Serving Homeless Youth Connection Angel Aguirre 2019-01-19 07:00:00Z 0
Holiday Celebration at Gogh Paint Angel Aguirre 2018-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome Rotarian Adam Katz Angel Aguirre 2018-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
Bell Ringing Tradition Continues Angel Aguirre 2018-12-11 07:00:00Z 0
Dictionary Distribution Gearing Up!!! Nancy Van Pelt 2018-12-11 07:00:00Z 0
Glendale West Rotary Club Welcomes a New Member Angel Aguirre 2018-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Packing at OCJ Kids Angel Aguirre 2018-08-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on May 09, 2018
Glendale West Rotary Club issues scholarships to three rewarding high school seniors.
Scholarship Recipients Cathy Mireles 2018-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Ethics In Action Awardee Cathy Mireles 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Apr 19, 2018
Glendale West Rotary Club facilitated a grant to supply all Glendale Elementary 3rd grade classes with dictionaries.  Rotary club members Angel Aguirre and Cathy Mireles assisted in the annual distribution to 3rd graders in the Glendale Elementary School District.  
Dictionary Distribution at Glendale Schools Cathy Mireles 2018-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Ethics in Action Nominees Cathy Mireles 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Ethics In Action Award Nominations Are Open Cathy Mireles 2018-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
Youth Scholarship Opportunity Cathy Mireles 2018-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
2017 Glendale Ethics In Action Award Cathy Mireles 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

2017-2018 District 5495 Governor Nancy Van Pelt

Nancy joined the Glendale West Rotary Club after attending a membership event organized by her husband, Rotarian Tom Hutchinson.  She became active immediately and has served in several club leadership roles, including President in 2011-12 and 2014-15, Secretary, International Service Chair, Ethics in Action Event Chair and Club Literacy Committee Chair.
She served in Rotary District 5490 as District Trainer, Visioning Chair, Wheelchair Coordinator and as a member of such committees as District Conference, USA-Mexico Friendship Conference & Global Grants Exchange, Bylaws, Finance and Communications.  Nancy has facilitated sessions at PETS, RLI and other Rotary events.  She has participated in wheelchair distributions, international projects, Polio immunizations and an international Peace conference.
Nancy believes that the 'magic of Rotary' is our capacity to bring together individuals with common interests and shared values, offering them a way to pool their talents and resources to benefit a greater good.   She places great value on capacity-building and leadership development. Self-employed, Nancy built her career on providing support to organizations, leaders, boards and teams as a professional facilitator, trainer and leadership development consultant.  She is committed to using those professional skills to support Rotary at every level. 
In addition to their many Rotary activities, Nancy and Tom enjoy traveling and spending time with their family of 4 children and 5 delightful, future-Rotarian grandchildren.
Rotary District 5495 Governor - Nancy Van Pelt 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy Cathy Mireles 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
GWRotary Members @ Glendale's Hometown Christmas Parade Cathy Mireles 2016-12-13 07:00:00Z 0

The has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.

The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation for 2016 2016-11-25 07:00:00Z 0
2016 Glendale Rotary Ethics In Action Award   Nancy Van Pelt 2016-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Apr 28, 2016

Annual dictionary distribution to Glendale Elementary Schools completed by club members.

