Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

August 10, 2015

August 17 Program


Kyle Roerink, political/energy reporter, Las Vegas Sun

One of Las Vegas' most promising young journalists, Kyle Roerink currently covers politics and energy for the Las Vegas Sun and is regularly featured on KNPR's "State of Nevada" and Vegas PBS' "Nevada Week in Review". Kyle will provide insight into Nevada's current energy politics and climate as we see a rooftop solar battle ensue, major NV Energy customers seeking to leave the system and the state needing to develop a plan to address carbon pollution under the EPA's new Clean Power Plan.

Upcoming Speakers:

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:Doug Malan; Photos: Bruce Pope; Mr. Mic: Marcia Rands; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle Winner: Sean Tanko



Feed the Homeless: Tom Martin announced that the Club is seeking one 8th grad boy to attend Teen Leadership Camp this fall. If you are aware of someone who may be interested, please contact Tom.

Books for the Homeless: Ron Reynolds announced that Las Vegas Central Rotary Club is seeking books (instructional, not fiction) to provide to homeless. If you are interested in providing books, please contact Ron.

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.

Greenspokes Calendar: Rebecca Collett sent a Greenspokes sign-up sheet for people to volunteer to host Greenspokes.

Rotary Foundation Board of Directors: Mitchell Horst announced that the Club board has approved the creating of a Club Foundation which is in need of a separate board of directors. If you are interested in serving, please contact Mitchell.

Feed the Homeless: Mitchell Horst announced that the next Feed the Homeless will be Wednesday, September 30.

Text-a-thon: Mitchell Horst asked everyone at the meeting to text Joanne Blystone and wish her a speedy recovery.


Birthday party . . . Ron Reynolds was recognized $25 for his upcoming birthday which he has a date with his wife to see The Man From Uncle.

Wave pool fun . . . Mark Rowley was Recognized $40 for first having a staycation over July 4th weekend at Mandalay Bay where he enjoyed the wave pool and lazy river as well as not being able to name the Rotarian whom wished to be a professional fiction writer and better at golf. The answer was Rich Bowler.

Take me out to the ball game . . . Wally Emery was asked about how he spends his time in San Diego. He answered he liked to watch his granddaughters play softball.  He was then asked which Rotarian wished to be a bicycle racer, loves national parks and Shindler's List and would love to travel the rim of the grand Canyon. He guess Howdy wells . . . the answer was Ed Guthrie. He was recognized $50.

Guest Speaker:

Lauren Boitel, Executive Director, Green Chips

Lauren Boitel gave a great, impromptu, technical difficulty laden presentation on what Green Chips and and does for our community. She explained that it is a partnership among non-profit, for-profit and government organizations to help make Southern Nevada more sustainable. She explained its Leadership Academy, Convene For Green and the general make-up of the board of directors. She said that the organization is working with both City of Las Vegas and City of Henderson to achieve 5 star status in sustainability. In addition, EnergyFIt Nevada was recently rolled into Green Chips and it provides energy audits to local residents. To learn more about Green Chips, visit


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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