LtCol(ret) Warren Rapp, the Business Director for the University of Nevada Reno's Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center (NAASIC), will discuss the evolving applications for advanced autonomous systems including robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced manufacturing.
This week’s November 9th Sparks Rotary lunch meeting will be held in the Bonanza Room located on the second floor. This meeting will be held in conjunction with our Career Coaching Day. In addition, we will be hearing from our very own Christina Schlosser, who will be discussing the benefits of The Rotary Foundation.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Rotary Club of Sparks Mad Money Raffle!
$10,000 Grand Prize: Bert Hartmann
$1,000 First Prize: Jim Cryan
$500 Second Prize: Mark Miller
$250 Third Prize: Peterson Wealth Management
Thanks to everyone for your support. The funds from this raffle support many programs that benefit our local communities including Kids Free Fishing Day, 3rd Grade Dictionary Program, Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE), Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) and the Rotary Eighth Grade Leadership Program (REGL).
The Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno. NNIC has been hosting international visitors through the US Department of State and USAID for almost four decades. Today, NNIC hosts about 500 visitors per year on a dozen different programs, from youth to high-level government officials. NNIC also operates a language bank which offers translation and interpretation services in over 30 languages, and starting this year, NNIC began serving as a refugee resettlement agency.
To date NNIC, has resettled six families from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria. The families are adjusting quite well and all children are currently attending Washoe County schools. Two of the six families are also working at Fedex and Kimmie Candy. Refugee resettlement in the United States differs significantly from what we see on television about migrants and refugees in Europe. In the US, the goal of resettlement is self-sufficiency as quickly as possible and NNIC expects all refugees to work within a two to three month period after arrival.
A native of Argentina and a citizen of Switzerland and the US, Carina Black has lived in the United States since 1988. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1997 in Comparative Politics. She is the first Executive Director of the Northern Nevada International Center, an organization that manages public diplomacy programs with funding from the US Department of State and USAID. Most recently, Black initiated a new project to resettle refugees in Northern Nevada.
As a faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Black has taught courses in global studies, world politics, comparative politics, democratization, international organizations and Latin American politics. She has also been actively involved in international education for the local community, and support programs for minority groups. Dr. Black is the mother of four children and is fluent in four languages.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Hartman served for 13 years as Legal Counsel and Vice-President-Administration of Up-Right, Inc., a Berkeley, California-based international manufacture of work platforms and grape harvesting equipment. During that time, he was a member of the Berkeley Rotary Club as well a director of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and Alameda County Taxpayers' Association.
Beginning in 1992, Mr. Hartman had a 23 year association with the law firm of Glaspy & Glaspy in Walnut Creek, California where he specialized in civil litigation on behalf of defendants. Jim and his wife Mary retired in 2013 from full time employment and relocated from the Bay Area for long contemplated retirement in Genoa.
Mark Sterbens will provide an overview of the Marnell Gaming LLC acquisition of the Nugget earlier this year along with current and future plans for the property.
Mark is a native of Las Vegas and graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 1991 and from Pepperdine University in California in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Graziado School of Business.
Mark has worked for many major casinos in Las Vegas including the Rivera, the Rio, MGM Grand, the Luxor and the Mirage. In 2002 he was named Director of Marketing for Herbst Gaming and served in that capacity through 2008 with the responsibility to market eight properties in three states—five in Nevada, two in Missouri and one in Iowa.
Mark joined Marnell Gaming in January 2009 as Vice President of Marketing for Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts in Laughlin, Nevada. During his tenure he was promoted to VP of Casino Operations and Food & Beverage operations and in August 2013 to Assistant General Manager. Mark has been responsible for marketing and management of massive departments at both properties, building teams to manage gaming, food & beverage, marketing and entertainment. He has instituted a number of programs designed to improve efficiencies, reduce expenses, update technology and recognize and promote staff internally.
Over the course of his tenure in Laughlin, Mark has been instrumental in supervising the construction and operation of the two most successful new entertainment venues in Laughlin, the Edgewater E Center and the outdoor multi-purpose 10,000 seat Laughlin Event Center. The two venues have brought headline entertainment to Laughlin and generated millions of dollars in revenue citywide.