Refugee Family Needs Met in Less Than a Day
At 8:38 AM March 16, Mesa West Rotarians received the following message from Community Service Chair, Shelly Romine:
Urgent need from International Rescue Committee for refugee family from Afghanistan
A group of Rotary Clubs in the East Valley has been tasked to provide furnishings for a family that has been relocated to our area from Afghanistan.  The move in date for the family to their new apartment has been moved up a few weeks so there is an urgent need to get the items on the list.  The move in date is April 2 and for logistic purposes our commitment to provide items is now March 23rd.
Our club has been asked to provide the following:
4 twin beds for 4 children (2 boys ages 6 and 4, and 2 girls age 7 and 2)
  • 4 sets of bed frames
  • 4 new twin bed mattresses (new only)
  • 4 box springs (new only)
  • 4 plastic twin bed liners (new only)
  • 4 twin bed pads (new only)
  • 4 sets of twin bed sheets (new only)
  • 4 twin bed blankets (new only)
  • 4 bed spreads (2 boys and 2 girls) (new only)
  • 4 pillows and 4 pillow cases (new only)
  • two (2) dressers
  • 2 end tables
  • 2 small table lamps.
By7:15 PM, Shelly reported "This club rocks!"  All of the needs listed above have been met through commitments from club members made today.
Highlights of March 10 Meeting
As members and guests were arriving for the meeting, they were greeted by Carla Krcmarik.
Opening of Meeting - President Dan Coons
President Dan opened the meeting by introducing himself and thanking the club for the gift of serving as President this year. 
Rotary Minute - Robin Harris
Robin shared a brief story about a question his wife asked him.  When we had our last party at Pam's house, on the way home, Debbie asked him, "What is it about this group of people that makes them so happy to be together?"  He said it didn't take very long for him to think of how to answer her.  Anytime you can get a group of people together who are willing to work together to help others who are more in need, less fortunate than ourselves, younger than us, older than us - anyway we can help others, you've got to be happy when you do that.   It makes you happy..  That's part of the way we are put together.  We're happy when we love others.  That is the essence of us.
Rotary Vision Statement:
Together we see a world where people unite and 
take action to create lasting change - 
across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves
President Dan said that what Robin shared is really the essence of what Rotary is all about.  He was reminded at PETS the prior weekend about have PDG David Simmer always made a big deal about the Rotary Vision Statement.  Jim Schmidt started leading off with it and Dan continued that tradition.  He said while at PETS, the incoming President of Sun Lakes Rotary said he had visited other clubs to learn about them, and that he had learned learned a lot from Mesa West.  The President-Elect of a satellite club in Queen Creek came to Dan at one point and said he keeps hearing about Mesa West and asked, "What makes you guys so good?"  Dan invited him to visit one of our meetings.  Dan feels like it is because the vision statement is reflected in what our members see and hear and feel.  He thanked the club for that.
The Invocation was offered by Mike Whalen.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ed Koeneman. 
Introduction of Guests
  • Carol Kralicek introduced herself as a former member of Mesa West Rotary and very much enjoyed her time as a member.  She currently belongs to the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club.  She was visiting Mesa West to learn more about how to effectively manage hybrid meetings where Zoom is integrated into in-person meetings.
  • Colleen Coons introduced her guest, Bridgette McDonald.  Bridgette is a past  Interact District Governor.  She is a student at ASU, where she is active in their Rotaract Club.  She also serves on the statewide Rotaract Council.
  • Ed Koeneman introduced Sara Espinosa, Treasurer of the Westwood High School Interact Club.  He said Briana Le from the Interact Club was also attending the meeting but had gone out to her car to make sure the doors were locked.
  • Bob Lampard, who was the scheduled speaker, introduced his long-time friend Lou Sherman  saying Lou would be assisting him during his presentation.  He said more would be learned later about a time they climbed a mountain together.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck explained that the holder of the stub of the ticket drawn would automatically win $50.  Should they be so lucky as to draw the Ace of Clubs from the 25 cards remaining in the deck, they would win an additional $1,435.  He asked Bob Zarling to draw the winning ticket, which was held by Carla Krcmarik.  After shuffling the cards face-down, the card drawn by Carla was the Ace of Clubs.  President Dan reminded her that if he hadn't been her sponsor into the club, she would not have been at the meeting to be so lucky.
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
Before turning the microphone over to Ron, President Dan took time to welcome, Pai Bethea, Melodie Jackson and Jack Rosenberg who were attending the meeting via Zoom.
  • Darl Andersen was happy to be seated between two PDG's.
  • Tom Yuzer was happy his daughter and granddaughter were soon going to arrive from Minnesota to enjoy some "summer" weather while spending spend time with him and his wife.
