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Listen to Ryann Juden – The State of the City: N. Las Vegas
Ryann Juden – The State of the City: N. Las Vegas
Message From The President
There is a saying that goes, ‘you can’t understand another person’s feelings or motivations or struggles until you have walked a mile in their shoes’. As we look around at the disagreements and problems causing so much trouble today, that might seem like too tall of an order, too much to ask.
There is one problem that we should not find that intimidating, the disconnect between elementary or high school students and a normal school year. We were all that age once and can remember the highs and lows of our student experience. Today many of those experiences have been taken away by a pandemic that has upended our lives and theirs. We do not have to work hard to imagine what has been lost or what that feels like – we were there once ourselves and have first-hand knowledge of what current students are missing out on. We have already walked a mile in their shoes. We can and should feel empathy for them.
Our club is taking action to restore normal to local students through our literacy programs, by providing Halloween treats for teachers to give out to students, and through our signature Santa Clothes program. We can do more. Please send me a note (e-mail would be fine) describing the new program that you would like to organize and chair that will help our local students find a little more of the normal that we enjoyed when we were at that stage in our lives. Think creatively. Think big. Think about things that our club can do in partnership with other local Rotary Clubs or other local youth organizations. Think about the opportunities. Our club can accomplish difficult tasks in an impressively short period of time, and impossible tasks only take a slightly longer time to become completed, possible tasks.
Great service clubs have more than great histories, they have great futures. Ours is bright, but you can make it even brighter.
Las Vegas Rotary Club
Scribe – October 8, 2020
Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: October 8, 2020
President Richard Jost called the meeting to order.
- Carolyn Sparks gave the invocation.
- Kirk Holmes played “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
- The Sergeant at Arms was Jaime Goldsmith.
- We had four guests of Rotarians including a few prospective members.
- Jackie Thornhill announced our district awards. We earned gold in every category along with a platinum distinction from the district. Also, we earned the highest Rotary International Rotary Citation with platinum distinction. Jim Kohl was also awarded a certification of appreciation for his leadership in supporting End Polio Now. Only five clubs received this citation. Jackie Thornhill also mentioned that she will serve on the district committee to decide what program will receive the Gates Foundation Funds.
- Jackie Thornhill also handed out perfect attendance awards. Andy Kuniyuki 1year, Tina Bishop 2yrs, Carey Grohs 2yrs, Toni Kern 3yrs, Jackie Thornhill 3yrs, Kirk Alexander 4yrs, Rosalee Hedrick 4yrs, Kirk Holmes 4yrs, Marie Walsh 5 yrs, Jaime Goldsmith 6 yrs, Pat Kruger 6 yrs, Kathy Mahon 7 yrs, Jon Ingeme 8 yrs, Dave Thorson 8 yrs, Arleen Sorois 9yrs, Michael Gordon 11 yrs, Jim Tucker 11 yrs, Bob Werner 15 years, Karen Whisenhunt 23 years, Russ Swain 24 years.
- Marie Walsh gave a report on Breakfast with Books. Thankfully, Beckley students and families are still receiving both breakfast and books. Movies are being presented online and 334 families have been online to see the movie.
- Stu Lipoff mentioned that the member survey is still being distributed and we are still collecting responses. Every Rotarian is encouraged to submit responses.
- President Richard Jost mentioned that we have received a lot of Halloween candy that we will be distributing at Bracken School. We have until October 22nd to collect and pre-package candy.
- Jaime Goldsmith spoke about SOAR. This year we did not have the official ceremony due to COVID but we are going out to each department to personally give out the awards. Next year we hope to have a larger event with both the 2020 and 2021 honorees.
- The Ticket Winner was Pete Samolis who received a prize of $10, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was John Williams.
- Brian Sorrentino announced that we will have a virtual auction that was a spinoff of Cuisine & Octane. The final winners will be announced during our Holiday Party.
- Toni Kern spoke about this week’s new member orientation that was well attended including seven new members.
– Caitlin Turkovich was inducted. Her sponsor is Brian Sorrentino. Fun fact about Caitlin is that she used to attend her father’s Rotary meetings in San Luis Obispo when in high school.
Rose Falocco introduced our program speakers: Bryan Coy, CFO of the Vegas Golden Knights and Sportscaster Daren Millard. They provided an in-depth description of the team, hockey, expansion history, and many interesting VGK tidbits. Also, at no time did either person divulge any secret identities of any VGK employees. They mentioned how the VGK has essentially raised the bar on pre-game shows all over the NHL. Bryan and Daren also gave us a peak at how NHL teams cooperate with each other to improve the sport as a whole. Go Knights GO!
- Richard Jost adjourned the meeting.