The Wheel for April 11, 2019

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Listen to Dr. Thom Reilly  – Increasing Student Success in Higher Education

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Dr. Thom Reilly  – Increasing Student Success in Higher Education

Dr. Thom Reilly

The chancellor is appointed by the Board of Regents to serve as chief executive officer for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). He supervises the eight NSHE presidents and ensures the Board of Regents policies are implemented throughout the system. As chancellor, he is the System liaison with the governor, state legislators, and other public officials and community leaders.

Dr. Thom Reilly was appointed by the Board to serve as NSHE’s chancellor starting August 2017. Prior to his appointment, he served as director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University where he also was a professor in the School of Public Affairs. He currently is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and professor emeritus at San Diego State University.

He previously served five years as county manager for Clark County and was vice chancellor of the NSHE Health Sciences System.

Reilly has extensive experience in the private sector, serving as managing principal of The Reilly Group, a management consulting firm and as former vice president of social responsibility at Caesars Entertainment, Inc. He has held senior administrative positions with the State of Nevada, overseeing income maintenance programs and the statewide child welfare system. He also was a former director and professor for the School of Social Work at San Diego State University.

Reilly has authored numerous published works on public pay and benefits, governance, HIV, and child welfare. He and his work have appeared on NPR’s “Here and Now,” PBS NewsHour, CNN Money, and Fox Business News, and in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Law 360, Governing, Businessweek and The Associated Press. He is co-editor of the Ethics, Corruption and Governance Series for Rowman & Littlefield Lexington Books. A complete listing of his books and publications, as well as his detailed CV, can be found at

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

On behalf of the Club, congratulations and welcome to all our valedictorians!  You should be proud of this momentous achievement. Schools use different methods to rank their students. Some schools choose to name multiples valedictorians but no salutatorians.  Others schools name two students as first and second, respectively, without calling them, valedictorians or salutatorians. Schools that do not rank at all typically don’t have these positions, although they might still award honors to students in a top percentage of the graduating class, such as inducting them into cum laude society.  Each one of you here today has been identified by your school as the highest ranking student in your class. The Las Vegas Rotary Club is proud to recognize you for this outstanding achievement today.

Traditionally, the valedictorian ranks first in a graduating class, while a salutatorian ranks second.  The terms are named as such because the salutatorian typically delivers the salutation (greeting) at the commencement ceremony, while the valedictorian delivers the valediction, meaning he or she is the last person to speak.  In Latin, valedictorian means the person who says farewell. Originally the salutatorian address was given Latin, however, that is no longer the case. Every year the Las Vegas Rotary Club honors the valedictorians from each high school in Clark County Nevada.  I look forward to meeting and congratulating each of you during our meeting. Please let me congratulate you again.  You worked hard and deserve today’s recognition.

Jim Kohl
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas


Member Highlights

Scribe – April 4, 2019

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting:  April 4, 2019

President Jim Kohl called the meeting to order.  Tina Bishop gave the invocation. Ted McAdam, led the club in singing the Marine Corps Hymn, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  The Sergeant at Arms was PP Steve Linder.

  • There were (1) International Rotarians, (2) visiting Rotarians and (5) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • President Jim encouraged members to share the live stream of our meeting on social media;
  • PP David Thorson introduced the five recent Wetzel Award recipients, presenting them with framed certificates along with Lawry’s Bucks and Dan Hipple with the Terry Fator organization, presented each recipient with tickets to see the Terry Fator show, as part of Fator’s ‘give back’ to the military community;
  • PP/ADG Michael Gordon presented the Club with the RI President’s Citation, an achievement reached by ‘checking off all the boxes’; a Rotary video of People Of Action was viewed with President Jim encouraging members to send their photos for our ‘People of Action’; PP Karen Whisenhunt announced the kick off of the Tiberti Classic 9 hole putting event and BBQ on 5/19, a family friendly event, with proceeds going to Rotary Youth Exchange; Marie Walsh announced the last Breakfast With Books for the school year on 4/9; PP Michael Gordon announced debunking planning meeting at 11:30 a.m. before next week’s meeting; Tina Bishop provided a recap of an amazing experience with almost 400 enthusiastic kids at the recent RYLA weekend; 25 Club President Kim Nyoni reported a fulfilling and successful participation by members at the LV Mission serving more than 700 dinner meals and reminded members of the upcoming event at Pinot’s Palette on 4/18; Deb Granda reminded members of the Cuisine & Octane fundraising event 4/27 including cast members of Counting Cars attending and other highlights planned for this fantastic event; Francesca Gilbert was acknowledged for her 3rd year in the Top 25 Women in Real Estate recognition;
  • The weekly drawing began at $655 plus this week’s donations.  The Ticket Winner was Rene Gamero, who received a prize of $10, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Jaime Goldsmith;
  • Brian Rosenberg introduced our program speaker, Katie Decker, retiring Principal, and groundbreaker of the non-profit CitiSim, a creatively constructed City for a financial based education program. Katie and Brian provided some staggering statistics of current and predicted economic position of millennials.  With the statistics concerning the lack of financial independence, and the need for youth to understand community, to work and earn, not just ‘get’, CitSim is an inspiring project intended to provide, among other things, a means to learn problem solving in the business world and career education simulation, modeled after existing projects like Big Town, Kansas City School of Economics, and Kadzen, with affordable cost to participants, focusing on 5th grade students here in Las Vegas;
  • President Jim, presented Katie Decker  with our “Share What you Can Award” and adjourned the meeting.  

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