  • Colleen Coons was happy to have Arizona Rotaract's Director of Social Media as her guest at the meeting.  Bridgette will help bridge the transitions from Interact to Rotaract to Rotary.  She was also happy to report their oldest son was scheduled for his second interview with Microchip as a quality engineer, and their second son was on his second day in training as an EMT in Southern California.  She was hopeful they might both soon be "coming off the payroll."  She suggested President Dan might also be happy about that.
  • Bridgette McDonald saying even though she is a student at ASU, she believes The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) is worthy of support.
  • Chris Krueger contributed. She had missed the March 3 meeting because she was having eye surgery.  She said that procedure - not Mike - was responsible for her black eye which looked 100% better than it had a week prior.  It occurred as a result of the anesthesiologist injecting directly into a vein rather than where the injection should have gone.
  • Warren Williamson had attended the party celebrating Jeane Crouse's life.  He had planned to share a couple of stories about Jeane, but the line was so long, that he decided to wait until the club meeting to share his stories.  He expressed his deep appreciation of the support Jeane provided when his wife passed away in 2004.  Jeane got busy helping him make arrangements and organized a dinner for family and friends.  He also recalled a time - soon after Jeane joined Mesa Baseline Rotary - when she brought her daughter Char with her to the meeting.  They were on their way to the hospital because Char had a broken arm.  Warren remembered thinking, "I hope Jeane's not the first on the scene if I'm ever in a bad accident."   What he learned later was that Jeane was a trained nurse and knew they would not put a cast on the arm until the swelling went down, and she thought it would be more pleasant to pass the time at Rotary than in the ER.  Warren contributed an additional $1.  An old Army buddy he hadn't seen in over 40 years was coming for a visit.  He hoped it would be worth it.
  • Ray Smith contributed.  He was very happy, as was Jeane's family, for the strong support shown by Mesa West Rotary with 12-15 in attendance at the party.  He said a few members shared memories for all to hear.  Ray was particularly impressed with the well-thought-out, one-and-a-half-page tribute Chris Krueger shared.
  • Shello Romine contributed $5.  She had missed the March 3 meeting because she was on her way to West Palm Beach Florida for a family reunion where they celebrated her brother-in-law's 70th birthday.
  • Ed Koeneman was happy to have three members of Westwood HS Interact brightening things at his table.  He passed the microphone to each so they could introduce themselves:
    • Briana Le, a senior at Westwood and secretary of the Interact Club
    • Sarah Espinosa, also a senior and treasurer of the Interact Club
    • Huda Mohamed, also a senior and Vice President of the Interact Club.  Huda has been selected to be an Ambassador for the Interact Crutches 4 Africa trip.  She is really excited for that.
    • Ed mentioned the careers that the girls were interested in.  Briana is interested in becoming a dentist, so he told her Ron was a dentist.  Sarah is interested in nursing and Ed had hoped Frank Rosenberg would be present to meet her.  Huda is interested in non-profit management.  Ron told Briana he would welcome her spending time at his office which is a sone's throw away from Westwood - so close he can sometimes hear the band playing.
  • Dave Brauchler was happy that a supply-chain issue they experienced has finally been resolved.  A nice lounge chair they had ordered six or eight months for his wife and granddaughter to lounge close together in was supposed to arrive in January.  It arrived the day of the meeting.  He said they apparently ordered the wrong foam.
  • Don LaBarge - has been waiting for a chair they ordered 11 months ago.  His luck hasn't been as good as Dave's.
  • Greg Okonowski - had been participating in required insurance continuing education classes in the room next door for the prior couple of days.  He said they had been talking about "additional insureds" for the last couple of hours.
  • Bob Zarling had recently talked to our honorary member Rod Daniels.  He said they talked for about an hour and a half.   Bob encouraged other members to contact Rod saying he would appreciate hearing from any of his fellow members.
  • Jim Erickson said it's getting expensive to announce news as District Polio Chair.  This week there was a new case of vaccine derived polio, which is not uncommon, but this is the first case of Polio reported in the country of Israel since 1989.  The child affected was not vaccinated.  It just goes to show that we have to keep up with vaccinations and the whole program if we are going to be successful in eradicating polio.
  • Pam Cohen was happy to have attended President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) on March 5.  She said Mesa West was well represented.  Robin Harris, Polly and Allan Cady, Jim Schmidt, Sean Green, Lucinda and Wayne General and Dan and Colleen Coons were also there.  Jeanie said Dan made everyone go so he wouldn't have to be president again.
  • Robin Harris wanted to share something, but was delayed a moment when Ron asked him if he was aware of a comedian named Robin Harris.  Robin said he used to travel a log and when he was flying out of Newark NJ he would often be asked if he knew he had a "brother" named Robin Harris, so he was aware of him, but admitted some of his humor was a little lost on him.  Unfortunately he has died, but was very respected by a lot of people.  Robin's daughter Rachel was delayed flying out of Bermuda.  An hour later got flights through Detroit and Chicago.  They should be home some time next month. Robin thanked the club for the privilege of attending PETS.  He knows the club paid for him to attend.  He said he has learned so much about Rotary and what a wonderful organization it is.  We should all be very proud to be a part of it.  
