Polio-Free Pakistan
From the Rotary Zones 26 & 27 Big West News - February, 2022:
January 27 marked ONE YEAR without a single case of the wild poliovirus in Pakistan!
  • Thank You! to the strategic planners who organized and coordinated the battle.
  • Thank You! to the thousands of front line workers, who administered those 2 magic drops.
  • Thank You! to the environmental sample collectors, not the best job in the world . . . but a very essential one.
  • And Thank You to YOU, the thousands of Rotarians who gave the gift of your time and money to advocate for the fight against polio.
Today, a Polio Free Pakistan, Tomorrow, a Polio-Free World!
Lost and Found
Left behind after the post-holiday celebration at Pam Cohen's home was a tan jacket.  Contact Pam to claim the jacket if it is yours.
Highlights of January 27, 2022 Meeting
Welcome - President Dan Coons
As members and guests were arriving for the meeting, they were greeted by Steve Ross.  
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
Dick Myren offered the invocation.  Sean Green led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rotary Minute - Jeanie Morgan
Jeanie spent a few minutes explaining that ClubRunner is a platform that Mesa West Rotary uses for their Website, Messenger newsletter creation.  It also houses a database of our current and inactive members, bulletin subscribers.  The Members-only side of ClubRunner provides storage for historical documents and much more.  It is very likely Mesa West Rotary Club member's most under-utilized resource. 
A ClubRunner app can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple Store to members' smart phones.  With that app, members can easily access contact information for their fellow club members.  If a photo has been uploaded to ClubRunner, that contact information will be accompanied by a photo, which helps with name and face recognition.
Members who have the app will need to be able to log into ClubRunner.  Once logged in on your smart phone, you should be able to program it to stay logged in on your phone.    Email Jeanie if you need your login information. 
Introduction of Guest
Colleen Coons introduced Diane Ware, a personal friend from Yoga, who has started the process of becoming a member of Mesa West Rotary by turning in a membership application.
When offered the opportunity to introduce a little bit more about herself, Diane declined, but Colleen showed a bit of a tendency to be a mic hog when President Dan tried to take it back.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck reminded members that only members and committed seasonal visitors are eligible to purchase raffle tickets now that the large pot is over $1,000.  The holder of the ticket number drawn would automatically win $40 and the opportunity to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the remaining cards in the deck.  Tim Troy was asked to draw the winning ticket which was held by Colleen Coons.  The card Colleen drew from the deck was the Queen of Spades.  February 3, the big pot will be bigger and the odds will be just a little bit better.
Happy Bucks - Robin Harris - Sgt at Arms
  • Colleen Coons donated her raffle winnings of $40 to the Mesa West Rotary Foundation Sponsorship Program to be credited to Team Troy.
  • Don LaBarge contributed $5 remembering Gloria Patrick who kept the club straight for many years, but passed away a few years ago.  In his storage, Don found two boxes of old Rotary records from those days.  He found two nice, white Rotary shirts.  Don also mentioned that he would be working at the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale and had some entry tickets if anyone was interested.  The event rant from January 22-30.
  • John Pennypacker donated $10 to the foundation in honor of the sad day in Rotary.  John Capps, a well-known and much-loved Rotarian from North Carolina had passed from this life.
  • Polly Cady donated $5 to Team Troy.  She had not realized they had so many medical experts in their family until Allan was diagnosed with COVID.  They received a variety of supplies from the kids - medicine, an oxygenator, and more and they wanted updates every couple of hours.  When she went longer than she should have in making reports, the one son who lives locally showed up at their door.  Polly is really glad Allan feels better.
  • Chris Krueger contributed - happily remembering the great post-holiday celebration at Pam Cohen's home on January 22.  She really enjoyed seeing how much Mesa West Rotarians love each other.
  • Robin took a moment to donate $10.  He also appreciated the great party.
  • Ron Thompson contributed $20.  He loved Dick Myren's prayer.  He was sorry to have missed the party.  He and Toni had a prior commitment.
  • Penny May  contributed her last $5 after buying tickets to Munich for March travel with her 2  grandchildren from Alaska, their mom and herself.  Her grandson,  Peter (age 12),  was invited to an elite training camp for soccer.  Penny is dreading her next VISA bill.
  • Dick Myren contributed $2 celebrating that he and honorary member Rod Daniels are part of the Ace of Clubs.
  • Chuck Flint contributed $2.  When he was in Divine Wine Bar, a woman hugged him.  She was Linda Rice a previous Rotarian from Fountain Hills.  She said to tell everyone in Mesa West "Hello."
