July Service Project
David Brauchler, Community Service Chair, is shown with Polly Cady chopping peppers and onions for the meatloaf and preparing salads to be served at lunch at the Salvation Army facility.  They enjoyed some great conversations as they worked.  There was some counter-cleaning and floor sweeping done as well.
Mesa West Rotary Welcomed Fanny at Sky Harbour
Mesa West Rotary Club will be hosting Fanny, an inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student from France during the 2022-23 academic year.  Fanny arrived at Sky Harbor July 23 and was welcomed by Polly Cady, President Pam Cohen, John Pennypacker, Allan Cady, Ed Koeneman, and Bryan and Donna Goetzenberger.  
Interact Crutches 4 Africa Images
Colleen Coons shared these comments July 21:
"These are photos of our distributions of mobility devices.  The people in Kenya are the most amazing, kind hearted, loving people.  They all have a deep respect for each other, the community, the animals and the environment. 
"The  Rotaractors in Naivasha certainly make an impact as they have many signature projects, working with schools, hospitals, food inequity, and the most important, water. Our Westwood High Kiddos are doing great and certainly want to thank Mesa West for this life changing opportunity! They extend a big hug to Ed!!! "
Highlights of July 21 Meeting
Welcome and Call to Order
President Pam asked PE Robin Harris to offer the invocation.
She then asked Ed Koeneman to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rotary Minute - Shelly Romine
Shelly encouraged members to regularly visit the Rotary Website -  She said that those visits will generally be rewarded with learning something new about Rotary.  She said her most recent visit reminded her of the countless ways Rotarians can partner across the globe with friendship exchanges, grant projects, and Rotary Action Groups, making it possible to accomplish things together that individual Rotarians and Rotary Clubs would find daunting to do on their own.  Rotary Action Groups are cause-focused with shared expertise and passion driving outstanding projects to aid areas ranging from Alzheimer's/dementia to Slavery Prevention.  Rotaractors can now also participate through these groups.
Greeter Appreciation
  • President Pam thanked Darl Andersen for serving as greeter welcoming members guests as they arrived for the meeting.
Introduction of Guests
  • Major Ray welcomed everyone to the Salvation Army facility.  He voiced their appreciation for ringing the bell during the holiday season and many other things that Mesa West Rotarians have done for them.  He hoped everyone had found the facility and were able to find available parking.
  • Jim Erickson introduced Consular Jorge Yescas and Ricardo Reyes from the Mexican Consulate office in Phoenix.  They described a mentoring opportunity Mesa West Rotarians might want to participate in - The Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Mexican Women Abroad.  Pam encouraged the visitors to provide more information by email.  They did follow through - see in a separate article in the July 27 Messenger.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Steve Ross
Steve said the large pot was up to $713, and the small pot was $35.  He asked guest Ricardo Reyes to draw the winning ticket which was held by Shelly Romine.  When Shelly attempted to draw the Ace of Clubs, she instead drew the deuce of clubs.
Happy Bucks - John Pennypacker
  • John Pennypacker contributed venting about having spent $75 for a $2 fuse for his air conditioner.
  • Polly Cady contributed - their very first great grandchild - Wesley Beck Breinholt - was born July 18.
  • Melodie Jackson contributed $10 "bewildered" bucks.  She was helping her daughter handle a transaction and needed to give $10 to a woman.  She found $10 on her daughter's desk and gave that to the lady.  When her daughter started to pay Melodie back, Melodie was confused and said, "I gave her the $10 I found on your desk." Melodie's daughter said that $10 bill was a counterfeit bill.  Melodie offered to deliver the $10 to the lady for her daughter, but the lady didn't want it...
  • Don LaBarge contributed.  He admitted getting part way to the Doubletree before realizing he should be headed for Salvation Army and felt a bit foolish since he was the one that set up the offsite meeting when it was learned the hotel was overbooked on banquet space.  He also gave an update on Ted Williams health.  Ted had his gall bladder removed and is recovering well.
  • Dave Brauchler contributed saying he and Lynn would be heading for California to celebrate Lynn's mother's 96th birthday.  He also contributed saying he was honored to be the person of choice to change his 2-year-old granddaughter's diaper.
  • Jim Erickson reported that there have been thirteen cases of wild poliovirus diagnosed this year.  He recently learned there is a case of type 2 polio in New York now.  We still have a long way to go with our Polio Plus immunization effort.
  • Shelly Romine contributed saying she would miss the next two meetings, but urging members to participate in the visioning session planned for Satursday, August 6.
  • Robin Harris contributed reminding members it is not too late to complete the visioning survey.
  • President Pam contributed.  She was glad to have Rotarian Yanick Hicks at our meeting and looked forward to hearing his presentation.  She also explained she told Ed Koeneman he was her "Number 1" (apparently Star Trek Fans know what that means) and was going to have him drill a hold in his name badge so he could add that.
  • Dave Brauchler reminded members of the first service opportunity of the new Rotary year.  Volunteers will work two hour shifts at Salvation Army helping them handle the increased demand for their summer heat relief program.  The early shift will prepare meals and the later shift will be available as needed in the dining/gathering area.  The volunteers are needed July 23-July 29 - a full week.
  • Visioning - The questionnaire is pretty basic.  For those who sign up, more comments are possible.  The surveys are anonymous.
  • Don LaBarge explained how to handle dirty dishes and how to exit the meeting.
  • Polly Cady announced Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) would be held Saturday, September 24 in Flagstaff.  The venue is yet to be determined.  She also announced our youth exchange student would be arriving on the 23rd and talked about the logistical challenge of her arriving on the same date her first host parents, Dan and Colleen Coons, would be arriving from the Crutches 4 Africa trip to Kenya.  As always several Mesa West Rotarians were glad to do what they could to bridge the temporary housing challenge.
Program - Yanick Hicks - Becoming a Person of Influence
Jay Stuckey introduced Yanick as a member of the Glendale Rotary Club.  The program focus would be about becoming a person of influence - leadership, sharing information which can be applied to everyday life beginning today.  Yanick is glad to make presentations to businesses and organizations.  His business cards were available on the tables.
Yanick said he remembers his early life in Kamaroon, West Africa.  He said his grandfather was very influencial - teaching him about the foundation of life by modeling character, integrity and leadership.  He would wake up at 4:00 and read.  At 5:00, he would follow his grandfather to church.  Those values and principals learned early in life live on.
His grandrather enrolled him in a seminary of the Catholic Church - he wanted Yanick to become a priest, but Yanick met a woman and the priesthood became less attractive.
When Yanick moved to the United States, he experienced many difficulties.  Kids at school made fun of his different accent, culture, etc.  Yanick deviated from his principals partying, drinking, etc.
Yanick said it dawned on him after he had a call from a friend about leadership growth and development.  The materials resonated with the principals and values his grandfather had instilled.  Yanick started studying John Maxwell materials.
When Yanick started applying the principals on a daily basis, things began to change.  His passion is leadership.  After pharmacy school, Yanick became certified as a speaker.  He became part of a team.  In growth and development, values make the difference in results.
Leadership determines effectiveness - you can get better ask yourself three questions:  
  1. What went right?
  2. What went wrong?
  3. What can I do different?
Experience is the best teacher.  Learn from what you did.  Get better.
Recruitment suggestions
  • Be intentional - you want to attract people with positive attitudes - people of action.
  • In any organization some are coming in and others going out.  It happens in all organizations
    • Who is coming in?
    • Who is going out?
Other suggestions
  • Do something new.  It can be simple.  Do things differently - take a new route, think about what you are doing.  Stop automatic thinking.
  • Difference between career and calling
    • Career is what you are paid to do
    • Calling is what you are made for
Yanick left his job as a pharmacist and feels he is following his calling.  Yanick wans to make a difference with people who want to make a difference.
What do you want to be known for?
What will your legacy be?
If you are interested in having Yanick present at your business or an organization you are involved with, you can e-mail him .
Invitation to Mentor or Sponsor to Make a Difference
Overview of the program:
The Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Mexican Women Abroad started in the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix with the objective of providing tools to Mexican Women in Arizona to start or grow their business.  As a result of the success of this project, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs through the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) adopted the program and it is currently implemented across the Mexican Consulates in the United States and Canada, in the Embassy of Mexico in Paris, France, and with plans of expansion to other countries.
The upcoming edition of the Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Mexican Women Abroad will take place between September of 2022 and January of 2023 with an additional stage in the summer of 2023. During the program, participants will complete DreamBuilders, attend virtual conferences with experts on entrepreneurship and business topics, engage in a pitch competition, take part in a mentoring program and obtain a list of useful resources for small businesswomen.
Results of the program with 40 graduates:
  • 90% increased their sales.
  • On average, their sales increased 163% and the number of customers by 71%.
  • 64% reduced their direct and/or indirect costs.
  • 78% of the participants developed a new marketing strategy.
  • 60% created a website for the business.
  • 78% of the participants developed a business plan for the first time.
  • 52% of the participants have done a sales forecast.
  • 23% of the participants received some type of financing.
Opportunities for collaboration for members of the Rotary Club of Mesa West
  • Become a mentor for English speaking participants.
  • Become a sponsor.  Examples of previous sponsored items/services:  iPads, consulting services and developing a marketing strategy.
  • Be added to our mailing list.  You can expect to receive an email every other week and each time we will have a spotlight business.  The objective is to promote participant's business.
Help Child Crisis Arizona win Large Grant
CLICK HERE to cast your vote for Child Crisis Arizona in the first round of voting.  There is one vote per person during each round.  The current round ends July 31.  On August 1, you can vote again.
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 currently are sitting in second place.
Just before the 2021-22 fiscal year ended, Mesa West Rotary Foundation sent a $2,000 donation.  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
"This is a wonderful day.
I've never seen this one before."
--Maya Angelou
Today's Chuckle
I've been trying to start a sarcasm club, but 
it's really hard to tell if people are actually interested.
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 04, 2022
Iora Health
Aug 11, 2022
GCU Rotaract Sponsorship Review
Aug 18, 2022
V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc. - Reverse Mortgage
Aug 25, 2022
Athlete Chiropractic
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
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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
Club Visioning
Salvation Army
Aug 06, 2022
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Aug 16, 2022 5:30 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Sep 20, 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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