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Our Members at the 2017 Super Build in Serra Azul, Mexico
 
 
 
Our Members at the 2017 Super Build in Serra Azul, Mexico 2017-05-06 07:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - RYLA weekend a success!
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - RYLA weekend a success! 2017-04-30 07:00:00Z
2017 Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style!
 
 
 
2017 Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style! 2017-04-27 07:00:00Z
Less Than Three Weeks til our Block Party!
 
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.

Less Than Three Weeks til our Block Party! 2017-04-11 07:00:00Z
Downtown LV Rotarians Spruce Up Easter Seals Gardens
 
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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Downtown LV Rotarians Spruce Up Easter Seals Gardens 2017-04-08 07:00:00Z
Our Award-Winning Wine Was a Hit in Iowa!
 
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!
 
Our Award-Winning Wine Was a Hit in Iowa! 2017-04-08 07:00:00Z
Kelly Boyers' Personal Loss Was the Catalyst for Creating Adam's Place for Grieving Families
 
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.
Kelly Boyers' Personal Loss Was the Catalyst for Creating Adam's Place for Grieving Families 2017-04-04 07:00:00Z
2017 Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style!

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.  

2017 Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style! 2017-03-11 08:00:00Z
We Welcomed the Soccer Team Oswestry Academy.
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! 
 
We Welcomed the Soccer Team Oswestry Academy. 2017-02-28 08:00:00Z
Happy 31st Downtown Rotary Club!
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.
 
Happy 31st Downtown Rotary Club! 2017-02-28 08:00:00Z
Colonel Steven Seroka Shares Nevada's First Military Appreciation Day
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
Colonel Steven Seroka Shares Nevada's First Military Appreciation Day 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z
Our Club Continues to Grow with the Induction of Greg Ferrante
It was with great pride that our Club inducted its third new member of the year.  Greg Ferrante, standing beside his wife Megan and his sponsor PP Michael, was sworn in by Sept. Pres. Paul Bell.  Greg has been at a few of our socials and been actively attending our Club to get to know more about us.  He owns an IT support and web design/technology company, working alongside his wife, who he considers as his most important partner, especially since "they get to work together every day."  He has been considering a Rotary membership for some time, and we are thrilled he has chosen our Downtown Club as his home.  Welcome to the family Greg & Megan!!
 
Our Club Continues to Grow with the Induction of Greg Ferrante 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z
10-Year Old Speaker Lexie Eng Was an Inspiration
Ten year old Lexi Eng was perhaps our youngest speaker ever, and what an inspiration she was! Lexi was born prematurely at 24 weeks, weighing just over a pound.  The doctors gave no hope for her, but her parents never gave up.  While Lexi does have a profound hearing loss and suffers from cerebral palsy, she is one amazing youngster.  She is going into fifth grade at Hayden Elementary School and is on the cheerleading squad.  She loves the typical games, Barbie and hanging out with her family.  Lexi is part of the No Limits for Deaf Children started by Kathy Buckley 20 years ago.  With a No Limits school now in Las Vegas, Lexi and her mom, Lisa, wanted to bring awareness to us about the great work this organization does to help those who are hearing impaired to live a normal life through tutoring, speech lessons and the theatrical program designed to help children not only speak, but listen.  As Lexi told us, "No Limits teaches me that I CAN DO IT!"
 
10-Year Old Speaker Lexie Eng Was an Inspiration 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z
News from Our Membership Chair John McInerney
Membership Chair John McInerney recently attended the District 5300 training which had a focus on growing membership in Rotary.  Much of the information wasn't new, but perhaps it's time to see and hear it again for the first time.  There is so much we can all do to keep our clubs vibrant and growing.  This Organization, with its roots and growth in the US, now trails behind India and Asia in growth.  It is considered very prestigious to be a Rotarian in those regions.  Remember when you joined and you felt that extreme pride as a new member?  Maybe it's time to bring it back and inspire other outstanding leaders from our community. 
 
Ask yourself if our Club is serving everyone in our community - whether it's ethnicity, culture, male or female, or profession.  Building our clubs doesn't just come from inviting someone, but getting to know them through the organizations they belong to.  If you consider that 40% of people have never heard of Rotary, you can bet you have a good opportunity to not only entice someone to check out Rotary, but also make a friend or business partner.  The first ten seconds of the conversation is all you have to make a good impression.  Practice how you will present not only Rotary, but what being a member of the Best Club in the Universe really means!  And, just because they can't join our Club, doesn't mean they won't be a perfect fit in another local club.
 
Statistics show that 30% of potential members join for the friendship, and 38% stay in Rotary for the very same reason, as well as service within their communities.  Business networking falls far down the list.  15-25% of new members leave within their first year because they didn't feel like they fit in.  Engage everyone through active committee participation, social events outside the club and purposeful interaction at club events and luncheons.  Share Rotary!
 
 
News from Our Membership Chair John McInerney 2016-08-20 00:00:00Z
What Better Speaker Than Hearing from Las Vegas' "Most Prolific Slot Cheat"
According to the Mob MuseumDick Charlesworth is one of the most prolific slot cheats in Las Vegas history.  Dick was in his fair share of trouble when he was young and had run away to California.  His father convinced him to come home and work together to get on the right path. Gaming in his family went back to his grandfather's days when he installed the first poker machines in service stations in California after the depression.  Dick's father owned the first Stardust Casino in Tahoe in 1956 before gaming was big.  His dad entertained some of the biggest cheaters and hustlers in gaming, which allowed Dick to learn the tricks of the trade. He thought their lifestyle was glamourous and was just what he wanted.  As Dick's skills grew, he, and later his wife and another couple began their long career in slot machine rigging and cheating.  Armed with magnets and new mother boards, they would trick the machines into paying out large jackpots in nearly every gaming town in the US.  He was very close friends with Benny Binion, who kept him out of some trouble, and apparently new former Mayor Oscar Goodman during his days as mob attorney in Las Vegas, but wouldn't go much into that relationship.  He never served time for the cheating, but the Feds were able to lock him up for 5 years of a 15 year sentence, for taking illegal monies across state lines.  And a little trivia, cheating became a gross misdemeanor in the 60's and ultimately increased to a felony in 1974.  You learn more about Dick here
What Better Speaker Than Hearing from Las Vegas' "Most Prolific Slot Cheat" 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z
Welcome Jane Armstrong to TBCITU!
Membership Chair John McInerney was been busy!  Our Club welcomed another new member to our family during the month of August, which just happens to be designated as Rotary's Membership month.  Jane Armstrong, accompanied by her husband Bob, her sponsor Larry Goldstein and Membership Chair John was inducted by August Pres. Teresa and became the newest member in the world!  Jane moved to Las Vegas in 1990 and in 1996 left her position with Sprint to become a licensed REALTOR in Southern Nevada, now with Signature Real Estate. She hasn't looked back. She is very active in the community with our veterans and active duty military and was formerly a long-time member with the Summerlin Rotary Club.  Welcome Jane & Bob!
 
Welcome Jane Armstrong to TBCITU! 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z
Welcome to New Member Scott Manchee
Accompanied by Membership Chair John McInerneyPres. Teresa Hancox inducted the newest Rotarian in the world into our Club.  Scott Manchee has visited several Clubs in the Las Vegas valley since he and his wife Janice moved here from Alaska, where he was a Rotarian for 15 years.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow and led his former Club's Youth Exchange Program for five years.  As VP of Information for Westar Credit Union, he understands the importance of serving in the community.  What drew him to our Club?  He felt it was the best fit due to our energy and jokes! Scott presented Pres. Teresa with a fine bottle of wine (which she promised to share) and wine glass from his former Rotary Club of Glacier Valley, AK.  Nice touch Scott. Welcome Scott & Janice - we are thrilled to have you in the Downtown family! 
 
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Welcome to New Member Scott Manchee 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z
Did You Know?  Find Out Why Folksinger Donovan is a Member of Rotary
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood.
 
Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry.
 
In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. "If I hadn't had that experience maybe I wouldn't have gone on to write and sing my own songs for the past half a century. "I feel strongly that having a disability in one area makes you explore others instead. That was the case for me after having polio," says Donovan, who recently became a Rotary polio ambassador.
 
Donovan went on to record several hit albums and singles in the UK, United States, and other countries. His top singles include "Mellow Yellow" and "Hurdy Gurdy Man." Donovan collaborated with The Beatles on songs including "Yellow Submarine" and has shared the stage with musical icons Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. "Having had polio never held me back as I got older. Although having one leg smaller than the other isn't much fun I could always get about without any trouble," Donovan says. "Luckily in the music industry everyone was only interested in my singing and playing and not the size of my legs."
 
As a Rotary polio ambassador, Donovan will support the Purple4Polio campaign, a collaboration between Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Royal Horticultural Society. The purple represents the colored dye that health workers use during immunization campaigns to mark the fingers of children who have received the polio vaccine. "It was very easy to join this campaign because I had polio, and I wanted to tell everybody that it's almost eradicated around the world," Donovan says. "This is very important. I want to help with that last push, which is always the hardest. "
 
 
Did You Know? Find Out Why Folksinger Donovan is a Member of Rotary 2016-08-02 00:00:00Z
Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Own This Award-Winning Wine!
It's no surprise that members of the Best Club in the Universe can bottle the best wine!  Our members created an award-winning wine which won the Bacchus Award presented by Grape Expectations in Henderson.  In case you were wondering, Bacchus is the god of wine.  Our wine is available for purchase for only $25 a bottle. Contact aguidajr@guidaagency.lvcoxmail.com if you are interested in purchasing a few bottles.   It's outstanding!
 
Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Own This Award-Winning Wine! 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z
Sage Dining's Ron Greenfield Receives a Paul Harris Award
It was with a great deal of gratitude that our Club was able to present Sage Dining's Ron Greenfield with his Paul Harris award.  Ron heads up the gourmet kitchen at the Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, and has been our chef in charge each year for our Booker Thanksgiving.  Ron inherited the program when his Dawson predecessor left some years ago, and never missed a beat.  His team starts cooking the week before and prepares some of the most delicious food our Booker kids have ever tasted.  His behind the scenes coordination and preparation provide us with a seamless event every year.  Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi has worked closely with Ron each year and was invited to do the presentation while his long-time friend PP Scott Stolberg pinned him. Congratulations Ron!
 
Sage Dining's Ron Greenfield Receives a Paul Harris Award 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z
Party Time at Agassi Boys and Girls Club
We had an awesome Rotary turnout for the June & July Birthday Bash. The Rotarians who showed up for the Birthday Bash at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club are still recovering after and high energy, laugh packed party with smiles flooding out the door. When the kids were asked if they wanted to hear a story or play a game, they told us they "just wanted to talk."  And talk they did!  Captain Linda Bertuzzi and her gang of Rotary volunteers spent the hour just talking, dancing, and goofing around with all the birthday kids. Our Captain even took a lot of frosting home on her clothes for a souvenir. Overall it was a great time, as always, and we can't wait to go back in September for the next party! 
 
Party Time at Agassi Boys and Girls Club 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z
A Great week of fellowship with TBCITU

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.

 

 

 
A Great week of fellowship with TBCITU Manuella Monreal 2016-07-15 00:00:00Z
Downtown LV Rotary Members March in the Patriotic Parade
It was another hot Fourth of July, but that didn't deter thousands of parade goers from lining the streets to enjoy the sites and sounds of a good ol' fashioned patriotic parade. Southern Nevada Rotarians came together once again as balloon wranglers, marching just over a mile to the cheers and smiles from the crowds.  The Downtown Las Vegas Rotarians carried Crush the Turtle from Finding Dory, which coincidentally provided some temporary shade for the viewers, and prompted a few of the kids to spray the wranglers with water to help weather the heat. Thanks to Past Pres's Linda Bertuzzi and Robin Smith, along with Robin's daughter Lauren for showcasing our Club's patriotism.
 
Downtown LV Rotary Members March in the Patriotic Parade 2016-07-04 00:00:00Z
An Abundance of Guests, Rotarians, and Positivity

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.

 

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An Abundance of Guests, Rotarians, and Positivity Manuella Monreal 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z
The Annual Board Retreat and Club Social
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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!

 

 
The Annual Board Retreat and Club Social Manuella Monreal 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z
Bottling our 2015 Napa Valley Merlot
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” - Paulo Coelho, Brida
 
The Best Club in the Universe gathered last night for a fun yet productive evening bottling our wine at Grape Expectations. We had a powerful assembly line in motion as we knocked out over 250 bottles filling, corking, sealing, labeling and of course tasting. Our club was hands on in the entire process of selecting the type of wine, stemming the grapes, plunging the wine and lastly bottling. We all can't wait to open a bottle and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Such a great night with friends, family and fundraising.
 
 
Bottling our 2015 Napa Valley Merlot Manuella Monreal 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z
District Conference Awards
District Conference was the perfect destination this year hosted in the gorgeous San Diego, California. Our club had more than 10% of our members recognized for the dedication and hard work put into our local community as well as our global influence. Linda Bertuzzi, Robin Smith, Michael Woodfield and Roy York represented our club at Conference and were acknowledged for their passion projects. Past President Linda was celebrated for her continuous participation in Polio Plus and traveling to India to vaccinate the children from Polio for 5 years now. District Governor Randy Pote spoke on the strong emotion she holds for this project and encouraging family and friends to get involved. As chair of the Superbuild Committee, Past President Robin was given the Service above Self award for organizing and overseeing not three, but four separate home builds in April.  Many members of our Club travelled with her this year to support the program.  Outstanding Robin! Past District Governor and Past President Roy York was recognized for chairing and reinvigoration of the struggling Dan Stover Music Competition. A big thank you to Roy for continuing his love for this tradition and keeping it alive. Lastly President Michael Woodfield received the first ever Pars vs. Polio event award for raising over $63,000 for this project. Michael's heart went into this venture and it shows immensely through his success. No words could express the pride our club has for its members and the accomplishments we continue to tally up. A new Rotary year about to start, we can't wait to see what this year will bring. 
 
District Conference Awards Manuella Monreal 2016-05-27 00:00:00Z
Great Energy in our Weekly Meeting

"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

 
 
Great Energy in our Weekly Meeting Manuella Monreal 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z
2016 Annual Rotary at Work Day
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We couldn't have asked for a more perfect weekend to get out and give back with our annual Rotary at Work Day. A group of members went over to Easter Seals of Nevada and cleaned up The SNWA Award Winning Reflection Garden that our club built and continues to maintain. And as always we manage to make a party out of any event. Along with a number of members, friends and family gave up their Saturday morning to participate in beautifying the garden and giving back to the community. After our busy day Vice President Dan Stock visited our club to gift us a most generous thank you. Hearing how appreciated and valued the garden is warmed our hearts and fuels us to want this tradition to last and last. Check out the video to see our fun and productive weekend. 
 
 
2016 Annual Rotary at Work Day Manuella Monreal 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z
SuperBuild 2016
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Come rain or shine our Rotarians are always determined to complete their service projects. A team of Rotarians and their families ventured into Tacate, Mexico to continue the SuperBuild program in building four deserving families a home. Forget the farmers tan, this year the overcast provided for some cooler weather to labor in. The families chosen to receive these homes are active members in their community and have given back their time and efforts to their neighborhood. For some of these gracious families this is the first time they get to call somewhere their own, the first time they get to unlock their front door and no longer scrounge for shelter. This is what "Being a Gift to the World" is all about. Thank you to the number of members who gave up their weekend to hand deliver their time and energy to the families who have secured the dream of calling a place their home.
 
SuperBuild 2016 Manuella Monreal 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z
The 6th Annual Block Party
Being the Best Club in the Universe we must uphold that name and have the best party in the universe. With Rotary's name is bright lights high above on Fremont Street for all to see accomplished our goal. M.C. Mark Shunock kept the night entertained and the Moonshiners jazzed up the party. The best part, having Mondays Dark in Partnership with ServingHopeLV and Police Athletic League of Southern Nevada there to support our fundraising efforts and keeping the night about our community. With our silent and live auction we want to thank all who attended and bid in making our dreams a reality. If you missed out don't worry we have footage to prove the nights ecstatic energy and have no doubt we will be back next year to rock it again!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 6th Annual Block Party Manuella Monreal 2016-04-22 00:00:00Z
RYLA 2016
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As Rotarians we are constantly trying to instill our values in the minds of today's youth. RYLA is such a powerful weekend to share Rotary with tomorrow's leaders. Friday morning we packed the buses and headed to Thousand Pines Camp in beautiful Crestline, California. Three days packed with team building and perspective enriching activities and some incredibly moving guest speakers. Not a single person left the way the same. So many friends were made, walls were torn down, tears were shed, and everyone grew in understanding and attitude. The Rotary Club of Downtown Las Vegas was well represented as seven of our members participated as Continent Leaders, Facilitators, and Lab Leaders. This weekend couldn't be possible without passionate Rotarians but more importantly without the kids who want to live the Rylarian way. Check out the video the RYLA leaders put together and if you want to be apart of this unbelievable adventure please reach out and prepare to be inspired. 
 
 
 
 
RYLA 2016 Manuella Monreal 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z
A great attitude will lead to a great day!

"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!

A great attitude will lead to a great day! Manuella Monreal 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z
Guest Speaker Dan Quinn; The new Tmobile Arena

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.

http://arenalasvegas.com/home.aspx

 

 

Guest Speaker Dan Quinn; The new Tmobile Arena Manuella Monreal 2016-01-20 00:00:00Z
We Welcome Back Lawrence Ocon With Open Arms
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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. 

 

 

We Welcome Back Lawrence Ocon With Open Arms Lane Kay 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z
The 2015 Annual Booker Thanksgiving
They say a picture is worth a thousand words - these pictures then will speak volumes about the 550+ children whose lives were touched by the extraordinary members of the Downtown Las Vegas Rotary Club, along with the Honor Society students from our partner Alexander Dawson School and a host of friends and family. Three lunches, beautiful smiling children and our world famous Rotary Turkey!
 
Throughout the year we get to interact with many of the children at Booker Elementary and we hear time after time how special this day is to many of the kids. Seeing the smiles from ear to ear and hearing the waves of laughter filling the cafeteria is enough to warm the hearts of all. It's a gift to all of the Rotarians who get the wonderful opportunity to create loving memories for all the students and their families. 
 
            
Check out the rest of the days fun at our facebook page. 
 
The 2015 Annual Booker Thanksgiving Manuella Monreal 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z
The Tradition Continues; Another Great Year of Operation Christmas Child
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It was a great turnout for the yearly gathering to assemble shoe boxes for children across the world. Past President Allen Puliz kindly donated the space at his warehouse for our club to gather and enjoy this heartwarming tradition. Many of our members brought their families to take part in the excitement. 
Complete with cozy warm socks, a toy, pencils, sharpener, candy, toothbrushes, soap, combs and a washcloth we hope that the recipients of these packages feel the love that went in to sending them. Our club had a blast getting the packages ready to ship as the kids managed the warehouse and the proud Rotarians appreciated the time of fellowship with tasty food and delicious wine. 
 
 
This worldwide movement is continuing to grow and grow. You can see others and their packaging stories on facebook, twitter or instagram by looking up #ipackedashoebox. Check out this inspiring story of child in need receiving her shoebox. 
 
The Tradition Continues; Another Great Year of Operation Christmas Child Manuella Monreal 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z
Downtown Las Vegas Rotary sponsoring Philanthropy at Finance Park
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Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada is giving more than 4,000 Clark County students an income, mortgage, family and cable bill at its mock city, Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park. The Park will provide financial curriculum and reality-based financial scenarios to 8th through 12th grade students. Past Pres. Dulcinea Rongavilla previewed the Downtown Las Vegas Rotary's Philanthropy booth at Junior Achievement's Finance Park this year. Philanthropy is one of 25 budgeting decisions the students will be considering as they go through their day as an "adult" at Finance Park. Our awesome members will be volunteering their time on November 12th to support this very important program.
 
Downtown Las Vegas Rotary sponsoring Philanthropy at Finance Park 2015-11-06 00:00:00Z
New Member Liz Ortenburger; Paving the Way for the Female Leaders of Tomorrow
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One of our newest members Liz Ortenburger, CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, was recently featured in Vegas.inc magazine. The article showcased her recent success in organizing the Desserts Before Dinner fundraiser, which included entertainment, a silent auction and nine desserts inspired by Girl Scout cookies. The cookies, while perhaps the most recognizable aspect of the organization, are just a small part of what the Girl Scouts do. Ortenburger, among other things, is overseeing a new model — Super Troops — to help expand the brand and provide membership access to more children in Southern Nevada. Ortenburger is doing many impactful things within Southern Nevada through Girl Scouts. As a part of The Rotary Club of Downtown Las Vegas, Liz is bound for great things within the Southern Nevada community. Read more about Liz at http://vegasinc.com/news/2015/sep/28/developing-the-next-generation-of-female-leaders/ 
 
New Member Liz Ortenburger; Paving the Way for the Female Leaders of Tomorrow 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z
Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund Gives From the Heart
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Generosity doesn't just come from wallets - it comes from the heart, too.  The Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund is fortunate enough to be able to do both, thanks to the tireless fundraising efforts of the Downtown Las Vegas Rotary members.  We joyously presented donations to Mark Shunock of Monday's Dark, Michelle Jackson from Junior Achievement and to the local Horses4Heroes.  Being able to contribute to our local non-profits is the cherry on top of the sweet life of being a Rotarian, supporting Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self."  These programs have a positive impact on our community and we are thrilled to support these organizations.
Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund Gives From the Heart 2015-10-28 00:00:00Z
League of Extraordinary Booker Students presentations
We recently presented our first trimester awards to the outstanding fifth graders at Kermit R Booker Elementary School.  This program is under our Youth Services Chair Bonnie Helms and sub-chaired by Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi.  The recipients were delighted to be nominated by their teachers and applauded by their peers for their exceptional academics, attendance, and citizenship.  One teacher wrote that her student "who faces temptation to make wrong choices, but makes a daily decision to make the right choices is extraordinary.  She strives to see beyond the faults of others and herself."  Congratulations to Extraordinary students.
 
 
 
League of Extraordinary Booker Students presentations 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z
Honored Guest Recognized on World Polio Day
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On October 24th it is World Polio Day. In recognition of this day The Best Club in the Universe had the honor of hosting Polio Victim Zeir Redzic. Diagnosed at the age of 3 in Bosnia, Zeir fights every day through the struggle. We are proud in sharing our goal to eradicate this disease with him. He couldn't be more thankful in learning what Rotary is and what we stand for. Thank you Zeir for your strength and for being our guest of honor this past week. We look forward to getting to know you better!
 
