Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

March 2, 2015


At the Meeting

Invocation: Pepe Charles - Ms. Mic: Marcia Rands - Photography: Ted Henderson - Raffle Winner: Bryan Dziedziak

Visiting Rotarians:

Russll Johnson from Idaho Falls

Christina WIlliams from Turkey Creek, Tennessee

Mike Holober from Turkey Creek, Tennessee

Dick Huston from Fairboult, Minnesota

David and Julie Grabb

Randy Pote from North Las Vegas Rotary Club

Richard Reed from Las Vegas Rotary Club

Ralph Rohay, from Las Vegas Rotary Club


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: Tom Martin announced to the Club that we are looking for one young woman to send to RYLA on April 17-19. They can be relatives of members of the Club but need to be high school juniors. Please contact Tom if you have a candidate in mind.

Gold Raffle: Mitchell Horst also reminded the Club that this year's Gold Raffle will be Thursday, March 19 and will be a cocktail party at Southern Highlands Country Club. Members will be encouraged to invite friends and colleagues to attend hosted by the Club. Expect your Gold Raffle tickets to come in the mail any day. Mitchell also said that the Club is looking for a few more silent auction items, most notably items which include an experience. If you have something to donate, please contact Mitchell.

Happy Feet: Shawn Callahan announced that Happy Feet will be on March 11 at Lake Elementary (2904 Meteoro St, Las Vegas, NV 89169). We will begin at 9 am and should be finished by 10:30/11 am. A sign-up can be found in the book.

Golf Outing: Adrienne Cox announced that Aric Graham had secured Reflection Bay Golf Club as the location of a Saturday, April 11 Club golf outing. The cost will be $85 which includes lunch. Tee-off begins at noon. If you are interested, please sign-up in the book.

Missing Jacket?: Eric Colvin, once again, asked the Club if anyone left a black jacket at December's Holiday Party. He will bring it to the next meeting for identification.

Past Presidents' Day: Troy Lochhead announced that due to a scheduling mistake, Past Presidents' Day will not be on March 9 but will be April 13.


Baby, Baby, Baby . . . Justin Kalb was asked how his business was going and asked if it was going to be three times better to cover the recent addition of three triplet daughters who were born February 15th. All the babies are doing great and they hope to have all of them home within the month. For his new-found brood, Justin was credited $3.

Vintner in the house . . . Hank Falstad was asked about his recent foray into wine making. He described the process and said that you need at least one year before you have a drinkable bottle but usually have to wait much longer to make sure it is good with five years being the target. He was also commended for being so nice to Josh and Hank said that he'd have something to say but there were too many guests at the meeting. Hank was recognized $75.

Taxes and spa appointments . . . Megan Schimick was recognized $75 for being at the meeting right in the heat of tax season. She was asked what she plans to do on April 16 which all is said and done and she said that she always goes the to the spa . . . alone. She doesn't talk to anyone and just has a quiet day.

Teacher's PET . . . Mitchell Horst was recognized $100 for his "teacher's pet" description at this year's PETS event for incoming Rotary presidents. He said that he is living the dream and received a lot of great advice and ideas.

Resident Reality TV Star . . . Ron Reynolds was recognized $100 for his role this past week as "attorney" in an episode of "Sister Wives." As most in the Club know, Ron's kids have been the famous ones within the entertainment industry but according to Ron he's been on the show a few times.

View the Image Gallery for pictures from this and previous meetings.


Guest Speaker


Rick Van Diepen,
Board President, United States Green Building Council - Nevada Chapter

Rick Van Diepen spoke to the Club about the benefits and expansion of LEED certified green building practices in Southern Nevada.  With the different certification levels, Rick explained, developing of retrofitting a building to be efficient and sustainable can be done relatively inexpensively. He provided a few examples of LEED buildings in Las Vegas which as recently as 2010 led the country in LEED certified square footage.

Rick has made southern Nevada his home for nearly 20 years. A LEED accredited professional and trained architect, Rick is currently principal of Greenview Global, a sustainability and green building consulting firm and currently serves as US Green Building Council Nevada Chapter board president. A graduate of the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Rick left a long career in architecture to pursue his passion for sustainability serving as the executive director for Green Chips, a southern Nevada non-profit organization dedicated to building community and promoting sustainability in the public-private arena.

Rick has served on boards for the American Institute of Architects  Las Vegas Chapter and Nevadans For Clean and Reliable Energy and is a 2008 Leadership Las Vegas graduate.

Upcoming Speakers:

March 9 - Four-Way Test Competition

March 16 - Dark (Gold Raffle)

March 23 - Michele Quinn, MCQ Fine Art Advisory - How to make art at the office, or at home, more than just decoration, make it an investment.


Upcoming Service Projects

Happy Feet - March 11, 2015 at Robert Lake Elementary School

Make-up for a missed meeting by attending an E-Club Rotary meeting.  Visit the following address to see how:


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Club meetings are Monday's from 12:00pm - 1:30pm at Lawry’s The Prime Rib located at 4043 Howard Hughes Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Please check the Club’s website for meeting times and events at

Yours in Rotary Service,

Josh Satterlee
President 2014-2015