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!  Two more clubs just 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 www.rotary.org and ending with the District website at www.rotary5610.org. You do not need to complete the Club steps if you do not have a Clubrunner website for your club. We have ONLY FOUR clubs still not integrated: Gregory, Hot Springs, Huron, South Sioux City. Please complete the process. Call 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.


Encourage your club members to give to the Rotary Foundation in November. Use the Powerpoint attached and added to the Download section, to show your members what a great Foundation we have. The Charity Navigator rated our Foundation a four star status, as one of the best of all the organizations we can support.

    Our District 5610 again this year supports the goals of End Polio Now with a personal donation of $40 per person, and a club donation total of $1500. Our District has approved of over $12,000 donation to Polio Plus from our District allocation from the Rotary Foundation. We have given 20% each year in support of Rotary International’s goals.
    If you make a donation to Polio Plus on October 24, it will be double matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and you will get points toward your Paul Harris Fellowship award. Download the attached file for additional information and links to videos and graphics.

Pat Sutliff is collecting applications from District 5610 Rotarians to join a Friendship Exchange to India, January 30 to February 15, 2015. See the info attached, and contact Pat very soon!


It is time to start thinking about doing the District 5610 4-Way Test Essay Contest in your community.  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 final date for submitting essays to the district will be March 15, 2015 and the district winner will be announced at PETS.  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   pmsutliff@gmail.com   cell # 605-593-2896


The October edition of Rotary Africa features a District 5610 Project!  The Pierre/Ft. Pierre Club has teamed up with Peppermint Energy to form their Rural Electrification Project, which aims to provide solar panels to those without a consistent, sustainable energy source.  (see story in Downloads) The Pierre/Ft. Pierre club has sent panels to Haiti and Uganda.  If you are interested in learning more or participating in this project, please contact Pierre/Ft. Pierre Rotary leadership in the Clubs section.

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!


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