-seven times.  The current Dow Jones is over $30,000.  The good news is the market should hang in - seventeen out of the last nineteen presidential election years, the market has been positive.
Signs that a market is overheating are when mergers and acquisitions are up and there are significant changes in stock mutual fund investment.  There is not a lot of that which might indicate the market will crater.
Real estate is faring well.  Arizona home prices have finally risen above the 2006 peak.  Mortgage interest rates are still very attractive.
The largest non-government employers in the Phoenix market are Banner Health, Walmart, Kroger, Wells Fargo and Albertsons.
Causes for concern are that four out of ten are living paycheck to paycheck.  The recommended amount of savings in a household is three to six months of living expenses.  Very few of these households are able to accumulate that.  Credit card balances are high.  Doctor visits are skipped for financial reasons, and many of these households depend on their tax refund to make larger purchases.  Financial stress is high.
Russ said that if a person were to skip one Starbucks a day, they could save $1,250/year.  If invested in a Roth IRA for thirty years, they could accumulate $106,000.  He pointed this out to illustrate that savings could improve for those who adhere to good financial practices.  
The previous economic expansion began in March of 1991 and ended in March of 2001 - 120 months.  The current economic expansion has already lasted 127 months.  
He said nobody in either party seems interested in talking about or addressing the national debt. 
Great Fun, Food, and Friends at Post Holiday Party
Mesa West Rotarians and their guests enjoyed the warm hospitality of Dan and Colleen Coons in their beautiful Gilbert home Saturday, January 19 at the Post-Holiday Party and Gift Exchange.
Delicious appetizers and desserts were abundantly contributed by those in attendance, and the main course - prepared by Chef Chuck Flint was a culinary delight.  It was a relaxed atmosphere which made it possible to mix and mingle which allowed the opportunity to get to know each other better both inside the Coons' home and around the fire pit on the back patio.  
There was an attempt early in the evening to structure the conversations around subjects like world peace and nuclear disarmament, but there never was a time when those discussions were reported back to the group as a whole...  
The gift exchange started out very civilized with those whose numbers were drawn each opening a new gift.  It wasn't long, however, until it was clear that hand-crafted items created by Mike Krueger, Jack Rosenberg, and Son Hee Williamson were coveted by many as were some of the spirit contributions such as Pennypacker whisky...  
Today's Chuckle
January is Vocational Service Month in Rotary
Arizona Rotarians have a unique opportunity to support this Rotary Avenue of Service by donating to
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.
Donated funds support vocational education grants for those who meet low-income guidelines.
Donations may not actually cost the donor anything in the long run since
TRVFA is an organization which meets
Arizona's Credit for Contributions to a Qualifying Charitable Organization requirements.
Their QCO Code is 20698.
The amount of a donation can typically be deducted from Arizona state income tax liability for 
up to $400 for an individual or $800 for a couple filing jointly.
CLICK HERE to donate to TRVFA on-line
or to download a form you can mail with a check, CLICK HERE.
Donations made between January 1 and April 15, 2020 can be used to offset Arizona State Income Tax liability for the 
2019 or 2020 tax year (but not both).
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 gifts are matched 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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Business Presentation
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The Holocaust in Holland
Feb 27, 2020
Waste Management
Mar 05, 2020
Education for the Disadvantaged in Mexico
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Business Owners Goal Achievement
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Ted L. Williams
January 3
Steve Ross
January 10
Andrea Murphy
January 19
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Colleen Coons
January 25
Join Date
Dan Coons
January 1, 1993
27 years
Donna Goetzenberger
January 1, 2017
3 years
G. Bryan Goetzenberger
January 1, 2017
3 years
Pamela Cohen
January 1, 1992
28 years
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January 1, 1990
30 years
Scott Morris
January 7, 2010
10 years
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January 11, 2017
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January 22, 1998
22 years
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