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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
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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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August 31 - NO MEETING AT DOUBLETREE 
Mesa West Rotary Club does not hold an in-person meeting at the Doubletree on the fifth Thursday of any month with five Thursdays.
 

Event Invitation

You are invited to the In Person Tour - Mesa Public Library Red Mountain.

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Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends.

Event:In Person Tour - Mesa Public Library Red Mountain
Date:Aug 31, 2023 12:00 PM - Aug 31, 2023 1:15 PM
Fee: 
Location:Mesa Public Library - Red Mountain
635 N Power Road
Mesa , AZ United States of America
85205
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Let's take a tour and have lunch at the Mesa Public Library Red Mountain.  Why you may ask?  The Mesa Public Library is so much more than serving the love of reading. The Library is an amazing resource for your family, friends, yourself and the people we serve.  Have you experienced their THINKSPOT?    

Think of access and learning:  3D printing, CNC router, Wood lasering, VHS to Digital equipment, Green Room for filming, You Tube video creation, embroidery and sewing machines, seeds to plant your own vegetable garden, cake pans to make a Star Wars cake for Ed, and so much more!!!  This is not the Library I am used to.....

Please RSVP for lunch 

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For Mesa West Rotary Club

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.  
Highlights of August 17 Meeting
Opening - President Colleen Coons
 
Colleen reminded members that "Create Hope in the World" theme pins are available for members who have not yet received theirs.
 
  • Dick Myren offered the invocation.
  • Jack Rosenberg led the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Colleen thanked them and also thanked
    • Polo Santiago for serving as greeter
    • Diane Ware for working the sign-in table
    • Chuck Flint for selling raffle tickets
    • Ron Thompson, our Sgt at Arms, who would collect Happy Bucks later
    • Ed Koeneman for being her chief technology officer
Introduction of Guests
 
  • Bob Parington, was introduced as a visiting Rotarian from the Four Peaks Rotary Club in Fountain Hills - home club of DGE Michelle Holcomb.  President Colleen remembered Bill Bemish, who was a member of that club, and a very special person in their family's life.  Bill got both of Colleen's sons involved in Rotary Youth Exchange.
  • Connie Bunyard  was introduced as a visitor representing her own business - Valley Remodeling.  Colleen has become acquainted with Connie through her Mesa Leadership experience.  Connie is on the board and a facilitator for Mesa Leadership.
  • Major Mike Lutcher, from the Mesa Salvation Army post, was visiting for the third time.  He will be going in for surgery Monday August 21, so won't be back for four weeks.
  • Pastor Tim Hall was acknowledged.  As the speaker, he would be introduced more formally later.
  • President Colleen also acknowledged Pai Bethea, Melodie Jackson, and Jeanie Morgan who were attending via Zoom.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
 
 
Chuck briefly explained that raffle tickets are sold for $5 each.  The proceeds are divided three ways:  1/3 to the club operating account, 1/3 to the holder of the stub of the ticket drawn, and 1/3 added to the accumulating large pot.  The holder of the ticket drawn would win $30, and a chance to draw the Ace of Clubs from the cards remaining in the deck.  Should they be so lucky, they would win the large pot of $885.  Debbie Koeneman was asked to draw the winning ticket.  The stub was held by Melissa Stuckey.  After Melissa shuffled the cards, unfortunately (for her) the card she drew was the Five of Diamonds, which was then destroyed.
 
Auction - President Colleen 
 
 
 
Colleen explained that the items being auctioned were purchased during the Interact Ambassador C4A mission to Mexico.  She said they are from a community center where young children are encouraged to go on to secondary school.  If you are from a small town in Mexico and opt out of secondary school, your future is very limited.  Bob - the visiting Rotarian from Four Peaks was the lucky bidder with his bid of $100.
 
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
 
  • Colleen announced that Happy Bucks from the meeting would be donated to the RotaryMaui relief fund, and that her board had approved requesting that the Foundation Board be asked to use up to $1,000 of the 2023-24 International budget to match donations received from members.
  • Jack Rosenberg celebrated his recent 69th birthday by pledging $100 for Maui relief.
  • Dick Myren doubled his traditional donation of $2.  He was very happy the club was doing something to relieve the suffering in Maui.
  • Shelly Romine contributed.  She said August is "birthday month" for many ofher family members.  They would be attending a big celebration next week.
  • Ray Smith donated.  He was happy to announce Vickie's foot has sufficiently healed so that she is able to fully use it again, relieving Ray (and their household) of his filling in doing the many things Vickie normally does.
  • Melissa Stuckey donated her raffle winnings.
  • Jay Stuckey pledged $30.
  • John Pennypacker contributed more, saying he had already contributed online.
  • President Colleen pledged $50 saying she was on a budget.  She said $5 was left on a table at the prior week's meeting.  She put it in Happy Bucks.  She shared a story about the first time she took her kids to Maui by herself following her divorce.  She travelled alone with a one and two-year-old.  She said it was a tipping point letting her know she was capable of independence.  She also announced Four Peaks Rotary would be doing a community event to benefit Maui.
  • Polly Cady said she noticed that Colleen was wearing a pink outfit at a recent meeting, but did not have a matching hat.  Polly gave Colleen a pink hat to complete the outfit.
  • Ed Koeneman said he was happy to have John Pennypacker's laundry.  The Interact Club will use his old t-shirts to make dog chew toys.
  • Ron thanked members for being so generous.
Announcements
  • Colleen moved that two Mesa West Members - Allan and Polly Cady - be renamed to be known in the future as the Barbie and Ken of Mesa West Rotary.  Members present unanimously supported her idea.
  • Colleen reported that after counting the votes received electronically, our McKenney Vento project would be renamed "Rotary Bridges to Education.
  • Thursday, August 31, there will be no in-person meeting at the Doubletree.  Instead, members were encouraged to sign up to attend a tour of the Mesa Library on Power Road.
  • September 9 from 10:00 AM to Noon, Mesa West will have a table at the Red Mountain multiple generational site.  At our table, we will be making dog toys and members helping can also take time to visit other tables and see what else is going on in Mesa.
 
