The Wheel for November 10, 2016
Brigadier General Jeannie Leavitt – Nellis Air Force Base
General Leavitt entered the Air Force in 1992 after earning her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas and her master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. She earned her commission as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. General Leavitt has served in a variety of flying, staff and command assignments and has commanded at the flight, squadron and wing level. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and is a command pilot with more than 3,000 hours. Her operational experiences include Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. Prior to her current assignment she served as the Principal Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Washington D.C.
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Message From The President
Veteran’s Day actually began life as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I which occurred with the Treaty of Versailles on November 11, 1918. In 1954, after the end of World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress, at the urging of several veteran’s service organizations, renamed it Veteran’s Day.
Unlike Memorial Day when we honor those killed serving our country, Veteran’s Day is a celebration of all the brave men and women who have served our country. According to the Census Bureau, there are about 21.8 million veterans alive today in the United States.
As you all know, our club deeply appreciates members of our armed forces, both active and retired. Over the years have provided a wide range of services to honor and assist them. Currently our activities in this regard focus on the SOAR Awards and of course the quarterly Wetzel Awards.
I would personally like to thank each and every member of our
club who served. And let’s all never lose sight of the amazing,
difficult and selfless service provided by all the members of our
Armed Forces! They set the bar for Service Above Self!
Each eleven November
We all should remember
Every service member
Who left a glowing ember
– Quentin Ehlinger
President 2016 -2017
Scribe – November 3, 2016
- President David Thorson called the meeting to order.
- President David Thorson held a moment of silence to commemorate the sudden passing of member Rene Blanchard. Memorial services details will be emailed out to the club when available.
- Arleen Sirois gave the invocation. Jaime Goldsmith led the club in singing the National Anthem. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the Sergeant-at-Arms was Past President Tom Axtell.
- There was (1) International Rotarian, (6) Visiting Rotarians and (2) Guests of Rotarians were introduced.
- President David Thorson introduced the November birthdays and Ted McAdam led the club in singing Happy Birthday
- Blake Myers reviewed club’s attendance and make-up policy.
- Past President Tom Krob took a vote that approved a change in the Club By-Laws that will allow electronic voting for future Club elections.
- Janice Lencke provided an update on the Cars for a Cause Show.
- Sarah Brown announced that the next highway clean up is December 17, 2016 at 8am.
- Past President Jim Hunt announced that the Rotary Club of Edmonton, British Columbia is starting their own Santa Clothes program and Jim is attending. He also let us know that former member and Santa Clothes co-founder Bob McBride is in good spirits despite his health challenges. Our Santa Clothes program will be December 8th and we still need shoppers!
- Carolyn Sparks reminded the club that the holiday party is on December 8, 2016 at the Four Seasons. The theme is “Vintage Vegas.”
- President David Thorson reminded us that the next Wetzel Awards will be December 1st at Nellis Air Force Base.
- Past President Ginger Anderson announced that the next Breakfast with Books will be held on November 15, 2016.
- 25 Club President Rob Pistone announced that the canned food drive has raised $8,400 to date. The drawing began at $1,852.00 plus this week’s donations. The winner gets half the pot and half goes to the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation. Ticket Winner: Jerry Sennes who won $10! Lawry Bucks Winner: Jimmelle Siarot.
- Janice Lencke let the club know that Past President Sharon McNair’s husband
Bill has been diagnosed with cancer. Our prayers are with Sharon, Bill and her family.
- Janice Lencke introduced the guest speaker, Greg Devereaux. Greg is a local magician who is performs at private events in Las Vegas. He did several card tricks and amazed the crowd.
- President David Thorson presented the speaker with the Sole Power Award and
adjourned the meeting.