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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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Together, We Celebrate
Celebrating 50 Years of The Rotary Club of Mesa West - People of Action Celebration Gala
CLICK HERE or on the image to see a video featuring photos taken by Wayne General
Interact Ambassador Trip to Mexico - Day 1
Interact District 5495 travels to Cuernavaca and Iguala MX.  Three students from Prescott and two students from Westwood High School in Mesa have acquired a special gift from Rotary – empathy.  “You can’s understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”  This person who first uttered this American saying is lost to history.  The fact that it’s so well known is a good indication of the importance of empathy in living a meaningful life.
This seven-day trip touched our youth in such a way, each one of them is on their journey to become their best version of themself
Day 1:  Patios de Las Estacion Squatters Settlement:  Quote from Violet, Captain for the Day, Prescott HS.  “A community in poverty that was built in a place of an old train station.  It was extremely eye opening when we learned this community had to adapt to the hard living conditions.”  The community’s motto is:  What do we really need to survive and what is simply materialistic?  All Mothers in this community come together to work in groups of three each day to cook breakfast for the kids and adults up to 110 people each day.  This center works with NGO’s and government to offer workshops on mental health, drug addiction and the importance of education so their kids stay in school and progress to their secondary education, with the dream of University.  They run a kindergarten to help inspire a dream.  Dreams are a scarce reality here in this town.  Words to describe this experience, “inspiring, curious, exposed, fortunate and grounded.” 
Lunch was at Café Resiliente, an inclusive youth collective.  Founded by graduates from the University of Mexico, Marco Santos and Deborah Macedo with degrees in psychology.  They knew that something needed to change.  7.2% of Mexico’s population is disabled.  He posed a question to us.  “How would you feel if no matter what you do, you know there was no job for you?”  If you are disabled, your future looks grim, as society is not inclusive.   Café Resiliente is unique in that they currently employ all “deaf” people.  The Café has been so successful, they are able to expand to a new location, where the goal is to now also employ “blind” people.
Brilliantly, he is recreating the kitchen at the School for the Blind, where blind people learn to cook for themselves - In his Café.  Thus, the familiarity with the kitchen equipment, will enable “blind” people to now be employed and have a job.
Additionally, part of their profits go to the Migrant Center of which I will share on Day 4. 
We ended our day with a tour of a memorial at the government building in Cuernavaca, which brings attention to people that went missing, kidnapped, murdered, and people victomized by hate crimes, abuse and domestic violence.  While this started as a project, the government continues to steward this memorial as it brings awareness to these crimes. 
Day 1 was impactful to everyone.  Certainly, this trip is made up of people from a diverse set of backgrounds, races and genders.  But what we found in common – sense of community.
Something to Ponder
'The greatest discovery of all time is that
a person can change his future
by merely changing his attitude'
-Oprah Winfrey.
Today's Chuckle
The boss always scheduled a weekly staff meeting at four-thirty on Friday afternoons.
When an employee got up the nerve to ask why, the boss explained,
"I've found that late Friday afternoon is the only time none of you want to argue with me."
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 06, 2023
Over-Flo Missions
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
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Jeanie Morgan
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