Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

October 5, 2015

October 19 Program


Chris Powell

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Chris Powell is president and general manager of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, having been appointed to the position in December, 1998. Powell came to the speedway after spending 10 years with R.J. Reynolds Sports Marketing Enterprises.

Since Powell’s arrival at LVMS, the speedway has generated more than $3 billion for the Las Vegas economy. Powell has overseen phenomenal growth of the speedway including the construction of a new drag strip, short track, two new superspeedway grandstands and the Neon Garage. LVMS has also been named Speedway Motorsports’ Track of the Year for each of the past three years.

Each year, LVMS hosts a NASCAR Weekend that is one of the most highly anticipated and highly attended motorsports weekends in America. LVMS also hosts two NHRA drag racing national events, a NASCAR Truck weekend and many other events that are regional in nature, in addition to corporate events, driving experiences and other manufacturer-related events. LVMS also hosts the Electric Daisy Carnival, which is the largest electronic music festival in North America and attracts approximately 300,000 music fans and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Powell began his RJR career as a public relations representative for the Vantage and Nabisco golf programs. In 1991, he moved to the NHRA Winston (now Mello Yello) Drag Racing program) and in 1994 became RJR’s manager of media relations for the NASCAR Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) Series.

Chris is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in journalism. Chris began his professional career as a sports writer in North Carolina.

Upcoming Speakers:

October 26: Jack Woodcock, Las Vegas Real Estate Expert

November 2: Scott Johnson, President, Las Vegas Firefighters Local 1285

November 9: TBD

November 16: Thomas Piechota, PhD, PE, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, UNLV


Meeting Happenings

Invocation: Keith Thomas; Photos: Bruce Pope; Mr. Mic: Josh Satterlee; Newsletter: Elaine Vinson/Clinton Pope  Raffle: Bryan Dziedziak



Foundation Board: Mitchell Horst announced only two people showed for the Foundation Board meeting.

Boy's Nite Out:  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: 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: Karl Maisner announced that Back to School Shopping will be held at 8:15 a.m. October 10 at JC Penny's. For more information contact either Karl or Jordana. 20 kids need Rotarians to assist in their purchasing. A sign-up can be found in the book.

Football Squares: Eric Colvin announced Bruce Pope and Justin Kalb 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 Ron Steffy to see where he was.


Pictures, Pictures . . . Adrienne Cox and Megan Schimick were shown in a picture where both serve as board members of Nevada HAND. Adrienne was recognized $100.

Sad day in Reno . . . Both Rick and Eric Colvin made their way to Reno to watch UNLV steal the Fremont Cannon from the NEVADA Wolf Pack's clutches. Eric said it was a long drive but the tailgate was good. Rick was a lot less appologetic, he want coach NEVADA coach Brian Polian gone . . . Eric was assessed $40 and Rick was hit for $50.

Kalb gets $150, has to give $75 back to the club . . . not sure why he had a $75 recognition but I'm sure it was warranted.

How many times can you recognize a person for the same car . . . Bruce Pope received $150 from the football squares but was dinged $50 for his "new" Lexus (wasn't he already hit-up for that . . .?).

Gifts for the President:

Wally Emergy gave the President a golf hat and towel from Hawai'i. Jack Woodcock gave him a ball marker from Hawai'i and Adrienne Cox gave him a ball marker from Pebble Beach.

Guest Speaker:

Victor Joecks, Nevada Policy Research Institute

Victor Joecks gave a rousing and entertaining overview of NPRI and its recent policy positions as it relates to the governor's tax plan and other important upcoming and past legislative policies.


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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