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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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No Regular Meeting June 29, 2023
We do not have a regular lunch meeting on the 5th Thursday of any month which has five Thursdays.
We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary at a Gala in the evening
Highlights of June 22 Meeting
Opening of Meeting and Welcome - President Pam Cohen
  • Dick Myren offered the invocation.
  • Debbie Koeneman led the Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction of Guests 
  • Member Donna Goetzenberger who is rarely able to attend meetings was welcomed as though she were a guest.
  • Grant Venable who would be presenting the program later in the meeting was briefly introduced.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
After a brief explanation of the Ace of Clubs Raffle, Chuck asked Donna Goetzenberger to draw the winning ticket.  Ray Smith expressed considerable surprise when he realized it was his ticket which had been drawn, making him the winner of $30 plus a "Be the Change Volunteer" water bottle as well as the opportunity to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the cards remaining in the deck.  Had he been so lucky, he would have won an additional $630, but the card he drew was the Eight of Clubs.  Ray tried to feign that he had only erred in selecting that card saying he understood chuck to say "eight" when he had actually said "Ace."
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 happy that he and Honorary Member Rod Daniels were associated with the Ace of Clubs.  He made an additional donation saying how much he had enjoyed working with Jeanie during his two year term as Club Treasurer, which would end June 30.
  • Jack Rosenberg contributed.  He had recently attended a celebration at his Temple.  Pam Cohen had attended the same event.  Afterward, they learned that several individuals in attendance had come down with COVID.  He was thankful that he nor Pam were in that number.
  • Don LaBarge explained that he had not been in a skirmish.  He had cut his lip with a razor.  He let the members know that Rod Daniels recently had surgery.
  • Ray Smith contributed his raffle winnings to the Sponsor Program.  He was excited that his wife was out of her three stages of casts on her broken ankle.  She is now in a boot and can resume some light household duties.  During her recovery, Ray has become adept at some chores that he never aspired to be good at.  He announced he would be travelling to Duncan, Arizona, where they would be having a 135-year all class reunion.  They would also go to Alpine to spend time with 150 of Vickie's closest relatives.  When Ray lived in Duncan, he was the captain of the Basketball team.  When his family moved to Mesa and he transferred high schools, his new school had 800 students and Ray was shorter than the water boy.
  • Shelly Romine was happy to be back.  She had enjoyed a girl weekend in San Diego with friends and another good weekend with Scott in Prescott.
  • Allan Cady was pleased that Pam Cohen was auctioning a dinner for six which she would prepare to raise funds for the Sponsor Program.  The "Gourmet Group" is the current high bidder with their bid of $450.  If anyone wants to top that bid, they need to contact Jeanie Morgan before noon Friday, June 30.
  • Donna Goetzenberger contributed $20.  She was happy to announce the District Youth Exchange program is really strong.  One outbound student from this year has already returned home.  Three outbounds are still out.  Our inbound students are currently on their cross-country train trip.  Next year, the district will have fifteen inbound students and ten outbound plus one short term student.  Mesa West Rotary has several host families.
  • Chuck Flint contributed saying he would be flying to Mexico City to pick up a "well documented" chocolate lab for a friend.
  • Debbie Koeneman contributed saying she had a friend who had died from COVID.  Debbie contacted COVID in Australia, and after recovering from that contacted the current variant in the US after they returned from the convention.  She took over-the-counter meds and has recovered with no residual effects.
  • Ted Williams contributed saying that Ray is only the second person from Duncan that he has ever met .This summer, they plan to travel from Vancouver to Calgary.  They will see their very first youth exchange who was a young blond from Australia.  Sadly, her husband has cancer.
  • Ed Koeneman was happy to announce that the Interact Ambassador C4A team to Mexico was in flight on their way to their adventure.
  • Pam Cohen pledged $15.  She apologized for failing to welcome Bob Jensen who was attending via Zoom.  She was happy it was her last official regular meeting as President.  Colleen Coons' term will begin July 1, but her installation won't be held until July 20.  Pam may have to help of fill in until that happens.  She was also happy she would be heading to Omaha to celebrate the 4th of July and the opening of Chris Krueger's new Pilates Studio.
  • Bob Jensen said they have two new grandchildren.  The one in Portland is three months old, and the one in Oro Valley is five weeks old.  He will be travelling to a family reunion in Portland - the first time in five years the family will have been together.  He hopes to be able to join our 50th Anniversary Celebration via Zoom.
  • Shelly Romine announced that over 100 have registered for the 50th Anniversary Gala to be held June 29.  The dress is business casual or "little black dress."
Program - Grant Venable - Be The Change Volunteers
Shelly Romine introduced GrantVenable.  Grant is the Director of Change at Be The Change Volunteers (BTCV).  He leads teams and provides project support globally to partners in Asia, Africa, South America, North America and the Pacific Islands.  He works with NGO's mission organizations, and community activists to identify, evaluate, and complete education-focused projects.  This includes identifying the underlying problems specifically related to infrastructure, equipping, training, and cultural differences at schools in underdeveloped countries.  He manages the relationships between the local community leadership and the BCTV US-based leadership team.  Together they determine how to appropriately address these challenges and collaborate for a successful deployment of resources.  He is experienced in the business sector, construction, international project management, and emergency medical rescue.  Grant lives in Arizona with his wife Rachel and their two daughters.  The family loves warm weather, serving at church, hiking, biking and all things outdoors!
Grant's program was very fast-moving.  The slides he used during his presentation can be seen by CLICKING HERE.
Volunteers for their programs need to be background-checked.  They pay their own travel expenses.  BTCV knows that many people want to travel abroad, but rather than have the typical tourist experience, would prefer to help make the world a better place by participating with and getting to know the people who will benefit from the projects they get involved with.  They don't get complaints about the value received.
To learn more about Be The Change Volunteers, visit their website:
Learn more about the BTCV leadership team by CLICKING HERE.
Something to Ponder
Sometimes our precious past inspires our future.
As you flip though the pages of your memory book
You may recall an old dream or a beloved hobby.
Remembering those moments of bliss might
Help you find that feeling of love in your heart once more
--original source unknown.
Today's Chuckle

