No Noon Meeting for Mesa West Rotary June 23 or June 30
On June 23, our meeting has been moved to the evening for our annual Changing of the Guard Celebration.
We will be dark on June 30 because Mesa West Rotary does not meet at noon on the
5th Thursday of any month which has five Thursdays.
June 23 - Changing of the Guard
If you have not already done so, CLICK HERE or on the image to register for this end-of-year celebration!
In case the fine print in the image is difficult to read,
Cocktails at 5:30 - Program at 6:00
It will take place at the Doubletree 
1011 W Holmes in Mesa
The cost for members is $35 and for guests $60
Final 2021-22 Service Project - June 28
We will be meeting at Midwest Food Bank from 5:30 to 7:00 PM to repackage bulk food items for distribution.  Their facility is located at 725 E Baseline Rd.,  Gilbert, AZ.  Other volunteer groups will be participating so it is a great night to get out, do good and meet others in our community who have a heart for service.
CLICK HERE to go to the sign-up page or EMAIL SHELLY ROMINE with your name and contact information so she can get you registered to participate.
Highlights of June 9 Meeting
Opening of Meeting - President Dan Coons
President Dan opened the meeting by thanking members for the gift of being able to serve as Club President.  He then reminded Rotarians 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.
Warren Williamson led the Pledge of Allegiance.  The invocation was offered by Dick Myren. 
Rotary Minute - Shelly Romine
Shelly referred members to the June 2022 issue of the Rotary Magazine.  The magazine used to be called Rotarian.  She apologized in advance for the redundancy if anyone had actually opened their magazine and read the article found on page 16 which featured information and history of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - RYLA.  For others, she hoped she might spark some interest in taking advantage of the information shared in our magazine each month,

It was started in 1959 in Queensland Australia to celebrate the Royal Visit of 22-year-old Princess Alexandra of the United Kingdom.  It became an official Rotary program in 1971 and continues to be a huge program in Australia.
The RYLA camps are organized locally.  The goal originally was to develop confidence and life-management skills in the 14-30 age group.  In the District in Idaho where Shelly was formerly a member their RYLA was for 18-22 year-olds.  They often had a hard time getting participants.  In our district, the focus has been on three-day camps for high school students, with a new camp being held for the first time this summer - a Junior RYLA - targeting middle-school students.  Shelly feels like this is a better focus.  
It's really a leadership development camp.  They do team-building, confidence-building, and have seminars.  She believed it was possible participants might receive awards at the end of camp, but the focus is on development of leadership and life-management skills.
It is estimated that 50,000 youth participate in RYLA each year.  Each camp averages 100 participants.  Information is available on the District website about local RYLA opportunities.  
Dan thanked Shelly and added that when he led a GSE team to Australia eleven years ago, he witnessed their enthusiasm for RYLA for all three age groups - young adults, high school, and middle school!
He thanked Robin Harris for serving as greeter.  He also noted that there were no guests present other than our speaker.
Dan apologized for missing Sean Green's new member presentation on May 2, adding that he had a good excuse - he was listening to a presentation from the President of Rotary International.  He thanked Robin Harris for running the May 2 meeting noting Robin had expressed gratitude that nobody got up and left while he was conducting the meeting. 
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Chuck Flint
Chuck explained the raffle.  Tickets are sold for $5 each.  A third of the total sales goes to club operations, another third is added to the large pot, which is now up to $575 and the final third (the small pot) goes to the daily winner.  Chuck asked speaker Nancy Salmon to draw the winning ticket which was held by Don LaBarge.  Don automatically won the small pot which was $40.  He additionally was entitled to try to draw the Ace of Clubs from the deck, which would entitle him to the large pot.  After being asked by Chuck, Don did speed up his shuffling compared to the prior week.  The card Don drew was the 3 of Spades.  
Update on Sponsor Program  and Vacation Rental Auction - Allan Cady
Before acting as auctioneer, Allan Cady announced the $50,000 mark had recently been passed in this year's sponsor campaign raising money to support Mesa West Rotary Club's charitable endeavors.  He thanked everyone who had already participated with a donation or by soliciting one or more donations.  He reminded members who might not have given yet, that we need to wrap it up and making a donation will allow donors to be participants rather than observers as the funds are spent on worthy projects.
Tim Troy has put up as an auction item a three-night stay at either his Pine Arizona or Lake Arrowhead California on a non-holiday weekend, based on availability.  Both getaways can hold six occupants comfortably and a maximum of eight.  The value including cleaning deposit is at least $825.  Proceeds of the auction will be credited to Tim's fundraising team in the sponsorship program.  Tim suggested the bidding start at $350.  
Dan thanked Tim for his generosity and Allan for his work on the Sponsorship Campaign.
