Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

December 14, 2015

Happy New Year!


January 4 Program

Richard Jost, General Counsel, Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems (drones) and Director/Attorney with Fennemore Craig Attorneys at Law

To better serve clients in the aviation, aerospace and autonomous aerial vehicles industry the Fennemore Craig has formed a  practice for that legal work and Mr. Jost is the leader of that group.  Drawing on more than thirty years of experience in administrative law and regulatory law, he was instrumental in organizing the nonprofit institute (Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems) that applied for and received FAA designation as an unmanned aerial systems test site.  Mr. Jost continues to serve as general counsel to the organization.   He is a frequent lecturer on the status of the regulation of the unmanned aerial system industry.

Clients seeking legal assistance in the areas of municipal finance, project development, energy law, planning and zoning, and related tax and securities law issues have been receiving such assistance from Fennemore Craig attorney Richard Jost for more than 35 years. For much of his career his work focused on tax exempt project and real estate based financing, particularly in the areas of affordable housing and redevelopment. Mr. Jost has represented issuers of tax exempt bonds, investment bankers who have structured tax exempt bond transactions, and most often developers, public utilities and manufacturers that have benefited from tax exempt financing.

Mr. Jost holds a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College. He is admitted to practice in Nevada and New York and is a member of the Clark County and American Bar Associations.

Upcoming Speakers:

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: Adrienne Cox; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Josh Satterlee; Newsletter: Obadiah Dogberry (Keith Thomas)/Clinton Pope; Raffle: (Hmmmm…All I know is that it wasn’t Obadiah).


Visiting Rotarians:  Candogan (John) Orlu from Istanbul, Turkey.  Past President and Founding member of Istanbul Fulya Rotary Club.  Classification-insurance. (Did you check out his fancy “trinity” tie knot?)


“George Hensel Essay Contest”: Tom Martin invited members to solicit contestants in the District 5300 essay contest.  Submission deadline is 3/31/16. Rotary International District 5300 George R. Hensel Ethics Essay Contest is designed to challenge high school students to analyze ethical issues and concerns confronting them in today's complex world. Because our fellow Rotarian, businessman, and philanthropist, George R. Hensel, Ph.D., privately funds this contest, there are no entry fees to pay. Students submit essays to their local Rotary Clubs and may, at the club's discretion, present their essays at a club meeting. Winners at the club level advance to the District Level and four winners at that level are awarded monetary prizes. The top three runners up are awarded cash prizes of $500 and the winner at the District Level receives $3,000. The overall winning essay is presented at the District Conference. Click here for more information.

Children’s Holiday Party: Eric Colvin 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 21st, at 2:00 p.m. All are invited and bumpers will be provided. The club members all thanked Eric and Jessica for their wonderful hospitality at the holiday party a couple of weeks ago (Obadiah, alas, was out of town…at least, he thinks he was.…)

Ogden Foundation:  Mitchell Horst, Adrienne Cox, and Jordana Lane, will be participating in the Ogden Foundation’s (named for Jonathan Ogden, Hall of Fame football player with the Baltimore Ravens) Christmas shopping project to which The Club has made a donation.

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. If you don’t know how much you owe, just ask Elaine (she’s keeping a list and checking it twice).

Playoff Squares: Eric Colvin announced that Sunday nights winner was Mark Wherry (squares sold by Fred) who won both the halftime and final pot.  Eric has already started selling playoff squares. He will be sending out an email to existing players and is asking  Club members to invite others to participate. If we sell all the spaces, the activity will provide $5000 to Katie Decker’s (last week’s speaker) new elementary school. Katie has promised to come visit us in jail.

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

Rotary Foundation:  Ted Henderson reminded the club members of Rotary’s “Benefactor” program (A Benefactor is an individual who informs The Rotary Foundation in writing that he or she has provided for the Foundation in his or her estate plan, or who makes an outright gift of $1,000 or more to the Endowment Fund. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to be worn with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin. and “Bequest Society” program (The Rotary Foundation recognizes couples or individuals who have made commitments in their estate plans totaling $10,000 or more. Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and wearable recognition commemorating the commitment at each new recognition level.
     $10,000 to $24,999.99 — level 1
     $25,000 to $49,999.99 — level 2
     $50,000 to $99,999.99 — level 3
     $100,000 to $249,999.99 — level 4
     $250,000 to $499,999.99 — level 5
  $500,000 to $999,999.99 — level programs.
Ted also recognized the new club Major donors; Howdy Wells, Bruce Pope, and Bryan Dziedziak (shouldn’t that be spelled “Jay-Jack”?).  Ted said we now have 12 major donors and named them all and they would be named here, but, alas, Obadiah forgot to write down the names and his memory, due to advanced age and senility, ain’t what it used to be.
Text bomb: None this week. Adam Bowler was text bombed by the Club last week and failed to respond to any of the texts, as when asked why, he said he doesn’t “do texts” (to which our Turkish visitor, said, “I didn’t know you had Amish in Las Vegas!”..


Cesar (our esteemed head server at Lawry’s) was recognized with a holiday remembrance.

Adam Bowler (he of Amish fame) was hit with a $50 recognition for failing to make it into the 21st century.

Aric Graham…recognized $75 for his long delayed honeymoon to Oahu with his bride of 6 months. Heeding the advice of a long-married mentor, he did not take his golf clubs with him.  Then, upon arrival, his smart phone was mysteriously broken.  Thereupon, having nothing else to do, he…(pick one…if you pick the right one, Obadiah will gift you with a gift…went snorkeling, parasailing, hiking, played basketball with the visiting Valpo players, communed with nature, sat on the beach, watched TV, or none of the above.)

Jack Woodcock was recognized $100 for his mention in the Nevada Business Magazine as one of the elite “CCIM” designees in the commercial real estate market.  CCIM=”Certified Commercial Investment Member”. 

Guest Speaker:

Robert Welling, The Smith Center

Robert Welling spoke to The Club about The Smith Center's various offerings and performance locations including event space, their Broadway series and Cabaret Theater. To learn more about The Smith Center, please visit


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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