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:
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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.
Last year's Projects Chair Rob Goldstein shared a letter and photos from the pastor of Calvary Chapel of Los Alamos, New Mexico, who personally helped distribute the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes packed by members of our club and their families last year. The pastor shared that the distribution of the shoeboxes was in a very isolated area of the Philippines, and for many of the children it was the very first present they had ever received. It is wonderful to see and hear the results of our efforts.
Pres. Michael presented Jim Scherer of the Four Queens valet parking team with a check for $1,000 collected through cross-fines and matching funds from our Club. These dollars will go towards the huge medical bills incurred during his grandson Torin's illness. Torin passed away a short thirty days after being admitted to the hospital. Thanks to all the members who contributed.
Kevin Wool was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Chaminade College Prep and went on to attend Arizona State University where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, graduating in 1995. He just celebrated 25 years with First American Home Buyers Protection and currently is the Las Vegas Area Sales Manager. Kevin recently married his long time love and partner, Marie, and has has four children Madison 15, Jack 12 Paul 12 and Mia 10. Kevin joined Rotary after being introduced by Past President Linda Bertuzzi. In addition to serving as President Elect for the 2016-17 Rotary year, he is a Paul Harris Fellow and is very active with Club projects. He was a member of the 2015 India Dream Team and has participated in many community projects as well as two Mexico Super Builds.
As many of you may know, the lead valet parking attendant at the Four Queens, Jim Scherer, lost his four year old grandson, Torin Henry, a week ago. The family is going to be faced with huge medical bills, estimated to be near $500,000. If you can, please send donations to the gofundme account set up in Torin's name. Click the blue link to make a donation.
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!
We are pleased to announce Past District Governor Roy York has been hired to serve as District Administrator. The former contract expired June 30, 2015. A five person committee including the current Governor team consisting of DGE Lu, DGN Raghada and DG Randy along with PDGs Sylvia and Larry handled the interviews with those who responded to the job opening listed on the website and DACdb. Roy will offer the District the expertise possessed by a Past District Governor and two-time Club President. Both District Communications chair and DACdb expert Mike Soden, District Governor aide Richard Reed, District website caretaker Chris Datwyler and District bookkeeper Pat Hauducoeur have pledged their assistance to help Roy make this a seamless transition.
Michael has provided over 15 years of banking and management experience to our community, as well as leadership and relationship development across multiple organizations. He is a VP Relationship Manager with Bank of Nevada. In addition to serving in Rotary, he is involved with CEO-CFO Group of Las Vegas, Financial Executive Institute, a Board Member with Easter Seals of So. Nevada, and other nonprofits within the Valley. His approach to people and community development is a reflection of his passion for helping others. An active member of LV Fremont Rotary since 2099, he has served as membership chair, a RYLA Facilitator and hands-on with numerous club projects. He is passionate about getting our ever growing club and new members involved in every aspect of Rotary – local, nationally and internationally. His emphasis will be on education and literacy, as well as helping our homeless teens and supporting other nonprofits whenever possible. Michael is a 17 year resident of Las Vegas, born & raised in Seattle. He is married to his wife Kim, with 3 children – Zachary, Molly & Ava
Incoming Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund Chairman Lane Kay took the floor to update club members on the club's foundation bylaws and to elect officers/trustees for 2015-16. During the meeting we went over the material changes that were made to the previous Bylaws for the Foundation. Questions were asked and answered and each member in attendance was provided with another copy of the proposed Bylaws for the Foundation, linked here.. A motion was made to approve the Bylaws and they were approved unanimously at the meeting. The next order of business was the nomination of trustees/officers for the Foundation. A trustee ballot was provided and nominations were accepted from the floor. The tabulation of the ballots resulted in our new slate of officers/trustees for the Foundation for 2015-16:
Lane Kay - Chairperson
Rob Goldstein - Secretary
Scott Stolberg - Treasurer
City Councilman Stavros Anthony proclaimed Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club, aka the Downtown Club, as the official Las Vegas club since we meet downtown, and with that presented our Club with a plaque expressing the City's gratitude for all our members do in our community - clothing and feeding children in need, leadership training for our youth, support of the Boys and Girls club.....and the list goes on! Congrats everyone. We truly are the Best Club in the Universe!
