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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July 1 - Changing of Guard Celebration Dinner
Members and guests had the opportunity to socialize in one of the small ballrooms at the Doubletree before Dan Coons opened the program by asking Dick Myren to offer the invocation.  He then asked Jeanie Morgan to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
The first celebration of the evening was formal induction of the remaining four new members from 2020-21 who had not yet been inducted.
  • Christa Morgan, sponsored by Carla Krcmarik
  • Erika Yost, sponsored by Lucinda General
  • David Brauchler, with Jeanie Morgan standing in for his sponsor, Polly Cady
  • Melissa Stuckey, sponsored by Jay Stuckey
Polly Cady did an amazing job as Membership Chair.  She was diligent on following up on leads generated through the Rotary International website as well as with others who showed interest in becoming members.  She invited the prospects to participate in hands-on service projects and several of the new members did volunteer with us before ever completing their membership application(s).  Thirteen new members in one year highlights her success rate
Allan Cady was at first hesitant to lead another sponsorship campaign, concerned that COVID would cause donations to be difficult to bring in.  The fact that the campaign out-performed all prior campaigns bringing over $56,000 new dollars to the Mesa West Rotary Foundation, speaks volumes about his commitment and his ability to motivate his team.  Following are the list of team captains, with the winning team captain listed at the top with his team members:
  • Bryan Goetzenberger
    • Colleen Coons
    • Aaron Huber
    • Wendell Jones
    • John Pennypacker
    • Jim Schmidt
    • Ray Smith
  • Terry Diedrick
  • Chuck Flint
  • Greg Okonowski
  • Steve Ross
  • Tim Troy
President Dan noted that both Polly and Allan are Past Presidents of Mesa West who remain extremely active in the club, and in addition Allan serves as an Assistant Governor at the District level and Polly is current chair of Rotary Leadership Institute.
Wendell Jones was credited, along with his team, for bringing in outstanding guest speakers.  Dan received multiple compliments throughout the year for the quality of the programs at our Zoom and hybrid meetings.
Shelly Romine was credited with having a minimum of one hands-on service project every month:
July, 2020 - United Food Bank - Distribution at Wells Fargo Bank on E. University in Mesa
August, 2020 - Feed My Starving Children
September, 2020 - United Food Bank - Distribution at Mesa Community Center
October, 2020 - United Food Bank - Packaging emergency food supplies
November, 2020 - St. Vinny's Urban Farm
December, 2020 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing.  (At this point, Dan asked Major Scott Ramsey from the Salvation Army to stand to be recognized, pointing out that pre-COVID Major Ramsey was a prospective member, and Dan hopes he soon will be returning to that status. 
January, 2021 - St. Vinny's Urban Farm
February, 2021 - United Food Bank - Packaging emergency food supplies
March, 2021 - 7th Street Food Pantry - District Grant funds put to work in flooring replacement/rehab and interior painting project
April, 2021 - Rotary Week of Service joint project with Gilbert Rotary Club packing shower kits for Paz de Cristo and emergency kits for homeless to be distributed by Rotarians
May, 2021 - House of Refuge - paint interior of a home for a client family
June, 2021 - Move classroom and library for United School for Autism
A big cause for celebration is the approval of The Rotary Foundation of the Aqua Africa Global Grant.  
President Dan invited John Pennypacker to come forward.  After he wondered around looking and sounding confused, John invited Lu General to come forward to see if she could help find what he was looking for.  Our AG, Lee Homes  was invited to help.  Having no luck, Lu invited Ted Williams to come up and help.  It didn't take Ted long, to invite Jeanie Morgan to help the growing crowd of "dignitaries."  Jeanie quickly invited Don LaBarge to help out because he's been around forever and seems to have a lot of answers.  Finally, someone looked behind the banners on display and found a new one recognizing Mesa West as the home club of Mr. Fun, who was District Governor in 2017-18 in District 5495.  Jim Erickson was happily welcomed to the front of the room where he happily removed the temporary "Mr. Fun" revealing his own name on the club's newest PDG home club banner.  
John Pennypacker, with the PDG's still up front, announced that recognition points had been transferred taking four Mesa West members to their first or next Paul Harris Recognition Level.  Recognized in absentia were:
  • Wendell Jones PHF+3
  • Lola McClane PHF
Called forward to be pinned and recognized by the PDG's were:
  • Donna Goetzenberger PHF+1 
  • Shelly Romine PHF+3
President Dan verified that he would be honoring his commitment to donate $1,000 to Polio Plus for meeting his goal of exceeding Pam Cohen's prior presidency record of bringing new members into Mesa West.
