Speaker Date Topic
Club Mtg: Marilyn Newton Aug 31, 2015
50 Years of Photographs
50 Years of Photographs

Marilyn Newton was with the Reno Gazette-Journal for more than 51 years beginning in 1963.

She started her journalism career six years earlier when at the tender age of 12 she was hired by the Carson City Nevada Appeal as a papergirl making her among the first paid papergirls in the country.

She had her first story (a two paragraph sports story) published at the age of 12 and her first photo published just a year later.  She continued working for the Appeal throughout high school and for a year after graduation.

She then attended the University of Nevada but was hired by the Reno Evening Gazette after just one semester. Within two weeks she wrote her first front-page story and within six months she was packing a camera.


She has won close to 400 national, regional and state awards.  In 1992 she was named Nevada Photographer of the Year.  In 2002 she was inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame and that year also won the national media award presented by the National Leukemia Society for her photos of a childhood cancer cluster.

She was named an honorary colonel in the Nevada National Guard in 2005.

She has published three books thus far.  Two were collaborative efforts.  The first was a photo book of the flood of 1997.  The second was the Donner Party Chronicles for which she did the photos.  Frank X. Mullen wrote it.

In 2003 “Alkali Angels, a book she both wrote and photographed was released. She was also hired as a photographer for the America 24/7 project which documented the country during one week.  The outcome will be a state book as well as three national books.

Her next project will be a collection of her photos from the last 40 years.


Club Mtg: Dark - Labor Day Sep 07, 2015
No meeting (Labor Day)
Club Mtg: Jim Rogers-Undercover Boss Sep 14, 2015
"Undercover Boss" Tells All
"Undercover Boss" Tells All

Jim Rogers’ career in the hospitality industry started nearly 40 years ago when, as a new graduate from the University of California-Berkeley, he came to Kampgrounds of America, Inc., as a management trainee in 1972.

In 1974, Rogers pursued additional training in finance and accounting and earned an MBA from UCLA in 1976. KOA sponsored his master thesis on corporate family vacation centers. In 1978, Rogers went to work for Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. At Harrah’s he served as senior financial analyst, the Vice President of Marketing in Atlantic City on the Harrah’s / Donald Trump development team, Vice President of Marketing for Northern Nevada, and in 1994 was named senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Reno.  He received Harrah's Corporate Management Excellence Award in 1994.

Rogers took a few years away from Harrah’s to pursue entrepreneurial interests and became CEO of Curtis + Rogers, Inc., a full-service advertising agency in Nevada, serving clients in the gaming, hospitality, medical and education sectors.

Rogers returned to KOA in January 2000 to become the president and chief executive officer of the company, which with nearly 475 campgrounds is the largest network of franchised family campgrounds in the world.  Rogers currently focuses on strategic partnerships and corporate growth as KOA’s chairman and chief executive officer. KOA was founded in Billings, Montana in 1962, offers more than 55,000 recreational vehicle, tent and Kamping Kabin sites in the U.S. and Canada, and hosts nearly 14 million guest nights each year.

Rogers and his three sons, Ben, Judd and Tyler, have all achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In fact, there are 10 Eagle Scouts in two generations of the Rogers family. Rogers served as the President for the Western Region of the Boy Scouts of America from 2008-2010. Upon nomination by the Nevada Area Council, he received the Distinguished Eagle Award on Feb. 9, 2002. In 2010, Rogers was awarded the Western Region’s prestigious Silver Antelope Award. Rogers is currently President of the Nevada Area Council.

In January 2013, Rogers was featured in an episode of the award-winning CBS reality show “Undercover Boss.” The one-hour episode featured Rogers going “undercover” on four different KOA properties. Rogers interacted with employees and KOA owners using the fictional persona of Tim Bickford, an out-of-work accountant from San Francisco who was competing for an investor’s support of his new campground business.

The KOA “Undercover Boss” episode on CBS garnered the second-highest ratings of the show’s fourth season, finishing just behind the season’s premiere episode. The show also had a huge impact on Kampgrounds of America, attracting several potential new campgrounds to the KOA system, and exposing KOA to more than 9 million television viewers and potential campers.

Jim and his wife, Sandy, live in Reno, Nevada, but he continues to spend time both at the KOA Home Office in Billings, Montana, and on the road as a spokesperson for both KOA and the outdoors sector.

Club Mtg: Dark (Barbecue) Sep 21, 2015
No Meeting
Club Mtg: Mridul Gautam-UNR Innovation Center Sep 28, 2015
UNR Innovation Center
UNR Innovation Center

Dr. Mridul Gautam serves as the vice president for research and innovation and a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of heavy-duty mobile source exhaust emissions, aerosol sampling, and particulate matter measurement, characterization, and control. 

As a member of the President's Council, Dr. Gautam advises on major policy issues affecting the University and serves as the Institutional Official.  He provides leadership for articulating and implementing a shared vision for research and addresses state and national issues of compelling interest to the research community. His office strives to support world-class research and discovery, innovation and commercialization. Furthermore, it provides faculty, students and staff with the highest quality of administrative services and a competitive infrastructure that will enable faculty to excel in their research, scholarly and artistic endeavors. The office is focused on building interdisciplinary collaborations, serving University faculty in their career development, and facilitating connections with industry. Dr. Gautam oversees the support organizations that assist University researchers both in obtaining and managing funding and in conducting research with integrity in a safe and healthy environment. The office is committed to creating an innovative ecosystem in the region and providing conditions that foster entrepreneurship and enhance economic development. Dr. Gautam strives to create an environment that will afford faculty to have career, personal and life balances.

He serves on several national and state advisory committees and on several boards of directors. Dr. Gautam received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1989 and his master’s in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1984.

Bret Simmons Ph.D. Oct 05, 2015

Bret L. Simmons, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management at The University of Nevada, Reno. He earned his doctorate in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.  Bret teaches courses in organizational behavior, leading change, and personal branding to MBA and Executive MBA students.  Bret blogs about leadership and social business at his website Positive Organizational Behavior. Bret is the Producer of TEDxUniversityofNevada. You can also find him on Google +, Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.

Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Oct 19, 2015
Club Mtg: DG Gail Ellingwood Oct 26, 2015
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Nov 02, 2015
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Nov 09, 2015
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Nov 16, 2015
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Nov 23, 2015
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Nov 30, 2015
Club Mtg: Dark Dec 07, 2015
Christmas Party at Harrahs
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Dec 14, 2015
Club Mtg: Dark Dec 21, 2015
Club Mtg: Dark Dec 28, 2015
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Jan 04, 2016
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Jan 11, 2016
Club Mtg: Dark (MLK Day) Jan 18, 2016
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Jan 25, 2016
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Feb 01, 2016
Club Mtg: Dark Feb 08, 2016
Club Mtg: Dark (Presidents Day) Feb 15, 2016
Club Mtg: Speaker TBD Feb 22, 2016


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