Rotary Club of Sparks

 
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Sparks

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Sparks Nugget
1100 Nugget Avenue
Sparks, NV  89431
United States
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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 http://www.mars-one.com/
 
 
 
 

 
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.
 
 
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Burt Munson Endowment
                       
Market Value as of:
 
3/30/2013          $94,681.49                                                                        
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Carl Shelly Endowment
 
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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.
 
 
 

 
 

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