Club Information
Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom or in-person with reservation
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 Service Project
This coming Saturday, May 22, Mesa West Rotarians, family and friends are welcome to help paint the interior of a home for a House of Refuge client family.
There will be two shifts.  The early shift will be from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM.  The later shift will be from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
CLICK HERE or on the image to sign up. 
Highlights of May 13 Meeting
The meeting was called to order by President, Dan Coons.  In opening the meeting he reminded members and guests of the 2020-21 Rotary International theme - Rotary Opens Opportunities."  He then 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
After introducing himself, he asked Wendell Jones to offer the Invocation, followed by Robin Harris who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rotary Minute - Colleen Coons
Colleen had found a long list of things Rotarians should know, and she narrowed it down to 50:
She focused on one thing that was new to her, but it sounded like she would be interested in exploring it further - #33 - Rotary Friendship Exchange.  The activity, originally recommended by the New Horizons Committee in 1981, is intended to encourage Rotarians and spouses to visit with Rotarian families in other parts of the world.
It may be conducted on a club-to-club or district-to-district basis.  
The idea is for several Rotarian couples to travel to another country on the Rotary Friendship Exchange.  Later the hospitality is reversed when the visit is exchanged.  After a successful pilot experiment, the Rotary Friendship Exchange has become a permanent program of Rotary.
The Rotary Friendship Exchange is frequently compared to the Group Study Exchange program of The Rotary Foundation, except that it involves Rotarian couples who personally pay for all expenses of their inter-country experience.
Doors of friendship are opened in a way which could not be duplicated except in Rotary.  Rotarians seeking an unusual vacation and fellowship experience should learn more about the Rotary Friendship Exchange.
Some unusual Rotary adventures are awaiting you!
Introduction of Guests
  • Chris Krueger introduced her granddaughter, Kailee Matras and her friend Olivia Ozenbaugh, who were visiting from Nebraska.  Both are students at the University of Nebraska - Omaha (ONU).  
  • Guest Jay Stuckey introduced his wife, Melissa Stuckey.  President Dan announced that Jay has submitted a membership application.
  • Erwin and Joan Reimann were not introduced as guests, but were wished a fond farewell and safe travels as it would be the last meeting they attend before they head north for the summer.
  • Dan Lamborn introduced DGE Jim Erickson who has also submitted a membership application.
  • Two guests were attending via Zoom - Scott Ross (son of Steve Ross) and Ron Russell.
Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck explained that The large pot was over $1,400, the daily winner would receive $65 and the opportunity to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the 14 remaining cards in the original deck.  Jeanie Morgan was holding the eight tickets which Darl Andresen had paid for in advance using his winnings from the prior week.  Melissa Stuckey pulled the winning ticket from the hat, and the other half of that ticket was held by Carla Krcmarik.  The card drawn by Carla was the 10 of hearts, so the potential winnings will be bigger and the odds even better on the 20th.
Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski
  • Erwin Reimann contributed $20 for the number of meetings they would miss while away for the summer.  They will not have good internet service where they will be staying, so will not be attending Mesa West meetings via Zoom.  They do hope to attend meetings of the club Erwin transferred from.  They also meet on Thursday for lunch.
  • Chris Krueger contributed $30, happy to have three Nebraska friends at the meeting.
  • Jim McGown contributed saying that originally, the meeting was supposed to be his last meeting with us until fall, but his wife announced that they would need to stay until after her hair appointment on June 1, so they will be heading north June 2.
  • Ed Koeneman sadly announced that there are 953 days until the next StarWars movie would be released.  However, he did have some good news in that Disney Plus has four Star Wars series on the way.
  • Dick Myren contributed because he was sad to have missed the meeting the prior week, but happy that the reason he missed was because he was having fun with grandchildren.
  • Allan Cady pledged $5 happy dollars because they sold their home for the asking price.  He also pledged $5 sad dollars since he and Polly are now homeless.  
  • Warren Williamson contributed $5 confessing that he had a bag of cookies from Colleen Coons at a prior meeting.  He left the meeting without remembering to take the cookies.  He knew several other people were aware of the treasured bag and hoped that someone from the club had enjoyed them.  Knowing Ray Smith had a sweet tooth, he was almost hopeful Ray had taken the cookies.  Ray pleaded his innocence.
