Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

March 23, 2015


At the Meeting

Invocation: Ron Reynolds; Ms. Mic: Angela Torres-Castro; Photos: Ted Henderson; Newsletter: Clinton Pope

Visiting Rotarians:

Callum Knowles from Kent, England

Bob Knudsen from Yackama Washington

Maria Montaro from Costa Rica


Laura Rogers and Jordana Lane, guests of Adrienne Cox


District 5300 Rotary Foundation Dinner: Ted Henderson reminded the Club that the District's annual foundation dinner will be held Saturday, March 28 at the Treasure Island and major donors, of which our Club has quite a few, will be honored. Ted will be in attendance with Aric Graham and anyone else who would like to attend. Tickets are $100. A sign-up is in the book.

Club Golf Outing: Adrienne Cox announced that the Club's golf outing will remain on Saturday, April 11 at Reflection Bay Golf Club. The cost should be around $100. A sign-up is in the book. She also thanked all those who attended the One Drop event last Friday night.

Dan Stover Regional Competition: Mitchell Horst announced that this year's Dan Stover Regional Competition will be held April 26 at Anthem Country Club. A sign-up sheet will be placed in the book.

A Golden Night with Las Vegas Southwest Rotary: Mitchell Horst recounted last Thursday's Club fundraiser at Anthem Country Club where Karen Strawn's epic quilt garnered the second most of all the live auction items. Shawn Callahan had a friend who donated their place in Kauai which was the big ticket item of the night, it raised $5200. A special thanks to Karen Strawn for her huge support and Bruce Pope for once again selling the most Gold Raffle Tickets.

Boys Night Out for Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas: Aric Graham reminded the Club that Boys' & Girls' Club of Las Vegas is holding their Boys Night Out Event at New York-New York Friday night at 6:30 p.m. A sign-up can be found in the book.


So who's not quite 40 yet . . .? Angela Torres-Castro was asked why she was in the most recent issue of Vegas Inc. and she indicated that she was named to this year's "40 Under 40" list.  She did say that she hasn't been to meetings recently because every Sunday she flies up to Carson City for the legislative session but decided not to this week. She was recognized for her accomplishment.

No, it's not a hurt locker . . . it's a wine locker . . . Mitchell Horst was recognized $25 each for his wine lockers around town (Anthem Country Club and Capital Grill).

The saddest Puerto Rico Trip ever . . . Keith Thomas recounted a tale of tough travel through the Caribbean where he had to do a "turn-around" business trip to Puerto Rico. After his long, horrible, sad story, he was not recognized.

Kauai beat out the birthday . . . Shawn Callahan was thanked for his friend's Kauai getaway auction item which garnered $5200. He was then asked if today was a special day, he indicated that it was his birthday. His 53rd birthday. He was first assessed a $52 credit one dollar for every $100 the trip raised, then recognized one dollar for every year of his life . . . he ended up with a $1 recognition.

"But it isn't a 'new' boat . . ." Scott Baranoff was asked if he had made a new major purchase and he gave a pretty lame story about how he replace his old boat with another old boat with only two engines, rather than three, with only 700 horsepower each. He was recognized $140, $70 for each engine.

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


Guest Speaker


Michele Quinn
MCQ Fine Art Advisory

Michele Quinn, owner of MCQ Fine Art Advisory, has built a career as a gallerist and private art consultant specializing in post-war and contemporary art.  She spoke to the Club about a few of the collections she has been involved in developing as well as a general approach to collecting which came down to, buy what you like.

Michele has a Masters in Arts Administration from NYU and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Fordham University. She worked in New York for 11 years where she held a number of coveted positions in the city’s art world including vice president/senior specialist at Christie’s Auction House and Director of Brooke Alexander Gallery.

She moved back to Las Vegas in 2003 where she served as private curator for the Schaffer Collection and director of G-C Arts.  In 2005 she established MCQ Fine Art where she served as the sole consultant on several major corporate collections including THEHotel, Nevada Cancer Institute, Harrah’s Executive Collection and Station Casinos Corporate Collection among others.

In 2006, Michele proposed and began developing the $40 million art program at CityCenter-Las Vegas. The massive endeavor is one of the largest public/private fine art collections in the Untied States.

Upcoming Speakers:

March 30 - Dr. Mark Penn, Founding Dean of Roseman University of Health Sciences

 April 6 - Dark

 April 13 - Past Presidents Day


Rotary Foundation Corner

The Objective of The Rotary Foundation is the achievement of World Understanding and Peace through International Charitable and Educational Programs.

 The health of The Rotary Foundation

In each of the prior Foundation Corners we have discussed some of the Foundations programs, starting on September 29, 2014 with a brief history of the Foundation, how it is funded, how do those funds flow back to our District, and how do they build up the World Fund.  We looked at PolioPlus, the Foundation’s single best known project,  which started in 1986 and by the end of 2012 had raised in excess of $1 billion; how the Rotary Foundation and Rotary International are the only non-governmental organizations to be recognized by the World Health Organization for our contribution to world health – a singular achievement.  We were introduced to each of the many levels of giving, through all of the Paul Harris Fellow recognitions, Major Donor levels, Arch C. Klumph Society levels, Benefactors and the Bequest Society.  We looked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its 2 for 1 match for every dollar given by Rotarians, from 2013 – 2018, to a maximum of $35 million per year for each of those five years.  And finally we addressed the new Grant Model, with District and Global Grants and how they work.

So where are we today, and what is the health of the Foundation?  The Trustees are mindful of their fiduciary duty to ensure that the funds are spent wisely.  This year, the first full year of the new model being implemented world –wide, our Rotary Foundation has funded 488 District grants worth a total of $23.5 million, and 868 Global grants worth $47.3 million.  India has been declared polio free, leaving just 3 countries left: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, down from the 220 polio-endemic countries, regions and territories in 1986.  And the PolioPlus organization has been instrumental in helping fight Ebola in Africa.

Each year the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States, and this year The Rotary Foundation climbed 35 spots to be 85th overall in that ranking, based on monetary contributions from private sources.  Rotarians around the world contributed $239,576,000 to the Rotary Foundation, a 32.4 percent increase from the previous year.  92 percent of The Foundations’ expenditures were applied to programs; with only 6 percent spent on fund-raising, and 2 percent on administrative costs. The Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.

The Rotary Foundation is healthy, vibrant and alive around the world funding humanitarian programs such as water and sanitation projects, scholarships, both academic and Rotary Peace Scholars, and combating indoor air pollution by providing 3.000 clean burning stoves to the Himalayan nation of Nepal.  And it is all because of the donations of Rotarians such as us!  We should be proud, and continue to give generously.


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Yours in Rotary Service,

Josh Satterlee
President 2014-2015