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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom
Mesa, AZ
United States of America
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Hear From Commander Bill Peters September 17
Plan to enjoy a "Conversation with the Commander" Thursday, September 17, and our Mesa West Rotary Zoom Meeting.
Commander Peters has served with the Mesa Police Department for over 30 years.  He currently oversees the Superstition Patrol District.  He has a very diverse background in police leadership.  He has supervised the Technical Services Division, Traffic Unit, Organized Crime Bureau, Asset Forfeiture Unite, Air Unit, SWAT, K-(, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Police Operations, Forensic Services Section, Support Services Section, Criminal Investigations Division and Communications.  
Commander Peters has degrees from all three major Arizona universities, ASU, NAU, and UofA.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, and a member of the International Association of Police Chief's Drug Recognition Expert Subcommittee. 
He is a two-time President of the Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club.
Upcoming Virtual District Events
Follow this link to learn about and register for the
CLICK HERE for information about
Building a Vibrant Club - Club Leadership Academy, Part 2,
Saturday, September 19 
Both events offer learning opportunities that will enrich your life and help you see the limitless possibilities of uniting to effect positive change in the world, our communities and in ourselves.  Take time to enroll and attend one or both events.
Highlights of September 10 Meeting
President Dan Coons opened the Zoom meeting platform at 11:15 so members who wanted to engage in informal conversation could do so.  Since Allan and Polly Cady had recently returned from a fishing trip to Minnesota, there were a few fish stories to be shared.  Warren Williamson had a new twist on an old saw, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.  If you teach a man to fish you can get him out of your hair for weeks at a time." 
Wendell Jones had a story to share about two brothers who went ice fishing.  There were two holes to fish through in their hut.  The first brother was pulling in one fish after another but brother #2 was having no luck at all.  Finally, frustrated, the luckless brother dropped his line through first brother's hole, but still had no luck while first brother continued to be lucky.  Out of frustration brother #2 asked brother #1 what he was doing wrong.  He got a mumbled response and asked again.  Brother #1 spit something from his mouth into his hand, and with much more clarity responded, "You have to warm your worms." Wendell said they had taken their youngsters fishing many times over the years, but his best fishing trip was when he went to Alaska where they caught more and much larger fish.  They caught one halibut which weighed over 200#.  That's when he learned his mistake had been that he'd been fishing for the helluvit instead of for halibut. 
On a more somber note, Wendell asked for members to pray for his wife Carolyn who is also a member.  Since our last meeting she suffered a stroke and is now completely bedridden and cannot speak.  
Dan thanked the members who had already logged into the meeting for making his experience as club president year-to-date a lot of fun.  
At Noon, President Dan called the meeting to order.  He introduced himself and recited the Rotary Vision Statement.
Thought for the Day - Jeanie Morgan
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. 
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset
Saint Francis de Sales
The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
Norman Vincent Peale
Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.
Dalai Lama
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
Lao Tzu
When things change inside you, things change around you.
Peace can become a lens through which you see the world.
Be it.  Live it.  Radiate it out.  Peace is an inside job.
Wayne Dyer
If you don't know the guy on the other side of the world,
love him anyway because he's just like you.  
He has the same dreams the same hopes and fears.
It's one world, pal.  We're all neighbors.
Frank Sinatra
Peace cannot be kept by force.
It can only be achieved by understanding.
Albert Einstein
Past District Governor Chuck Fitzgerald had a takeaway
from a message at church a few years ago.
He had to ask himself, "Am I a peace lover, or a peace-maker?"
Let There be Peace on Earth and Let It Begin With Me
familiar song by Sy Miller & Jill Jackson and performed by many
Rotary Minute - Dan Coons
Following the theme of peace, President Dan encouraged members to attend the Persuing Peace Conference being hosted by our Rotary District 5495 on Thursday, September 18 at Rio Vista in Peoria, Arizona from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The conference will also be Livestreamed.  The conference will feature six keynote speakers, and will have a focus of "Is Your Organization a Platform for Peace?"  CLICK HERE to reach the registration/information site.
Another district event is being held virtually - at no cost to attendees - Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 AM to Noon.  Club Leadership Academy Part 2 will feature breakout sessions to appeal to all Rotarians.  Don't let the name deter you from attending it is for all Rotarians - not just club leaders!  CLICK HERE to reach the registration/information site.
