Happy New Year 5610 Rotarians!

As we prepare to embark on the second half of our Rotary year, I'm sure that many of us are in the process of writing down and starting to implement our new year's resolutions and goals.  I've always believed that goals seemed a lot more achievable and less daunting than resolutions. In either case, I think that it is good to have a plan in place to make one's life better, healthier and happier by implementing and sticking to new goals!  As most of you know, we also set goals early in our Rotary year, and now is a great time to step back and review our progress towards achieving our goals. I know that many of you have set membership goals, and I also know that many of you are well on your way to meeting or surpassing your membership goal!  If you and your club fall into that category, Congratulations and Great job!  If  you aren't there yet, the good news is that the year is only half way through, and there's plenty of time to still meet and surpass your original goal. District Membership Chair Carmen Hansen is a great resource for ideas on kickstarting and firing up your membership plan!  

I'm so pleased and excited to announce that the charter application for our newest Rotaract Club has been submitted to Rotary International.  Much appreciation and kudos to Tahiry, the Northern Black Hills Club, and District Chair Carmen for doing the heavy lifting to get STURGIS ROTARACT to this point!  I know that they are planning a meet and greet in the very near future...be sure to give them a shout out and wish them a rousing Rotary welcome when you have the opportunity!  The new club already has it's first project planned and with our support, I'm confident that it will be a huge success!  There are also at least three other clubs in the formative stages, and I applaud everyone for all the hard work that goes in to getting new clubs started.  As we all know, it's a long and arduous process to get to the point of charter, and then the work begins!  Be sure to thank your club leadership for their commitment to keep your club strong and productive.  It is you, the local member, and local club leaders that are the foundation and the strength of our great organization...be sure to thank your club president and board members at your next meeting for the good work they do!  

Plans for the upcoming State Foundation Raffle are well underway.  Project Chairs Stacey Kutil and Mark Barry are doing everything they can to make this year's raffle a huge success!  A large part of foundation giving comes from the the net proceeds generated by the Raffle, so be sure to buy and sell as many tickets as possible for this very important project.

This year's PETS will be held in Mitchell, April 7-9,  and it promises to be a  great way for our new presidents-elect to start their journey in Rotary leadership.  DGE John and District Trainer Kay Norton have worked for the past several months to make this event a great experience for our new leaders!  The spring District Assembly and Foundation Raffle drawing will be held during the PETS assembly as well, and all local members are welcome to attend.  

There are so many powerful and exciting projects underway across our District and I'm so very proud of every committed Rotarian that is making these projects and growth a reality!  Let's all do whatever we can to make our district the best it can be....reach out to a friend, neighbor, or business associate to share Rotary, start the project you've kicked around since last year, and give often and generously to our Rotary Foundation!  Thank you all for sharing your time, talents and treasures so generously with Rotary.  

Service above self in Rotary,

Doug Lind   

District Governor 2021-2022  

The District Governor Award for Rotarian of the Quarter is presented to Carmen Hansen she is a Rotarian who has gone above and beyond and has proven to be extraordinary in her service above self.  This is a new award this Rotary year that will serve to honor one individual each quarter who has exhibited these attributes.  Congratulations Carmen!

Carmen Hansen has been District 5610 Membership Chair since 2016, past President of Rapid City Rushmore Rotary Club and has been a member of Rotary since 2007.  She grew up in South Dakota and has lived in Aberdeen, Mitchell, Yankton, Winner and Cherokee, Iowa.  Carmen and Gary Hansen have two children, five grandchildren and enjoy golfing and traveling.  Gary and Carmen also traveled extensively early in their marriage, living in Japan, when Gary was in the Navy. Her passion is supporting families and students, which is why she joined Rotary.  Prior to retirement, Carmen was Program Officer for a private foundation.  

April 8-9, 2022
Highland Conference Center, Mitchell, SD
"Back to our Future: District 5610 Celebrates Service Above Self"
You'll enjoy hands-on, interactive training on topics that will help you have a very successful year as a Rotary Club leader. And don't forget the fellowship, food, and opportunity to network with friends old and new. SPECIAL SESSION FOR ASSISTANT GOVERNORS! Nothing boring about this PETS - we're planning to have fun while we prepare for next year - and having you there will make it even better!
(Early bird arrivals, we're having dinner on Thursday, April 7 at The Depot.)
Hotel room blocks are available at The Hampton Inn Mitchell 605-995-1575 and Comfort Inn & Suites 605-990-2400.  When booking your hotel be sure to mention Rotary 5610.
Please save these dates NOW and plan to be there!
I am pleased to announce the Rotary 2021-22 annual District 5610 Four Way Test Essay Contest.  I realize that this may be a challenge this year but think the contest is important.  I am hoping that you will help make this year's contest possible.
The contest 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 Four-Way Test to my life?"  You will be amazed and excited at the perspective 6th graders have on our Four-Way Test.
Clubs need to find a 6th grade teacher or group of teachers who are interested in participating in this great project.  Provide the teacher with the attached forms describing the contest, it's history and requirements.  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 April 15, 2022 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 on line on April 30, 2022.  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 Sioux City.  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 and help them with their writing skills. For questions or more information contact 4-Way Test Essay Chair Pat Sutliff.
The necessary forms can be found on our District 5610 website Home Page under Downloads on the right hand side column.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plays a large role in the fight against human trafficking with efforts called the Blue Campaign.  January 11 has been designated Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Rushmore Rotarians wore blue at our meeting to raise awareness of human trafficking.  Visit the following website to learn more as well as other ways to participate.  https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/wearblueday  

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The Rotary Foundation helps Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.

