The Wheel for July 19, 2018

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Sgt. Braden Schrag, Metro RECAP Program

Braden Schrag is currently a sergeant with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department assigned to the Office of Community Engagement. This unit works in every religious and cultural community in Las Vegas and focuses on prevention, intervention, and outreach in all sectors with a focus on gangs, human trafficking, countering violent extremism, refugee integration and connection, and proactive jail programming. His law enforcement experience includes supervision, instruction, intergovernmental services, homeland security, and program development. Braden is responsible for the co-creation and establishment of the departments Fusion Liaison Officer program and Office of Community Engagement both nationally recognized. He routinely speaks throughout the United States and to international audiences on community policing practices, community-police relations and countering violent extremism, with frequent lectures at the Naval Postgraduate School. Braden further lends his expertise to support initiatives of the US Department of State and US Department of Homeland Security. With a Degree in Psychology, he also has previous work experience in pediatric mental health, social work, and the private sector, encompassing over 23 years of combined education and experience.

Message From The President

While many people have heard of Rotary, few people actually understand what Rotary clubs do. That’s why Rotary has created a new global ad campaign called “People of Action.” The campaign is for people who do not know about Rotary or why it’s relevant to them. We are trying to appeal to potential members who want to make a difference in Las Vegas, those interested in Rotary’s causes, and people looking to establish relationships with others in Las Vegas.

The campaign’s theme is “People of Action” because Rotarians share a unique passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world. Where others see problems, we see solutions. By live-streaming our meetings, publishing our activities on our website and posting pictures of ourselves on social media, we show others how we see what’s possible in Las Vegas. It is our hope that the campaign will inspire more community leaders to join the Las Vegas Rotary Club.

We are going to learn together how to leverage our existing website and social media platforms to highlight the numerous projects we do and causes we support in Las Vegas. We are also going to highlight how much fun it is to be a Rotarian and let Las Vegans know why they should be a member of this Club. Our People of Action campaign will bring the Las Vegas Rotary Club to life by highlighting what happens when community leaders join together, share their vision, exchange ideas about solutions, and then take action to make it a reality. It will also show how much fun it is to be a member of the Las Vegas Rotary Club. I am looking forward to us showing Las Vegas all about our club.

Very Truly Yours,

James A. Kohl

Member Highlights

Scribe – July 12, 2018

  • President Jim Kohl called the first meeting of his term to order with the RI theme to be “People of Action” and to “Be the Inspiration” and our Club’s Mission as the inspiration asked of us. Francesca Gilbert gave the invocation. Sidra Kain led the club in singing our National Anthem, followed by President Jim leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant at Arms was Rob Telles.
  • There were (1) International Rotarians, (3) visiting Rotarians and (9) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • President Jim recognized the members of the July Birthday table and the head table, including his son Kyle Kohl, Sidra Kain and our speaker, Doug Geinzer.
  • A check in the sum of $4,500 was presented to representatives from the Easter Seal Foundation by President Jim on behalf of Howard & Howard and the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation jointly.
  • PP Michael Gordon presented a check in the sum of $200 to Linda Bertuzzi, on behalf of the LVRC, to help sponsor a new Las Vegas Rotary Club After Hours that will meet on Wednesdays at 6 Tivoli; Linda also mentioned the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute on 8/25, encouraging members to attend.
  • PP Dave Thorson confirmed the success of PP Michael Gordon’s debunking party, recognizing the debunking party committee; new 25 Club President Luci Parodi reminded members the Alpine Picnic is scheduled for 7/21 at Bob Werner’s mountain cabin retreat 12-3 and pre-picnic hike at 9:00 a.m. and members are asked to volunteer for a picnic preparation ‘clean up’ on 7/14 at 10 a.m.; PP Russ Swain got a jump on the UNLV Tailgate party, announcing the first party is 10/19, when UNLV plays Air Force; Jaime Goldsmith attended her first out of town Rotary Meeting in Washington DC, bringing back a Washington DC Rotary club banner; President Jim encouraged members to ‘get the word out’ about Rotary by sharing our live stream with Facebook friends.
  • Deb Granda announced details of the upcoming Shakespeare Festival 9/7-9/8, noting show tickets can be purchased at – – and using Rotary2018, there is a $4 discount per ticket, a private room is reserved at Chef Alfredo for dinner 9/7, each attendee paying for their own meal and Deb is hosting a cocktail party 9/8, 4-7 p.m. between shows, $10/pp – please RSVP to Deb for each event by 9/1.
  • The weekly drawing began at $993 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was Chen Smith who won $10 and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Pete Samuolis.
  • Sidra Kain introduced our program speaker, Doug Geinzer, CEO of ‘Las Vegas Heals’. Mr. Geinzer provided a comprehensive background and scope of the channels and areas involved, that ‘Las Vegas Heals’ demonstrates the answer traditionally given to the question ‘where do you go for good medical care in Las Vegas’ is wrong since the care is here. Mr. Geinzer provided examples of the definition of ‘medical tourism’ and how to get people to come to Las Vegas for medical care and improve and expand the quality and scope of medical care available to us, citing the Oquendo Center, for example, as the largest medical event space west of the Mississippi, located here in Las Vegas, the growth of our medical community from academic medicine in our state and moving from a reactive to proactive approach to improving the medical status in our community.
  • President Jim 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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