Club Secretaries are the glue that hold Rotary clubs together! In an effort to keep club secretaries up to date,  special  sessions for club secretaries will be held during PETS – scheduled for Mitchell, SD on Friday, April 13. District 5610 Executive Assistant Nicole Rawden will moderate the training and will cover important topics such as  ClubRunner, Rotary International Club Administration, Rotary Club Central and “Lead Your Club”, a manual for club secretaries with a month to month calendar. We encourage all club secretaries to hop in the car with their president elects and join your fellow club secretaries in Mitchell on April 13. There is no cost for attending and delicious food will be available.
Register on-line by clicking the attached link.
CLUB SECRETARIES TO MEET AT PETS on April 13 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
REGISTRATION for PETS and CLUB SECRETARY TRAINING is available for on-line registration!
    All Presidents-Elect are required to attend PETS. We ask all Presidents-Elect to bring your Club Secretary with you for valuable training.Register on-line for PETS under the upcoming events calendar or by clicking on the link below.  Training is scheduled for the Highland Conference Center on Friday, April 13. For those arriving the prior evening, a reception will be available and everyone is invited to attend.  A block of rooms have been reserved for Rotary at the Comfort Inn and Hampton Inn.  Both hotels adjoin the Highland Conference Center.
    Comfort Inn   605-990 2400
    Hampton Inn  605 995 1575 
 For more details please click on link.  
Presidents-elect and Secretary Training registrations begin 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
    Water and Sanitation is one of the six areas of focus for Rotary International. Martin Limbird, one of our Zone leaders, is attending the symposium in Lebanon in February and sent a press release detailing the progress of an effort in Zone 27. See the attached file in downloads for more information.
Support for Water and Sanitation builds 2018-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
    Current buzz words in Rotary usually include “member retention” and “engagement.” According to RI statistics, concern about these two issues is valid. The reasons Rotarians drop their membership are varied, and some are difficult to address, however, for most, an orientation of the Rotary mission, followed by education can be invaluable. One program our District offers is the Rotary Leadership Institute. The title of this program is somewhat misleading, as it may infer that the program is only for those Rotarians who are headed for club or district leadership. Rather, the program takes Rotarians who are already leaders – that’s why you were invited to join Rotary – and direct that leadership through a grassroots program of education, developed by Rotarians, for Rotarians, to increase the knowledge and enthusiasm of Rotarians on all things Rotary. 
    Why not make this the year that you complete the newly condensed RLI course and build/rebuild your enthusiasm for the many rewards Rotary has to offer? If you missed the course in your area, it’s not too late to register for the course in a neighboring area. Or, gather up a group of fellow Rotarians in your area and request another course be scheduled. 
    Course schedules are offered, as follows:
1/26/18 – SDSU Innovation Center, Brookings, SD. Contacts: Dan Little and Chuck Lindemann
(see photo of attendees)
2/9/18 – Avera Prairie Center, 1000 E. 23rd St, Sioux Falls, SD. Contact person is Shelli Masek
2/24/18 – 1905 Plaza Blvd. (off Deadwood Ave.), Rapid City, SD. Contact person is Verl Scheibe
3/24/18 – Feeding South Dakota, 20562 Grace Av., Pierre, SD. Contact person is Larry Lyngstad
4/28/18 – Wagner, SD. Contact persons are Kelsey Doom, Larry Lyngstad.
TBD – Southeast SD/Northwest IA. More information to follow.

    District Governor Steve Harrington has pledged District Funds to cover the cost for one member from each club to participate in the program. (see scholarship certificate attached.) Club presidents are asked to select one Rotarian from their club to attend the training. The cost for Rotarians to attend the program remains at $35 per individual, and clubs are requested to cover the charge. This fee covers course materials, meals and refreshments. If you are interested in providing a course in your area, contact your area’s Assistant Governor, or send me a message at:
Larry Lyngstad, RLI Coordinator
Leadership Institute rolls out for 2018 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
    November was Rotary Foundation month and District 5610 did an outstanding job of recognizing contributing during the District Governor’s Foundation Challenge! Clubs donated over $22,577 for the challenge period. We had a number of our District’s Rotary clubs and Rotarians make gifts to the Foundation during the challenge. The results are reported here and recognition will be provided at the District PETS conference in April.
Large club winner was Rapid City Rushmore Rotary with a total of $5,460.    
Midsize club winner was Madison SD Rotary with a total of $1,400.
Small club winner was Wagner SD with a total of $3,850.

