Rotary District
5610 Bulletin
January 2022

January Message - District Governor Doug Lind

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 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 into 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 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  

Governor's Award for Rotarian of the Quarter 

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!

4-Way Test Essay Contest Announcement

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.
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January 11th was Human Trafficking Awareness Day

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.  
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