Post-Holiday Celebration - A Charmed and Charming Event!
Pam Cohen served as party-planner and hostess for the annual Post-Holiday Celebration event.  Ed Koeneman and Warren Haeussler both provided invaluable help in getting heaters, furniture and electronic equipment in place, making it seem like a professionally-catered party.  The donated appetizers and desserts were outstanding!  All of this contributed to the charming part of the event.
The white elephant gift exchange was fun, rewarding, and entertaining!  To see all the photos taken - and there were many, thanks to Lola McClane - please take time to visit our Rotary Club of Mesa West Facebook Page.
The "charmed" component had to do with the fact that the patio - where the majority of party took place - remained dry.  The precipitation that drenched the east valley later that night didn't start until the party was winding down and the majority of the guests had headed home.
975 Emergency Food Bags Packed 
The crew that turned out to work at the United Food Bank service project January 19 not only got a lot done, hearing them talk about it made it sound - to those who weren't there - like they had missed a fun party!  This was the service project Shelly Romine had to ask a few volunteers not to participate in as United Food Bank has a fixed capacity of how many workers can participate in a single packing event.  
Highlights of January 20, 2022 Meeting
Welcome - President Dan Coons
As members and guests were arriving for the meeting, they were greeted by Sean Green.  
President Dan opened the meeting by introducing himself then reciting the Rotary International 2021-22 theme - Serve to Change Lives.  He then reminded everyone of the Rotary Vision Statement:
Together we see a world where people unite and 
take action to create lasting change - 
across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves
Jay Stuckey provided an inspirational thought for the day, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, which was led by Dan Lamborn.
Rotary Minute - Pam Cohen, Club Service Chair
One of the fun duties of being in charge of Club Service is planning fun fellowship activities.  Pam reminded members of the Post-Holiday Celebration to be held January 22 at her home.  She explained most attendees would be on her patio most of the time, and even though she will have heaters on the patio, having a coat available would be wise.  The traditional white elephant gift exchange would be the highlight of the evening, but with nearly 50 in attendance, the rules would change a bit.  Gifts will only be allowed to be stolen once.  Bartering following the exchange would be encouraged.
Mesa West Rotary does not meet on the 5th Thursday any month that occurs.  Instead, we try to plan an offsite activity.  March 31 will be the first time a 5th Thursday occurs in 2022.  Ed Koeneman has invited us to visit his home for a tour of his workshop.  Watch for details about this as the time draws closer.
Pre-COVID, a fun tradition of Mesa West Rotary was to hold our "Spring Olympics" to see who the top contenders would be in a wide variety of lawn games.  Plans have begun to reinstate this fun tradition.  Watch for details to be announced and these plans evolve.
Introduction of Guests
DGE Larry Horton was introduced and allowed to say a few words.  Larry said that visiting our club was like "coming home." because he knows so many members of Mesa West Rotary.  He knew President Dan before Larry became joined Rotary.,  Since DGE Larry is a retired police officer, someone present expressed their curiosity about how their paths might have crossed all those years ago.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck explained that the large pot would be $1,075.  Because it is now over $1,000, raffle tickets will only be sold to Mesa West Rotary Members and seasonal visitors who have paid full dues for the quarter.  The small pot of $45 would automatically go to the holder of the ticket number drawn.  They would also win the opportunity to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the cards remaining in the deck.  Chuck asked DGE Larry to draw the winning ticket.  Sean Green, who was seated immediately to Larry's right was the lucky ticket holder.  Sean hopefully shuffled the cards without looking, then sadly (for him) drew the King of Diamonds.
Happy Bucks - Bert Millet
  • Pam Cohen expressed her appreciation for the Christmas-Themed party goods donated by John Pennypacker to be used at the post-holiday celebration.  She also commented on how much fun it was to work with Sean Green at the United Food Bank service project January 19: "Sean is like human champagne."
  • Ed Koeneman happily announced the total - 975 emergency food bags - packed at the hands-on service event the night before.
  • DGE Larry Horton reported that Rotary International President-Elect, Jennifer Jones has announced the theme for 2022-23 - Imagine Rotary.  The Rotary International Convention kicking of her year will be held in Melbourne, Australia.  Her theme logo was designed by an Aboriginal artist.
  • Shelly Romine was really happy to be back at the meeting in person.  She had missed one meeting while they spent time visiting Las Vegas with their son.  Shelly said she now has that out of her system (Las Vegas - not her son).  She was disappointed she had to ask some willing volunteers for the January 19 service event not to participate.  She found out very close to the date that there was a firm limit on the number of volunteers allowed.