Happy Dollars - Greg Okonowski
  • Colleen Coons contributed "inspired dollars" having just returned from the RI convention the night before the meeting.  She shared a teaser of what she and Dan will share about the convention during their Rotary Minute on June 16.  You can find yourself seated with people from all over the world and find yourself talking about the same things - inspirational speakers, amazing projects, interesting, informative breakout sessions, and everything from A-Z in the House of Friendship.
  • Pam Cohen thanked Shelly for her Rotary minute focused on RYLA and for sharing the value of the Rotary Magazine.  Years ago Pam had the opportunity to attend the international convention when it was held in San Antonio.  Prior to the convention that year, they had a RYLA convention.  About 100 young people between 18 and 30 participated.  Pam remembered it being an amazing experience.
  • Melodie Jackson (on Zoom) was happy to be back in the USA.  She pledged $5 for each of the seven countries visited on their recent vacation - Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Greece and Italy.
  • Lola McClane was happy to be at the meeting.  She had been out of town and missed the last two meetings and was "fixin'" to leave again on another fun vacation which would take her away for another three weeks.  She just came back from the sunny state of Kanas and would be headed for St. Louis on her next trip.
  • Jim Schmidt contributed remembering the first Rotary convention he attended in Melbourne Australia back in the 90's.  He said it was awesome!
  • Dick Myren contributed his traditional $2 for himself and Rod Daniels.  He was also happy to be reminded by Pam of the San Antonio convention which he had also attended.  The one thing about that convention he will never forget was a program presented by Glen Campbell which was absolutely outstanding.
  • Polly Cady contributed for their recent wonderful family vacation in North Carolina, which included two high school graduations.  One granddaughter was third in her class, and will be going to Auburn.  The thought she was going to be late for a meeting at Thunderbird School regarding RLA, but since it was on zoom.
  • Don LaBarge contributed some of his $40 winnings.  He was a little concerned about possibly having to file bankruptcy after his high bid on the vacation rental.  He explained that he likes Pine Arizona a lot, but the real reason he was inspired to be so generous was that Tim Troy had purchased a power washer with a generous bid when Don auctioned an industrial power washer to benefit the Salvation Army last December.  He does like Pine Arizona a lot and is looking forward to using the stay at Tim's place there.  He added that he is always looking the paper for something about Rotary noting that he rarely finds anything.  Two or three days prior to the meeting there was an article in the Republic about a club in the State of Washing that had been a Rotary Club for over 100 years.  At one point they had 200 members.  The article was about COVID.  A lot of their members had a hard time with that.  They finally got down to only seven members and had their final meeting the other day.
  • John Pennypacker echoed everything Colleen said about the international convention.  He has attended two conventions - Sidney Australia and Sau Paulo Brazil.  He participated this year via zoom.  He especially enjoyed the presentation of all the country flags.  He was especially touched by the long ovation when they presented the Ukranian flag - he said it felt like about ten minutes.
  • Ed Koeneman was also at the Sau Paulo convention with John and said the way they found each other was they were both in the plenary hall with 5,000 of their closest Rotary friends.  When he walked out of the hall, he looked right and he looked left, and to the left there was a bar.  John was at the bar.  Ed had a happy $ to ask a question - did anyone know what Mesa West member was interviewed on KTAR radio yesterday (June 1)?  The answer - it was Major Scott Ramsey with the Salvation Army talking about the water stations they will have set up this summer.
  • Dan Coons contributed.  He had a few dollars left after the convention.  He wanted to acknowledge his appreciation of the work Lola has provided as Club Secretary during both of his terms as Club President.  Since she will be out of town when we have our celebration dinner he wanted to let her and other club members know how much he appreciated her.  He added a few of his own comments about the RI convention.  Pam mentioned the pre-convention event for RYLA in San Antonio.  There were two pre-convention activities this year.  Dan attended the one about Youth Exchange, and Colleen attended the one about Rotaract - where she got up and spoke.  Colleen added that people there actually heard what she said because she started getting emails indication donations were being received from people who had clicked on the link to the Arizona Rotaract site which she had mentioned, and they actually also made donations while they were on the site.
  • Service Project - Shelly Romine - The last Tuesday of the month, we will be at Midwest Food Bank.  A friend of Shelly who owns Desert Sun Technology will be there with a group, and there will likely be another service group working alongside our club as well.  She encouraged members to use the link in the article in the Messenger to sign up if they have not already done so.  They will be repackaging food for distribution.  
  • Upcoming Meetings - Dan reminded everyone that the June 16 meeting would be the last regular hybrid meeting this fiscal year.  The final meeting will be the "Changing of the Guard" celebration dinner to be held in the evening at the Doubletree on June 23.  Since we do not meet on the 5th Thursday of any month with 5 Thursdays, there will be no meeting June 30.
