Two Service Projects in January
The Community Service Committee would like to invite you to participate in one or both of our events for January.  A previous event with The Genesis Project was posted but had to be postponed until May.
Our "hands on" project for January will be at the United Food Bank.
Your help is needed! Volunteers are required for the following event. Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
Event:United Food Bank Emergency Food Bag Build
Date:Jan 19, 2022 at 6:00 PM - Jan 19, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Chair:Shelly Romine
Location:United Food Bank Volunteer Center
358 E. Javeline Ave.
Mesa, AZ United States of America
We will also be collecting disposable face masks for A New Leaf (  A New Leaf provides housing, health and social services for families in need.  Their services need to be in person and with the continued challenge of  COVID 19 they use a lot of masks.  If we can help meet this need they can spend donations helping their clients in better ways.  Please bring a box of disposable masks to any meeting in January.
Mesa West Post Holiday Party - January 22, 2022
We hope you will schedule this event on your 2022 calendar!  December is always such a busy month for Rotarians - who are already busy people - that we have held off until January to have our Mesa West celebration.
Since the fine print might be too fine for many, it will be held at the home of Pam Cohen, 3650 E Quenton Drive, Lot 8, Mesa AZ 85215.  You will need her gate code which is 1492.  It will be a pot luck dinner with appetizers and desserts provided as a courtesy of attending members.  Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  If you have a favorite beverage you wish to enjoy, please bring it with you.  The event is free for members.  There will be a $10 charge for guests.
A highlight of the evening will be our Annual Gift Exchange.  The exchange is anonymous and optional.  Participating members will draw numbers out of a hat to select a gift.  Be prepared however, as your gift could be stolen if someone drawn after you likes it better than their chance of opening another gift.
CLICK HERE to RSVP using a Survey Monkey Survey. 
When you complete the survey, we ask that you let us know whether you plan to provide an appetizer or dessert, and you will have an opportunity to let us know specifically what you plan to bring.  
The survey will save your executive secretary a lot of time, but for those who are technically challenged, or have a specialized form of ergophobia where you fear taking surveys, you can e-mail Jeanie Morgan providing your name, the name(s) of any guest(s) who will attend with you, and the appetizer or dessert you plan to bring.
Highlights of January 6 2022 Meeting
Welcome - President Dan Coons
President Dan opened the meeting by introducing himself then reciting the Rotary International 2021-22 theme - Serve to Change Lives.  He then reminded everyone of the Rotary Vision Statement:
Together we see a world where people unite and 
take action to create lasting change - 
across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves
Ray Smith offered the invocation.  Jim McGown led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Since it was the first time Mesa West Rotarians had been together since December 16, President Dan asked Ray Smith to lead everyone in singing Auld Lan Syne to celebrate the new year.
Rotary Minute - Jack Rosenberg
In the early '90's, Jack Rosenberg would dress up as Jellybean the Clown and visit children in hospitals and cheer them by making ballon animals and having fun with them.  His Rotary Friends Bill Farretta and John Ore were delivering clothing, medical supplies, and food to refugees from the Bosnia-Croatia War and invited Jack to go along with them so Jellybean could cheer the impacted children.  Years later, Jack was sitting at the counter in a diner and was talking with someone about that experience.  A young man named Goran overheard the conversation as he was working behind the counter.  After asking a couple of questions to make sure he was remembering right, he told Jack that he had been one of those refugee children.  One of the questions was "did Jellybean have a top hat?  He had been five years old and remembered sitting on a curb when Mr. Jellybean came by and gave him his first piece of chocolate.
Jack told about that chance meeting at Rotary which inspired Bill and John to make a trip to the diner with Jack so they could also again cross paths with Goran.
Jellybean's top hat has since been bronzed and we see it weekly at our meetings collecting happy bucks and holding raffle tickets.  It's not often that we have the opportunity to know how something we did touched someone else.  That chance meeting was a precious moment for Jack.  He and Goran are still Facebook friends.
Presidential Humor - Dan Coons
A man went into a pet store to buy a pet, but didn't want an ordinary pet like a cat, dog, or bird.  He wanted something different.  The pet store owner talked him into buying a talking centipede.
After getting home with the centipede, he opened the box the centipede was in and asked it if it wanted to go to the pub for a few drinks.  The centipede didn't answer.  The owner figured it was worn out from all the changes in its life and gave it some time.
After waiting an hour, he asked again.  The centipede still said nothing.  The owner was beginning to get a bit suspicious and decided if he waited another hour and still no response he'd take it back to the pet store and get a refund.
An hour later, he opened the box and asked again.  The centipede said "I heard you the first time!!!  I'm putting my shoes on!"
