Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

August 17, 2015

August 24 Program


Mitchell Horst has a surprise Speaker and Presentation


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

September 21: Jack Woodcock, Las Vegas Real Estate Expert

September 28: Dana Bennett, President, Nevada Mining Association


Meeting Happenings

Invocation: Ron Reynolds; Photos: Bruce Pope; Mr. Mic: N/A; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle Winner: Wally Emery



Rotary Youth Exchange Presentation: Josh Thomas provided the Club with a presentation about his experiences in Europe while on Rotary Youth Exchange, of which we helped sponsor. He told the Club he had three host families in Belgium and traveled throughout the country. He was surprised by how close all the students became while on their visit and enjoyed learning about the various places he visited. He mentioned that he realized although our customs and dress may be different, our values seem to be very similar.

Pars for Polio: Jack Woodcock announced that he, Bryan and Shawn will be participating for Pars for Polio this coming Wednesday and they wanted to make sure everyone pledged per hole to support eradicating Polio.

Text-a-thon: Mitchell Horst asked everyone at the meeting to text Keith Thomas, who was not in attendance.

Rotarian of the Month - AUGUST 2015:

Jack Woodcock 

As a nearly 40 year member, consistently active member and Past President, Jack Woodcock embodies what it means to be a Rotarian. He said that he was honored by the recognition and said that many of his closest friendships have come through his experiences in Rotary (usually helped with love of wine). His wife, Kathy, spoke as to how dedicated he is to Rotary and his son-in-law, Donnie Garritano, told the Club that his wedding to Jack's daughter Anita was predicated on him joining the Club. Jack is our primary induction master of ceremonies and has inducted nearly every member in today's membership.

Guest Speaker:

Kyle Roerink, political and energy reporter, Las Vegas Sun

Kyle Roerink is one of Nevada's fastest rising journalistic stars. He currently covers politics and energy for the Las Vegas Sun and spoke to the Club about the current roof top solar debate currently waging throughout the state among SunRun, SolarCity and NV Energy. He gave a general overview of energy policy in the state stating that Nevada has little to fossil fuels including coal or natural gas. He said that the state's vast solar and geothermal energy makes it attractive for energy exportation. He spoke mostly about the rooftop solar issue which is before the Public Utilities Commission, explaining that the current cap of energy provided by rooftop solar systems to the grid is about to be met and there is a debate if the cap needs to be raised which may hurt the industry if it is not. To read Kyle's articles about energy, politics and the rooftop solar debate, please 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