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President Jim Schmidt was present and ran the meeting.  Ray Smith led the club in singing “The More We Get Together.”  The invocation was by Darl Bethea.  Pledge was by Warren Williamson.

Guests:  Greg Bouslog, a potential new member, and Shakima Fagan.

Drawing:  Carolyn Jones won the attendance drawing.

Happy Dollars:  Carolyn Jones and Dick Myron were both happy to be there.  Daryl Bethea was happy his son was there to listen to his presentation.  Warren was happy to participate in the Feed My Starving Children project.

President Jim gave the club a bit of Rotary history by letting us know that the very first Rotary project was not the community toilets as many believe, but was to purchase a new horse for a preacher.  He also added to his weekly humor letting us know that the two inevitable things in life are death and taxes.  However, you only have to die once.  Taxes just keep coming.

Chuck Flint introduced Shakima Fagan who was an Interactor at Westwood HS.  She is originally from the British Virgin Islands.  Now that she has graduated from Westwood, she has been accepted to the University of  York in York England to work on environmental and ecology studies.  She also expressed her gratefulness for the scholarship she was awarded by Mesa West.

Mesa West Rotary may have been the best-represented club at the Big West Rotary Zone Institute held in Denver September 5-8, 2019.  The Institute followed the Governor Elect and Governor Nominee training sessions that were held earlier that week.  Two Mesa West Members - Allan Cady and Chris Krueger were invited by District Governor David Simmer to participate in training for Emerging Leaders.  Lucinda General is active at the zone level and served on the Institute planning committee as well as participated as a trainer. John Pennypacker served as an aid to one of the many Rotary VIP's at the Institute.  Don LaBarge played a huge logistical role.  He transported the flags representing all the countries where Rotary is represented from Arizona to the Institute and was involved in getting them placed strategically in the rooms where the general and plenary sessions were held. 
The six photos on the left were taken Thursday evening at a mix-and-mingle social event.  Photo-documenting their attendance at a Rotary make-up by attending the Institute were Allan Cady, Polly Cady, Jeanie Morgan, Chris Krueger, John Pennypacker, Don LaBarge, Lucinda General and Wayne General.
PDG George Wheeler and his Rotarian-wife Willie are long-time friends of Mesa West.  John Pennypacker is shown presenting an End Polio Now hat to Mike McGovern, chair of the Rotary International End Polio Campaign.  The photo taken on the bottom right was taken the evening of the Roaring 20's graduation celebration for the District Governor Class of 2020-21.  Shown in the photo l-r are John Steelquist, RI President-Elect Holgar Knaak, John Pennypacker, and Laura Steelquist.
The Rotary Zone Institute was abundant with inspirational and motivational speakers.  One of the things that becomes abundantly clear is that Rotary is rich with servant leaders - leaders at all levels who are approachable and who have and continue to put service above self. 
Paige Goetzenberger is shown on her first day of school in Austria Monday, September 9, 2019.  
Colton Cagle is shown attending his first soccer - football - game in The Netherlands on Saturday, August 24.  He said, " It was a BLAST, especially since we got to sit in the VIP section! Tilburg’s team, Willem II won as well!"
Paige and Colton are outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students this year.  Both are proudly sponsored by Mesa West Rotary.
Mesa West Rotary was well represented at our first 5th Thursday hands-on service project at Feed My Starving Children's Mesa facility on Thursday, August 29, 2019.
It didn't take long for the team to hit their stride with each Rotarian assuming specific responsibilities to keep the bag filling, sealing, and packing accomplished in commendable assembly-line cooperation.
The series of photos in the bottom left documented the transition of one young child in the upper left photo from when he first was seen by volunteers delivering nutrition in a community to the happy healthy child in the lower right.  Nutrition gives hope and enables a future.
Pam Cohen, who organized the service opportunity sent the following message:
"I wanted to thank you all for turning out on a Thursday afternoon to help - it was fun to work with such like-minded members of Mesa West!  Our boxes packed approximately 5,685 meals - or fed 15.6 kids for a year!  For those who couldn’t make it – thank you for your sustained support, there will be more opportunities for service.  You are the best!"
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.
Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
We support education for all children and literacy for children and adults.
Pam Cohen did some shopping so that the children waiting for exams at this year's Gift of Hearing mission in Guaymas, Mexico will have something to keep them happily busy while they wait.  The leftover supplies will be gladly accepted by the teachers for use in the classrooms at the school where our team will do the exams.
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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Mesa West


First three Thursdays each month 12:10 PM, fourth Thursday is evening meeting at 5:30 PM
1011 W Holmes
Mesa, AZ  85210
United States of America
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President Elect
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Executive Secretary
Sue Gifford
Sep 19, 2019
Child Crisis Center
Dee Montague and Jenny Richardson
Sep 26, 2019
Override Election
Hannah Mason
Oct 03, 2019
Westwood High School Interact and Crutches 4 Africa
Pam Cohen
Oct 10, 2019
Legacy Project Discussion
Meghan Fable
Oct 17, 2019
Ability 360 - Empowering People with Disabilities
Pam Cohen
Oct 24, 2019
Legacy Project Discussion
Oct 31, 2019
Happy Halloween!!
John Pennypacker
Nov 07, 2019
Rotary Involvement and Family Stories
Chuck Flint
Nov 14, 2019
Mesa West Rotary Foundation
Lola McLane
Nov 21, 2019
Life as a Court Reporter
Nov 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Russ Wiells
Dec 05, 2019
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District Governor David Simmer
Dec 12, 2019
Official Visit to Mesa West Rotary Club
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