  • Pam Cohen contributed celebrating the new beard Ron Thompson was rockin'.   She also expressed sincere appreciation for the divine intervention that kept the rain from falling until the post-holiday celebration was winding down, and for the help received from Ed  and Debbie Koeneman who came back the next day to help her get everything put away.
  • Dan Coons took bids on the two white shirts Don LaBarge had found in his storage as well as a couple of beige Rotary shirts a former member of the Gilbert Rotary Club had dropped off at Dan's print shop.  Chuck Flint became the proud owner of the latter two shirts.
  • Polly Cady was happy to announce that there are currently three membership applications being processed:  Scott Ramsey, Mike Whalen (a former member) and Diane Ware.  Polly also announced that Rotary Leadership Institute would be held Saturday, January 29 and that it was not too late to register.  It would be held via ZOOM and since it was being held virtually there would be no cost.  All three sessions would be held concurrently starting at 8:00 AM.  There were thirty already registered - some from Mesa West Rotary.  Pam Cohen has facilitated RLI sessions in the past, but she had never taken sessions II and III.  She is finally going to get to go the rest of the way and eventually be a graduate of RLI.  She was registered to attend Session II on the 29th.  Jeanie Morgan and Chris Krueger have both served as RLI facilitators in the past.  The next time RLI will be offered will be March 19 and it is hoped it will be held in-person so the participants have the opportunity to meet and network with the other participants.
  • Allan Cady talked about the Sponsorship Campaign to raise funds for the Mesa West Rotary Foundation to be used to fund our Club's charitable endeavors.  Three of the six team captains were present at the meeting and were introduced:  Ed Koeneman, Tim Troy and Chuck Flindt.  A fourth captain - Steve Ross - had served as greeter prior to the meeting, The additional team captains were not not able to be present.  They are Jim Crutcher and Kayla Mudge.  Allan reminded members the goal this year is $60,000.  Members are encouraged to donate from their own funds we well as solicit donations from external individuals and businesses.  Having a successful sponsorship campaign saves the work and the associated expense of having a large fundraising event and allows our club to focus on effecting positive change.  We kicked the campaign off at the January 20 meeting.  It will run as long as donations continue to flow - likely around May but it is possible it could be extended through June.
Program Rotary Story Telling
Don LaBarge explained that Greg Bouslog, who was attending via Zoom had planned to provide the program for the January 27 meeting.  He is employed at the Farnsworth YMCA and with COVID transmissions being so high right now, they have implemented a policy preventing employees from leaving the facility and coming back the same day.  They will revisit that policy in March and when that restriction has been lifted, Greg's program will be rescheduled.
Instead, a fun program was hastily put together with members sharing true stories from their own personal history.
Chuck Flint shared a very serious story from his past.  So serious, he feared he would die and die quite violently.  On September 10, 1981.  It involved the community involved with the Christ Miracle Healing Center and Church located in the southeastern corner of Arizona near Bisbee.  The community was comprised of African-American individuals who had relocated to Arizona from Mississippi and Chicago.  Their leader was Frances Thomas.  They were at odds with Cochise County officials.  At the end of a work day, As Chuck was driving, suddenly, he had to slow because the highway had suddenly become quite littered.  On his right, he saw a Ford van.  It looked like it had exploded.  Two people waived Chuck down and asked to be driven back to the Healing Center and Church.  There were two things that were clear to Chuck about his passengers.  They had trouble hearing and smelled of dynamite.  They were wearing green army jackets which appeared to be covered with bits of human flesh.
When they arrived at the church about 280 people were outside and some of the men surrounded Chuck's vehicle and were behaving in a threatening manner.  Because Chuck had delivered some of their own to the church, their leader persuaded the men to allow Chuck to leave.  He drove to the first pay phone and reported what he had observed.  Chuck learned that some members of the congregation were being held in custody by local Sheriff's department.  A jail break had been planned.  One of the passengers in the van had been carrying a bomb in their lap.  More can  be learned thru Wikipedia related to an event called the "day of fear."
Don LaBarge served with the Phoenix Police Department for 21 years before retiring in 1990.  After eleven years in the field, he had an opportunity to participate on a major felony team investigating class 3-11 felonies.  They worked undercover.  Many of the fugitives had vowed they wouldn't be taken alive.  Don was the first member of the team to become a lead detective.  He said it was a great career.  He enjoyed working with the FBI cases the most.
