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Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Nov 07, 2014

We will not be meeting at the Four Queens on Nov. 18th.  If you are a visiting Rotarian, please join us at Kermit Booker Elementary School, 2277 N. Martin Luther King, Las Vegas, NV 89106 for our 12th annual Booker Thanksgiving event and help us serve nearly 570 children a full Thanksgiving dinner.  You will be glad you did!  Set up is at 10:30 and we will finish by 1:00 pm.  


Posted on Aug 20, 2014

There was no shortage of excitement at the August Birthday Bash, captained by Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi, and joined by Pres. Teresa, Bonnie Helms and Kevin Wool.   The kids were greeted with Hawaiian Leis and giant birthday signs created by some of the other Club kids.  After devouring the pizza, they practiced their Frog Jump skills before the competition began.  The three teams played loud and fierce, providing one winner for the finals round, garnering the ultimate winner a few extra cupcakes to take home.  The Rotarians showed their dance moves with the kids to the birthday song, and after enjoying their cupcakes, the kids opened the birthday bags filled with school supplies and trinkets.  Some of these children had no birthday celebrations on their special day, which made our time with them so very important.  Make a point to join the party next month on September 17!  


Posted by Lane Kay on Aug 14, 2014

Everyone had a great time this past Wednesday as we gathered for the Super Summer Theatre's production of Shrek the Musical.  Joined by employees of Keller Williams Realty, we gathered for dinner and drinks and then settled in with our blankets and pillows for a beautiful evening under the stars.  Through careful organization by Membership Chair and Past Pres. Lane Kay, the evening was perfect!  More pix are available on our Facebook page.Image

Posted on Aug 12, 2014

Mark Catron has introduced us to the new Las Vegas Veterans Memorial, which will be located a Heritage Park near Hwy 95 and No. Las Vegas Blvd.  The organization was created by American Shooters, Inc., a veteran-operated business in Las Vegas, specifically to organize and spearhead the effort to construct a veteran's memorial.  The Foundation is fully committed to creating a timeless monument honoring the heroic service and profound sacrifices of all of the country's military veterans and their families. 


The memorial will serve as a reminder to all that we shall forever honor the heroism and spirit of those who have served and will serve in our nation's military. Located near the heart of the Las Vegas Cultural Corridor on approximately two acres, the memorial will feature 18 larger-than-life statues surrounded by granite memorial walls.  The Foundation continues to work in close collaboration with the city of Las Vegas, local veteran organizations and the broader community to make the memorial a reality.  If you are interested in learning more or contributing to this memorial, you can visit their website here.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014

Congratulations are in order for our own President Teresa Sowers and beau Michael Hancox for their upcoming nuptials.  The big day is October 18th. Congratulations from all of us Madam President!   


Posted on Jul 22, 2014

We had our first new member induction of 2014-15 with the addition of Monti Levy to our club. Monti was sponsored by Past Pres. Robin Smith and was inducted by PDG/PP Roy who gave a brief history of Rotary. After her induction Monti said she was honored to be a part of our group and looks forward to being involved in our activities. More importantly, she shared it's an opportunity to show her children the importance of service. Welcome Monti - we are thrilled to have you!

Posted by Robert Goldstein on Jul 16, 2014

July's Birthday Captain Rusty Bridges pulled out all the stops for the Birthday Bash at Agassi Boys and Girls Club last Wednesday.   Nearly 20 kids were on hand to party in celebration of their special day.  Our usual pizza, juice and cupcakes were devoured by the kids and then it was on to pin the tail on the donkey.  One by one the partiers were blindfolded and spun around before each could attempt to "tail" the donkey.  We had four winners, who were treated to one more special cupcake.  And, there was a bit of a dance contest with Rotarians dancing right along side the kids - you might be glad you missed that! In addition to Rusty, President Teresa, Past Presidents Dulcinea Rongavilla and Robin Smith, Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi, and Kevin Wool were on hand, along with Kyrbi Zell who is considering our Club for possible membership.  Next month's party is August 20th.  Don't miss it!



Posted on Jul 08, 2014

Marie Mortera of Channel 3 will be joining our club once a month to share the news of our community and help spread the word of Rotary in the community. She opted for good news this go round, beginning with real estate. The median price of a home just increased to $200,000, considerably higher than a year ago and shared that less than 35% of buyers are still paying cash. Free tickets were being given out to the first 100 riders at the High Roller to celebrate their first 100 days. There have been 7 weddings and 15 marriage proposals on the ride and the youngest rider was 2 weeks old and the oldest was 99. Nevada State Senator Ted Segerblom is considering a bill to do away with term limits. Former Mayor Oscar Goodman was asked for his input on the bill and he said he was okay with the current limitations, offering that he prefers now to wake up next to the Mayor.

Posted on Jul 04, 2014

Southern Nevada Rotarians from Summerlin, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fremont and Red Rock Clubs joined in the Summerlin Patriotic Parade again this year as balloon wranglers.  Our wranglers included Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi and her daughter Sarah Tavernetti, Past Pres. Robin Smith with her brother Robert ,and we welcomed Pres. Teresa Sowers' partner Mike, and Bailey, who works with PP Robin.  We donned our patriotic sun glasses and hats and began marching through the parade carrying Uncle Sam's Top Hat and the American Flag. Both of these giant balloons needed more wrangling this year due to the breezes, but we made it through to the end, thankfully with random squirts of water by the kids to cool us down on our journey. A donation of $35 will be made to the Paul Harris accounts for Linda, Sarah & Robin as a thank you for their time.  



Posted on Jun 17, 2014

Congratulations to our 2014-15 Board.  They have the task of carrying forward the traditions of our club, and creating new traditions and programs to keep our members engaged, as well as share the story of Rotary.

The 2014-15 Board was presented to the membership for vote and with no nominations from the floor, the new Board was approved:

President Teresa Sowers 

President Elect Michael Woodfield 

Treasurer Albert Guida Jr 

Secretary Larry Goldstein 

Past President Robin Smith

Posted by Michael Woodfield on Jun 18, 2014

I would like to thank all of my fellow Rotarians for making our membership drive and social mixer such a huge Success!!!  Those who did not make it truly missed out on an incredible evening of great Food, wine and desserts as well as the amazing performance of Spamalot. It was a gut-busting, full of laughter show. Thank you again for those who attended and joined in making Las Vegas Fremont Rotary club, The Best Club in the Universe !!!!  



Posted on Jun 17, 2014

DG Miles presented the club with the RI Presidential Citation with Distinction - not the first one for our club, but the first one presented for 2013-14. This Citation was awarded for our club's outstanding work with children through the Back to Booker program, membership participation in club growth and activities, having a signature event, which is our Block Party, and support of the Rotary Foundation, including Polio Plus. Thanks to every member who made this award possible!

Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Jun 17, 2014

District Governor Miles Petroff was on hand to induct our new newest member, Kevin Wool of First American Home Warranty, who was sponsored by AG Linda Bertuzzi (her 4th new member this year). DG Miles & PDG Roy York shared the importance of Rotary, both in the community and the world, and after which AG Linda presented Kevin with his membership pin and welcomed him as the newest Rotarian in the World. Welcome Kevin!   


Posted by Robin Smith on Jun 17, 2014

President Robin shared a short video on our long year of accomplishments - from kids to golf, from Polio eradication to home builds.......check it out!




Posted on Jun 10, 2014

Our Block Party committee honored some outstanding companies and individuals for their contributions to the success of the party. "This really was done by the entire club and, personally, as fundraising chair, I appreciate everyone's hard work", said Chair Carla Smith. Our net was approximately $24,700, with proceeds going to both the Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation

The first annual Voluntold and/or Busy Bee Awards went to:
Red Rock Rotary Pres. Rachel Diehl - $500 to her club for her member's work during the event
Past Presidents Gary Prater & Jim Main for doing whatever was needed
Hector Buendia for "stepping up" as a table sponsor
PDG/PP Roy York for graciously accepting his duties 30 minutes before the festivities began
Don Barris, boyfriend of Pres. Robin, for being the largest bidder (37% of proceeds came from auction)
Past Pres. Allen Puliz for extraordinary auctioneering
Pam Dreyer & Tammy Hall, Four Queens, for their outstanding partnership
Past Pres. Lane for his busy bee work, doing whatever he was told
AG/PP Linda for program designs, canopy presentation and outstanding ticket sales
Michael Woodfield for getting the job done
Treasurer/Past Pres. Albert Guida for quick response when numbers and checks were needed
Puliz Moving & Storage, The Smith Team, GLB Insurance and AA Midwest for Silver Sponsorships
John Froumy, Platinum Sponsor NOVA Home Loans, for being Block Party's top sponsor for 3 years
Teresa Sowers & Marilene Nevins for "just being" - working non-stop over dinners, pool parties, breakfasts, keeping Carla on task and coming through like champs!   