Honored Guest Recognized on World Polio Day 2015-10-21 00:00:00Z
Pars vs. Polio - Golfing For a Goal
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A rowdy bunch of Rotarians gathered to golf as many holes as possible to raise funds to continue the mission in eradicating Polio. With world Polio day just around the corner, The Best Club in the Universe put in strong efforts to help the cause. Our proud participants brought in a pretty penny to add to the Polio bank. We thank you for your participation and support.  All funds raised during the event will be matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and go a long way towards Rotary's Polio Plus campaign. In a mere three decades, Rotary and it's partners have made a tremendous impact on this disease - from nearly 1,000 new reported cases every day in the late 70's to just 51 for year-to-date in 2015. You can learn more at www.endpolionow.org
 
 
Pars vs. Polio - Golfing For a Goal 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z
The West Charleston Enrichment Academy - Learning with Meaning
Our club was privileged to have the hard working team from The West Charleston Enrichment Academy and speak about their ambitious team, their growing students, and their wish list of needs for their school. Growing out of a frustration with the current educational model in this country, West Charleston Enrichment Academy was founded to provide an environment that maximizes the strengths of all types and speeds of learners. Whether a child is exceptional, above average, or slower, in this school the child will find acceptance and help to maximize his or her abilities. Read more about the background of WCEA from our founder, Elizabeth Earl.
We want to thank the team from the West Charleston Enrichment Academy for coming and sharing their program. It was encouraging to learn that some teachers out there really teach and make an impact from the heart. One goal of Founder Elizabeth Earl is to gather donation that benefit low-income students by allowing them to receive scholarships of up to $7,750 per year. Information about the SGO's can be found at 
The West Charleston Enrichment Academy - Learning with Meaning Manuella Monreal 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z
Our Latest Inductee becomes the newest Paul Harris Fellow in one day!
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Talk about making a great first impression and setting the bar extremely high. Our newest member Linda Baassiri was proudly inducted in the presence of her father who is a seasoned Rotarian and her husband who flew in for this memorable day. As she was pinned her father pulled out a check and made her the latest Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations Linda! We couldn't be happier that you have joined our family!
 
Our Latest Inductee becomes the newest Paul Harris Fellow in one day! Lane Kay 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z
Welcoming our newest member Liz Ortenburger
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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!

Welcoming our newest member Liz Ortenburger Lane Kay 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z
Our Annual Visitation from District Governor Randy Pote
We were graced with the Presence from our District Governor Randy Pote. 26 years as a proud Rotarian, Randy spoke of his journey with Rotary and where he hopes to take our district. His goal, to simply leave Rotary better than when we found it. It was really great to hear his excitement and love for Rotary and where it's headed. A standing ovation was well deserved. 
Randy continued to announce The Fremont Rotary Club newest Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations to Rust Bridges! He has only been a member for 16 months and has already been so involved with our club and projects. Now a Paul Harris Fellow, we are so proud to have you in our family!
Our exciting high energy meeting continued with the announcement of the recipients of the District 5300 Superstar Team. Our President Michael Woodfield, Treasure for life Al Guida, and PR Chair Manuella Monreal will proudly where their superstar pins in representing our Club. We thank you for being the bright superstars you are!
 
 
Our Annual Visitation from District Governor Randy Pote Manuella Monreal 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z
Dancing and Laughing with Parkinson's Disease
At our weekly meeting we were joined by Patricia Monreal the creator and instructor for Dancing and Laughing with Parkinson's Disease; an exercise class for those who suffer from Parkinson's. Patricia shared her dance background and pointed out the immense benefits that dance and laughter can have on Parkinson's students. Hugo's Cellar was filled with joyous giggles as she demonstrated how laughing yoga can relieve stress, increase your immune system, and create positive energy. Her laugh was contagious as the whole club joined in. Show support by liking her Facebook page and stay up to date on all the activities and events Dancing and Laughing with Parkinson's Disease is apart of in the Las Vegas community. 
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Dancing and Laughing with Parkinson's Disease Manuella Monreal 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z
Celebrating August Birthday with the kids at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club
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Every month we join the kids at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls club to celebrate their birthday's and share some pizza and cake. This month 6 great kids joined us in story time, dancing, singing, games, and of course cake. It's such a gift being able to share a day with these amazing kids and celebrate them. All the kids loved reading "The giving tree" and put on their dancing shoes and we jammed to the radio. I big thank you to those we came to support the Birthday Bash and the children at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club.
Celebrating August Birthday with the kids at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club Manuella Monreal 2015-08-19 00:00:00Z
Simon Keith: A Change of Heart

Courage, ambition, and strength; three qualities that have never been more defined within an individual. Simon Keith came and shared his story with the club yesterday. The tissues were getting passed watching the ESPN:60 video and learning more about his journey. Visit his foundation page to learn more about how "The Beat Goes On."


http://thesimonkeithfoundation.com

 

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Simon Keith: A Change of Heart Manuella Monreal 2015-08-18 00:00:00Z
Tuesday's Speaker Brought Us News From the Aspergers Organization

Aaron Manfredi and Haley Findlay from Aspergers Training, Employment & Life Skills shared their amazing organization with us. Check out their website and see the great things they are doing for the Aspergers community. 

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Tuesday's Speaker Brought Us News From the Aspergers Organization 2015-08-11 00:00:00Z
Membership Mixer at Super Summer Theatre
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Don't miss another fun evening with the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club on Wednesday, August 19th!  There are still a few tickets available for the Tarzan play at Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch.  An evening at the Ranch is one of our members' favorites.  It is an opportunity to enjoy friends, family - including the kids - and bring someone who might enjoy getting to know about Rotary.  If you are attending, here's the details & food assignments:

If your last name begins with:

A-G:   A couple bottles of Wine, Beer , Water or fun Beverage to share.- More the better….knowing our group!
H-N:   Bring an appetizer and/or Salad and/or dessert
O-Z:   Bring a Main dish Hot or Cold
Plates, plastic silverware and napkins covered. Wine and beer are welcome in a grassy area so bring your blanket and pillow to sit on. If you must bring a chair it MUST be a beach chair low to the ground and you will be on the outer Isle not blocking folks behind you view.
Bring a sweeter as it gets cool after the sunsets.. 

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Membership Mixer at Super Summer Theatre Lane Kay 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z
District 5300 Pars vs. Polio

ENDPOLIONOW_4pWe are looking for golfers, at any level, who want to play in the Pars vs. Polio event.  This is Rotary District 5300's first ever Pars vs. Polio Golf Marathon and will give all Rotary clubs and Rotarians in the District an opportunity to raise money for the worldwide polio eradication campaign and to tell our friends, neighbors and communities about the role Rotary and Rotarians have played in this massive effort. Golfers are encouraged to play as many holes of golf as they can play in a single day and all club members are encouraged/challenged to raise as much money as possible by asking for pledges for the number of holes of golf to be played by a particular golfer. If fellow Rotarians obtain pledges totaling $50 per hole in support of a golfer, that golfer could raise $2,500 by playing just 50 holes on Golf Marathon Day. This is shaping up to be a fun event and the reward will be the dollars raised by our District, which will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2-1.  Visit the District 5300 website for details and join us!

We are THIS close!  

District 5300 Pars vs. Polio Michael Woodfield 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z
The Best Club in the Universe Gets Another Star!
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August is Rotary's Membership Month and a perfect time to celebrate a new member. President Michael inducted our newest member, Lt. Shawn McDaniel, with her husband David by her side.  She was sponsored by Secretary Larry Goldstein and after numerous visits, felt our Club was the right fit for her.  She serves as the Director of Special Services for the Salvation Army and is a graduate of UC Davis, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma. Welcome Shawn and David!  We are thrilled to have you as part of our family.

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The Best Club in the Universe Gets Another Star! Lane Kay 2015-08-04 00:00:00Z
Meet our Club Secretary Larry Goldstein

Larry Goldstein is community-minded business owner with a focus on providing exceptional service, which adds value to customers' lives. Prior to owning an ink and toner store, Larry spent more than 20 years working as a management, marketing and sales professional for major companies in the telecommunications and information technology industries such as SBC Communications, IBM, Nextel and Spirent. In 2011 Larry set his sights on going into business for himself. He bought the Rapid Refill of Las Vegas franchise, providing customers fast and cost-effective printer supply solutions. In 2015 he moved away from the franchise to better serve customers by expanding the business to provide additional products and services and is now the owner of Vegas Ink and Toner. Larry is passionate about giving back to the community. He is a 2-year member of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club, and currently serves as the Club Secretary. He also supports several charitable events and causes throughout the year. If you're out in the community, it's likely you'll run into Larry at charitable events and networking functions. When he's not out on the town, he's out in nature exploring the manmade wonders of the world. Larry earned an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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Meet our Club Secretary Larry Goldstein 2015-07-26 00:00:00Z
Save the Date = 5300 Foundation Gala
2016 Foundation Dinner
 
Join District 5300 in welcoming RI President K. R. Ravi Ravindran to our 2016 Foundation Dinner on January 2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Ontario, California.  Cost per person is $109 until November 30, 2015, when cost will increase to $129. Tables for 10 are available at a discounted rate as well until November 30, 2015.  Special Rotarian hotel rates have been secured at $84 a night. Reserve on-line or call 909-937-0900. Register on-line at DacDb.com and obtain more information from Julie Roybal 626-222-0571, juliemroybal@earthlink.net or Barbara Sellon 661-361-8386, kb.sellon@verizon.net.  This evening will honor new Paul Harris Fellows, as well as new major donor levels
Save the Date = 5300 Foundation Gala 2015-07-24 00:00:00Z
A Heartfelt Letter of Thanks For Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Last year's Projects Chair Rob Goldstein shared a letter and photos from the pastor of Calvary Chapel of Los Alamos, New Mexico, who personally helped distribute the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes packed by members of our club and their families last year.  The pastor shared that the distribution of the shoeboxes was in a very isolated area of the Philippines, and for many of the children it was the very first present they had ever received.  It is wonderful to see and hear the results of our efforts.

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A Heartfelt Letter of Thanks For Our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes Robert Goldstein 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z
Our Members Stepped Up For a Family in Need

Pres. Michael presented Jim Scherer of the Four Queens valet parking team with a check for $1,000 collected through cross-fines and matching funds from our Club.  These dollars will go towards the huge medical bills incurred during his grandson Torin's illness.  Torin passed away a short thirty days after being admitted to the hospital.  Thanks to all the members who contributed.

 

 

Our Members Stepped Up For a Family in Need 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z
Meet our President Elect Kevin Wool
 
President-Elect Kevin Wool
 

Kevin Wool was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Chaminade College Prep and went on to attend Arizona State University where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, graduating in 1995.  He just celebrated 25 years with First American Home Buyers Protection and currently is the Las Vegas Area Sales Manager.  Kevin recently married his long time love and partner, Marie, and has has four children Madison 15, Jack 12 Paul 12 and Mia 10.  Kevin joined Rotary after being introduced by Past President Linda Bertuzzi.  In addition to serving as President Elect for the 2016-17 Rotary year, he is a Paul Harris Fellow and is very active with Club projects.  He was a member of the 2015 India Dream Team and has participated in many community projects as well as two Mexico Super Builds.  

 

Meet our President Elect Kevin Wool 2015-07-19 00:00:00Z
GoFundMe set up for Torin

As many of you may know, the lead valet parking attendant at the Four Queens, Jim Scherer, lost his four year old grandson, Torin Henry, a week ago.  The family is going to be faced with huge medical bills, estimated to be near $500,000. If you can, please send donations to the gofundme account set up in Torin's name. Click the blue link to make a donation.

 

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GoFundMe set up for Torin 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z
Balloon Wrangling in the Summerlin Patriotic Parade
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Summerlin Patriotic Parade

 

Members of the Las Vegas Fremont Club made their sixth appearance in the Summerlin Patriotic Parade, alongside members from the Summerlin, Las Vegas, Red Rock, and No. Las Vegas Rotary Clubs.  District Governor Randy Pote had the honor of riding on one of the float entries, and the rest of the Rotarians performed their duties well as balloon wranglers.  Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi has been their from the beginning, with Past Pres. Robin Smith and her twin brother Robert making their fifth appearance.  Manuela Monreal was a first-timer and Past Pres. Lane Kay made another appearance, this time as cheerleader for our Mighty Mouse balloon, which required a dozen Rotarians to fly its way down the route. Most of the kids didn't know who Mighty Mouse was, but that didn't stop the wranglers from putting on a great show.  As a result of our participation in the parade, each Rotarian is receiving a $35 donation to their Paul Harris Fund.  Thanks to the Summerlin Club for coordinating this event, and for hosting the after party!


 

Balloon Wrangling in the Summerlin Patriotic Parade 2015-07-04 00:00:00Z
District 5300 Announces Past Dist. Gov. Roy York's selection as District Administrator
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We are pleased to announce Past District Governor Roy York has been hired to serve as District Administrator. The former contract expired June 30, 2015. A five person committee including the current Governor team consisting of DGE Lu, DGN Raghada and DG Randy along with PDGs Sylvia and Larry handled the interviews with those who responded to the job opening listed on the website and DACdb. Roy will offer the District the expertise possessed by a Past District Governor and two-time Club President. Both District Communications chair and DACdb expert Mike Soden, District Governor aide Richard Reed, District website caretaker Chris Datwyler and District bookkeeper Pat Hauducoeur have pledged their assistance to help Roy make this a seamless transition.

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District 5300 Announces Past Dist. Gov. Roy York's selection as District Administrator 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z
Meet our 2015-16 President - Michael Woodfield
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Michael has provided over 15 years of banking and management experience to our community, as well as leadership and relationship development across multiple organizations. He is a VP Relationship Manager with Bank of Nevada. In addition to serving in Rotary, he is involved with CEO-CFO Group of Las Vegas, Financial Executive Institute, a Board Member with Easter Seals of So. Nevada, and other nonprofits within the Valley. His approach to people and community development is a reflection of his passion for helping others. An active member of LV Fremont Rotary since 2099, he has served as membership chair, a RYLA Facilitator and hands-on with numerous club projects. He is passionate about getting our ever growing club and new members involved in every aspect of Rotary – local, nationally and internationally. His emphasis will be on education and literacy, as well as helping our homeless teens and supporting other nonprofits whenever possible. Michael is a 17 year resident of Las Vegas, born & raised in Seattle. He is married to his wife Kim, with 3 children – Zachary, Molly & Ava

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Meet our 2015-16 President - Michael Woodfield 2015-07-01 00:00:00Z
Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund Board Update

Incoming Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund Chairman Lane Kay took the floor to update club members on the club's foundation bylaws and to elect officers/trustees for 2015-16. During the meeting we went over the material changes that were made to the previous Bylaws for the Foundation.  Questions were asked and answered and each member in attendance was provided with another copy of the proposed Bylaws for the Foundation, linked here.. A motion was made to approve the Bylaws and they were approved unanimously at the meeting.  The next order of business was the nomination of trustees/officers for the Foundation.  A trustee ballot was provided and nominations were accepted from the floor.  The tabulation of the ballots resulted in our new slate of officers/trustees for the Foundation for 2015-16:

 

Officers

Lane Kay - Chairperson

Rob Goldstein - Secretary

Scott Stolberg - Treasurer


 Trustees

Amy Tabor

Dulcinea Rongavilla

John McInerney

Michael Woodfield

Robin Smith

Kevin Wool

Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund Board Update 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony Presents Service Award to LV Fremont Rotary

City Councilman Stavros Anthony proclaimed Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club, aka the Downtown Club, as the official Las Vegas club since we meet downtown, and with that presented our Club with a plaque expressing the City's gratitude for all our members do in our community - clothing and feeding children in need, leadership training for our youth, support of the Boys and Girls club.....and the list goes on!  Congrats everyone.  We truly are the Best Club in the Universe!

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Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony Presents Service Award to LV Fremont Rotary 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z
Manuella Monreal Selected for Rotary Zone 25/26 Young Professionals Summit
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Congratulations to our own Manuella Monreal who was recently selected to serve as a member of the Rotary Zone 25/26 multi-District Young Professionals Summit to be held in Berkeley, California the end of August. We are so proud of her and thrilled to have her represent our Club and District.  Watch her award-winning video below.  And if you would like to learn more abou the Summit, check out the Zone website 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Joe6zEiqf14#action=share
 

 

 

 

Manuella Monreal Selected for Rotary Zone 25/26 Young Professionals Summit 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z
Super Summer Theatre Membership Mixer
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Las Vegas Fremont Rotarians and guests kicked off the 2015 Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch with nearly 45 folks in attendance.  There was no shortage of fellowship as we gathered to watch Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on a gorgeous summer evening.  Members of the Spring Mountains and Summerlin Rotary Clubs joined as well.  Our next event will be in August - if you haven't been able to attend, put the next one on your list.  This truly is a wonderful evening!  More photos area available on our Facebook page.

Super Summer Theatre Membership Mixer Lane Kay 2015-06-24 00:00:00Z
Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund Donates $15,000

The Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund and 2015 Block Party Committee members presented three $5,000 checks to the charities selected by club members as recipients of a portion of the proceeds from our 2015 Block Party. 

The balance of the $30,000 will be used to fund the Club's ongoing programs and enable us to continue the great work we have been doing for almost 30 years. Thank you all the members of the Block Party Committee and every member who made this Block Party one of our most successful!

Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund Donates $15,000 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z
Welcome to our Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Pres. Elect Elect Kevin Wool
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We welcome our third Paul Harris Fellow this year as Pres. Elect Elect Kevin Wool received his pin and certificate from Pres. Teresa.  This is the highest honor a Rotarian can receive through donations to Rotary International's Foundation.  The interest earned on these donations funds many programs throughout the world, as well as projects in our District available through grant applications.  Kevin has already experienced the benefits of these donations through his home builds in Mexico, Polio immunizations and water projects in India and his service through our club at the community level.  Congratulations Kevin!

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Welcome to our Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Pres. Elect Elect Kevin Wool 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z
President Teresa's Debunking
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President Teresa's Debunking

In keeping with LV Fremont Rotary tradition, President Teresa Sower's debunking was, well, another one for the record books.  In a mooooving tribute to her year, we dressed her in a cow costume and hubby Mike escorted her to her throne of hay.  Surrounded by her farmers, each past president took an opportunity to read their portion of a carefully prepared script by Past Dist. Gov./Past Pres. Roy York as she readied to move out to pasture for her retirement.  She had mastered The Four Way Test by the end of the evening, thanks to a lot of failed attempts, forcing her to drink a shot of milk.  It seemed to get better as a little Bailey's was added to the milk and she finally completed it perfectly! Thanks to the PP Albert Guida and Laura Schmitt for opening their home, to Immed. Past Pres. Robin Smith for herding up the presidents and members and to PDG/PP Roy York for yet another memorable script.  

Pres Teresa Gets Debunked!

 
President Teresa's Debunking 2015-06-13 00:00:00Z
Booker League Students Join Us For Lunch
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We hosted five students who had received the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary League of Extraordinary Booker Students award during the first and second trimesters at Booker.  The students are nominated by their teachers for their extraordinary academics, attendance, citizenship, completion of the anti-bullying program and overall character. This program was started during PP Robin Smith's year and is one more important component of our Club's involvement for over 25 years.  Principal Marcus Mason sent a heartfelt note of gratitude acknowledging our Club's key role in developing these students into future leaders, not only through the award, but also through our ongoing etiquette classes.  School Counselor Julie Kuraly also acknowledged the generous food donations our members personally make for the weekend backpacks during the Booker Thanksgiving event.  This year, she said, one family lost their home due to fire, and through the generosity of our members, she was able to provide enough food to get them through a tough time while waiting for additional aid.  This is just one story of how our Club impacts the lives at Booker.

Booker League Students Join Us For Lunch 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z
Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Past Pres. Paul Bell
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Past Pres. Paul Bell was presented with his second Paul Harris Fellowship.  This is one of the top honors for any Rotarian and is earned when a member donates $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation.  The interest from these dollars are used to fund Rotary's Six Areas of Focus and provides a lasting legacy for each member who attains this level of giving.  Congratulations Paul!

 

Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Past Pres. Paul Bell Linda Bertuzzi 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z
How Can You Help in Nepal?
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With hundreds of thousands of people displaced and homeless, RI President Gary Huang issued a statement expressing Rotary's commitment to help provide short term disaster aid and long-term recovery and rebuilding assistance to Nepal. Rotary has an international project partnership with ShelterBox, a non-profit disaster relief organization that provides ruggedized containers with portable shelters, water filters, and other necessary emergency equipment and supplies.  RI President Huang is requesting Rotarians or Clubs who wish to support the emergency relief efforts in Nepal consider making a donation to ShelterBox. District 5300 will be collecting donations from clubs and/or individuals who wish to contribute to ShelterBox.  Donations may be made online or sent to the District 5300 (please mark all checks for ShelterBox)

Rotary District 5300 Attn: Foundation - ShelterBox

1930 Village Center Circle #3-396 Las Vegas, NV 89134 

How Can You Help in Nepal? 2015-05-24 00:00:00Z
We Rocked at District Conference!
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Congrats to all the Members & Committees for District Recognition

Kudos to all the members whose hard work and dedication qualified our Club for awards at the recent District Conference at Green Valley Ranch:

Club Bulletin/Newsletter- We received the top and only award for a mid-size club - our second such award.

Other awards in the Outstanding category for the following:

Youth Services - RYLA/TLC and JDRF Soccer Day

International Service - Las Vegas Mayors Cup and Super Build

Foundation - NID in India attended by Robin Smith, Kevin Wool & Linda Bertuzzi

Community Service - Booker Thanksgiving and Easter Seals Garden

Membership - Operation Christmas Child and Membership Mixers

Public Image - Nellis AFB Thanksgiving Lunch and Salvation Army Bell Ringing

We Rocked at District Conference! 2015-05-23 00:00:00Z
May Birthday Bash
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May Birthday Bash

Another fun time at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club as LV Fremont Rotarians gathered to celebrate with with Pres. Elect Elect Kevin Wool leading the party.   While we only three kids on hand, that didn't make the party any less fun.  We had a great time visiting over pizza and juice and then we set up a little mini golf competition between the kids and the Rotarians, with Agassi team coming out on top. Thanks to all the Rotarians who where able to attend - Rob Goldstein and Past Pres's Scott Stolberg, Linda Bertuzzi, Lane Kay, and Dulcinea Rongavilla,  Next month's will be June 17.


 


  

May Birthday Bash 2015-05-20 00:00:00Z
Cross-fines

Our Club holds a cross-fine period during each week's meeting.  Members are given an opportunity to cross-fine another member, or themselves, for something fun, sad, or completely outside the box.  The dollars go towards an ever increasing "pot" that can be won by a lucky ticket holder (tickets purchased 6 for $5 at check-in) and provides additional dollars for our operating budget.  This is just a snippet of the fun our members have during cross-fines:

To John Chmela for turning incomplete information to the Treasurer; a selfie from Past Pres. Jim Main for his son Matt's completion of the first leg of his CPA tests; to all the members who attended Super Build; to Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi for all the U-turns and missed turns to and from California; to Kevin Wool for his Facebook posts (including Secretary Larry Goldstein siestas during the build), which resulted in a few more fines for Larry's siestas; to Kevin Wool for encouraging Linda to climb on the roof; to Bonnie Helms for hubby's wrong turns in and out of Mexico; to Larry for his lame one-liner jokes; to Past Pres. Robin Smith for being a misguided co-pilot; to our two Kevin's - Wool & Mills - for acting like boys while running up and down the hills in Mexico; To Kevin Wool for being entirely too excited about Chick-fil-A coming to Vegas; to PP Robin Smith for coordinating a great Super Build; and, finally, a selfie from Past Pres. Roger Tabor for his 18 year old son's college scholarship in Pittsburgh.

 

Cross-fines 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z
Rotary at Work Day - Sprucing up Easter Seals
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2015 Easter Seals Reflection Garden Rotary at Work Day

Thanks to everyone who was able to spend a few hours sprucing up our Award-Winning Rotary Reflection Garden at the Easter Seals facility.  After we designed and built the gardens more than 25 years ago,  our members have provided the annual maintenance, leaving a beautiful and serene setting for the visitors.  In less than two hours we had pulled the weeds and trimmed the bushes and trees, restoring the grounds to a place of beauty.  More pictures are available on our Facebook page.


