Las Vegas Southwest Rotary Newsletter

March 13, 2017

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    March 20 Program    

Robert Lang, PhD, senior fellow, Brookings Institute

Robert Lang is a nationally recognized authority on urban growth, economic development and population dynamics, including the interplay between politics and growth in the American West. Lang is often called on by national business leaders and media to provide an understanding of economic recovery in the west (including Nevada), what elements led to the region’s economic decline, and what it will take to bring it back.

His research specialties include suburban studies, real estate, demographic and spatial analysis, economic development, and metropolitan policy.

He has authored over 150 academic and professional publications and has developed many new urban planning concepts such as "Boomburbs," "Edgeless Cities," and "Megapolitan Areas." His new book, Megapolitan America (American Planning Association), details the rise of megapolitan areas and how they will change how American plans. He is also a contributor the book America's New Swing Region (Brookings Institution Press), which examines the profound economic, political, and social changes that continue to reshape the Mountain West. Lang's research has been featured in numerous media outlets, including USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.

Lang is a professor in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and serves as the executive director of Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute at UNLV. He is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a fellow of the Urban Land Institute, both in Washington, D.C. Lang earned a Ph.D. in urban sociology from Rutgers University.


March 27: TBD

April 3: Dark (Gold Raffle)

April 10: Jessica (Publow) Baldwin

April 17: Matt Engle, board chair, Las Vegas Natural History Museum




Conducting: President-elect Ron Reynolds/Eric Colvin; Invocation: Adrienne Cox; Photos: Ted Henderson; Mr. Mic: Ted Henderson; Newsletter: Clinton Pope; Raffle: Eric Colvin



Julie Ann McCallister, guest of the Club and Dan Stove participant Eliza's mother.




Bruce Pope announced that there will be a Greenspokes at his new house on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30. Please email him or Ron if you plan to attend.

Eric Colvin and Ron Reynoldsreminded everyone about the Gold Raffle to be held on April 6 at the Opportunity Village campus on South Buffalo. Invite guests!! Guests are free.  Sell tickets.  Have a good time.  Win lots of gold ($10,000!!!!)  And please sign up to provide auction items.

Karl Maisner invited everyone to attend the next Satellite Club meeting which will be next week at Sierra Gold on Jones/215.  Details and an evite should have been recieved.

Karl and Jordana also announced that the next “Happy Feet” program will be on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:45a.m. at Ferren Elementary School. Sign-up in the book.

Karl reminded everyone that our next “Feed the Homeless” event will be on Wednesday, March 29 at Christ Church Episcopal on Maryland Parkway.  We still need clothes to hand out so please get that to Tom Martin. Be there at 5:00 p.m. Sign-up in the book.

Ron Reynolds reminded the Club that District Assembly will be held on April 22nd in Apple Valley, if you plan or are interested in attending, Ron will be organizing a car pool.


Recognitions (everyone was recognized $50):

Clinton Pope took the mic (in turn, took a $50 recognition) to remind all UNLV fans that the NEVADA Wolf Pack won both the Mountain West regular season and conference tournament championships for men's basketball.

Chris Publow, Wally Emery and Shawn Callahan apparently opted out of the the email distribution . . . hmmm. We'll make sure they get their emails.

Jack Woodcock complained about a veterinarian experience where he paid more to provide healthcare to Coco than he ever did for his children.

Tom Martin stood and declared his love for his wife and cited his 29th wedding anniversary as proof.

Bruce Pope explained that he had been at ConExpo all week and weekend and said the past weekend was huge for Las Vegas.


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).

Dan Stover Music Competition

Judges: Christina Wright-Ivanova, assistant professor of music, UNLV; Lisa Schroeder, performer and clinician, Altus Flutes


Ivan Ferguson, Las Vegas Academy

Music: Clarinet Concerto No. 2

Composer: Carl Maria Von Weber

Instrument: Clarinet

Eliza McAllister, Las Vegas Academy

Music: Concerto No. 3 Movement 3

Composer: Camille Saint Saens

Instrument: Violin

Winner: Ivan Ferguson


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Yours in Rotary Service,

Rebecca Collett
President 2016-2017