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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom
Mesa, AZ
United States of America
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October 29 Mesa West Social
October 15 Program
Janea Green with C-Span Marketing will be presenting the program for the Mesa West Thursday, October 15 meeting.  She will be discussing how their networks deal with helping the public to be informed about government issues.
Highlights of October 8 Meeting
President Dan Coons introduced himself and recited the Rotary Vision Statement and reminded members that Rotary Opens Opportunities - the theme for this Rotary year.  He asked Ray Smith to offer the invocation.
Rotary Minute - Jeanie Morgan
Jeanie shared a bit of her Rotary adventure relaying a few of the opportunities Rotary has opened for her.  When she moved to Lake Havasu City in 1994, the bank manager she was replacing was retiring and was a member of the London Bridge Rotary Club.  He told her that she had to join that club because it was the best service organization in town and the bank would want her to be a part of it.  He sponsored her into the club.  Being new to town the opportunities to serve also provided opportunities to form friendships with her fellow Rotarians.  A year or so later, she became Treasurer.  She learned of an opportunity to help with RYLA, and in less than a year was treasurer and registrar for RYLA Pinerock.  In 1999-2000 she served as Club President.  in 2007, PDG Bill Snedecor called her and indicated that the District 5490 Nominating committee was disappointed that they were not getting candidates to run for District Governor for 2009-10.  Jeanie had not had any aspirations to go to that level of leadership, but her husband, Al encouraged her to apply because he thought it would be fun traveling the district with her.  She tried to prepare him for disappointment because she did not see any way that she would be the person selected on her first try.  By the time she interviewed there were other candidates.  Much to her surprise, she was selected.  Going through the training process over the next few years, was an amazing ride.  The finale was when all of the district governors-elect were in San Francisco for the International Assembly in January 2009.  She looked around the room and realized that every ethnicity and faith was represented by members of her class and there was no tension between any of them.  Everyone there was united by a common purpose of doing good in the world.  It was there that she understood that Rotary provides the model for our world community to one day live on a peaceful planet.
Happy Bucks - Greg Okonowski
Jeanie Morgan had received self-imposed fines/pledges from two Rotarians:
  • John Pennypacker fined himself $10 because instead of being at the meeting, "I will be zooming through the beautiful fall countryside of Virginia and will miss our meeting.  I have an opportunity to visit my grandsons' school and they are excited to show me around.  This is not your ordinary school.  So to make up for all of this fun, I will fine myself $10.  See everyone next week."
  • Ed Koeneman "I've had recent encounters with two Rotarians in our club that exemplify Service Above Self.  As a thank you to Dan Coons for helping one of my students, and Jack Rosenberg for using his unique talents to repair a piece of glass artwork, I'k like to donate $100 to the Mesa West Foundation.  I'm sorry that I can't be there to announce this myself, but I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone online."
Back to fines/pledges from members attending the Zoom meeting:
  • Allan Cady pledged $5 sad dollars.  He and Polly had recently returned from a wonderful family vacation in Charlotte.  He has two very tall sons 6'6" and 6'3".  Allan was sad to learn on the trip that he is no longer 6'1½".
  • Polly Cady pledged $5.  She enjoyed their fabulous trip.  She was able to spend her birthday there taking in - in person - a Cardinals game and the Cardinals won!.  The Blue Ridge Mountains were beautiful.  She had another $5 for a miracle.  On the trip, she learned to bake bread.  She knows exactly how to do it, and it is possibly that some Mesa West Rotarians will enjoy some home made bread as gifts in the future.
  • Chris Krueger pledged $5 for a wonderful getaway with Mike to Alpine, Arizona where the daytime high temperatures were in the 70's, the scent of the Pines was very fragrant, and they saw lots of wild life - sheep, deer (Mike had deer actually eating out of his hand).  It was wonderful!
  • Warren Williamson - pledged $100 to Polio Plus to celebrate his birthday.  He shared a story about his sister and her husband who own a farm in Illinois.  His brother-in-law had gone out the pond near their hog lot, and surprised some neighbor girls who were skinny dipping in the pond.  They begged him to stay away.  He assured them he wouldn't go near them, he said he planned to leave just as soon as he fed their alligator.
  • Pam Cohen - pledged $5 for enjoying Wendell's alligator story, but was pretty sure there were no alligators on farms in Illinois.