  • Chris Krueger contributed $5 for the additional privilege of donating an additional 75 cents so the Sgt at Arms would have change for Don LaBarge at future meetings.
  • Colleen Coons pledged the amount her age to celebrate her birthday and whispered the amount to charge in Jeanie Morgan's ear.
  • Dave Brauchler said he forgot to bring his wife's new cutting board created by Ed Koeneman, which his wife is really happy with, but says, "It's too pretty to use." He did have their old one with him which Ed worked on and now looks much nicer.
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 for himself and Honorary Member Rod Daniels being part of the Ace of Clubs.  He made an additional contribution because he was happy to see our first lady again wearing a hat.
  • Jim Schmidt contributed when he was told he had "some splaining to do."  The reason his right arm was in a sling was because he had injured his face and right shoulder when something went amiss on a downhill run during a ski getaway.  He commented that it is really difficult to eat without using his right hand.
  • Jay Stuckey contributed $5 to announce he and Melissa have added a pup to their family - Sir Fritzy Clarence Stuckey.  Much like having an infant, they have had to adjust their schedule to include nightly interruptions to care for the little guy who will one day be quite large...
  • Dan Coons was happy because a Rotary International employee, Nick Taylor, who lives in Mesa participated in the United Food Bank service project.  Dan is going to try to get Nick to join Mesa West Rotary.  He is not currently a member of a Rotary Club.
  • Before turning the microphone back to President Dan, Bert Millett pledged $94.  He and his family were abroad in December and January.  He fined himself for each of the 94 steps they had to take up to the place where they stayed in Florence, Italy.  
Bob Zarling announced that he is working with a young lady he met when in South Africa.  She is a Peace Fellow applicant in the masters program at one of the Rotary Peace Centers.  Mesa West Rotary will be her sponsoring club if she is accepted.
President Dan reminded members to take advantage of the Arizona State income tax credit they can enjoy by donating to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.
Community Service Chair Shelly Romine reminded everyone that we would continue to collect masks at our meetings in January.  The masks will be used by New Leaf when they interact with clients and will be given to their clients to use as they are in areas where they might be exposed to COVID.
Sean Green asked Ed Koeneman to play the video explaining the State 48 Rotary T-Shirt he was wearing.  CLICK HERE to view the video.  Members can order shirts by CLICKING HERE.  Only 500 shirts were printed.  DGE Larry Horton added no additional shirts will be ordered, so they could become collectors items.  Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will benefit The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.   The shirts cost $20 and come in sizes small through XXL.
Program - Major Scott Ramsey - Mesa Citadel of Salvation Army
Bob Zarling, who has served on the board with Major Ramsey introduced him as our speaker, and also as a potential new member since he turned in a membership application prior to the meeting.  Bob indicated there are many opportunities to volunteer at the Mesa Salvation Army for members who are interested.  Major Scott's entire family is invested. 
A little over a year ago, when the entire staff at the Mesa facility were out because of COVID, Rotary stepped up to help with distribution of toys and food that had been collected to serve families in need.  Prior to the COVID pandemic, Major Scott attended several Mesa West meetings and even had a membership application in process.  As a prior Rotarian, he even presented a Rotary Minute at one of the Mesa West Rotary Club meetings he attended.  
While living in Bremerton, Washington, Major Ramsey was a member of the Rotary Club there.  He disclosed that life and work responsibilities at his Salvation Army post there kept him from being as active as a Rotarian as what might be desired.  In fact, before leaving Bremerton at the last Rotary meeting he attended, they announced the names of some members who were being purged from their membership because of their lack of attendance, and his was one of the names announced.
Major Ramsey grew up near Santa Cruz, California in the town of Aptos.  His father managed a meat department in a Safeway there prior to purchasing a liquor store.  Scott is in the sports hall of fame at the Aptos High School having excelled in both baseball and football.  After two years of training at The Salvation Army training center in Southern California, he participated in a five-year internship program.  It was through the Salvation Army that he met his wife.  She was a receptionist at the training center.  After 37 years of marriage, she lost her battle with cancer last May after her cancer had metastasized to her brain. 
After being commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1983, he served in eleven different appointments.  The last one prior to their transfer to Mesa was in Bremerton, Washington.  They had four children who currently range in age from 28-34.  Two daughters live here.  Their third daughter resides in Las Vegas, and their only son lives in Washington. 
There was a period of time that Scott left the Salvation Army.  During that time, he served as a corrections officer.  He found that his natural tendency to try to befriend everyone was not a good fit in that vocation.
Some of the posts where Scott served presented unique challenges.  He told of one post at the Bell Shelter in East LA where they would have more than 200 people in the shelter.  One year there were more than 350 during extreme cold weather.  
