Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

March 21, 2016

 

April 4 Program

 

Steve Wolfson

Clark County District Attorney

As Clark County’s top prosecutor, District Attorney Steve Wolfson leads the largest and busiest law firm in the state of Nevada.

Wolfson manages a $65 million budget and over 700 employees, including 170 attorneys, in four different divisions which, combined, handle nearly 100,000 cases annually. 

Wolfson joined the Clark County District Attorney's Office in February of 2012, upon appointment by the Clark County Board of Commissioners. He was chosen to serve the three years remaining on a four-year term vacated by the previous district attorney who retired. Clark County voters elected Wolfson to the position in November of 2014 in a landslide victory where he came away with over 72% of the votes.  He began serving his first full four-year term in January of 2015. 

Wolfson came to the County from the city of Las Vegas where he served nearly eight years as a city councilman. He was elected to that office in a special election in June, 2004 and ran unopposed in 2005, and again in 2009.

Wolfson is the Past President of the Nevada District Attorney’s Association.  He also served as a member of Governor Sandoval’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Council.  He is currently a member of the Commission on Statewide Rules of Criminal Procedure, a member of the nationwide group Prosecutors Against Gun Violence and a member of the HOPE for Prisoners Advisory Council.  Since taking office he has implemented the D.A. Ambassador Program, a community education and outreach program for employees in the District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, his office is also active on various social media platforms, furthering his commitment to transparency and outreach.

Wolfson brings many years of legal experience to the District Attorney’s Office.  After starting his career in the D.A.’s office in 1980, where he served as a Deputy District Attorney, Wolfson then served as a Federal Prosecutor.  In 1987, he entered the private sector where he practiced criminal defense for 25 years.

Wolfson has been active with the State Bar of Nevada by serving on the Board of Governors, the Judicial Ethics and Campaign Election Practices Committee, and other bar-related committees. Additionally, Wolfson was chairman of the State Bar of Nevada Ethics 2000 Committee, a blue ribbon committee established by the Nevada Supreme Court, to review and bring up-to-date all Supreme Court rules involving attorney conduct.

Wolfson was born in Los Angeles, California. He received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from San Diego State University and a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law.  Wolfson has been married more than 30 years to former District Court Judge Jackie Glass (ret.). They have two grown daughters, Rachel and Rebecca.  

Upcoming Speakers:

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

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

April 25: Aaron Fessler, Co-Founder and CEO, SPEEDVEGAS

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Meeting Happenings

Conducting:  Mitchell Horst;  Invocation: Chris Publow; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Josh Satterlee; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Unknown

PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING

Visiting Rotarians: Jim Camburn, Summerlin Rotary Club

Visitors/Guests: Donna Martin, Tom Martin's daughters Martel and Amber, Najean and Don Wolfgram, Janet, Larry and Larry Jr. Gabriel, and Stephanie Frank, guest of Joanne Blystone
 
Announcements:

RYLA - The District is 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.

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.

GOLD RAFFLE – Rebecca Collett reminded everyone to come to the Gold Raffle…PIRATE BOOTY AND ALL THAT STUFF ON March 28th AT TREASURE ISLAND.  

“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.

Wine Drawing: Jim Camburn from Summerlin Rotary Club 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

Paul Harris Fellows and Andy Katz: Ted Henderson informed the Club that we will be presenting Paul Harris Fellows to Andy Katz mother on behalf of his two brothers and sister.

Ely Golf Outing: Eric Colvin reminded the Club that the annual Ely Rotary Golf Outing will be the first weekend in June at White Pine Golf Course. Sign-up can be found in the book.

Recognitions

School Shopping surprise! All who participated in March 19th's LVSW Rotary school shopping were given a $15 credit. The Club paired up 20 children in need with 20 Rotarians where they shopped at the Boulevard Mall's JC Penny.

Head table blues . . . Mitchell Horst admonished those who had the gall to sit at the head table, leaving Mitchell in the back with the likes of Clinton Pope. He assessed $50 for each Rotarian and $100 for Jack Woodcock who saved a seat for Bryan Dziedziak as well as closing a deal for Wally Emery.

Thank you, Bryan . . . Bryan Dziedziak was assessed an additional $50 for the upcoming birth of his fourth grandchild but was thanked for all his work setting up the Club's foundation.

Roadies be warned . . . Ron Reynolds was recognized $50 for meeting up with his son Dan in Europe for the last leg of his band's, Imagine Dragons, world tour. He was asked if there was anything he wished he could unsee and he said nothing but was most impressed with the set-up/breakdown crew which comprised of 65 people who were responsible for the band's staging which was hauled around in 11 semi trailers.

Stolen car no more . . . Clinton Pope was recognized $25 for the recovery of his recently stolen SUV. He said nothing was taken other than a quarter tank of gas and all the battery's juice.

Birthday girl . . . Rebecca Collett was recognized $50 for her birthday.

Rotarian of the Month

Tom Martin

Tom Martin was recognized as Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Club's March 2016 Rotarian of the Month. He was joined by his wife Donna, daughters Amber and Martel as well as his friends Larry, Janet, Larry Jr. Gabriel and Najean and Don Wolfgram. Amber told the Club that he is the most honest man she has ever met and what you see is what you get. She added that she had never heard him say a negative thing about anyone, ever.

March 21 Program

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

George Togliatti returned to the Club speaking of the trials and tribulations of overseeing security on the Las Vegas Strip. He said that the real issue is that there are new threats, ISIS being most notable, and that there is a serious lack of police. He urged the group to support the addition of more Metro police officers and suggesting each and every person be more vigilant when at a property.

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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 http://lvswr.org/calendar/

Yours in Rotary Service,

Mitchell Horst
President 2015-2016