Rotary Club of Sparks

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We meet Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Sparks Nugget
1100 Nugget Avenue
Sparks, NV  89431
United States
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“It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness: What this means to me" is the theme for 2015 District 5190 Speech Contest. The winner  of the club contest has the opportunity to advance to the Area and District level contests. The final contest will be held at the District 5190 Conference.
The speech contest provides an exceptional opportunity for the young people in our community.  Each year talented students demonstrate their speaking skills in front of Rotarians, guests and families …it is amazing to watch!  Again, this year we will be providing students an opportunity to display their talent.

Bradley E. Woodring is the Manager of Economic Development for NV Energy. In this role, he oversees the efforts of the company’s business attraction goals while working with state and local agencies, economic development entities, and brokers/developers and the marketing of their properties to prospective new and expanding companies in the state of Nevada.
The Rotary District 5190 Annual Youth Instrumental Music Contest provides a chance for participants to win a scholarship for a 3-8 minute performance if they reach and win the district contest.  Participants begin at the club-level and winners advance to area contests before the district participants are chosen.
Hans Frischeisen has bicycled extensively throughout the world, with routes in the western and eastern hemispheres as well as above and below the equator.
39 North Downtown is a non-profit organization founded by local Sparks business owners and residents. 39 North is a grassroots campaign to revitalize and breathe new life and energy into Sparks. With the support of the City of Sparks, the mayor, and city councilmen, they have begun a chain of events to create a healthy change for Sparks' tomorrow.
Congressman Mark Amodei, Representative of the 2nd District of Nevada, will speak to the club and provide an update from Washington D.C.
Bob Carroll will present this year's Valentine's Day program for the club.
This program will feature JoJo Townsell, a graduate of Procter R. Hug High School who went to UCLA on a football scholarship and played seven seasons for the New York Jets.  JoJo is president of MEFIYI Foundation (ME FOR INCREDIBLE YOUTH), an organization that works by teaching the importance of education through sports awarding student-athletes scholarships to attend college.
Endowment Report                   
Burt Munson Endowment
Market Value as of:
3/30/2013          $94,681.49                                                                        
6/30/2014          $104,118.19                                               
Carl Shelly Endowment
Market Value as of:
3/30/2013          $72,191.67                                                                   
6/30/2014          $79,387.31                                          
Pete Parker, founder and managing director of NPcatalyst LLC, a non-profit consulting firm working with businesses and charities, will discuss the importance of charitable giving, particularly during the holidays.
WCSD Signature Academy and Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs are Education for the Future, adding value to the high school experience and preparing students for success.  Dr. Dana Ryan, Director, will explain how these programs provide rigorous, stimulating curriculum that engages and motivates students; provide opportunities for students to acquire and practice 21st century skills; and prepare students for success in college, highly-skilled careers, and life.


For the past 20 years, Kim Mason, MS, RD, LD has worked as a Registered Dietitian for Carson Tahoe Health and currently manages the Medical Nutrition Therapies program.  The new healthcare focus on wellness and the need to minimize hospitalization has prompted Carson Tahoe to look at innovative ways to help our community stay healthy and prevent illness. Registered Dietitians now, more than ever, play a key role in accomplishing this initiative.  


Tim Young, President & CEO of the Reno Philharmonic Association (RPA) and Amy Heald, Director of Youth Education for the RPA, will present an overview of the Reno Philharmonic, the Youth Orchestra and after school programs.  The Reno Phil Youth Mariachi Ensemble will perform during the program for the club.  The ensemble is one of a number of RPA sponsored, after school youth programs in the Sparks/Reno area.  This ensemble is made up of 10 musicians, primarily elementary school students. 
Pete Parker, Managing Partner of NPcatalyst, will discuss the importance of charitable giving during the holidays.
Long-time umpires and officials in football, basketball, baseball and volleyball, Billy Martin and Mike Lemmer will discuss the trials, tribulations and behind the scenes happenings drawn from a stints as referees, umpires and officials starting in the early 1970s.
L. Lance Gilman has been a resident of northern Nevada since 1988 where he was the exclusive broker for the South Meadows Business Park. Since 2000, L. Lance Gilman Commercial Real Estate has been the exclusive broker for the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, a 102,000 acre industrial center known as the largest planned industrial center in North America.  He will discuss Tesla Motors' gigafactory project coming to the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.

Howard W. Herz is a gaming historian and the coordinator of the American Gaming Archives, located at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno. The American Gaming Archives was founded in 2006 to gather, preserve, protect and present the artifacts and manuscripts of American gaming history.  Today the archives have more than 50,000 pieces of manuscript and artifact items.
The AGA archives are focused on American style gambling as it has existed in the United States and the Caribbean.  The AGA recently held its public grand opening with an exhibit of a small portion of its holdings.  The exhibit is open for viewing Tuesday-Saturday at 1650 No. Virginia Street in Reno.  The Nevada Historical Society is Nevada's oldest cultural institution and is happy to celebrate Nevada's 150th Anniversary.
Scott Carey, events and community relations manager of the Nevada Sesquicentennial Celebration, will provide an overview of the celebration and what events have already happened to commemorate our state's 150th birthday.  He will also discuss how you can get involved and what is coming up for Nevada Day.
Fred Horlacher is a retired Nevada History teacher whose career is filled with accolades including the prestigious Milliken Outstanding Teacher Award and both Washoe County's and Nevada's Teacher of the Year Awards. The City of Sparks also named April 23rd, 2012 "Fred Horlacher History Day".
Fred's storytelling skills are renowned. He made Nevada History fun; challenging but fun. Even after his retirement from the school district he is passionate about teaching Nevada history to people of all ages. He currently works with the Sparks Museum and the Community College in LETTING THE WAGONS ROLL bus tours
Justice James W. Hardesty discussed the need for a Court of Appeals in Nevada, how it would operate and what it would cost.

Rod Jorgensen is the Director of Counseling and Management Consultant for the Nevada Small Business Development Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He will discuss the status of entrepreneurship in Northern Nevada, what is happening, who is involved and how we are as a community further developing entrepreneurial opportunities in the area.
This week's program will feature a debate moderated by Anjeanette Damon of the Reno-Gazette Journal.  The debate will feature Karen Griffin, spokeswoman of the Coalition to Defeat the Margin Tax Initiative and Dan Hart of Dan Hart & Associates.
This Week’s Program:
Richard Perry, Administrator | NV Division of Minerals
Hydraulic Fracturing in Nevada: History and New Regulations

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