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Mesa West
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Mesa, AZ
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Highlights from August 20 Zoom Meeting
President Dan has been opening the Zoom meeting about 11:15 to give Rotarians a chance to informally visit before the meeting is called to order.  Each week a few more join in on this new way of safely socializing!
John Pennypacker shared that he's been investigating costs of a trip he hopes to make to Scotland next summer to enjoy two special celebrations with friends there - a wedding and a birthday!
Ed Koeneman is back at work.  Classes at GCU will begin after Labor Day.  The first three weeks will be on-line only.  The current plan is that in-person classes will start September 28, but that plan is subject to change.
Pam Cohen is seeing her daughter, who is a director at her school, go through similar almost daily adjustments in how they will approach their work this year.
Lucinda reported that Erika Yost wants to move forward with membership.
Pam reported that the Hilton (now Doubletree) is very different.  She has been communicating with a new person.  Everything is up in the air.  There is nothing firm on what the meal price would be, what our minimum attendance would be.  Until COVID-19 numbers improve, it's a waiting game.
At noon, President Dan called the meeting to order, reminding everyone that Rotary Opens Opportunities.  He is enjoying being president - more than he though he would, especially with the circumstances he is having to lead the club through.  He repeated Rotary's awesome vision statement before asking Ray Smith to offer the invocation.
Rotary Minute - Chuck Flint
Chuck had some very impressive Polio Plus numbers to report.  Since 1979, with our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines, as a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent.  We've helped immunize over 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.  Rotary has invested more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating polio worldwide.  If we stopped today, it is estimated that within ten years, polio could paralyze 200,000 children each year.  At the time of Chuck's report, polio was considered endemic in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but an announcement is expected soon that Nigeria will be declared polio-free.  Continued surveillance is important.  
Happy Bucks - Bert Millett serving as Sgt. at Arms
  • Ed Koeneman - Pledged $10 as he had moved Susie to Tucson to attend that other school "Go Sun Devils"  They will go face-to-face week seven.
  • Allan Cady - pledged sad $5 because his annual fishing trip on the north shore of a favorite lake in Canada was cancelled as a fishing spot is currently off limits.  He also had happy $5 because the south shore of the lake in Minnesota is open and he still gets to head north to enjoy fishing.
  • Chuck Flint - pledged $10 commenting on Sgt. Bert's Hollywood hair.
  • Pam Cohen - pledged $5 saying Chuck could have Hollywood hair if he wanted.  She pledged $5 giving Frank Rosenberg credit for cooling her she shed in Flagstaff to bearable temperatures with the portable air conditioning unit he loaned her.
  • Polly Cady - pledged $10 for the wine she was enjoying during the meeting, while Allen grumbled because he did not have a Margarita to enjoyl
  • Lucinda General - pledged $5 also thanking Frank Rosenberg for some service above self.  Lucinda and Wayne had been out to dinner.  They were served by a young Jewish woman who was new to the area and wishing she could connect with a local Jewish community.  Lucinda was able to get contact information for the waitress and passed it along to Frank.  They since revisited the restaurant and the waitress went out of her way to thank them them for the very warm welcome she was enjoying.
  • Colleen Coons - pledged $100 for youth services to thank Frank Rosenberg for helping their son and his friends find a five-bedroom house to share while attending college.  She said that was a simple process compared to answering some of the questions - "How do you turn on water? - I thought houses came with water!"
  • Dan Coons - made a $68 random-amount pledge to celebrate his birthday.
  • Frank Rosenberg - pledged $10.  A friend who was a youth exchange student from Sweden in 1994 wants to move to the US.  Allan Cady has arranged a job interview for her husband.
  • Ray Smith - made a belated $100 Paul Harris pledge to celebrate his birthday.
  • Andrea Murphy - pledged $10.  She was happy to be able to attend the meeting, but a little red-faced when her shirtless son interrupted her during the meeting.
  • Jim Schmidt - pledged $10 because Dan is doing such an awesome job.
  • Jeanie Morgan - pledged $10.  Her great grandson, Tucker Lee Yates, was born August 12 weighing 9 pounds 5 ounces.  This announcement prompted Pam Cohen to interject that her grandson, Wilder, weighed 12 pounds for his recent 4-month checkup, and reminded everyone that Wilder's birth was premature.
  • President Dan reminded Rotarians of the Step up for Rotary fundraising opportunity the district has put together to help clubs and individuals raise money during these unprecedented times.
  • Wendell Jones needs program ideas.  A very special and informative program about C-Span was announced at the meeting as being scheduled for September 17.  (It has now been moved to October 15). 