Posted on Jun 10, 2014

One of the high points of Pres.Robin Smith's year, and one of the things she said she will miss the most, is the induction of new members into our club. She had the pleasure of doing just that with two new members on June 10th - Debbie Harris, CEO and founder of at Performance Intermedia, and Keith West, financial adviser with West Financial Services, both sponsored by AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi. Please take a moment with each of our new members and remind them why we are the greatest club in the universe! Welcome Debbie & Keith!


Posted on Jun 04, 2014

RI President Ron Burton put the final touches on the 2014 Rotary Convention in Sydney by reminding the attendees why they joined Rotary. "Being a Rotarian isn't about our own achievements, it isn't about our own careers, it really isn't about us at all. It's about the people we help," said Burton. "At the end of the day, the only thing that matters in Rotary is how much better the world becomes because Rotary is in it." The four-day event, which drew to a close on 4 June, attracted more than 18,000 attendees from 153 countries. Burton encouraged convention goers to return to their clubs ready to do more to improve the lives of others. "Together, we can dream big and we can achieve. We can change whole communities for the better, not for a day but for a lifetime," he said.  Rotary changes lives by improving literacy, making water cleaner, bringing better health care to mothers and children, and eradicating polio worldwide, Burton said. But he warned that complacency could set Rotary back. "That's why it isn't enough for any of us to just go through the motions, to show up at our clubs, to do just the minimum needed and no more," he added. "And it's why each of us has to remember, every hour of every day, what a responsibility we have."  Check out the pictures and other amazing stories here

Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Jun 03, 2014

On Tuesday, June 3, we honored the final three students for the League of Extraordinary Booker Students program at Kermit Booker Elementary's 5th grade graduation. The pilot program begun this year and funded by District 5300 Grant, was chaired by AG/PP Linda under the New Generations Committee.  The criteria for the nomination by their teacher included citizenship, academics, attendance, completion of the anti-bullying program and mentoring.  The honorees this period were Melvin HernandezJasmine Escoto and Mya Jameson and when their teachers read the nomination, it was easy to understand why each student was selected.  Comments included - "I have never seen a student try harder to learn.......she is a great role model for her classmates"  "He is courteous kind and helpful.....always offers to help by being a support system to students who may be intimidated by subject matter"  "She isn't satisfied until her assignments are perfect.....she is focused on success and will same day make a fantastic business owner".  With the announcement of each name, their fellow classmates erupted in loud applause and cheers, and the parents in the audience were beaming with pride.  Each of the students received their Booker/Rotary polo shirt, a specially selected gift just for them and a certificate inducting them into the League of Extraordinary Booker Students.  And when the program was over, AG/PP Linda was presented with a bouquet of roses from the first recipient of the award, Christian Flint, as a thank you for the time our members spent with the kids in the classrooms and the new program!  Thanks to the members who were able to lend a hand - Pres. Robin, PDG/PP Roy YorkBonnie HelmsButch Benda and soon-to-be inducted Keith West.


Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on May 17, 2014

The 2014 District Conference was one for the record books for the Southern Nevada Clubs as they walked away with multiple awards, including two of the The inaugural Governor's Bell Award 2014-15 presented to the most outstanding clubs in the District:


Large - Las Vegas Rotary            Medium - Green Valley Rotary         Small - West Covina Rotary Club




The Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club earned 12 Outstanding and Exemplary awards, and sponsored the winning 4-Way Test Speech contestant, Shane Cashin of Clark High School.  


Take a moment to see the pictures from Conference, along with the winning videos of the Dan Stover contest and 4-Way Test Speech on the District 5300 website.

Posted on May 13, 2014

We received delightful thank you's from the League of Extraordinary Booker Student award recipients.  This a program dedicated to the fifth grade students at Kermit R Booker Elementary and honors the top student in the 3 fifth grade classrooms each trimester for academics, citizenship, attendance and completion of the anti-bullying program.  Rotarians also give mini-presentations on etiquette, as part of the District Grant.  Classes have included gratitude, proper greetings and acknowledgements, and this past Tuesday was focused on proper attire, presented by Past Pres. Dulcinea Rongavilla, AG/PP Linda and Colleen Malany Braid.  It was gratifying to see how the classes have hit home for the kids, prompting them to write the notes.  One particular student wrote "Thank you for letting me be with the best club in the universe."  We agree!

Posted on May 10, 2014

For over 25 years, members of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club have been tending to the beautiful Rotary Reflection Garden at the Easter Seals facility. This garden was built in two stages, with the final stage providing a safe environment for daily visitors to walk and take a quiet moment for themselves.  In a matter of a few hours, with 20+ volunteers on hand, including our children, we spruced up the grounds to their original beauty.  Through a donation from the Downtown Rotary Charitable Fund, the irrigation system can now be repaired.  Thanks to everyone who gave a few hours to make a difference and to Past President Scott Stolberg who coordinated our efforts.


Posted on May 03, 2014

This Super Build had the largest participation ever from southern Nevada - both in manpower and number of homes built!  When Super Build Chair Mark Barragan asked LV Fremont Rotary President Robin to be in charge of speaking at the southern Nevada clubs to gain the dollars and manpower for a home, he had no idea she would be such a force in the success of the build.  A total of four homes were built on May 3 in a rural village outside Tecate, Mexico, of which two homes were directly attributed to Nevada.  She was able to convince the area's clubs to donate enough for one home and, at one Boulder City presentation, one member was so moved that she personally wrote a check to fund another home.  At the build sites, there was no separation of manpower, as both California and Nevada volunteers pulled together to provide housing for very deserving families.  These homes are the result of selection and a long wait for each family as they earn the hundreds of hours required to qualify, along with completing domestic violence prevention classes, gardening classes, job training, and finally, agreement by the family to keep their children in school through high school with the assistance of scholarships secured through the funds for the home build.  The next annual build will be May 2, 2015, with the possibility of another towards the end of 2014.  Thanks to LV Fremont Rotarians President Robin & her twin Robert, Asst. Gov/Past Pres. Linda and her daughter Sarah Tavernetti, Past Pres. Drew Levy and his wife Debbie, Larry Goldstein and his friend Pammy, Kevin Mills, and his wife Priscilla & daughter Devynn and many friends of our club for taking time to complete this important project.   To date we have only been able to secure pictures from one southern Nevada home.  When more become available, we will share them.




Posted on Apr 16, 2014

Past President Allen Puliz chaired the April Agassi Birthday Bash, sharing his special day with the great kids at the Boys and Girls Club.  He wasted no time in finding the delicious gourmet cupcakes from Gigi's Cupcakes before the kids arrived!  Due to Spring Break, we had just a few guests on hand, but the Rotarians were many and we all enjoyed some great fellowship.  We played the "Sticky Bug" game, enjoyed a guitar musical presentation by Joey, all the while enjoying the pizza and drinks.  This continues to be one of our favorite hands-on projects and worthy of the hour of time each month.  Next month's celebration is May 21st at 4:30 pm.  See you there!




Posted on Apr 04, 2014

Congratulations to Shane Cashen of Clark High School for winning the Four Way Test Speech group competition and moving on to Regionals being held at the Las Vegas West Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 29th at noon. He was the winner at the LV Fremont Club and many believe he is going to make it all the way to District Conference. Good luck Shane. We are all rooting for you!                                                                                                        Congratulations to Shane Cashen of Clark High School for winning the Four Way Speech Test group competition and moving on to Regionals being held at the Las Vegas West Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 15th at noon. He was the winner at the LV Fremont Club and many thought he was going to make it all the way to District Conference. Good luck Shane. We are all rooting for you!

Posted on Apr 01, 2014

2014 District Conference


The Big Kahuna Miles Petroff invites you to enjoy the "Spirit of Aloha" at the 2014 District Conference! Join us May 15-18 at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort. Ohana means family and we want to see the District 5300 Ohana of Rotary out in full force! The cost is just $209 for all five meals, with prices for individuals meals also available. Meal and room prices go up April 24, so register now.

