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Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West
Transforming Communities, Creating Opportunities, Impacting Youth
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Via Zoom or in-person
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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Highlights of September 14 Meeting
Welcome and Opening of Meeting - President Colleen Coons
  • Ray Smith offered the invocation.
  • Ted Williams led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • President Colleen thanked
    • Pam Cohen for serving as greeter.
    • Chuck Flint for managing the raffle
    • Jack Rosenberg for filling in for Treasurer Diane Ware at the greeter table 
    • Ray and Ted for their leading the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
    • Ron Thompson for his service as Sgt at Arms
    • Ed Koeneman for managing our technology during the meeting
    • Don Boucher, Melodie Jackson, Lola McClane, Jeanie Morgan and Diane Ware for logging in to attend the meeting via Zoom.
Introduction of Guests
  • John Pennypacker introduced Curt Ward from the Gilbert Rotary Club and Abby Lyon with the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Olivia - our Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Sweden - was introduced.
  • Pai Bethea celebrated his ability to attend the meeting in person and was glad to introduce Jimmy Johnson - a former member of the Mesa Baseline Rotary Club.
  • Shelly Romine introduced Jillian Haefs, a local real estate professional and member of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce.  Jillian was checking out the club.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck explained that 1/3 of the raffle ticket sales revenue goes to the Club Operating Account, 1/3 becomes the daily "small" pot, which would be $40 at this meeting, and the final 1/3 gets added to the large, accumulating pot.  The large pot was up to $985.  The holder of the stub of the ticket drawn would win the small pot plus the opportunity to draw a card from the remaining cards in the deck.  Should they draw the joker, they would win an additional $20.  Should they draw the Ace of Clubs (which we believe we are) they would win the large pot.  Chuck asked our BSA guest, Abby, to draw the winning ticket.  The stub was held by Lucinda General.  Lu's attempt to draw the Ace of Clubs failed.  
Happy Bucks - Sgt at Arms Ron Thompson
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 for himself and for Honorary Member Rod Daniels for having the good fortune to be associated with Mesa West Rotary Club.
  • Ted Williams said he was walking - getting some exercise - Saturday, September 9.  A photo came up on his phone showing our Rotary Club's new banner at the Community Event.  He thought he ought to fine himself for not being there, but did go.
  • Pam Cohen fined herself for missing a couple of meetings.
  • Debbie Koeneman was planning to take Olivia and Carlotta to see a high school production of Romeo and Juliet.
  • Lu General contributed sad dollars.  Her godmother, Maryanne Gilmore, was currently in a Texas hospital.  Lucinda contributed $10 to share the same reminder she shared when her dad went into assisted living.  "We are all going to die.  Make sure your paperwork is in order."
  • Mike Schroeder said his wife has let him have the tv back just in time for football season.
  • Harry Grossman was happy the Cardinals did win two pre-season games.  He contributed $2 because he forgot to wear his Sedona Village badge or his visitor badge for Mesa West.  His grandson is in Osterlund Sweden on Rotary Youth Exchange.  The grandson sent Harry a sweatshirt with the RYE logo on it for Harry's birthday.
  • Machel Considine thanked the club for tolerating her having let her grandchildren come first.  She got to see the Rotary Park in the Hualapai park south of Kingman.  She said it has some difficult grades, but is very pretty.  The ages of her precious grandchildren are 7, 6, 5, and 3.
  • Mike Whalen pledged $50 for his Paul Harris for having missed several meetings due to moving and work.  He has just launched a website for a client.  He has the capacity to take on another if anyone knows of anyone with a need.
  • Shelly Romine was sorry to have missed some meetings.  She is happy club members are supportive of the October service project.
  • Ed Koeneman was happy Olivia was at the meeting.  Ed had lunch with Ted after he arrived at the September 9 event.
  • Warren Williamson contributed $5.   He was happy his sister who will soon be 82 is in remission from cancer of her esophagus. 
  • Colleen introduced Susan Manning from Queen Creek Rotary Club, who would be presenting the program in a bit.
  • Jim Schmidt was happy to be back.  He had recently been overseas and attended his high school class reunion, where he was recognized for having the most children and grandchildren.
  • John Benedict was presented with a new badge after a HUGE mistake had been discovered.  The join year on his old badge was incorrect.
  • Harry Grossman was presented with a permanent visiting Rotarian badge to be kept in our badge box for him to wear when he attends Mesa West Rotary Club meetings.
  • October 21 - Save the date on your calendar and watch for information about our October service Project.  Lots of volunteers will be needed.  We will be preparing, serving, and cleaning up after serving a meal to about 140-150 homeless individuals in Apache Junction.
  • Colleen will send a reminder to vote for which charitywhich has presented to our club this quarter will receive a $750 donation from our Mesa West Rotary Foundation.
  • Volunteers are needed to participate in a basketball game at the Scottsdale Girls and Boys Club.
  • Abby Lyon invited members to attend a scouting event to be held at the Doubletree on October 19 from 7:30 to 8:30.
Exchange of Club Banners
President Colleen presented a Mesa West Rotary Club banner to Olivia and Olivia presented her sponsoring Rotary Club's banner to Colleen.
Program - Susan Manning - Canyon State Academy
Before the formal introduction of the speaker, President Colleen said that Susan Manning holds a special place in Colleen's heart.  She has allowed a container to be placed on her property to support the Interact Crutches 4 Africa program.  The devices collected for the project are stored in the container as they accumulate.
Jay Stuckey introduced Susan Manning who has lived in Arizona for 27 years.  She moved here in 1995 to attend Arizona State University where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing.  After spending fifteen years in the business world, she decided it was time to follow her passion of working with students from low income areas and high trauma backgrounds.  Susan started teaching a program called Jobs for Arizona's graduates at a title I high school in Tempe.  While teaching this program her spark grew for increasing her knowledge in the education field and she received her Masters in teacher leadership in 2019.  During her eight years with this program she received multiple awards at both the local and national level.  In June 2021, Susan joined Canyon State Academy as the Director of Community and Business Development.  Susan's goal now is to combine her passion of working with at hope youth and the community and youth together to further the success of the students.
Canyon State Academy is how the previous "Arizona Boys Ranch" is known today.  Around 2000, the boys ranch went through a "right of passage," resulting in the new name and new direction.
The youth who are served at the facility are from all over the country.  Some are from foster care systems some are court-ordered.  They serve girls aged 13-18 and boys aged 5--18.  Most are between 13 and 18.  They have all experienced high trauma.  The facility keeps them busy.  Their mascot is a ram.  They currently have three live rams on the property.
They have many volunteers.  Some work i the thrift sotre, cafe, or simply come to games and cheer for the participating youth.  They can be "snack parents" tutors, etc.  The Queen Creek Rotary Club recently painted their barn.  The Arizona heat has been hard on their livestock.   It seems mean in today's world, but the youth do not have cell phones while they are there.
Susan said every youth's story is unique, so there is no specific path.  They reside in home cottages with about twenty students in each cottage.  They have a lot of different specialties on site so the needs of the individual students are understood and addressed.
To learn more about Canyon State Academy, CLICK HERE to visit their website
Something to Ponder