Ed Koeneman introduced the program informing those present that following the program they would know more about Clydesdale horses than that they appear in beer commercials.  He enjoyed learning about them when his daughter Susie interned at their Clydesdale Preserve in Gilbert.
Director Rebecca Stivers and board member Dianne Lindeman told of their mission to preserve the breed which is threatened with only about 15,000 still alive throughout the world.  They currently have five on their Preserve in Gilbert - four mares and one gelding.  They range in age from 14 to 24.  It is very close to being a geriatric herd.  They plan to introduce some younger Clydesdales to their family in the relative near future.
Dianne said that three years ago she got involved responding to a facebook message.  She lives just down the street from the preserve.  She said these big but gentle horses steel your heart.  Getting involved as a volunteer gave her the opportunity to learn more about the breed and the preservation foundation.  She said caring for these large animals is hard, dirty, rewarding work.  She said the animals on the preserve are very pampered - probably why the twenty-four-year-old has lived so long.  Her children volunteer with her.
The dynamics of Clydesdales becoming extinct is because the jobs they used to do no longer exist.  They have lost their purpose.  They promote them as riding horses and drill team entertainment as ways of finding new purpose.  Other draft horses are also on the extinction list.  They are taking their business plan to the United Kingdom to try to get them to create volunteer non profits to care for the breed(s) and inspire the next generation.  Legislation to protect the draft breeds is needed to keep them from being sold as a source of meat and being bred for that specific purpose.
When Susie was working at the preserve, she drug Deb Koeneman along to help.  It became her friday-night job.  Deb loves them!  They host about 100 events each year to provide education as well as raise funds.  Families come out to wash the horses and have coffee.  They host a spring and fall dinner for supporters.  They go to schools to teach about the Clydesdales.  They have an educational puppet show for pre-school through first grade.  One of their events is "Christmas with the Clydesdales.  They have had to cease having their events during COVID-19 in order to keep their volunteers save.  Their volunteers are everything to them.  Some of them are relatives others are moms whose kids have matured.
Draft horses were used in both the first and second world wars.  Just a small number came back.  After the second world war, draft horses were replaced by tractors.  The population never bounced back.  Younger generations of people living today have not picked up on the idea of breeding new generations.  They have no memory of the way of life when these big animals contributed to a family's financial well-being.
Bert Millett commented that his grandfather had cared for horses on the front line.  The Clydesdales were not the best war horses.  They were not fast.  Some of the soldiers did eat horse meat to survive.  
To save the breed, they need to breed - but do so very conservatively so they can thrive in a show world.  To successfully breed for show, breeders and their supporters need to educate, prepare interesting presentations, provide hands-on situations where people can be up close and personal with the horses.  Food and medicine for their horses runs about $100/day.  They have a small pasture where they now have a fruit and berry orchard to bring in revenue selling organic produce to get money for hay and food.
None of their volunteers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Everyone was invited to visit their website and check out the volunteer page.  Their twent-four-year-old is unusual.  When they were a working breed, their lifespan was much shorter.  Horses were part of the family.  Steve Ross, who was raised in southern Iowa, said that his family and two draft horses - Dick and Dack - whose work was taken over by tractors in the  '50s, but his family couldn't part with their beloved horses who were part of the family.  They lived on the family farm until they died of natural causes.
Equine therapy for those with special needs works well with the Clydesdales because they are such a gentle giant.  Members were invited and encouraged to attend an event when they are safely able to resume those activities at the Preserve.
Wonderful Rotary News This Week!
Tuesday, August 25 - Rotary International President Holger Knaack and The Rotary Foundation Chair K. R. Ravindran announced that the African region has been certified wild polio-free!
"Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio.  We should be proud of all the hard work that we've done to eliminate the wild polio virus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world.
"This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region.  It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus.
"Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks.
"This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication.  But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.
"We have faced many challenges in our journey to eradicate polio.  But we've made remarkable progress, and the polio infrastructure that Rotarians helped build will serve as a lasting legacy that will continue to help protect vulnerable children against other diseases for decades to come.
"We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio.  We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus.  The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradicationis achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.
"Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world."
Virtual Community Service Opportunity
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
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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. 
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Foundation Director
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Upcoming Events
Interact Meeting
Aug 26, 2020
11:10 AM – 12:10 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
Interact Meeting
Sep 02, 2020
11:10 AM – 12:10 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
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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
Oct 15, 2020
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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
Stephen West
Julie West
August 22
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
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