You'll enjoy golfing, the Palm Springs Street Fair, 4-Way Speech and Dan Stover Music contests, Rotary inspiration and, of course, the Tiki Lounges (hospitality suites)! You need to act now to secure your club's Tiki Lounge or space in the Ohana Hall, where you can show off your community service projects. More details are available on the flyer.
Posted on Mar 27, 2014

Thanks to every Rotarian everywhere who has contributed dollars and "boots on the ground" in the effort to eradicate Polio around the world.  Because of India is now Polio free, all of Southeast Asia is now declared Polio free.  Thirty plus years, millions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have all been instrumental in vaccinating billions of children.  We are THIS close...........and we will make it happen if you continue to give to the Polio Plus at

Click here to listen to Bill Gates video of gratitude to Rotary............. Bill Gates thank you to Rotary

Posted by Carla Smith on Mar 24, 2014

Don't miss your chance to buy tickets to our Club's Fourth Annual Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style!  We will be partying, dancing and enjoying a fabulous Las Vegas evening in the heart of old downtown, under the Fremont Experience on Thursday, April 24th, 2014, from 6 pm to 10 pm.  Tickets are limited, so don't wait.  This is one of the most favorite events of the year in Southern Nevada. Contact Block Party Chair Carla Smith at to purchase tickets or get more info.


Posted on Mar 27, 2014

The World Health Organization recently declared Southeast Asia Polio Free!  This is no small feat and has taken years to accomplish.  Check out this link and hear what Rotarians and their Polio partners have accomplished!

Southeast Asia Polio Free!


Posted on Mar 19, 2014

Past President Scott Stolberg provided the food and entertainment for our March birthday kids at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club.  Several of our February birthdays missed some of the festivities the previous month and were on hand to celebrate.  We were surround by 7, 8 & 9 year olds, with a 16 & 17 year old on hand to enjoy, too.  Our usual pizza and juice, followed by Gigi's Cupcakes gave them just the energy they needed to show off some dance moves and enjoy a game of tag.  They were eager to open their birthday bags, which contained school supplies, dictionaries, a little candy and some games - a gift each month that never disappoints. Thanks to President Robin Smith, Asst. Gov/Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi and Past President Dulcinea Rongavilla for being there for the festivities.   Next month's party will be on April 16 - one week before the Block Party.  Put your dancing shoes on and join as at Agassi! 


Posted on Mar 18, 2014

Thanks to a little pull by Past President Dulcinea Rongavilla (10-11), our members enjoyed a VIP tour of the Mob Museum this past Tuesday.  Located at 300 Stewart in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, The Museum rests inside the historic former Federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office. This building is one of the few remaining historically significant buildings in Las Vegas and is included on both the Nevada and National Registers of Historic Places.  Fact from fiction is exposed and light is shed on of how the Mob came to be, the battles that were fought, and what remains today. The real stories are shared about the Mob's biggest players including Al Capone, Whitey Bulger, Bugsy Siegel, John Gotti and many more. As visitors move through the Museum, they will also be witness to some of the most infamous Mob artifacts, such as the wall from the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and the barber chair where Albert Anastasia was murdered.  A little target practice can be had with the mock Tommy Gun and visitors can experience sitting in a replica of the Sing Sing electric chair.  Through our own mock trail held during the tour, we were able to line up a few questionable characters from our club, which resulted in a very hasty termination of one John McInerney for irreverence and disrespect to President Robin Smith.  The charges didn't seem too serious to the general audience, so there may be some underlying deep, dark secrets they didn't hear about.........hints of the old Mob days.  John's wife, Pat,  looks rather delighted to be pulling the lever, don't you think?


Posted on Mar 15, 2014

A Fond Farewell



The District 5300 Rotary family has lost a treasured member in Southern Nevada.   Bob (Robert) Lillis, Secretary of the North Las Vegas Rotary Club passed away quietly on Saturday, March 15th with his family by his side. Bob had been a frequent and welcomed visitor at our Club and was active in the community, especially with the ALS of Nevada organization. Bob just celebrated his 12th year in Rotary.  Please hold his wife Robin and their family in your prayers.  He will be missed.
Posted on Mar 14, 2014


Scheduled for April 05, 2014 at Victor Valley College in Victorville. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the event starts at 9:00 am. The purpose of district assembly is to prepare 2014-15 incoming club leaders for their year in office, to give the district governor-elect, incoming assistant governors and district committee chairs the opportunity to network with club leadership teams and to enjoy fellowship with Rotarians in District 5300.

Assembly is open for all District 5300 Rotarians, but we would particularly like to see Presidents Elect, Club Secretary Elects, Treasurer Elects, Assistant Governors (2013-14) and incoming District Committee Chairs in attendance. We hope to see you all there!  Registration is required at
Posted on Mar 13, 2014

We will be dark for lunch, however, in lieu of our regular meeting, members of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club will be gathering at the Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Avenue, Las Vegas, on Tuesday March 18th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  If you would like to join us, please contact Past President Dulcinea Rongavilla at    This would be perfect time to check out the Greatest Club in the Universe!


Posted on Mar 11, 2014

For many years, Dan Stover was an active and valued member of the Rotary Club of Alhambra, California. He was always available to play organ or piano at various Rotary functions, both for his own club and for Rotary District 5300, which encompasses parts of Southern California and Southern Nevada. In Dan's memory, a scholarship fund was established to encourage college bound high school students to continue their love of music and involvement with music while attending college.  Competition starts at the club level and winners at the club level will move onto regional competition. Winners of one of four regional competitions will move on to the District competition on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Town & Country Hotel in San Diego, California, where the top finalist will be awarded as much as $5,000. The competition is open to instrumentalists who are allowed to play any musical piece of their choice, with the performance not to exceed 8 minutes.  Each contestant is judged on their musical ability, musical sound and stage presence. Our 2013-14 four contestants were selected from the Grammy award-winning Las Vegas Academy.   After we enjoyed each of their performances, the final judging was tallied (and the scores were very close!) and our contestants placed as follows:


1st place - Eddie Carcamo on the guitar

2nd place - Emily Daly on the violin

3rd place - Joaquin Yrizaris on the standup bass

4th place - Joshua Ginsburg on the trumpet


Congratulations to all the contestants and we wish Eddie the very best as he moves on to the next leg of the competition!


Posted on Mar 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell


District 5010 Governor Sue Foley (Alaska-Yukon) and her husband Harold have been frequent visitors to our Club over the years when they traveled to Las Vegas from Anchorage.  They were welcomed with open arms by our members and said they always felt at home during their visits to our Club.  DG Sue passed away in Las Vegas Thursday morning from a massive heart attack.  Thanks in no small part to the southern Nevada Rotary family, Harold was able to make all the necessary arrangements to return DG Sue home to her beloved Anchorage.  We will miss her warmth and smile and extend our love and prayers to the entire Foley family and District 5010 for their loss.  

Dist. Gov. Sue Foley

Posted on Mar 01, 2014

Three members of District 5300 were in India during the week of February 23, 2014, to participate in India's National Immunization Day.  After a short rally/parade in the Village of Nuh, Rose Marie Joyce, April Romo and Asst. Gov. Linda Bertuzzi administered drops to nearly 700 children.  Nuh is in the heart of the Mewat District - one of the most at risk areas for contracting Polio.  While India has not had any new reported cases in the last three years, the immunizations will continue until the world is Polio free.  The 2014 Dream Team members then spent three days working on a water harvesting dam that will provide year round water for more crops and sustainability for the village as it harvests the monsoon waters.  Thanks Dream Team!

Posted by Roger Tabor on Feb 24, 2014

Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Soccer Tournament

by Past President Roger Tabor


The Las Vegas Mayors Cup International Showcase was another big success. This event was conceived at a make-up at the Rosarito Beach Rotary Club. It has outgrown everybody's vision. Over President's Day Weekend, the LV Fremont Rotary Club hosted a team of high school age boys from Haiti. Most of the Haitian boys had never left their island, let alone been to Las Vegas. The Haitian boys had to purchase their own airline tickets, but without our club's help the trip would have been cost-prohibitive.. Teams of kids from France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Colombia, Brazil, Panama, Guatemala, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico & Haiti participated in this year's event. 400+ college coaches were also in attendance recruiting for their respective programs. LVCVA has estimated the Mayors Cup generated in excess of $20 Milloin in economic impact to our community. It is our club's biggest impact and broadest reaching program. Thanks to all the Rotarians who supported this event!

Our 2014 Haitian Team

Posted on Feb 12, 2014

As part of the New Generation's sub-committee Back to Booker program, chaired by AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi, various members volunteer to conduct mini classes for the fifth grade classes on etiquette, personal hygiene and other topics to aid the children as they move into middle school and adult life.  The topic this past week was etiquette with an emphasis on a proper greeting and handshake.  It's amazing how something so seemingly small was able to fill the entire 15 minutes allotted.  The kids really enjoyed learning about how the handshake came to be and evolved into what we know today in the business world.  They practiced smiling, saying hello and making eye contact, all the while offering their hand in friendship.  With the assistance of Past Pres. Dulcinea Rongavilla (11-12), who pulled together material from her experience at the Boys and Girls Club and was covered by AG/PP Linda, along with Colleen Malany Braid and Patricia Saavedra, who both have extensive experience working with kids, the presentations were superb. 


Posted on Feb 09, 2014

Past President Lane Kay (2012-13) reported that our second annual JDRF Ambassadors Soccer Event was a huge success!  Held at the Indoor Soccer Park, 16 Ambassadors attended, along with siblings, friends and parents.  This program was established to allow the Ambassadors, who all have Type 1 Diabetes, take their minds off of the high demands of their disease and enjoy a day with their friends.  Warm-ups outside prepared them for some high energy soccer activity indoors.  Afterwards they were treated to Baja Fresh, compliments of the LV Fremont Rotary Club.  PP Lane said he was really struck by the bonding of the older kids over lunch and appreciated the interaction by the parents.  Many members of the club were on hand to help set up and break down.  A special thanks to Past Pres. Roger Tabor(02-03)Treasurer Larry Goldstein, and Butch Benda for being on the field and hands on with the kids.




Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Feb 04, 2014


We inducted our newest member Bonnie Helms of Stewart Title, who was sponsored by Asst. Gov/Past President Linda Bertuzzi (10-11).  Bonnie's husband, Alan, was a member of our group some years back.  Through a chance crossing of paths with Linda, Bonnie was reintroduced to our club and very eager to join.  Welcome Bonnie & Alan!  We are thrilled to you back in the family.  A cake was presented to celebrate our 40th member, however, a few members decided it should also be to celebrate our 28th anniversary AND Carla's birthday, and so it was!

Posted on Feb 01, 2014

We are celebrating our 28th Anniversary - Chartered February 1, 1986
Posted by Michael Woodfield on Jan 30, 2014

Membership Chair Michael Woodfield greeted a large LV Fremont Rotary group at his home for our Fireside Chat on Thursday, January 30th.  With nearly as many new members as seasoned, and spouses/partners along-side, everyone was treated to a potluck of appetizers and refreshments before getting down to the business of "What is Rotary?"  The leadership was on hand to provide our Club's story and committee reports, allowing time for Q&A as needed.  With the upcoming Block Party getting closer, the topics of Fundraising, Chair Carla Smith, and Foundation, Chair Past Pres. Allen Puliz (04-05/06-07), were the most discussed topics, allowing everyone to come up to speed on both committees and hopefully encourage a lot more member involvement at every level of the Club.  And special congrats to our new blue badge holders - Steve & Drizzle Gibson and Kevin Mills. Another one will be planned in the near future - don't miss it!


Posted on Jan 15, 2014

In keeping with our Club's reputation for having a good time, Past President and Charter Member Albert Guida, Jr.  provided some great fun for the January birthday bash at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club!  From the pin the tail on the pig to the gooey bug snatchers, the kids were entertained and really enjoyed their special birthday celebration.  The girls were pitted against the boys and the contest was close for both games.   And, it seems PP Al was enjoying the games just as much as the kids!  President Robin Smith  and AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi were on hand to help with the festivities and Drizzle Gibson arrived in the nick of time with the highly anticipated birthday gift bags.  See you next time on February 19th for another great party! 



Posted by Michael Woodfield on Jan 14, 2014

Welcome to our Club's newest member, John Chmela and his wife Claire, inducted on January 21st. John is the Managing Director/CEO of Blacknet Group, with expertise in social media marketing.  He was a member of the Rotary One Club in Chicago from 2003-2006 and moved to Vegas about a year ago. Welcome John & Claire!



Posted on Jan 10, 2014

2014 Peace Conference


District 5300 is holding its annual Peace Essay contest focused on the theme of "Unity through Diversity".  The essay is to think about our communities today, whether its global, country, city, school or even family, and consider the differences that can be discovered to unite diverse peoples to work together to promote peace. The 1,000 word essay is due by February 21st and open to all high schools in our District.  Prizes are first $500, second $250 and third $100.  Only the first 100 entries received will be accepted.  Get the word out to high schools in your community and encourage the schools to have their students enter.  Click here for rules and submission requirements.

Posted on Jan 07, 2014

The BIG Game Boards are here! 


Fundraising Chair Carla Smith announced the Big Game Boards are Footballready for square sales.  To allow for easier tracking, the boards are being assigned to teams, with each team member being responsible for passing it along to the next.  This is an important fundraiser for our Club, raising $5,000 net each year for the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Foundation, aka the Downtown Rotary Charitable Organization to fund our Club's great works.  Take it to your job, your friends, your neighbors and other Rotary clubs.  Someone has to outsell President Robin and Past Dist. Gov./Past Pres. Roy York this year!  Contact Carla if you have any questions. 

Posted on Jan 07, 2014

ImageA great start to the new year with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship +6 to Past President Albert Guida Jr., recognizing his ongoing contributions to Rotary International's Foundation, including the Annual Fund, PolioPlus or an approved Foundation grant in increments of $1,000. PP Guida's contributions help fund many District 5300 programs such as water projects, building of homes in Mexico, and Rotary's fight to end Polio around the world.  PP Guida is a Charter Member of our Club and long-time Treasurer.  Thank PP Guida for all you do for Rotary!  

Posted on Jan 03, 2014

Congratulations to Las Vegas Fremont Rotarians Colleen Malany Braid, Past President Roger Tabor and Asst. Gov./Past President Linda Bertuzzi on being the recipients of the 2013-14 Foundation Members of the Year after receiving the nomination by President Robin Smith.  Their dedication to the Foundation through service and financial support placed them at the top of the list.  Colleen and Linda have both participated in Polio Immunizations in India, Linda having completed 3 trips, as well as home builds in Mexico.  Roger continues to support the RI Foundation financially, and also at the Club level with his creation of the Las Vegas Mayor's Cup International Soccer Meet, begun 11 years ago, and now the largest soccer tournament in the entire US.  Thank you Colleen, Roger & Linda for your continued service!  President Robin, Colleen & Linda are pictured here at the awards banquet with RI President Ron Burton and his wife, Jetta.


Posted on Dec 19, 2013

President RobinAG/PP Linda and Carla & Cailyn Smith joined four Agassi Boys and Girls Club kids at Barnes and Noble on December 19 to purchase $500 in new books for the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Reading Room housed at the B&G Club.  The dollars were recently donated by our Club's Foundation and went a long way that day to build the library.  Met by store manager Terri, the kids were guided through the thousands of books to pick out the latest titles and, through some very savvy "on sale" shopping and a generous discount from Barnes & Noble, more than 60 new books were purchased.  The kids were then treated to hot chocolate, cookies and a special gift bag with a stuffed animal inside.  It was a great experience for the kids to be able to select the books they enjoy reading and great use of our Foundation's dollars to nurture literacy.


Posted on Dec 17, 2013

With the unexpected relocation of Ray Jansma to Pennsylvania for an exciting new job, our club was left with an urgent vacancy for President Elect. President Robin Smith announced current Club Secretary Teresa Sowers has agreed to accept the position of President Elect for the 2014-15 year and presented her with a PE pin.  Thank you Teresa for stepping up!

On behalf of all of us at the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club, we wish you a safe and happy new year.

Our first meeting of the year will be January, 7, 2014



Posted on Dec 10, 2013



On behalf of Dist. Gov. Miles Petroff, Asst. Gov. Linda Bertuzzi had the honor of performing the Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) induction for Past Pres. Dulcinea Almazan Rongavilla, her first, and Past Pres. Roger Tabor who is now a PHF +2.  The PHF is The Rotary Foundation's (TRF) way of expressing its appreciation for substantial contributions to its many programs.  The designation is often a tribute to a person whose service demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of TRF.  The recognition comes as a result of contributions to TRF in $1,000 increments.  What does this really mean?

