Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

May 16, 2016


May 23 Program


Jonas Peterson, CEO, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

Jonas R. Peterson currently serves as President and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). In that role, he leads a talented team focused on strengthening the regional economy and positioning LVGEA as a national leader in community and economic development.

Prior to joining LVGEA, Peterson served as President/CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC). During his tenure, SCVEDC quickly emerged as one of the most productive economic development organizations in California.

Peterson has conducted considerable research on comparative advantage and quantitative marketing. Previous publications include “Vegas 2.0: Rebooting Nevada’s Economic Engine” and “Minding Our Own Businesses: a Practitioner’s Guide to Regional Business Retention.”

Jonas received a M.S. in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University and a M.B.A. from North Dakota State University. He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute (OUEDI), graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program, Leadership Series graduate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Certified Business Retention and Expansion Consultant.

In 2010, Jonas was recognized as Arizona’s “Economic Developer of the Year” by the Arizona Association for Economic Development and as the “New Economic Developer of the Year” by the International Economic Development Council.

Upcoming Speakers:

May 30: Dark - Memorial Day

June 6: Maurcia Bacca, Executive Director, Outside Las Vegas Foundation

June 13: Arash Gharfoori, Executive Director, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

June 20: TBD

June 27: Dark - Presidential Debunking


Meeting Happenings


Conducting:  Mitchell Horst; Invocation: Fred Fukumoto; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Mark Rowley; Newsletter: Elaine Vinson/Clinton Pope; Raffle: Unknown


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.

Desert Choral: Rich Bowler told the Club that his singing group, Desert Choral, was performing May 27.
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.

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.

Scott Barnoff was recongized $50 for his "joke" . . .

Ted Henderson was recognized $150 for his granddaughter going to college and he feeling old due to that fact.

Chris Publow was recognized for his annual Michigan departure where he plans to spend the summer with family.

Hank Falstad was recognized for a job in Colorado and some sort of event that had 8000 young people and a lot of "female skin."

Karl Maisner was recognized $75 for his son graduating high school with amazing grades, so much so that we was being honored.

Text Bomb: Meghan Schimick who was told to congratulate her on her new job and new house.

May 16 Program

Linda Bertuzzi spoke to the Club about her experience in India in association with Rotary's National Immunization Days.


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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