Fanny's Corner
Thank-you to all the Rotarians for supporting Fanny in her Campo Verde Cheer program.  As you may know, there is nothing like American Cheerleading in France - so she is truly getting an American High School experience.
This past week has been really busy.  She has cheer practice on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  On Saturday, she injured her elbow.  Monday's practice confirmed her pain so Fanny was able to visit our Urgent Care system and an Orthopedic doctor. She is fine and now back to practice.
Fanny has been handing out with our Crutches 4 Africa kids making tote bags and this past Sunday, making tote bags again with the Youth Exchange outbound and inbound students.
Hamburgers and S'mores are becoming favorite foods.
The last two photos were taken at Argitopia in Gilbert, where Fanny and I were enjoying lunch. I take Fanny out to lunch every Wednesday as Fanny gets out of school an hour early at 1:30 but has to be back for Cheer Practice at 4:45.  We enjoy a quick lunch between school and practice and would gladly welcome anyone who wants to join us.  
August Service Project
This is a reminder about our August project to support the Salvation Army's homeless assistance efforts.  Please bring the following supply needs to our club meetings during the month of August:
  • Hygiene items in travel sizes: (constant need)
    • shampoo
    • soap
    • women's deodorant
    • men's deodorant
    • toothbrushes
    • toothpaste
  • Washcloths (constant need)
  • Snack items (constant need)  (suggest things that don't melt)
They do NOT need feminine hygiene supplies.
Bring donations to our Mesa West Rotary Club meetings and I will arrange transport.
Dave Brauchler, Community Service Chair
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of three one-day educational sessions to learn about Rotary beyond the Club Level.  All three sessions are held in the same place on the same day enabling car-pooling for participants no matter which session they plan to attend.  The location where the sessions are held can move around, promoting a little Rotary tourism.  Whether you are a relatively new Rotarian or a seasoned Rotarian who finally has time to get more involved, members are encouraged to sign up and participate.
At their August 16 Board Meeting, Mesa West Rotary Club officers and directors approved making one of the recent visioning session ideas become a reality.  The club will cover the registration cost for those who register and attend RLI going forward.  
The next RLI is scheduled to take place in Flagstaff Saturday, September 24, at the Flagstaff Art Leadership Academy, 3401 N Valley Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001.  Check-in will start at 8:00 AM and the sessions will start at 8:45 AM.  Lunch will be served at noon followed by a graduation ceremony for those attending Session III.  The sessions will resume at 1:00 PM and end by 4:00 PM.
Members who wish to register can e-mail Jeanie Morgan, letting her know which session they are ready for.  They are taken in order - Session I, II, or III.  Registration is open for the September 24 RLI.  If someone has Jeanie pay for their registration but fails to attend, they will be invoiced for the cost of their registration.
Our own Polly Cady is the current RLI Chairperson.  She will be glad to answer any questions about RLI.
PDG Fellowship Summary
I attended a Zoom call of the Fellowship of PDGs 15 August 2022 hosted by Ann Lee Hussey with guest speaker Past RI President Ian Riseley. There were 52 participants form US, Canada, UK, Australia, and Africa. PRIP Ray Klinginsmith and PRID Johrita Solari were notable attendees.
PRIP Ian started the conversation with the opening topic of Membership. He noted that over the past 15 years RI membership has decrease < 2.5%.
< 33% down in UK
< 27% down in US/Canada
Large increase in India, Philippines
He suggested that when pursuing potential new members, we should consider “what’s in it for them”. This subject continued as he outlined “why good people should want to be members of a Rotary Club”. 
 Friendship
 Personal development
 Business opportunities
 The opportunity to make a difference in the world or local community
Ian provided several personal examples for each item above. A question was posed: “could the inability to make a difference be a reason for someone to leave Rotary”? An interesting question to ponder when pursuing a new member or trying to retain one. According to Ian “Retention” is key.
Over the past several years Rotary has maintained 1.2 M members and has brought in 1.3 M new members. At the same time Rotary has lost 1.3 M members. Perhaps they reasoned in their judgement “the time spent did not meet their needs”. 2
Ian also encouraged members to participate in the programs of The Rotary Foundation and the 7 Areas of Focus. Specifically, he commented on:
 Polio
 Peace Centers
 Global / District Grants
 Environment
 Annual Fund
o He wants us to encourage more personal donations
 Ukraine - $15.3 M was amassed in only a few days – simply amazing what Rotarians can do when motivated
Ann Lee Hussey opened the next subject discussing the uptick of recent polio cases. She commented that there have been 19 cases so far this year. Ian added that the discovery of polio in the sewage in New York and in the UK, that this makes Polio a relevant topic again. He was amazed that scientist could pinpoint the origin of the DNA of the germ from sewage. As we all know “polio is only a plane ride away”.  Many children in this country and others are not getting the polio vaccine with the normal newborn inoculations.
On a brighter note, Ian stated that a Polio Fundraising Golf Tournament will be held prior to the start of the RI Convention on Friday 26 May 2023 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
The Endowment goal of $2.025 B in 2025 is on target and he is very optimistic it will be met.
A questioned was asked if RI was developing an educational program concerning “Global Warming”.  Ian was not aware of any and felt the subject was “tremendously political”.
A new Peace Center will be announced in October/November, which will be built in North Africa or the Middle East. Funding has been provided by an anonymous donor – no cost to RI.
Ian further encourages members to calculate their “Rotary Footprint” when donating to The Rotary Foundation and to consider:
 How many children will be saved from the polio virus
 How many meals can be feed to the needy
 How many beds can be made – Sleep in Heavenly Peace
 Education – RYE
Another question was asked about development of Rotary in Cuba and Vietnam. Ian suggested looking to RIP Jennifer Jones to answer this.
Yes, this is a HOT subject that definitely caught my attention. When Ian was RI President 2017 – 2018, he challenged Rotarians to plant 1.2 M trees – 1 for every Rotarian. Over 3 M were planted.
A question was posed concerning the recent uptick in FIRES in the US, Canada, and the UK. Did he think another tree planting challenge be worthy of discussion?
In casually discussing this topic with Pam Cohen, she mentioned DGE Kevin Pitts who has had up close and personal experiences with FIRES in the Prescott area. We all remember the tragic Yarnell Hill FIRE that kill 19 firefighters on 30 June 2013.
What better way to commemorate this 10th Anniversary than to have Rotarians kick off a tree planting as we begin a new Rotary year on 1 July 2023 and do it all over the entire state of Arizona. I will pursue this with DGE Kevin with the intention of including Rotarians in District 5500.
Highlights of August 11 Meeting
Open Meeting and Welcoming Remarks - President Pam Cohen
Pam indicated August 11 is National President's Joke Day.  She celebrated by sharing, "What does a duck say when it buys lipstick?"  It says, "Put it on my bill."
She thanked Colleen Coons for serving as Greeter welcoming members and guests to the meeting.
Invocation and Pledge
  • Ray Smith offered the invocation
  • Jim Erickson led the Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction of Guests
  • Dan Coons introduced visiting Rotarians from Hawaii -  Jim and Beth Hoban.
  • Crutches 4 Africa Ambassadors Huda Muhammed and Alondra Macias were introduced
  • Jaylee Alvin, an outbound Youth Exchange Student sponsored by Mesa West Rotary was introduced.
  • Our inbound exchange student from France, Fanny Lienard, was again welcomed to the meeting.
  • David Brauchler introduced Polo Santiago, saying Polo lives in the area.  He researched us through out website and came to visit.  He may want to join.  
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Ron Thompson
Dr. Ron asked Polo Santiago to draw the winning raffle ticket, which was held by John Benedict.  Since the big pot had been won the prior week,  the large and small pots were equal at $30 eachAfter shuffling the cards, the card John drew was not the Ace of Clubs, so he won the small pot.  The large pot will keep getting bigger and bigger each week until a lucky ticket holder eventually draws the Ace of Clubs.
Happy Bucks - Dr. Ron Thompson
  • Jack Rosenberg pledged $100 toward his Paul Harris giving to celebrate Frank and Amanda's anniversary and his own 68th birthday.
  • Jim Erickson donated - he was happy to be seated at a table of pleasant young ladies.  He was sad to report that year-to-date there have been nineteen cases of wild polio virus diagnosed worldwide.
  • Shelly Romine was sad to have missed the club's visioning session.  She had spent the prior two weeks in Idaho enjoying time with her family.
