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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 Mesa West Meeting March 30
Mesa West Rotary Club will not meet in-person or via Zoom Thursday, March 30.  We are dark on the 5th Thursday of any month with five Thursdays.
Westwoos HS Interact Service Project
Wednesday, March 22, twelve members of the Westwood High School Interact Club, along with their chauffeurs, Pam Cohen, Ed Koeneman, and John Pennypacker spent the afternoon packing 20 boxes of food at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa.   Doing the calculations of their contribution to the total effort of all volunteers working, it appears, our group packed enough boxes to provide 4,320 meals which would sustain 12 youngsters for a year at a cost of $1,252.80.  
Highlights of March 16 Meeting
Opening of Meeting and Welcome - President Pam Cohen
  • Dave Brauchler offered the Invocation.
  • Ray Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance
President Pam thanked Gina Schroeder for filling in for Mike Schroeder who had volunteered to be greeter, but had an out-of-town client come in that needed his assistance.  Diane Ware was also thanked for filling in as Greeter welcoming members who arrived early.
Introduction of Guests
Ed Koeneman introduced Adrian Bomorevez and Josephine Sili who have been selected to be Interact Ambassadors to Mexico to deliver wheelchair parts to a Rotary-connected project where individuals with disabilities repair wheelchairs, earning a living while helping others..  Both of the youth are members of the Westwood High School Interact Club, and both are in their junior year of high school.  They will be travelling to Cuernavaca, Mexico this summer on their mission.  They were at the meeting exchanging cookies for donations.
Those attending via Zoom were welcomed to the meeting:  Pai Bethea, Bob Jensen and Debbie Koeneman.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck briefly explained the raffle,saying the holder of the winning ticket would win the small pot of $35 as well as the opportunity to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the remaining cards in the deck.  Should they be so lucky, they would win the large pot which was up to $245.  The other way they might win would be if they drew the Joker which would be worth $20.  He asked Warren Williamson to draw the winning ticket, which was held by Diane Ware.  After shuffling the cards face down, the card she drew was the Six of Hearts.
  • Dave Brauchler - Community Service announced he and Don LaBarge had delivered the items donated to the New Life Center by our club members to the Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club meeting March 15.  He said they had a large pile of donated items plus $600-$700 in gift cards.
  • Shelly Romine - Club Service
    • April 8 - Spring Olympics at Koeneman residence.  Ed said there might be a javelina roping contest. - Shelly urged members to sign up (see separate article in March 22 Messengerto follow link and do so)
    • June 29 - 50th Anniversary Celebration - The planning committee has met.  All members play an important part of the success of this event
      • Get photos from 1973 or significant Rotary events and moments in your life to Ed Koeneman.  You can give him an envelope - he will scan them and return them to you!
      • We are soliciting nominations for a non-Rotarian volunteer to be honored at the event
      • We are looking for input into a significant Rotary Club, Event, Project, or ongoing effort that is worthy of People of Action recognition at the event.
  • Colleen Coons asked members to sign up to attend the April 1 dinner to be held at her home.  She volunteered a place to hold the dinner when she learned of a unique need when she travelled to Hermosillo Mexico to visit the Microcredit Project our club is involved with there.  The event is intended to inform Arizona Rotarians about a Rotary project needing support in Hermosillo,  Donations are not required to attend, but will be appreciated from those who are inspired to do so.  Teresa Ruiz-Mendoza, Past President of Club Rotario Hermosillo, Milenio.willl be cooking traditional Mexican food.  Diane Ware has volunteered to be her sous chef.  Several years ago an indigenous tribe relocated to the Hermosillo area to work the fields.  They stayed and had children.  The Hermosillo club became aware that the children's births were not recorded.  Consequently, they were not enrolled in school - they had no birth certificates.  That issue has been remedied.  A school is being built to provide education for the children. The short version of the need is that funds are needed to get the structure to the point that the materials provided by the Mexican government can be locked securely while the balance of construction takes place.  The need for fund to make that happen is pretty immediate.  Tax-deductible donations can be made through GivSum.  The Tempe South Rotary Foundation can also accept tax-deductible donations.  They will manage the disbursement on proof of completion and  receipt(s)  The link to RSVP for the April 1 event is in a separate article in the March 22 Messenger.
  • Pam Cohen reminded members who had taken children's books home to write messages and sign to please return them at the March 23 meeting.  She said several Interact members had taken books home to sign over spring break.  She also announced that Greg Bouslog who was scheduled to present our program had to fly out of town Wednesday evening after getting notified of a death in his family.  Members were seated at tables with their sponsorship drive teammates with the hope they would strategize about raising funds from individuals and entities outside of our club, but money collected at the meeting would again go to the Interact Ambassador programs.
  • Adrian and Josephine where asked to share a little bit about how they got to where they are today in Interact
    • Josephine joined Interact during her Freshman year.  It was the only service club that remained active during COVID.  Huda Muhammed was president.  They met online.  There were projects they could do at home.  Josephine was glad to have something to do.  After they were able to meet at school again, they worked hard to rebuild a strong club.  She was proud of the recognition Westwood HS Interact received at the recent Interact District Conference.  She wanted to be an Ambassador on the Crutches for Africa team partly because she plans to be an anthropology major and thought the experience would provide her with a valuable perspective.
    • Adrian joined Interact during his junior year.  He enjoys the opportunities to participate in service projects. Because the club is "Interactive" he feels he has grown as an individual.  The process of being selected as an Ambassador is competitive in the Interact District.  He is excited to have been selected as an Ambassador to Mexico as he feels that the opportunity to be immersed in another culture and see special needs adults successfully making a contribution will enable him to be more open minded.
  • Jeanie Morgan was aware that some people were feeling like there were feeling confused about money with two specific projects being talked about as well as kicking off a drive to raise funds for our club's charitable foundation.  It had created a "deja vu" feeling for her, reminding her of how she felt when she first heard the Abbot and Costello "Who's on First" routine. For any member who would like to go back in time for a moment - or is too young to know about this comedic classic - CLICK HERE to watch the routine on YouTube.  Jeanie did assure members who put more in the envelopes than they wanted to be used for the Ambassador missions, that she would honor there wishes about how their donation was recorded.
  • Bob Jensen pledged $100 for "that thing" and Pam Cohen contributed $100.
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
  • Dave Brauchler was happy to be involved with the choir at his church.  They are having a concert on Friday, March 31.  He promised to bring flyers to our next meeting.
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 - happy to report that our Honorary Member, Rod Daniels is doing better.  
  • Warren Williamson contributed to tell about a customer in a Chicago bar who approached another customer saying, "You look like you might be Irish."  #2 responded, "I am."  #1 asked, Have you ever been in Ireland?  #2 responded, "I grew up in central Dublin."  #1 responded, "So did I.  Did you by any chance go to St. Mary's?"  #2 responded, "I did."  #1 said, "So did I.  What year did you graduate?"  #2 said "1964"  #1 responded "So did I!"  About that time a regular customer came in and asked the bartender, "What's new?" The bartender responded, "Not much -The Murphy twins are drunk again."
  • Tom Yuzer contributed - he was happy they were going to have a visit from their granddaughter.
  • Chuck Flint contributed saying he wasn't sure why he was happy - much like a lab who doesn't know why his tail is wagging.
  • Diane Ware was happy to have recently learned that her grandfather was a long-time Rotarian in Pennsylvania.
  • Colleen Coons was happy to report that team #5 (Ron Thompson's team) was doing a nice job accumulating donations in their envelope.
  • Ed Koeneman was happy to have two of his favorite Interactors at the meeting, and very happy about the support the club was showing for their Ambassador opportunities.  Ron thought maybe Ed had a trained pet javelina.
  • Ray Smith was happy to be just 30 days away from April 15.
  • Lola McClane contributed to share a time-appropriate knock/knock joke.  
Knock Knock
Who's There?
Irish Who?
Irsih you a Happy St. Patrick's Day
Traditional Home Made Mexican Dinner with Tere
Our President-Elect, Colleen Coons enjoyed a visit to our microcredit project
in Hemosillo, Mexico  While there she learned about this challenge, and 
offered her home as a place to educate others.  Should be an interesting
and enlightening evening while enjoying some delicious Mexican cuisine.  
CLICK HERE to RSVP if you plan to attend
Revival of Mesa West Spring Olympics
Ed and Debbie Koeneman have generously agreed to allow a revival of the Mesa West Spring Olympics to take place at their property on Saturday, April 8.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
Rotary District Conference 1st Weekend in May
CLICK HERE or on the image to go to the online registration form.
Something to Ponder

