The Wheel for October 31, 2019

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Sheriff Joseph Lombardo – LVMPD

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). He was promoted to the position of Police Sergeant in 1996. During his time as a Sergeant, Sheriff Lombardo was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service to the Las Vegas community.

Sheriff Lombardo was promoted to the position of Lieutenant in 2001 and served the department in various capacities at this rank, including Patrol Lieutenant, Executive Lieutenant to the Sheriff, and Search/Rescue Commander. Sheriff Lombardo was promoted to Captain in 2006 and served as the Bureau Commander for the Southwest Area Command and subsequently, the Bureau Commander for Homeland Security.

In 2008, Sheriff Lombardo was appointed as a Deputy Chief, serving as Division Commander of Support Operations, and he eventually became the Division Commander of the Patrol Division. His tasks included overseeing Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), canine units, traffic, air support, and vice/narcotics programs.

Sheriff Lombardo was promoted to the position of Assistant Sheriff in 2011, where he was responsible of the Law Enforcement Services Group. This position manages the Administrative and Sciences, Professional Standards, and Technology and Support Divisions. Additionally, he managed the build-out and implementation of the new Project 25 Simulcast Phase II radio system for the LVMPD. After 26 years on the force, Lombardo retired as a commissioned officer and was elected in 2014 as Sheriff of Clark County.

In 2006, he completed his Masters of Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, as well as completing the 227th Session of the FBI National Academy. He is a 2013 graduate of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) Police Executive Leadership Development Program.

Sheriff Lombardo maintains professional affiliations to include Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), Major County Sheriffs Association (MCSA), National Sheriffs Association (NSA), FBI – Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA), Nevada Commission for Homeland Security, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy Associates.

He also has served as Board Member for the Board of Directors LVMPD Foundation (2007-2014), Board of Directors Goodwill of Southern Nevada (2007-2009), Committee Member for the NV Communications Steering Committee 2012-2014 and MCC’s representative to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (2012-2014).

Message From The President

Dear Rotarians,

Happy Halloween Everyone!


How did Halloween come about?

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2019 occurs on Thursday, October 31. For many people I know, it is their favorite holiday! Its origins began centuries ago with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints. All Saints Day, now a Catholic Holy Day followed by All Souls Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats, all the fun stuff!

How did the practice of Trick-or-Treating begin?

Borrowing from European traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. I remember as a kid asking for “pennies for UINCEF,” a United Nations children’s fund still in place today. Trick-or-Treat for money and candy of course!

By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide Halloween parties as the featured entertainment. What about the Trick part of Trick-or-Treat? Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. Well?
Did it work?

Thus, a new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.

Scary Halloween movies have a long history of being box office hits. Classic Halloween movies include “Halloween” and slasher films like “Scream,” “Nightmare of Elm Street,” and “Friday the 13th,” parts 1 through 25 it seemed!

Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too. We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that they might bring us bad luck, and walking under ladders, watch out Jerry!

Jackie Thornhill
Las Vegas Rotary Club

Member Highlights

Scribe – October 24, 2019

Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: October 24, 2019

  • President Jacqueline Thornhill called the meeting to order;
  • Tina Bishop gave the invocation;
  • Kim Nyoni led the club in singing “It’s a Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood;”
  • Deb Granda was the Sergeant-at-Arms;
  • There was (1) International Rotarian, (1) Visiting Rotarian and (4) Guests of Rotarians;
  • President Jackie reminded the club that she is still accepting photos for our “People of Action” Campaign. She also announced that the Rotary International Convention is June 6-10, 2020 in Honolulu, HI;
  • PP Jim Kohl presented the YMCA with a check for $12,500 on behalf of Howard & Howard Law Firm and The Las Vegas Rotary Foundation;
  • Bill Houghton announced that October 24th is World Polio Day and he passed the Polio Pig around for donations. He also showed a video and announced that Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries left that still have reported cases of polio;
  • Stu Lipoff reviewed how to use the virtual green book ;
  • PP Randy Campanale informed the club that we are currently at $2.2 million in the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation’s permanent fund;
  • 25 Club President Jimelle Trijo did a recap of the Halloween Party that raised $672;
  • Janice Lencke announced that the Rotary Holiday Party will be held at Dragon Ridge Country Club on December 5, 2019 at 6pm;
  • Janice Lencke announced that the fundraising committee is in need of sponsors for the upcoming Cuisine and Octane event;
  • President Jackie announced that the Beckley Harvest Festival was the most successful, yet! The school was very appreciative of all the candy that the Rotary Club donated, and they have candy left over;
  • President Jackie recognized the host families who made the Open World event a success;
  • Kim Nyoni announced that the next Wine to Water event will be held on November 14, 2019
  • PP Jim Hunt announced that the next Cigar Fellowship will be held on October 25, 2019 at 6pm at PP Randy Donald’s home;
  • PP Jim Hunt encouraged the club to secure volunteers for Santa Clothes as soon as possible.
  • Dr. Michael Williams reminded the club of the upcoming Rotary Peace Conference on November 16, 2019 at Treasure Island.
  • Bill Houghton announced that the next TLC (Teen Leadership Conference) will be held in December in Big Bear
  • Kirk Alexander announce that the Corazon Super Build will be in Tecate, Mexico and they plan to build (1) house for a deserving family
  • President Jackie fined Dr Andy Kuniyuki $97 x 2 for being in the newspaper and for not knowing that he was in the newspaper
  • PP Jim Kohl drew a card for the 50/50 raffle. He won $10 and donated it to the Polio Pig
  • Kirk Alexander won the Lawry’s Bucks
  • Kim Nyoni introduced the speaker, Dr. Michelle Paul, Associate Director of UNLV’s interdisciplinary community mental health training clinic, The PRACTICE. The PRACTICE is a community mental health clinic that is open to, not only UNLV student, but the Las Vegas community as well;

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