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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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Highlights of May 25 Meeting
Opening of Meeting and Welcome - President Pam Cohen
Acknowledging the coming Memorial Day holiday, for the Thought for the Day, Pam shared the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead.  Short days ago
We lifed, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you fro failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall no sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.
Before asking Warren Williamson to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, Pam noted there was no flag in the room.  Dick Myren said he had a US flag pin on the collar of his shirt - one he has worn since 9-11.  All present turned toward Dick while reciting the Pledge.  Pam thanked Diane Ware for serving as greeter.  Since it was National Wine Day, Pam gave Diane a bottle of bubbly.
  • Ray Smith introduced Erica Williams a members who rarely is available to attend our meetings, but will be sharing information about her involvement with the Guaymas Gift of Hearing project later in the meeting.
  • Frank Rosenberg introduced Warren Haeussler a longtime friend of the club.
  • Kayla Mudge introduced her mother, Angelia Long who was visiting from Peoria, Illinois.  Angelia will return in July to care for Kayls's dog while Kayla is in Africa with the Interact Ambassadors.  While Angelia is in the area in July, she will plan to attend another club meeting.
  • President Pam introduced a new server-in-training - Adella.
  • Harry Grossman from the Sedona Village Rotary Club was introduced by Ron Thompson.  Harry presented a banner from the Sedona Village Club.  He also told about his grandson in Minneapolis who will be going on a Rotary Youth Exchange to the Winter Sports Capital of Sweden.  His grandson is a cross-country skier, so it should be a really good fit.
  • Bob Jenson introduced Rodolfo Fernandes from the Alamos Rotary Club.  Both were attending via Zoom.  Rodolfo is involved in the Mexican contingent setting up mini clinics and working with us on efforts to make the Guaymas hearing nission sustainable.
  • Also attending via Zoom were Ed and Debbie Koeneman who were in Melbourne, Australia to attend the Rotary International Convention.  
  • Shelly Romine, Bob Zarling, and Pai Bethea were also attending via Zoom.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
  • Ron Thompson drew the winning ticket which was held by Jeanie Morgan.
  • After briefly shuffling the cards, the card Jeanie drew was the Nine of Hearts.
Happy Dollars - Ron Thompson
  • Jeanie Morgan contributed $20 on behalf of Wayne General who wanted to remind members of the fact that the hotel prepares a meal for the club each week that we meet not knowing whether 25 or 40 will be in attendance.  They also store a considerable amount of material for us and get it delivered to where we meet each week.  She also contributed her raffle winnings to Mesa West Rotary Foundation to be credited to her sponsor program team.
  • Lu General was going to be fixing dinner that evening for three first cousins (herself included)  She recently found one of the cousins through 23andMe.  Lucinda not only knew his mother, she was Lucinda's aunt and godmother now living in Texas.
  • Ray Smith was happy to report that Marc Hunt who was introduced to Mesa West Rotary by the late Jeane Crouse had recently sent a $1,000 donation to the sponsor campaign to Ray.  Ray was going to contribute $25 himself - thankful for the help Jay and Melissa Stuckey provided when he had a friend in need of finding assisted living accommodations.
  • President Pam was happy Lola McClane was back from her trip and taking pictures at our meeting.  She was concerned that Ed wasn't there to manage the technology with the subject of our program so central to our club.
  • Ron Thompson was happy to see Warren G at our meeting.
  • Jim McGown said this would be his last meeting for about four months.  They will be heading east stopping in Pennsylvania for a high school graduation and travelling on to New York where they will spend the summer.  He said the food bank where he has been volunteering has been the source of the mobility device donations he has been getting to Interact with Ed's help.  They have a Hoyer Lift that has been given to them which they need to find a home for.  He said the food bank needs drivers to drive the pick-up routes for food being donated to the food bank.
  • Ron Thompson corrected himself.  He was happy to see Warren H at the meeting.  Warren G is a rapper.
