Rotary District
5610 Bulletin
February 2020
District 5610 Conference Celebration

April 24-25, 2020 Hot Springs, SD-Friday afternoon, evening and Saturday morning.  Bring your family and enjoy the many activities Hot Springs has to offer! Tour offerings include a drive through Wind Cave with stops at Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore.

Our Friday evening banquet will feature special Rotarian awards, recognition, and a message from RI Representative Phil Silvers.  Evening entertainment includes Western music and history.  Saturday morning features an inspiring message from Dr. Fozia Alvi, who grew up in Pakistan. She is an American trained physician who has been working in Calgary, Alberta, for the past 13 years. She and her husband, Tahir Alvi, are passionate humanitarians and have organized several health and education-related projects in developing nations, including opening a charity-based maternity hospital in rural Pakistan. Link to story.

Roger Kozak Award Nominations Sought

One of the premier awards a Rotarian in District 5610 can receive is the “Roger Kozak Service Above Self Award.”  It was conceived about four years ago and has been awarded three times.

Here is the description of the award: “In recognition of exceptional service to Rotarians in Rotary District 5610.  This award honors the memory of Roger L. Kozak, long-time member of the Vermillion Rotary Club, who served as District Governor, 2009-10, and who distinguished himself as an exceptional servant leader.”


It is time for our annual district raffle fundraising event. The event will raise donations to support the Rotary Foundation.  This raffle is the largest single fundraising event for our district.

Each Rotary club in our district will submit a prize for the raffle in January, followed by raffle tickets being delivered to our clubs in February. All raffle donations need to be submitted by April 10th. Raffle winners will be drawn at our district conference in Hot Springs, SD this April.

North Central President Elect Training

Multi-district PETS – March 12-14, 2020 Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN - The North Central Presidents-Elect Training Seminar is an annual multi-district training event for incoming Rotary Club Presidents-Elect, and Presidents-Nominee.  Please submit the names of these officers as soon as possible to Nicole Rawden,  for marketing and registration information has begun to be distributed to these officers.  All are welcome.  Registration fee for District 5610 President Elects will be covered by District 5610.



It is time to start thinking about RY 2020-2021 District Grants. The timetable is being moved up this year to support projects starting around the beginning of the school year. The deadline for submitting a grant request through the website will be Jun 1, 2020! This will allow us to get the funds out to clubs by the end of July (we hope) so projects can start as early as August, instead of October.

A club MUST have at least one member attend a training sessions if you plan on submitting a grant for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. 

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Thank you to all who contributed to one of The Rotary Foundation's charitable funds during the month of November, also known as Foundation Month in the Rotary world.  While we await the results in our friendly competition for Foundation Month club giving, we do have results from TRF's club awards for Rotary Year 2018-2019.

  • Top Three (3) Highest Per Capita Annual Giving Banner:  For the three clubs in each district that give the most, per capita, to the Annual Fund (requires a minimum of US$50 per capita.)  We are pleased to announce that for District 5610, these clubs will be receiving this banner:

    • 1st - Custer SD Rotary Club $712.58 per capita
    • 2nd - Marshall MN Sunrise Rotary Club $361.54 per capita
    • 3rd - Pierre-Fort Pierre SD Rotary Club $290.38 per capita
  • Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) Club:  For clubs that achieved a minimum Annual Fund contribution of US$100 per capita during the Rotary Year, with every dues paying member contributing at least US$25 to the Annual Fund.  Two District 5610 clubs will be receiving this banner:

    • Marshall MN Sunrise Rotary Club
    • Centerville SD Rotary Club
  • 100% Foundation Giving Club:  For clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100% participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, approved global grants, or Endowment Fund.  Five District 5610 clubs have achieved this recognition and will receive banners:

    • Marshall MN Sunrise Rotary Club
    • Centerville SD Rotary Club
    • Marshall MN Rotary Club
    • Rock Valley IA Rotary Club
    • Winner SD Rotary Club
  • End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign Certificate of Appreciation:  For clubs that contributed at least US $1,500 to Rotary's polio eradication efforts.  These eight clubs in our district will receive this certificate:

    • Brookings SD Rotary Club
    • Custer SD Rotary Club
    • Marshall MN Rotary Club
    • Minneota MN Rotary Club
    • Pierre-Fort Pierre SD Rotary Club
    • Rapid City SD Rotary Club
    • Rapid City SD Rushmore Rotary Club
    • Winner SD Rotary Club

Of 35,000 Rotary clubs throughout the world only a few reach these levels of recognition.  Because of the $50 per capita minimum, only 1550 clubs are awarded a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd top rank in Annual Fund giving.  Only 3,400 clubs achieve EREY status, and only 4,000 clubs achieve 100% Foundation Giving Club status.

Congratulations to all of these clubs for achieving this recognition from The Rotary Foundation and thank you for your strong support of Rotary's charitable efforts.  Your Assistant Governor will be presenting these awards to your club at a future meeting.

Ina Winter
District Governor 2019-2020
RID 5610

Rotary District 5610 Club Service Highlight of February 2020 "Rapid City Rushmore Rotary picks up the pencil"

It’s a simple ordinary tool that students have been using since its invention in the 1600s. But by January it has been worn down to a nub. That’s why members of Rapid City Rushmore Rotary are supplying several local elementary schools with more. Yes, it is the PENCIL!

Rushmore Rotary’s newly formed Community Action Committee selected this small project as a supplement to the club’s larger ongoing projects, such as raising thousands of dollars for the Black Hills Children’s Home and Storybook Island. The club members wanted more!

“We formed the Community Action Committee to focus resources on smaller service projects that can be quickly organized to meet urgent needs. In this case we found out that local school students needed pencils, so we took action,” stated Co-Chairs Dave Dolan and Todd Hyronimus. On Tuesday, February 18, immediately after the club meeting, 4 Rotarians delivered hundreds of pencils to three schools in Rapid City: Robbinsdale, South Park and South Middle. The principals and staff met us with smiles! More schools will be visited with the remaining collection, from over 2000 donated.

The committee discussed a long list of such projects to plan out for the future. They identified highway, parks and streams cleanups; items for food banks and shelters; teacher supplies; and the list goes on and on. This gives the club members opportunities to do good, while interacting with fellow Rotarians and serving the community in special ways.

“Belonging to a Rotary club provides members with an opportunity to give back to their communities and to connect with like-minded leaders and friends.” enthused Linda Peterson, Rotarian and Regional Public Image Coordinator for Rotary International.  “The club’s early morning meetings are dynamic and face-paced, so having time to meet with fellow Rotarians outside of the meeting and do good in the community promotes fellowship.”

Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International. Our members believe our world becomes a better place when we give of ourselves to others. From grassroots, local community efforts, to joining Rotarians from around the world on international projects, Rotarians are proud but humble, to be making a difference in peoples lives.” President Gene Bilodeau states.

Rushmore Rotary meets every Tuesday at 7 AM at Howard Johnson Express hotel, located at 950 North Street. Visit the website for more information:


Whiteclay Arts Makerspace Rotary Global Grant Proposed for Rotary D5610
Whiteclay, Nebraska borders the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota and has a population of about 12.  It is about two miles from the village of Pine Ridge, SD. There were four liquor stores in Whiteclay that sold about 4 million cans of beer, mostly to residents of Pine Ridge who left the dry reservation to buy their liquor at these stores. In 2017, the State of Nebraska Liquor Commission did not renew any of the liquor licenses in Whiteclay. As a result, all of the liquor stores closed. A non-profit corporation, Whiteclay Makerspace LLC was formed in Nebraska with the purpose of buying one of the liquor stores and transforming it into a makerspace for Pine Ridge area artists and craftspersons. The building has been purchased and a group of local artists and craftspersons are working along with the owner, Jon Ruybalid, to clean, renovate and paint the building.
Rotary District 5610 is in the process of writing a global grant from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) to support the artists and craftspeople who will be making use of the new makerspace in Whiteclay, NE.  Elements of the grant project include:
Equip the Artists and Craftspeople to directly impact the beneficiaries by supplying them with the needed tools and equipment to produce their art.
Provide Training to succeed in developing their small businesses of art production, the beneficiaries have noted that training is needed in business practices, financial matters, entrepreneurship, marketing, online marketing, computer skills, and professional development.
Stand up a Supply Shop in Whiteclay Makerspace Studio to provide an initial stock of the type of supplies used by local artists and craftspeople. A needs assessment of community artists has been completed.
Install Solar Panels for the Whiteclay Makerspace Building to indirectly impact the beneficiaries by lowering building operating costs and thus lowering the cost to the beneficiaries of using the makerspace.
Rotary District 5610 will be the host Rotary entity of the global grant. The district will write the grant application, with international partner Varanasi Sunrise club of India District 3120, and other funding participants. Clubs may contribute to the grant, see the Whiteclay Makerspace pledge form on D5610 website download area. The contact with District 3120 was facilitated by PDG Pat Sutliff, who has been the international partner for them on several global grants. Our two Districts have coordinated grant funding for sewing machines, and improving schools in India. The two Rotarian entities with oversee the implementation of the grant, measure outcomes, evaluate the effectiveness of the project, and report on grant activities to TRF.
Whiteclay Makerspace LLC as the Cooperating Organization will partner with District 5610 to deliver the grant project to its participating artists and artisans. We will write and execute a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between District 5610 and Jon Ruybalid, as owner of Whiteclay Makerspace LLC.
The beneficiaries of the project will be the resident Lakota artists and craftspeople in need of space and other assistance to produce and sell works that will enable them to raise their level of income. District 5610 will be the grant applicant and administrator serving these beneficiaries. Whiteclay Makerspace will be the cooperating organization assisting District 5610 in delivering the project. Other organizations may be brought into the grant project as advisors, vendors, or cooperating organizations.
We would like to be able to start delivering the project as soon as remodeling of the building is completed. Now that we have an international partners onboard, and upon approval and receipt of grant funds, we can immediately start grant implementation. Project delivery, particularly the training element, may take up to two years. Monitoring and evaluation may be done during project implementation and up to five years after project completion to ensure outcomes are achieved and the artists and craftspeople are sustaining their businesses.
Principal Contacts
Ina Winter, Hot Springs Rotary, D5610 DG 2019-20
Linda Peterson, Rushmore Rotary, PDG, RPIC 2018-20
Tom Katus, Rushmore Rotary, Omniciye Committee

Fun Opportunity Inter-Club Visits

As the district fellowship chairman I would like your club to consider the idea of a “interclub” visit.

The idea is to have three or four or more members of YOUR club plan a visit to another club within district 5610.  Hopefully this would be a club that is out of your “neighborhood” so you could become familiar with other Rotarians that you do not normally meet on a regular basis.  It would also give you an opportunity to seek new ideas and activities for your club as well as support their club. 

Along with an activity such as this it would become an interclub exchange where THEIR club would come to visit YOUR club, and each might seek other interclub exchanges as an ongoing activity.

I would like to hear from any clubs that engage in such an activity, and get the pictures so that we may pass on the fun and experiences to other Rotarians.  Our hope is to spread this activity throughout the district.

If we get pictures we could have a space at the district conference showing all of the interaction with Rotarians.

I can be reached at 605.215.6916 or  I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Rotary,
Bob Westman
District Fellowship Chair

Rotary and Toastmasters are now working together


Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Toastmasters International is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they give speeches, evaluate the speeches of others, and perform other club duties, with the goal of ultimately becoming more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Our organizations are complementary in many ways, but we are each unique in what we offer our members.

Just a Few Reasons Why YOU should Join Rotary NOW!


This video provides a few of the major reasons why you should consider joining Rotary. Rotary District 5610 covers all of the state of South Dakota, a portion of southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska in the US.  Help us share Rotary with everyone.


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