Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

October 26, 2015

November 2 Program


Scott Johnson, President 

Las Vegas Firefighters

Scott Johnson, President of the Las Vegas Firefighters, is a fire captain for the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department. Prior to serving for the City of Las Vegas, Johnson served as a firefighter for the Carson City Fire Department. As president, Scott is responsible for leading his membership of 628 fulltime members and 209 retirees.

In addition to overseeing the many functions of the Local and ensuring the wellbeing of his members and the community, Scott serves as the primary spokesperson for the Las Vegas Firefighters. He was elected to the position of president in January of 2013, having served as 1st vice president from 2007 to 2013, and as an executive board member since 2000.

As fire captain, Scott serves as an all hazard/all risk first responder at the company officer level. He supervises a crew that performs multiple tasks to handle all aspects of emergency operations. He has proudly served the department since 1997.

Scott has taken multiple courses regarding fire emergency service in order to develop a diverse background in his field, and has also attended Daniel Freeman Paramedic School in Inglewood, California. He has obtained multiple certifications related to fire and medical work. 

In addition to his strong background in fire services, Scott is involved in a number of nonprofit organizations through the Las Vegas Firefighters Local. He volunteers time collecting donations for the annual “Fill the Boot” Drive, benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), and also oversees all of the Local’s charitable campaigns and initiatives.

This year, Scott will also be partnering with Henderson Professional Fire Fighters President Dan Pentkowski as the spokespersons for the  “Check Your Seats in the Heat” Campaign, spreading the message to not leave children or pets in hot vehicles.  Other charitable efforts include assisting local nonprofits, such as the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Scott has lived in Boulder City for over 17 years.  In his time off, he enjoys spending time with his wife Karen, his son Max, and his daughter Matisse, as well as golfing, snow skiing, motorcycle riding, RV camping, and hiking.

Upcoming Speakers:

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

November 30: Director Donato Cabrera and Jeri Crawford, Las Vegas Philharmonic


Meeting Happenings

Invocation: Chris Publow; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Sean Tanko; Newsletter: Clinton Pope


Visitors: Kathy Woodcock, guest of Jack Woodcock; Ed Curray, guest of Bryan Dziedziak

Rotarians: Steve Tucker from Green Valley Rotary Club; Ken Cox from Las Vegas West Rotary Club; Francesca Gilbert from Las Vegas Rotary Club; Tom Novotny from Las Vegas West Club


KNPR Matching Campaign: Ted Henderson announced to the Club that he is once again matching donations to KNPR during their current fundraising campaign. Ted sent an email outlining how Club members can contribute.

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.

Holiday Party: The Club Holiday Party will be at Eric Colvin's house the night of December 3. A sign-up will be placed in the book.

Las Vegas Rotary Club Holiday Shopping: Francesca Gilbert spoke to the Club about their December 3 Holiday shopping event for needy children. They are looking for volunteers that morning. If you are interested please contact Francesca.


You think you're fast . . . Julie Johnston was recognized $75 for her recent business move and her Spartan Race showing where she is the 25th fastest woman in obstacle course racing.

Michigan man back in town! Chris Publow regaled the Club with his Summer stories form Michigan with the highlight being when he hunted down a porcupine which was ruining his shingles. His entertaining story cost him $125.

Books, books and more Books . . . Mark Rowley was asked what his favorite book about Las Vegas happened to be and he said Money and the Power and Supermob. He was then asked to name the Rotarian whom 1) Is from Ohio, 2) Loves Roman History, 3) Likes Scottdale and 4) favorite book is Atlas Shrugged. After a long pause and no answer, Mark was recognized $75. The answer was Bryan Dziedzaik.

Guest Speaker:

Jack Woodcock, Founding-Broker, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Nevada Properties

Jack Woodcock gave a general overview of Las Vegas' real estate market with a special emphasis in residential sales, starts and resales. Jack indicated that the market is relatively healthy and very healthy by comparison to 7 years ago when the Great Recession began. He said that home prices have appreciably risen and stabilized as new-starts have remained low.


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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