Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

August 31, 2015

August 31 Program


Jon Ralston

Political Commentator, Host, Ralston Live

Jon has been covering politics in Nevada for more than a quarter-century, and recognized as the foremost expert in the state. In 2012, Jon was named one of the Top 50 "Politicos to Watch" by Politico.

In addition to hosting "Ralston Live," on on VegasPBS in Las Vegas and KNPB in Reno, Jon is a columnist for the Reno Gazette-Journal and publishes an email newsletter called "Flash" that sets the political agenda for the day, breaks news and contains analysis. Nationally, Jon is a contributing editor at Politico Magazine and regularly appears on national television, including programs on MSNBC, FOX and PBS and most recently was a guest on "Meet the Press."

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Jon has a B.A. in English from Cornell University and a M.A. in journalism from University of Michigan. Jon began his Las Vegas journalistic career in 1984 as the night police reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, later covering general assignment and county government before becoming a political reporter in 1986.

He wrote for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for 15 years, the last seven as a freelance columnist. In 1999, the Greenspun Media Group purchased his political newsletter "The Ralston Report," and he continued publishing columns in the Las Vegas Sun until September 2012.

Jon's awards include: Nevada State Press Association's Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year in 1986, Best Columnist of the Year in 1991 and 1992 and Best Non-Staff Columnist in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2009, he won the Associated Press News Executive Council award for best local column.

Upcoming Speakers:

September 21: Jack Woodcock, Las Vegas Real Estate Expert

September 28: Dana Bennett, President, Nevada Mining Association

October 5: TBD

October 12: DARK


Meeting Happenings

Invocation: Fred Fukumoto; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Jordana Lane; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle Winner: Adrienne Cox

Rotarians: Randy Pote, District Governor, District 5300

Guests: Kim Wooden, guest of the Club; Michael Kent, guest of Mitchel Horst



SOAR Program: Randy Pote spoke to the Club about the SOAR awards honoring first responders the Monday prior to 9/11. To learn more please visit

Feed the Homeless: Tom Martin announced Feed the Homeless will be held Wednesday, September 30. Karl Maisner will be managing the event. If you have clothing to submit, please give it to Karl. A sign-up can be found in the book.

Football Squares: Eric Colvin announced that the squares need to be filled-up and sold by Sunday, September 13 as the first week's winners will be determined by the NFL Sunday night game first half and second half scores. Each square is $100 for the season. If you are interested in attending the tailgate or buying a football square, please contact Eric.

Rotary Basics: Mitchell Horst announced that the Club will be sending three representatives to Rotary Basics, September 26 at Windmill Library from 9 am to 12 pm.

Foundation Dinner: Mitchell reminded the Club that the District's Foundation Dinner will be in early January in Ontario, California and the Rotary International President will be in attendance.

Text-a-thon: Andy Katz was the target of this week's text-a-thon. Last week's target, Chris Publow, sent a photo of a large fish to Josh Satterlee and said that he needs to catch his own food.


RVing crusader . . . Wally Emery apparently just bought an RV so we may not see too much of him in the coming months . . .

Name the Rotarian . . . Jordana Lane was asked who cherishes their Rotary friendships, loves to vacation in Southern California and favorite destination is South Africa. She could not guess and was recognized $30.

Name the Rotarian (Part II) . . . Doug Malan was asked who needs to work on their social skills and their shyness, loves to visit the ocean and loves Hope Floats and Lonesome Dove. Doug could not answer and was assessed $50. By the way, Doug found himself at four different reunions this past summer, including two 40th high school reunions for him and his wife.

Name the Rotarian (Part III)  . . . Adrienne Cox was asked who's hometown is Hermosa Beach, would like to be better at golf and tennis and needs to work on commitment and follow-through. She correctly identified Andy Katz.

Gifts for the President:

District Governor Randy Pote gave Mitchell Horst two ball markers including one from St. Andrews and Rebecca Collett gave Mitchell as ball from Seattle.

Guest Speaker:

Pat Skorkowsky, CCSD Superintendent

Pat Skorkowsky outlined how the district has improved under his leadership and where improvement was necessary. He said that graduation rates are up, the district leads in Advanced Placement test passage and has created a stronger program to bring drop-outs back to school. He did say that the expansion of the student population has put a stress on the system of which they are working to address. He also indicated that he has tapped a blue ribbon committee to help reallocated district resources to address specific needs.


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Yours in Rotary Service,

Mitchell Horst
President 2015-2016