Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

October 19, 2015

October 26 Program


Jack Woodcock
Founder-Broker, CCIM, CRS, GRI

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

Long-standing member and Past President of Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Jack Woodcock began his real estate career in the summer of 1974 after a distinguished Air Force career. He has achieved the designations of Certified Residential Specialist and Graduate, REALTOR Institute.  He has also obtained his Certified Commercial Investment Member often referred to as the PhD of the profession.

In November 1979, he, and two other REALTORS, founded the Americana Group.  In December 1980, the Americana Group was selected to be the representative for the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Service in Southern Nevada.  The company became the undisputed leader in all areas of Las Vegas real estate with over 600 sales people and a market share of almost 28 percent.  In March 1999, the Americana Group became a member of the Prudential Real Estate Network.  A new company was formed as a result of a merger by the Americana Group with Prudential Real Estate’s largest affiliate doing business as Prudential California Realty.  The new company also included the former Prudential Southwest offices located in the Las Vegas area, and became known as Prudential Americana Group, REALTORS. In April 2014, the company became Berkshire Hathaway HS Nevada Properties.

In October 2004, when the agent base had grown to approximately 1,200, Jack sold the majority of his interest in the company.  

In 1987, Jack was recognized by the Las Vegas REALTOR community as its “REALTOR of the Year”, the highest honor bestowed upon a real estate professional by his peers.  In October 1992, the Nevada Association of REALTORS further honored Jack by naming him “REALTOR? of the Year” on a statewide level.  In 1995, he received the Gene Nebeker Memorial Award for contributing to and maintaining high standards of professionalism in the real estate industry. Most recently in October 2014, Jack was given the great honor of being named the first recipient of the Jack Woodcock Award. The award is given for those in the real estate profession that are promoting ethical conduct and professionalism.

Upcoming Speakers:

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

November 9: Howard Stutz, Gaming Reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal Gaming Reporter

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

November 23: DARK


Meeting Happenings

Invocation: Adrienne Cox; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Pepe Charles; Newsletter: Clinton Pope  Raffle: Unknown


Visitors: Gwen Fukumoto, wife of Fred Fukumoto and guest of the Club


Hallovino: Ed Guthrie announced to the Club that Opportuntiy Village is hosting Hallovino on October 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The wine tasting event is $50 per person and you should have received an email from Ed with details. If you have any questions, contact Ed. .

Tailgate: The Club's annual 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 said that unfortunately, no Greenspokes attended the meeting but those who were in attendance had a good time.

Membership: Mitchell Horst announced that Adrienne Cox and Troy Lochhead will be heading up a special committee to look at ways to increase and improve membership. If you are interested in working on this issue, please see Adrienne or Troy.


How many members? Sean Tanko was asked how many members LVSW Rotary currently has. He said 47, the actual number is 46 so he was recognized $46.

Taxes, again, every three months . . . but there is always RVing! Rebecca Collett was asked about this past round of tax returns and she said it was good. She was then asked about her RVing plans and she said she is going to the Hollywood Bowl to see Jimmy Buffett. Finally, she was asked if she could identify the Rotarian who A) Wished they were a political commentator, B) From Ohio and C) loves Atlas Shrugged. She didn't have an answer and was assessed $100.

Grandpa Thomas. Keith Thomas was was asked how many grandchildren he had and he said he had 9. He was then asked if he could identify the Rotarian who: A) Loves anywhere warm, B) Like Pride and Prejudice and Atlas Shrugged, C) Had a frightening experience in Russia and wished they could D) Relax and rationalize better. Kieth guessed incorrectly and was assessed $100.

Rotarian of the Month:

Fred Fukumoto
October 2015 Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Rotarian of the Month

Fred Fukumoto was selected October Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Rotarian of the Month for  his consistent and long-standing service to the Club. Mitchell Horst spoke about how he is always the first person everyone calls when they have a question about procedure, history, policy or anything that has to do with Rotary. He was brought into the Club by Tom Martin and said he has gotten so much more out of the Club than he has given. Fred's wife Gwen echoed his thoughts as well as provided a great story about how they have been a part of a number of crazy situations and never have a dull moment. She spoke of a balloon ride which ended with them crashing into a tree and being swarmed by mosquitos in Europe. There is no question that every Club member looks up to Fred for his dedication to the Club and he more than deserves this honor.

Guest Speaker:

Chris Powell, President/GM, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Chris Powell spoke to the Club about how the Speedway has evolved since its 1998 inception. It is the largest motor speedway in the world and hosts numerous non-motor sporting events such as the Electric Daisy Carnival. He gave a brief history of the Speedway's impact on the community, where he said it has helped generate more than $3 billion in economic impact. He addressed questions about traffic issues but reminded the Club that their ingress/egress is above the industry standard but they work each and every day to improve the customer experience.


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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