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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 November 23
No Regular Meeting November 30
We do not hold a regular meeting at the Doubletree on the 5th Thursday of any month with five Thursdays.
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Another Fun YE Outing
Rotary Youth Exchange Students Olivia (from Sweden) and Margaux (from Belgium) are shown enjoying an outing to the Odyssey in Scottsdale where they were awed by 
America's Best Restroom."  President Colleen and Jay Stuckey are with them in a more public area of the Odyssey.  This was possible thanks to Jay and Melissa Stuckey.
Highlights of November 16 Meeting
Opening and Welcome to Meeting - President Colleen Coons
Because this was a very special meeting - the official visit of District Governor Kevin Pitts, Colleen wanted to share a Rotary Minute where she recognized the Past District Governors in attendance.  For each of these individuals, there has been a huge investment of time and talent to serve their community and the world through Rotary.  Each of them had served in their own local club and at the district level for several years before considering becoming a District Governor.  Once named District Governor Nominee Designate, they invested three years of preparation and training for their year of service as District Governor.  Following their year of service, they continue to serve their club and district.  Rotary is a way of life for them.  She thanked Kevin for his investment of time and effort.
Steve Ross led the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Colleen voiced appreciation for
  • Pam Cohen who served as greeter
  • Chuck Flint for handling the raffle
  • Diane Ware for handling check-in
  • Steve Ross for leading the Pledge
  • Ron Thompson for serving as Sgt at Arms
  • Ed Koeneman for being our Chief Technology Officer
Introduction of Guests
  • Polly Cady Introduced Carla Rowe Malcolm from Gilbert Rotary Club who will be Olivia's next host mom.
  • Don LaBarge introduced Mike Lutcher and Mike's guest, David Sauer a Marine who is employed at the Mesa post of Salvation Army and handles many responsibilities there.
  • Colleen welcomed Bob Jensen, Melodie Jackson and Pai Bethea who were attending via Zoom.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
The large pot was $1,335.  The small weekly pot was $50.  Chuck asked Warren Williamson to pull the winning ticket which was held by Lucinda General.  Lu explained she had purchased two raffle tickets - one for herself and one for Wayne who was not in attendance.  She said it was Wayne's ticket which won.  She shuffled the cards remaining in the deck before attempting to draw the Ace of Clubs.  Unfortunately, for Wayne, the card Lu drew was the Eight of Spades.
Happy Dollars - Ron Thompson - Sgt at Arms
  • Ron complimented Colleen on her great outfit.  She was appreciative of the compliment, but fined herself $20 for failing to recognize the Assistant Governor and District Governor when introducing guests.  She said Ray Smith loaned her $5 with no interest because of the chocolates he did not touch that were meant for the Guaymas Hearing Clinic patients.  She was glad Harry Grossman would be donating $4 this week.  She was wearing the Cardinals hat, but it was painful because it didn't match her outfit.  She was sad to report that the 35-year-old son of our recent visitor Connie Bunyard had died from a gunshot wound on Saturday.  Colleen had also recently learned that Dave Brauchler's sister had recently passed.
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 - thankful that he and Honorary Member Rod Daniels are associated with the Ace of Clubs.  He also contributed an additional $4 happy along with Harry Grossman that the Cardinals had finally won another game this season.
  • Ed Koeneman was sad to report that the studio has announced that the target date for the release of the next Star Wars movie has been pushed out to May 22, 2026 - 915 days away.
  • John Pennypacker was happy to have spent the prior Friday with an Army buddy.  They met with his friend's mother who will celebrate her 102nd birthday December 5.  Saturday, John's grandson got to ride in a Huey Helicopter.
  • Warren Williamson said that Colleen had responded to an ad for getting a psychic reading over the phone,  When Colleen asked, "Briana, what can you tell me about me??" Briana replied, "You are either very calm and serene or you're dreaming."
  • Ray Smith was happy to have bunked with Frank Rosenberg on the Guaymas trip.  After two night, he was ready to give Frank back to Amanda.  He said the trip was a success.  They had a great time and did great service.  A more detailed report will be provided to the club at a future meeting.
  • Dan Coons was happy to be at Mesa West and said the President would pay his fine.
  • Allan Cady said Judge Tommy Webb  has recently lost his 47-year-old son.  Tom stopped to see Allan and Polly on his way to Yuma.  Allan said Tommy's abiding faith is helping through this recent loss.
  • Polly Cady was happy the DG was at the meeting.  She was also happy that Ray Smith brough back a gift from a friend she met on an earlier Guaymas trip.  It contained cookies and a Senora magnet.  Ray added that Polly had sent a bag for Polly's friend and her daughter with him and he delivered that gift as well.
  • Chuck Flint had a gift for Ray who is known as the Guaymas mission cheerleader urging everyone to work hard so they can play hard.  Ray has never had the think that all cheerleaders need - a set of pompoms.   Chuck had a blue bag containing some pompoms which he delivered to Ray.
  • Harry Grossman was happy to be wearing his red Cardinals shoes celebrating their recent win.  He gladly contributed $4 and predicted that now that Murray is back in the Quarterback position, they would win the rest of the season.  Harry had a Cardinals souvenir to give to Olivia.
  • Lu General donated $5 to honor a special afternoon spent with Olivia.  Lu was also thankful that Elizabeth Mahoney, Bret McKeand, Larry Horton, Michelle Holman and Jim Schmidt were all at Zone fully participating.  She is proud to see such strong participation from our district.
  • Pam Cohen contricuted covering Harry's happy dollars.  She was happy to see Carla at our meeting.  She thanked Kevin for his service as DG.  Pam said she hd recently spoke with Dan Lamborn and learned he has accepted a position in Boise and hopes to join the Boise Southwest Rotary Club there.
  • Don LaBarge was happy after having no volunteers committed to help with the Veterans Day parade at the November 9 meeting about 40 volunteers out of Westwood High School showed up to help.  He went on to lament three recent incidents at his business:
    • They had a water leak in their warehouse that took four days to track down and fix.