    We had a number of individual gifts of $1,000 by Rotarians and by decision of the District Governor and the Foundation Chair we decided to award the Paul Harris Points to the Rotarian who got in their gift first. That Rotarian was our own newsletter editor Linda Peterson who made an electronic gift on November 1 at the beginning of the challenge and the Rotary Foundation month. (Ed. Note: Just following my Club Foundation Chair’s directives!)
    Great job by all Rotarians and thanks for your support of the Rotary Foundation and all the wonderful things that the Rotary Foundation is doing. This may be a great time to look and see what your Foundation is doing around the world at
Mike Gibson, District Foundation Chair
District Foundation Month Challenge 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
    The Marshall Noon Rotary club recently gave out statuettes of each senior football players. This program honoring senior football players has been a tradition of the club since 1945.
    The Marshall Sunrise Rotary Club presented a check for $2,725.00 to Avera Emergency Room capital improvement and expansion.
Marshall clubs at work 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
    It's that time of year again when we think about the District 5610 Four Way Test Essay Contest. This is a great way to spread our Rotary ideals into our communities. The contest involves 6th graders and they are asked to write a 200 to 500 word essay on "How can I apply the Rotary 4 Way Test to my life?" You will be amazed and excited at the perspective 6th graders have on our 4 Way Test.
    You need to find a 6th grade teacher or group of teachers who are willing to participate in this great project. I have found that it is usually easier to approach teachers rather than the administrators as they have so many other issues on their minds. Provide the teacher with the forms found on our District 5610 website, an application, the history and requirements of the contest. When the essays have been written the teachers can narrow down the group and submit their top ten or they can submit all of the essays that they collect to your club. You need judges to determine the top essays and your club can reward a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize if you so choose.
    Then by the deadline of March 15, 2018 you need to submit your winning essay to the district where it will be judged with all of the other club winners. The District 5610 winners will be announced at PETS in April of 2018. The first place winner will receive a $200 check, a certificate, a Four Way Test coin and the chance to read their essay at the District Conference in Vermillion. Second place receives a $100 check, a certificate and a Four Way Test coin while third place receives a $50 check, a certificate and a Four Way Test coin.
     I am hoping that many, many of the District 5610 clubs will participate in this terrific project where we teach young people about what Rotary stands for.  For questions, to submit your winning essay or more information contact Pat Sutliff or 605-718-0559.
District essay contest begins 2018-01-06 06:00:00Z 0
    The Global Grants Community Assessment Results form is now available. Starting 1 July, any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team must first conduct a community assessment and submit the completed results form with its global grant application in the Grant Center.
    Make sure that Rotarians in your club who are planning global grant projects know about this requirement and the many benefits of conducting a community assessment. These assessments:
*  Improve project design
*  Help ensure a project will truly benefit the people it’s intended to help
*  Make it easier to plan a sustainable project
*  Streamline the approval process by reducing the number of exchanges between applicants and the Foundation
    Review Rotary’s Community Assessment Tools to learn about proven methods for evaluating a community’s assets and needs, including community meetings, surveys, interviews, and focus groups.
Community assessments in global grants 2017-12-29 06:00:00Z 0
    Telling our Rotary story helps the world to better understand who we are: people of action, driven by a desire to strengthen communities, mobilize problem solvers, and find solutions to the tough challenges affecting people around the world.
    Stories about fundraisers, contributions, or international service projects are important and an integral part of what we do, but they’re not necessarily People of Action stories. The People of Action campaign is designed to help better inform our local communities about Rotary and the work we do for the places we call home. To let the rest of the world know who we are, we must let our neighbors know first.
    How do you tell a great People of Action story? A People of Action story connects with people by showing the positive impact we have on our communities. The best way to do this is by incorporating certain elements effectively into your story, such as:
*  A clear focus on a Rotary project in your local community
*   A description of how you or your club identified a challenge
*  An explanation of how club members and others in your community found a solution to the problem
*  A depiction of how your club saw that project through to completion, whether it’s in the works, complete, or ongoing
    Use the People of Action materials in the Brand Center.
Defining People of Action stories 2017-12-29 06:00:00Z 0
    How do you, as a club leader, demonstrate vocational service? Vocational service calls on Rotarians to empower others by using their unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, a great time to encourage Rotarians to leverage vocational service in their clubs and activities.
    Share these tactics in your communications with district and club leaders to strengthen member engagement and service in your area:
* Ask Rotarians to talk about their profession in their club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
* Use your club members’ skills and expertise to serve your community.
* Help young people achieve their career goals.
* Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
    Download the updated Vocational Service Handbook to find more ideas.


Inspire others through vocational service 2017-12-29 06:00:00Z 0
D5610 Launches YouTube Channel! 2017-12-23 06:00:00Z 0
    The 2017 raffle was a tremendous success and the goal is to continue to build on that success by making this year even better! Karl's Appliance has again agreed to offer the grand prize of a KARL’S HOME KITCHEN MAKEOVER! This is a Whirlpool 4-Piece Kitchen Appliance Package, with a value up to $7,500 at Karl’s Retail Price*.
    Brad Preheim, of Centerville Rotary, is this year's Raffle Chair. He asks you to begin gathering ideas for prizes this year from both individual Rotarians and each Club. When you do, please call Brad at 605-677-9609 with the information.
    Please note the following timeline of events:
Deadline for prize list – January 15, 2018
Ticket Printing and distribution – early February 2018
Ticket sales – late February – early April 2018  
Prize drawings -  PETS conference April 12-14, 2018 Mitchell (need not be present to win).
    Brad will be messaging club leaders over the next few weeks. Let's make our District goal of $200,000 happen!
District 5610 Raffle Cooking Again! 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
by DG STEVE HARRINGTON, November 2017 Mission Trip
    I had the pleasure recently to be a part of a humanitarian project to Haiti. It was part of an ongoing program in Ti Riviere called Mission-Haiti. It was the most challenging, yet most rewarding, experience I have ever had in delivering help to the less fortunate.  
    During my club visits as part of my District Governor duties, I often speak on how we can ‘Make A Difference’ in our local communities and globally. I speak on how Rotary delivers hope and goodwill to people through our six areas of focus: education, peace and conflict resolution, maternal and child care, community development, water and sanitation, and disease prevention. My Mission-Haiti experience touched most of these areas of focus.
    As a country, Haiti is one of the world’s poorest and undeveloped nations. It was difficult to see the state-of-affairs in the larger cities, but it is a way of life for them. Mission-Haiti focuses on the rural, mountainous region of Ti Riviere in southeast Haiti about 45 minutes from the city of Les Cayes.
MISSION HAITI REPORT 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
A group of Rotaract members stuffed 100 puppies, and then sold all of them for $20 each. Josiah Horner, club president, worked the table at School of Mines student center. They netted $550 for polio, with the Gates Foundation match of $1100, totaling $1650. They estimate 60 cents per vaccine,  protecting 2,750 children from contracting polio. Great project!
SDSM&T Rotaract members stuff Puppies for Polio 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
    An analysis of the attendee list discovered 85 Rotarians attended 2017 Rotary District 5610 Conference. Of those Rotarians 81 had emails. On October 22, 25 and 28 email blasts were sent out with a survey; created and tested before distribution. Of the 81 potential respondents, 40 completed the survey or 49%.
    Here are a few facts to consider:
• 19 of those 40 respondents attended both days or 48%
• 12 of those 40 respondents were new or 30%
• 85 of 1,846 District Rotarians attended part of all the conference or 4.6%
• Each speaker program was rated on a 5 point scale system.
   o 11 of the 28 programs rated under 4 points
   o Overall rating for the conference is 4.02 out of 5
   o Lowest rating 3.48; highest rating 4.52
   o Programs under 4.00 should be assessed for value, content, presentation, program speaker
• 149 comments were received on programs
• 83 comments were received on improvements and other topics not asked in the survey
   o 20 comments referred to poor attendance
   o 19 comments referred to better speakers/more topical breakouts
   o 11 comments referred to shorten the duration of the conference
   o 4 comments referred to honor clubs/individuals
   o Remaining comments were miscellaneous with several referring to enjoying the conference and kudos to the host group.
District Conference Survey Results 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Register for the Zone Institute 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
    We're half way into our Rotary year and just like we set personal goals our District sets goals. Our District Membership goal is 1,895. We started the year at 1,835 members and as November 30th we were at 1,852, an increase of 17. That is super. This is a good time to review your club's membership goals. Does your club have written goals? Are they specific, measurable and attainable?
    At District Conference last fall, we rolled out a great tool, Club Membership Guide for Engaging and Expanding Members. If your club didn't get a copy, contact me and I will get you your copy as well as tools to use it. I'm looking forward to working with all clubs in 2018.
    Happy New Year to all.
Carmen Hansen, District 5610 Membership Chair  605-484-6056
Membership Update 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0
Hello Rotarians of 5610. I hope your winter is going well, and you survived the cold and snow of January. We will see more cold and snow, but each day brings us closer to spring and a renewal of life around us.
    Speaking of renewal, every day Rotary brings a renewal of hope and goodwill to our communities and to the world. Around the world, in virtually every country, culture, and dialect our Rotarian brothers and sisters are making a positive impact. Make no mistake your participation in Rotary, in attending your meetings and working on local and global projects play a pivotal role in our success. It is you, the individual Rotarian, and your community Rotary club that are the most important part of Rotary. Without you and your dedication to the mission of Rotary, our organization could not be the light of hope and goodwill to our world that it is.
    On another note, it is our annual ROTARY FOUNDATION RAFFLE time! Now is your opportunity to support one of the world's greatest service organizations. To reach our $200,000 district foundation goal, we need everyone to participate. In a perfect world, everyone would sale or purchase ten $10 dollar raffle tickets (they come in books of ten). Remember the more we support our amazing Foundation, the more grant money we will have for projects in our communities, and support of global projects.
    As to membership, if you remember I asked everyone to bring a guest this year to your Rotary meeting and introduce them to the club. And I hope your guest is a potential new Rotary member. We need around 200 new members before July 1st to reach our goal of 2,000 Rotarians in District 5610. I know we can significantly increase membership if we all engage in recruitment. 
    Finally, Rotary public a perfect world, the people in your community see the Rotary image around your town. Be it a Rotary sign, a Rotary park, or a Rotary project, make sure the Rotary emblem is visible to all. And make sure you are doing a monthly press release in the newspaper or radio. Let your community know what you are doing.
    In sincere appreciation for your Rotary participation,
Governor Steve Harrington
Governor's Message 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
    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 Administrator named 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
    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 Month Club Challenge 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
   The first Web-based District Grant Training session for 2018-19 was held on Jan. 25 with 16 people from 11 clubs in virtual attendance. The web-based training went well and saved many miles driving on winter roads for the participants. Also, keep your eye on the District YouTube channel. If everything works as planned, you will be able to watch the grant training session on YouTube soon! Watching it on YouTube won’t qualify your club, but it is a great way to get a refresher on the Rotary grant process.
    As you should be aware, 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 remaining web conference training sessions if you plan on submitting a grant for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The training should take less than 2 hours and you will need to be at a Mac or a PC (a smartphone or tablet 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 your internet connection isn’t fast enough for good audio. If you have questions about the grant training or other questions about the grant process, please email Bruce Young at or call him at (712) 541-9822.
District Grants Training Webinars Schedule 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
    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.
District Grants Awarded 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Conference Plenary Sessions
Friday, October 13, 2017

