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Listen to Carolyn Goodman – Mayor of Las Vegas

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Carolyn Goodman – Mayor of Las Vegas

Carolyn G. Goodman became the mayor of the city of Las Vegas on July 6, 2011. Her husband of more than a half century and 12-year, term-limited mayor, Oscar B. Goodman, administered the oath of office. It is the only known instance of a spouse succeeding a spouse as mayor in the United States. In 2015, Mayor Goodman was handily re-elected to another four-year term. In 2019 she was elected to a third term, garnering more than 80 percent of the vote.

Among her priorities as mayor, Carolyn has championed improvement in inner-city schools pushing for early learning preschool programs, tutorials for ESL students and their parents, bringing together a coalition of public, private and nonprofits partners to participate in the achievement based and measurable educational initiatives. In a county in which all public education is controlled by an independently elected Board of Trustees and implemented by a superintendent, her role continues to be through the bully pulpit. The mayor helped accomplish the passage of a long-awaited Nevada Film Tax Credit in 2013, which is expected to bring significant new film investment and jobs to Nevada. She has spearheaded efforts to formalize policies for the new food truck industry, curb underage drinking downtown and update related Las Vegas Municipal Code provisions.

She has been a galvanizing force for bringing together the nonprofit social service agencies in southern Nevada to create a collaborative and establish a valid database of 501[c][3]s for donor evaluation. She currently serves on the board of this nonprofit. Carolyn has been an advocate of Las Vegas’ $44.9 billion tourism industry and is a board member on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. She also serves on the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA), Las Vegas Events, the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee, the Regional Transportation Commission, the Transportation Safety Commission and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District. She is chair of the Las Vegas Redevelopment Agency and serves on the UNLV Medicine Community Advisory Board; the Governor’s Technical Advisory Committee for Clark County School District Reorganization; the Governor’s Commission on Tourism; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee. She is a founding member of the UNLV School of Medicine Community Engagement Board.

The mayor also serves on the Blue Ribbon Committee for Clark County Child Welfare Services. Additionally, she holds national leadership roles as a member of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and serves as the Chair of the Mayors’ Business Council.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

The Las Vegas Rotary Club is entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance (LVCE) which will be held October 21-24.

Founded in 2019, LVCE brings the historic automobile show to the entertainment capital of the world. LVCE exhibits nearly 25 classes of rare and unique automobiles invited from around the world, most never before shown in Las Vegas. The four-day event will be hosted at the Las Vegas Ballpark. LVCE aims to continue its philanthropic endeavors in 2021 by assisting our Rotary Club in our fundraising efforts and community awareness.

The Las Vegas Rotary Club will get exhibit space at the event, provide volunteers to work the event and receive funds for our foundation to benefit our local community through grants from our grants committee.

This venue promises to be the most comfortable and spectator-friendly Concours ever. There is unlimited comfortable seating, with lots of shade. The bathroom facilities are numerous and centrally located. For viewing, the largest video display in the league is at our disposal, making the awards show not only more educational, but also more engaging. The sound system is state of the art. Every seat in the house will offer a unique view of our show field, and the entire field of cars is viewable from every seat.

Las Vegas Ballpark will showcase an “Only in Vegas” culinary approach that is unlike any other park in the country. The menu will be designed to elevate traditional park classics and expand food and drink offerings with new options and flavors. Guests will enjoy delicious food created especially for the event by Chefs Giada De Laurentis and Brian Howard.

Mark your calendars to participate in this unique event! Volunteer registration spots will open later this summer.

Richard Jost
Las Vegas Rotary Club

Member Highlights

Scribe – April 8, 2021

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: April 8, 2021

    • President Richard Jost called the meeting to order.
    • Andrew Moran provided the invocation from the book of Zechariah.
    • Lee Greenwood sang “God Bless The USA”
    • The Sergeant at Arms was PP Steve Linder
    • President Richard Jost thanked the members who performed meeting duties.
    • PP Jim Tucker performed paparazzi duties.
    • Visitors – there were (0) International Rotarians, (1) Visiting Rotarian Nancy Anderson prospecting the club with Toni Kern, PP Steve Casey recognized four guests including his wife Linda Casey, Joan Murdock had 1 guest, Paul Kruger introduced Mercedes Hilbrecht, and PP Jim Kohl recognized Rotarians not visible virtually who were streaming the meeting via FaceBook, Melanie Krob and Kirk Holmes.
    • The drawing began at $766 plus this week’s contributions, PP Karen Whisenhunt requested PP Jim Tucker draw for the Joker, who received the $10 consolation, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Bert Reiner.


    • Marie Walsh provided that the reading program, Breakfast with Books, has reached 653 families and kids through the video learning program. 
    • Rose Falocco announced the next 25 Club meeting will be May 6 at 6 PM. Meetings will continue to be the first Thursday each month and all members are invited. Rose reported on the last meeting hosted at Jerry Engels home on April 1. A basket raffle opportunity raised $210 for the 25 Club’s community service project – a canned food drive to replenish the Salvation Army pantry.  More baskets will be made available for chances at the next meeting. Please feel free to contribute a basket. Contact Rose if you would like to assist and/or plan to attend.
    • PP Jacqueline Thornhill announced a debunking party meeting to take place immediately following today’s club meeting in the Vintage Room. Volunteers are needed and welcome to add their talents to the event.
    • PP Jim Hunt provided an update from the Wheelchair Foundation. Just this morning the 79th wheelchair was delivered by Howie Hopkinson. PP Karen Whisenhunt received a referral due to the wrap on John Williams truck. The wrap is working!
    • PP Brock Fraser introduced Mercedes Hilbrecht, widow of Past Las Vegas Rotary Foundation President Ty Hilbrecht. Mercedes spoke of Ty’s love for the club and presented her gift of $25K to benefit the LVRF, Inc Permanent Fund, a legacy Ty established to continue Rotary programs that benefit our local and global communities in perpetuity.
    • For our presentation today, PP Steve Casey captivated the audience with a visual feast of select photographs taken over the past 12 years. He thanked his wife Linda for her support of his dream. When asked about his favorite camera, Steve said “it’s the one you have with you”. Steve invited members to view albums online at
    • President Richard Jost levied a fine before the meeting was adjourned, on new member Michelle Calbi for a photo of Michelle with her 1966 Corvette. Michelle graciously accepted the tongue ‘n cheek fine of $6600 – it was a joke, right? 😉

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