Program - Nancy Salmon - East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT)
Warren Williamson introduced Nancy Salmon, saying she has been a very good friend of  his wife, SonHee, for a very long time and a friend of Warren as well.  Nancy was born and raised in Tempe until she was married to Matt Salmon and they moved to Mesa.  He said Nancy and Matt would be celebrating 43 years of marriage this week. Nancy has four grown children and nine grandchildren ages 4 to 19.  They have both been active in the community for many years.  Nancy is the current President of the Mesa Republic Women's Club with over 250 members and is the longest attending member with more than thirty years.  She is also very active in her church community.  Nancy worked for several years for a healthcare organization that worked with the intellectually and developmentally disabled as their Vice President of Communications.  She currently works for the East Valley Institute of Technology better known as EVIT.  She works as their external affairs coordinator for adult education and loves interacting with members of the community and advocating for vocational education.  He invited her to come forward and "interact."
Nancy shared some history about EVIT.  It had its beginnings in 1970 as a Joint Technical Education District (JTED) under the leadership of Dr. Keith Crandall.  Dr. Crandall had been a high school business teacher who was very aware that some students would prefer a vocational education path over the traditional college preparatory path for their education.  Mesa began with the Mesa Alternative High School which was eventually renamed to Mesa VoTech.  In 1988, Dr. Crandall had reached out to State Senator Lester Pearce and Eddie Basha, of the State Board of Education.  In 1990 an independent JTED district for this school was created.  It is an overlay district and serves schools in several contiguous districts.  Beginning in 2018, JTED's are now called Career Technical Education Districts (CTEDs).  They serve students all the way from Cave Creek to Queen Creek.
Funding for the districts comes from local taxes.  Five Cents for every $100,000 of assessed property value.  She recalled a gentlemen who came to her several months ago checking out what his taxes were being used for.  He upset because he was paying $15/year to EVIT and had no idea what it was.  She spent 2 1/2 hours with him explaining all kinds of things, giving him a tour, and she asked him if he had any unanswered questions.  He paused for a minute and asked, "Can I give you a hug?"  He said he expected to find students sleeping on their desks, very old equipment, and instead found "state of the art" equipment and very engaged, enthusiastic students.  She would be glad to provide a similar experience for any Rotarians wanting to see EVIT.
They have two campuses.  The main Campus is at 1601 W Main (Main & Alma School Rd) and the other is the Power Campus located at 6625 S. Power Rd (Power Rd & Williams Field Rd.).  They have an extension in Apache Junction.
Dr. Chad Wilson is their current Superintendent.  Their mission is "to change lives by loving our students and serving our communities with a career and college preparatory training experience that produces a qualified workforce, meeting the market-driven needs of business and industry."
Many are aware EVIT serves high school juniors and seniors.  A less-well-known fact is that they also serve youth transitioning out of the foster care system.  They are trying to get funding to support a dorm to serve the housing needs of those transitioning students enabling them to have a better chance of success in their programs.  They also serve veterans.  They have adults-only programs to utilize their campus facilities at night.  They do GED in addition to skilled training programs.
They serve 11 high school districts.  Some of the training actually takes place in some of the high schools.  They have students from public, private, parochial and home-schooled environments.  They have 500 adults program.  98% of their students graduate from high school.  They are very serious about job placement for their students.
In the adult only classes their students come from all over the valley.  Their students are certified and licensed, ready to go to work, when they leave the program.  EVIT  helps them with finding resources for their funding needs.  Some are funded by TRVFA grants.  
The public is encouraged to use their services, giving their students practical experience and the prices for the services are very affordable.  People can also get involved in advisory councils.  Ed is likely going to be involved in one of those councils.
On the east side of the campus is a Bistro which is open to the public.  They also have a banquet facility where they can seat 400 for an event.  Culinary Arts students have the opportunity to practice their skills in both areas.
There are nine members on their school board.
CLICK HERE to see the very informative slide presentation Nancy used during her program. 
Something to Ponder
The way to be happy is to make others happy.
Helping others is the secret of all success - 
in business, in the arts and in the home.
original source unknown
Today's Chuckle
I wan to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather...
Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car!
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
Jun 23, 2022
Jun 30, 2022
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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
Changing of the Guard
Doubletree Hotel
Jun 23, 2022
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute
Jun 25, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Midwest Food Bank Volunteer Night
Midwest Food Bank
Jun 28, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Jul 19, 2022 5:30 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Aug 16, 2022 5:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Erika Yost
June 2
Pai Bethea
June 9
Carla Krcmarik
June 23
Spouse Birthdays
Cindy Rosenberg
June 10
Sunny Williamson
June 24
Sheena Bouslog
June 29
Wendell Jones
Sandra Jones
June 11
Mike Whalen
Devon Whalen
June 13
Tim Troy
Angie Troy
June 13
Jim Schmidt
Rosalyn Schmidt
June 24
Join Date
Melissa Stuckey
June 14, 2021
1 year
Robert LaBarge
June 15, 2012
10 years
Colleen Coons
June 27, 2018
4 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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