The Wheel for May 24, 2018
Listen to Debra March – Mayor, Henderson, NV
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Debra March – Mayor, Henderson, NV
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.
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.
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
Scribe – March 17, 2018
Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: May 17, 2018
- President-Elect Jim Kohl called the meeting to order. PP Mary Ann Avnet gave the invocation, a wish for leaders. Jerry Engel led the club in singing a combination of America The Beautiful and God Bless America, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant at Arms was Arwin “Mike” Cudiamat.
- There were (1) International Rotarians, (1) visiting Rotarians and (6) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
- Announcements included: Kirk Holmes reminding members the Alpine Picnic is scheduled for 7/21 at Bob Werner’s mountain retreat cabin and members are invited to volunteer for a picnic ‘preparation clean up’ about 1 week before the picnic; PEE Jackie Thornhill reminded members the Paul Harris Matching program is still in place and the 2nd Quarter Wetzel Ceremony will take place on 6/7 at a new time of 3:30 p.m., meeting at the Visitors Center at 3:00 p.m.; PP Dave Thorson announced a location change for the African themed debunking party for President Michael which is set for 6/28 and on 6/2 USO hosting airmen for a Lights FC game is on calendar with a pre-game tailgate party; Ted McAdam announced there are only 5 seats left for the Creech AFB Tour on 5/29
- PP Mary Ann Avnet offered a heartful and emotional farewell statement as she and her husband Steve embark on their new chapter in New Jersey.
- Shannon Brown, Beckley ES Principal, presented the hand-painted tile, dedicated to the LV Rotary Club, which will be placed in the front area of the school with other tiles, as a permanent ‘thank you’ to our Club and its members for all that we have done for the school and its kids; and Michael Williams shared some amazing student statistics (documented increase in reading word speed and comprehension) of our impact on involvement with the Books With Buddies and Spread The Word Nevada program(s).
- The weekly drawing began at $2,128 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was PP Randy Donald who won $10 and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Steve Kwon.
- “Captain” Kirk Holmes introduced our speaker program, Sandy Holmes, a ‘real’ Captain, US Navy (Ret) Nurse. Ret. Capt. Holmes provided a wonderful and enlightening presentation by historical photos and stories of her naval (intertwined with personal) history, including her travels from numerous assignments, the facilities ‘where it all happened’ and their development, as well as her marriage and birth of our own “Captain Kirk”. Ret. Capt. Holmes discussed the impactful assignments in which she was involved, including the amputee ward, the recruiting station, being in charge of training, leading to a front page ‘thank you’ from those she helped, appearing in the Washington Post in 1993, authoring pieces in Readers Digest and speaking engagements.
- President-Elect Jim Kohl presented our speaker with a “Share What You Can” award to benefit a veteran in need and then adjourned the meeting.