    • They loaded a 110 Gallon container of caustic chemical in the back of his new 350 pickup.  They did not tie it down adequately.  It spilled and filled the bed with chemicals which leaked out and destroyed the wiring under the truck bed.
    • When running a credit card for one of their customers, it accidentally was processed for $10,055 instead of $1,055.
  • Westwood High School Interact Club will soon celebrate its 60th anniversary.  As plans are finalized, Colleen and/or Ed will keep members informed.
  • Members of the club have now met all ten McKinney Vento students.
  • Colleen urged members who have not already done so to become part of Trustarian - a network of Rotarians where when one needs help in a specific area, they can find a Rotarian to fill that need..  Mike Whalen can help anyone who might ask figure out how to log in and sign up
Program - District Governor Official Visit
President Colleen said the man who introduced her to Rotary would be introducing our speaker.  She also bragged that she is the only President our Assistant Governor Dan Coons calls "dear.."
Dan said that as Assistant Governor, it was his honor to introduce our District Governor Kevin Pitts who has been a member of the Rotary Club of Prescott since 2004.  Kevin lived in Mexico City for twelve years.  He has served as Co-Chair of the Mexico USA Friendship Conference and Grants Exchange Workshop.  He has actively participated in international projects in Mexico and Kenya.  He served for several years as Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Coordinator.  In 2017, he led the Crutches 4 Africa team to Kenya.  He is married to PDG Elizabeth Mahoney.  He enjoys hunting and fishing with his three sons.
DG Kevin said he was very pleased to be here.  He began by saying "We get to..."  We get to do amazing things in Rotary.  It's a choice.  We don't "Have to."  He encouraged everyone to really think about what it is about being a Rotarian that makes us feel the most pride.  
He stressed that is truly is an honor and a privilege to be in Rotary .  Kevin was invited into Rotary by Bob Mason, who was Kevin's grandfather's best friend.  He said at the time the Prescott club was big.  All the movers and shakers were in that club.  Time and circumstances took ts toll and they got down as low as 8 members about ten years ago.  October 1, 2021, they celebrated their 100 year anniversary..  
Kevin had a very well put together presentation..  The pictures tell his story better than a narrative article can do.  CLICK HERE to see his presentation slides.
Kevin has accumulated friends from every continent.  He met the love of his life through Rotary even though they had worked for the same firm for years.
At the USA Mexico Friendship Conference held this year in Prescott, 15 projects were presented totaling $1.4 Million.  By the end of the conference, $250,000 were fully funded.  They anticipate the balance of the projects will be fully funded.  The conference alternates which country will host.  Next year it will be in Xalapa, Veracruz October 31-November 4.
Kevin's charity of choice is The Rotary Foundation.  It is highly respected and rated.  The first motor of Rotary is its members.  TRF extends the motor..  Every act of service is an act of peace.
Rotary is very close to our goal of eradicating polio.  Members are urged to support this effort.  Members who've not yet tried it might want to get some Iron Lung Lager specially brewed to help District 5495 raise money for this cause.  The Mudshark Brewery in Lake Havasu city crafted the lager for our District.  They would like to continue the partnership.  
This year's RI President's initiative is Mental Health.  His own brother committed suicide leaving a wife and two children behind.  Clubs are being urged to have informative speakers and collaborate on project to help in this area.
Induction of New Member Mike Lutcher
Major Mike Lutcher with the Salvation Army was welcomed as the newest member of Mesa West Rotary Club.  District Governor Kevn pinned him reminding him it is an honor and privilege to be in Rotary, and that he has joined an awesome club.
Honoring an old member
Ted Williams will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a Rotarian December 13.  Ted says every time he says something, it touches hearts.  He is a few months shy of being a charter member of Mesa West, and is the longest-term member still in the club.  He served as District Governor in 1989-90.  He said when he was a senior at Mesa High School, the Mesa Rotary Club named a junior Rotarian of the Month.  When he saw the leaders and heard about the project he knew he wanted to be a Rotarian.  When he was a new CPA, he was invited to join and was surprised and honored to be invited.  It's been a great experience.  He has friends all over the world.  This past summer they went on a trip in Canada with a former Youth Exchange student.  
Honoring our District Governor
President Colleen invited Allan Cady and Jeanie Morgan to come forward to receive a $5,000 donation for The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona honoring District Governor Kevin.  She also presented Kevin with a pen crafted for our DG  by our own  Ed Koeneman in Keeper's Workshop
Olivia's Bucket List
Olivia - our Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Sweden has a bucket list of things she hopes to do while here on her exchange.  Review the list and see what you might want to do with her.  CLICK HERE or on the image to email Polly Cady so she can coordinate scheduling an opportunity to make that to happen!.
Olivia's Bucket List
*American BBQ*Try pickle ball
*Do a Charity Thing*Bowling
*Dobbins Lookout*Make S'mores
*Go to a beach*Indoor roller skates
*Havasu Falls*Butterfly Wonderland
*Go to a Water Park*Go to Las Vegas
*Try Cheesecake Factory*Make an American Apple Pie
*Arizona Capitol Museum*Heard Museum
*Disneyland*Play Tennis
*Hot chocolate race*Kayak
*Play mini golf*Go to a lacrosse game
*Basketball game*Go to the movies
*Surf*Desert Botanical Garden
*Horseshoe Bend*Japanese Friendship Garden
*Try Sonoran Hot Dogs*Try typical Arizona food
*Have a picnic*Outdoor dirve-in cinema
*Camelback Mountain*Go swim in a lake
*Street festival*Hole in the Rock
*Have brunch at a restaurant*Go to a farmers market
*Go to a pumpkin patch*Go to Tucson
*Ice Cream*Go to a candy store (pick candy)
*Tennis match*Ice skate
*Try Scrumble Cookies*Make pizza/have pizza night
*Go on a road trip*Walk downtown Phoenix
*Go on a swimming competition*Sea World
*Be invited to dinner*See a waterfall
*Try Mexican food*Go tubing/boat riding
*Go to outdoor mall*Try Arizona/Phoenix best
*Go to a Christmas Market and have hot chocolate*Try American breakfast (pancakes, scrambled eggs, etc.)
*See a sunrise/sunset at a viewpoint*Watch performance at Chandler Arts Center
*Ride a cabriolet (car without a roof)  
*Hiking*Go to Costco
*Make Cake Pops*Pedicure
*Manicure*Go to IKEA
*Ride a boat*Carve pumpkins
*Go to Haunted House*Arizona State Fair
*Trick or Treating*Try boba tea
*Go to a zoo*Try Tiramisu
Something to Ponder

