Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

January 9, 2017

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January 9 Program

Jennifer Taylor, Executive Director, Clean Energy Project

With nearly 20 years of legal experience, Jennifer Taylor came to Clean Energy Project from a respected environmental, construction and construction defect law practice.  She has been a member of the environmental law sections in both Washington and Nevada, a member of Nevada’s Energy, Utilities and Communications section, and a LEED Certified Green Associate. Taylor served on the board of Nevada Conservation League board chair from 2010 to 2013, and as board chair from 2010 to 2013. 

In 2014, Taylor was campaign manager for Horsford for Congress where she oversaw the day-to-day operations for, then sitting, U.S. Representative Steven Horsford. Prior to taking over the campaign, she served as his political director, engaging with stakeholders throughout Nevada. 

Taylor moved to Nevada in 1995 to serve as law clerk for Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert E. Rose.   

Taylor has a J.D., cum laude, from University of Houston Law Center, B.A. from Southern Methodist University, and is a graduate of both Leadership Las Vegas and Emerge Las Vegas.  Taylor served as the Vice Chair for the Clean Energy Sources Technical Advisory Committee of the New Energy Industry Task Force, is currently a member of the City of Las Vegas’ City Manager’s Energy Advisory Committee, and a member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group for the Reno based coalition Sustainability Partners in Northern Nevada.


January 30: Lindsay Harper, executive director, Core Academy

February 6: Virginia Valentine, president, Nevada Resort Association

February 13: Michael Richards, president, College of Southern Nevada (to be confirmed)

February 20: Dark

February 27: Past Presidents Day


Meeting Happenings

Meeting Photos

Conducting: Rebecca Collette; Invocation: Ron Reynolds; Photos: Bruce Pope; Mr. Mic:         Aric Graham; Newsletter: Obadiah Dogberry; Raffle: Sheila (guest of Cliff Silverstein)



Scot Baranoff was joined by his daughter, Alexis, who is in the honors college at UCLA (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it! Awesome daughter, awesome dad.)

Troy Lochhead introduced Mae Bob, one of our scholarship recipients, who was a guest of the club and who reported that she is in her second year at UNLV studying biology with an eye on eventually attending medical school.

Bryan Jayjack (spelled Dziedziak J) was accompanied by his daughter-in-law (I think he said her name was Stephanie but your humble scribe is so old and deaf that he couldn’t hear clearly!)

Cliff Silverstein was accompanied by several guests; his better half, Carolyn Klein, and their friends, Michael and Sheila (one of whom was a former Rotarian, again your humble scribe’s notes leave something to be desired.)

Jordan Lane's guest was Joe Wittenwiler – a fellow runner and local loan officer.

Visiting Rotarians:  

Cliff Silverstein – But he was only considered a visitor for about 30 minutes.

Gary Myers – visiting from the London Bridge Rotary Club (no, not the one across the waters, but the one in Lake Havasu City, AZ) who was in town to invite everyone to the annual balloon fest being held next weekend.  He said that they grossed over $625,000 last year. – Lake Charles, LA – 10 year Rotarian – Welcome, y'all.          

Greenspokes: Tom Martin (welcome back Tom -since your knee replacement you are walking a lot straighter) –announced that the next Greenspokes will be held at his home on Thursday, January 19th, and will begin at 6.

Happy Feet: Jordana Lane announced that the next Happy Feet will be Wednesday, January 18th, at Ruby Thomas Elementary School and will begin at 8:00 a.m. She also thanked the club for its recent donation of 43 coats for at-risk kids at Ruby Thomas.  One of the counselors called her before the Christmas break during the cold snap and said that they had a lot of kids who had no coats.  The board convened an emergency meeting and approved the purchase of the coats. Adrienne, Rebecca, and Jordana purchased and delivered the coats to a very appreciative counselor. Warms your heart, doesn’t it (no pun intended).

Satellite Club: Karl Maisner announced that he is planning a meeting to discuss the new satellite club.  The meeting date has not yet been set but will begin at 6 p.m.!

Playoff Squares: Eric Colvin announced that there are still 10 squares available for the playoffs.  Despite a valiant attempt, he could not explain the arcane rules required to win – although perhaps your humble scribe is just too old to follow complicated things anymore!)

