Announcement and Recording of March 24, 2020 All District Program Meeting 2020-03-26 05:00:00Z 0


First of all, we hope everyone is being diligent and safe during this active Covid19 pandemic. Most Rotary clubs in our district have canceled weekly meetings as advised by social distancing guidelines. Some clubs are conducting ZOOM or other tele-conferencing methods to maintain contact, others are emailing weekly Rotary updates to their club membership.
As you probably know, our district's annual conference scheduled April 24-25 Hot Springs, SD has been canceled. But the good news is we will continue our annual Raffle Foundation fundraiser. Now more than ever, supporting the great work of the Rotary Foundation is vital to making our communities and the world better.  Disease prevention is one of the six areas of focus for Rotary across the globe. There are already groups of Rotarians that are helping to address the coronavirus pandemic.
Many clubs had started selling raffle tickets before the social distancing guidelines were implemented, others had not.  You can still support the Rotary Foundation by selling or purchasing raffle tickets up to June 1st!  You are given credit in supporting the Foundation with every raffle ticket you purchase. Your club will notate donations on the Foundation Multi-Donation Form that is submitted to the Rotary Foundation.
Your club can send raffle ticket stubs anytime before June 1, 2020 to Steve Harrington please email me for mailing address.
The raffle ticket stub drawing will be held by the Raffle 2020 Committee at the Rotary Club of Lemars location by June 10, 2020. Prizes from the raffle drawing will be dispatched to the winners either by the raffle committee or the associated club by June 15, 2020.  
Thank you all for adapting, adjusting, and continuing to support the Rotary Foundation.  It truly has an impact on our communities through district grants, and across the world through global grants.
Contact me with any questions at

Steve Harrington, PDG
District RAFFLE 2020 Fundraising Chair



RYLA Camper Applications Open - Camp Scheduled for July 15th to 19th

RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp is still scheduled for July 15 to 19 at the beautiful Nebraska State 4-H Campgrounds.  To date, our district has just 4 applicants planning to attend - 1 from Sibley, IA Rotary: 2 from Sioux Falls, SD North Rotary; and one from Wagner, SD Rotary.  I understand the challenges we all face in recruiting applicants with school closures, but please try.  Maybe your club members can reach out personally to prospects.  Reminder:  Applicants must be CURRENT high school sophomores or juniors.  In order to move ahead, we really need applicants to apply by MAY 1.  Please direct campers to the following website to apply:
Please feel free to reach out to me if you or prospective campers have any questions.
Good health to you all!
Dave Lorenz, PDG
District 5610 RYLA Chair
RYLA Camper Applications Open - Camp Scheduled for July 15th to 19th 2020-03-25 05:00:00Z 0
Staying Connected - Video Tutorial on Joining a Zoom Meeting 2020-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Staying Connected - 38 minute webinar recording on Getting Started with Zoom Meetings

Staying Connected - 38 minute webinar recording on Getting Started with Zoom Meetings
Click here for a step by step guide on creating a group club email to send your meeting invitation:
Click on each of the links below for additional tools on staying connected:
Staying Connected - 38 minute webinar recording on Getting Started with Zoom Meetings 2020-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

District 5610 Conference is Cancelled

Posted on Mar 16, 2020
District 5610 Governor, Ina Winter, in consultation with the executive committee has decided to cancel the 2020 District Conference in Hot Springs. We are currently looking into ways of delivering some of the content from the conference online, so keep your eyes open for email announcements. We encourage you all to be safe and to consider what your club might do to help ease the burden of COVID-19 in your community. Finally, be sure to place the dates of the next District Conference (Nov. 6-7 in Brookings) in your calendar.
District 5610 Conference is Cancelled Chuck Lubbers 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0

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:


Rotary District 5610 Club Service Highlight of February 2020 "Rapid City Rushmore Rotary picks up the pencil" 2020-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

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
Whiteclay Arts Makerspace Rotary Global Grant Proposed for Rotary D5610 2020-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

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. She went in for a medical mission to the Bangladesh refugees’ camps in 2017 and was moved by the plight of Rohingya and has since been an advocate for them. She spoke at various international levels about this genocide and is also involved in advocacy for the Uyghurs of China and putting a stop to illegal organ harvesting. She currently runs her foundation, Humanity Auxilium, and organizes medical relief missions. She has been given various awards for her advocacy work including being a Nobel prize nominee in 2019 and the 2019 Advocacy Award by CAMSS.

We have booked Tom Gump from Minnesota.  Tom will be speaking on the first ever Veterans Serving Veterans Rotary Club and will offer a mini-workshop on how to start a cause-based Rotary Club.  Jon Ruybalid of Whiteclay Makerspace will be speaking on our first ever effort at hosting a global grant project. It is a joint effort between Whiteclay Makerspace, Inc. and District 5610 designed to support Oglala Lakota artists and craftspeople with an economic and community development project.  Another presentation will be on our first ever Disaster Response grant to address Pine Ridge Reservation homes damaged by the bomb cyclones of 2019.

  Click Here for registration link, tentative agenda, and hotel information.  Come celebrate with us!

District 5610 Conference Celebration 2020-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

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.”
     The award will be presented in April at the District Conference in Hot Springs.  If you have someone in mind to nominate for the award, please feel free to do so at any time prior to March 15.  You can send it by email to me, or contact any of the current selection committee members.   (Ed Jacobson email:
     This year’s selection committee consists of (Ed Jacobson, Pierre, PDG, Chair), Larry Lyngstad (Pierre, first recipient), George Twitero (Rapid City Rushmore, second recipient), Pat Sutliff (Rapid City Rushmore, third recipient), Dave Lorenz (Vermillion, PDG), Steve Harrington (Le Mars, PDG), and Kathy Chandler (Secretary of the Vermillion Rotary Club).
     On behalf of the selection committee, thank you in advance for your consideration this request.
     To view a short video on the District's Youtube page featuring clips of the late Governor Roger Kozak talking about the role of service in Rotary, you can Click Here on the image below. 
Roger Kozak Award Nominations Sought Chuck Lubbers 2020-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

Fun Opportunity "Interclub 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
Fun Opportunity "Interclub Visits" 2020-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary 2020-21 District Grant Application Extended to JULY 31, 2020

It is time to start thinking about RY 2020-2021 District Grants. The deadline for submitting a grant request through the website has been changed and is extended to July 31, 2020.

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. The training should take less than 2 hours and you will need to be at a Mac or a PC (smartphones or tablets should work but I recommend a computer) with an internet connection to view the slides. You can either use the microphone and speakers of the computer or dial in to a phone number for audio. 
Here is the Tentative Schedule for Training for 2020-21 RY
To register for a session, click on the appropriate link. It will take you to a registration page. Once you have registered, you will receive the necessary login information for the webinar.
I hope to see a representative from each of your clubs attend. We have extra money to award as to District Grants this year, so I am looking forward to getting some great grant proposals!
Yours in Rotary,
Bruce Young
District 5610 Grant Subcommittee Chair
(712) 541-9822
Rotary 2020-21 District Grant Application Extended to JULY 31, 2020 2020-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

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.


North Central President Elect Training 2020-01-10 06:00:00Z 0


Hello Rotarians of District 5610.  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.
The grand prize for the 2020 District 5610 Raffle is a SAMSUNG 4 PIECE KITCHEN SUITE valued at over $4,500.00.  In addition, there are 40 great prizes provided by the Rotary clubs in our district.
Let's make this year's raffle fundraiser the best ever! Look for the raffle tickets in your club the first part of February.

Steve Harrington, PDG
District RAFFLE Fundraising Chair

IT'S RAFFLE TIME 2020-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Toastmasters are now working together

Dear Rotarian,

I am excited to share some good news: 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.

I hope you will join us in supporting this alliance in your community. You can start by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, or visiting a local Toastmasters club. Although the structure of club meetings is consistent, Toastmaster clubs are similar to Rotary clubs in that they each have their own personality. If you do not have a club in your area, you can watch a video to learn what happens at a Toastmasters meeting.

You can also invite members of Toastmasters to visit your club and learn more about Rotary. If you have a Toastmasters club in your area, consider meeting with its members to explore opportunities to collaborate or inviting a member of Toastmasters to participate in a service activity or speak at your club.

Toastmasters will create a leadership development program for Rotarians and Rotaractors. A structured, robust leadership and communication curriculum can help members develop practical skills that will serve them not only in Rotary leadership roles, but in their professional and personal lives as well. Effective leadership skills can strengthen our clubs and increase our impact. We will provide updates about this program when we have more details.

Many of us joined Rotary to make a difference and connect with others in our communities. By working with Toastmasters, our members can discover new ways to network and learn from others, while finding even more value in their Rotary membership experience.

Learn more by reviewing these frequently asked questions. You can also send your questions and your stories about local collaboration efforts to

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-20
Rotary and Toastmasters are now working together 2020-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

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. There are 41 clubs in cities throughout the District, and one of them is waiting for you. Join an organization with the mission to serve others and to make their communities better for all. This website provides information on many wonderful activities of clubs in our District. To locate a club near you, click on the Club Directory & Contacts link.  You can play the video by clicking on the image below or by CLICKING HERE to watch it on the District YouTube channel. 
Just a Few Reasons Why YOU should Join Rotary NOW! Chuck Lubbers 2020-01-07 06:00:00Z 0

District 5610 Disaster Response Project Helps Pine Ridge Residents

District 5610 recently completed a Rotary Disaster Response project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. 559 homes were damaged in the bomb cyclones of 2019. We helped the tribe's Emergency Management and Disaster Resiliency Departments buy a foam sprayer machine that will help waterproof and insulate these damaged homes. Because of this project families will be warmer and dryer in their own homes. This video was taken on November 14, 2019. Before and after photos were supplied by the Pine Ridge Disaster Resiliency Coordinator after the tribe started using the sprayer for repairs. Rotary cares.  You can watch the video by clicking on the image below or watch it on YouTube by CLICKING HERE.  -- Ina Winter, District Governor, 5610
District 5610 Disaster Response Project Helps Pine Ridge Residents Ina Winter 2020-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 5610 Club Service Highlight of January 2020

Rotary Club of Marshall Noon - Club’s “Student Rotarian” Guest Program

The Rotary Marshall Noon Club, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has a unique program that involves the Marshall Public School students in its weekly meetings.  For over 30 years the club has invited select Marshall senior class students to its weekly meetings as student guests, commonly referred to as student Rotarians.  The program has proven to be beneficial to all concerned.

Each year, 24 senior students – 12 females and 12 males - are nominated by the school faculty to be student Rotarians based on their academic achievement, school and community involvement, leadership and character.  Each student Rotarian is asked to attend a Marshall Noon Club Meeting for two consecutive weeks.  The first week, the student is introduced at the meeting by alternating club members.  The students each prepare a simple bio-sheet containing their name, parent’s name, address, and activities as well as their plans after graduation.  After the introduction, the student presents a 3-5-minute speech on a topic related to Rotary International.  The topic is up to the student to research and is a creative way for our club to experience a Rotary “Foundation minute”.  On the second week, the student presents a 5-7 minute speech highlighting their involvement in an activity that has made a difference in their life while a student at Marshall Public Schools.  The topics range from academics to fine arts activities to athletic achievements.

Our club members value the personal connection to the High School students.  We get a chance to know these great ambassadors of the next generation.  The students also value the experience to be exposed to the good works of Rotary in their community and worldwide.

Scott Monson, Superintendent of Schools in Marshall and Rotary Marshall Noon Club member said, “One of the many things I find rewarding about the student Rotarian program is the learning that these students experience when they are researching a Rotary focus- such as promoting peace or eradicating polio for their week one speech.  The research and preparation for their speeches helps them to learn more about challenges in the world and how Rotarians across the globe are stepping up to help others overcome these challenges.  In my opinion, the knowledge that our student Rotarians gain is another important step in their leadership and development.”

In the Spring the students all come back together for one meeting in which they are responsible to plan, organize, and conduct.  This student-led meeting challenges each student to take a role in running the normal aspects of a Rotary meeting, from leading the Pledge of Allegiance to all the multiple aspects of the program.   The club is often rewarded with the talents of the students.

After the student-led meeting, the club assembles a committee to award four, $500 scholarships to the top participating student Rotarians.  Each student submits their speech and fills out a scholarship application.  The club committee members individually score the applications.  The scores are tallied from each committee member to reveal the four highest scores.  The scholarship money is awarded to their school upon enrollment of the deserving students.

The Marshall Public School District plays a vital role in the success of the student Rotarian program.  It requires a significant investment in time of the superintendent and his administration and faculty.  The student selection process is intentionally the sole responsibility of the school district.  Removing the club from this process insures objective nominees.  The school district sends an invitation letter to the parents encouraging them to attend the specific meetings attended by their son or daughter.   The Marshall school district even pays for the meals of the parents who attend their student’s “week 2” meeting.

The school district also sends a letter to the student’s parents from our club’s membership committee.  The letter describes Rotary and lists many of our club’s local projects with the intent of attracting new members.

The student Rotarian program in Marshall is all about connection to our community. 

“Life is so busy nowadays, and there can sometimes be sort of a disconnect between the community and students.  The student Rotarian program is one way that students are able to connect with civic and community members and leaders and for our Rotary members to connect with students.  I see it being mutually beneficial, as students see leaders in our community and Rotarians see future leaders who potentially may be leaders in our community at some point.” Scott Monson Superintendent of Marshall Public Schools.

