The Wheel for April 25, 2019

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The Vocational Training Team from Australia


                                         Rebecca Tolstoy AM     Margaret MacDonald          Mark Crake


                                            Stg Darrel Hagan             Spiro Gougoulis              Sarah-Jane Sharp 

Six Western Australians are in District 5300 for 3 weeks, as part of a Vocational Training Team, between District 5300 and District 9455. Each team member is associated with Path of Hope, a collaboration between Rotary and the Salvation Army, whose mission is to break the inter-generational cycle of family and domestic violence. This program is the brain-child of Monrovia Rotarian Herb Heslip, who endowed the cost of this exchange. Its beneficiaries are restricted to District 5300 and the Rotary districts of Australia.

Path of Hope is an approach that mobilizes the organizational capacity of Rotarians to support agencies and services that provide safety and empowerment to women and their children escaping family and domestic violence. The impact upon the well being of the person experiencing the violence can be profound, and life-threatening. Children in these families are at risk of developing post-traumatic stress and developmental disorders. These disorders can deliver a lifetime of emotional and economic cost to the individual and the community. The capacity to be violent to a loved one is a learned behavior and there is also a risk that those who grew up with it will continue the behavior in their own families. This is the cycle that needs to be broken.

While in Las Vegas the team will visit Clark County School District, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and the Las Vegas Metro Police Department with stops at both the Green Valley and Las Vegas Rotary Clubs.


Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

 Today’s program features Rotarians from Australia who will tell us about their vocational service project.  What is vocational service and how does it fit into Rotary?  Rotary International informs us that the object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: (1) the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; (2) high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; (3) the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;  and (4) the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Rotarians are encouraged to put these ideals into action by (1) talking about their professions in their clubs, and taking the time to learn about fellow members’ occupations; (2) using their skills and expertise to serve a community; (3) practicing their profession with integrity, and to inspire others to behave ethically through words and actions; (4) helping young people to achieve their career goals; and (5) guiding and encouraging others in their professional development.  By undertaking these activities, Rotarians bring vocational service to life. Vocational service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.

Jim Kohl
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas

Member Highlights

Scribe – April 18, 2019

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting:  April 18, 2019

President Elect Jackie Thornhill called the meeting to order.   Jerry Engel gave the invocation. Sidra Kain led the club in singing America The Beautiful, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  The Sergeant at Arms was PP Steve Linder.

  • There were (0) International Rotarians, (1) visiting Rotarians and (10) Guests of Rotarians introduced;
  • PE Jackie encouraged members to share the live stream of our meeting on social media and to use the membership cards created by Stu Lipoff, reminded members  the combined District Conference/District Breakfast on 5/3-5/4 in Anaheim, and the Corazon Superbuild project on 5/18; and reminded members the club matching for Paul Harris fellow continues through the end of President Jim Kohl’s term;
  • Rosalee Hedrick and Janet Linder inducted new member Kevin Cloney;
  • Janice Lencke introduced the MC for the Cuisine & Octane fundraiser, Donald Spalding, a dynamic and energetic person, who provided some highlights of the great upcoming event; Kevin Cloney of Love Is In The Air Hot Air Balloons pulled the winning Cuisine & Octane Grand Prize raffle ticket for a $1,200 value Love Is In The Air 6 person hot air balloon ride, which was the club’s own Sally Donald with proxy PP Randy Donald accepting the great prize;
  • PP Karen Whisenhunt reminded members of the approaching Putting & Golf Tournament on 5/19, thanking the many sponsors but announced golfers are needed – no experience necessary; Bill Houghton encouraged support for our club’s 4 Way Test finalist, Natalie Gilbert, at District Conference; Marie Walsh provided some outstanding statistics from the academic year Breakfast With Books of the number of books handed out and read with a total of 1,868 in attendance; Carey Grohs reminded members of the Pinot’s Palette event 4/18 (which has subsequently be rescheduled to Saturday, May 25);
  • PP/AG Michael Gordon announced the theme of the debunking party (since President Jim was not present) scheduled for 6/27;
  • The weekly drawing began at $836 plus this week’s donations.  The Ticket Winner was Paul Kruger, who received a prize of $10, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Deb Granda;
  • Stu Lipoff introduced our program speaker, Marty Waldman,  BD & Intellectual Director/Space Systems Architect for Space Information Labs (SIL), describing the many ways and how Las Vegas is in the beginning stages of the aerospace industry and future of space habitats, from air force collaboration, Nevada aerospace coalition, small self-contained nuclear reactors which would revolutionize Creech AFB, to obtaining a license for the return landing of ‘things from space’, and a spaceport, bringing Las Vegas to the forefront of aerospace; and
  • PE Jackie presented Mr. Waldman with our “Share What You Can Award” and adjourned the meeting.

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