Summary of Club Visioning Session
I'd like to start off by saying "Thank you!" to everyone who participated in the Club Visioning session this past Saturday as it was a big SUCCESS!  There were many ideas and topics passed around with many commonalities. 
In the coming weeks, those in the Club Visioning Commitee will be working hard to develop an action plan for the Club to use as a blueprint for growing and moving forward.  There will be additional details released at Club meetings and a Visioning Presentation coming within the next month!
With that said, here's a recap of what took place...
  • Members were asked to come up with "headlines" as to what the Club has accomplished between 2022 - 2025. These "headlines" fell into 4 building blocks of the Visioning blueprint.  
    • Increase Our Impact
      • What's needed to expand our reach?  Funding, more members?
      • Did we participate in International Projects via global grants?
      • Have we added youth and/or vocational services to the community?
    • Expand Our Reach
      • Imagine what the club can accomplish both in our communities and across the globe if we think bigger than our past
      • Does the community know who we are?
    • Enhance Member Engagement
      • How have we actively engaged one another in the Club?
      • Have we reached new, diverse members?
      • How have we provided personal growth and opportunities for members to become better leaders?
    • Increase Our Ability to Adapt
      • Have we explored new ways to implement new club models?
      • How do we adapt to the changing needs of the Community?
      • Is the club accessible and relevant to new, long-term prospective members?
    • After the ideas were written down (Thank you Dan Coons for being a scribe!), the members had to then "vote" by placing a "blue" sticker next to the ones they deemed important
    • The ideas with the lowest number of votes were crossed off from the next voting round
    • Members were asked to conduct a 2nd round of voting by using a "red" sticker.
    • The ideas/topics with the most votes at the end were classified as our "areas of focus"
Now I'd like to mention that ALL ideas are welcome and equally as important to those that weren't on the list or had many votes.  This exercise allows us to openly communicate and work with one another to push the Club forward in a positive direction.  I'd like for you all to pay close attention to a common theme across many of these ideas: What is the Community's Greatest Needs & Impacting Our Youth (Interact + Rotaract).  It goes to show how similar we all are without even knowing!
Here are the results!  (Pictures of the actual exercise are attached)
The top 3 areas, bolded below, reflect the items with the most votes.  These items will set the stage for where we're headed on this journey.  By no means does this mean other areas are forgotten.  We simply must start with a baseline so that we can propel Mesa West Rotary into being a more impactful & vibrant, community driven Club.
Improve ImpactExpand Our ReachMember EngagementAdaptability
Participate with Rotaract + Interact Clubs quarterly in service projectsHost educational workshops for the community residents as a service projectDiversify service projects to appeal to interests and talents of the club membersHost monthly membership socials (field days/team building/business networking)
Focus on communities' greatest needs (Community Needs Assessment)Establish durable, consistent ways to participate alongside Rotaract & Interact ClubsPartner with local businesses for awarenessPrograms designed to get to know one another
Focus on community volunteer projects to build rapport and attract new membersGet published in local papers and magazines about who we are and what we doAll members can access RLI at no costEstablish annual club survey (visioning)
Successfully send 2nd vocational team abroadStart member mentorship program for studentsQuarterly member orientationCollaborate with other Rotary Clubs in service projects and fundraisers
Programs to attract diverse membershipFocus on community needs assessmentMaster new member engagementHost semiannual fundraising tournaments (bags, bocce, billiards, bowling, darts, poker)
Identify Rotaract & Interact Club passionsFocus on small charities and NPOs that need funding in the communityStart member mentorship program for studentsConnect and collaborate with other Rotary clubs
People of action dinners to honor community membersRestart hearing project in GuaymasClub mentorship program engaged at 100%Promote closer personal relationships among our members
Make Guaymas hearing project "R.I. sustainable"Partner with Non-Rotary OrganizationsDesign club mentorship for new membersAchieve 100% TRF contribution
Partner with Mesa Public SchoolsCharter satellite club and create evergreen partnership opportunitiesSponsor 2 club members to R.I. Convention each yearAchieve 100% TRVFA contribution
Partner with City of Mesa (departments)Sponsor 3 Rotaract ClubsClub meeting programs on areas of focusReach under-represented groups for membership
Establish minority scholarship programSponsor 3 Interact ClubsSurvey members to identify topics for program speakersConnect with Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Partner with vocational instituteEstablish 3 sister-clubs to collaborate on service projects and grantsShuffle seats at club meetings (draw cards, colors, numbers)Connect with Mesa Public Library
All club presidents and board members graduate RLIEstablish 'new' community service projectsSignature Project in each area of focusService projects and program speakers in all 7 areas of focus
Looking forward to this next stage with you all!  
Logan Harper
Club Visioning
Highlights of August 4 Meeting
Open of Meeting - President Pam
President Pam welcomed members and guests as they arrived.  Her efforts were supported by Dick Myren, Jack Rosenberg and Steve Ross who were the crew working the greeter table.
Introduction of Guests
  • Carla Krcmarik introduced her guest, Diane Potheress, who sells health insurance.
  • Frank Rosenberg introduced Reno Zisa.
  • Ted Williams was warmly welcomed back after missing several meetings as he recuperated from recent health challenges.
Ace of Clubs Raffle - Steve Ross
Steve asked Logan Harper to draw the winning ticket, which was held by Frank Rosenberg.  After shuffling the cards, Frank drew the Ace of Clubs making him the winner of the large pot in addition to the weekly pot.