  • President Dan contributed for the privilege of attending PETS.  Pam was right - Mewa West was well represented.  Jeanie added that those attending PETS could have told everyone that Dan made them go so he wouldn't have to be president again.
  • From the looks on their faces, Happy Bucks makes Rotarians feel good even when they are attending remotely!
Shelly Romine reminded members of the paint project the next day at the House of Refuge where volunteers would be painting the exterior of one of the residences.  They would start at 8:00 AM and stay until the job was done - likely around noon.
The next Saturday on the 19th, volunteers are needed in Glendale for Street Light - a residence for women who have been victims of sex trafficking.  Volunteers may not know until they get there where or what they will be assigned to do on the campus.  She said she had had some more individuals sign up just recently and she was very grateful for that.
Program - Robert Lampard - James Wheeler Davidson
Dave Brauchler introduced the speaker.  Dave said the bio was written by a close friend of speaker who describes him as one of the most remarkable and inspiring people he has ever met inside or outside of Rotary.  He puts his whole heart into everything he does.  One of the projects Dr. Lampard worked on was having a peak in Canada names after an esteemed Rotarian.  Dave said that is likely one of the things Rotarians and guests will learn about during the presentation.
Dr. Lampard began by saying it is always a pleasure to visit another Rotary Club - especially one that is as happy as Mesa West seems to be.  He knows he is happy to be in Mesa.  Where he lives, in Red Deer Alberta Canada, temperatures are much cooler.
He was going to tell the story of a very remarkable person in Rotary history, a person about whom too little was known for about seventy years.  He was truly a man of peace.  In today's world - looking at the Ukraine invasion - the world could use a lot more men like James Wheeler Davidson.  Bob has studied him over the last two decades.  Davidson represents the finest example he was able to find of a man who builds good will and made better friendships.
In his time, it was desired for Rotary to become world wide.  Rotary is the only service organization that is truly world wide.  Rotary started in 1905.  By 1906 it had spread to San Francisco.  It became international when it spread to Winnipeg in 1910 and to the UK in 1911.  The first non-English speaking club was formed in Havana in 1916 during the war.  District Governors during those years were encouraged to start new clubs in countries contiguous with theirs.  They started paying commissioners to start new clubs to ensure the standards that they wanted were upheld.  During World War I, Rotary International (called International Association of Rotary Clubs "IARC" at the time) did not permit the British Rotarians to participate in the war effort.  The Brits weren't happy about that and they formed their own society within Rotary which still exists to this day.  It is called RIBI.  
Who was he?  Davidson was famous before he joined Rotary.  Born in 1872 in Austin, Minnesota, by age 19, he was touring international celebrities like Sir Henry Stanley and Lt. Perry on speaking tours around the United States.  Because of his contacts, he was able to join an expedition to the North Pole in 1923.  It nearly cost him his life.  His dogs ripped open his tent during a storm.  His leg was frozen turning nearly hard as marble forcing a three-day evacuation. He was very fortunate to survive.  The misadventure did not stifle his adventurous nature. 
He went on to Formosa as the only journalist with syndicated papers in the United States agreeing to publish his articles.  Formosa was in the hands of rioters.  The Japanese arrived to take over Formosa while he was there.  The Emperor of Japan was so impressed with Davidson he awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun saying he brought Japanese aid and saved the foreign resident's lives and property.  The locals living in the mountains were head-hunters.  Fortunately, Davidson didn't lose his head, but he did end up with a tattoo on the back of his hand which he wore for the rest of his life.
When he finished, the US Consular service asked him to join them.  He ended up at age 32 as acting chief consul at Shanghai, which was the largest Embassy the US had outside the US.  He wrote a book titled "The Island of Formosa Past and Present" which is still in print today.
Davidson left the consulate because "he wasn't being paid enough."  He had developed some interesting and expensive hobbies by then.  He also developed Typhoid Fever.  He returned to the states on a stretcher.  On his way home, he met a woman named Lillian and married her. He took her to Winnipeg where it was very cold and she gave him an ultimatum - "It's Winnipeg or me," so he  took her to Calgary in 1907.  He and his brother bought and sold 3/4 of a million acres of land very close to Calgary.  They started a lumber company which still exists.  He was never idle.  He helped get the Calvary started.  He was instrumental in getting the Calvary symphony started.  He loved highways and strongly promoted them.  He started a group called The Sunshine Trail Association to build a road from Calgary to Yellowstone and Salt Lake City with a side road to Glacier Park.  That interchange became the foundation for the Glacier International Peace Park.
