Celebrating the end of one Rotary year and looking forward to a new one, members of the noon Rotary Club of Mesquite gathered at the Conestoga 1880 Grill for a little fun and member recognition Tuesday evening, June 23. With the Mesquite Showgirls on hand to add to the Mardi Gras-themed event, the night was filled with fun and laughter. President Linda Gault recognized the club’s community involvement and many accomplishments over the last 12 months, and honored some very deserving individuals.
Amy Tobler, CRS Supervisor with Reliance Connects was sworn in as the club’s newest Rotarian. Amy and her husband, Steve, have five children. She has been with Reliance for 15 years and in addition to family and work, Amy likes to cook & bake, crochet, and cross stitch. Tobler noted, “I’m excited for this new adventure for me and my whole family.”
Ken Atwood, Beaver Dam High School teacher and Interact Club advisor, was recognized as an Honorary Rotarian for his dedication and commitment over the past four years. Ken has been invaluable in assisting Interact Advisor, Linda Gault, in promoting the ideals of “Service Above Self.” Interactors meet weekly in his classroom. He has also accompanied Rotarians the past four years on District 5300’s annual SuperBuild trip to Mexico to build a house in a day for a needy family. “Ken is greatly admired and respected as an individual and as a teacher, and we’re very proud to have given him this honor,” stated Gault.
The most honored award is “Rotarian of The Year” and this year’s recipient was taken by complete surprise. This designation goes to the most outstanding club member whom the president feels has contributed the most to the club, and this year that honor was bestowed upon Jake Noll, owner of TJ Mats and Framing. Noll also takes on a huge responsibility serving as one of four Assistant District Governors for the southern Nevada region overseeing the Mesquite, Moapa Valley and Mesquite Sunrise clubs. “It is such an honor to recognize Jake for all that he has done and continues to do, not only for our club, but as a Rotarian. If he can make a request fit into his busy schedule, he will go out of his way to help in whatever way he can,” Gault noted. “He is absolutely the best! No one deserved it more.”
Once the accolades had all been stated, Gault officially handed the gavel over to the club’s 2015-16 President, Keith Buchhalter. Keith is the Public Affairs Officer for Overton Power District. In addition to Rotary, Keith serves as a member of the Chamber of Commerce board and chairs the Government Affairs Committee. Buchhalter commented, “I’m really looking forward to continuing to serve the community and the work that Rotary does. We’re going to have a great year and continue to give back in our community.” Keith and his wife, Misty, have one daughter at home who will be starting at VVHS in the fall.