Apr 28, 2014
"Nevada Academic Content Standards-What Rotarians Need to Know!"
On the panel to discuss the implementation of the Nevada Academic Core Standards will be Nevada Department of Education Public Information Officer, Judy Osgood, WCSD Chief Academic Officer Scott Bailey and WCSD Curriculum & Instruction Core Task Developer Aaron Grossman.

Aaron Grossman is a University of Montana graduate working in the Washoe County School District. Aaron has spent his career working with Title I sites, first with the Montana Reads program and later as an elementary teacher working in grades 4th through 6th. Aaron moved from the classroom to literacy coach to a school improvement coordinator, to his most current position at Curriculum & Instruction developing the Core Task Project.

Mr. Bailey’s leadership experience in the WCSD also includes service as a school principal and a district performance director. In these roles, Mr. Bailey was involved in the development and deployment of the District’s nationally-recognized strategic plan, which included collaborative efforts with local college and university faculty in lowering remediation rates. Under the strategic plan, the WCSD has made tremendous progress in student achievement. In just three years, the District moved the graduation mark from 56 to 72 percent.

Judy Osgood came to the Nevada Department of Education in August of 2013 to work as the Department’s first Public Information Officer. Judy previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst for Governor Brian Sandoval, providing policy support primarily in the areas of education and workforce development. Judy brings a unique perspective to her PIO position from prior work as an attorney and human resources professional. A mother of two boys, Judy has served on the boards of parent associations at her sons’ schools in Reno and advisory councils of Washoe County School District.

"The move to new standards is critical to Nevada's progress. In Nevada, almost one-third of our high school graduates must take remedial classes to prepare for college-level coursework. Nevada's new standards, which promote critical thinking, reasoning and application of knowledge are expected to drastically reduce the need for remedial classes. The standards will also strengthen the state's workforce and economy as more students graduate from high school with the knowledge, skill and ability needed to succeed in a new economy and more students are able to finish higher education with certificates or degrees."  -   Dale A.R. Erquiaga, State Superintendent.

May 05, 2014
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"The Carter Center: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope"
The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. A nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production.

Seema Shams, Chief Development Officer, Major Gifts, has been with The Carter Center for almost 15 years. Seema has a diverse international background and has been part of development at universities in Boston, New York and New Jersey since 1989. Based in San Francisco, she currently leads a team of 10, focusing on raising operating funds in support of the Center’s programs from individual donors across the United States.

Claire Kaye, Associate Director, Ambassadors Circle

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Claire joined The Carter Center's fundraising team in May 2008, where she helps to manage the Ambassadors Circle program as Associate Director for the Annual Fund.  

They will be talking about the Carter Center’s peace and health programs around the world, including election monitoring, their work to eradicate Guinea worm disease, and Mrs. Carter’s Mental Health program.


May 12, 2014
"Rotary District Conference"
May 19, 2014
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"The Business of Running a Healthcare Organization"

Don Sibery is currently serving as the Interim CEO for Renown Health in Reno, Nevada.  He has served in this capacity since April of 2013. While serving Renown he has focused upon physician relationships, the transformation of the governance structure, the organizational culture, financial performance, preparation for Obamacare, the relationships with rural hospitals, rebuilding community trust in Renown, and developing a stronger relationship with the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

He has been a hospital or health system CEO for nineteen years and prior to that a COO for ten years at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. He has overseen significant accomplishments in all dimensions of the hospitals and health systems where he has served. 

Wherever he has been, Don has forged successful business partnerships - with physician groups, other health systems, or academic medical centers.  He has overseen growth in primary and secondary markets, increased access for residents of the communities where he has been, sparked the creation of a freestanding healthy community initiative, and overseen a long-term community partnership to reduce untreated depression in DuPage County, IL.

May 26, 2014
"Memorial Day"
Jun 02, 2014
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"Water: A Topic of Concern to Everyone"

Mark Foree, a professional Civil Engineer registered in Nevada and California, has more than 30 years of experience in the local water industry, including planning, design, operation and maintenance of complex water treatment and distribution systems. Since 2008, he has served as General Manager of Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA).

TMWA is a not-for-profit, community-owned water utility overseen by elected officials and citizen appointees from Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. TMWA serves more than 330,000 residents throughout the Reno and Sparks area.

Mark is responsible for overseeing all operations at TMWA, including engineering and planning for new facilities; renewal and rehabilitation of existing facilities; water treatment; water quality; customer service; Truckee River operations; and hydroelectric operations. 

At his presentation to the Reno Rotary Club, Mark will give an overview of our water system and talk about our area’s water supply, a topic of interest to all residents given our dry winter and the third consecutive dry year our region has experienced.

Jun 09, 2014
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"Military and Veterans Policy For State of Nevada"
Caleb Cage is the Director of Military and Veterans Policy for the state of Nevada.  Prior to joining the Governor's Office, Cage was the Executive Director of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services. There, in addition to leading the state's veteran home, veteran cemetery, and veteran service officer program, he established the state's veteran outreach and collaboration effort, known as the Green Zone Initiative. Before being appointed to this position, Cage served as a policy adviser in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, with a focus on veteran and rural issues. A Reno native, Cage spent five years in the United States Army, with two tours in Iraq.


Jun 16, 2014