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Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs worldwide, divided into 535 Districts. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
What is your club doing to celebrate World Polio Day?  We are so close to eradicating polio from the world that Rotary International and Governor Dave Lorenz want all the clubs in District 5610 to do something special to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24th. This is important so that the citizens of the world know about Rotary's and our partners' efforts to rid the world of polio once and for all.
 
One of the big events planned is the Rotary Clubs of Sioux Falls will hold a Press Conference on the morning of October 22 in Sioux Falls about Rotary's part in polio eradication.  In Rapid City the Rushmore Club plans a free movie for the children of Rapid City.The goal is to to make kids more aware of polio and how Rotary has made it so that children no longer must stay home from theaters and swimming pools at epidemic times to prevent the chance of becoming paralyzed.  A club meeting on polio eradication or a special event on polio would be great.  RI will have further information for events in September and a live digital program at End Polio Now on October 24th.
Please send your club's plans to the District Administrator and me so we can help publicize your event.
 
Willis Sutliff
Polio Plus Chair
 
Ron Burton’s, Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair, Ron Burton's letter to Rotarians reminds us of the real impact of the Rotary Foundation and the impact we as Rotarians make with our Contributions to the Foundation. Please take a moment and read or re-read his letter as it reminds us that we are making “REAL” change in our world through the work of the Rotary Foundation. Thanks for your continuing contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary.org
 
Dear fellow Rotarians,

The work that Rotary does, with the support of The Rotary Foundation, is not abstract. It is real, and it changes the lives of real people, in ways that are so fundamental that it’s hard to explain. You have to see it for yourself. And when you understand the Foundation’s power to transform, you can’t help but become passionate about it.

When I became a district governor in 1987, Rotary’s largest-ever fundraising campaign at that time was underway. We were raising money to fight polio. In those days, poliovirus ran rampant. We had 350,000 cases in more than 125 countries in 1988. Also that year, Rotary and some partners founded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. As we all got to work fighting polio, real progress began to happen. Thanks to our commitment, since then, cases of polio have been reduced by more than 99.9 percent. We’re witnessing history, and the Foundation is part of that real change.

There are countless other ways the Foundation changes real lives — families who enjoy clean water thanks to a global grant, or children who learned to read through a literacy project funded by a district grant. Today in Rotary, we have opportunities to change the world like never before, if we choose to rise to our own potential. 

The Rotary Foundation is the way Rotary accomplishes amazing things on a global scale. The Foundation is there for us now, and will be there for the talented and dedicated Rotarians of the future. They will look back at our work today, if we do it right, and thank us for leaving them with a legacy to help fix the problems of their time.

Giving to the Foundation is the way we make all of these dreams — today’s and tomorrow’s — possible. For me, true philanthropy is not measured by the size of one’s gift but rather by the gift in relation to one’s financial ability. Imagine the impact we could make if each and every Rotarian gave whatever they could today.

We Rotarians care about service and giving back. We are also careful planners. Donating to The Rotary Foundation is, without a doubt, a wise investment. For 10 years straight, our Foundation has received the highest possible score from the independent evaluator Charity Navigator, for its strong financial health and its commitment to accountability and transparency.

Let’s reaffirm our commitment to tangible change in the world by mobilizing everyone in our clubs and districts to support The Rotary Foundation generously today. Though we may never know who our gift helped, we will be sure that our donation was invested well and the impact of our gifts was real.

Sincerely,

Ron D. Burton
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair
 
Former University of Nebraska-Lincoln football head coach Tom Osborne addresses a banquet audience at the Muenster University Center on the USD campus Friday night. He was keynote speaker at the Rotary District 5610 annual conference being held this past weekend in Vermillion.  Read the article.
Congratulations to Centerville, Cherokee, Marshall Sunrise, Watertown, Brookings, Gregory, Canby, Rapid City Rushmore, Aberdeen and Luverne who ended the Rotary year with an increase in members.  Results of the Governor’s Membership Challenge will be announced after August 15th, when the final numbers come in from Rotary International.  We look forward to recognizing the winning clubs at District Conference.  If your club hasn’t sent in your numbers, please email them to Carmen Hansen.  Remember, 4 points if you have a membership chair; 7 points for each new member from January to July 1st; 2 points for each new guest brought to a club meeting or function and 3 points for each new membership orientation class offered.
 
