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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom
Mesa, AZ
United States of America
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Help Connect Those in Need with Valuable Resources
President Dan and I have been contacted by Jutta Ulrich the Executive Director at Arizona Caregiver Coalition regarding a volunteer opportunity that works perfectly for those being cautious and social distancing.  This is an immediate need.  Please see her text below:
"We suddenly have a large number of inquiries about a caregiver program. The funds are running out December 31 and we are trying to return all the calls. We have a script and instructions, then there is an online form that needs to be filled out for each caller (name, address, etc.).  We are looking for volunteers to help with the calls. What is needed is a phone, a computer (to access the online form), and a willingness to call people on the phone, mostly seniors."
"It takes a good 30 minutes to review the script and ideally volunteers would offer to make at least 10-15 calls. Each call takes 5-10 minutes. We could do a practice call with volunteers, if desired. We can offer a Zoom session and two of us here can role play a call and then answer questions."
The minimum time commitment would be as a one time activity around 2 hours.  This program educates caregivers of resources available to them.
Please let me know if you would be interested in helping out with this important endeavor! You can CLICK HERE TO EMAIL SHELLY 
Induction of New Member, Carla Krzmarick
Hello MWR Members - I know this is short notice, but. . . . . .
You are cordially invited to join the induction of our newest member, Carla Krcmarik!
Saturday, December 5th, 2020
4:30 pm
Pam Cohen’s house (click the address for a map)
Gate Code 1492 (no #, * or other)  I have a lighted sign in front of my house with the number 8
MWR President, Dan Coons, will conduct the induction ceremony of Carla - accompanied by the First Lady of MWR, Colleen Coons
PDG Barb Feder will conduct a special presentation of “Connect Through Giving”
Hopefully DG Elizabeth Mahoney and PDG David Simmer will be present as well.
Enjoy Rotary fellowship, appetizers, and beverages with your fellow Mesa West and District 5495 members.  Please feel free to bring a friend, family member, or significant other.  The festivities will take place on the patio with plenty of ventilation and social distancing measures in place.
We will be honored to have you attend this auspicious event!
Please RSVP to Pam Cohen
602-989-5677 mobile
Article from December 1 TRVFA Donor News
Sharing Some Fiscal Year-to-Date Facts and Faces
So far this fiscal year, we have funded $83,727 in vocational education grants to fund life-changing education for 47 grant recipients.  At the bottom of this article, you will see the programs of study and the number of students who have elected to study each.
It is apparent that the majority of students we have funded have elected medical-related vocations.  What is not so apparent is that in many cases, the level of the program they have elected to begin with will result in improving their household income and quality of life, but is also selected because it is within their economic reach with the help of our grant.  Many vocational programs cost far more than our current $2,000 maximum grant will cover.
Only thirteen of the grants funded were for less than the current cap of $2,000.  It would be conservative to think that if our maximum grant had been $3,000, that we would have funded $100,000 in grants by now.  In fact, it would likely have been closer to $120,000.
What we cannot measure is how many students look into enrolling in a vocational education program, but give up because the cost of the program after our grant would still be far beyond their means.
The officers, board members and advisors of TRVFA know that to be the resource originally envisioned by those who gave birth to this uniquely Arizona Rotary vocational education resource, we have to expand the number of Rotarian donors as well as expand our sources of revenue beyond Rotarians.  There are several ways you can help:
  • Share this newsletter with your friends, family, and associates, encouraging them to give.
  • Advocate for us - tell others why you are proud to support what we do.
  • If your employer has a program where they will match your charitable contributions, please apply for that match.
  • If you - or someone close to you - has to take a mandatory IRA withdrawal which is not needed to maintain your quality of life, look into having the withdrawal transferred directly to TRVFA.
  • If you - or someone you know - manages a family trust, what we do by helping others help themselves just might be a very good fit for the type of legacy they would like to leave.
  • If you truly believe in what we do, don't limit your support to the maximum allowed tax-credit donation.  Any amount you give over the allowed tax credit will qualify as a charitable deduction since we are a 501(c)(3) charity.
We realize we have just entered our "season of giving."  The majority of our donations come in between December 1 and April 15.  At this point, we are only about 10% of the way to our $300,000 2020-21 fundraising goal.
It would be a huge help if more donors would elect the automatic giving option available through our on-line donation page.  It would help the donor by making their "remembering to give" effortless going forward.  It would enhance our ability to plan since it would provide some reliable year-round cash flow.
Something to Ponder

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -Thomas A. Edison

Today's Chuckle
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
Dec 24, 2020
We will be dark - no meeting
Dec 31, 2020
We will be dark - no meeting
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Dec 10, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Dec 15, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Dec 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Dec 24, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Dec 31, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jan 07, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jan 14, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Jan 19, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jan 21, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jan 28, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Brian Harvey
December 5
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
Geoff White
Andrea White
December 5
Allan Cady
Polly Cady
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
26 years
Ted L. Williams
December 1, 1973
47 years
Don LaBarge
December 4, 1994
26 years
Karen Chavez
December 4, 2014
6 years
Frank Rosenberg
December 17, 2009
11 years
Bob Jensen
December 18, 2007
13 years
Ron Thompson
December 18, 1997
23 years
Lu General
December 19, 1996
24 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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