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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Rotary Week of Service - MWR Project
Since the District Conference originally planned for our district was cancelled because of the COVID pandemic, our District Leaders searched for something to replace it that would be fun - but - more important, make a difference.
Rotary District 5495 is launching a huge media campaign - ROTAR WEEK OF SERVICE - to bring attention to the good Rotary does in the communities in our state.  District leaders in the state have contracted with a web service called GivSum to have a virtual platform where all clubs in Arizona have a chance to highlight their club and one or more Rotary Week of Service projects. 
We would like to have most of our members sign up so they can show as members on our Mesa West page within the GivSum site.  To Sign up and add your information, CLICK HERE  to go to the Mesa West site.  In the top right corner, you will see a small gray cameo type image (next to the doors).  When you click on that image, it will give you an opportunity to "sign in" or "sign up."  Near the bottom of that page, you will see the profiles of Mesa West members who have already added their profiles.
The Mesa West of Service project has been scheduled for April 17th 9 am - Noon at Church of the Master Presbyterian Church - Memorial Hall 6659 E University Dr. Mesa AZ.
Activity:  Assemble shower kits and helping hands kits for later distribution
We are partnering for this project with the Gilbert Club so click on the following link which will take you to the Gilbert Club's volunteer page:
After you reach the page, just click on "Volunteer for Kit Assembly," which is in a navy blue text box just under the project banner.
To download a flyer about the project, CLICK HERE.  Participating in our Rotary Week of Service counts toward our club's goal for District Conference attendance. 
We urge you to sign in and sign up!. 
Highlights of April 1 Meeting
President Dan Coons opened the meeting by introducing himself and reciting the Rotary International theme for 2020-21 - Rotary Creates 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
Invocation - Past President Jim Schmidt
It was a heartfelt prayer including thankfulness to be safely back together and acknowledging all the sacrifices and loss that so many have experienced since we last met in person under his administration on March 12, 2020.  
Pledge of Allegiance - led by Darl Andersen
There were some Rotarians with tears in their eyes hearing unified, friendly voices reciting the pledge together for the first time in over a year.
Introduction of Guests
  • Logan Harper was introduced as an ex-(corrected to former)Marine by John Pennypacker.
  • Warren Williamson introduced Visiting Rotarian Tom Yuzer
  • Chris Krueger introduced Visiting Rotarian Dave Brauchler, a former helicopter pilot and also a former Marine from San Clemente, California, but now living in Arizona.
  • Polly Cady introduced Kayla Mudge, a long-time family friend who now lives in Scottsdale.  Kayla has a love for community service.
  • Speaker, Bill Whittich, was visiting via Zoom
  • Another guest attending via Zoom was Shenaaz Shaik
Rotary Minute - Visiting Rotarian Penny May
Penny talked about several things about Rotary that stand out for her
  • Friendship - through Rotary, she has gained long-term lifelong friends.
  • Networking - whenever she has a need, usually it can be met by someone in her local club - help with taxes, legal matters, financial advice, education...
  • Leadership - there are lots of opportunities to grow in leadership skills in a safe environment by accepting responsibility for positions and projects.  We are always surrounded by others who will help and mentor us as we grow.  Sometimes, you learn what NOT to do, but you don't get fired!
  • Opportunities to serve and share our time, talent and treasure.  She has travelled the world with opportunities to provide polio vaccine in India as well as in Caborca, Mexico.  She has visited Rotary supported orphanages in South Africa and Russia.  She saw how well-drilling in Fiji brought much-needed clean water to a community.  She has helped with local projects she learned about through Rotary friendships - like handing out facemasks at our local Salvation Army. 
  • When Rotary had Group Study Exchange, Penny hosted teams from all over the world, with team members staying in her home. 
  • She has been involved in Youth Exchange. 
  • She has also participated in Rotary Friendship Exchange travel to foreign countries.
  • Penny is very appreciative of the many wonderful experiences Rotary brought to her life.
Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski 
  • Don LaBarge contributed saying he felt he didn't deserve all the praise being heaped on him for the 7th Street Food Pantry service project.  He said the praise was deserved by the great crew who helped.  Jim Schmidt who he was surprised to see had hammer-jack skills.  He said when he took the tile to the dump, he learned that Tim Troy and Dan Coons had put 3,400 pounds of tile in his trailer.  With the good painters who followed and then the great flooring installation by Lorenzo, it turned out great.
  • Joan Reimann contributed saying she was happy to not have to unmute herself before saying anything.
  • Penny May contributed, saying "thank you" for being back together again.
  • Polly Cady was happy to report that she, and Lu and Wayne General would be celebrating a total of 200 early April birthdays together.  She pledged $50 to Polio Plus to celebrate.
  • Lu General matched Polly's $50 pledge.
  • Wayne General also matched Polly's $50 pledge.
  • Since the three pledges did not yet total 200, Allan Cady also pledged $50 for Polio Plus.
  • Pam Cohen was happy to be meeting in person - and very happy about the free lunch.
  • Ted Williams was also happy to be back, adding he hates Zoom.  He also added that he has a gift from travels to Tazmania to auction at the club in the near future.
  • Tom Yuzer was happy to report they finally closed on their home purchase and they will be Mesa residents six months of each year.
  • Warren Williamson explained that it is not accurate to say someone is spending money like a drunken sailor because when sailors run out of money, they stop drinking.
