Mesa West Rotary will not meet at noon on Thursday, June 23, 2022
That evening we will have our annual "Changing of the Guard" 
Installation Celebration and Dinner
Come Hear our April 28 Speaker
Honorable Jorge Mendoza Yescas, Consular of Mexico
Highlights of April 21 Meeting
Opening of Meeting - President Dan Coons
President Dan opened the meeting by thanking the team of Benedict, Rosenberg and Ross for serving as Greeters.  He thanked the members for the gift of being able to serve as Club President  He then reminded Rotarians and guests of the Rotary International 2021-22 theme - Serve to Change Lives - after which he recited 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.
Invocation and Pledge
The invocation was offered by Allan Cady.  Erwin Reimann led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rotary Minute - Bob Zarling
Bob Zarling chose to use his Rotary Minute to share a quote from Hunter S. Thompson.  For those who do not know, Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author who founded the gonzo journalism movement. He rose to prominence with the publication of Hell's Angels, a book for which he spent a year living and riding with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang to write a first-hand account of their lives and experiences.
Introduction of Guests
  • Frank Rosenberg introduced his guest, Retired Air Force Colonel Reno Ziso.
  • John Pennypacker introduced the guests at his table:  
    • Judge John Orr, a member of Tempe South Rotary Club who was invited to the meeting by Don Boucher.
    • Don LaBarge's sister Karen
  • Polly Cady introduced their guests, Lou and Sandy Borelli and Virginia Corris.
  • John Benedict introduced Jane Benedict.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Steve Ross
    Steve explained that the holder of the winning ticket would win $70.00 plus the opportunity to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the cards remaining in the deck.  Should they be lucky enough to draw the Ace of Clubs, they would win an additional $285.00.  Steve asked Jane Benedict to draw the winning ticket, which was held by Lola McClane.  After the cards were shuffled, Lola's disappointment was apparent when she saw she had drawn the nine of clubs.
    Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski
    Before collecting Happy Bucks from those present at the meeting, Greg acknowledged those who were attending via Zoom - Bob Jensen, Terry Cohen, and Daryl "Pai" Bethea
    • Pam Cohen pledged $100 to be credited to her team in the Sponsor Program.  She was happy a Rotarian likely saved her life by preventing her from purchasing a table saw.
    • Warren Williamson contributed saying that after he lost his wife several years ago, he and Jeane Crouse were good friends.  One of the things he appreciated about her was her fascination with words.  Two words which are commonly misused are anxious (implying anxiety) instead of eager (meaning hopeful).  If the first is used as an adverb, it is probably being misused.  If someone is eager to go, they are likely hopeful it won't be a waste of time.
    • Chris Krueger said she is both eager and anxious about their upcoming move to Omaha. 
    • Bob Zarling indicated he is also feeling eager and anxious about heading back to Wisconsin for the summer in the near future.  Bob invited Jim Crutcher to the front of the room.  Bob is on the advisory Board of the Salvation Army.  Mesa West member Scott Ramsey who leads the Mesa Citadel of the Salvation Army asked Bob to present a William Booth (founder of the Salvation Army in 1865) recognition certificate to Jim for the Larry H. Miller Ford dealership support of the Mesa Citadel's hydration and summer relief program.  The minimum to qualify for William Booth recognition is $5,000.  The support from Larry Miller Ford totaled $6,227.  Jim responded saying that in his 24 years as a Rotarian, he has learned it is important to "give when you can and give back to people who do good - it is all about giving back."  He said that Ford had a contest raising bottles of water.  Their dealership raised 86,000 bottles.  He said winning such contests does not result in big prizes from Ford.  His dealership was treated to a breakfast from Dunkin' Donuts which they donated to and was appreciated by the firefighters in Globe.  The certificate was passed around so all present could see it.
    • Ed Koeneman contributed.  He is appreciative of the help the Arizona Group is providing in sorting out an issue regarding a driver who may or may not be insured.  He reminded members that one person's trash can be another person's treasure.  Lucinda had some trash that has become a treasure to Ed.  It is a 100-year-old telephone ed will restore.
    • Ray Smith contributed for being late.  He was late because he was finding his copy of Judge Tommy Webb's book so he could get him to autograph it after the meeting.
    • Don Boucher was happy John Orr was able to attend our meeting.   He was also happy their newest grandson lives near enough they can spend time with him.  He is also very thankful for Sharon and all that she does to make those encounters with the little guy easier and more fun for Don.
    • John Orr was happy Don Boucher invited him to attend.  He was sorry he missed seeing his friend, Jellybean the Clown.
