Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

July 13, 2015

July 20 Program



Upcoming Speakers:

July 27: Michelle Layton, Downtown Las Vegas Achieves

August 3: Dr. Barbara Atkinson, Dean, UNLV School of Medicine

August 10: Jon Ralston, political columnist, commentator and TV show host


Meeting Happenings

Invocation: Doug Malan; Photos: Karl Maisner/Fred Fukumoto; Mr. Mic: Tom Martin; Newsletter: Elaine Vinson/Clinton Pope; Raffle Winner: Marcia Rands



Rotarians: Past District Governor Larry Skaggs, Patrick Carlton and Richard Reed

Guests: Ralph Capresto and Joe Kucik, guests of Aric Graham; Elizabeth Charles, guest of Pepe Charles


Teen Leadership Camp: Tom Martin announced that the Club is seeking one girl for TLC this year. She must be in 8th grade and it is okay if she is related to a Rotarian. Teen Leedership Camp is a camp for early teens to learn about leadership, teamwork and the benefits of working to help improve one's community. The camp is November 10-16.

Feed the Homeless: Tom Martin announced that Feed the Homeless will be the last Wednesday (July 29) of this month at Christs Episcopal Church St. Louis and Maryland Parkway. Please be there by 5:00. There is a need for clothing so please get whatever you can provide to Tom.


Once a banker, always a banker: Aric Graham was recognized $50 for taking a new position with a new bank. Aric has worked at US Bank for 10 years. The new bank's name is Umqua Bank. He said it was a hard decision but wanted a new challenge and there hadn't been a new bank in Las Vegas in a long time.

Cabo in his dreams . . . Donnie Garritano was recognized $75 for his fun-filled vacation with 9 other couples in Cabo San Lucas. He said there was too much eating a beach . . . he continued that business has picked up and things are looking good.

Paul Harris Fellows:

Club Member Karl Maisner

Elizabeth Ann Holtz on behalf of Club Member Adrienne Cox

"The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion."


Randy Pote

District Governor 2015-16, District 5300

The new 5300 District Governor, Randy Pote, spoke to the Club about his vision for coming year. He said his motto is to "leave Rotary better than we found it." He explained his project is to provide Clubs and Rotarians the tools in which to make our community better and stronger. He continued that he wanted to help evolve Rotary in the eyes of the community and address our public image in the process.  This year's International Rotary slogan is "Be a Gift to the World."


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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,

Mitchell Horst
President 2015-2016