Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

October 24, 2016

Website Facebook Twitter


October 31 Program


Steve Hill,
Director, Governor's Office of Economic Development

Steve Hill is the Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, or GOED, having been appointed to the position by Governor Sandoval in October of 2011. Under Hill’s leadership, GOED structured “Moving Nevada Forward”, the plan for diversifying Nevada’s economy.

In the past several years, GOED has played an integral part in bringing businesses such as Tesla, Faraday Future, Barclaycard, Apple, Hyperloop, Take Two Interactive, and Catamaran to Nevada – businesses that have, and will, create thousands of jobs and bolster the state’s economy.

Under Hill’s direction, GOED has also ushered in new technology-based industries as economic development opportunities, including unmanned aerial and autonomous vehicles, water technology, and personalized medicine.

Hill has also been appointed by Governor Sandoval to lead the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee as its Chairman.

Hill was the founder of Silver State Materials, a concrete, sand, and gravel supplier in the Las Vegas area since 1987.  Silver State was purchased by CalPortland in 2008.

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

November 14: John L. Smith, opinion writer/contributor, The Daily Beast/KNPR

November 21: Dark (Thanksgiving)

November 28: Dark (Holiday Party, Dec. 1)


Meeting Happenings

Conducting:  Rebecca Collett; Invocation: Fred Fukumoto; Photos: Bruce Pope; Newsletter: Keith Thomas;  Mr. Mic: Chris Publow; Raffle: Doub Malan and Opportunity Village Haunted Forrest tickets were won by Antoinette Monroe

Visitors and Visiting Rotarians: Antoinette Monroe – guest of Jim Andres and potential member.  Antoinette is the Director of Operations for LVGEA; President Rebecca’s mom and dad (who was celebrating his birthday) were in attendance along with Laurie, Rebecca’s friend since elementary school (reportedly a one-room schoolhouse in Bakersfield, so you know how long ago that was!!)


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 openings still open.

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.

UNLV Tailgate: Eric Colvin announced that he has found a spot for the tailgate, which will be on  October 22.

Holiday Party: Eric Colvin announced that the Holiday Party will be at his house on December 1st. More information to come.

Greenspokes and Gold Raffle: Ron Reynolds announced Tuesday, 10/25 Greenspokes will be held at his home.  It starts at 6:30 p.m. Be there or be square. Gold Raffle is coming up quickly and raffle tickets are available.  See Ron (he is getting a real jump on it.)


Eric Colvin received $100 in Lawry’s gift certificates for all his recent good deeds.

Chris Publow (recently returned from his palatial cottage on the lake in Michigan) was recognized $100 for his relaxing summer (including the two weeks they spent in France) on the Great Lakes.  He did, however, receive a coveted Rotary keychain.

 Aric Graham, Mark Rowley, and Chris Publow were each recognized $25 for not wearing a pin or a Rotary shirt. Wally Emery narrowly avoided a fine because he slipped on his brand new Rotary shirt (which was just delivered today at the start of the meeting) just before President Rebecca dropped the gavel on the fines! 

 Keith Thomas was recognized for his recent wedding anniversary (he and Sherrie have been happily married for 40 years, of course, they have actually been married for 47 years) and his birthday last Friday (the 20th anniversary of his fiftieth birthday).  He explained to President Rebecca that he had been terribly depressed about the birthday and that a waiver of any recognition would likely cheer him up considerably.  She agreed and said she would give him a credit of $25.  But then somehow the credit was erased and a fine was imposed.  Oh well, Rotary giveth and Rotary taketh away.

Joanne Blystone was assessed a $50 fine for failing to realize that her recent trip to Duck Creek, Utah, would necessitate taking along an oxygen tank. 

Hank Falstad was saluted by the entire club for his recent birthday.  He is 85 and going strong!!  President Rebecca was kind enough to waive any monetary recognition.  Congratulations, Hank.

Rotary Foundation:  

Rotary’s “Benefactor” program (A Benefactor is an individual who informs The Rotary Foundation in writing that he or she has provided for the Foundation in his or her estate plan, or who makes an outright gift of $1,000 or more to the Endowment Fund. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to be worn with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin. and “Bequest Society” program (The Rotary Foundation recognizes couples or individuals who have made commitments in their estate plans totaling $10,000 or more. Donors may elect to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and wearable recognition commemorating the commitment at each new recognition level.

$10,000 to $24,999.99 — level 1

$25,000 to $49,999.99 — level 2

$50,000 to $99,999.99 — level 3

$100,000 to $249,999.99 — level 4

$250,000 to $499,999.99 — level 5 

$500,000 to $999,999.99 — level programs. 

Paul Harris Fellows: If you are on the waiting list to award Paul Harris Fellows, please schedule a time with Ted Henderson/Rebecca Collett

October 24 Program

Steve Sisolak, commissioner and chairman, Clark County

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak enlightened the club on the status of the new stadium, homeless issues, and other topics.

Steve is a successful businessman, long-time public servant and active member of the community.

He was first elected to the County Commission in 2008, began serving on Jan. 5, 2009, and was elected by his fellow commissioners to serve as vice chairman in January 2011. The voters in Commission District A re-elected Chairman Sisolak to a second term in 2012, and in January 2013 his fellow commissioners elected him chairman of the Commission.

During his time on the County Commission, Chairman Sisolak has worked to increase transparency in government and foster a more responsive government so taxpayers are more informed about how their dollars are used. He also helped steer the County through its worst fiscal crisis in decades, while eliminating as few positions as possible and reducing regulations and obstacles for businesses to allow them to expand and thrive.

Prior to being elected to the County Commission, Chairman Sisolak served 10 years (1998 to 2008) on the Nevada Board of Regents, which governs the Nevada System of Higher Education and its eight colleges and universities attended by more than 105,000 students in Northern and Southern Nevada.

Chairman Sisolak has also sat on a number of local boards, committees and commissions including sat on the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee which recommended the NFL/Raiders stadium deal to the Nevada State Legislature for passage.


Pass it on...

We encourage you to share this newsletter with your family, friends and co-workers or anyone whom you feel might be interested in Rotary and joining an organization dedicated to building a better world.

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