Speaker Date Topic
No Meeting Feb 27, 2017
Mardi Gras Food and Wine Tasting Feb. 28th
Achievement Beyond Obstacles Grads Mar 06, 2017
Nominated Students Tell Their Story

Achievement Beyond Obstacles is a joint youth program that the Rotary Club of Reno and two other local Rotary Clubs sponsor.  High School counselors select high school seniors who have faced enormous challenges in their life, yet still found a way to graduate.  These students spend a leadership weekend with facilitators Dean and Rochelle Whellams, obtain financial aid education and help figuring out what their next step in life is.  Rotary scholarships for selected students range from $500 to $2,500.  This ABO luncheon is one of three Rotary luncheons honoring students from Washoe County schools from all different socio-economic backgrounds who have achieved success despite the obstacles in their way.   Every nominated student is invited to attend and bring a guest and we will hear a 3 minute speech from some of them about where they have been and where they are going.  You won't want to miss hearing from these students and the impact Rotary is having in their lives.

Dr. Peter Reed Mar 13, 2017
Aging in Nevada; Challenges and Resources
Aging in Nevada; Challenges and Resources

Dr. Peter Reed is the Director of the Sanford Center for Aging and Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Reed received his Ph.D. and MPH degrees in Health Behavior and Health Education from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his BS in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.

Prior to joining the University of Nevada in 2014, Dr. Reed served as Chief Executive Officer of the Pioneer Network, an international non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting a culture of aging that is life-affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful. He also served as President and CEO of the Center for Health Improvement, a national health policy research center, and as Senior Director of Programs for the Alzheimer's Association National Office, where he led the Association's Program Division in developing and delivering a wide range of care and support programs for people living with Alzheimer's in communities nationwide.

Dr. Reed is committed to contributing to the larger knowledge base in the field of aging, as well as to community service at all levels. As a frequent author and public speaker, Dr. Reed has published over 50 papers, monographs and book chapters in peer-reviewed and industry publications, and regularly offers session and keynote presentations at regional, national and international conferences.

Dedicated to serving elders and supporting quality of life, at various points throughout his career as a public health gerontologist, Dr. Reed has worked as a direct service provider, researcher, advocate, non-profit leader, and social change agent, always striving to enhance the well-being of elders in every setting.

Coby Rowe Mar 20, 2017
USA Cycling Cyclocross Nat'l Championship
USA Cycling Cyclocross Nat'l Championship
Aaron West Mar 27, 2017
Challenges/Solutions for Workforce Demand
Challenges/Solutions for Workforce Demand

Aaron West has served as CEO of the Nevada Builders Alliance since June 2014. In his role as CEO, West is responsible for all areas of budget development, marketing, membership development and government affairs. Under his leadership, the organization has grown to become the largest statewide construction industry organization and is known to be the voice of the industry.

West has a diverse background in residential and commercial development, as both a consultant and a business owner, as well as real estate and insurance as a Licensed Agent. West is a registered lobbyist with the Nevada State Legislature. He serves on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board as well as the Board of Directors for JOIN, Inc. and is a member of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Authority Community Outreach Committee

Jack Hawkins Apr 03, 2017
Tiny Houses
Tiny Houses

Jack Hawkins established Hawkins and Associates in Reno, NV in 1994. Hawkins and Associates is LEED certified and is committed to creating architecture that is beautiful, functional and sustainable.

Each project is designed to be a unique reflection of the client and the intended function of the structure. In addition, each design is tailored to its specific site, topography, and climate. Great care is taken to integrate the structure, technology, and mechanical systems with the architecture and interiors.  Construction detailing and construction administration are given the same level of care and respect as the creative design process.

Jack has received many architectural awards dating back to 1983, continuing through 2016.

High School Students Apr 10, 2017
Club Speech Contest
County Manager John Slaughter Apr 17, 2017
State of the County
State of the County

In October 2013, County Commissioners selected John Slaughter as the Washoe County Manager. John has been with Washoe County since 1986, working as a land use planner, the County’s strategic planning manager, and as the Director of Management Services. He represented Washoe County at the Nevada Legislature from 2001-2013 and was named Acting Assistant County Manager prior to his appointment as County Manager.

As Washoe County Manager, John Slaughter serves as liaison between the Board of County Commissioners and elected and appointed department directors, governmental jurisdictions, community and business groups, employees, and county customers. He also oversees the Manager’s Office, which facilitates presentation of issues to the Board for their consideration and ensures effective implementation of direction given by the BCC. The Manager’s Office also houses the Communications division, Internal Audit division, and Management Services division.

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Emporia State University, and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Kansas. He has also received the Continuing Education Certificate in Public Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Pete Etchert Apr 24, 2017
WCSD Plans for Managing WC-1
WCSD Plans for Managing WC-1

Pete Etchert is a fourth generation Nevadan and graduated from the University of Nevada with Bachelor’s Degrees in Renewable Natural Resources & Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Pete was previously employed in both the private and public sector as Engineering Manager for Stantec Consulting and City Engineer for the City of Sparks. In his current position as Chief Operating Officer for the Washoe County School District Pete oversees Capital Projects, Facilities Management, Transportation, and Nutrition Services.  Pete will be speaking about the the school district's plans to improve the condition of many of the area's schools now that the WC-1 initiative has passed..

Brian Lauf May 01, 2017
UNR Physician Assistant (PA) Program
UNR Physician Assistant (PA) Program

Brian S. Lauf, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA is the founding Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies Program and Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine.  His mission is enhancing health care access and improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans through education.

Brian grew up in Reno and his professional career in medicine launched when he became an EKG technician at the Reno VA hospital. Shortly thereafter he joined the United States Air Force becoming a medic where he was introduced to the PA profession—and an immediate and influential change in his future was born! Being part of the inaugural class at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), in Portland, Oregon shaped his career as a PA. After graduation and returning to Nevada, he was fortunate to practice rural healthcare in a community that welcomed him as a PA alongside a seasoned rural physician. This rural community and physician solidified his PA education. Brian returned to education earning a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. Once back in the Reno/Sparks area and after a brief period practicing in the specialty of Ear, Nose and Throat, he returned to Family Medicine/Urgent Care. 

With encouragement from friends and mentors, he gave the entrepreneurial life a shot in a health care technology startup company…this experience provided a unique perspective as he continued the practice of medicine.  Brian has enjoyed local and national PA leadership roles throughout his career. In his free time, he enjoys being a husband of an amazing wife and father of two wonderful children. 

No Meeting May 08, 2017
District Conference Week
Fayth Ross May 15, 2017
Urban Roots