Chris Vogel and PDG John Kurfess - MESA

Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad, or MESA, was founded in 1981 by the Rotary clubs of District 6600, with very active participation of the Toledo Rotary leadership Toledo Past President, now deceased, Glenn Dunbar, and Toledo Past President Ben Dansard. Since its founding, MESA has worked to build partnerships between local Rotary clubs and areas of the world in need. MESA is an International Service Organization operated, and largely supported by, financial donations, volunteer efforts, and donated medical equipment and supplies provided by the Rotary clubs of northwest Ohio. MESA collects and ships equipment and supplies so that people can receive the medical treatment they deserve, helping thousands of now healthy and happy people around the world. MESA helps Rotary clubs in other countries with their medical equipment needs. Their vision is to be the best service organization in engaging and facilitating partnerships between Rotary clubs to meet humanitarian needs. Their mission is to facilitate international service projects bringing equipment, technology and volunteerism to meet humanitarian needs throughout the world. Past District Governor John Kurfess of the Perrysburg Club will provide a historical pictorial perspective, while Chris Vogel, also from the Perrysburg Club, will provide a detailed explanation of the many MESA global projects accomplished. Fellow Toledo Rotarian, Mike Noble, will provide insight into the annual six day MESA bike ride, with an emphasis on the one day bonus ride happening on Thursday, May 31.