Founded in 1975 as the Las Vegas Paradise Rotary Club, which was one of ten local area clubs at the time. In 2003, the Paradise and University Rotary clubs merged to form the Las Vegas Central Rotary Club.
WHAT IS ROTARY:
1. We’re a leadership organization…
2. We’re made up of local business, professional and civic leaders…
3. We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and through that, we’re able to get things done in our community…
4. And we have fun…
We meet every Wednesday at 12:15 at the Las Vegas Country Club please come join us and find out what Rotary is all about. The LVCC is directly behind the (Old Hilton) now it is called the Westgate Hotel & Casino
3000 Joe W Brown Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Contact us at:
PO Box 72166
Las Vegas, NV 89170
I just want to thank all of you who came to my Debunking Party on Saturday evening at Bill Copper’s home. I’m sure everyone had a really enjoyable time. The food was delicious; the meat nearly fell off the ribs; and I think we are now all fans of kale slaw. Several members had more than one serving and we were still able to bring home a lot of leftovers. As always, Bill was a gracious host; Bob made sure we all had enough to drink, and Al told us of a new project that we can get involved in with the people at the Stupak Community Center. Thank you all for supporting me during my year as Club President. I hope this upcoming year will be an even more successful year. Oh, and don’t forget to look at the photos taken by Bill during the party.
Message for President Freda
I felt I should write something after the horrible mass killings in Orlando
but I couldn’t find the right words to say, so I found this poem that
expresses my thoughts.
“For A Time of Sorrow”
By Howard Thurman
I share with you the agony of your grief,
The anguish of your heart finds echo in my own.
I know I cannot enter all you feel
Nor bear with you the burden of your pain;
I can but offer what my love does give:
The strength of caring,
The warmth of one who seeks to understand
The silent storm-swept barrenness of so great a loss.
This I do in quiet ways,
That on your lonely path
You may not walk alone.
Last week Sharon Spann, one of our newer members, presented her Craft Talk when our scheduled speaker was unable to attend our meeting. I found Sharon’s presentation to be very interesting and informative. There was so much information about her that I did not know. While Craft Talks are one of the requirements for new member to obtain their Blue Badges, I think it is a good idea for our members who have been in Rotary for many years to also present their Craft Talks to the club. This is an easy way for all of our members to learn about each other and it will enable them to seek out services provided by members of the club. While many of our members are retired or semi-retired, they all have a lot of knowledge and stories about their lives to share with our club members. Your story need only be approximately ten minutes long. So when you are approached to present a Craft Talk to the club, please be happy to share your story with us.
June is Rotary Fellowships Month. Do you know what a Rotary Fellowship is? Rotary Fellowships are “international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, and Rotaractors who share a common vocation or recreational interest.” They give you an opportunity to make new friends with like interests around the world. There are over sixty Rotary Fellowships around the world. If you are interested in getting involved, you can go to www.rotary.org/myrotary and search for Rotary Fellowships.
The first Rotary Fellowship was formed in 1928 by a group of Rotarians who were interested in learning the international language of Esperanto.
If you like to ski, there is an International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians who will be getting together in Jackson Hole, WY in February 2017 as well as in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy in March 2017.
The Fellowship of Canoeing Rotarians not only has fun but also offers a service by organizing cleanups of polluted rivers.
Some of the other Rotary Fellowships are: beer, curling, chess, education, environment, jazz and magicians.
Rotary International has specific policies for forming a Rotary Fellowship before they will officially recognize the fellowship. To learn more about it, you can download the Rotary International Fellowship Handbook from www.rotary.org.
….We just returned from, as Bill Copper says, the best project of our club – the Roadside Cleanup. While we were a small group, we were a mighty group. Bright and early on Saturday morning, Bob, Lanetta, Bill, Louisa, Dick and Freda met at our mile marker sign on Kyle Canyon Road for our donut and bottle of water. It was a beautiful day and there was still snow on the mountains. We set to work in groups of three and proceeded to clean up our two mile stretch of roadway. We believe that people have become more aware of tossing trash out of their cars because there were several areas where there was no trash. But we did manage to leave eleven orange bags of trash along the road to be picked up by the NVDOT. Dick found a treasure – a rusted church key (can opener) and Lanetta found a molded plastic toboggan. We ended our day with brunch at the Lodge at the top of Mt. Charleston where we all enjoyed a tasty meal and the fellowship of being with each other.
This past weekend is the best Rotary experience I’ve had in all twenty-one years that I have been a member of Rotary. It is what Rotarians call “a Rotary moment.” I was happy to share this experience with my husband, Michael, Angel Padilla and George Mejia. Sadly, Wayne Wedlow and Martha Robles were unable to attend due to last minute circumstances. This weekend was “SuperBuild 2016.”
Early Saturday morning (6:30 am) approximately 150 Rotarians, spouses and friends boarded four buses in Chula Vista, CA and travelled to the Mexican border where we had to disembark and go through customs. After we were cleared we boarded the buses again and drove to Tecate passing by hovels that are called home by thousands of residents of Mexico. It was a dreary morning; it started to rain as we were boarding the buses and the sky was gray and overcast. But everyone on the bus was excited about embarking on this adventure. Several of the participants have participated up to seven times on SuperBuilds. For our club members, this was our first “build.” We were put to work soon after we arrived carrying materials off of the concrete slab, painting, cutting wood, building the walls and the roof and then putting it all together. The family who was receiving the house worked alongside the Rotarians. Everyone was so happy to be building this house so this family could make it into their home. They had been living with friends, family members and wherever they could find shelter as they had no home of their own since the father had been in an accident with an eighteen wheeler and was never able to return to work.
Lunch was prepared and served by members of the community. It was my first experience with cactus salad (it was delicious) which we ate along with rice, beans and homemade tortillas. Late in the afternoon the home was completed and the keys were presented to the family by PDG Tom Novotny. It was a very emotional experience for all who participated and everyone is looking forward to the next opportunity to build another home. If anyone wishes to know more about it, Angel and George would be happy to share their experiences with you.
May is Youth Service Month and what a great way to start the month of May by volunteering at The Stupak Community Center and helping the youth learn to read and to comprehend what they are reading. We have been trying to set up this program since December and it is finally coming to fruition. So far we have six volunteers: Tom, Angel, Bill, Louisa, Michael and I.
Sherry Alexander, Community Program Specialist for The Stupak Community Center, City of Las Vegas, will be coming to meet with us at 1:30 pm following this week’s Rotary meeting. We can let her know what days and times work best for us and they will pair each of us up with a child or adult who needs help reading. The Stupak Center is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday-Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you prefer working with kids, they come to the Stupak Center for their free after school program Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.
Also, if anyone would like to sit in on the meeting to learn more about the program and possibly to sign up to volunteer a little of your time, please stay.
Also, don’t forget if you have clothing in good condition to donate to the Stupak Community Center, please bring it with you to the meeting on Wednesday. They can use items for babies through adults, especially for their “Dress for Business” program.
Your President, Freda