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Listen to Mayor Debra March – City of Henderson

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The Wheel for January 14, 2021

Mayor Debra March – City of Henderson

Debra March was elected mayor of Henderson in April 2017 and assumed office June 20, 2017. Appointed as Councilwoman to serve in Ward II in July 2009, she was subsequently elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Mayor March serves with her fellow council members as the legislative branch of the Henderson community. Her responsibilities include setting policies and making decisions concerning many aspects of local government for Nevada’s second largest city, recognized as being one of the safest cities and best places to live in the nation. Mayor March is a strong advocate of economic development in Henderson and is working to attract new business, create jobs and diversify the local economy. She is focused on developing West Henderson, Union Village, and the redevelopment of the historic downtown and Lake Mead/Boulder Highway areas of the city. These efforts are designed to maintain Henderson’s standing as a premier city in which to live, work, and enjoy award-winning parks, trails and recreational opportunities. Mayor March maintains a strong focus on transparency and engaging with the community and maintaining an open dialogue on issues of importance to residents. Her monthly March On public events educate citizens about city programs and services and give them an opportunity to ask the Mayor questions and provide feedback in an open forum. Mayor March currently serves as vice chair of the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada board of commissioners and as vice chair of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District board of directors. She is also a member of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce (HCC) board of directors. A Henderson resident for more than 25 years, Mayor March has a long track record of service to the city and her community. She served as chair of Southern Nevada Strong, a collaborative regional effort to plan, create and sustain neighborhoods, and served on the City of Henderson Planning Commission from 2004 to 2009. Mayor March was on the founding board of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Leadership Henderson program to build and maintain effective community leaders. Mayor March is an active member of the Urban Land Institute Nevada District Council and NAIOP Southern Nevada, the commercial real estate development association. She is a past national board member of the American Planning Association, and served on the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, as a board member of Nevada HAND and on the Impact Nevada advisory board. The Governing Institute also named Mayor March as one of only 25 participants in the 2018 Women in Government Leadership Program Class. The yearlong program is designed to promote and support elected women leaders from across the nation, representing leaders from 20 different states. In recognition of her contributions to the community, Mayor March received the 2018 Chairman’s Award from the Urban Chamber of Commerce, the 2017 Award of Honor from the Nevada American Society of Landscape Architects, a lifetime achievement award in 2015 from the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies, and was named the 2013 Public Official of the Year by the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities. As a Nevada resident for more than 40 years, Mayor March has built a career on helping Henderson and Nevada become better places to live. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she served as a Nevada park ranger in locations throughout the Silver State, where she promoted the value of parks and open spaces for a healthy quality of life. She moved to Southern Nevada as deputy administrator with the Nevada Real Estate Division, creating and implementing policies for responsible home ownership and from 1996 to 2009 led efforts for the development of livable communities as director of UNLV’s Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies. Mayor March is an avid outdoorswoman and enjoys hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and cycling. An avid animal lover she shares her home with her two dogs Lucy and Raz.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,



Last Saturday, January 9th, our District held a “President’s Advance” training session for club presidents, president elects, and president elect-elects. This year membership committee chairs were invited, as well, in keeping with RI’s emphasis on membership satisfaction. I am proud to tell you that our club was the best represented, and on most discussion topics the most enthusiastically engaged, of all the clubs in our district. I am proud to report that to you not because we won a prize or an award for our participation, but because we were able to demonstrate to other Rotarian club leaders who are struggling to make headway during this challenging time that there are ways to power through most challenges.

One of the exciting things that came out during the discussions was the shared desire of clubs in Southern Nevada to put together more joint events. Our club has benefitted from other clubs participating in Santa Clothes, we are working together with other local clubs on food deliveries each month, and if conditions improve enough to permit a large outdoor assembly, we may have a picnic this spring or summer where Rotarians from clubs in Southern Nevada will have an opportunity to enjoy Rotary fellowship together.

In the world of aviation, it is common to hear people say, ‘a positive attitude determines your altitude’. Please don’t think that I am suggesting that we have to walk around with our noses pointed toward the sky to reach our goals, but a positive attitude will get us much farther than a depressed one will, as last week’s President’s Advance meeting clearly demonstrated.

Richard Jost
Las Vegas Rotary Club

Member Highlights

Scribe – January 7, 2021

Scribe – January 7, 2021

  • President Richard Jost called the meeting to order.
  • Tina Bishop gave the invocation.
  • President Richard Jost led the club in a Christmas Blessing slide show by Bill Stieren, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Michael Mewborn served as the Sergeant At Arms.
  • We had six guests of rotarians. Membership committee members Rosalee Hedrick and Toni Kern introduced three prospective members.
  • President Richard Jost showed a news clip from Fox 5 featuring Jim Hunt promoting our wheelchair program in conjunction with the Wheelchair Foundation. President Richard Jost has declared that Jim Hunt will never be fined again for his promotion of the Rotary Club on the news clip in which he wore a Rotary mask, Rotary hat, and placed a Las Vegas Rotary sticker on the wheelchair.
  • The club recognized our birthday table and members on Zoom with birthdays. Jerry Engel stole the show with his comic routine.
  • The membership committee members Rosalee Hedrick and Toni Kern inducted our first new member of 2021, Aris Lazarou. Aris is with Mastroianni Fashions and was joined by his brother and father for the ceremony.
  • The raffle ticket winner was Brock Fraser who received a prize of $10, and the Lawry’s Bucks winner was Krista Nicholas.
  • Tom Thomas introduced our Speaker, Ciara Byrne, CEO of Green Our Planet. Green Our Planet is a Las Vegas-based nonprofit conservation organization that runs the largest school garden program in America. She shared information on the mission and purpose of the organization and its offerings, including the Outdoor Garden Classroom Program, the Hydroponics Program, and the Virtual Academy.
  • President Richard Jost then adjourned the meeting.

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