8:30 am    Registration
9-12 noon    RLI Facilitator Training - Larry Lyngstad
Noon-12:45 pm     Sandwich Lunch Bar
First Plenary Session: All Rotarians
12:45-2:15 pm     Opening and Welcome General Assembly
        Color Guard, Chris Becker, Master of Ceremonies
        Welcome from Paul Jacobson, President, Le Mars Rotary
        Steve Harrington, DG
        Welcome from Iowa Senator Bill Anderson
        Welcome from Dick Kirchoff, Le Mars Mayor
        Club Roll Call
        Pamela Stewart, RI President’s Representative
        Invite to Vermillion District Conference 2018
2:15-2:30 pm     Break
Second Plenary Session: All Rotarians
2:30-3:30 pm    Breakout Sessions Period A
        Foundation – Mike Gibson/Larry Dimmit
        Membership-Part 1 – Carmen Hansen/Kelly Atkinson
        Clubrunner/Club Central – Linda Peterson
3:30-3:45     Break
3:45-4:45     Breakout Session Period B
        Public Image for Clubs – Linda Peterson
        District Grants – Bruce Young
        International Projects – St. Jude School, Palestine Project
4:45-6:00     Break & Open Period
6:00-6:30     Social Hour
6:30-7:30     Dinner
7:30-8:30     Foundation Dinner & Celebration
    Welcome from Sibley Rotary
    Foundation Awards
    Polio Survivor – Dixie Kooiker
    Polio Update – Willis Sutliff
    Keynote Speaker Larry Dimmit “Foundation Update”
Conference Plenary Sessions
Saturday, October 14, 2017

8-9:00 am    Registration & Breakfast Bar Period
9-10:00 am    Opening and Welcome Session
    Welcome from Sioux City Rotary
    Public Image Citations
    Friendship Exchange    
    Scholarship Presentations
    Keynote Speaker DG Steve Harrington
10:00-10:15 am    Break
10:15-11:15 am    General Session
        School of St. Jude – Pat Sutliff
        Hope Haven – Steve Sikorski
        Haiti – Steve Harrington    
11:15-12:00     Break
12:00-1:30 pm    Lunch
    Welcome from Cherokee Rotary
    Memorial Celebration    
    4-Way Test Essay Winner
    Keynote Speaker Kelly Atkinson
1:30-1:45 pm    Break
1:45-2:45 pm     Breakout Sessions Period C
        Public Image “People of Action” – Linda Peterson
        Foundation – Mike Gibson/Larry Dimmit
        Membership-Part 2 – Carmen Hansen/Kelly Atkinson
2:45-3:00     Break
3:00-5:00     Le Mars Community Tours: (see locations on inside back cover)
        Veteran’s Memorial Park
        Alley Art & Historical Murals
    Plymouth County Fairgrounds
    Plymouth County Historical Museum
5:00-5:30     Open Conference Break
5:30-6:15     Social Hour
6:15-7:45     Dinner
    Special Awards, Roger Kozak Award
    Recognition of Conference Committee
    Keynote Speaker Pamela Stewart RI Representative
7:45-8:00     Break
8:00-9:00     The Browns Concert
Conference Agenda 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
This is the terrific Danish Friendship Exchange team that visited our district in September. They started their visit in Rapid City and traveled across the district visiting in Winner, Pierre, Mitchell, Watertown and Sioux Falls. Rotarians from the previously listed areas went to Denmark in May. Everyone involved in this great exchange had a fabulous time, proving again how wonderful it is to meet and spend time with other Rotarians.
—Pat Sutliff, District Friendship Exchange Chair
Danish Friendship Exchange Team 2017-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

By check

Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF
Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801

By credit card

Online at:

Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608

By wire transfer

To the account of: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
ABA number: 011002343 
For credit to: The Rotary Foundation
Account number: 943423732 

For Further Credit: TRF DAF
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608

You must fax a copy of the wire authorization to +1-781-658-2497 to complete the transfer. Hopefully this will help those Rotarians in our district that are interested in helping those people and communities that are affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Thank you.