Be the one who nurtures and builds.

Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart

one who looks for the best in people.

Leave people better than you found them.

Today's Chuckle

Bill Nye's grandfather rented a tuxedo to attend a Rotary convention in Philadelphia. The tuxedo came with an untied bow tie and he didn't know how to tie it.

Just taking a chance he knocked on his hotel's next door and there was a guy there.

\- Excuse me, can you help me tie my tie?

\- Sure. Just lie down on the bed.

The grandfather wasn't sure what he was getting into, but he wanted to have the tie on.

So he lay down on the bed as he was told, and the guy tied a perfect bow tie knot.

Quite reasonably the grandfather asked, - Thank you, but why did I have to lie down on the bed?

The guy said, - I'm an undertaker. That's really the only way I know how to do it.
Where were you in 1973?
For our 50th Anniversary celebration, Ed is putting together a collection of photos of our members taken during the year when our club was formed.  Please look through your old photos and send one or more to Ed 
Save the Date - June 29, 2023
This is a REALLY big year for Mesa West.
We will celebrate our 50th Anniversary June 29, 2023 at the Doubletree where we regularly meet.
The details for this event are evolving.  Please say "yes" if you are asked to help!
SAVE THE DATE!  You won't want to miss this celebration!
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.
Mar 23, 2023
Barrio Mobil
Mar 30, 2023
We are dark on the 5th Thursday of any month with 5 Thursdays
Apr 06, 2023
Inspire Sleep
Apr 13, 2023
Microcredit Program Update
Apr 20, 2023
Arizona Chiropractic Neurology
Apr 27, 2023
Efforts in Ukraine
May 04, 2023
May 11, 2023
Tour of Ross Farnsworth YMCA
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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
Traditional Homemade Mexican Dinner with Tere
Dan & Colleen Coon's Home
Apr 01, 2023
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
MESA WEST Spring Olympics
Ed and Deb Koeneman's Home
Apr 08, 2023
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Apr 18, 2023 5:30 PM
TRVFA Dinner
May 04, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
District 5495 Conference
Renaissance Hotel
May 05, 2023 10:00 AM –
May 06, 2023 10:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary: Blood Donation Opportunity
Ross Farnsworth EV YMCA
May 11, 2023
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
May 16, 2023 5:30 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute
May 20, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Myren
March 12
Erica Williams
March 31
Spouse Birthdays
Angie Troy
March 6
John Yost
March 25
Erika Yost
John Yost
March 3
Join Date
Wendell Jones
March 1, 1989
34 years
Mike Whalen
March 9, 1995
28 years
Dan Lamborn
March 12, 2021
2 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
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