Happy Bucks
  • Allan Cady - Pledged $5.  $1 for the fist he caught on his recent fishing trip to Minnesota and $4 sad bucks for those fish that got away.  
  • Polly Cady - $5 - they know a young couple from Peoria Illinois who want to join Rotary.  Polly is helping them get connected.
  • Allan Cady - Pledged $75 to The Rotary Foundation to celebrate his 75th birthday and his 10th anniversary as a Rotarian.
  • Wayne General - Celebrated completion of their gazebo by pledging $20.
  • Greg Bouslog - Pledged $5 because he is happy that football is back and fun will come along with it.
  • Warren Williamson - $5 pledged because phone service has been out in his office since September 2, but cell phones took the place of the phone system very well.
  • Pam Cohen - Pledged $5 because although she was happy to see Wayne General attending, she was sad that Lucinda was absent.  Wayne explained that Lucinda was in another room working with an IT person to fix a problem.
  • Bob Zarling - Pledged $5 he showed a background screen from the TSA area in the Milwaukee airport which was a large image of two people toasting each other with large mugs of beer.
  • Don Boucher - Pledged $5 because he was in attendance and eating oatmeal.
  • Jack Rosenberg - Pledged $10 noting that before Allan Cady became a member, he was already a Paul Harris fellow.
  • Colleen Coons - Announced that she would be donating to the Mesa West Rotary foundation the proceeds of seven shares of stock.
  • Dan Coons - Pledged $5 for forgetting Terry Cowan's name.  He's known Terry a long time, saying he remembered them both being at the Rotary International convention in Los Angeles.
  • Bob Jensen - Pledged $100 for the Guaymas mission.  September is a big birthday month in his family.  They will be headed to Tucson to celebrate.  His grandson's birthday is the 12th, their son-in-law's is the 15th, and Bob's is the 19th.  He will be 71.  Bob also announced they would be presenting a program about the Guaymas mission to GCU Rotaract this fall.
  • John Pennypacker - Pledged $5 because his class of District Governors had recently had a Zoom meeting with Steve Snyder who had been their RI Director.  He shared news from Evanston (RI Headquarters).  Good news was that RI staff have had no instances of COVID.  Bad news is that Rotary has lost 14,000 members this year.  12,000 of the members lost were in North America.
  • Don Boucher - Pledged additional $12.  He and Sharon will be celebrating their 12th anniversary on the 26th.
  • The October 15 meeting will be presented by a representative from the C-Span network.
  • The Step-up-for Rotary fundraising opportunity provided by the district can be entered by individual Rotarians or groups of Rotary friends at any time.  CLICK HERE for information.
  • Shelly Romine reminded members of the September club service project, which will take place on Friday, September 25 from 6:30 AM to Noon.  Members who are interested in participating can CLICK HERE to register on the United Food Bank website
  • Shelly also announced that the October service event will be an evening event doing emergency food packaging for United Food Bank.
  • Colleen Coons announced that the second introductory on-line meeting about the Vello tutoring project would be held following the Rotary meeting at 2:00 PM.  There will be another two-session opportunity in two weeks.
President Dan introduced Kiana Sears, a member of the Governing Board of Mesa Public Schools.  One of Dan's first memories of our speaker was when she was working with the United Way and was instrumental in planning a fun fundraising event - a scavenger hunt in downtown Phoenix.  Kiana was a member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) team that traveled to Switzerland in 2009.  At one time, Kiana was a member of Mesa West Rotary Club.  She was invited to speak at our Mesa West Rotary Club meeting about the impact of COVID on the school system.
Kiana first told how her involvement in GSE changed her life.  She said the global experience of international travel and the opportunity to interact with others in similar professions provided a profound influence on the lives of the young people who had the opportunity to participate.  While in Switzerland, Kiana learned that in 1984 (during Kiana's own lifetime) women in Liechtenstein finally were given the right to vote.  Two years later, women held 86% of the seats in their parliament.
Kiana came from a family in New Orleans who believed in working hard and Kiana had prided herself on being a good, productive worker.  Following her GSE experience and her new knowledge about women in leadership positions, she began to take a look at policies, budgets, laws with a new perspective.
Kiana informed the club that the Mesa school district is the largest minority-majority district in the state.  English is a second language for many of the students.  For the highest number of those students, Spanish is their primary language, with Farsi being second, Hindu third, followed by as many as sixty languages in all.  Many are "new Americans," refugees who have been settled into the Mesa community.
