Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

October 3, 2016

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October 10 Program


Randolph Townsend,
Former State Sentator, Commissioner, Nevada Gaming Commission

Randolph Townsend currently serves as a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission.  Prior to his tenure on the Commission, Mr. Townsend served more than 28 years in the Nevada Senate, where he held chair-level roles in committees and activities focused on child care, commerce, labor and taxation.  He also was a member of committees focused on government affairs, energy/infrastructure/transportation, utility oversight, and production and use of energy, among other legislative councils.

Mr. Townsend has served on the joint standing Committee on Health Care and the Senate Committee on Human Resources.  Townsend secured significant funding for the state’s mental health services and to improve insurance coverage for people with severe mental illness.  In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Townsend to the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.  He also chaired the Nevada Subcomittee to Study Mental Health Issues.  In 2003, he introduced a bill creating the Nevada Mental Health Plan Implementation Commission and was elected its chairman.

In business, Townsend spent 10 years with the public relations firm DRGM, where he worked with world-class gaming establishments and national banking clients.  He was a general manager at Lexus of Reno for six years and was a founding member of Commercial Bank of Nevada.  In addition, he has taught at the University of Nevada, Reno as an adjunct faculty member.

Mr. Townsend attended San Francisco State University and holds a bachelor’s and Master of Education degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno

October 17: Josh Griffin, Lobbyist/Proponent for Energy Choice Initiative, Question 3

October 24: Las Vegas Football Stadium/Las Vegas Raiders (tentatively)

October 31: Steve Hill, Director, Governor's office on Economic Development

November 7: Joe Lombardo, Sheriff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department


Meeting Happenings

Conducting:  Rebecca Collett; Invocation: Fred Fukumoto; Photos: Ted Henderson; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Unknown

Visitors and Visiting Rotarians: Rich Woodruff and Heidi Ruster from Salt Lake City



9th Bridge School Street Festival: Reminder, 9th Bridge School will be hosting its inaugural 9th Bridge Kidz Street Festival on October 8th from 11 am – 3 pm at 310 South 9th Street in Downtown Las Vegas.  This family-friendly festival will showcase community partners and feature food, entertainment, games, activities, and rides. For sponsorship opportunities or tickets please visit

Andy Katz Memorial Golf Tournament: Jim Andres also announced that the Andy Katz Memorial Golf Tournament will be on 10/27/16 at Rhodes Ranch with proceeds to to to UNLV scholarships as Andy was a big UNLV fan. There are 40 player openings still open.

Boys & Girls Club Boy's and Girls Night Out: Aric Graham announced that this year's Boy's Night Out will be October 6th and Girl's Night Out will be October 8. We had a number of members participate last year and we hope to have a number participate.

School Shopping: Jordana Lane announced that this Fall's back to school shopping event will be held Saturday, November 5 at 8 a.m. at Boulevard Mall's JC Penny Store. We will be providing school clothing for 30 children. Volunteers are needed so please sign-up in the book.

Magical Forrest: Jordana Lane announced that we will be working with Opportunity Village and their Magical Forrest this year. Please stay tuned for updates and information.


NO ROTARY EMBLEM!!! Aric Graham, Fred Fukumoto, Marcia Rands, Ron Reynolds and Troy Lochhead were all recognized $25 for not wearing their Rotary pin or a Rotary emblem.

Karl Maisner - Karl was recognized $100 for his company being included in September's Business Voice publication.

Tom Martin - Tom was recognized $100 for his daughter's recent nuptials which were performed in Las Vegas and had a country theme. He said she was on her way to Cancun for her honeymoon. 

Jack Woodcock - Jack Woodcock came away unscathed as he was celebrating his 7th wedding anniversary

Rick Colvin - Rick was recognized for . . . well . . . for pretty much nothing as he had very little exciting updates to provide the Club. He did say that Eric, his son, was in San Francisco for a football game but that he wasn't invited.

October 3 Program

Clinton Pope, principal, CBP Strategies

Clinton Pope spoke to the Club about breaking out of each of their respective news or information "bubbles."  He led the Club through how over the past 20 years technology and news habits of individuals have constricted the breadth and quality of information and that the news industry's lack of time and impartiality has created a "truth" vacuum. He said that the rise of opinion driven content in search of increased clicks, views, watches and reads have led to a diminished news system. He also spoke to how the way people gather and consume media has changed with Facebook and Twitter as driving forces behind this change.


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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,

Rebecca Collett
President 2016-2017