Our club had an amazing week, we sure hope you did as well. We started off with a stellar meeting where we had our very own Linda Bertuzzi share her district presentation about polio and how it has impacted our youth. Her daughter Sarah and Robin's daughter Lauren spent the afternoon with us going over the impact the trip to India had on them. Thank you Linda for sharing this incredible experience.
Next, on Wednesday the 13th our club and friends gathered at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park for the Super Summer Theatre production of Memphis the Musical. We feasted on dinner before heading down to the grass to enjoy the show and what a show it was. If you haven't had a change to see this incredible performance please make a point to do so.
Tuesday was a busy day with The Rotary Club of Downtown Las Vegas. We had a packed lunch with 5 visiting Rotarians and 4 guests joining us for a meal and to hear our incredible speaker share her story with us. As a club we also shared the finished wine bottle with everyone who couldn't make the bottling event. Please reach out if you would like to purchase this delicious vino prepared by TBCITU. For members who sell the bottles please contact Al Guida to secure your bottles as he is managing the inventory.
Featured speaker Suni Chabrow the founder of the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation spoke about her son and his journey in becoming the inspiration for this unbelievable foundation. The DGMF gathers food and funds to create care packages to be sent to the troops deployed all around the world. These packages are very special to the troops as they contain snacks, hygiene products and even hand written letters from schools around the valley thanking them for their continued service. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about their project and to stay up to date on events to support the cause.
This past weekend we had our Annual Board Retreat and Club Social at Past President Jim Maine's cabin. The incoming board got a lot covered as we reflected on this past year and discussed our goals for the year to come. We look forward in seeing what incoming president Kevin Wool with bring to the club.
After the meeting our club gathered and had a social to fellowship and reminisce on the great things we accomplished in the year passed. Geoff Holmes managed the grill to give us some incredible tri-tip and juicy chicken. Other members brought some side dishes to give us a feast to snack on. Gathering for this anticipated event every year is a favorite of the club. We get the best of both worlds; first getting a lot accomplished with the board hard at work then getting to let lose and socialize with The Best Club in the Universe. Things are always better when we're together!
"If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." - Jim Rohn
With District Conference fresh in our review mirror, our club has surely been humbled. The Rotary Club of Downtown Las Vegas received First Place in the district for Club Service. What an honor! We pride ourselves for the active members we collect and all the great things we enjoy doing in our community and around the globe. This award speaks to our heart and we are so very grateful!
Secondly President Michael Woodfield was recognized for his participation in Pars vs Polio and raising a whopping $20,000. A sincere Thank You to Mr. Woodfield for all he does for our club and for always standing out in the district.
We were honored with the presence of the kids from The League of Extraordinary Booker Students who came to enjoy lunch with us. With them was their fearless leader principle Mason who is always a treat to have as a guest. The school year coming to an end we wanted to celebrate the student's achievements one last time.
The great energy we had rolling through Hugo's Cellar continued as we heard from Dawn Prendes and her husband when they spoke about their dream, Henry's Place. Dawn shared her tragic story in losing her husband back in 2006 but inspired the club in the journey they took to accomplish everything they have. Before his death, Sgt. Prendes and his wife, Dawn, had dreamt of starting a camp to help the youth in the community he fought so hard to protect. Now that dream is well on the way to becoming a reality in the form of Henry’s Place, a beautiful 14-acre camp facility located in the foothills west of Cedar City, Utah. Thank you for sharing your story with us Dawn and we look forward to seeing your success in the future!
Check out their Facebook page to stay up to date on everything they are accomplishing
"A great attitude becomes a great day, which becomes a great month, which becomes a great year, which becomes a great life" - Mandy Hale
When you have your weekly Rotary meeting, you know it's going to be more than just a great day! On Tuesday we had quite the exciting meeting as we had District Governor Randy Pote join us in pinning 11 Paul Harris fellows from last year. A few recognized members were not present which just means that the celebration must continue. The meeting progressed as we exchanged banners with visiting Rotarian Mir Arif Ali who journeyed all the way from Pakistan and we couldn't help but crown Past President Al Guida the birthday King from last week. But the heart of the meeting with in our speakers presentation. Past President Robin Smith shared her experiences and testimonials from the Super Build Project in Tecate, Mexico. Every year a team of Rotarians travels to Mexico for the weekend and builds deserving families homes. These new home owners have earned these houses after being active in their own community. Talk about a strong Rotary moment. If you would like to be apart of this life changing experience please reach out and we will send you some information.
We managed to pack all this fun and excitement into an hour and a half...wait till you see what we do next!
It's Tuesday so you know what that means...The Best Club in the Universe gathered for another great meeting of 2016.
Today we had the great pleasure of hosting Dan Quinn the Vice President and General Manager of the New T-Mobile Arena. He came with great insight to what the plans are for the arena and the impact it will have on our community. After hearing his presentation, I know I am excited for what's to come for the Las Vegas Strip in 2016. Visit their website to see the plans and development of this new gem that will be added to our desert treasure box.
It's true that once you get a taste of how incredible Rotary is you can never get enough. When meeting our welcoming and lively club it's easy to see why so many want to be called our family. Past and now present member Lawrence Ocon was re-inducted into The Best Club in the Universe with his beautiful wife Heather Ocon standing by his side.
We must thank Past President Al Guida for his encouragement is welcoming Lawrence back into the Downtown Las Vegas Rotary Club.
Lawrence has been the Director of Family Services at La Paloma Cremation & Funeral Services since August of 2014. He was brought back to Las Vegas from Glendale, California and we couldn't be happier about the move. Based on a favorite quote of Lawrence's "you are judged by the company you keep", we are honored to uphold his honorable reputation and be the company that Lawrence will forever call family.
The Best Club in the Universe welcomes our newest member Liz Ortenburger. Liz is the CEO for the Girl Scouts of So. Nevada. She was born in Kendal England and attended Fresno State. She is married to Kipp and has two beautiful children. She has belonged to the American Camp Association and Golden Key National Honor Society.
We were proud to induct Liz into our Club. Her husband Kipp was there to show support and encouragement for his wife and her now growing family. The Fremont Rotary Club couldn't be happier to have you both!