Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

January 25, 2016


February 1 Program

Curtis Myles, President and  CEO, Las Vegas Monorail

Curtis L. Myles III is president and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Monorail Company, a position he has held since July 2005.

During the past decade, Myles has successfully led the Las Vegas Monorail Company through transitional times including a merger with its management contractor in 2005, a major financial restructuring in 2010 to 2012, and most recently absorbing all of the formerly contracted operations and maintenance activities into the Company in 2015. To date, the Las Vegas Monorail is the only privately held, self-funded public transportation system of its kind in the world and receives no public subsidy.

Myles began his career in transportation after receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Colorado State University in 1986. Upon graduation, he served in several managerial positions with a national shipping and cargo firm from 1986 to 1991. Returning to Las Vegas in 1991, Myles embarked upon an 11-year career in aviation management with the Clark County Department of Aviation at McCarran International Airport. While there, he served in several managerial and senior management capacities, including assistant director of aviation. 

During his tenure at McCarran, Myles initiated and oversaw the development and implementation of one of the nation’s first airport-owned and operated ramp control operations; implementation of several post-9/11 security upgrades including fingerprinting and explosion detection equipment and more than $100 million in airfield upgrades and improvements. He left the Department of Aviation to become deputy general manager at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada in 2002. While there, Curtis oversaw the implementation of the valley’s first Bus Rapid Transit line, The Max, as well as the development and implementation of the Deuce double-decker bus, in addition to the consolidation and transition of what is now known as the Freeway and Arterial System of Transportation (F.A.S.T.) under the direction and control of the RTC. 

Myles also holds a Master of Arts degrees in economics (finance) and teaches economics part-time at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Myles’ commitment to his hometown community of Las Vegas includes volunteering his time and efforts on numerous boards and committees including the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy Board of Directors; the Nevada Public Radio Board of Directors; Aid for AIDS of Nevada Board of Directors and the Council for A Better Nevada Board of Directors, among others. 

Upcoming Speakers:

February 8: TBD

February 15: DARK (President's Day)

February 22: TIna Kunzer-Murphy, Athletic Director, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Tentative)

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


Meeting Happenings

Conducting:  Mitchell Horst: Invocation: Fred Fukumoto; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: N/A; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Unrecorded

“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:  There will be a second meeting to discuss membership at Adrienne Cox's home on Feburary 16.

Playoff Squares: Eric Colvin explained the squares concept for the Super Bowl which will cost $100 per square but works out to be two squares. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Eric Colvin.

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).


Broncos and Wolf Pack win!!! Bruce and Clinton Pope were both credited $25 to their undying support of the Denver Broncos and Eric Colvin $25 for his support of the Nevada Wolf Pack's win over the Rebels (Clinton didn't get extra credit . . .).
January 11 Program

Dan Stover Music Competition

The bulk of the meeting was dedicated to the Dan Stover Music Competition which Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Club has had tremendous regional and district success in selecting winners. This year the Club had five competitors and three judges.

Judges: Hal Weller, Music Director at Las Vegas Philharmonic; Dr. Dick McGee, Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the College of Southern Nevada; and Barbara Riske with the Nevada School of the Arts and formerly of the Las Vegas Philharmonic


Won Na, Las Vegas Academy - Violin, Concerto In E Minor OP. 64 1st Movement

Heidi Kim, Clark High School - Piano, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6

Clifford Richardson, Nevada School of the Arts - Violin, Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Opus 22

Daniel Skurski, Las Vegas Academy - Bass, Dragonetti Bass Concerto 1st Movement

Cathy Yi Choi, Nevada School of the Arts - Violin, Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 Movement 1

Awardee: Cathy Yi Choi; Runner-up: Heidi Kim


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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