Club Officers

President :
Freda Brazier

Louisa Mendoza

Sharon Spann

Foundation Director
Robert Hellriegel

President Elect 2017/2018
Gary Harlon

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Las Vegas Country Club, 3000 Joe W. Brown Drive, Las Vegas, NV

WEDNESDAYS @ 12:15 p.m.   –  Volume 11, Issue 22 – January 22, 2014

Editor:  Freda Brazier, Tel.: 467-3442, E-mail:  freda_brazier@yahoo.com


“Engage Rotary, Change Lives”

Robert Hellriegel, President (2013-2014)

R.I. President

Ron D. Burton


District Governor

Miles G. Petroff



”January is  Rotary Awareness Month”


President’s Message Dear LV Central Rotary Club members:  As we enter the last half of this Rotary year, we need to put our attention to growing the club’s membership numbers. This is not someone else’s job it is “yours” as members of the Las Vegas Central Rotary Club, mem-bership is everyone’s job. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and ask a friend or someone you do business with to join you at one of our meetings. You might be surprised and they enjoy it and would like to join us as a member.

I want to thank Don & Dorrie Kemp again for hosting our Musical fundraiser on January 10th. It was a great success for a small get together. Because of their efforts and generosity we raised close to two thousand dollars. By the time this goes to press we will have had our second meeting with the people from Tahiti Village for our April 25th. Hawaiian Entertainment and Lula dinner fundraise, so please save the date for this fun event. In the coming weeks we will be asking for people to serve on various committees for this fundraising event, we all need to pull together for this event to be a great success.

I would like for you as members to think of the direction and projects you would like to see this club pursue in the coming year, so please express your desires and thoughts with me in the coming weeks, because this is your club and everyone’s thoughts count.

Your President, Bob Hellriegel

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Visiting Rotarians & Guests:  Karl Monger, Metroport (Dallas), TX; Mike Schlitz (friend of Karl Monger); Dylan Shaver, our speaker

Missing in Action:  Mike Angell, Nancy Becker-bauer, Jason Brown, Dave Cabral, Eric Center, Bruce Hendricks, Carol Jule.

Leave of Absence:  Mark Denton, Charles Hunsberger and Lia Roberts.

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Ivan Eisenberg won the chance for a chance but drew the 10♥. Next week there will be $600+ in the pot with 8 cards in the deck.

We will be having a short     board meeting after our regular meeting this week.










Casey Quinn

“Need for Court of Appeals in Nevada”

Upcoming Programs

1/29/14 – Brad Kurz – “Teen Challenge”

2/5/14 – Linda Powell – “Angels of Care, Home Care”

Club     Greeters

January 22nd  – ??

January 29th – ??

February 5th – Bill Copper

February 12th – Karen Arcotta

February 19th – Freda Brazier

Remember to     arrive for duty by 11:45 am











AT OUR LAST MEETINGPres. Bob welcomed everyone to the meeting and provided the Invocation; Dick Weisbart led us in the Pledge to the Flag; Bill Copper guided us through the Four-Way Test and Dave Evans was our Greeter.

Karl Monger, from the Metroport (Dallas), TX Rotary Club, has been a member of that club since June 1st. Prior to that, he was a member of the Wichita, KS club. Her is very active helping veterans transition to life after the military. He and his friend, Mike Schlitz, are in town for a Shop Show.

Mike Schlitz was wounded in 2007 in Bagdad, Iraq. He is very active with the Gary Sinise Foundation. When Karl met Mike seven years ago, Mike did not have a nose. Since then Mike has had 83 major surgeries. He will be having additional surgery at UCLA to replace his eyelids.

Pres. Bob presented Karen Arcotta with her Blue Badge which she was very happy to receive.

Pres. Bob also presented Ivan Eisenberg with his Paul Harris +8 badge. We now have seven members who have at least their PH+8 badges.

Pres. Bob passed around Rotary Emblem decals to all members so they can be placed on their cars.  We should let everyone know that we are in Rotary.