    • John Pennypacker shared a preview of his May 5 Rotary Minute which will be about his experience as our District 5495 Rep at the Rotary International Council on Legislation.  The one fact he did share was that after lengthy discussions the majority did vote to increase per member dues each year for the coming three years.  Rotary International is supposed to maintain a reserve of 55% of their annual budget, and at this time they are not there.  The dues increases are intended to gradually restore that reserve level.
    • Jim McCown shared a memory.  A friend of his who was an instructor in an accounting class invited him to his wedding, which was a small event held in Judge John Orr's courtroom.  He said Judge Orr handled his officiating duties very well!
    • Colleen Coons was happy for the relationship Rotaract has with John Orr's club - Tempe South.    She contributed $3 because she recently learned that Harry Short, a member of Kyrene Rotary Club, who resides in Chandler allows ASU Rotaract to use his retreat house for their annual retreat.  What she was really happy to learn was that he is apparently not opposed to allowing other Rotaract clubs to use his place for their retreats.  Colleen will not be at the Mesa West Meeting on April 28.  She will be in Springfield, Illinois visiting Dan's sister.
    • Jay Stuckey contributed saying they had made a presentation to the Phoenix West Rotary Club
    • Ted Williams phone went off and was noted by the Sgt at Arms...
    • Dick Myren made his traditional contribution on behalf of himself and honorary member Rod Daniels. Both are happy to be associated with - by far - the greatest Rotary Club in the world. 
    • Jane Benedict contributed.  She was happy to report that their 5-year-old grandson participated in a preschool bowling tournament.
    • Ted Williams contributed.  John Orr was the Sgt. at Arms for his district conference in 1989-90.
    • Lucinda General contributed $2.  Her brother is coming for a three-week visit.  She said that John Orr performed the marriage ceremony when she and Wayne were married.  She said that given her record, John could probably relax, the marriage is probably "off warranty now."  She and Wayne celebrated their 13th anniversary the week prior to the meeting.  In John's club, Tempe South, PDG's are not required to pay dues.  That wouldn't work well in Mesa West...
    • Polly Cady was feeling blessed that so many friends and family were going to come to their reception for Judge Tommy and Judy Webb.  She had been telling everyone that there was no need to bring food, but she had recently learned that Greg was planning to attend, so she said "if you want to bring food, please do."
    • Greg Okonowski contributed.  He had been in Alpine (in Ray Smith territory) the week prior and read about Don LaBarge's stroke in the Messenger.  He was happy to see Don is feeling better.
    • Dan Coons pledged $200 to his sponsor program team - he was happy to have John Orr at our meeting.
    • Dan Coons reminded members that the District Conference will be held May 13-14 at the Prescott Resort.  The reduced room rate of $79/night for Rotarians attending the conference will not be available after April 29.  To get more information or to register for the conference, CLICK HERE.  A Rotary Peace Symposium is being held during the day on Thursday, May 12.  That evening, a fundraising dinner to benefit The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona will be held at the Phippen Museum in Prescott.
    • Shelly Romine reminded members of the Bedding Kit Assembly Project to be held from 9 to 11 or Noon Saturday, April 23.  She said the details are available on the club website.
    • Allan Cady gave a progress report on the sponsor campaign.  He said we are very close to 2/3 of the way to our $60,000 goal and the percentage of club members who have either contributed personally or solicitated donations from others is growing.  (Anyone who wants to be billed from the Mesa West Rotary Foundation so they can donate electronically can send an email to Jeanie Morgan specifying the amount.  Such donations will be undesignated unless your email requests your donation to be designated for a specific purpose.)
    Program - Judge Tommy Webb
    Allan Cady introduced Judge Tommy Webb as a close friend.  He and Polly met Tommy and Judy when they were riding on the same bus to or from an activity at the Rotary International Convention held in Atlanta.  Tommy and Judy spend their winters in Yuma.  Since Allan and Polly travel through Yuma as they travel to San Diego to spend time on their boat, they have had several opportunities to spend time with the Webbs since their original encounter.  Judge Tommy is a Magistrate in Kansas.  As a magistrate, he could try matters anywhere in the State o Kansas.  After his first election, he was never opposed for re-election.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow.  He is a Past President of the National Judges Association, and was named Outstanding Non-Attorney Judge in the United States.  In 2004, he received distinguished service recognition as Chairman of the Governor's Conference on Child Abuse Prevention.  His is a remarkable story.
    Judge Tommy began his presentation by sharing an Irish Proverb:
    May those who love us, love us, 
    And those who don't love us,
    May God turn their hearts, 
    And if he doesn't turn their hearts, 
    May he turn their ankles
    So we will know them by their limping.