  • Polo Santiago enjoyed a very rewarding volunteer experience at La Paz De Cristo the day prior to the meeting.  They serve 2-300 free meals to people each day.  He helped prepare and serve food for 300.  Polo was also happy to see Rudolfo.  They were roommates during the Guaymas mission last fall.
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2.  He also was happy to have travelled to Boston for his grandson's graduation.  While there he witnessed the wildest driving he'd ever seen.  With six stop/go signals, how in the world does anyone know which one is theirs.
  • Harry Crossman explained that what we call roundabouts in the west are called rotaries in New England.  He said the Sedona Village Club sells raffle tickets about four times each year to help the veterans living at the home in Prescott.  He said they really don't sell that many tickets.  The tourists just give them money and don't want the tickets.
  • Allan Cady was happy his stepson graduated from Harvard.  Colin Nagle, his and Polly's long-time friend who is the father of a former youth exchange student had recently informed them that he had purchased a place in an assisted leaving facility.  Colin is a little older than Allan and it made him wonder if Polly was ready to have Allan placed in a facility.  He was glad that when he asked her she said she was not.  In actuality, the difference in Allan's and Colin's ages - if heard correctly - is just days or weeks.
  • Polly Cady was glad to know it was National Wine Day.  She was also happy to have Mesa West make a good showing at Rotary Leadership Institute May 20.  Lu General and Jim Schmidt were facilitators.  Wayne General attended Session I, Kayla Mudge attended Session II, and Carla Krcmarik attended Session III and graduated.  Allan Cady served as Polly's assistant and chauffeur.
  • Angelia Long was very generous.  She had a $200 donation from her and her husband for Kayla's sponsor campaign team.  She contributed an additional $100 cash saying it was a really big move when Kayla moved to Arizona.  Angelia was very appreciative of the way Mesa West Rotary has embraced and welcomed her only daughter into their Rotary family.  She was enjoying putting names of people Kayla had told her about with faces as she met Rotarians at the meeting.  Angelia will be back in July to take care of Kayla's dog while Kayla is in Africa with the Interact Ambassadors mission.
  • Kayla Mudge was very enthusiastically appreciative of the custom cutting board Ed Koeneman crafted for Kayla's only nephew's wedding gift.
  • Chuck Flint was happy to have recently traveled to Puerto Lobos with former youth exchange student, Jorn Linnewedel, who now makes his home in Hamburg Germany.  Jorn was happy to have caught two fish on the trip.
  • Pam is visiting other Rotary Clubs promoting our 50th Anniversary Celebration.  Mesa Rotary Club was our sponsoring club when we were founded.  They are a little disconcerted because we are out performing them in Polio Plus and Rotary Foundation giving.
Lu said they had a "backlog" of auction items accumulated from several trips.  She said there was a unique array of items.  Among them was one edible, something for someone with low mechanical skills, and cautioned there was no alcohol.  The successful bidder was Jim Erickson with his $50 bid to benefit the sponsor program.
The item with low mechanical skills was a cloth candy or cookie dish.  There were two had-cut pillow covers, towel clips for a beach chair, something historic, and air conditioning in a bottle - cooling lotion to apply after a day at the pool.
Program - Guaymas Mission 2022
Ray Smith introduced  Dr. Erica Williams.  Erica is a Clinical Professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.  She is currently the Program Director and Clinical Placement Coordinator for the Doctor of Audiology Program.  Dr. Williams teaches academic coursework in auditory/vestibular pathologies and diagnostics.  She is a clinical educator in the ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic, poviding services primarily in adult diagnostics, vestibular evaluation, and amplification.  She also participates in an annual hearing healthcare service trip to Guaymas, Mexico in conjunction with the Mesa est Rotary Club, and also provides volunteer services in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul.  She is professional active in national service opportunities including as the Vice-Chair for Audiology for the ASHA Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC).