A Thanksgiving Prayer

Oh, God, when I have food,

Help me to remember the hungry;

When I have work, help me

to remember the jobless;

When I have a warm home,

help me to remember the homeless;

When I am without pain,

help me to remember those who suffer;

And remembering, help me

to destroy my complacency

and bestir my compassion.

Make me concerned enough

to help, by word and deed,

those who cry out

for what we take for granted.

      -- Samuel F. Pugh

A Bit of Humor
A woman is recovering from surgery when the surgical nurse appears and asks her how she is feeling.
“I’m OK, but I didn’t like the four-letter words the doctor used in surgery,” she answered.
“What did he say?” asked the nurse.
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.
Nov 23, 2023
Nov 30, 2023
We do not meet at noon on the 5th Thursday of any Month with 5 Thursdays
Dec 07, 2023
Dec 14, 2023
Pearl at the Mailbox/Human Trafficking Kids
Dec 21, 2023
Club Assembly - Adopt a McKinney Vento Kid
Dec 28, 2023
We will not meet and hope our members are enjoying a wonderful Holiday Season!
Jan 11, 2024
Jan 18, 2024
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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
Sunshine Acres Tour and Lunch
Sunshine Acres
Nov 30, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Help Brian Harvey develop his Project - resent
Nov 30, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Dec 19, 2023 5:30 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Jan 16, 2024 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kayla Mudge
November 12
Keith Deering
November 24
Spouse Birthdays
Chris LaBarge
November 21
Don Boucher
Sharon Boucher
November 15
Erwin Reimann
Joan Reimann
November 25
Joan Reimann
Erwin Reimann
November 25
Join Date
Dick Myren
November 1, 1970
53 years
Pai Bethea
November 1, 1977
46 years
Wayne General
November 1, 2016
7 years
John Bethea
November 4, 2014
9 years
Geoff White
November 13, 2001
22 years
John Benedict
November 21, 2000
23 years
Rodney Daniels
November 30, 2003
20 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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