Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

December 12, 2016

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January 9 Program

Michael Schaus, Communications Director
Nevada Research Policy Institute

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a conservative talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences. 

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.

As communications director for NPRI, Michael brings that same level of dedication and enthusiasm to promoting NPRI’s policy solutions in support of limited and accountable government.


January 16: Dark (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

January 23: Virginia Valentine, president, Nevada Resort Association (tentative)

January 30: Lindsay Harper, executive director, Core Academy


Meeting Happenings

Conducting:        Rebecca Collette
Invocation:          Rich Bowler
Mr. Mic:               Bruce Pope
Newsletter:         Clinton Pope
Guests: Jordana Lane's guest was Joe Wittenweiler – a fellow runner and local loan officer.
Visiting Rotarians:  Cliff Silverstein from Hawaii and potential transfer member

Happy Feet: Jordana Lane announced that Happy Feet will be moved to January, a date has yet to be selected.

Football Squares: Playoff and Super Bowl squares are on sale through Eric Colvin. Please contact him if you would like to purchase a square or squares.

Children's Holiday Party: Bruce Pope announced on behalf of Eric Colvin that the Children's holiday party will be held at noon, December 22nd at Red Rock Resort and Casino's bowling center. Please sign-up in the book or contact Eric.

FIRST Robot Competition: Hank Falstad said that the team we are sponsoring went 1st and 2nd regionally and will be moving on to state.

Caesar & Staff: The Lawry's staff was recognized for all the amazing work they do all year.
Justin Kalb: Justin was recognized $200 for his recent "all boys" skiing trip to Colorado, a horrible 80s costume party he attended and his recent move into a new house at Red Rock Country Club. He took the beating and loss of money graciously.

Ed Guthrie: Ed was not in attendance but told on himself via email that he forgot to be an attendance at the Club's volunteer day at Opportunity Village's Magical Forrest where the Club sponsored two schools to enjoy the winter wonderland. Seeing that Ed led OV for many, many, many years and missed the event (and his excuse for becoming a grandfather . . .) he was recognized $200.

Jack Woodcock: Jack was recognized for his invovlement with GLVAR's new building groundbreaking at 215 and Rainbow where he apparently was the person who actually brokered the land deal.
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).
Speaker: Clinton Pope, principal, CBP Strategies - FAKE NEWS

Clinton stepped in at the last minute as our original program had to cancel at the last minute due to sickness. Clinton extended his discussion from a few months earlier about information bubbles into the realm of Fake News. He provided simple tips in spotting fake news and suggested everyone in the room take special precaution when consuming media outside the traditional channels, most notably on Facebook. He explained that a lot of fake news is created overseas to help destablize our nations political environment as well as to generate "click-bate" sites where nefarious people collect advertising dollars. He also made mention that most fake news is created for conservative consumption, per a study by Harvard University, as they are more apt to consume and share fake news before checking the veracity of the source or information. He added that this isn't exclusive to conservatives but those who produce fake news have had much more luck driving sharing and consumption through conservative ideology. To learn more about fake news and how to spot and avoid it, click on the links below:


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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