With COVID, there are many dimensions.  She stated there seems to be four camps of how people feel about the impact.  She said there are many dimensions.  She said school is open.  Some students started in-person learning in August.  In September, modified in-person learning will begin, with two-days-a-week in person and two-days-a-week online.  She said that for 1,000's of high school students the systems are not set up to have quality individual counselling.  High School is a hybrid system of online and modified in-person learning.  There is an additional challenge of trying to match-up families so that all the children in one family are on the same modified in-person schedule.  It is a logistical nightmare.  
A critical problem in Arizona is that there is a 900 to 1 student to counselor ratio.  One-on-one time with a counselor is rare.  This is a problem for less sophisticated students who are hoping to prepare for college.
Kiana shared that one area where Mesa has excelled is in the area of serving students with learning disabilities.  Each student is served through their Individual Education Plan (IEP), which allowed them to be identified and continue to be served even through the summer with speech services, etc.
The school system continues to work with community partners like Executive Director Reed with United Way, especially through their Vello program providing intervention for students which allows students to go on to higher levels than they could have achieved without that intervention.
The most challenging aspect of dealing with COVID is that when out of school, there are some things which cannot be done remotely.  Some of the special needs students had an earlier start back because of their needs.
Mesa Public Schools has worked collaboratively with MCC to have COVID testing available.  It is available and open to the community at six high schools.  They utilize a saliva test.  It is easier, and results are more rapid, usually within twelve hours.
The Mesa City Council voted to make a major investment in the city's children by providing funding for laptops so that the gap between those who have and those who have not could be bridged.  There is a push to be the first digital city where WIFE access would be available for everyone.
When asked what Rotary might do to help, she said care packages for staff would be awesome - especially for teachers and bus drivers.  She said it breaks her heart when she hears about how much money teachers spend out of their own pockets to enhance their ability to provide a quality learning experience for their students.  She encouraged Rotarians to look at donating to local school system tax credit opportunities.
One of Kiana's final remarks was that a caring adult who connects with a child can change that child's life.  
Dan invited Kiana to come back to Rotary.
Latest TRVFA Grant Recipient Sponsored by Mesa West Rotary
Saturday, September 5, President-Elect Bob Zarling and Vocational Service Chair Bryan Goetzenberger utilized Zoom to participate in an online interview with Nicholas Phair.  The interview was to determine if Nicholas would be a worthy candidate to be sponsored by Mesa West Rotary for a grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA).
Nicholas plans a career in medicine and has a passion for serving the needs of geriatric patients.  He applied for the grant to study and be certified as Certified Nursing Assistant at East Valley Medical College.  He believes the practical experience he can gain with that certification will enable him to earn and gain practical knowledge while he continues to work toward his eventual goal of becoming a physician's assistant.
Following the interview, the sponsorship agreement was submitted and Nicholas began his studies September 14.
Something to Ponder

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  

Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world will cry and you will rejoice

Today's Chuckle
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.
You CAN make a difference!
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Director
Public Image Director
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
Executive Secretary
Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Sep 24, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 01, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 08, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 15, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Oct 20, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 29, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Nov 05, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Nov 12, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Nov 17, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Sep 24, 2020
Help Me to Hear - Guaymas Gift of Hearing Presentation
Oct 01, 2020
Vello/Valley of the Sun United Way
Oct 08, 2020
Borgen Project - Elimination of Global Poverty
Oct 15, 2020
C-Span Networks - Government issues (pandemic, economy, election, etc.)
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Allan Cady
September 16
Bob Jensen
September 19
Wendell Jones
September 25
Jim McGown
September 30
John Benedict
September 30
Spouse Birthdays
Allan Cady
September 16
Marsha Harvey
September 17
Andrea White
September 22
Darl Andersen
Kaye Andersen
September 1
Keith Deering
Kim Deering
September 15
Warren Williamson
Sunny Williamson
September 30
Join Date
Allan Cady
September 1, 2010
10 years
Jim McGown
September 2, 1994
26 years
Greg Bouslog
September 5, 2019
1 year
Bob Zarling
September 8, 2000
20 years
Ray Smith
September 19, 2000
20 years
James Crutcher
September 29, 1998
22 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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