  • You will build houses in which you will never live
  • You will feed hungry people of every race, creed and political philosophy
  • You will make crawlers into walkers
  • You will educate children you will never know
  • You will vaccinate children you will never meet and eradicate Polio out in your lifetime
  • You will dig wells from which you will never drink
  • You will plant trees under which you will never sit
  • You will restore eyesight to those who will never see you
  • You will not only be IN the Rotary family, but you will have the Rotary family IN you."

Congratulations Dulcinea and Roger!  Thank you for your continued service.

Posted on Dec 05, 2013

Christmas came early for over 300 local school children who were given the opportunity to shop for new clothes and shoes on Thursday, December 5th, as part of Southern Nevada Rotary’s annual Santa Clothes, held in partnership with JCPenneys and the Englestad Family Foundation.  The children, selected by their schools and youth organizations, were transported to several JCPenneys locations throughout southern Nevada, where they were paired up with eagerly awaiting Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to begin an hour of power shopping with a budget of $200 for perhaps some of their first very own new items of clothing. Upon completion of the shopping excursion, the kids were taken to the UNLV campus where they enjoyed lunch and play time with the UNLV athletes & cheerleaders, leaving with their own special football, soccer ball or basketball.   Our Club has been involved for years, through funding and hands on participation,  in this program begun by the Las Vegas Rotary Club 18 years ago, and this year we celebrated a record number of our members and spouses on hand to shop -President Robin SmithKevin & Priscilla Mills, Cameron Christiansen, Greg Clemens, Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi, Colleen Malany Braid, Larry Goldstein, Heather Holmes & Bernice Davidson. Thanks to all the members who were able to take time to make a difference in the lives of these children.

Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Dec 03, 2013

We welcomed our returning 8th grade students from the Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain.  Past Dist. Gov./Past Pres. Roy York provided a little history on TLC, which was patterned around RYLA, a high school leadership program, both sponsored through District 5300.  TLC provides a three day retreat dedicated to promoting and fostering leadership skills for eighth grade students.  Teen leadership is provided by RYLA graduates who return as high school seniors to lead their students through a very full weekend of activities and speakers.  This was the third year we have sponsored students from Dawson and Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi shared a little insight into how our relationship developed.  AG/PP Linda's daughter attended Dawson, which opened the door 11 years ago to approach them about how to feed 550 children Thanksgiving dinner - the rest is history.  The partnership has flourished over the 11 years and the Board decided to give the TLC opportunities to the Dawson kids as a thank you.  This year we sponsored four students, who on were on hand to share their experiences.  Sage said time spent with other kids, who were strangers in the beginning and friends at the end, was the most inspirational for her.  She learned how to hone her listening skills and said that was the most valuable lesson she learned.  Ashley shared she was scared at the beginning because she was placed on a bus away from her three Dawson friends, where she sat next to strangers, which really frightened her.  However, after all of the ice breakers on the bus to camp, she was more relaxed and enjoyed meeting the other kids.  Her most inspirational moment was hearing motivational speaker Scott Greenburg, who instilled in her that she cannot control what happens to her, but she can control her reaction.  She also said the experience has inspired her to make service part of her life through time, not just clothes and money.  Grant, as with all the students, expressed his thanks for the whole experience.  He was surprised how easily he made new friends and really enjoyed that opportunity.  Climbing the rock wall was the one event he absolutely did not want to do, but after encouragement from his team, he did it and was glad - he felt he had developed confidence after that experience.  Alex said the first few hours of the trip to camp were terrifying - he was going to actually have to socialize with people, which was completely outside his comfort zone.  Every day was action packed and every speaker impacted him, ultimately allowing him to see how grateful he is for all that he has.  His biggest life's lesson was to take responsibility for his life.  The weekend included world renowned speakers, hands-on workshops and a service project where nearly 200 kids measured, packaged, sorted and boxed enough food to feed over 12,000 individuals.  Every indication was that the food would make its way to the Philippines, in need after the typhoon.  Josh Keilty took an opportunity to thank our members for the experience, something he knows the kids will take with them for a lifetime.  Incidentally, Josh did not leave without multiple requests to join our Club!

Posted on Nov 26, 2013

Our final meeting of November was yet another outstanding moment for our members as we hosted 21 servicemen and women from Nellis AFB, at the request of and expense of Four Queens Owner Terry Caudill, as part of the southern Nevada Rotary "Adopt an Airman" program. Mr. Caudill took a moment to personally thank our military guests, stating "People around the world DO care and you are not forgotten. We appreciate you and want you to enjoy your lunch, from the bottom of our hearts from the Four Queens family and Rotary." District Governor Miles Petroff, in attendance with his Exec. Aide Raghada Khoury, presented Mr. Caudill with his own Hero's pin, which he said he would wear proudly. We moved through a long list of thank you's and announcements, many tied to the events in this newsletter, moving President Robin Smith to exclaim "we can't be any more thankful with all that has happened, including today!" And, we couldn't have asked for a better program than the one provided by world-class slight-of-hand magician Bodine Balasco, who is also a top Fortune 100 speaker. Borrowing $20 from Drizzle Gibson at the beginning of the show, tearing it into pieces and returning it not only whole, but with another $20 in hand, set the tone of his very entertaining show, which was equaled to his ability to keep us laughing all the way through his performance. Each and every one of our servicemen and women remarked after how much they appreciated the special lunch they were able to enjoy with us.




Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Nov 20, 2013

Wednesday the 20th we hosted our Agassi Birthday Bash for the November kids, captained by Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi. A special thanks to Pres. Robin Smith, Past Presidents Jim Main & Gary Prater, Colleen Malany Braid and Carla & Cailyn Smith (Happy Birthday Cailyn!)for being a part of the festivities. The kids enjoyed the party over pizza and drinks, a few games and then excitedly picked out their favorite cupcakes provided by Gigi's Cupcakes. One young man, new to Agassi, called every one he could think of while he was there to say "you aren't going to believe what they are doing for us!" And, he remarked privately to one Rotarian that he felt this was one of the most fun times he could remember. One Booker kindergartner was on hand and said he really enjoyed the Thanksgiving feast, too!


Posted on Nov 19, 2013

DG Miles Petroff and his wife, Teresa, Colleen Malany Braid, President Robin Smith, Past President's Dulcinea Rongavilla & Allen Puliz and AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi converged on first year teacher Sarah Tavernetti's classroom at Robert Lunt Elementary School to present her with school supplies, books and her very own rocking chair for her classroom -  made possible through the generosity of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club.  She was overwhelmed with gratitude!  Her students were nearly as excited, and couldn't wait to make their way through the boxes and boxes of new reading books. Miss Tavernetti teaches in a Title One school, with many first generation Hispanic students who require additional assistance in getting up to speed with comprehension of the English language.  The new books and supplies will go a long way towards improved her student's education.


Posted on Nov 19, 2013

Tuesday the 19th was one of the biggest days of the year for our Club as we served our 11th Annual Booker Thanksgiving. Begun as a "what if" question 11 years ago under Past Pres. Geoff, it has grown into our most anticipated hands-on program thanks to full support of our Club.. We purchase all the fresh food, which is prepared by the amazing Sage Dining team at Alexander Dawson School in the wee hours of the morning of our event. Past Pres. Allen Puliz provides the food transportation to Booker, where it is set up in a matter of minutes (or so it seems) at two serving stations. One by one the students work their way through the food line, with eyes as big as saucers, and smiles as big as the sun, in anticipation of the wonderful Thanksgiving feast. The Honor Society students at Dawson also join us, along with several members of the administration, including new Headmaster Dal Sohi, who was attending this event for the first time and very touched by the experience. 591 children and 60 staff were served that day and there were many memorable moments for each of us - from cutting the food for the 3 & 4 year olds, to passing out the cookies, or probably most memorable the now infamous dance by Turkey and Past Pres. Lane Kay and Principal Mason! The dance is available on our Facebook page. And just a note, one of our three Extraordinary 5th graders was sporting his new sneakers and polo shirt, which he proudly pointed out to us as he received his lunch. There was an outpouring of thank you's from the students just before we left.  More pix to follow.


