Mesa West Rotary's 5th Thursday Event
Hosted by Ed and Debbie Koeneman
Ed will give a tour of the "Keeper's Workshop" and provide a live demonstration of creating a ball point pen on a lathe.
  • Thursday, March 31, 2022
  • 5:00 Social Time   
  • 5:30 Demonstration
  • 6:00 - 8:00 Mexican Buffet and more Social Time
  • 3152 N 82nd Street, Mesa, AZ 85207
Remember - the Club will be dark on the 5th Thursday of every month that has a 5th Thursday!
CLICK HERE  to RSVP if you plan to attend.
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) March 19, 2022
Mesa West Past President and Member Polly Cady is currently serving as Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Chairman for Rotary District 5495.  She was delighted to be able to hold the first in-person RLI since the COVID pandemic began in the spring of 2020.  All three sessions of RLI ran concurrently Saturday, March 19, 2022.  The staff of the Thunderbird School of Global Management were very welcoming and happy to share their space with Rotary for the day.  Dean Sanjeev Khagram is shown welcoming DGN and RLI Facilitator Kevin Pitts. 
Gwyn Nichols, who completed RLI virtually is a member of the Thunderbird Rotary Club and was instrumental in making the connections necessary to hold RLI at such a prestigious facility.  Gwyn also wanted to receive her RLI completion certificate in person.
Completing their third and final RLI session were three Mesa West members - Pam Cohen, Colleen Coons, and Logan Harper.  Ron Klaphacke, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Wickenburg was a member of their graduating class.
Mesa West Rotarian Bob Zarling, who had completed RLI virtually, accepted the invitation to come to the campus to receive his completion certificate in person.  In the bottom row of the photo collage, the middle photo shows the graduating class with their facilitators on the far side of the balcony overlooking the impressive campus lobby.  The far right photo shows the Session I RLI classroom with Mesa West member Diane Ware beginning her RLI journey.
StreetLightUSA March 19 Service Project
Volunteers Bob Zarling, Kayla Mudge, Carla Krcmarik, Mike and Chris Krueger, Dan Coons, Ron Thompson, Dave Brauchler, and Shelly Romine participated in a service project for StreetLightUSA on Saturday March 19 in Glendale.  Also in the group photo is Doug, head of maintenance for StreetLightUSA.  The project consisted of painting a hallway and doors in the administration building and front doors of five cottage homes.  The volunteer coordinator, Lane Klassen, gave the group a tour and explained how girls ages 13-17 who have been trafficked or are at high risk for trafficking will stay there typically for 4-6 months to receive counseling and other services before being returned to live with relatives or foster care.
Highlights of March 17 Meeting
Opening of Meeting - President Dan Coons
President Dan opened the meeting by reminding members and guests of the Rotary International 2021-22 theme - Serve to Change Lives - after which he recited the 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
Invocation and Pledge
Ron Thompson offered the invocation and Warren Williamson led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rotary Minute - Chuck Flindt
Bob Zarling was invited by Chuck Flindt to come to the podium to be recognized for his generous support of The Rotary Foundation.  Bob received three Paul Harris Fellow pins, PHF+1, PHF+2, and PHF+3.  Each pin recognized an additional $1,000 beyond the original $1,000 qualifying Bob as a Paul Harris Fellow.  His total giving now exceeds $4,000.   
Bob was also recognized for having named The Rotary Foundation in his estate planning documents to receive $50,000 or more, qualifying him as a level three Bequest Society Member.  A beautiful crystal was presented to Bob to recognize this future bequest.
Introduction of Guests
  • Ed Koeneman introduced his cousin and her husband, Cara and Dennis Bass who have been visiting from Chicago.
  • Robin Harris introduced Rock Jenkins, a visiting Rotarian from Maple Valley Washington who has recently purchased a residence in Gilbert.
  • Brian Garcia-Larson from the Chandler Rotary Club introduced himself and let members and guests know he was attending to invite volunteers to help with the annual track meet which their club has hosted for over 80 years.
  • Seline Graves introduced herself as a visiting Rotarian from Club Rotario de Phoenix - the first Hispanic Rotary Club in the US.  She was attending to help promote the need for volunteers at the Chandler Club's track meet.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flindt
Chuck explained the raffle was starting over with a full deck of 53 cards - since it contains a joker.  The large and small pots were of equal size - $55.  The holder of the stub of the ticket drawn would automatically win $55 and the opportunity to draw a card from the deck.  If they should draw the joker, they would win an additional $20.  If the Ace of Clubs were drawn, they would win an additional $55.  Visitor Cara Bass was the holder of the winning ticket drawn by Don Boucher.  She drew the Ace of Clubs.  She donated the second $55 won back to the raffle.
Sponsorship Campaign Progress Report - Allan Cady
Allan Cady held the thermometer showing where we are in reaching our goal of raising $60,000 in the sponsorship campaign this year.  He said we were just under $20,000 with seventeen Rotarians participating so far and seven donations coming from sources outside of our club. 
Lucinda General spoke up saying that a regular donor she has worked with, and who has donated $2,000 in our previous sponsorship campaigns, has told Lucinda they want to donate $5,000 this year.  The generosity of Lake Shore Associates, Inc.will go a long way in helping Mesa West Rotary create lasting change.