Steve Harrington
District Governor 2017-18, 712-898-8689

How to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Rotary Donor Advised Fund 2017-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
The most important message this month is the District Conference in Le Mars. I look forward to seeing you there. Kelly Atkinson from Zone 27, will be attending District Conference, to lead interactive breakout sessions on membership both Friday and Saturday. The sessions will focus on a new Membership Guide for Clubs that Zone is rolling out.
—Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair  605-484-6056
Membership Sessions in Le Mars 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Foundation giving totals through January 2018 is $74,426. 
We are a little over 37% 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
Rotary Foundation Goal 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
     The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls was founded in the City of Sioux Falls in 1915. In celebration of its Centennial in 2015, leadership created the Centennial Fund, challenging the members to raise $100,000 annually to have a greater impact in the community. In its first two years, the Centennial Fund has contributed over $60,000 to the Rotary Foundation with the remainder going to several selected organizations and projects in the Sioux Falls community.
    One of those projects is Rotary Centennial Plaza in the heart of Downtown Sioux Falls, creating in Phase 1, a permanent public space that will highlight the important contributions of Rotary to the city of Sioux Falls and around the world. Future phases will visually display the pillars of Rotary. To date over $50,000, cash and in-kind resources, have been contributed to the project. When completed, the project could cost over $150,000, leaving a Rotary legacy and acknowledge the people we serve.
    On August 15th, 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held with Past President Joel Dykstra as emcee and lead visionary for the project.
Rotary Centennial Plaza in Sioux Falls 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on August 22, 2017 on Rotary Voices
By Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer
    Since 1 July, 2016, my Rotary club has recruited and brought in 31 new members. Eleven of these new members are women and eight of them are under 40 years of age. The club has gone from being classified as a “medium” sized club of 68 members in our district to being classified as a “large” club of 93 members in just over nine months. How did this happen?  Here’s our tips:
    1.    Know your club’s strengths. If you meet in the morning, you will probably be a good fit for a 9 to 5 employee. But if you meet at noon, you’re more likely to appeal to retirees or parents of school-age children. If someone doesn’t fit your format, recommend them to another club. They won’t forget you and may send you someone another day. Let all the clubs in your area know you are looking for members, and they may send you some that better fit your format than their own.
    2.    Keep a list of potential recruits. It doesn’t matter if it’s a paper list or if it’s kept on the desktop of your computer – it just makes you think about those people and others that may be a fit for your club.
10 tips to attract and retain quality members 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
This year District 5610 is hosting two students: Madison Club will be host a student from Spain and Sioux Falls West Rotary Club will host a student from Italy. Also, both of those clubs will be sending students to those respective countries. All three host families at Madison welcomed Lucia in August.
Youth Exchange Students Arrive! 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
A Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator training session will be included the Rotary District 5610 Conference in LeMars, IA in October. The training will take place on Friday, October 13, from 9:00 a.m.–noon. Rotarians planning to attend this session need to preregister by sending an email message to Larry Lyngstad so materials can be prepared for participants. Previously trained facilitators are welcome and encouraged to participate as well.
RLI Facilitator Training 2017-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
    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
District Administrator position open 2017-07-28 05:00:00Z 0
     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,
Great Job District 5610 Rotarians! 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
     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!!!!
2018 District Conference Update 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
     Let's show our members and communities who and what Rotary is! The new People of Action public awareness campaign is rolling out! We want to prepare a visible image of Rotary to grow our membership.
     Send me a photo and 2-3 lines of description, and I will prepare People of Action ads like you see in the District bulletin. These ads can then be placed in your local media, on your websites, Facebook pages, etc. See the download area for an information sheet on the campaign instructions. It is simple, it is effective, it is ACTION!
—Linda Peterson, D5610 Public Image Chair   605-341-5006
PEOPLE of ACTION 2017-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Join us in Le Mars!
Register by clicking on the Upcoming Events listing on the right column of the District website.
Over the past year I have been an active participant in District 5610 activities, from the District Conference, to Foundation Day, and then PETs. From what I learned, I then returned to Le Mars and recruited 3 new members. Just think what would happen if every attendee did that. I have learned that there are members of Rotary and then there are Rotarians. These District events have helped me to become a better and more informed and enthusiastic Rotarian. I want all Rotarians in the District to take advantage of what this year’s District Conference has to offer, to educate and enthuse you! 
PDG Ed Jacobson has the goal that every Rotarian should attend a District Conference at least once in the next 5 years. I hope that the Conference in Le Mars is one that you will attend! And come on Iowans! It’s not often that you get the chance to attend a conference this close to home! The Black Hills area clubs are going to have us outnumbered…
My committee has worked hard to put this Conference together. Please come and take advantage of our efforts. Please register ASAP on the District Website by clicking on the event listing. I so look forward to meeting you in Le Mars October 13 &14!
D5610 Rotary Conference in Le Mars 2017-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
    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   605.484.6056
New! Online Membership Course 2017-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Activities of the Centerville Rotary Club
Cody Carstensen of the Centerville Rotary club was recently awarded the title of Paul Harris Fellow. This award is given to individuals who have contributed more than $1000 to the Annual Program Fund, the Polio Plus Fund or the Humanitarian Grants Program of the Rotary Foundation.
Now that our boulevard renovation project is complete, we have started working on the area at the north end of Broadway just across the bike path. Centervile Rotarians are clearing trees and debris and would like to make it a more scenic area with a bench along the bike trail. Jan Stevens concludes her role as our President on June 30th. We thank her for her great leadership over the past two years and welcome incoming president Jen Knudson. We are always looking for new members, programs and ideas. We meet each Thursday at noon at the Dakota Diner.
Rotarian Bot receives Community Service Award
District Governor Steve Harrington with Rotarian Rick Bot and his wife Ruth, receiving the 2017 Minneota Rotary Community Service Award.
News & Events from Clubs 2017-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
    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



Governor Filmed Presentation & Club Visits Schedule 2017-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Workshops were held in Rapid City on May 20, with 14 attendees representing six clubs: Custer, Rapid City, Rapid City Rushmore, Northern Hills-Spearfish, Hot Springs, and Pierre-Ft. Pierre. The four-hour session was packed with information and small group breakout sessions to practice what we learned. Gleanings from trainer Larry Petrash, PDG 20-14-15 D5790, Texas, Zone 21b Membership Cadre:
* Becoming a vibrant club takes intentional effort.
* Planning with trilogy continuum, both club and district chairs: Membership, Foundation, Public Image.
* Engagement of all members is essential.
* Set goals, enter in Club Central, update often.
* Retention plan is very important. Do often and continually revisit.