Landmark Elementary Principal Gina Schmitz and also a member of the Glendale West rotary Club assist Pendergast Elementary Superintendent Dr. Lily DeBleuix in distributing dictionaries to Landmark elementary students this spring. 
Students enjoyed hearing Dr. Lily demonstrate how to use a dictionary as well as how to pronounce the longest word listed. 
  Annual Dictionary Distribution Cathy Mireles 2016-04-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Dec 11, 2015
December 12, 2015 - Glendale West Rotarians, families, Copper Canyon Interact Students volunteered their Saturday to ring the Salvation Army Bell at Walmart located at 59th & Northern.
  Rotarians Ringing the Bell for Salvation Army Cathy Mireles 2015-12-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Nov 16, 2015
November 14, 2015 - Glendale West Rotarians, families and Salvation Army employees worked to landscape new planters on the Salvation Army center located on Northern Avenue.   Major Adam Morales orchestrated the planting of flowers and plants in newly created planters.  Major Morales is now looking to create a water feature to finish off the beautification project.
Rotarians along with Major Adam Morales and staff members, shoveled landscape material as part of the beautification project for the Salvation Army Center in Glendale.  Plants and flowers were planted at the center in their newly created planters to give the center a fresh and inviting atmosphere for their members that they serve as well as employees.
The Salvation Army serves families in need in the Glendale area. They provide emergency food boxes, utility assistance, seasonal assistance, emergency transportation, hydration station, computer instruction classes, emergency lodging, youth character building programs, women and men social programs, financial and family assistance advisement and social and spiritual development programs.
For more information about the Salvation Army of Glendale, Arizona, please visit their website at  For more information about the Rotary Club of Glendale West, please visit
  Glendale West Rotarians at work again landscaping Salvation Army Center Cathy Mireles 2015-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
Debby Black Inducted as new member of Glendale West Rotary Club Cathy Mireles 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Glendale West Rotarian, Brigadier General John Burk Retires Cathy Mireles 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Nov 02, 2015
Glendale West Rotarians volunteered their Saturday, October 31, 2015 to assist A New Leaf with much needed landscaping. 
  Rotarians At Work Cathy Mireles 2015-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Seeks Innovative Ideas to Support "Young Professional" Members Nancy Van Pelt 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Sep 01, 2015
The Glendale West Rotary Club partnered with the Peoria Rotary Club for the annual John Jay & Rich back to school drive for AZ Foster Kids.
Successful Back To School Drive Cathy Mireles 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on May 06, 2015

Glendale West Rotarian, Gina Schmitz named GESD 2015 Principal of the Year

From left: William C. Jack Assistant Principal Tamara Yazzie, 2015 Assistant Principal of the
Year; Heather Daly, Landmark 4th-grade teacher, 2015 Teacher of the Year; and Landmark
Principal Gina Schmitz, 2015 Principal of the Year.
Landmark Elementary Principal Gina Schmitz named 2015 Principal of the Year Cathy Mireles 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Apr 26, 2015

Glendale West Rotary Club awards scholarship to rewarding student. 

On April 22, 2015, The Glendale West Rotary Club awarded its annual scholarship to Stephanie Cabrera. 
Stephanie read her essay which focused on Rotary's Four West Test and how it relates to her studies and personal life.  She was joined by her mother, little brother and aunt.  Stephanie plans on attending Grand Canyon University.  Her long term goal is to become a dentist.
Scholarship Awarded to Meritorious Student Cathy Mireles 2015-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
2015 Glendale West Rotary Club Ethics In Action Award Ceremony Cathy Mireles 2015-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations 2015 RYLA Graduates 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Dec 22, 2014

When school resumes in January, each 3rd grade student at 4 local elementary schools will receive his or her very own "first dictionary!"  Glendale West Rotarians are proud to begin the annual distribution-- a tradition every year since the club was formed in 2008.

The books have been counted, labeled and boxed... ready, set, go!


Dictionary Distribution Begins January 2015 Nancy Van Pelt 2014-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Members to ring bell at Walmart on 59th & Northern Dec 13th. Cathy Mireles 2014-12-02 16:41:45Z 0
The White House honors Rotary women for their humanitarian service Cathy Mireles 2014-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Jul 27, 2014

The students at Landmark Elementary School in Glendale will return to a fresh new look in their cafeteria when school resumes next week.


Landmark Elementary Paint Project Cathy Mireles 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Jul 27, 2014



You are invited to attend a very special Rotary Club Meeting featuring Dave Berry “THE TWENTY MINUTE ROTARIAN”

The Twenty Minute Rotarian has received rave reviews for speaking about Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation in a way that will truly inspire you.  This will be Dave’s only opportunity to speak in our District, so we are opening our club meeting to all Rotarians on the Phoenix West side.


Dave Berry, a member of the Rotary Club of Ala Moana, Hawaii, is the recipient of both Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Distinguished Service Award.

 In a year when clubs are challenged to Light Up Rotary through service, membership and the Rotary Foundation, what a great opportunity to be motivated and inspired. 

Wednesday August 20, 2014 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Hilton Garden Inn -11460 N. Hilton Way, Avondale AZ  85323

Make your reservations by Wed, Aug 13th.

Contact Nancy Van Pelt or click on events tab to register

(480-239-0659 -

$15 payable at the door includes meal.