Las Vegas Fremont Rotarians and guests kicked off the 2015 Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch with nearly 45 folks in attendance. There was no shortage of fellowship as we gathered to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on a gorgeous summer evening. Members of the Spring Mountains and Summerlin Rotary Clubs joined as well. Our next event will be in August - if you haven't been able to attend, put the next one on your list. This truly is a wonderful evening! More photos area available on our Facebook page.
The Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund and 2015 Block Party Committee members presented three $5,000 checks to the charities selected by club members as recipients of a portion of the proceeds from our 2015 Block Party.
- The Alzheimer's Association of Southern Nevada, represented by Albert Chavez, will used the gift to fund the six core southern Nevada programs, including educational awareness and caregiver training.
- Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, represented by Sue Covey, has earmarked these funds for their speech therapy program.
- JDRF, represented by Sara Nicastro, will be used for their school outreach program
The balance of the $30,000 will be used to fund the Club's ongoing programs and enable us to continue the great work we have been doing for almost 30 years. Thank you all the members of the Block Party Committee and every member who made this Block Party one of our most successful!
We welcome our third Paul Harris Fellow this year as Pres. Elect Elect Kevin Wool received his pin and certificate from Pres. Teresa. This is the highest honor a Rotarian can receive through donations to Rotary International's Foundation. The interest earned on these donations funds many programs throughout the world, as well as projects in our District available through grant applications. Kevin has already experienced the benefits of these donations through his home builds in Mexico, Polio immunizations and water projects in India and his service through our club at the community level. Congratulations Kevin!
President Teresa's Debunking
In keeping with LV Fremont Rotary tradition, President Teresa Sower's debunking was, well, another one for the record books. In a mooooving tribute to her year, we dressed her in a cow costume and hubby Mike escorted her to her throne of hay. Surrounded by her farmers, each past president took an opportunity to read their portion of a carefully prepared script by Past Dist. Gov./Past Pres. Roy York as she readied to move out to pasture for her retirement. She had mastered The Four Way Test by the end of the evening, thanks to a lot of failed attempts, forcing her to drink a shot of milk. It seemed to get better as a little Bailey's was added to the milk and she finally completed it perfectly! Thanks to the PP Albert Guida and Laura Schmitt for opening their home, to Immed. Past Pres. Robin Smith for herding up the presidents and members and to PDG/PP Roy York for yet another memorable script.
May Birthday Bash
Another fun time at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club as LV Fremont Rotarians gathered to celebrate with with Pres. Elect Elect Kevin Wool leading the party. While we only three kids on hand, that didn't make the party any less fun. We had a great time visiting over pizza and juice and then we set up a little mini golf competition between the kids and the Rotarians, with Agassi team coming out on top. Thanks to all the Rotarians who where able to attend - Rob Goldstein and Past Pres's Scott Stolberg, Linda Bertuzzi, Lane Kay, and Dulcinea Rongavilla, Next month's will be June 17.
We hosted five students who had received the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary League of Extraordinary Booker Students award during the first and second trimesters at Booker. The students are nominated by their teachers for their extraordinary academics, attendance, citizenship, completion of the anti-bullying program and overall character. This program was started during PP Robin Smith's year and is one more important component of our Club's involvement for over 25 years. Principal Marcus Mason sent a heartfelt note of gratitude acknowledging our Club's key role in developing these students into future leaders, not only through the award, but also through our ongoing etiquette classes. School Counselor Julie Kuraly also acknowledged the generous food donations our members personally make for the weekend backpacks during the Booker Thanksgiving event. This year, she said, one family lost their home due to fire, and through the generosity of our members, she was able to provide enough food to get them through a tough time while waiting for additional aid. This is just one story of how our Club impacts the lives at Booker.