The next workshop was held in Brookings on June 2, followed by Rotarians from Vermillion, Sioux City, and Le Mars in Sioux City on June 3. The workshops were conducted by PDG Bob Delavan, Zone 27 Membership Cadre instructor from Grand Junction, Colorado. The course included techniques and ideas to create sustained club membership growth and retention. Attendees left with great ways to grow new club membership, and retained current members. Retention is important because four of ten new members leave Rotary within the first three years.

Membership Matters workshops across the District 2017-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
     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
Bring your talents to promote Rotary! 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
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
District 5610 Grants Highlights 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
     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
Rotary Showcase 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0
    District 5610 Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound and Outbound students gathered for a weekend of service, fellowship and thoughtful learning May 20 – 21 in Brookings. Lead by Brookings Rotarian and Youth Exchange Officer Toby Uecker and various other loyal Brookings Rotarians on Saturday, the students volunteered with the McCrory Gardens, and with Habitat for Humanity.
     Saturday evening, the students were hosted by Marshall, MN Rotarian Olga Reuvekamp, where they enjoyed phenomenal food, fellowship, and hospitality.
     Sunday morning, the students gathered at the Reuvekamp family business, Hilltop Dairy near Elkton, SD, for meaningful discussion – the inbounds reflected on their soon-to-end Rotary Youth Exchange experience and shared insight with the District’s two outbound students. The outbound students will depart for their overseas learning experience in a few short months.
     The students wanted to share a huge THANK YOU with all of the Rotarians who have supported them through their Rotary Youth Exchange opportunity. This program requires a plethora of support – from required Club Youth Exchange Committee positions, to host families, Club Presidents, and Rotarians who help the students fulfill completion of items off their “bucket list”, we are so grateful to each of you. Thank you.
Youth Exchange events 2017-06-02 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Matters workshops are being scheduled for several locations across the District. “These workshops have been warmly received and feedback from evaluations forms has been excellent,” said District 5610 Governor Ed Jacobson. “I hope every member who reads this will consider attending one of the workshops.” Register for the workshop of your choice now! Click on the listing in Events Calendar on right!

Rotary Leaders Fly to District 5610 to Deliver Membership Workshops 2017-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
     Karl’s TV & Appliances will partner with D5610 to provide a GRAND PRIZE for the Foundation Raffle:  LG Kitchen Appliance package worth up to $7,500 at Karl’s retail pricing. In addition, Karl’s will sell raffle tickets for us at every location in South Dakota!  A large sign/poster to promote ticket sales will be displayed in each of their 14 SD stores.  The twelve communities in SD with Karl’s stores are:  Aberdeen, Brookings, Gregory, Huron, Madison, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls(2), Spearfish(2), Watertown, Winner and Yankton. We are only working with the stores in SD because of concerns about state laws regarding raffles.  We get permission from the state and from the city of Mitchell to do our raffle.  We don’t ask for those permissions in our border states, so we thought it prudent to stay within SD borders. However, the winner of the Grand Prize may deal with the closest Karl’s store, no matter where.   But stores outside SD will NOT sell raffle tickets.
      If you have a Karl’s location in your community, consider inviting the store manager to your meeting.  You might even ask he/she to speak about their newest products.
     As you all know, Rotary is the greatest service organization in the world, and The Rotary Foundation is the funding arm for all the great service that Rotary does in the world. We are really hoping that the increased focus on the raffle will help us achieve our District goal of $200,000 in donations to The Rotary Foundation. Thank you for your support!
District Foundation Raffle has BIG prizes! 2017-02-06 06:00:00Z 0
Training for Rotary District and Club Officers Scheduled April 6-8, 2017 at Highland Event Center, Mitchell, SD
     All in-coming club Presidents*, Secretaries, Treasurers, Foundation, Membership, Public Image Chairs and all other members are invited to attend training in Mitchell April 7-8.  Training will start Friday morning and extend through 12:30 p.m. Saturday.  A special recognition for all Presidents-elect will be held at the Friday evening dinner. All Club should be represented at the District Assembly (business meeting) on Saturday. Club organization and website training and Foundation grants training will be offered on Saturday morning. Agenda is available now in the download section.
   All District Leaders, Assistant Governors and Committee Chairs should attend training sessions, District meeting, and dinner on Thursday evening. This day is limited to District leaders, club leaders do not need to attend.
   Register by clicking on the event listing of PETS on the right, after you have logged onto the District 5610 website:
    Information on hotel rates is posted in the event listing.
    To receive on-going notices and the agenda, club board members must be listed on the District website as 2017-18 officers or members of Rotary – and your email address must be posted with your listing.
    *NOTE:  Rotary International stresses that the current president of any club whose president-elect fails to attend PETS must continue as president in the coming year.
Steve Harrington, District Governor Elect
District Leadership Training Seminar Linda Peterson 2017-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Register NOW for Atlanta Convention! 2016-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
The largest human image of a cog (Rotary wheel) includes 412 participants, and was achieved by Rotary International (USA) with the support of Zone Institute participants in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, on 29 October 2016.
Rotarians in our Zone get recognition! 2016-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

    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 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. 

