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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom or in-person with reservation
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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Please join the Club in recognition of Dan Coons, First Lady Colleen, and Dan's officers and friends in an evening of gratitude for his leadership in this unusual year.  
Dan will again assume the position as President of Mesa West and will introduce his new team for 2021-2022.  
This will also be a celebration for the fundraising efforts of the club this year.  The winning team of the steak dinner competition is "Team Goetzenberger!"
Please let Jeanie Morgan know you plan to attend by e-mailing her at  If you wish to have a vegetarian, vegan, or other dietary needs meal, please inform Jeanie when you make your reservation.  
For those paying full dues, the cost for the dinner will be $25.  For all other members and guests, the cost of the meal will be $50.  The cost of your reserved meals will appear on your July 1 dues invoice.
Mesa West Collecting Food Pantry Needs in June
For the month of June, Mesa West members and guests are urged to bring non perishable food to our in-person meetings.  The food collected will be delivered to Paz de Cristo.
Recommended Items:
Pasta - spaghetti, macaroni, etc.
Peanut Butter
Canned foods:  tuna, chicken, vegetables, and fruits, etc.
Hydration drinks (Gatorade) 16 oz
Pint-sized water bottles
Register for RLI - Saturday, June 26
  • Have an opportunity to gain Rotary education by touching all things Rotary
  • This is sometimes referred to as the Rotary "College of Knowedge"
  • Exchange ideas with other experienced Rotarians and New Rotarians
  • It's not only educational, but fun!
Rotary Opens Opportunities!
Attend the Institute and make your club stronger!
June 26, 2021 - 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM via Zoom
Registration is still open and it's free!
Remember:  It's FREE
Highlights of the June 17 Hybrid Meeting
President Dan Coons introduced himself as he called the meeting to order.  He reminded members of the 2020-21 Rotary International Theme - Rotary Opens Opportunities.  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
Thought for the Day - Jay Stuckey
Jay shared some inspirational thoughts he found on the Rotary International website:
  • Rotary changes us and those we serve.  I believe we can change the world one life at a time.  Paul Harris
  • Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the Passion to reach for the stars to change the world.  Harriet Tubman
Pledge of Allegiance - Robin Harris
Rotary Minute - Ed Koeneman
Ed asked if anyone had participated in the Rotary International Convention which ended June 16 and had been held virtually this year.  PDG's Jeanie Morgan and John Pennypacker both raised their hands.  Ed asked if either wanted to share highlights.  PDG John volunteered to share, burning the Rotary minute into a bit longer than a minute.  John had particularly enjoyed the flag ceremony.  He was particularly happy to see the flag for the newest country to have their flag presented - Viet Nam.  He said the Donor Summit was definitely worth watching.  He enjoyed an interview between Jennifer Jones and Sylvia Whitlock, who was the first woman to serve as Club President in Rotary.  Jennifer Jones is currently Rotary International President Nominee and is the first woman to serve in that capacity.  Another interview he enjoyed was conducted by Jennifer Jones and was about the Rotary partnership with UNICEF in fighting polio.
When Ed regained control of the microphone, he first spoke about the first Rotary Convention in 1910.  At that time, there were sixteen Rotary Clubs.  Daniel Cady estimated that in eighty years, that number would grow to 1,000.  It actually only took eleven years for Rotary to have 1,000 clubs.  Ed has attended two RI conventions.  His first was in Sao Paulo Brazil.  His next was in 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.  He plans to attend the 2022 convention in Houston, and hopes to attend the 2023 convention in Melbourne, Australia.  Ed wrapped up his Rotary minute asking who, among, those present had attended the most Rotary International Conventions.  Jeanie Morgan had attended four - San Antonio in 2001, Los Angeles in 2008, Birmingham England in 2009 and Montreal Canada in 2010.
This link at the RI website can provide access to some of the 2021 convention images and videos:
Introduction of Guests
  • Jay Stuckey introduced his guest, Joe Troia with Sage Hospice.
