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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Child Crisis Arizona - Respond by Sept 16 2021
Pam Cohen purchased a table for 10 for this event.  If you want to attend in person CLICK HERE to email Pam and see if she still has room at her table.  
If Pam's table is full, and you would like to attend the event virtually, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.   Be sure to click on Pam's name as your host when you register.
This is their annual fundraising event.  If you attend, be prepared to hear some heartwarming stories and to make pledges and participate in their fun fundraising activities of the day.
For many years, Mesa West Rotary has supported Child Crisis Arizona.  Our own John Benedict has a history of serving in key leadership roles in their organization.
In times of crisis Child Crisis Arizona is there to help.  When no crisis threatens, they focus on strengthening communities by promoting dignity, love and compassion.  What they do:
  • Emergency Children's Shelter
  • Foster Care & Adoption
  • Early Education Services
  • Counseling
  • Family Education
  • FANS resource Distribution
Pursuing Peace Conference
CLICK HERE or on image for more information or to register.
September Service Project - Bedding Drive
For the month of September the Community Service Committee will be holding a "bedding drive" to benefit Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  This non-profit builds beds for children who are sleeping on floor.  There is a great need and you can learn more about the work they do on their website.
I am asking for each member to donate at least one set of new twin size sheets so we can help get these kids into a proper bed.  All the beds built are twin sized bunk beds that can be used as singles if only one is needed.  The sheets can be plain but many of the kids are younger and really get a thrill to get sheets with their favorite Disney Character or Super Hero so think about your younger you when you were growing up and what you would love to see when crawling into a comfy bed at night.
Please bring donations to our Thursday meetings anytime this month and if you can't make the meeting but want to donate please let me know and we can work it out! 
 CLICK HERE to email Shelly
Save the Date - Sept 30 - Musical Interlude
Enjoy an evening at the new home of Allan and Polly Cady enjoying music performed by a special octet who will perform:
  • The Crawdad Song
  • Shenandoah
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Ray Smith - Tenor
  • Robin Harris - Tenor
  • Brittney Asamane - Soprano
  • Rachel Viramontes - Soprano
  • Chris Krueger - Alto
  • Juli Crowder - Alto
  • Wendell Jones - Bass
  • Darl Andersen - Bass
  • Nadine Wilkinson
CLICK HERE to download an event flyer
Highlights of September 9 Meeting
President Dan Coons opened the meeting with the 2021-22 Rotary International Theme - Serve to Change Lives.  He followed that by reciting 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.
President Dan then asked Ron Thompson to offer the invocation, and Chris Krueger to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rotary Minute - Dick Myren - Rotary Fellowships
Dick thought that members - especially our newer members - should know that Rotarians are as committed to having a good time as they are to service.  He explained that there are many Rotary Fellowships which can be found when exploring the RI Website.  He spoke mostly about a fellowship that he has been involved with since the early 1980's - the International Golfing Fellowship.  In the early 90's a new group was formed and Dick was one of the organizers of the US Golf Fellowship.  It is now the US & Canada Golf Fellowship.  He has travelled to many places to golf with Rotarians - Florida, California, Oregon, Idaho - to name a few.  
On September 9, 2001, Dick was hosting a golfing event for the fellowship which was being held in Prescott, Arizona.  There were 100 Rotarians participating.  As they were at breakfast on September 11th, they saw the 9/11 attacks as they were being reported on television.  A member of a local Rotary club in Prescott saw that all those in attendance at the golf fellowship tournament had a way to get home.  Several of the participating Rotarians came to Phoenix and rented vans to drive home together.  Rotarians stepped up to help one another.  Since then each person received a flag pin.  Dick has worn his every day for twenty years.  In 2022, Greg Podd, a Past District Governor of District 5510, will be in charge of planning the US & Canada Golfing Fellowship event.  Dick will keep the members informed of details.
College of Knowledge - Jeane Crouse
Instead of sharing a word, Jeane shared the following:  
Rosh Hashana (The Jewish New Year) celebration of Hebrew Year 5782 began on Monday, September 6, and ended on Wednesday, September 8.
Introduction of Guests
  • Ed Koeneman introduced his guest and long-time friend, Jim Hinsey.  They can both trace their roots back to the American Revolution.
  • President Dan noted that member Bob Jensen was attending via Zoom.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck explained that the holder of the winning ticket would automatically win $40.  They would also win the opportunity to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the cards remaining in the deck.  If they were successful in drawing the Ace of Clubs, they would additionally win $385.  Chuck asked Ted Williams to draw the winning ticket.  It was jointly by Jeane Crouse, Wendell Jones, and Ray Smith.  Jeane drew for the trio.  The card drawn was the Jack of Clubs.  They donated their $40 winnings to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.
Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski 
  • Bob Jensen pledged $72 to support the Gift of Hearing project to celebrate his birthday
  • Dave Brauchler reminded Rotarians he still had one empty slot in his foursome for the Midwest Food Bank Golf tournament to be held September 16 at The Biltmore.