Community Service Update
  • Logan Harper reported he was speechless about the response received from Mesa West Rotarians when they received an email Wednesday morning listing a number of items that were needed to help an Afghan refugee family settle into an apartment after he had received word that the move-in date would be nearly a month earlier than he had first understood.  In less than twelve hours, all the items on the list had been donated or covered by committed donations.  A few neighboring Rotary Clubs have been working with International Rescue Committee to coordinate provision of furnishings for the family.  
  • Shelly Romine reminded members of the StreetLightUSA service project in Glendale Saturday, March 19.  She has learned that the volunteers would be painting doors. The also announced a Community Service Committee meeting would be held immediately following the club meeting.
Rotary Leadership Institute - Polly Cady
Polly said that RLI would be held in person Saturday, March 19 for the first time since the COVID pandemic started.  She said that Mesa West Rotary would be well represented.  Jeanie Morgan will be helping facilitate Session III.  Pam Cohen, Colleen Coons, and Logan Harper will be attending Session III, which will make them the newest RLI graduates.  Diane Ware will be attending Session I.
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
  • Ed Koeneman - donated.  He was happy that when friends heard about what Mesa West was doing to help the Afghan refugee family get settled, they wanted to donate an entertainment center.
  • Ray Smith gladly paid a fine for the cell phone call he received.  He said it was a call from a client and was worth the cost.
  • Chuck Flint was happy that Ray "fessed up" about the phone call.
  • Jim Schmidt pledged $100 in memory of an aunt who had recently passed away causing him to miss a couple of meetings.
  • Allan Cady contributed $5 for himself and $1 for Polly who had noticed he was not wearing green on St. Patrick's day and that he might have to stay following the meeting to be available for pinching.
  • Bob Zarling contributed warning that the scams are already starting trying to extract money from people saying it will be used to help those suffering as a result of the invasion in Ukraine.  He said he's already received ten calls from Poland...
  • Colleen Coons pledged $300 (which she said Dan would gladly pay) to support her team in the sponsorship campaign, praising Dan Lamborn's time invested in helping Ryan with his resume.  Dan also provided advice on job application completion, interview preparedness, and general industry perspectives which were very instrumental in Ryan recently being hired.
  • Joan Reimann contributed.  
  • Jim Crutcher donated $10 saying Polly Cady was clearly worth double what Allan contributed for himself.
  • Dave Brauchler made a contribution.
  • Ted Williams said you have to be careful how you explain heritage to grandchildren, after learning that there was Irish heritage from the Lawler side of their family, one of the grandchildren was overheard telling someone that they were part Leprechaun.
  • Jay Stuckey contributed, celebrating the fact that chicken was not on the menu for lunch.
  • Jack Rosenberg contributed $2.  He was happy to report he and Cindy had recently rescued two Chihuahua/Maltese puppies.  He's also happy to have Mike Whalen back in the Club.
  • Robin Harris contributed.  He was happy to report he and Debbie were celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary.
  • Chris Krueger contributed $2 saying that was all she had left after paying their taxes.  She said they have made a few offers on homes in Nebraska, but note have been accepted yet.  She asked that members not be so anxious to celebrate that fact, reminding them they wouldn't want her father, who lives with them, to be homeless.
  • Ray Smith made another contribution to announce that Marc Hunt had asked him to facilitate a $500 donation to The Rotary Foundation disaster response efforts in Ukraine to honor Jeane Crouse.
  • Pam Cohen contributed.  She said she was happy thinking about the possibility of staying after the meeting to pinch those who weren't wearing green.  Unless she was wearing green socks, she might have been subject to being a pinchee rather than a pincher.
  • Darl Andersen said he would match what Jack donated.  He is also very happy to have Mike Whalen back in Mesa West Rotary.
The Life and Times of Lucinda General
Pam Cohen introduced Lucinda as a friend and mentor she met through Rotary.  She has never forgotten some of the first advice Lucinda gave her following a meeting where Pam had been announcing an upcoming event.  Lucinda explained that not even all men are sports fans, and it might be a good idea to include the descriptive word "basketball" when inviting people to participate in a shootout.  
Lucinda was the first - and for four years - the only child of Tony and Lucille Rose.  The family income came from a family-owned restaurant, which meant that Lucinda was around adults the majority of her time and learned to be productive and exhibit good manners at a very early age.
Grades 1-8, Lu attended a Catholic elementary school.  She remembered riding a school bus driven by a divorced woman.  Lu was aware that the bus driver could not receive the sacraments at church because she was divorced.  The bus driver's children attended the same school.  There was no cafeteria at the school.  The children were supposed to bring lunches from home.  When children forgot their lunch, they were allowed to knock on the door of the building behind the school, and wee given a lunch.  That happened enough with the bus driver's children that they were forbidden from knocking on the door to get the free lunch.  Lu was sharp enough to understand it was an economic problem rather than a behavior problem and she voiced her objection to those in authority about how the situation was being handled.  That prompted her father to be summoned to the school.  That was the first time Lucinda remembered being in big trouble, but she knew in her heart she was right.