Here are some great resources. 
 
 
 
Each club has received the Club Membership Guide to help you develop a club membership plan.
 
 
Carmen Hansen
District Membership Chair

As we enter a new Rotary year, I am reminded of the vision statement of Rotary International:

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."

As 2018-19 Rotary International President Barry Rassin said, “we unite because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone.”

As I travel District 5610 during the 2018-19 Rotary year, I look forward to building on the work done before us and together we all can BE THE INSPIRATION for better things yet to come.  

July 3 – VermillionJuly 16 – Rock Valley
July 17 - LuverneJuly 23 – Sibley
July 24 - MapletonJuly 31 – Marshall Noon
August 2 – Marshall Sunrise  August 2 – Canby
August 6 – Sioux CityAugust 8 – Minneota
August 9 – DenisonAugust 13 – Tyndall
August 21 – YanktonAugust 23 - Centerville
August 27 - Cherokee August 30 - Winner
Sept. 12 - Gregory
Sept. 13 - Rapid City 
Sept. 13 - Hot SpringsSept. 18 - Rapid City Rushmore
Sept. 20 - Scotland  Sept. 24 - Aberdeen
Oct. 2 - BrookingsOct. 4 - Watertown
Oct. 8 - CusterOct. 10 - Spearfish
Oct. 15 - MadisonOct. 18 - Gettysburg
Oct. 22 - MobridgeOct. 25 - Mitchell
Oct. 29 - Pierre - Ft. PierreOct. 31 - Wagner
Nov. 7 - Sioux Falls NorthNov. 9 - Sioux Falls West
Nov. 12 - Downtown Sioux Falls  Nov. 13 - Canton
 
Custer Rotary – I just wanted all of you to see what your generosity bought:  thirty six band new bags for our 7-12 students in Custer and Hermosa.  Thanks also for the used bags donated, they will be used as well.  I took them to the high school today and the teachers we so excited for the donation.  They were already thinking of kids that they knew would need a bag and were grateful that someone was thinking about the older kids and their students!  Once again, Custer Rotary has made a difference!
 
Mark Naugle
Superintendent
Custer School District
 
 
Our Rotary Friendship Exchange team travel to Sweden and is visiting friends in District 2340 celebrating Midsummer.  In mid-June, school is out and nature has burst into life. It seems like the sun never sets. In fact, in the north of Sweden it doesn’t, and in the south only for an hour or two. This calls for celebration! Friends and family gather for the most typically Swedish tradition of all: Midsummer.  Our team has been having a fabulous time exploring and celebrating across Sweden. They have been home staying with local Rotarians there, seeing wonderful sites, sharing new experiences and making lifelong friends.  We will be welcoming Swedes from District 2340 to our District 5610 from September 24 to October 8, 2018.  Hopefully you will all get a chance to meet them.  For more information about Rotary Friendship Exchange programs in District 5610 contact Pat Sutliff  <sutliff@midco.net>
 
