1982-1983President Joe Buckley
Joe Buckley served as president for the Rotary 1982-83 calendar year. While Las Vegas was suffering the effects of a national recession, the members of the club shifted into high gear to fill the financial and service voids created by the recession. $105,163 was raised to support the youth summer employment, to purchase a van for the Seniors Meal-On-Wheels program, to provide scholarships for the community college and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to sponsor a 25 week community service television program, as well as provide support for the Salvation Army and other youth programs. Of the total amount raised, the club made its largest contribution to The Rotary Foundation in the amount of $19,000.
It was a year of club fun, fellowship and friendship, and a gala event was put on, celebrating our 60th Anniversary as a member of the Rotary International family. District Governor Bill Ryan and his wife, Judy, were honorary hosts and supported the event like many other projects during our Rotary year.
As a sign of unity and friendship among the Rotary Clubs of Las Vegas, Moapa, and Caliente, Liz Buckley suggested the planting of a Paul Harris Friendship Tree in the Las Vegas Rotary Club Park. All clubs supported the concept and District Governor Bill Ryan dedicated the tree. The District Conference was held in San Diego at the Hotel del Coronado in April of 1983. At that time President Joe Buckley was presented Club Youth, Community and International service awards for the club’s projects during the year.