Dan thanked his Officers and Committee Chairs for 2020-21
  • Bob Zarling  - President Elect who also helped with fundraising
  • Lola McClane - Secretary
  • Geoff White - Treasurer
  • Greg Bouslog - Youth Services
  • Polly Cady - Membership
  • Allan Cady - Fundraising
  • Pam Cohen - Club Service
  • Chuck Flint - Foundation
  • Bryan Goetzenberger - Vocational Service
  • Chris Krueger - Public Image
  • Shelly Romine - Community Service
  • Ray Smith - International
President Dan asked Logan Harper to carry a heavy award forward to be presented to Jeanie Morgan for serving as his "Doer, Fixer, Advisor, Consultant, Manager, Counselor, Mentor, Analyst, and so much more.  Seeing how heavy the award was, Jeanie was somewhat afraid to accept it.
Rotarian of the Year - Shelly Romine
President Dan credited Shelly's commitment to having a monthly, safe, hands-on service project while COVID isolation and precautionary measures were in place, had everything to do with how vibrant Mesa West has remained.  Those projects also greatly contributed to the ability to attract new members to our club.
President Dan recognized Colleen Coons as his right hand.  Her contribution of talents has run deep.  He mentioned they would celebrate their 8th anniversary on July 5.  He credited her with who he is today as he presented her with a First Lady's plaque.
Pam Cohen took Dan's President pin and presented him with his plaque for serving as President 2020-21 of Rotary Club of Mesa West, showing incredible leadership in an extraordinary year.
As she re-pinned Dan as 2021-22 President, members and guests watched a fun video with Goodbye Hello by the Beatles playing in the background.  CLICK HERE if you would like to watch it.  In light of Dan's willingness to continue as Club President for a second year in succession, two more videos were played:  HAPPY and FEARLESS.
Dan invited members of his incoming board to come forward to be pinned if present:
  • President-Elect Pam Coons - it was noted that in June 2023, as Pam wraps up her second term as Mesa West President, the club will celebrate it's 50th anniversary.  The Rotary Club of Mesa West was chartered June 30, 1973.
  • Secretary - Lola McClane
  • Treasurer - Dick Myren
  • Director  - Don Boucher
  • Director - Polly Cady
  • Director - Greg Okonowski
  • Director - Shelly Romine
  • Director - Tim Troy
Dan spent some time thanking Jim Schmidt.  He said he learned a lot from Jim watching how he led the club with confidence as the COVID pandemic necessitated changes in how we met and conducted club business.  Jim's confidence and professionalism made following him much easier than what Dan observed was the case for far too many 2020-21 Club Presidents.  Dan never doubted that Jim would be there for him anytime he needed advice from an expert club leader.
He also thanked Bob Zarling for the excellent team of committee chairs he put together before realizing he needed to step aside from Rotary commitments and make family health-related matters his priority for 2020-21.
  • Allan Cady - Fundraising
  • Polly Cady - Membership
  • Pam Cohen - Club Service
  • Chuck Flint - Foundation
  • Bryon Goetzenberger - Vocational Service
  • Ed Koeneman - Youth Service
  • Shelly Romine - Community Service
  • Ray Smith and Chris Krueger - International Service
  • Tim Troy - Public Image
Jeanie Morgan interrupted to call Colleen Coons up front.  Jeanie had the honor of presenting Colleen with a gift from the club to thank her for her willingness to help and support Dan through another year serving as his first lady.  The gift was an ice cream maker and was inspired by Colleen's known culinary expertise combined with a conversation Jeanie and Colleen had shared about home made ice cream.  Along with the gift came Jeanie's promise to share an old family recipe for home made ice cream.
Many thanks to Wayne General for the photographic memories of this very pleasant evening.
Something to Ponder
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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.
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
Jul 15, 2021
Hearing Loss - The Silent Epidemic
Jul 22, 2021
House of Refuge
Jul 29, 2021
Aug 05, 2021
Global Mining
Aug 12, 2021
Ghost Writing and Writing about Ghosts
Aug 26, 2021
There's No Place Like Hope
Sep 02, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 15, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
YMCA - Youth Room Painting Project
Ross Farnsworth East Valley YMCA
Jul 17, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 22, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Jul 29, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Aug 05, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Aug 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Aug 19, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Aug 26, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Sep 02, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Sep 09, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Erika Yost
June 2
Pai Bethea
June 9
Carla Krcmarik
June 23
Spouse Birthdays
Cindy Rosenberg
June 10
Sunny Williamson
June 24
Sheena Bouslog
June 29
Wendell Jones
Sandra Jones
June 11
Tim Troy
Angie Troy
June 13
Jim Schmidt
Rosalyn Schmidt
June 24
Join Date
Robert LaBarge
June 15, 2012
9 years
Colleen Coons
June 27, 2018
3 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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