    A child born in South Korea about 1952, Tommy never saw his mother sober.  She was a prostitute.
    The DMV divided North and South Korea.  Seoul was the capital of South Korea.  About ten miles north of Seoul at the base of a hill was a Marine base.  Tommy's home was on the side of the hill near the base.  He was one of several children who lived in like circumstances.  They were not welcome in their homes at night.  In the warmer months, they would cuddle and sleep together at night.  Winters there were very cold.  The coziest option was Marines on night duty would have fires in barrels to warm them, but for the safety of the children, they would send the children away rather than allow them to warm themselves by the barrels.  The next choice was trash dumpsters.  They provided some shelter and the decaying garbage created some warmth.  The children would push the garbage to the side and sleep there.  Sometimes in the light of day, they would find bodies of children who had died amidst the garbage.
    One day, his mother gave Tommy a pouch.  She told him if he would fill the pouch with tobacco, she would give him something to eat.  He did not remember his mother ever offering him anything before, so he was very excited to go find cigarette butts, strip the paper off them and add the unsmoked tobacco to his pouch.  He learned to appreciate the Marines who smoked unfiltered cigarettes.  He got pretty good at shredding the stained paper so it blended in with the tobacco in the pouch and was able to fill it faster.
    In February of 1959, one morning Tommy made a decision.  He decided "I can't stay here - I will die."  He started walking south.  He kept moving.  When he found railroad tracks he followed them.  Eventually he saw the glowing lights of Seoul Korea.  A train station in Seoul was his home for the next three days.  He quickly observed that most of the travelers were carrying bags containing food.  He would take a sack, start running, and while running grab something out of the bag and drop the bag.  The owner of the bag would stop chasing him and pick up the remnants of their bag's contents.  That worked great until he ran into a policeman.  The police officer sat him on a bench and told him to stay there.  While seated on the bench, a white-haired lady sat down next to Tommy, gave him a hug and offered him a piece of candy.  The police officer returned and asked Tommy - "Do you want to go with me, or do you want to go with her?"  Tommy was not stupid.  He chose to go with the white-haired lady.  She took him to the Holt Orphanage.  Soon after he arrived at the orphanage, someone showed him a calendar and told him to pick a square with a number in it on any of the pages.  Tommy got to pick his own birthday.
    Tommy spent a few minutes describing the countless reasons why the white-haired lady could have been repulsed rather than hug that little boy.  Bathing was not a readily-available or common practice.  Neither was laundry.  He knows he looked malnourished, and knows he looked and smelled about as dirty as one can possibly imagine.  In reality, it was probably much, much worse than any of us can imagine.  
    Tommy's teeth were black.  He didn't understand why he needed to brush his teeth because he was pretty sure they would never be white.  He did discover, however, that the Crest tasted pretty good.  He ate it all.  One day, the children at the orphanage were very excited.  They kept saying "Abeoji" is coming.  Abeoji is the Korean word for father.  They said Abeoji always brings presents. 
    They were eating their noon meal of rice soup when Abeoji arrived.  Tommy had never seen a human like him.  He had red hair - not just on his head, but also on his face and neck - LOTS of it!  He had big bags under his arms.  They were filled with balls.  Tommy got his own ball.  Everyone bowed their heads while Abeoji prayed.  Tommy knew they were supposed to close their eyes when their heads were bowed, but he was fascinated with the red-haired man, and watched him.  Tommy had never seen a grown man cry before.  The man cried while he prayed God would find loving homes for all the children at the orphanage.  Tommy was readily able to call him Abeoji.  It was the first time in his life Tommy had felt truly cared for.
    In June, 1959, Tommy was on a plane headed for the United States by way of Hawaii.  There were 100 babies on the plane.  He was the oldest child.  There were only six women on the plane taking care of all the children.  After a brief stop in Hawaii, the plane headed for Portland.  Roy Webb, a school administrator from Oklahoma was there to meet Tommy.  Unlike Abeoji, Roy Webb had no hair.  He was tall - about 6' and probably weighed around 235#.  Tommy could tell he had lots of money.  He had on a suit and tie and took Tommy to a restaurant at the airport.  At about 7 years of age, Tommy only weighed 39#.  Conversing was impossible.  The only English words Tommy knew were "Jesus loves me..." and words he had learned from the Marines which he had been told to NEVER say.
