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Listen to Douglas (Doug) T. Geinzer – CEO of Las Vegas HEALS

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Douglas (Doug) T. Geinzer – CEO of Las Vegas HEALS

Douglas (Doug) T. Geinzer
CEO of Las Vegas HEALS

Doug Geinzer is a skilled and successful entrepreneur who was built and sold several businesses throughout his career. Most of his success has been found in the healthcare, technology and employment industries. Today, Doug considers himself more of a social entrepreneur spending a significant amount of his time improving Southern Nevada’s healthcare infrastructure and positioning Las Vegas to become the most globally recognized health & wellness destination.

As CEO of the Las Vegas HEALS (Healthcare | Education | Advocacy | Leadership | for Southern Nevada), Doug delivers on their mission “To foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare in Southern Nevada.”

Doug has bee the recipient of many awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, Healthcare Hero, Innovative Business Leader, Top 40 under 40, “most influential” in employment and a ‘who’s who’ in healthcare. He is a past president of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Business Council and sits on the boards of numerous organizations.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Doug relocated to Las Vegas in 1993 to build a media company he later sold to Cox and Landmark Communications. Recruiting Nevada, another media company Doug developed was sold to the Greenspun Media Company in 2008, allowing Doug to focus on Las Vegas HEALS. He is married and is raising a multi-lingual young daughter. As an avid water sports fanatic, you will often find Doug stand-up paddling or boating on Lake Sahara.

Message From The President

I would like to thank and congratulate Michael Gordon on his outstanding stewardship of the Las Vegas Rotary Club (“Club”) for the 2017-2018 Rotary year. Under Michael’s guidance, the Club received the Presidential Citation from Rotary International, and we won the District 5300 Governor’s Bell. In addition to that, we celebrated our 95th Anniversary and reached our goal of having $2,000,000 in the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation, Inc. Great job Past President Michael! I am sure that title is music to his ears.

I would also like to thank the 2017-2018 Board of Directors of the Club and the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”). Each of them gave the gift of their time and wisdom to help lead this Club and maintain the Foundation so that it will be making meaningful donations to the residents of the Las Vegas Valley for generations to come. A special thank you to Shawn Noorda for her continued service to the Club. Shawn does everything needed behind the scenes to make sure that the Club continues to move forward in a seamless manner.

Thank you to the Past Presidents Committee for asking me to be this year’s caretaker of the Club. I truly hope that I am worthy of the request and I hope that I am able to live up to the standards set forth by the Presidents who came before me. I am looking forward to serving the Club this year. My hope is that everybody enjoys their time in the Club and gets to experience a Rotary moment in the 2018 2019 Rotary year.

This year’s Rotary theme is “Be the Inspiration” and Rotary International has rolled out a campaign to let the world know that Rotarians are “People of Action.” As all of you already know, the Club is filled with People of Action who inspire the Las Vegas Valley. I look forward to participating in and sharing stories of the Club’s success in the coming year. I am confident that the 2018-2019 Rotary year will be a great year the Best Rotary Club in the World.

Very Truly Yours,

James A. Kohl

Member Highlights

Scribe – June 21, 2018

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: June 21, 2018

  • President Michael Gordon called the meeting (Club Assembly) to order. Arleen Sirois gave the invocation. Sidra Kain led the club in singing God Bless America, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant at Arms was Mike Cudiamat.
  • There were (1) International Rotarians, (2) visiting Rotarians and (8) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • President Michael recognized and thanked the wonderful Lawry’s servers who worked tirelessly for our members each week for lunch.
  • President Michael awarded a Four-Way Test Coin to Marie Walsh, John Ingeme, Sidra Kain, Toni Kern, Jaime Goldsmith and Janelle Lozano for their unique and individual contributions week in and week out for our club.
  • PEE Jackie Thornhill presented Paul Harris Fellowship level increases to Bob Barnard (+5); Bob Potter (+4); and a first-time presentation to Rob Pistone
  • PP Tom Krob presented an Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship designation to Phillip Hollon, previously with the Salvation Army, who has been instrumental in our Santa Claus Program for many years.
  • Jaime Goldsmith presented a check of $617 from the Wine To Water committee for the One Drop Program to Pien Koopman (Cirque du Soleil)
  • Reminders: President Michael reminded members the debunking party is set for 6/28; Kim Nyoni reminded members the Alpine Picnic is scheduled for 7/21 at Bob Werner’s mountain cabin retreat and members are asked to volunteer for a picnic preparation ‘clean up’ on 7/14.
  • The weekly drawing began at $792 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was PP Randy Donald who won $10 and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Carolyn Sparks.
  • President Michael began our Club Assembly confirming the goals established at the beginning of his term were, through the efforts of the members, met and/or exceeded, confirming the many awards received at District Conference which were detailed by the various Chair Persons, including achieving the $2 million goal for LVRF; paying for 3 funerals after the 1Oct shooting, donating the excess funds to UNLV The Practice for use in mental health education and training; starting to Facebook livestream our weekly meetings and podcast of our weekly speakers; adding 18 new club members; issuing 61 Paul Harris Fellowship pins including a number of +2, +6, and +7; contributing $6,500 for the Superbuild Program, building 2 houses; sponsoring an inbound and outbound exchange student; sponsoring our Peace Scholar student; hosting a Group Cultural Exchange team from India; distributing numerous grants (reinstituting the Tiberti scholarship, awarding a $2,500 scholarship; $5,000 Public Education Foundation leadership academy; $3,446 to Rotary Club of Houston for relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey); honoring service men/women with Wetzel Awards and First Responders at annual SOAR event; donated 10 wheelchairs to Easter Seals; supporting Beckley harvest festival and Breakfast With Books, sending 12 students to RYLA, 12 students to TLC, sponsored 4 contestants each at Four Way Speech and Dan Stover Music contests, honored 52 Valedictorians at annual luncheon and honored the NV Centennial Medallion recipient; shared 15 grants from $1,000 to $5,500 each with Howard & Howard; various social events (Shakespeare Festival, Tailgate, Halloween, Holiday parties, Family of Rotary/Quarterly Family of Rotary Luncheons, New Member Orientations); fundraising activities (cigar socials, Cars For A Cause Show, Canned Food Drive, Wine To Water, Thomas Family Literacy Grant, VR Kids, Superbowl/Fantasy Football pools and putting tournament); and unique accomplishments, including Mayor’s proclamation ‘Las Vegas Rotary Day’ 4/5/18, revision of Club By-Laws, an article in the Rotarian Magazine, and 3 babies/2 grandbabies
  • President Michael adjourned the meeting to a shower of ‘tennis balls’.


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