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Downtown Las Vegas Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hugo's Cellar Restaurant
202 Fremont St., 4 Queens Hotel
Las Vegas, NV  89101-5606
United States
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words - these pictures then will speak volumes about the 550+ children whose lives were touched by the extraordinary members of the Downtown Las Vegas Rotary Club, along with the Honor Society students from our partner Alexander Dawson School and a host of friends and family. Three lunches, beautiful smiling children and our world famous Rotary Turkey!
 
Throughout the year we get to interact with many of the children at Booker Elementary and we hear time after time how special this day is to many of the kids. Seeing the smiles from ear to ear and hearing the waves of laughter filling the cafeteria is enough to warm the hearts of all. It's a gift to all of the Rotarians who get the wonderful opportunity to create loving memories for all the students and their families. 
 
                          
                          
                          
Check out the rest of the days fun at our facebook page. 
 
 

 
 

"A great attitude becomes a great day, which becomes a great month, which becomes a great year, which becomes a great life" - Mandy Hale

When you have your weekly Rotary meeting, you know it's going to be more than just a great day! On Tuesday we had quite the exciting meeting as we had District Governor Randy Pote join us in pinning 11 Paul Harris fellows from last year. A few recognized members were not present which just means that the celebration must continue. 


The meeting progressed as we exchanged banners with visiting Rotarian Mir Arif Ali who journeyed all the way from Pakistan and we couldn't help but crown Past President Al Guida the birthday King from last week.

But the heart of the meeting with in our speakers presentation. Past President Robin Smith shared her experiences and testimonials from the Super Build Project in Tecate, Mexico.

Every year a team of Rotarians travels to Mexico for the weekend and builds deserving families homes. These new home owners have earned these houses after being active in their own community. Talk about a strong Rotary moment. If you would like to be apart of this life changing experience please reach out and we will send you some information. 
We managed to pack all this fun and excitement into an hour and a half...wait till you see what we do next!

 

 

It's Tuesday so you know what that means...The Best Club in the Universe gathered for another great meeting of 2016.

Today we had the great pleasure of hosting Dan Quinn the Vice President and General Manager of the New T-Mobile Arena. He came with great insight to what the plans are for the arena and the impact it will have on our community. After hearing his presentation, I know I am excited for what's to come for the Las Vegas Strip in 2016. 


Visit their website to see the plans and development of this new gem that will be added to our desert treasure box.

http://arenalasvegas.com/home.aspx

 

 

 
It was a great turnout for the yearly gathering to assemble shoe boxes for children across the world. Past President Allen Puliz kindly donated the space at his warehouse for our club to gather and enjoy this heartwarming tradition. Many of our members brought their families to take part in the excitement. 
Complete with cozy warm socks, a toy, pencils, sharpener, candy, toothbrushes, soap, combs and a washcloth we hope that the recipients of these packages feel the love that went in to sending them. Our club had a blast getting the packages ready to ship as the kids managed the warehouse and the proud Rotarians appreciated the time of fellowship with tasty food and delicious wine. 
This worldwide movement is continuing to grow and grow. You can see others and their packaging stories on facebook, twitter or instagram by looking up #ipackedashoebox. Check out this inspiring story of child in need receiving her shoebox. 
 

 
 
Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada is giving more than 4,000 Clark County students an income, mortgage, family and cable bill at its mock city, Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park. The Park will provide financial curriculum and reality-based financial scenarios to 8th through 12th grade students. Past Pres. Dulcinea Rongavilla previewed the Downtown Las Vegas Rotary's Philanthropy booth at Junior Achievement's Finance Park this year. Philanthropy is one of 25 budgeting decisions the students will be considering as they go through their day as an "adult" at Finance Park. Our awesome members will be volunteering their time on November 12th to support this very important program.
 
 

 
 

It's true that once you get a taste of how incredible Rotary is you can never get enough. When meeting our welcoming and lively club it's easy to see why so many want to be called our family. Past and now present member Lawrence Ocon was re-inducted into The Best Club in the Universe with his beautiful wife Heather Ocon standing by his side. 

