Greetings 5610 Rotarians! 
 
As I write this, I'm sitting at the dining room table in my dear sister Lori's home in Sioux Falls.  Yesterday, I presented to my twelfth Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, then met via zoom with my leadership team (while being serenaded by my sister's dogs). After a whirlwind day of zoom meeting calls, phone calls from a variety of Rotarians, and a couple dozen emails, it's almost time to start to get ready for tonight's joint social being hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Sioux Falls North and Sioux Falls South.  There's no better place in my world to start a social than a golf course, and Prairie Green in Sioux Falls will more than fill the bill!  I was told by my predecessor PDG Dan that "it can get a little busy" that's more than a little understated!  So far, it's been about 3,000 miles and ten nights on the road, and I can't begin to describe the huge sense of fulfillment I feel!  The twelve clubs I've visited couldn't be more different, or more alike.  Every club that I've visited has made me feel welcomed, respected and loved!  I've met cooks peeling potatoes preparing for our luncheon, front desk hotel people who had no idea that Rotary met at their facility, old friends (maybe even distant relatives) that I played with as a child some sixty years ago, and new friends that have reaffirmed that all Rotarians have the same heart and passion that we all share. I've shared a meeting with Rotarians in the ONLY facility in the Rotary world owned by a Rotary club, where they worked all night painting ,and preparing for my visit, in Wagner, SD.   Although I'm only about one third of the way through my visitation schedule, it's already been a truly incredible experience, and my visitation schedule will come to an end much too soon!  The over-riding  issue that is of most concern across our District is how to "re-start" and re-engage our members, and how to rebuild chapters that are suffering from post -COVID hangovers.  There are no easy answers, but the one sure answer is reaching out, and then reaching out again and again.  As District Membership Chair Carmen Hansen said, the power of a personal phone call or better yet, a face-to-face interaction with an old friend and absent club member, can never be replaced by an email or a text.  We all have good friends who are Rotary Members, waiting to be asked to return and waiting to be told how much they're missed.  That will be a good start to reaching our goal of positive growth in our District. Let's all choose to be part of the solution and the good and positive growth that TOGETHER we can achieve.  Let's remember to "Each one Bring One"!  
 
Doug Lind   
District Governor 2021-2022  
Kenneth C. Howell
Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Zone 27
 
 
Ken is a fourth-generation Idahoan, raised on the family farm in Wilder, Idaho.  Ken attended the College of Idaho, and the University of Idaho College of Law, earning his law degree in 1984.
 
Upon graduation from law school, Ken joined the firm of Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP.  He currently is co-chair of the firm’s banking practice group, and his practice is focused on banking and finance law, real estate law and governmental regulation of the financial services industry.
 
Ken has served on the boards of Idaho Public Television, the Downtown Boise Association, the Arid Club and as a trustee of his alma mater, the College of Idaho.  During his tenure of service on each these boards, Ken served as President or Chairman.  Ken has served as a trustee at the College of Idaho for 20 years.  He has also served as a board member for the Idaho State Board of Veterinary Medicine, the Boise Philharmonic, the Ada County Humane Society and Feed the Gap, Inc.
 
He joined the Rotary Club of Boise (Downtown club) in 2002.  He served as President of his club in 2008.  In 2012, he was honored with the club’s “Rotarian of the Year” award.  From 2011 to 2014, he served as chair of the Annual Program Fund committee for the District.  He has served on the board of directors of the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation, and as its chairman in 2012.  He is an instructor in the District Leadership Academy and is a Bob Gibb fellow in the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation.  Ken is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Bequest Society and the Paul Harris Society. 
 
After service as District 5400 Governor in 2015-2016, Ken has held several Zone-level appointments as GETS/GNTS trainer at Zone Institutes, End Polio Now Zone Coordinator and currently serves as the Zone 27 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator.
 
Ken is a woodworker, PADI Divemaster, amateur electronics technician and inveterate tinkerer.
 
Ken is married to Bernadine Marconi, and they live in Boise with their large garden, a house in a perpetual state of remodel, and four very fortunate cats.
 
 
 
Meet Peace Scholars Muyatwa Sitali and Jeanette Kroes
 
Muyatwa Sitali is a development policy and advocacy specialist who has worked for UNICEF, World Bank, Oxfam and Jubilee Zambia in multiple sectors and countries including Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, United States and Zambia. Currently he works for UNICEF hosted Secretariat of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership where he is involved in initiatives for mobilizing and engaging partners in almost 70 countries. Sitali has more than 12 years of experience and is interested in development finance, multi-stakeholder partnerships, peace and development, and the connections between humanitarian and development programming. He has a Master of International Development Policy from Duke University, a graduate certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science, Forestry from the Copperbelt University.
 
