Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

February 6, 2017

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February 13 Program

Chris Sohus
Vice President/Southern Nevada Division Southwest Gas Corporation

Chris Sohus is the Vice President of Operations for the Southern Nevada Division of Southwest Gas here in Las Vegas. He also oversees the activities of the company’s Centralized Operations, which is responsible for the Dispatching, Gas Control and Call Center operations for the entire organization throughout their five operating divisions.

Sohus began his career with Southwest Gas in 1989 as an engineer in the Southern Arizona Division. Throughout his 28-year career, Sohus has held various management positions in four of their five operating divisions as well as an assignment in their Engineering Staff group. He was promoted to his current position of Vice President and moved to the Las Vegas area in 2011. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Sohus also serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.


February 20: Dark

February 27: Past Presidents Day

March 6: Pat Skorkowsky, Superintendent, Clark County School District

March 13: Dan Stover Music Competition

March 20: Rob Lang, Brookings Institute


Meeting Happenings

Meeting Photos

Conducting: Rebecca Collett; Invocation: Ron Reynolds; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic:   Mark Rowley; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Clinton Pope


Visiting Rotarians: Griselda Alcala from Mexico.

Guests: Francesca Van Buren was a guest of Eric Colvin; Joe Witenwiler was a guest of the Club.

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.

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.

Super Bowl Squares: Eric Colvin announced numerous Club members won money due to the numerous score changes through out the game. The big winner was Troy Lochhead.

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.


Paul Harris Fellows

Ted Henderson presented Sean Callahan with a Paul Harris Fellow and awarded a One Ruby +7 pin to Jack Woodcock and both his two sapphire and three sapphire pins to Pepe Charles.

To learn more about Paul Harris Fellowships, please click here.


Ski Bunny: Doug Malan Recovering from a cold didn't stop him from taking in a few runs up in Ogden where he took a short ski vacation. He also indicated that he celebrated his parent's 50th wedding anniversary (mentioned he attended the wedding . . .). The Club recognized him $100.

Virginia Slim: Bryan Dziedziak was recognized $100 for his recent trip back to Virginia where he attended his fourth grandchild's, Nora, baptism. 

PINS, PINS, PINS: Fortunate for Hank, he regaled himself in Rotary logos the previous week so Madam President looked the other way and didn't recognize him for forgetting to wear his Rotary pin. No others admitted to not wearing their pin.
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).

Jeff Grace, CEO , NetEffect

Jeff Grace gave a great presentation on cyber-security, cyber-crime and simple ways to protect yourself. He gave a number of examples of "fishing" emails to recognize and avoid, large-scale cyber hacks and took the Club through a password exercise, encouraging everyone to reassess their passwords as it isn't so much having the best password but one that is better than the other guy. He used the analogy of not having to outrun a bear but outrunning the other person.  He suggested mixing up your passwords replacing letters for symbols and using words (if you please) that are not obvious to your life or person. 

To learn more or to contact Jeff, 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