President William Southard

The year 1965-66 put William Southard on the hot seat, and it was during his term that the first official visit of an international president was recorded by the Las Vegas club.  R.I. President C.P.H. Teenstra visited the local club on December 39, 1964.  During his visit he presented the charter to the Las Vegas Southwest club.  The Rotary Club Foundation was established in 1965 to provide funds for scholarships, awards, grants to institutions of higher learning, and community service projects.  The club provided $1550 to the special education program at UNLV.

The first Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club became a reality in Vegas High School.  The Las Vegas club also received its first place District Award for Avenues of Service, International Projects, Student Sponsorship and Housing, and the outstanding Christmas Gift Program.  The second place Paul Harris Award was received for effort and achievement in the area of community service.  The project was the vocational training program at the junior high level.

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