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck announced that the holder of the winning ticket would win $45 and a chance to draw the Ace of Clubs from the deck of cards.  Should the ticket holder be that lucky, they would win $990.  If they don't draw the Ace of Clubs.  The big pot will be over $1,000 at the January 13 meeting.  When the big pot is over $1,000, the raffle is only open to Mesa West Rotary Club members.  Chuck asked Don LaBarge to draw the winning ticket.  Don drew Chuck's ticket.  Don shuffled the cards and gave them to Chuck to again shuffle them face down.  The card Chuck drew was the Five of Spades.
Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski
  • Jim McGown contributed hoping to get some clarification on the validity of a statement he'd heard recently that VENMO would be reporting amounts of money transferred through them to the IRS.  Someone mentioned that their landscaper might be able to answer that question.
  • Chuck Flint said that his 2018 Ford Fusion was "throwing codes" and was told he needed a "long block."  Translated to language most would understand, he needed a new engine.  The good news was that he had purchased the extended warranty and the new engine was covered.
  • Don LaBarge said he had purchased the last commercial truck under $80,000 from Larry Miller Ford.  He was also happy to have had a smooth experience getting his COVID booster at the VA.
  • John Pennypacker was happy to have avoided being kept in Virginia longer than planned by snow.
  • Warren Williamson contributed to honor the late Betty White with his favorite of her many quotes:  "Every woman should get eight hours of beauty rest each night - nine if they are ugly."
  • Ron Thompson pledged $100 toward his Paul Harris Fellow
  • Greg contributed - he was happy to be back after missing Mesa West meetings in December.
  • Bob Zarling contributed for the opportunity to point out the cards on the table about the Gilbert Historical Society's Night at the Museum to be held February 19.  CLICK HERE to see the contents of the card in case you forgot to take it home or weren't in person at the meeting.  Bob said a Mesa West Member is one of the sponsors.  An upcoming Mesa West program will be about the Gilbert Museum.  
  • Steve Ross contributed $25 for his birthday.  After turning 75 on January 10th, he feels it's probably time he admits to himself he is no longer "upper middle-aged."
  • Robin Harris made a pledge to celebrate his sweet wife Debbie's birthday.
  • Colleen Coons - after retrieving $10 from President Dan - contributed it to celebrate the opportunity to go to Havasupai Falls on three Youth Exchange trips organized by Chuck Flint.  After hearing the Havasupai Falls expeditions have been closed due to COVID she wanted to celebrate her good fortune.  She also wanted the let everyoe know Ed Koeneman is a rock star.  Now that she's retired, Ed has become her "computer help desk."
  • Frank Rosenberg contributed because he recently sold 2/3 of his interest in his airplane.  The good news is he gets to keep flying and when repairs are needed, he only has to come up with 1/3 of their cost.
  • Allan Cady contributed because he is on the board of directors for The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  With a recent donation from the Mesa West Rotary Foundation of $5,000 and the generosity of several Mesa West members, our club is currently the top giving club in the state, with a current total of $11,725 so far this fiscal year (since July 1, 2021).  He asked for the opportunity to pose with President Dan and TRVFA President Jeanie Morgan for a celebratory photograph.
  • Polly Cady contributed.  She was celebrating the fact that they are again a two-car family.  She is very happy for the restored ability to do what she needs to do when she needs to do it.  She is very happy to be a member of Mesa West Rotary Club.
  • Jeanie Morgan pledged $20.  After sending dues notices January 3, nearly half of our Mesa West members had already paid their invoices.
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 for himself and Rod Daniels both being happy to be associated with Mesa West.  He contributed more lamenting the fact that he and Sandy had recently decided to sell their '94 Audi Convertible - a heart rending decision for him.  They sold it to their landscaper for cash.
  • President Dan celebrated that he was half finished with his term as club president.  When he had mentioned that to Ed Koeneman, Ed wondered if he anticipated having to serve a third year as President since he has now been Club President for a year-and-a-half.  Dan wanted to make sure everyone knew he would be finished in that role June 30.
  • Don LaBarge announced that the final total raised by Mesa West Rotary at the kettle located at Bass Pro as well as the Happy Bucks collected in December at Mesa West Rotary Club meetings was $25,497.62 - a new all-time record, surpassing our 2020 all-time high of $22,300.
  • Ray Smith announced that Jeane Crouse was out of the hospital and back at the rehab center.  She was very weak and did not have her phone.
  • Shelly Romine reminded members there are two service projects in January.  At all January meetings, we will be collecting masks at meetings which will be given to New Leaf.  At this meeting two banana boxes of masks and sanitizer were donated from Salvation Army.  We will have a hands-on project packing emergency food bags at United Food Bank on January 19.  See a separate article in the Messenger to sign up.
  • Logan Harper has been communicating with Diana Tracy about how Mesa West can help provide furnishings needed for Afghan refugees.  He said she will be at our meeting January 13.  Diana Tracy and Mike Flores from the Gilbert Rotary Club are working with the International Rescue Mission locally to coordinate help from their own club and other Rotary Clubs, including ours, to provide comfortably furnished homes for Afghan refugee families coming to the east valley.  We will be hearing more about this.  
