Saturday, November 16, 2013

Frank Leone Visits the Las Vegas Media Group

We have such a dedicated group of members that even though we changed our meeting date for the month of November (due to a previously scheduled wedding at the venue), the usual number of members (and suspects, ha ha) showed up.  I was worried and only called in for 25, but more than 30 people attended, providing proof that our group loves the food, company and speakers we put together.
Since it was Veteran's Day, the group took a moment to give thanks for the service of all of our Vet's past and present.

This month, Thalia Dondero, who took on the role of speaker coordinator when Cork moved away, once again provided us with a terrific speaker.  Frank Leone, president of the Musician's Union of Las Vegas entertained the group with stories of the way things used to be in the "good old days" when live music and not prerecorded or "canned" music became the norm on Las Vegas stages. 

Frank Leone, president of the Las Vegas Musician's Union
Photo courtesy of Joe Thomson

Thanks to A.D. Hopkins and David VanZanten for providing notes on Frank's talk.  A.D.'s was especially detailed, which I won't provide here, but if anyone wishes to know more about what Frank had to share, please contact Lisa at and I will be happy to send you the notes.
Speaking of Thalia, she has a birthday coming up and it's amazing the amount of activity this woman participates in.  We are so lucky to have her as our friend and LVMG member.  Las Vegas has a gem in Thalia!   
Other birthdays of note for November:  
Claytee White
Sara Denton
Bobbye Fitzgibbons
Cary DeGrosa
Marty Harrell
Mike Pinjuv
Peggy Kiing
Naomi Gibbs
Wow!  That's a lot of birthday babies in the month of November!
Helen Mortenson invited members to attend an event for Women of Diversity (member Marlene Adrian's wonderful non-profit that recognizes the contributions of Nevada women).  On January 11, 2014 a celebration of the First Ladies of Nevada takes place at the Augustus Ballroom at Caesar's Palace.  For more information on attending, please go to Nevada Women's Virtual Center (
Everyone please put our friend and founder of the Las Vegas Media Group, Frank Mitrani on your prayer and thought list.  He is having surgery soon.  We need friend with us for a VERY LONG TIME so we need him to have a full and speedy recovery.
New attendee and president of the soon-to-open Las Vegas History Museum, David VanZanten asked the group to think about contributing to the photographic exhibit of old Las Vegas.  Find out more about the museum at  Call David at 702 580-5760 or email him at
I think that's it for now.  Our next meeting is on the regular day: THE THIRD MONDAY OF THE MONTH, December 16th, and I plan on being there to see all my friends. 
In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, I hope you all get to spend it with those you love.  For me, I am ever so thankful to have all of you in my life! 

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