Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

August 3, 2015

August 10 Program


Lauren Boitel, Executive Director, Green Chips

Green Chips is a non-profit catalyst organization, founded in 2008, which brings local governments and businesses together in an effort to make Southern Nevada more resilient and sustainable via leadership development, community outreach and awareness, and targeted community projects.

Green Chips Executive Director Lauren Boitel has a bachelor’s degree in art as well as an MBA. She brings a uniquely cohesive perspective in identifying opportunities to solving sustainability business challenges.

After graduating from UNLV, Lauren co-founded GIFT (Growing Into Fair Trade), a nonprofit that educated the Las Vegas business community on fair trade business practices and products. It was the first organization of its kind in the city. Following that, she was recruited by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, where she created and developed their Green Initiative Committee. As part of her work, she developed the award-winning corporate sustainability tool known as Green Roots, which gives businesses the power to access information and resources to help them achieve their sustainability benchmarks.

Lauren then joined the team at the Clean Energy Project as the Program Director, where she galvanized local business support for clean energy policies in the Silver State and helped execute 3 National Clean Energy Summits. She was then hired by HomeFree Nevada, a nonprofit that helps homeowners enhance their homes so they are healthier and more energy efficient. That organization then assumed the name of its flagship program, EnergyFit Nevada, where, after serving as Programs Director, Lauren was promoted to Executive Director. Through a close partnership with HomeFree Nevada’s sister organization, Green Chips, Lauren transitioned from board member to Executive Director of the regional sustainability nonprofit in September of 2014. Lauren has also served on the board of Solar NV and is a LEED Green Associate.

A Las Vegan for most of her life, Lauren was actually born in Frankfurt, Germany. She serves on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board as a member of the Clean Energy Sector Council. Lauren is also a member of the NRA, Education and Training director of the Nevada Firearms Coalition and a partner at a Las Vegas-based firearms academy. She plays the bagpipes and spends her free time hiking with her twin sister.

Upcoming Speakers:

August 17: Kyle Roerink, politics and energy, Las Vegas Sun

August 24: Surprise speaker per Club President Mitchell Horst

August 31: Pat Skorkowsky, superintendent, Clark County School District

September 6: Dark (Labor Day

September 14: Jon Ralston, political commentator and TV Host


Meeting Happenings

Invocation:Keith Thomas; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Aric Graham; Newsletter: Elaine Vinson/Clinton Pope; Raffle Winner: Ted Henderson



Feed the Homeless: Tom Martin reported that Feed the Homeless on Wednesday, July 29  at Christs Episcopal Church was a success. Rebecca Collett brought three volunteers with her and Doug Malan brought 11 girls to help. A Three Square chef brought food as well.

Pars for Polio: Mitchell Horst announced that the Club is seeking 2-4 people to play in the area's inaugural Pars for Polio golf tournament. Essentially it is a golf marathon of which the Club and its members will seek pledges. It will be a competition among area Rotary Clubs. If you are interested, please see Mitchell. Currently Jack Woodcock and Bryan Dziedziak are signed up to participate.

Foundation Dinner: January 1, 2016 the District will be holding its Foundation Dinner in Ontario, CA. The President of Rotary International will be in attendance.

Text-a-thon: Mitchell Horst asked everyone at the meeting to text Sherm Frederick. There was no immediate response.


Birthday party . . . but who's invited? Donnie Garritano was recognized $45 for having a good but very hot couple of months and throwing a party for his brother-in-law without inviting any Rotarians . . .

Name the Rotarian: Donnie was then asked to name the Rotarian whose favorite vacation spot is Hermosa Beach, favorite movies are "Dinner with Maurie" and "Shawshank Redemption," secretly would like to be a cabbie or an Uber driver. He incorrectly guessed. The answer was Andy Katz.

Survey? What Survey? Karen Strawn was called out for providing minimal information on her survey, she said she didn't want to give out too much information. She say that her favorite vacation spot is Hawaii and she would like to be a construction attorney. She was recognized $25 and additional $40 for "trying to find work."

Take me out to the ball game . . . Ted Henderson was recognized $50 for his recent activities of going to his granddaughter's softball games.

Who? Me? Again? Ron Reynolds was once again hammered for his children's prodigious reproductive prowess and his taking photos with his famous son Dan, who is front-man for Imagine Dragons. He said that he now has four new grandchildren which brings the total to 23 with one more on the way. Bruce Pope stood in his defense to say what a nice family Ron has but it wasn't enough to stave off a recognition as Ron was recognized $125.

Gifts for the President:

Jack Woodcock and Bryan Dziedziak gave Mitchell Kona Coast ball markers.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Barbara Atkinson, Planning Dean, UNLV Medical School

Dr. Atkinson provided a comprehensive update on the progress made at UNLV's developing and new medical school. The highlight of the presentation was Dr. Atkinson reporting that Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law an appropriation of $27 million for UNLV Medical School in mid-June. The school is aggressively seeking grants and other funding sources to round-out what is necessary to build the school into what the community needs.


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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