Dave Berry "The 20 Minute Rotarian" Cathy Mireles 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Glendale West Rotary 2014 Scholarship Recipients Cathy Mireles 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Jan 12, 2014
Be sure to visit Glendale West Rotary's booth this year at the Glendale Annual Chocolate Affaire.  Being held at Murphy Park, in downtown historic Glendale, Arizona.  Starts on Friday, February 7th at 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday February 8th at 10:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday February 9th at 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Glendale's Annual Chocolate Affaire Cathy Mireles 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Glendale West Rotary Club Completes District Grant Supporting Literacy Cathy Mireles 2013-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Aug 18, 2013


Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.

Feed My Starving Children Cathy Mireles 2013-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Zenor Awarded "Everyday Hero Award". Cathy Mireles 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Support our Troops Nancy Van Pelt 2013-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Apr 05, 2013

Fresh Paint Provides New Look When Students Return from Spring Break

Spring is a traditionally a time for sprucing things up and members of Glendale West Rotary did just that on a recent Saturday.  Rotarians and Landmark Elementary School staff painted the school together on the district’s first official day of Spring Break.  Painting Project leader Mike Zenor said the project was selected because the school is so important in the community and had identified exterior painting as a priority.  Zenor organized the Rotarian volunteers while school Principal Gina Schmitz coordinated the event from the district side. After the painting was completed Glendale West members provided a barbeque at the school for painter and their families.

Rotary’s focus on literacy originally led the club to Landmark Elementary.  The club began supporting the school’s Literacy Nights by providing personal books for all second grade students.  At the same time, the club coordinated a book drive that resulted in more than 600 books collected for classroom libraries.  Naturally, the club supplied a personal dictionary to all Landmark 3rd graders.

Landmark Elementary School serves a population that is considered to have the greatest need in Glendale, with over 95% of the students qualifying for free/reduced lunch.  The school transitioned to an Elementary from a Middle School last year and has great need for all things related to the K-3 population.  Glendale West has adopted the school and is committed to ongoing support.


CLUB PROJECT SERVES LANDMARK SCHOOL Nancy Van Pelt 2013-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Feb 25, 2013

You can support Rotary and have a great night out!

Coyotes vs Detroit Red Wings -- April 4-- Arena

 ImageCatch the action AND support fundraiser for GWR charities!

·         50/50 raffle-- as the prize grows, so does the generous percentage the Coyotes have committed to GWR!
·         $5 from every ticket sold will go to GWR too!

Great discounted ticket prices…Buy a block of seats for a unique club social!  Treat your clients to a fun night out!  Bring the family! 

Important:  You must indicate you are purchasing through GWR for $5 from each ticket sold to go back to Glendale West Rotary Club! 

For more information or to order by phone, contact Coyotes’ Jessa Olson at 623-772-3277. 

Ticket Prices: $25 Upper Level (reg. $40) $55 Lower Level (reg. $75)

Fun Charity Fundraiser Nancy Van Pelt 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cathy Mireles on Feb 12, 2013
Bring your sensitive documents to be shredded on March 8, 2013 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Sunrise Bank of Arizona.  17235 N 75th Ave.  Glendale, AZ  85308  623.776.0800.  Sunrise Bank staff and Glendale West Rotary members will be onsite to assist.  Donations of $1.00 per box or $10.00 for 10 or more boxes will be accepted.  Your contribution will support the service projects of Glendale West Rotary, an all-volunteer organization in our community.
GWRotary Shred Day Cathy Mireles 2013-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Glendale Chocolate Affaire - Feb 8th - 10th - Visit the GWRotary Booth! Cathy Mireles 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Jan 15, 2013

GWR Delivers Dictionaries

In December club members visited 13 classrooms of 3rd graders to present each child with his or her first dictionary!  What a fun, rewarding and valuable experience for all concerned!  A common question was "You mean I can keep this?  Take it home?  It's all mine??"

Pictured is GWRotarian Dawn Dolezal at a Landmark Elementary classroom.  In the background note the kids practicing sign language, one of the many     additional treasures to be found in the dictionaries. 








Community Service-- Literacy! Nancy Van Pelt 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Nov 29, 2012

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Shares Dynamic Story

GWRotarians heard first-hand how the Rotary Foundation impacts lives both internationally and here in the US when Kelly Tiller shared her amazing background of service and international travel.  Kelly is currently a first year student at Thunderbird School of Global Management where she is participating in a customized program focusing on Marketing, Global Strategy and Human Capital Management. Kelly has presented to over 25 Rotary Clubs and her passion for her service was clear as she shared about the Ambassadorial Scholar Program: the mission, the selection process, the funding.  Kelly told about her year in Chile, including the project she founded, the lives it impacted, the ongoing benefits, and the USA-based project that was started as a result.