He recalled one homicide fugitive in South Phoenix.  He was about twenty.  They learned who his grandmother was.  She lived in a charming old house built in the 20's.  Don was impressed by her kindness.  She told them quite frankly that she would never call them, but neither would she ever lie to them.  About the third time they were in her neighborhood, she spotted the young man.  When they opened the door of their vehicle, the kid flew.  They radioed for field patrol support asking them to set up a perimeter.  They called in the dog unit.  The search dog went crazy near a stack of plywood.  The fugitive was underneath.  As they were putting the kid in the back seat, a raging pit pull came on the scene and grabbed the police dog.  One of the officers went to shoot the pit bull, but hit Don instead.  He had horrific pain in his leg.  Don remembered someone telling him "If you are ever shot and it really hurts, you'll be okay.  If you can speak, say "county hospital."  The county hospital is well-experienced with gunshot wounds.  The paramedics wanted to cut Don's pant leg off to they could control the wound site.  What they found was a piece of concrete.  Don had not really been shot.  The bullet had caused a piece of concrete to fly at Don's leg.
Don also told about how he met his wife, Chris, when he was in uniform.  While he was on patrol and they were pursuing a speeding vehicle, they came across a sorority gathering.  Some of the sisters were jay-walking, which is illegal.  In Don's mind, he was thinking "eeny meeny miny mo..."  He knew from prior experience that it would not be okay to ask for her number while in his uniform and on duty.  He told one of the other sorority members he could not ask that young lady (Chris) for her number, but if she wanted to give him her number, he could accept it.  Chris overheard and suggested he just run her plate and pointed at her car.  Doing that was also an infraction, but it worked.  After doing some research, he learned that she worked at Transamerica Title.  After he persistently called for a couple of months, they became an item which has lasted 44 years.
In case you are wondering the crazy pit bull escaped and the $84,000 police dog survived.
Don Boucher told of an experience when he was working in LA in law enforcement.  They would occasionally get calls from headquarters asking for the department to allow private citizens to do a "ride-along."  When they received one of these requests the parties they were asked to "host" were Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith from Miami Vice.  They were honing in on someone who was working undercover for the police but who was actually selling drugs on their own.  The officers were in one van and Don and Melanie were in another.  After observing what they needed to know in a 7-11 parking lot, they ended up in the undercover person's apartment - which was actually very nice.  While there, Don Johnson walked over to the young man and said, "If you're gonna do the crime, you're gonna do the time."  
Robin Harris shared that he used to have to do a lot of business-related travel.  Because he flew so frequently, he would accrue "points" that would allow him to upgrade to first class fairly often.  One time, when he had a red-eye flight from Phoenix to Newark and would be seated in first class, before boarding he noticed a young man wearing a yarmulke who was travelling with a young woman in a wheelchair.  Robin's first-class seat was in the second row next to the window.  He knew there were two black men behind him, but knew nothing more about them.  He couldn't help but notice, when they began boarding the coach passengers that passengers would stop in their tracks and stare at one of the men seated behind him. 
Robin heard one of the men asked to talk to a flight attendant.  After a quiet conversation, she told him they would see what they could do to accommodate his request.  Robin remembered seeing the young Jewish man and his wife go down the aisle.  She had been moved into a narrow wheelchair that would barely fit in the aisle. 
Before the airplane took off, the flight attendant came back and again spoke softly with the two men behind Robin.  They got up and followed her out of first class.  Before long, the young Jewish man and his wife were escorted to the seats behind Robin.  That is where they remained for the entire trip to Newark.  One of the two black men - the one who initiated the switch - was Mike Tyson.  
Something to Ponder
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values
 - Any Rand
Ayn Rand was a pen name for Alice O'Connor (born Alisa Zonovyevna Rosenbaum February 2, 1905.
The Russian-born American writer and philosopher moved to the United States in 1926.
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
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
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Feb 15, 2022 5:30 PM
House of Refuge - Paint Project
Feb 26, 2022
8:00 AM – 2:00 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
Street Light USA - service project
Mar 19, 2022
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Amanda Rosenberg
February 1
Melissa Stuckey
February 8
Jeanie Morgan
February 10
Melodie Jackson
February 17
Bert Millett
February 18
Shelly Romine
February 21
Spouse Birthdays
Amanda Rosenberg
February 2
Melissa Stuckey
February 8
Kaye Andersen
February 10
Carrie Hunt
February 23
Join Date
Bert Millett
February 1, 2007
15 years
Erica Williams
February 1, 2018
4 years
Jim Schmidt
February 1, 1984
38 years
Chris Krueger
February 13, 2006
16 years
Lola McClane
February 21, 2019
3 years
Chuck Flint
February 24, 1987
35 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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