 
 
Jeanette Kroes is a Senior Criminal Intelligence Analyst for INTERPOL (the International Criminal Police Organization) based in Lyon, France.  She grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and obtained her Bachelor's Degree from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) with a triple major in Economics, French and Religion. Thanks to the generous support of Rotary District 5610, Jeanette was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar (University Al Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco 2000-2001) and a Rotary Peace Fellow (Political Sciences Institute, Paris, France 2003-2005).  In 2006, Jeanette began working at the Office of the INTERPOL Special Representative to the United Nations (New York, NY) establishing partnerships and programs for crime prevention and criminal justice in areas such as trafficking in human beings, crimes against children, and illicit arms trafficking.  She has been working as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst at INTERPOL's Headquarters in Lyon since 2010 supporting law enforcement authorities across the globe to prevent and combat transnational organized crimes and terrorism by identifying fugitives, criminal networks, and emerging crime trends and threats.   
 
Registration for the 2021 Rotary District 5610 Conference is now open. The event is free to all Rotarians and will include breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and a chance to win cash prizes that will directly benefit your club. Dates are October 14 to 16 in Deadwood, SD at the Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort. Along with the conference events there are plenty of opportunities for the non-Rotarians in your family to enjoy the beautiful Black Hills. If you register for the conference by August 20 you just might win a two-night stay at Cadillac Jack’s!
 
To register for the conference, CLICK FOR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
 
For any questions on how to register for District Conference please contact District Administrator Nicole Rawden.
 
For hotel accommodations, reserve your room before August 30 for the Rotary early registration discount. For list of hotel accommodations, click the following link. CLICK TO RESERVE YOUR HOTEL 

Hope Haven is a cooperating organization to a Global Grant led by District 3860 in Tagbilaran, Philippines, whereas District 5610 is the international partner.  The project is aimed at promoting disease prevention and treatment through improvement in the Philippines healthcare system, specifically providing clinical treatment and rehabilitation for persons with physical disabilities.  A working trip to the area of Bohol, Philippines is planned for early March 2022 and Hope Haven is calling on volunteers. 
 
In Bohol, Philippines individuals with disabilities are often confined to their home, cut off from communities, school, job opportunities, and rely heavily rely on a caretaker.  Wheelchair recipients gain mobility, find socialization, education, workforce opportunities, and ultimately reach a sustainable change in their lives and contribution to their communities.  The purpose of this project is to create the sustainable and ongoing continuum of care for needs based-individuals through cooperative efforts of the Rotary clubs of Sioux Falls West, Tagbilaran, Hope Haven International, and the Bohol Federation of People with Disabilities. The projects goal is to provide 200 adults and children with wheelchairs and other needed mobility accessories through wellness fairs held in the area of Bohol.  Because each person is individually fitted to a mobility device to fit his or her needs, local healthcare staff will receive education on wheelchair usages, training in proper wheelchair fitting, and training in follow- up services for their patients.  Reliable and health-focused assistance from healthcare providers and patient caretakers leads to less pain, increased ability to heal, and less injuries due to improper wheelchair seating. 
 
Ideally, the travel team we are trying to fill will consist of wheelchairs construction specialists, medical personnel, accounting personnel, photographers, and general lifting/tool assistants.  However, this is just the beginning, most importantly we wish for your great Rotary work ethic and attitude.  If you are interested in learning more or would like to become part of the volunteer team please contact Mark Siemonsma, CRFE Director of Development, 712-470-0298 or 712-476-312 or www.hopehaven.org.  Also, your District Global Grant/VTT Subcommittee chairperson, Jennifer Rollins can help!
 
Help Rotary raise awareness for polio eradication and the importance of vaccines during World Immunization Week, 24-30 April. Show your commitment by sharing some of these sample posts on social media. Here are a few of the reasons why it is important to remind everyone of the importance of vaccines, and they are ready for social media posting. You can get more ideas for social media posts, as well as videos and images by going to the helpful resource page on the Rotary International site or simply Download the World Immunization Week Toolkit.
  • Because vaccines work, Rotary and partners have reduced polio cases by 99.9% worldwide since 1988. EndPolioNow won't stop until we end the disease for good.  #VaccinesWork endpol.io/c2tr
  • The systems created to deliver polio vaccines to the hardest-to-reach areas of the world are helping #EndPolio workers find #COVID19 cases, trace contacts & provide info on how to slow the spread of the virus. #VaccinesWork endpol.io/c2tr
  • #VaccinesWork & are the best investments we can make in human health & potential. Thanks to the polio vaccine, the world’s seen a 99.9% reduction in polio cases since 1988. @Rotary #EndPolio EndPolio.org
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