  • Ted Williams contributed - He and Susan recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary.  Susan's daughter Brittney had a relapse after Ted's recent announcements that she was recovering from COVID.  It was touch and go for a while.  She was flown to the hospital where they have the largest COVID unit in Utah.  Ted and Susan went up there. Brittney is, with baby steps, slowly getting better.
  • Bob Zarling announced that The House of Broadcasting would have a display of artifacts from the radio era on display from September 9 to October 20 at HD South - Home of the Gilbert Historical Museum.  The museum is located at 10 South Gilbert Road in Gilbert.  As many Mesa West members will recall, former member Polly Schumacher is a very active member of the House of Broadcasting.
  • Warren Williamson paid to explain to his fellow members the difference between knowledge and wisdom.  Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad.
  • Wendell Jones contributed for a trip to Las Vegas where they saw David Copperfield and really enjoyed the show.
  • Ted Williams added that while they were in Utah, they went out to dinner with family on their anniversary and Susan's ex-husband paid picked up the tab.  He was not apparently aware of the fact it was Ted and Susan's anniversary. 
  • Chris Krueger contributed.  They had attended the Alice Cooper event.  She said it was great to hear live music.  When asked how old Alice Cooper is, Chis answerd, "OLD!"
  • Dick Myren contributed a $1 each for himself and Rod Daniels for the privilege of being associated with Mesa West Rotary.   He also suggested members might want to attend the 80th anniversary celebration of Falcon Field on Saturday.  Chuck Flint added he would be at a booth for Experimental Aircraft at the event. 
  • Jim Crutcher noted that legendary Mesa West Rotarian Alan Ramsdell passed away September 11, 2001 after sixty years in Rotary.
  • Steve Ross pledged $50 to Polio Plus and $50 to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund in appreciation of the beautiful glass art Jack Rosenberg created for Steve's wife, Luin Ross.
  • Jack Rosenberg contributed.  He was happy to be at the meeting.
  • Greg Okonowski pledged to donate $500 to The Rotary Foundation celebrating that his COVID isolation was behind him and happy to be able to attend our meetings again.
  • Frank Rosenberg announced he would be at the Falcon Field celebration and it sounded like he might make some flights available...
  • Pam Cohen pledged $50 to her Paul Harris Fellow celebrating that fifty years ago, John Lennon's Imagine album was released.
  • Dan Coons corrected a couple of things from the September 8 Messenger.  Colleen had pledged $69 to celebrate Dan's 69th birthday.  Jeanie had given him back ten years when she published $59.  Dan had experienced some confusion when he read something about President-elect Pam Coons, which obviously should have read Pam Cohen.  Dan's first wife's name was Pam...
  • Dan Lamborn reminded members that the service project for September is a bedding drive for Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  Members are asked to donate new twin-size sheet sets or twin-size blankets.  Since the bedding will go to children, fun images and colors are in order. 
  • President Dan announced that he received information that nominations are being accepted for District Governor of District 5495 to serve in 2024-25.  Any member who is a Past President who is interested in serving in that capacity should get in touch with Dan.
  • Pam Cohen announced the Child Crisis Center Brunch for Love to be held October 1, 2021  Pam bought a table for ten, and as of the meeting only had four seats filled.  Anyone interested in attending the event should email her by CLICKING HERE.  See another article in the September 15 Messenger for more information about the event and/or to register to attend virtually.
  • Pam Cohen announced that there is a possibility the musical interlude planned for September 30 will be moved to a different location.  Stay tuned for more information on this planned fun event.
Program - Cindy Ornstein, Executive Director, Mesa Arts Center
Melodie Jackson arranged for the program, but asked Pam Cohen to introduce the speaker since Melodie could not be present.  Pam was very happy to do so.  Cindy Ornstein joined the City of Mesa as Director of Arts and Culture and Executive Director of the Mesa Arts Center (MAC) in July, 2010.  In addition to leading MAC, Arizona's largest arts center encompassing four theaters, 14 performing and visual arts studios and the five galleries of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, she oversees the i.d.e.a. Museum and the Arizona Museum of Natural History.  In addition, Cindy is a faculty associate at ASU's Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts, teaching a master's level class, Leadership in the Creative and Cultural Industries.
Prior to coming to Mesa, Cindy was President & CEO of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation in Flint, Michigan, Associate Director of the Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA and Executive Director of Mayfair Festival of the Arts, Allentown, PA.  Before entering arts administration, Cindy was the director of Corporate Communications at Rodale Press, Inc., a leading book and magazine publisher, and worked in the public relations agency business in New York and Atlanta, including holding vice presidencies at the world's two largest public relations firms.  She began her career as an advertising copywriter and a journalist, and also worked in theater as an actor and director in Chicago and New York.
Currently, Cindy serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the US Urban Arts Federation, on the Executive Committee of the Southwest Maker Fest (of which she is a co-founder), and participates in the monthly AZ Cultural Leadership roundtable.  She was appointed by Michigan's Governor to two terms on the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and served on the Executive Committee of the board of ArtServe Michigan (now Creative Many Michigan).  Cindy earned a B.A. in English from Vassar College and an M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in American Culture from the University of Michigan.
Cindy began by saying she is a former Rotarian, but her current schedule would prevent her from being an active member at this time.  She indicated it was fun to "feel the vibe" again.
