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Bob Jensen - Service Above Self Award Recipient
Monday afternoon at above 5:00 PM a parade of vehicles arrived at the home of Bob and Nancy Jensen.  Chris Krueger had coordinated the opportunity for District Governor David Simmer to present Bob with a very prestigious Rotary recognition.
Each year, in the entire Rotary World, nominations are submitted for the Rotary International Directors to review and determine which 150 nominees will be awarded the Service Above Self award for the current Rotary year.  In 2019-20, Mesa's own Bob Jensen was selected as one of the recipients.
Mesa West members and friends are familiar with the Gift of Hearing project that Bob coordinates each year in Guaymas, Mexico.  Chris was able to coordinate having Rotarians and professional volunteers who have helped with the mission in recent years present to see the award presentation.  They were joined by Rotary leaders from District 5495, as well as a few Past District Governors.  
Bob was very humble and said that none of it would have happened without all the volunteers who have done the work and coordinated the logistics for the 28 years the Gift of Hearing project has
been a part of his life.  
It was kind of hard to tell whether Bob was more excited about the award, the gathering of so many friends during this period of COVID-19 social distancing, or the ice cream truck that arrived with treats for all in attendance.  Seems ice cream is off of Bob's Nancy-approved dietary intake.
Highlights of June 11 Mesa West Zoom Meeting
President Jim Schmidt welcomed everyone in attendance.  Bob Zarling, had shared information with Jim about a Polio Plus video that would be broadcast on Facebook live at the same time as the Mesa West Zoom meeting.  Jim shared his screen so that live broadcast would be the program for the day.  CLICK HERE to watch a recording of the presentation.
To take advantage of the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation Polio Plus $2/$1 match and make three times the difference with Rotary's largest project, CLICK HERE.
Following the live video, DG David Simmer was welcomed to the meeting to promote some upcoming events (see separate article in this newsletter for registration links) to take place in our district during the virtual RI International Convention.  Even though there is no cost, registration is required for many of the planned activities.  One of the events David discussed was virtual hospitality suites.  Pam Cohen volunteered to set up a hospitality suite hosted by Mesa West Rotary.
Rotary Minute - John Pennypacker
John followed up on his presentation a few weeks ago when he explained that the District Council on Legislation would have to be held virtually this year.  Changes in Bylaws, elections to fill vacancies in leadership positions in the District, etc. are typically made at a live gathering of delegates during the District Convention.  COVID-19 social distancing prevented that type of large gathering the Bylaws committee had to come up with a virtual option.  It proved to be "a lesson in leadership perseverance."  John thanked Jeanie for helping him obtain contact information for the final reluctant Rotarians.  John was successful in receiving ballots from 100% of the delegates.
He had sent 91 ballots on May 18-19.  He finally received names of three more delegates and sent their ballots May 29.  Thirty-three delegates responded within two days.  Seventy-two had responded by the end of May.  With tenacity and resolve, John tracked down the outstanding delegates and finally got them all.  Ninety-three ballots received were exactly the same.  There were two ballots that did not follow that trend.  All the votes were Yes/No votes.
  • Wendell Jones announced that he has accepted the responsibility of chairing the program committee for PE Dan Coons.  He invited Rotarians to submit program ideas to him.  Click on his name to send him your idea.
  • There will be no meeting on June 25 because of all the Rotary International and District Activities going on that week.
  • There will be no meeting on July 2.
  • Next week, June 18, Colton Cagle, one of the two outbound Youth Exchange students sponsored by Mesa West this year will present our program.
Presidential Humor
Lexophilia is a form of addition describing those who are obsessively enamored of words, especially those set in a new framework. Examples include "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless."   A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's submissions are as follows. The winning submission is posted at the very end:
  • When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
  • A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
  • The batteries were given out free of charge.
  • A dentist and a manicurist married.  They fought tooth and nail.
  • A will is a dead giveaway.
  • With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
  • A boiled egg is hard to beat.
  • When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
  • Police were summoned to a day-care center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
  • Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.
  • A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.
  • When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
  • The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
  • He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
  • When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.
  • Acupuncture is a jab well done.  That's the point of it.
  • And the cream of the twisted crop:  Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.
Lots of Virtual Rotary Fun Coming Up
June 20-26: Rotary International Convention with daily events -- Register at
June 20 at 10:00AM: District Recognition Event (35 minutes) -- Advance Registration required: 
June 23 & 25 6-7PM:  Hospitality Suites!  Clubs, District Committees and even DG David will host Zoom Hospitality Suites.  Join the fun!  Move from room to room to celebrate with fellow Rotarians!  (Links to the hospitality suites will be provided soon.)
June 27 at 10:00AM: DGE Elizabeth's Induction and a celebration of the new club Presidents!  Watch for more information.
CLICK HERE to watch DGDavid's video.
Today's Chuckle
"I'm reading an updated version of Romeo and Juliet.  This time their relationship comes to a tragic end when she unfriends him on Facebook."
Something to Ponder
Always do what is right.  It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.  Mark Twain
June is Rotary Fellowship Month
Rotarians worldwide who have similar passions and interests can connect through Rotary Fellowships.  The photo at right is one that was downloaded from the International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians and was taken at a 2019 gathering in Telluride, Colorado.  To see the variety of fellowships currently available, CLICK HERE.  
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.
Support TRVFA
Donations to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona made through April 15, can be used to qualify for the
Arizona's Credit for Contribution to a Qualifying Charitable Organization for the 2019 or 2020 tax year, but not both!  Their QCO Code is 20698.
When everything starts to settle after our current pandemic-related business slow-down is history, some things may never to back to the way they were.  There may well be a shortage of workers that require vocational certifications available to those in low-income groups through TRVFA grants.  Your gift today may help someone have a better tomorrow!  CLICK HERE to donate on-line or CLICK HERE to download a mail-in form.
Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting
Jun 25, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting
Jul 02, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting
Jul 09, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting
Jul 16, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting
Jul 23, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting
Jul 30, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting
Aug 06, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting
Aug 13, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Pai Bethea
June 9
Spouse Birthdays
Cindy Rosenberg
June 10
Sunny Williamson
June 24
Sheena Bouslog
June 29
Jim Schmidt
Rosalyn Schmidt
June 24
Join Date
Robert LaBarge
June 15, 2012
8 years
Carolyn Jones
June 27, 2018
2 years
Colleen Coons
June 27, 2018
2 years
Download Files
October, 2019 Mesa West Rotary Calendar
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
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
Foundation Director
Membership Director
Public Image Director
Executive Secretary
Bulletin Editor
Jeanie Morgan
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