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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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Midwest Food Bank Service Project
Rotary Club of Mesa West was well-represented by a group of nine hard-working volunteers at the service project on the evening of Tuesday, July 25 at Midwest Food Bank.  
Highlghts of July 20 Meeting
President Colleen Coons - Opening of Meeting
  • Inspirational Thought for the Day - Polly Cady - 
Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can,
to all the souls you can, in every place you can, 
at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can,
as long as ever you can.
--John Wesley
  • Polo Santiago led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Colleen Thanked Jack Rosenberg for serving as greeter, Diane Ware for signing members and guests in as they arrrived, and Chuck Flint for handling the raffle ticket sales.
Introduction of Guests
  • Dan Coons was introduced as Colleen's other half, current Assistant Governor and Past President of Mesa West Rotary for two terms.
  • Harry Grossman was introduced as a visiting Rotarian from the Sedona Village Rotary Club
  • Melody Jackson introduced her guest, Judy Price.
  • Kayla Mudge introduced her mother, Angelia Mudge-Long, saying Angelia may try to find a Rotary club to join when she gets back to Illinois.
  • Frank Rosenberg introduced his daugher, Sam Rosenberg, saying she will be leaving August 3 for Denmark as an outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student.
  • District Governor Kevin Pitts was introduced.
  • President Colleen noted Deb Koeneman and Jeanie Morgan were both attending via Zoom from separate locations in Michigan.  Also attending via Zoom was a mystery guest.
Celebration of Past President Pam Cohen
President Colleen asked members to shout out words or phrases that describe Pam:
Elegant and stylish - Loving person who is always there - Wonderful person - Lots of fun - Huggingest person I know - Emergency contact - Dependable/every-ready - Exceptional human being - Service above self - Fun to be around - Great Friend - Gread leadership - Always smiling - Polly Cady wants to be Pam - Loving - Artistic and thorough - always happy - Nice eyelashes - Smiley - Winner - Exuberant - Knows how to make things special - Friend - Compassionate - 
Bubbly - We love her very much
Colleen related that when Pam was becoming President she was nervous because she had "big shoes to fill."  Colleen is nervous because she has to follow Pam - yet she knows with our outstanding members, the club can get even better..
Colleen introduced the Mystery Guest who was attending via Zoom - it was Past President Chris Krueger.  She said she was honored to be able to be with her Mesa West friends and speak about one of her favorite persons in the entire world (she does have grandchildren).  Chris knew Pam was awesome when she first met her.  There is nothing better than being a recipient of a smile and hug from Pam - it warms the heart all the way through.  Pam doesn't say "no" to needs.  She does so much work ahead of time and afterward.  When Chris was President, Pam did lots of behind-the-scenes work to support her and never expected thanks or gratitude.  Chris feels blessed to call Pam her friend as well as her sister-in-law.  She was honored to be able to speak a few words about her.  Pam is a wonderful mother and grandmother.  Chris expressed her thanks for the opportunity.  CLICK HERE to see the collection of photos Chris prepared to share on this special day.
Colleen invited Pam to the front to be pinned as Past President.  It was a very touching moment.  In addition to the pin, a banner and flowers were presented as well as a gift from the club to say "Thank you!" - a very classy blue Michael Kohrs backpack - for a very classy hard-working lady.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
District Governor Kevin Pitts drew the winning raffle ticket which was held by Don Boucher.  After Don shuffled the cards remaining in the deck, the card he drew was the 8 of Hearts, making him the winner of $37 rather than $720, which he would have won had he drawn the Ace of Clubs.
Past President Pam Recognition of Above-and-Beyond Effort
  • For a club to function well, everyone at some time or other is needed on the rudders and/or the oars, to keep the club going.  Allan and Polly Cady can always be relied on - Allan is like the godfather of the club "Don" Cady.  Polly would then be the mother - she gave them a bottle of Dom...  
  • Three people - "the three muskateers" - are always at the meeting before others and just take care of things and never ask for help - Chuck Flint, Steve Ross and Dick Myren - all for one and one for all - another way to say "service above self."
  • Lucinda General does a lot of things behind the scenes.  She's the moral compass of the club.  Pam got her a real compass.  Lucinda likes all things marine...
  • Lola MacLane and Wayne General are our club photographers - our paparazzi.  Pam presented them with tools to increase ability with their cell phones to get great pics...
  • Logan Harper was presented a visioning empty bag for virtual reality goggles.  
  • Ed Koeneman - 876 days until the next Star Wars Movie will be released.  Pam didn't know what she would have done without Ed.  She was perplexed about what to get for him.  She found an artist's rendition of the very first comic book - "Ed Koeneman - The Force...
  • Carla, Diane, Polo, Kayla, Mike, Gina, Jay, Melissa, and Debbie - are newer members, but very vital and important - Pam had "rookie" hats for them...
  • Ron Thompson, who is always twisting people's arms, received some mussel...
  • Jack Rosenberg is a fast friend to everyone and made friends very readily as Jellybean the Clown.  Pam gave him a year's worth of jellybeans.
  • Warren Williamson was recognized for his jokes.
