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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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
Join us Wednesday at Noon at John Ascuaga's Nugget.  Our speaker, Dr. Angus Quinlan, will provide an overview of the styles, themes, and age of Nevada rock art and discuss archeological theories of why rock art was made and its social functions in prehistoric cultures.

Pete Rathmann has been in the area since 1989, the first year of the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off and has owned BJ’s Nevada Barbeque Company since 1990.  BJ’s has been at the rib cook-off every year and has won every award except for the People’s Choice (could this be the year?).
Located in Sparks, BJ's has been a favorite of locals and visitors for more than 25 years. Established in 1986, they are proud to be family owned and operated, and they love our great Truckee Meadows community.
Pete has been involved in Kid' Free Fishing Day from the beginning, helping to cook to over 1,500 hot dogs at each year's event.

Dr. Apambire will talk about the lack of basic water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in developing countries – first covering the scope of the problem and providing examples from Africa to illustrate the problem.
RYLA is a Rotary International program intended to develop character and leadership capabilities in tomorrow’s leaders. It is designed for young adults with proven leadership ability and a commitment to community service.  Each Rotary District is responsible for designing the content of the program and its appropriate target age group. Attendance is by club nomination and sponsorship only.
In the last 10 years, our RYLA program has trained over 2,000 future leaders, including 289 in 2014. The Sparks Rotary Club alone has directly sponsored 71 of our best and brightest young people in that period of time.
More information is available on the RYLA website at

Our program this week will feature our returning RYE student from Brazil.  She will talk about her experiences and what she learned while abroad.

This week's program:
Tony Marini, Hot August Nights &
Phil Neri, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company
Reno rocks n’ rolls with Hot August Nights. Hundreds of thousands of people descend on northern Nevada to pay homage to the region’s annual tribute to America’s love affair with cars and Rock n’ Roll.
Hot August Nights has become the nostalgic event to attend on the West coast where you literally watch the hands of time turn back to all the excitement of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s. It’s little wonder hundreds of thousands enjoy revisiting the great era… more than 6,000 cars are part of this star-studded event.
The great entertainers that have graced the Hot August Nights stage over the past years include the likes of Herman’s Hermits, The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Jan and Dean, Earth Wind and Fire, Danny and the Juniors, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The Turtles, The Four Tops, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Bill Haley and The Comets, Rare Earth, The Drifters, The Coasters, Little Richard, The Temptations, Tony Orlando, and The Village People to name but a few… and all of the entertainment is free.
Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Events” in Scottsdale, Palm Beach, Reno Tahoe and Las Vegas, where many of the worlds top collectors go to find the highest quality automobiles, memorabilia and an unparalleled luxury lifestyle experience.


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Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez spoke to the club about the district’s current challenges, what they are doing to meet those challenges and meet the needs of a diverse community.

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