The Wheel for December 22, 2016
VICTORIAN CAROLERS- by EJG Productions a Nevada Non-profit Arts Organization.
These professional vocalists perform over 100 Christmas Carols acapella in authentic Dickens era costumes from the Utah Shakespeare Festival. They have performed past holiday seasons at Lawry’s the Prime Rib, Opportunity Village, Sam’s Town, PBS and at many other private events
Message From The President
Yesterday marked the winter solstice, or the shortest day of the year, for us here in the northern hemisphere. As a bit of astronomical trivia, the earth reaches its perihelion, or its closest pass to the sun right around this same day, placing us about 5 million kilometers closer to the sun now than in July. Of course here in Las Vegas it feels like we are ON the sun in July! This seemingly counterintuitive phenomena I think demonstrates the amazing power of tilt (or perspective if you will) over sheer distance (or size).
As Rotarians, we apply this same power of perspective over size in our approach to service. Although in the abstract it seems absurd than any single one of us could possibly solve global issues like poverty, polio or cleft palates, we understand that working together and applying our individual talents and treasure, we can and do change the world for the better.
So, as we enter this holiday season and enjoy time with our families and friends, let us also celebrate the gift of perspective we all share as Rotarians and thank our lucky stars that we are members of such an amazing organization with fellow thoughtful and caring people.
I wish each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and want to express my sincere thanks for
you being part of my life!
President 2016 -2017
Las Vegas Rotary Club
Scribe – December 15, 2016
- President David Thorson called the meeting to order.
- Bob Fisher gave the invocation. Sidra Kain led the club in singing Winter Wonderland. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the Sergeant-at-Arms was Past President Steve Linder.
- There were no International Rotarians, (1) Visiting Rotarians and (5) Guests of Rotarians were introduced.
- The drawing began at $2,579.00 plus this week’s donations. The winner gets half the pot and half goes to the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation. Ticket Winner: Anil Melnick who won $10!
Lawry Bucks Winner: Past President Jim Tucker.
- President David Thorson announced to the club that Ed Lepere is the new President Elect-
- President David Thorson shared that Past President and Past District Governor, Don Aiken and President Dave were chosen to serve on the 2019-2020 District Governor selection committee which met on December 5th in Victorville. Our Club had 2 of the 11 members on the committee.
- President David Thorson recognized both the Santa Clothes and Holiday Party Committees for their outstanding efforts.
- Past President Tom Thomas presented the new $2 million by 6/30/2018 goal for the LV Rotary Foundation. President David Thorson announced that we already raised $2,795 (or about 1% of the total needed) at the Holiday Party and marked our new tracking thermometer!
- Katie Decker introduced (3) visiting teachers.
- Pam Lang from Spread the Word of Nevada announced that they gave out 23,095 books to Beckley Elementary school in 2016.
- Jim Kohl presented a check for $5,500 from the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation to the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow.
- Jackie Thornhill introduced the Wetzel Award winners.
- Michael Williams announced that we still need volunteers for the Magical Forest on December 29, 2016.
- Past President Jim Hunt thanked the club for all of the generosity and support during Santa Clothes. (330) children were sponsored.
- Sarah Brown reminded us of the highway clean up on December 17.
- John Ingeme announced that the next Breakfast with Books will be on January 10, 2017 at Will Beckley Elementary.
- Arlene Sirois announced that the next Wine to Water will be held at Dr. Kazem Fathie’s home in Spanish Trails on February 22, 2017.
- Janice Lencke thanked the Holiday Party Committee for their work on the event December 8, 2016.
- Glen Meier introduced the speaker, Myron G. Martin, President and CEO of The Smith Center. He discussed how The Smith Center got started with a $250 million dollar donation from Donald Reynolds. He also discussed the “Heart of Education Awards” which honors outstanding teachers in the Las Vegas Valley. Myron encouraged the club to not only purchase tickets, but to donate a few extra dollars every time you purchase a ticket. The play “Hamilton” will be on the schedule for the 2017-2018 season.
- President David Thorson presented the speaker with a Sole Power award and adjourned the