  • Jim McGown contributed.  He was also happy to be meeting in person.
  • Colleen Coons pledged $10 proud of the good job Dan and Pam were doing with Mesa West's first self-managed hybrid meeting.
  • Jack Rosenberg pledged $25.  He was very thankful for the team that showed up at his house to successfully install his new kiln. In addition to Rotarians, Erwin Reimann and Robin Harris, the crew included former Mesa Baseline Rotarian Kent Brooksby, Hayden Clark and two young missionaries for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Colleen Coons pledged an additional $10, as we caught a glimpse of their son Nicolas' girlfriend.  She was a Rotary Youth Exchange from California who travelled to Taiwan where she and Nicolas met when he was also there on Rotary Youth Exchange.
  • Darl Andersen was happy to be back at Mesa West for a number of reasons, but one was to get to observe the size of Greg Okonowski's lunch plate.
  • Pam Coons contributed for the same reason.
  • Jeanie Morgan pledged $10 - she said dues notices had gone out that morning, and seventeen Rotarians had already paid.
  • Allan Cady held up his sponsor-program thermometer saying there was a very narrow space below the $50,000 line, but with funds that are still likely to come in, we will not only exceed the second, $45,000, goal, but will go past $50,000 before the end of this Rotary year.  He thanked the Mesa West members saying that during a time like we have been through, we need to feel good about this successful fund-raising campaign.
  • Shelly Romine announced our Rotary Week of Service project to provide shower kits to be used by homeless at Paz de Cristo.  We will have a social media campaign.  Members were told they could expect to hear more via e-mail.
  • Dan Coons reminded members that the Polio Plus trophy won for our giving in 2019-20 was on display, and strongly encouraged members to give to Polio Plus so we could move up in current Polio Plus giving placement within District 5495 so we can keep the trophy another year.
Program - Dr. Bill Whittich:  Stop Recruiting - Start Attracting New Rotary Members
Dr. Whittich is a Rotarian from Laguna Beach, California.  He is a speaker, author, and had a career in non-profit management.  His message for our program today is well known in District 5180, and he is an instructor for Far Western PETS.  
There are two big questions potential members need answers to:
  1. Will they be able to network? - form new friendships, learn something new from guest speakers, have fun, and do worthwhile service.
  2. How will they benefit? - they are looking for "something else" - they often go shopping, visiting several clubs to find the best fit - near to home/work is not so important anymore.
Just imagine - if a mystery shopper visited your club.  He told of one experience where a visitor was told an empty seat was not available because that was "Bob's seat."  That was not exactly the "something else" the visitor was looking for.
All prospective members have expectations.
Bill said he travels 100+ days each year.  At one Grand Hyatt, a young man on the staff was looking great.  He was warm and friendly but was wearing a badge that said 10+5.  He was asked about the badge and had to explain that he'd been caught not living up to the service standards and wearing the badge was his reminder to go above and beyond to surprise and delight customers.  At the next motel Bill visited, he was happy to see they were living up to their standards.  They had left the light on for him.
Potential members are looking for a business attitude, a service attitude, time to work on service projects.  They don't want to be another warm body who is there just to write checks.
Many young professionals in their 20's 30's and 40's are looking for a family-oriented club where their families can join them for social and service activities.  At the rate boomers are retiring, they will be ripe for the picking after they have travelled the world for a year or so and then look around and think, 'Now what?"
When Paul Harris formed Rotary in 1905, he was 36.  Other members of the original club were 38, 40 and 41.
Bill indicated it is a mistake to tell prospective members about Rotary.  Instead, tell them what you do.  Young people like "green" projects - community gardens, food banks, etc.  Even better if their family can be involved.
Rotary clubs need to attract more women.  40% of business owners are women, so why is Rotary at only 26%.  
It's a good idea to define who we want to attract.  If you define the members of Mesa West, you'll just get more of the same variety.  Some places to start:
  1. Invite friends
  2. Chambers of Commerce are full of potential Rotarians
  3. Think about local businesses
    • Cleaners
    • Bank
    • Home Depot
  4. Think about relationships - ministers, rabbis, priests, potential Rotarians are everywhere.
  5. Many Rotarians serve on non-profit boards - invite other board members
  6. On social media, advertise speaker with photo and info to attract visitors.
The point is that the job is to attract.  He suggested using Instagram, Linked in, Twitter, chat with others in Starbucks.  Talk about what we do.  Don't invite them to a meeting.  Invite them to enjoy lunch with you and some friends.  When you invite them, make sure they do not pay for their own lunch.  When talking about what we do, talk about what we do locally.  Listen for "try" then slowly reel them in.
Since this meeting was held on April Fools Day, Penny reminded everyone,
"Let us be thankful for fools.  Without them, the rest of us would not succeed."
Something to Ponder
While he was the richest man in the world, someone asked him,
“Mr. Getty, ‘how much is enough?’”  
His answer: “Just a little bit more!”
Also, on another occasion he opined:
“I would trade everything I own for one lasting romantic relationship”
Today's Chuckle
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. 
Gates Foundation $2 for $1 Donation Match
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).  Overall, giving is down this year.  
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.  To provide an idea of the kind of man who would stand behind that kind of offer,  remarks Bill Gates made at a graduation ceremony for Mr. Whitney High School several years ago in Visalia, California might be revealing...
Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it! 

