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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Service Opportunity
Last year the club was introduced to  a program called Vello which is virtual tutoring in reading to a 1st-3rd grader.  The program is organized through the Valley of the Sun United Way.  
The Rotary Club of Mesa West and UPS partnered to volunteer and sadly during COVID it was only done in starts and fits but the kidos are back to school and could really use some help from us!!
The commitment would be for 30 minutes a week OR every other week for the school year. The scheduling is done on line so you would get to choose from time slots that would work for your schedule rather than having a set time weekly.  You are provided the tools and the training to sit and read with a child virtually - you are at the location of your choice and they are in the classroom.
United Way is gearing up to kick off next week.  
This is a perfect opportunity for a professional that has some time during the week to volunteer but can not necessarily commitment to a set time weekly, being virtual it also saves commute times that you would typically experience with volunteer activities.  Vello provides training so don't be discouraged if you are not a computer whiz.  Everything is done virtually so you don't have to leave the house and put on a mask to participate ;)
You can visit the website to learn more about this exciting opportunity to help kids be successful in school,  CLICK HERE to download a flyer with additional information.
If you would like to volunteer CLICK HERE to email Shelly Romine to sign up. CLICK HERE If you would like to download a flyer about the program.
Highlights of November 4 Meeting
Welcome - President Dan Coons
After introducing himself and welcoming all to the meeting, President Dan recited the Rotary International 2021-22 theme - 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.
He then asked Wendell Jones to offer the invocation and Ray Smith to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.  He thanked Jim Crutcher for serving as greeter and making everyone feel welcome.
Introduction of Guests
  • Melissa Stuckey introduced her sister Hayley Rose who has been an author of children's books for over twenty years.
  • Frank Rosenberg introduced Ed Shockley and AG Lee Holmes, both of whom are members of Superstition Mountain Rotary Club.  They were attending the Mesa West Meeting to view the methods and equipment utilized in having quality hybrid meetings.
  • Shelly Romine introduced Tom Yuzer, a member of the Roseville, Minnesota Rotary Club, and is a regular visitor at Mesa West during the cooler months of the year.
Jeane's Word Power
Predation - a word sometimes, but not often, used to describe the actions of a predator.  Ray Smith's behaviors might be a great example.
Rotary Minute - Chris Krueger
As Membership Chair for Rotary District 5495, attracting new members is a big part of her responsibility.  Internationally, to drive home the point that all Rotarians should be eagerly inviting others to join them in life in Rotary, there is a theme of "each one bring one."  A very important part of membership growth is member retention.  When talking about that at a club meeting, she realized she was "preaching to the choir."  At Mesa West, we do a good job of making members and visitors feel welcome and valued. 
A big part of retention relates to opportunities to do meaningful service.  Our Community Service Chair, Shelly Romine, and her committee do a great job of making a variety of service opportunities available to our members.  Club Service Chair Pam Cohen does a great job coordinating regularly scheduled social activities.  Statistics show that if members are not engaged, they tend to leave.  Most join to give back in meaningful and fulfilling ways.  Few join because they want to be part of a lunch bunch which meets regularly.  Chris thanked Shelly and Pam for being invaluable in keeping Mesa West members engaged.  
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck began by explaining that a neatly folded twenty dollar bill had been found on the floor in front of the table where he had been selling raffle tickets.  He said that if anyone could give him the serial number, the bill would be theirs.  There was no taker, but one of the last ticket buyers said that they keep their bills neatly folded, and suggested the $20 simply be added to the big pot.  The person holding the ticket drawn would automatically win $50 and a chance of winning $740 should they be successful in drawing the Ace of Clubs from the dwindling deck.  Any other card drawn would be immediately destroyed.  Chuck asked Tom Yuzer to draw the winning ticket, which was held by Don LaBarge.  Don's attempt to draw the Ace of Clubs was unsuccessful.  He drew the three of Clubs.
Auction Items
  • Jay and Melissa Stuckey had spent their third wedding anniversary vacationing on Maui.  They brought back some sweet treats to be auctioned.  Ron Thompson was the member who prevailed in some highly competitive bidding with his offer of $60.