Davidson's life changed when he joined Rotary in 1914.  He was Club President in 1919 and became District Governor in 1923.  Before becoming District Governor, he had an article published in the Rotarian Magazine about the potential for promoting peace through Rotary.  He set a record during his DG year of starting five new clubs. 
1920 was a very significant year.  International President Pete Snedecor.  Four months after the American Congress voted not to enter the League of Nations, Davidson wrote an article that appeared in the Rotarian Magazine.  Davidson believed that peace in the world could be achieved through Rotary.  
Incoming RI President. Pete Snedecor wanted to expand Rotary to Australia and New Zealand.  He traveled to Calgary to meet with Davidson.   He found the Calgary club one of the finest clubs he had ever visited and after spending time with Davidson, with their visions aligned, Davidson, who was a natural salesman, was ready to sell Rotary.  
Davidson headed for Australia to convert Australians to Rotary.  He said he had a "spasm of joy" when the Rotary Club of Melbourn was chartered.  The stories ranged from Rotary being a drinking club to being a secret agency for the prohibition party.  Over 150 Australians and New Zealanders joined the four new Rotary Clubs that were formed.
Davidson's many talents were recognized and he was recognized by Rotary as the 3rd Vice President in 1926-27.  Paul Harris suggested Davidson take on the task of taking Rotary around the globe.  After selling his company to his employees, he and he family began their charterint trip in Istanbul in 1928.  It was intended to be an 8-month adventure which ended up lasting 30 months.  Turkey was a low point.  Their new president wouldn't give approval to a club being started there.  Greece was a high point.  He went on to Bombay where he wanted a "high class club" and he convinced four influential individuals who had been knighted to become charter members.  He went on to Singapore.  It was tough.  They didn't want an American business club coming into a British territory. When they finally got a club chartered, a year later it had 128 members.  
Davidson participated in over 2,000 interviews.  It was an interesting challenge adapting Rotary rules to Asian cultures.  The clubs that were chartered during his expedition will be having their centennial anniversaries over the coming decade.
When the Davidsons finally returned to North America, Rotary virtually shut down so the executives could travel by train to VanCouver to meet them.  The Calgary club presented him with a beautiful silver tray showing the clubs that were chartered during the expedition.
The Davidsons spent $250,000 of their own money, experienced serious illnesses and survived and automobile accident in Malaya where their car  car rolled over, fortunately the car landed over a ditch allowing them to escape.  He missed the Seattle convention in 1932.  Lillian, his wife, gave a speech in his stead.  Sadly, Davidson died in 1933 of congestive heart failure.
After Lampard learned that a mountain had been named after Davidson, he started looking into it, and couldn't find it anywhere on the map.  After some diligent effort, he found it was true, but  was determined that it was a fact that would never be known unless someone persevered to make official maps show the location of the mountain.  His efforts paid off.  After they were finally successful On August 2, 2003, Lampard's Rotary Club of Red Deer held a Rotary Meeting on top of Mount Davidson.  
In February, 2005, the building where the Calgary Club meets, allowed a Rotary Centennial painting honoring Davidson to reside in their lobby.  A photo of the painting  is on the front of Lampard's book about Davidson's life.  
Something to Ponder
Today's Chuckle
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.
Club Information
Welcome to our Rotary Club of Mesa West!
Mesa West
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.
District Site
Venue Map
Mar 24, 2022
Recognition for Support of The Rotary Foundation
Mar 31, 2022
We will be dark - Mesa West Rotary does not meet on the 5th Thursday of any month
Apr 07, 2022
Rotary Peace Fellow Program
Apr 14, 2022
Gilbert Historical Museum
Apr 21, 2022
May 05, 2022
Majestic PHX Theaters
May 19, 2022
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Membership Dir "23
Community Service Dir. '22
Vocational Dir '22
Foundation Dir. '23
Public Image Dir. '23
Fundraising Chair
Co Sergeant. At Arms
TRF Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Youth Services Co-Chair
Executive Secretary
Upcoming Events
Club Leadership Academy
Apr 09, 2022
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Apr 19, 2022 5:30 PM
Sleep in Heavenly Peace - Bedding assembly
Apr 23, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
District Conference
Prescott Resort
May 13, 2022 8:00 AM –
May 14, 2022 10:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
May 17, 2022 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jim LeCheminant
March 3
Dick Myren
March 12
Erica Williams
March 31
Spouse Birthdays
Angie Troy
March 6
John Yost
March 25
Erika Yost
John Yost
March 3
Robin Harris
Debbie Harris
March 17
Marc Hunt
Carrie Hunt
March 20
Join Date
Wendell Jones
March 1, 1989
33 years
Mike Whalen
March 9, 1995
27 years
Daniel Lamborn
March 12, 2021
1 year
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The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA)
Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - RYLA
RYLA Service Project Support
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