Rotary Club of Sparks

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Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Nugget Casino Resort
1100 Nugget Avenue
Sparks, NV  89431
United States
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We love the places we call “home”—those towns and cities, parks and playgrounds, where we spent so much of our lives and for which we have fond memories. We want those places to mean as much to our families as they do to us—from one generation to the next.
To keep those places vibrant, healthy, fun, inspiring, and safe for our next generations, we want to protect those places and make them even better for the next generations.
That’s what community foundations do. Community foundations are designed to support the communities where they are located. Through the philanthropy of donors who care about the community, community foundations support the arts and culture, education, the environment and natural resources, and the human service organizations that support the residents in need. Find out what the Community Foundation of Western Nevada is doing—through the charitable giving of generous donors—to help support our local community and communities throughout northern Nevada.

Doug Knuth is the Special Assistant to the President and Director of Athletics at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Mr. Knuth will provide an update on the athletic programs as we look forward to the upcoming year.
Joe Crowley served as president of the University of Nevada, Reno from 1978 to 2001 and member of its faculty since 1966. He is a native of Iowa and holds degrees from the University of Iowa (B.A.), California State University, Fresno (M.A.) and the University of Washington (Ph.D.). He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force (enlisted ranks).
After his presidential service, Crowley was appointed Regents Professor, teaching American political and constitutional history. Subsequently, he was interim president at San Jose State University (2003-04) and again in that position at the University of Nevada during 2005-06.
Crowley was a member of both the NCAA Council and Presidents Commission and of numerous Association committees. He served a term as president of the NCAA from 1993-95. His publications include the official NCAA centennial history (In the Arena: the NCAA’s First Century, 2006).  
Currently retired, Crowley has been married to Joy for 50 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren, all living in Reno. Six of the grandchildren will be attending the University of Nevada in the fall.
Crowley is a board member and spokesman for Sierra Wellness Connection, a clean, modern, superior quality, medical cannabis dispensary with a focus on wellness.


Eric Musselman was named the 18th coach at the University of Nevada on March 26, 2015. Musselman signed a five-year contract that runs through the 2019-20 season.


Nevada is Musselman's first collegiate head coaching position but he was head coach for seven professional teams, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and one with the Sacramento Kings (2006-07). He has won more than 500 games as a head coach with an overall winning percentage of .625 (566-340).

Ted Masseurs, Sr. Regional Sales Manager for SolarCity, will discuss the history of solar, how solar works and different options for getting solar energy on your roof.  He will also discuss net metering, the future of solar in Nevada and the Nevada Energy CAP.

Bill Hauck, Senior Hydrologist at the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, will speak to the club about current water supplies and the drought's continued impact on our area.

Anjeanette Damon and Chanelle Bessette from the Reno Gazette-Journal will interview Mayor Geno Martini and Councilman Ed Lawson regarding the City of Sparks, its relationships with the City of Reno and Washoe County as well as the various challenges that our community faces.
The Minden-Tahoe Airport is very pleased to have been selected to host the USAF Thunderbirds at our 2015 Aviation Roundup. The last time they were able to perform in Northern Nevada was 2008. Each year our air show pays tribute to Veterans and having the Thunderbirds allows us to really elevate that hospitality. Various specialty items for the military will include:
•         Special recognition ceremony
•         VFW
•         Honor Flight
•         Veterans Hospitality Reception Tent
•         Ageless Aviation Flights
Eric Sell has a BS in Exercise and Sport Science and Health Ed., a Master's Degree in Exercise and Sports Science (U. of Utah) with a focus in Pedagogy and Behavior Management. Eric has been a licensed health and physical educator and coordinated the Salt Lake City adapted Physical Education program. He is also a certified strength and conditioning coach and in this capacity has helped people lose weight, rehab injuries, and train for athletic events.
Clients have included  world class athletes Bryon Wilson - USA Bronze Medal mogul skier in Vancouver Olympics and Angela Wang - USA figure skating, among others. Eric is currently the Director of Personal Training and Fitness Programs at Sports West Athletic Club.
Eric will talk about the current state of fitness and nutrition literacy in our culture. In addition, he will provide us with practical demonstrations regarding personal nutrition, posture, and back health.

Join us for lunch and time to help prepare hundreds of fishing poles for Kids Free Fishing Day, coming up on June 13 at the Sparks Marina.


Pete Etchart, Chief Operations Officer for the Washoe County School District (WCSD), will provide a presentation on economic growth and its impacts on school overcrowding and repair needs.  The focus is on regional economic growth (as forecasted by EDAWN, Truckee Meadows Regional Planning, and UNR), the construction and repair funding needs of WCSD over the next ten years, and the legislative issues and solutions under consideration to address those needs.

Pete is a fifth generation Nevadan who is a graduate of the University of Nevada with Bachelor’s Degrees in Renewable Natural Resources and Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Prior to coming to WCSD, Pete was previously employed in both the private and public sector including being the Engineering Manager for Stantec Consulting and the City Engineer for the City of Sparks. In his position as COO for the WCSD, Pete oversees Capital Projects, Facilities Management, Information Technology, Transportation, and Nutrition Services.




Author Mark Bacon will talk about the best selling mystery writers of all time and today, where mystery writers get their ideas, the importance of locales and more in his program this week.
“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. Club contest winers will compete in this Area 8 contest for the opportunity to advance to the  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.

Kay Radzik Warren was born in Japan and now lives in Reno. She works as a Designer and Project Manager for Cathexes, a local architecture firm and is active in the arts and education community in the Reno-Sparks area. She is a Round 3 Candidate semi-finalist for Mars One, a not-for-profit foundation in Europe.  She hopes to be chosen to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars with an international crew. Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2026.
Learn more about Mars One at

This week we will be hearing from fellow Rotarians Pete Sanborn and Scott Pierce, who will be speaking on their club's “Most Improved Student” program.  The Reno South Rotary Club has been offering  scholarships to local high school students for 16 years.  They are looking for help with their latest project “Achievement Beyond Obstacles’. 
“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.

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August 2015
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