  • Ray Smith brought back a box containing an assortment of Wisconsin cheese from his recent vacation there.  Colleen Coons' bid of $65 prevailed, which made her very happy!
Attending via Zoom
President Dan noted that Logan Harper, Shenaaz Sheik, Allan Cady, Kayla Mudge and Bob Jensen were all attending via Zoom.
Happy Dollars - Greg Okonowski
  • Don LaBarge contributed so he could announce that he will be the speaker on November 11 - Veterans Day. He will be telling the story of USS Forrestal.  Much of the story will be from his first-hand experience.  To tell the whole story will take longer than our typical program, so he said he would understand if members had to leave before he was finished, but hoped they could plan their day so they would not have to. 
  • Jim McGown contributed and told about another Rotary moment which occurred when he was in New York this past summer.  A District Governor from a district in northern New Jersey told Jim he wished Rotarians in his district would proudly wear their Rotary shirts and complimented Jim for doing so.
  • Dan Coons contributed $5 just because he is happy to be in Mesa West.
  • Logan Harper pledged $5 - he was happy to be back from Cabo, but apologized for not being in person as he had told Jeanie he would be.  He was also happy to see the sound and image for those attending via Zoom was high quality.
  • Allan Cady pledged $5  He was happy to report that nine members had responded to his recent Rotary Minute offer to provide a free copy of Judy Tommy Webb's book - Running Away and Finding Home to the first five who let Jeanie know they would like to have one.  He was happy to report that he was going to see his good friend on the way back from San Diego, and Judge Tommy is going to make books available for all nine.
  • Pam Cohen contributed $5 to advertise for two Mesa West members.  Frank Rosenberg had cleaned carpets for one of her clients and they were really pleased with the result.  Pam's daughter thought she was dying with some recent dental issues and Ron Thompson saved her life.
  • Wendell Jones announced that he and Sandra have committed to serve on a one-year mission.  He will continue to pay his dues, but will rarely attend.  To celebrate, he sang a little ditty - a backwards alphabet song.  He also pledged $100 to the Hearing project if Ray Smith would match it.  Ray readily agreed, saying a year of not having to put up with Wendell would be worth it.
  • Dick Myren contributed $1 each for himself and Rod Daniels because they are both happy to be associated with the best Rotary Club in the world.
  • Jack Rosenberg contributed - happy for the beautiful business cards Dan had made for him and Ed Koeneman's joint project.  They were going to be at a craft fair Saturday, November 6 at Spiderweb Park in Mesa.
  • Shelly Romine contributed sad $ because she was going to miss Don LaBarge's Veterans Day presentation, but happy she would be enjoying seeing her grandniece and grand nephew.
  • Jeane Crouse pledged $25 to TRVFA.  She was delighted with the turtle soap dish made for her by Jack Rosenberg.
  • Chuck Flint contributed expressing a grave concern about who would keep Ray Smith under control with Wendell away.  Ray responded, "Someone bigger than you!"
  • Don LaBarge contributed another dollar - confessing he would be leaving the meeting early to participate in a conference call.
  • The November 11 meeting agenda will be a bit different.  Besides starting promptly at noon, some of the normal agenda may be shortened to allow time for Don's USS Forrestal presentation.
  • President Dan reminded members whose interest was piqued during the recent Club Assembly/Job Fair to get in touch if they want to get involved in learning any of the jobs described.
  • Pam Cohen announced that there were some openings to leave right after the meeting for guided tours of the LDS Temple in downtown Mesa conducted by fellow Mesa West members.
Polio Plus Society Presentations - Jim Erickson
Rotarians who complete a form committing to donate $100 or more a year to Polio Plus qualify to be members of the Polio Plus Society.  Jim Erickson, who serves as Polio Plus Chair on the District 5495 Foundation Committee presented Polio Plus Certificates and Pins to John Pennypacker and Dan Coons.  If you would like to follow John and Dan's example, CLICK HERE to download the commitment form.
