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
What is Rotary and what do we do? Well the truth of the matter Rotary is a lot of things and each of us may think of it in different ways. Rotary is a Service Club, we are involved in local community Youth activities including the Dan Stover Music Competition, “RYLA” the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, the 4-Way Test Speech Competition, Interact Clubs for High School Students, plus Rotaract for Collage age and above up to about age 30. We also provide mini-grants to local community teachers and help with other literacy and teaching projects.
On general community involvement we support several local charities such as Opportunity Village a group that trains mentally challenger adults and provide work programs for them. The Salvation Army which provide a wide variety of services including food, shelter, vocational training and substance abuse recover support. The Candle Lighters a group that supports the families of children with life threating illness. Cure 4 the Kids Foundation a group that provides treatment to children with Cancer free treatment if their family is underinsured or does not have insurance at all. We also provide books free of charge annually at the Homeless Connect Community Service project which is supported by the city and county service agencies. We also are involved in the Adopt a Highway program for litter control on the Mount Charleston Road.
Then there is the international Health, Hunger and Humanities projects around the world, Group Study Exchange of adults from various countries, the Ambassadorial Scholarships for post graduate education, Polio Plus Champaign, and a host of other services offered including Peace Conferences.
The reason I bring all this up is to help our newer members realize how much our small club is involved in the community plus help them realize where their donations in support of worthwhile causes go. It takes your donated time, labor and money for all of the projects and services our club supports. Besides your direct donations to the club it is our Fundraising Raising Activities that provide the cash flow to our Foundation, so please support any and all of our efforts in raising funds to support our projects to the best of your ability.
This past weekend I and three other club members donated our Saturday to attend the District Assembly training session in Oak Hill, California. Our President-elect Freda Brazier had a session with the new incoming District Governor Randy Pote in which he would have outlined what he hoped to see accomplished in his year. There was also a training session on DACdb which is the program the district used to list all sorts of information about our members, the club and the district. DACdb is also the program that is used to enter membership data into the district and it also interfaces with Rotary International membership information which saves having to do double entry. Each club member has access to the DACdb system from the District 5300 webpage, you can edit your own information page and even add a photo if you wish. Everyone should go onto DACdb and is all the things you can find or accomplish.
Each year every club must have at least two people trained in the district and global grant process to be able to apply for said grants. This year coming we will have four people who have attended this mandatory training session, Freda Brazier, Dave Cabral, Bill Copper and myself, so we will have no reason for not applying for one.
Rotary International returns 50% of the funds donated to the Rotary Foundation unrestricted giving fund to our District, which in turn offers each club a set amount based on the clubs contribution to the Foundation in the way as grants. Your donations to the Rotary Foundation fund international projects but they also fund district and local projects. This is why we ask every member to donate to the Rotary Foundation because we get part of every dollar returned to our district through grants etc.
This past week we saw the start of Passover and the Easter Holiday each of which remind us of our religious beliefs and the thought it is better to give then receive. As Rotarians we do not discriminate about what your gender is, what religion you practice, what your political party is, your sexual orientation or your age. We only care that you want to give back to your community and make the world a better place and you believe in Service, above self. As our club grows in numbers we increase our ability to provide more service to the community and those less fortunate then ourselves. I foresee in the future that our club will develop new and helpful projects that are more community based and multi organizational in nature because of new and incoming membership.
This weekend on Saturday April 11, is a great opportunity for our new club members to receive free training in various areas of Rotary at District 5300 Assembly. This year is in Oak Hill, Ca which is about 3 miles past Victorville, Ca. There is a free continental breakfast from 8:00 – 9:00 AM at which time the training starts, a free BBQ lunch is provided and function is over at 3:30 PM. As Rotarians we are expected to grow in our knowledge about Rotary, what is does, how it is structured and to become the future leaders of our clubs. District Assembly is almost a requirement for board members but it is open to any club member who wishes to attend.
It’s hard to believe that this Wednesday is April 1, 2015 I only have three more months to complete so many things I had hoped to achieve but with some help I will get there. This year we have made great strides in increasing our membership, we stand at 24 active members and have 2-4 more potential members who have expressed interest in joining our club. We have the opportunity to end this Rotary year with net increase of around 25%, and now that we have our new members it is important that we have them become involved with our projects or new ones they may like. Each new member needs to have a mentor to help lead them and provide them with Rotary guidance to help them grow into outstanding Rotary leaders. If I ask you to be a mentor for one of our newer members it is because truly believe that you understand the basics Rotary and know where to go to find the information you may not know.
