Over 30 members of RPEN from 10 of our 18 chapters statewide were represented, including State President Bernard Paolini from Boulder City; State Vice-President Vicki Cameron from Henderson; State Treasurer Rita Evasovic from Bi-Valley; Kiyoshi and Bonnie Nishikawa and Lynne Ballatore from Carson; Churchill Chapter President Don Mello and his wife Saundra, along with Gaye Johnston, Donna Strickland, Nancy Stewart, Joan Downs, Susie Hicks, Sharon Williams and Mark and Ruby Lee; Fernley Chapter President Leon Borden; Mary Ella Holloway, Henderson Chapter President; Ruth Kilmer, Las Vegas Chapter President; Northern Tri-County Chapter President Karen Rogers who traveled to Carson with Marlene Killion, Carmen Goicoechea, Judy Adams and Marie Bidart; Bill Taylor, Sparks Chapter President and his wife Donna, along with Julie Vetcher and Arnie Maurins; Past State President Glenn Trowbridge from Summerlin Chapter, Past State President Hal Keaton from Two Rivers Chapter and Pat Keough, from Washoe Chapter who chairs RPEN’s Pat Fladager Special Recognition Awards Committee. Several of the leaders for RPEN were also seated on the Senate Floor during Tuesday’s floor session, when Gaye Johnston received a special proclamation from her Senator James Settelmeyer who honored Gaye and her late husband, Bob Johnston, who served two terms as a State President of RPEN, who died in the summer of 2017. RPEN would like to thank the following Senators for hosting our members on the floor May 7: District 13 Senator Julia Ratti for introducing our group and for hosting Bill Taylor; District 12 Senator Joe Hardy who hosted Bernard Paolini and Hal Keaton; District 17 Senator Settelmeyer who hosted Gaye Johnston, Leon Borden and Rita Evasovic; District 5 Senator Joyce Woodhouse who hosted Vicki Cameron and Mary Ella Holloway; District 6 Senator, and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro who hosted Glenn Trowbridge and District 14 Senator Ira Hansen who hosted Karen Rogers.
It was a special day, and only the second RPEN Day celebrated at the Legislature in our 40+ year history, so we also want to thank all of the folks who work at the Legislature for stopping by our table and we hope you’ll be among our newest members of RPEN very soon! Thanks too to the Senate Sergeant at Arms Steve Brummer and Assembly Sergeant at Arms Mike Chapman for their assistance as well. We had plans to seat our folks on the Assembly Floor as well, however the Senate started late and so once the gavel came down in the Assembly, their doors were closed, so that didn’t happen, but they were ready for us, and so we thank District 1 Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno for reading our floor introduction there as well! We also need to thank another Carson Chapter member, Kathy Alden, who has extensive legislative service and who assists our State Office whenever asked, and we thank our Lead Lobbyist Marlene Lockard for her years of service as a public employee as well as her hard work representing RPEN during five legislative sessions including this one.
We’ve attached a few photos from the event, and the larger group photo may be hard to spot everyone, but it’s fair to say a good time was had by all, some of whom were visiting the legislature for the very first time!
We look forward to being back again in 2021!