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Listen to Terry Jicinsky – LV Convention Center Expansion Project

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Terry Jicinsky – LV Convention Center Expansion Project

Terry Jicinsky is senior vice president of operations for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), overseeing the Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) expansion and renovation project. The LVCCD is the largest and most important project since the 3.2 millionsquare-foot convention center was built in the 1950s. As the third largest center in North America, the LVCC has helped Las Vegas achieve the No. 1 trade show ranking in North America for 24 consecutive years.

With more than 30 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, Mr. Jicinsky’s career path has covered aspects ranging from consumer travel research, internet marketing, database marketing and hotel management. He previously served as the senior vice president of marketing for the LVCVA, stewarding the world-renowned branding campaign, “What happens Here, Stays Here TM.” Formerly, Mr. Jicinsky oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Las Vegas Convention Center. In his new role, he serves as the direct link between the Authority and the LVCCD owner’s representative. The LVCCD is critical for the continued growth of the meetings and conventions industry in Las Vegas.

Before joining the LVCVA in 1992, Mr. Jicinsky’s work experience included consulting positions with the national accounting firms Laventhol & Horwath and Coopers & Lybrand, as well as management positions with Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

Mr. Jicinsky is a member of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and has previously served on the board of directors for the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the International Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (IACVB), the International Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) and the American Marketing Association of Las Vegas (AMA).

Mr. Jicinsky was named to Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International’s “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing” in 2006. He holds a master’s degree in hospitality administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. He is also a certified destination management executive and a graduate of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership program.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

In the last two weeks we learned about the poliovirus and Rotary International’s (“RI”) efforts to eradicate it. We left off last week in 2009. In 2011 RI welcomed celebrities and other major public figures into a new public awareness campaign and ambassador program called “This Close” to ending polio. Program ambassadors included Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, violinist Itzhak Perlman, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates, Grammy Award-winning singers Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and environmentalist Dr. Jane Goodall. During 2011 RI’s funding for polio eradication exceeded $1 billion.

In 2012 India surpasses 1 year without a recorded case of polio, and is taken off the polio-endemic list. Rotary surpasses its $200 Million Challenge fundraising goal more than 5 months earlier than planned. In 2014, India passed 3 full years without a new case caused by the wild poliovirus, and the World Health Organization certifies the South-East Asia region polio-free. Three countries still have wild polio, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Since 2014 RI has been focused on eliminating polio from these countries and will not stop until we succeed.

The eradication of polio is one of our longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won’t stop until we end the disease for good. As of 16 January 2019 in Pakistan – two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) and five WPV1 positive environmental samples were detected; in Nigeria – we have received advance notification of one case of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) and two circulating VDPV2 positive environmental samples. Wild polio still exists and we need to keep working until we eradicate it. Please donate to the Polio Pig as it makes its rounds through the club this month.


Jim Kohl
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas

Member Highlights

Scribe – January 17, 2019

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: January 17, 2019

President Jim Kohl called the meeting to order. Ted McAdam gave the invocation. Sidra Kain led the club in singing the My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant at Arms was Doug Grant:

  • There were (0) International Rotarians, (0) visiting Rotarians and (4) Guests of Rotarians introduced;
  • Stu Lipoff announced available “Be My Guest for Lunch” business cards to invite prospective members to a meeting;
  • President Jim encouraged members to share the live stream of our meeting on social media to share our message and our Club with others;
  • President Jim discussed our efforts to prevent people from being afflicted by the scourge of polio and played the presentation video that included clips of UNICEF and WHO spokespeople talking about Rotary’s contribution to eradicate polio;
  • President Jim presented Assistant Principal Mia Nelson with grants of $1,250 to Walter Long Elementary School (ES), $1,250 to Hollingsworth ES and $1,250 to Walter Bracken ES to support their programs in reading, ordering books, healthy eating, gardening and teaching students life skills;
  • PE Jackie Thornhill presented a $1,440 grant to R.J. Sampson of V.R. Kids which provides therapeutic virtual reality and teddy bears to kids in four hospitals and is expanding programs to other states;
  • PE Jackie Thornhill awarded Paul Harris Fellow +5 to Glenn Meier;
  • President Jim presented District Governor John Chase with a gift bag and a Lamborghini in a box;
  • PP Karen Whisenhut announced invitations of spouses to the Family of Rotary luncheon on 2/8, that we need one more host family for 2 or 3 boys from the German team in the Mayors Cup 2/14-2/19, and the St. Patrick’s Day Cigar Fellowship hosted by Jim Hunt on 3/15; Jimmelle Siarot discussed the upcoming teen leadership training RYLA 3/29 – 3/31 needing facilitators; P.E. Jackie Thornhill announced available sponsorship slots for Cuisine & Octane 4/27; Marie Walsh talked about our successful 1/15 BWB at Beckley ES attended by 13 Rotarians supporting 134 children, 68 adults, totaling 202 people, with 52 reading logs submitted accounting for 520 books read by the children in one month, she mentioned the upcoming Career Day on 2/8 and Reading Week 2/25 – 2/27 that anyone can sign up for; Joakim Nyoni announced the upcoming 25 Club social at the Mob Museum and Hogs & Heifer dinner on 1/30, and discussed his Tanzania home visit, attending the R.C. of Dar es Salaam and the banner he received; Jim Tucker talked about the Football Pool “Fill the Board” with 36 squares still available that would bring $2,500 to our foundation; David Squier announced our Highway Cleanup 1/26 which might be the last one next to Bonnie Springs, and it’ll be followed by a delicious brunch hosted by Jerry Sennes; President Jim fined Ted McAdam for lying to us about Santa Claus being real during our last December meeting;
  • The weekly drawing began at $4,824 plus this week’s donations; the Ticket Winner was Janice Lencke, who received a prize of $10, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Becca Roberts;
  • PP Michael Gordon introduced our program speaker District Governor John Chase;
  • 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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