 

Rotary at Work Day - Sprucing up Easter Seals Scott Stolberg 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z
Our RYLA Students Share their Experience
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Hailey Petersen and Robbie Schwartz of Faith Lutheran, along with Ian Ogilvie of Meadows, recently returned for an intense weekend experience at the District 5300 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and were on hand to share their experiences.  When asked about their take-aways from the weekend, each had a different perspective.  For Hailey it was "how close she got to everyone in her Continent, Asia," considering she's not very outgoing.  For Ian he was surprised at "how like-minded people can accomplish anything."  Robbie said sitting at new tables for every meal with different students "forced him into awkward social situations, and yet found he was able to interact with kids from different all backgrounds and genders."  When asked what they felt they would carry into their adult lives, Hailey said the weekend of self-growth taught her she can't stereotype anyone.  Ian said "go in with a great attitude and be victorious, as that attitude will do a lot and allow you to gain the most."  And, if you are wondering what a difference the adults make at the program, Robbie said he "didn't know what to expect, but seeing the facilitators buy into it made him want to, as well."  Thanks to members PE Michael Woodfield, PP Lane Kay, Rusty Bridges and Secretary Larry Goldstein who impacted the lives of our RYLA students along with a few hundred more that weekend and to Youth Services Chair Bonnie Helms for her great work in pulling together our Club's RYLA students.

Our RYLA Students Share their Experience 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z
Block Party Thank You
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From Committee Co-Chair Terry Wong - I'd like to thank everyone for the support in making our block party a success.  The committee, Colleen Malany, Rusty Bridges, Teresa Sowers, Marilene Nevins and Linda Bertuzzi, did a fantastic job planning, organizing and investing many hours to pull this event off. Last night's event was the culmination of ALL of the Fremont Rotary members efforts and I take my hat off to you.   I hope everyone had an enjoyable time last night and would appreciate feedback.  As soon as our photographer sends the pictures of our evening, we will send them out. 

We did it!
Block Party Thank You 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z
Welcome New Member Dr. William McCune
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Past District Governor and two-time Past President Roy York,along-side Membership Chair and Past Pres. Lane Kay, inducted Dr. William McCune into our club.  PDG/PP Roy asked PP Lane to continue mentoring our new member to keep him active in the club, participating in all the great work we do. Welcome Bill!

 

Welcome New Member Dr. William McCune Lane Kay 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z
April Birthday Bash
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April Agassi Birthday Bash

Another wild and crazy Birthday Bash for the April birthdays at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club.  This month's was captained by AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi and joined by Kevin Wool and Colleen Malany.  The kids received the usual yummy pizza, drinks and cupcakes, which they devoured in no time.  Due to the success of last month's party with the hole-in-one putt-putt contest, we brought it back for this month.  Some of the kids with no golf experience were very good and our winner successfully made 3 holes in one, winning a box of cupcakes and giant gold medal coin.  The birthday bags prepared by PP Robin, stuffed with donations from club members, continue to be a source of joy for the kids, providing them with personal school supplies and few other goodies.  Next month's is May 20th.  Put it on your calendar!
 


 

April Birthday Bash Linda Bertuzzi 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z
League of Extraordinary Booker Students Presentation
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League of Extraordinary Book Students

  

The first of several etiquette classes was presented at Kermit Booker this past Tuesday as part of our League program funded through a District 5300 Grant. This portion of the program is designed to teach life skills to the fifth grade students through hands-on workshops. AG/PP Linda, Past Pres. Dulcinea Rongavilla and Colleen Malany met individually with the fifth grade classes with the focus on greetings and handshakes.  This is one of our favorites and the kids really enjoy the interaction during the workshop. After a short presentation, the kids line up to practice.  Comments such as "that was weird" or "I was uncomfortable" are not uncommon and opens up a lot of dialog about the importance of the simple greeting and handshake.  Their homework before our next presentation in two weeks is to practice any where the opportunity arises to use their new skills - church, school, new neighbors or guests in their home.  We received this note from fifth grade teacher Penny Howell-Fuller who said "Please know I appreciate what you do for our children!!  With the odds the way they are in our society, our children need all the assistance they can get!"  Fifteen minutes of our time goes a long way.

 



League of Extraordinary Booker Students Presentation Linda Bertuzzi 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z
Join us on April 23, 2015 As We Party Las Vegas Style

It's not too late to get your tickets and join Las Vegas Fremont Rotary on Thursday, April 23rd, for our 5th Annual Block Party.  $65 will get you in the door, along with 2 drink tickets. It promises to be an evening of fun and celebration - not to mention an important opportunity to support this year's charities - The Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund, JDRF, Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's through silent and live auctions, as well as a 50/50 raffle. Contact any LV Fremont Rotarian or e-mail lasvegasfremontrotary@gmail.com for more information.  See you there!

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Join us on April 23, 2015 As We Party Las Vegas Style 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z
Celebrating 60 Years of the Salk Polio Vaccine
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Some moments in history carry a greater significance than others. Sixty years ago on the 12th of April, a vaccine developed by Jonas Salk proved to be safe and effective in protecting children against polio. This gave the world one of the critical tools needed to begin the fight against the crippling disease. Since then, the polio program has been one of the most successful public health programs in history, reducing polio cases reduced by 99%. Now, the final 1% is tantalizingly within reach. As we commemorate Jonas Salk’s remarkable achievement, the vaccine that began this journey – the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) – is playing an important role in the final steps towards eradication, and ensuring that the virus will never be able to return. -  Read more at http://tinyurl.com/qzveo8l

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Celebrating 60 Years of the Salk Polio Vaccine 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z
Three Square of Nevada
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Packing Food at Three Square


Projects Chair Rob Goldstein pulled together another great volunteer opportunity at Three Square this last Thursday.  LV Fremont Rotarians and friends were on hand for a few hours to pack apple and orange bags which will be delivered over the weekend through the Meals on Wheels program.  Three Square is an affiliate of Feeding America and it is estimated that the local facility feeds over 300,000 in southern Nevada Each year.  It relies on a large volunteer base, fundraising and food donations from local stores and restaurants.  The food is never donated to individuals, but only through its large network of non-profits, schools, shelters and government programs.  This is yet another example of the hands-on work provided by members of our club.


 

 

Three Square of Nevada Robert Goldstein 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z
Save the Dates
  • North Las Vegas Rotary Annual Fundraiser - tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.  Grand prize is either wine a week for a year or $500 cash, along with several other outstanding items.  Drawing will be held late in April
  • Block Party - Sell, sell, sell, and bring in the items for auction, as well as filling the few spots remaining for sponsors. 
  • Foundation Dinner - "The Stars Are Out Tonight", Saturday, the 28th, at the TI.  Semi-formal dinner to honor first time Paul Harris Fellows as well as those who have been in Rotary for 50+ years.
  • Three Square - Thursday, March 26th, from 5-7 pm at Three Square.  A light jacket and close-toed shoes recommended.
  • Past Presidents Day - March 31st - this will be a great opportunity to bring potential members to learn about the history and great work our club is involved in.
Save the Dates 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z
Today is United Nations World Water Day
 

This video gives you startling statistics on water needs

Rotary International gives communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and...

Posted by End Polio Now on Sunday, March 22, 2015

 

Today is United Nations World Water Day 2015-03-22 00:00:00Z
Register for Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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WHY ATTEND?

The annual Rotary International Convention offers you the perfect opportunity to connect with leaders from around the world and celebrate your shared passion for taking action in communities at home and abroad. You'll hear from some of the world’s leading experts on topics such as water, polio, and social media. Through workshops and breakout sessions, you'll develop leadership skills and share your recreational, professional, and humanitarian interests. As you browse the project booths in the House of Friendship, you’ll discover new ideas for service, and perhaps a new partner for creating change.

São Paulo is an ideal destination for an unforgettable vacation. Whether you’re interested in gourmet food, music, shopping, or soccer, you’ll find all this and more in Brazil’s largest city. After the convention, make time to explore the rest of Brazil, including the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, and Brasília.

Rotary members the annual convention is the perfect way to experience Rotary’s global impact and strengthen your commitment to service. Here are more reasons to attend.

Register here - http://www.riconvention.org/en/2015/Pages/ridefault.aspx

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Register for Rotary International Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z
Welcome to our Newest Members
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Judge Richard Scotti, sponsored by Monti Levy, and Manuella Monreal, sponsored by Bonnie Helms, were inducted into our club by Past District Governor Roy York.  During the induction, PDG Roy charged the sponsors to keep our new members involved and connected to their new club through attendance and service through Rotary.  Welcome aboard Richard and Manuella!

 

Welcome to our Newest Members Lane Kay 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z
2014-15 District Conference is Just Around the Corner

2014-15 District Conference

Celebrating a Year of Lighting Up Rotary

Come and join fellow District 5300 Rotarians to Celebrate a Year of Lighting Up Rotary at the Green Valley Ranch on May 14th through May 17th.  The District 5300 Annual Conference not only provides workshops and discussions on hot topics relevant to Rotary, but it also brings together individuals whose knowledge and experience can be tapped for the benefit of your club. Take advantage of the education and networking opportunities, enjoy the camaraderie of the hospitality suites, take a peek in Friendship Hall at what other clubs are doing. No matter what captures your attention, you're sure to find it at the 2015 Conference!  Register and book your hotel room by March 11th for a chance to win a free meal package and (up to) 3 room nights, so book today to secure a room at our discounted rate.  Registration
 

2014-15 District Conference is Just Around the Corner 2015-02-14 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Soccer Tournament
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With A tribute to Roger Tabor from his wife Amy

"So proud of Roger Tabor and his accomplishments on the Las Vegas Mayors Cup International Showcase. 518 teams from 32 states and 10 countries will be playing this weekend at 55 fields in our great city and he will try to watch a little bit of each of the 1000 + games! He gladly volunteers all year long on this undertaking and says it's his way of paying back all the people that gave him opportunities. Great sunset last night over the international friendlies with Panama, France, Canada, Cayman Islands, Brazil, Mexico, Nepal, Japan and Haiti."

Past Pres. Roger started this program nearly a dozen years ago with a simple invitation to a team in Mexico to travel to Las Vegas and play soccer for a weekend.  This has turned into the largest youth soccer tournament in the world!  Rotarians from around the valley host teams, provide meals and transport the players to their soccer fields.  It is a long weekend for Amy & Roger and all the supporters and volunteers who give hours and hours for this extraordinary program.  Thanks to our Rotarians who were on hand to serve meals and fellowship with the two teams from Tokyo and to Butch Benda for supplying the food.  


 

Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Soccer Tournament Roger Tabor 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z
Hands On at Spread the Word Nevada
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Spread the Word Nevada

 

Another fun evening organized by Projects Chair Rob Goldstein for members and family at Spread the Word Nevada last week.  We started with a tailgate and fellowship in the parking lot with dinner hosted by Kevin Wool, and then moved inside where we spent several hours gently cleaning hundreds of used books. These books will be distributed to local elementary schools for various reading programs sponsored by STWN, as well as providing books for the kids to take home and keep for their very own library.  Thanks to all the volunteers who shared the evening giving back to our community.


 

Hands On at Spread the Word Nevada Robert Goldstein 2015-02-11 00:00:00Z
Congratulations to our Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Bonnie Helms
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Bonnie Helms was inducted into the Paul Harris Society by her sponsor Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi. Bonnie just joined our Club on February 4, 2014, and achieved her PHF through a generous donation from her Uncle, also a Rotarian.  A Paul Harris Fellowship is one of the greatest honors for any member. Bonnie has been very active in the Club and is now Chair of our Youth Services Committee. Congratulations Bonnie!

 

Congratulations to our Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Bonnie Helms 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z
A Special Sunday with the JDRF Ambassadors

JDRF Ambassadors Indoor Soccer Event

by Past Pres. Lane Kay

A big shout out to our Fremont Rotarians for spending their Sunday afternoon hosting the 3rd Annual Indoor Soccer Social for the JDFR Ambassadors. I would also like to thank Meir and Kyle for donating the field and for Phil and his staff for helping out with the event. Even though we had the soccer field for an hour, the kids wanted to play dodgeball and kickball.   We never played soccer but the kids (and adults acting like kids) had a ball anyway!

 

2015 JDRF Soccer
 

A Special Sunday with the JDRF Ambassadors Lane Kay 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z
District 2014-15 Presidents Advance Chaired by Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi

2014-15 Presidents Advance

 

District 5300 Presidents Advance Chair Linda Bertuzzi of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club, along with co-chair Raghada Khoury of the Apple Valley Rotary Club, organized and led the recent Advance at Green Valley Ranch. In an effort to make the weekend ALL about the Presidents, each one was provided with a questionnaire to assess their needs at a club level and this information established topics for all of the break-out sessions on Saturday.  The attendees, which included many presidents-elect, rotated to new groups throughout the day, meeting and interacting with many leaders they had previously not met.  They left with pages and pages of notes and ideas to share with their clubs - in fact, one President was so excited about her experience, she called her Public Relations chair at 10:00 on Saturday night!  Robin Smith of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club was also on hand, organizing the Governor's Hospitality Suite and tending the wine & vodka bar.

 

 

District 2014-15 Presidents Advance Chaired by Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z
January Birthday Bash was a Smash!
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Past Pres. Paul Bell served as the Birthday Bash Captain for his third month in a row, providing pizza and juice, along with a little bit of fun.  This is one hour a month worth sharing with these deserving kids at Agassi Boys and Girls Club and it's especially fun as we celebrate in the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Reading room, establish in 2011.   February's Bash is on the 18th - we are looking for a captain. If it's your birthday, step up and share it with these great kids!

 


 

January Birthday Bash was a Smash! 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z
2015 Block Party Planning is in Full Swing!
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With the Block Party just a few months away, the Committee is moving full speed ahead with planning and organizing our biggest fundraiser of the year.  The most recent committee meeting was extremely productive and great new ideas are being implemented to provide more visibility to our very important sponsors.  Chairs Terry Wong and Colleen Malany will have updates for the members at the next meeting.  In the meantime, they are asking everyone to bring in the sponsors and start selling the tickets which are being printed.  The first three charities benefiting from the Party will be JDRF, Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome, with more grants being accepted throughout the year by the Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund.  As in the past, Platinum sponsor is $5,000, Gold is $3,000, Silver is $1,500 and Bronze is $750.  Another great addition this year will be the ability to sell raffle tickets ahead of time and our guests will not need to be present to win.  Get ready to party!!!

2015 Block Party Planning is in Full Swing! 2015-01-14 00:00:00Z
Congratulations to our 2015-16 Board!

 

2015-16 Club Officers:

 

PE Michael presented his slate of officers, minus the President Elect position, which is in the process of being confirmed.  With no nominations from the floor and an approval from the membership, here are your new officers for 2015-16:

President - Michael Woodfield

Secretary - Larry Goldstein

Treasurer - Albert Guida, Jr.

Immed. Past Pres. - Teresa Hancox

Community Service - Rusty Bridges

Member at Large - Roger Tabor

New Generations - Bonnie Helms

Public Relations - Kevin Wool

International - Butch Benda

Membership - Lane Kay

Congratulations to our 2015-16 Board! 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z
Big Game Boards are Ready to Go!

The Big Game boards are ready to go - let's get out there and sell those squares!  Members are asked to take the boards for a few days, selling squares along the way, and then pass it forward to another. As in past years, the squares are $20 each and winners of $250 will be announced at the end of each quarter on Super Bowl Sunday.  Thanks to Rusty Bridges and his artistic staff for the fabulous boards this year.


 

Big Game Boards are Ready to Go! 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z
Happy New Year - 2015

All of us at the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club wish you and yours the very best as you begin the New Year!

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Happy New Year - 2015 2015-01-01 00:00:00Z
Fremont Rotarians lend a hand on the Rotary Rose Parade Float
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Immed. Past President Robin Smith, twin brother Robert, Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi and daughter Sarah were just four of the hundreds of volunteers who traveled to Pasadena to decorate the Rotary float before its debut in the Rose Parade on January 1st, 2015.  If you aren't into tedious hours of gluing or cutting, this might not be the project for you.  On this Sunday, December 28th, armed with buckets of glue and various seeds, straws and dried flowers, the volunteers were busy finalizing the dried decorations before the fresh flowers were to be applied the following day.  Every single space from every angle must be covered.  If even a tiny green leaf gets into the mix of the dried purple status, the judges take a point or two off in the judging.  It is a labor of love and one that everyone should take an opportunity to participate in.  Learn more about Rotary's Rose Parade Float and how you can donate or volunteer for next years at Rotary Rose Parade Float

   

 

Fremont Rotarians lend a hand on the Rotary Rose Parade Float 2014-12-28 00:00:00Z
Southern Nevada Rotarians Rang the Bells for the Salvation Army at Downtown Summerlin
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Thanks to all the Rotarians, along with their family members and pets, who manned the Salvation Army collection kettle at Macys in Downtown Summerlin on Saturday, December 20th.  From 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Rotarians rang the bells and interacted with the shoppers, many of whom placed generous donations in the pot.  The first crew noted that they were given donations because of their cheery nature and even to stop singing.  It was all in good fun and we are certain that hundreds of dollars were collected and will make their way to fund the various programs through the Salvation Army.  This could become an annual tradition.  President Jim Camburn of the Summerlin Rotary Club, the organizing club, reported that our Rotary Saturdays raised a total of $2,722.56, with the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club holding tops honors as we raised a total of $937.27!     

 

Southern Nevada Rotarians Rang the Bells for the Salvation Army at Downtown Summerlin 2014-12-20 00:00:00Z
Our Final Birthday Bash of 2014 at Agassi Boys and Girls Club
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Closing out 2014 with one of our favorite programs - our monthly Birthday Bash with the awesome kids at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club. A little Santa Bingo, some pizza and yummy cupcakes. Our singing always reminds us of why we hum at our meetings - fun times!  Thanks to Past Pres. Paul Bell for heading the party and to Pres. Teresa, AG/PP Linda and Bonnie Helms for sharing in the fun.  Thanks, too, to the Smith Team for assembling the birthday bags.  

   

Our Final Birthday Bash of 2014 at Agassi Boys and Girls Club 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z
We Welcomed a Few of Our Teen Leadership Camp Students
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Our program featured four of the six eighth grade students our club sponsored for Teen Leadership Camp in October. The stories from our kids are usually similar - made many new friends, still staying in touch via social media, food was good, etc. But we never tire of hearing about their experiences. Even though their favorite speakers varied, they were all left with a great deal of inspiration - a drive to do more, be more, keeping moving forward through adversity and challenges and ultimately to be a better leader, inside and out. One student summed it up best when she said "to have great character even when no one is watching." Do we make a difference in these kids' lives - absolutely! And the parents agreed as they shared what an honor it was for their children to be selected. They also told us of the changes in their children as they returned to everyday life with a little more pep in their step, each more mature and inspired and more helpful with siblings and classmates.

We Welcomed a Few of Our Teen Leadership Camp Students 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z
Our Annual Holiday Party - Another One for the Record Books!

What can anyone say about our members and partners when they get together under the premise of a Holiday Party except that it is always spirited and full of good cheer!  Thanks to Past Pres. Scott and Sandy Stolberg for opening their home to an evening of fellowship, delicious food and a gift exchange that may go down in Club history as the most creative.  The legendary Rotary coffee mug and belt buckle made its annual appearance, along with empty beer bottles (which turned out to be a beer brewing kit), along with a case of Charmin, just to name a few of the interesting "gifts" this year.  One can only imagine the creative juices that are already flowing for next year's White Elephant gift exchange.

 

 

Our Annual Holiday Party - Another One for the Record Books! 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas Fremont Rotarians Shopped til They Dropped at Santa Clothes
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Thanks to the nine LV Fremont volunteers who donated a few hours on Thursday, December 4th to shop with very deserving underprivileged children at the 19th annual Santa Clothes held at various JCPenneys around the Valley.  Through grants from the Engelstad Family Foundation, donations from Southern Nevada Rotary Clubs and discounts from JCPenneys, we were able to shop for $200 worth of clothing and shoes.  For many of these children, it was perhaps their first pair of new shoes or first new jacket of their own.  This program started in 1996 with only 35 children and this year we were just shy of 300.  It continues to grow and change lives - not only the children's, but the volunteers.  Shown below are Pres. Teresa, Pres Elect Michael Woodfield, AG/PP Linda, Secretary Larry Goldstein, Bonnie Helms, Bernice Davidson, Kevin & Priscilla Mills and Butch Benda.

Las Vegas Fremont Rotarians Shopped til They Dropped at Santa Clothes 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z
Presentations for the First Trimester at Our 2nd Annual League of Extraordinary Booker Students
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We celebrated the outstanding achievements of a fifth grade student from each of the three classes at Kermit Booker Elementary School with the presentation of League of Extraordinary Booker Students certificates of achievement, personalized polo shirts and a special gift selected for them by their teachers. Each of the students represented the best and the brightest for the school year's first trimester in the areas of academics, attendance, mentoring, citizenship and completion of the anti-bullying program.  Our recipients were Carolina Calderon Olmeda from Mrs. Fuller's class, Zharia Thomas from Mrs. Hohman's class and Mirley Felix from Ms. Pilate's class.  Congratulations to all of the students!

 

 

Presentations for the First Trimester at Our 2nd Annual League of Extraordinary Booker Students 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z
Upcoming Dates to Remember.........
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  • Agassi Birthday Bash - Past Pres. Paul Bell will be chairing the Agassi Birthday Bash for the second month in a row - nice job Paul! Volunteers are needed on the 17th to celebrate the December birthdays. Thanks to Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi for providing a kid-friendly Holiday inspired Bingo game for the festivities.
  • JDRF - Our third annual JDRF Soccer Day will be Sunday, January 25th. Past Pres. Lane Kay will have more information in the coming weeks.
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers - volunteers are need to fill the afternoon and evening openings to ring the bell at Macy's in Downtown Summerlin on Saturday, December 20th.  This is a great time to include the kids!  Contact Pres. Teresa to sign up.
  • No Meeting - We will be dark on December 23 and December 30.
  • February Food Drive - Immed. Past Pres. Robin Smith has come up with a great idea to fill the food local food pantries after the Holidays by holding a food drive around February.  Idea is in its planning stages.  Planned name is "Love thy Neighbor" and she hopes to include all Southern Nevada Rotary Clubs. 
Upcoming Dates to Remember......... 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z
One of Our Most Recent Programs Featured Lutheran Social Services

We welcomed Armena Mkhitaryan, Executive Director of Lutheran {C}{C}{C}Social Services, back to update us on this non-profit organization. It was started in 1985 as a small clothing closet by a small group of devoted volunteers and throughout the years has turned into a harbor of hope and security for over 180,000 local families in need in Southern Nevada. They serve over 15,000 families annually through programs including infant CPR training, food bank and supportive services for senior citizens, youth, and low-income families. They welcome community support through fundraising, food bank donations, financial assistance and volunteers to man their many programs. They are located at 73 Spectrum Blvd in Las Vegas, and open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. For more information, check out their website at Lutheran Social Services

One of Our Most Recent Programs Featured Lutheran Social Services 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z
A Fond Farewell to Past President Richard Portaro


The Portaro's and PDG Roy YorkOur members held a moment of silence as we mourned the passing of Past President Richard Portaro on November 27th.  PP Portaro served as Las Vegas Fremont Rotary President from 1992-1993 and will be missed by so many of us.  He was a beloved friend of many and sponsored our Past Dist. Gov. and two-time Past President Roy York.

