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. Our goal is a tradition of active community involvement in various projects, building lasting friendships with like minds people. We are also involved with regional and international service projects with other Rotary Clubs and the Rotary International Foundation.
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
This week I’m writing my presidents message for our new members, to help guide them in learning more about this great organization you have joined. On the list of items you must accomplish to move from your Temporary Red Badge to the Blue one like the rest of us ware is a Fireside Chat. This is a social event at some ones house where you get to know the other club members better and also are exposed to some Rotary information. As of now we have 4-6 members who have not attended this event so we will be arranging one very soon.
Another great event to learn a lot about Rotary is to attend a District 5300 Assembly which is coming up on April 11th. This event is being held at the Oak Hill High School which is in Oak Hill/Hesperia, California, which is just over a 3 hour drive. During the registration which is from 8:00-9:00 AM there will be a continental breakfast also lunch will be provided. There will be several different training sessions that you can attend on various Rotary topics, but it is on a first come first serve basis. All the training and the food is included to you free of charge, our club pays an annual training fee to the district. The more you know about Rotary and all it does the better equipped you are to provide service to those in need. We have 4 members who will be attending the assembly as of now but we can have as many as we like at the event, so please plan to attend if you can. You will find it time well spent!
By joining our Rotary club you have basically said I want to give back to my community and become involved with likeminded people and our community leaders, so ask what can do and how can I help. The sooner you get involved the sooner you become a Rotarian rather than just a member of our Rotary club.
Getting larger can be a good thing as long as it is not me waistline, but in all seriousness with the addition of our three newest members we can accomplish much more. With each new member we bring more hands to help with our projects, more donations of funds for our projects and more desire to help improve the lives of our fellow man.
But getting the new members is just the start we need to bring those members in to the fold and get them involved directly with our projects so they can see the good we accomplish with our work. We also need to develop friendships with our members because this is the second reason most people joined Rotary to be involved with likeminded people. Over all we are a friendly club but there is always room for improvement, such as shaking hands and greeting each member as they arrive. Here are some ways other clubs treat their members and guests. One club has a motto: Guests are Gods. And the guests are treated that way hoping they will want to join such a friendly group. Another club asks its guests for feedback as to what they liked or didn’t like about their visit. There are also clubs that have monthly socials such as potluck dinners, wine & cheese or theater or movie nights
I have said before the top two reasons people join Rotary is to give back to the community and for friendship and as long as we provide both of these opportunities we will retain and grow our membership. I enjoy spending time with friends and doing thing together, I know I’m not the only person in our club who feels that way so share your time and friendship with your fellow Rotarians.
This past weekend my daughter gave me a surprise 70th birthday party and she invited all my friends to it. But the reason I bring this up is that most of my friends are either members of the Las Vegas Central Rotary Club or from other Rotary Clubs in the community.
Rotary International had a research group conduct a survey of Rotarians nationwide last year and the results were very interesting. The main reason people join a Rotary Club is to become involved in their local community and improve it. But the second reason was to meet new people and create new friendships with fellow like-minded people. It’s amazing how much joy and satisfaction one can obtain by simply working together with friends on any community service project. Friendship is one of the major building blocks that help keeping any Rotary Club strong and growing, so why not share your friendship with people you meet in your day to day lives away from our club.
This coming May 15-17th. District 5300 will be holding its annual conference here in Las Vegas out at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson. This would be a great time to attend a District Conference if you have not in the past or even if you have, I believe the registration for the event will be opening soon, just go to district5300.org and follow the links. To the best of my knowledge you will be able to pick and choose in the meal package which ones you would like to attend the music and the 4-way speech contests are always popular and fill up quick. I would love to see a large turnout for the conference from our club members, I don’t expect you to attend the whole thing but a few hours we can all find that much time.