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards: Troy Lochhead announced that RYLA is coming up and we have 4 slots; 2 boys and 2 girls.  One girl slot is already filled.  Applicants need to be juniors in high school.

Summerlin Rotary 20th Anniversary and Fundraiser: The Summerlin Club will be holding it annual fundraiser recognizing its 20th year in existence on February 28, 6:00p to 8:30p at TPC Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Cir, 89134. Tickets are $25 (To purchase, contact your favorite Summerlin Rotarian or go to This year's theme is Mardi Gras.



Jack Woodcock, as his custom, did a superlative job inducting new member, Cliff Silverstein, into the club (see Jack’s presentation below).  After thanking Jack and Rebecca for the gracious induction ceremony, Cliff presented the club with a generous donation!

Cliff Silverstein’s Induction Presentation

Cliff has been a Rotarian since 2009.  He is currently a member in Honolulu, HI, born and raised there.  He was there On Dec 7, 1941.  He was a 3-year old and he lived right in Honolulu. His mom went over in the early 30’s. His Grandfather had Army/Navy Stores prior to the ones we find now.  They had come from San Francisco after the Big Fire.  His Dad went over in 1935 as a serviceman assigned to Scofield barracks.  He was from NY.  His mom was the only eligible Jewish girl on the island at that time, slim pickings.  However, it turned out very well.  They were married their whole life more than 50 years.  In 1941 all Caucasians were extradited to  SF.  They returned in 1944 and were there for VJ Day.   Dad had a wholesale dry good business.  Cliff has two brothers.  When all 3 boys went off to college, Mom started getting involved in the family business.  In 1956 Cliff went to SF State (at that time) now part of the U C System.  He stayed in No California, met his first wife, had two kids, and worked for Bobby Brooks a sportswear company.  He was there for 14 years, returned to HI in 1969 and joined his father in the original family business.  He started manufacturing Hawaiian clothing, Kala Kids.  They supplied Liberty House, Macys - all the major stores.  In addition, he started Silverstein, LLC and represented US companies in HI, the Pacific Basin and Asia as their agent.  During that time, he became acquainted with Ithaca Industries.  They manufactured Private Label panty hose for CVS stores they became Long Stores (still in HI).  He used to be called the Panty Hose King in HI.  They sold more panty hose in the HI District than any other District in the company.  His company grew to be the largest children’s Hawaiian clothing company on the islands.   In 2005, he sold the manufacturing company and continued the LLC representing companies in their sales in the Far East.  As a semi-retired person he did consulting, retaining the warehouse buildings as his personal income stream.  He had divorced in 1979 and remarried in 1983.  His second wife developed cancer and passed away in 2011.  They dealt with the cancer for over 10 years. He started traveling, met Carolyn in Honolulu, continued traveling and finally decided to move to the mainland in 2016.  They have retained Carolyn’s condo in Honolulu and live in a home in Anthem.  Other than investments, he has given up any day-to-day responsibilities.  He is now seeking ways to get involved as long as they can work it into their travel schedule and existing priorities.   He is very involved with a Puerto Vallarta Rotary Club in their water program and sewing school in a village 45 minutes outside the city. They have taught woman the skill of sewing.  They have provided contract sewing services and now they have a vocation and an income and are productive citizens.  A great story about how Rotary has participated and helped all of this happen. He has already rolled his sleeves up and worked with our Feed the Homeless program. They have enjoyed meeting everyone they have met and worked with. They are looking forward to becoming a part of our community, giving back, and establishing new relationships.


Adrienne Cox was recognized for the recent Rose Bold Rotary float which won the “Princess” trophy for the best float under 35 feet in length.  The float was specially designed to commemorate the Rotary Foundation’s 100 anniversary this year.
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).

Michael Schaus, communications director, Nevada Policy Research Institute

Michael spoke to the Club about the upcoming legislative session and various local issues. NPRI is a free-market think tank which provides input and perspective on how best to integrate free-market philosophies into public policy. To learn more, please visit


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Yours in Rotary Service,

Rebecca Collett
President 2016-2017