Major Ramsey expressed his appreciation for the record-breaking collections of $25,497 this past holiday season.  To prepare for the kettle kickoff, he looked up the ten year total collected by Mesa West Rotary.  At that time, the ten-year total was over $164,000.  He appreciates the good will that is spread by our volunteers working the station.  It is a statistical fact that volunteer-staffed stations bring in more revenue than those that are staffed with paid individuals.  
At the Mesa Citadel, they have 35 paid employees on average with around 150 additional volunteers.  In 2021, Mesa raised more than any other community in their division.  Scott's competitive nature makes him take note of such things.
Prior to COVID, they were delivering about 30 meals each day in their senior meal program.  When everything shut down, they were delivering to over 100 people in a Mesa mobile home park.  In their after-school program, they serve an average of 35 each day in their low or no-cost program.  They pick up at several schools.  At the height of the pandemic they were serving 100 families a day through their food bank.  That is now down to 40-45 families each day.  They provided $140,000 in rental assistance during the pandemic.  
Bell Ringing and Mail are a big source of funding for Salvation Army.  35-40% of their donations are now online, with the kettles brining in around 10%.  The majority of their funding comes in between November and January.  He feels blessed that during the last two years, giving didn't go away.
COVID has created a situation which has been treated in the same manner as when they go into disaster mode.  Scott had the opportunity to be on response teams following the San Francisco earthquake in 1989 and in Beaumont, Texas following Hurricane Harvey.  The response teams need to assess and start meeting needs on-the-spot.  He feels blessed that they have had the funds available to assess and meet needs during COVID.
He spoke for a bit about the communications crisis that they dealt with during this most recent fund-raising season.  They serve 130 countries.  Their international office is in England.  Someone there had an idea about something they maybe should do related to critical race theory.  It was never actually more than an idea, but because it was written, it somehow found its way into social media and went viral and creating a PR nightmare.  Salvation Army in the United States had nothing to do with it.  In the Corps, they try to avoid politics at all costs.  Their mission is to serve those in need.  The whole thing hurt his heart.  Because bad PR can slow down funding resources, those who are hurt the most are those with the greatest needs.  In reality, donations year-to-year were not affected much.  
Salvation Army goals here in Mesa for the near future include expanding their heat relief program for the homeless.  They hope to provide more water, get cots and mats and serve meals inside buildings.  They hope to make showers available.
Today's Chuckle
Something to Ponder
Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity,
of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.  
This often exists in a man of fifty, more than in a boy of twenty.  
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years;
people grow old only by deserting their ideals.
Original source unknown
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.
Club Information
Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West
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.
District Site
Venue Map
Feb 03, 2022
Junior Achievement
Feb 10, 2022
Feb 17, 2022
Commemorative Air Force Museum, Falcon Field, Mesa, AZ
Feb 24, 2022
Yogas Arc
Mar 10, 2022
James Wheeler Davidson and the circumnavigation of the world with Rotary clubs.
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership Dir "23
Community Service Dir. '22
Vocational Dir '22
Foundation Dir. '23
Public Image Dir. '23
Fundraising Chair
Co Sergeant. At Arms
TRF Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Executive Secretary
Upcoming Events
Rotary Leadership Institute
Jan 29, 2022
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
USA Friendship Conference & Global Grant Exchange
Feb 03, 2022 – Feb 06, 2022
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Feb 15, 2022 5:30 PM
President Elect Training Seminar (PETS)
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe
Mar 04, 2022 12:00 PM –
Mar 05, 2022 5:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Mar 15, 2022 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
David Brauchler
January 1
Ted Williams
January 3
Geoff White
January 4
Steve Ross
January 10
Jay Stuckey
January 11
Andrea Murphy
January 19
Sharon Spane
January 19
Colleen Coons
January 25
Spouse Birthdays
Lynn Brauchler
January 4
Debbie Harris
January 6
Laura Okonowski
January 7
Jay Stuckey
January 11
Colleen Coons
January 25
Kevin Fleege
January 25
Join Date
Bryan Goetzenberger
January 1, 2017
5 years
Dan Coons
January 1, 1993
29 years
Donna Goetzenberger
January 1, 2017
5 years
Jeane Crouse
January 1, 1993
29 years
Juli Kelly
January 1, 2002
20 years
Pam Cohen
January 1, 1992
30 years
Robin Harris
January 1, 2007
15 years
Warren Williamson
January 1, 1990
32 years
Greg Okonowski
January 22, 1998
24 years
Rotary District 5495 Links
District Links
Rotary Interact District 5495
Rotary 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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