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Listen to Jennifer L. Taylor, Esq. – Energy Source Initiative: An Overview

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Jennifer L. Taylor, Esq. – Energy Source Initiative: An Overview

Jennifer L. Taylor, Esq. brings nearly 20 years of legal experience in environmental, insurance, construction and construction defect law practice to the discussion of clean and renewable energy development in Nevada. Jennifer understands the impact of policy and regulation on Nevada’s citizens from work, including representing homeowners living over one of Nevada’s largest groundwater contamination sites. She has been a member of the environmental law sections in both Washington and Nevada, a member of Nevada’s Energy, Utilities and Communications section, and a LEED Certified Green Associate.

Taylor served on the board of the Nevada Conservation League from 2010 to 2013, and as board chair from 2011 to 2013. Taylor was campaign manager for Horsford for Congress where she oversaw the day-to-day operations for, then sitting, U.S. Representative Steven Horsford. Prior to taking over the campaign in July 2014, she served as his political director, engaging with stakeholders throughout Nevada. Taylor served as the executive director for Clean Energy Project from 2015 to 2017, and now consults with clean energy and clean tech organizations and companies on state policy and programs, as well as working internationally to support clean energy development.

Taylor moved to Nevada in 1995 to serve as law clerk for Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert E. Rose. Taylor is currently admitted to practice before the United States Supreme court, as well as state and federal courts in Nevada, Washington, California, and Texas. Taylor has a J.D., cum laude, from University of Houston Law Center, B.A. from Southern Methodist University, and is a graduate of both Leadership Las Vegas and Emerge Las Vegas. Taylor served as the Vice Chair for the Clean Energy Sources Technical Advisory Committee of the New Energy Industry Task Force and as a member of the City of Las Vegas’ City Manager’s Energy Advisory Committee and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group for the Reno based coalition Sustainability Partners in Northern Nevada. Most recently, Governor Sandoval appointed Ms. Taylor to his Committee on Energy Choice, and as Chair of that Committee’s Working Group on Innovation and Technology in Renewable Energy Development tasked with making recommendations and proposals for actions that may need to be taken should the Energy Choice Initiative pass a second time and be amended into the Nevada Constitution.

Message From The President

Memorial Day and Labor Day frame our summers. On Memorial Day we remember those who died while fighting for the United States. While most Americans understand that Labor Day is related to workers, beyond that its history is less clear. As we get ready to celebrate Labor Day this weekend I thought we should look at the circumstances around its creations and its meaning. We know that Labor Day was created to memorialize the social and economic achievements of American workers. Exactly who is responsible for first suggesting Labor Day is unclear. There are two individuals who are credited with suggesting the creation of Labor Day. Some historians credit Peter J. McGuire of Chicago with suggesting that Labor Day be celebrated. Others suggest that Matthew Maguire of New Jersey proposed the holiday to his union. Regardless of who suggested it first, historians point to the Labor Day celebration in New York City in 1882 as the celebration that brought it to national prominence.

While Labor Day was celebrated in 1882, it was not a national holiday at that time. It was a popular idea that caught on quickly. Between 1887 and 1894, 23 states enacted legislation creating a Labor Day holiday, most often opting for them to be observed on either the first Saturday or first Monday of September. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation that had been rushed through Congress, declaring Labor Day a national holiday, to be observed on the first Monday in September. Labor Day is a celebration of the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend and are able to take a moment and contemplate the contributions that laborers made to this great country or ours.

James A. Kohl


Member Highlights

Scribe – August 23, 2018

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: August 23, 2018

  • President Jim Kohl called the meeting to order. Blake Myers gave the invocation. Sidra Kain led the club in singing My Country Tis of Thee, followed by President Jim leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant at Arms was Jaime Goldsmith.
  • There were (1) International Rotarians, (2) visiting Rotarians and (5) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • President Jim continues to encourage members to open up their Facebook page and share the LVRC live streaming and web page to spread the word of Rotary and about our Club;
  • Deb Granda announced 87 tickets for the fundraising raffle have been sold, noting we have 5 more weeks to get the word out and sell those tickets!; Jim Tucker announced there is still ad space available in The Wheel
  • Bob Werner shared that his wife’s surgery was successful, and she is progressing in her rehabilitation/recovery; President Jim announced PP Randy Campanale suffered a fall with a resulting significant ankle injury and recovering
  • Marie Walsh reminded members the first Breakfast With Books is coming up 9/11 and held an informative post meeting orientation for Breakfast With Books including information for ordering the T-shirts for Rotarians to wear when participating at the event; Kim Nyoni reminded members of the 25 Club Social and Graduation Celebration on 8/23 at Bangers downtown; President Jim announced the Fantasy Football draft on 8/25 with ½ of the proceeds going to the Foundation; Deb Granda reminded members about the upcoming Shakespeare Festival scheduled for 9/7-9/8, and to RSVP her for the Friday night dinner and Saturday cocktail party by 9/1; Jaime Goldsmith encouraged members to attend the upcoming SOAR Awards at the Las Vegas City Council Chambers honoring first responders on 9/17 at 8 a.m.; PP Randy Donald announced the Cigar Social, the 17 th one since originally started PP Karen Whisenhunt, will take place on 10/5 at Tom Krob’s home at TPC, $10/PP; Jaime Goldsmith announced the latest Wine To Water event, a sake tasting, will take place on 10/6 with more information to follow; 25 Club President Luci Parodi kicked off the Annual Canned Food Drive, revealing the small and large cans available for placement at work or other locations for collection of loose change/money
  • The weekly drawing began at $2,043 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was Bill Stephan, who received a prize of $10, and the Lawrys Bucks Winner was Greg Maguire
  • President Jim introduced our program speakers, Randy Tucker and Mike Ballard, who, jointly, provided details of the new Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund, which essentially provides incentive to build new businesses, a big economic development program, describing the relationship with 1031 Exchanges, tax advantages and showing the areas/opportunity zones in our surrounding community
  • President Jim presented our speakers with a “Share What You Can” award to benefit a veteran in need and then adjourned the meeting.

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