The Wheel for October 27,2016

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The Wheel


Brian G. Brannman-Senior Vice President of Operations, Nevada Service Area-President/CEO Siena Campus

brannmanBrian G. Brannman
Senior Vice President of Operations, Nevada Service Area
President/CEO Siena Campus
Brian G. Brannman is senior vice president of operations for the Nevada service area with Dignity Health and president and CEO of its St. Rose Dominican-Siena Campus. Brannman’s oversight encompasses Dignity Health’s multi-site, multi-area health care service offerings in Nevada, including acute-care hospital operations, physician relationships, ambulatory and outpatient service delivery systems and healthcare philanthropy. Brannman is known for the diversity and complexity of his past accomplishments, and for a focus on top-notch performance combined with compassionate, patient-centered care. He was named to his current role in January 2014, joining Dignity Health from University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he served first as chief operating officer, and later chief executive officer. His extensive health-care leadership experience prior to UMC includes more than 30 years with the United States Navy, including serving as commander and CEO of Navy Medicine West. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Brannman has a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., a Master of Arts in healthcare management from Webster College and a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Southern Illinois University.

Message From The President

David ThorsonDear Rotarians,

The word “avenge” has its roots in the 14th century Middle English “avengen” and the Old French word “avengier” which itself is a derivation of the Latin “vindicare” or to vindicate. A more modern definition is to exact satisfaction or inflict punishment as an act of retributive justice or as a vindication of propriety.
Halloween’s origins date even further back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred, and that the presence of these spirits made it easier for the Druids (priests) to make predictions about the future. These prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
So in celebration of Halloween, today we have invited some of our own avengers (with apologies to Marvel Comics) to apply a tonguein- cheek highlighter to all the amazing work our club does in providing justice, based on the Four-Way Test, to the Las Vegas community on a daily basis.
Together we have provided clothes to those in need, fed the hungry, built homes for those without, helped develop literacy, supported
our first responders, immunized against polio, repaired cleft palates, turned wine in water and provided so many other services to those in need. No doubt our club has positively affected the lives of well over a million people around the world since our inception – most of these are people we will never meet.
So you tell me, what is saving New York from aliens from outer space compared to what our club has been doing for 93 years? Each and every one of you is the true Super Hero!

“Thor”
President 2016 -2017

Member Highlights

Scribe – October 20, 2016

  • President David Thorson called the meeting to order.
  •  Past President Tom Thomas gave the invocation. Jaime Goldsmith and Jackie Thornhill led the club in singing the National Anthem. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the Sergeant-at-Arms was Matt Nelson.
  • There were (2) International Rotarians, (3) Visiting Rotarians and (7) Guests of Rotarians were introduced.
  • The drawing began at $1,520.00 plus this week’s donations. The winner gets half the pot and half goes to the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation. Ticket Winner: Arleen Sirois who won $10! Lawry Bucks Winner: Michael Williams.
  • President David Thorson informed the club that former member and Santa Clothes cofounder Bob McBride has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob.
  • President Elect Michael Gordon introduced Nevada Regent, Sam Lieberman who discussed the approval for the new stadium, the accreditation of the UNLV School of Medicine and the success of the recent Presidential Debate at Thomas & Mack.
  • Jim Kohl presented a $5,000 donation to the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association.
  • Katie Decker introduced educators from each of her 3 elementary schools and told us about the great progress they are making in upgrading the student experience at her new schools.
  • Marie Walsh informed the club that volunteers are needed for the Fall Festival at Beckley E.S. on 10/26. An email will be sent to all members with details.
  • Anil Melnick reminded us of the UNLV Tailgate Party this Saturday October 22, 2016 at 11:30am.
  • Kirk Alexander recapped his recent Corazon mission to Tecate Mexico where they had (37) volunteers.
  • Jaime Goldsmith announced that the Rotary Halloween Party will be at The Avengers Station located inside Treasure Island on October 28, 2016 at 8pm. The first 150 people in costume are free.
  • Past President Jim Hunt announced that Santa Clothes will be held on December 8, 2016. We still need volunteers.
  • Past President Tom Thomas announced that he has recently become a Grandfather to a healthy baby girl and was mercifully fined only $100!
  • Anil Melnick announced that the Holiday Party will be held at The Four Seasons on the night of December 8, 2016. The theme is “Vintage Vegas.”
  • Bob Fisher introduced the guest speakers. The first speaker was Nevada Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske who assured the club that voter fraud will not be a problem in the upcoming election. Paul Moradkin, VP of Government Affairs for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber, Ellen Spiegel, Nevada Legislature Assembly Woman and Bill Stanley, Executive Secretary for Southern Nevada Building Trades discussed the bills that were passed authorizing an NFL stadium, expanding the Convention Center and funding additional police. The projects may create as many as 20,000 + jobs in Southern Nevada.
  • President David Thorson presented the Sole Power Awards and adjourned the meeting

UNLV Tailgate Party Photos

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