 

A Fond Farewell to Past President Richard Portaro 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z
Booker Thanksgiving - Another Memorable Day of Service Above Self
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Thanks to all the members, spouses and guests who turned out on November 18th to celebrate our 12th Thanksgiving feast with the students and staff at Kermit Booker Elementary!  The food was prepared by our partner Sage Dining at the Alexander Dawson School and delivered by Puliz Moving and Storage on time to be set up for service to over 560 hungry students over three lunch periods.  We were also joined by the 8th Grade Honor Society students at Dawson.  This continues to be one of our Club's most favorite hands-on programs and provides an opportunity for the students to understand the importance of community and giving.  From cutting the turkey and buttering the rolls for the very youngest, to filling the plates with all of the favorites for a Thanksgiving meal, everyone kept busy.  And, we can't forget the Thanksgiving Turkey, AKA Past President Lane Kay, who made an appearance and even danced a little turkey jig around the cafeteria with Principal Marcus Mason.  Nothing went to waste as the leftovers were packaged for delivery to the most needy of Booker families.  Our members also supplied over 30 pounds of food for the weekend backpack program.  Our event photographer Tonya Harvey, who once again donated her time and talent, promises to have more photos to us soon.

 

Booker Thanksgiving - Another Memorable Day of Service Above Self 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z
Dist. Gov. Larry Skaggs On Hand to Host our Nellis Airmen and Women

Our November 25th meeting was an opportunity for our members to shine as we welcomed District Governor Larry Skaggs and his wife Vicki, along with the Nellis Air Force Base servicemen and women. This is the second year we have hosted our military as guests at our lunch meeting, thanks to the generosity of the Four Queens Hotel & Casino owner Terry Caudill, who said it was his privilege to personally thank each of our guests for their service and provide an opportunity for fellowship.

 


District Governor Larry Skaggs is required to attend every club meeting within District 5300 during his term and his visit with us completed his 60th club visit. He joined a special Board meeting prior to our regular meeting and was delighted to hear of all the projects our members are involved in, both locally and globally, and was very pleased with the number of member socials we have which allows the members to connect personally and strengthen the Rotary bond. DG Larry served 30 years as a police officer on the Aurora Police Dept in Illinois and joined Rotary in 1997. Upon retiring, he and Vicki relocated to Henderson, Nevada, where he immediately joined the Green Valley Rotary Club. He has been a very active Rotarian, serving as President in both of his home clubs, heading up a GSE team to Australia, as well as chairing and working on numerous District 5300 programs such as SuperBuilds, wheel chair distributions in Mexico and many of the Green Valley projects. After presenting President Teresa with her very own "Light Up Rotary" banner, DG Larry gave a poignant speech offering the differences between being just a member or being a Rotarian. With the amount of giving and service our members are involved in, it was a perfect presentation to remind all of how each of us is truly a Rotarian, not only in title, but in "Service Above Self". 

Dist. Gov. Larry Skaggs On Hand to Host our Nellis Airmen and Women 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z
A Special Visit from NFL Star Gerome Sapp
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Native Texan Gerome Sapp was a highly sought after college football player after his outstanding career at Notre Dame where he also majored in finance.  His experience at ND taught him the importance of accountability and responsibility which he has carried throughout his life.  After his college career, he was drafted by the Ravens, traded to the Colts and ultimately returned to the Ravens.  He shared that his experience with the Colts and Payton Manning caused him to grow up fast.  Manning taught him to "be a man" and encouraged him to strive to be a constant professional.  Sapp said while his teammates were travelling and enjoying the offseason, he decided to enroll at Harvard to further his entrepreneurial and technology skills.  His education and vision led him to create Fluencr in 2013, an open marketplace built around the "hashtag" that allows everyday social media users to create circles of friends with similar likes and allow brands to take social branding to a higher level through social media.

A Special Visit from NFL Star Gerome Sapp 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z
Our Annual Operation Christmas Child - the Children Stole the Show!
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We enjoy a lot of hands-on projects in our Club, but Operation Christmas Child shoe boxing packing is one of our family favorites. With moms, dads and grandparents watching, the kids packed 200 shoe boxes full of school supplies, candy, coloring books, socks, toothpaste & toothbrushes and soap to be shipped to deserving children somewhere in the world.  We enjoyed a scrumptious dinner provided by Kevin Wool and multiple platters of cookies and sweets.  Thanks to everyone to donated their time, to Past Pres. Allen Puliz for donating the packing site, and to the power shoppers who purchased the supplies - Bernice Davidson, Projects Chair Rob Goldstein, President Elect Michael Woodfield and his daughters, Bonnie Helms and Asst.Gov/Past Pres.Linda Bertuzzi.

 

Our Annual Operation Christmas Child - the Children Stole the Show! 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z
November 18th Meeting Will Be at Booker Elementary
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We will not be meeting at the Four Queens on Nov. 18th.  If you are a visiting Rotarian, please join us at Kermit Booker Elementary School, 2277 N. Martin Luther King, Las Vegas, NV 89106 for our 12th annual Booker Thanksgiving event and help us serve nearly 570 children a full Thanksgiving dinner.  You will be glad you did!  Set up is at 10:30 and we will finish by 1:00 pm.  

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November 18th Meeting Will Be at Booker Elementary Linda Bertuzzi 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z
Membership Mixer at the Neon Museum

We had an excellent turnout for the Neon Museum tour and dinner at the home of Past Pres. Roger and Amy Tabor. Having PP Roger on the tour proved to be an extra special treat as he was able to share additional stories of Las Vegas during the one hour tour.  The "Boneyard", as it is affectionately known, was filled with hundreds of old Vegas signs and neon memorabilia. The after party at the Tabor's was intimate and casual as we enjoyed another of Amy's fabulous display of her culinary abilities.  

Membership Mixer at the Neon Museum 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z
Upcoming Dates to Remember
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Neon Museum - Past Pres. Lane Kay reminded everyone of the Neon Museum tour on November 5th, beginning at 5:00 pm. We will meet immediately after at the home of Past Pres. Roger and Amy Tabor for food, fellowship & drinks.
A Toast To Talent - Summerlin Rotary Club is holding their annual fundraiser on November 7th. Tickets are $50 each and there will be numerous raffle and auction prizes, including a few cases of premium wines.
Operation Christmas Child - Projects Chair Rob Goldstein has scheduled the shoe box packing at Puliz Moving and Storage on November 10th. Bring your kids and Rotary partners, as well as prospective Rotarians. A potluck is being planned and more details will be announced soon.
Booker Thanksgiving - Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi announced our annual Booker Thanksgiving will be held on Tuesday, November 18th. Please meet at Booker at 10:30 to unpack the food truck and set up for service to begin at 11:00 am. Also bring food items for weekend backpacks which can be opened by someone as young as three and doesn't require refrigeration or heating. Gently used winter coats and sweaters will also be appreciated.
Block Party meeting - November 4th has been set as the first 2015 Block Party meeting. Contact Carla Smith if you are interested in participating.
Holiday Party - December 6th is the date for our annual Holiday Party and will be held at the home of Past Pres. Scott and Sandy Stolberg beginning at 6:00 pm. Additional details to follow
Salvation Army Bell Ringers - Our Club has reserved Sunday, December 20th as our bell-ringing day and volunteers are needed from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. This is a great opportunity to promote Rotary and give back to the community at the same time. Contact Pres. Teresa if you are available to volunteer.

Upcoming Dates to Remember 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Donate Their Book Cleaning Talents at Spread the Word Nevada
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What a great time we had at Spread the Word Nevada with the book cleaning! A little Goo Be Gone, a damp cloth, erasers, permanent markers and a whole lot of Rotary manpower! We cleaned cases and cases of books that will be sorted and delivered to 30 elementary schools for some very deserving students. And we can't forget the jokes by Larry Goldstein and the bedtime stories read by Marilene Nevins.


 

Rotarians Donate Their Book Cleaning Talents at Spread the Word Nevada 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z
October, 2015 Super Build

Kevin Wool and Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi traveled with over forty District 5300 Rotarians into a village outside Tecate, Mexico for the SuperBuild. Kevin said it was an incredible experience to build a new home for the young family who had worked over 2,000 community service hours to qualify.  He said it was his "Rotary moment" and he will be making the trip again in May, 2015 for the next build.   

 

October, 2015 Super Build 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z
Congratulations to President Teresa and New Husband Mike

Congratulations to President Mrs. Teresa (Sowers) Hancox  as she was wed to Mike Hancox on Saturday, October 18th - surrounded by friends, family and a host of Rotarians on hand to wish them well!  Madam President confessed she didn't wear her Rotary pin during her nuptials. We will let that slide Mrs. Hancox! This was the first Presidential nuptials in the history of our club.  Congratulations!!

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Congratulations to President Teresa and New Husband Mike 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z
A Little Soccer at the October Birthday Bash
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The October Birthday Bash, headed by PP Lane, was full of fun and games as he gave each of the kids an opportunity to show their soccer prowess. Rusty Bridges captured a small audience for a little story time in the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Reading Room.  The pizza and cupcakes were devoured by the kids, after which we sang a fairly good Happy Birthday song and gave the partiers their goodie bags.  Thanks to all who made it such a success.  And a special thanks to Rusty for designing our first Birthday Bash poster proudly hanging in the Reading Room.

A Little Soccer at the October Birthday Bash 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z
Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund

The Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund was formed in 2008 due to IRS rules and regulations for non-profits. During the formation the founders relied on other club's bylaws to formulate our own for our small club. Over the past few years the Directors of the DRCF made recommendations for review and revision of the bylaws which was voluntarily completed by PP Dulcinea and PP Roger & Amy Tabor.  With the revisions came the announcement of proposed officers. With no nominations from the floor, the Directors approved were:

Dulcinea Rongavilla, Chairman
Lane Kay, Director at Large
Albert Guida, Jr., Director at Large
Amy Tabor, Outside Director
Teresa Sowers, Club Pres.
Michael Woodfield, Club Pres. Elect
Rob Goldstein, Director of Club Projects

The DRCF's focus has always been the preservation and safety of funds raised, with focus on ensuring the donations/grants are given solely for charitable purposes. Each Director is charged with determining mission and purpose of the Charity, ensuring implementation of the goals, monitoring & strengthening programs and services, as well as protecting assets and providing proper financial oversight through competent leadership. Last year the DRCF approved all future funding would be completed through the submission of grants, with review and approval received at Club level and then presented to the DRCF by the Director of Club Projects. Once it is approved the Grantee will be notified and funds will be disbursed with the requirement of a report upon completion of the Grantee's program. There will no longer with checks disbursed without a Grant request. 

Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z
October 24th is World Polio Day
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Through the efforts of millions of Rotarians, partners such as Save the Children, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and World Health over nearly 40 years, we are making great strides to rid the world of a completely preventable disease.  World Polio Day is approaching on October 24 and it is an awesome opportunity to share the story of Rotary's part in this extraordinary feat.  Time magazine recently featured a story on RI's work and this is a great opportunity for you to read and share with those you know.  We are THIS close!   TIME Magazine - "What Will it Take to End Polio"

 

October 24th is World Polio Day 2014-10-01 00:00:00Z
Committee Updates

The weekly program consisted of various committee members and chairs sharing activities and programs the Club supports.  Through Projects, we support Operation Christmas Child (coming soon in November), Booker Thanksgiving (Nov. 18th), the monthly Agassi Birthday Bashes, and a new project being finalized where we will serve at Spread the Word Nevada by cleaning gently used books to be passed along to underprivileged children.  New Generations is coordinating TLC applications for TLC camp in October, as well as researching anti-bullying Buddy Benches and the formation of new Interact Clubs.  RI Foundation continues to be supported by our membership through quarterly assessments in our dues billing, which is forwarded to the RI Foundation to fund global and local grants.  Other opportunities are available to support RI through the Bequest Society and PolioPlus.  Back to Booker is entering its 2nd year of working with the fifth grade students at Kermit Booker Elementary in areas of social skills and etiquette.  In addition, 3 top fifth graders are honored at the end of each trimester for their outstanding academic achievements.  Fellowship provides frequent venues for members, family and those considering a Rotary membership to join together in a social setting, such as Super Summer Theatre, Putt Putt Golf or an evening at the Neon Museum, which is coming up November 5th.  International coordinates the District 5300 Tecate SuperBuilds at a Club level, as well as volunteers needed for the annual Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Soccer Tournament held in February.

Committee Updates 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z
Donations Are Being Accepted for Hurricane Odile Rebuilding Efforts

Hurricane Odile - Rotary District 4100 is asking for donations to help with the rebuild of Cabo San Lucas and surrounding areas which were hit hard by Hurricane Odile. A donation of any size will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to help, please send your contributions to: 

Rotary District 5300, 1930 Village Center Circle #3-396, Las Vegas, NV, 89134.

Checks should be made payable to: District 5300 Foundation and show "Hurricane Odile Relief" on the memo line.
If you wish to make a contribution directly to District 4100, you may do so by sending it to:  VISIÓN FUTURA DEL NOROESTE 4100, A.C. - ACCOUNT No. 0190818747, REFERENCE CONCEPT 00315 - BANK: BANCOMER, SWIFT CODE BCMRMXMM

Donations Are Being Accepted for Hurricane Odile Rebuilding Efforts 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z
The October Super Build is Coming Up

The first SuperBuild of the 2014-15 Rotary year is coming up on October 18th.  In partnership with Corazon, Rotarians from District 5300 will join together in a small village just outside Tecate, Mexico, to construct a 3 room home, which will include a loft and private toilet facility for a very deserving family.  Each family is required to earn 2,000 community service hours before they can receive the new home.  In addition, through the funding of each home, job skills training, domestic abuse prevention classes and scholarships are provided to ensure the children remain in school.  This year we will enjoy the journey into Mexico on a private bus at a cost of $20 per person, round trip. Rooms are available in El Cajon at the Days Inn or Quality Inn at a reduced rate.  A valid Passport is required, as well as registration through the Corazon website.  Click the link here for more information.  If you haven't been a part of the extraordinary program, click the video below to watch the story of the May, 2014 build.  It's life changing, not only for the family, but for each volunteer!

 

SuperBuild 2014

 
The October Super Build is Coming Up 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z
Kim Gradisher from Crohn's & Colitis of America Was on Hand This Week
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Kim Gradisher, Community Development Manager for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America spoke to us about CCFA and its role in Southern Nevada to help Crohn's & Colitis patients. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are both major categories of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans. These chronic diseases tend to run in families and they affect males and females equally. While IBD can affect anyone, Caucasians are more likely than other ethnic groups to have IBD.The diseases are especially prevalent in Jews of European descent (Ashkenazi Jews). African Americans and Hispanics in the United States are increasingly affected. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite and fever, just to name a few. CCFA provides support groups, information specialists, doctor referrals, resources for caregivers and dietary assistance to help manage the disease, which is also treated with various drugs. Most of us have become familiar with this organization as a result of the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon, which is being held November 14-16, 2014. You can learn more about this organization at their website

Kim Gradisher from Crohn's & Colitis of America Was on Hand This Week 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z
September Birthday Bash Rocked!
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Another successful Birthday Bash came off without a hitch at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club this past Wednesday.  With Pres. Teresa leading the party, members Rusty Bridges, Kevin Wool, PP Paul Bell, Carla SmithKevin Wool and Asst. Gov/Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi offered assistance in the food and drink department. Rusty really stepped up as he led the fun-filled and action packed games for the kids. Thanks to Past Pres. Robin Smith for organizing the birthday bags, filled to the brim with member donated goodies.  Next month's event will be on October 15th.  If you have an October birthday, volunteer to be the captain for the party.  Contact Rob Goldstein if you are interested.

 

September Birthday Bash Rocked! 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z
Cassandra Cotton on Hand to Update Us About Nathan Adelson Hospice
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Cassandra Cotton, MPA Community Outreach Manager for Nathan Adelson Hospice gave a wonderful presentation on NAH. Cassandra has been a part of NAH for over 20 years, watching it grow and develop into one of the premier hospice care centers in the country and the largest in Nevada. Quality end of life care is provided to patients of all ages, from all walks of life, with no regard to their financial standing. Medicare pays 100% of the costs and most medical plans offer substantial contributions to the expenses, as well. "Hospice is really the quality of care more than a place" she said, and all individuals, whether staff or volunteers, provide "extra hands and hearts in all areas of care, focusing on an aggressive form of care and comfort." With 24/7 access, end of life care can be done in home or at the NAH facilities. She stressed the importance of each individual making the crucial decisions about their own end of life care, which will allow the wishes of the patient to be honored, especially as more and more Americans are deciding to live out their last days at home. NAH is holding their 15th Annual Food & Wine Tasting Extravaganza on Thursday, October 9th. Click here to learn more

Cassandra Cotton on Hand to Update Us About Nathan Adelson Hospice 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z
Our Own Kevin Mills Recognized by the City of Las Vegas

Kevin Mills received a Presidential Recognition for his appearance in the RJ after receiving the Keys to the City from Mayor Carolyn Goodman who proclaimed September 12 "Kevin Mills Day". Kevin owns the Omelet House which has been the longtime home to the "old-timer" breakfast, hosting many Las Vegas legends, including former Sheriff Ralph Lamb, Lonnie Hammargren and former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, just to name a few.  Check out the entire article here.  Congratulations Kevin!

Our Own Kevin Mills Recognized by the City of Las Vegas 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z
Upcoming Dates to Remember.........
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Announcements:

  • SuperBuild - Past Pres. Robin Smith reminded all of SuperBuild on October 18th. 
  • Agassi Birthday Bash- September 18th is our next Birthday Bash, which will be Captained by Pres. Teresa. Bernice Davidson donated polo shirts to the Club for sale, with proceeds to go towards purchasing gift cards for the goodie bags.
  • ONE DROP - Join ONE DROP's Walk for Water on October 11, 2014. The walk will begin at Symphony Park and end at the Springs Preserve. In case you didn't know, it was our District 5300 that was the catalyst for the $20M alliance formed between Rotary International and the ONE DROP Foundation! It is because of the hard work by the great leaders in our District that this important partnership has developed. Click the link here to register and learn more.
  • Simon Keith Charity Golf Tourney - if you are interested in sponsoring or playing, contact  Past Pres. Lane Kay. Event is October 24 with a noon shotgun start.
Upcoming Dates to Remember......... 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z
So. Nevada Rotary's Annual Safety Officers Award Recognition Presentations

 

Pres. Teresa recapped the SOAR presentations where more than 75 men and women who serve in the military, law enforcement and park service were honored at Southern Nevada Rotary's annual Safety Officers Award Recognition (SOAR) on Monday, September 8th.  Rotary dignitaries included District Governor Larry Skaggs and Past District Governor Tom Novotny.  The stories of heroism were many and reminded us all how fortunate we are to have ordinary people serving in an extraordinary capacity to preserve our liberties and save lives. The first-ever Southern Nevada Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Federal Judge Lloyd D George for his dedication to Nevada, not only his service on the bench, but for his tireless efforts to organize the Nevada Open World - Rule of Law program, which he continues to be a major part of each year.  Thank you to all who serve!

So. Nevada Rotary's Annual Safety Officers Award Recognition Presentations 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z
We Enjoy Our Monthly Updates from Channel 3's Gerard Romalo

Gerard Romalo was on hand to from Channel 3 to give a little good news about our community. The Delano (named after FDR) opened Tuesday at midnight, with a non-gaming/non-smoking environment; a glass bottle ban is being considered on The Strip by the Clark County Commission; new home starts are averaging 7,000 a year, nearly double of 2011, which was 3,700 and majority of homebuyers are now move-up buyers; The Shoppes at Summerlin are opening in a month and the job fair brought in nearly 4,000 applicants; a Las Vegas soccer stadium will be voted on and is not expected to pass; Assemblyman Richard Segerblom is proposing a $15 minimum wage in Nevada, which would not take effect until 2017 if it passes; and finally, football season is back, which will be a huge boost to the gaming industry.

We Enjoy Our Monthly Updates from Channel 3's Gerard Romalo 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z
Nevada Commission on Tourism update
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Teri Laursen from the Nevada Commission on Tourism-Las Vegas was our featured speaker, giving us a glimpse into the extraordinary places one can visit in Nevada when in need of an escape from the lights and nightlife. Just some of the places she featured included information on 23 State parks, 314 mountain ranges (the most in the entire US), 133 golf courses, over 600 ghost towns, Goldwell Open Air Museum which features outside sculptures "in the middle of nowhere", and the Extraterrestrial Highway. Nevada also holds claim to an area featuring one of the darkest skies in the US located at Great Basin, which allows star gazers to really enjoy the night sky. This bit of trivia was a surprise - did you know the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd. has more available hotel rooms than in all of Manhattan? Teri's focus is to encourage visitors and locals to take in the sights and sounds of all of Nevada and with the new Discount Destination Card coming soon, she expects tourism will increase. Volumes of information area available at www.travelnevada.com.

Nevada Commission on Tourism update 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z
The Prez Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

President Teresa and Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi visited the North Las Vegas Rotary Club this past Friday for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after receiving a nomination from the President Mark Damron.  After a very warm welcome at their regular meeting, we moved to the courtyard where pitchers of ice water were chilled and waiting for us.  Nearly all the members of NLV Rotary participated in the challenge.  The ALS subject is very near and dear to their club as former member Eldon Hardy lost his life to ALS a few years back.  His widow and daughter were on hand and tearfully thanked everyone who participated and donated to ALS.

 

The Prez Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z
This Week's Program Featured Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
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Joey Campbell, Business Marketing Manager for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, shared the latest numbers and news related to the convention industry in Las Vegas. The ad campaign "What happens here, stays here" has been the most recognized and longest running campaign ever for Las Vegas. Tourism is still the driving force for the Las Vegas economy as evidenced by the 39 million visitors arriving in 2013, bringing 45.2 billion dollars into our economy. We continue to be the number one destination for conventions, nearly double two of our closest competitors. Room Tax remains one of the primary sources of revenue to run the LVCVA, although it has dropped from 90% of the tax income in 1960 to only 23% today. Future plans to renovate and expand the Center are being considered, which will require massive funding with resources yet to be determined.

This Week's Program Featured Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z
August Birthday Bash Was a Hit!
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There was no shortage of excitement at the August Birthday Bash, captained by Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi, and joined by Pres. Teresa, Bonnie Helms and Kevin Wool.   The kids were greeted with Hawaiian Leis and giant birthday signs created by some of the other Club kids.  After devouring the pizza, they practiced their Frog Jump skills before the competition began.  The three teams played loud and fierce, providing one winner for the finals round, garnering the ultimate winner a few extra cupcakes to take home.  The Rotarians showed their dance moves with the kids to the birthday song, and after enjoying their cupcakes, the kids opened the birthday bags filled with school supplies and trinkets.  Some of these children had no birthday celebrations on their special day, which made our time with them so very important.  Make a point to join the party next month on September 17!  