For those of membership who were not able to attend the 2015 Foundation dinner this past Saturday you missed a great evening I can tell you it was different, in a good way. This was the first time I can ever recall that there was singing, dancing and musical entertainment at a Foundation dinner with audience participation no less. The short but direct speech presented by our Zone Director Steve Snyder was interesting but also very inspiring because he does not mind if we bend the rules on attendance and number of monthly meetings to attract new and younger members to Rotary. Another topic he talked about was how Rotary had re-branded its self with a more up to date logo and lastly the need to embrace all the new social media ways.
For those of you who want to learn more about Rotary we have District Assembly training session coming up in less than two weeks on Saturday April 11th and it is free to all members you just need to register on the District 5300.org website and then logon to DACdb. While on DACdb check the information on your profile and make changes as needed, you can also upload you photo you profile.
As Rotarians what is one of our main goal, giving back to the community and helping others, well this past Saturday one of our own did just that. Jason Brown participated in the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation annual shaving of one’s head to raise money to help fight childhood cancer. For Jason’s sacrifice of being bald and clean shaven he was able to raise donations of more than three thousand dollars for this cause, the club and several members donated in his support. This was not a Rotary project but it was one that deserved our support since it has similar goals as Cure 4 the Kids Foundation which we have adopted as a worthy cause to help support in our community.
The community service and youth projects that we support can be partnerships with other civic and charitable groups to help fill the needs in the local community from time to time. It is not always about who or what group get the credit for providing the aid or service the people need, the main thing is helped people we may never know. We should get our satisfaction from knowing we have helped those less fortunate then ourselves. Now I have but one question to ask you as a Rotary member and that is what have you done today to help change someone’s life?
In our personal lives there are several things we all crave; success, reaching goals we have set for ourselves personally or for our business and the acceptance by others. Success can be measured in many ways and each of us may have a different value as to what we call success. Some will call success reaching goals we have set for ourselves, mine was to be financially comfortable enough to retire early in life at age 52. To other people it may be making large sums of money and becoming very rich and powerful, to others it is just finding love and happiness.
The acceptance by others is fellowship and friendship which we can all find in our fellow Rotary members in our club and other clubs. I believe it is time we put more efforts into learning more about our fellow members, I realize at the meetings we have a limited amount of time so I think it would fun to look at evening social events. We are well over due for an Old Style “Fireside Chat” since none of our newest five members have had one, plus it usually is a good social time. Other fun socials could be a Pot Luck or maybe a Progression dinner, where each person provides a different course or item for a dinner. There is also the Cocktail Party or a Wine and Cheese tasting, or a Beer tasting, or maybe a game night such as cards or dominos. This past weekend I went to a friend’s house for an early St. Patrick’s Day dinner and Dart’s night, it was great fun. No matter what event we do the real goal is fellowship and fun because we all would rather be with likeminded people and friends having fun together. Share your thoughts with me on what you would like to do or see as a social event..
With this week’s program being our annual Dan Stover Youth Music Competition it brings to club members and our guests one of our many youth projects conducted and supported by our club. As a club we have the ability to support more projects then we presently have coordinators to oversee and monitor them, so if youth is your thing volunteer. I have said many times before that Rotary is more than just coming to lunch weekly, the reward comes from involvement and doing the projects.
The following are the additional annual youth projects we budget for besides Dan Stover from our Foundation: [TLC] Teen Leadership Camp, [RYLA] Rotary Youth Leadership Award, 4-Way Speech Competition, the George Hensel Ethics Essay Competition, support of our High School Interact & College Rotaract Clubs, we support Youth Literacy programs, Other youth related projects either club or personally supported would be, Santa Clothes, Kids 4 the Cure Foundation, our Candle Lighters Family support and even the Homeless Connect Book give-away. Our Mini-Grants to Teachers indirectly help our youth also, by providing teaching aide to assist in their learning process, even some of our Vocational programs are youth orientated.
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.