Posted on Nov 18, 2013


November 18th we hosted District Governor Miles Petroff and his wife Teresa at a special meeting at Keller Williams. In a packed house, DG Miles presented Membership Chair Michael Woodfield the District Governor Hero's pin for his "outstanding job over the last three years and doing activities" dedicated to growing the LV Fremont Club. Bernice Davidson also received a pin as she "from the get go, started inviting people to Rotary" and also regularly volunteers. Steven Gibson also received recognition for his involvement with the club in hosting the Holiday party and organizing a music program to be presented next year. New Generations Chair Carla Smith received an Energizer Pin for all she does for youth services. Before we adjourned, DG Miles gave an update on our District achievements, including the recent March to End Polio, which was just the segue President Robin Smith needed to present a check for $2,683 representing the MTEP donations secured
by our Club, which will go towards the $100,000 goal set for the fundraiser. Then the fun began, as over the next few hours kids and adults sorted and filled the 200 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes with personal hygiene products, socks, school supplies and candy. Having done this for a few years now, we have the system nearly perfected and the kids continue to keep us on track! The boxes were shipped a few days later thanks to the Project Chair Rob Goldstein and Michael Woodfield




Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Nov 15, 2013


Friday, November 15th, was our first League of Extraordinary Booker Students presentation at the Kermit Booker Elementary School under the New Generations Chair Carla Smith. With the assistance of the three 5th grade teachers, Principal Marcus Mason and Asst Governor/Past President Linda Bertuzzi, criteria was established to recognize the top student in each class, each trimester, for academic achievement, attendance, citizenship and completion of the anti-bullying campaign. The teachers submitted their nominations with heartfelt praise for their students. The presentations by President Robin Smith and AG/PP Linda occurred during Booker's normal citizenship award program.  None of the kids knew they were receiving this honor, so were greatly surprised when their names were called.
One by one Eduardo, Kathleen & Christian were called up to be presented with League of Extraordinary Booker Students polo shirts, personal gifts of shoes, art supplies, or books as recommended the student's teacher, and a beautifully framed certificate acknowledging their achievements. One parent was moved to tears as she watched her daughter receive the award. Principal Mason reached out after the event and said it was a great success and the kids were still talking about it days later! Incidentally, we received a District Grant to fund this program.
Posted by Michael Woodfield on Nov 14, 2013

Membership Chair Michael Woodfield pulled off another successful Membership Mixer at Angel Park with assistance from Past Pres. Lane Kay.  Three teams made their way through 9 holes of golf which ended with some pretty impressive scores and the winning team's guest golfer made a hole in one!  With a glorious Vegas sunset as our backdrop, we gathered around the fire pit and enjoyed some cocktails and appetizers, taking time to share the many reasons our guests would want to be a part of the "Best Club in the Universe".  Thanks go to Kevin Mills, Larry Goldstein & AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi for bringing four guests and, hopefully future Rotarians, to the event - last year two new members were inducted from our golf outing.  Thanks to all the Rotarians who attended.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

In keeping with our Club's reputation for having over-the-top fun - we are readying our members for their "House" assignments at our December 7th Holiday Party being held at the Hogwarts College of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  With the reported deaths of Professor Dumbledore and Voldemort being in question, it's anyone's guess as to what will happen during the festivities.  Image

Posted on Oct 22, 2013

Nevada State Senator Patricia Spearman and Iraqi War Veteran Michelle Wilmot were on hand to discuss the challenges faced by our women returning home from military service. Senator Spearman indicated the needs are new and challenging as mothers, grandmothers, and sisters are now serving on the front lines in the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Women "who put their lives in jeopardy for their country are coming back to no services, including housing. Two words should never be used in the same sentence - homeless and veteran." With women now encountering the physical and mental challenges of war, our services need to look at their special needs, including shelters, which, up until recently, were only occupied by men. There are safety concerns in the shelters due to sexual assaults and women are increasingly finding themselves homeless. Women account for 15% of current active duty military, with that number expect to nearly double in the next 15 to 20 years. Women veterans are six times more likely to commit suicide and the rate in Nevada tops the list with highest number of suicides among women. Support for women serving in military combat is low and they return home to apathy and resentment for their service at every level, including government services. Retired veteran Michelle Wilmot shared her 8 year ordeal to get much needed medical treatment and benefits from VA due to bureaucratic red tape and questions surrounding her combat service. Michelle said that "women vets are the new Viet Nam vet" and that our Country "was not prepared for women to return home in body bags." The realities of war have crossed gender lines now and America needs to begin treating all veterans equally. Senator Spearman is working with former US Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and the head of the Nevada VA Hospital to start thinking outside the box to provide housing, psychiatric care and re-integration into society and the workplace for our female soldiers. Michelle continues to be one of the leading voices for women in the military and you can learn more about her work through her website at Desert Warrior.  

Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Oct 19, 2013

March to End Polio - The March Begins Here..........


Our Club had the great privilege of hosting a March to End Polio walk in the heart of old downtown at the Fremont Experience on Saturday, October 19th.  The Southern Nevada gathering, chaired by AG/PP Linda Bertuzzi, was the beginning of a week-long District 5300 push to bring awareness and dollars to Rotary International's PolioPlus campaign beginning in Nevada and ending in San Bernardino on October 27th.  We marched alongside members from Las Vegas West, Red Rock and Las Vegas Central, as well as family and friends. This event was especially close to home as several of our participants have family members living with Post Polio Syndrome. Thanks to our involvement in Rotary, we all remain acutely aware of the need to finish this Polio mission. However, the folks we encountered on Fremont Street were not so aware and we were met several times with disbelief that Polio was still around....and, in fact, a few questioned the validity of our walk.  It reminds us all of the importance of continuing to educate the public about this terrible virus and the fact that we still have many babies at risk of being infected with Polio.  With new outbreaks in Syria and Somalia, and Pakistan, Afghanistan & Nigeria still classified as endemic, we can't stop until we have vaccinated every child.  This virus is only a plane, train or boat ride away. We are this close! Donations will continue to be accepted at through November 30th.  Rotarians can donate through  



Posted on Oct 16, 2013

Dressed from head to toes and nails, in her witch costume, President Robin pulled out all the stops for the October Birthday Bash at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club.  The room was festively decorated for Halloween & birthday and the "pin the hat on the witch" game was a hit - with both the kids and Rotarians trying their hand at carefully placing the conical hat in just the right location.  Let's just say the kids were much more skilled than the adults!  Everyone enjoyed the cupcakes donated by Gigi's Cupcakes and ice cream from Anderson Dairy after their usual pizza and juice.The gift bags continue to bring smiles to the kids as they sort through the candy, toys and school supplies for their favorite thing.  Thanks to Secretary Teresa Sowers, PDG Al Slaggert, Colleen Malany Braid, Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi and Drizzle Gibson for the donation of their time to celebrate with these great kids.  Our next Bash will be Wednesday, November 20th.


Posted on Oct 26, 2013

Colleen Malany Braid, Larry Goldstein and Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi represented ourClub during their trip to San Bernardino to participate in the March to End Polio fundraiser sponsored by District 5300.  Donations for this event are being accepted through the end of November, 2013 at


Posted on Oct 12, 2013

Just a reminder that we will be joining the Las Vegas West Rotary Club on Tuesday, October 15th at Canyon Gate Country Club for a joint meeting at noon.  We will not be at the Four Queens this week.  This is our regular meeting and if you are visiting from out of town, we hope you will join us!  The location is at the corner of Durango & W. Sahara - 2001 Canyon Gate Dr, Las Vegas, NV, 89117.  


Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Oct 08, 2013

Our speaker this week was especially important as our Club, District 5300 and Rotary International focus on the eradication of Polio during the month of October.  Frank Fiorello was diagnosed with Polio in 1955 at the age of 9, just weeks before he was due to receive his Polio vaccine at school.  At that time in Polio's history, not much was known about causes and cures.  He was initially treated for meningitis, but after extensive testing, ultimately diagnosed with Polio and placed in a temporary facility for Polio victims.  His only visitors were his parents who were required to wear protective gear and masks.  Outside of Frank's hospital room was an Iron Lung standing by..... just in case.  After several weeks of hospitalization he was released and allowed to return home, where desperate for a cure, his family sought any possible treatment.  Therapies included being wrapped in warm, wet army blankets for 30 minutes by a doctor who became known as The Blanket Man, to healing via Oral Roberts tv sermons and finally chiropractic care.  Sadly, with no cure, Frank was confined to his wheel chair and returned to a special needs school, until the government mandated that children like Frank be mainstreamed into regular schools.  Frank continued through public school, graduating with honors in High School and moving on to graduate from the University of Illinois.  During his early years of Polio, Frank immersed himself in art, which he credits for helping he deal with his disease.  He has chosen to "look forward in his life with no regrets."  In February 2001, after operating Fiorello's Pumpkin Patch in Illinois for 18 years, Frank and his wife Sue moved to Nevada where Frank now spends his time painting and writing for their publishing company, Pumpkin Patch Publishing.  His pumpkin-themed children's books are available on   Frank and Sue were especially grateful for being our guests on this particular Tuesday as we shared the story of RI's commitment to end Polio and he hopes to join us on Saturday, October 19th on Fremont Street.  President Robin presented Frank with an "End Polio Now" button with Colleen Malany Braid, who had just returned from a Polio immunization trip in India, standing alongside.  And, a special note of gratitude to Frank and Sue for their generous donation of a book to the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Reading Room at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club.

Posted on Oct 03, 2013

Did you know that the very FIRST Easter Seals was founded in Elyria, Ohio in 1919 by Rotarians Paul Harris and Edgar Allen? The relationship between Rotary and Easter Seals has been long-standing and it seems appropriate that the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club will be a Chardonnay Sponsor for the 2013 Easter Seals Third Annual "Cheers to Chocolate" event at Tivoli Village on Saturday, October 19th, from 7-9 PM  Tickets

This event will highlight wine tastings from Total Wine & More, along with a taste of some of the most decadent chocolate in Las Vegas! We anticipate over 800 guests to stroll the beautiful outdoor corridors of Tivoli Village while enjoying musical entertainment in what is sure to be a memorable event and one that will support Easter Seals Nevada and "Make the First Five Count" - ensuring that all children under the age of five reach developmental goals. Invite friends, business partners and potential Rotarians for this fabulous evening! Contact Membership Chair Michael Woodfield for more information.


Posted on Oct 01, 2013


Membership Chair Michael Woodfield received a presentation from Foundation Pres. Linda Bertuzzi and President Robin of a $1,000 check towards the Las Vegas Fremont's Chardonnay Sponsorship at the upcoming Easter Seals Cheers to Chocolate Event.  Rotary has long ties to Easter Seals, as does our Club - see the article block below to learn more and be sure to buy your tickets!  Four VIP tickets will be auctioned off at our next meeting, with proceeds going to Easter Seals.

Posted by Michael Woodfield on Oct 01, 2013

Please join us in welcoming Kevin Mills to the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club.  Kevin, owner of the Omelet House in Las Vegas,  became the newest member in the entire world on October 1st and was sponsored by Past President Jim Main.   Kevin said he was very honored to join our group and it appears that's the case, as he couldn't wait to pay his membership dues.  Welcome Kevin!



Posted on Sep 25, 2013

Members and friends of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club joined together at Three Square recently to sort and pack hundreds of boxes of food to be readied for distribution to those in need, including the weekend backpacks sent home for underprivileged kids in the Clark County School District.  



Posted on Sep 10, 2013

On behalf of the Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Foundation, 2012-13 Fundraising Chairs Carla Smith and Robin Smith presented a check for more than $12,000 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 10th from funds raised at the 2013 Block Party held in April.  Alyson McCarthy and Missy Check of the RMH organization were on hand to accept the donation and overwhelmed with our Club's generosity.  Through the hard work of our Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club's members, a vast circle of friends and family, along with numerous & generous sponsors, we were able to exceed our expectations and provide necessary funding for the needs of many families who utilize the RMH services during the care of a sick or injured child.


Posted on Aug 21, 2013

We began our fifth year at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club with our August Birthday Bash, captained by August birthday girl AG/PP Linda.  Joined by Pres. Robin, Past Pres. Drew Levy and Cameron Christiansen, about a dozen club kids were given a party to celebrate their own August birthdays.  It's not uncommon for nearly 1/4 of the kids to tell us how special our party is because they didn't have one and their hugs and smiles of gratitude make this event so very worthwhile.  After pizza, the kids were able to select their favorite gourmet cupcake, compliments of Gigi's Cupcakes to go with the ice cream cups provided by Anderson Dairy.  And let's not forget the obligatory birthday song, during which the kids thankfully sing louder than the Rotarians, drowing out our off-key singing - reminding us why we "hum" at our Club.  Pres. Robin passed out the birthday big bags filled with school supplies, a bit of candy and maybe a toy or two donated by Rotarians - always the icing on the cake for our partiers!  And from the looks of the pictures PP Drew was pretty excited to open the gifts.  We will see you next month on September 18th.


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Posted by Michael Woodfield on Aug 15, 2013

Thanks all of the members who attended our event at Spring Mountain Ranch for the performance of Legally Blonde. It was a huge success and we had a fabulous turn out. For those of you who couldn't make it, unfortunately you missed a great night together with the members, families and guests. Oh yeah and some great food and wine!  A special thanks to Past President Lane Kay for assistance with early set-up, to Past President Allen Puliz for providing the blankets to reserve our prime seating area and to all the members who provided the delicious food and beverages. 


Posted on Aug 09, 2013


Our August 13, 2013 regular Tuesday meeting will be held at the home of our club's 2013-14 Gold Sponsor, Anderson Dairy.  Join as we have an opportunity to tour the facility and enjoy lunch with fellow Rotarians, a few friends, family & future Rotarians. Noon at 801 E Searles Avenue, Las Vegas, 89101.


Posted on Jul 23, 2013


2013 Future Rotarians 2

Demi Wasden, Granddaughter of member Marilene Nevins and Ryan Kay, son of Imm. Past Pres. Lane Kay were invited to the front of the room at our last meeting to receive Future Rotarian pins as thanks for their service over the years to our Club.  Demi has been active with our monthly Boys & Girls Club Birthday Bash and Ryan is a RYLA alum. Thank you both for your service.


Posted on Jul 17, 2013


2013 July BD bash 1

Our newest member Patty Saavedra stepped up on her Rotary induction day to head the July Birthday Bash at the Agassi Boys & Girls Club.  Armed with colorful bins of iced juices, pizza and gourmet cupcakes she entered a room that was filled with kids ready to party.  In fact, they were SO ready, they were sitting at the table ½ hour early!  The kids devoured the pizza and kept their eyes on the unopened boxes of cupcakes and ice cream, and when it was time for desert, they crowded around to pick their favorite.  One little boy took a little extra time to select the perfect cupcake and then carefully wrapped it in a napkin to share with his mom that night.   The final piece of the party was the distribution of the birthday bags filled with school supplies, dictionaries, gift cards and a few sweets.  We are entering our 5th year at the Agassi Club and are reminded each and every month how special the kids are and how appreciative they are of a birthday celebration to look forward to. Thanks to all the members who participated - Captain Patty, Rob Goldstein, Carla Smith, Teresa Sowers, Mike Woodfield, President Robin and Past Presidents Paul Bell & Linda Bertuzzi.  Our next Bash is August 21st - don't miss it! 

Posted on Jul 04, 2013

Las Vegas Fremont Rotary members, family & friends were on hand to participate in the Summerlin Patriotic Parade as "balloon wranglers".  President Robin Smith, her brother Robert and Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi marked their 4th year in the parade, Past Pres. Lane Kay marked his second, and this year were joined by Carla Smith, Cailyn, Nevaeh & Shaylee, Steve Reiter, McKenna and Lisa Prall, Tracy Dawahare and Tammy Kilian.  Braving the hottest 4th of July since the inception of the parade, the "wranglers' made their way through the streets in Summerlin carrying the giant balloons and waving at the cheering children, and even a few adults.  This is one community event our members look foward to each year! 


Posted on Jun 25, 2013

President Lane recapped the 2012-13 Las Vegas Fremont Rotary year with a video presentation highlighting all of our great works - community service, international service, new members, membership mixers, fundraising and more!  You can watch on the link below.  Thank you President Lane for your service to our members, our community and the world of Rotary!  Welcome to the elite Past Presidents Club!


Posted by Lane Kay on Jun 25, 2013

At his final meeting, President Lane Kay challenged all of us to do the Harlem Shuffle.  Let's just say it was fun!  Thanks Lane for a fun filled year!


Posted on Jun 18, 2013

We will not be having our usual over-the-top, fun Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, July 2, in honor of the July 4th Holiday.  HOWEVER, please plan to attend the Summerlin Patriotic Parade on July 4th and see some of our members proudly marching in the parade with other Rotarians from around Southern Nevada.  And, we will see you next week.

