Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

January 11, 2016


January 25 Program

Dan Stover Music Contest

Please join the Club listen to talented aspiring musicians showcase their talent and compete for the District's top prize. Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Club has a long, storied, successful history of providing District winners and we expect this year will not disappoint. 

Upcoming Speakers:

February 1: Curtis Myles, President and CEO, Las Vegas Monorail

February 8: TBD/4-Way Speech Contest

February 15: DARK (President's Day)

February 22: TBD/4-Way Speech Contest

February 29: Past Presidents Day: Sig Rogich, political expert and consultant


Meeting Happenings

Conducting:  Rebecca Collett in place of the missing Mitchell Horst: Invocation: Adrienne Cox; Photos: Bruce Pope; Ms. Mic: Jordana Lane; Newsletter: Obadiah Dogberry (Keith Thomas); Raffle: No winner – rolls over until the next meeting (Steve Harvey says the pot is now $1.4 billion)..


Visitors: Fafie Moore and Nancy Eaton (guests of Joanne Blystone).  Kathy Grant and her son Alex Grant who is one of our scholarship winners.  Alex spoke to the club graciously for a few minutes about receiving our scholarship.

Visiting Former Rotarians: Michael Bass ( – former Rotarian (and self-proclaimed “nice guy” and friend of George Hensel) in Hawaii.  Retired and looking for a club to join. Scott Manchee – former Rotarian from somewhere. Looking for a club.
Club Elections: Karl Maisner was elected to Secretary/Treasurer and will be going through the chairs.  Eric Colvin and Tom Martin were elected to the Board to fill expiring seats.
“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.

Membership Meeting: 1/20 at Mitchell Horst’s palatial estate and wine palace.

Playoff Squares: Eric Colvin announced the playoff payouts for

1st -- J Versaci -- $100
2nd – LVSWR -- $100
3rd – E Colvin -- $100
Final E Colvin -- $200

1st – S Baranoff  $100
2nd – LVSWR $100
3rd S Tanko $100
Final R Gonzalez $200

Vikings/ Seahawks
1st -- Mary Ann Berry $100
2nd – Mary Ann Berry $100
3rd – Rebecca Collett $100
Final – Rebecca Collett $200

1st – T Henderson -- $100
2nd – T Henderson -- $100
3rd – T Henderson -- $100
Final – F Fukumoto $200

Desert Chorale: Richard Bowler invited everyone to the Desert Chorale fundraiser on 1/23 at Doc Rando Hall/UNLV.

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).

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:  Please rmember 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.


Wear your pin!: All non-pin wearers were fined and all pin wearers were appreciated.
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 her true calling! Her husband’s career moved her 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.

S  sort
P pens
A assign an address to everything
C containerize/classify
E evaluate
O only
H handle
I it
O once
She gave away some gifts:
Chris Publow – velvet hangars
Karen Strawn – over the door shoe organizer
Adrienne Cox – receipt organizer and clear plastic envelopes
Kathy Grant – furniture mover
Doug Malan – Collapsible crate
Keith Thomas – book – “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”
Tom Martin – label maker


Pass it on...

We encourage you to share this newsletter with your family, friends and co-workers or anyone whom you feel might be interested in Rotary and joining an organization dedicated to building a better world.

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