Club Officers

President :
Freda Brazier

Louisa Mendoza

Sharon Spann

Foundation Director
Robert Hellriegel

President Elect 2017/2018
Gary Harlon

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Archive for the ‘Club Guests’ Category

Club Guest: Col. Barry Cornish

Colonel Cornish, Commander of the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis AFB, accompanied by Captain Emily Barry, gave a fascinating talk on the operations of Nellis and Creech AFBs, as well as the overall picture and goals of the USAF.


Club Guests: Martin Martinez and Alexis Tannin

Our recent guests from 24 Fitness had compelling fitness stories and tips for staying healthy through the holidays.


Club Guest: Julie Nybakken

Welcome to our speaker from the Torino Foundation Julie Nybakken.


Club Guest: Sheriff Doug Gillespie

Welcome club guest and speaker, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.


Guest Speaker: Alan Monroe

Alan Monroe, Shelterbox

Alan, who works for a non-profit called Shelterbox, truly embodies the RI mantra of Service Above Self.

He was first introduced to RI via the RYLA program, and became a lifelong believer in the RI causes, and, when he was old enough, a member. He was introduced to Shelterbox as a Rotary project, and later became an employee.

Shelterbox provides a survival kit–housing, sanitation, etc–in a self-contained box small enough to be carried by a person. They operate primarily in disaster areas across the world, and their recent projects were helping 2,000 families in the Turkey earthquake zone, and 2500 in the aftermath of the Bangkok floods.

Guest Speaker: Thalia Dondero

Thalia Dondero, County Commission (retired)


Ms Dondero has had a long and distinguished career in Las Vegas, serving 20 years on the Clark County Commission during the years of massive growth in the valley, and 12 years on the Board of Regents for the NV State Higher Education Board. She has rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names to pass through our dusty valley, and was a part of many key projects over the years, including McCarran Airport, the expansion of the Memorial Hospital, the MGM fire and subsequent fire code regulations, and the Yucca Mountain project.

Guest Speaker Randy Brooks, and Foundation Day

DGE Randy Brooks


District Governor-Elect Randy Brooks took the podium to discuss his travels and life-impacting experiences in Africa.

His speech was timely, as it was LV Central’s Foundation Day. Seven member received Paul Harris fellowships:

Jeremy Brooks

Gordon Culp (+1)

Carol Jule

Bob Hellriegel (+7)

Bruce Hendricks (+6)

Lia Roberts (+1)

Freda Brazier (+4)

Bob Self-Pins his PH+7 Pin


Freda Brazier Receives her PH+4

Gordon Culp gets his PH+1

Jeremy Brooks is surprised by a PH

Freda Brazier surprises Carol Jule with a PH pin

Guest Speaker: Derral Austin

Derral Austin, NV Energy

Derral Austin, NV Energy

This week we had a speaker from NV Energy’s customer service team, Derral Austin.¬†Derral had some very timely information on NV Energy’s current campaign to switch all Nevada power users from analog and three-stage meters to the new all-digital system.

Despite the skepticism in the press and with much of the public, Derral submitted, the new meters, coupled with the fine-grained reporting system on the NV Energy website, should allow consumers to keep a closer eye on their electricity budgets and save money. Also, per NV Energy’s tentative plan, it may allow NV Energy to reduce usage rates in the future. The crowd continued to be skeptical and asked many tough-but-fair questions of our brave guest.

Many thanks to Derral for his time, the useful information, and for helping address specific issues and problems some of our members raised during the session.

Guest Speaker: Senator Richard Bryan

Jason Brown and Senator Richard Bryan

Club President Jason Brown and Senator Richard Bryan

We were very fortunate to have as our guest this week Senator Richard Bryan. Senator Bryan served as Nevada State Senator, Nevada Attorney General, two terms as Governor, and as our US Senator for twelve years before retiring in 2001.

The Senator had great insights and stories around Nevada’s historic and current economic engines and the history thereof, particularly around Clark County. Our economy, he posited, has long been tethered to event or industry-specific changes, and the current boom-and-bust period is no different; and, as such, will recover in due time. He stressed the importance of diversifying our economy through more than just tax breaks, challenging Nevadans and our lawmakers to think big for solutions in the ways our economic leaders have over the past century.

Senator Bryan is very optimistic about Nevada’s future, and gave due recognition to Governor Sandoval for his efforts in driving our state forward out of the morass.


Guest Speaker: Travis Nelson, NV Title Co.

Travis Nelson, Nevada Title Company

Travis Nelson, Nevada Title Company


Mr. Nelson, Vice President of Commercial Marketing with Nevada Title Company, gave a very informative and interactive talk on the state of the Las Vegas housing resale markets, both from commercial and residential perspectives. He had great insights into the economic drivers of real estate, as well as the state of the resale markets as more properties flip out of default.

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