Program - Commander Michael Beaton with Mesa Police Department
Sean Green introduced our speaker. Michael Beaton will celebrate 28 years with the Mesa Police Department in February.  He has served as a Gang Detective, FBI Violent Street Gang task foce, Mesa PD Special Crime Apprehension Team, SWAT Operation/team leader and executive officer 1997-2016, Gang Lieutenant, Special Operations Commander, Central Commander downtown area to North of Broadway, FBI National Academy executive leadership training.  Michael is married and has two children - one at ASU and a 5-year-old.  His wife is in pharmaceutical sales.
Michael introduced Stephanie Derivan, who is also a Commander working on the West Side of Mesa.  Stephanie said she was more invested. She has been with the department for twenty years.  She is also married with two children.  Hers are both teens aged 15 and 17.
They talked about the summer project.  They knew they needed to be proactive if they were to be successful in combatting violent crime.  Their effort involved SWAT, Undercover, Gang, and Plain Clothes specialties in the force.  As a result of their concentrated effort, violent crime in Mesa was only up 1% which is a much better statistic than other cities our size reported.
A rising problem in drug-related crimes is the "little blue pill"
Installation of cameras in high-crime areas have enabled positive identification and quicker arrests of suspects.   One specific situation involved the shooting of a homeless person and the shooter was in custody in less than a week.  Another success story involved arrests of members of the Mexican Mafia.
A person with no ties to Mesa who was part of a prison gang in Oklahoma was arrested here in possession of a fully automatic pistol containing fifty rounds.  Working together, he went back to prison.
They introduced a very useful device manufactured in Glendale - a gambrel which can be deployed to minimize risk associated with high-speed chases.  once deployed successfully, it wraps around wheels tangling itself to the point that the vehicle cannot move.  The cost of the device is $4,000 each and it costs $400 to reload it.
The eight camera units installed during the summer project cost about $100,000.  
The high crime area in Mesa is a result of a combination of things - the light rail, clusters of inexpensive hotels, homeless facilities and high-density housing.  There is also a significant gang population on the reservation.
They were asked if they had a wish list, what would be on it?  Bean bag shotguns were mentioned.  More personnel would be a high priority.  They have had good luck with their recruitment, but the most recent academy class was short of what they hoped for.  Stephanie spoke up o this - she said that one of the things she has enjoyed about her career is that she has been able to move into a new responsibility every couple of years.  This keeps her energized while enjoying the benefits of continued employment with the same municipality.  One of the things that attracted her to Mesa was the sense of working in a "home-town" atmosphere.  Mesa has grown a lot since she hired on.
When asked if they felt they had the needed support from city officials, there was no hesitation when they said they have a "great chain of command."
From a question posed by Sean Green relating to a wish list, we learned that it is possible for citizens or organizations to donate funds to be used for specific purposes over and above what the city has budgeted.
An observation worth noting is that both officers had very warm, sincere smiles.  If they have become jaded by their profession, it was never apparent.
Don LaBarge helped Michael and Stephanie wrap up their formal presentation but encouraged members to stay afterward if they had additional questions.
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.
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.
District Site
Venue Map
Jan 13, 2022
History of Bass Pro and what it takes to run a store.
Jan 20, 2022
Salvation Army
Feb 03, 2022
Junior Achievement
Feb 10, 2022
Feb 17, 2022
Commemorative Air Force Museum, Falcon Field, Mesa, AZ
Mar 10, 2022
James Wheeler Davidson and the circumnavigation of the world with Rotary clubs.
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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
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Jan 18, 2022 5:30 PM
United Food Bank Emergency Food Bag Build
United Food Bank Volunteer Center
Jan 19, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Post Holiday Celebration
Jan 22, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute
Jan 29, 2022
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
USA Friendship Conference & Global Grant Exchange
Feb 03, 2022 – Feb 06, 2022
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Feb 15, 2022 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
David Brauchler
January 1
Ted Williams
January 3
Geoff White
January 4
Steve Ross
January 10
Jay Stuckey
January 11
Andrea Murphy
January 19
Sharon Spane
January 19
Colleen Coons
January 25
Spouse Birthdays
Lynn Brauchler
January 4
Debbie Harris
January 6
Laura Okonowski
January 7
Jay Stuckey
January 11
Colleen Coons
January 25
Kevin Fleege
January 25
Join Date
Bryan Goetzenberger
January 1, 2017
5 years
Dan Coons
January 1, 1993
29 years
Donna Goetzenberger
January 1, 2017
5 years
Jeane Crouse
January 1, 1993
29 years
Juli Kelly
January 1, 2002
20 years
Pam Cohen
January 1, 1992
30 years
Robin Harris
January 1, 2007
15 years
Warren Williamson
January 1, 1990
32 years
Greg Okonowski
January 22, 1998
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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