Pres. Bob introduced our speaker, Dylan Shaver, Director of Public Affairs for the Nevada Mining Association.  Dylan said that he is actually a lobbyist.  Most of his job involves talking to legislators, government officials, politicians, etc.  He has been with the Nevada Mining Association for 2 ½ years. He said he will talk about what we mine in Nevada today.

Dylan noted that the Nevada mining industry today provides the types of jobs Nevada needs, they are sustaining through highs and lows, continued investment in Nevada, contributing to state and local coffers and causes.

Fourteen percent of America’s mineral needs come from Nevada. We do produce gold.  When he started, gold was $1,800/ounce. Today it is $1,200 per ounce. It takes ten tons of earth to give up one ounce of gold. The windows at The Wynn are impregnated with gold because it cuts down on the glare from the sun and the temperature.

We are the Silver State and we do mine silver, but we mine more gold than silver. Nevada has only one active silver mine presently.  Solar panels use silver.  The most important mineral mined in Nevada is diatomaceous earth. It is used in pool filters. We ship a lot to China.  Beer and wine are filtered through diatomaceous earth. We also mine silica, turquoise, gypsum. We have 25 oil wells between Pahrump and Ely.

Some interesting facts about the mining industry that most people wouldn’t be aware of. In 2011, the mining industry:

  • Directly employed 10,700 people
  • Provided an average wage of $87,900 – more than double the statewide average.
  • Paid $941 million in employee compensation, which included health care for 97% of the workforce.
  • Created an additional 14,300 jobs in Nevada providing goods and services to the industry.
  • Generated over $7.8 billion in total economic output, including both direct and indirect effects.
  • Paid over $417 million in state and local taxes.

Source: John Dobra, University of Nevada at Reno, 2011

The mining industry pays a special tax of 28% that only mining companies pay.  It is more than double of what other companies pay. They also pay more taxes per employee – actually $25,000 tax paid per employee.

Mining industry employees contribute 7,000 volunteer hours a year. One of their employees gave $1,000,000 to Opportunity Village. Dylan noted that last year the mining industry donated $5.3 million to charitable organizations:  among them were Ronald McDonald House, Boy Scouts, Red Cross of Northern Nevada, and gave monetary support and funding to Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Rotary Club and University of Nevada Reno scholarships.

Pres Bob thanked Dylan Shaver for his very informative program and presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation noting that we will be making a donation to PolioPlus in honor of his program.

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W h e r e   t o    M a k e – u p


Southwest            Lawry’s The Prime Rib   12:15 pm


LV Summerlin         TPC Summerlin               7:15 am

Fremont                Hugo’s Cellar Rest.     12:15 pm

Henderson             Fiesta Henderson            Noon

Las Vegas West     Canyon Gate C.C.          12:15 pm

Mesquite               Nevada Bank & Trust        Noon

LV Red Rock          O’Aces Bar & Grill           6:00 pm


Moapa                   Overton Gym, Overton    6:30 am

Centennial Hills     Silverstone C.C.            7:15 am

Boulder City         St. Jude’s Ranch               Noon

Caliente                Hansen’s Fine Dining      12:15 pm

Pahrump Valley     Mountain Falls Grill Rm                6:00 pm

Laughlin                Harrah’s Laughlin            7:30 am


B’ldr City Sunrise  B’ldr Creek Golf Crs     7:00 am

Green Valley         Wildhorse Golf Club    7:00 am

Las Vegas             Lawry’s The Prime Rib       Noon

Mesquite Sunrise   Mesa View Reg.Hosp.    7:30 am


Las Vegas North                                           Los Prados Club                   7:15 am

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Rotary Theme and Logo for 2014-2015

RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.”

“There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, ‘There’s nothing I can do.’ So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark,” Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 Inter-national Assembly in San Diego, CA.

“The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world,” said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.

“How you Light Up Rotary is up to you,” Huang said. “You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help.”

Huang also shared his membership development goals, including the need for more women and young adults and his goal to increase membership to a total of 1.3 million members. He asked Rotarians to invite their spouses, family members, and friends to join Rotary.

