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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'Tis the Bell-Ringing Season
When you agree to take a shift ringing the bell to raise donations for our local Salvation Army in front of Bass Pro, you are a part of a tradition dating back to 1891 - 130 years ago!

Wikipedia yielded this information: 

A tradition on the "kettle" started in 1891, in San Francisco, by Salvation Army officer, Captain Joseph McFee. Captain McFee, resolving to provide a free Christmas dinner to the poor of San Francisco, remembered a sight he saw in Liverpool, England.  From his days as a sailor McFee remembered a large pot displayed on the Stage Landing, called "Simpson's Pot." The pot took in donations put in by passersby. Taking this idea, McFee asked for permission from San Francisco city authorities to place a crab pot and tripod at the Oakland ferry landing. The kettle - and McFee's call of "Keep the Pot Boiling!" - drew in passengers and donations.

The idea spread, and is in use by many Salvation Army charities worldwide. Innovations from the crab pot have included self ringing kettles, booths that play Christmas music, and Credit Card capabilities.


The image at right is a kettle in Sweden.

Scenes from the First Day at Bass Pro
Carla Krzmarik was one of the first to step up to ring the bell on the first day of the 2021 season.  Shelly Romine could not resist photographing some kiddos being generous.  She also captured a photo of a kitten who seems to be happily residing in the rocks surrounding the entrance to Bass Pro.
Some Bell Ringing Tips
  • Be prepared for the outside temperature to change - bring a sweater or jacket.
  • If your wrist gets sore ringing the bell, bring a boom box and play seasonal music.
  • Compliment people's children and grandchildren.
  • Thank donors for taking time to be generous - no matter how large or small their donation.
  • If people say they have no cash, show them the card with online donation information.
  • When Don LaBarge sends out his appeals for help, please find a way to make time to do so!
  • Have fun interacting with people whether they donate or not.
  • Don't be surprised if some people make it half way to the parking lot and come back to donate.
The dollars collected at the Mesa West kettle have grown each of the past six years.  Let's make it happen again!
Common Message in Rotary Zone Communications
Past District Governors and current District leaders regularly receive communications from our Rotary Zone containing the image at right.  Zoom calls will often have it in the background of one or more of those attending.
Since most of the really good ideas in Rotary come from the club level, and Mesa West is the Ace of Clubs, we should be able to harvest some great ideas on how we can grow Rotary's positive impact in our world.
If you've ever thought, "I wonder why we don't...," brainstorm that idea!  Figure out how you could make it actionable then take your idea to our President or one of our board members so they can work to encourage you and with the help of Mesa West and its members, make it happen. 
Something to Ponder
Today's Chuckle
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.
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
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
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jan 20, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Genesis Project - meals for the homeless
The Genesis Project
Jan 21, 2022
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jan 27, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Feb 03, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Brian Harvey
December 5
Jim Erickson
December 13
Terry Diedrick
December 21
Chris Krueger
December 22
Frank Rosenberg
December 23
Ron Thompson
December 31
Spouse Birthdays
Luin Ross
December 15
Frank Rosenberg
December 23
David Brauchler
Lynn Brauchler
December 5
Geoff White
Andrea White
December 5
Allan Cady
Polly Cady
December 28
Daniel Lamborn
Jessica Lamborn
December 28
Erica Williams
Scott Williams
December 28
Polly Cady
Allan Cady
December 28
Ray Smith
Vickie Smith
December 28
Join Date
Jeanie Morgan
December 1, 1994
27 years
Ted Williams
December 1, 1973
48 years
Don LaBarge
December 4, 1994
27 years
Karen Chavez
December 4, 2014
7 years
Frank Rosenberg
December 17, 2005
16 years
Bob Jensen
December 18, 2007
14 years
Ron Thompson
December 18, 1997
24 years
Lu General
December 19, 1990
31 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
Bulletin Editor
Jeanie Morgan
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