Installation of New President
DG Kevin Pitts expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to be present for this very special occasion.  Mesa West Rotary is a major cog in the district and each member is an important cog in making the club run.  As he prepared to swear Colleen into her role as President, he said members rely on their President to inspire them and keep them busy.  We can create hope in the world - every act of service is an act of peace. He challenged Colleen and the Club to find ways to expand our reach and adapt to change - we live in a changing world.  We must change with it.  He offered a toast to Rotary Club of Mesa West which is about to start a new chapter.  After cheers, he administered the oath, which was followed by a standing ovation.
Past President Pam said she had something for Shelly she forgot to give her - flowers!.  She also had something for Colleen - a scepter, smart water (to stay hydrated) - melatonin - vitamins - tums, and acetaminophen - and drinks high n protein - Red Bull - chocolate.  She indicated it was a care package for the Colleen's first week as the club's official President.
Colleen's board of Directors was invited to the front to be installed:
President-Elect - Logan Harper
Secretary - Carla Krcmarik
Treasurer - Diane Ware
Don Boucher
Allan Cady
Polly Cady
Brian Goetzenberger
Jay Stuckey
Special Guest Acknowledged
Elsa Beljean is a Project Manager in Economic Development with the City of Mesa.  She has a strong desire to be an active Rotarian, and is trying to figure out how she can make that happen with her complex work responsibilities.
President-Elect Logan Harper - Sharing our Vision
The July 27 meeting will be a Club Assembly where members will hear in more detail some of the plans that will be put into action to make our club's vision a reachable reality.  Logan shared a brief overview of what we can all look forward to hearing more about.
Interact Ambassadors to Mexico - Days 6 and 7
A huge THANK YOU to all the Mesa West Rotarians, as you have helped create Generational Change.  The Interactors voted, they would prefer to work alongside ALEM for the entire trip.  Josephine Sili, Westwood Interactor was the Team Captain for Day 6.  Day 7 we travelled home and were sad to leave.  But in 7 days, this experience changed 5 Interact Students' life paths for the good.
Josephine shares this: 
This morning, before breakfast we took a short trip to a river that leads into Lake Tuxpan. In that river, there are 3 dams that were built to stop the surrounding land erosion leading to Lake Tuxpan.  We saw the effects of erosion. Each dam filtered and cleaned the water, the separated streams getting clearer. They were spread out across the stream a fair amount of The Rotary Club of Tuxpan & The Rotary Club of Iguala both contribute to this Global Grant as this Lake is a main water source for their Community.   The final part of this project is planting trees in the barren areas of the land. The water goes through the settlement and is great for more reforestation projects.
On the second day of working with ALEM, some of us ambassadors decided to switch teams / tasks. This way, we got to absorb as much of this experience as possible. When the clients first started pouring in they check in with Mayra where she documents their stories  and measurements. Most wheelchairs are salvageable, but are broken and rusty, so they’re first taken apart (Violet), then thoroughly washed (Adrian), then re-assembled, and finally Claire and I help out with drilling in the cushions. Each station has specific tools that were donated by Karitas Foundation & ALEM and bought with a Rotary Global Grant, and every tool is used and needed.
Today we really conversed more with our ALEM partners reaping the benefit of increasing our Spanish speaking abilities. I met Gavo & Irene today. Irene has been working at ALEM for several years whereas Gavo has been with them for a year or so. Even though Gavo had met the ALEM team in such a short amount of time, he really connected with them and he became very good friends with all the ALEM workers.  Their disability has brought them together, but ALEM has given this group back their dignity.  I admired them.
Something to Ponder
In a society that functions optimally, 
those who can should naturally 
want to provide for those who can't.
That's how it's designed to work.
I truly believe we're here to take
care of one another.
--Levar Burton
Something to Make You Chuckle
At church one Sunday, a teenager made a contribution to the collection plate by dropping in a coin from him pocket.  
As he passed the plate along, someone behind him tapped him on the shoulder and handed him a $20 bill.  Impressed by the person's generosity, the teenager added the $20 to the collection plate.
But then he received another tap on his shoulder and heard a whisper, "Son, that was your $20.  It fell out of your pocket."
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.
Jul 27, 2023
Incoming Leadership
Aug 03, 2023
A New Leaf
Aug 10, 2023
The Mesa House, Inc.
Aug 17, 2023
Sunshine Acres Children's Home, Inc.
Aug 24, 2023
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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
Aug 15, 2023 5:30 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Sep 19, 2023 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Don Boucher
July 2
Donna Goetzenberger
July 3
Lola McClane
July 3
Polo Santiago
July 10
Erwin Reimann
July 26
Bob Zarling
July 30
Spouse Birthdays
Donna Goetzenberger
July 3
Kelli Millett
July 13
Sandra Jones
July 14
Erwin Reimann
July 26
Sharon Spane
Ron L Spane
July 2
Steve Ross
Luin Ross
July 4
Colleen Coons
Dan Coons
July 5
Jim Erickson
Maryann Erickson
July 10
Andrea Murphy
David Murphy
July 20
Join Date
David Brauchler
July 1, 1996
27 years
Tim Troy
July 17, 2008
15 years
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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