The Wheel for April 18, 2019

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Marty Waldman – Space System Architecture

Mr. Waldman brings over 42 years of DoD Navy and Air Force Program Management experience to SIL from his technical involvement with Cruise Missile, Space Shuttle, Titan IV, Minuteman, Peacekeeper and Eastern/Western Range Data Acquisition and Processing Systems.

With a keen eye on building business relationships to benefit SIL and its partners, Mr. Waldman leverages his understanding of projected DoD/ Commercial needs in conjunction with available technology and articulates this understanding to other SIL leadership for suggested implementation. Having successfully authored and prosecuted numerous Patents, Mr. Waldman’s insight and understanding of what’s necessary to bring a product to the commercial/ military market is continually demonstrated via the fielding of these and other key technologies. Leading applications include the Vehicle Based Independent Range System, Military Grade Small Satellites, and Space Rated Battery/Power Systems. B.S. Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University, 1977

Marty Waldman: BD & Intellectual Property Director / Space Systems Architect for Space Information Labs (SIL)

-Co-Founder of

-Las Vegas Chapter Chair of the Los Angeles/Las Vegas AIAA

-NDIA Southern Nevada Chapter President

-Las Vegas Spaceport Project Lead @LasVegasSpaceport

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

In the Rotary calendar for 2019-2020, April is Maternal and in the Rotary calendar for 2019-2020, April is Maternal and Child Health Month (which is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus).Every year, nearly 6 million children under the age of five die because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation.To combat this, Rotary supports programs that provide health to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.

Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere. To help alleviate this problem, Rotary clubs in Haiti worked with Rotary International to provide a fully equipped medical Jeep to volunteers and midwives so that they could provide services to mothers and children in remote areas. Nigeria also has an unacceptable mortality rate.There, Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year program to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries. As part of this program, they have repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas, a hole develops in the birth canal as a result of childbirth and often causes incontinence. The program saved lives and restored the dignity and hope to these women. Women in Chennai, India suffer from a high mortality rate from breast and cervical cancer. To combat this problem, Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness trainings around Chennai.

Rotarians around the world are ready willing and able to support women and children but they need your help. In a shortwhile, President Elect Jackie will be sending our annual club pledge forms. Your donations to the Rotary Foundation will provide a profound impact on the lives of mothers and children throughout the world. I ask that you consider the impact your monthly donations will make when you fill out your pledge form for PE Jackie’s year

Jim Kohl
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas


Member Highlights

Scribe – April 11, 2019

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting:  April 11, 2019

  • President Jim Kohl called the Annual Valedictorian meeting to order. Kathy Mahon gave the invocation. Jerry Engel led the club in singing God Bless America, including The Prologue, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant at Arms was Doug Grant
  • There were (1) International Rotarians, (1) visiting Rotarians and (1) Guests of Rotarians introduced;
  • David Liles of Will Beckley ES, along with Principal Shannon Brown and Asst. Principal Cheryl Trupp congratulated all of the Valedictorians attending the meeting and announced upcoming events at Beckley, including Field Day May 3 and the Jungle Book Musical May 9-10, advising tickets could be obtained through Marie Walsh;
  • Marie Walsh kicked off the LVRC annual recognition of the Valedictorians from each high school in Clark County Nevada, each individually recognized and being presented with a certificate and Space Pen, after stating their educational interests and accomplishments as well as their future/college plans; 
  • There was no raffle drawing this week but will resume next meeting with the pot at $836;
  • PP/AG Michael Gordon introduced our program speaker, Dr. Thom Reilly, Chancellor appointed by the Board of Regents as the CEO for the Nevada System of Higher Education. Taking on the theme of a life of significance and life of success, Dr. Reilly discussed the goals for higher education, stating that you need something beyond high school to reach the pathway of success and social mobility. The goals included improving access to higher education, noting Nevada is an ‘open access state’ and focusing on student success in graduating, restructuring the remedial education from college entry back to high school; addressing the ‘equity gap’, providing more counseling and advising to the students; focusing on the work force, meeting industry needs and noted a response to the demand was a partnership with MGM Resorts for the College Opportunity Program by paying for its employees to go to college; and research, needing to talk differently about why we need more research;
  • President Jim presented Dr. Reilly with our “Share What You Can Award” and adjourned the meeting.



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