An elderly couple has dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives leave the table and go into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one says, 'Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly.'

The other man asks, 'What is the name of the restaurant?'

The first man thinks and thinks and finally asks, 'What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know... The one that's red and has thorns.'

'Do you mean a rose?'

'Yes, that's the one,' replied the man. He then turns towards the kitchen and yells, 'Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?

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.
Jun 29, 2023
We do not meet at noon on the 5th Thursday of any Month with 5 Thursdays
Jul 06, 2023
Over-Flo Missions
Jul 13, 2023
Foster 360
Jul 20, 2023
Changing of the Guard
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
Membership Dir "23
Director '23
Director '23
Director '24
Director '24
Public Image Co-Chair
Public Image Co-Chair
TRF Chair
Executive Secretary
Upcoming Events
Mesa West Rotary 50th Anniversary Celebration
Jun 29, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Farewell to Fannie
Dan & Colleen Coon's Home
Jul 12, 2023 5:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Jul 18, 2023 5:30 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Aug 15, 2023 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Erika Yost
June 2
Pai Bethea
June 9
Carla Krcmarik
June 23
Spouse Birthdays
Cindy Rosenberg
June 10
Sunny Williamson
June 24
Sheena Bouslog
June 29
Wendell Jones
Sandra Jones
June 11
Mike Whalen
Devon Whalen
June 13
Tim Troy
Angie Troy
June 13
Jim Schmidt
Rosalyn Schmidt
June 24
Join Date
Melissa Stuckey
June 14, 2021
2 years
Robert LaBarge
June 15, 2012
11 years
Colleen Coons
June 27, 2018
5 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
Bulletin Editor
Jeanie Morgan
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