   The Pine Ridge Area Social Services Organizations Rotary Directory was originated by Angie Sam, Raising Healthy Families Together Director. Her intern, Maretta Afraid of Bear, collected the initial data and Robyn Whirlwind Horse assisted with data entry in 2016/17. Raising Healthy Families Together is an informal network of social service organizations providing services to the residents of the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
    The Omniciye Club asked the members of RHFT to expand or compose their organizational profiles, assess the communities they serve, and outline potential projects Rotary clubs might wish to consider for support of volunteers, materials and funds.
    Dr. Craig Howe, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) and Tom Allen, Oglala Lakota College, provided historical and contemporary Tribal information. On behalf of Omniciye Multi-Cultural Rotary Club: Bev Warne, Kibbe Conti, Gloria Eastman and Tom Katus were members of the initial visiting team. Terri Hunter wrote the chapter on Lakota History, Dee Katus edited the data, Tom Katus provided over all management to the project, and Linda Peterson provided final editing and electronic publishing.
   The electronic file is available in downloads at www.RushmoreRotary.org for anyone wishing to find a worthy project in need of support. An additional file on Pine Ridge Social Services Organizations Contacts Directory is also available. Both directories were funded by a Rotary District 5610 Grant to Omniceye Multi-Cultural Rotary Club.
   WINNERS FOR THE 2018 FOUR WAY TEST ESSAY CONTEST
FIRST PLACE KEIRA CHRIST
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yankton
$200 prize
SECOND PLACE MARLENA OLSON
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sioux Falls West
$100 prize
THIRD PLACE MACIE SANDON
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Watertown
$50 prize
   The presidents of these clubs will be receiving the prizes and certificates in the mail. THANK YOU to all of those who participated this year, the essays were terrific and it was very difficult for our judges to come up with a winner.
Pat Sutliff, Chair of District 5610 Four Way Test Essay Contest
   Never lose the email or phone number of club members again! Get the latest data at your fingertips.
ALL member of District 5610 Rotary clubs can get their club's data, you do not have to have a club website.
Download the ClubRunner app from your apps provider to your smart phone. It's the blue CR icon.
Log on with your ClubRunner password, using the same email listed for you on the District/Club website.
(If you have not logged on, do it now from your computer and get your password sent to you.)
Get access to all the contact data that your club members have provided.
It's easy, quick and very convenient!
 
     Let's show our members and communities who and what Rotary is! The new People of Action public awareness campaign materials are available! You can prepare a visible image of Rotary to grow your membership. See the Brand Center for a template to make your own posters and Facebook ads. It is simple, it is effective, it is ACTION!
    The People of Action video from Rotary Brand Center aired as PSAs on VAST and Midco cable channels with a tagline to the District website. Billboards have displayed in Marshall, Sioux Falls and Rapid City! You can ask your local radio and TV stations to air PSAs for free too!
    The following NEW People of Action campaign materials are available now on the Brand Center. There are many other templates, formatted ads and posters. Please feel free to share this information with your club's Public Image team, and let me know if you have any questions.
  • Digital Banner Template
  • Shortened “What We See” video with a 25-second and 85-second version. This allows clubs to add in their own tagline in the last 5 seconds.
  • “What We See” Video with no voiceover with a 30-second and 90-second version of the video, and a script for each. This allows Rotarians to record the video in their own language or dialect.
  • Using the People of Action Campaign: Television ads (Guide)
  • Using the People of Action Campaign: Radio ads (Guide)
  • Radio ad with no voiceover. This allows Rotarians to record a radio ad in their own voice, language, or dialect.
    Use your club Facebook page to promote People of Action ads that you edit and personalize on the Brand Center. Then "friend" the District Facebook group page and link to your club's page, for even more synergy!
    I am available to visit with your club's leaders and Public Image team to create a marketing plan for your club. Arrangements to visit the Marshall area, Brookings, Watertown and Sioux Falls are in the works for late fall. Contact me now!
—Linda Peterson, Zone 27 Regional Public Image Coordinator  Linda4Rotary@me.com   605-341-5006
 