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem.  The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. 

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both. 

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. 

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.  Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping - they called it opportunity. 

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them. 

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now.  They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were.  So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try de-lousing the closet in your own room. 

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT.  In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer.  This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. 

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters.  You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF.  Do that on your own time. 

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life.  In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. 

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one. 


Many in Mesa West could tell stories about classmates who suffered permanent paralysis, lived for months in iron lungs, or even died when polio was epidemic in our country as they were growing up.  As long as it exists anywhere, it can return everywhere.  You can go to and make your donation, or you can send an e-mail to Jeanie Morgan requesting an invoice.  Once your donation invoice is paid, she will electronically transfer your donation to TRF for the End Polio Now campaign in your name.
If thinking of donating to TRVFA
You might want to CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story.  The Arizona Department of Revenue has announced that 2020 tax credit donations can be made through May 17.
Requests for vocational education grants from TRVFA are higher than ever experienced in the past.  Fundraising is also growing, but not quite at the same rapid pace.  Your help is needed.
Support of TRVFA is not limited to Rotarians.  Tell you friends, family, and associates about this tax credit donation opportunity.
Donations to TRVFA will literally change someone's life forever.  CLICK HERE to go directly to the on-line donation page for The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  
If you've already made your 2020 tax credit donation, it's not too early to start accruing for 2021.  
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Director
Public Image Director
Club Service Director
Service Projects Director
Executive Secretary
Apr 15, 2021 12:00 PM
FBI Community Outreach Role, Objective and Programs
Apr 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Official Visit
Apr 29, 2021
Mesa West Rotary does not meet on 5th Thursdays
May 06, 2021
There's no place like hope
May 13, 2021
Aqua Africa
May 20, 2021
Teach mothers to teach the world
Jun 03, 2021
Rotary Foundation Program and Awards Recognition
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Apr 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Apr 20, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Apr 22, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Apr 29, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
May 06, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
May 13, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
May 18, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
May 20, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
John Bethea
April 1
Lu General
April 2
Wayne General
April 3
Juli Kelly
April 4
Polly Cady
April 5
John Pennypacker
April 10
Tim Troy
April 11
Darl Andersen
April 20
Stephen West
April 26
Spouse Birthdays
Wayne General
April 3
Polly Cady
April 5
Kim Deering
April 12
Randy Jackson
April 18
Debbie Koeneman
April 22
Jack Rosenberg
Cindy Rosenberg
April 4
Bert Millett
Kelli Millett
April 5
Ed Koeneman
Debbie Koeneman
April 5
Lu General
Wayne General
April 11
Wayne General
Lu General
April 11
Ron Thompson
Toni Farmer-Thompson
April 15
Bryan Goetzenberger
Donna Goetzenberger
April 29
Donna Goetzenberger
Bryan Goetzenberger
April 29
Melodie Jackson
Randy Jackson
April 30
Join Date
Keith Deering
April 1, 1992
29 years
John Pennypacker
April 5, 2001
20 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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