  • Colleen Coons said Dan was getting very close to beating the record set by Past President Pam Cohen for bringing new members into Mesa West during her Presidential term.  Colleen pledged $100 when the number of new members reaches 12.  She also presented an $800 donation to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona because she is happy with how far this quest has already come.
  • Dan Coons pledged to add $900 to Colleen's $100 and donate total to Polio Plus if the total new members during his term reaches twelve or mroe.
  • Kayla Mudge has been approved to be the newest member of Mesa West Rotary, with a formal induction to be scheduled at a future meeting or club event.
  • Nominations need to be turned in to President Dan in the very near future if anyone in the club wants to nominate someone for the District Champion of Peace Award, or if any member wishes to be nominated to serve on any of the District Standing Committees..
  • Helping Hands kits were available for members to take and distribute to any homeless individuals they might encounter.
Program - Buey Tut - Aqua Africa
Chris Krueger introduced her friend.  She and Buey attended the same church when she still lived in Omaha.  The first time Mesa West heard from Buey was February 1, 2018 when Chris was President Elect.  She had a dream of partnering with Aqua Africa in a global grant to do a significant water project in South Sudan.  
For the benefit of some of the members and guests who had not heard Buey's story before, Buey shared stories about his life as a boy in Sudan.  He remembered not seeing his mother in the morning and sometimes well into the afternoon.  Every day she had to walk 14 miles to the Nile and fill two containers with water to bring back for her family.  When filled, each container weighed forty pounds.  After she returned, the water had to be boiled before it could be used. 
Buey remembered someone coming to their village to drill a water well.  That person handed out bottles of water that were clear.  Until then, Buey thought the only clear water was captured rain water.  He thought water was brown.  After the well was finished and he mother could get water close to home, their life changed dramatically overnight.  He remembered realizing his stomach pain was gone.  Until they had clean water, he thought the way he had felt before was normal.
As a young boy, Buey and his brother were drafted into fighting in local conflicts.  The older brother lost his life.  Buey's father was from Sudan, but his mother was from Ethiopia.  The family fled to Ethiopia.  Buey's father became very vocal about the need to end children fighting in wars.  He was imprisoned for a while as a political prisoner.  Eventually, they had the opportunity to go either to Canada or Minnesota as refugees.  His father chose Minnesota thinking it would be warmer.  A later move - further south to Omaha - where they hoped for warmer weather.  They were welcomed to Omaha in October by a headline making severe winter storm.
Buey graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  He majored in economics and political science.  He and his childhood friend Jacob Kohl founded Aqua Africa in 2007.  They had a dream of helping their homeland and transforming the way aid is delivered to developing countries.
Buey said he has now been in America 21 years and highly recommends it.  He became a US citizen three years ago.  He and his wife are expecting their first child.
Earlier this spring, the Global Grant was finally approved by The Rotary Foundation.  work on the project will start in the fall.  Buey wanted to be honest with the club.  He said there will be challenges.  The political climate is more stable than in the past, but still fragile.  There are supply line challenges.  The location of the project in Maiwut is not accessible during the rainy season.  Roads are not paved.  
Aqua Africa's program director travelled to the community to get their engagement.  Aqua Africa requires the benefitting community contribute 15% of the value of the project.  Their contribution does not have to be monetary.  It can be labor and/or materials.  They have pulled out of projects where that commitment was not forthcoming.  Buey explained that community investment is necessary to ensure that a project can achieve sustainability.
Because a water project changes the lives of women so dramatically, they work to engage the women and mobilize them into being involved in the  management of the new resource.  The incoming commissioner was Buey's platoon leader when Buey served in the army.  The platoon leader was about 14 years old at the time.  Aqua Africa tries to meet with leaders at all levels of governance, turning over all data to help them better understand.  