  • Shenaaz Shaik was attending as a guest via Zoom.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck explained that the big pot is up to $1,707.  The holder of the winning ticket would automatically win $50, and have the opportunity to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the nine cards remaining in the deck.  He asked Joe Troia to draw the winning ticket, which was held by Greg Okonowski.  The card Greg drew after shuffling the few cards left, was NOT the Ace of Clubs and was immediately destroyed.  Next week, the big pot will have grown and the odds of drawing the Ace of Clubs will be better.
Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski
  • Ed Koeneman was happy to have noted recently that he has now been in Rotary over ten years.  His anniversary came up last fall when he was unavailable to attend even our virtual meetings.
  • Warren Williamson contributed to tell what he had learned about a conversation between God and Adam when Adam was alone in the Garden of Eden.  God told Adam he had noticed Adam seemed somewhat sad and lonely and offered to create a companion for him.  His companion would be a beautiful woman whose sole purpose would be to please Adam in every way.  She would gather and prepare food, she would bear his children, she would admire everything about Adam and never ever complain about anything.  Adam asked what he might have to give up to get such a wonderful companion and God exclaimed it would cost Adam and arm and a leg.  Adam asked what he could get for a rib.
  • Pam Cohen contributed so she could correct Warren's story by telling what actually happened.  It was actually Eve who was along in the Garden of Eden.  God asked her if she would like to have a companion who would be an excellent hunter, and would be very fit and strong and well able to protect her, and that he would love to have fun with Eve and their children.  Eve asked God what she would have to do to get this fine-sounding companion and God answered she would simply have to tell him that he was there first.
  • John Pennypacker urged everyone to take very good care of their key fobs after he learned the cost of buying a replacement as well as the cost of having the replacement fob programmed at a recent visit he had made to the dealership.  He decided to risk losing his only remaining fob rather than part with the combined price.
  • Pam Cohen contributed $5 so Jeane Crouse could share a joke about a circus who was trying to hire new lion tamers.  Since sound effects involved would be nearly impossibly to report in this publication, readers need to ask Jeane to share the joke with them the next time they see her.  It might lost some of its impact, however, if Ron Thompson isn't around to deliver the punch line for her.
  • Ron Thompson was happy Greg won the raffle since they buy their tickets in partnership.  
  • Jack Rosenberg was glad to be attending in person.  He was also thankful that members were honoring the "fully-vaccinated-only " restriction of the table nearest the door for his sake.
  • Jeanie Crouse was happy to be able to see her old buddy, Jack.
  • Chuck Flint contributed for the opportunity to share a story about two friends - Sylvia and Wanda who had both died.  Sylvia had frozen to death, and  Wanda had died of a massive heart attack. When they met at St. Peter's Gate, they exchanged stories about how they had died.  Wanda went first.  She had been certain her husband was having an affair.  She went home at a time he would not have expected her.  She found him quietly watching TV in the den, but she was suspicious that was a cover up.  She ran upstairs and searched every room.  She ran up to the attick and looked everywhere, then back to the main floor and searched every possible hiding place.  The then looked everywhere in the basement, but had the heart attack before she was able to look in the deep freeze.  Sylvia told Wanda it was a mistake to not have looked in the deep freeze first.  If she had, they might both still be alive.
  • Shelly Romine announced that we will still be collecting non-perishable food through our June 24 meeting to be donated to the Paz de Cristo food pantry, and that on Tuesday, June 22, Mesa West Rotary volunteers would be helping move a classroom and library for the United Autism school located near Shea and Scottsdale Boulevards in Scottsdale.
  • Installation Dinner will be Thursday evening, July 1 at the Doubletree.  Members were urged to respond to the invitation that will soon go out to make their reservations.
  • District 5495 Celebration - all Rotarians are invited and encouraged to make their reservation to attend this event.  See separate article in this newsletter to do so.