Ray also briefly introduced Bob Jensen who is the proud grandfather of two new grandchildren.  For those who may not be as familiar with Bob, he is a retired clinical audiologist who was born in Iowa and raised in Illinois.  He obtained an undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Southern Illinois University and his Masters of Science degree in Audiology from Arizona State University.  He was the Director of Hearing Services for the Arizona Department of Health Services for seven years.  He worked at Arizona Crippled Children's Hospital in Tempe where he met his wife, Nancy.  She is a retired audiologist.  He was appointed to two terms to the Arizona Council for the Deaf by Gov. Bruce Babbit.  He worked as a consultant to various State, Federal and Native American government hearing health care programs.
Bob owned Tri-City Audiology, a large private practice in Mesa from 1983 until he retired in 2011.  He is the co-owner and Vice-President of Arizona HearCare Network formed in 1994, a statewide medical service organization providing hearing healthcare services to managed care groups and insurance companies.
Because of his humanitarian hearing missions, Bob has received awards from the William Demant Foundation, a Danish institution, the 2011 Honors of the Association from the Arizona Speech, Language and Hearing Association, the 2007 Crystal Award in Audiology from A T Still University and the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Academy of Audiology.  He received the Service Above Self award from Rotary International Foundation in 2020.
Erica shared an excellent Powerpoint presentation which is available if you CLICK HERE,  Included with her slides are the slides provided by Rodolfo for his portion of the presentation.  Readers are strongly urged to take advantage of using the link to view the material shared.  Send an e-mail if you would like to receive a link so you can hear the entire meeting.
Something to Ponder
Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It's not.
--Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Today's Chuckle
How many teenagers does it take to change a light bulb?
I don't know. like one, three five?  Whatever, I just can't even...
You Are Invited to help with 50th Anniversary Celebration
All Mesa West Rotarians are encouraged to help make this event a success.  Ways you can help:
  • Send photos from 1973 and/or important Rotary moments in your membership tenure to Ed Koeneman.
  • If you are aware of a volunteer who has made a significant difference in Mesa or the East Valley Community, nominate them before the end of April to be recognized with our People of Action award.  CLICK HERE to download the nomination form.
  • Share the invitation with former members, potential members, members of other Rotary Clubs, you get the picture!  We want to share our celebration with as many people as possible.
  • Don't forget to email Jeanie Morgan to make your own reservation for yourself and any guest(s) you plan to bring with you.
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 01, 2023
Multiple Sclerosis for Over 40 Years
Jun 22, 2023
Volunteer Opportunities Abroad
Jun 29, 2023
We do not meet at noon on the 5th Thursday of any Month with 5 Thursdays
Jul 20, 2023
Changing of the Guard
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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 Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Jun 20, 2023 5:30 PM
Mesa West Rotary 50th Anniversary Celebration
Jun 29, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Jul 18, 2023 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Gina Schroeder
May 4
Bryan Goetzenberger
May 11
Diane Ware
May 12
Chuck Flint
May 16
Ed Koeneman
May 20
Greg Bouslog
May 21
Sean Green
May 21
Robert LaBarge
May 28
Spouse Birthdays
Gina Schroeder
May 4
David Murphy
May 8
Bryan Goetzenberger
May 11
Ed Koeneman
May 20
Julie West
May 27
Anita Kegler
Glen Kegler
May 15
Bob Jensen
Nancy Jensen
May 16
Shelly Romine
Scotty Romine
May 25
Carla Krcmarik
Kevin Fleege
May 31
Join Date
Amanda Rosenberg
May 1, 2019
4 years
Erwin Reimann
May 1, 1998
25 years
Jack Rosenberg
May 1, 1980
43 years
Joan Reimann
May 1, 2017
6 years
Shelly Romine
May 1, 2005
18 years
Logan Harper
May 5, 2021
2 years
Polly Cady
May 6, 2010
13 years
Kayla Mudge
May 13, 2021
2 years
Jay Stuckey
May 25, 2021
2 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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