GWRotarians are committed to supporting the Rotary Foundation, which funds remarkable life-changing efforts, such as international projects, polio eradication, education and peace/goodwill.

December 5th Speaker Nancy Van Pelt 2012-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Nov 25, 2012

A Club Tradition

Every year we ring the Salvation Army Bell.  This year you'll find us at Wal-Mart on 59th Ave & Northern on December 15th, 10:00am to 7:00pm


Community Service Nancy Van Pelt 2012-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Doing Good in the World-- locally! Nancy Van Pelt 2012-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Oct 18, 2012

Club Sponsors Book Drive

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD-- Donate and help a children learn the joy of reading!


GWR Literacy Project Begins Nancy Van Pelt 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Oct 18, 2012
Rotarians all over the World Collaborate to Do Good in the World!

 Literacy.  Health.  Hunger.  Microcredit.  Even more!

....Learn how clubs worked together on one huge project in India.

Rotary's International Collaboration Nancy Van Pelt 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Aug 21, 2012
GWR is proud to be among the thousands of Rotary clubs who purchase and distribute wheelchairs throughout the world.  Ask us for more information about how you can help!!
Giving the Gift of Mobility Nancy Van Pelt 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Jun 09, 2012
 Club members enjoyed the district conference in Prescott last weekend... and proudly displayed club info in the House of Friendship.  Friday night's Hospitality Room was sponsored by the 3 Glendale clubs and our theme of the 1960's was a huge success... complete with nostalgic photos, music and even tie dye!!
5490 District Conference! Nancy Van Pelt 2012-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on May 17, 2012
Many a Rotarian will tell you that participating in an international project was their "Rotary Moment."  You are encouraged to join us and bring a friend on May 23, 2012, 6:00 PM, Gordon Biersch Westgate, Glendale, Arizona.  This is a great chance for visitors to get a feel for what it means to be a Rotarian.  

Two wheelchair distribution veterans will describe their trips,share photos and provide info about plans for the next distribution! If you've been considering joining an international project, it's also a chance to hear about what's coming up. 

District Wheelchair Update Nancy Van Pelt 2012-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Apr 19, 2012

Touching Lives in Africa - April 25 Speaker an inspiration!
After retiring in 2009 from a 36 year career in education, Dudley Butts volunteered with Save The Children in Swaziland, Africa, consulting on education and social justice issues.  As a result of his time in Swaziland he has created a project called MyBrother MySister.  The project’s objective and mission is to help support and provide resources for 27 child-headed households of orphaned children.

Dudley has just returned from his second volunteer stint to this area of Africa-- this time with a project called Imagine Scholar.  He shared his experiences on both projects. 
Here is a testimonial from Imagine Scholar's director, Corey Johnson:
"After retiring from a distinguished career as a teacher, principal, and finally superintendent, no one would have faulted Dudley Butts for sitting back and reaping the benefits of an impressive lifetime’s work.  Instead, he moved halfway across the world and invested himself in Imagine Scholar.   He brought decades of experience, cooking and dancing skills, and maybe most importantly; a warm and open heart.  To some of the students he is a caring grandfather; to others he is proof that “old people can be cool”.  What he is to all the students, and the staff, is evidence of what a difference one generous, creative, funny, and caring person can make.   The entire Imagine Scholar family thanks Mr. D for the last 3 months of service, and is already looking forward to his next trip to South Africa."

The websites for the two projects are: and


Changing Lives of Orphans Nancy Van Pelt 2012-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Apr 11, 2012


Our last meeting was held at OAKCRAFT instead of our regular meeting place at Gordon Biersch...Why?  Because every quarter we focus on one of our member’s professions/workplaces—just another way we honor Rotary’s focus on Vocational Service.  Image Our host, Rotarian Don Johnson, provided a tour of Oakcraft and highlighted his profession.Oak Craft is one of the largest regional cabinet manufacturers in the Western USA. Wow! what an operation... and they are committed to stewardship of our community and environment!  

SITE TOUR Nancy Van Pelt 2012-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Jul 05, 2011

Club members cheered when outgoing President Don Johnson announced that Cathy Mireles is Glendale West's Rotarian of the Year.  A tireless advocate for Rotary and the Glendale West Club, she has brought innovation and energy to the club.