When Lucinda was in 7th grade, she learned about a Youth Recreation Council and was able to obtain permission to represent the school on the council.
Lu's grandfather was a charter member and her dad was a member of a Rotary Club that met at the Rosewood Restaurant.  Her first Rotary Club speech was in a talent show hosted by the club.
At a very early age, Lucinda decided she was ready to "adult."  She hated the cliques in high school.  She went to Texas and didn't want to go home.  She remembered an extremely emotional phone conversation with her father in which some scarring words were spoken.  Following the conversation, she did go home to Connecticut, but immediately started spending time at the law library, trying to learn how to become an emancipated minor.  What she learned was that she could just leave and if she didn't get arrested, she could be responsible for herself, which at sixteen years and ten months, she did.
Back in Texas, Lucinda and her then boyfriend went over the border and were married in Mexico.  After she turned 18, they were married in a Catholic church in Texas, the same year her daughter, Leslie was born.  That was a big year.  She voted for the first time, but the wrong man won.  She was not a Carter fan.
During that period of time, the Iran hostage situation was in the news.  Lucinda was working in a mall at the time.  She remembered that the mall was very strict about what could and could not be displayed in or near the stores in the mall.  She felt their rules against displaying flags were overly strict and went to work to get them relaxed enough to allow the US Flag to be displayed by any store who wished to do so.  She was successful and was happy to report that it seemed to her fifty or more stores elected to display the flag.
Over the next few years, she had left the mall job and was working in a Denny's, she had a son, and there was enough strain on the young marriage that it ended.  Lucinda knew at the time that she was not in a position to be the best custodial parent.  Her children were raised by their father who she says did a good job.
After moving back to Hartford, Lu moved on to a new career selling cars.  She was the only female sales person on the dealership's staff, and gave away a free teapot with each car she sold.   Some speculated that she was just there to look for a husband.  She took in the information necessary to become a finance and leasing manager at the dealership and stayed there for close to a decade.
In 1990, Lucinda joined the Rotary Club of Hartford, and she became certified as a scuba diver.
In 1993, she moved with her new husband, Jim, to Costa Rica.  Lu joined a Rotary Club there, and was the first female member of that club.  She said the gentleman who sponsored her into the club in Costa Rica became like a second father to her.
May 7, 1996, Lucinda and Jim started on the most memorable trip of her lifetime.  They left Costa Rica in a 1972 Range Rover to begin a drive back to the United States.  There sere several border crossings, but had no problems at any of them.  At one point on the Yucatan Peninsula, their brakes went out.  They found themselves buried in sand in the middle of nowhere.  They were very relieved when they finally arrived in Texas.  They had travelled 6,072 miles from Costa Rica to Connecticut, and spent 43 nights on the road as they travelled through Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico before arriving in Texas, then travelling the rest of the way to Connecticut, stopping in Florida, and North Carolina on the way. 
Lucinda and Jim travelled from Connecticut, stopping in Kansas and Denver Colorado before arriving in Phoenix, where they would make their next home on September 5, 1996.
When Lucinda was installed as District Governor, she needed an escort, and requested her friend Pam to perform that duty, but only if she would wear her "mermaid" dress.  Like most District Governor years, there were high highs and low lows.  In those years, one of the first duties of a District 5510 governor was to pick up manure and the Springerville parade.  She was named the "Queen of Veal."  She went through a divorce.  She led the District admirably and has mentored many Rotary leaders since that time
If one wanted to have an edge playing a trivia game about Lu, you might need to remember that one of her favorite forms of entertainment is fife and drum corps performances.
Since 2009, Lu has been married to Wayne General, who became a Mesa West Rotary member in 2016.  He probably thought if he wanted to spend more time with Lu, that would be an action he would have to take. 
At one point, Lucinda recognized that every surname she has ever had has also been a noun.   She admitted that early mornings, when first awake, she is not the easiest person to get along with.  One morning, when Wayne had crossed the line into "irritating" territory (which is not hard to do at that time of day) Lu admitted she said to him, "Maybe it's time for another noun."  
One of the accomplishments that Lu is most proud of - where Rotary is concerned - is the time she spent working with PDG George Wheeler to smooth the bumps in the road as two Rotary Districts were merged into one.  She finds it very rewarding to see how smoothly the combined district - District 5495 - is now running. 
Lu will finish her Rotary Zone Coordinator duties June 30, and plans to focus her Rotary energy closer to home. She and Wayne enjoy travel, opera, and entertaining.  They also both enjoy photography.  There are lots of opportunities to follow one's passions in Rotary.  She encouraged each Rotarian to follow their passion in Rotary and see where it takes them.
It will be interesting to watch where Lu goes from here.
Something to Ponder
Today's Chuckle
Winston Churchill loved paraprosdokians, figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected.  Here's another...
You do not need a parachute to skydive. 
You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
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 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
Join Date
Wendell Jones
March 1, 1989
33 years
Mike Whalen
March 9, 1995
27 years
Dan Lamborn
March 12, 2021
1 year
Rotary District 5495 Links
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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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Jeanie Morgan
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