We must thank Past President Al Guida for his encouragement is welcoming Lawrence back into the Downtown Las Vegas Rotary Club. 

Lawrence has been the Director of Family Services at La Paloma Cremation & Funeral Services since August of 2014. He was brought back to Las Vegas from Glendale, California and we couldn't be happier about the move. Based on a favorite quote of Lawrence's "you are judged by the company you keep", we are honored to uphold his honorable reputation and be the company that Lawrence will forever call family. 

 

 

 

 
One of our newest members Liz Ortenburger, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, was recently featured in Vegas.inc magazine. The article showcased her recent success in organizing the Desserts Before Dinner fundraiser, which included entertainment, a silent auction and nine desserts inspired by Girl Scout cookies. The cookies, while perhaps the most recognizable aspect of the organization, are just a small part of what the Girl Scouts do. Ortenburger, among other things, is overseeing a new model — Super Troops — to help expand the brand and provide membership access to more children in Southern Nevada. Ortenburger is doing many impactful things within Southern Nevada through Girl Scouts. As a part of The Rotary Club of Downtown Las Vegas, Liz is bound for great things within the Southern Nevada community. Read more about Liz at http://vegasinc.com/news/2015/sep/28/developing-the-next-generation-of-female-leaders/ 
 
 

 
Generosity doesn't just come from wallets - it comes from the heart, too.  The Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund is fortunate enough to be able to do both, thanks to the tireless fundraising efforts of the Downtown Las Vegas Rotary members.  We joyously presented donations to Mark Shunock of Monday's Dark, Michelle Jackson from Junior Achievement and to the local Horses4Heroes.  Being able to contribute to our local non-profits is the cherry on top of the sweet life of being a Rotarian, supporting Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self."  These programs have a positive impact on our community and we are thrilled to support these organizations.
 

 
 
On October 24th it is World Polio Day. In recognition of this day The Best Club in the Universe had the honor of hosting Polio Victim Zeir Redzic. Diagnosed at the age of 3 in Bosnia, Zeir fights every day through the struggle. We are proud in sharing our goal to eradicate this disease with him. He couldn't be more thankful in learning what Rotary is and what we stand for. Thank you Zeir for your strength and for being our guest of honor this past week. We look forward to getting to know you better!
 
 

 
 
A rowdy bunch of Rotarians gathered to golf as many holes as possible to raise funds to continue the mission in eradicating Polio. With world Polio day just around the corner, The Best Club in the Universe put in strong efforts to help the cause. Our proud participants brought in a pretty penny to add to the Polio bank. We thank you for your participation and support.  All funds raised during the event will be matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and go a long way towards Rotary's Polio Plus campaign. In a mere three decades, Rotary and it's partners have made a tremendous impact on this disease - from nearly 1,000 new reported cases every day in the late 70's to just 51 for year-to-date in 2015. You can learn more at www.endpolionow.org
 
 
 

 
We recently presented our first trimester awards to the outstanding fifth graders at Kermit R Booker Elementary School.  This program is under our Youth Services Chair Bonnie Helms and sub-chaired by Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi.  The recipients were delighted to be nominated by their teachers and applauded by their peers for their exceptional academics, attendance, and citizenship.  One teacher wrote that her student "who faces temptation to make wrong choices, but makes a daily decision to make the right choices is extraordinary.  She strives to see beyond the faults of others and herself."  Congratulations to Extraordinary students.
 
 
 
 

 
Our club was privileged to have the hard working team from The West Charleston Enrichment Academy and speak about their ambitious team, their growing students, and their wish list of needs for their school. Growing out of a frustration with the current educational model in this country, West Charleston Enrichment Academy was founded to provide an environment that maximizes the strengths of all types and speeds of learners. Whether a child is exceptional, above average, or slower, in this school the child will find acceptance and help to maximize his or her abilities. Read more about the background of WCEA from our founder, Elizabeth Earl.
We want to thank the team from the West Charleston Enrichment Academy for coming and sharing their program. It was encouraging to learn that some teachers out there really teach and make an impact from the heart. One goal of Founder Elizabeth Earl is to gather donation that benefit low-income students by allowing them to receive scholarships of up to $7,750 per year. Information about the SGO's can be found at 
 

 
 

The Best Club in the Universe welcomes our newest member Liz Ortenburger. Liz is the CEO for the Girl Scouts of So. Nevada.  She was born in Kendal England and attended Fresno State.  She is married to Kipp and has two beautiful children.  She has belonged to the American Camp Association and Golden Key National Honor Society.  