Matt Pedersen

Rotary Marshall Noon Club President



Pictured:  Dean and Lenei


Pictured:  Keziah and Grant

Rotary District 5610 Club Service Highlight of January 2020 2020-01-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Seeks Lakota Participants for Professional Exchange to Australia

The official name of this exchange is Australia-USA Wiradjuri/Oceti Sakowin Rotary Group Study Exchange. Phase 1 of this grant project will support the Rotary District 9700 delegation of young indigenous Australian professionals to Rotary District 5610 to experience a different indigenous culture and to share experiences and connections to demonstrate the way Rotary works towards building understanding, peace and vocational excellence. This is planned to occur April 2020, ending at the District Conference in Hot Springs.  

Phase 2 of this grant project will be to send counterpart Native Tribal Americans to Australia in March 2021, to mirror the experience of the Phase 1 Aboriginal Australians. The Wiradjuri are a major Aboriginal indigenous tribe of southwest Australia. The 2016 census counted 786,685 Aboriginal people from more than 250 language groups or 3.3% of Australia’s population (about double the percentage of American Indians to total US population). This map shows the area the team will experience in New South Wales. 

The Native American leaders in Omniceye Rotary, Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP), Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS), Oglala Lakota College, and a number of other organizations will be consulted to provide personal connections to recruit applicants. A short form application is available from the contacts listed below. After collecting applications, interviews will be held to answer questions about the exchange and familiarize the Group Study Exchange (GSE) team with the exchange details.

How did this exchange come about? Following the 2014 International Rotary conference in Australia, a group of US Rotarians from District 5610, were hosted by Australian Rotarians from District 9700. They visited New South Wales, including Parkes, Australia, viewing aboriginal/settler primary school program and the Parkes Rotary Peace Precinct carvings by aboriginal artists. Parkes is also a Rotary Peace Community. In 2015 a delegation from District 9700 visited South Dakota and were reverse hosted by District 5610 Rotarians. The group began their visit in Rapid City and the Black Hills, hosted by Rotary clubs throughout the District, and culminated in the District 5610 conference in Pierre, SD. After the conclusion of both exchanges, a plan was formalized to create a Group Study Exchange between the two entities, comprised of non-Rotarian members. At the District 5610 conference held September 28-29, 2018 a number of the District 5610 leadership including Lorenz, Winter, Linda Peterson PDG and Zone 29 Public Image Coordinator and Pat Sutliff, PDG and Chair of the Rushmore Rotary international committee, met together with Katus to brainstorm follow-up steps. Peterson and Katus volunteered to draft a District 5610 grant request for funding of the first phase of this project to begin in 2019. Grants were approved for $2500 for Phase 1 and $10,850 for Phase 2. Cash and in-kind contributions to match this grant are welcomed. 

The GSE team will attend Rotary meetings as opportunities present during location in all areas. Rotarians and Clubs in District 5610 are invited to participate in home-hosting, touring and hosting  team members at club meetings. When the route is drafted, clubs along the tour will be contacted to help participate. 

Nation-building and vocational development for both indigenous peoples of Australia and Native Americans in South Dakota will be beneficial to all the communities impacted. Clubs and leaders in Rotary from around District 5610 have desired a better relationship with our native population and this GSE exchange is the next step in fostering a closer relationship and cooperation between clubs and the reservations’ population. Other Rotary clubs from around the US have projects already in several locations on the reservations. There is considerable international interest in this exchange program.

Project Contacts:

Linda Peterson, Rapid City Rushmore Rotary, PDG 2014-15, RPIC Zone 27/29 2018-20
Home 605-341-5006, Cell 605-390-0800 Email:
Tom Katus, Rapid City Rushmore Rotary, Omniceye Committee
Home 605-718-0545, Cell 605-391-7588 Email:

Click Here for Australia-USA Wiradjuri/Oceti Sakowin Rotary Group Study Exchange Team Member Application


Rotary Seeks Lakota Participants for Professional Exchange to Australia 2019-12-18 06:00:00Z 0


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

Ride to End Polio

It was a fine day for a bicycle ride - sunny, mild breezes, temperatures in the upper 60's.  Getting to the ride, not so much.  The drive down to Tucson featured a white-knuckle trek over the I-25 Raton Pass - snow pack, blowing snow, single lane 20mph travel.  Not even the aggressive drivers were passing.  Stopped earlier than planned at Santa Fe, NM and had to chip the ice off my bicycle before bringing it into the hotel room.

The rest of the drive was uneventful and I arrived in time to attend the Rotary pre-race dinner.  Lots of fun with more fund-raising and a chance to meet up with Rotary friends from across the country.  This ride was the 37th El de Tucson charity ride and the 10th year for the Ride to End Polio portion sponsored by Rotary International District 5500.

There were just under 7,000 riders in all the races.  Distances of 100, 50, and 25 miles were offered and a shorter fun ride for kids was also on the agenda.  Traffic control was stellar and the City of Tucson and ride organizers went all out to provide an amazing ride for the participants.  Participants came from all over the United States and I even met a couple of Rotarian riders from Italy and Germany.

After mile 21, which followed a long uphill push of perhaps five miles, I was ready to quit.  Hadn't put in enough training miles for that kind of punishment.  But at the top of the hill, the Marana AZ Rotary Club aid station was an oasis of recovery.  I stayed awhile refreshing my energy with bananas and oranges and resting my legs for the last half of the ride.  The grueling uphill punishment was rewarded with a long downhill ride of about 15 miles to the final stretch which was composed of rolling terrain.

My goal of averaging 10 mph over the 50 miles and finishing in about five hours was busted.  It took two hours longer than anticipated, but I did finish ahead of the the course closing...barely.  The happy news is that my goal of raising $1,000 for PolioPlus was exceeded.  The final tally for my first Ride to End Polio was $1,855 before the 2:1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Next year?  Thinking the 25 mile course is good.  Looking forward to another fun time raising money for a worthy cause.  Perhaps there will be other District 5610 Rotarian riders next year?

Thank you to all who pledged to support my ride.  It really was you who helped me get back on the bike at mile 21.

Ina Winter
District Governor 2019-2020
RID 5610

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.


The start of the 50 mile ride.  This was the event with the most riders.  All kinds of human-powered vehicles were used.  One guy even rode a unicycle in the 100 mile ride!

The start of the 50 mile ride.  This was the event with the most riders.  All kinds of human-powered vehicles were used.  One guy even rode a unicycle in the 100 mile ride!


The Marana AZ Rotary Club Aid Station with some of the Rotarian riders posing in front of District 5500's semi-trailer decked out in End Polio messages.


Judging by the smiles, this was either at the beginning of the race or on the long downhill reward after the Marana aid station.


This is what my bike looked like at the Santa Fe stop.  Despite the thick coating of ice and snow, the bike worked well during the ride.

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District 5610 Club Service Highlights of December 2019

Rotary Club of Centerville
The Centerville Rotary relocated the area food pantry and took over the management/volunteering of it.  We remodeled a storage room in the back of the Senior Center and are open to the public on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.    Centerville Rotarians are the sole volunteers of the facility at this time.    We utilized a District grant of $1,000 and matched it with our own $1,000 to do the remodel.  We also coordinate food drives.
Rotary Club of Clark
A week ago Clark Rotary was invited to share the Thanksgiving meal at the Clark High School. This is an annual event we enjoy and attendance is often near 100%. During that time the Superintendent comes and gives the highs and lows of school activities. As usual, the student accomplishments in local, state and national events are reviewed and applauded. When asked about school needs, the Superintendent shared that school meals for many were becoming an issue of nonpayment. She had set up a fund called the Angel Fund and took personal donations from others for this fund. When a student ran out of money and could not pay for their meal, they were offered the same meal with money being taken from the Angel Fund. Following her presentation, Clark Rotary voted to donate $500 to the school for use in the fund. We would have had no idea of this need if we hadn’t been invited to the school that day. It put the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving for all of us.
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Rotary District 5610 Four Way Test Essay Contest

It's that time of year again when we think about the District 5610 Four Way Test Essay Contest.  This 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 4 Way Test to my life?"  You will be amazed and excited at the perspective 6th graders have on our 4 Way Test.
You need to find a 6th grade teacher or group of teachers who are willing to participate in this great project.  you may find that it is usually easier to approach teachers rather than the administrators as they have so many other issues on their minds.  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 March 15, 2020 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 at District Conference in April of 2020.  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 Hot Springs.  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.
We are 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.  For questions or more information contact Pat Sutliff.
The necessary forms are attached.
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Wheelchair Drive

Greetings Rotarians of District 5610. Karl's TV and Appliance stores and Hope Haven International (HHI) are seeking help in the collection of wheelchairs in your areas again in 2019. Karl's TV and Appliance stores are asking you to consider promoting this drive by helping to call nursing homes, hospitals, medical equipment sales dealers, VFW's, etc, in your communities, to see if they can donate their used wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches. All Karl's locations will store the mobility devices at their stores as well as ship them back to HHI in Sioux Falls. Please help us to collect these items through Karl's so we can rebuild these wheelchairs and give mobility to those in need around the world. Please contact Mark Siemonsma at 712.470.0298 or if you would like to help or need more information. Thank you again and blessings to all this holiday season!

*Please note, we are not collecting electric wheelchairs or wooden crutches or canes.

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All but one of the 40 active clubs in District 5610 have received the official Governor's visit.  I am also excited to visit, in the near future, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rotaract Club.  The club visits exceeded my expectations.  It was truly enjoyable visiting each club and learning what the clubs are doing to serve their communities and contribute to the greater Rotary community.  I am humbled by the extraordinary leadership of the clubs and have a renewed appreciation of Rotary on the ground in District 5610.

During my visits, I took a survey of the members present and offered them an opportunity to identify themselves as veteran Rotarians, novice Rotarians, or somewhere in-between.  They were then asked to grade their club as vibrant, thriving, surviving, or struggling and why.  Rotarians also got the opportunity to leave a message for club leadership and district leadership.  Each club president got the original surveys from their club and a summary of all responses.  The one club with a visit pending was surveyed online, so the survey represents the entire district.  It is not a scientific survey, but the results are valuable nonetheless.

We collected 464 completed surveys which is 27% of our entire district membership of 1750.  That is an extremely good rate of return.  Veterans accounted for 58% of the responses, 14% were from novices, and 28% fell somewhere in-between.  29% of respondents rated their club vibrant, 37% rated it thriving, 32% rated it surviving, and the remainder of less than 2% said their club was struggling.  One conclusion that may be drawn from the data is that club members are generally happy with their club and recognize that there is room for improvement.

As interesting as the numbers are, the best information from the survey came from the written comments.  Overwhelmingly, our members recognize that their club needs to recruit and retain new members...many called out younger members as the most sought after prospect.  The second most called out need was for basic Rotary information.  I have distributed the survey results to District 5610 leadership and we will be working on delivering what the members have cited as needs.  Stay tuned.

Finally, I would like to comment on the exceeding generosity and gratitude members expressed for their volunteer club and district leadership.  I was not expecting that and it was quite encouraging.  Thank you, District 5610 Rotarians for being Rotarians and making the world a better place in the many ways each of you contribute.

Warmly and kindly,

Ina Winter

DG 2019-2020


Giving Extended to December 10th:  Rotary Foundation Month Club Challenge for November 2019

DISTRICT 5610 GOVERNOR’S FOUNDATION MONTH CHALLENGE – Prizes worth a total of 5,000 in Paul Harris Foundation points to be awarded.
District 5610 Clubs and members are being challenged by Governor Ina Winter again in 2019 to support Rotary Foundation giving during the month of November, which is Rotary’s Foundation Month.  

Winners in member giving category of the Governor’s District Awards (2 awards) will receive 1,000 points for a Paul Harris Fellow gift to be awarded as they choose. All members who give a Paul Harris Fellowship gift in November will be entered in a drawing to select the members to recognize to give the points to recognize as they desire. Clubs in each division that win the per capita category will receive 1,000 Paul Harris Fellow points gift to award as they choose. A total of 5,000 in points will be awarded.  
Governor District Awards for:
The two Individuals with the highest Foundation giving in November will be selected either due to their gift or as selected in a drawing if we have a number of Paul Harris Fellowship gifts at the same amount.

The district club with the highest per capita giving in November Governor Division Awards (3 Divisions):
The club in each division with the highest per capita giving in November receives special governor recognition, and 1,000 Paul Harris Fellow points.
Division I – Canton, Centerville, Clark, Gettysburg, Gregory, Huron, LeMars, Mapleton, Marshall Sunrise, Minneota, Rock Valley, Scotland, Sibley, , Suburban Sioux City, Tyndall, and Wagner. (16)
Division II – Aberdeen, Canby, Cherokee, Custer, Denison, Hot Springs, Madison, Marshall, Mobridge, Sioux Falls North, Sioux Falls South, Spearfish, and Yankton. (13)
Division III -  Brookings, Luverne, Mitchell, Pierre-Ft Pierre, Rapid City, Rapid City Rushmore, Sioux Falls Downtown, Sioux Falls West, Sioux City, Watertown, Winner, and Vermillion. (12)
Contest parameters: Winners will be determined by monitoring all Foundation giving from NOVEMBER 1 to DECEMBER 10. Giving will be extended to December 10th to allow late donations to be registered in the Rotary Foundation records.
Contact Mike Gibson, District Foundation Chair for more information.  
Below are a couple of links for your review about The Rotary Foundation and how to donate to the Foundation. 
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District Governor Winter Joins Ride to End Polio 

District 5610 has a rider in the 10th annual Ride to End Polio! Polio eradication was one of the two main reasons Ina joined Rotary, so she felt it was time to do this ride. We are asking for your pledge to support her fundraising goal of $1,000 to PolioPlus.

After many years away from biking, she is getting back in the saddle to Ride to End Polio.  Not wishing to overdo and injure herself, she is training for the 50 mile course.  She is asking friends, family, and Rotarians to pledge $1/mile for this important and vital cause.  Really, any pledge is welcome.  All pledges will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation is one of the highest rated charitable organizations in the world - rated 1st by Charity Navigator for 12 straight years!  No safer investment for your charitable contribution.

Ina is also riding to honor her mother, Phyllis Winter, who worked as a Registered Nurse and tended to polio victims using the old iron lungs.  Ina recalls her mom dragging the kids to a public immunization event and how thrilled she was to be able to give the vaccine to them.

We encourage you to support the Ride to End Polio by clicking here to reach District Governor Ina Winter's Pledge Page.

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Thanks Everyone Prenatal Care for Indigenous Women has Launched

Global Grant 1980712, Group Prenatal Care Training for Indigenous Women, officially launched in Fargo on September 17.  Over 100 people attended the kick off celebration on September 17, with representatives of 10 Rotary Clubs in attendance!  It was a wonderful evening with a poster session, dinner/program, and dancing/drumming by the Buffalo River Singers & Dancers.  The diaper drive was very successful as well, with approximately $2000 in diapers/funds collected from attendees and five clubs contributing! 
After the kick off event, health providers from each of the five sites (one each from MT, ND, SD, NE, and MN) stayed on for two more days, to train with the national March of Dimes staff on how to implement group prenatal care in their communities! 
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The elimination of polio from the world has had a tough year. Many parents in Pakistan have become vaccine deniers and are newly refusing to have their children vaccinated. This appears to be a response to the government's attempts to get better coverage with threats of jail for non-immunizers and increasing the age of the immunized to 10 years. A public hysterical reaction took place aided by the false information online stating there is a conspiracy by the West to give polio drops that are unsafe and are a part of the effort to hurt and sterilize Muslim children. Over 40 thousand children were reportedly taken to medical facilities with symptoms of nausea and feeling bad after receiving polio drops. Fortunately, no medical condition was present, but immunization has stalled with a subsequent increase in cases of polio paralysis resulting. Now new efforts to combat vaccine denial and more education must be accomplished if we are to move on with the elimination of polio. The Gates Foundation has announced continued matching two dollars for each dollar raised by Rotary. We must as the Energizer Bunny says, "keep going and going and going" and redouble funding efforts.
Willis Sutliff PolioPlus Chair District 5610
District Governor Ina encourages you to join her in giving an additional $35 to PolioPlus this year to help fund The Rotary Foundation's pledge to raise $50 million this Rotary year for polio eradication.  Ina will be making her donation on World Polio Day, October 24, 2019.  District 5610 Rotary Clubs are also encouraged to raise funds on World Polio Day from their celebrations and awareness events.
Thank you, Rotarians - because of your work more than 16 million people have avoided paralysis.  Let's continue until no one has to face polio again.
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Join the Celebration of World Polio Day on October 24

Posted on Sep 05, 2019

Does your club have a plan to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24?  What will you do to highlight this important day - a watch party, a proclamation from the city government, a speaker at your weekly meeting?  The graphic below has some ideas on how you and your club can help celebrate World Polio Day 2019! Review those ideas and search for others. Work with the club to determine how they will celebrate the day, and then choose materials from the resource center and other links to help you.


As important as it is to plan your club's event, it is also important to try to promote the event among your club members and the local community. We want everyone to understand that we are so close to eradicating polio from our planet. Please plan something to help celebrate the day and share that with us.


A great deal of material for World Polio Day 2019 is available on the End Polio Now website (  You can go to this link to access all of the items listed below. The links are active in this file, so that you can click on any of the highlighted materials and you should be taken to that material on the website.  The End Polio Now site also has an extensive Resource Center. The resource center provides material in the areas under the categories of:  InfographicsBanners & PostersVideosEducationSocial MediaEvent MaterialsBrand Center


Materials to raise awareness:

1. A fact sheet – Rotary and Polio – that can be the foundation for a media contact

2. A sample press release – that can be customized for your event

3. A template for an official proclamation for world polio day

4. Images for social media to promote the World Polio Day livestream event

5. A page with example posts for Facebook and Twitter- These can be combined with the images for social media.


Materials to plan an event:

1. An event planning guide

2. A template for an event invitation

3. A template for sign on a donation box

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September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

Posted on Sep 01, 2019

Rotary International has designated September, 2019, as Basic Education and Literacy Month.  775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotary International has a range of programs to improve global education and literacy rates (  What is your club doing to promote education and literacy initiatives in your community? During September, please post to the District's Facebook page examples of what your club is doing to promote basic education and literacy. 


Rotary clubs around the world are working on literacy. Two examples of those activities in District 5610 are tied to “Read Across America Day” on March 2 of each year. The Sioux Falls South Rotary Club has selected the Cleveland Elementary School and has been actively working to promote literacy initiatives. In addition to celebrating Read Across America Day by having Rotarians read their favorite books in classrooms, they have also donated money to allow all the students to purchase one or more books. CLICK HERE to see a local news report on their program.


The Vermillion Rotary Club has long supported the local schools through scholarships, giving bike helmets to all second graders and donating to school initiatives, such as the Community Service Day, the Robotics Team, the German Exchange student program, and many more. Several years ago, the club decided to help promote the love of reading. School officials were consulted and it was agreed that the focus should be on the Kindergarten students, since first grade students were the focus of another program for Read Across America Day. The club purchased age appropriate books for all Kindergarten students in the community, with extra copies for teachers to use in the classroom. CLICK HERE or on the image below to see a video that was made using some of the photos from the book distribution on Read Across America Day in 2018. 

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Vermillion Rotary Duck Race Raises Money for Community Center

Posted on Aug 05, 2019
On June 14, the Vermillion Rotary Club held the Vermillion Rotary Duck Race at the Prentis Plunge Aquatics Center in Prentis Park, Vermillion.  This fundraising event served to not only provide a fun community event, but also to raise funds for the New Community Connections Center. The club plans to use this annual event as a fundraiser for worthy community projects and as a signal to the start of summer in Vermillion.  Ducks were “adopted” for $5 and then 1,000 yellow, rubber ducks raced to determine the top three places. The ducks first took a ride down one of the large slides in the aquatics center, and then they traveled through the lazy river before reaching the finish line. The sponsors of the top three ducks received a cash prize. The ducks were divided into three groups and each group ran an initial heat. The top 20 ducks from each the initial heats advanced to the final heat to determine the winners. To learn more about the event, read the pre-event STORY in the Vermillion Plain-Talk or look at the photo album in the Vermillion Rotary Facebook page.
Below is the logo for the event as well as one of the many photos of the event on the Club's Facebook page. The photo shows a few of the many Vermillion Rotarians who helped to run the event. Here, Kathy Chandler records the 20 winners of each heat in the official spreadsheet, John Prescott, records the heat winners on the board for all to see, and Steve Walters, the event organizer, prepares to call out the heat winners and lead the crowd in the countdown to the start of the next heat.
Vermillion Rotary Duck Race Raises Money for Community Center Chuck Lubbers 2019-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Basics Explained in Booklet

Posted on Aug 02, 2019
Do you have questions about Rotary?   Here is a great booklet on the basics of Rotary from Rotary International that you can now find on the District website in the "News/Download" section. You can also download your copy by simply CLICKING HERE or on the image below.  Use this resource to educate your new members, refresh long time Rotarians or use it to design programs for your meetings. Download your copy today to learn more about the structure of Rotary, the organization's values, Rotary's youth programs, the Rotary Foundation, and more!
Rotary Basics Explained in Booklet Chuck Lubbers 2019-08-02 05:00:00Z 0


Thanks to all the District 5610 Rotarians who have donated to the Rotary Foundation our District has seen its second year in a row of significant increases.  Donations from the District in fiscal years 15, 16 and 17 averaged around $95 per Rotarian. In FY 18, Governor Harrington challenged all the clubs to increase contributions and that number jumped to over $113.  During his club meetings in FY 19, Governor Lorenz asked Rotarians to make Foundation donations a priority and you answered his call.  By the end of the recently completed FY 19, the average donation per Rotarian in District 5610 jumped to over $131.  Thank you for your donations and for helping us to spread the word about the excellent work that results from those donations.

Donations to the Rotary foundation include donations to the Annual Fund, the Polio Plus campaign, as well as any endowments, with the majority of our contributions being targeted toward the Annual Fund. Annual fund contributions are held for three years by the Foundation and the interest is used to fund the Foundation’s operations. After three years the money is allocated by the foundation to support local grants (the money for our District 5610 grants) as well as global grants for projects in which many of our District’s clubs participate. Your donations to the Rotary Foundation are helping to eradicate Polio, and fund numerous projects within our District and around the globe.  Thank you.



Catching up with Rotary Peace Scholar DJ Fravel

DJ Fravel, right, takes a break from his studies to enjoy a quick trip to see Stonehenge. 
DJ Fravel, Rotary Peace Scholar from District 5610, is completing his year-long program in England and will be returning to South Dakota in early September.  Recently we caught up with DJ to find out what his year has been like. In his own words, DJ fills us in on a year filled with life-changing experiences.
How have you interacted with Rotarians where you’re studying?
To date, I’ve been a guest speaker at five Rotary Clubs and one Rotaract Club. I’ll spend the evening chatting with the Rotarians over dinner, and then speak a bit about myself and what brought me to study in London. Topics usually include the Global Grant Scholarship and its process, life in South Dakota, talking about my studies, future plans, and answering questions. I’ve heard South Dakota Mornings by the Bee Gees and Doris Day’s The Black Hills of Dakota quite a few times at these dinners!
I also attended multiple get-togethers, Rotary Walks, and other similar events with the cohort or Global Grant scholars studying in London. The central event was the District Conference in Bournemouth from October 19-21. Come the last week of August, I will be giving my goodbye speech for my host club of Enfield Chase here in London District 1130.
Additionally, I understand that you’ve joined Rotaract. I would love to hear more about your experiences there?
I joined Rotaract near the very end of 2018 after attending several meetings and volunteering with the Operation: Christmas Child shoebox packing. Rotaract Westminster is a large and active club, with quite a few opportunities for service opportunities. One option, for example, is their weekly soup kitchen every Thursday with St Patrick’s Church in Soho. Their semi-weekly meetings are extremely well attended, with guest Rotaractors from around the world routinely stopping in to have a chat about their own clubs and experiences.
What have you been doing in your studies, and how do you anticipate that this experience is going to influence your future career choices, community involvement, etc.?
At this exact moment, my future career plans involve working for two to four years to earn some money towards attending law school and attaining my J.D. After this point, I plan on becoming an immigration lawyer working with the asylum seeker cases, or as a legal consultant with a refugee advocacy group, PAC, or NGO.
I went for my Master’s to help build up more knowledge, frameworks, and understanding in the context of migration. I’ve learned how so much of what we see in these realms created fully from how we speak of the facts at hand. It is easy to frame migration as something that happens far away, especially from places such as South Dakota. But in so doing, we remove large swaths of the human element in migration. It becomes something that happens ‘out there’, away from us.
During my program, I took such courses as Migration in Conflict and Ethics in International Relations. Both taught numerous ways that we can look at the world in an effort to find the best policies and programs. Even deeper, however, these courses looked at the ways in which we all use language towards some specific desired worldview.
In talking about migration solely as ‘legal’ or ‘illegal’, we can quickly downplay the instigating factors for why people choose to flee from where they live in order to seek asylum somewhere else. In the midst of all of this, however, some system is necessary to protect the lost and least as they look for a new home. Our legal system is not perfect, neither are the ways we currently address migration. It is my hope that, with my Master’s and future J.D., I’ll be able to enter in to this discussion as a knowledgeable, compassionate, and human-focused individual. The Rotary motto “service above self” rings out clearly here.
For the time being, however, I await my final exam marks and am in the process of writing my dissertation. I don’t have an official title quite yet, but I am writing on the contemporary tensions between ‘migrants’ as a concept and group of people as juxtaposed with ‘citizenship’ and belonging in the United States. Looking at the current system of detention and family separation, something that has been going on in the US far longer than some might think, we see how quickly defining asylum seekers with the catch all term ‘immigrant’ can lead to inhumane and dangerous policies. My dissertation seeks to investigate where these notions came from, and what steps we can take to help humanize this process.
What opportunities have you had (travel, cultural events, etc.) while in the program?
Most recently, I took a road trip out to Bath with another Rotary Scholar, Katie Fettes from District 7010 in Canada. We saw Stonehenge, visited Bath Abbey, and saw the historic Roman bath houses.  I went to visit a friend working in Hong Kong for Spring Break and spent a good week there doing some food tourism with her. The history of Hong Kong and its modern political climate blended together as we visited museums in between food stops, making for an eye opening few days.
In London, I’ve taken advantage of the large number of theaters (and student ticket prices) and have seen classic plays like Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, The Woman in Black, and Fiddler on the Roof. My mother’s first Master’s Degree is in Theatre History, so her request to me was that I see as many plays as possible so she can live vicariously through me. I hope I’ve seen enough for you, mom!
The British Museum is a great place to go spend a few hours with a cup of tea and enough history to keep you occupied for far more time than I have. My first visit there took up about seven hours, and I’m positive I have yet to see everything they have to offer. My routine stop is always the Greek and Assyrian sculpture wing. The power and artistry behind they work is always a source of fascination.
During what little downtime I have as I write my dissertation this summer, I’m planning on spending some time at several of the many larger parks London has to offer. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew are fast becoming a main feature of my free days! London weather is fairly routine, but oftentimes uncooperative. Rain is intermittent, but extremely common, making days out require always carrying an umbrella.
I have taken up two hobbies during my stay here. Along with some friends, I am taking Scottish line dancing classes about once every other week. Three times a month, I also attend longswords classes.
What have you found most surprising during the time in the program?
While I appreciate the option to take public transportation nearly everywhere, London is an extremely walkable city. I live near London Bridge Station, which is right across the Thames from Central London. A 30-minute walk can get me nearly anywhere!  Out of all the transportation options available, The Overground rail line is by far my favorite. That said, nothing can quite beat the charm of the old Swanage steam line.
Catching up with Rotary Peace Scholar DJ Fravel 2019-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Requesting New and Used Wheelchairs to Provide Individuals with Mobility Worldwide

Hope Haven is asking for assistance from our district clubs in the collection of new and used wheelchairs. 
Thousands of volunteers, have invested 24 years and bring a lifetime of expertise and skill to repairing and refurbishing used wheelchairs, crafting new chair cushions, and sewing wheelchair accessories. 
Latest wheelchair facts and figures:
1. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 70,000,000 million people worldwide need wheelchairs and only 15% have them.  That means 59,500,000 people need wheelchairs worldwide.
2. There are 190 countries in the world recognized by the WHO.  Of those 190 countries, 34 are developed countries and 156 are undeveloped.  Eighty-five percent (85%) of the people who need wheelchairs are in the 156 undeveloped countries.
3. As of April 30, 2019, Hope Haven has delivered 127,104 wheelchairs to people in need in 108 countries.
4. It would be of great help for clubs to accumulate wheelchairs, Hope Haven will collect them free of charge from any location in District 5610 or anywhere else.  Please click here to contact Steve Sikorski and he will arrange for pickup.
Help us exceed the 127,104 wheelchairs that have been distributed.  Wheelchairs provide people with disabilities their mobility, inclusion, and care they deserve and need. Hope Haven provides quality wheelchairs that are safety-tested and tailored to meet the needs and size of each individual, giving people the opportunity to live a fulfilling life!  To learn more please visit
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District Governor Ina Winter's Goals for Rotary Year 2019-2020

The Rotary Year 2019-2020 has started and a good way to start a journey is with an end in mind.  This year, we have three goals - one for each of the major divisions that Rotary International and our District 5610 is concentrating on.
Foundation.  While we will be encouraging members to continue to support The Rotary Foundation with their gifts and to reap the benefits of past years contributions with participation in the District and Global Grant programs, we are specifically targeting the development of a global grant project in our area.  This means that we will be the host partner and will need to solicit an international partner to help us with our project.  We have a grant team of Linda Peterson, Tom Katus, and Colby Christensen of Rapid City Rushmore Rotary Club working on an economic and community development project to benefit the residents of the Pine Ridge community.  We will be partnering with a Nebraska non-profit to equip a maker space for artists in an old White Clay, NE liquor store.  Building something positive out of a tragic past.  Mike Gibson of the Pierre-Ft. Pierre Rotary Club serves as our District Foundation Chair and he and his team are the people to consult for all things Foundation.
Membership.  We will be keeping close tabs on membership throughout the year; however, our emphasis will be on starting two new Rotary groups of any kind.  RI recognizes at least seven types of Rotary clubs:  Traditional, Satellite, E-clubs, Corporate, Passport, Cause-based, and Rotaract clubs.  Additionally, Rotary Community Corps (RCC) clubs and Interact Clubs will count toward this goal.  I believe this is an easily achieved goal as there is tremendous growth potential in communities already hosting a traditional club as well as in communities missing a Rotary presence.  Carmen Hanson of the Rapid City Rushmore Rotary Club leads our efforts in Membership.  She has lots of ideas and is a tremendous resource for clubs in the membership area.
Public Image.  Traditionally, Rotarians have been reluctant to promote our people and our achievements outside of the Rotary world - and perhaps even amongst ourselves to full benefit.  We believe it is important to recognize all the good we are doing as clubs and as individuals and to show off our people and projects to other Rotary groups and to our communities at large.  To that end, District 5610 is standing up a Recognition Committee and program.  We will be promoting all the past recognition efforts and building new ones to highlight all the great things clubs and Rotarians are doing throughout the year.  Recognition is not just for Rotarians...clubs publicly recognizing community individuals and organizations can bring benefit to all concerned.  Tony Burke of the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls is leading this effort for the district.
Rotary International recognizes that flexibility is key to the continued success of Rotary in the 21st century.  Innovation on the club and district level is encouraged to keep Rotary fresh and appealing to a new generation of Rotarians.  Our International President's theme, 'Rotary Connects the World' applies to connecting generations within Rotary as well as connecting clubs to the greater Rotary world.
Let's DO this!
Ina Winter
District Governor 2019-2020
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District Clubs Recruit 94 New Members

Posted on Jun 28, 2019
In late January, District Governor Dave Lorenz asked all the clubs to focus on recruiting new members by the end of the Rotary year - June 30.  He set a goal of 66 new Rotarians (56 + 10) by June 30. When that goal was reached by May 20, he posted an additional challenge to recruit 25 more by June 30. That second challenge has been met and passed.  Congratulations, Rotarians of District 5610!  Through your efforts, you have recruited 94 new members since the start of February.  These new members bring new ideas and help clubs throughout the District to continue to improve their communities through Service Above Self. 
District Clubs Recruit 94 New Members Chuck Lubbers 2019-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Two District 5610 Rotarians to be Inducted into the South Dakota Hall Of Fame

Rotarians, Dr. Reuben Bareis of Rapid City and Dick Brown of Custer, are two of the 10 individuals in the 2019 class to be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.  The South Dakota Hall of Fame is celebrating its 45th year and recognizes individuals who impact the state through the mission to Champion a Culture of Excellence. The inductee accomplishments reach beyond South Dakota in representing and building the future for the state. 
Brown has been a member of the Custer Rotary Club since moving there twelve years ago. Prior to his move to Custer, he was a member of a Sioux Falls Rotary club and served as the President.  Bareis is a lifetime supporter of Rotary, including service as the Rapid City Club president, hosting youth exchange, hosting for friendship exchange, and serving as a leader in club projects.
The Honors Ceremony will be held in Chamberlain/Oacoma, SD on September 13 and 14, 2019, and is open to the public. A table for 10 has been reserved for Rotarians that want to be there to celebrate the induction of these two to the Hall of Fame. Contact Linda Peterson or Carol Johnson to reserve a spot at the table. The biographies of the two provided below, and further information on the SD Hall of Fame, are located at
Two of This Year’s Honorees and Rotarians of District 5610 are:
Rapid City, SD | Medical
Changing the Course for Elderly Caregiving
When Dr. Bareis relocated to Rapid City in 1957, only a single care facility for the elderly existed. Reuben is one of the original board members and helped break ground at Westhills Village Retirement Community. Six more facilities eventually followed, and Dr. Bareis served as medical director of three of them. His work continues to influence South Dakota in this critical care need. Dr. Bareis retired in 1999 after almost 50 years of practicing internal medicine and geriatrics with many accomplishments as a kind and compassionate community leader.
Custer, SD | Philanthropic
Public Service Leader & Conservationist
A native of Dell Rapids and USD Political Science alumnus, Dick Brown left for Washington, D.C. in 1967 for doctoral studies and to work for U.S. Senator Karl Mundt. He then went on to lead the ten-state Missouri River Basin Commission in Omaha. In 1979, he returned to his beloved South Dakota where his impact has been felt statewide with involvement in the state legislature, charitable organizations, and outdoor recreation.
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Foundation Giving

Gifts to the Rotary Foundation make it possible for Rotarians to continue doing good in the world.  There is still much to do, and we hope you will help by donating to the Rotary Foundation by June 30.
The impact of your support extends beyond your own community to Rotarian led projects around the world.  Your gifts inspire education initiatives to inspire learning of all ages, protects children from diseases like polio and helps us all work together to build a more peaceful future.
With you help, we can make lives better in our communities and around the world.
Please make a donation by June 30.
To donate on-line:
If you have any question please contact District Foundation Chair Mike Gibson.
Yours in Rotary,
Dave Lorenz
District Governor 
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Dr. Willis Sutliff Presents a Polio Plus Campaign Update

Posted by Chuck Lubbers on May 15, 2019
Dr. Willis Sutliff, the Energizer bunny of the Polio Plus campaign in District 5610, receives a club banner from Rand Wergin, Vermillion Rotary Club President, after Dr. Sutliff's update to the Vermillion Club on Rotary's efforts to rid the world of Polio.  To watch Dr. Sutliff's presentation to the club you can CLICK HERE or on the picture below to go to the Club's YouTube page. 
Dr. Willis Sutliff Presents a Polio Plus Campaign Update Chuck Lubbers 2019-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Sushil Gupta resigns as RI president-nominee

Posted by Chuck Lubbers on Apr 27, 2019
Photo of Sushil Gupta

My Fellow Rotarians,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the president-nominee of Rotary International. While it was my dream to serve as your president, my health prevents me from giving my absolute best to you and the office of the president at this time. I believe Rotary deserves nothing less than that from those elected to represent this great organization of ours.

I have made this difficult decision after much soul searching and conferring with my family. This is not only a disappointment for us, but I am also keenly aware that this will be a disappointment for many Rotarians in India who were so proud to see someone from our country again named as president. I know that this is what is best for Rotary International.

I have been a Rotarian for more than 40 years and it has given me everything I could ask for. I can think of no higher honor than to have been selected by the Nominating Committee as president of Rotary for the 2020-21 Rotary year. I will continue to proudly serve as a Rotary member and pursue some major initiatives that I wanted to accomplish during my year as president, because I know that we are poised to achieve more great things in the future.

I wish nothing but the best to the candidate who succeeds me as president and thank you all for the support and encouragement you have shown me in the past year.

-Sushil Gupta

Sushil Gupta resigns as RI president-nominee Chuck Lubbers 2019-04-27 05:00:00Z 0

Great Plains RYLA Camp

July 17 – 21, 2019
Hello from Rotary District 5610 of Rotary International - the largest service organization in the world.  District 5610 includes 41 Rotary clubs in South Dakota, northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and northeast Nebraska.  Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership training program sponsored by Rotary International that promotes, encourages and rewards outstanding young people who want to become better leaders.  RYLA consists of an all-expense paid five-day conference that brings together a group of young men and women from Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa to share ideas about becoming better leaders.  Action-packed activities like problem solving games, challenge courses, group discussions and teambuilding activities help participants build confidence and leadership skills.
Eligibility:  Students who are currently high school sophomores or juniors.
Location:  Nebraska State 4-H Campgrounds near Halsey, Nebraska
Cost:  No cost to participating students.  Transportation to and from RYLA is included.
Click on the three names listed below to view some testimonials from 2018 RYLA participants:
For further information please contact your local Rotary club president(s) or contact the following individuals:
Dave Lorenz
District Governor 5610
Nicole Rawden
District Administrator 5610
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Potential  Global Grant Project in District 5610

Posted by Chuck Lubbers on Jan 10, 2019
Below is a video clip from an episode of "Rotary Cares" broadcasted by Brattleboro Community Television, in which Tristam Johnson, international projects committee chair for the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary, outlines the global partnership being formed for a project on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  District 5610 and our District clubs can play a critical role in this global grant project taking place in our District. To learn more about the project, click on the website link for WHITECLAY MAKERSPACE or for an Omaha World - Herald news article.
Potential Global Grant Project in District 5610 Chuck Lubbers 2019-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

Le Mars Rotary Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary

LE MARS — The Le Mars Rotary Club attained a special distinction at its centennial banquet on April 9, that of being a 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow Club.  Seven members were recognized as fellows at the banquet, with the awards presented by Rotary District 5610 Governor Dave Lorenz and local club president Chris Becker.  They are: Steve Albert, Peter Streit, Opal Anderson, Matt Washburn, Joel Johnson, James Klein and Debra Young.

“Congratulations to Le Mars Rotary, what a wonderful accomplishment, being a service to your community for 100 years,” Lorenz said. “Le Mars has always been a bright star in Rotary in District 5610 and we can see the evidence of that tonight.”

To learn more, click on the website link for a LeMars Daily Sentinel Plymouth County Newspaper news article.
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2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications now available and hear from Global Scholar DJ Fravel 

Donovan (DJ) Fravel, a recent graduate of Augustana in the fields of government and politics, is our current Peace Scholar studying Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution for a Master’s Degree at King’s College in London. He is sponsored by the Enfield Chase Rotary Club in northern London, and as you see from the photos, District 1130 is sponsoring over 24 Peace Scholars from all over the world.  He received a warm welcome from the club, and has already participated in Club projects events as you can see in the photos.
The 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available!

As a Rotary leader, you play a key role in communicating information about Rotary Peace Centers programs to potential candidates. We encourage you to use and share these resources:
Candidates must submit applications to the District 5610 Global Peace Scholarship Chair, Sandra Christenson ( by March 1, 2019. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent to We thank you for your dedication to the Rotary Peace Centers and your continuous support in educating the Rotary network about the fellowships! Further information can be obtained by contacting any of the following:
Sandra Christenson (
Darrel Sawyer (
Pam Homan (
We appreciate your assistance in identifying interested and qualified applicants!
Sandra,  Darrell and Pam
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Meet our District 5610 Youth Exchange Inbound Students

District 5610 and our Youth Exchange officers have been welcoming two inbound students – Eloise Longhi from Belgium (Rapid City Rushmore) and Borja Gallo Ansa from Spain (Madison) – as well as preparing for a new group of outbound students from our district. District 5610 currently has two students who have applied to be outbound students, while several clubs have expressed an interest to host students even if they cannot send a student outbound. If you have a student interested in Rotary Youth Exchange, please have them contact as soon as possible due to the short time remaining in the application process. Lastly, please contact Patrick if your club is interested in hosting an exchange student for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  
Pictured in photo:  Past District Governor and District Treasurer Steven Sikorski, Past District Governor Ed Jacobson and District Governor David Lorenz welcome District 5610 Rotary Youth Exchange Students from Belgium and Spain.
To learn more please visit  
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Great Plains Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

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 5630 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 six-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.

Learn more about RYLA and upcoming application deadlines by visiting

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End Polio Now

It is well known among most Rotarians the long and constant battle Rotary International has waged against polio worldwide since 1979.  While the goal to eliminate the disease hasn't been completely reached, we are getting so very close.  The Centerville Rotary Club has had first hand experience learning about the struggles of the disease from Club President Jen Knudson's mother Kathy Anderson.   Kathy visited the local club during the week of World Polio Day to share her story.

Kathy was one of several local children to obtain polio.   It was a perilous time for the family as the doctor would say things like "if she doesn't die" instead of "when she gets better".  Fortunately, she survived the disease with some mild symptoms such as back pain and weakness in the limbs that remain with her to this day.  We are very thankful that we are so far removed from polio that we only know the horrors of this disease from hearing stories from people like Kathy.  But there are still some remote places that polio remains a reality.  This gives us all the more incentive as Rotarians to continue the fight.   The Centerville Rotary club would like to thank Kathy for sharing her amazing story.
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Rotarians of Distinction

Rotary District 5610 recently recognized ten “Rotarians of Distinction” from 1,800 Rotarians in a four-state region at the 2018 Rotary District 5610 Conference and Celebration held in Vermillion.  Each Rotarian of Distinction received a certificate recognizing a level of service to the organization and to their communities that was so outstanding that it deserved special recognition.
“It was very exciting to recognize our Rotarians of Distinction,” said Dave Lorenz, Governor of Rotary District 5610.  “Too often we forget to say a public thank you to those who do so much good for their Rotary Club and for their community.  I am proud to be associated with such wonderful, compassionate individuals.”
As members of a service organization, all Rotarians contribute to the betterment of their communities and practice the organization’s motto of “service above self”.  However, each of these Rotarian’s contributions were at such a high level that they were recognized by the leadership of the District.
Rotary District 5610 includes 28 Rotary clubs from around South Dakota as well as 13 clubs in southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska. These 41 clubs are involved in many local and international service activities.
Visit the District website for information about when the clubs meet in our district. Visitors are welcome at club meetings, and local Rotary clubs are always interested in learning more about ideas for service projects to help the community.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit
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Letter from Barry Rassin and Ron D. Burton

My dear friends and fellow Rotary leaders,
As we enter Foundation Month, we would like to thank each and every one of you who did so much to make World Polio Day such an enormous success.

We welcomed Rotarians, Rotary staff members, Rotaractors, and guests to our livestream viewing and virtual reality event here at Rotary headquarters in Evanston. It was an amazing experience—not only sharing our excitement and enthusiasm for polio eradication with so many strong supporters, but knowing that our event was just one of the 3,300 registered World Polio Day events taking place around the world on that day. Everyone helped raise awareness of our work; everyone brought eradication that much closer.

Rotary’s work to eradicate polio continues, as does our work to promote literacy, economic development, better health, clean water, and peace throughout the world—all of it supported by our Rotary Foundation. In its 101st year, our Foundation continues to be the engine that drives the Rotary machine, allowing Rotary clubs and districts to aspire to larger, more ambitious projects with transformative, sustainable impact.

If your club is thinking about taking on a more ambitious project, remember that Rotary Action Groups  (RAGs) are great resources. RAGs are international groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who are experts in a particular field, such as microcredit, peace, family health, disasters, or water. In addition to contributing technical expertise, RAGs can also assist clubs with global grant projects by helping prepare grant applications, conduct community assessments, identify partners, raise funds, and establish monitoring and evaluation plans.

Some of the largest RAGs serve as leaders in Rotary’s areas of focus and help clubs take on large-scale global grant projects: RAG for Population and Development,Water and Sanitation RAGRAG for Family Health and AIDs Prevention,Microfinance and Community Development RAG, and RAG for Peace. Connect directly with a RAG for assistance with a project, district, or global grant, at any stage of planning.

You can end Foundation Month on a charitable note by participating in Giving Tuesday, 27 November. Rotary will be joining thousands of other organizations worldwide for a global day of giving. Our new online giving platform has made it easier than ever to give to the Foundation, and you can easily notify someone of a gift made in their honor via email or by printing and delivering a customized notification yourself.

We usually refer to The Rotary Foundation as Our Foundation. Unlike most charities, our Foundation is truly Our Foundation, because it is both supported by the Rotary family, and supports the work we do. This year, our Foundation has already approved 222 district grants, with $31.9 million USD in total funding, and 41 global grants, with $11.9 million in total funding.

Our ambitious goals to grow our endowment and our annual giving set the stage for a larger, more effective, more sustainable Rotary—that will Be the Inspiration for generations to come.

Yours in Rotary,

Barry Rassin
President, Rotary International 2018-19

Ron D. Burton
Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2018-19
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Osborne Inspires Rotarians at District Conference

Former University of Nebraska-Lincoln football head coach Tom Osborne addresses a banquet audience at the Muenster University Center on the USD campus Friday night. He was keynote speaker at the Rotary District 5610 annual conference being held this past weekend in Vermillion.  Read the article.
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Letter from Ron Burton - Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair

Ron Burton’s, Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair, Ron Burton's letter to Rotarians reminds us of the real impact of the Rotary Foundation and the impact we as Rotarians make with our Contributions to the Foundation. Please take a moment and read or re-read his letter as it reminds us that we are making “REAL” change in our world through the work of the Rotary Foundation. Thanks for your continuing contributions to the Rotary Foundation.
Dear fellow Rotarians,

The work that Rotary does, with the support of The Rotary Foundation, is not abstract. It is real, and it changes the lives of real people, in ways that are so fundamental that it’s hard to explain. You have to see it for yourself. And when you understand the Foundation’s power to transform, you can’t help but become passionate about it.

When I became a district governor in 1987, Rotary’s largest-ever fundraising campaign at that time was underway. We were raising money to fight polio. In those days, poliovirus ran rampant. We had 350,000 cases in more than 125 countries in 1988. Also that year, Rotary and some partners founded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. As we all got to work fighting polio, real progress began to happen. Thanks to our commitment, since then, cases of polio have been reduced by more than 99.9 percent. We’re witnessing history, and the Foundation is part of that real change.

There are countless other ways the Foundation changes real lives — families who enjoy clean water thanks to a global grant, or children who learned to read through a literacy project funded by a district grant. Today in Rotary, we have opportunities to change the world like never before, if we choose to rise to our own potential. 

The Rotary Foundation is the way Rotary accomplishes amazing things on a global scale. The Foundation is there for us now, and will be there for the talented and dedicated Rotarians of the future. They will look back at our work today, if we do it right, and thank us for leaving them with a legacy to help fix the problems of their time.

Giving to the Foundation is the way we make all of these dreams — today’s and tomorrow’s — possible. For me, true philanthropy is not measured by the size of one’s gift but rather by the gift in relation to one’s financial ability. Imagine the impact we could make if each and every Rotarian gave whatever they could today.

We Rotarians care about service and giving back. We are also careful planners. Donating to The Rotary Foundation is, without a doubt, a wise investment. For 10 years straight, our Foundation has received the highest possible score from the independent evaluator Charity Navigator, for its strong financial health and its commitment to accountability and transparency.

Let’s reaffirm our commitment to tangible change in the world by mobilizing everyone in our clubs and districts to support The Rotary Foundation generously today. Though we may never know who our gift helped, we will be sure that our donation was invested well and the impact of our gifts was real.


Ron D. Burton
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair
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Polio Plus

What is your club doing to celebrate World Polio Day?  We are so close to eradicating polio from the world that Rotary International and Governor Dave Lorenz want all the clubs in District 5610 to do something special to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24th. This is important so that the citizens of the world know about Rotary's and our partners' efforts to rid the world of polio once and for all.
One of the big events planned is the Rotary Clubs of Sioux Falls will hold a Press Conference on the morning of October 22 in Sioux Falls about Rotary's part in polio eradication.  In Rapid City the Rushmore Club plans a free movie for the children of Rapid City.  The goal is to to make kids more aware of polio and how Rotary has made it so that children no longer must stay home from theaters and swimming pools at epidemic times to prevent the chance of becoming paralyzed.  A club meeting on polio eradication or a special event on polio would be great.  Check out the following link on ways to help publicize your event.  End Polio
Willis Sutliff
Polio Plus Chair
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A special thank you just in for ...

Custer Rotary – I just wanted all of you to see what your generosity bought:  thirty six band new bags for our 7-12 students in Custer and Hermosa.  Thanks also for the used bags donated, they will be used as well.  I took them to the high school today and the teachers we so excited for the donation.  They were already thinking of kids that they knew would need a bag and were grateful that someone was thinking about the older kids and their students!  Once again, Custer Rotary has made a difference!
Mark Naugle
Custer School District
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Early Rotary District 5610 Conference in Vermillion Registration

Hello to all District 5610 Rotarians!
We are sending you this reminder of some key details/deadlines regarding the upcoming Annual Rotary Conference & Celebration being held in Vermillion (Sept 28-29).
  • Registration: For planning and meal counts, please have your District Conference registration completed by September 14: Use attached form or CLICK HERE
    •  Early Bird registration deadline to qualify for a drawing for FREE Lodging for the District Conference is this WEDNESDAY, Aug 15.
  • Hotel room DEADLINE (Aug 28/29): Please try to book your room by the end of this month.  Any unbooked rooms we have blocked for the Rotary District Conference will be released one month before the conference dates.  NOTE: This is a busy event weekend in Vermillion – Please book early!
  • Hotel options are listed on page two of the online registration form (and see below).  
Look forward to seeing you in September!
Mary C Merrigan                     Chuck Lubbers
Conference Co-Chair              Conference Co-Chair
Vermillion Rotary Club            Vermillion Rotary Club
limited number of hotel rooms are being held for
Rotary District 5610 Conference at the following:
Holiday Inn Express                                 Red Roof Inn
1200 N Dakota St, Vermillion                  1208 E Cherry St, Vermillion
605.624.7600                                            605.624.8006
Best Western                                            Studio 13 Hotel (currently Westside Inn)
701 W Cherry St, Vermillion                    1313 W Cherry St, Vermillion
605.624.8333                                            605.624.2601
Block rooms will only be held until one month prior to conference - please call one of above hotels by August 28/29 to book your reservation.
Additional options in/around Vermillion:
Valiant Vineyards – Bed & Breakfast
1500 W Main St, Vermillion,  605.624.4500
Clay County Park Campground
4 miles southwest of Vermillion off Hwy 50
Lion’s Campground
Located in Vermillion
Rotary District 5610
2018 Celebration
Be the Inspiration
September 28 – 29, 2018
Vermillion, SD 57069
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RevUp Membership District 5610 

Congratulations to Centerville, Cherokee, Marshall Sunrise, Watertown, Brookings, Gregory, Canby, Rapid City Rushmore, Aberdeen and Luverne who ended the Rotary year with an increase in members.  
Here are some great resources. 
Each club has received the Club Membership Guide to help you develop a club membership plan.
Carmen Hansen
District Membership Chair
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Rotary Friendship Exchange Team Travels to Sweden

Our Rotary Friendship Exchange team travel to Sweden and is visiting friends in District 2340 celebrating Midsummer.  In mid-June, school is out and nature has burst into life. It seems like the sun never sets. In fact, in the north of Sweden it doesn’t, and in the south only for an hour or two. This calls for celebration! Friends and family gather for the most typically Swedish tradition of all: Midsummer.  Our team has been having a fabulous time exploring and celebrating across Sweden. They have been home staying with local Rotarians there, seeing wonderful sites, sharing new experiences and making lifelong friends.  We will be welcoming Swedes from District 2340 to our District 5610 from September 24 to October 8, 2018.  Hopefully you will all get a chance to meet them.  For more information about Rotary Friendship Exchange programs in District 5610 contact Pat Sutliff  <>
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District Governor's Message - July 2018

On July 3 District Governor Steve Harrington will attend Vermillion Rotary and officially install me as District 5610 Governor for the 2018-19 Rotary year. I am honored and humbled to serve my fellow Rotarians.  I give you my promise that I will use the Four Way Test to guide my actions and decisions.  I can think of no time where the good works and goodwill of Rotary are more important than today.  My hope is that we in District 5610 will heed the call of Rotary International President Barry Rassin to BE THE INSPIRATION in our communities and beyond to make people smile, to lift spirits and to make a difference.
Dave Lorenz
Governor, District 5610
To View 2018-19 Theme Address - Barry Rassin, RI President-Elect click on the link:, or watch below.
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Omniceye Rotary publishes Pine Ridge Services Request Directory

   The Pine Ridge Area Social Services Organizations Rotary Directory was originated by Angie Sam, Raising Healthy Families Together Director. Her intern, Maretta Afraid of Bear, collected the initial data and Robyn Whirlwind Horse assisted with data entry in 2016/17. Raising Healthy Families Together is an informal network of social service organizations providing services to the residents of the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
    The Omniciye Club asked the members of RHFT to expand or compose their organizational profiles, assess the communities they serve, and outline potential projects Rotary clubs might wish to consider for support of volunteers, materials and funds.
    Dr. Craig Howe, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) and Tom Allen, Oglala Lakota College, provided historical and contemporary Tribal information. On behalf of Omniciye Multi-Cultural Rotary Club: Bev Warne, Kibbe Conti, Gloria Eastman and Tom Katus were members of the initial visiting team. Terri Hunter wrote the chapter on Lakota History, Dee Katus edited the data, Tom Katus provided over all management to the project, and Linda Peterson provided final editing and electronic publishing.
   The electronic file is available in downloads at for anyone wishing to find a worthy project in need of support. An additional file on Pine Ridge Social Services Organizations Contacts Directory is also available. Both directories were funded by a Rotary District 5610 Grant to Omniceye Multi-Cultural Rotary Club.
Omniceye Rotary publishes Pine Ridge Services Request Directory 2018-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor 2019-20 Ina Winter Upcoming Club Visits

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Schedule of District 5610 District Governor Club Visits RY 2019-2020

6-27-2019 Thursday 7am                           Hot Springs SD - DG Installation
7-1-2019 Monday noon                              Pierre-Ft. Pierre SD
7-11-2019 Thursday noon                          Denison IA
7-15-2019 Monday noon                            Sibley IA
7-16-2019 Tuesday noon                           Canton SD
7-23-2019 Tuesday 7am                            Rapid City SD Rushmore
7-24-2019 Wednesday noon                     Spearfish SD-Northern Hills
7-25-2019 Thursday noon                         Rapid City SD
7-30-2019 Tuesday noon                           Marshall MN
7-30-2019 Tuesday 5:30pm                      Mapleton IA
7-31-2019 Wednesday noon                     Sioux Falls SD North
8-1-2019 Thursday 7am                             Marshall MN Sunrise
8-1-2019 Thursday noon                           Centerville SD
8-2-2019 Friday noon                                 Sioux Falls SD West
8-5-2019 Monday noon                             Sioux City IA
8-6-2019 Tuesday noon                             Yankton SD
8-7-2019 Wednesday noon                       Gregory SD
8-8-2019 Thursday noon                           Gettysburg SD
8-12-2019 Monday noon                           Madison SD
8-13-2019 Tuesday noon                           Luverne MN
8-14-2019 Wednesday noon                     Minneota MN
8-15-2019 Thursday noon                         Winner SD
8-19-2019 Monday noon                           Cherokee IA
8-20-2019 Tuesday noon                           Suburban Sioux City SD
8-22-2019 Thursday noon                         Canby MN
8-26-2019 Monday noon                           Mobridge SD
8-27-2019 Tuesday noon                           Brookings SD
8-28-2019 Wednesday noon                     Wagner SD
8-29-2019 Thursday noon                         Scotland SD
9-3-2019 Tuesday noon                             Clark SD
9-5-2019 Thursday noon                           Watertown SD
9-9-2019 Monday noon                             Tyndall SD
9-9-2019 Monday 5:15pm                         Sioux Falls SD South
9-10-2019 Tuesday noon                           Le Mars IA
9-11-2019 Wednesday noon                     Vermillion SD
9-16-2019 Monday noon                           Rock Valley IA
9-19-2019 Thursday noon                         Mitchell SD
9-23-2019 Monday noon                           Aberdeen SD
9-30-2019 Monday noon                           Custer SD
Visit Postponed                                          Downtown Sioux Falls SD
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District Governor 2018-19 Dave Lorenz Upcoming Club Visits

As we enter a new Rotary year, I am reminded of the vision statement of Rotary International:

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."

As 2018-19 Rotary International President Barry Rassin said, “we unite because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone.”

As I travel District 5610 during the 2018-19 Rotary year, I look forward to building on the work done before us and together we all can BE THE INSPIRATION for better things yet to come.  

July 3 – VermillionJuly 16 – Rock Valley
July 17 - LuverneJuly 23 – Sibley
July 24 - MapletonJuly 31 – Marshall Noon
August 2 – Marshall Sunrise  August 2 – Canby
August 6 – Sioux CityAugust 8 – Minneota
August 9 – DenisonAugust 13 – Tyndall
August 21 – YanktonAugust 23 - Centerville
August 27 - Cherokee August 30 - Winner
Sept. 12 - Gregory
Sept. 13 - Rapid City 
Sept. 13 - Hot SpringsSept. 18 - Rapid City Rushmore
Sept. 20 - Scotland  Sept. 24 - Aberdeen
Oct. 2 - BrookingsOct. 4 - Watertown
Oct. 8 - CusterOct. 10 - Spearfish
Oct. 15 - MadisonOct. 18 - Gettysburg
Oct. 25 - MitchellOct. 29 - Pierre - Ft. Pierre
Oct. 31 -WagnerNov. 5 - Mobridge
Nov. 6 - ClarkNov. 7 - Sioux Falls North
Nov. 9 - Sioux Falls WestNov. 12 - Downtown Sioux Falls
Nov. 13 - Canton  Nov. 27 - Suburban Sioux City
Feb. 4 - Sioux Falls SouthMay 14 - LeMars
District Governor 2018-19 Dave Lorenz Upcoming Club Visits 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Stomp Out Polio at Zone Institute

Bring awareness to polio eradication by wandering the streets of Boise and your community in these limited-edition classic kicks. Shoes are $50 and all proceeds ($25 on average depending on shoe stock availability) will benefit Rotary’s PolioPlus Fund. Order now and pick up your pair at the 2018 Zone Conference in Boise, Idaho! If you are unable to make Zone but can’t live without these, we can ship them to you for an additional charge.

This fundraiser is a Rotarian-driven endeavor, promoted by the Zone 27 Public Image Team. We’re this close. Let’s Drop to Zero!
Order online at, or email:

Register for the 2018 Zone Institute at 


Stomp Out Polio at Zone Institute 2018-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

District 4 Way Test Contest Winners

sponsored by the Rotary Club of Yankton
$200 prize
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sioux Falls West
$100 prize
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Watertown
$50 prize
   The presidents of these clubs will be receiving the prizes and certificates in the mail. THANK YOU to all of those who participated this year, the essays were terrific and it was very difficult for our judges to come up with a winner.
Pat Sutliff, Chair of District 5610 Four Way Test Essay Contest
District 4 Way Test Contest Winners 2018-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

Get the Clubrunner app on your phone for instant access to all your club members...and the District leaders too!

   Never lose the email or phone number of club members again! Get the latest data at your fingertips.
ALL member of District 5610 Rotary clubs can get their club's data, you do not have to have a club website.
Download the ClubRunner app from your apps provider to your smart phone. It's the blue CR icon.
Log on with your ClubRunner password, using the same email listed for you on the District/Club website.
(If you have not logged on, do it now from your computer and get your password sent to you.)
Get access to all the contact data that your club members have provided.
It's easy, quick and very convenient!
Get the Clubrunner app on your phone for instant access to all your club members...and the District leaders too! 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Wow! What a terrific Raffle!

   The 2018 Raffle was a tremendous success thanks to all the clubs and their generous prize donations and ticket sales. And once again the partnership with Karl’s TV & Appliance is much appreciated. In total, roughly 5250 tickets were sold. The net total for the foundation from the District will be just under $50,000.
Brad Preheim, Raffle Chair
The prize list and winners:
Grand Prize – Karl's Appliance Kitchen Makeover – Ken Jones, Yankton
Brookings (Gift Basket) – Jay Prouty, Scotland
Canby (Gift Basket) – Jan Hansen, Centerville
Canton (Gift Basket) – Jennifer Soma, Brookings
Centerville (Gift Basket) – Jeff Schramm, Winner
Cherokee ($100 Gift Card) – Cindy Dannenbring, Madison
Clark (Gift Basket) – Di Bohlman, Centerville
Custer (Gift Basket) – Karen Kraus, Custer
Gregory (assisted with grand prize) Ken Jones, Yankton
Hot Springs (Golf, Spa getaway) Ron Gates, Mitchell
LeMars (HD TV) Jerry Johnson, Vermillion
Luverne (Gift Basket) Ellen Lee, Pierre/Ft Pierre
Madison (Gift Basket) Bernie Hanson, Watertown
Mapelton (Desk Clock) Tora Rozum, Mitchell
Marshall Noon (Gift Basket, Gift Card) Ron Gates, Mitchell
Marshall Sunrise ($100 Schwans Card) Dave Johnson, Watertown
Minneota (Gift Basket) Tad  Perry, Pierre
Mitchell ($250 Cabella’s Card) Gopal Vyas, Mitchell
Mobridge (Gift Basket) Kevin Donlin, Madison
Pierre/Ft Pierre (Gift Basket) Chris Becker, LeMars
Rapid City (Gift Basket) Tom Dice, Mitchell
Rapid City Rushmore (Gift Basket) Laura Root, Winner
Rock Valley ($100 Gift Card) Bryan Hisel, Mitchell
Scotland (Beef Bucks) Cindy Howell, Rapid City
Sibley (Cenex Gift card, Basket) Jean Koehler
SF Downtown ($500 Gift Card) T Hazel, Mobridge
SF North ($250 Gift Card) Steve Sikorski, Sioux Falls
SF South ($100 Amazon Card) Mary Edelen, Vermillion
SF West ($250 Gift Card) Mike Pekas, Sioux Falls
Spearfish (Gift Basket) Bonnie Ryken, Yankton
Tyndall (DeWalt Drill Kit) Cindy Olson, Sioux Falls
Vermillion (Beef Bucks, Wine) Carl Tonjes) Sioux Falls
Wagner (State Park Passes) Jim Mehlhaff, Pierre/Ft Pierre
Watertown (Gift Basket) Joel Leyden, Winner
Winner (Custom built walnut table) Tom Van Holland, Rock Valley
Yankton (Riibe Outdoors Adventure) Roger Novotny, Pierre/Ft Pierre
Wow! What a terrific Raffle! 2018-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Governor’s Club Membership Challenge April-June 2018

How is your club doing on the membership challenge?

Division I – LeMars, Mapleton, Marshall Sunrise, Minneota, Rock Valley, Scotland, Canton, Centerville, Sibley, Wagner, Clark, Gettysburg, Suburban Sioux City, Gregory and Tyndall.

Division II – Madison, Marshall, Mobridge, Sioux Falls North, Sioux Falls South, Yankton, Spearfish, Aberdeen, Canby, Cherokee, Custer, Denison, and Hot Springs.

Division III - Mitchell, Pierre-Ft Pierre, Rapid City, Rapid City Rushmore, Sioux Falls Downtown, Sioux City, Watertown, Winner, Sioux Falls West, Vermillion, Brookings, and Luverne.


Clubs submit a one-page description of their club, focusing on “Why Are You in Rotary, and Why Join Your Club?”

• 10 pts-Clubs who have a membership chair listed in Club Runner.

• 7 pts-Per new member registered in April, May and June.

• 2 pts-Each new guest brought to a club meeting, event or social. The guest should be a potential new member.

• 3 pts-Each new membership orientation class offered.

• 10 pts-For Clubs with zero members leaving before July 1st, except for extenuating circumstances, i.e. moving, death.


If clubs have already started the challenge and earned points, include those figures.  Clubs will be recognized at the fall District Conference in Vermillion.


Submit your points and club description to Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair,

—Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair
Governor’s Club Membership Challenge April-June 2018 2018-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

About Friendship Exchanges

    Friendship Exchange is one of the few International Exchange programs in Rotary that Rotarians can participate in. Vocational Training Teams are another. Because of tax laws, many exchanges and scholarships are not available to Rotarians or their families. However, in a Friendship Exchange a Rotarian and their spouse or friend are able to fully participate. The exchange consists of a team of 10 to 12 people traveling to another Rotary District around the world and touring there for about 2 weeks. During this time they are hosted in Rotarian homes, visit many Rotary meetings and projects, and see the country or area from the local's view. The team is taken to places that the local people think are important and would like to share. It really gives you a chance to learn about the customs, foods, etc of the area that you usually miss as a regular tourist. On these exchanges you typically pay your transportation to and from the country and for small gifts that you bring for the hosting Rotarians. Then the district that is visited sends a team to the country that they just hosted and those who participated in the exchange are responsible for hosting that returning team. Hosting on either side means providing home stays, food in restaurants some times, paying for entrance fees and providing transportation around the district. Some of these hosting duties may vary depending on the specifics of the particular exchange.

     Friendship Exchanges are an amazing way to make lasting friendships around the world. I also think that they are a great beginning to peace in our world as we learn more about each other, begin to understand each other and build lasting relationships. I am always looking for contacts in other districts who might want to do a Friendship Exchange with our district. Any ideas that people have for places to go or contacts abroad who might be helpful are very much appreciated. Any questions please contact me.

—Pat Sutliff, District 5610 Friendship Exchange Chair or 605-593-2896

About Friendship Exchanges 2018-03-30 05:00:00Z 0

Food For Kidz project in Marshall

    Marshall Rotarians connected with Marshall Middle School for the ninth year, packing 100,000 meals, totaling 800,000 so far. Chuck Lindemann worked with the Weekender Independent newspaper to capture front page stories. Good work Marshall Rotary!
Food For Kidz project in Marshall 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaract flourishing in Black Hills!

   SDSM&T Rotaract and Rapid City Rushmore clubs met for pizza on February 26 at the SDSM&T campus. The student club maintains 15-25 members, and completed three service projects so far this year. They recruit students during the fall student fair, and elect officers every April.
   Attending from Black Hills State University was Jama Khainzan, a Northern Hills Spearfish Rotarian, who is energetically forming a Rotaract club at BHSU. She met with Meerab Joseph, SDSM&T Rotaract secretary, and Heidi Bell Gease, Rushmore club liaison, to gain some tips. Jama is a Rotarian from Mongolia, reported Rotaract is strong there, and suggests an exchange program with them in the future.
Rotaract flourishing in Black Hills! 2018-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Membership Seminars

    There are great resources at the RI website/learning/membership and also at under Grow Your Club to survey your members.
Jumpstart Membership Webinar  Open to all Rotarians! There is an exciting line-up of excellent webinars held the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7pm (MST)/ 8pm (CST).
Building Better Friendships  Best Practices for Social Interaction to Recruit and Retain Members - Mark your calendars for 27 March as well! 
—Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair 605-484-6056
Membership Seminars 2018-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Presidents-elect and Secretary Training Features Speakers

PETS - has been rescheduled for May 5-6
    Our featured speakers this year are Dian Edwards, Zone 27 Assistant Rotary Coordinator from O'Neill, NE, and Kathy Fahy, Zone 28 Public Image Coordinator, from Spirit Lake, IA. You will not want to miss their Rotary stories and messages!
    All Presidents-Elect are required to attend PETS. Nancy Moose, District Trtainer, has a full-day schedule that will get your year off to a great start! We ask all Presidents-Elect to bring your Club Secretary with you for valuable training. Club Secretaries are the glue that hold Rotary clubs together! In an effort to keep club secretaries up to date, special  sessions for club secretaries will be held during PETS – rescheduled for Mitchell, SD on Sunday, May 6. District 5610 Executive Assistant Nicole Rawden will moderate the training and will cover important topics such as ClubRunner, Rotary International Club Administration, Rotary Club Central and “Lead Your Club”, a manual for club secretaries with a month to month calendar. There is no cost for attending and delicious food will be available.
   Training is rescheduled for the Highland Conference Center on Sunday, May 6. For those arriving the prior evening, a reception will be available and everyone is invited to attend. A block of rooms have been reserved for Rotary at the Comfort Inn 605-990 2400 and Hampton Inn 605 995 1575.  Both hotels adjoin the Highland Conference Center.
REGISTRATION for PETS and CLUB SECRETARY TRAINING is available for on-line registration! For more details and to register please click on link
Presidents-elect and Secretary Training Features Speakers 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0


    Club Secretaries are the glue that hold Rotary clubs together! In an effort to keep club secretaries up to date,  special  sessions for club secretaries will be held during PETS – scheduled for Mitchell, SD on Friday, April 13. District 5610 Executive Assistant Nicole Rawden will moderate the training and will cover important topics such as  ClubRunner, Rotary International Club Administration, Rotary Club Central and “Lead Your Club”, a manual for club secretaries with a month to month calendar. We encourage all club secretaries to hop in the car with their president elects and join your fellow club secretaries in Mitchell on April 13. There is no cost for attending and delicious food will be available.
Register on-line by clicking the attached link.
CLUB SECRETARIES TO MEET AT PETS on April 13 2018-02-01 06:00:00Z 0

Support for Water and Sanitation builds

    Water and Sanitation is one of the six areas of focus for Rotary International. Martin Limbird, one of our Zone leaders, is attending the symposium in Lebanon in February and sent a press release detailing the progress of an effort in Zone 27. See the attached file in downloads for more information.
Support for Water and Sanitation builds 2018-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Leadership Institute rolls out for 2018

    Current buzz words in Rotary usually include “member retention” and “engagement.” According to RI statistics, concern about these two issues is valid. The reasons Rotarians drop their membership are varied, and some are difficult to address, however, for most, an orientation of the Rotary mission, followed by education can be invaluable. One program our District offers is the Rotary Leadership Institute. The title of this program is somewhat misleading, as it may infer that the program is only for those Rotarians who are headed for club or district leadership. Rather, the program takes Rotarians who are already leaders – that’s why you were invited to join Rotary – and direct that leadership through a grassroots program of education, developed by Rotarians, for Rotarians, to increase the knowledge and enthusiasm of Rotarians on all things Rotary. 
    Why not make this the year that you complete the newly condensed RLI course and build/rebuild your enthusiasm for the many rewards Rotary has to offer? If you missed the course in your area, it’s not too late to register for the course in a neighboring area. Or, gather up a group of fellow Rotarians in your area and request another course be scheduled. 
    Course schedule remaining:
4/28/18 – Wagner, SD. Contact persons are Kelsey Doom, Larry Lyngstad.
TBD – Southeast SD/Northwest IA. More information to follow.

    District Governor Steve Harrington has pledged District Funds to cover the cost for one member from each club to participate in the program. (see scholarship certificate attached.) Club presidents are asked to select one Rotarian from their club to attend the training. The cost for Rotarians to attend the program remains at $35 per individual, and clubs are requested to cover the charge. This fee covers course materials, meals and refreshments. If you are interested in providing a course in your area, contact your area’s Assistant Governor, or send me a message at:
Larry Lyngstad, RLI Coordinator
Leadership Institute rolls out for 2018 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

District Foundation Month Challenge

    November was Rotary Foundation month and District 5610 did an outstanding job of recognizing contributing during the District Governor’s Foundation Challenge! Clubs donated over $22,577 for the challenge period. We had a number of our District’s Rotary clubs and Rotarians make gifts to the Foundation during the challenge. The results are reported here and recognition will be provided at the District PETS conference in April.
Large club winner was Rapid City Rushmore Rotary with a total of $5,460.    
Midsize club winner was Madison SD Rotary with a total of $1,400.
Small club winner was Wagner SD with a total of $3,850.

    We had a number of individual gifts of $1,000 by Rotarians and by decision of the District Governor and the Foundation Chair we decided to award the Paul Harris Points to the Rotarian who got in their gift first. That Rotarian was our own newsletter editor Linda Peterson who made an electronic gift on November 1 at the beginning of the challenge and the Rotary Foundation month. (Ed. Note: Just following my Club Foundation Chair’s directives!)
    Great job by all Rotarians and thanks for your support of the Rotary Foundation and all the wonderful things that the Rotary Foundation is doing. This may be a great time to look and see what your Foundation is doing around the world at
Mike Gibson, District Foundation Chair
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Marshall clubs at work

    The Marshall Noon Rotary club recently gave out statuettes of each senior football players. This program honoring senior football players has been a tradition of the club since 1945.
    The Marshall Sunrise Rotary Club presented a check for $2,725.00 to Avera Emergency Room capital improvement and expansion.
Marshall clubs at work 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

District essay contest begins

    It's that time of year again when we think about the District 5610 Four Way Test Essay Contest. This 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 4 Way Test to my life?" You will be amazed and excited at the perspective 6th graders have on our 4 Way Test.
    You need to find a 6th grade teacher or group of teachers who are willing to participate in this great project. I have found that it is usually easier to approach teachers rather than the administrators as they have so many other issues on their minds. Provide the teacher with the forms found on our District 5610 website, an application, the history and requirements of the contest. 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 March 15, 2018 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 at PETS in April of 2018. 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 Vermillion. 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.  For questions, to submit your winning essay or more information contact Pat Sutliff or 605-718-0559.
District essay contest begins 2018-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

Community assessments in global grants

    The Global Grants Community Assessment Results form is now available. Starting 1 July, any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team must first conduct a community assessment and submit the completed results form with its global grant application in the Grant Center.
    Make sure that Rotarians in your club who are planning global grant projects know about this requirement and the many benefits of conducting a community assessment. These assessments:
*  Improve project design
*  Help ensure a project will truly benefit the people it’s intended to help
*  Make it easier to plan a sustainable project
*  Streamline the approval process by reducing the number of exchanges between applicants and the Foundation
    Review Rotary’s Community Assessment Tools to learn about proven methods for evaluating a community’s assets and needs, including community meetings, surveys, interviews, and focus groups.
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Defining People of Action stories

    Telling our Rotary story helps the world to better understand who we are: people of action, driven by a desire to strengthen communities, mobilize problem solvers, and find solutions to the tough challenges affecting people around the world.
    Stories about fundraisers, contributions, or international service projects are important and an integral part of what we do, but they’re not necessarily People of Action stories. The People of Action campaign is designed to help better inform our local communities about Rotary and the work we do for the places we call home. To let the rest of the world know who we are, we must let our neighbors know first.
    How do you tell a great People of Action story? A People of Action story connects with people by showing the positive impact we have on our communities. The best way to do this is by incorporating certain elements effectively into your story, such as:
*  A clear focus on a Rotary project in your local community
*   A description of how you or your club identified a challenge
*  An explanation of how club members and others in your community found a solution to the problem
*  A depiction of how your club saw that project through to completion, whether it’s in the works, complete, or ongoing
    Use the People of Action materials in the Brand Center.
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Inspire others through vocational service

    How do you, as a club leader, demonstrate vocational service? Vocational service calls on Rotarians to empower others by using their unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, a great time to encourage Rotarians to leverage vocational service in their clubs and activities.
    Share these tactics in your communications with district and club leaders to strengthen member engagement and service in your area:
* Ask Rotarians to talk about their profession in their club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
* Use your club members’ skills and expertise to serve your community.
* Help young people achieve their career goals.
* Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
    Download the updated Vocational Service Handbook to find more ideas.


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D5610 Launches YouTube Channel! 2017-12-23 06:00:00Z 0

District 5610 Raffle Cooking Again!

    The 2017 raffle was a tremendous success and the goal is to continue to build on that success by making this year even better! Karl's Appliance has again agreed to offer the grand prize of a KARL’S HOME KITCHEN MAKEOVER! This is a Whirlpool 4-Piece Kitchen Appliance Package, with a value up to $7,500 at Karl’s Retail Price*.
    Please bring your ticket stubs to PETS on April 12! Send your Foundation donations to Rotary International.
Prize drawings -  PETS conference April 12-14, 2018 Mitchell (need not be present to win).
Let's make our District goal of $200,000 happen!
—Brad Preheim, of Centerville Rotary, Raffle Chair
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by DG STEVE HARRINGTON, November 2017 Mission Trip
    I had the pleasure recently to be a part of a humanitarian project to Haiti. It was part of an ongoing program in Ti Riviere called Mission-Haiti. It was the most challenging, yet most rewarding, experience I have ever had in delivering help to the less fortunate.  
    During my club visits as part of my District Governor duties, I often speak on how we can ‘Make A Difference’ in our local communities and globally. I speak on how Rotary delivers hope and goodwill to people through our six areas of focus: education, peace and conflict resolution, maternal and child care, community development, water and sanitation, and disease prevention. My Mission-Haiti experience touched most of these areas of focus.
    As a country, Haiti is one of the world’s poorest and undeveloped nations. It was difficult to see the state-of-affairs in the larger cities, but it is a way of life for them. Mission-Haiti focuses on the rural, mountainous region of Ti Riviere in southeast Haiti about 45 minutes from the city of Les Cayes.
MISSION HAITI REPORT 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

SDSM&T Rotaract members stuff Puppies for Polio

A group of Rotaract members stuffed 100 puppies, and then sold all of them for $20 each. Josiah Horner, club president, worked the table at School of Mines student center. They netted $550 for polio, with the Gates Foundation match of $1100, totaling $1650. They estimate 60 cents per vaccine,  protecting 2,750 children from contracting polio. Great project!
SDSM&amp;T Rotaract members stuff Puppies for Polio 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

District Conference Survey Results

    An analysis of the attendee list discovered 85 Rotarians attended 2017 Rotary District 5610 Conference. Of those Rotarians 81 had emails. On October 22, 25 and 28 email blasts were sent out with a survey; created and tested before distribution. Of the 81 potential respondents, 40 completed the survey or 49%.
    Here are a few facts to consider:
• 19 of those 40 respondents attended both days or 48%
• 12 of those 40 respondents were new or 30%
• 85 of 1,846 District Rotarians attended part of all the conference or 4.6%
• Each speaker program was rated on a 5 point scale system.
   o 11 of the 28 programs rated under 4 points
   o Overall rating for the conference is 4.02 out of 5
   o Lowest rating 3.48; highest rating 4.52
   o Programs under 4.00 should be assessed for value, content, presentation, program speaker
• 149 comments were received on programs
• 83 comments were received on improvements and other topics not asked in the survey
   o 20 comments referred to poor attendance
   o 19 comments referred to better speakers/more topical breakouts
   o 11 comments referred to shorten the duration of the conference
   o 4 comments referred to honor clubs/individuals
   o Remaining comments were miscellaneous with several referring to enjoying the conference and kudos to the host group.
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Register for the Zone Institute

Rotary Zone 27-21b Institute is for all incoming leadership.
Note the training tracks for Thursday, listed in the graphic.
Another opportunity to learn about Rotary's three main strategies is at the District Leadership Institute,
held in Denver on July 20-21.
Please visit the Zone website to learn more and register.
Register for the Zone Institute 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Update

    We're half way into our Rotary year and just like we set personal goals our District sets goals. Our District Membership goal is 1,895. We started the year at 1,835 members and as November 30th we were at 1,852, an increase of 17. That is super. This is a good time to review your club's membership goals. Does your club have written goals? Are they specific, measurable and attainable?
    At District Conference last fall, we rolled out a great tool, Club Membership Guide for Engaging and Expanding Members. If your club didn't get a copy, contact me and I will get you your copy as well as tools to use it. I'm looking forward to working with all clubs in 2018.
    Happy New Year to all.
Carmen Hansen, District 5610 Membership Chair  605-484-6056
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Governor's Message - June 2018

Governor Steve Harrington Message June 2018
Rotary District 5610
Dear Rotarians of District 5610,
I hope your Memorial Day weekend went well.  I’m entering my last month as your governor.  District Governor-Elect Dave Lorenz of the Vermillion Rotary Club will be assuming the governorship on July 1, 2018.  I know he will serve you well. 
My year as your governor was one of the greatest honors, and one of the most challenging things I have ever undertaken.  Balancing my full-time roll as governor, and my full-time duties to my business, was nearly impossible.  There were many months I never had a day off, and I spend many nights working late on my laptop.  As arduous and grueling as it was, when I was in the presence of your Rotary clubs, my love and enthusiasm for Rotary kicked in and I enjoyed every moment with you.
There were three things I wanted to accomplish.  My goal was to do my best to educate, motivate, and inspire you to grow in Rotary service.  I have faith, and met enough good Rotarians, to know the future is bright for Rotary in district 5610.  A service organization such as Rotary, is a subset of our life.  We have many demands on our lives, but when you do give of your time to Rotary, give it with conviction and the belief that our world is better place because of you.
Well my Rotary friends, I thank you for the honor to serve you as your governor.  I wish you all the best in life, and on the Rotary highway.  Perhaps our paths will cross again someday.  But whatever happens, I know you and I have had a positive impact on our communities through Rotary. The light of hope and goodwill shines bright today.
In Service Above Self,
District Governor Steve Harrington
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District Administrator named

    Nicole Rawden will join District 5610 as the District Administrator beginning November 1st. She currently serves as the Brookings Rotary Club Treasurer. Nicole joins us with over 19 years of experience in accounting and business.
    She began Rawden Consulting in 2014, offering software training, website design, general administrative services, data entry services, and process improvement options for small businesses and organizations. Prior to starting her own business, she was Finance Officer of Volga for 5 years and 10 years prior an accountant with South Dakota Soybean Processors, LLC. In addition to her professional experience, Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting from South Dakota State University. 
    Nicole lives in Volga with her husband Jammey and daughters Cassandra and Savannah. In her spare time, she enjoys attending her children’s sporting events and hobbies of sewing and woodworking.
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Foundation Month Club Challenge

    DISTRICT 5610 GOVERNOR’S FOUNDATION MONTH CHALLENGE – Prizes worth $5,000 in Foundation points to be awarded.
    District 5610 Clubs and members are challenged by Governor Steve Harrington to Rotary Foundation giving during the month of November, which is Rotary’s Foundation Month.  
    Winners in member giving category of the Governor’s District Awards (2 awards) will receive a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow gift to award as they choose. Clubs in each division that win the per capita category will receive a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow gift to award as they choose. A total of $5,000 in prizes.  
Governor District Awards for:
The two Individuals with the highest Foundation giving in November
The district club with the highest per capita giving in November
Governor Division Awards (3 Divisions):
The club in each division with the highest per capita giving in November receives special governor recognition, and a $1,000 Paul Harris Fellow gift.
Division I – Canton, Centerville, Clark, Gettysburg, Gregory, Huron, LeMars, Mapleton, Marshall Sunrise, Minneota, Rock Valley, Scotland, Sibley, , Suburban Sioux City, Tyndall, and Wagner. (16)
Division II – Aberdeen, Canby, Cherokee, Custer, Denison, Hot Springs, Madison, Marshall, Mobridge, Sioux Falls North, Sioux Falls South, Spearfish, and Yankton. (13)
Division III -  Brookings, Luverne, Mitchell, Pierre-Ft Pierre, Rapid City, Rapid City Rushmore, Sioux Falls Downtown, Sioux Falls West, Sioux City, Watertown, Winner, and Vermillion. (12)
    Contest parameters: Winners will be determined by monitoring all Foundation giving from NOVEMBER 1 to DECEMBER 10. Giving will be extended to December 10 to allow late donations to be register in Rotary Foundation records.
Contact Mike Gibson, District Foundation Chair for more information.
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District Grants Training Webinars Schedule

   The first Web-based District Grant Training session for 2018-19 was held on Jan. 25 with 16 people from 11 clubs in virtual attendance. The web-based training went well and saved many miles driving on winter roads for the participants. Also, keep your eye on the District YouTube channel. If everything works as planned, you will be able to watch the grant training session on YouTube soon! Watching it on YouTube won’t qualify your club, but it is a great way to get a refresher on the Rotary grant process.
    As you should be aware, District Grant Training is required every year for any club submitting a grant request. From now on, District 5610 will be holding Grant Training by Web Conference. There will be no official grant training at PETS this year, so please have someone from your club plan on attending one of the remaining web conference training sessions if you plan on submitting a grant for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.

Mon. 5/21/2018 8:00 PM CST (7:00 PM MST) – preregister at

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The training should take less than 2 hours and you will need to be at a Mac or a PC (a smartphone or tablet should work but I recommend a computer) with an internet connection to view the slides. You can either use the microphone and speakers of the computer or dial in to a phone number for audio if your internet connection isn’t fast enough for good audio. If you have questions about the grant training or other questions about the grant process, please email Bruce Young at or call him at (712) 541-9822.
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District Grants Awarded

    District Grants for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year have been awarded. We received 14 grant requests totaling $61,305 which is great to see. But unfortunately, we only had $34,604 available, so some very difficult decisions had to be made by the grant subcommittee. In the end, 10 grants were awarded with most requests receiving less than their full amount. The checks were mailed out on 9/25/2017. The District 5610 and CAP grant awards for 2017-18  are shown below:
$             3,375 
City Park
Hot Springs
$             7,800 
Centennial Park Stage
$             2,000 
Dog Park
Marshall Sunrise
$             4,000 
Replace Playground Equipment in Liberty Park, Marshall, MN
Pierre - Fort Pierre
$             6,000 
Freezer for Community Youth Involved
Rapid City Rushmore
$             3,250 
Thrive Life Skills
$             1,000 
Scotland City Sign
Sioux City
$             1,000 
Costume Corner at Pier Center for Autism (CAP Grant)
Sioux Falls South
$             5,000 
Books for students at Cleveland Elementary
Sioux Falls West
$             1,000 
Boys and Girls Club Scholarships
$                179 
Web Conference Subscription, Postage, etc.
$          34,604 
   Congratulations to all of the Grant recipients.
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Conference Agenda

Conference Plenary Sessions
Friday, October 13, 2017

8:30 am    Registration
9-12 noon    RLI Facilitator Training - Larry Lyngstad
Noon-12:45 pm     Sandwich Lunch Bar
First Plenary Session: All Rotarians
12:45-2:15 pm     Opening and Welcome General Assembly
        Color Guard, Chris Becker, Master of Ceremonies
        Welcome from Paul Jacobson, President, Le Mars Rotary
        Steve Harrington, DG
        Welcome from Iowa Senator Bill Anderson
        Welcome from Dick Kirchoff, Le Mars Mayor
        Club Roll Call
        Pamela Stewart, RI President’s Representative
        Invite to Vermillion District Conference 2018
2:15-2:30 pm     Break
Second Plenary Session: All Rotarians
2:30-3:30 pm    Breakout Sessions Period A
        Foundation – Mike Gibson/Larry Dimmit
        Membership-Part 1 – Carmen Hansen/Kelly Atkinson
        Clubrunner/Club Central – Linda Peterson
3:30-3:45     Break
3:45-4:45     Breakout Session Period B
        Public Image for Clubs – Linda Peterson
        District Grants – Bruce Young
        International Projects – St. Jude School, Palestine Project
4:45-6:00     Break & Open Period
6:00-6:30     Social Hour
6:30-7:30     Dinner
7:30-8:30     Foundation Dinner & Celebration
    Welcome from Sibley Rotary
    Foundation Awards
    Polio Survivor – Dixie Kooiker
    Polio Update – Willis Sutliff
    Keynote Speaker Larry Dimmit “Foundation Update”
Conference Plenary Sessions
Saturday, October 14, 2017

8-9:00 am    Registration & Breakfast Bar Period
9-10:00 am    Opening and Welcome Session
    Welcome from Sioux City Rotary
    Public Image Citations
    Friendship Exchange    
    Scholarship Presentations
    Keynote Speaker DG Steve Harrington
10:00-10:15 am    Break
10:15-11:15 am    General Session
        School of St. Jude – Pat Sutliff
        Hope Haven – Steve Sikorski
        Haiti – Steve Harrington    
11:15-12:00     Break
12:00-1:30 pm    Lunch
    Welcome from Cherokee Rotary
    Memorial Celebration    
    4-Way Test Essay Winner
    Keynote Speaker Kelly Atkinson
1:30-1:45 pm    Break
1:45-2:45 pm     Breakout Sessions Period C
        Public Image “People of Action” – Linda Peterson
        Foundation – Mike Gibson/Larry Dimmit
        Membership-Part 2 – Carmen Hansen/Kelly Atkinson
2:45-3:00     Break
3:00-5:00     Le Mars Community Tours: (see locations on inside back cover)
        Veteran’s Memorial Park
        Alley Art & Historical Murals
    Plymouth County Fairgrounds
    Plymouth County Historical Museum
5:00-5:30     Open Conference Break
5:30-6:15     Social Hour
6:15-7:45     Dinner
    Special Awards, Roger Kozak Award
    Recognition of Conference Committee
    Keynote Speaker Pamela Stewart RI Representative
7:45-8:00     Break
8:00-9:00     The Browns Concert
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Danish Friendship Exchange Team

This is the terrific Danish Friendship Exchange team that visited our district in September. They started their visit in Rapid City and traveled across the district visiting in Winner, Pierre, Mitchell, Watertown and Sioux Falls. Rotarians from the previously listed areas went to Denmark in May. Everyone involved in this great exchange had a fabulous time, proving again how wonderful it is to meet and spend time with other Rotarians.
—Pat Sutliff, District Friendship Exchange Chair
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World Polio Day 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

How to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Rotary Donor Advised Fund

By check

Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF
Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801

By credit card

Online at:

Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608

By wire transfer

To the account of: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
ABA number: 011002343 
For credit to: The Rotary Foundation
Account number: 943423732 

For Further Credit: TRF DAF
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608

You must fax a copy of the wire authorization to +1-781-658-2497 to complete the transfer. Hopefully this will help those Rotarians in our district that are interested in helping those people and communities that are affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Thank you.

Steve Harrington
District Governor 2017-18, 712-898-8689

How to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Rotary Donor Advised Fund 2017-09-02 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Sessions in Le Mars

The most important message this month is the District Conference in Le Mars. I look forward to seeing you there. Kelly Atkinson from Zone 27, will be attending District Conference, to lead interactive breakout sessions on membership both Friday and Saturday. The sessions will focus on a new Membership Guide for Clubs that Zone is rolling out.
—Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair  605-484-6056
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Rotary Foundation Goal

    Welcome to spring and all the events of that Rotary and our District 5610 will give you as you enter this time of year. We were certainly excited and pleased to see many of our district’s new club presidents for 2018-2019 at the President Elect Training (PETS) in Mitchell last weekend. First, our district needs to continue working on our giving to the Rotary Foundation, as we are just a little above 71% of our giving goal for this year at $142,098. Our goal is $200,000 for 2017-2018 and of course, our raffle giving conducted at the PETS will give us our district a significant boost and early reports show that the raffle provided our District with about $50,000 in funds contributed to the foundation. As club foundation chairs and current presidents we need to continue to encourage our clubs with the mission of Rotary and a significant part of our organization is our giving to the Foundation.
    I encourage you to look at all the various Rotary Foundation news on the website. As we are well into the Second Century of The Rotary Foundation, some great things are happening throughout the world because of our involvement in the Foundation. We need to keep in front of ourselves and our clubs all the things The Rotary Foundation has achieved and continues to achieve because of our support of The Rotary Foundation. I encourage you to look at the latest news on how the Polio eradication is developing because of Rotary’s efforts to vaccinate children and raise awareness of polio.
    Perhaps your own club is involved in a District Grant application project and take note of the work that our District and Clubs are doing throughout our district to improve lives and our communities in our district. Thanks to all the hard work and processes that our Grants Chairman Bruce Young has put in place. There is one more grant training on May 21, which Bruce has developed and noted in this newsletter for Grant Training.
    If as your District Foundation Chair, I can do anything to move your club’s involvement in the Rotary Foundation along please feel free to reach out and discuss it with me.
—Mike Gibson, D5610 Foundation Chair
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Rotary Centennial Plaza in Sioux Falls

     The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls was founded in the City of Sioux Falls in 1915. In celebration of its Centennial in 2015, leadership created the Centennial Fund, challenging the members to raise $100,000 annually to have a greater impact in the community. In its first two years, the Centennial Fund has contributed over $60,000 to the Rotary Foundation with the remainder going to several selected organizations and projects in the Sioux Falls community.
    One of those projects is Rotary Centennial Plaza in the heart of Downtown Sioux Falls, creating in Phase 1, a permanent public space that will highlight the important contributions of Rotary to the city of Sioux Falls and around the world. Future phases will visually display the pillars of Rotary. To date over $50,000, cash and in-kind resources, have been contributed to the project. When completed, the project could cost over $150,000, leaving a Rotary legacy and acknowledge the people we serve.
    On August 15th, 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held with Past President Joel Dykstra as emcee and lead visionary for the project.
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10 tips to attract and retain quality members

Posted on August 22, 2017 on Rotary Voices
By Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer
    Since 1 July, 2016, my Rotary club has recruited and brought in 31 new members. Eleven of these new members are women and eight of them are under 40 years of age. The club has gone from being classified as a “medium” sized club of 68 members in our district to being classified as a “large” club of 93 members in just over nine months. How did this happen?  Here’s our tips:
    1.    Know your club’s strengths. If you meet in the morning, you will probably be a good fit for a 9 to 5 employee. But if you meet at noon, you’re more likely to appeal to retirees or parents of school-age children. If someone doesn’t fit your format, recommend them to another club. They won’t forget you and may send you someone another day. Let all the clubs in your area know you are looking for members, and they may send you some that better fit your format than their own.
    2.    Keep a list of potential recruits. It doesn’t matter if it’s a paper list or if it’s kept on the desktop of your computer – it just makes you think about those people and others that may be a fit for your club.
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Youth Exchange Students Arrive!

This year District 5610 is hosting two students: Madison Club will be host a student from Spain and Sioux Falls West Rotary Club will host a student from Italy. