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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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Day 3 - Interact Ambassadors to Mexico
Interact District 5495 Ambassadors to Mexico:  Day 3:  Team Capitan:  Ciara Coleman, Prescott HS Interact Club.  Ciara volunteered to be Team Capitan for the day, and it turns out – this was the perfect day.  Ciara is very intelligent and she observes, processes and then she “takes action”, certainly a future Rotarian. 
Continue reading to hear from Ciara’s own words, the story of “taking action” to Create Hope in the World.  Today we went to La Jugarreta. It was a beautiful boutique/cafe in Tepoztlán. The owners of La Jugarreta started a program devoted to helping kids through secondary school (grades 7-9) because many of the youth in this area drop out after 6th grade to help their families financially.
When María, one of the women in charge of this program, first moved to Tepoztlán with her young son, she saw that there wasn’t a whole lot of things to keep the teenagers busy. She wanted to change that because she knew that her son would one day grow up here and some day become one of those teenagers.
She got a group together of 10 kids that were at risk of dropping out from the local primary schools. The kids will stay in the program all throughout secondary school.  New kids come in each year, but it is a selection process to ensure the effort is a two way street.  In the beginning, they didn’t have a recipe to run this program, but knew any program cannot be developed FOR the kids, but rather developed BY the kids.  So they just sat down and talked to the kids. They believe that kids have the right to be heard and the right to participate. The kids were able to express the problems that they had at school and at home. They were also able to come up with their own solutions. They were not told how to fix it, they were given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own education, allowing them for feel more independent.
Some of the solutions included taking the kids on an outing to include people from all areas instead of having only the kids nearby the cafe come to La Jugarreta. The women that run this program found ways to accommodate the kids so that their needs were always met. Sometimes this meant helping the kids with math or enabling them to just play basketball. This program has truly made an impact.  Words that come to mind:  Inclusion, community, belonging, desire, trust and teamwork. 
The original 10 kids went on to secondary and even high school. Some went to college. Currently, the program has over 20 kids in it. All of these kids are now able to have an education past 6th grade instead of dropping out.  Because the kids learned how to speak up about their issues, they also learned how to convince their parents that education is the right choice and it pays off. The parents got to understand that their kids were better off learning and developing their future.   The parents also had an opportunity to attend workshops to learn how to better help their kids. Overall, the women that run this education program have made a wonderful difference in the community.
Learning about the impact that La Jugarreta makes is inspiring because making change is as simple as seeing a problem and seeking a solution. Buenas noches!
Highlights of July 6 Meeting
Opening of Meeting - President Colleen Coons
  • Shelly Ross offered the invocation.
  • Warren Williamson led the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Steve Ross was thanked for serving as Greeter, welcoming members and guests as they arrived for the meeting.
  • Sam Rosenberg was proudly introduced by Frank Rosenberg as an outbound Rotary Exchange Student who will - in the relatively near future - be departing to spend the 2023-24 school year in Denmark.
  • Machel Considine was introduced as our soon-to-be-inducted newest member.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck announced that the large pot was up to $690, and the small pot was $25.  The holder of the winning ticket would automatically win the small pot, and the opportunity to draw a card from the deck.  The joker would be worth $20.  The Ace of Clubs would entitle the winner to receive the large pot.  Chuck asked Sam Rosenberg to draw the winning ticket, which was held by Dick Myren.  After shuffling the cards, the card that Dick drew was the 2 of Hearts.
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
  • Dick Myren made his traditional contribution plus a little extra - happy that he and Rod Daniels were associated with the Ace of Clubs and happy to have won the raffle.
  • Steve Ross pledged $42 to the Mesa West Rotary Foundation for his and Luin's 42nd wedding anniversary on July 4.
  • Shelly Romine was thankful for all the members who helped prepare for the very nice 50th Anniversary Celebration - she knew Pam, Jeanie, Ed and Lucinda had each put in countless hours.
  • Jeanie Morgan contributed.  She had been to see her cardiologist for feedback from recent routine screenings.  Her doctor told her that she had three leeky valves in her heart - each with very minor leekage.  He told her her heart muscle was very healthy and hoped when he was 80, his heart would be in as good of shape as hers is.
  • Ed Koeneman was glad the prep work for the anniversary celebration was finally done!
  • Warren Williamson enjoyed the big get-together.  He was glad to see Wendell Jones.  He welcomed Colleen as our new president.  He gets a kick out of her frequently saying how lucky she is to have Dan.  During Happy Bucks, she often commits his money.  One night when Colleen and Dan were sitting on their patio enjoying some wine, Dan heard Colleen say, "I love you!"  He asked her if she was talking to him.  She answered, "I was talking to my wine."
  • Colleen expressed her appreciation for all who had provided support as she prepared for her presidency.  Many fellow members are responsible for enabling her to serve the club.
  • PDG John Pennypacker was attending via Zoom from the Doubletree  in Edinburgh, Scottland.  To prove where he was, he held up the familiar bag containing a chocolate-chip cookie.  He pledged $5 in happy bucks saying it was not tea in the glass he held up.
  • Colleen encouraged members to attend regularly. 
    • On July 13, we hope to be inducting a new member. 
    •  July 20, Colleen will officially be installed as our new President. 
    • July 27, the new leadership team will be sharing their vision and there will be auction items from Colleen's recent trip to Mexico, and - if Dan remembers to shop while in Africa - there will be items from Kenya as well.
Program - Denise Carter - Overflow Mission
Jay Stuckey introduced our speaker, Denise Carter.  Denise is a native of New York, but currently lives in Arizona with her husband of 26 years and her two adult children.  Denise is an employee at Bridgecrest Corp.  She has been with them for fifteen years  She is a customer relations specialist.  Her main focus is deescalating and problem-solving customer complaints. 
Denise has a passion for helping others.  As a result of this passion she started a non-profit - Over-Flo Missions.  Their mission is to help the homeless population and individuals and families with food insecurity by providing them with emergency food boxes, snack bags, personal care items and their resources to help them during their time of need.  The name of the non-profit was inspired by her mother-in-law, Florence "Flo" and Psalms 23:5 "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."  The charity does not have a brick and mortar facility.  
They collect what they can.  They are currently having a "clean-out-the-pantry food drive".  She knows lots of people - herself included - stock up on items when they are on sale thinking they will use them someday then never do.  The clean-out-the-pantry drives to increase what they have to give away and free up pantry space for the donors.
CLICK HERE to see the slides Denise shared while making her presentation.
One recent goal is to enable those in need to have the tools and knowledge necessary to connect with job opportunities and other resources.  They are collecting laptops to be used for that purpose.  
When it comes to food, they do not limit who they help to those with low income.  Because life changes can cause an unfortunate impact on someone's ability to meet their monthly obligations even though they have an excellent job, they help anyone who needs help.  People like that often pay their bills first, then have no money left for food.
Denise said they give away about 2500 food boxes each month.  In their feed-a-meal project, they feed 150-200.  Anyone who wants to find out ways they personally can help can call 480-606-2049.  Their website is:  One easy way members and readers can help is to choose Over-Flow Missions to receive a donation when checking out a grocery order after shopping in Fry's.
  • Shelly Romine announced we would be doing a service project the Last Tuesday of July - July 25 - at 5:30 PM at Midwest Food Bank.  She will be sending e-mail to members with link to sign up, but anyone can sign up on the Midwest Food Bank website, as well.
  • Jay Stuckey announced that the July 13 Speakers will be Elena and Summer from Foster 360.
  • Dick Myren shared a story he heard about a couple of weeks ago on the news.  A family was trapped in a second floor apartment in a burning building.  They were saved by two young homeless men.
  • Colleen Coons shared a bit of her past that many members might not be aware of about how her life changed drastically several years ago.  The details won't be shared in this electronic newsletter, but it was clear she could relate to the good accomplished by an organization such as Over-Flo Missions which helps those in need regardless of how good things might look to an outsider.
Something to Ponder
I have found the best way to
give advice to your children is to
find out what they want and
then advise them to do it
--Harry S Truman
Today's Chuckle
My boss is very easygoing.
He told me not to think of him as the boss,
rather, think of him as a friend who is never wrong.
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.
Jul 13, 2023
Foster 360
Jul 20, 2023
Changing of the Guard
Jul 27, 2023
Incoming Leadership
Aug 03, 2023
A New Leaf
Aug 10, 2023
The Mesa House, Inc.
Aug 17, 2023
Sunshine Acres Children's Home, Inc.
Aug 24, 2023
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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
Farewell to Fannie
Dan & Colleen Coon's Home
Jul 12, 2023 5:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Jul 18, 2023 5:30 PM
Midwest Food Bank Service Night
Midwest Food Bank
Jul 25, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Aug 15, 2023 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Don Boucher
July 2
Donna Goetzenberger
July 3
Lola McClane
July 3
Polo Santiago
July 10
Erwin Reimann
July 26
Bob Zarling
July 30
Spouse Birthdays
Donna Goetzenberger
July 3
Kelli Millett
July 13
Sandra Jones
July 14
Erwin Reimann
July 26
Sharon Spane
Ron L Spane
July 2
Steve Ross
Luin Ross
July 4
Colleen Coons
Dan Coons
July 5
Jim Erickson
Maryann Erickson
July 10
Andrea Murphy
David Murphy
July 20
Join Date
David Brauchler
July 1, 1996
27 years
Tim Troy
July 17, 2008
15 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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