Governor's Message

Rotarians of district 5610, one of my favorite Rotary images is 'The future of Rotary is in your hands.'  As I visit clubs across our amazing Rotary district, I realize it is the membership of each club that holds the key to success for Rotary.  I have seen the heart and dedication of Rotarians throughout our district, and I am humbled by their commitment to their community and a better world. Let us this Rotary year grow in membership, reach new levels in Foundation giving, contribute to ending polio, and enhance our public image in our communities.  DG Steve Harrington

 
 
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     This website is for the use of the membership of District 5610 clubs, district leadership and the public. You can locate club meetings and locations in the left column, and District leaders in Organization. Please browse the information, suggest additions and changes, or ask questions by reaching leaders in "Contact Us." If you login as a member of Rotary, you can access additional club and district management information.

     Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs worldwide, divided into 535 Districts. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

    Hello Rotarians of the great Rotary District 5610, and I can say "great district" because I know each of you is capable of doing good in your communities. My year as your governor has just begun and I can already say "it is an honor to be your governor."  In 2017-2018 we will chart a new course in membership growth, increase foundation giving, and expand public image. We will embrace and enhance the Rotary Leadership Institute program, the Rotary Youth Exchange program, and all other Rotary programs that define a successful Rotary district. We can do this!
    I have requested that ALL Rotarians in our district view my filmed message Rotarians: One foot local, One foot Global. Club presidents have been asked to make this a program within the first two months. If you have not seen this, please go to our district website Home Page | District 5610 , the link is on the home page. This will clearly explain where we are going this Rotary year.
    As your governor, I'm here to serve you...not to be served.  As your governor, I'm here to inspire and motivate...not to dictate or mandate. You, my dear Rotarians, are the heart and soul of this great service organization. I know together we will not only succeed, but we will move this district forward in a positive manner. Our communities, and the world at large, will know that the Rotarians of district 5610 truly do "make a difference."
 
 
Schedule: District Governor Club Visits
MOBRIDGE - JULY 10
CUSTER - JULY 17
RUSHMORE - JULY 18
SPEARFISH - JULY 19
HOT SPRINGS - JULY 20
RAPID CITY - JULY 20
CHEROKEE – JULY 31
SCOTLAND – AUG 3
ABERDEEN - AUG 7
GETTYSBURG - AUG 10
MINNEOTA - AUG 16
MARSHALL SUNRISE - AUG 17
CANBY – AUG 17
SIOUX FALLS WEST – AUG 25
SIOUX FALLS SOUTH - AUG 28
LEMARS - AUG 29
WINNER - AUG 31
CLARK – SEPT 5
HURON - SEPT 6
SIOUX CITY - SEPT 11
VERMILLION - SEPT 12
ROCK VALLEY – SEPT 18
MADISON – OCT 2
BROOKING – OCT 3
CANTON – OCT 10
SIBLEY - OCT 16
WAGNER – OCT 18
TYNDALL – OCT 23
DENISON – OCT 26
PIERRE-FT PIERRE - OCT 30
CENTERVILLE – NOV 2
SIBLEY – NOV 6
YANKTON – NOV 7
MITCHELL - NOV 9
MAPLETON – NOV 14
WATERTOWN - NOV 16
LUVERNE - NOV 28
GREGORY - NOV 29
SIOUX FALLS DOWNTOWN - DEC 4
MARSHALL NOON - DEC 5
 
 
 
    Rotary District 5610 is seeking applications for District Administrator. The position has been vacant since the resignation of Ms. Ella Shafer. The District Administrator reports to the sitting District 5610 Governor, and provides vital support to all Rotary clubs in our district.
    Please help District leaders fill this critical position. The position description is attached to this story and available in Downloads on the District website. Please consider applying and share this with others who may be interested. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1 and will be accepted until the position is filled. The candidate selected must be a Rotarian prior to accepting the position.
    I am available to answer any questions.  
—Dave Lorenz, District Governor-Elect   David.Lorenz@usd.edu
 
    Is Your Club Healthy? is an online course available on Rotary’s Learning Center. Once club leaders or members have completed Rotary Club Health Check, they can take the modules that correspond to the areas identified as needing attention. This course, available in the Learning Center, can help clubs update their strategic plan, or create one with strategies and ideas in place that address areas of concern.
    I am here to help whether you want to focus on retention or recruitment with tools and strategies. 
—Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair  carmenhansen@rushmore.com   605.484.6056
     Does your Club have interested and involved members? Would you like more ideas on how to have a Vibrant Club?  Visit Rotary.org for many good ideas and resources.
     Has your Club completed a strategic planning session? Download the Planning Guide and get started!
     Is your club already a great success and moving forward? Download this year's Presidential Theme and Citation brochure and be rewarded! and don't forget to log your club's goals at Club Central on the Rotary website!
 