   The 2018 Raffle was a tremendous success thanks to all the clubs and their generous prize donations and ticket sales. And once again the partnership with Karl’s TV & Appliance is much appreciated. In total, roughly 5250 tickets were sold. The net total for the foundation from the District will be just under $50,000.
Brad Preheim, Raffle Chair
The prize list and winners:
Grand Prize – Karl's Appliance Kitchen Makeover – Ken Jones, Yankton
Brookings (Gift Basket) – Jay Prouty, Scotland
Canby (Gift Basket) – Jan Hansen, Centerville
Canton (Gift Basket) – Jennifer Soma, Brookings
Centerville (Gift Basket) – Jeff Schramm, Winner
Cherokee ($100 Gift Card) – Cindy Dannenbring, Madison
Clark (Gift Basket) – Di Bohlman, Centerville
Custer (Gift Basket) – Karen Kraus, Custer
Gregory (assisted with grand prize) Ken Jones, Yankton
Hot Springs (Golf, Spa getaway) Ron Gates, Mitchell
LeMars (HD TV) Jerry Johnson, Vermillion
Luverne (Gift Basket) Ellen Lee, Pierre/Ft Pierre
Madison (Gift Basket) Bernie Hanson, Watertown
Mapelton (Desk Clock) Tora Rozum, Mitchell
Marshall Noon (Gift Basket, Gift Card) Ron Gates, Mitchell
Marshall Sunrise ($100 Schwans Card) Dave Johnson, Watertown
Minneota (Gift Basket) Tad  Perry, Pierre
Mitchell ($250 Cabella’s Card) Gopal Vyas, Mitchell
Mobridge (Gift Basket) Kevin Donlin, Madison
Pierre/Ft Pierre (Gift Basket) Chris Becker, LeMars
Rapid City (Gift Basket) Tom Dice, Mitchell
Rapid City Rushmore (Gift Basket) Laura Root, Winner
Rock Valley ($100 Gift Card) Bryan Hisel, Mitchell
Scotland (Beef Bucks) Cindy Howell, Rapid City
Sibley (Cenex Gift card, Basket) Jean Koehler
SF Downtown ($500 Gift Card) T Hazel, Mobridge
SF North ($250 Gift Card) Steve Sikorski, Sioux Falls
SF South ($100 Amazon Card) Mary Edelen, Vermillion
SF West ($250 Gift Card) Mike Pekas, Sioux Falls
Spearfish (Gift Basket) Bonnie Ryken, Yankton
Tyndall (DeWalt Drill Kit) Cindy Olson, Sioux Falls
Vermillion (Beef Bucks, Wine) Carl Tonjes) Sioux Falls
Wagner (State Park Passes) Jim Mehlhaff, Pierre/Ft Pierre
Watertown (Gift Basket) Joel Leyden, Winner
Winner (Custom built walnut table) Tom Van Holland, Rock Valley
Yankton (Riibe Outdoors Adventure) Roger Novotny, Pierre/Ft Pierre

    Friendship Exchange is one of the few International Exchange programs in Rotary that Rotarians can participate in. Vocational Training Teams are another. Because of tax laws, many exchanges and scholarships are not available to Rotarians or their families. However, in a Friendship Exchange a Rotarian and their spouse or friend are able to fully participate. The exchange consists of a team of 10 to 12 people traveling to another Rotary District around the world and touring there for about 2 weeks. During this time they are hosted in Rotarian homes, visit many Rotary meetings and projects, and see the country or area from the local's view. The team is taken to places that the local people think are important and would like to share. It really gives you a chance to learn about the customs, foods, etc of the area that you usually miss as a regular tourist. On these exchanges you typically pay your transportation to and from the country and for small gifts that you bring for the hosting Rotarians. Then the district that is visited sends a team to the country that they just hosted and those who participated in the exchange are responsible for hosting that returning team. Hosting on either side means providing home stays, food in restaurants some times, paying for entrance fees and providing transportation around the district. Some of these hosting duties may vary depending on the specifics of the particular exchange.

     Friendship Exchanges are an amazing way to make lasting friendships around the world. I also think that they are a great beginning to peace in our world as we learn more about each other, begin to understand each other and build lasting relationships. I am always looking for contacts in other districts who might want to do a Friendship Exchange with our district. Any ideas that people have for places to go or contacts abroad who might be helpful are very much appreciated. Any questions please contact me.

—Pat Sutliff, District 5610 Friendship Exchange Chair   sutliff@midco.net or 605-593-2896

 
 
 
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