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Downtown Las Vegas Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hugo's Cellar Restaurant
202 Fremont St., 4 Queens Hotel
Las Vegas, NV  89101-5606
United States
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After losing her oldest son Adam in a tragic auto accident in 2007, Kelly Thomas-Boyers struggled to find ways for her son Alec to cope with his grief.   She sought out different agencies and services, but none met their needs.  As a result of that experience, Kelly co-founded Adam's Place, which provides grief support groups for children, teens and families. Trained volunteer facilitators lead and encourage group members to express the many feelings that are a part of the grieving process. In a safe and confidential home life setting, group members discuss and share activities with others who share similar life changing experiences. They show children that it is okay to ask for help.  "This is a place of prevention of future misbehavior - drugs, truancy, etc.," Kelly shared.  Currently the facility is operating with only volunteers and is seeking additional funds and facilitators, and ultimately a larger space.  They are also seeking additional outlets to spread the word of Adam's Place, including funeral homes, youth/community centers and schools.  One of the popular programs is a special backpack which is filled with a journal, a pin wheel, and other supplies to guide the kids through their coping.  Even if the child doesn't return, they leave with the tools to help.  Currently about 80 children are helped each year, which is well below the needs of our community.  They have a wait list many months out.  Kelly is behind SB355 which, when passed, will add $1 to the cost of a death certificate and those dollars will go to fund facilities and services, like Adam's Place.  Kelly urged everyone to call their Nevada lawmakers and push for this important Bill to be passed.  If you would like to volunteer, or know more, visit their website or Facebook page.
 
2017 Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style!
 
Less than 3 weeks until the party of the year!!  April 27th, 6:00 pm. There are still numerous opportunities to advertise in the program, levels from $50 for a business card, to a full page for $500.  Click here for more sponsorship details.  
 
Tickets are still available for one more week for the event - $75 each, which includes dinner and two drinks.  Contact Block Party Chair Lynda Baassiri for sponsorship or tickets. Contact Past Pres. Robin Smith to coordinate delivery of all raffle/auction items.

 
Todd & Joyce Wheeler of the Rotary Clubs of Greater Des Moines and Waukeerespectively, have been visitors to our Club many times over the years.  They provide ongoing financial support our District's NID programs through personal donations and they recently purchased an entire case of our 2016 wine.  We received a note yesterday that two bottles were featured in a Las Vegas-themed raffle basket at the Waukee Rotary Annual Auction & Wine and Beer Tasting, where it sold for a nice sum to support their programs.  Todd & Joyce, we were happy to be a part of the auction, and are bottling more for you next year!
 
 
Thanks to everyone who made it out Saturday morning to help with the clean-up of the Reflection Garden at Easter Seals.  Our dedicated Rotarians, and their family members, spent several hours trimming, raking, weeding and just having a great time. Chair Scott Stolberg noted some additional irrigation maintenance needed and we'll be reaching out for outsides services for that.  Just a little history......our members were the creative force behind the construction of the gardens over 25 years ago, which was done in two phases, and we return annually to bring the grounds back to their original beauty.  The enclosed area of the garden won the SNWA Landscape award in 2004, just a few years after it was completed.  This area provides a safe retreat for the handicapped visitors at Easter Seals.  If you ever have a chance to visit, you'll see stepping stones and benches donated by various Club members and local businesses during our fundraising for the garden.  We'll be back next year!
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On February 28th, we moved our Tuesday meeting to an evening format at the ReBAR on Main Street in honor of our Club's 31st anniversary and to toast our Past Presidents. It couldn't have been a better venue for our members to mingle and enjoy a little fellowship, AND enjoy a surprise Mardi Gras parade to kick off Fat Tuesday! We were thrilled that former members and Past Presidents Laura Fitzpatrick, Steve Mack, Elise Sauer and Mark Stewart were able to share the evening with us. A special thanks to Past President Dulcinea Rongavilla (and our February President) for coordinating this event. Maybe we will have to find a reason soon to return for more fun.
 
On February 21st, we hosted the entire team and coaches from Oswestry Academy in Great Britain at our regularly scheduled lunch meeting at the Four Queens. The athletes had just completed their play in the 2017 Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Soccer Tournament, making it all the way to the semi-finals. Several of the players, and one of the coaches, remarked the team didn't really expect to make it that far in the tournament, and were very pleased with their semi-final finish. This program was started by our own Past President Roger Tabor with a simple meeting makeup in Mexico 14 years ago while on a family vacation, when one team was invited to Las Vegas to play. This event has snowballed into 578 international teams playing 1,200 soccer games (in the rain this year). The economic impact on Southern Nevada was approximately $26,000,000. PP Roger was quick to thank us, telling us "it would never have been possible without the support of the Club." A special thanks to our International Chair Butch Benda for coordinating the event at a Club level.  And, we thank YOU PP Roger and Amy Tabor for your vision and commitment to bringing this program to Las Vegas! 
 