  • Beth Hoban was happy to be at the meeting.
  • John Pennypacker was happy to have someone fill out his form for him.
  • Dick Myren donated his traditional $2 for himself and Rod Daniels - happy they are both part of the Ace of Clubs.
  • Colleen Coons contributed.  She said she would be soulmates for life with Huda and Alondra after their Crutches for Africa mission, and with Fanny as their Youth Exchange daughter, she and Dan are finally enjoying being parents of girls.
  • From Zoom, Allan and PollyCady were happy to announce their Rotary daughter in Mexico will soon be leaving for her year as a Youth Exchange student.  While staying on their boat in San Diego, they have made-up two Rotary meetings by attending the Point Loma and La Jolla Rotary Club meetings.  Polly said it was wonderful to see so many young people at the meeting.  As Membership Chair, Polly was thrilled to see Polo Santiago at the meeting.
  • Ed Koeneman was happy to have Alondra and Huda at the meeting.  He said they did a great job of leading the Westwood HS Interact Club through COVID, using online meetings effectively.  While his wife was out of town, he was happy to have been successful in booking a sci-fi chapel to renew their marriage vows.
  • Dave Brauchler was happy two Rotary friends had remembered the Rotary service project this month specifically mentioning that Shelly had brought in her collection of complimentary hotel hygiene supplies.  
  • Don LaBarge contributed saying odd things happen.  He is currently trying to make a decision about whether to work with an author who is writing about a case Don was involved with when he was in law enforcement.  The case involved a drug cartel, suicide, kidnapping.  Don has two three-ring binders containing information relating to the case. 
  • Ron Thompson made a $29 pledge before handing wrapping up the Happy Bucks session to celebrate birthdays of his son and his wife Toni's 29th birthday.
Funds needed to support Fanny's Extra-Curricular Activity - Cheerleading!
  • Dick Myren reminded members to fill out the Happy Bucks forms to indicate whether they were making a pledge or contributing cash, and indicating the intended use of the funds donated if different than the club operating budget.
  • Colleen Coons announced that she had fined President Pam $100 to go to Fanny's cheerleading practice.  She said they would be "passing the hat" at the meeitng to raise enough funds to cover the expenses incurred by those who are selected as cheerleaders.  The fees are around $1,000 plus each member of the team is encouraged to find at least one sponsor.  Colleen urged members to attend practices and games.  She auctioned a bag which they brought back from the Special Needs School in Kenya.  The bags are environmentally recycled and hand-stitched.  Several members had already donated or made commitments.  Allan Cady gave his contribution to Dan at the April 4 meeting suggesting members be urged to match his donation.  After members have said they would match, then they would be told whether Allan's donation was $50 or $100... 
  • Bidding for the bag was pretty competitive, but Diane Ware's bid of $120 made her the lucky owner of the bag.
  • Pam added that a calendar would be available at our meetings showing Fanny's activities to allow members to find a time and date they can spend time showing her a good time and getting to know her.
  • Polly Cady announced Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held in Flagstaff on September 24.
  • Pam made a sad announcement - for health reasons, Robin Harris has had to drop out of his position as President-Elect.
Program - Crutches 4 Africa Ambassador Mission
Ed Koeneman introduced the program.  The Interact District Council encourages clubs throughout the district to gather mobility devices all year so they can be shipped to Kenya to be distributed to people in need by the team of Ambassadors which were selected to represent our district.  Dan and Colleen Coons were two of four sponsors.  Alondra Macias and Huda Muhammed were two of the Ambassadors selected to go this year.
Colleen provided an overview.  Dave Talbot is a Rotarian who contracted polio.  He led an active life as a professional photographer.  He saw the lack of mobility when in Africa and started Crutches 4 Africa.  Those with disabilities were often hidden away.
He started his non-profit organization to combat that stigma and provide mobility and independence.  To date 120,000 canes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs have been distributed.  PDG Art Harrington has led the District 5495 Interact effort to enviable heights, encouraging and developing leadership skills in their schools, community and - in our district - participation in a hands-on international project.
