The Wheel For November 5, 2020

by Nov 5, 2020The Wheel0 comments

Listen to Dr. Melody Rose – Higher Education in Nevada

The Wheel

Dr. Melody Rose – Higher Education in Nevada

The chancellor is appointed by the Board of Regents to serve as chief executive officer for the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). She supervises the eight NSHE presidents and ensures the Board of Regents polices are implemented throughout the system. As chancellor, she is the System liaison with the governor, state legislators, and other public officials and community leaders.

The Nevada Board of Regents unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Melody Rose as the chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education in June 2020.

During a 25-year career in higher education Dr. Rose has been a leader as an academic faculty member and administrator, who has focused on improving student access and success to higher education in Oregon.

Dr. Rose’s leadership roles have included serving as the Chancellor of the Oregon University System, Portland State University’s Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Instruction and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and chair of Portland State University’s Division of Political Science.

Prior to creating and running the consulting firm Rose Strategies, LLC, Dr. Rose most recently served as President of Marylhurst University from 2014 to 2019.


The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Board of Regents.

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

Helpful Advice

How many times have you had occasion to realize that you had once been given good advice that would have been extremely helpful now, but at the time did not seem particularly important? As I was reading the current month’s Rotary magazine and came to the short article near the end of the issue on tips for observing proper etiquette when in Taiwan for the next RI convention, my first thought was that until we make more progress on the virus, I wonder how many people will want to take an airplane flight that long. After the last RI convention was converted from live to on-line, we should all hope that this June Rotarians from our club and from around the world will be able to meet in person. In preparation for that, let us all start practicing what we will do when a host Rotarian approaches and says ganbei or hodala. Even if we do not make it to Taipei, the practice will be fun. Maybe we can convince Lawry’s to open the bar after our Thursday meetings for group practice? There is much additional useful advice in the November issue, and I, for one, will reread the article “All the Rage” a few times to find ways to put that useful advice to work in my life.

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to participate in the webcasts that DG Greg Jones has been providing on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion in RI, the magazine also provides a condensed version of those webcasts in the article, “We the People”, which highlights the opportunities for personal and club growth in that area. Advice that we can use today, not just someday.

Richard Jost
Las Vegas Rotary Club

Scribe – October 29, 2020

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting:  October 29, 2020

President Richard Jost called the meeting to order.

  • Andy Kuniyuki gave the invocation.
  • Kirk Alexander played “God Bless the USA,” by The Texas Tenors.
  • Our photographer was Tina Bishop.
  • The Sergeant at Arms was Mike Mewborn.
  • We had 11 guests of Rotarians and 1 visiting Rotarian.
  • President Richard Jost and Jim Hunt reminded everyone that we are still giving away wheelchairs.
  • Karen Whisenhunt announced that our club, District 5300, and TRF donated $30,000 towards a total grant of $213,000 aimed at providing health care training for remote villages. Other rotary clubs involved are the Rotary Club from Calgary and Nicaragua.  Medical, dental, and optometry training are provided for individuals who then go back to their remote villages to provide health care services at their remote villages.
  • President Richard Jost mentioned that this year’s Peace Conference again had great speakers. You can view the recorded presentations at
  • President Richard Jost mentioned that one can still sign up to be a driver with Delivering with Dignity. Volunteers will be given an app that tells you what restaurant, where to pick up, and where to deliver.  All deliveries are contactless.
  • President Richard Jost thanked all of the volunteers who helped wrap and deliver Halloween chocolates for Bracken Elementary School. Dentists throughout the Las Vegas Valley send their thanks.
  • Rene Gamero gave an update on the 25 Club Annual Canned Food Drive. The Raffle has 63 tickets left with the $5,000 winner to be announced on Thursday, November 12th.  Cash donations during the live meeting are also being accepted.
  • Rose Falocco gave an update about our virtual auction going on from November 19th until December 3rd. The auction ends and the winners will be announced at our Holiday Party.  More details are in The Wheel and thank you to all who have donated items. 
  • The Ticket Winner was Bob Werner who received a prize of $10, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Brian Sorrentino.

President Richard Jost introduced our program speaker: Senator Richard Bryan, Senator Bryan has been to Rotary meetings for over 70 years.  He gave us a historical account of some of the origins of our modern Nevada.  By referencing a range of disciplines from law, to gaming, to politics he painted a vibrant picture of our state’s history.  Senator Richard Bryan also served as Governor of Nevada from 1983 to 1989. 

Richard Jost presented our speaker with a “Share What You Can” award to benefit a veteran in need and then adjourned the meeting.




Pin It on Pinterest

Share This