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Many Mesa West Rotarians may already know that Chuck Flint travels, twice yearly, to a small fishing village on the Mexican mainland, on the Sea of Cortes, with Rotary Youth Exchange students.  This is a primitive (they just received electricity 3 years ago - no water yet) village that he has been visiting since 1970.  The YE kids will get to see the wonderful Sonoran Desert, hike two mountains in it, and kayak and swim in the sea.

This will be done with two other Rotarians, both from Phoenix 100.  They stay in a 2 -bedroom apartment that has concrete floors and block walls and a tin roof - you do not want to be there when it rains, which is quite rare.



 
The December 7 Meeting was called to order by President-Elect Chris Krueger.  Ray Smith encouraged members and guests to participate in singing "Silver Bells," which he understands was written with Salvation Army bellringing as their inspiration.  The invocation was offered by Ted Williams and John Pennypacker led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Darl Andersen served as the greeter.
 
Ray Smith won the attendance drawing.  Carole Kralicek brought a guest with her to the meeting.  He drew the ticket for the weekly drawing and drew Carole's ticket, making Carole the winner of the small weekly pot, but since she did not subsequently draw the ace of clubs, the $570 rolling pot will continue to grow.
 
During the Sgt at Arms portion of the program, Robert LaBarge paid happy bucks for learning the dental terms and vocabulary necessary for describing how to make certain linquistic sounds.  Dr. Ron Thompson verified the accuracy of what Robert was describing.  Bob Zarling paid happy bucks stating he will be gone for five weeks visiting Wisconsin.  Rod Daniels paid to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the date his former club merged into Mesa West Rotary.  Carole Kralicek announced she would have the privilege of  selling a collection of valuable western art.  Ted Williams announced the birth of his 56th grandchild.
 
John Pennypacker announced that he was sad to see that there were 5-7 people present who were not properly dressed.  The background for this statement was that in March of 1978, the Duarte, California Rotary Club was terminated from Rotary for  allowing a woman to join their club.   The Supreme Court sided with the Club and in 1987, Sylvia Whitlock became the first woman to serve as a Rotary Club President, presiding over the Duarte, California Rotary Club.  John distributed Silver Slipper Rotary Pins to the women who were present to celebrate the history of women in Rotary.
 
John Pennypacker auctioned a gift  which he had obtained at the recent Foundation dinner.  Tim Troy made the winning bid.
 
Don LaBarge announced that he had been able to fill every opening to date for the holiday bell ringing. 
 
Bob Zarling announced that the Interact Club Purple Pinky project netted $850 to fund polio eradication. 
 
The program was introduced. Scarlett Zinggeler has a longer history with Rotary than some of our members.  She was in Interact in high school.  She also participated in RYLA.  She was a Rotary youth exchange student in Poland, and recently, she became the first President of the new Rotaract Club at Grand Canyon University where she is a senior.  She is on the board for Rotex (past exchange students).
 
The Rotaract club was scheduled to have their first service project on Saturday, December 9.  They plan to have a purple pinkie project to raise awareness of the need for continued emphasis on the eradication of polio and to raise funds to support immunizations.   One of her personal goals for the Rotaract club at GCU is to develop a system where they can be pen pals with Rotaractors in other countries.  They plan to hand out water to participants in triathlons.  Tim Troy asked how many members are in their new Rotaract Club.  She indicated they have nineteen members.  
 
 
We are now nearly three weeks into the Salvation Army Bell-Ringing season.  From all accounts, things are going well. There are still quite a few shift openings according to Don LaBarge, our Community Service Chair.  With 26 days of bell-ringing and 5 sessions per day, sign-ups are an enormous task.  President Allan is confident that the service-minded Rotarians of Mesa West will once again answer the call.  Please, review your calendar and call or email Don to coordinate available shifts with that will best fit your schedule.  The bell-ringing concludes Saturday, December 23.  We need volunteers that will take 2-3 sessions each, even 4 if possible.  Don’s contact information is cell 480-213-1617 and email dlabarge47@gmail.com.  Your early response and the generosity of your time will be appreciated.
President, Allan Cady, opened the meeting with a moment of silence after he announced that Al Morgan, Jeanie's husband had passed away November 28.  Ray Smith offered the invocation and Chris Krueger led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Jeanie Morgan won the weekly raffle, but failed to draw the Ace of Clubs, so the $575 pot will continue to grow.  Chuck Flint conducted the Buck Board elimination drawing.  Frank Rosenberg was the winner.  $1,000 will be donated to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) in his name.  
 
Chuck Flint reminded members that one of our goals this year is for Mesa West to be recognized as an EREY (Every Rotarian, Every Year) club with each member donating $100 or more to The Rotary Foundation this Rotary year.  Chuck made EREY forms available, and enticed members to take the forms with them since a recipe was printed on the back of the form:  Citrus Roast Chicken a la Lucinda (1998 Lucinda Rose General).
 
In the interest of time, "Express Happy Bucks" were collected.  Jeanie paid $47 for each of the 47 years she had the privilege of spending with a very good man.  
 
Announcements:
  • Six Mesa West Rotarians attended the Charter Meeting of Grand Canyon University's new Rotaract Club.  Member, Ed Koesneman is the advisor.  They will meet every other Wednesday at the university.
  • Don LaBarge reminded members we are in Salvation Army bell ringing season and lots of openings are still available on the schedule.
  • President Allan reminded members that EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) is a requirement for the District Achievement Award
Carole Kralicek donated a bag to be auctioned of miscellaneous items she brought back from her Rotary Friendship Exchange to Australia.  Bob Zarling was the highest bidder with his bid of $75.
 
Steve Ross announced upcoming speakers.  He also announced that when he joined the club, there were two annual events.  The Spring Olympics, has continued as a tradition.  The other event - The Rotary Shoot Out - no longer happens.  He introduced Coach Jay Cassario from Gilbert High School as the speaker, and reminded members that the Coach has brought his team to our Spring Olympics to keep the games honest each year.
 
Coach Cassario is from Wisconsin.  He is married to his high school sweetheart.  They arrived in July, 2000 to experience 118 degree temperature as they arrived.  They have four children.  His wife is a labor and delivery nurse.  His first job was at Greenfield Junior High.  Coincidentally, when he contacted a friend from his own small town in Wisconsin, he found that the friend was living in the same apartment complex.  
 
He moved from the junior high to coach under Coach Bennett.  When Coach Bennett retired, he felt fortunate to be offered the head coaching position.  It was challenging to take over following a very successful coach, particularly so, since he was only 8+ years older than his players.  He enjoys having the team help with Salvation Army bell ringing as well as serving as umpires/referees at the Spring Olympics each year at John Benedict's home.  
 
When he inherited the basketball program, his primary hope was the he "didn't screw it up."  Kids want to be in the program commuting from other districts.  High school sports has changed.  It used to be that football players, would go on to play basketball, and then baseball in the spring.  Now each have year-round programs.  More kids are focused on one thing.  He has found that kids are resilient, and that they like discipline.
 
In addition to coaching, he teaches High School Honors Biology.  He has a full day - 150 kids in five sections.  7th hour every day, he teaches his basketball team  It gets the kids home with their family in the evenings.  One of his requests when he started was that he be allowed to continue with the 7th hour basketball class, which had been started by Coach Bennett.  Coach Bennett was influencial in another way.  "The way to judge if you've had a successful season is to see where the kids are in 20 years."
 
In answering a question about parent complaints about their kid not getting enough playing time, Coach Casario announced that when parents complain, their child is suspended from playing.  Coach Bennett had that practice and it had seemed harsh at the time, so he didn't operate that way when he first took over as head coach.  It made the job much more stressful, so he reinstituted the practice.  Parents may still complain - but not to him.
The Rotary Foundation has major focus areas to make our impact stronger throughout the world.  During December, the focus on member education and advocacy is the work we do in disease prevention and treatment.
 
The "elevator speech" we can all use in educating our friends and associates about why we are proud to be Rotarians in this area is:
 
We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.  We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas.
 
The morning of November 8, 2017, the parking lot at Red Mountain Community College was filled with those of us anticipating the trip to Guaymas for the Hearing Aid Project.  As I had never been there before, I was unsure what to expect.  Several Rotarians from our club met us with breakfast items that were welcome at that time of the morning and a great way to see us off on our journey.
 
The journey ended up being a long one, especially for those on the bus.  The bus was stopped at the border for three long hours, initially being told that new paperwork was not filled out and therefore, they would have to return home.  Luckily, our Guaymas Rotarian friends were able to procure an email that allowed us all to continue.
The Mesa West Rotary Club, through its charitable foundation, is soliciting individual participants for our annual sponsor's contribution program.  All monies will benefit the project of your choice.  Through generous contributions we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those in our local and international communities.  To download a copy of the sponsorship brochure, CLICK HERE
 
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Each month we have wonderful speakers scheduled each week, thanks to members agreeing to organize for a particular month. We need someone for August, September, March and June to complete this year's line up. Please sign up! Contact Melodie Jackson melodiej@jaxprop.com

 

The morning of November 8, 2017, the parking lot at Red Mountain Community College was filled with those of us anticipating the trip to Guaymas for the Hearing Aid Project.  As I had never been there before, I was unsure what to expect.  Several Rotarians from our club met us with breakfast items that were welcome at that time of the morning and a great way to see us off on our journey.
 
The journey ended up being a long one, especially for those on the bus.  The bus was stopped at the border for three long hours, initially being told that new paperwork was not filled out and therefore, they would have to return home.  Luckily, our Guaymas Rotarian friends were able to procure an email that allowed us all to continue.
 
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Jan 04, 2018
Business Opportunity
Mayor John Giles
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