Share the following weekly foundation messages regularly with your club members:  Foundation 52 Weekly Messages

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.
  • Click on the red donate now box below to provide an additional one-time donation and/or setup recurring donations.
Help us in recognizing, congratulating, and thanking the following clubs of District 5610 for their giving to The Rotary Foundation in RY 2020-2021.  
TRF Giving Banner Award:  Marshall Sunrise, Centerville, Gregory, and Brookings
EREY Banner Award:  Marshall Sunrise, Centerville, Gregory, and Brookings
Rotary District 5610 congratulates Marshall Sunrise on the 2020-2021 Annual Fund per Capita Award for achieving the highest annual fund per capita of $4,217.01 in giving, Rapid City Rushmore for $379.07 per capita in giving, and Sioux Falls North for $262.22 per capita in giving.
Polio Plus Awards:  1. Marshall Sunrise  2. Minneota 3. Marshall Noon 4. Rapid City Rushmore 5. Hot Springs  6. Rock Valley  7. Sioux Falls South.    Marshall Sunrise gave $1,920 per member.
100 Percent Paul Harris Fellow Club: Rotary Clubs in which 100 percent of all dues paying members are Paul Harris Fellows receive special recognition from the Rotary Foundation. Qualifying Rotary Clubs receive a special club recognition banner and join an elite group of clubs. Once a club reaches 100 percent PHF status, the District Governor or Rotary Foundation chair must request the recognition from The Rotary Foundation. This recognition is a one-time-only award, but the intent is that the club will maintain its membership at the 100% Paul Harris Fellow level.
100 Percent Foundation Giving Club Banner: This banner is awarded to clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100 percent participation, with every dues paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, Polio Plus Fund, approved global grants, or Endowment Fund.
100 Percent Every Rotarian Every Year Club Banner: Rotary clubs must achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, and every dues paying member must personally contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year.
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation also present club recognition banners each year to the three Rotary Clubs in each District with the highest per capita in Annual Fund Giving. 100% Paul Harris Society Club Banner: This recognition is awarded to clubs in which every dues-paying member has contributed a minimum of $1,000 to the Annual Fund, the Polio Plus Fund, or an approved global grant during the Rotary year.
Will your club be recognized by The Rotary Foundation this year?
The Rotarians of Distinction Award is presented to individuals who through service to their Rotary club and community have distinguished themselves, even among all Rotarians who strive to place service above self.  The recipients have traveled different paths in their Rotary service, but those paths have all resulted in a record of service that identifies them as ROTARIANS OF DISTINCTION.  2021 Recipients:  Verl Scheibe, Herb McClellan Jr., Nancy Moose, Matt Pedersen, Casey Berndt, Brad Preheim, Mary DeVany, Bruce Young, and Bruce Kalin.  Click on the image above for photos.
Dr. Willis C. Sutliff was awarded the 2021-22 Roger Kozak Service Above Self
Award at the District 5610 celebration conference in Deadwood on the evening
of October 15.  It was presented to him by Rotary Past International Vice President Greg
Podd, PDG Ed Jacobson, and the four former winners of the award.

Sutliff has served District 5610 and it's Rotarians for over ten years as
District 5610 Polio Plus Chair.  During this time he has given interesting
and informative presentations at District Conferences, changing content as
it suits the occasion.  He is passionate about Polio eradication and
enthusiastic about raising funds to defeat the disease.

Willis is a member and past president of Rapid City Rushmore Rotary Club.
He is very active in the club on the International Projects Committee and
has worked hard to encourage Global Grants and Local Grants.  He is
currently serving on the District's the End Human Trafficking Committee. 

He and his wife, PDG Pat Suliff have hosted many Youth Exchange Students
through the years, attended several Rotary International Conferences and
traveled on and hosted several Rotary Friendship Exchanges.  He and Pat are
TRF major donors.

Willis is a retired Pediatrician who practiced for 40 some years in Rapid
City and helped start Black Hills Pediatrics.  As part of the local hospital
board he helped the hospital move forward and add new services. He has a
degree from UC Berkeley in Public Health, spent 3 years in the Army in
Germany and has served on American Academy of Pediatrics Committees.

Over the years,  Willis has been active in his local community through his
church and Habitat for Humanity.  He is currently on the Starting Strong
Board and the YFS Board where he will serve as president in 2022-23.  He
also serves on several YFS committees.

Willis and Pat have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

Past Kozak Award Winners:

2016-17 - Larry Lyngstad, Pierre-Fort Pierre
2017-18 - George Twitero, Rapid City Rushmore
2018-19 - Pat Sutliff, Rapid City Rushmore
2019-20 - Chuck Lindemann, Marshall
2020-21 - No Award (Covid Pandemic)
2021-22 - Dr. Willis Sutliff, Rapid City Rushmore
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