  • Jim Schmidt - announced he will be celebrating a birthday on the 15th, and is trying to ignore the reality of that coming event.
  • Ray Smith pledged $10 - part of it had something to do with Wendell's computer, and the rest was his hope that Jeanie would catch up with her mind which she seemed to have temporarily lost but was pretty sure she would find it somewhere running around the house.  He also told of grandsons who had a close encounter with a skunk while the family was enjoying some time in Alpine.  All ended well.
  • Lola McClane - was celebrating an Octoberfest mood with the shirt she was wearing.  A screen shot showing the shirt was not available and she was kind enough to provide a photo of her shirt. 
Auction Item - Allan and Polly Cady
After explaining that the bag contained a piece of art and some edibles from Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, the bidding opened at $20.  The bidding was brisk, but Colleen Coons was the first to bid $40 when Allan announced that amount would be the limit.  In the bag was candy from the Candy Barrell, Appalachian honey and a maple leaf night light.
  • October 29 is a 5th Thursday - We will not have a zoom meeting at noon on that date.  There will be a social at Pam Cohen's home.  The weather should be cool enough to enjoy social distancing while having hors d'oeuvres and beverages.  The event will start at 5:30 and members are welcome to attend and enjoy socializing with fellow members for as long as they are comfortable doing so.  There will not be a big meal served.
  • Dan Coons reminded members that we need to be identifying an outbound exchange student.
  • Virtual RYLA was planned for October 9-10.
  • The October 15 Program will be presented by Janea Green with C-Span
  • Shelly Romine had sent word that the food packed by Rotarians in August at the Feed My Starving Children food packing event had been shipped to the Phillipines, and that all fifteen volunteer slots for the October 15 United Food Bank emergency food packing event are full.  
  • Polly Cady announced that the next Rotary Leadership Institute will be held November 14 from nine to noon.  It will again be virtual, so there will be no cost.  Two Mesa West Rotarians are facilitators for RLI.  There are three different tracks which will be run concurrently.  Whether ready for Sessions two or three or just starting with Session one, Members who are not RLI graduates were urged to plan to attend.  Members can send Polly Cady an email to register.  
  • Steve Ross applauded the great women in Mesa West Rotary.
  • Lee Holmes reminded everyone that October 24 is World Polio Day.  He hopes that many members will celebrate the recent announcement that the continent of Africa has been declared polio free by sending a gift to The Rotary Foundation to support Polio eradication.
The program - The Borgen Project - was presented by an impressive young man, Siddhant Urunkar, who is a high school student at the Basis High School in Peoria, Arizona.  Pam Cohen was able to provide some information about the Basis schools.  Her daughter, Alex teaches at a Basis school in Flagstaff.  She said the Basis Schools are internationally known for their students' high scores and abilities.  They are public charter schools but create an atmosphere for students who wish to excel.  
Sudhant is also an intern with The Borgen Project which was founded in 2003 by Clint Borgen.  It is a bipartisan national campaign to get Congress to pass poverty reduction legislation.  
Those who are active in the project maintain communication with their congressional leaders and meet with congressional officers to advocate for global poverty combating legislation.
Siddhant told of the summer of his 8th grade year visiting India with his parents who were originally from India.  He clearly remembered seeing, on a brief drive to the airport, the extreme poverty that huge numbers of people lived with every day.  He was stunned by the reality that was before his eyes. Wanting to do something about it has become a strong influence in the man he is becoming.
One of the requirements of being a Borgen Project intern is to raise $500 to support the project.  Another requirement is to work to mobillize his own community to contact congressional leaders.
Siddhant spoke of the myth that "The US already does too much for other countries."  He stated that less than 1% of the federal budget goes toward foreign aid.  It is the belief of the Borgen Project that wealthy countries should provide 0.7% of their GNP in foreign aid while the US currently only provides 0.2%.  He did say that foreign aid accountability by the US is high and uses various channels as necessary.
The presentation included some statistical projections of what the future will be like if action isn't taken to alleviate poverty.   Addressing global poverty could reduce the social and economic strife that can precipitate threats to peace.  Higher living standards can help mitigate the spread of infectious diseases from reaching the United States.  