Program - President Dan's Review of 2020-21 Year
Dan began by saying it has been a gift to be President.  As President, he has had an opportunity to see what a giving club Mesa West is.  He has had the opportunity to be aware of generosity of individual members who give of their time and  talent as well as their funds.  It has been a pleasure to see the club in action.  He has also enjoyed getting to know everyone better.
This spring, the club Board of Directors recommended that the Mesa West Rotary Foundation give four $2,000 scholarships to Westwood High School seniors.  In fact, the foundation awarded five $2,000 scholarships to seniors at Westwood.  In reviewing the applicants, there was one stellar person that they did not want to leave out.  Trustees Bob Jensen and Jim Crutcher each donated $1,000 to that individual could also receive a scholarship.
Dan was aware that a substantial contribution had been made by John Pennypacker to support the Aqua Africa global grant project.
Bob Zarling was not able to be present the day the club was presenting the recognition awards from The Rotary Foundation, but in preparing for that meeting, Dan learned that Bob has earned recognition for a very significant contribution to support the End Polio Now effort of TRF..
Bob has not only been active in Mesa West Rotary as our President-Elect.  He has also been involved on the District Foundation Committee and has served on the local Salvation Army board.  Bob has recently had to make a difficult, but wise decision.  He is a great Rotarian, but he is an even better son.  He is the primary family caregiver for his mother and her well-being is having to take top priority for Bob at this time.  It was announced at the June 15 Mesa West Board meeting that Bob would not be taking over as President of Mesa West on July 1.  After reviewing language in the club's governing documents, the board elected to have Dan continue as President one more year.  Dan's joy of serving will continue one more year.
Dan thanked members for the way they worked together during COVID challenges.  There were a few bumps, but Mesa West has rebounded with strength from the obstacles faced.  Dan was especially thankful to Membership Chair, Polly Cady for the stellar performance of her committee this year.  Shelly Romine carried through in meeting Dan's request that she have at least one hands-on service project each month.
The Program Committee did an outstanding job under the leadership of Wendell Jones.  As a member of that committee in addition to her Club Secretary duties, Lola McClane arranged for some very interesting speakers.  Some program highlights quickly recalled by Dan were the OJ Simpson prosecutor, an FBI presentation, the Mayor of Mesa, and the life of John Pennypacker.
When other clubs were struggling because of the pandemic in their ability to raise funds to do good, Dan pointed out that Allan Cady and his team had brought in over $55,000 - our best sponsorship campaign to date!
We didn't get to spend money on some of the things we normally fund.  There was no Youth Exchange.  There was no in-person RYLA.  As things open up there will be ways to use funds in appropriate ways.
Members added some comments to Dan's review.
  • Pam said that even though the Aqua Africa global grant has been approved by The Rotary Foundation, completion of the work will require $165,000 more than has been committed to date.  Members may remember hearing from Buy Van Tut who was a child soldier in South Sudan.  Aqua Africa is his way of giving back to his original homeland.  He is from Pam and Chris Krueger's home community of Omaha Nebraska and they hope to have an Aqua Africa run to help raise some of the additional funds as well as raise awareness of the need for water in South Sudan and many other parts of our globe.
  • Allan Cady spoke about the signature project that came to Mesa West Rotary when Mesa Baseline Rotary merged into our club is the Guaymas Gift of Hearing project.  Pre-COVID, each year for over twenty-five years, a team of audiologists and other medical specialists would be bused to Guaymas, Mexico for a weekend clinic benefitting local residents ranging from young children to the elderly.  There is no audiologist in Guaymas, so we are not harming anyone's business.  Rotarians go along and perform logistical and clerical functions to enable the mission's success.  Ray Smith does the planning and Robert Jensen has been involved from the beginning as audiologist responsible for the origination of the mission, even before it became a signature project for the Mesa Baseline club.  It was sad that COVID prevented the 2020 trip and looks likely to prevent a 2021 trip as well.  It is nearly impossible to purchase hearing aids in the volumes that would be needed at this time because of COVID-related supply chain issues.  Safety of team and patients would still be questionable in Guaymas as well.
