Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

January 23, 2017

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January 30 Program

Lindsay Harper, Executive Director
Core Academy, powered by The Rogers Foundation

Lindsay Harper is the Executive Director of Core Academy, powered by The Rogers Foundation, a not for profit movement that believes all children have the right to reach their full potential and pursue individual success.

Lindsay has a degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. As a second generation Nevadan, Lindsay is passionate about her community and knew from an early age that she wanted to be a catalyst for social justice. After graduating from college, she joined the “I Have a Dream” Foundation as the Executive Director in 2005. Over the past 11 years, Lindsay has been working with our nation’s best and brightest educational minds and social entrepreneurs to develop a comprehensive model that empowers students and breaks the cycle of generational poverty. The Core Model is based on Angela Duckworth’s philosophy that grit is a higher indicator of success than I.Q. and that the issues that children living in poverty face can be negated by long-term, comprehensive care. As the founder of the Core Academy model and a passionate “problem solver,” Lindsay works diligently to ensure that one day all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.


February 6: TBD

February 13: Michael Richards, president, College of Southern Nevada (awaiting final confirmation)

February 20: Dark

February 27: Past Presidents Day


Meeting Happenings

Meeting Photos

Conducting: Rebecca Collett; Invocation: Richard Bowler; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic:   Karl Maisner; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Clinton Pope



Pepe Charles was joined by business partner Lana Elliott.

Jordana Lane again introduce Joe Wittenwiler whom recently submitted an application for membership.       

Greenspokes: Tom Martin hosted Greenspokes at his home last week where we had a very good attendance.

Battle Born Media Party: Sherm Frederick announced that longtime journalists Tim Dahlberg has decided to partner with him on his media venture. In celebration, they will be having a party at the Tap House this Saturday from 4 to 9. In journalistic tradition, it will be a cash bar ;)

Valentine's Dinner: Tom Martin announced the Club will be having a Valentines Day dinner on Valentines Day (Feb. 14) at Pasta Mia West. The cost will be $50 (tip/tax included) minus drinks. If you plan to attend, please sign up in the book or contact Tom.

Aric Office Party: Aric Graham announced that his company, Umpqua Bank, is having a grand opening event February 8 from 3 to 5 at The District in Green Valley. If you plan to attend please contact him directly.

Happy Feet: Jordana Lane announced last Wednesday's Happy Feet at Ruby Thomas Elementary School was a success.

Gold Raffle: Ron Reynolds reminded the Club that the Gold Raffle is coming up in April and asked the Club to start focusing on selling Gold Raffle tickets (see Ron for extras) he said that a one-pager about the event and where its proceeds will be made available. It will be located at the Opportunity Village Engelstad campus. Please start inviting guests as well.

Satellite Club: Karl Maisner announced that the new Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Satellite Club kick-off will be at Rounders in Anthem February 8th from 6 to 8. Please indicate if you plan to attend and/or if you have any one you hope to have attend whom may be interested in joining.

Playoff Squares: Eric Colvin announced that last week's winners were Jack Woodcock, Mike Rogers, Mary Ann Berry and John Klai. $3000 left in the pool for the Super Bowl.

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.


PINS, PINS, PINS: Those in attendance whom were not wearing their Rotary pins (or emblem) were recognized $100.
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).

Jennifer Taylor, Executive Director, Clean Energy Project

Jennifer spoke to the Club about the realities surrounding clean energy, Nevada's energy policy and the what to look for in the upcoming legislative session as it relates to energy, energy choice and rooftop solar. She made a case that Nevada was well positioned to take advantage of the solar and geothermal development and that large corporations were quickly moving to clean energy and state clean energy policy is strongly influencing corporate relocation and expansion decision making. To learn more about CEP and Nevada energy policy, 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,

Rebecca Collett
President 2016-2017