Working with the media to promote Rotary 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
     2017 will be the 100th birthday of the Foundation. The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity. You have all heard of Rotary's efforts to eradicate Polio. In addition to End Polio Now, the Rotary Foundation helps Rotarians do good in the world through its Six Areas of Focus:
     That first gift that all started it in 1917 was for the amount of $26.50. If you have never given to the Rotary Foundation, would you consider giving a gift of $26.50 in this anniversary year? If you have given in the past, please consider increasing your gift by $26.50 or more. Thank you for your generous support of the Rotary Foundation!
Foundation Giving Goal 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Club Extension Event is planned for November 17 at Sioux Center. If you know of potential members in that area, please contact District Governor Elect Steve Harrington for more information.
Club Extension Events 2016-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
This year’s Foundation Day is scheduled for Chamberlain, SD on Saturday, November 5th.  We will have general sessions and then separate tracks for Foundation and Membership.  We are bringing in two engaging Rotarians (see below for their bios) from outside the District who are sure to get everyone fired up about all of the good work that Rotary does in the world. All Rotarians in the District are encouraged to attend, especially Club Foundation and Membership Chairs, as well as Club Presidents and Presidents Elect.  2017 is the 100th birthday of the Rotary Foundation, so there will be lots of excitement and awareness of the Rotary Foundation in the upcoming year.  This event will be held at the AmericInn Conference Center in Chamberlain (1981 E. King St., Chamberlain, SD  57325, phone (605)734-0985.)  We will start at 8:30 on Saturday morning, and will end at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon, which will give most everyone time to drive home on Saturday.  A block of rooms has been reserved at a group rate of $89.99/night.  Reservations must be made by October 5th to get this rate.  If you need more information about this event, please contact Joe Mauss, District Rotary Foundation Chair (, or 605-610-5035.)
This event is open to all Rotarians in the District.  Presidents, Presidents-Elect, and Club Rotary Foundation Chairs are especially encouraged to attend. Click on the District Foundation Day event link to register for this event.
Foundation AND Membership Day! 2016-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Conference in Atlanta, GA ~ June 10-14, 2017 Register now at
“We have chartered a bus to take 36 or more Rotarians from District 5610 to the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta next June,” announced District Governor Ed Jacobson. The Rotary Atlanta Convention planners have at last assigned our group a hotel: The Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead. Rotary will provide shuttle service from all convention hotels to the convention site.
    In planning the trip we believed we had projected a cost high enough to cover any of the Atlanta hotels that were listed on the Rotary website. However, Buckhead is an upscale area of Atlanta, and the cost of the Ritz-Carlton is higher than our estimate. This means that we have to raise the price of the trip by $100 ($20 per Atlanta night) per person for double occupancy and $200 ($40 per Atlanta night) per person for single occupancy. Thus the double occupancy price is now $2,027.00, and the single occupancy price is $3,156.00. The reservation fee remains $500 for double occupancy and $750 for single occupancy.
    Please plan to get your deposit to Brookings by October 1.  After that date we will be seeking Rotarians from other Districts to fill up the bus.  At last count we were looking for six more couples to make the trip a GO!  Final deadline for deposits is November 15.
   REVISED Information is on this District website in the Download section.
Get on the Bus, Gus! 2016-09-09 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Ed Jacobson has announced his club visitation schedule, attached to this story, and available in Download Section on right.
Club Visits Schedule from DG Ed 2016-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
The year-long celebration of The Rotary Foundation’s centennial was kicked-off at the 2016 International Convention in Seoul, Korea on May 28th. The celebration will mark a century of “Doing Good in the World” through humanitarian projects, scholarships, professional training and exchanges, and the remarkable campaign for a polio-free world.
In 2016-17, Rotary clubs throughout the world have been urged to organize Rotary Days to celebrate this milestone by showcasing the Foundation’s rich history and good work. The resources
Rotary Foundation Celebrates 100 Years! 2016-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute courses I & II will be offered for the first time in conjunction with the District 5610 Conference this year. Rotarians may complete one of the two courses of the program by attending the Friday morning session and working luncheon, and attending the remaining RLI sessions which will be offered during the District Conference break-out sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday.
    Rotarians may register for course I, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre. Registration is limited to ten participants.
    Rotarians who have previously completed course I may fulfill the requirements of the program by completing course II, which will also begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26. Registration is limited to ten participants.
A one-time reduced course fee of $20 will be charged for those attending an RLI course during the conference. Clubs will be billed for the course fee of registrants from respective clubs, which must be paid prior to the beginning of the course. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis, however, additional registrations beyond the ten maximum for each course will be placed in a back-up position in the event of a cancellation.
   Registrations may be made on the District website by clicking on the event listing, and must be made prior to August 15. Rotarians attending the conference who live a significant distance from where courses are generally offered are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
    Please contact me with any questions.  —Larry Lyngstad, RLI District Coordinator
RLI Opportunity at District Conference 2016-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
                Rotary Grants Training has been added to the Thursday, April 14 schedule at the District Leadership Training session in Mitchell.  The training will be two hours long starting at 3:30 p.m.  Clubs officers needing the training should register on the District website by clickin on the Events listing for PETS.
                Grants training is needed by any club expecting to apply for a grant through The Rotary Foundation.  The person managing the club’s grant application must show they have completed this training.  The training will be conducted by District Foundation Grants Chair Ina Winter of Hot Springs.
                The District Leadership Training session starts with a meeting of District Leaders on Thursday, April 14.  Club president training and training for all other interested Rotarians is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.  All Rotarians are encouraged to attend!  The expanded schedule, including the Thursday grant training,  is posted on the District website.
Grants Training Scheduled Thursday, April 14 2016-02-29 06:00:00Z 0
Your club promotes events, hosts exchange students, reaches out to the public with fundraisers, gives scholarships, the list goes on! How does your club website and social media look? Have you used radio, newspaper, TV for promotion? If so, I want to hear about it! There is a Club Public Image Citation application waiting just for you! Read the goals I have established for our District in the January District news and posted in Downloads! I am available to visit your club and provide a slideshow and demonstration of the Rotary Visual Identity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me at:
605-341-5006 or    —Linda Peterson, Public Image Chair
Acheivement Award for Public Relations/Public Image 2016-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
