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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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Every Rotarian Every Year - EREY
Mesa West Foundation Chair, John Pennypacker, shared some information about our foundation giving year-to-date.  Our goal for giving to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund this Rotary Year is $15,000.  Year-to-date, we have given $13,900, ranking us 3rd in the District.  Our per-capita giving is $221, placing us 10th in our district.  
EREY giving is where we can make up the difference - only 33 of our members qualify for EREY giving this Rotary year which ends June 30.  It would be a wonderful thing to be 100% in our 50th anniversary year.  To make that happen, anyone who has not yet given, needs to take action before the end of June.
The goal internationally is for Every Rotarian Every Year to give the equivalent of $100 (US).  That  is the goal, but we are not limited to that.  The reason we rank as well as we do is because several of our members qualify as Paul Harris Society members - having donated $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund of TRF this year.
If you have not already made your EREY donation, please do so through your My Rotary account on the website.  If your psyche rebels at all things technical, get in touch with Jeanie Morgan and she will help you figure out a way to get your donation made in a manner that will work well for you.
Our Polio Plus goal was $10,000 this year.  So far, we are at $20,100.  The prior year, we were at $19,800.  No other club in the district is above $9,000.  This is where we shine!
May Service Project - Sponsor Blood Drive at YMCA
Sarah Dixon, the Area Booking Manager for Donor Services with the American Red Cross Blood Services Arizona Region sent the following note of appreciation to Mesa West Rotary Club President, Pam Cohen about our May 11 blood drive at the YMCA:
What a great turnout, I am so pleased it went well!  Your hard work definitely paid off.  Your help and support makes all the difference for the American Red Cross.  We are truly grateful for you and your entire team in supporting the blood drive!''
Our goal was 19 units and we collected 24 unitsAmazing and just WOW!!!, these were much needed units and it is potentially 32+lives impacted (Phenomenal!!! - Hero's!),  so the ultimate goal of saving lives was absolutely achieved!  You had 8 first time donors!!!  These units are so needed as we navigate our way through these challenging times.
I was so excited and pleased with your efforts.  Thank you so very much for committing to being a sponsor for our blood drives.  We cannot save lives without you, so thank you!  We are looking forward to your next drive on Tuesday, August 1, thank you for being a summer time hero!  Colin will be in touch as we get closer to the date...
I appreciate all your efforts and loook forward to continuing the success of this drive with you and your amazing team!
Highlights of May 11 Meeting
The May 11 Meeting of Mesa West Rotary Club was held at the Ross Farnsworth YMCA 
President Pam Coons was joined by Mesa West Rotary Club member Greg Bouslog in welcoming members and guests as they arrived.  The meeting was held at the YMCA which was hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross which was sponsored by Mesa West Rotary as our May service project.  Several of those in attendance at the meeting participated as blood donors.
Introduction of Gests
  • Chuck Flint introduced Jorn Linnewedel who has been a friend of Chuck's since they first met when Jorn was an inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student from Hamburg Germany in 1992-1993.
  • Bert Millett introduced Kelli Millett who is very valued as a blood donor since her blood type is A Negative.
Upcoming 50th Anniversary Gala - call for action
  • President Pam said we all need to be busy making our own reservations for the dinner, and inviting former members, members of other clubs, friends and family to attend the event and celebrate with us.  Paper invitations are available to be sent or taken when visiting other Rotary Clubs.  Among the guests we already know plan to be in attendance is Mesa Mayor John Giles. We need to fill the room for our first "People of Action Dinner." where we will celebrate and honor a non-Rotarian who personifies the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self."
  • Photos of members taken in 1973 are needed.  They can be sent of given to Ed Koeneman who is putting together a visual record of our history.  Photos taken of memorable Rotary moments in each member's life are also needed to help tell our story.  
Information and Tour of East Valley YMCA - Greg Bouslog
As Executive Director of the East Valley YMCA, Greg has been "vocationally challenged" when it comes to being able to attend club meetings.  As the branch executive he is charged with the success of the facility.  They've had a lot of stuff going on with expansion of the facility and a growing staff with changing skillsets required.  In addition, Greg has been in the 2022-23 class of the Mesa Leadership Program.  Keeping up with their activities and curriculum has been very time consuming.  Since he was about to become a graduate of the program, he is hoping his ability to attend will improve.  He values his association with our club and Rotary as a whole as he comes from a family with a long Rotary history.
Greg stated that there are thirteen branches of the YMCA across the state.  Eleven of those branches are in the Valley of the Sun - Phoenix metro area.
They offer a wide aray of services.  They have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation which helps them offset the costs of their programs so that no one is turned away because of an inability to pay.  Their services are available for everyone including:
  • Summer Camp
  • After School Program
  • Sports
  • Video Game competition across a wide geographic hee and across the country
  • Safety around water training
  • Community support - last year they gave out 83 thanksgiving meals and expect that number to be closer to 100 this year.
They can always use new volunteers ranging from help with youth sports to helping them expand their board of directors.
They are also a QCO with the State of Arizona tax-credit donation program.
They have 50-0 kids every day participating in their after-school program.  They have a bus which picks children up at their school and transports them to the Y.
During the summer, they offer a summer camp from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM enabling parents to have a safe place for their kids while they are at work.  They have planned activities.  They teach leadership development skills including a practical understanding of government.
Their sports programs include activities from pre-k through high school  They have been needing a turf field.  A.T.Still University designated some of their land for that purpose.  With the donation of some discarded turf from the Cardinals, the cost of the turf fields went from $750,000 down to $100,000.
Their group swim classes include both parent and child and can include any age.  They pride themselves on having programs/services to serve every age from "diaper to diaper."
They have a very well equipped and maintained fitness center.  Use of the fitness center is a benefit enjoyed by A.T.Still University students as part of their school tuition.  For many adults in the community, their health insurance might cover all or part of the fitness center membership cost.
They do have an annual fundraising campaign to ensure they turn no-one away who cannot pay.  In 2022, they brought in $83,000.  The goal for 2023 was $85,000 and they brought in $96,000.  Those funds will be put to work in 2024.  They need donations, community support, and advocacy.
They have prided themselves on being fluid in meeting needs.  They had to do a lot of adapting during COVID.  They were able to provide child care for essential workers between 6:30 AM and 6:30 PM.  They were able to provide a hybrid place through online learning academy where classes and breaks were carefully scheduled.  Their goal is to meet the needs of the community - whatever they are.
The original YMCA was founded in 1844 in England by John Williams to help kids get on the right track during the industrial revolution.  In Arizona, the YMCA has been around since prior to our becoming a state.  Downtown Phoenix was where it was first located and had a residential program.
A new YMCA program targets those between 18 and 24 who are homeless.  Each person has a caseworker assigned to them and help them get on a track to get out of the program.
If you want to see how the YMCA used the charitable donations received last year, CLICK HERE.
Enjoy Prescott in May - Attend RLI
CLICK HERE or on the image to be taken to a site with more information and the opportunity to register.
The Board of Directors of Mesa West Rotary voted this year to support reimbursement of registration fees for members who have not yet graduated from RLI.  Rotary Leadership Institute is designed to expand the knowledge of Rotarians beyond their local club level.  It can be enjoyed by new Rotarians as well as individuals who are long-time members of Rotary but find themselves in a position where they have time and motivation to learn more about our wonderful organization.
You Are Invited to help with 50th Anniversary Celebration
All Mesa West Rotarians are encouraged to help make this event a success.  Ways you can help:
  • Send photos from 1973 and/or important Rotary moments in your membership tenure to Ed Koeneman.
  • If you are aware of a volunteer who has made a significant difference in Mesa or the East Valley Community, nominate them before the end of April to be recognized with our People of Action award.  CLICK HERE to download the nomination form.
  • Share the invitation with former members, potential members, members of other Rotary Clubs, you get the picture!  We want to share our celebration with as many people as possible.
  • Don't forget to email Jeanie Morgan to make your own reservation for yourself and any guest(s) you plan to bring with you.
Something to Ponder