“We need to assume leadership for building strong clubs, and that starts with bringing in new members,” he said.

Addressing the status of the fight against polio, Huang noted that with the current momentum Rotary is on track to achieve full polio eradication by 2018.

“When we eradicate polio — and we will — we will have proved ourselves an organization capable of great things. And we’ll be even better equipped for the next challenge we choose to take on. We’ll have given the world a gift that will endure forever,” he said.

By continuing to fight against polio, setting an example in local communities, and growing membership, Huang hopes to see Rotary shine brighter than ever.

Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work,” Huang said. “It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve.”

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Classical Concert Don Kemp announced that $1,900 was raised in support of our Dan Stover Music Competition that is coming up in March. Don and Dorrie hosted the event at their home where there were 62 people in attendance.  It was a wonderful concert.

South Seas Luau FundraiserPresident Bob announced that he and Dorrie Kemp have reserved a beautiful room at Tahiti Village Resort & Spa for our Luau Fundraiser which will be held on Friday, April 25th. The venue really fits the bill for what we want. There will also be an Elvis Imper-sonator to perform the Hawaiian songs he used to sing. Don is also hoping to get Society of Seven to perform as well.  We need to get it advertised outside of the club. Don suggested the price should be $75/ticket. It is for dinner and a show.  If you keep the ticket price too low, people will think it’s not a very good show. For more info, contact Dorrie Kemp at dkemp@mgci.com.

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GreetersBill Copper announced that we need greeters for the last two weeks in January and onwards.

Programs – Pres. Bob said we need programs. We are booked through the middle of February.

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President……………………………. Robert Hellriegel

Past President…………………………. Jeremy Brooks

Treasurer …………………………………… David Evans

Secretary………………………………… Freda Brazier

Director……………………………. Nancy Beckerbauer

Director…………………………………. Karen Arcotta

Rotary Foundation Chair………………… Bill Copper

Membership Chair…………………………. Jason Brown

Public Relations Chair………………….. Beatrice Lee

Administration Chair……………….. Florence Rogers

Projects Chair……………………………. Toby O’Brien

Committee Chairs

Programs Committee…………………. Bob Hellriegel

Dan Stover Music Awards …………………. Don Kemp

International Service…………… Nancy Beckerbauer


Newsletter………………. Freda Brazier / Carol Jule

Greeter Chair………………………………. Bill Copper

Sergeant-at-Arms………………………. Dick Weisbart

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Fines & Happy/Sad Bucks

Sgt. at Arms Dick Weisbart collected $2 from Gordon Culp whose phone rang during the Four Way Test (Gordon actually announced that his phone had rang).

Dick Weisbart also paid a fine as he realized he did not have his pin on. He actually paid $5 which included $1 happy buck because he and Sherrie went to the Caribbean.   

Karen Arcotta was happy because she got her Blue Badge today.

Bob Hellriegel thanked everyone who came to the social meeting at Buca de Peppo last week. We had a couple of fun guests from Canada. And the food and camaraderie were good.

Dave Evans was $10 happy. His wife is no longer wearing a brace and she is mobile. In fact, she is driving herself around now. He was also happy that Florence was here and that she didn’t eat all of the beets.

Freda Brazier ($5) was happy because the Musical Concert Fundraiser was really great. We had exceptional musicians to entertain us. But she was sad because Nancy Beckerbauer couldn’t be at the meeting as she fell and has a concussion.

Don Kemp ($5) was happy and thanked everyone who came to the fundraiser, especially Dave who collected the money. He also thanked Freda for handing out the programs and Bill Copper for being the official photographer.

Toby O’Brien gave $3. (1) She was sad as she lost her job on 12/23.  (2) She was happy because she has joined “Curves” to work out and take of herself.  (3) She was happy because she has 4 or 5 opportunities on the table. She is going to Oregon next week for a job interview. She has also started her own company – Toby Talks Marketing, LLC, which is a consulting firm.

Don Kemp said     “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”



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