Program - Randy Spencer - Solid Rock Teen Center - The Rock, Mesa
Pam Cohen introduced our speaker.  Randy is the Partnership and Development Director for Alice Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation which has hosted the Solid Rock Teen Center in Phoenix for many years and has recently opened The Rock teen center located at 122 North Country Club in Mesa.  A few members of Mesa West were on hand for the open house held at the center on September 3.  Randy has been associated with The Solid Rock Foundation for over twenty-four years, The Rock center in Phoenix for nine years and now, the new center in Mesa.
The focus at the centers is to serve youth aged 12-20.  Kids are struggling now.  They need safe space.  Alice Cooper wants to do something deeper in his home community.
Kids twelve and over have lots of idle time.  At the centers, music, art and dance lessons are free.  At the centers, one will find a very diverse group who want to express themselves.  The goal is to inspire them and guide them to better decisions.
The center in Phoenix has 28,000 square feet.  It contains recording studios.  They have open mic once a month.  Music, dance and games are all available.
The new Mesa Center has a basketball court in its back yard.  There are some opportunities for the young musicians to perform.  November 5, some were scheduled to perform at Lu Malmati's Pizzeria in Mesa.  Last week, they had a photo class.  Workshops are scheduled where kids can learn from different people - many of them celebrities.  Kids work directly with renowned artists to learn skills.
There is a lot of community involvement.  Youth from the centers have performed at Phoenix Suns Games and other community events.  Often these are paid performances - the funds go to the foundation and are passed on to the participating youth.  In many cases, it is their first pay check.
The are proactive about encouraging youth to further their education.  
Randy spoke about an incentive at a correction facility, where teens submitted recipes.  Two won and were given scholarships.  They were released six months ago and are starting college.
Randy spoke about a project called Art Heals.  youth prepared 2500 pieces of art which were donated to senior citizens, first responders, and caregivers and were displayed.
Some creative partnerships have been formed to raise funds to support the centers.  One of them is the Alice Cooper Orange Scream Milk Bottle.  $25,000 has been raised with that partnership.  Try some -  you might like it, and you'll help the centers!
Jordin Sparks is one celebrity whose path to fame began at a Solid Rock teen center.
November 10 at the Mesa Arts Center - a finals competition will be held - and attendance will be free.
December 4 at Celebrity Theater will be another performance.
There are many stories.  There is diversity in the music learned at the centers.  Lives are changed and for many they feel like they are seeing a chance for themselves for the first time.  For others it truly has provided a like saving space.
During Q&A, Pam commented that she had the opportunity to caddy for Alice Cooper at a fundraising golf tournament, and found him to be someone who genuinely cares.
Randy told about taking care of very real needs for some of the youth.  One boy showed up wearing glasses that were literally taped together.  When asked, he confessed it had been over four years since his last exam and he knew his vision had changed.  Shortly thereafter, he had a new prescription and new glasses.  They keep gift cards in a drawer for grocery stores and discreetly give them out when they learn that kids are going home to a house with no groceries on hand.
The Coopers do fund a lot, but a lot of their sources of funding are golf tournaments, concerts, dinners, auctions,  Those kinds of events were cancelled during height of COVID pandemic.  They have lots of partnerships with businesses who contribute.  It truly takes a village...
Alice Cooper has a big heart.  It gives him and many other artists a good feeling when they can use their celebrity to do good.
Randy told about one painting that was donated which they chose not to auction.  It had a $1.5 million price tag.
Bob Jensen told about Dr. Jeff McKenna who has participated with our hearing project in Mexico knew Alice very well.
Before the program ended, Bob Jensen said he owned a base guitar and amplifier he would be donating to the center.
He said 80% of the youth served live within a five mile radius, but he also said that there is a lot of collaborating between both centers with some traveling back and forth.  Foster groups visit the centers from all over the state.  
CLICK HERE to view a YouTube video about The Rock in Mesa.
Something to Ponder
Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women
in the service of our country can never be repaid.
They have earned our undying gratitude.
America will never forget their sacrifices.
President Harry S Truman
Today's Chuckle
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.
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.  Those who donate $100 or more annually to Polio Plus qualify in District 5495 as Polio Plus Society Members.  If you would like to make that commitment, CLICK HERE to download the commitment form.
  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 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 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
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jan 13, 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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