Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

March 7, 2016


March 14 Program


Paul Thomsen, Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada

Paul A. Thomsen became Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada on Oct. 1, 2015. Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Chairman Thomsen to replace outgoing Commissioner Rebecca Wagner.

Previously, Chairman Thomsen served as Gov. Sandoval’s appointee as the Director of the Governor's Office of Energy. He was selected for that position in September 2013.

Prior to his service as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy, Chairman Thomsen was the Director of Policy and Business Development for Ormat Technologies, a leading vertically integrated global provider of a diverse range of renewable energy solutions, headquartered in Reno. He has also worked for the law firm of Lionel Sawyer and Collins, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, and U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan.

In addition, he was President of the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Energy Association, Chairman of the U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association, President of the Nevada Geothermal Council, and industry expert for the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program Blue Ribbon Panel. He also served on the boards of the Economic Development Authority of Nevada, Nevada Mining Association, Nevada Lung Association and AVA Ballet.

Chairman Thomsen earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Upcoming Speakers:

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

March 28: Dark (Gold Raffle)

April 4: Steve Wolfson, District Attorney, Clark County

April 11: Carolyn Goodman, Mayor, City of Las Vegas

April 18: Tina Quigley, General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission


Meeting Happenings

Conducting:  Mitchell Horst;  Invocation: Pepe Charles; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Adrienne Cox; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Tom Martin


Visiting Rotarians: Oliver from Germany and Brenda Louden from Missouri

RYLA - Tom Martin reminded the Club that we are in need of a junior, boy, for RYLA and Fred Fukumoto reminded the Club that the District was in need of facilitators as well. If you know of anyone interested or would like to serve as a facilitator, please see Fred or Tom.

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.

Feed the Homeless - Karl Maisner reminded the Club that Feed the Homeless will be Wednesday, March 30. In need of clothing. A sign-up can be found in the book.

Ely Golf Tournament - Eric Colvin announced the annual Ely Rotary Golf Tournament is scheduled for the first weekend in June. If you are interested, contact Eric.
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!!
“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.

One Drop Night at Smith Center - Mitchell Horst, in Joanne Blystone's stead, announced One Drop's annual night at The Smith Center. This show will be March 18th, 7:pm.  Individual ticket sales are still open with tickets from $179 to $229 on the bottom floor and $104 in the balcony.  Here is the link to the Smith Center box office:  Scroll down to the One Night for One Drop box and hit the "But Tickets" button to pick out your seats. If you would like to take in the show as well as the post show event, tickets are $1500 and to include the pre-show, tickets are $3000.   You may call or email the One Drop organization directly at  1-844-33-WATER (1-844-339-2837)  or
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


Birthday boys . . . Mark Rowley turned 58 and counts each day a blessing as he has life-saving surgery 10 years ago in May. Eric Colvin, absent after the first 30 minutes of the meeting, also had a birthday and Mitchell had the Club text bomb him a birthday message.

Another Rounders . . . Wally Emery told the Club he is opening a new Rounders in Henderson on land which Bob Goff once owned and Jack Woodcock helped him secure. He was recognized $75.

Pebble Beach, here I come . . . Aric Graham will be playing golf with his friends down at Pebble Beach and will be assessed a recognition once his round can be confirmed.

Gifts for the President

Ron Reynolds gave a ballmarker from Rancho Bernardo.

March 7 Program

4-Way Test Speech Contest

Tom Martin introduced each of the four contestants who took varying perspectives on the 4-Way Test. All contestents were from Las Vegas High School . The winner is Samantha Lookingbill spoke on how the 4-Way Test can be applied to the death penalty. The runners up were Elyssa Going, Yashuby Siguenza and Miguel Temaj.


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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