Wishing you and yours a safe and fun 4th of July!


Posted on Jun 01, 2013

President Lane Kay, soon to be "past president", was treated to a debunking worthy of his year of service.  He was tried by his peers for a long list of past transgressions, found guilty by unanimous decision and sentenced to a firing squad armed with water guns.  None of his pleadings with the judge, jury or the prosecutor could stop the sound soaking he received!  Thank President Lane for your outstanding service!


Posted on May 21, 2013

Congratulations to Linda Bertuzzi (10-11) for being selected as the Club's Rotarian of the Year.  According to President Lane Kay "I cannot think of a more qualified recipient for Rotarian of the Year as she eats, drinks, breathes, plays and sleeps Rotary and the founding principals of "Service Above Self". "  A 20+ year member of the Club, she is a currently serving as 2012-13 Asst Governor for Group 14 in District 5300, a position she will carry over to 2013-14.  She is a multiple Paul Harris fellow and proud mother of daughter Sarah Tavernetti, also a Paul Harris Fellow.  You can learn more about Linda by checking out the link on the left under "Site Pages"  


Thanks to all the Rotarians and family who showed up for the May Birthday Bash at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday, May 15th!  Approximately 15 kids ranging in ages from 6 to just turning 18 were on hand to enjoy the festivities.  Captained by Cameron Christianson, the kids got their usual pizza and cupcakes.  We have a great opportunity to make such a difference by giving the kids a special moment to celebrate their birthday.  We know from past experience how important this is, especially for the kids who have no birthday celebration.  We meet every third Wednesday at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club at 4:30 and this is a great opportunity to find out about our Club and it's amazing members!  Check out our pictures under the "Photos" section.
Posted on Apr 26, 2013

The details are nearly ready to put together the story of our very successful Block Party held on April 26, 2013.  In the meantime, please be sure to enjoy the evening through our Photo Album to the left!


Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Apr 21, 2013

LV Fremont Rotary members enjoyed a fabulous dinner on a perfect Las Vegas evening at the home of Past President Allen Puliz, and his wife Patti, on Sunday, April 21st, with the Open World team from Estonia.  We welcomed 3 civil and criminal judges and our first visiting prosecutor.  They are all very fluent in English, which made for a lively and informative evening - all of us sharing stories of our families, professions and our hometowns.  They will be visiting various law campuses, courthouses and meeting privately with Judge Lloyd George and other local lawyers.


Posted on Apr 18, 2013

Nova Home Loans is returning again this year as a major sponsor of our Block Party!  This year they will be our premier Platinum Sponsor.  Please make sure to support Nova and a special thanks to Asst. Governor Linda Bertuzzi for securing their sponsorship.


Posted on Apr 18, 2013

Las Vegas Fremont Rotary is thrilled to have a long-time local Las Vegas Company as our Gold Sponsor of our 3rd Annual Block Party being held on April 26th! Thank you Anderson Dairy, and our Club Secretary Teresa Sowers for securing this sponsor!


Posted on Mar 21, 2013

Led by President Elect Robin Smith and Carla Smith (aka the Smith Sisters), the Block Party committee met at Platinum sponsor Nova Home Loans to continue putting the finishing touches on our annual Block Party being held on Friday, April 26, 2013.  The list of raffle items is quickly growing and the live auction items are some of the best ever!  A block of rooms has been set aside for party attendees at the 4 Queens Hotel.....all you have to do is mention "Rotary" when making the reservation. 


Posted on Mar 20, 2013

Several LV Fremont Rotarians were on hand in March to celebrate birthdays at the Agassi Boys and Girls Club.  Our members provide the pizza, juice, ice cream and cupcakes - and all disappear quickly!  Each kid is given a special birthday goodie bag packed with school supplies, a few pieces of candy or puzzles, a Target gift card, coupons for Sonic and their own dictionary.  This party provides many kids with a celebration of their special day that they might not otherwise have AND our members love this monthly get together!  Our next one is Wednesday April, 17th.  Join us!


Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Mar 13, 2013

A HUGE thanks to the Las Vegas branch of Nova Home Loans for agreeing to be our Platinum Sponsor for the 2013 Block Party.  The Las Vegas Nova office is a premier mortgage lender in the Nevada.  Join us on Friday, April 26, 2013, to meet the great team at Nova and help raise money for our Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House.  Thanks again Nova!

Posted on Mar 05, 2013

Welcome Kevin Hejmanowski to the our Club - the Greatest in the Universe!  Sponsored by Past President Roger Tabor, Kevin was inducted by President Lane into our great Rotary family.  When you see him or any of our newest members, extend a warm welcome and remind them why we are such an awesome Club.


Posted by Carla Smith on Mar 11, 2013

Join us in Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience for our 3rd Annual Block Party - Celebrating Rotary Las Vegas Style! This IS the greatest party in all of Southern Nevada!

We will be once again outside, center stage, dancing to the live music of The Wedge Brothers, enjoying food & drink and bidding on fabulous items to benefit the LV Fremont Rotary Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Las Vegas. This IS the Rotary social event of the year!!

For tickets contact Teresa Sowers 702-592-6214 or Marilene Nevins 702-809-0808. $60 each or 2 for $100.

For further information contact co-chairs Carla Smith (702)281-8593 or Robin Smith (702)460-5080


Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Mar 05, 2013



LV Fremont members Colleen Braid and Asst. Gov./Past Pres. Linda Bertuzzi presented President Lane Kay with a turban they brought back from their travels to India where they perfomed Polio immunizations and helped build a water harvesting dam.  Our President looks pretty dashing, don't you think?

Posted on Feb 05, 2013

We held a celebration of our 27th anniversary at our regularly scheduled meeting as we honored our three charter members, all past presidents:  Albert Guida, Jr., James Main & Gary Prater.  With our usual light touch and sense of humor, our treasured senior members were presented with their walkers and canes and wishes from the Club for another successful 25 years.


Posted on Feb 05, 2013

Welcome to Bernice Davidson to the Greatest Club in the Universe.  Bernice was ponsored by Roger Bishop, a fairly new member himself, and inducted on February 5th.  Welcome Bernice! 


Posted on Jan 15, 2013

Thanks to Projects Chair Rob Goldstein, new member Cameron Christiansen found his way to our Club and was inducted as our newest member on January 15th standing alongside his wife, Jessica.  Yet one more person who sees the great opportunities Rotary provides to serve our world.  Welcome Cameron!


Posted on Jan 14, 2013

Rotary International's efforts to eradicate Polio from the face of the planet was heavily featured in a five page spread in the January 14, 2013, edition of Time Magazine.  It tells the story of Rotary's success and partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF and WHO to raise money and awareness o this deadly disease.  Check it out!


Posted on Jan 13, 2013


To support a program near and dear to our President's heart, the members of the Las Vegas Club set up a special event at the Las Vegas Indoor Soccer Complex on January 13, 2013 for the JDRF Ambassadors - a group of kids from 6-18 who live 24 hrs a day with Type 1 Diabetes.  This day gave them an opportunity play at the sports complex and meet the members of the UNLV men's and women's soccer teams, followed by lunch.  President Lane said "this will allow the kids to get some exercise, have fun, and forget about the demands of this disease, if only for a few hours."


Posted on Jan 08, 2013

Our first meeting of the new year started off with a bang as we welcomed Larry Goldstein and Mikel Smith who were inducted into our Club on January 8th.  As we continue to grow, we hope everyone will extend a warm welcome to all of our members who have chosen to join the Greatest Club in the Universe! 


Posted on Jan 07, 2013

The Smith Sisters are at it again!  Get ready Las Vegas and District 5300 as we prepare to host the largest block party anywhere in our District - the 3rd Annual Las Vegas Fremont Rotary Block Party led by co-chairs President Elect Robin Smith and Carla Smith.  This is our signature event and has been referred to as the party of the year.  Don't miss it!  Set your calendar for Friday, April 26, 2013 and plan to celebrate to the music of The Wedge Brothers in the heart of old downtown under the Fremont Experience.  If you would like to participate in the planning, please contact Robin at or Carla at to get involved.


Posted by Linda Bertuzzi on Jan 02, 2013

The Newtown Rotary Club has established a special fund for the victim's families to help them cope both short and long term with the terrible tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  If you would like to donate, please log into their website at


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