I can hardly believe it but it's true. June 7 will be the 5 year anniversary of our arrival in Las Vegas and my first day as an intern at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The internship was only supposed to last one year and then we'd been heading back home to Kansas to find work. Funny how things work out...

My family wasn't real keen on the idea of us moving to Vegas at first, but slowly became more accepting of the idea knowing it would only be a year. In fact, I was so sure we'd only be here a short time that I never became a Nevada resident. Well- five years, one house, one child and a dog later we're still in Vegas and I'm officially a resident of Nevada. I miss home- I probably always will. I'm a Kansas girl at heart- I love my Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs. Open wheel driver Jimmy Vasser told me while I was an intern that you have to live in Vegas for 7 years before you can call yourself a "local", so I guess I have a couple more years before I will start to call Vegas home.

Our golf tournament is on Monday and we're getting excited. We have a good group of golfers signed up and are happy with the numbers we are expecting. We only need to hope that the weather cooperates- it tends to be the hottest day of the year each year on the day of our tournament. The golf tournament is one of my favorite events each year and I look forward to seeing the groups and individuals who participate each year. It's their support that keeps the Las Vegas chapter moving in the direction we strive to move- to continue helping children and improving the quality of life for those who are unable to help themselves.

Janae Melvin
Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities