The Wheel for February 28, 2019

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4-Way Test Speech Contest

From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as RI president) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to follow in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:

Of all the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The purpose of The 4-Way Speech Contest is:
• To acquaint a large number of young people with Rotary and The 4-Way
• To determine and enhance Rotary’s commitment to our youngsters
• To heighten awareness of Rotary additionally among parents, schools and
• To recognize, encourage and reward hard work and accomplishments of

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

This month we celebrated Presidents’ Day. Last week we learned about the holiday and a little bit about George Washington. This week I thought we should learn a few facts about Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln presided over the United States during the Civil War which settled the question of whether the federal or state governments were the more powerful form of government. His election demonstrated how divided the country was and was a harbinger of things to come. The votes for Lincoln came from the northern and western states. The south did not vote for Lincoln and began to secede from the country just after Lincoln’s election.

Although the United States seceded from England by stating that “all men are created equal”, the Constitution was fundamentally at odds with the Declaration of Independence because it did not abolish slavery. During his first term as President, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The proclamation stated “that all persons held as slaves” within the confederate states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Although the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the United States, it fundamentally transformed the character of the Civil War. Slavery was formally abolished by the 13th Amendment of the Constitution which was ratified on December 6, 1865. Sadly, President Lincoln was assassinated before its passage. Abraham Lincoln made several other notable additions to the United States. His administration set up our national banking system, and the Department of Agriculture.

The following are a few interesting facts about President Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was our first fully bearded president. He was also our tallest, measuring 6 feet 4 inches tall. President Lincoln often stored things like letters and documents in his stove-piped hat. Finally, in bitterly ironic coincidence, on the day he was shot, Lincoln told his bodyguard that he had dreamt he would be assassinated. Although his presidency was short, Abraham Lincoln’s legacy is towering.

Jim Kohl
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas

Member Highlights

Scribe – February 21, 2019

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: February 21, 2019
President Jim Kohl called the meeting to order. Carey Grohs gave the invocation. Bob Werner, with an assist from Jerry Engel, led the club in singing Jingle Bells/White Christmas, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant at Arms was Jaime Goldsmith.

  • There were (0) International Rotarians, (4) visiting Rotarians and (2) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • President Jim encouraged members to share the live stream of our meeting on social media and to use the membership cards created by Stu Lipoff, that the Foundation Gala is 3/16, the combined District Conference/District Breakfast is 5/3-5/4 in Anaheim, and the Corazon project is 5/18;
  • Rosalee Hedrick and Janet Linder made an ‘informal’ induction of returning member Rose Falocco
  • PE Jackie Thornhill presented a Community Grant check in the sum of $2,571.80 to Michelle Johnson of Junior Achievement on behalf of Rotary, noting the amazing things they do based on a visit to Finance Park; Luci Parodi presented Major Randy Kinnamon of The Salvation Army a check in the sum of $9,006.01 from the Rotary Club Canned Food Drive;
  • Katie Decker Principal at Walter Bracken ES introduced three 1st grade educators from Long, Hollingworth and Bracken ES and announced ‘artists needed’ any time, any day when school is open to volunteer to paint as part of the mural renovation – No Experience Required;
  • PP Karen Whisenhunt announced the German team performed well during the Mayor’s Cup, reaching the finals, only to be defeated by the team from Las Vegas, and gave a big thank you to host families; PP David Thorson reminded members the 1st Quarter Wetzel Awards on 3/28; Carey Grohs announced the 25 Club Social at the LV Ballpark 2/27 is now full; Kathy Mahon announced the Stop The Bleed Program at UMC 3/23 and to sign up in the green book; PE Jackie Thornhill reminded members the Foundation matching for Paul Harris Fellow up to 50% is still available and encouraged members to attend the Foundation Gala at World Market to support our club; PP Randy Donald reminded members the Cigar Social and Wine Tasting 3/15 at PP Jim Hunt’s house (pot luck); Bill Houghton announced RYLA March 28-30, with our club sponsoring 12 students; Deb Granda invited all to the reception for PP Mary Ann Avnet at her home and encouraged members to sell/buy at least 3 tickets for our annual fundraiser, Cuisine & Octane 4/27;
  • The weekly drawing began at $5,913 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was Gregory Haeseler, our Rotarian Guest from Long Beach, who received a prize of $10, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was PP Steve Linder.
  • Carolyn Sparks introduced our program speaker, Dr. Barbara Atkinson, (Founding Dean) of UNLV School of Medicine. The extraordinary steps, from starting in 2014, raising $13.5M in less than 60 days to fund 135 scholarships, to the graduation of the 1st class this year and a 3rd class just accepted, didn’t even scratch the surface of the accomplishments presented of the work, effort, growth and future planned by Dr. Atkinson. She was described at the meeting as “A One Woman Show”, referring, in part, to her efforts of increasing facility and student enrollment, hospital affiliation/community clinical teaching sites, the UNLV Clinic(s) and expanding Residency & Fellowship programs.
  • President Jim presented our speaker with a “Share What You Can” award to benefit a veteran in need and adjourned the meeting.

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