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

– Vince Lombardi

A Bit of Humor
Age 60 might be the new 40, 
but 9:00 p.m. is the new midnight.
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.  Those who donate $100 or more annually to Polio Plus qualify in District 5495 as Polio Plus Society Members.  If you would like to make that commitment, CLICK HERE to download the commitment form.
  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.
Sep 21, 2023
Eagle Pathway
Sep 28, 2023
Club Assembly
Oct 05, 2023
211 Arizona
Oct 19, 2023
Reverse Mortgages
Nov 09, 2023
Featuring Jane Foley Graff - McKinney Vento
Nov 16, 2023
Official Visit of District Governor, Rotary District 5495
Nov 16, 2023
Kids Need to Read
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Director '24
Director '24
Director '25
Director '25
Director '25
Mesa West Foundation President
Club Service Chair
Fundraising Chair
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair for Mesa West
Vocational Service Chair
Youth Services Chair
Executive Secretary
Upcoming Events
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Oct 17, 2023 5:30 PM
Help Feed the Homeless
Desert Chapel
Oct 21, 2023
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Daniel Becker
September 8
Allan Cady
September 16
Jim McGown
September 18
Robin Harris
September 18
Bob Jensen
September 19
Wendell Jones
September 25
John Benedict
September 30
Spouse Birthdays
Allan Cady
September 16
Marsha Harvey
September 17
Jane Benedict
September 20
Andrea White
September 22
Keith Deering
Kim Deering
September 15
Warren Williamson
Sunny Williamson
September 30
Join Date
Allan Cady
September 1, 2010
13 years
Jim McGown
September 2, 1994
29 years
Greg Bouslog
September 5, 2019
4 years
Bob Zarling
September 8, 2000
23 years
Ray Smith
September 19, 2000
23 years
Polo Santiago
September 21, 2022
1 year
Erika Yost
September 24, 2020
3 years
Debbie Koeneman
September 30, 2022
1 year
Gina Schroeder
September 30, 2022
1 year
Mike Schroeder
September 30, 2022
1 year
Rotary District 5495 Links
District Links
Arizona Rotaract
Rotary District 5495
Rotary Interact 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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Jeanie Morgan
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