Dave Lorenz
District Governor 2018-19
Rotary Club of Vermillion
 
David (Dave) Lorenz was born in Yankton, South Dakota and raised in Avon, South Dakota. He attended the University of South Dakota Springfield, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in History Education. He later obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from USD.
 
Dave’s professional career has been focused on public higher education, with forty-five years of service to the University of South Dakota system. He spent the first ten years of his career at the University of South Dakota at Springfield in a variety of student services positions, including Director of Student Financial Aid, Director of Housing and Student Activities, and Director of Admissions. In 1982, Dave relocated to Vermillion, starting his USD career as Associate Director of Admissions. In subsequent years he was promoted to Director of Admissions, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Enrollment Management, and Dean of Students in 1998, a position he held for eight years. Following early retirement, Dave returned to USD to develop the Academic Advising Program for Student Athletes, and as an academic advisor in kinesiology, health sciences, and for health pre-professional students.
 
Dave has been actively involved in the Vermillion and University communities. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Vermillion Chamber and Development Corporation and served a term as President of the VCDC.
 
Dave joined the Vermillion, South Dakota Rotary Club in 2006. He was previously a member of the Springfield, SD Rotary when it was active. Dave has served as President of Vermillion Rotary, and as Assistant Governor for Area 7.  He has also served as District Foundation Scholarship Chair.
 
Dave and his wife continue to reside in Vermillion, South Dakota.  The couple have two children.  Dave and Jeaneite enjoy boating, golfing, and relaxing at their summer home at Lake Okoboji, Iowa.
 
 
Ina Winter
District Governor Elect 2019-20
Rotary Club of Hot Springs
 
Ina Winter is a retired civil engineer. She spent the majority of her career in highway administration with the Nebraska Department of Roads, working from the field positions of surveyor and construction observer to designer and back to the field as construction engineer and ending with the position of District Engineer.
 
Working with the public to achieve timely and cost-efficient projects is what she enjoyed best in her professional life. Public works projects are complex and involve many people and organizations working hand in hand to make worthwhile results. It is this experience that she intends to use in her role as District Governor.
 
Ina’s Rotary journey began in Norfolk, Nebraska in 2002. She served her club as Treasurer and President and worked with District 5650 as Membership Chair. After retiring from professional pursuits, Ina moved with her husband Brad Winter to Hot Springs, South Dakota where she immediately joined the Hot Springs Rotary Club. She just finished her second term as club president, this time with her new club. She has also just finished a three-year term with District 5610 as District Grants Subcommittee Chair.
 
Ina has traveled to Africa four times on humanitarian missions. Once with Engineers Without Borders for a water project in Uganda and the other three times with Rotary teams involved in National Immunization Days.
 
Ina is a Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society member, and a Major Donor. She resides in Hot Springs with her husband Brad.
 
Dan Little, DVM
District Governor Nominee 2020-21
Rotary Club of Brookings
 
Dan Little currently resides in Brookings, SD where he is owner of D.E. Little, DVM, a veterinary consulting practice, and CEO of Precision Health Technologies, a manufacturing and distribution company that specializes in natural animal health products. Over his 34 years as a veterinarian, his practice has focused on a systems management approach to food animal medicine. In addition to providing on-farm services to diagnose and prevent health challenges, he has also provided technical support to companies that desire to implement biotech solutions in livestock systems. He provides expert opinions of causation and economic loss in complex scenarios regarding dairy, swine, beef, poultry, equine, small ruminants, practice management, and personal injury.
 
As the eldest child on his parent’s dairy and swine farm near Faribault, MN, Dan had an early interest in keeping animals healthy and avoiding chronic treatments for preventable livestock illness. He followed that interest and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College, a Master of Science in Physiology of Reproduction from Texas A&M University, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Little is a licensed veterinarian in the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Texas, and Hawaii. 
 
Dan and his wife, Pat, enjoy travel, golf, and general aviation, as well as the joys of grandparenting and activities with their adult children. Dan has been a Rotarian since 1996 when he joined the Downtown Club in Rochester, MN. Upon moving to Brookings, he became an active member of Rotary Club 1444 and served as 2016-2017 President. He has served as an RLI facilitator and Assistant Governor in District 5610 for the past two years and will serve as the District Governor in 2020-2021.  Dan has a passion for world health and supporting global food production and has attended two international conventions.  On a local level, Dan has led an effort to establish alternative times for club meetings to encourage a new generation of citizens to join in Rotary service.
 
