Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

April 25, 2016


May 2 Program


Colton Lochhead, Reporter, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Colton Lochhead is a reporter with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and has been a Las Vegas Resident for 26 years. He has worked at the state's largest newspaper since 2012, where he started as an intern before being hired as a full-time breaking news reporter in the summer of 2013. He has covered some of the biggest stories in Las Vegas, including the February 2013 shooting on the Strip, the Mount Charleston fire, the ambush and killings of two police officers who were on their lunch break in 2014 and most recently reported on the Malheur Wildlife Refuge standoff between federal agents and armed militia near Burns, Ore. this winter. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2012.

Upcoming Speakers:

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

May 16: TBD

May 23: Jonas Peterson, CEO/President, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

May 30: Dark - Memorial Day


Meeting Happenings


Conducting:  Mitchell Horst; Invocation: Unknown; Greeter: Joanne Blystone; Photos: Bruce Pope; Mr. Mic: Chris Publow; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Bruce Pope

Visitors: Rebecca Collett had her parents and best friend Laurie and attendance

Check Presentation: The Club heard from and provided a check to one of our scholarship winners, Kayla, she is working on graduating this year in nursing and planning to continue her education.
Rotary Youth Exchange Fundraising Raffle: The Club was reminded about the Summerlin Club's efforts to raise money for the District's Rotary Youth Exchange efforts through a $2500 necklace raffle. Each ticket costs $20 and the drawing will be held on May 31. Tickets can be bought through Jim Camburn of the Summerlin Club or through the Club.
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 and Mitchell Horst said there are advertising opportunities for those interested. Mitchell has details.

Mark Hensel Essay Contest: Tom Martin announced to the Club that our entrant into the Mark Hensel Essay Contest came in second and will be receiving a $500 check from District.

Happy Feet: Karl Maisner announced that the Club will be bringing back Happy Feet where we provide and place shoes on the feet of children in need. The date of the event will be Tuesday, May 17 at Ferron Elementary School at 4200 Mountain Vista St, Las Vegas, NV 89121.

Corazon Super Build: Rebecca Collett, her family and apparently a a few special guests will be making their way to Corazon this weekend to help build homes for the locals in need.

Be here or find your self recognized: Pepe Charles was recognized $100 for his recent pictures at a TMG event where he posed with showgirls and important people.

You can take the boy out of Ely but not Ely out of the boy: Rick Colvin was asked about his childhood and experiences up in Ely where he was born after Mitchell read off what accounts for news in the small Nevada town. After some very stoic answers, Rick made mention that he once pulled a gun on a man in Ely but it was okay because he was the sheriff at the time. He was recognized $75.

Birthday Boy: Doug Malan wasn't too sure what he was going to do for his 59th birthday but was asked about the time he was kicked out of a Montana town. He started the story with "When I was with a Scout Troop . . ." and ended with him and his fellow Scouts tipping over a "double-decker" outhouse.

April 25 Program

Aaron Fessler, Co-founder/CEO, SPEEDVEGAS

Aaron spoke to the Club about how he came to be where he is and the multi-year process in creating SPEEDVEGAS. He was emphatic on the point that he isn't quite sure how anything gets built anywhere. He said developing the project was nothing like he had done in the past as he had built and sold technology based companies and SPEEDVEGAS was a point of pride because he had something tangible to point to. SPEEDVEGAS is a exotic car driving experience South of the Strip where people can drive or ride in the cars of their dreams on a rated racetrack. For more information please visit


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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