     The Clark Rotary Club took the Rotary has Heart campaign, literally to heart! Clark Rotary President, Tom LaBrie latched on to the campaign by coming up with an idea and pitching it to his club.
     The idea was founded around Valentines Day. A perfect match with Rotary Has Heart. New member, Margaret Grimm is manager of the Senior Golden Living Center, Member Janet Roehrich is the owner of Roetell Senior Living Center, and Gayle Wookey is owner/manager of the Wookey Assisted Living Center. All three of these Rotarians stepped up to making arrangements in their Centers for the event.
Clark Club Has Heart! 2016-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
    Monday February 15th was a special day for Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary. The second of three distributions from its $100,000 Centennial fund was awarded to the SculptureWalk Arc of Dreams project.
     Monday's $50,000 donation to the Arc of Dreams marks Rotary as one of the largest contributors to this iconic stainless steel structure that will be spanning the Big Sioux River downtown. SculptureWalk Sioux Falls Arc of Dreams project is a privately funded sculpture slated for downtown Sioux Falls.
Sioux Falls Downtown Club makes Donation 2016-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
Our new Spring term has started at Trinity College and things are already getting quite busy. I am taking a course on Transitional Justice this term, which is taught by Dr. Brendan Browne, a native of Belfast who just returned after living and working in Palestine at the Al Quds University for the past year. Additionally, I am auditing a class titled “Conflict Analysis and Models of Intervention” taught by my professor from last term, Dr. David Mitchell, and I will be attending another one-week residential course February 15-19 at the Corrymeela peacemaking center on the north coast of Northern Ireland titled “Conflict Residential Skills”, and another one-week intensive module in March titled “Conflict Resolution Lessons from Comparative Peace Processes” taught at our ISE (Irish School of Ecumenics) Belfast campus by lecturers from the Glencree Center for Peace and Reconciliation in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. We are also in the process of preparing for our dissertation proposal presentations that we will give on Friday, February 12. I am really excited about what I’m planning to research for my dissertation but will keep you in suspense until it has been approved!
Global Scholar Reports 2016-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Linda Peterson, Rapid City Club, joined four other members of the Vocational Training Team for 10 days in the Urubamba Valley near Cusco, Peru. She used her work experience to print the manuals, design a Yearbook for the girls, shoot photos, and create slideshows. Many other tasks kept her busy such as: setup of the room, exchanging English for Spanish with the girls, inputing data for Monitoring & Evaluation for the grant. Discussion is ongoing with the TVN team to discover ways to continue the project after the grant has closed. See the story in February newsletter.
     Linda is available to give a presentation about this project anytime, contact her at
Vocational Training Team member goes to Perú 2016-02-01 06:00:00Z 0
     Does your Club have interested and involved members? Would you like more ideas on how to have a Vibrant Club?  Visit 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!
How to have a Vibrant Club? 2015-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
Larry Lyngstad, District Conference Co-Chair and Ed Jacobson, District Governor-Elect invite you to join the Pierre-Fort Pierre Rotary Club in Pierre, August 26-27, 2016. A draft schedule is attached to this story. Register by clicking on the Conference event title on right. View the video and 2016 Conference Cheer on both the District Facebook Group and Page at:
District Conference 2016 Invite 2015-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day is October 24th, to honor the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a polio vaccine.  One of the special events that Rotary has planned, in partnership with UNICEF, is a "Livestream" event from New York City at 4:30PM Mountain or 5:30PM Central, on Friday the 23rd.  We can watch a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and others. Here's the link to the livestream event.
There are many ways we can be a part of this moment in history. For example:
Host a viewing party, invite friends and co-workers
Have a viewing party in your office! Its at 4:30 anyway!
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper outlining the successes of Polio Plus
Invite local media folks to watch the event
How about this: A FLASHMOB! Arrange a venue with big TVs and a bar!
You can download the official "Tool Kit" here It contains lots of ideas!
DID YOU KNOW? Over the past five years, District 5610 Rotarians have contributed nearly $200,000 to Polio Plus!! Donate your contribution today! Our Governor for South Dakota has declared October 23 World Polio Day, I would hope that Districts in the nearby states have also obtained Proclamations. See the download panel for the PDF. Have you contacted your city mayor for a proclamation?
Polio is almost licked, but there's a way to go. Lets do our part!
Let's Promote The End of Polio! 2015-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
    Join clubs from across Zone 21b and Zone 27 in helping show how much Rotary cares this year! Let's show everyone in our communities across the nation that Rotary Has Heart!
    Rotary Has Heart is the over-arching theme each Rotary club can use to promote the work being done in your community. By using a common theme, and common social media, clubs are able to share their good work with others. Together, we can all help our friends and neighbors see the great work being done each day by thousands of Rotarians.
Rotary Has Heart! ... in District 5610! 2015-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
     It's that time of year again when we think about the District 5610 4 Way Test Essay Contest.  This is a great way to spread our Rotary ideals into our communities.  The contest involves 6th graders and they are asked to write a 200 to 500 word essay on "How can I apply the Rotary 4 Way Test to my life?"  You will be amazed and excited at the perspective 6th graders have on our 4 Way Test.
District 4 Way Test Essay Contest 2015-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Registration is now open for our District's second annual Foundation/Membership/Rotaract seminar, Saturday, November 7 in Mitchell.  This is truly going to be the best one yet.  I guarantee that you will leave the seminar with tools to help you make your club a more vibrant and connected club.  You will see how your contributions to The Rotary Foundation make a difference in our communities and our world.  You will also learn how to engage your new and existing members to retain them and get them active in your club. 
I hope you will encourage others to attend with you on November 7th in Mitchell.  It will start at 9:00 am and conclude that evening with awards and a banquet.  The Seminar schedule is attached to this story.
Foundation Day - November 7! 2015-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Conference Agenda posted in Download Section!
The 2015 District Conference begins September 24 with Leadership meetings and dinner. Regular sessions begin Friday, September 25 at 1 PM and continue all day Saturday, September 26. The conference concludes Saturday evening with a Celebrate 100 Years of Rotary in Sioux Falls dinner, Greg Podd, RI Director, keynote speaker, and entertainment by Dallas Brass. Non-Rotarian dinner cost is $32 per person. The public may register for just the dinner by going to the District website, clicking on the Saturday event on the EVENT panel and signing up. We would appreciate getting a count!
Please let us know if you are planning to attend, so we can plan for adequate space and meals. Register by FIRST-LOGGING ON to the District website, then clicking on the EVENT listed on the right panel. That will take you to registration. Club secretaries may also take a role call of their members, and then registering a group of club members by going to Administration, click on Events, click on the District Conference event, then accessing the Register Members function listed on the right. If you have registration issues, please contact Linda Peterson, website administrator.
District Conference Agenda Posted! 2015-08-26 05:00:00Z 0

