The Wheel for February 1, 2018

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Kelly Burton – Rugby 7’s

Kelly fosters and promotes relationships between the Las Vegas community and USA Sevens Rugby Tournament and International Festival and its wide variety of stakeholders. Kelly focuses on community outreach, strategic partnerships, integrity matters, public relations, sponsorships, donations, local government relations, and international dignitary relations. The largest outreach program is the HSBC USA Sevens/Clark County School District Adopt A Country program, which impacted over 15,000 students during the last school year and set a World Rugby Legacy Program participation record for the Series.

An Iowa native, Kelly was a cheerleader and University Athletics Ambassador at Drake University. She moved on to the University of Denver College of Law where she worked with the University’s Athletic Department Senior Women’s Administrator on development, game production, and Title IX projects. Kelly spent her law school summers in the UNLV Athletic Department assisting in the preparation the NCAA Probationary Progress Report and other compliance matters. After relocating to Las Vegas to serve as an Athletics Development Officer at the University, she transitioned into private practice. Her practice included business litigation, business and estate planning, public and private finance, sports, Tribal law, and gaming. She eventually left law to raise her two daughters. During her tenure as a stay-at-home mom, Kelly volunteered for a number of wonderful local organizations, including the Green Valley United Methodist Church, P.E.O., and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. Through her volunteer efforts, she discovered the USA Sevens Adopt A Country Program and helped implement that program into her daughters’ school.

That scattered and convoluted journey led Kelly to become the Strategic Partnership Director for USA Sevens in 2013, the position she still loves today. Kelly still volunteers with many wonderful local organizations. She lives in Henderson, Nevada with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Message From The President

The Las Vegas Rotary Foundation, Inc. is the foundation of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas. The mission of the Foundation is to secure the resources necessary to support the Service Mission of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas: “Teaching Youth to Succeed through Literacy, Education, and Life Skills Development”.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from members of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas and friends of the Foundation.

Supporting the Foundation
Contributions to the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation, Inc. may be tax-deductible within the limitations of the law and provide opportunities for both Rotarians and friends of the Foundation to support the service projects of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas. Individuals can support the Foundation through contributions of cash, securities, or property. All members are asked to participate and support the Foundation on an annual basis ensuring the continued growth of the principal amount.

The Foundation takes pride in recognizing contributions of any size. Those who give $1,000 or more (or in whose name a donation of $1,000 or more is made) are acknowledged as J.A. Tiberti Fellows. Mr. Tiberti, a 60-year member of the Rotary Club of Las Vegas, was also recognized as one of the “founding builders” since his construction company was literally involved in building Las Vegas. Any club
member who gives $100 will be recognized a “Tiberti Sustainer” and recognized quarterly in the Wheel and annually in the club roster. There will not be any pins or “ladders” (i.e. +1, +2) for Tiberti Fellows.

Michael Gordon
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas

Member Highlights

Scribe – January 25, 2018

  • President Michael Gordon called the meeting to order. Richard Jost gave the invocation. Adam Hommey led the club in singing God Bless America, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant at Arms was Toni Kern.
  • There were (0) International Rotarians, (2) visiting Rotarian and (10) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • Janet Linder updated the club on the health of club member, Ted McAdam who is now home from the hospital and Deb Granda’s husband, Bill’s health condition. President Michael provided an update that PP Karen Whisenhunt’s husband Tom is recovering and Ty Hilbrecht’s need for prayers and visits. Marie Walsh requested cards for John Ingeme be sent to his home while he is in the hospital.
  • President Michael reminded the club to sign up for the Sweetheart luncheon on February 8th.
  • PP Jim Tucker announced that the Super Bowl board sold out.
  • Club Board Director Melanie Muldowney provided mid-year director report regarding the club’s international service projects and introduced new initiatives in Kenya, Uganda, and Nicaragua.
  • Jaime Goldsmith presented Omar Zabian of One Drop a check ($697.70) from the Wine to Water event.
  • 4-Way Test Coin was presented to Jackie Thornhill by President Michael for her initiative on the NV Energy “Power of Good” grant application.
  • 25 Club President Kirk Holmes introduced Krish Himmatramka of Do Amore, a business that ethically sources diamonds and recycled gold to fund clean water projects around the world.
  • PE Jim Kohl reminded the club of the upcoming Car Show on April 15th announcing that there are a few sponsor slots still available with instructions to email himself or Ryan Hamilton with interest.
  • Anil Melnick reminded the club of the 95th-anniversary party on April 5th
  • Kirk Alexander let the club know RYLA is approaching on March 16-18 and that facilitator applications and RYLA participant nominations are now being accepted.
  • PP Kathy Dalvey requested host homes for the German soccer players that will be in town for the Mayor’s Cup February 15-20. She asked Rotarians to contemplate hosting 2 boys per home.
  • President Michael reminded the club of the New Member Orientation on Feb 6th at the Linders’ home.
  • President Michael announced the 25 club’s planned weekly Car Show participation the last weekend of each month at Ryan Hamilton’s weekly car show on Eastern.
  • The drawing began at $931 plus this week’s donations. The ticket winner was PDG Don Aikin and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Chris Rodenfels.
  • Rosalee Hedrick introduced our program speaker, Joselyn Cousins, regional manager of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco who discussed the annual Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS) that is completed by businesses with 500 or fewer employees. This makes up 99.7% of all employer establishments in the United States. The survey is intended to give policymakers and lenders understanding of the needs of small businesses, provide small businesses and technical assistance organizations information to make informed decisions about credit strategies. Additionally, the collected data will give researchers information to better discern what will help businesses grow faster thus leading to a more robust growth of the economy. She further discussed the SBCS that was conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in the western states with an emphasis on the Nevada specific report. President Michael Gordon presented our speaker with a “Share What You Can” award to benefit a veteran in need and adjourned the meeting.


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