We were proud to induct Liz into our Club. Her husband Kipp was there to show support and encouragement for his wife and her now growing family. The Fremont Rotary Club couldn't be happier to have you both!

 

 
 
Talk about making a great first impression and setting the bar extremely high. Our newest member Linda Baassiri was proudly inducted in the presence of her father who is a seasoned Rotarian and her husband who flew in for this memorable day. As she was pinned her father pulled out a check and made her the latest Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations Linda! We couldn't be happier that you have joined our family!
 
 

 
 
We were graced with the Presence from our District Governor Randy Pote. 26 years as a proud Rotarian, Randy spoke of his journey with Rotary and where he hopes to take our district. His goal, to simply leave Rotary better than when we found it. It was really great to hear his excitement and love for Rotary and where it's headed. A standing ovation was well deserved. 
Randy continued to announce The Fremont Rotary Club newest Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations to Rust Bridges! He has only been a member for 16 months and has already been so involved with our club and projects. Now a Paul Harris Fellow, we are so proud to have you in our family!
Our exciting high energy meeting continued with the announcement of the recipients of the District 5300 Superstar Team. Our President Michael Woodfield, Treasure for life Al Guida, and PR Chair Manuella Monreal will proudly where their superstar pins in representing our Club. We thank you for being the bright superstars you are!
 
 
 

 
At our weekly meeting we were joined by Patricia Monreal the creator and instructor for Dancing and Laughing with Parkinson's Disease; an exercise class for those who suffer from Parkinson's. Patricia shared her dance background and pointed out the immense benefits that dance and laughter can have on Parkinson's students. Hugo's Cellar was filled with joyous giggles as she demonstrated how laughing yoga can relieve stress, increase your immune system, and create positive energy. Her laugh was contagious as the whole club joined in. Show support by liking her Facebook page and stay up to date on all the activities and events Dancing and Laughing with Parkinson's Disease is apart of in the Las Vegas community. 
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Every month we join the kids at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls club to celebrate their birthday's and share some pizza and cake. This month 6 great kids joined us in story time, dancing, singing, games, and of course cake. It's such a gift being able to share a day with these amazing kids and celebrate them. All the kids loved reading "The giving tree" and put on their dancing shoes and we jammed to the radio. I big thank you to those we came to support the Birthday Bash and the children at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club.
 

 
 

Courage, ambition, and strength; three qualities that have never been more defined within an individual. Simon Keith came and shared his story with the club yesterday. The tissues were getting passed watching the ESPN:60 video and learning more about his journey. Visit his foundation page to learn more about how "The Beat Goes On."


http://thesimonkeithfoundation.com

 

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Aaron Manfredi and Haley Findlay from Aspergers Training, Employment & Life Skills shared their amazing organization with us. Check out their website and see the great things they are doing for the Aspergers community. 

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Don't miss another fun evening with the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club on Wednesday, August 19th!  There are still a few tickets available for the Tarzan play at Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch.  An evening at the Ranch is one of our members' favorites.  It is an opportunity to enjoy friends, family - including the kids - and bring someone who might enjoy getting to know about Rotary.  If you are attending, here's the details & food assignments:

If your last name begins with:

A-G:   A couple bottles of Wine, Beer , Water or fun Beverage to share.- More the better….knowing our group!
H-N:   Bring an appetizer and/or Salad and/or dessert
O-Z:   Bring a Main dish Hot or Cold
Plates, plastic silverware and napkins covered. Wine and beer are welcome in a grassy area so bring your blanket and pillow to sit on. If you must bring a chair it MUST be a beach chair low to the ground and you will be on the outer Isle not blocking folks behind you view.
Bring a sweeter as it gets cool after the sunsets.. 

