Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

January 4, 2016


January 11 Program

Lesli Porterfield, Owner, Simply In Order

Lesli is a professional organizer and productivity consultant.   Early in life, she developed a passion for organizing, but it wasn’t until years of working in corporate America that she realized organization was my true calling! Her husband’s career has moved my family frequently which led to her learning countless practical ways to make life and its transitions smoother.  She started by helping friends and relatives to clear their physical and mental clutter, and eventually decided to build a career around what she did best.

Today, she helps others to simplify and improve their lives through organization.

Upcoming Speakers:

January 18: Dark (Martin Luther King Jr.)

January 25: Dan Stover Music Competition

February 1: TBD


Meeting Happenings

Invocation: Ted Henderson; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Fred Fukumoto; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Tom Martin


Visitors: Lloyd Benson, guest of Keith Thomas and Alexis Baranoff, daughter of Scott Baranoff


“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.

Gold Raffle: Rebecca Collett announced the Gold Raffle will be March 28 at Kahunaville at TI (formerly known as Treasure Island). Show up in your best pirate costume and expect a lot of booty and treasure chests (not my joke). You should be receiving a post-card invitation in the mail.

Greenspokes: Rebecca Collett announced that the next Greenspokes will be Monday, January 18 at Donnie Garritano's home.

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: Ted Henderson and Bryan Dziedziak were the final awardees of the season squares.  Eric reminded the Club that we are 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  new elementary school.

Pinned: Adrienne Cox presented a community service pin to Jordana Lane for all her efforts.

Bill Rydell Passing: Club Past President William 'Bill' Birger Rydell Jr. MD, of Beaverton, Ore., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, from a brief illness. He was born June 22, 1931, in Rice Lake, Wis. Bill practiced surgery in Las Vegas for 26 years, became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and retired in 1990. He formed General Surgical Associates, with Dr. Colquitt and Dr. Banich, later adding Drs. Yeaton and McBride. He served as president of the Southwest Rotary Club, Clark County Medical Society and the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He was elected into the prestigious Western Surgical Association in 1980. Bill also served as chief of staff at several local hospitals. He is survived by his wife, Mary; sisters, Caroly Murray and Cynthia Rydell; brother, Peter Rydell; his children, William III (Karen) of Las Vegas, James and Gale Rydell MD of Beaverton; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. A celebration of life will be at 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at The Summit Room, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd., Las Vegas. All are welcome to share memories of Dr. Rydell.


That's no joke . . . Scott Baranoff was credited $25 for an age appropriate joke (in honor of his adult daughter).

Who went bowling . . . (no not at the children's holiday party . . .) The Club was asked who attended a bowl game this year and Pepe Charles (Fiesta), Andy Katz (Las Vegas) and Mark Rowley (Las Vegas) all rose their hands and described their experiences. Each was recognized $50.

You don't want to be "that guy" . . . Justin Kalb was recognized $75 for A) Spilling his "beverage" on a young child while at the UNLV game, and B) Indicating that his wife was at home with the children when confronted with the question "aren't you too busy with family to attend basketball games?"

A picture's worth a thousand words (or $75) . . . Keith Thomas was recognized $75 for two separate pictures. The first was a corporate holiday picture where Keith was surounded by a dozen or so young women and the second was a picture that made it into the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicating he was recycling a Christmas tree.

Guest Speaker:

Richard Jost, General Council, Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems

Attorney and fellow Rotarian Richard Jost spoke to the evolution and legal rangling that is happening around


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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