Intitially on this new project, in May-July, they will be working to identify drillers - likely from Ethiopia.  The will be drilling a larger diameter well to get higher capacity.  They anticipate actually drilling in November-December, 2021.   They hope to have progressed to actual construction from February-April.  Buey acknowledged it will be a challenge to source needed materials.  He promised to keep the club updated.  He anticipates the total cost of the project to be $310,000.  The Rotary funds total $203,000.  Their administrative cost of $1107,000 will be covered by other fundraising endeavors.  They are not going to wait until they are fully funded to begin.  He said it is actually easier to raise money for a project in progress than it is for a project at the conceptual stage.
One of the unusual elements of what Aqua Africa does is help the benefitting community create a mini democracy to manage the new resource.  They have done that successfully several times on smaller projects and know it works to ensure stability and sustainability.  Aqua Africa phases their involvement out slowly during the early years their new projects are in operation.
Today's Chuckle
Something to Ponder
What is the test of good manners? 
It is being able to put up pleasantly with bad ones.
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Help us Keep Polio Champion Traveling Trophy
Last year Mesa West Rotary qualified to be the first club named on the travelling trophy to be awarded each year to the club in District 5495 providing the highest level of support for the End Polio Now program of The Rotary Foundation (TRF).  As of April 1, we were in third place in District 5495.
What many may not know - because we get so much information that we fail to absorb much of it - is that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match donations to End Polio Now with $2 for every $1 donated. 
You can CLICK HERE to donate online through your "My Rotary" account.  If you are intimidated by that, you can EMAIL JEANIE to ask her to invoice you now for a donation. Once the payment for your invoice is deposited, she will transfer the donation to RI in your name.
Motivating Donations to TRF - Recognition Point Match
Foundation Chairman Chuck Flint has offered to use some of his accumulated recognition points to increase Mesa West support of The Rotary Foundation.  For the foreseeable future, he will match donations, in $100 increments two for one.  If you donate $100, he will transfer $200 in recognition points to your account.  Whether you are striving to receive your first Paul Harris Fellow or striving to reach the next level, this is a great way to move that achievement closer.
You can donate through your "My Rotary" account on the RI website
Rotary Direct is the best way to establish a habit of regularly supporting the Rotary Foundation with minimal effort.  CLICK HERE to learn more about Rotary Direct.  CLICK HERE to download a form to sign up for Rotary Direct. 
If you have questions about Chuck's offer - CLICK HERE to send him an email. 
Help TRVFA Help Others Help Themselves
CLICK HERE or on the "Donate Now" button to go to the on-line donation page for The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  Your donation will help fund vocational education grants to Arizona residents who meet specific low-income guidelines.  You will literally help someone lift themselves out of poverty.  Several Mesa West Rotarians have chosen the option near the bottom of the page to have their donations recur monthly to ensure they remember painlessly to make their tax-credit donation each year.
If you prefer to mail your donation, CLICK HERE to download a mail-in donation form.
TRVFA is a 501(c)(3) public charity.  They are also a Qualifying Charitable Organization with the State of Arizona allowing them to receive tax credit donations.  Their QCO number is 20698.
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Director
Public Image Director
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
Executive Secretary
May 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Beyond Riding - all different aspects of the horse industry
Jun 03, 2021
Rotary Foundation Program and Awards Recognition
Jun 10, 2021
Rotary experiences and suggestions
Jun 17, 2021
Review Special Accomplishment of 2020-21 Year
Jun 24, 2021
Law Enforcement and Special Olympics Program and Support
Jul 01, 2021
Club will hold Changing of Guard and Sponsorship Program Celebration in Evening at Doubletree
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
May 27, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jun 03, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jun 10, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Jun 15, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jun 17, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jun 24, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 01, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 08, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 22, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bryan Goetzenberger
May 11
Chuck Flint
May 16
Ed Koeneman
May 20
Greg Bouslog
May 21
Robert LaBarge
May 28
Spouse Birthdays
Patty Diedrick
May 1
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
2 years
Erwin Reimann
May 1, 1998
23 years
Jack Rosenberg
May 1, 1980
41 years
Joan Reimann
May 1, 2017
4 years
Shelly Romine
May 1, 2005
16 years
Polly Cady
May 6, 2010
11 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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