The Wheel for March 14, 2019

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Listen to the Dan Stover Music Competition

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Dan Stover Music Competition

Each year musically talented high school students participate in a Rotary District 5300 program entitled The Dan Stover Memorial Music Scholarship, and winners qualify for educational awards that enable them to further their studies at an accredited college, university, or music conservatory upon high school graduation. The words of education and music transected in the life of Dan Stover, a secondary education professional whose musical talents were shared with his family, his community, and certainly with Rotary, at both the local and District levels. Dan Stover was an educator who always placed the student first, and his obvious respect for his students transformed the lives of countless young people. He shared his love of learning with the young, providing them with a positive role model for structuring their studies and lives. Dan Stover was an accomplished musician, both as a vocalist and instrumentalist. He was as much at home in the finals of Barber Shop Quartet competitions as he was at the keyboard of his famous “Rotary” organ, serenading Club members and District Conferences with his unique musical wizardry. Dan passed away shortly following the 1987 District Conference at which his friend and fellow Alhambra Rotarian, Dr. Tim Keen Siu, became District Governor. Dan was noticeably ill at the conference, but he played his heart out for Dr. Tim and others, knowing that the show must go on. The Rotary Club of Alhambra, in the year following Dan’s death, established a Music Scholarship Program and Competition in Dan’s name. The program was proposed, organized, and championed by new Rotarian Christine Montan who, as Alhambra’s first female Rotarian, quickly recognized and appreciated the talent and effectiveness of Dan Stover as a Rotarian and as a person. Under Rotarian Montan’s leadership, The Dan Stover Memorial Music Scholarship became a District program in the following year, and the rest is history. A whole generation of talented, young musicians have had the opportunity, in the name of Dan Stover, to compete against their peers, and earn funds to further their musical education. .

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

           Last week we began our Drop your Drawers clothing drive to support the homeless high school students who are supported by Project 150.  For those of you who don’t know, Project 150 currently serves more than 6,000 high school students in need in Clark County, Nevada. Project 150 serves 3,300 registered homeless and 3,100 non-registered homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students at 58 high schools in Southern Nevada.  Project 150 recently expanded its operations to 20 high schools in Washoe County, Nevada

           The kids that Project 150 serve desperately want to stay in school and graduate but are constantly in need of a place to sleep, bathe, and change clothes.  Some of the most needed items are underwear, bras, and women’s sanitary products. These items are in short supply because most people who donate to Project 150 donate their gently used clothing (which is also needed).  They typically do not donate new socks, underwear and bras because few people if any, have them laying around the house.

            If you are interested in helping Project 150 outside of the Club’s current clothing drive, there are multiple projects that can be pursued throughout the year.  Project 150 needs volunteers each Thanksgiving and Christmas to help pack 2,000 meals that Project 150 delivers to homeless students and their families.  Project 150 can also use volunteers at its clothing distribution and pickup points. There is always staff needed at Betty’s Boutique from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, which is Project 150’s store where gently used clothing is given to teenagers with a valid student identification.

           Project 150’s kids are deserving of our support. This is a new project for the Club and I hope that we are able to make a significant impact on Project 150’s need. Please make the Drop your Drawers clothing drive a success.

           If your club members want hands on opportunities, there is always staff needed at Betty’s Boutique from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, which is a small store where gently used clothing is given to teenagers with a valid student identification.  On 11/14/18, volunteers will be assembling the Thanksgiving dinner packages. The set-up is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the assembly from 6:00 p.m. until all the bags are loaded. Hence the more hands they have, the faster the work will go.  This same process will be repeated on 12/19/18, for the assembly of the Christmas holiday meals.

            In March, there will be another opportunity to work with the students to get them fitted for Prom night.  That is a growing event at Zappos. That also needs a lot of helping hands. Then in the summer, there is a drive for backpacks and school supplies.  Hence, the needs are ongoing and Project 150 can provide our clubs with multiple varied opportunities to contribute significantly to the local community.

           If you are inclined to join the Rotary Clubs of Green Valley, Summerlin & Las Vegas in helping with Project 150, please send me a return email of your intent.  If you are thinking about it but want more information, just let me know. If you would like to speak with Meli Pulido, she can be reached at 702.326.2079 or

           The best way to get involved is to register as a volunteer at to see upcoming volunteer opportunities.

           Thank you for considering this proposal.  There is a huge need that if we join together, we could accomplish a great deal for a very vulnerable group of young people.

Jim Kohl
95th President
Rotary Club of Las Vegas

Member Highlights

Scribe – March 7, 2019

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting:  March 7, 2019

President Jim Kohl called the meeting to order.  Kathy Mahon gave the invocation. Ted McAdam led the club in the song America the Beautiful, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  The Sergeant at Arms was Doug Grant:

  • President Jim encouraged members to share the live stream of our meeting on social media to share our message and our Club with others;
  • There were (1) International Rotarians, (0) visiting Rotarians and (3) Guests of Rotarians introduced;
  • At the Birthday Table announcing their birthdays for this month: PP James Tucker, PP Karen Whisenhunt and Michael Williams; Sidra Kain led us in singing Happy Birthday; President Jim fined PP David Thorson for sitting at the Birthday Table though it’s not his birthday, and fined Paul Kruger $100 for forgetting to sit at the Birthday Table though it’s his birthday month;
  • President Jim announcements: we have club business cards to invite prospective members to our meeting; if you have registered for the International Convention and have not e-mailed President Jim yet, please do so; the District Conference is 5/3-5/4;
  • Joakim Nyoni discussed how Janice Lencke, PE Jackie Thornhill and himself will be on the Channel 13 morning show on 4/22 at 8:30 am to promote our Club and Cuisine & Octane fundraiser; DG John Chase reminded everyone of the District Gala 3/16 at the World Market Center; Aaron Overton announced that Advanced Technologies Academy is looking for business professionals to share info about their profession with their students on 4/9; Francesca Gilbert asked members to send People of Action photos to our Facebook page; President Jim announced the start of our Project 150 clothing drive this month collecting new clothes for homeless kids, specifically underwear, bras, socks and toiletries; PP Michael Gordon discussed the upcoming President Debunking Party at the end of June; Kathy Mahon talked about Breakfast with Books 3/12, and Stop the Bleed class 1 pm – 2 pm 3/23 at the University Medical Center; PP David Thorson covered the next Wetzel Awards on 3/28 at Nellis Air Force Base recognizing five Airmen for their achievements and community service, and that May is Military Appreciation Month so if any business is interested in doing a military appreciation promotion with the USO to contact him; Carey Grohs announced the 25 Club social 4/18 6 pm – 8:30 pm for $39/person at Pinot Pallete in Town Square; Jimmelle Siarot discussed the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at Big Bear 3/29 – 3/31; Jerry Sennes announced the 3/9 Highway Cleanup followed by brunch at his house; PP Jim Hunt covered hosting the 3/15 Wine Tasting and Cigar Fellowship St. Patty’s Day celebration in collaboration with the Family of Rotary; President Jim reminded us that there’s club matching for the Paul Harris fellowship; Rosalee Hedrick highlighted the goals of our major fundraiser 4/27 Cuisine & Octane, and that Murray Flegel has given us $600 to purchase 10 tickets to support our Club;
  • The weekly drawing began at $6,426 plus this week’s donations.  The Ticket Winner was Jerry Sennes, who received a prize of $10, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Val Hatley
  • Tina Bishop introduced our program speaker John Entsminger, general manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District;
  • 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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