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Mesa West
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
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Mesa, AZ
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Highlights of August 13 Zoom Meeting
Pam Cohen called the meeting to order at Noon and asked Jim LeCheminant to offer the invocation.
It quickly became apparent that Jim Schmidt had some surprise visitors at his house.
Immediate Past District Governor David Simmer and others had arrived at the Schmidt home so he could perform his final official act from his year of service.  After taking a large trophy from the trunk of his Rotary emblazoned vehicle, he and several other Rotarians who were in on the surprise were at the front door when Jim opened it.  Jim didn’t let anyone enter until he donned the Rotary mask he was given.
PDG David recognized Mesa West Rotary Club for their incredible support of The Rotary Foundation:
  • More Paul Harris Society members than any other club in the district – members who give $1,000 a year or more to The Rotary Foundation.
  • Winner of a $2,000 grant in recognition of their strong support of TRF through Rotary Direct – where members set up automated repetitive donations through their “My Rotary” accounts.
  • The trifecta – Mesa West Rotary is the first recipient of the travelling trophy as the End Polio Now Champions for 2019-20.
PDG David recognized District Governor Elizabeth, a great supporter of The Rotary Foundation; PDG Jim Erickson – the architect of the End Polio Now Champions award and passionate advocate for ending polio.  He also acknowledged the Mesa Rotary Club for having donated the incredible trophy to the District.  The trophy is Rotary founder Paul Harris holding a small boy with the boy’s polio braces on the ground at their feet.  Praising Jim Schmidt for his leadership, PDG David turned the trophy over to him.
In accepting the award, PP Jim Schmidt  acknowledged his Foundation Chair Chuck Flint, Assistant Governor Lee Holmes for always being available for support, and reminded everyone that Mesa West Rotary will defend the travelling trophy because we are, and will remain, the Ace of Clubs.
Happy Bucks
  • Jack Rosenberg - $66 for his 66th birthday.  He also reported he had been in the hospital the prior week due to another abdominal infection.
  • Polly Cady pledged $10 because she was very happy to report that 48 were registered to attend RLI Saturday August 15.  The first RLI under her leadership only had twelve attendees.
  • Jin LeCheminant pledged $10 to celebrate Ray Smith' s birthday after Greg Okonowski noted that Ray was not available to contribute birthday bucks.
  • Lola McClane, "$10 for having Mesa West Rotary Club in my life, especially now, because it gives me things to do and places to be and structure in my life.  t’s just nice to do things with people you like to do things with."
  • Bob Zarling pledged $25.  He was enjoying being on the lakefront in Michigan.
  • Greg Okonowski pledged $5 congratulating Greg Bouslog's nice dark beard.  Greg O fondly remembered when he was a young Rotarian sporting an all-dark beard of his own.
  • Shelly Romine pledged $10 to celebrate her hubby's 60th birthday.
Happy Bucks/Comments Shared After the Meeting
  • Sharon Spane reported she was glad to be on line for about 80% of the meeting and appreciated the informative program.
  • Polly Cady provided an update to her August 13 report.  On Friday, August 14, RLI registration was up to 56.
  • Food Packing Project - Thursday August 27 from 5:45 - 8:00 PM - see sign-up information in separate article in this newsletter.
  • Vello Virtual Tutoring Project - Colleen Coons reminded everyone about the Vello project which was introduced last month.  It is hoped that we can get more Rotary volunteers so we can add a second second classroom if 1st through 3rd graders to assist.  The partnership with UPS is not only to share volunteer hours but the company is also providing a grant to cover the $3,500 fee per classroom that is required.  Partnering with UPS on this project also allows additional opportunities to apply for grant money UPS offers for future projects.   See more information in another article in this newsletter.
Sally Schindel shared a story about her son's experience with marijuana.  His life tragically ended with him taking his own life.  His suicide note indicated that marijuana had killed his soul and ruined his brain.  Sally is with Arizonans for Health and Public Safety is passionate about what she believes to be the dangers of expanding availability of marijuana beyond the medical usage allowed in Arizona today.  She provided a list of resources for more information.  CLICK HERE to download her list.  She showed a video which is available to VIEW HERE  The website for Arizonans for Health and Public Safety is
Also at the meeting was Joanna Duka with The Resolute Group.  CLICK HERE to download an article containing most of the data in her presentation.
Community Service Opportunities
Vello - serve as a virtual reading tutor for a 1st-3rd grader
Last month 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 currently has 6 volunteers and UPS will provide another 15 or so volunteers to tutor one class.
We hope to add another class but need more Rotary participation. 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 right after labor day with this current school year. The partnership with UPS is not only to share volunteer hours but the company is also providing a grant to cover the $3,500 fee per classroom that is required. Partnering with UPS on this project also allows additional opportunities to apply for grant money UPS offers for future projects.
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. It is also perfect for some of our more mature club members or those who live with vulnerable people and are trying to limit exposure. Everything is done virtually so you don't have to leave the house and put on a mask to participate ;) We will discuss this opportunity this Thursday at our regular zoom meeting or you can visit the website to learn more about this exciting opportunity to help kids be successful in school
Food Packaging at Feed My Starving Children
Your help is needed!
Our Service Project for August is Food Packaging for Feed My Starving Children.
I am looking for at least 10 people to help with this project. This is an indoor event with sanitary protocols and social distancing. Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
Event: Food Packing at Feed My Starving Children Date: Aug 27, 2020 at 5:45 PM - Aug 27, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Chair: Shelly Romine 4802994533 Location: 1345 S. Alma School Rd Mesa, AZ United States of America 85210
We appreciate your participation and look forward to making this a great event together!
E-mail Shelly Romine if you have questions about either volunteer opportunity
Today's Chuckle
Something to Ponder
Until you’ve learned to give, you haven’t learned to live.   ~   source unknown         
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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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Director
Public Image Director
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
Executive Secretary
Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Aug 20, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Aug 27, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Food Packing at Feed My Starving Children
Aug 27, 2020
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Sep 03, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Sep 10, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Sep 15, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Sep 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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
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Aug 20, 2020
Preservation of the Clydesdale Breed
Aug 27, 2020
Sep 03, 2020
Caring for the Hungry and Homeless in Pinal County
Sep 10, 2020
Effect of COVID-19 on Mesa School District
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ray Smith
August 9
Jack Rosenberg
August 10
Dan Coons
August 20
Joan Reimann
August 29
Spouse Birthdays
Toni Farmer-Thompson
August 5
Scotty Romine
August 12
Rosalyn Schmidt
August 24
Joan Reimann
August 29
Don LaBarge
Chris LaBarge
August 3
John Benedict
Jane Benedict
August 7
Amanda Rosenberg
Frank Rosenberg
August 26
Frank Rosenberg
Amanda Rosenberg
August 26
Ted L. Williams
August 29
Join Date
Jim LeCheminant
August 1, 2019
1 year
Stephen West
August 1, 1993
27 years
Steve Ross
August 1, 1989
31 years
Don Boucher
August 3, 2012
8 years
Terry Diedrick
August 18, 2011
9 years
Kevin Gustafson
August 23, 2017
3 years
Rotary District 5495 Links
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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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