Doug Lind
District Governor Nominee 2021-22
Rotary Club of Rapid City Rushmore
 
Dear District 5610 Rotarians:
 
I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself.  I was born in Vermillion, SD and raised on a farm in central Clay County with my parents and one brother and one sister.  I attended a country school, Vermillion High School, St. Olaf College, and graduated from the University of SD with a pre-law / English degree.  While in college, my brother Greg and I, with the help of our dad, started a small backhoe service company to help pay college expenses. After graduation, it was my original intent to go to law school. After a lot of serious consideration, I decided to postpone law school, and continue with the small excavating service business that my brother and I had started 3 years earlier in 1971.  Obviously, law school is still “on hold” and we have had a gratifying and exciting career in building our company to what it is today. Sadly, my brother lost his battle with lung disease in 2017 and I’m now the sole owner of our company.  We moved our business from Vermillion to Rapid City in 1981 and have remained there since.  My son was born to my first wife and I in 1990, and in 2011, Penny and I met and fell in love, and married. Together we share our son, three daughters and 3 granddaughters. Together we share a love for helping others through Rotary, a passion for golf, and 2 homes, in Rapid City and Florida.
 
Second only to my faith in Jesus Christ as my risen Lord and Savior, Rotary has been a driving force and has given and continues to give my life meaning and purpose.  I joined Rapid City Rushmore Rotary Club in January of 1995.  When I first became a member, the club was mainly comprised of young downtown businessmen and professionals, with a small number of professional women.  The original “big project” was the Black Hills Children’s Home Golf Event, and not much else.  Since then our club, through many of it’s long time members has grown into a multi-faceted organization. Rushmore Rotary has expanded its scope and mission to include far-reaching support of schools in Tanzania, water projects across the world, world-wide Friendship Exchanges and countless community projects for local organizations.  One of the greatest personal rewards in Rotary is growing, training, and educating new members and our community about the vast and amazing blessings that Rotary International brings to the world every day in ways that are almost beyond human comprehension.  For all that R.I. has given me, I will always be grateful and so humbled to be a part of it.  After many years of consideration, I have decided that I can repay in a small way all that I’ve been given by serving in this honored role, if I am chosen to do so.
 
During my Rotary career, I have served locally as President and B.O.D. member for six years over two different terms.  At the club level, I have chaired the BHCH Golf Event, the Membership Committee, the Social Committee, the Program Committee, and served on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.  At the District level, I was part of the original leadership group that implemented RLI in 5610. I served as an Assistant District Governor for a period of four years and have served on the planning committee for the  District Meeting in Pat Sutliff’s term.  I have attended almost all District Annual Meetings for the past twenty years and have attended two Rotary International Conventions in Los Angeles and New Orleans. I attended the Zone Leadership Institute in Albuquerque, NM during Roger Kozak’s term.   I have been a member of two Friendship Exchanges, the first in Nikko City, Japan and last year to Sweden.  My wife and I have served as a Friendship Exchange hosts for many District Friendship Exchanges and chaired the local planning committee for last year’s District Friendship Exchange.            
                                                                                                           
The first part of my vision for our district is to develop a system of “Intentional Retention”. As I was reminded this morning at a Rotary meeting that I attended in Spring Hill, FL, there is power in numbers, and even more value in quality and integrity of members.  I believe that one often-overlooked part of a successful membership plan is consistent, planned, and intentional retention.  It’s a proven fact that it takes about three new members to replace one quality existing member.  I have been involved in membership committees for many years, and although it’s often talked about, there is rarely a plan for “intentional retention”, i.e., on-going consistent care, support and connection to each other as members.  Often-times members have left the club for a variety of reasons, some of which can be resolved or fixed and those responsible don’t become aware until membership dues lapse. 
 
The second part of my vision is to create a sustainable marketing and branding plan. There is a long-standing problem with branding and product recognition in our organization, and although the problem is recognized, more work and attention that needs to be given to this.  There is still a wide-spread ignorance in our communities and across the country about what Rotary is, what we do, and who we are.  I believe that until people are made more aware of our organization, through a structured branding and marketing plan, sustained growth will continue to be challenging.
 
The third and final part of my vision for our district is helping our individual clubs become more knowledgeable and then more willing to be involved in International Projects. I know that when I first became a member, my knowledge and the knowledge of our club did not extend beyond local community service, and now I know that there is so much more, and so many more ways that we can serve the world and in doing so do our part to make the world a better, safer and happier place.
 
In summary, my vision is to make our district stronger and more vital by developing an “intentional retention” system to grow our membership by retaining current members, while increasing awareness of our organization through a focused and structured marketing and branding plan to help our members and our community gain a crystal clear picture of Rotary and all that it is across the world.
 
During the next two years, I plan on committing my time and energy in support and assisting the sitting DG and the DGE in whatever ways that I can to help and support District 5610 and serving with enthusiasm and commitment as the 2021-2022 District 5610 District Governor. I look forward to this honor with a sense of excitement, a certain amount of “what have I gotten myself into”, and mostly joy and enthusiasm!  I know that if I’m chosen to serve, I’ll be supported by my God, my wife, my family and employees, and many good Rotarian friends, all much more accomplished and knowledgeable  than me, and an unshakeable belief in the power of love through Rotary and its members.