As president and longtime member of our Las Vegas Central Rotary I have always thought we were a great and dedicated group of people committed to improving our community and the world. We are made up of a diverse group of people from various ethnic, religious and occupational back rounds who have joined together to provide service to our fellow man and make friends with likeminded people. But the one area I had concern was our need to attract some younger members, in our effort to grow the club. I am happy to report that we will be inducting three new members into our group in February and their ages range from the mid-thirties to the early fifties. So we are slowly moving the average age of our club members down as we increase the membership numbers. By mid-month we will be up five new members minus two who resigned from the club this gives us a net three with three more months still left in the year to add more members.
We have some great programs in the next couple of weeks, stating this Wednesday with David Philippi from the Clark County School Districts Vocational Education department. The following week on Feb 11th we have John L Smith the noted commentary writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. We try very hard to provide you with interesting and informative speakers for our meetings so if you know of any please let us know because those of us who find our speakers can always use some help.
Remember it takes all of us to make our club successful, because we are a group of we people, not a group of I people. The more our members are involved in our club and our projects the more successful we and they will be. Rotary can change your life it you let it don’t be a RINO [Rotarian In Name Only ] be involved and let your moment come when you change from just a member to a real Rotarian.
Do you want to become involved in our local community, and meet new friends who feel like you then contact us and we will tell you how. Rotary needs people like you. We are not the old Rotary your father belonged to; like the old song said “The Times They Are A Changing” and we are changing with them. Want to know more about us email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 702 768-7530 any time between 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
I had a two week vacation from writing the Presidents message so here goes this week’s message. On January seventh’s meeting we had our weekly lunch meeting at the Cure 4 the Kids Foundation and I believe that all our members and guests who attended felt at least a little tug on their heart strings. This group provides treatment to children with life threating cancer whose families have no insurance or are under insured. I truly believe this is an organization we could and can provide some financial assistance to help them continue their good work. This is the group we are selling the Adopt a Bear for plus donate the adopted Bears to the children.
Last week was our first official meeting back in the Country Club since before Christmas and it was a Great one; Florence Rogers was very surprised and pleased to receive her first Paul Harris Fellow Pin. It was an honor to have our District Governor Larry Skaggs at the meeting to award Florence her pin; it was also my pleasure to have Governor Larry there to present me with my Major Donor Pin level 1. I truly believe in all the good work the Rotary Foundation does around the world and in our district and community. Because of this belief I have been a Paul Harris Society member for the past two years; for those members who can afford to donate $1,000.00 a year II would urge you to join the society.
There is two ways for us to support Rotary, hands on involvement or through monetary donations and Rotary needs both. The Rotary Foundation spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually through all its humanitarian programs which are funded from members donations.
Well members here it is three days into 2015 and I’m just returned from the funeral of one of our honorary Rotarian’s Mr. William Wiedeman, Bill joined as an senior active when we were still the Las Vegas Paradise Rotary Club. My point is we all will pass away in time so we need to use what time we have wisely and with consideration for our fellow man. Those of us who are Christens will be judged by our maker on how well we followed the Ten Commandments and Gods word. But by our piers we will be judges and remembered by what we accomplished not only in our business life, our accumulation of wealth, but what we did to help others and leave the world a better place then we found it.
As a Rotarian you have friends around the world and a lot of them you have never met, but they are always there and willing to offer a helping hand if you just ask, tell me another group you can say that about and know it is true. Rotarians all have like mindedness of wanting to improve the living condition of those less fortunate then ourselves, so get involved.
This week’s meeting is being held at “CURE 4 THE KIDS FOUNDATION” this is part of and was started by the doctors at Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, they treat children with cancer and hemophilia. This is the group that Candlelighter’s of Nevada referred us to in our desire to provide our Teddy Bears to the children receiving treatment and assist with the treatment expense for those without enough insurance. The address for Cure 4 the Kids is 3121 South Maryland Pkwy. Ste. 601, if you get lost call my cell phone 702 768-7530.