Happy Bucks - Ron Thompson
  • President Pam was the first to contribute announcing it was International Pale Ale (IPA) Day and presented a box of VooDoo Ranger Imperial Pale Ale to her No. 1 assistant - Ed Koeneman.
  • Ed Koeneman was happy for the pale ale 
  • John Pennypacker was very happy to see Ted Williams at the meeting.  He had enjoyed a good time in Flagstaff over the weekend.  He learned something new about golf on Monday.  He learned about the time dimension of golf.  The time between where his ball lands and where his grandson's ball lands.
  • Frank Rosenberg contributed saying he would miss the next two weeks as he will be off on a flying excursion.  The following week, he will also miss as he will be celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary with Amanda.
  • Don LaBarge contributed telling about a recent vacation to Vermont.  Don had moved from Vermont in 1966.  His father was the first of nine children.  The younger three of his father's siblings are just a little older than Don.  He was able to visit all three of those aunts.  He had a good time, but was ready to get home and back to work.  It was his first two-week vacation in a very long time.
  • Ted Williams was glad to be back.  He had gone into the hospital for a gall bladder operation.  While there, they uncovered a problem with his heart.   He had quadruple bypass.  He said he is feeling good now.  It was great to be back - so great he pledged to make a $100 contribution to the club.
  • Jay Stuckey said it was good to see everyone.  He thanked Ed for sharing his Star Wars enthusiasm on a regular basis.  He and Melissa downloaded  Disney Plus and have been watching Star Wars.
  • Dave Brauchler was happy the toothpaste Dr. Ron Thompson donated for the August service project.  He also announced that the Salvation Army continues to need help - Volunteers are needed from 8-10 on Wednesdays and 8-10 and 10-12 on Saturdays.
  • Dick Myren gave his traditional $2 for himself and Rod Daniels.  He reminded members to fill out the Happy $ form to help with accurately accounting for the donations made at our meetings.
  • Dan Coons was happy to be saving some bucks this week since Colleen was unable to attend and make generous pledges.
  • Logan Harper showed a brief video of PDG David Simmer explaining the visioning process the club would be participating in on Saturday, August 6.  David is the Chair of the District Visioning Team.  The reason for having outside facilitators is to minimize the risk of club politics and any existing bias stifling input from the general membership.  The four-hour session should help the club find a vision shared by all and provide a framework to create an action plan to reach that vision.
  • Logan followed after the video by reminding members to complete the survey if they had not already done so, and to complete the writing exercise and bring it with them to the session.
Program - Gabrielle Turner - Iora Health
Logan Harper introduced the speaker - Gabby Turner - who has worked for Iora and One Medical for a little over a year.  She originally worked one on one with patients as a phlebotomist and operations assistant.  She quickly was able to see the quality of care Iora offered compared to other primary care offices.  Iora with One Medical is a primary care office designed for adults on Medicare.  Not only do they have dedicated care team members who help manage the health conditions of their patients, but they have doctors who have experience with chronic conditions and preventative care.  Patients of Iora with One Medical experience value-based care, convenient on-site labs, transportation, coordination of care with family/friends, hospitals and specialists, 24/7 triage accessibility, in-person and virtual appointments, and much more.  Their patients get to experience all of these benefits at no additional cost.
Gabby explained that Iora with One Medical works with a value-based care model vs. quantity.  The difference is that practices which are "quantity" based charge per visit, and the more visits they have with a patient, the more they get paid.  They are incented to have patients make repeat visits.  Value-based care is based on statistics validating improved conditions.  They are paid more because they help their patients avoid costly hospitalizations.
An advantage is the patients always see the same doctor - unless the doctor is on vacation or out sick.  
Gabby responded to some questions from those present.
Fanny's Corner
Following her second week of school at school, Fanny was doing well.  Tryouts for the cheer squad started on Monday, August 1 and continued every evening that week through Thursday.  Following the August 4 tryouts, results were announced.  Dan and Colleen Coons, Fanny's host parents, are proud to announce Fanny is officially a Campo Verde High School Cheerleader.  Members are encouraged to make it to one or more football games so they can see Fanny in action.
Fanny is interested in studying business marketing, which led her to attend the Mesa West Visioning Session Saturday, August 6, where she was able to witness Rotary members projecting what they would like to see our club look like three years from now and beyond.
Sunday, August 7, the Crutches for Africa ambassadors got together, and Fanny participated with them in an artistic endeavor while they enjoyed each other's company.  Cooper George, an ambassador from the Parker High School Interact Club is now interested in participating in Rotary Youth Exchange.
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:
  • Bottled Water (constant need)
  • 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
Help Child Crisis Arizona win Large Grant
CLICK HERE to cast your vote for Child Crisis Arizona in the second round of voting.  There is one vote per person during each round.  We are now in the second round of voting which began August 1.  If you first voted in July, you can vote again.  In fact, you can vote a few more times.  They are in the second of five voting rounds, 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
It has been the way of Rotary to focus thought upon matters in which members are in agreement,
rather than upon matters in which they are in disagreement.
Paul P. Harris
Today's Chuckle
I was wondering why the frisbee kept getting bigger and bigger - 
Then it hit 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.
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 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
Sep 30, 2022
We will be dark - 5th Thursday
Oct 06, 2022
Oct 13, 2022
Child Crisis Arizona
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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
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
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