The Wheel for February 11, 2021

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Listen to Lori Nelson-Kraft – SVP of Communications – LVCVA

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Lori Nelson-Kraft – SVP of Communications – LVCVA

Lori Nelson-Kraft serves as senior vice president of communications for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) overseeing corporate communications, public and government affairs, community relations and the Las Vegas News Bureau. Prior to joining the LVCVA, she served for 14 years as vice president of corporate communications for Station Casinos, one of the leading providers of gaming and entertainment with 20 properties located throughout Southern Nevada. In her role, she oversaw media and community relations as well as served as the Company spokesperson. Throughout her 25-year career, Ms. Nelson-Kraft also served as Associate Director of Public Relations for R&R Partners and owned a small public relations agency, both in Las Vegas. Ms. Nelson-Kraft currently serves as a Board Trustee for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, where she additionally serves as the Leadership Foundation president as well as serves on the board of directors for Noah’s Animal House, a full-service pet shelter located next door and in partnership with The Shade Tree Shelter in Southern Nevada and with the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Northern Nevada in support of victims of domestic violence. Ms. Nelson-Kraft grew up in Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

Why Write a President’s Message Each Week?

At last week’s meeting our District Governor, Greg Jones, encouraged us all to think about why we joined Rotary, and to ask other Rotarians why they were members. That headed me off in a direction that I am certain our DG never intended and reminded me of the number of club members who have asked me why I bother to write this message every week since they believe that very few members read it.

After our meeting last week, I received an answer to that question loud and clear. In our January 28th Wheel, the President’s Message talked about Rotary opening opportunities, and suggested that one of the opportunities available to club members was to put together a new project, or social event, or both. When we did our club survey at the beginning of this program year, the answer that appeared most frequently was more social events, so that seemed like a reasonable message about opportunities.

Now you can rain on my parade and tell me that it is just a coincidence that we now have a group of club members organizing a Memorial Day weekend outdoor event, but I choose to believe that someone decided to act based on the President’s Message about opportunities through Rotary.

Even if helping plan and put on a new project and social event to celebrate Memorial Day does not excite you, I am sure that there is some service or social event (or both), that does. Let’s talk about the possibilities.

Richard Jost
Las Vegas Rotary Club

Scribe – February 4, 2021

President Richard Jost called the meeting to order.

  • Kirk Alexander gave the invocation.
  • The Beach Boys led the club in singing “Surfin’ U.S.A.”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • The Sergeant at Arms was Bill Stieren.
  • District Governor Greg Jones led the club in the Four Way Test.
  • There were (0) International Rotarians, (1) visiting Rotarian and
  • (3) Guest of Rotarians introduced
  • The drawing began at $2633 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was newly inducted member Sarah Thornton who received a prize of $10 and the Lawrys Bucks Winner was PP Ginger Anderson who was attending virtually.
  • Announcements:
  • The February Birthday Table was attended by Pete Samuolis, Bob Werner, and Kim Nyoni. Kim was fined for a birthday table make-up from January. Bob Werner announced he will celebrate nearly 40 years in Rotary with a donation of $500 to push the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation over $3 mil.
  • President Richard February 11 will be the Annual Valentine’s luncheon. RSVPs are required.
  • PP Jim Kohl presented a check from the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation to the Tyler Robinson Foundation in the amount of $5,000 for Pediatric Cancer Kids Virtual Learning. Funds are earmarked for children in Nevada to receive schooling year-round.
  • Toni Kern and Rosalee Hedrick, of the membership committee presented new members David Mullin sponsored by Dan Adamson, Sarah Thornton sponsored by PE Mike Ballard, and Jarrid Cavanaugh sponsored by Kirk Alexander. They were inducted by DG Greg Jones.
  • Toni Kern announced Orientation on Tuesday, February 9. All members are invited to attend and meet our newest members. Thanks to Tom Thomas for providing the meeting space.
  • PP Jim Hunt announced that John Williams was currently returning from San Francisco with new wheelchairs. He entreated the District Governor to help spread the word about availability.
  • PP Michael Gordon explained “All Star Members”, Year-End Giving Totals, and that our zone (zone 26) ranked near the top for all giving worldwide. Our zone raised $1,065,436 for Polio Plus the Annual Fund combined.
  • PP Jackie Thornhill introduced our program speaker DG Greg Jones, who presented his term theme “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.  He encouraged us to take ownership of our membership, become involved and push our comfort zone, and ask “What do you want your club to look like in the future?” He told us that having a “Rotary Moment” happens when we change lives. He proposed an action item to find out every member’s “Why”. He announced that this year’s District Conference will be virtual, details to follow.

  • President Richard Jost presented our speaker with a “Share What You Can” award to benefit a veteran in need and then adjourned the meeting.

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