Attention all clubs planning on participating in the DISTRICT 5610 ROTARY 4 WAY TEST ESSAY CONTEST:
Local winners are due to Pat Sutliff by March 15, 2015. They can be sent by e-mail or regular mail, 4819 Steamboat Circle, Rapid City, SD 57702  Winners will be announced at PETS in April.

  The contest is conducted with 6th graders and any 6th grader in our district is eligible to compete by going through their local Rotary Club.  Your club can set up the contest in your community by working with one school or all of the schools there.  You need to show the students a copy of our 4-Way Test and perhaps explain what it means to us. Then the students write a 200 - 500 word essay explaining "How Can I Apply the 4-Way Test to my life?" and submit them to your club where you choose a winner that you then submit to the district.  Usually clubs have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners but just the 1st is sent on to the district. The prizes for this contest are 1st prize $200, 2nd prize $100 and 3rd prize $50. For questions or more information please contact: Pat Sutliff   cell # 605-593-2896


     Please post all your incoming board members, especially President, Secretary and Treasurer on the District and RI websites by the end of February! Steve Sikorski, District Governor-Elect, will need to contact your club officers very soon to begin training, so that your year is also successful! Special training will be offered to Secretaries and Treasurers in addition to the Presidents. Also, grants training will again be offered to Foundation chairs. Successful clubs are our goal!

Nine District 5610 Rotarians went on a Friendship Exchange to India, District 3120, January 30 to February 15, 2015. See story, photos and comments in the March news. A slideshow will be created to present at clubs and District events.
The team represents a broad spectrum of our District from Iowa and Minnesota, eastern and western South Dakota, as follows: Patrick and Roberta Clark, Mitchell; Larissa Christensen, Mapleton, Iowa; Linda Peterson, Rapid City; Susan Randall and Mark Sanderson, Sioux Falls; Debrah and Benjamin Vander Kooi, Luverne, Minnesota; and Renu Pandey, Rapid City, South Dakota.

     We need your help identifying candidates for this wonderful scholarship sponsored by Rotary District 5610 and Rotary International!
     Successful applicants will receive a $30,000 grant for GRADUATE level studies. Must provide proof of at least provisional acceptance to a university OUTSIDE the USA. Graduate Studies must be related to one of the six areas of Rotary International focus: Peace and Conflict Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water & Sanitation; Maternal & Child Health; Basic Education Literacy; Economic & Community Development.
     How to apply:
Application deadline is FEBRUARY 1, 2015. Applications are on the District website.
Applicants cannot be related in any way to a member of Rotary.
Applicants must residents of District 5610.
     Further information can be obtained by contacting: David Lorenz —  Scholarship Chair

     A number of Rotarians and clubs in our District already support the School for St. Jude in Tanzania. We have had personal visits to our District from Gemma, who started the school. If you do support, thank you!
 For those who would like to provide support, but do not have the resources for the full donation, here is a new option being proposed.
     PROPOSAL:  To best serve clubs who want to contribute to the School of St. Jude project, a separate district account would be opened so that all interested clubs can donate to The School of St. Jude by sending their checks to this account.  It would only take $100 to $200 (more would be great if the club wishes) to get involved and when the total reaches $1500 we would send it to The School of St. Jude to sponsor a child and a teacher.  This would be an annual commitment as the child needs to be sponsored every year.  The sponsorship for the student includes uniforms, shoes, food, clean water, transportation to and from school, school supplies and a high quality education.  In the upper grades it also includes boarding as fourth grade through eighth board at the school during the week and from ninth grade on the students board at the school for the whole semester. For the teacher it provides classroom supplies.
     REASONS FOR PROPOSAL:  The School of St. Jude needs sponsors for the children that they are educating.  Many clubs in our district could use an easy way to get involved in an international project and this project will give them lots of feedback from the school and the student to truly show them that they are helping to change the world.  The students write letters to their sponsors twice a year and their grade reports are also sent to the sponsor.  Also if the student wins an award the sponsor is sent a picture of the student and a description of the award.  For more background on the School of St. Jude, please go to
    For more information please contact PDGs: Pat Sutliff or Nancy Moose

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill interviewed Rotarian Chris Maxwell of Peppermint Energy, to discuss the Forty2 Solar Panel project and Rotary's involvement. Follow this link to hear the whole program on "City Limits", recorded for OaheTV.

     We will once again be holding a raffle to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. It is our hope that every club in the District will donate a prize for the raffle drawing and will promote the raffle to club members. In the past we have raised several thousand dollars for the Foundation and, in the process, we have been able to award some fabulous prizes to our members. Two main changes that were implemented starting with last year’s raffle that will continue this year are:
We are asking clubs to send the money directly to the Rotary Foundation rather than turning it in at PETS,
We are emphasizing that raffle ticket purchases are not tax deductible, since there is a chance of winning a prize.
     Clubs should submit prize commitments now to Joe Mauss or Mark Barry, District Raffle Co-Chairs. Drawings for prizes will be April 9-11, at the 2015 PETS Conference. If any questions, please contact Joe Mauss or Mark Barry


What is RLI? It is a grassroots, multi-district leadership and Rotary development program using facilitation in small groups to engage Rotarians and strengthen clubs. The sessions also provide leadership skills that are useful to the individual's career.

Members may attend any RLI session around the district, and will be awarded a certificate after completing all three parts. Check the District website calendar for dates and locations. If you wanted to attend another location for any sessions, you could, as the material is the same.

The discussion among different clubs' members is the most valuable part, your input will be needed, so speak up and take part! Some of you may have many years in Rotary, some are very young in their Rotary life. Some of you may have lead committees or clubs, some of you may have very small roles in your club so far. But you will find that all Rotarians matter, whatever their role in the club.

The cost is $35/person or $100 for 3 sessions per person. Registration file may be downloaded from the website. It is recommended that the clubs pay for the attendees, as the benefit to your club from the training is IMMEASURABLE! ENORMOUS! INVALUABLE TO THE FUTURE OF YOUR CLUB!



Let's Get Integrated!  More clubs have integrated, and found the value of joining the District website for both Club leaders and members alike! The Clubrunner RI Integration powerpoint explains the integration process in several steps, starting with and ending with the District website at You do not need to complete the Club steps if you do not have a Clubrunner website for your club. We have ONLY THREE clubs still not integrated: Gregory, Huron, and South Sioux City. Please complete the process by calling Linda Peterson for assistance. Let's reach the goal of 100% of our District clubs participation! The benefits are many, including ease of membership management and communications tools.


RI Director Greg Podd has made available all the speakers at Zone Institute in Denver. We have added all the Links on the left, under Links. Copy and paste the speaker link you wish to hear, and follow the instructions. Be patient, some of the speakers talked for up to an hour! So the audio downloads could take time. Others provided PDFs and Powerpoints to download to your computer. Browse through this great resource, provided by our super Director and the techno-team at Zone!


This website is for the use of the membership of D5610 clubs, district leadership and the public. Please browse the information, suggest additions and changes, or ask questions in "Contact Us." If you login as a member of Rotary, you can access additional club and district management information.

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