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August Birthday Bash Was a Hit! 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z
Speaker Mark Hall-Patton- World Renowned Administrator of the Clark County Museum
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Our program featured Mark Hall-Patton, Museum Administrator for the Clark County Museum system, where he oversees the Clark County Museum, the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum, and the Searchlight History Museum. He has written and produced forty-eight local history videos and is regularly seen on the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" as a visiting expert. As Administrator, Mark manages the 30 acre site of the Museum, which houses a timeline about Nevada, from pre-historic times, to the building of the Hoover Dam, to modern day. Multiple exhibits house restored historic buildings depicting daily life from different decades in Nevada. His signature wide-brimmed hat and beard, coupled with his frequent appearances on the "Pawn Stars", makes him the most recognizable museum curator in the world. Unlike most of the experts who appear on the show, Hall-Patton never offers a financial estimate of an item's value, preferring to only establish authenticity and historical significance. If you haven't visited the museum, he suggested taking a day with the family and some water and enjoy the exploration. Check out the museums at museum info

Speaker Mark Hall-Patton- World Renowned Administrator of the Clark County Museum 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z
Shrek the Musical Family/Membership Mixer

Everyone had a great time this past Wednesday as we gathered for the Super Summer Theatre's production of Shrek the Musical.  Joined by employees of Keller Williams Realty, we gathered for dinner and drinks and then settled in with our blankets and pillows for a beautiful evening under the stars.  Through careful organization by Membership Chair and Past Pres. Lane Kay, the evening was perfect!  More pix are available on our Facebook page.Image

Shrek the Musical Family/Membership Mixer Lane Kay 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z
New Las Vegas Veterans Memorial
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Mark Catron has introduced us to the new Las Vegas Veterans Memorial, which will be located a Heritage Park near Hwy 95 and No. Las Vegas Blvd.  The organization was created by American Shooters, Inc., a veteran-operated business in Las Vegas, specifically to organize and spearhead the effort to construct a veteran's memorial.  The Foundation is fully committed to creating a timeless monument honoring the heroic service and profound sacrifices of all of the country's military veterans and their families. 

 

The memorial will serve as a reminder to all that we shall forever honor the heroism and spirit of those who have served and will serve in our nation's military. Located near the heart of the Las Vegas Cultural Corridor on approximately two acres, the memorial will feature 18 larger-than-life statues surrounded by granite memorial walls.  The Foundation continues to work in close collaboration with the city of Las Vegas, local veteran organizations and the broader community to make the memorial a reality.  If you are interested in learning more or contributing to this memorial, you can visit their website here.

New Las Vegas Veterans Memorial 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z
Our President is Getting Hitched!

Congratulations are in order for our own President Teresa Sowers and beau Michael Hancox for their upcoming nuptials.  The big day is October 18th. Congratulations from all of us Madam President!   

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Our President is Getting Hitched! 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z
Our Newest Member - Monti Levy
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We had our first new member induction of 2014-15 with the addition of Monti Levy to our club. Monti was sponsored by Past Pres. Robin Smith and was inducted by PDG/PP Roy who gave a brief history of Rotary. After her induction Monti said she was honored to be a part of our group and looks forward to being involved in our activities. More importantly, she shared it's an opportunity to show her children the importance of service. Welcome Monti - we are thrilled to have you!

Our Newest Member - Monti Levy 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z
July Birthday Bash
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July's Birthday Captain Rusty Bridges pulled out all the stops for the Birthday Bash at Agassi Boys and Girls Club last Wednesday.   Nearly 20 kids were on hand to party in celebration of their special day.  Our usual pizza, juice and cupcakes were devoured by the kids and then it was on to pin the tail on the donkey.  One by one the partiers were blindfolded and spun around before each could attempt to "tail" the donkey.  We had four winners, who were treated to one more special cupcake.  And, there was a bit of a dance contest with Rotarians dancing right along side the kids - you might be glad you missed that! In addition to Rusty, President Teresa, Past Presidents Dulcinea Rongavilla and Robin Smith, Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi, and Kevin Wool were on hand, along with Kyrbi Zell who is considering our Club for possible membership.  Next month's party is August 20th.  Don't miss it!

 

 

July Birthday Bash Robert Goldstein 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z
Our new Friend of Rotary

Marie Mortera of Channel 3 will be joining our club once a month to share the news of our community and help spread the word of Rotary in the community. She opted for good news this go round, beginning with real estate. The median price of a home just increased to $200,000, considerably higher than a year ago and shared that less than 35% of buyers are still paying cash. Free tickets were being given out to the first 100 riders at the High Roller to celebrate their first 100 days. There have been 7 weddings and 15 marriage proposals on the ride and the youngest rider was 2 weeks old and the oldest was 99. Nevada State Senator Ted Segerblom is considering a bill to do away with term limits. Former Mayor Oscar Goodman was asked for his input on the bill and he said he was okay with the current limitations, offering that he prefers now to wake up next to the Mayor.

Our new Friend of Rotary 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z
2014 Summerlin Patriotic Parade
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Southern Nevada Rotarians from Summerlin, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fremont and Red Rock Clubs joined in the Summerlin Patriotic Parade again this year as balloon wranglers.  Our wranglers included Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi and her daughter Sarah Tavernetti, Past Pres. Robin Smith with her brother Robert ,and we welcomed Pres. Teresa Sowers' partner Mike, and Bailey, who works with PP Robin.  We donned our patriotic sun glasses and hats and began marching through the parade carrying Uncle Sam's Top Hat and the American Flag. Both of these giant balloons needed more wrangling this year due to the breezes, but we made it through to the end, thankfully with random squirts of water by the kids to cool us down on our journey. A donation of $35 will be made to the Paul Harris accounts for Linda, Sarah & Robin as a thank you for their time.  

 


 

2014 Summerlin Patriotic Parade 2014-07-04 00:00:00Z
A Super Night at Spring Mountain's Super Summer Theatre!
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I would like to thank all of my fellow Rotarians for making our membership drive and social mixer such a huge Success!!!  Those who did not make it truly missed out on an incredible evening of great Food, wine and desserts as well as the amazing performance of Spamalot. It was a gut-busting, full of laughter show. Thank you again for those who attended and joined in making Las Vegas Fremont Rotary club, The Best Club in the Universe !!!!  

 

 

A Super Night at Spring Mountain's Super Summer Theatre! Michael Woodfield 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z
Welcome to our 2014-15 Board!
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Congratulations to our 2014-15 Board.  They have the task of carrying forward the traditions of our club, and creating new traditions and programs to keep our members engaged, as well as share the story of Rotary.

The 2014-15 Board was presented to the membership for vote and with no nominations from the floor, the new Board was approved:

President Teresa Sowers 

President Elect Michael Woodfield 

Treasurer Albert Guida Jr 

Secretary Larry Goldstein 

Past President Robin Smith

Welcome to our 2014-15 Board! 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z
Our Club Receives the first 2013-14 Presidential Citation
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DG Miles presented the club with the RI Presidential Citation with Distinction - not the first one for our club, but the first one presented for 2013-14. This Citation was awarded for our club's outstanding work with children through the Back to Booker program, membership participation in club growth and activities, having a signature event, which is our Block Party, and support of the Rotary Foundation, including Polio Plus. Thanks to every member who made this award possible!

Our Club Receives the first 2013-14 Presidential Citation 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z
Another Exciting New Member Joins the Greatest Club in the Universe
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District Governor Miles Petroff was on hand to induct our new newest member, Kevin Wool of First American Home Warranty, who was sponsored by AG Linda Bertuzzi (her 4th new member this year). DG Miles & PDG Roy York shared the importance of Rotary, both in the community and the world, and after which AG Linda presented Kevin with his membership pin and welcomed him as the newest Rotarian in the World. Welcome Kevin!   

                  

Another Exciting New Member Joins the Greatest Club in the Universe Linda Bertuzzi 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z
Our 2013-14 Year in Review
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President Robin shared a short video on our long year of accomplishments - from kids to golf, from Polio eradication to home builds.......check it out!


http://youtu.be/-MZMATEPUD0

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Our 2013-14 Year in Review Robin Smith 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z
2014 Block Party Thank You's

Our Block Party committee honored some outstanding companies and individuals for their contributions to the success of the party. "This really was done by the entire club and, personally, as fundraising chair, I appreciate everyone's hard work", said Chair Carla Smith. Our net was approximately $24,700, with proceeds going to both the Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

The first annual Voluntold and/or Busy Bee Awards went to:
Red Rock Rotary Pres. Rachel Diehl - $500 to her club for her member's work during the event
Past Presidents Gary Prater & Jim Main for doing whatever was needed
Hector Buendia for "stepping up" as a table sponsor
PDG/PP Roy York for graciously accepting his duties 30 minutes before the festivities began
Don Barris, boyfriend of Pres. Robin, for being the largest bidder (37% of proceeds came from auction)
Past Pres. Allen Puliz for extraordinary auctioneering
Pam Dreyer & Tammy Hall, Four Queens, for their outstanding partnership
Past Pres. Lane for his busy bee work, doing whatever he was told
AG/PP Linda for program designs, canopy presentation and outstanding ticket sales
Michael Woodfield for getting the job done
Treasurer/Past Pres. Albert Guida for quick response when numbers and checks were needed
Puliz Moving & Storage, The Smith Team, GLB Insurance and AA Midwest for Silver Sponsorships
John Froumy, Platinum Sponsor NOVA Home Loans, for being Block Party's top sponsor for 3 years
Teresa Sowers & Marilene Nevins for "just being" - working non-stop over dinners, pool parties, breakfasts, keeping Carla on task and coming through like champs!   

 

2014 Block Party Thank You's 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z
Meet the Newest Rotarians in the World!
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One of the high points of Pres.Robin Smith's year, and one of the things she said she will miss the most, is the induction of new members into our club. She had the pleasure of doing just that with two new members on June 10th - Debbie Harris, CEO and founder of DoWeComply.com at Performance Intermedia, and Keith West, financial adviser with West Financial Services, both sponsored by AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi. Please take a moment with each of our new members and remind them why we are the greatest club in the universe! Welcome Debbie & Keith!

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Meet the Newest Rotarians in the World! 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z
2014 Rotary International Conference
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RI President Ron Burton put the final touches on the 2014 Rotary Convention in Sydney by reminding the attendees why they joined Rotary. "Being a Rotarian isn't about our own achievements, it isn't about our own careers, it really isn't about us at all. It's about the people we help," said Burton. "At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in Rotary is how much better the world becomes because Rotary is in it." The four-day event, which drew to a close on 4 June, attracted more than 18,000 attendees from 153 countries. Burton encouraged convention goers to return to their clubs ready to do more to improve the lives of others. "Together, we can dream big and we can achieve. We can change whole communities for the better, not for a day but for a lifetime," he said.  Rotary changes lives by improving literacy, making water cleaner, bringing better health care to mothers and children, and eradicating polio worldwide, Burton said. But he warned that complacency could set Rotary back. "That's why it isn't enough for any of us to just go through the motions, to show up at our clubs, to do just the minimum needed and no more," he added. "And it's why each of us has to remember, every hour of every day, what a responsibility we have."  Check out the pictures and other amazing stories here

2014 Rotary International Conference 2014-06-04 00:00:00Z
League of Extraordinary Booker Students Presentation
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On Tuesday, June 3, we honored the final three students for the League of Extraordinary Booker Students program at Kermit Booker Elementary's 5th grade graduation. The pilot program begun this year and funded by District 5300 Grant, was chaired by AG/PP Linda under the New Generations Committee.  The criteria for the nomination by their teacher included citizenship, academics, attendance, completion of the anti-bullying program and mentoring.  The honorees this period were Melvin HernandezJasmine Escoto and Mya Jameson and when their teachers read the nomination, it was easy to understand why each student was selected.  Comments included - "I have never seen a student try harder to learn.......she is a great role model for her classmates"  "He is courteous kind and helpful.....always offers to help by being a support system to students who may be intimidated by subject matter"  "She isn't satisfied until her assignments are perfect.....she is focused on success and will same day make a fantastic business owner".  With the announcement of each name, their fellow classmates erupted in loud applause and cheers, and the parents in the audience were beaming with pride.  Each of the students received their Booker/Rotary polo shirt, a specially selected gift just for them and a certificate inducting them into the League of Extraordinary Booker Students.  And when the program was over, AG/PP Linda was presented with a bouquet of roses from the first recipient of the award, Christian Flint, as a thank you for the time our members spent with the kids in the classrooms and the new program!  Thanks to the members who were able to lend a hand - Pres. Robin, PDG/PP Roy YorkBonnie HelmsButch Benda and soon-to-be inducted Keith West.

 

League of Extraordinary Booker Students Presentation Linda Bertuzzi 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z
2014 District 5300 Conference

The 2014 District Conference was one for the record books for the Southern Nevada Clubs as they walked away with multiple awards, including two of the The inaugural Governor's Bell Award 2014-15 presented to the most outstanding clubs in the District:

 

Large - Las Vegas Rotary            Medium - Green Valley Rotary         Small - West Covina Rotary Club

 

  

 

The Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club earned 12 Outstanding and Exemplary awards, and sponsored the winning 4-Way Test Speech contestant, Shane Cashin of Clark High School.  

 

Take a moment to see the pictures from Conference, along with the winning videos of the Dan Stover contest and 4-Way Test Speech on the District 5300 website.

2014 District 5300 Conference Linda Bertuzzi 2014-05-17 00:00:00Z
"Back to Booker" Thank You's
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We received delightful thank you's from the League of Extraordinary Booker Student award recipients.  This a program dedicated to the fifth grade students at Kermit R Booker Elementary and honors the top student in the 3 fifth grade classrooms each trimester for academics, citizenship, attendance and completion of the anti-bullying program.  Rotarians also give mini-presentations on etiquette, as part of the District Grant.  Classes have included gratitude, proper greetings and acknowledgements, and this past Tuesday was focused on proper attire, presented by Past Pres. Dulcinea Rongavilla, AG/PP Linda and Colleen Malany Braid.  It was gratifying to see how the classes have hit home for the kids, prompting them to write the notes.  One particular student wrote "Thank you for letting me be with the best club in the universe."  We agree!

"Back to Booker" Thank You's 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z
LV Fremont's Rotary at Work Day
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For over 25 years, members of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club have been tending to the beautiful Rotary Reflection Garden at the Easter Seals facility. This garden was built in two stages, with the final stage providing a safe environment for daily visitors to walk and take a quiet moment for themselves.  In a matter of a few hours, with 20+ volunteers on hand, including our children, we spruced up the grounds to their original beauty.  Through a donation from the Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund, the irrigation system can now be repaired.  Thanks to everyone who gave a few hours to make a difference and to Past President Scott Stolberg who coordinated our efforts.

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LV Fremont's Rotary at Work Day 2014-05-10 00:00:00Z
Corazon Super Build

This Super Build had the largest participation ever from southern Nevada - both in manpower and number of homes built!  When Super Build Chair Mark Barragan asked LV Fremont Rotary President Robin to be in charge of speaking at the southern Nevada clubs to gain the dollars and manpower for a home, he had no idea she would be such a force in the success of the build.  A total of four homes were built on May 3 in a rural village outside Tecate, Mexico, of which two homes were directly attributed to Nevada.  She was able to convince the area's clubs to donate enough for one home and, at one Boulder City presentation, one member was so moved that she personally wrote a check to fund another home.  At the build sites, there was no separation of manpower, as both California and Nevada volunteers pulled together to provide housing for very deserving families.  These homes are the result of selection and a long wait for each family as they earn the hundreds of hours required to qualify, along with completing domestic violence prevention classes, gardening classes, job training, and finally, agreement by the family to keep their children in school through high school with the assistance of scholarships secured through the funds for the home build.  The next annual build will be May 2, 2015, with the possibility of another towards the end of 2014.  Thanks to LV Fremont Rotarians President Robin & her twin Robert, Asst. Gov/Past Pres. Linda and her daughter Sarah Tavernetti, Past Pres. Drew Levy and his wife Debbie, Larry Goldstein and his friend Pammy, Kevin Mills, and his wife Priscilla & daughter Devynn and many friends of our club for taking time to complete this important project.   To date we have only been able to secure pictures from one southern Nevada home.  When more become available, we will share them.

 

 

 

Corazon Super Build 2014-05-03 00:00:00Z
Sticky Bugs and Pizza at the April Agassi Birthday Bash
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Past President Allen Puliz chaired the April Agassi Birthday Bash, sharing his special day with the great kids at the Boys and Girls Club.  He wasted no time in finding the delicious gourmet cupcakes from Gigi's Cupcakes before the kids arrived!  Due to Spring Break, we had just a few guests on hand, but the Rotarians were many and we all enjoyed some great fellowship.  We played the "Sticky Bug" game, enjoyed a guitar musical presentation by Joey, all the while enjoying the pizza and drinks.  This continues to be one of our favorite hands-on projects and worthy of the hour of time each month.  Next month's celebration is May 21st at 4:30 pm.  See you there!

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Sticky Bugs and Pizza at the April Agassi Birthday Bash 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z
LV Fremont's 4-Way Test Speech Winner is on His Way to the Next Level!
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Congratulations to Shane Cashen of Clark High School for winning the Four Way Test Speech group competition and moving on to Regionals being held at the Las Vegas West Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 29th at noon. He was the winner at the LV Fremont Club and many believe he is going to make it all the way to District Conference. Good luck Shane. We are all rooting for you!                                                                                                        Congratulations to Shane Cashen of Clark High School for winning the Four Way Speech Test group competition and moving on to Regionals being held at the Las Vegas West Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 15th at noon. He was the winner at the LV Fremont Club and many thought he was going to make it all the way to District Conference. Good luck Shane. We are all rooting for you!

LV Fremont's 4-Way Test Speech Winner is on His Way to the Next Level! 2014-04-04 00:00:00Z
2013-14 District Conference - Time to Celebrate!!!
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2014 District Conference

 

The Big Kahuna Miles Petroff invites you to enjoy the "Spirit of Aloha" at the 2014 District Conference! Join us May 15-18 at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort. Ohana means family and we want to see the District 5300 Ohana of Rotary out in full force! The cost is just $209 for all five meals, with prices for individuals meals also available. Meal and room prices go up April 24, so register now.  www.DaCdb.com


You'll enjoy golfing, the Palm Springs Street Fair, 4-Way Speech and Dan Stover Music contests, Rotary inspiration and, of course, the Tiki Lounges (hospitality suites)! You need to act now to secure your club's Tiki Lounge or space in the Ohana Hall, where you can show off your community service projects. More details are available on the flyer.
2013-14 District Conference - Time to Celebrate!!! 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Offer Thanks to Rotary for Polio Eradication in India
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Thanks to every Rotarian everywhere who has contributed dollars and "boots on the ground" in the effort to eradicate Polio around the world.  Because of India is now Polio free, all of Southeast Asia is now declared Polio free.  Thirty plus years, millions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have all been instrumental in vaccinating billions of children.  We are THIS close...........and we will make it happen if you continue to give to the Polio Plus at Rotary.org

Click here to listen to Bill Gates video of gratitude to Rotary............. Bill Gates thank you to Rotary

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Offer Thanks to Rotary for Polio Eradication in India 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z
Southeast Asia is Reported Polio-Free - at Last!!
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The World Health Organization recently declared Southeast Asia Polio Free!  This is no small feat and has taken years to accomplish.  Check out this link and hear what Rotarians and their Polio partners have accomplished!

Southeast Asia Polio Free!

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Southeast Asia is Reported Polio-Free - at Last!! 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z
Our Fourth Annual Block Party is Just ONE Month Away!
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Don't miss your chance to buy tickets to our Club's Fourth Annual Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style!  We will be partying, dancing and enjoying a fabulous Las Vegas evening in the heart of old downtown, under the Fremont Experience on Thursday, April 24th, 2014, from 6 pm to 10 pm.  Tickets are limited, so don't wait.  This is one of the most favorite events of the year in Southern Nevada. Contact Block Party Chair Carla Smith at carsmith313@aol.com to purchase tickets or get more info.

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Our Fourth Annual Block Party is Just ONE Month Away! Carla Smith 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z
We Thought Past Pres. Scott Stolberg Might Dance at His Birthday Party!
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Past President Scott Stolberg provided the food and entertainment for our March birthday kids at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club.  Several of our February birthdays missed some of the festivities the previous month and were on hand to celebrate.  We were surround by 7, 8 & 9 year olds, with a 16 & 17 year old on hand to enjoy, too.  Our usual pizza and juice, followed by Gigi's Cupcakes gave them just the energy they needed to show off some dance moves and enjoy a game of tag.  They were eager to open their birthday bags, which contained school supplies, dictionaries, a little candy and some games - a gift each month that never disappoints. Thanks to President Robin Smith, Asst. Gov/Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi and Past President Dulcinea Rongavilla for being there for the festivities.   Next month's party will be on April 16 - one week before the Block Party.  Put your dancing shoes on and join as at Agassi! 

 

We Thought Past Pres. Scott Stolberg Might Dance at His Birthday Party! 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z
A Visit to the Mob Museum Proved to be Memorable for a Few Members
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Thanks to a little pull by Past President Dulcinea Rongavilla (10-11), our members enjoyed a VIP tour of the Mob Museum this past Tuesday.  Located at 300 Stewart in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, The Museum rests inside the historic former Federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office. This building is one of the few remaining historically significant buildings in Las Vegas and is included on both the Nevada and National Registers of Historic Places.  Fact from fiction is exposed and light is shed on of how the Mob came to be, the battles that were fought, and what remains today. The real stories are shared about the Mob's biggest players including Al Capone, Whitey Bulger, Bugsy Siegel, John Gotti and many more. As visitors move through the Museum, they will also be witness to some of the most infamous Mob artifacts, such as the wall from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the barber chair where Albert Anastasia was murdered.  A little target practice can be had with the mock Tommy Gun and visitors can experience sitting in a replica of the Sing Sing electric chair.  Through our own mock trail held during the tour, we were able to line up a few questionable characters from our club, which resulted in a very hasty termination of one John McInerney for irreverence and disrespect to President Robin Smith.  The charges didn't seem too serious to the general audience, so there may be some underlying deep, dark secrets they didn't hear about.........hints of the old Mob days.  John's wife, Pat,  looks rather delighted to be pulling the lever, don't you think?

 

A Visit to the Mob Museum Proved to be Memorable for a Few Members 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z
Goodbye to a Dear Friend
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A Fond Farewell

 

 

The District 5300 Rotary family has lost a treasured member in Southern Nevada.   Bob (Robert) Lillis, Secretary of the North Las Vegas Rotary Club passed away quietly on Saturday, March 15th with his family by his side. Bob had been a frequent and welcomed visitor at our Club and was active in the community, especially with the ALS of Nevada organization. Bob just celebrated his 12th year in Rotary.  Please hold his wife Robin and their family in your prayers.  He will be missed.
Goodbye to a Dear Friend 2014-03-15 00:00:00Z
Be Sure to Sign up for District Assembly!
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Scheduled for April 05, 2014 at Victor Valley College in Victorville. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the event starts at 9:00 am. The purpose of district assembly is to prepare 2014-15 incoming club leaders for their year in office, to give the district governor-elect, incoming assistant governors and district committee chairs the opportunity to network with club leadership teams and to enjoy fellowship with Rotarians in District 5300.

Assembly is open for all District 5300 Rotarians, but we would particularly like to see Presidents Elect, Club Secretary Elects, Treasurer Elects, Assistant Governors (2013-14) and incoming District Committee Chairs in attendance. We hope to see you all there!  Registration is required at www.DaCdb.com
Be Sure to Sign up for District Assembly! 2014-03-14 00:00:00Z
SPECIAL NOTICE - March 18th will be an Evening Meeting

We will be dark for lunch, however, in lieu of our regular meeting, members of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club will be gathering at the Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, on Tuesday March 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  If you would like to join us, please contact Past President Dulcinea Rongavilla at drongavilla@cragin-pike.com    This would be perfect time to check out the Greatest Club in the Universe!

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SPECIAL NOTICE - March 18th will be an Evening Meeting 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z
Our 2014 Dan Stover Contestants Were Amazing!

For many years, Dan Stover was an active and valued member of the Rotary Club of Alhambra, California. He was always available to play organ or piano at various Rotary functions, both for his own club and for Rotary District 5300, which encompasses parts of Southern California and Southern Nevada. In Dan's memory, a scholarship fund was established to encourage college bound high school students to continue their love of music and involvement with music while attending college.  Competition starts at the club level and winners at the club level will move onto regional competition. Winners of one of four regional competitions will move on to the District competition on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Town & Country Hotel in San Diego, California, where the top finalist will be awarded as much as $5,000. The competition is open to instrumentalists who are allowed to play any musical piece of their choice, with the performance not to exceed 8 minutes.  Each contestant is judged on their musical ability, musical sound and stage presence. Our 2013-14 four contestants were selected from the Grammy award-winning Las Vegas Academy.   After we enjoyed each of their performances, the final judging was tallied (and the scores were very close!) and our contestants placed as follows:

 

1st place - Eddie Carcamo on the guitar

2nd place - Emily Daly on the violin

3rd place - Joaquin Yrizaris on the standup bass

4th place - Joshua Ginsburg on the trumpet

 

Congratulations to all the contestants and we wish Eddie the very best as he moves on to the next leg of the competition!

 

Our 2014 Dan Stover Contestants Were Amazing! 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z
A Fond Farewell
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A Fond Farewell

 

District 5010 Governor Sue Foley (Alaska-Yukon) and her husband Harold have been frequent visitors to our Club over the years when they traveled to Las Vegas from Anchorage.  They were welcomed with open arms by our members and said they always felt at home during their visits to our Club.  DG Sue passed away in Las Vegas Thursday morning from a massive heart attack.  Thanks in no small part to the southern Nevada Rotary family, Harold was able to make all the necessary arrangements to return DG Sue home to her beloved Anchorage.  We will miss her warmth and smile and extend our love and prayers to the entire Foley family and District 5010 for their loss.  

Dist. Gov. Sue Foley

A Fond Farewell 2014-03-09 00:00:00Z
2014 Indian Dream Team
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Three members of District 5300 were in India during the week of February 23, 2014, to participate in India's National Immunization Day.  After a short rally/parade in the Village of Nuh, Rose Marie Joyce, April Romo and Asst. Gov. Linda Bertuzzi administered drops to nearly 700 children.  Nuh is in the heart of the Mewat District - one of the most at risk areas for contracting Polio.  While India has not had any new reported cases in the last three years, the immunizations will continue until the world is Polio free.  The 2014 Dream Team members then spent three days working on a water harvesting dam that will provide year round water for more crops and sustainability for the village as it harvests the monsoon waters.  Thanks Dream Team!

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2014 Indian Dream Team 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z
The Las Vegas Mayor's Cup Int'l Soccer Tournament Hit Town Over President's Weekend

Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Soccer Tournament

by Past President Roger Tabor

 

The Las Vegas Mayors Cup International Showcase was another big success. This event was conceived at a make-up at the Rosarito Beach Rotary Club. It has outgrown everybody's vision. Over President's Day Weekend, the LV Fremont Rotary Club hosted a team of high school age boys from Haiti. Most of the Haitian boys had never left their island, let alone been to Las Vegas. The Haitian boys had to purchase their own airline tickets, but without our club's help the trip would have been cost-prohibitive.. Teams of kids from France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Colombia, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico & Haiti participated in this year's event. 400+ college coaches were also in attendance recruiting for their respective programs. LVCVA has estimated the Mayors Cup generated in excess of $20 Milloin in economic impact to our community. It is our club's biggest impact and broadest reaching program. Thanks to all the Rotarians who supported this event!

Our 2014 Haitian Team

 
The Las Vegas Mayor's Cup Int'l Soccer Tournament Hit Town Over President's Weekend Roger Tabor 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z
A Lesson in Etiquette at Booker Elementary
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As part of the New Generation's sub-committee Back to Booker program, chaired by AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi, various members volunteer to conduct mini classes for the fifth grade classes on etiquette, personal hygiene and other topics to aid the children as they move into middle school and adult life.  The topic this past week was etiquette with an emphasis on a proper greeting and handshake.  It's amazing how something so seemingly small was able to fill the entire 15 minutes allotted.  The kids really enjoyed learning about how the handshake came to be and evolved into what we know today in the business world.  They practiced smiling, saying hello and making eye contact, all the while offering their hand in friendship.  With the assistance of Past Pres. Dulcinea Rongavilla (11-12), who pulled together material from her experience at the Boys and Girls Club and was covered by AG/PP Linda, along with Colleen Malany Braid and Patricia Saavedra, who both have extensive experience working with kids, the presentations were superb. 

 

  
A Lesson in Etiquette at Booker Elementary 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z
Our 2nd Annual JDRF Ambassadors Soccer Event Was a Hit!
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Past President Lane Kay (2012-13) reported that our second annual JDRF Ambassadors Soccer Event was a huge success!  Held at the Indoor Soccer Park, 16 Ambassadors attended, along with siblings, friends and parents.  This program was established to allow the Ambassadors, who all have Type 1 Diabetes, take their minds off of the high demands of their disease and enjoy a day with their friends.  Warm-ups outside prepared them for some high energy soccer activity indoors.  Afterwards they were treated to Baja Fresh, compliments of the LV Fremont Rotary Club.  PP Lane said he was really struck by the bonding of the older kids over lunch and appreciated the interaction by the parents.  Many members of the club were on hand to help set up and break down.  A special thanks to Past Pres. Roger Tabor(02-03)Treasurer Larry Goldstein, and Butch Benda for being on the field and hands on with the kids.

 

  

  

Our 2nd Annual JDRF Ambassadors Soccer Event Was a Hit! 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z
Our Newest Member - Bonnie Helms
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We inducted our newest member Bonnie Helms of Stewart Title, who was sponsored by Asst. Gov/Past President Linda Bertuzzi (10-11).  Bonnie's husband, Alan, was a member of our group some years back.  Through a chance crossing of paths with Linda, Bonnie was reintroduced to our club and very eager to join.  Welcome Bonnie & Alan!  We are thrilled to you back in the family.  A cake was presented to celebrate our 40th member, however, a few members decided it should also be to celebrate our 28th anniversary AND Carla's birthday, and so it was!


Our Newest Member - Bonnie Helms Linda Bertuzzi 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z
Happy 28th Anniversary to the Best Club in the Universe!



We are celebrating our 28th Anniversary - Chartered February 1, 1986
Happy 28th Anniversary to the Best Club in the Universe! 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z
Fireside Chat

Membership Chair Michael Woodfield greeted a large LV Fremont Rotary group at his home for our Fireside Chat on Thursday, January 30th.  With nearly as many new members as seasoned, and spouses/partners along-side, everyone was treated to a potluck of appetizers and refreshments before getting down to the business of "What is Rotary?"  The leadership was on hand to provide our Club's story and committee reports, allowing time for Q&A as needed.  With the upcoming Block Party getting closer, the topics of Fundraising, Chair Carla Smith, and Foundation, Chair Past Pres. Allen Puliz (04-05/06-07), were the most discussed topics, allowing everyone to come up to speed on both committees and hopefully encourage a lot more member involvement at every level of the Club.  And special congrats to our new blue badge holders - Steve & Drizzle Gibson and Kevin Mills. Another one will be planned in the near future - don't miss it!

 

Fireside Chat Michael Woodfield 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z
New Games at the January Birthday Bash Had the Kids Jumping for Joy!
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In keeping with our Club's reputation for having a good time, Past President and Charter Member Albert Guida, Jr.  provided some great fun for the January birthday bash at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club!  From the pin the tail on the pig to the gooey bug snatchers, the kids were entertained and really enjoyed their special birthday celebration.  The girls were pitted against the boys and the contest was close for both games.   And, it seems PP Al was enjoying the games just as much as the kids!  President Robin Smith  and AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi were on hand to help with the festivities and Drizzle Gibson arrived in the nick of time with the highly anticipated birthday gift bags.  See you next time on February 19th for another great party! 

 

 

New Games at the January Birthday Bash Had the Kids Jumping for Joy! 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z
Our Newest Member - John Chmela
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Welcome to our Club's newest member, John Chmela and his wife Claire, inducted on January 21st. John is the Managing Director/CEO of Blacknet Group, with expertise in social media marketing.  He was a member of the Rotary One Club in Chicago from 2003-2006 and moved to Vegas about a year ago. Welcome John & Claire!

 

 

Our Newest Member - John Chmela Michael Woodfield 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z
2014 Peace Conference

2014 Peace Conference

 

District 5300 is holding its annual Peace Essay contest focused on the theme of "Unity through Diversity".  The essay is to think about our communities today, whether its global, country, city, school or even family, and consider the differences that can be discovered to unite diverse peoples to work together to promote peace. The 1,000 word essay is due by February 21st and open to all high schools in our District.  Prizes are first $500, second $250 and third $100.  Only the first 100 entries received will be accepted.  Get the word out to high schools in your community and encourage the schools to have their students enter.  Click here for rules and submission requirements.

2014 Peace Conference 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z
The Big Game Boards are Here!

The BIG Game Boards are here! 

 

Fundraising Chair Carla Smith announced the Big Game Boards are Footballready for square sales.  To allow for easier tracking, the boards are being assigned to teams, with each team member being responsible for passing it along to the next.  This is an important fundraiser for our Club, raising $5,000 net each year for the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Foundation, aka the Downtown Rotary Charitable Organization to fund our Club's great works.  Take it to your job, your friends, your neighbors and other Rotary clubs.  Someone has to outsell President Robin and Past Dist. Gov./Past Pres. Roy York this year!  Contact Carla if you have any questions. 

The Big Game Boards are Here! 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z
Welcome Past President Albert Guida to Paul Harris +6
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ImageA great start to the new year with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship +6 to Past President Albert Guida Jr., recognizing his ongoing contributions to Rotary International's Foundation, including the Annual Fund, PolioPlus or an approved Foundation grant in increments of $1,000. PP Guida's contributions help fund many District 5300 programs such as water projects, building of homes in Mexico, and Rotary's fight to end Polio around the world.  PP Guida is a Charter Member of our Club and long-time Treasurer.  Thank PP Guida for all you do for Rotary!  

Welcome Past President Albert Guida to Paul Harris +6 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z
Congratulations to the 2013-14 LV Fremont Rotary Foundation Members of the Year
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Congratulations to Las Vegas Fremont Rotarians Colleen Malany Braid, Past President Roger Tabor and Asst. Gov./Past President Linda Bertuzzi on being the recipients of the 2013-14 Foundation Members of the Year after receiving the nomination by President Robin Smith.  Their dedication to the Foundation through service and financial support placed them at the top of the list.  Colleen and Linda have both participated in Polio Immunizations in India, Linda having completed 3 trips, as well as home builds in Mexico.  Roger continues to support the RI Foundation financially, and also at the Club level with his creation of the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Soccer Meet, begun 11 years ago, and now the largest soccer tournament in the entire US.  Thank you Colleen, Roger & Linda for your continued service!  President Robin, Colleen & Linda are pictured here at the awards banquet with RI President Ron Burton and his wife, Jetta.

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Congratulations to the 2013-14 LV Fremont Rotary Foundation Members of the Year 2014-01-03 00:00:00Z
Your LV Fremont Rotary Foundation Dollars at Work

President RobinAG/PP Linda and Carla & Cailyn Smith joined four Agassi Boys and Girls Club kids at Barnes and Noble on December 19 to purchase $500 in new books for the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Reading Room housed at the B&G Club.  The dollars were recently donated by our Club's Foundation and went a long way that day to build the library.  Met by store manager Terri, the kids were guided through the thousands of books to pick out the latest titles and, through some very savvy "on sale" shopping and a generous discount from Barnes & Noble, more than 60 new books were purchased.  The kids were then treated to hot chocolate, cookies and a special gift bag with a stuffed animal inside.  It was a great experience for the kids to be able to select the books they enjoy reading and great use of our Foundation's dollars to nurture literacy.

   

Your LV Fremont Rotary Foundation Dollars at Work 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z
2014-15 President Elect Teresa Sowers
With the unexpected relocation of Ray Jansma to Pennsylvania for an exciting new job, our club was left with an urgent vacancy for President Elect. President Robin Smith announced current Club Secretary Teresa Sowers has agreed to accept the position of President Elect for the 2014-15 year and presented her with a PE pin.  Thank you Teresa for stepping up!
2014-15 President Elect Teresa Sowers 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z
Our Newest Paul Harris Fellows
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On behalf of Dist. Gov. Miles Petroff, Asst. Gov. Linda Bertuzzi had the honor of performing the Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) induction for Past Pres. Dulcinea Almazan Rongavilla, her first, and Past Pres. Roger Tabor who is now a PHF +2.  The PHF is The Rotary Foundation's (TRF) way of expressing its appreciation for substantial contributions to its many programs.  The designation is often a tribute to a person whose service demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of TRF.  The recognition comes as a result of contributions to TRF in $1,000 increments.  What does this really mean?

  • You will build houses in which you will never live
  • You will feed hungry people of every race, creed and political philosophy
  • You will make crawlers into walkers
  • You will educate children you will never know
  • You will vaccinate children you will never meet and eradicate Polio out in your lifetime
  • You will dig wells from which you will never drink
  • You will plant trees under which you will never sit
  • You will restore eyesight to those who will never see you
  • You will not only be IN the Rotary family, but you will have the Rotary family IN you."

Congratulations Dulcinea and Roger!  Thank you for your continued service.

Our Newest Paul Harris Fellows 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z
2013 Santa Clothes Project
Christmas came early for over 300 local school children who were given the opportunity to shop for new clothes and shoes on Thursday, December 5th, as part of Southern Nevada Rotary’s annual Santa Clothes, held in partnership with JCPenneys and the Englestad Family Foundation.  The children, selected by their schools and youth organizations, were transported to several JCPenneys locations throughout southern Nevada, where they were paired up with eagerly awaiting Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to begin an hour of power shopping with a budget of $200 for perhaps some of their first very own new items of clothing. Upon completion of the shopping excursion, the kids were taken to the UNLV campus where they enjoyed lunch and play time with the UNLV athletes & cheerleaders, leaving with their own special football, soccer ball or basketball.   Our Club has been involved for years, through funding and hands on participation,  in this program begun by the Las Vegas Rotary Club 18 years ago, and this year we celebrated a record number of our members and spouses on hand to shop -President Robin SmithKevin & Priscilla Mills, Cameron Christiansen, Greg Clemens, Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi, Colleen Malany Braid, Larry Goldstein, Heather Holmes & Bernice Davidson. Thanks to all the members who were able to take time to make a difference in the lives of these children.

 
2013 Santa Clothes Project 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z
Our TLC 8th Graders Were in the House to Share Their Experience!
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We welcomed our returning 8th grade students from the Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain.  Past Dist. Gov./Past Pres. Roy York provided a little history on TLC, which was patterned around RYLA, a high school leadership program, both sponsored through District 5300.  TLC provides a three day retreat dedicated to promoting and fostering leadership skills for eighth grade students.  Teen leadership is provided by RYLA graduates who return as high school seniors to lead their students through a very full weekend of activities and speakers.  This was the third year we have sponsored students from Dawson and Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi shared a little insight into how our relationship developed.  AG/PP Linda's daughter attended Dawson, which opened the door 11 years ago to approach them about how to feed 550 children Thanksgiving dinner - the rest is history.  The partnership has flourished over the 11 years and the Board decided to give the TLC opportunities to the Dawson kids as a thank you.  This year we sponsored four students, who on were on hand to share their experiences.  Sage said time spent with other kids, who were strangers in the beginning and friends at the end, was the most inspirational for her.  She learned how to hone her listening skills and said that was the most valuable lesson she learned.  Ashley shared she was scared at the beginning because she was placed on a bus away from her three Dawson friends, where she sat next to strangers, which really frightened her.  However, after all of the ice breakers on the bus to camp, she was more relaxed and enjoyed meeting the other kids.  Her most inspirational moment was hearing motivational speaker Scott Greenburg, who instilled in her that she cannot control what happens to her, but she can control her reaction.  She also said the experience has inspired her to make service part of her life through time, not just clothes and money.  Grant, as with all the students, expressed his thanks for the whole experience.  He was surprised how easily he made new friends and really enjoyed that opportunity.  Climbing the rock wall was the one event he absolutely did not want to do, but after encouragement from his team, he did it and was glad - he felt he had developed confidence after that experience.  Alex said the first few hours of the trip to camp were terrifying - he was going to actually have to socialize with people, which was completely outside his comfort zone.  Every day was action packed and every speaker impacted him, ultimately allowing him to see how grateful he is for all that he has.  His biggest life's lesson was to take responsibility for his life.  The weekend included world renowned speakers, hands-on workshops and a service project where nearly 200 kids measured, packaged, sorted and boxed enough food to feed over 12,000 individuals.  Every indication was that the food would make its way to the Philippines, in need after the typhoon.  Josh Keilty took an opportunity to thank our members for the experience, something he knows the kids will take with them for a lifetime.  Incidentally, Josh did not leave without multiple requests to join our Club!

Our TLC 8th Graders Were in the House to Share Their Experience! Linda Bertuzzi 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z
21 Military Men and Women from Nellis Were Our Guests at Our Last November Meeting
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Our final meeting of November was yet another outstanding moment for our members as we hosted 21 servicemen and women from Nellis AFB, at the request of and expense of Four Queens Owner Terry Caudill, as part of the southern Nevada Rotary "Adopt an Airman" program. Mr. Caudill took a moment to personally thank our military guests, stating "People around the world DO care and you are not forgotten. We appreciate you and want you to enjoy your lunch, from the bottom of our hearts from the Four Queens family and Rotary." District Governor Miles Petroff, in attendance with his Exec. Aide Raghada Khoury, presented Mr. Caudill with his own Hero's pin, which he said he would wear proudly. We moved through a long list of thank you's and announcements, many tied to the events in this newsletter, moving President Robin Smith to exclaim "we can't be any more thankful with all that has happened, including today!" And, we couldn't have asked for a better program than the one provided by world-class slight-of-hand magician Bodine Balasco, who is also a top Fortune 100 speaker. Borrowing $20 from Drizzle Gibson at the beginning of the show, tearing it into pieces and returning it not only whole, but with another $20 in hand, set the tone of his very entertaining show, which was equaled to his ability to keep us laughing all the way through his performance. Each and every one of our servicemen and women remarked after how much they appreciated the special lunch they were able to enjoy with us.

 

 

 

21 Military Men and Women from Nellis Were Our Guests at Our Last November Meeting 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z
November Birthday Bash at Agassi Boys and Girls Club
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Wednesday the 20th we hosted our Agassi Birthday Bash for the November kids, captained by Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi. A special thanks to Pres. Robin Smith, Past Presidents Jim Main & Gary Prater, Colleen Malany Braid and Carla & Cailyn Smith (Happy Birthday Cailyn!)for being a part of the festivities. The kids enjoyed the party over pizza and drinks, a few games and then excitedly picked out their favorite cupcakes provided by Gigi's Cupcakes. One young man, new to Agassi, called every one he could think of while he was there to say "you aren't going to believe what they are doing for us!" And, he remarked privately to one Rotarian that he felt this was one of the most fun times he could remember. One Booker kindergartner was on hand and said he really enjoyed the Thanksgiving feast, too!

 

November Birthday Bash at Agassi Boys and Girls Club Linda Bertuzzi 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z
A Gift to a First-Year Second Grade Teacher at Robert Lunt Elementary

DG Miles Petroff and his wife, Teresa, Colleen Malany Braid, President Robin Smith, Past President's Dulcinea Rongavilla & Allen Puliz and AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi converged on first year teacher Sarah Tavernetti's classroom at Robert Lunt Elementary School to present her with school supplies, books and her very own rocking chair for her classroom -  made possible through the generosity of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club.  She was overwhelmed with gratitude!  Her students were nearly as excited, and couldn't wait to make their way through the boxes and boxes of new reading books. Miss Tavernetti teaches in a Title One school, with many first generation Hispanic students who require additional assistance in getting up to speed with comprehension of the English language.  The new books and supplies will go a long way towards improved her student's education.

 

A Gift to a First-Year Second Grade Teacher at Robert Lunt Elementary 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z
Our 11th Annual Booker Thanksgiving

Tuesday the 19th was one of the biggest days of the year for our Club as we served our 11th Annual Booker Thanksgiving. Begun as a "what if" question 11 years ago under Past Pres. Geoff, it has grown into our most anticipated hands-on program thanks to full support of our Club.. We purchase all the fresh food, which is prepared by the amazing Sage Dining team at Alexander Dawson School in the wee hours of the morning of our event. Past Pres. Allen Puliz provides the food transportation to Booker, where it is set up in a matter of minutes (or so it seems) at two serving stations. One by one the students work their way through the food line, with eyes as big as saucers, and smiles as big as the sun, in anticipation of the wonderful Thanksgiving feast. The Honor Society students at Dawson also join us, along with several members of the administration, including new Headmaster Dal Sohi, who was attending this event for the first time and very touched by the experience. 591 children and 60 staff were served that day and there were many memorable moments for each of us - from cutting the food for the 3 & 4 year olds, to passing out the cookies, or probably most memorable the now infamous dance by Turkey and Past Pres. Lane Kay and Principal Mason! The dance is available on our Facebook page. And just a note, one of our three Extraordinary 5th graders was sporting his new sneakers and polo shirt, which he proudly pointed out to us as he received his lunch. There was an outpouring of thank you's from the students just before we left.  More pix to follow.

 

Our 11th Annual Booker Thanksgiving 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z
Our District Governor Miles Petroff visits and aids with Operation Christmas Child
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November 18th we hosted District Governor Miles Petroff and his wife Teresa at a special meeting at Keller Williams. In a packed house, DG Miles presented Membership Chair Michael Woodfield the District Governor Hero's pin for his "outstanding job over the last three years and doing activities" dedicated to growing the LV Fremont Club. Bernice Davidson also received a pin as she "from the get go, started inviting people to Rotary" and also regularly volunteers. Steven Gibson also received recognition for his involvement with the club in hosting the Holiday party and organizing a music program to be presented next year. New Generations Chair Carla Smith received an Energizer Pin for all she does for youth services. Before we adjourned, DG Miles gave an update on our District achievements, including the recent March to End Polio, which was just the segue President Robin Smith needed to present a check for $2,683 representing the MTEP donations secured
by our Club, which will go towards the $100,000 goal set for the fundraiser. Then the fun began, as over the next few hours kids and adults sorted and filled the 200 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes with personal hygiene products, socks, school supplies and candy. Having done this for a few years now, we have the system nearly perfected and the kids continue to keep us on track! The boxes were shipped a few days later thanks to the Project Chair Rob Goldstein and Michael Woodfield

 

 

 

Our District Governor Miles Petroff visits and aids with Operation Christmas Child 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z
Our First "League of Extraordinary Booker Students" Presentation

 

Friday, November 15th, was our first League of Extraordinary Booker Students presentation at the Kermit Booker Elementary School under the New Generations Chair Carla Smith. With the assistance of the three 5th grade teachers, Principal Marcus Mason and Asst Governor/Past President Linda Bertuzzi, criteria was established to recognize the top student in each class, each trimester, for academic achievement, attendance, citizenship and completion of the anti-bullying campaign. The teachers submitted their nominations with heartfelt praise for their students. The presentations by President Robin Smith and AG/PP Linda occurred during Booker's normal citizenship award program.  None of the kids knew they were receiving this honor, so were greatly surprised when their names were called.
One by one Eduardo, Kathleen & Christian were called up to be presented with League of Extraordinary Booker Students polo shirts, personal gifts of shoes, art supplies, or books as recommended the student's teacher, and a beautifully framed certificate acknowledging their achievements. One parent was moved to tears as she watched her daughter receive the award. Principal Mason reached out after the event and said it was a great success and the kids were still talking about it days later! Incidentally, we received a District Grant to fund this program.
Our First "League of Extraordinary Booker Students" Presentation Linda Bertuzzi 2013-11-15 00:00:00Z
A Little Fun and Fellowship at our 2nd Annual Putt Putt Membership Mixer
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Membership Chair Michael Woodfield pulled off another successful Membership Mixer at Angel Park with assistance from Past Pres. Lane Kay.  Three teams made their way through 9 holes of golf which ended with some pretty impressive scores and the winning team's guest golfer made a hole in one!  With a glorious Vegas sunset as our backdrop, we gathered around the fire pit and enjoyed some cocktails and appetizers, taking time to share the many reasons our guests would want to be a part of the "Best Club in the Universe".  Thanks go to Kevin Mills, Larry Goldstein & AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi for bringing four guests and, hopefully future Rotarians, to the event - last year two new members were inducted from our golf outing.  Thanks to all the Rotarians who attended.

