Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

April 4, 2016


April 11 Program


Carolyn Goodman, Mayor, City of Las Vegas

Winning 60 percent of the vote, Carolyn G. Goodman became the mayor of the city of Las Vegas on July 6, 2011. Her husband of 50 years and 12-year, term-limited mayor, Oscar B. Goodman, administered the oath of office. It is the only known instance of a spouse succeeding a spouse as mayor in the United States.  She was handily re-elected to another four year term in 2015.

Among her priorities as mayor, Carolyn has championed improvement in inner-city schools.  In a county in which all public education is controlled by an independently elected Board of Trustees, her role continues to be through the bully pulpit. The mayor helped accomplish the passage of a long-awaited Nevada Film Tax Credit in 2013. She has spearheaded efforts to formalize policies for the new food truck industry, curb underage drinking downtown and update related Las Vegas Municipal Code provisions. She has been a galvanizing force for bringing together the nonprofit social service agencies in southern Nevada to create a collaborative and establish a valid database of 501[c][3]s for donor evaluation. Carolyn has been an advocate of Las Vegas’ $44.9 billion tourism industry and is a former board member on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. She also serves on the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), Las Vegas Events, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, the Regional Transportation Commission and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District. She is chair of the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency and serves on the UNLV Medicine Community Advisory Board; the Governor’s Technical Advisory Committee for Clark County School District Reorganization; the Governor’s Commission on Tourism; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee.

Carolyn is well known in the Las Vegas community for founding The Meadows School in 1984, Nevada’s first nonprofit, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grades and overseeing the entire day-to-day operations for 26 years.

Carolyn and her husband moved to Las Vegas from Philadelphia in 1964 as relative newlyweds arriving in August with only $87 between them. Initially, Oscar worked for the District Attorney’s office while Carolyn began work in the hotel industry. While her husband traveled the country as a high-profile and very successful defense attorney, Carolyn raised their four infant children while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in counseling at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Her children have gone on to be extremely successful, each of whom went on to graduate schools out-of-state and each of whom has now returned to live in Las Vegas and raise their own families (six grandchildren to date).

Upcoming Speakers:

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

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

May 2: Colton Lochhead, Reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal (Oregon Bundy/BLM/FBI standoff)

May 9: Connie Yeh, Founder, 9th Bridge School


Meeting Happenings


Conducting:  Mitchell Horst
Ted Henderson (who included in his prayer an exhortation hat our arms would be broad enough for hugs, whereupon one of the members who shall remain nameless, promptly booed and hissed…well, promptly after Ted said amen.)   
Ted Henderson
Mr. Mic:
Fred Fukumoto
Obadiah Dogberry
somebody won but it wasn’t me.


Visiting Rotarians: 
Fred Fukumoto announced that the Summerlin Club winos were having their annual wine auction and since they always support us, we are supporting them, after all we have some of the premier philanthropists n the valley in our club.
Ted Henderson announced that he received a personal phone call from RI President Ravi (well, maybe it was from DG Randy Pote; no matter, equal in stature and importance) encouraging members to advertise in the district newsletter, ¼, ½, full page.
Eric Colvin announced that Rebecca Collette was home with the flu but wanted everyone to know that we netted around $29k from the Gold Raffle last Monday.  A great big THANK YOU to all those wonderful Rotarians who were in attendance both in body and in spirit (or in “spirits”?)
Hank Falstad announced that Rachel’s robotics program and all around excellence in teaching has earned her a position among the top five teachers in the district.  Chip off the old block.
Adrienne Cox announced that District Assembly was coming up soon (check the district website) and invited everyone to attend.  A great meeting to learn how to run a club.
President Mitchell reminded everyone that the Corazon building project is 4/30.
President Mitchell also announced that our contestant won the Dan Stover contest at Anthem CC over the week end.  Both Tom and Adrienne were in attendance also and complimented Mitchell on the great venue.
President Mitchell presented a check to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission representing our contribution to the community in lieu of giving gifts to our speakers (although we do provide them with a fine certificate.)
President Mitchell congratulated Brian Jayjack (I know, I know), Fred Fukumoto, and Joanne Blystone for their efforts in setting up our 501c3 foundation which was just recently approved by the IRS.
Joke of the Day: Scott Baranoff, in one of his milder presentations, regaled us with a story about little Johnny who had skipped school and…..hmmm I forgot the punchline.
Rotary Foundation:  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

Sean Tanko was recognized for his son’s winning entry in the District science fair…he devised and build a marshmallow gun.
Josh Satterlee was recognized for winning the contract to manage the new fitness facilities being constructed at Summerlin TPC (hey, didn’t Josh also win two gold coins last week?  And didn’t he also win two gold coins last year??)
Jordana Lane was recognized for her stamina and will to finish.  She has been training for a ½ marathon and last weekend she did it! A new personal best as well.  She then celebrated (since it was also her birthday) by going to a country western concert at the Festival Grounds across from the Sahara Hotel.
Angela Castro was recognized for having the perspicacity and wisdom to stay away from Disneyland with her 20 month old daughter…opting instead for the zoo and other more educational locations more suited for a 20 month old.
Keith Thomas was recognized for having an accomplished sister who was recently inducted into the Nevada Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame.  Emily Neilson was the long time President and general manager of KLAS-TV8 and recently retired after a more than 30 year career at the station.
Bruce Pope was recognized for his continued efforts on behalf of the Gold Raffle, selling 17 tickets!!  Just as he does every year.  Unfortunately, Bruce couldn’t be at the Gold Raffle (only the second one he has ever missed in the 134 years that he has been a Rotarian-OK I’m exaggerating by a couple of years) because he was supporting his son-in-law in Denver who was just finishing his year as President of the Chamber of Commerce.  Aric Graham give Bruce a run for his money at selling tickets, but I think Bruce won.
Rich Bowler was recognized for failing to know anything at all about what is going on in his company.  Despite banner headlines about malfeasance discovered by his CPA firm in the metropolis of Boulder City, Rich claimed to be unaware.  Hmmm, plausible deniability???
Gifts for the President: 

Joanne Blystone presented his nibs with two ball markers from the prestigious Wynn CC and some other club (Desperado club???-who can remember that far back.)

April 4 Program

Steve Wolfson, Clark County District Attorney

District Attorney Steve Wolfson spoke to the Club about the current state of Nevada's largest law firm, the DA's office.


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Yours in Rotary Service,

Mitchell Horst
President 2015-2016