Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

June 6, 2016


June 13 Program


Arash Ghafoori , Executive Director, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

Arash Ghafoori is the Executive Director of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY), Southern Nevada’s most comprehensive service provider for homeless teens ( With a diverse background in international business and economics, Arash brings a unique perspective to the homeless services field: before leading NPHY, Arash worked as an Economic Consultant at the Theodore Roosevelt Institute, a William S. Boyd Law School Research Fellow at University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Manager of Business Development at Walker Engineering, and a Research Analyst for the United Way of Southern Nevada. During his tenure as Executive Director of NPHY, Arash has led an agency-wide overhaul and rejuvenation, bringing national best practices to NPHY’s programs, enhancing internal policies and procedures, diversifying funding streams, improving outcomes, managing solid community relations, and aligning the organization’s operations with sound business practices. Under Arash’s strategic leadership, NPHY is currently serving more homeless youth clients more efficiently and effectively than ever before.

Active in the national and local movement to end youth homelessness, Arash currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Southern Nevada Homelessness Continuum of Care Board and sits on the National Safe Place Advisory Board, the Las Vegas Downtown Achieves Leadership Council, the City of Las Vegas Public Safety – Law Enforcement/Homelessness Committee, and a variety of oversight and working groups dealing with issues affecting homeless youth in Southern Nevada. Passionate about policy and systems-level-thinking, Arash holds a joint B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Born to a Nicaraguan mother and a Persian father, Arash speaks English, Spanish, Farsi, and French. He is a graduate of Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Leadership Program for Executive Directors, was honored in 2014 as a “40 Under 40” business trailblazer by Vegas Inc and distinguished as one of 100 Men of Success by MyVegas Magazine, and is a current participant in the Jameson Fellows leadership development program. Arash enjoys working in environments created by the synergistic intersection of community, business, and policy.

 Upcoming Speakers:

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

June 27: Dark - Presidential Debunking

July 4: Dark - 4th of July


Meeting Happenings


Conducting:  Rebecca Collett; Invocation: Ron Reynolds; Photos: Bruce Pope; Mr. Mic: Eric Colvin; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Rollover

Visiting Rotarians: Jaime Goldsmith visiting from Las Vegas Rotary Club; Gregory Van Acker and his wife from Sacramento; Wayne Beaumder from Texas; Cliff Silverstein and Michal Bass from Hawaii; Francesca Gilbert from Las Vegas Rotary Club.


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

Debunking: Rebecca Collett announced that Mitchell Horst's presidential debunking will be June 30th at Anthem Country Club. You should receive an invitation in the mail. Please RSVP or sign-up in the book.

Board Retreat: Rebecca Collett announced that the Club board retreat will be at Lake Las Vegas on June 23 and 24. Details will be emailed soon.

Feed the Homeless: Tom Martin announced will be June 29th at Christ Episcopal Church at the corner of Maryland Parkway and St. Louis. The food preparation begins at 5:00 p.m. and the Club should be done by 6:30 p.m. Tom mentioned there is a need for men's, women's and children's clothing.

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).

Bike boy . . .
Sean Tanko was recognized for his dedication to fighting AIDS/HIV as he rides his bike from San Francisco to Los Angels in support for the disease research.

Desert Choraler: Rich Bowler was once again asked about how his choral concert went where a number of current and former Club members attended to listen to his angelic vocal talent. He was credited $100 and each person who attended received a $10 credit.

Who's bank seems to be in the paper ALL the time? Wally Emery was asked about his new bar/restaurant opening and he told the club that they were opening Thursday, June 9th with a grand opening event of which everyone was invited to attend in Anthem Highlands. He was also recognized for his annual Gold Raffle auction item generosity where Keith Thomas apparently just redeemed his certificate from 2015. Wally was credited $50 and Keith was recognized $55.

June 6 Program

Mauricia Baca, Executive Director, Outside Las Vegas Foundation

Mauricia Baca spoke to the Club about the work Outside Las Vegas Foundation has been doing, and continues to do, to promote volunteerism in and at surrounding regional, state and national parks, bringing under privileged children to these parks to broaden their understanding of the outdoors as well as support for protection and promotion of regional outdoor spaces. 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