Colleen said the Massai people do not have a word in their language fo depression or loneliness.  They experience poverty, but no pity or sorrow.  Massai people want to provide devices.  Colleen has a great respect for the welcoming people they encountered.  Her own appreciation has grown.  She has running water and no spiders or insects in her shower.  It is not so for those people.
Huda talked about their takeaways.  Being able to communicate with each other helped them process what was happening.  They each received Massai names.  Huda's name meant "the one that crosses over."  
They were able to see beautiful animals during a tour of the mara.  They visited water towers installed with Rotary help that provide water for the community.  With the mothers not having to fetch water, the older children could attend school rather than care for younger siblings.  Education changes lives.
They learned what it was like to wash clothes by hand.
Alondra discovered that it is a privilege to serve others - something she now wants to do for the rest of her life.
After the Mara, they went to Naivasha where life was more modern.  There they made distributions of mobility devices every day.  While in Naivasha they visited schools and Interact Clubs and can see how Interact can unite teens from all over the world.  It was tough learning that special needs kids are often locked away.  They said it was inspiring to see how a community came together to change that.
The level of gratitude they witnessed was amazing.  During a last-day activity, a chemistry classroom was available to visit.  The improvisation employed to make sure learning could happen with extremely less spent on equipment was impressive.
Help Child Crisis Arizona win Large Grant
CLICK HERE to cast your vote for Child Crisis Arizona in the third round of voting.  There is one vote per device per person during each round.  They are now in the third round of voting which began August 15.  If you first voted in either of the prior two rounds, you can vote again.  In fact, you can vote a few more times.  They are in the third of five rounds of voting, and you can vote using each of your devices once each round. 
Mesa West Rotary has a long history of supporting Child Crisis Arizona.  Your vote(s) will help propel them to the next level in this competition.  They were sitting in second place the last time we checked..  The voting link gets updated for each round.  We will try to keep the current link available to our members by updating this article
Just before the 2021-22 fiscal year ended, Mesa West Rotary Foundation sent a $2,000 donation to Child Crisis Arizona.  CLICK HERE to read the letter of appreciation received from Child Crisis Arizona.  You may want to have a tissue box handy...   
Something to Ponder
“Stay away from those people who try to disparage your ambitions.
Small minds will always do that, but great minds will give you
a feeling that you can become great too.” — Mark Twain
Today's Chuckle
A priest buys a lawn mower at a yard sale. Back home, he pulls on the starter rope a few times with no results. He storms back to the yard sale and tells the previous owner, “I can’t get the mower to start!” “That’s because you have to curse to get it started,” says the man. “I’m a man of the cloth. I don’t even remember how to curse.” “You keep pulling on that rope, and it’ll come back to you.” —Submitted by Rose Mattix to Reader's Digest
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
Aug 25, 2022
Conquering your Peak Performance in Life
Sep 01, 2022
Read Better Be Better
Sep 08, 2022
Visiting Angels
Sep 15, 2022
55+ TLC Interior Design
Sep 22, 2022
Official District Governor Visit
Sep 30, 2022
We will be dark - 5th Thursday
Oct 06, 2022
Oct 13, 2022
Child Crisis Arizona
Oct 20, 2022
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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
Salvation Army chef support
Salvation Army Mesa, AZ
Aug 24, 2022 – Oct 26, 2022
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Sep 20, 2022 5:30 PM
Support for The "Y"
Mesa "Y"
Sep 24, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Oct 18, 2022 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ray Smith
August 9
Jack Rosenberg
August 12
Rodney Daniels
August 17
Mike Whalen
August 19
Dan Coons
August 20
Joan Reimann
August 29
Spouse Birthdays
Toni Farmer-Thompson
August 5
Scotty Romine
August 12
Rosalyn Schmidt
August 24
Joan Reimann
August 29
Sean Green
Barbara Des Moulins
August 1
Don LaBarge
Chris LaBarge
August 3
John Benedict
Jane Benedict
August 7
Stephen West
Julie West
August 22
Amanda Rosenberg
Frank Rosenberg
August 26
Frank Rosenberg
Amanda Rosenberg
August 26
Ted Williams
August 29
Join Date
Jim LeCheminant
August 1, 2002
20 years
Stephen West
August 1, 1993
29 years
Steve Ross
August 1, 1989
33 years
Don Boucher
August 3, 2012
10 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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