A Little Fun and Fellowship at our 2nd Annual Putt Putt Membership Mixer Michael Woodfield 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z
Attention Muggles & Wizards - the Holiday Party is near!
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In keeping with our Club's reputation for having over-the-top fun - we are readying our members for their "House" assignments at our December 7th Holiday Party being held at the Hogwarts College of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  With the reported deaths of Professor Dumbledore and Voldemort being in question, it's anyone's guess as to what will happen during the festivities.  Image

Attention Muggles & Wizards - the Holiday Party is near! 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z
Three of Our Members in California for the March to End Polio
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Colleen Malany Braid, Larry Goldstein and Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi represented ourClub during their trip to San Bernardino to participate in the March to End Polio fundraiser sponsored by District 5300.  Donations for this event are being accepted through the end of November, 2013 at  www.marchtoendpolio.com.

 

Three of Our Members in California for the March to End Polio 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z
Senator Patricia Spearman shared the special needs of our returning women soldiers


Nevada State Senator Patricia Spearman and Iraqi War Veteran Michelle Wilmot were on hand to discuss the challenges faced by our women returning home from military service. Senator Spearman indicated the needs are new and challenging as mothers, grandmothers, and sisters are now serving on the front lines in the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Women "who put their lives in jeopardy for their country are coming back to no services, including housing. Two words should never be used in the same sentence - homeless and veteran." With women now encountering the physical and mental challenges of war, our services need to look at their special needs, including shelters, which, up until recently, were only occupied by men. There are safety concerns in the shelters due to sexual assaults and women are increasingly finding themselves homeless. Women account for 15% of current active duty military, with that number expect to nearly double in the next 15 to 20 years. Women veterans are six times more likely to commit suicide and the rate in Nevada tops the list with highest number of suicides among women. Support for women serving in military combat is low and they return home to apathy and resentment for their service at every level, including government services. Retired veteran Michelle Wilmot shared her 8 year ordeal to get much needed medical treatment and benefits from VA due to bureaucratic red tape and questions surrounding her combat service. Michelle said that "women vets are the new Viet Nam vet" and that our Country "was not prepared for women to return home in body bags." The realities of war have crossed gender lines now and America needs to begin treating all veterans equally. Senator Spearman is working with former US Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and the head of the Nevada VA Hospital to start thinking outside the box to provide housing, psychiatric care and re-integration into society and the workplace for our female soldiers. Michelle continues to be one of the leading voices for women in the military and you can learn more about her work through her website at Desert Warrior.  

Senator Patricia Spearman shared the special needs of our returning women soldiers 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z
The District 5300 March to End Polio Got an Early Start in Las Vegas!
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March to End Polio - The March Begins Here..........

 

Our Club had the great privilege of hosting a March to End Polio walk in the heart of old downtown at the Fremont Experience on Saturday, October 19th.  The Southern Nevada gathering, chaired by AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi, was the beginning of a week-long District 5300 push to bring awareness and dollars to Rotary International's PolioPlus campaign beginning in Nevada and ending in San Bernardino on October 27th.  We marched alongside members from Las Vegas West, Red Rock and Las Vegas Central, as well as family and friends. This event was especially close to home as several of our participants have family members living with Post Polio Syndrome. Thanks to our involvement in Rotary, we all remain acutely aware of the need to finish this Polio mission. However, the folks we encountered on Fremont Street were not so aware and we were met several times with disbelief that Polio was still around....and, in fact, a few questioned the validity of our walk.  It reminds us all of the importance of continuing to educate the public about this terrible virus and the fact that we still have many babies at risk of being infected with Polio.  With new outbreaks in Syria and Somalia, and Pakistan, Afghanistan & Nigeria still classified as endemic, we can't stop until we have vaccinated every child.  This virus is only a plane, train or boat ride away. We are this close! Donations will continue to be accepted at www.marchtoendpolio.com through November 30th.  Rotarians can donate through www.endpolio.org  

 

 

  
The District 5300 March to End Polio Got an Early Start in Las Vegas! Linda Bertuzzi 2013-10-19 00:00:00Z
October 2013 Agassi Halloween Birthday Bash
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Dressed from head to toes and nails, in her witch costume, President Robin pulled out all the stops for the October Birthday Bash at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club.  The room was festively decorated for Halloween & birthday and the "pin the hat on the witch" game was a hit - with both the kids and Rotarians trying their hand at carefully placing the conical hat in just the right location.  Let's just say the kids were much more skilled than the adults!  Everyone enjoyed the cupcakes donated by Gigi's Cupcakes and ice cream from Anderson Dairy after their usual pizza and juice.The gift bags continue to bring smiles to the kids as they sort through the candy, toys and school supplies for their favorite thing.  Thanks to Secretary Teresa Sowers, PDG Al Slaggert, Colleen Malany Braid, Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi and Drizzle Gibson for the donation of their time to celebrate with these great kids.  Our next Bash will be Wednesday, November 20th.

 

 
October 2013 Agassi Halloween Birthday Bash 2013-10-16 00:00:00Z
Our October 15th meeting will be at Canyon Gate Country Club
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Just a reminder that we will be joining the Las Vegas West Rotary Club on Tuesday, October 15th at Canyon Gate Country Club for a joint meeting at noon.  We will not be at the Four Queens this week.  This is our regular meeting and if you are visiting from out of town, we hope you will join us!  The location is at the corner of Durango & W. Sahara - 2001 Canyon Gate Dr, Las Vegas, NV, 89117.  

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Our October 15th meeting will be at Canyon Gate Country Club 2013-10-12 00:00:00Z
Polio Survivor Frank Fiorello
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Our speaker this week was especially important as our Club, District 5300 and Rotary International focus on the eradication of Polio during the month of October.  Frank Fiorello was diagnosed with Polio in 1955 at the age of 9, just weeks before he was due to receive his Polio vaccine at school.  At that time in Polio's history, not much was known about causes and cures.  He was initially treated for meningitis, but after extensive testing, ultimately diagnosed with Polio and placed in a temporary facility for Polio victims.  His only visitors were his parents who were required to wear protective gear and masks.  Outside of Frank's hospital room was an Iron Lung standing by..... just in case.  After several weeks of hospitalization he was released and allowed to return home, where desperate for a cure, his family sought any possible treatment.  Therapies included being wrapped in warm, wet army blankets for 30 minutes by a doctor who became known as The Blanket Man, to healing via Oral Roberts tv sermons and finally chiropractic care.  Sadly, with no cure, Frank was confined to his wheel chair and returned to a special needs school, until the government mandated that children like Frank be mainstreamed into regular schools.  Frank continued through public school, graduating with honors in High School and moving on to graduate from the University of Illinois.  During his early years of Polio, Frank immersed himself in art, which he credits for helping he deal with his disease.  He has chosen to "look forward in his life with no regrets."  In February 2001, after operating Fiorello's Pumpkin Patch in Illinois for 18 years, Frank and his wife Sue moved to Nevada where Frank now spends his time painting and writing for their publishing company, Pumpkin Patch Publishing.  His pumpkin-themed children's books are available on Amazon.com.   Frank and Sue were especially grateful for being our guests on this particular Tuesday as we shared the story of RI's commitment to end Polio and he hopes to join us on Saturday, October 19th on Fremont Street.  President Robin presented Frank with an "End Polio Now" button with Colleen Malany Braid, who had just returned from a Polio immunization trip in India, standing alongside.  And, a special note of gratitude to Frank and Sue for their generous donation of a book to the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Reading Room at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club.


Polio Survivor Frank Fiorello Linda Bertuzzi 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z
Cheers to Chocolate Fundraiser
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Did you know that the very FIRST Easter Seals was founded in Elyria, Ohio in 1919 by Rotarians Paul Harris and Edgar Allen? The relationship between Rotary and Easter Seals has been long-standing and it seems appropriate that the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club will be a Chardonnay Sponsor for the 2013 Easter Seals Third Annual "Cheers to Chocolate" event at Tivoli Village on Saturday, October 19th, from 7-9 PM  Tickets

This event will highlight wine tastings from Total Wine & More, along with a taste of some of the most decadent chocolate in Las Vegas! We anticipate over 800 guests to stroll the beautiful outdoor corridors of Tivoli Village while enjoying musical entertainment in what is sure to be a memorable event and one that will support Easter Seals Nevada and "Make the First Five Count" - ensuring that all children under the age of five reach developmental goals. Invite friends, business partners and potential Rotarians for this fabulous evening! Contact Membership Chair Michael Woodfield for more information.


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Cheers to Chocolate Fundraiser 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z
$1,000 Donated to Easter Seals from the Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund
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Membership Chair Michael Woodfield received a presentation from Foundation Pres. Linda Bertuzzi and President Robin of a $1,000 check towards the Las Vegas Fremont's Chardonnay Sponsorship at the upcoming Easter Seals Cheers to Chocolate Event.  Rotary has long ties to Easter Seals, as does our Club - see the article block below to learn more and be sure to buy your tickets!  Four VIP tickets will be auctioned off at our next meeting, with proceeds going to Easter Seals.

$1,000 Donated to Easter Seals from the Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z
And, we continue to grow!
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Please join us in welcoming Kevin Mills to the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club.  Kevin, owner of the Omelet House in Las Vegas,  became the newest member in the entire world on October 1st and was sponsored by Past President Jim Main.   Kevin said he was very honored to join our group and it appears that's the case, as he couldn't wait to pay his membership dues.  Welcome Kevin!

 

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And, we continue to grow! Michael Woodfield 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z
Volunteering at Three Square
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Members and friends of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club joined together at Three Square recently to sort and pack hundreds of boxes of food to be readied for distribution to those in need, including the weekend backpacks sent home for underprivileged kids in the Clark County School District.  

 

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Volunteering at Three Square 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Foundation presents Block Party Donation to Ronald McDonald House
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On behalf of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Foundation, 2012-13 Fundraising Chairs Carla Smith and Robin Smith presented a check for more than $12,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 10th from funds raised at the 2013 Block Party held in April.  Alyson McCarthy and Missy Check of the RMH organization were on hand to accept the donation and overwhelmed with our Club's generosity.  Through the hard work of our Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club's members, a vast circle of friends and family, along with numerous & generous sponsors, we were able to exceed our expectations and provide necessary funding for the needs of many families who utilize the RMH services during the care of a sick or injured child.


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Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Foundation presents Block Party Donation to Ronald McDonald House 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z
Starting our Fifth Year of Birthday Bashes!!!
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We began our fifth year at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club with our August Birthday Bash, captained by August birthday girl AG/PP Linda.  Joined by Pres. Robin, Past Pres. Drew Levy and Cameron Christiansen, about a dozen club kids were given a party to celebrate their own August birthdays.  It's not uncommon for nearly 1/4 of the kids to tell us how special our party is because they didn't have one and their hugs and smiles of gratitude make this event so very worthwhile.  After pizza, the kids were able to select their favorite gourmet cupcake, compliments of Gigi's Cupcakes to go with the ice cream cups provided by Anderson Dairy.  And let's not forget the obligatory birthday song, during which the kids thankfully sing louder than the Rotarians, drowing out our off-key singing - reminding us why we "hum" at our Club.  Pres. Robin passed out the birthday big bags filled with school supplies, a bit of candy and maybe a toy or two donated by Rotarians - always the icing on the cake for our partiers!  And from the looks of the pictures PP Drew was pretty excited to open the gifts.  We will see you next month on September 18th.

 

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Starting our Fifth Year of Birthday Bashes!!! 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z
Family Night at Spring Mountain Ranch
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Thanks all of the members who attended our event at Spring Mountain Ranch for the performance of Legally Blonde. It was a huge success and we had a fabulous turn out. For those of you who couldn't make it, unfortunately you missed a great night together with the members, families and guests. Oh yeah and some great food and wine!  A special thanks to Past President Lane Kay for assistance with early set-up, to Past President Allen Puliz for providing the blankets to reserve our prime seating area and to all the members who provided the delicious food and beverages. 

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Family Night at Spring Mountain Ranch Michael Woodfield 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z
August 13th meeting at Anderson Dairy

SPECIAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT 

Our August 13, 2013 regular Tuesday meeting will be held at the home of our club's 2013-14 Gold Sponsor, Anderson Dairy.  Join as we have an opportunity to tour the facility and enjoy lunch with fellow Rotarians, a few friends, family & future Rotarians. Noon at 801 E Searles Avenue, Las Vegas, 89101.

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August 13th meeting at Anderson Dairy 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z
Presidential Recognition to our "Future Rotarians"
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Demi Wasden, Granddaughter of member Marilene Nevins and Ryan Kay, son of Imm. Past Pres. Lane Kay were invited to the front of the room at our last meeting to receive Future Rotarian pins as thanks for their service over the years to our Club.  Demi has been active with our monthly Boys & Girls Club Birthday Bash and Ryan is a RYLA alum. Thank you both for your service.

 

Presidential Recognition to our "Future Rotarians" 2013-07-23 00:00:00Z
July 2013 Boys and Girls Club Birthday Bash
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Our newest member Patty Saavedra stepped up on her Rotary induction day to head the July Birthday Bash at the Agassi Boys & Girls Club.  Armed with colorful bins of iced juices, pizza and gourmet cupcakes she entered a room that was filled with kids ready to party.  In fact, they were SO ready, they were sitting at the table ½ hour early!  The kids devoured the pizza and kept their eyes on the unopened boxes of cupcakes and ice cream, and when it was time for desert, they crowded around to pick their favorite.  One little boy took a little extra time to select the perfect cupcake and then carefully wrapped it in a napkin to share with his mom that night.   The final piece of the party was the distribution of the birthday bags filled with school supplies, dictionaries, gift cards and a few sweets.  We are entering our 5th year at the Agassi Club and are reminded each and every month how special the kids are and how appreciative they are of a birthday celebration to look forward to. Thanks to all the members who participated - Captain Patty, Rob Goldstein, Carla Smith, Teresa Sowers, Mike Woodfield, President Robin and Past Presidents Paul Bell & Linda Bertuzzi.  Our next Bash is August 21st - don't miss it! 

July 2013 Boys and Girls Club Birthday Bash 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z
Summerlin Patriotic Parade - 2013
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Las Vegas Fremont Rotary members, family & friends were on hand to participate in the Summerlin Patriotic Parade as "balloon wranglers".  President Robin Smith, her brother Robert and Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi marked their 4th year in the parade, Past Pres. Lane Kay marked his second, and this year were joined by Carla Smith, Cailyn, Nevaeh & Shaylee, Steve Reiter, McKenna and Lisa Prall, Tracy Dawahare and Tammy Kilian.  Braving the hottest 4th of July since the inception of the parade, the "wranglers' made their way through the streets in Summerlin carrying the giant balloons and waving at the cheering children, and even a few adults.  This is one community event our members look foward to each year! 


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Summerlin Patriotic Parade - 2013 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z
President Lane's final meeting
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President Lane recapped the 2012-13 Las Vegas Fremont Rotary year with a video presentation highlighting all of our great works - community service, international service, new members, membership mixers, fundraising and more!  You can watch on the link below.  Thank you President Lane for your service to our members, our community and the world of Rotary!  Welcome to the elite Past Presidents Club!

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President Lane's final meeting 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z
It's not ALL work and no play.....
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At his final meeting, President Lane Kay challenged all of us to do the Harlem Shuffle.  Let's just say it was fun!  Thanks Lane for a fun filled year!

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It's not ALL work and no play..... Lane Kay 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z
No meeting on July 2, 2013

We will not be having our usual over-the-top, fun Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, July 2, in honor of the July 4th Holiday.  HOWEVER, please plan to attend the Summerlin Patriotic Parade on July 4th and see some of our members proudly marching in the parade with other Rotarians from around Southern Nevada.  And, we will see you next week.

Wishing you and yours a safe and fun 4th of July!

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No meeting on July 2, 2013 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z
President Lane is Officially Debunked

President Lane Kay, soon to be "past president", was treated to a debunking worthy of his year of service.  He was tried by his peers for a long list of past transgressions, found guilty by unanimous decision and sentenced to a firing squad armed with water guns.  None of his pleadings with the judge, jury or the prosecutor could stop the sound soaking he received!  Thank President Lane for your outstanding service!

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President Lane is Officially Debunked 2013-06-01 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas Fremont Rotary 2012-13 Rotarian of the Year
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Congratulations to Linda Bertuzzi (10-11) for being selected as the Club's Rotarian of the Year.  According to President Lane Kay "I cannot think of a more qualified recipient for Rotarian of the Year as she eats, drinks, breathes, plays and sleeps Rotary and the founding principals of "Service Above Self". "  A 20+ year member of the Club, she is a currently serving as 2012-13 Asst Governor for Group 14 in District 5300, a position she will carry over to 2013-14.  She is a multiple Paul Harris fellow and proud mother of daughter Sarah Tavernetti, also a Paul Harris Fellow.  You can learn more about Linda by checking out the link on the left under "Site Pages"  

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Las Vegas Fremont Rotary 2012-13 Rotarian of the Year 2013-05-21 00:00:00Z
2013 Block Party photos are here

The details are nearly ready to put together the story of our very successful Block Party held on April 26, 2013.  In the meantime, please be sure to enjoy the evening through our Photo Album to the left!

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2013 Block Party photos are here 2013-04-26 00:00:00Z
Open World Judges arrived in Las Vegas
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LV Fremont Rotary members enjoyed a fabulous dinner on a perfect Las Vegas evening at the home of Past President Allen Puliz, and his wife Patti, on Sunday, April 21st, with the Open World team from Estonia.  We welcomed 3 civil and criminal judges and our first visiting prosecutor.  They are all very fluent in English, which made for a lively and informative evening - all of us sharing stories of our families, professions and our hometowns.  They will be visiting various law campuses, courthouses and meeting privately with Judge Lloyd George and other local lawyers.

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Open World Judges arrived in Las Vegas Linda Bertuzzi 2013-04-21 00:00:00Z
Welcome Nova Home Loans as our 2013-14 Platinum Sponsor

Nova Home Loans is returning again this year as a major sponsor of our Block Party!  This year they will be our premier Platinum Sponsor.  Please make sure to support Nova and a special thanks to Asst. Governor Linda Bertuzzi for securing their sponsorship.

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Welcome Nova Home Loans as our 2013-14 Platinum Sponsor 2013-04-18 00:00:00Z
Welcome Anderson Dairy - Gold Sponsor of our upcoming Block Party

Las Vegas Fremont Rotary is thrilled to have a long-time local Las Vegas Company as our Gold Sponsor of our 3rd Annual Block Party being held on April 26th! Thank you Anderson Dairy, and our Club Secretary Teresa Sowers for securing this sponsor!

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Welcome Anderson Dairy - Gold Sponsor of our upcoming Block Party 2013-04-18 00:00:00Z
Block Party Committee - Busy, Busy, Busy!
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Led by President Elect Robin Smith and Carla Smith (aka the Smith Sisters), the Block Party committee met at Platinum sponsor Nova Home Loans to continue putting the finishing touches on our annual Block Party being held on Friday, April 26, 2013.  The list of raffle items is quickly growing and the live auction items are some of the best ever!  A block of rooms has been set aside for party attendees at the 4 Queens Hotel.....all you have to do is mention "Rotary" when making the reservation. 

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Block Party Committee - Busy, Busy, Busy! 2013-03-21 00:00:00Z
March birthday bash at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club
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Several LV Fremont Rotarians were on hand in March to celebrate birthdays at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club.  Our members provide the pizza, juice, ice cream and cupcakes - and all disappear quickly!  Each kid is given a special birthday goodie bag packed with school supplies, a few pieces of candy or puzzles, a Target gift card, coupons for Sonic and their own dictionary.  This party provides many kids with a celebration of their special day that they might not otherwise have AND our members love this monthly get together!  Our next one is Wednesday April, 17th.  Join us!

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March birthday bash at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club 2013-03-20 00:00:00Z
Nova Home Loans is the Platinum Sponsor for the 2013 Block Party
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A HUGE thanks to the Las Vegas branch of Nova Home Loans for agreeing to be our Platinum Sponsor for the 2013 Block Party.  The Las Vegas Nova office is a premier mortgage lender in the Nevada.  Join us on Friday, April 26, 2013, to meet the great team at Nova and help raise money for our Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House.  Thanks again Nova!

Nova Home Loans is the Platinum Sponsor for the 2013 Block Party Linda Bertuzzi 2013-03-13 00:00:00Z
Celebrate Rotary Las Vegas Style - 3rd Annual LV Fremont Rotary Block Party
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Join us in Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience for our 3rd Annual Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style! This IS the greatest party in all of Southern Nevada!

We will be once again outside, center stage, dancing to the live music of The Wedge Brothers, enjoying food & drink and bidding on fabulous items to benefit the LV Fremont Rotary Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Las Vegas. This IS the Rotary social event of the year!!

For tickets contact Teresa Sowers 702-592-6214 or Marilene Nevins 702-809-0808. $60 each or 2 for $100.

For further information contact co-chairs Carla Smith (702)281-8593 or Robin Smith (702)460-5080

 

Celebrate Rotary Las Vegas Style - 3rd Annual LV Fremont Rotary Block Party Carla Smith 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z
Another New Member Joins Us!
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Welcome Kevin Hejmanowski to the our Club - the Greatest in the Universe!  Sponsored by Past President Roger Tabor, Kevin was inducted by President Lane into our great Rotary family.  When you see him or any of our newest members, extend a warm welcome and remind them why we are such an awesome Club.

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Another New Member Joins Us! 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z
President Lane receives a gift from India

 

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LV Fremont members Colleen Braid and Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi presented President Lane Kay with a turban they brought back from their travels to India where they perfomed Polio immunizations and helped build a water harvesting dam.  Our President looks pretty dashing, don't you think?

President Lane receives a gift from India Linda Bertuzzi 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z
Don't Miss Past Presidents Day
On Tuesday, February 17th, President Lane will take a break from his leadership role as Past President Dulcinea Almazan leads our Past Presidents through our Club's 27 year history.  It's a wonderful time to bring a guest, and as a new member learn more about our great Club.  See you then!
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LV Fremont Members travelling to India for NID
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LV Fremont members Colleen Braid and Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi depart on February 14th for the National Immunization Day being held in India on February 24th, where they will administer the life-saving Polio vaccine drops to babies in an effort to stop this deadly disease in its tracks.  They will also be part of the hands on construction of a water harvesting dam in a remote Indian Village.  We wish them a safe journey and prayers for a safe return.