  • Don Boucher was thankful when Don LaBarge started having in-person meetings at the Salvation Army before the club board felt safe resuming in-person meetings.
  • Don LaBarge reported that the Mesa West kettle at Bass Pro set a kettle record in 2020, brining in over $22,000.  He knows it was a record for the Western Division which includes Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.  They tried to find out if any other Division could claim a higher record, but no-one responded to their inquiries.  Don added that the Manager at Bass Pro said that CBS had done a feature on their store, and one of the things the manager talked about was the Mesa West Rotary record-making Salvation Army Kettle, but he did not know if that would make it through the editing of the eventual program to be aired.  Don was also very proud of the transformation we made with our District Grant benefitting the 7th Street Food Pantry and looks forward to helping the House of Refuge with the District Grant we have applied for for the 2021-22 Rotary Year.
  • Shelly Romine thanked Jeanie for all she does for the club as well as the district and TRVFA.
  • Jeanie Morgan thanked Mesa West for being the club that has the highest number of individual donors to TRVFA, as well as having more Mesa West donors who give using automated recurring donations than the entire balance of Rotarians in the state.
  • Darl Andersen added that the work of Microcredit in Mexico continued during COVID.  Pam Cohen elaborated explaining how those small microcredit loans enable poor women to become entrepreneurs creating a much better quality of life for their family.
  • The Mesa West Foundation board approved a $2,000 donation to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) as well as a $4,000 donation to Interact District 5495 to fund the travel and in-country expenses 2021 Interact Ambassador teams going to Kenya and Mexico to deliver mobility devices to those in need in both countries.  Two students from the Westwood High School Interact Club will be participating - one going to Africa and the other going to Mexico.
Dan thanked everyone for allowing him to have this front-row seat.  He thanked Jim Schmidt for setting the tone during the early months of COVID isolation.  His leadership inspired loyalty. He thanked the members for being loyal and felt like one of the keys to the year's success was our continued community outreach.
New Dues Structure for Mesa West Rotary
Sorry to say, but our historic quarter of free lunches at in-person meetings is coming to its end.  At the Mesa West Rotary Club Board Meeting held Tuesday evening, June 15, a budget for 2021-22 was approved with a six-month trial based on the following new dues structure:
  • $300/Quarter - Corporate Dues - This is a new category which we hope professional organizations with busy executives will find attractive.  Meals would be included for the executive who would be the registered, active member.  When unable to attend, they could send a designated representative from the same organization introducing their representative to the values and fellowship of Rotary.
  • $200/Quarter - Full Dues - Reduced from the pre-COVID full dues rate of $250/Quarter.  This is offered to give back to the members some of the savings realized by the club with the current executive secretary only agreeing to do that job if she could do it as a volunteer, rather than be paid for her effort.  She wanted members to benefit from that savings rather than the bank account.
  • $75/Quarter - There are four categories with this pricing - meals are NOT included.  There will be a $25 charge for each in-person meeting attended  Anyone attending five or more meetings would be better off choosing the full dues option
    • E-85 - Members whose age plus years in Rotary equal 85 or more (includes members in Rotary 20 or more years)
    • Family of Rotary - the second member of a family could choose this option
    • Rotary Service - Participate in Service Projects (includes local and international service projects)
    • Zoom Only - Intended for members who cannot attend in-person due to health or other accessibility limitations but who wish to be actively engaged in Mesa West Rotary Club
The new structure is intended to provide some flexibility in the ways members can be People of Action and be actively engaged in Rotary.  We live in changing times and circumstances.  If we continue to do what we've only done, we may miss the opportunity to be better than we were before the pandemic.  We can utilize technology and ways to engage that we learned as we adapted and thrived as a club during an unprecedented year.
