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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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85900479873
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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September 31, 2023 Library Tour
 
Thursday, Aug 31 was our Mesa Library Red Mountain 2 hour tour.  This Library is the best kept secret in Mesa.  Melissa MacAllister, Librarian III led our tour.  We learned about the different offerings, such as their collection of online resources - such as online news subscriptions such as NY Times, WSJ and any other local newspapers in your local towns.  Another online resource is a ability to take master classes in any topic your interested in for self development.  
 
In addition to having all the popular authors, such as James Patterson, Joe Pickett and Emily Giffen (The Cady’s Favorite Authors), kids, teens and young adults.  They also have a how to guide to plant any vegetable in AZ and the seeds you can take, cultural passes (free passes to the Botanical Gardens), and my favorite spot - Think Spot.  The Think Spot offers 3D printing, crafts machines, sewing machines, green room for YouTube creations, pod casts, video equipment and wood lasers and a CnC machine - all to use with your library card.  Check them out -  www.mesalibrary.org
Have you Created a "My Rotary" Account?
 
 
At our most recent meeting, there was not enough time to go into the depths of The Rotary Foundation.  The good news is that you have the capability to do it on your time. To better serve you and your desire to know more about TRF, it is imperative that you establish a My Rotary account.  And it is easy to do.
 
I will be at this week’s meeting with my laptop and will be happy to help you through this process.  So why should you have a My Rotary account?  It is the door to all things in Rotary and central to TRF reports, accounts, and opportunities.  Additionally, if you have specific questions regarding your TRF status, I will be happy to address these individually.
 
So here goes:  Click on the link below and follow the prompts.  This will lead you through the maze and help you establish a My Rotary account. I personally have learned a considerable amount of useful information about TRF and other Rotary entities working through the My Rotary account. This is where I found the link I am sending to you.
 
Day of Service - Volunteer Opportunity
 
Please join us for this Day of Service!  It is a national program to promote service in honor of 911.  We need volunteers to help attendees and our Interact students with our on-site project (making dog toys for local animal shelters), promoting our club, and inviting folks to our future projects!  Let Shelly know if you can help us out!
 
Four Peaks Rotary Maui Relief Fundraiser
 
Bob from Four Peaks visited our Club August 17 and made this announcement. Mesa West Rotary Club President Colleen Coons wanted to share the flyer in case you or any of your family, friends, or associates might want to attend.  
Something to Ponder
"We read to know we are not alone."
--C,S. Lewis
A Bit of Humor
A mom texts,
"Hi! Son, what does IDK, LY, & TTYL mean?"
 
He texts back,
"I Don't Know, Love You, & Talk To You Later."
 
The mom texts him,
"It's ok, don't worry about it. I'll ask your sister, love you too.
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.
 
Speakers
Sep 07, 2023
United Way
Sep 14, 2023
Canyon State Academy
Sep 21, 2023
Eagle Pathway
Sep 28, 2023
Featuring Jane Foley Graff - McKinney Vento
Oct 05, 2023
211 Arizona
Oct 19, 2023
Reverse Mortgages
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Executives & Directors
President
 
President Elect
 
Secretary
 
Treasurer
 
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
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Vocational Service Chair
 
Youth Services Chair
 
Executive Secretary
 
Upcoming Events
Love Your City - Day of Service
Red Mountain Institute Building
Sep 09, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Sep 19, 2023 5:30 PM
 
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
 
Anniversaries
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
 
James Crutcher
September 29, 1998
25 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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