 
     A number of clubs and members made significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation to give us an outstanding year in our Rotary Foundation giving of $184,827 for 2016-2017 Rotary Year. This goal was attained by giving to the Annual Fund, the PolioPlus Fund, and the Endowment Fund.
     District Governor Steve Harrington has made this year’s goal $200,000 which is certainly doable if we as Rotarians look at what we give to the Foundation. Let’s work together to increase our giving to the Foundation and have another successful year of Rotary Foundation for 2017-2018.
—Mike Gibson, District Foundation Chair, Mike.Gibson@bankwest-sd.com
     The Rotarians of Le Mars are very excited to be the host club for the 2017 District 5610 District Conference to be held October 13 and 14 at the “Ice Cream Capital of the World.”
     Three distinguished Rotarians will be highlighting our conference with keynote general session addresses and breakout session leadership. They are Rotary International Director-elect Larry Dimmitt, PDG of Topeka, KS representing our Zone 27; Rotary Membership Coordinator Kelly Atkinson, PDG of Salt Lake City, UT; and our own Rotary Public Image Assistant Coordinator Linda Peterson, PDG of Rapid City, SD.
     We will be holding breakout sessions on the Foundation, Membership, Public Image, Clubrunner, Grants and perhaps others. General sessions will feature  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, nearby club welcomes, awards, international projects, 4 Way test, Friendship Exchange and our DG Steve Harrington.
     Our showcase entertainment will be “The Browns”, a family gospel and patriotic music group from Le Mars.
     Most of our activities and day’s events will be held at the Le Mars Convention Center on the former campus of Westmar College. We have secured blocks of rooms in the three local motels, see the Event registration for more information.
 

    Rotary International rolled out the new "People of Action" campaign at the RI Convention in Atlanta. We will design a media campaign for our District to begin as soon as materials become available. You can download materials for your club too at the Brand Center on www.Rotary.org by logging in.

    I have a great powerpoint on “Publicizing an Event” that I would be happy to present to your club or event committee. I also have website and social media training that will assist your club in using these digital tools. Please contact me to schedule! I will travel anywhere in the District to meet with your club. 

 
     Are you a supporter of Rotary's Public Image? Are you willing to add your talents and skills to increase awareness of Rotary throughout our District? We are expanding the Public Image committee to include the following three skill positions: video recording/conference tech support, social media content builder, e-club website administrator.  All positions would work with the Public Image District chair. Training will be provided to explain the goals and tasks of each position. Of course, this is volunteering for club service, and no compensation is offered, except for approved material expenses. Membership in a club within D5610 is required, but place of residence is not important. Some travel may be necessary, and training may require time.
—Linda Peterson at 605-341-5006 or email Linda4Rotary@me.com
     Do you have anyone in your club who is recording your activities on the Rotary International site?  There is a program to have the clubs around the world record what they are doing in their communities. You just record a few pieces of information about what you did, how many total volunteer hours you contributed and/or how much money was donated. They also have a way to upload pictures, scans of news coverage, videos, etc. It’s nice because RI can get a sense of how much is being done around the world, but it’s also a great resource for clubs to go for ideas about what they might do in their community. Check it out at https://map.rotary.org/en/project/pages/project_showcase.aspx    
— Chuck Lubbers, AG Area 7
     The 2018 District 5610 Conference is set for September 27, 28 and 29, 2018 in Vermillion, SD. Vermillion Rotarians Mary Merrigan and Chuck Lubbers will serve as co-chairs for the conference.  More announcements of conference plans and activities will be unveiled at the upcoming October conference in LeMars.  Vermillion is excited to welcome 5610 Rotarians in 2018!!!!
Types of Grants:
CAP – Community Assistance Grants: No minimum; $1,000 maximum, 50% match  
5610 Grants: No minimum; $15,000 maximum, 50% match
     Apply to district, deadline is July 31, 24 months to complete Global Grants $30,000 minimum, 50% match of DDF, 33% match of cash Must address one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus Must have a needs study, be sustainable and have host and international partners
Apply to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) online, can apply throughout the year
Club Qualification:
Signed Memorandum of Understanding for current year
At least one club member trained at grants seminar for current year
In good standing with the IRS (Form 990 current)
Current reporting on any open grants
Contributions to TRF
Stewardship Principles:
Project is needed/desired by the community
Rotarians are involved in the project
Clear expectations if a cooperating organization is involved
Separate bank account or accounting
Good record keeping (retain records for five years) Records available for audit by District or TRF
Follow up on project to ensure equipment is in place and functioning
All income and expenses accounted for
Any conflicts of interest are reported
Fully transparent fund distribution
Timely reports on project to District
Final reports are due no later than 60 days from project completion
Progress report due at 12 months, if project not completed Project must be completed in 24 months from grant award
Sustainability Principles:
Lasting impact
Optimal use of local resources
Attention to preservation of natural resources
Effect on maximum number of beneficiaries
     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!
 If your club would like to provide support, but do not have the resources for the full donation, here is a great option. Our District sent $1320 in May to St. Jude for this year. We are on our way to making a difference in our world by changing the future for one very poor, bright child in Arusha, Tanzania and helping in the classroom of a very dedicated teacher.  Together we are all making our world a better place!!
 
 
 
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