 
 
Program - Pastor Tim Hall - Sunshine Acres Children's Home
 
Program Chair Jay Stuckey introduced Pastor Tim Hall, saying he has been Pastor at Sunshine Acres Children's Home since August 2015.  He was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  He and his wife, Debra have been married 47 years.  They have three adult children and seven grandchildren.  He has been a church planter and lead pastor since 1977, serving in seven different churches in four different states, including Minnesota, Kentucky, Idaho, and Arizona.  
 
Pastor Tim's wife Debra, is choirmaster at Sunshine Acres Children's Home, so together they perform with the children's choir from November until March at numerous venues during the fall/winter season.  His hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking, music and ventriloquism.
 
When asked by Pastor Tim, most in in attendance indicated they had heard of Sunshine Acres.  
 
The pace of the program was fast-moving.  He had a detailed slide presentation which was shared as he spoke.  The file is too large to post as a download file on the Mesa West website.  EMAIL Jeanie Morgan if you would like her to send a pdf copy of the slide show.
 
Even though most present had heard of Sunshine Acres, many were surprised to observe Pastor Tim demonstrate his skills as a ventriloquist when he introduced his puppet, Buddy.  He has nine different puppets he uses with the kids.  Some kids will talk to Buddy that won't talk to adults.  Often when Pastor Tim is invited to speak, an added request is, "Please Bring Buddy."
 
Custody is not lost by the parents/guardians whose children are housed at Sunshine Acres while the parent(s)/guardian(s) are unable to care for the children themselves.  The children enjoy living in a safe, wholesome, Christian environment, enjoy three meals a day in a beautiful dining room.  The homes are all lovely. 
 
There are small and big horses at Sunshine Acres.  Kids learn how to ride.  They have a great 4H program.  Taking care of animals opens up communication.
 
They produce 90% of their own green vegetables. "God's Garden" is a place of tranquility.  
 
They have a pool.  They have a karate program, art classes, and tutoring.  There is lots for the kids to do.  They hold a bible camp every summer.
 
They have a trek camp every June.  Pastor Tim has to work to get in shape for that.
 
There is a group that raises money so the kids can have an amazing vacation once a year.  
 
The kids learn about service by serving.  
 
There are lots of volunteer opportunities.  In most years there are about 350 volunteers involved.  
 
In the course of a year, they serve about 200 children.  There are some coming in and some going out all the time.  The population is constantly changing.  The center is designed for 100.  They normally have about 85.
 
The images in the slide presentation tell the story much better than this narration.  Please EMAIL Jeanie Morgan if you would like her to send a pdf copy of the slide show.
 
 
 
 
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Something to Ponder
"The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched —
they must be felt with the heart.”
— Helen Keller
A Bit of Humor
Television has proved that people will look
at anything rather than each other.
– Ann Landers
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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
Aug 24, 2023
Membership
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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
In Person Tour - Mesa Public Library Red Mountain
Mesa Public Library - Red Mountain
Aug 31, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
 
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
 
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ray Smith
August 9
 
Jack Rosenberg
August 12
 
Rodney Daniels
August 17
 
Alex Cohen Gray
August 18
 
Mike Whalen
August 19
 
Joan Reimann
August 29
 
Spouse Birthdays
Toni Farmer-Thompson
August 5
 
Scotty Romine
August 12
 
Rosalyn Schmidt
August 24
 
Joan Reimann
August 29
 
Anniversaries
Don LaBarge
Chris LaBarge
August 3
 
John Benedict
Jane Benedict
August 7
 
Machel Considine
Tom Considine
August 11
 
Stephen West
Julie West
August 22
 
Amanda Rosenberg
Frank Rosenberg
August 26
 
Frank Rosenberg
Amanda Rosenberg
August 26
 
Ted Williams
Susan
August 29
 
Join Date
Stephen West
August 1, 1993
30 years
 
Steve Ross
August 1, 1989
34 years
 
Don Boucher
August 3, 2012
11 years
 
Rotary District 5495 Links
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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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