Our 7th Annual Block Party is less than 2 months away - April 27th, 6:00 pm. More than ever we need our amazing members to round up the remaining sponsors - Platinum- $5,000, Gold- $2,500, Silver-$1,500 and Bronze-$750.  In addition we are offering program ads from a full page at $500 to business card at $50.  There is a level for everyone to financially support our event.  Tickets to attend are $75 a person.  Sell those assigned blocks of admission tickets and raffle tickets.  All of these pieces of the Party are the heart and soul of the event, and provide long-term funding for our youth programs, as well as international and community programs. Please reach out to your sphere of influence and ask everyone to get involved - just one of hour of your time devoted to promoting and supporting our Block Party will make it a great success.  Contact Lynda Baassiri to get involved. Past Pres. Teresa Hancox will be your contact for credit card payments.  Contact Past Pres. Robin Smith regarding raffle prize donations.  

Our annual Big Game boards are now available on line for the "Big Game" - you know the one being broadcast on TV on February 5th.  You can by as many $20 squares as you want for your chance to win $250 per quarter.  Just sign on at www.runyourpool.com, enter pool number 50082 to pull up Downtown Las Vegas Rotary's site.  Set up your account, select your squares and sit back and enjoy the game.  It's that easy.
Our annual Holiday party held at the home of Past Pres Albert Guida and Laura Schmitt was another one for the record books!  With a feast of scrumptious Ham, Turkey and all the fixings, an outstanding wine assortment provided by our Trader Joe's wine guru, PDG Roy York, and everyone dressed in their most festive attire, we remained in the Holiday spirit all evening.  A new tradition may have just begun this year as our host PP Albert decided to let us try our hand with beer pong.  Our four teams showcased their ball throwing skills, with one team emerging victorious!  It was a wonderful evening and a special thanks to Albert & Laura for opening their home.
 
We held our 4th annual Adopt an Airman this past week, as we hosted nearly two dozen Nellis and Creech military men and women.  With most of these service members unable to return to their homes for Thanksgiving, from as far away as Haiti and as close as Arizona, this has proven to be a wonderful time to bring them into our Rotary "home" and share a little fellowship and lunch.  Four Queens Owner Terry Caudill stopped by to give a special welcome to our guests and express his gratitude for their service.  Past Pres. Michael shared the history of his father's outstanding military career and then invited our guests to share their own military stories.  Each was asked for one of their scariest moments during their service, and they ranged from giving their first briefing to the Base Commander, to enlisting altogether, or waiting to hear if friends had survived a helicopter crash, finding out they had been deployed and finally writing the retirement orders for mentor Lt Col. Petty.  Some of their best experiences were attending basic training, have a father pin on the airman stripes at graduation, graduating tech school, being deployed and even serving TDY in Florida.  These young men and women were very appreciative of the special lunch held in their honor and we are all most grateful for their unselfish service to our Country.
 
For more than a dozen years our Club has been a special part of the Thanksgiving celebration at Kermit R Booker Elementary School on one very special Tuesday each year.  Partnering with the Alexander Dawson School, we provide a full Thanksgiving meal for over 575 children, from pre-k through fifth grade and give them a sense of community caring and love.  This has become one of our most favorite events, allowing Rotarians, family and friends to spend a little time with some very deserving children.  Our beloved Turkey, Past Pres. Lane Kay, is always a hit and brings huge smiles to all the faces, big and small.  Whether it was serving up the dressing, mashed potatoes and turkey, passing out the milk, or cutting the turkey and buttering the rolls, everyone found a connection with the kids.  The kids were generous with their hugs of appreciation as they left the cafeteria with bellies full and spirits lifted.  We also provided nearly 100 lbs of food for the weekend back pack program, which provides food for many of the kids who go home to very little. We will have the photos soon from our photographer Tonya Harvey, who donates her time each year for this event.
 
 
Perfect timing for our program as we were preparing to support Nevada's first official Military and Veterans Appreciation Day on September 10th and hold remembrances for the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Our speaker, Retired Colonel Steven Seroka, aka "The Colonel," served as Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, leading a staff of more than 11,000 across 22 states before retiring in 2014.  His retirement has allowed him to now spend his time advocating for Veterans.  He said these are "people who voluntarily step out of their community to serve their country, and step out of the military to return to the community."  To exclude these highly trained men and women from the workplaces in our community is a loss for everyone.  A Veteran is someone who has worn the uniform of the US Military, the most respected institution in the US according to a Gallop Poll in 2015.  They are highly trained during their military career to serve and work together as a team and to be victorious.  Enlisting as young as 18, these dedicated individuals are responsible for the care of millions of dollars' worth of equipment and the safety of all who serve with them.  Nearly 1,000 Veterans come out of Nellis each month, many seeking employment.  With the stigma of extreme PTSD, homelessness and not being capable of giving orders, only taking them, the job market is a long reach away.  The culture in the civilian workplace, versus the military organization, can also make it hard for Veterans to fit in.  Colonel Seroka suggested that our Veterans should be considered for some of the highest positions in the corporate ladder, given their intense training and desire to succeed.  With inclusion of our Veterans in the hiring process, solid on-boarding to integrate them into the work place and giving honest feedback, it is a win-win situation for everyone.  You can learn more about our speaker or contact him for more information about employing Veterans at The Colonel
 
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