 I realized that if what we call human nature can be changed, 

then absolutely anything is possible. 

 From that moment my life changed.

--Shirley MacLaine

Today's Chuckle
Mother's Day is challenging for children of some Beverly Hills celebrities. 
They have to remember to honor their real mother,
their stepmother, possibly a future mother,
and the housekeeper who actually raises them.
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.
May 18, 2023
Rotary Youth Exchange Report
May 25, 2023
Guaymas Hearing Mission Update
Jun 01, 2023
Multiple Sclerosis for Over 40 Years
Jun 22, 2023
Volunteer Opportunities Abroad
Jul 06, 2023
Changing of the Guard
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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
Rotary Leadership Institute
May 20, 2023
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mesa West Rotary Board Meeting
Via Zoom
Jun 20, 2023 5:30 PM
Mesa West Rotary 50th Anniversary Celebration
Jun 29, 2023
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Gina Schroeder
May 4
Bryan Goetzenberger
May 11
Diane Ware
May 12
Chuck Flint
May 16
Ed Koeneman
May 20
Greg Bouslog
May 21
Sean Green
May 21
Robert LaBarge
May 28
Spouse Birthdays
Gina Schroeder
May 4
David Murphy
May 8
Bryan Goetzenberger
May 11
Ed Koeneman
May 20
Julie West
May 27
Anita Kegler
Glen Kegler
May 15
Bob Jensen
Nancy Jensen
May 16
Shelly Romine
Scotty Romine
May 25
Carla Krcmarik
Kevin Fleege
May 31
Join Date
Amanda Rosenberg
May 1, 2019
4 years
Erwin Reimann
May 1, 1998
25 years
Jack Rosenberg
May 1, 1980
43 years
Joan Reimann
May 1, 2017
6 years
Shelly Romine
May 1, 2005
18 years
Logan Harper
May 5, 2021
2 years
Polly Cady
May 6, 2010
13 years
Kayla Mudge
May 13, 2021
2 years
Jay Stuckey
May 25, 2021
2 years
Rotary District 5495 Links
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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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