Mireles is Senior Vice President/Client Services Manager of Sunrise Bank of Arizona.  In her business leadership role she has helped the bank earn a strong reputation for active community service.

Mireles Named Rotarian of the Year Nancy Van Pelt 2011-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
GWR Supports Cancer Walk and Healing Arts Fair Nancy Van Pelt 2011-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Cathy Mireles 2011-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Gordon Biersch Back To School Fundraiser Cathy Mireles 2010-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt on Jun 02, 2010
The joint fundraiser-- Glendale West's first-- netted enough to purchase 6 ShelterBox kits. (see photo journal)
Glendale West Presents Check Nancy Van Pelt 2010-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Glendale West Rotary complete Grant project for Landmark Elementary Cathy Mireles 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt
Glendale West Rotary is grateful to Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant at Westgate for providing a meeting space for our club for the past 2 years.  GB Manager Denny Glather accepted a plaque from the club in thanks for the GB hospitality and for GB's support of community and humanitarian service projects.  Just a sample of GB's support include events that raised funds for the West Valley's Homeless Youth Connection, the Glendale Fire Department's Holiday Food Drive and Shelterboxes sent to Haiti earthquake victims.
Rotary Thanks Gordon Biersch Nancy Van Pelt 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt
The club joined with members of the other two Glendale Rotary clubs at a Welcome Dinner for the inbound  GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE TEAM FROM KOREA!

Stan Mah, President of the Glendale Kachina Club hosted a  dinner at his home in north Glendale where the visitors, Rotarians and guests shared a great meal and learned about each other's cultures.

Three of the five Korean team members stayed in the homes of GW Rotarians, who Imagealso arranged for vocational tours, intercultural experiences and even a private tour of Cerreta's Chocolate Factory!

Welcome Party for Korean Visitors Nancy Van Pelt 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt

Sunrise Bank of Arizona’s Arrowhead Office

to Host Shredding Day on Saturday, April 21

In an effort to handle the public’s “post tax day” document shredding needs,  Sunrise Bank of Arizona’s Arrowhead Office is hosting a Shredding Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Sunrise Bank of Arizona staff and Glendale West Rotary members will be on site to assist the public. Donations of $1 per box or $10 for 10 or more boxes will be accepted. Contributions will support the service projects of Glendale West Rotary, an all-volunteer organization.

Suggested items to shred: Employee records, bank statements, reports, file folders, time cards, and checks.

Items to avoid: Large clips more than two inches long; hanging file folders with metal bars, large quantities of plastics, large chunks of metal, carbon paper, and cardboard.

Sunrise Bank of Arizona’s Arrowhead Office is located in the business park on 75th Avenue across from East Mall Drive less than a quarter mile north of Bell Road. Traffic access to the bank is on northbound 75th Avenue just north of Camino San Xavier-- 17235 N. 75th Ave, Suite B-100,  

Donations to Support Glendale West Rotary Service Projects Nancy Van Pelt 0
Posted by Nancy Van Pelt

Thanks to the Phoenix Coyotes’ commitment to being “Champions for Children” in our community!  Enthusiastic members and friends of the Glendale West Rotary Club were able to raise over $2000 at the March 8 game’s 50-50 raffle!  All of that money will go to supporting Glendale West Youth Charities in the coming months.

During the past year alone Glendale West’s youth-related projects have included:

1.     Purchase and distribution of dictionaries to all third graders at 3 local elementary schools

2.     Participation in a project to install drinking water filters in Nogales, Mexico elementary schools

3.     Support of several local homeless children through the Homeless Youth Connection

4.     Sending a local high school student to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership) camp

5.     Helping a high school student participate in a Rotary Youth Exchange to Ecuador

6.     Supporting the worldwide eradication of polio by funding distribution of vaccination drops

Rotary International’s resources and vast service network ensures that the funds will multiply in value, doing good locally and throughout the world!

Posted by Nancy Van Pelt
ImageIn January five GWRotarians, accompanied by a friend of Rotary, answered the call of Stop Polio Now! by hiking a portion of the Arizona Trail. Organized by Susan McCusker, the club will donate $500 to the Arizona effort to end polio.  After working up an appetite on the trail, the intrepid hikers enjoyed a lunch together at –where else?  An Irish pub!

Posted by Nancy Van Pelt

 Glendale West Rotarians Tom Hutchinson and Valerie Carlson look over a richly decorated display of Hermosillo projects.