The Mesa Arts Center (MAC) existing many years before their nice new facility existed.  She is tankful that community leaders recognized that it would be good for the development of Mesa to develop their current seven-acre campus.  It is the largest facility of its kind in the entire Southwest USA.  She said MAC has been recognized twice as the Arizona Governor's Arts Awards Community, an award which recognizes a nonprofit arts organization or a school that has demonstrated significant support for or participation in activities fostering excellence in, appreciation of, or access to arts education in the State of Arizona. 
Ten years ago MAC was recognized by their international association. Other centers which have been so recognized are the Kraft Center and the Sydney Opera House.
Cindy shared that 2020 was a tough year.  They created some virtual programs, and some low-touch or no-touch activities.  While the center was closed, seats, carpet and flooring were replaced.  When they reopen in October, it will look brand new again.  The upgrades were paid for from their restoration fund - accumulated funds from a surtax on tickets sold.  For live performances, they have venues ranging form 99 to 1600 available seats.  They will host 40-60 shows this year featuring national and international performing artists.
This fall, there will be two very special activities - Wonderland featuring fantastic, beautiful happenings, and in late October Day of the Dead will again be celebrated.  Last year, that celebration was held virtually and they had the largest number of participants they had ever experienced.
The art studios feature art from national and international artist featuring thier visionary art.  Their changes of exhibits are staggered with three major openings each year.
They have fourteen visual and performing arts classrooms.  In a normal year, they have about 5,000 individuals taking classes.  This fall, they sold out with nearly all of their classroom offerings. They figure they touch about 450,000 lives in a normal year between visits to the center and their outreach programs.
One of Cindy's favorite of their many offerings are their National Geographic Live presentations featuring amazing videography combined with some good narrative story telling.  Another favorite is "Classical Music Inside Out" breaking down the barriers to enjoying classical music.
Cindy provided handouts for the members present.  There is something for everyone available at the Mesa Arts Center.  CLICK HERE to view the slides of the 2021-22 season preview.  MESA ARTS CENTER should be added to your "favorites" in your search engine.  The site is enjoyable on its own, but the countless ways their offerings can enrich your quality of life is a treasure.
Kimberly - TRVFA Scholar Sponsored by Mesa West Rotary
I want to take time out and send a special thank you to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona and to Bryan Goetzenberger of Mesa West Rotary Club for helping me get to the next step in my career.  I will be attending American Medical Training Institute in Mesa, Arizona September 11 to October 24, 2021 for CNA/LNA program.  
Being a mom and not having much help, there was no way I could pay for the CNA course.  My background was security and corrections so I do think this will help long term with experience and having it on my resume.  I am super excited to begin.  I am also currently enrolled in the Associates of Surgical tech at Brookline College.  I wanted to take CNA to have experience before graduating form Surg. Tech in 2022.  I am very appreciative for you making this happen.
Cases for a Cause
The Rotary Club of Camelback Crossroads and their partners invite you to donate your gently used or new suitcases to assist foster kids in our community.  
A tax deductible donation is available to you by specifying "Rotary Suitcase" at
You can also purchase from an Amazon wish list ( and send directly to ocj kids or bring to a camelback crossroads rotary member for donation.  Send questions to
Our Mesa West Rotary President, Dan Coons, has a history with two of the members of Camelback Crossroads Rotary.  Their President, Mariel Olson and another member - DGE Larry Horton - were both team members on the GSE team Dan led to Australia several years ago.   
CLICK HERE to download a flyer.
Something to Ponder
Emergency: a time when several things need to be done and each one has to be done first
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.
  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.
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Official District Governor Visit to Mesa West Rotary Club
Sep 30, 2021
Mesa West Rotary Club does not have a regular club meeting on the 5th Thursday of any month
Oct 07, 2021
Rotary Youth Exchange
Oct 14, 2021
7th Street Food Pantry
Oct 21, 2021
Club Assembly
Oct 28, 2021
The Rotary Foundation
Nov 04, 2021
Alice Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Center
Nov 11, 2021
USS Forrestal
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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
Sep 16, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Sep 23, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sept Service Project at Midwest Food Bank
Midwest Food Bank
Sep 28, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Sep 30, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 07, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 14, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 21, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 28, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Nov 04, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Nov 11, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Allan Cady
September 16
Jim McGown
September 18
Robin Harris
September 18
Bob Jensen
September 19
Wendell Jones
September 25
John Benedict
September 30
Spouse Birthdays
Allan Cady
September 16
Marsha Harvey
September 17
Jane Benedict
September 20
Andrea White
September 22
Darl Andersen
Kaye Andersen
September 1
Keith Deering
Kim Deering
September 15
Warren Williamson
Sunny Williamson
September 30
Join Date
Allan Cady
September 1, 2010
11 years
Jim McGown
September 2, 1994
27 years
Greg Bouslog
September 5, 2019
2 years
Bob Zarling
September 8, 2000
21 years
Ray Smith
September 19, 2000
21 years
Erika Yost
September 24, 2020
1 year
James Crutcher
September 29, 1998
23 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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