The Wheel for October 8, 2020
Listen to Bryan Coy – Operating a Major Sports Team
Bryan Coy – Operating a Major Sports Team
Mr. Coy is the Chief Financial Officer for Black Knight Sports which includes the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League and the related arenas. Prior to joining Black Knight Sports, Mr. Coy served as the Chief Accounting Officer of Interblock Gaming, a European-based developer and manufacturer of electronic table games until 2017. Previously, Mr. Coy was the Chief Financial Officer of Aruze Gaming America, Inc. from 2010 to 2015 after posts as the Director of Financial Reporting at Fontainebleau Resorts and as the Chief Financial Officer of Shuffle Master, Inc. – Americas. Mr. Coy has also served as Vice President of Finance at Sunterra Resorts and Vice President of Finance at eSchool Solutions. Mr. Coy began his career at Deloitte & Touche in Dayton, Ohio and Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Coy serves on the Board of Directors of Opportunity Village, a not-for-profi t organization serving adults in the Southern Nevada community with intellectual and related disabilities.
Message From The President
Our club is staying continually active and busy with several projects, but despite that, many of us find ourselves with more free time than we have been used to in the past. One way that we are using that time is to catch up on books and movies that we could not seem to make time for previously. One such movie that I watched recently is “To Kill a Mockingbird”, the 1962 film based on the acclaimed novel by Harper Lee. When the American Bar Association did a survey of American lawyers a few years ago, asking respondents to name their favorite film, the responses were an interesting mix of styles, categories, and general popularity. When the question asked was which portrayal of a lawyer in a movie was your favorite, the overwhelming favorite was Atticus Finch, the central character in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. At the time I did not think much about that choice, it seemed reasonable enough. Now that I have had the time to watch the film again, I can easily identify why Atticus is a role model for the type of lawyer that all lawyers should, and most do, aspire to be. I do not know whether Harper Lee was a Rotarian, or was related to a Rotarian, but if not, it is amazing how close the character that she created for Atticus tracks the Rotary 4-Way test. If you have not already had the pleasure of reading the book or watching the movie, I won’t spoil the plot or give away the origin of the title, other than to observe that Atticus is confronted with a series of difficult situation and decisions and in every instance does exactly what the 4-Way test would require.
Now some of you may be thinking that there must be a lawyer joke in there somewhere, surely a group of lawyers responding to a survey couldn’t have valued honesty, decency, and the courage to take the side of the unpopular and disadvantaged members of our society over the more common win at all costs lawyers more commonly portrayed in films, but there is no joke. If you challenge a lawyer who is a Rotarian on this, I am certain that they will answer with the first three points in the Rotarian Code of Conduct to explain how Atticus came out so far ahead in that survey.
Las Vegas Rotary Club
Scribe – October 1, 2020
Las Vegas Rotary Club Meeting: October 1, 2020
President Richard Jost called the meeting to order.
- Niki Bates gave the invocation honoring all October 1st victims and survivors.
- Kirk Holmes played “This is My Country,” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
- The Sergeant at Arms was Judith Pinkerton.
- Rene Gamero gave the announcement about the Annual Canned Food Drive. The Las Vegas Rotary Club would like to personally thank Rimini Street, Inc., for their $5,000 donation celebrating their 15 years in business.
- President Richard Jost announced that our new masks came in and we were now selling them in packages of 5 and 10. Rotary license plates and hats are now respectively included with the purchase.
- Joan Murdock, Shawn Noorda, and Bruce Frazey’s birthdays were celebrated while their co-diners at the table were heavily fined.
- Jim Hunt announced that we should be able to shop together on December 3rd as originally planned for Santa Clothes. We are still looking for volunteers. We also received a matching grant of $18,500 from The Engelstad Family Foundation.
- The Ticket Winner was Kathy Mahon who received a prize of $10, and the Lawry’s Bucks Winner was Steve Linder.
- Kim Nyoni made two announcements regarding October 24th. Firstly, it is World Polio day and members are encouraged to give to the Polio Plus program. Secondly, October 24th is also District 5300’s Annual Peace Conference that is entirely over Zoom this year.
- Susan Ziobro was officially inducted. Her sponsor is Karen Whisenhunt.
- John Williams was officially inducted. His sponsor is Jim Hunt. Both new members have extensive and varied Rotary experience and will clearly be valuable additions to our club.
Tom Thomas introduced our program speaker: Janet Pancoast. In his introduction Tom mentioned how Janet was not only our distinguished speaker but also Past President of the Green Valley Rotary Club. Janet spoke about Rotaplast. Rotaplast has been operating for 27 years. It has organized 220 mission across 26 countries and treated over 20,000 patients. She explained how a surgery costing $400 could change the life of a person forever.
Richard Jost adjourned the meeting.