The Wheel for March 16, 2017
Marvin Menzies – UNLV Basketball
Ben Lesser Bio
Ben Lesser is a dynamic and memorable speaker whose personal Holocaust story and later life success has inspired thousands worldwide.
Ben’s memoir “Living a Life That Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream,” also available as an audiobook, documents his remarkable story of loss, adventure, and, later, success in America.
His story covers many unforgettable and compelling scenes of the Holocaust. Learn how this ordinary, young teenager survived through extraordinary times, including his family’s flight across Nazi borders, his internment in four concentration camps including Auschwitz, two death marches, two death trains and later liberation from Dachau, and his remarkable personal and professional achievements upon arriving in America. His story both illustrates the very real dangers of a world gone mad and the uniquely American success possible when you dedicate yourself to living a life that matters.
Ben Lesser is the founder and CEO of the ZACHOR Holocaust Remembrance Foundation and its
I-SHOUT-OUT project, which has inspired thousands of people worldwide to take a public stand to speak up and out against intolerance, injustice, racism, and bullying. Ben is also an accomplished writer and the audiobook version of his memoir “Living A Life That Matters: From Nazi Nightmare to American Dream” was nominated for a 2015 Audie Award for best inspirational non-fiction audiobook.
Previously, Ben incorporated Ben Lesser and Associates Real Estate in Los Angeles which was later acquired by Merrill Lynch and is a highly sought after investor, advisor, and mentor in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas business communities. Ben now resides in Las Vegas with Jean, his wife of over 65 years. He is the father of two daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Message From The President
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow – a bit of rhyme:
O whisky is the king of drinks,
Renowned the world o’er,
But here’s a word o’ caution,
But here’s a word o’ caution,
Tae think of when ye pour.
There’s a certain combination,
That tastes so very good,
But when it hits your tummy,
And mixes with your food.
That’s when the trouble starts,
For yer pleasure hits overload,
And half an hour later,
Ye’ll suddenly explode.
So there ye are in the pub,
Completely engulfed in flames,
And yer good wife’s dashing home,
Tae lodge insurance claims.
Well now that I have told ye,
Don’t say ye’ve no’ been warned,
So don’t try it oot yersel’,
Or ye’ll soon be bein’ mourned.
See you all at the Cigar Fellowship tomorrow – wear green, but please don’t
President 2016 -2017
Las Vegas Rotary Club
Scribe – March 9, 2017
- President David Thorson called the meeting to order.
- Joe Lee gave the invocation. Bob Fisher led the club in singing the “America The Beautiful.” The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the Sergeant-at-Arms was Past President Randy Donald.
- There were (2) International Rotarians, (3) Visiting Rotarian and (4) Guests of Rotarians were introduced.
- The drawing began at $4,892.00 plus this week’s donations. The winner gets half the pot and half goes to the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation. Ticket Winner: Jim Kohl who won $10! Lawry Bucks Winner: Michael Williams.
- Jim Kohl presented a check to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada for $4,000. Candlelighters assist families with children diagnosed with cancer.
- Deb Granda inducted new member, Mike Cudiamot who was sponsored by Rob Telles.
- Cheryl Troop, Assistant Principal, Beckley Elementary, announced that on April 19, 2017, they will be presenting the play, “The Lion King” and the next Field Day is April 21, 2017. She also informed the club that they have a new outdoor classroom on campus.
- Bill Steiren announced a potential tour of the Nevada Test Site on May 26th.
- Deb Granda talked about our plans for District Conference May 18-21st in Palm Springs and encouraged everyone to attend.
- Sarah Brown announced that the next Highway Clean Up will be March 25, 2017 at 8am.
- President David Thorson reminded us that the next Wetzel Awards will take place at 2:30pm on February 23, 2017 at Nellis AFB.
- Past President Jim Hunt announced that the next cigar social will be held at Past President Tom Krob’s house on March 17, 2017.
- Past President Brock Fraser MC’d the Dan Stover Music Competition. Lauren Martin won third place and received a check in the amount of $100. Jenny Hahn won second place and received a check in the amount of $150. The winner of the contest was Cindy Huang who received a check in the amount of $250.
- President David Thorson thanked all the members of the Dan Stover Committee including Ted McAdam, Kirk Alexander, Brock Fraser and Shawn Noorda for their hard work in pulling together a terrific program and adjourned the meeting.