"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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
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..
We 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.
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.
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!