Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

March 14, 2016


March 21 Program


George Togliatti, Vice President of Security, Surveillance and Safety, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

George Togliatti is currently serving as Vice President of Security, Surveillance, & Safety at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He is also a licensed Private Investigator and, in this capacity, acts as a security consultant for the National Hockey League (NHL).  In addition to his roles as a security consultant, Mr. Togliatti is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) William F. Harrah’s College of Hotel Administration and International Gaming Institute, and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.  He also moderates a weekly public service radio program simulcast on six Las Vegas AM/FM radio stations.

Mr. Togliatti is a former Supervisory Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  During his FBI service, he managed the organized crime and drug units in Las Vegas, and also served as the white-collar crime supervisor.  He served the Bureau as a Special Agent in Detroit, Michigan and Boise, Idaho, assigned primarily to criminal matters, electronic surveillance, and undercover operations.  While assigned to the Detroit Division, he was the undercover agent in a racketeering case that resulted in the conviction of the then Genesee County (Flint, MI) District Attorney.

While working in the Las Vegas Division of the FBI, he was the undercover agent assigned to infiltrate the Gambino and Detroit organized crime families' operations in Nevada.  In the latter case, he testified in 2002 in the trial of alleged mob underboss, Anthony Zerilli, and in 2001, in the trial of mob boss Jack Tocco and two of his capos.

Upcoming Speakers:

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: Ron Reynolds; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Kieth Thomas; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Unknown


Visiting Rotarians:
Randy Pote, District Governor and his wife Beth Anderson-Pote; Anis Yonus from Karachi Karsaz; Mike Warrington, from Samford, UK; Darrell Alleman from Putnam County, IL

Visitors/Guests: Paul Workman, guest of Keith Thomas; Alex Brat, guest of the Club; Kevin Kellogg, guest of Adrienne Cox; Ray Jones, guest of the Club

RYLA - District Governor Randy Pote reminded the Club that the District was in need of RYLA 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 -Tom Martin reminded the Club that Feed the Homeless will be Wednesday, March 30. In need of men's clothing. A sign-up can be found in the book.

“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, 7:00 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

Wine Drawing: Fred Fukumoto reminded the Club that the Summerlin Rotary Club's annual wine drawing is coming up and raffle tickets are $20 each.

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


International students . . . Scott Baranoff was recognized $125 for the international education interest of both his children.

Anniversary fun . . . Tom Martin was recognized for celebrating his 28th wedding anniversary.

March 14 Program

Paul Thomsen, Chairman, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada

PUC Chairman Paul Thomsen spoke to the Club about the recent decisions of the PUC in relation to large customers leaving the system as well as the net meter/rooftop solar fees and rate structure. He said that the state of energy in Nevada was very good and that nearly 20 percent of Nevada's energy come from solar and geothermal resources. He said that past three purchase agreements were from solar generation at an average rate or $.04 per kWh, far below regional and national energy rates. He said that our rates are relatively low. The PUC ultimately decided to reduce the rate of net metered customers and develop a new fee to be implemented over the next 12 years in an effort to reduce the general customer's subsidy of net metered customers as net metered customers were receiving $.12 per kWh, nearly three times the amount of recent power purchase agreements. He said the commission felt it was time for the industry to stand on its own.


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Yours in Rotary Service,

Mitchell Horst
President 2015-2016