     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.

Welcome to our District 5610 website! Linda Peterson 2015-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Want to know more about our incoming International President? See the News Release in downloads. Please pass along to your local newspaper, other media, and your members.

Want to know what is happening in our Rotary Zone? See the Zone July 2015 newsletter in downloads section. Previous issues are available on the Zone 21-27 website link.
International & Zone news Linda Peterson 2015-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
District leaders who would like an opportunity to receive training and encouragement to use their skills for the advancement of Rotary, are invited to attend the Zone Emerging District Leader Program (EDL) in San Antonio, Texas, September 16-20, 2015. There is no limit to the number of district leaders that can enroll. This program is for Rotarians who are willing to share their leadership skills at the District level. Attendees will have a very unique opportunity to interact with Rotary senior leaders, to hear and discuss Rotary issues.
Brochures are available from Linda Peterson, or you can browse the Zone website and download the invitation. Please contact Linda Peterson, DG or Steve Sikorski, DGE, if you need further information. 
District Resource Leader Invitation 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Norm and Linda Peterson believe in literacy for all people, as the best way to improving your life. As members of Rotary International, they support Literacy and Basic Education, one of the Six Areas of Focus. So they set out on a book drive to collect children and adult books and get them into the hands of people at no cost, no return needed. And at locations they frequently visit, close to home.
Norm Peterson, Rapid City Rotary Club member, has collected and distributed over 100 cartons of used books around the Black Hills and western South Dakota. Norm asked 43 clubs in the District 5610 area which includes all of South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and a corner of Nebraska, to donate children and adult books. He accompanied Linda, District Governor, during the past year of visits to each club. The clubs responded generously! Norm received books from many clubs, including Pierre, Cherokee, Canby, Sibley, LeMars, Centerville, Sioux Falls, and Rapid City. Over 6000 books arrived during the fall District Conference in Rapid City. Then another shipment of 41 cartons arrived in April, due to Heartland Paper delivering from a Sioux Falls’ collection site.
The books were sorted and children’s books were distributed to Dear Ones Daycare, a low-income site sponsored by Cornerstone Mission, and adult mystery novels to the Veterans Center at Cornerstone. WAVI received a box of novels. Lakota Homes Oyate Center received boxes of children, adult novels, classics, self-help and reference books. The Journey Museum received a set of crafts reference books. Pine Ridge Sacred Heart Mission received boxes of children, adult and reference books on art and sports. The Storybook Island Little Free Library will benefit from a huge supply of children books this summer. And Readiatrics was donated over 60 cartons of books to be distributed through the South Dakota Public Health clinics.
Norm and Linda spent many hours collecting, sorting, and driving to locations to deliver the books. The books were donated freely and distributing for free.
District Literacy Book Drive 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Club Foundation Chairs: Want to know what your club members have donated to the Foundation? Find in Downloads, a simple 3-page document from Rotary that explains the process.
Club Members: you can also find your own donation record by logging on the and exploring the Foundation tab.
How to get reports from Rotary Foundation 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Forty2 Solar and Rotary 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
     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
Global Grant Scholarship Applicants Wanted! 2015-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
     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
District Raffle Prizes Needed 2015-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
     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!!
School of St. Jude Support Project 2015-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

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!

Rotary Leadership Institute - Be A Leader! 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
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.
November is Foundation Giving Month 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
    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.
World Polio Day 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Solar Projects deploying 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Friendship Exchange with India 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

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

4 Way Test Essay Contest winners due to District 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Peterson
RI Director Greg Podd has made available all the speakers at Zone Institute in San Antonio. We have added all the Links to Zone on the left, under Links. Copy and paste the speaker link you wish to hear, and follow the instructions. Be patient, 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!
Zone Speakers now available! Linda Peterson 2014-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Pedaling for a Purpose 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0

Need Club Participation in Sewing Machines Grant

In 2011-12 our district participated in a Rotary International Matching Grant with District 3120 in India to buy sewing machines for young Indian women so that they could set up their own small businesses.  The project was a great success and attached are  a couple of pictures for you to see the implementation! 
Sewing Machines for India 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

District 4 Way Test Essay Contest - DEADLINE MARCH 15!

     It's time for the Rotary District 5610 4 Way Test Essay Contest. This is a wonderful way to spread knowledge about Rotary and what we stand for and to provide a challenge for the 6th graders in your community. 
4 Way Test Essay Contest is District-wide 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

District Leaders invited to Training

All current, future and past leaders of Rotary districts in Zone 27 and 21B are invited to attend Rotary Institute in Denver on September 9-14, 2014. Training is not only for District Governors, but also for Foundation, membership, public image chairs and District trainers. Forums, speakers, and breakout sessions for exchanging best practices will be heard. See attached brochure.
Zone Training Institute Linda Peterson 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0


Review the dates and locations around the district listed below.
Tell your club president you want to attend! If you missed a session or two last year, sign up again, to get your graduation certification!  
RLI Events Planned 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Our district encompasses all of South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska. There are 43 clubs located in small and larger communities throughout the largely rural area. The land ranges from flat farmland, to rolling ranch land, to scenic mountains. The Missouri River cuts through the middle of the district and hosts three large dams, contributing hydroelectric power. Wind farming is also a growing energy field, along with cornfields for producing ethanol. Agriculture is our main economy, with tourism, healthcare, and manufacturing/business contributing to a well-rounded diversity of industries. European immigrants with land grants settled much of the area. The ranches were staked out following cattle drives from the south, and the Black Hills gold rush of the 1880s brought in people from all over the world, including China.
     Some of our most interesting features include: Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills—a carving of four American Presidents on a granite mountain; Crazy Horse Monument—another huge carving of the Indian chief; lakes formed by dams and stocked with fish; horizon-to-horizon spanning ranches with large herds of cattle and buffalo; charming small towns, and mid-sized cities bustling with business and culture. While the pace of life may be considerably slower than that of the major industrial cities in America, we are proud of the up-to-date facilities, excellent educational and cultural opportunities, and short commutes!
     One of the pleasures of living in this region is the distinct four seasons, from the depths of a cold winter night to the heights of a hot summer day, and every change in-between—sometimes in the same day! The high northern plains are generally dry, while the eastern low lands near the rivers experience higher rainfall and humidity. Hunting, fishing, snow sports, hiking, biking, motorcycle touring and camping are just a few of the outdoors activities enjoyed by residents and vacationers to the area. Symphonies, operas, Broadway plays, county fairs, concerts, hockey, museums, art galleries, restaurants and shopping round out a full spectrum of entertainment available.
     Rotary clubs in our district host exchanges of all kinds, from high school students, the former Group Study exchanges, to sister city and Rotary Friendship exchanges. We enjoy building relationships with peoples from all cultures. Sitting down to a meal and getting to know someone from another country, examining the similarities and differences, and making our visitors feel comfortable and welcome, is a common attribute in all our communities.
     The District and Clubs’ projects range from community assistance to international grants. See the Grants page for more information. Contact any of the local club leadership if you are interested in joining Rotary!

About D5610 Linda Peterson 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Plus news Linda Peterson 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

About District Grants

Our District 5610 has a Grants timeline for clubs to apply for District grants (see graph attached). Please review the required information needed on the grant application and the grant report. Submit by the deadline listed. Read the District Grants Financial Plan to understand how our grants are administered. If you need to contact the Grants chair, or Foundation chair for our district, see the District organization chart.

 District Grants

District Community Assistance Program (CAP) Grants are a tool for Rotary districts to support short-term humanitarian projects that benefit the community. District grants up to $15,000 that need to meet one of the six areas of focus.  The Rotary Foundation administers Global Grants. Links for the application forms can be found in the left banner on the District Grants page (click "The Rotary Foundation" tab in the banner above). See the Highlights file for additional information.

Global Grants

Please find the Global Grants information and application on the RI website.
District Grants Linda Peterson 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0