The Wheel for October 5, 2017

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Brett Lashbrook – Las Vegas Lights FC

Brett Lashbrook graduated in just three years with his Bachelor of Science in Business in May 2000 from the University of Missouri, where he was a member of the Honors College. Following his undergraduate career, Lashbrook earned his Juris Doctor from Marquette University School of Law in 2006. During his time as a law student, he was a certificate recipient from the National Sports Law Institute and a member of the Marquette Sports Law Review.

Throughout his career, Lashbrook has had the opportunity to work in a variety of sports organizations, including the Kansas City Wizards, the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2000 Olympic Summer Games and the Women’s United Soccer Association.

As Lashbrook’s career grew, he played an integral part as the Venue Director for the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Portland, Oregon. In this position, he managed all aspects of the event in a short time period, as the venue was awarded the game only five months before kickoff due to a venue change. From there, Lashbrook served as the Legal Operations Project Manager for the New York City 2012 Olympic Bid, as a consultant for the Phoenix Coyotes, and as Legal Council and Special Assistant to the Commissioner’s Office for Major League Soccer / Soccer United Marketing.

In May 2013, Lashbrook was hired as the Chief Operation Officer to lead the Major League Soccer’s expansion team in Orlando, Florida. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of the Club’s transition from a minor-league soccer team to a Major League Soccer team.

After leaving Orlando in 2015 and moving to Las Vegas, Lashbrook founded Intersection Ventures, LLC, an investment and consulting firm focused on the sports industry.Now, Lashbrook has formed Las Vegas Soccer, LLC with his family in an effort to bring a professional

Now, Lashbrook has formed Las Vegas Soccer, LLC with his family in an effort to bring a professional soccer team to Las Vegas and Cashman Field with a multi-year deal.

Message From The President

The Rotary Club of Las Vegas is deeply saddened by the horrific and senseless events that occurred Sunday night, October 1, 2017, in our community. Our city is heartbroken over these tragic events. While Las Vegas is fortunate to have experienced a heartfelt outpouring of immediate support, we know that there is a long recovery ahead for the victims and families of this massacre.

Specifically, our club would like to thank the following members for their direct help with this tragedy:

  • Lt. Kimberly Brodeur, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
  • Major Randy Kinnamon, Salvation Army Clark County Commander
  • Matt Phillips, Palm Southwest Mortuary manager
  • All other Rotarians who donated goods and services


Member Highlights

Scribe – September 28, 2017

  • President Michael Gordon called the meeting to order
  • Bob Fisher gave the invocation. Erik Astramecki led the club in singing “God Bless America”, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The Sergeant-at-Arms was Bill Stieren.
  • There were (1) International Rotarian (a Rotaract member), (3) visiting Rotarians and (5) Guests of Rotarians introduced.
  • The drawing began at $1,282 plus this week’s donations. The Ticket Winner was Kirk Alexander who won $10 and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Larry Rouse
  • Anil Melnick reminded the Club members there was still time to sign up for the Tailgate Party taking place on September 30th
  • Howie Hopkinson reminded the club about United Way Day of Caring scheduled for September 29, 2017, at Bridger Middle School
  • PP Jim Hunt asked that we “Save The Date” for the Santa Clothes project taking place on December 7, 2017, reminding the Club this will be our 22nd year for the project, having started with 35 children and 327 children last year. The ‘to date’ money raised since inception is $900,000 and PP Jim has set our goal for this year to make that number reach $1 million
  • Kirk Holmes received the 4-Way Test Coin exemplifying Service Above Self for his work in live streaming our meetings via the Facebook page.
  • Pilar Blanco, our Club’s Youth Exchange Representative from Argentina, was introduced.
  • DG Raghada Khoury made a visit to our meeting, the Club Assembly, where President Michael stated this term’s Club goals of (1) reaching $2 million for our local Rotary Foundation (we are currently at $1,948,767); (2) reaching the lifetime goal this year of $1 million for the Santa Clothes Project; and (3) LVRC ‘winning the Governor’s Bell’, followed by each Director providing us and DG Khoury with extensive, ambitious and charitable projects/ideas from increasing our membership by 12-15 new members, expanding the number of schools/participants in RYLA/Interact/TLC, introducing fundraising projects for the International Youth Exchange, increased number of PHF, with 12 first time Fellows, four +1, eight +2, three +4, one +7 and two +8, the advancement of our Club’s Image and that of Rotary through technology, the Wheel, and speakers, to the many fundraising projects and fellowship events that have taken or will be taking place during the 2017-18 Rotary year.
  • DG Raghada Khoury shared some District updates and her personal project/goal, to raise money for an ambulance for Our Lady of Peace in Amman, Jordan. She also announced her desire to ‘meet by groups’ and will participate in our Tailgate Party.
  • President Michael Gordon presented DG Khoury with a check for $2,500 for her Our Lady of Peace ambulance project, as well as beautiful plant basket and then adjourned the meeting.

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