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     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.

    Greetings Rotarians of District 5610. I'm a through about 30 of my 40 club visits and I can tell you it is a wonderful experience.  What an honor and pleasure it is meeting Rotarians throughout our area.  You my friends, are the key to making a difference in your communities, and around the world with Rotary global projects. I often say, 'Rotarians, the future is today.  A better world awaits us.'  Together we will reach new heights in Service Above Self.'  Rotary district 5610 can reach new levels of Foundation and Polio Plus giving, in expanding our Membership, and with improving Rotary's Public Image.  Let me make you aware of an important event, the month of November is Rotary Foundation month! And we are having a club foundation giving challenge.  Please read below on details. Here is a YouTube message all of you should hear: please review this important presentation for all Rotarians!  

DG Steve Harrington

    Nicole Rawden will join District 5610 as the District Administrator beginning November 1st. She currently serves as the Brookings Rotary Club Treasurer. Nicole joins us with over 19 years of experience in accounting and business.
    She began Rawden Consulting in 2014, offering software training, website design, general administrative services, data entry services, and process improvement options for small businesses and organizations. Prior to starting her own business, she was Finance Officer of Volga for 5 years and 10 years prior an accountant with South Dakota Soybean Processors, LLC. In addition to her professional experience, Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting from South Dakota State University. 
    Nicole lives in Volga with her husband Jammey and daughters Cassandra and Savannah. In her spare time, she enjoys attending her children’s sporting events and hobbies of sewing and woodworking.
    DISTRICT 5610 GOVERNOR’S FOUNDATION MONTH CHALLENGE – Prizes worth $5,000 in Foundation points to be awarded.
    District 5610 Clubs and members are challenged by Governor Steve Harrington to Rotary Foundation giving during the month of November, which is Rotary’s Foundation Month.  
    Winners in member giving category of the Governor’s District Awards (2 awards) will receive a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow gift to award as they choose. Clubs in each division that win the per capita category will receive a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow gift to award as they choose. A total of $5,000 in prizes.  
Governor District Awards for:
The two Individuals with the highest Foundation giving in November
The district club with the highest per capita giving in November
Governor Division Awards (3 Divisions):
The club in each division with the highest per capita giving in November receives special governor recognition, and a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow gift.
Division I – Canton, Centerville, Clark, Gettysburg, Gregory, Huron, LeMars, Mapleton, Marshall Sunrise, Minneota, Rock Valley, Scotland, Sibley, , Suburban Sioux City, Tyndall, and Wagner. (16)
Division II – Aberdeen, Canby, Cherokee, Custer, Denison, Hot Springs, Madison, Marshall, Mobridge, Sioux Falls North, Sioux Falls South, Spearfish, and Yankton. (13)
Division III -  Brookings, Luverne, Mitchell, Pierre-Ft Pierre, Rapid City, Rapid City Rushmore, Sioux Falls Downtown, Sioux Falls West, Sioux City, Watertown, Winner, and Vermillion. (12)
    Contest parameters: Winners will be determined by monitoring all Foundation giving from NOVEMBER 1 to DECEMBER 10. Giving will be extended to December 10 to allow late donations to be register in Rotary Foundation records.
Contact Mike Gibson, District Foundation Chair for more information.
Foundation giving totals through October 2017 are as follows:  
Annual Fund totals are $22,284 Polio Funds are $6,851 for a total of $29,135. 
We are a little over 14% of our District Goal met. Remember the Foundation is one of the key aspects of our membership in Rotary. It is how we are impacting the world for Rotary.
—Mike Gibson, D5610 Foundation Chair
    District Grants for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year have been awarded. We received 14 grant requests totaling $61,305 which is great to see. But unfortunately, we only had $34,604 available, so some very difficult decisions had to be made by the grant subcommittee. In the end, 10 grants were awarded with most requests receiving less than their full amount. The checks were mailed out on 9/25/2017. The District 5610 and CAP grant awards for 2017-18  are shown below:
$             3,375 
City Park
Hot Springs
$             7,800 
Centennial Park Stage
$             2,000 
Dog Park
Marshall Sunrise
$             4,000 
Replace Playground Equipment in Liberty Park, Marshall, MN
Pierre - Fort Pierre
$             6,000 
Freezer for Community Youth Involved
Rapid City Rushmore
$             3,250 
Thrive Life Skills
$             1,000 
Scotland City Sign
Sioux City
$             1,000 
Costume Corner at Pier Center for Autism (CAP Grant)
Sioux Falls South
$             5,000 
Books for students at Cleveland Elementary
Sioux Falls West
$             1,000 
Boys and Girls Club Scholarships
$                179 
Web Conference Subscription, Postage, etc.
$          34,604 
   Congratulations to all of the Grant recipients.
    In membership, one approach doesn't always work for an organization as diverse as Rotary. But clubs who are growing and retaining members have three things in common —these clubs have:
established Specific, Attainable, Measurable Goals (S.A.M.G),
a Plan to accomplish their goals ( a series of tasks to accomplish their goal) and
accountability - someone to hold these clubs responsible for working their plan.  
    The District has set a goal of 1,895 members by June 30th. We started the year at 1,835 and we have gained 17 members, 1,852. What is your club goal? Watch for the roll out of the Club Membership Guide in the near future, which guides you through the process of developing a written club membership  plan. I will be sending it to each club.
    As always, I am here as a resource.
—Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair   605-484-6056
District Grant Training is required every year for any club submitting a grant request. From now on, District 5610 will be holding Grant Training by Web Conference. There will be no official grant training at PETS this year, so please have someone from your club plan on attending one of the following web conference training sessions if you plan on submitting a grant for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.
  • Thurs. 1/25/2018 8:00 PM CST (7:00 PM MST)
  • Sat. 2/17/2018 2:00 PM CST (1:00 PM MST)
  • Wed. 3/28/2018 7:30 PM CST (6:30 PM MST)
  • Mon. 5/21/2018 8:00 PM CST (7:00 PM MST)
The training should take less than 2 hours and you will need to be at a Mac or a PC (smartphones or tablets should work but I recommend a computer) with an internet connection to view the slides. You can either use the microphone and speakers of the computer or dial in to a phone number for audio. If you know which training session you would like to attend, please email Bruce Young, District Grant Subcommittee chair at to preregister. Webinar information will be provided to people that have expressed interest a few days ahead of the scheduled date.
     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    
— Chuck Lubbers, AG Area 7
     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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