The Wheel for March 11, 2021

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Listen to Barbara Cegavske – Secretary of State

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Barbara Cegavske – Secretary of State

Barbara Cegavske was elected to her first term as Nevada Secretary of State in 2014 and assumed office on January 5, 2015. She was re-elected to her second term this past November. With more than 37 years of combined public service and small business experience, Cegavske brings a unique blend of business acumen and legislative expertise to the Secretary of State’s office.

Cegavske entered public service in 1996 when she was elected to serve in the Nevada Assembly representing Clark County District 5 for three consecutive terms. In 2002, Cegavske ran for and successfully won a state Senate seat for Clark County District 8. She served three full terms before assuming the role of Secretary of State.

As a daughter of small business owners, Cegavske rolled up her sleeves and pitched in with her siblings after school and during summer vacations to help the family business. Her introduction to the free-market system proved to be valuable first-hand knowledge when she and her husband Tim became owners of a 7-Eleven franchise. Over the course of 13 years, the Cegavskes faced daily challenges but also experienced the rewards of employing fellow Nevadans and contributing to the state’s economy. They also learned about onerous regulations that placed burdens on their business and disincentives for a business to be able to grow and thrive.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Cegavske has been a proud Nevadan for the past 45 years. She has two sons, Adam and Bret, who graduated from UNR and UNLV respectively and are raising their own families in Las Vegas. Cegavske and her husband are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,


The theme for the 2020-2021 Rotary year has been that Rotary offers opportunities to communities where we live, to the efforts to grow world peace and understanding, and to our members to build and strengthen their leadership skills.

Our club has kept its foot firmly on the gas pedal in its community service, despite the obstacles presented by the Covid-19 virus.  We have also partnered with other clubs to provide assistance to those in need in other parts of the world, and then turned the pandemic curse of virtual meetings into an opportunity to meet, virtually, with our partners during their Rotary club meetings.

Some of you have enthusiastically taken the opportunity to grow your leadership skills by carrying on our existing projects, others by proposing, organizing, and then executing new service projects. 

In July we will transition to a new Rotary program year with a new theme on which to focus.  There will still be opportunities, but your opportunity to grow your leadership skills will no longer be a primary theme for the program year.  If you have not yet seized that opportunity, then as our guest speaker recently reminded us about one of the most successful marketing slogans of all time – just do it.

Richard Jost
Las Vegas Rotary Club

Member Highlights

Scribe – March 4, 2021

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: March 4, 2021

  • President Richard Jost called the meeting to order.
  • Jerry Engel provided the invocation with the theme of “Don’t Judge”
  • President Richard Jost led the club with a march written in 1902 by Edwin Eugene Bagley, and performed by the USAF Heritage of America Band, “The National Emblem”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • The Sergeant at Arms was Bhavan Singh.
  • President Richard Jost thanked the members who performed meeting duties.
  • PP Jim Tucker and 25 Club member David Mullin shared paparazzi duties.
  • There were five Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • March Birthday table members included Rose Falocco, Paul Kruger, Brian Sorrentino, PP Jim Tucker, Jamie Goldsmith, Sarah Thornton, and PP Karen Whisenhunt (virtually).
  • The drawing began at $3268 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was Brian Sorrentino who received a prize of $10 and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Pete Samuolis.
  • Announcements:
  • Paul Harris Fellow – Kim Nyoni with PP Kathy Dalvey presented PHFs to her sons David Bonar and Maxwell Bonar. PP Kathy shared that her sons were raised in Rotary and participated in Rotary programs. Max is entering the Navy and she chose this time to honor their participation with a PHF.
  • PP Karen Whisenhunt reported on a Rotary Foundation International project providing matching funds from the Las Vegas Rotary Club, District 5300, and the Rotary Foundation in partnership with the Rotary Club of Poltava in Ukraine. Through a Global Grant and a Hearts of Europe grant totaling 70K , the project will provide training for teachers and families, sand box therapy and three sensory rooms serving 1,400 autistic children in the Ukraine.
  • Breakfast with Books – Marie Walsh is waiting for news and will let us know what is next.
  • PP Tom Thomas introduced our program speaker Jack Sheehan, Author and Biographer who has archived Las Vegas history through biographies of life-long citizens of the valley including Tom’s father. Mr. Sheehan regaled the members with superb storytelling from golfing adventures with President George H W Bush and Wayne Gretzky.
  • 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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