Rotary District
5610 Bulletin
 
July/August 2021
Message from District Governor Doug Lind
Greetings 5610 Rotarians!
 
As I write this, I'm sitting at the dining room table in my dear sister Lori's home in Sioux Falls.  Yesterday, I presented to my twelfth Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, then met via zoom with my leadership team (while being serenaded by my sister's dogs). After a whirlwind day of zoom meeting calls, phone calls from a variety of Rotarians, and a couple dozen emails, it's almost time to start to get ready for tonight's joint social being hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Sioux Falls North and Sioux Falls South.  There's no better place in my world to start a social than a golf course, and Prairie Green in Sioux Falls will more than fill the bill!  I was told by my predecessor PDG Dan that "it can get a little busy" that's more than a little understated!  So far, it's been about 3,000 miles and ten nights on the road, and I can't begin to describe the huge sense of fulfillment I feel!  The twelve clubs I've visited couldn't be more different, or more alike.  Every club that I've visited has made me feel welcomed, respected and loved!  I've met cooks peeling potatoes preparing for our luncheon, front desk hotel people who had no idea that Rotary met at their facility, old friends (maybe even distant relatives) that I played with as a child some sixty years ago, and new friends that have reaffirmed that all Rotarians have the same heart and passion that we all share. I've shared a meeting with Rotarians in the ONLY facility in the Rotary world owned by a Rotary club, where they worked all night painting ,and preparing for my visit, in Wagner, SD.   Although I'm only about one third of the way through my visitation schedule, it's already been a truly incredible experience, and my visitation schedule will come to an end much too soon!  The over-riding  issue that is of most concern across our District is how to "re-start" and re-engage our members, and how to rebuild chapters that are suffering from post -COVID hangovers.  There are no easy answers, but the one sure answer is reaching out, and then reaching out again and again.  As District Membership Chair Carmen Hansen said, the power of a personal phone call or better yet, a face-to-face interaction with an old friend and absent club member, can never be replaced by an email or a text.  We all have good friends who are Rotary Members, waiting to be asked to return and waiting to be told how much they're missed.  That will be a good start to reaching our goal of positive growth in our District. Let's all choose to be part of the solution and the good and positive growth that TOGETHER we can achieve.  Let's remember to "Each one Bring One"!  
 
Doug Lind   
District Governor 2021-2022  
Registration for the 2021 Rotary District 5610 Conference is now open. The event is free to all Rotarians and will include breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and a chance to win cash prizes that will directly benefit your club. Dates are October 14 to 16 in Deadwood, SD at the Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort. Along with the conference events there are plenty of opportunities for the non-Rotarians in your family to enjoy the beautiful Black Hills. If you register for the conference by August 20 you just might win a two-night stay at Cadillac Jack’s!
 
To register for the conference, CLICK FOR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
 
For any questions on how to register for District Conference please contact District Administrator Nicole Rawden.
 
For hotel accommodations, reserve your room before August 30 for the Rotary early registration discount. For list of hotel accommodations, click the following link. CLICK TO RESERVE YOUR HOTEL 
 
mEET zONE 27 rEGIONAL rOTARY fOUNDATION cOORDINATOR kEN hOWELL AT District Conference
Ken joined the Rotary Club of Boise (Downtown club) in 2002.  He served as President of his club in 2008.  In 2012, he was honored with the club’s “Rotarian of the Year” award.  From 2011 to 2014, he served as chair of the Annual Program Fund committee for the District.  He has served on the board of directors of the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation, and as its chairman in 2012.  He is an instructor in the District Leadership Academy and is a Bob Gibb fellow in the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation.  Ken is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Bequest Society and the Paul Harris Society. 
 
After service as District 5400 Governor in 2015-2016, Ken has held several Zone-level appointments as GETS/GNTS trainer at Zone Institutes, End Polio Now Zone Coordinator and currently serves as the Zone 27 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator.
meet peace scholar muyatwa sitali AT dISTRICT cONFERENCE
Muyatwa Sitali is a development policy and advocacy specialist who has worked for UNICEF, World Bank, Oxfam and Jubilee Zambia in multiple sectors and countries including Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, United States and Zambia. Currently he works for UNICEF hosted Secretariat of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership where he is involved in initiatives for mobilizing and engaging partners in almost 70 countries. Sitali has more than 12 years of experience and is interested in development finance, multi-stakeholder partnerships, peace and development, and the connections between humanitarian and development programming. 
meet peace scholar jEANETTE kROES AT dISTRICT cONFERENCE
Jeanette Kroes is a Senior Criminal Intelligence Analyst for INTERPOL (the International Criminal Police Organization) based in Lyon, France.  She grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota and obtained her Bachelor's Degree from St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) with a triple major in Economics, French and Religion. Thanks to the generous support of Rotary District 5610, Jeanette was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar (University Al Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco 2000-2001) and a Rotary Peace Fellow (Political Sciences Institute, Paris, France 2003-2005).  In 2006, Jeanette began working at the Office of the INTERPOL Special Representative to the United Nations (New York, NY) establishing partnerships and programs for crime prevention and criminal justice in areas such as trafficking in human beings, crimes against children, and illicit arms trafficking.  She has been working as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst at INTERPOL's Headquarters in Lyon since 2010 supporting law enforcement authorities across the globe to prevent and combat transnational organized crimes and terrorism by identifying fugitives, criminal networks, and emerging crime trends and threats.   
District Grants Subcommittee Chair Don Norton conducted the second of two scheduled training sessions for District 5610 clubs recently. Fifteen clubs have now completed the training, required for grant application eligibility this year. How will your club "Serve To Change Lives?" More information on District Grants can be viewed on the district website under the pull down menu item of The Rotary Foundation & Grants and also by clicking the image above to find out more.
July was Transition and Rotary Theme Changeover Month
 
Club President - should have their goals defined on MyRotary.org.  Update RI theme logos to next year's theme on your clubs homepage/website and social media platforms. Click here or the theme image above to direct you to the RI Brand Center.

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Need a jumpstart?  Contact Carmen Hansen, District 5610 Membership Chair.  Remember DG Doug Lind’s vision.  Intentional Retention.
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Upcoming Events
Second Round of District Grants
Oct 01, 2021 – Nov 12, 2021
 
District Conference Deadwood SD
Cadillac Jack's
Oct 14, 2021 – Oct 16, 2021
 
Whiteclay Makerspace Grand Opening
Oct 17, 2021
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
 
Nominations for District Governor Deadline
Oct 18, 2021
 
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2021
 
Rotary Youth Exchange Application Deadline
Dec 01, 2021
 
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