Suddhant encouraged members to visit the Borgen Project website to learn more, and if moved by what they learn, establish and maintain contact with congressional leaders to let them know that the wish for action to be taken to alleviate poverty in the world is an important priority for voters in their state and nation.   
CLICK HERE if you would like to review the slides Suddhant shared during his presentation.  Members who were moved by his passion and want to support his fundraising effort can use this link:  He did ask that if making a donation, his name, "Suddhant Urunkar," be entered in the "on behalf of" field.
When asked about his future plans, Suddhant answered that in college he plans to major in political science and also focus his studies on public policy and finance.
ASU Rotaract/Rotarian Mentorship Program
The ASU Rotaract Club is starting a new Rotaractor-Rotarian Mentorship program for the 2020-21 school year! Interested Mesa West Rotarians who are interested in being paired with a member of the Rotaract Club of ASU can CLICK HERE or on the image to complete a form which will help them make mentorship pairings that will serve all parties. Each pairing will remain in a formal relationship for the remainder of the 2020-21 Rotary year, but may well result in a friendship that will last a lifetime.

Program expectations are very loose-- They hope to see groups that make the most of their relationships in the way that best serves them! Their only expectation is that Rotarians and Rotaractors will meet at least once a month to discuss life updates, advice, and career and service goals. A form will be provided to each grouping where a submission can be made detailing the contents of that month's meeting. Additionally, once pairings are made, a contract will be sent to all parties regarding program expectations, which will ensure that no mentorship group dissolves.
October 24 is World Polio Day
World Polio Day is a time for Rotarians and Rotaractors across the globe to raise awareness about our work to eradicate polio for good. If we stay committed to making progress, polio will be the second human disease ever to be eradicated.
In our fight to end polio, we’ve used our collective strength to defeat this devastating disease in almost every part of the world. This year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus – showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances.
Wild poliovirus still paralyzes children in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere. Let’s Take Action A polio-free world is possible, but we can achieve it only by taking action together. With the challenges to vaccination programs posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more crucial that Rotary continues to build awareness and raise funds for polio eradication.  
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The Most Efficient Way to Support The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary that enables the amazing work we, as Rotarians, are all proud to be a part of.  Every Rotarian is strongly encouraged to support TRF every year by donating to the General Fund of TRF.  The target gift is $100 per year per member.  That has been the target for a very long time and in the US the average family income has multiplied a few times since that target was set.  Many Rotarians who have the means to do so have set their personal target at the $1,000 per year mark making them eligible for the Paul Harris Society level of donor recognition. 
The End Polio Now campaign is a separate fund to which gifts are matched two-for-one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Many Rotarians choose to support both the general fund and the fight to end polio.
No matter what level you decide to donate, please support the Foundation by giving through Rotary Direct.  CLICK HERE to get answers to commonly asked questions about this program.  DOWNLOAD A FORM to authorize your Rotary Direct donations.  By giving through Rotary direct, the opportunity for human error is eliminated and recognition credit for the Rotarian and their club is much more accurate and timelier.
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Club Meeting via Zoom
Oct 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Oct 29, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Nov 05, 2020
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Nov 12, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Monthly Board Meeting
Nov 17, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Nov 19, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Nov 26, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Dec 03, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Dec 10, 2020
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Dec 15, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Oct 22, 2020
H.E.L.P. - Help snackz program - Snacks for homeless kids
Oct 29, 2020
Nov 05, 2020
Valley Metro - Transit issues/ Covid-19, etc.
Nov 19, 2020
Assistant DA - Prosecutor of OJ Simpson Trial
Nov 26, 2020
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Don LaBarge
October 12
Jim Schmidt
October 15
Warren Williamson
October 15
Greg Okonowski
October 25
Pam Cohen
October 29
Spouse Birthdays
Sandy Myren
October 20
Scott Williams
October 25
Vickie Smith
October 29
Dick Myren
Sandy Myren
October 5
Greg Bouslog
Sheena Bouslog
October 25
Greg Okonowski
Laura Okonowski
October 25
Join Date
Andrea Murphy
October 1, 2017
3 years
Shane Buntrock
October 1, 2012
8 years
Sharon Spane
October 1, 1988
32 years
Melodie Jackson
October 4, 2007
13 years
Brian Harvey
October 20, 2010
10 years
Ed Koeneman
October 28, 2010
10 years
Aaron Huber
October 30, 2001
19 years
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