The Wheel for June 14, 2018

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Listen to Dan Russell – India – “An Unexpected Visit”

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Dan Russell – India – “An Unexpected Visit”

Dan Russell is a 37-year member of the Las Vegas Rotary Club. He is the owner of Russell Financial Services, a Financial Services firm, specializing in Life Insurance & Estate Planning. Dan has been doing business in Southern Nevada for over 40 years. He is still very active and loves what he does.

Raised in Wyoming and moved to Las Vegas in 1962, Dan attended Fifth Street School (now a “Historical Preservation Landmark”). He graduated from Bishop Gorman High School, and then went on to UNLV where he compressed his (4) year undergraduate degree into (7) years! While there, he was the President of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and UNLV Student Body President. Dan obtained an Accounting Degree and went on to serve for many years on the UNLV Alumni Association.

Dan has been very involved in the community over the years. To name a few: Boy Scouts of America (Council Board Member, Scoutmaster of a 70-boy troop for 9 years and 2 National Jamborees), Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and Foundation – President of both. Internationally, Dan is the current President of Sharon India Foundation that serves over 300 Christian pastors in 5 states of India providing encouragement and support to some of the world’s poorest and most neglected people. Also, Dan keeps in touch with several Rotary Clubs in India.

Dan is married to Jane, an accomplished equestrienne, with whom he has two sons: Mark, 33, married with 2 daughters living in Guadalajara and John, 29, engaged and living in South Lake Tahoe.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

This year has provided numerous examples of why we can all be proud of our exceptional club. From paying for funerals after the 1 October shooting to providing almost 100,000 cans of food to the Salvation Army to clothing more than 365 underprivileged children to honoring 20 airmen and women from Nellis and Creech AFB to providing books and breakfast to school kids on a monthly basis to…We are a busy club!

Our club relies on your generosity to fund our many community endeavors. Did you know that you can support our club while you shop? If you obtain a Smith’s loyalty card and select our club, you help us do good works just through your regular grocery trips! For the last quarter (1/1/18-3/31/18) our club received $50.30 – with minimal effort! See Luci Parodi for more information on how to sign up.

For those of you who like to shop online, please select the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation Inc. when you shop on Amazon. When you use this link, our club endowment will continue to grow and ensure that we will remain the leading service organization for the next 95 years!

Michael Gordon
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas

Member Highlights

Scribe – June 7, 2018

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: June 7, 2018

  • President Michael Gordon called the meeting to order. Michael Williams gave the invocation. PEE Jackie Thornhill led the club in singing our National Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant at Arms was Jimmelle Siarot.
  • There were (6) International Rotarians, (0) visiting Rotarians and (6) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • The June birthday table was full including Janelle Lozano and her son, born 4/18
  • Kirk Alexander reported a very successful and good time, including good weather, at the Project Mercy build of 2 houses, despite a ‘lengthy’ 7 hr. border crossing back from Mexico.
  • Announcements/Reminders: President Michael advised 57 airmen were treated to seats at the Lights FC game; PEE Jackie Thornhill reminded members of the 2nd Quarter Wetzel Ceremony on 6/7 where 5 award winners will be honored; David Squier reminded members of the highway clean up on 6/9 with post clean up brunch at Jerry Sennes’ home; Jaime Goldsmith invited members to High Tea 6/10 at Petrossian’s Bar with a SOAR emphasis; Luci Parodi 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; President Michael reminded members his debunking party is set for 6/28, ‘Safari casual’ and prime rib will be on the menu for our 6/21 meeting.
  • Arleen Sirois received her jackpot winning check of $1,130.85.
  • PE Jim Kohl is looking for a volunteer to chair our annual Shakespeare Festival event.
  • Rosalee Hedrick inducted another new member, Aaron Overton, into the Club.
  • The weekly drawing began at $500 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was Dave Lester who picked the Ace and won $50 and the Lawry’s Bucks winner was Toni Kern.
  • Ted McAdam introduced our speaker program, Richard Jost, Dir. Fennemore Craig & Gen. Counsel to NIAS and (Ret) Lt. Col. Christopher Walach of NIAS. Mr. Jost provided detail/background of NIAS (Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems) and drones with Mr. Walach enlightening us about Nevada’s place and impact, both on a national and global basis, in developing systems and programs for safe, reliable drone pilots and use of drones, including testing in the commercial market, cloud seeding, package delivery and traffic management (drone incursion). Notable is that Nevada has been selected as one of only six test sites for such a program/system by the FAA, indicating if asked to do something NIAS says ‘yes, we can’.
  • President Michael presented our speaker with a “Share What You Can” award to benefit a veteran in need and then adjourned the meeting.


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