Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

November 30, 2015



December 14 Program

Robert Welling, Sales Director, The Smith Center

Bob has more than 25 years of sales experience in the hotel-casino and tradeshow industry, having grown up in sales in the Las Vegas Valley.  

Prior to joining The Smith Center, his career has included direct sales responsibility, departmental sales management and senior management roles.  Over the past 15 years he served as vice president of resource development at United Way of Southern Nevada, corporate sales director for a major trade show service contractor, executive sales director for the Fontainebleau Las Vegas Resort project and vice president of event relations for the Sands Expo.  

Bob is deeply entrenched here in Las Vegas, a trusted resource in the business community, and being a native, a community minded individual with a deep commitment to bettering Southern Nevada.  Bob attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a past member in good standing with International Association of Exhibitions & Events, Professional Convention Management Association, Meeting Planners International, Las Vegas Hospitality Association and served on the board of the Southwest chapter of IAEE.  

With The Smith Center, Bob’s primary role is to increase ticket sales for all facility performances in the area of group sales (10 or more patrons) and venue rental opportunities for corporate special events and meetings.

Upcoming Speakers:

December 21: Dark

December 28: Dark

January 4: TBD

January 11: Leslie Porterfield, Simply in Order - Organizing in the New Year

January 18: Dark (Martin Luther King Jr.)

January 25: Dan Stover Music Competition


Meeting Happenings

Invocation: Rich Bowler; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Eric Colvin; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Unknown



Rotarians: Mel Wick from Gig Harbor, Washington


Magical Forrest School Bus: Tom Martin reported that only two (yes, you read that correctly) Rotarians made it out to help Opportunity Village with there Magical Forrest School Bus event. Members were reminded that we are a participant Club and encouraged to make it to as many volunteer events as possible.

Holiday Party: Eric Colvin spoke to the fun and frivolity at his home on December 3rd where the Club had its holiday party. He said that he will be sending out an email as he is planning a Rotarian kids outing at Red Rock bowling center on Monday, December 21.

Santa Clothes: Tom Martin spoke to the fact that he and Jordana Lane were the only two LVSW Rotarians to make the Las Vegas Rotary's Santa Clothes event Thursday, December 3rd. They helped more than 100 children.

PAY YOUR BILL! It's really easy!: Reminder: It is your duty to keep up to date on invoices and up-to-date bills will be sent to all members. The Club recently instituted on-site credit card payment so any member can pay their bill at any meeting.

Elections and Past Presidents: Josh Satterlee asked all Past Presidents to stay after the meeting (December 7) to discuss elections.

Playoff Squares: Eric Colvin announced that he has already started selling playoff squares. He will be sending out an email to existing players and ask Club members to invite others to participate. The activity will provide $5000 to our scholarship fund.

Paul Harris Fellows: If you are on the waiting list to award Paul Harris Fellows, please schedule a time with Ted Henderson/Mitchell Horst.

Text bomb: Adam Bowler was text bombed by the Club.


Hey Rich! Do you sing? Rich Bowler was asked about this holiday plans and his December 7 singing gig with the Desert Corale at UNLV. Cost is zero to all who attend. He was recognized $150.

TT fun! Ron Reynolds was recognized for his semi-recent Audi TT purchase (hardtop) which glimmers silver in the Las Vegas sun. He drove his old car 11 years. He mentioned that fewer of his family would be in town and his rock star son Dan will be playing a halftime show for a New Years Day bowl game but wasn't sure which one.

Kiss-up! Adrienne Cox kissed up to Mitchell Horst to the jeers of the Club as she gave her The Snowman Las Vegas Philharmonic tickets to him his wife and little girls.

All about TLC . . . Mark Rowley was asked about his daughter's recent experience at TLC and he said she LOVED it. She will adress the Club about her experience in January. He was then asked 1) Who loves vacationing on the beach; 2) Favorite movie is Pulp Fiction; 3) Would love to be President of the United States and loved going to Chile.  Without a guess he was given one last hint, he is a golf professional . . . he easily guessed Shawn Callahan.

Birthday Boy . . . Mark Maisner was recognized $25 for his horribly placed birthday (December 24). He did mention that his baby will be one years old on December 29.

All about the golf biz . . . Shawn Callahan was asked about the players who seek him out for help after his many, many years with Butch Harmon Golf Academy. He said recently he had someone come in that he was surprised was so mis managed with her Clubs. He named names but we won't here . . .

Guest Speaker:

Katie Decker, Principal at Bracken Elementary School and Walter Long STEAM Academy

Katie Decker is transforming the way children are taught in Las Vegas and around the country. Nationally recognized for turning around Bracken Elementary School, Katie was given a second school where she serves as principal as well. Ms. Decker spoke to her philosophies and why she has been successful and how she is working to implement her methods at other schools throughout Nevada. 


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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