Rotary District
5610 Bulletin
February 2022
February Message - District Governor Doug Lind
Happy President's Day and Valentine's Day, District 5610 Rotarians!
By the time you receive this month's newsletter, our winter will be well past the half-way point and spring will be just around the corner!  Most of our clubs in the district are well into completing dozens of exciting projects that will serve and support thousands of deserving people.  Our membership is growing and new clubs are in the process of getting started across the district, thanks to the hard and diligent efforts of District Membership Chair Carmen Hansen, the AG's and numerous others across our District!  This month's Rotary International theme is Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution.  As we all know, our world needs peace and conflict resolution now more than ever before in recent history and our Rotarian Peace Scholars can and will provide an invaluable service to the world in their professional capacity as ambassadors, diplomats, mediation specialists and support staff around the world.  We are in the process of accepting nominations for the next round of Rotary Peace Scholars, and if you have ideas for candidates for this fellowship, please contact our Peace Fellowships Chair, Kay Schallenkamp (
At our monthly Governor's RI update meeting, our director Suzi Howe brought up a critical challenge that is happening around the world, and that is a growing shortage of donated blood.  This is a perfect time and opportunity for all of our clubs to organize and host "pop-up" blood drives across our district...a simple and yet important way to gain exposure across our communities and provide an extremely valuable service.  The other valuable information shared at this meeting is that the Rotary International Convention in Houston (June 2022) is a definite GO!  This is a great opportunity to experience the amazing power, resources and fellowship of Rotary International at a reasonable cost.  It is also very important to support Rotary International and Rotarians from our Region 36 who have worked for years in putting this amazing event together!
I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming PETS  and District Assembly event in Mitchell, coming up in early April!  Let's all do our part to keep this great year GOING and GROWING!  


Service above self in Rotary,

Doug Lind   
District Governor 2021-2022  



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!


April 7-8-9, 2022   Highland Conference Center, Mitchell, SD
Thursday, April 7:
5:30 p.m. - Social hour and informal supper, THE DEPOT
Friday, April 8:
9:00 a.m. – PETS SESSION I
GOAL: Obtain preliminary skills needed to effectively lead a Rotary Club in District 5610
Welcome from DGE John Schneider and interactive sessions helping incoming Club Presidents prepare for their year of leadership
9:00 a.m. – A.G. SESSION
GOAL: Strengthen AG role to benefit Clubs and District
Discussion of the responsibilities of A.G.s and strategies for great relationships with Clubs in your area (A.G.s are asked to attend PETS sessions after completion of this A.G. session)
12:00 p.m. – LUNCH. Colors presented by the Mitchell V.F.W. And you’ll be INSPIRED by our VERY SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER – stay tuned for this exciting announcement!
1:30 p.m. – PETS SESSION II
GOAL: Learn how to use specific processes to streamline successful Club procedure
“Practice with Parliamentary Procedure,” discussion on “How to Empower Your Club’s Secretary and Treasurer,” and “Tips on Writing Successful Rotary Grants”
3:00 p.m. – PETS SESSION III
GOAL: Learn about the Rotary Trilogy and how these teams build synergy and success
District leaders will discuss “Membership Strategies to Strengthen your Club,” “Using Public Image to Tell Your Story,” and “Growing your Club’s Foundation Impact”
5:30 p.m. – SOCIAL HOUR, followed by 6:30 p.m. DINNER. A fun evening of fellowship and laughter!
Saturday, April 9:
9:00 a.m. – PETS SESSION IV
GOAL: Review resources and encourage effective leadership
We’ll share resources available to help ensure your success, and then introduce a District 5610 panel of extraordinary Rotarians who will discuss “Leadership in Times of Change.”
(NOTE: Subject to change and details to be announced. Scheduled times will be allowed for breaks and networking.)

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 register NOW and plan to be there!  REGISTRATION LINK

It's time for the Rotary District 5610 Raffle! Raffle ticket sales are a large part of our District contributions to the Foundation, so let's make this the best raffle ever. About half of our District contributions to The Rotary Foundation are used as future matching funds for club grants, with another portion going toward Rotary projects globally. This year, District 5610 had more than $45,000 available to match club applications from throughout District 5610 for grants, thanks to Foundation contributions by District clubs three years ago. So, it's important to our future District grant funds to provide Foundation contributions this year…LET’S RALLY ‘ROUND THE RAFFLE! We're counting on every Rotarian in every club in our District to participate by selling at least one book of tickets. There are 10 tickets in each book, $10 each, so each Rotarian will be raising $100 for the Foundation. If every Rotarian in District 5610 does this, we would raise more than $150,000!
Raffle Co-Chairs STACEY KUTIL or MARK BARRY at

February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month


RYLA - An adventure that just might change a students life!  What is RYLA?

RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award. A RYLA participant is selected by his or her local Rotary Club to attend a camp designed to build character, leadership, personal development and good citizenship. The “Award” part of RYLA is the actual scholarship the Rotary Club provides so that a participant may attend camp. Many participants have had life-changing experiences by attending RYLA Camp, and YOU could be one of those people.

Rotary District 5610 partners with Rotary District 5630 who has hosted Great Plains RYLA for more than 1,200 students since 1990. Using the Nebraska State 4-H campground facilities near Halsey in the scenic Nebraska Sandhills, RYLA has trained young leaders through activities, workshops, and a variety of presentations by speakers in business, government, and education.

The camp is a five-day experience full of outdoor activities such as canoeing or tubing, a fun ropes course, and many other outdoor activities that emphasize teamwork and decision making. In addition, RYLA focuses on service and Rotary’s role in building stronger communities by emphasizing both local and global citizenship. Previous RYLArians serve as junior counselors and Rotarian men and women serve as senior counselors.

Link to Great Plains RYLA website

Contact RYLA Chair Daniel Flahie



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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