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Pam Cohen opened the meeting in the absence of President, Chris Krueger.  Dick Myren offered the Invocation.  Jack Rosenberg led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Pam recognized Steve Ross and thanked him for serving as Greeter.  Ray Smith led all present in singing Auld Lang Syne.
 
Guests
Dan Coons introduced Caio, our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student.  Don Boucher introduced three guests at his table:  PDG Alex Hopkins from Washington, Chris Cuffaro, a former Tucson Rotarian who is now living in our area, and Tom Bradford, who has attended at least five meetings now, and has a Mesa West Rotary membership application in process.  
 
Drawings
Chuck Flint announced that the ticket holder for the weekly drawing would automatically win $25 and have a chance to draw the ace of clubs which would net accumulated winnings of $334.  Our guest Chris drew Warren Williamson's ticket, but when the remaining cards in the deck were shuffled, Warren drew the eight of diamonds.  
 
Happy Bucks
John Pennypacker served as Sgt. at Arms, collecting happy bucks first from Warren Williamson.  Dick Myren sadly reported that Rod Daniels' wife had recently passed away as he paid his weekly $1 for being happy to be a member of Mesa West Rotary as Rod always did.  Tim Troy had quite a story to tell.  He and his family had recently gone to Barnes and Noble.  One of his children noticed some poker chips on the ground.  He also noticed that they said "Mesa West Rotary Club" on them.  Now we know where at least some of the weekly attendance drawing chips ended up, with no clue how they got there.  It is an amazing coincidence that the chips were found by members of the Mesa West family.  Bert Millett asked how many squares were left on the Buck Board.  After he knew more than enough were still available he said he wanted to buy ten squares to celebrate his practice's successful year, adding a new attorney to their practice, and their move to their new office location.  That purchase gave Pam an opportunity to tell members that when Mesa West Members have purchased a total of ten squares (not necessarily on the same buck board) cumulatively that the club would transfer $100 in Rotary Foundation recognition points to that Rotarian.  Aubry is keeping track of the cumulative number of squares purchased by each Rotarian in the club.  After telling quite a stray dog story about the reason the Buck Board is looking more than a little stressed, Chuck explained how our Buck Board works.  It encourages our members and guests to support The Rotary Foundation $10 at a time, with the hope of buying the winning square, which will be determined by an elimination drawing once all 100 squares on the board are sold.  The winner will receive a receipt from TRF for the $1,000 donation which will be sent toTRF in the winner's name.  
 
Announcements
Pam Cohen paid a $5 fine because she forgot the signup sheet and flyer for the January 19 post-holiday party, which will be held Saturday, January 19 at the home of Dan and Colleen Coons.  An innovative Rotarian who had a writing pad, created a signup sheet manually and circulated it at the meeting.
 
During the past months I’ve been submerging myself in Brazilian culture. I have fallen in love with their food, landscapes, and people. I want to thank you and all of Mesa West rotary club for letting me have this amazing opportunity.
 
CLICK HERE to go to the Mesa West Facebook page to see all the photos Yordy recently sent to share with us.
President Chris Krueger opened the meeting with Daryl Bethea offering the invocation and John Benedict leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Ray Smith led Rotarians and guests in singing White Christmas.
 
Guests
Donna Goetzenberger introduced her guests - her and Brian's daughters, Emilee and Paige.  She pointed out that Paige will be an outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student this coming year.  Frank Rosenberg introduced his wife Amanda and daughter, Sammi.  Brian Harvey introduced his wife and best friend, Marsha.  Don LaBarge introduced Tom Bradford who has submitted an application for membership in Mesa West Rotary. 
 
Drawings
Lolita Wiesner won $10 in the attendance drawing.  $5 had rolled over from the prior week when the tokens for the drawing could not be located.  Chuck Flint asked Tom Bradford to draw the winning ticket for the weekly raffle.  Steve Ross, John Benedict and Dick Myren - the three musketeers had pooled their ticket money and were the lucky ticket holders.  Steve Ross accepted the $30  winnings on their behalf.  John Benedict was elected to try to draw the ace of clubs for the $304 in accumulated winnings, but he disappointed the team when he drew the three of hearts.  Chuck Flint explained the buck board for the benefit of our guests, then sold available spaces on the board to those who wanted to buy them as the meeting continued.
 
Happy Bucks
Don LaBarge was the first to contribute - happy that bell-ringing season was coming to an end and was very thankful to announce that he was able to cover all the remaining shifts.  Frank Rosenberg has happy to celebrate his birthday.  Dick Myren contributed $1 to continue Rod Daniels tradition of paying that amount each week because he was happy to be a member of Mesa West.  Tim Troy contributed happy dollars to be able to attend the meeting and to make a big announcement.  They recently sold TNT Shredding.  Wendell Jones was happy to celebrate his and Carolyn's 36th anniversary.  Chuck Flint had gone to Puerto Lobos, Mexico with some Phoenix 100 Rotarians. and six Rotary Youth Exchange students on an annual mission to bring some holiday joy to a very impoverished area of that community.  Pam Cohen paid some sad bucks admitting that she was an hour late to the December 19 board meeting - arriving as everyone was headed to their cars.  The board meeting was over.  
 
Announcements
Brian Harvey distributed a Rotary "Count Your Blessings" Tax Yourself Form, suggesting members fill it out and contribute their tax to the Mesa West Foundation.  CLICK HERE to download a copy of the form.
 
In Arizona, Rotarians have a unique way to do great Vocational Service in our local communities through The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  Individual members can support vocational education grants for the working poor and get a dollar for dollar credit for their donation as a deduction from their state income tax obligation.  Individual donors have until April 15 to make their tax credit donation for the 2018 tax year.  They can make their donations on line at donate.trvfa.org.  
 
Clubs also support TRVFA when they are approached by students who have applied for grants for club sponsorship of their application.  Clubs are urged to develop relationships with their sponsored scholars and include them in club projects and activities.  Some clubs choose to donate from their project budget to support the work of this find 
 
TRVFA  was incorporated by Rotarians as a 501(c)(3) public charity which is managed by a board made up entirely of Rotarian leaders.  It is an on-going multi-district project which was "blessed" by Rotary International in 1993.  For over 25 years, this organization was been a model of vocational service enabling the benefitting vocational scholars to move into well paying professions.  The Rotary equivalent of choosing to "teach a man to fish so he will be fed for a lifetime as opposed to giving him man a fish and feeding him for a day."
 
Even though TRVFA is a Rotary-organized, Rotarian managed charity, supporting TRVFA is not limited to Rotarians.  The tax credit donation opportunity is open to all Arizona residents who will have a state income tax obligation for 2018.  Share this opportunity with your family, friends, and associates.
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 mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
 
The Mesa West Rotary Club through its charitable foundation is soliciting business and  individual sponsorship contributions.  All funds received will be used for charitable purposes—there are no administrative fees.  Through your generous support, we can continue to make a difference in our local and international communities. 
 
Donors can choose to designate specific areas of interest for their donation or allow their gift to be used where the need is greatest.
 
To download a copy of the sponsorship brochure, CLICK HERE
 
To see a list of our 2017-18 sponsors, CLICK HERE
 
 
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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!

Mesa West

THE ACE OF CLUBS

We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Hilton Phoenix East Mesa
1011 West Holmes Avenue
Mesa, AZ  85210
United States of America
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