Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

May 23, 2016


June 6 Program


Mauricia Baca, Executive Director, Outside Las Vegas Foundation

Mauricia Baca has over 25 years experience working across a wide range of engagement with environmental issues.  In January 2010, Ms. Baca was brought on board as the Executive Director for the Outside Las Vegas Foundation.  The Outside Las Vegas Foundation (OLVF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on processes that increase quantity, quality and access to trails and open space systems.  OLVF achieves positive outcomes in support of these efforts by working with and connecting southern Nevada citizens, the business community, educators, advocacy organizations and governmental entities to solve important community issues regarding quality if life and stewardship of public lands in Southern Nevada.  Raised in New York City, Ms. Baca now resides in Henderson, Nevada and is passionately committed to the communities of Southern Nevada.

 Upcoming Speakers:

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

June 20: Richard Reed, Asst. District Governor speaking about Las Vegas WON Rotary Club and news Rotary structures

June 27: Dark - Presidential Debunking


Meeting Happenings


Conducting:  Mitchell Horst; Invocation: Pepe Charles; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Eric Colvin; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Rollover


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. Sean Tanko bought six tickets!!

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:  Tom Martin and his wife Donna, Joanne Blystone and Rebecca Collett attended District Conference where the Club won an award for "Membership" of which Rebecca accepted on behalf of the Club.

Greenspokes: Rebecca Collett announced that Greenspokes will be at Bryan Dziedziak's home on June 15.

Happy Feet: Said there was a good turnout for Happy Feet on May 17 and that Mitchell had some people helping secure PR.

Birthday boy . . .
Ed Guthrie is set to celebrate his birthday on May 29 where he plans to take an extra day to make it a four-day weekend where he will go to Lake Mohave and ride bikes and fish. In other news, he said that Opportunity Village just opened Sean's Park which is an interactive outdoor park for patrons of OV. He was recognized $100.

Desert Choraler has a birthday: Rich Bowler was asked about his Thursday birthday which he was planning to go to work and make more money. He was recognized $100.

Who's bank seems to be in the paper ALL the time? Eric Colvin was recognized once again for his association with Meadows Bank.

Dodd-Frank, he is no fan . . . Jack Woodcock was asked about his recent trip to D.C. It quickly became a statement about his displeasure for Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. 

May 23 Program

Jonas Peterson, CEO, Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

Jonas Peterson gave an overview of existing Southern Nevada economic development activities as well as where the region stood in relation to comparable markets. The Las Vegas area compares well to others in competitive areas if not eclipsing them with industry space development increasing dramatically over the past three years. Peterson explained that a continued, sustained commitment to education will help us develop the types of workers companies need to relocate or establish themselves in Nevada. To learn more 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