In this Holiday Season we each may have different reasons for the joy and compassion we feel toward our fellow man, but as Rotarians we seek out ways to provide service and help to others. This month alone we have provided new clothing to disadvantaged children through the Santa Cloths Project; we have provided clothing, toys and other household items through the Candlelighter Project. We have also provided gift cards for two group homes at New Vista Ranch and the clothing and toys we provided to Dee Redwine for the Children of the Street project. For such a small club we provide a lot of help and hope to the citizens of our local community and for that you should be proud.
On Sunday December 21st we will be delivering the gifts to our Candlelighter Family and I would encourage you to be part of this heartwarming event. This is one of those feel good times that will pull at your heart strings and make you realize that it only takes a little to help change someone’s life. At this week’s meeting we will have the time that we will be making the delivery of the gifts.
Because of the Holiday Season on December 24th and 31st. we will be dark as far as meetings go however we will have a social lunch in the dining room at the Country Club if you wish to attend. Then on January 7th we will be meeting at Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada / Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, their address is 3121 South Maryland Parkway just across the street from Sunrise Hospital. We will have our lunch there and then take a tour of the facility and distribute some of our Rotary Teddy Bears to the young cancer patients. Then on January 14th we will be back at the Country Club with the program TBA.
Time marches on as the Holiday Season approaches; I hope everyone who attended our annual Christmas/Holiday Party had a great time. This year the food and service at the Country Club was great and the music was very enjoyable as all ways. We had a wonderful collection of clothing and toys brought to the party this year for the children of the street, that Dee Redwine provides service to. But even more I want to thank all of you who also donated cash at the party in addition to what the club donated to help offset some of their grant shortfall this year. We truly were all showing and living the Rotary Moto “Service above Self” in helping those less fortunate then ourselves and for that I deeply thank you.
This week I would encourage you to bring a friend to lunch because our speaker is Starvos Anthony city of Las Vegas Mayor Pro-Tem and city councilmen; this should be a great program you will not want to miss. I invite anyone who would like to hear this great program to attend; it will only cost you the price of your lunch. Plus this is great place and way to learn more about Rotary and community service and how heartwarming that can be.
Club members remember this Thursday [Dec. 11th ] starting at 6;00 PM at my house we will be having our wrapping party for all the gifts we have purchased for this year’s Candle-lighter family we donate to. I will have maps at the meeting for those of you who have not been to my home in the past. I also need to have a head count on those planning to attending so I can have enough food and beverages I will pass a signup sheet around at the meeting, if you will be missing our meeting but would like to wrap the presents please call me on my cell phone 702 768-7530 so I can add you to the list.
Each week I try and encourage our members to look beyond themselves and see a need in the community that we or they can address, even if that is only bring it to the attention of someone or some other group that can accomplish and fulfill the need. To me this is living “Service above Self” not just paying lip service to it, as Rotarians we should not be followers but strive to be leaders in our community the problem solvers. As Rotarians and Americans we tend to take everyday things for granted that in many parts of the world are considered luxuries, we need to remember that others in the world don’t even have the basic necessities of life. That is why in many parts of the world a small amount of money and some labor can accomplish so much. It is amazing how generous the American people are when it comes to charities and helping others, we give more than the next ten countries combined.
As Rotarians we can be proud of all we have accomplished to improve our community and many places around the world through our donations to the Rotary Foundation. But we still have so much more to do so we cannot rest on our laurels and say job well done and quit. One person can do only so much, but when a group of Rotarians join together it is amazing what is accomplished.
This week’s message will be short and sweet as they say. November is the start of the Holiday Season with Thanksgiving followed by Christmas in December, this is a time to reflect on our blessings and share them with those less fortunate then ourselves. This is a great time to help out at one of the local food kitchens for the homeless, or help out at a shelter. Or you could collect food for The Salvation Army, Catholic Charity or any of the other local food banks for the needy. Another thing would be to adopt a family and provide all the fixings for either Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner, there are lots of local charities that can provide you with names of families in need.
For Christmas the local Rotary Clubs do the Santa Clothes Project plus our club also does the Candle Lighters adopt a Family project and we also provides toys and clothing to homeless children through our partnership with one of many local efforts. Our club and individually we do a lot but there is always more we can and could do.