Jeanie Morgan will be contacting members directly to help each member select the option that will work best for them.  With the July 1 installation event on the evening of July 1 coming up, she will also be recording reservations to attend that event.  The meal cost that evening is $50.   Members choosing the Full Dues or Corporate option will only have to pay or be charged $25 for their own meal reservation, but the cost for their guest(s) will be $50 each.
If reviewing this, you know how you want to be billed July 1, you can send an email to Jeanie
The reason the budget was approved on a trial basis, is to be sure the revenue and expenses projected based on this structure were close to accurate and the club is not losing money because of dues options selected by members are significantly different than were projected.  As we move into this new way of doing things, members need to understand they may need to accept price adjustments in this structure should the financial activity during the 6-month trial make that tough call necessary.
Something to Ponder
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.  As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over, so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one that makes the heart run over.
            -- Samuel Johnson
Today's Chuckle
Help us Keep Polio Champion Traveling Trophy
Last year Mesa West Rotary qualified to be the first club named on the travelling trophy to be awarded each year to the club in District 5495 providing the highest level of support for the End Polio Now program of The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  As of April 1, we were in third place in District 5495.
What many may not know - because we get so much information that we fail to absorb much of it - is that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match donations to End Polio Now with $2 for every $1 donated. 
You can CLICK HERE to donate online through your "My Rotary" account.  If you are intimidated by that, you can EMAIL JEANIE to ask her to invoice you now for a donation. Once the payment for your invoice is deposited, she will transfer the donation to RI in your name.
Motivating Donations to TRF - Recognition Point Match
Foundation Chairman Chuck Flint has offered to use some of his accumulated recognition points to increase Mesa West support of The Rotary Foundation.  For the foreseeable future, he will match donations, in $100 increments two for one.  If you donate $100, he will transfer $200 in recognition points to your account.  Whether you are striving to receive your first Paul Harris Fellow or striving to reach the next level, this is a great way to move that achievement closer.
You can donate through your "My Rotary" account on the RI website
Rotary Direct is the best way to establish a habit of regularly supporting the Rotary Foundation with minimal effort.  CLICK HERE to learn more about Rotary Direct.  CLICK HERE to download a form to sign up for Rotary Direct. 
If you have questions about Chuck's offer - CLICK HERE to send him an email. 
Help TRVFA Help Others Help Themselves
CLICK HERE or on the "Donate Now" button to go to the on-line donation page for The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  Your donation will help fund vocational education grants to Arizona residents who meet specific low-income guidelines.  You will literally help someone lift themselves out of poverty.  Several Mesa West Rotarians have chosen the option near the bottom of the page to have their donations recur monthly to ensure they remember painlessly to make their tax-credit donation each year.
If you prefer to mail your donation, CLICK HERE to download a mail-in donation form.
TRVFA is a 501(c)(3) public charity.  They are also a Qualifying Charitable Organization with the State of Arizona allowing them to receive tax credit donations.  Their QCO number is 20698.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Director
Public Image Director
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
Executive Secretary
Jul 01, 2021
Club will hold Changing of Guard and Sponsorship Program Celebration in Evening at Doubletree
Jul 08, 2021
Global Sanitation Project
Jul 15, 2021
Hearing Loss - The Silent Epidemic
Jul 22, 2021
House of Refuge
Jul 29, 2021
Aug 05, 2021
Global Mining
Aug 12, 2021
Ghost Writing and Writing about Ghosts
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 01, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 08, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 22, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 29, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Aug 05, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Aug 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Aug 19, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Erika Yost
June 2
Pai Bethea
June 9
Carla Krcmarik
June 23
Spouse Birthdays
Cindy Rosenberg
June 10
Sunny Williamson
June 24
Sheena Bouslog
June 29
Wendell Jones
Sandra Jones
June 11
Tim Troy
Angie Troy
June 13
Jim Schmidt
Rosalyn Schmidt
June 24
Join Date
Robert LaBarge
June 15, 2012
9 years
Colleen Coons
June 27, 2018
3 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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