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LV Fremont Members travelling to India for NID 2013-02-14 00:00:00Z
Happy 27th Anniversary Las Vegas Fremont Rotary!
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We held a celebration of our 27th anniversary at our regularly scheduled meeting as we honored our three charter members, all past presidents:  Albert Guida, Jr., James Main & Gary Prater.  With our usual light touch and sense of humor, our treasured senior members were presented with their walkers and canes and wishes from the Club for another successful 25 years.

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Happy 27th Anniversary Las Vegas Fremont Rotary! 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z
Welcome Bernice Davidson to the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club!
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Welcome to Bernice Davidson to the Greatest Club in the Universe.  Bernice was ponsored by Roger Bishop, a fairly new member himself, and inducted on February 5th.  Welcome Bernice! 

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Welcome Bernice Davidson to the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club! 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z
Our Membership Has Grown Again!
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Thanks to Projects Chair Rob Goldstein, new member Cameron Christiansen found his way to our Club and was inducted as our newest member on January 15th standing alongside his wife, Jessica.  Yet one more person who sees the great opportunities Rotary provides to serve our world.  Welcome Cameron!

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Our Membership Has Grown Again! 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z
Grab Your Copy of the January 14th Edition of Time Magazine!
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Rotary International's efforts to eradicate Polio from the face of the planet was heavily featured in a five page spread in the January 14, 2013, edition of Time Magazine.  It tells the story of Rotary's success and partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF and WHO to raise money and awareness o this deadly disease.  Check it out!

 

Grab Your Copy of the January 14th Edition of Time Magazine! 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z
A Special Day for the JDRF Kids

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To support a program near and dear to our President's heart, the members of the Las Vegas Club set up a special event at the Las Vegas Indoor Soccer Complex on January 13, 2013 for the JDRF Ambassadors - a group of kids from 6-18 who live 24 hrs a day with Type 1 Diabetes.  This day gave them an opportunity play at the sports complex and meet the members of the UNLV men's and women's soccer teams, followed by lunch.  President Lane said "this will allow the kids to get some exercise, have fun, and forget about the demands of this disease, if only for a few hours."

 

A Special Day for the JDRF Kids 2013-01-13 00:00:00Z
And, We Continue to Grow!
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Our first meeting of the new year started off with a bang as we welcomed Larry Goldstein and Mikel Smith who were inducted into our Club on January 8th.  As we continue to grow, we hope everyone will extend a warm welcome to all of our members who have chosen to join the Greatest Club in the Universe! 

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And, We Continue to Grow! 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z
2013 Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style!

The Smith Sisters are at it again!  Get ready Las Vegas and District 5300 as we prepare to host the largest block party anywhere in our District - the 3rd Annual Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Block Party led by co-chairs President Elect Robin Smith and Carla Smith.  This is our signature event and has been referred to as the party of the year.  Don't miss it!  Set your calendar for Friday, April 26, 2013 and plan to celebrate to the music of The Wedge Brothers in the heart of old downtown under the Fremont Experience.  If you would like to participate in the planning, please contact Robin at redzlife2@yahoo.com or Carla at carsmith@cci.edu to get involved.

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2013 Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style! 2013-01-07 00:00:00Z
Newtown Rotary Club Foundation Collecting Dollars for Victim's families

The Newtown Rotary Club has established a special fund for the victim's families to help them cope both short and long term with the terrible tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  If you would like to donate, please log into their website at www.newtownrotary.org

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Newtown Rotary Club Foundation Collecting Dollars for Victim's families Linda Bertuzzi 2013-01-02 00:00:00Z
Happy New Year from the Best Club in the Universe

 

We will be dark on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.  Sending best wishes to all for a healthy and prosperous 2013.

 

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Happy New Year from the Best Club in the Universe 2012-12-29 00:00:00Z
A Special Paul Harris presentation
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Asst. Gov./Past President Linda Bertuzzi was surprised by a visit from her daughter, Sarah Tavernetti, who was on hand at the meeting to present her mom with her 4th Paul Harris designation.  Sarah is also a Paul Harris Fellow, which made the presentation even more meaningful.  Congrats Linda!

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A Special Paul Harris presentation 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z
2012 Santa Clothes

Our Club loves hands-on projects and the annual Santa Clothes program is at the top of the list.  Each Rotary Club in Southern Nevada pays to sponsor underprivileged Clark County School District children and then given the opportunity to send members of their Clubs to shop alongside the kids.  Five members of the LV Fremont Club were on hand - dressed to impress with antlers and Santa hats.  After the shopping excursion at JCPenney's the kids are transported to UNLV for a day with the atheletes and lunch.

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2012 Santa Clothes 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z
2012 November Birthday Bash Another Smash Success
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What do you get when you combine 15 birthday kids and 8 dedicated Rotarians?  A birthday bash to remember!  The excitement filled the room as they enjoyed the food, fun and festivities provided by members of the LV Fremont Rotary Club.  For just an hour of time, we are able to give these kids the greates memories.  How do we know?  Because every month the non-birthday kids greet as we come in and ask if we will be there for their special day.....and the answer is always "Of course!".  Thanks to everyone who turned out to make this a special day.

 

2012 November Birthday Bash Another Smash Success 2012-11-21 00:00:00Z
2012 Booker Thanksgiving

Our members, their spouses and friends served the 10th Annual Kermit Booker Elementary School Thanksgiving feast on November 13 alongside the Honor Students and leadership of the Alexander Dawson School.  This continues to be one of our Club's favorite projects - the ultimate in "Service Above Self".  more than 575 children receive a full Thanksgiving feast, with all the trimmings, during their regularly scheduled lunch time.  Their are plenty of leftovers carfully portioned out and delivered to the neediest of Booker families.  In addition, we supply food items for the weekend backpack programs, and this year had the joy of receiving food from the International Academy first grade students.  Thank you to all of the Rotarians and guests who took time to bring smiles and joy to the great Booker kids.

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2012 Booker Thanksgiving Linda Bertuzzi 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z
And We Welcome another great member to the Greatest Club in the Universe
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John McInerney, standing alongside his wife, Pat, was welcomed into the Club on November 6th and shown here being pinned by his sponsor Asst. Governor/Past President Linda Bertuzzi.  Welcome John and Pat! 

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And We Welcome another great member to the Greatest Club in the Universe 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z
Chilean GSE team members visit the LV Fremont Club

Las Vegas Club member Mary Ann Avnet presented the returning 2012 GSE team who had just returned from four weeks in Chili.  The team was comprised of non-Rotarians ranging in age from 25-40.  They visited the usual tourist areas, but also were taken into the innermost parts of Chili and allowed to have hands on experiences, which included one of their biggest highlights - meeting the coal miners who had been rescued. 

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Chilean GSE team members visit the LV Fremont Club 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z
PDG Gene Hernandez shares the Rotary Float story

 

Past District Governor Gene Hernandez was on hand this week to share the story of the Rotary Float, which has been a mainstay in the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade for 34 years.  This is the biggest PR project for Rotary and yet no Rotary dollars are used - it is totally funded by donations and built by Rotarians. Check out the website at www.rotaryfloat.org to see how you can help fund or participate in the building of this year's float. 

 

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PDG Gene Hernandez shares the Rotary Float story Linda Bertuzzi 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z
Happy Birthday President Lane!
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It's not often that we can catch our President off guard - but we did by surprising him with a visit from his wife Sue during the meeting and bringing in a special birthday cake in honor of his special day!  Happy Birthday Lane!  You continue to wear many hats very well.

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Happy Birthday President Lane! 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z
Celebrating our Kid Connection at Brio
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A perfect Las Vegas fall evening, a little music by Tommy Rocker, delicious appetizers prepared by Brio Tuscan Grill and a whole lot of Rotarians, friends and spouses together to support the LV Fremont Rotary Foundation and it's dedication to the children of our world.  Co-chairs Pres. Elect Robin Smith and Carla Smith and their extraordinary committee put on a fabulous party.  A huge thank you to sponsors Wyotech, Puliz Moving and Storage and Nova Home Loans.  The funds raised will go a long ways towards funding our youth projects, including RYLA, TLC, Booker Elementary and Agassi Boys and Girls Club - just to name a few!.  See more pictures in our photo albums.  Thanks all!

 

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Celebrating our Kid Connection at Brio Linda Bertuzzi 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z
October 2012 Agassi Birthday Bash
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A Halloween themed birthday bash was held on Wednesday, October 17th at the Agassi Club. Attired with fake teeth, mustaches & other party favors, President Elect Robin Smith led the celebration and shared her own birthday with the excited October birthday kids. This special day of celebration is so appreciated by the kids and, for some, may be the only birthday party they have. Club members on hand included Marilene Nevins, Teresa Sowers, Rob Goldstein, President Lane and Past President Jim Main (87-88).  And, as you can see below, our members are certainly not afraid to jump in and celebrate to the fullest!

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October 2012 Agassi Birthday Bash 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z
And we continue to grow! Welcome new members Terry Wong & Colleen Braid
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A warm Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club welcome to our two newest members!  Dr. Terry Wong, sponsored by President Lane, and Colleen Braid, sponsored by Ray Jansma, join the ranks of one of the greatest Southern Nevada Rotary Clubs.  We look forward to serving along side each of them in our future Rotary endeavors.  Welcome Terry & Colleen!

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And we continue to grow! Welcome new members Terry Wong & Colleen Braid 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club receives the "Shining Star" Award

On Friday, October 5, the Clark County School District honored the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club with the "Shining Star" award for our TEN+ years of service to Kermit Booker Elementary School.  Asst. Gov/Past President Linda Bertuzzi represented the Club and accepted the award on behalf of all the members.  Our Club has been an important partner to Booker since 1996 when we began providing books to the library and mini-grants to the teachers.  In 2003 we began the annual Thanksgiving feast for their 575 students, which has become one of our most loved projects.  In addition, we recently funded their anti-bullying program, continue to provide funds for their teacher's programs, food for weekend backpacks and warm clothing for the children in need.
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Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club receives the "Shining Star" Award Linda Bertuzzi 2012-10-05 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas Fremont Hawaiian Luau Membership Mixer
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Las Vegas Fremont Rotarians and partners gathered together at President Lane & Sue Kay's home for a Hawaiian Luau/Membership Mixer.  With Island-themed food, drinks & dress, it was the perfect environment to welcome guests interested in learning more about our Club.  President Lane pulled off a close win during the mock "Presidential Debate" with the fictional president of the Spaghetti Bowl Rotary Club, headed by Michael Woodfield.  President Elect Robin Smith and AG/Past President Linda Bertuzzi fit into the evening with their grass skirts and lei's

 

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Las Vegas Fremont Hawaiian Luau Membership Mixer Linda Bertuzzi 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z
First Annual Putt Putt Membership Mixer
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Everyone had a great time at our first ever Putt Putt Membership Mixer held at Angel Park on September 26, 2012.  9 holes on the Putting Course, some food and fellowship created a great atmosphere to gather together and share our Club with guests who wanted to take a look for themselves at what a great group of Rotarians and friends we are.  We received one application for membership at the event!  Thanks to all the Rotarians, spouses, partners & guests who turned out for the event.

 

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First Annual Putt Putt Membership Mixer Michael Woodfield 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z
September Agassi Birthday Bash
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And yet another Birthday Bash at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.  Captained by Marilene Nevins, and joined by more members from our Club, we gave the kids a great celebration!  Party hats, pizza, drinks, cake, ice cream, gift bags, balloons & music - all ingredients for a exciting birthday celebration!

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September Agassi Birthday Bash 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Giving Back at Three Square
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LV Fremont Rotary members volunteered at Three Square to pack food for our underprivileged kids - the items in this picture are what each deserving child receives to sustain them over the weekend.  It is such a simple package, but means the world to the children in our community.  Thank you Rotarians for making a difference.

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Rotarians Giving Back at Three Square 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z
Another new member joins the ranks of the Greatest Club in the World
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Welcome Ray Jansma to the the Las Vegas Fremont Club.  As a former Rotary member, Ray was anxious to return and we are so glad he did!  He is joined by his wife, Debbie, in the photo and being pinned by his sponsor Asst Governor/Past President Linda Bertuzzi.  Welcome Ray & Debbie! 
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Another new member joins the ranks of the Greatest Club in the World 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z
2012 Kid Connection
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Don't miss another fabulous Kid Connection sponsored by the LV Fremont Rotary Club to support its Foundation's work with youth.  We will gather under the stars at Brio Tuscan Grill at Tivoli Square in Las Vegas on October 18, 2013.  See information on our Club calendar for more details!  See you there

2012 Kid Connection 2012-09-14 00:00:00Z
Roger Bishop is the newest Rotary member in the World on August 28, 2012
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President Lane Kay inducted our second new member of the year on August 28, 2012 - Roger Bishop.  Roger owns Applied Human Resources and has been actively looking for a Rotary home for some time.  We are excited to have Roger and his wife, Donna, as part of our Rotary family. Welcome Roger!!!!Image
Roger Bishop is the newest Rotary member in the World on August 28, 2012 2012-08-28 00:00:00Z
New Paul Harris Fellow
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Amy Tabor, wife of 2010 Rotarian of the Year and Past President Roger Tabor (02-03) was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow on August 21, 2012 by Asst. Governor and Past President Linda Bertuzzi (10-11.  It could not have come at a better time as we are recognizing the 25th anniversary of women in Rotary and remembering that it's not only our women members, but the spouses and partners of our Rotarians who are an important part of our Club's success.  Amy is a very active member of the Las Vegas community, serving on the board of the Assistance League of Las Vegas, and is an avid and much appreciated supporter of our Club.  Congratulations Amy!

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New Paul Harris Fellow 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z
Foundation presentation to Operation School Bell
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On Tuesday, August 21, a check for $4,500 from the LV Fremont Rotary Club Foundation was presented to Amy Tabor who accepted on behalf of Operation School Bell.  This charity which provides all the necessities for underprivileged kids to succeed in school was our benefactor and partner during our Block Party event held last April.  These funds will go a long way to help further the great work of this organization by providing school supplies, clothing, a few medical needs and a lot of love.
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Foundation presentation to Operation School Bell 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z
August Birthday Bash, and then some!
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All any of us could muster after the Birthday Bash was "WHEW!".  Combining the July and August birthday kids filled the room with 30 very excited kids.  The energy was off the scale.  There was laughing, dancing, singing, and balloons popping.  The July kids were given a second party due to a mishap with July's celebration and it made for an over-the-top experience for all of us.  Thanks to Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi for for sharing her August birthday and taking the lead by providing the pizza, cup cakes and drinks.  More pictures are available in our photos and albums.

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August Birthday Bash, and then some! Linda Bertuzzi 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z
Welcome new member Teresa Sowers!
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Our newest member, Teresa Sowers of Anderson Dairy, was inducted into the greatest Club in the Universe on Tuesday, August 14th.  Teresa has attended several meetings and Club events and decided our Club was the right home for her to serve her community.  WELCOME TERESA!
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Welcome new member Teresa Sowers! 2012-08-14 00:00:00Z
Norm Clarke is in the house!
ImageNorm Clarke is one of Las Vegas' most notable & recognizable columnists and we are fortunate to have him as our featurued speaker on Tuesday, August 14.  Join us!  Bring a guest! 
Norm Clarke is in the house! Linda Bertuzzi 2012-08-12 00:00:00Z
The Birthday Bash that almost wasn't
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Due to a vehicle malfunction, July birthday captain Blake Guinn was unable to make it to the Birthday Bash.  But that didn't stop Rob Goldstein, his daughter Michelle and Asst. Gov/Past President Linda Bertuzzi from giving the kids a good time.  Missing a few of the usual things, the kids were still treated to a room full of music, decorations and ice cream......and let's not forget those goodie bags.  You can't keep these kids down when it comes time to celebrate their special day.  We have invited them back in August to have the full celebration! 

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The Birthday Bash that almost wasn't 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z
2013 Summerlin Patriotic Parade

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Members from numerous Clubs in Southern Nevada gathered together to march in the annual Summerlin Patriotic Parade.  The LV Fremont Rotarians proudly travelled down the parade route carrying red, white and blue balloons and dancing to the gospel singers who led the parade.  President Lane Kay, Pres. Elect Robin Smith, Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi were joined by Robin's brother, Robert, and Linda's neighbor Tammy.  This is an annual event coordinated by our friends at the Summerlin Club and something we look forward to every year!

 

2013 Summerlin Patriotic Parade Linda Bertuzzi 2012-07-04 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Girls at Dist. 5300 District 5300 Conference
Las Vegas Fremont Rotary garnered 9 awards at District Conference in Lake Arrowhead, June, 2012, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our members, family & friends!  Past President (10-11) Linda Bertuzzi and almost President Elect Robin Smith represented the Club and had a good time, to boot, which was perfect for our cowboy-themed celebration!
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Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Girls at Dist. 5300 District 5300 Conference 2012-06-01 00:00:00Z
Joint Meeting with Las Vegas West Club at Canyon Gate CC on 5/1/2012
Our Club will be having it's annual joint meeting with the Las Vegas West Club on May 1, 2012 at the Canyon Gate Country Club.  There will be no meeting at the Four Queens.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at lasvegasfremontrotary@gmail.com  Thank YOU
Joint Meeting with Las Vegas West Club at Canyon Gate CC on 5/1/2012 Linda Bertuzzi 2012-04-29 00:00:00Z
National Immunization Day in India February, 2012
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2010-11 Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club President Linda Bertuzzi travelled with 7 members of District 5300 and other Rotarians from around the world to participate in the National Immunization Day in a remote area of India.  This video tells the story of how each of us make a difference, one child at a time and one Rotarian at a time.  The day after the return from this trip India was taken off of the endemic Polio list.  Congratulations Rotarians!

National Immunization Day in India February, 2012 Linda Bertuzzi 2012-02-19 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Block Party

The Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club will be "Celebrating Rotary, Las Vegas Style" Friday, April 27, 2012. Join us at heart of downtown Las Vegas under the Fremont Street Experience and dance to the music of the Wedge Brothers Band. We will have food, drinks and plenty of opportunities to bid on outstanding auction items - all proceeds to go to our Foundation and Operation School Bell. Tickets are $50.00. Sponsors and our Club's activities will be floating throughout the evening on the Fremont light canopy - a sight to behold!!  Contact Robin Smith (702-460-5080) or Carla Smith (702-281-8593) for more information

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Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Block Party 2012-02-12 00:00:00Z
We ARE "This Close"
Since 1985, eradicating polio has been Rotary's top priority. Largely through the efforts of Rotarians and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the campaign is "this close" to its goal. Polio cases worldwide decreased by more than 40 percent during the first eight months of 2011, compared with the same period in 2010. And India -- one of the four countries where the virus remains endemic (the others are Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan) -- reported only one case during that time.

As of September, Rotarians have raised US$190 million toward Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge to match $355 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Though the polio eradication campaign has made great progress, challenges remain. Seeing the job through to the finish will require redoubled effort and commitment.

During the week of 24-28 October 2011, Rotarians will receive 2- for-1 recognition for every online contribution of US$100 or more made to PolioPlus on www.rotary.org/contribute. The promotion will begin on 8 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST), on Monday, 24 October, and end at 10 a.m. sharp (PST), on Friday, 28 October. Please contact Foundation Chair PP Drew Levy (91-92) if you need assistance or more informaiton at aslevy@ix.netcom.com We ARE "This Close"!!!!

We ARE "This Close" Linda Bertuzzi 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z
October Agassi Birthday Bash
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October Agassi Birthday Bash Linda Bertuzzi 2011-10-19 00:00:00Z
Thought for the Week - Who Said It?

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Thought for the Week - Who Said It? 2011-10-02 00:00:00Z
Mark Your Calendars!

November 15th is our 9th annual Booker Thanksgiving!

Mark Your Calendars! 2011-10-02 00:00:00Z
Las Vegas Fremont Rotary's Kid Connection Fundraiser
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Las Vegas Fremont Rotary's Kid Connection Fundraiser Linda Bertuzzi 2011-09-29 00:00:00Z
Caliente's recent Fresh Start Picnic
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Caliente's recent Fresh Start Picnic 2011-09-17 00:00:00Z
Ukrainian Judges Dinner Reception
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Ukrainian Judges Dinner Reception Linda Bertuzzi 2011-09-14 00:00:00Z
2010-11 Las Vegas Fremont Rotarian of the Year - Roger Tabor
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2010-11 Las Vegas Fremont Rotarian of the Year - Roger Tabor Linda Bertuzzi 2011-05-31 00:00:00Z
District 5300 Superbuild in Tecate Mexico, May, 2011

Each year numerous Clubs from Rotary District 5300 travel to Tecate, Mexico, to build 3-5 homes over an 8 hour period along side Corazon.  It is an extraordinary event for the Rotarians and family/friends who also participate. The family spends years in community service and classes waiting to be nominated and selected by their village or Mayor to receive this incredible gift.http://youtu.be/-M6naM1Hung

District 5300 Superbuild in Tecate Mexico, May, 2011 Linda Bertuzzi 2011-05-14 00:00:00Z
Annual Kermit Booker Empowerment Elementary School Thanksgiving feast
 
Annual Kermit Booker Empowerment Elementary School Thanksgiving feast Linda Bertuzzi 2010-11-16 00:00:00Z
Quote of the Week - Who Said It?
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Mike Clayson 2007-04-26 00:00:00Z
District 5300 NID Participants Recognized by RI President
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The largest ever Polio team from District 5300 traveled to India in February to immunize 1,800 of the over 150,000,000 babies in India against the Polio Virus. Unique to the 2015 Rotary Dream Team is their hands-on water projects funded by multiple Clubs and matched by RI, with the work being done by members of the NID Team.  Southern Nevada Team members included two first-time New Generation scholarship recipients Rachel Diehl and Geri Rohrberg, along with three members of our Club - Asst. Gov/Past Pres.and Team Leader Linda Bertuzzi, Past Pres. Robin Smith and Pres. Elect Elect Kevin Wool.  As a result of the commitment of these Rotarians to Rotary's mission to end Polio, each was presented with a Distinctive Service Award as directed by the RI President and Dist. Gov. Larry Skaggs.

  

District 5300 NID Participants Recognized by RI President
No meeting on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

On behalf of all of us at the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club, we wish you a safe and happy new year.

Our first meeting of the year will be January, 7, 2014

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No meeting on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
May 2013 Birthday Bash was Another Hit!
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Thanks to all the Rotarians and family who showed up for the May Birthday Bash at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday, May 15th!  Approximately 15 kids ranging in ages from 6 to just turning 18 were on hand to enjoy the festivities.  Captained by Cameron Christianson, the kids got their usual pizza and cupcakes.  We have a great opportunity to make such a difference by giving the kids a special moment to celebrate their birthday.  We know from past experience how important this is, especially for the kids who have no birthday celebration.  We meet every third Wednesday at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club at 4:30 and this is a great opportunity to find out about our Club and it's amazing members!  Check out our pictures under the "Photos" section.
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May 2013 Birthday Bash was Another Hit!
On Tuesday, July 10, We Welcome Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, 2012-13 District 5300 Governor
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On Tuesday, July 10, We Welcome Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, 2012-13 District 5300 Governor Linda Bertuzzi
We will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012. All of us at the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club wish you a safe & happy 4th of July celebration!

 

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We will not be meeting on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012. All of us at the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club wish you a safe & happy 4th of July celebration! Linda Bertuzzi
No meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
There will be no regular membership meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, as many of our members will be attending the Get Motivated Business Seminar at the Thomas and Mack Center. We will see you next week!
No meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Linda Bertuzzi