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Signing in today were visiting Rotarians Curt Wood from the Gilbert, AZ Rotary Club, Warren Tobin from the Jamestown, ND Rotary Club and Don Austin of the Edmons, WA Daybreakers Rotary Club.  Elise Otero from Kingman, AZ was a guest.  Mary Cameli was our speaker.  Shirley Cowan was a guest of her club member husband Mike Cowan.  Linda Simmons of Gold Canyon was a visitor.  Welcome to all of you!
1. Don Austin has completed the required 3-meeting attendance requirement for membership and he has applied for membership in the club.  Don is transferring his Rotary membership from the Edmons WA club as he and wife Ruth are now living here full time.
2. Mike Dungan continues to have vision issues and recently underwent eye surgery.  Please keep Mike in your thoughts and prayers.
3. The drawing today was worth $591.50.  Frank Mwinyelle won the drawing and $10 but drew the queen of diamonds so the joker is still in there.
Today's speaker was Mary Cameli, the first female chief of the Mesa Fire Department.  Mary has 35 years of fire department experience.  Her responsibilities include overseeing 500 employees.
She explained how one works their way through system.  New fire-fighting employees have to have graduated from the Fire Academy that provides training in physical fitness, fire fighting and EMT certification.  One starts at the firefighter level.  The next step after experience and demonstrated leadership is to become a truck captain who is in charge of the crew of one truck.  The next step is to become a truck engineer who is responsible for the deployment and use of the firefighting equipment on the truck.  The next level is the battalion chief who is in charge of all the trucks at a fire or medical incident. Finally the top is the department chief who reports to the Mesa City Manager.  The Mesa firefighters are unionized and the department has great relationships with the union.
The local fire departments cross over fire district boundaries to provide fire or medical response if they can get to the incident faster than the in-district trucks.  She mentioned that Mesa Fire went over the boundaries 5,000 times in 2017 and had about an equal number of incoming fire departments such as Superstition Fire and Medical provide services for them.
In response to a question, Mary said that there were 2 female fire fighters in 1983 and there are 20 today. In response to another question about ambulance service, she said that Mesa contracts with an outside vendor for ambulance services but some departments such as Superstition Fire and Medical have their own ambulance service in house.
Ray Trankle - January 13
Jacquie Smith - January 16
Heather Wallace - January 19
Dave and Mickey Webb - January 4 - 20 years
Lee and Roberta Holmes - January 20 - 34 years
Warren and Martha Salinger - January 27 - 63 years
Larry and Paula Wight - January 27 - 51 years
Jim Erickson - January 12 - 11 years
Ben Fellows - January 14 - 10 years
Ed Shockley - January 15 - 9 years
Dean Holmes - January 26 - 3 years
January 17 - Elaine Yount, Director of Care Mgmnt & Community Liaison - Visiting Angels
January 24 - Nancy Fessbender - Pinal County Veterans Memorial Foundation
January 31 - Russell St. John. Exec. Director - Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley
January 13, 2018 - Rotary Golf Tournament
Lost Dutchman Rodeo
April 5-8 - RYLA. $400 per student

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