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ENDPOLIONOW_4pWe are looking for golfers, at any level, who want to play in the Pars vs. Polio event.  This is Rotary District 5300's first ever Pars vs. Polio Golf Marathon and will give all Rotary clubs and Rotarians in the District an opportunity to raise money for the worldwide polio eradication campaign and to tell our friends, neighbors and communities about the role Rotary and Rotarians have played in this massive effort. Golfers are encouraged to play as many holes of golf as they can play in a single day and all club members are encouraged/challenged to raise as much money as possible by asking for pledges for the number of holes of golf to be played by a particular golfer. If fellow Rotarians obtain pledges totaling $50 per hole in support of a golfer, that golfer could raise $2,500 by playing just 50 holes on Golf Marathon Day. This is shaping up to be a fun event and the reward will be the dollars raised by our District, which will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2-1.  Visit the District 5300 website for details and join us!

We are THIS close!  

 

 
 

August is Rotary's Membership Month and a perfect time to celebrate a new member. President Michael inducted our newest member, Lt. Shawn McDaniel, with her husband David by her side.  She was sponsored by Secretary Larry Goldstein and after numerous visits, felt our Club was the right fit for her.  She serves as the Director of Special Services for the Salvation Army and is a graduate of UC Davis, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma. Welcome Shawn and David!  We are thrilled to have you as part of our family.

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2016 Foundation Dinner
 
Join District 5300 in welcoming RI President K. R. Ravi Ravindran to our 2016 Foundation Dinner on January 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Ontario, California.  Cost per person is $109 until November 30, 2015, when cost will increase to $129. Tables for 10 are available at a discounted rate as well until November 30, 2015.  Special Rotarian hotel rates have been secured at $84 a night. Reserve on-line or call 909-937-0900. Register on-line at DacDb.com and obtain more information from Julie Roybal 626-222-0571, juliemroybal@earthlink.net or Barbara Sellon 661-361-8386, kb.sellon@verizon.net.  This evening will honor new Paul Harris Fellows, as well as new major donor levels
 

 
 

Larry Goldstein is community-minded business owner with a focus on providing exceptional service, which adds value to customers' lives. Prior to owning an ink and toner store, Larry spent more than 20 years working as a management, marketing and sales professional for major companies in the telecommunications and information technology industries such as SBC Communications, IBM, Nextel and Spirent. In 2011 Larry set his sights on going into business for himself. He bought the Rapid Refill of Las Vegas franchise, providing customers fast and cost-effective printer supply solutions. In 2015 he moved away from the franchise to better serve customers by expanding the business to provide additional products and services and is now the owner of Vegas Ink and Toner. Larry is passionate about giving back to the community. He is a 2-year member of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club, and currently serves as the Club Secretary. He also supports several charitable events and causes throughout the year. If you're out in the community, it's likely you'll run into Larry at charitable events and networking functions. When he's not out on the town, he's out in nature exploring the manmade wonders of the world. Larry earned an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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Summerlin Patriotic Parade

 

Members of the Las Vegas Fremont Club made their sixth appearance in the Summerlin Patriotic Parade, alongside members from the Summerlin, Las Vegas, Red Rock, and No. Las Vegas Rotary Clubs.  District Governor Randy Pote had the honor of riding on one of the float entries, and the rest of the Rotarians performed their duties well as balloon wranglers.  Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi has been their from the beginning, with Past Pres. Robin Smith and her twin brother Robert making their fifth appearance.  Manuela Monreal was a first-timer and Past Pres. Lane Kay made another appearance, this time as cheerleader for our Mighty Mouse balloon, which required a dozen Rotarians to fly its way down the route. Most of the kids didn't know who Mighty Mouse was, but that didn't stop the wranglers from putting on a great show.  As a result of our participation in the parade, each Rotarian is receiving a $35 donation to their Paul Harris Fund.  Thanks to the Summerlin Club for coordinating this event, and for hosting the after party!