The Wheel for April 22, 2021

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Listen to Dr. Bo Bernhard – UNLV’s International Gaming Institute

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Dr. Bo Bernhard – UNLV’s International Gaming Institute

As a fifth generation Nevadan, Dr. Bo Bernhard calls Las Vegas home, but he works frequently in national and international jurisdictions spanning all six inhabited continents. As the Executive Director of UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI), Bernhard oversees all of IGI’s research and academic functions. Recently, Dr. Bernhard was additionally appointed as Interim Vice President of Economic Development for UNLV. He has delivered over 200 keynote addresses in clinical, regulatory, and government settings and is published in the top business and social science journals.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

Waiting to Be Asked, or to Ask

One of the most rewarding things about Rotary is the opportunity to make a positive difference in our community and in our world.  The primary way that Rotarians do that is by our service.  The primary way we accomplish that service to others is through our group effort.  We plan and organize that group effort in our club committees.

If you want to be more active in our club’s service but are waiting to be asked to join a committee, your wait is over.  Consider yourself asked to join the committee that you would like to be a part of.  Similarly, if you are a committee chair and would welcome more help, do not wait any longer, reach out to any of our members and ask.

Everyone is busy and has numerous demands on their time but getting more involved in our club’s service above self is too important for you to miss out on your opportunity.  When you are asked about your time in Rotary, you certainly want to be able to answer more than “I had lunch.”

Richard Jost
Las Vegas Rotary Club

Member Highlights

Scribe – April 15, 2021

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: April 15, 2021

  • President Elect Mike Ballard called the meeting to order.
  • Bill Stieren provided the invocation.
  • Kirk Alexander played “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
  • The Sergeant at Arms was Sara Thornton.
  • PP Jim Tucker performed paparazzi duties.
  • PE Mike Ballard thanked the 25 Club members who performed meeting duties.
  • Visitors – there were many guests attending today to hear our speaker, there were (0) International Rotarians, (1) Visiting Rotarian Nancy Anderson who submitted her membership application to the club via Toni Kern, and guests of Rotarians Joan Murdock, Kim Nyoni, Bill Houghton, John Williams, Aris Lazarou, PP Karen Whisenhunt, and Mike Mewborn who each had one gues PP Jim Kohl recognized a Rotarian, not visible virtually, as Captain Kirk Holmes who beamed in from South Carolina via FaceBook. PP David Thorson drew for the Joker, who received the $10 consolation, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Joan Murdock.


  • Marie Walsh provided that the reading program, Breakfast with Books is still sending children home with books.
  • 25 Club President Rose Falocco announced the next 25 Club meeting will be May 6th at 6 PM. Meetings will continue to be the first Thursday each month and all members are invited. A basket raffle opportunity will once again be held to support the 25 Club service project, a canned food drive to replenish the Salvation Army pantry. To RSVP to attend the meeting, contribute a basket or purchase chances, please contact Rose.
  • PE Mike Ballard announced District Assembly will happen in the next Tuesday.
  • Rose Falocco announced on behalf of PP Jackie Thornhill, the debunking party scheduled for June 24th has moved to LVRF VP Bob Werner’s More information to follow.
  • PP Jim Hunt reported three wheelchairs were delivered this week to bring the total to 82!
  • Bill Houghton announced a STEM event, the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, the largest educational event in Nevada, runs from April 23-30 with “Kid of the Year” (Time Magazine) Gitanjali Rao – presenting virtually. More at
  • PP Tom Thomas introduced Mayor Carolyn Goodman, who delivered a fast and furious state of the community update focusing on foibles, accountability, achievements, improvements, immediate needs and long-term goals for the city, the citizens, and local business. Mayor Goodman provided a good luck good health poker chip for the members. She was engaging and received standing applause from the members.

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