Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

February 22, 2016

It is with great sadness to report that Andy Katz, one of our longest-standing, active, loyal members, this past Tuesday. He will always be remembered for his caring and kind nature, warm personality and 24/7 smile. Our wishes are with his friends and family. His light was extinguished far too early. Services are set for Friday the 26th, 1:00 pm at Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89135.  Rest in Peace, Andy.


February 29 Program



Sig Rogich, president, The Rogich Communications Group

For the past 40 years, long-time Nevadan Sig  Rogich has served as an adviser to leaders in all levels of government and industry throughout the United States and the world.  He has worked in a senior capacity for over 600 political campaigns ranging from local to presidential levels including the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, as well as former presidential candidate, Senator John McCain as Co-Chair of his Ad Council.   He has served the Republican Party in numerous capacities, including as a former National Finance Chair for the Republican Governor’s Association. A University of Nevada grad, Sig worked closely with former Nevada Governor and US Senator Paul Laxalt, which led to his involvement in presidential politics. He founded and grew R&R Advertising into one of the largest firms in the southwest. He held positions in President Regan and President Bush (41) White Houses and briefly served as Ambassador to Iceland, his native country. He came back to the state in 1995 an opened The Rogich Communications Group where he has worked with an international advisory firm that offers counsel in the areas of business development, crisis communications, strategic planning, issues management, media relations, and government affairs.  RCG maintains a diverse client base ranging from Fortune 500 companies to niche operations in the industries of gaming, entertainment, retail, transportation, engineering, health care, and technology.  The company does work in Washington DC and various places overseas including Russia, China, Singapore and Mexico City.

Upcoming Speakers:

March 7: 4-Way Speech Contest (Tentative)

March 14: TBD

March 21: George Togliatti, VP Security, Surveliance, Safety Mandalay Bay

March 28: Dark (Gold Raffle)

April 4: Steve Wolfson, Clark County District Attorney


Meeting Happenings

Conducting:  Mitchell Horst;  Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Doug Malan/Eric Colvin Newsletter: Obadiah Dogberry; Raffle: No winner – rolls over until the next meeting


Josh Satterlee’s guest was Kevin Fisher – Director/SNWA (who said that the solution to pollution is dilution).
Visiting Rotarians:
Curtis Fudge was visiting from Branson, MO and introduced his club which is actively involved with Disabled American Veterans and Battered Women.
Darcey Hall from the Red Rock Club announced their fundraiser on 3/13 at Angel Park – Putting for Polio.  $25 each or $80 for a team.  Raffle, door prizes, etc. Contact her at 214-240-1974 to sign up.
 School Shopping – Jordana Lane announced that our shopping project is scheduled for 3/19 (Saturday) at 8:00a.m. at JC Penneys at the Boulevard Mall.
GOLD RAFFLE – Rebecca Collett reminded everyone to come to the Gold Raffle…PIRATE BOOTY AND ALL THAT STUFF ON March 28th AT TREASURE ISLAND.  WEAR YOUR BEST PIRATE GEAR.  GUESTS ARE FREE!!
Book Collection - Eric Colvin reminded everyone about our recent donation to the Jonathan Ogden Foundation and that we are still collecting books to donate.  Bring them to the meeting and he or Mitchell will make sure they get where they need to go.
“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.
Upcoming Speakers – Joanne Blystone suggested that April will be an excellent month to invite guests as or speakers lineup will include DA Wolfson, Mayor Goodman, Tina Quigley, and the dude from Speed Vegas.
Rotary Foundation:  Ted Henderson reminded everyone about 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.
Paul Harris Fellows: If you are on the waiting list to award Paul Harris Fellows, please schedule a time with Ted Henderson/Mitchell Horst.

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).

DISTRICT CONFERENCE:  Dates: May 19-22, 2016, Horton Grand Hotel, 311 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA

Text bomb: Clinton Pope who was out car shopping.

Scott Baranoff shared the Joke of the Day and was heavily fined (or at least should have been, according to Joanne).
Josh Satterlee was recognized for the publication of his recent book “Split the Fairway”, available on
Karl Maisner was recognized for his son’s recent induction into the Navy.  He will be working on nuclear vessels once his finishes high school. (Wait, what?)
Tom Martin was recognized for his birthday even though all he did to celebrate was eat lunch, go shopping, and eat dinner.
Donnie Garritano was also recognized for his birthday.
Keith Thomas (noted for his extensive eleemosynary efforts – and for his penurious proclivities) was heavily fined for winning the big pot in the Super Bowl game (even though he signed the check right back over to Rotary!!)
February 22 Program

Tina Kunzer-Murphy

UNLV Athletic Director and Las Vegas native, Tina Kunzer-Murphy. Tina has been a fixture in the Southern Nevada sports community for more than four decades. She has served as both interim and permanent AD since the Summer of 2013, making her the first woman and alum to oversee the department

Tina gave a very interesting presentation about the state of athletics in southern Nevada.  The question and answer period was very lively and she was gracious enough to answer all questions.

She also raffled off a UNLV sweatshirt which was won by Rebecca Collett.


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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