    He did not know how or what to order, but when waitresses would start to pass their table carrying plates of food, his hungry stare would be rewarded with a plate of food for him.  He believes he consumed four or five plates before he was too full to eat another bite, so he started stuffing food into his pockets.  A lesson well-learned in Korea was "never leave food behind."  The waitresses gave him bags to fill with leftover food.  One of his first lessons in the US was to put food in bags, not pockets.  When he and Roy Webb left the restaurant to go to their hotel room, he had his arms wrapped around as many bags as he could carry.
    Tommy will turn seventy this year - maybe...
    Tommy is thankful for Roy and Ruth Webb.  He is also thankful for Harry Holt who started the orphanage with his own money.  He is thankful for the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.  He is thankful for the act of kindness of a white-haired lady when he was about 7.
    Reception for Judge Tommy and Judy Webb
    On the evening of April 21, Allan and Polly Cady hosted a reception for Judge Tommy Webb and his wife Judy.  Judge Tommy had presented the program earlier that day and Mesa West Rotary's regular hybrid meeting.  The weather was cooperative, the setting was beautiful, relaxed and comfortable - creating a setting for warm conversations!  Thank you Allan and Polly for creating another wonderful Mesa West Rotary memory.
    Mesa West Rotary Week of Service Project
    Saturday, April 23, several members of Mesa West Rotary and their extended family met to assemble bedding kits to be given to Sleep in Heavenly Peace - an organization committed to their slogan "No kid sleeps on the floor in my town."  Heart-warming cards to be delivered with each bundle of bedding were prepared earlier by the members of the Westwood High School Interact Club.  After the work was completed, Mesa West Member Andrea Murphy, who serves on the board of Sleep in Heavenly Peace shared some information about their organization, how the beds are built, delivered, and assembled.  She also expressed the need for more chapters in order to meet unfilled needs in our state. Members who were not present to hear Andrea's brief presentation will have the opportunity to learn more on May 19 when Joe Genovese, from Sleep in Heavenly Peace, will present a program at our regular hybrid club meeting. 
    More pictures are available on our Rotary Club of Mesa West Facebook page.
    Something to Ponder
    This is World Immunization Week.  Eradication of Polio has been a major focus for Rotary for a very long time.  It is something that Rotarians should take pride in and be informed about  CLICK HERE or on the image to see current information shared by the Polio Global Eradication Initiative - Every Last Child.  You might want to add this site to your favorites!
    Today's Chuckle
    In recognition of April 27 as National Story Telling Day
    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.
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    May 05, 2022
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    May 12, 2022
    Tomb of Unknown
    May 19, 2022
    Sleep in Heavenly Peace
    May 26, 2022
    Hire a Rotarian
    Jun 02, 2022
    New Member Talk
    Jun 09, 2022
    East Valley Institute of Technology
    Jun 16, 2022
    The Happiness Breakthrough
    Jun 23, 2022
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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
    Rotary District 5495 Peace Symposium
    May 12, 2022 9:00 AM
    Rotary District 5495 Fundraising Dinner for TRVFA
    May 12, 2022
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    District Conference
    Prescott Resort
    May 13, 2022 8:00 AM –
    May 14, 2022 10:00 PM
    Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
    Via Zoom
    May 17, 2022 5:30 PM
    Rotary International Convention
    Jun 04, 2022 – Jun 08, 2022
    Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
    Via Zoom
    Jun 21, 2022 5:30 PM
    Installation Banquet - Changing of the Guard
    Jun 23, 2022
    6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
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    Birthdays & Anniversaries
    Member Birthdays
    Bryan Goetzenberger
    May 11
    Diane Ware
    May 12
    Chuck Flint
    May 16
    Ed Koeneman
    May 20
    Greg Bouslog
    May 21
    Sean Green
    May 21
    Robert LaBarge
    May 28
    Spouse Birthdays
    David Murphy
    May 8
    Bryan Goetzenberger
    May 11
    Jessica Lamborn
    May 14
    Michelle LeCheminant
    May 17
    Julie West
    May 27
    Bob Jensen
    Nancy Jensen
    May 16
    Shelly Romine
    Scotty Romine
    May 25
    Jim LeCheminant
    Michelle LeCheminant
    May 29
    Carla Krcmarik
    Kevin Fleege
    May 31
    Join Date
    Amanda Rosenberg
    May 1, 2019
    3 years
    Erwin Reimann
    May 1, 1998
    24 years
    Jack Rosenberg
    May 1, 1980
    42 years
    Joan Reimann
    May 1, 2017
    5 years
    Shelly Romine
    May 1, 2005
    17 years
    Logan Harper
    May 5, 2021
    1 year
    Polly Cady
    May 6, 2010
    12 years
    Kayla Mudge
    May 13, 2021
    1 year
    Jay Stuckey
    May 25, 2021
    1 year
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