The  12th Annual USA-Mexico Friendship Conference and Matching Grants Fair was a huge success!  This year the event was hosted by AZ Districts 5490 and 5510 and visitors came from a variety of clubs in Puebla, Cuernavaca, Teziutlan, Hermosillo and Nogales.  Mexican Rotarians began arriving November 26 and our last visitors departed the Friday after Thanksgiving.  About 2/3 of the Mexican guests were home hosted -- an awesome way to Build Goodwill and Better Friendships!  The 3-day event included tours of AZ Rotary Projects, a full-day Matching Grants Fair and a day of hands-on Rotary activity.  Of course, there was plenty of fun, food and fellowship.  You can read more about that in the next issue of our District 5490 newsletter.  

Tom Hutchinson, Valerie Carlson and Nancy Van Pelt were on hand at the Matching Grants Fair to identify an international, matching grants project for Glendale West.  There were lots of worthy choices, but in the end the club's representatives selected a project to ensure safe drinking water in 43 elementary schools in Nogales MX through fountains with water filters.  Glendale West is teaming with Goodyear White Tanks, Prescott Sunup and the Grand Canyon clubs to support the Nogales Sur Club in delivering this project.Image 

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Greg Donovan, Superintendent of the Western Maricopa Education Center, will explain how the organization delivers its mission to "Empower all students to participate fully in the economy by providing and enhancing Career and Technical Education."  

Along with the state’s universities, its community colleges, and primary and secondary schools, joint technological education districts are one of the four legs of Arizona’s educational system. Each has its unique challenge to prepare Arizona students for the highly competitive workforce in our global economy.

West-MEC has distinguished itself as an innovative leader attuned to workforce needs, working in partnership with business, industry and community colleges.  

Join us on October 19 to celebrate vocational service and learn about West-MEC.

West-MEC Featured during Rotary's Vocational Service Month Nancy Van Pelt 0
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Richard and Sally Andrade told their inspirational story at the Glendale West Rotary meeting last Wednesday.  The couple shared about how their personal experience led to passage of a law in Arizona.  After losing their their beloved poodle Fabian, they became aware of lack of protection from vicious dogs in AZ.  This ordinary couple became increasingly active, learning firsthand how the legislative process works.  Now that their work in AZ has been accomplished, the Andrades are keeping busy responding to requests for assistance from all over the US.
Glendale Couple Shares Story at GWR Nancy Van Pelt 0
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Sara Jane Feldman brought her experience and wisdom to the Glendale West club on August 17 when she made the annual District Governor's visit to the club.  In addition to sharing her vision for the upcoming year and information about international doings, Sara Jane inducted Daniel Goodnick as a new member. Goodnick, a Transportation Logistics Analyst at Western Refining, is looking forward to increasing his involvement in the community.

The governor explained the "Transformer Award" and awarded the well-deserved honor to Cathy Mireles, Senior Vice President/Client Services Manager of Sunrise Bank of <st1:ST1:STATE w:st="on"><st1:ST1:PLACE w:st="on">Arizona.

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On hand to welcome Daniel Goodnick: District 5490 Governor-Elect Craig Wilson and Area Governor Mark Carpenter, pictured below with Governor Sara Jane Feldman and Cathy Mireles.



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It is almost that time of the year where old leadership will welcome new club leadership. Please keep an eye, and ear, out for details on our Change-over Party.
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Next Monday's meeting will be a club assembly.  We will talk about upcoming club service projects and what efforts we plan to fund.

Our sister club, the Peoria North Rotary Club, now meets at Fox and Hound on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m..  Don't confuse this with our mommy/daddy club, the Peoria Rotary Club.  They're still meeting on Friday mornings at Theater Works.  Both are great clubs to visit!

We will be joining the Peoria Rotary Club at Friendly House ( to paint and repair classrooms in their Early Childhood Development Center in central Phoenix.  Please keep the morning of Saturday, June 6th available for this project.

And finally, it's time for Peoria's 3rd Annual Pancake Dinner - Tuesday, May 19th at Centennial High School.  Chuck will have details at our May 11th meeting!

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We had a great club social last Monday.  We celebrated John Burk's promotion to Colonel.  No need to salute him unless you are both in uniform!

The Rotary cap worn by Bill Gates during his recent $255M donation speech just sold to the highest bidder.  Any guesses how much it went for?  $17,600.  The money will go to fighting Polio!

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