Two Service Projects in January
The Community Service Committee would like to invite you to participate in one or both of our events for January.  A previous event with The Genesis Project was posted but had to be postponed until May.
Our "hands on" project for January will be at the United Food Bank.
Your help is needed! Volunteers are required for the following event. Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
Event:United Food Bank Emergency Food Bag Build
Date:Jan 19, 2022 at 6:00 PM - Jan 19, 2022 at 8:00 PM
Chair:Shelly Romine
Location:United Food Bank Volunteer Center
358 E. Javeline Ave.
Mesa, AZ United States of America
We will also be collecting disposable face masks for A New Leaf (  A New Leaf provides housing, health and social services for families in need.  Their services need to be in person and with the continued challenge of  COVID 19 they use a lot of masks.  If we can help meet this need they can spend donations helping their clients in better ways.  Please bring a box of disposable masks to any meeting in January.
Follow-Up to Story About Rotary's Marco Polo
In the December 30 Messenger, there was a story about James Wheeler Davidson.  Our good Canadian Rotary friend, Lolita Wiesner, read the story and provided the following response:
"James Wheeler Davidson is quite famous in our area of course, since there is a mountain peak in the Rockies named after him.  It's probably less than a 3 hour drive from our house to that area.  A few members of my club, RC of Red Deer East, joined this hike described below.

"Mount Davidson has a really interesting backstory. It was officially named in 1935 after James Wheeler Davidson (1872-1933), a prominent Calgarian of international stature, but somehow a mistake was made and the name never appeared on government maps. The omission wasn’t noticed until 2003 when a group of Rotary Club members made plans to climb the peak. The Geographical Names Board of Canada was contacted and Mount Davidson was finally put on the map. Rotary Club members and friends led by Robert Lampard subsequently organized a trip up the mountain on August 2nd, 2003 (only a few actually hiked all the way in, most were helicoptered into the upper Waiparous Creek Valley). They built a cairn, placed a capsule with Rotary Club paraphernalia and a summit register, held a formal meeting, and even drank champagne up there! For the full story, see this article on Peak Finder. Note that the first recorded ascent of Mount Davidson was by Frank Campbell and Karl Nagy on October 22nd, 1988. 

"There's more here, including photos of the  mountain:

"Bob Lampard and his wife Sharon also winter in Mesa at Leisure World, and we tried to get together this fall when we were down there but our brief time in Mesa was too hectic.  Bob is a member of Red Deer Rotary, which was the first Rotary Club here."

In later exchanges with Lolita, we learned she had shared our December 30 Messenger with Bob and Sharon Lampard.  They provided information to correct and clarify information contained in our original story.

  • James Wheeler Davidson died in Vancouver
  • He formed the Colombo and Hong Kong clubs and set up the TaiPei club although he gave the chartering credit to the Japanese member on the RI Board.
  • He became a dual citizen in 1923, when Canadian citizenship first became available.
The following is a link to a longer story about Mt. Davidson:
Mesa West Post Holiday Party - January 22, 2022
We hope you will schedule this event on your 2022 calendar!  December is always such a busy month for Rotarians - who are already busy people - that we have held off until January to have our Mesa West celebration.
Since the fine print might be too fine for many, it will be held at the home of Pam Cohen, 3650 E Quenton Drive, Lot 8, Mesa AZ 85215.  You will need her gate code which is 1492.  It will be a pot luck dinner with appetizers and desserts provided as a courtesy of attending members.  Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  If you have a favorite beverage you wish to enjoy, please bring it with you.  The event is free for members.  There will be a $10 charge for guests.
A highlight of the evening will be our Annual Gift Exchange.  The exchange is anonymous and optional.  Participating members will draw numbers out of a hat to select a gift.  Be prepared however, as your gift could be stolen if someone drawn after you likes it better than their chance of opening another gift.
CLICK HERE to RSVP using a Survey Monkey Survey. 
When you complete the survey, we ask that you let us know whether you plan to provide an appetizer or dessert, and you will have an opportunity to let us know specifically what you plan to bring.  
The survey will save your executive secretary a lot of time, but for those who are technically challenged, or have a specialized form of ergophobia where you fear taking surveys, you can e-mail Jeanie Morgan providing your name, the name(s) of any guest(s) who will attend with you, and the appetizer or dessert you plan to bring.
Something to Ponder
CLICK HERE or on the image to hear an inspirational YouTube Video
Today's Chuckle
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
Jan 06, 2022
Violent crime in Mesa and what the Mesa Police Department is doing about it
Jan 13, 2022
History of Bass Pro and what it takes to run a store.
Jan 20, 2022
Salvation Army
Feb 03, 2022
Junior Achievement
Feb 10, 2022
Feb 17, 2022
Commemorative Air Force Museum, Falcon Field, Mesa, AZ
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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
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Jan 18, 2022 5:30 PM
United Food Bank Emergency Food Bag Build
United Food Bank Volunteer Center
Jan 19, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Post Holiday Celebration
Jan 22, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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
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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
Bulletin Editor
Jeanie Morgan
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