Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

September 28, 2015

October 5 Program


Victor Joecks
Executive Vice President,

Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI)

Victor Joecks is executive vice president at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and oversees the execution of NPRI's strategic plan and policy initiatives. He joined the Institute in 2009 and previously served as its communication director. Under his leadership, NPRI obtained record amounts of state and national media coverage.

Victor holds bachelor's degrees in history and math from Hillsdale College, where he graduated with honors. Prior to joining NPRI, he worked in communications at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Washington state. Victor currently serves as a Staff Sergeant in the Army National Guard and graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate from both the Defense Information School and Warrior Leader Course.

Read Victor Joecks' published work here.

Upcoming Speakers:

October 12: DARK

October 19: Chris Powell, President/GM, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

October 26: Jack Woodcock, Las Vegas Real Estate Expert


Meeting Happenings

Invocation: Keith Thomas; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Bruce Pope; Newsletter: Clinton Pope 

Rotarians: Jim Camburn from Las Vegas Summerlin Rotary Club




Toast To Talet: Jim Camburn announcedLas Vegas Summerlin Rotary Club will have its Toast to Talent fundraiser on October 20 at Emeralds at Queensridge. Tickets are $50 each. For more information or to buy a ticket please visit

Feed the Homeless: Karl Maisner announced that Feed the Homeless will be this Wednesday, September 30 at Christ Episcopal Church (2000 S. Maryland Parkway). Please come between 5 and 5:30 pm to help hand out clothes and food.

Boy's Nite Out: Aric Graham announced that LVSW Rotary will be sponsoring 5 spots for Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada's "Boys Nite Out" which will be October 15. Please see/call Aric for more details. A sign-up can be found in the book.

One Drop Walk: Mitchell Horst announced that One Drop's Walk for Water will be October 17. For more information please visit  A sign-up can be found in the book.

Back to School Shopping: Jordana Lane announced that Back to School Shopping will be held October 10. For more information contact either Karl or Jordana. A sign-up can be found in the book.

Football Squares: Eric Colvin announced BEN RAPPLE and JULIE BRUTCH were this past week's awardees.

Tailgate: Eric Colvin announced the tailgate will be November 7 as UNLV hosts Hawai'i. We will be sharing the space with the Las Vegas West Rotary Club. Sign-up can be found in the book.

Greenspokes: Rebecca Collett announced that Greenspokes will be October 12 at Scott Baranoff's house. An informational email will be sent in the near future.

Text-a-thon: Everyone texted Howdy Wells get well wishes.


Luau dreams . . . Jack Woodcock and Wally Emery are currently in Hawaii . . .

Football any day, everyday!  Eric Colvin was asked if he was going to make it up to the UNLV/NEVADA football game and he responded he will be making the trek on Thursday coming back Sunday as well as going to Seattle later this season to watch both the Seahawks and Washington Huskies. He expects 60 people or so for his tailgate in Reno. He was asked who in the Club . . . it doesn't matter, he said Joanne Blystone and was correct before too many details were provided. He was recognized $90.

Golf? I don't play golf . . . Bryan Dziedziak was asked when the last time he played golf and he said a number of weeks ago but he was caught in a bit of a lie as his wife said he was playing just last week, then he remembered. He was asked which fellow Rotarian: A) Wishes they could be more handy; B) Loves Maui; C) Loves fellowship in Rotary; and D) Is a former ski instructor. Bryan said Troy Lochhead, which was incorrect. It is Doug Malan. He was recognized $50.

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes . . . Rebecca Collett was asked about the recent quarterly tax push in which she said she wished her clients didn't wait till the last minute but understood. She said she hate having to push people to get their information to her. She was asked which fellow Rotarian is: A) From Las Vegas; B) Loves the movie Tombstone; and C) Would like to be a lottery winner. She incorrectly said Clinton Pope. The answer was Eric Colvin.

Guest Speaker:

Dylan Shaver, Nevada Mining Association

Dylan Shaver spoke to the Club about the state of Nevada's mining industry as well as gave specific facts about how Nevada mines produce 20 different minerals, provides 75% of the nations gold production and pays about three times more than the state average income. He spoke a little about the past legislative year as well as taxes that the mining industry pays that other industries do not.


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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