Meeting Info
We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Harrah's Reno 
219 N. Center St. 
Douglas Room, 3rd Floor
Reno, NV  89501
President Elect
President Nominee
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary
Vocational Service/Director 2015-18
Director 2015-18
Director 2015-18
Director 2016-19
Membership/Director 2016-19
PR/Director 2016-19
Director 2017-20
Director 2017-20
Youth Service/Director 2017-20
Community Service
International Service
RRF - Foundation
Interact Advisor (Reno HS)
Interact Advisor (Innovation HS)
Interact Advisor (Reno HS)
Meeting Volunteers
Website Sponsors
Upcoming Programs
Karen Purcell
Aug 21, 2017

Karen Purcell, P.E., is the founder, owner, and president of PK Electrical, Inc., a thirty person electrical engineering, design, and consulting firm with offices in Reno, NV and Denver, CO. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Widener University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Purcell has more than 27 years of experience in electrical engineering. 

In 2015, Ms. Purcell was appointed by Governor Sandoval to the Nevada State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.  In 2012, Karen’s book, Unlocking Your Brilliance: Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math was published. She draws on her successful engineering experience to inspire young women to enter into and remain in science, technology, engineering and math related careers with full confidence, knowing that she did it, other women have done it, and that they are unquestionably our leaders of tomorrow. Ms. Purcell has spoken to audiences across the United States and China on STEM.

Karen received the 2012 Reno GazetteJournal’s Entrepreneur of the Year award for a medium size company.  The annual award celebrates individuals and companies that have significantly enhanced the growth and prestige of the community in northern Nevada and recognizes outstanding leaders at all levels of business.  She is actively involved in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and has held numerous officer positions for the last 11 years. Presently she is serving as Governance Director for the US Western Region.

Karen is married to her husband Jeff and they have two daughters, Alyssa and Sydney. She is an avid runner of half marathons and relays.


No Meeting
Aug 28, 2017
Club BBQ tonight
No Meeting
Sep 04, 2017
Labor Day Holiday
Dr. Trudy Larson
Sep 11, 2017
UNR Community Health Sciences
Update on our Current Projects

In the past year, our club has donated $155,000+ and hundreds of volunteer hours. 

Members of our club volunteer quarterly at the Northern Nevada Food Bank. (June 2017)

From July 2015 to June 2016, our club gave out $94,000+ to various projects in our local community, including $21,000 to Lemelson STEM Academy (Title 1 elementary school), and $40,000 in higher ed and vocational scholarships, with the remainder to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, science fairs, RYLA and exchange students, and awards for teachers and law enforcement.
Club members and artists (and Abby, the dog) provide a Meet the Artists event at our downtown Reno Rotary Sculpture Garden for Artown. Sculptors discussed their creations and how they were made. (July 2017)
INTERNATIONAL IMPACT - We gave out $61,000+ to 7 projects around the world, including: 
- Our club, with support from other Rotary clubs, is undertaking a major project for an orphanage for disabled children in Panama. 

NEPAL - The Cow Farm Project, has produced milk sales revenue of almost $600 to date. Profits from the project will help sustain BTF’s maternal/child wellness and education efforts in the remote Humla District of northern Nepal. They will conduct two 5-day Safe Motherhood classes in November educating a total of 50 women.
Rotary's International Impact
While our Rotary club is active in our local community, here's a peek into the impact Rotary International has worldwide.
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