The Wheel for March 2, 2017

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Angelo Capozzi- Rotaplast

Angelo CapozziMenzies, 54, comes back to Las Vegas after nine years as the head coach at New Mexico State. Under his direction the Aggies have appeared in the postseason each of the last five seasons and six of the last seven years. Menzies led NMSU to its fifth straight 20-win season in 2015-16, and seventh in eight years, as it was 23-11 overall and 13-1 in conference play. The Aggies have won 35 straight home conference games, which is
the second-longest such streak in the nation.

From 2012-15, Menzies led his team to four straight WAC Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths. His team also won the conference tournament crown and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010. Menzies also led the Aggies to the outright regular-season conference title in 2014-15 and a co-championship in 2008.

“Marvin is an experienced head coach with UNLV and west coast roots who knows what it takes to build and maintain a winning college basketball program,” UNLV President Len Jessup said when the announcement was made. “He is a dynamic recruiter and proven leader who understands the proud tradition of UNLV basketball, and we look forward to welcoming him back to campus.”

Menzies owns a career record of 198-111 (.641) over nine seasons as a Division I head coach and he has gone 103-37 (.736) in conference play. He has coached a pair of AP All-Americans at New Mexico State, two WAC Players of the Year, two WAC Freshmen of the Year, 20 players selected to the all-conference team, five to the all-newcomer team and seven to the all-defensive team.

In 2015, Menzies was named the WAC Coach of the Year.

Prior to his tenure at NMSU we was an assistant coach with Rick Pitino at Louisville, Lon Kruger at UNLV, Henry Bibby at USC and with Steve Fisher at San Diego State.

Menzies earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 1987 and a master’s degree in education from Cal State Sacramento in 2003. He and his wife, Tammy, have a daughter, Andreanna, and a son, Andre.

Message From The President

David ThorsonDear Rotarians,

Here we are at the beginning of March, which for some reason reminded me of the Ides of March, despite that fact that the Ides of March is actually the 15th of the month. As a side note, one can only imagine that the ancient Romans, who conceived of the concept of the Ides, had the foresight to predict that our current day IRS would make March 15th the day of reckoning for corporate taxes! The Ides of March is also famously when Julius Caesar was assassinated by Brutus and others, as memorialized in the Shakespeare play of the same name. In that play, there is a line by Marc Antony after the deed is done that resonated with me:

“The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones”

I like to think that our service through Rotary, and our contributions to both The Rotary Foundation and our Las Vegas Rotary Foundation, in a way turns this concept on its head. The good we do will live on through the lives we change today, and through the continuing good future Rotarians will be able to do, in perpetuity through the Foundations. We should all be proud, and perhaps a bit humbled, to part of this amazing organization!

David Thorson
President 2016 -2017
Las Vegas Rotary Club

Scribe – February 23, 2017

  • President David Thorson called the meeting to order.
  • Rodney Tucker gave the invocation. Jerry Engel led the club in the “Jerry Engel Combo”. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the Sergeant-at-Arms was Past President Steve Linder.
  • There were (0) International Rotarians, (0) Visiting Rotarians and (4) Guests of Rotarians were introduced.
  • The drawing began at $4,620.00 plus this week’s donations. The winner gets half the pot and half goes to the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation. Ticket Winner: Arleen Sirois who won $10! Lawry Bucks Winner: Steven Kwon’s Guest.
  • President David Thorson presented February’s 4 Way Test Coin to Arleen Sirois in appreciation for her work on the Wine to Water Committee.
  • President David Thorson announced that District Conference is May 19-21, 2017 in Palm Springs. Our club is hosting one of the hospitality suites.
  • Deb Granda reminded us of the celebration of life for Bob Patten on 2/26.
  • Kirk Alexander announced that the Dan Stover Music Contest is in need of young musicians to participate. If you know any student that would qualify, please contact Kirk. The contest will be held on March 9, 2017.
  • President Elect Michael Gordon reminded the club that the 2nd Annual “Cars for a Cause” car show will be April 23, 2017 from 8am to 2pm. We need all club members to participate as volunteers and/or to bring friends.
  • Sarah Brown announced that the next Highway Clean-Up will be March 25, 2017 at 8am.
  • Jackie Thornhill announced that the next Wetzel Awards will take place at 2:30pm on February 23, 2017 at Nellis AFB.
  • Past President Jim Hunt announced that the next cigar social will be held at Past President Tom Krob’s house on March 17, 2017. Get your St. Patty’s game on!
  • Marie Walsh announced that the next Breakfast with Books will be on March 14, 2017 and the Beckley Reading Week is February 27-March 3, 2017.
  • Arleen Sirois announced that we raised $750 at Wine to Water and hosted the most attendees in the history of the event.
  • Francesca Gilbert hosted the 4 Way Speech contest. Third place went to Ryan Zheng. Second place went to Melody Trejo. The grand prize winner as  Alyssa Gnoyski.
  • President David Thorson presented the speaker with a “Sole Power Award” and adjourned the meeting.

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