The Wheel for October 12, 2017

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Listen to Raymond Hess – RTC, Director of Planning Services

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Raymond Hess – RTC, Director of Planning Services

Raymond Hess serves as the Director of Planning Services for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). In his role, Hess oversees the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) as well as directs Southern Nevada Strong, a planning initiative dedicated to increasing transportation choices, improving economic competitiveness and education, and investing in complete communities throughout the region.Hess’s career with the RTC began in 2012,

Hess’s career with the RTC began in 2012, though his experience in community planning and transportation spans nearly 15 years beginning in redevelopment then later specializing in transportation. His professional experience, coupled with knowledge gained through his service in the Peace Corps from 1999 to 2001, gives him a broad knowledge of best practices and creative approaches for all aspects of a project. His strongest attribute is his ability to collaborate with countless resources and deeply understand users’ needs and then translate them into feasible and sustainable solutions. Most notably since joining the RTC, Hess implemented an innovative funding mechanism for the Interstate 11/Boulder City Bypass project, in advance of its construction, which positively impacted project delivery of more than a dozen other transportation projects.

His efforts throughout the community have been recognized by the Clark County School District’s (CCSD) Community Partnership Program and Safe Community Partnership. Additionally, Hess serves as a League Cycling instructor and currently serves on the Nevada Department of Transportation’s (NDOT) Statewide Transportation Technical Advisory Committee as its chairperson and as a member of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organization’s technical committee.Hess earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from the University

Hess earned his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from the University of Florida and his Masters in Public Administration from Indiana University.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

As our city works through the aftermath of the unthinkable, our club stands ready to continue its work in exemplifying “Service Above Self”.Within minutes of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1, we had

Within minutes of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1, we had club members on the scene. Lt. Kimberly Brodeur was the watch commander last Sunday night while Major Randy Kinnamon from the Salvation Army and Matt Phillips from Palm Mortuary provided relief to both victims and first responders in this most desperate hour of need.Within 72 hours, our club also established the Rotary Victims Services Fund to help offset both the

Within 72 hours, our club also established the Rotary Victims Services Fund to help offset both the funeral costs of the victims and the costs for families traveling to Las Vegas to escort both the surviving victims and those who will be laid to rest elsewhere back home. Foundation President Larry Rouse, PP Randy Campanale, Paul Kruger and Bob Fisher have worked tirelessly this past week to sign checks and deliver the funds where needed. PP Tom Thomas is also helping our club court large donors to help supplement our Victims Services Fund. To date, as I’m writing this on Monday afternoon, our club has partially funded one funeral and fully funded another. This number will continue to increase in the days ahead as our club receives more requests for assistance.It is our goal to cut a check and drain the Victims Services Fund account every day to help cover

It is our goal to cut a check and drain the Victims Services Fund account every day to help cover funeral costs as much as we can. The need is NOW and we as a club, need to send help NOW.Please continue to spread the word about our Fund through your respective contact lists and

Please continue to spread the word about our Fund through your respective contact lists and social channels.

Michael Gordon
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas

Member Highlights

Scribe – October 5, 2017

  • President Michael Gordon called the meeting to order. It was a day and a meeting like no other after the recent mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Sunday, October 1. Several of our club members worked directly with victims. Our club thanks Lt. Kimberly Brodeur, Major Randy Kinnamon and Matt Phillips for their tireless efforts in providing aid and relief to victims and first responders.
  • Blake Myers gave the invocation. Jaime Goldsmith led the club in singing “Home Means Nevada”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant At Arms was Bob Fisher.
  • There were (2) International Rotarians, (1) visiting Rotarian and (4) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • The drawing began at $1,488 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was Guest, Murray Flagel who won $10. The Lawry’s Bucks winner was Ryan Hamilton. Mr. Flagel donated his money back to the Club and a motion was made/passed to donate the current drawings fund to the LV Rotary Victims Services Fund.
  • Heartfelt and opening words from President Michael, along with a symbolic lighting of a candle, were made in honor of those lost, who were injured and their families from the tragedy of October 1 st at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Emails of support were read that came from Rotary Clubs and District Leaders, both locally and internationally, including Brazil, New Zealand, Israel and South Africa. Major Randy Kinnamon provided the efforts of The Salvation Army in coming to the aid all around town of those in need following the October 1 st tragedy and Ryan Hamilton announced a combined car show sponsorship to raise money for the victims of the tragedy to be held on October 7, 2017 between 3 pm – 7 pm at the M Hotel parking lot
  • Anil Melnick, introduced our speaker program, Brett Lashbrook who formed Las Vegas Soccer, LLC and provided a preview of the first professional soccer team in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Lights FC. He described the goal (pun intended!) of providing an organic, authentic experience of the people, by the people and for the people of Las Vegas with this new team. The team will play their home games at Cashman Field which will still share the space with the Las Vegas 51s.
  • President Michael Gordon 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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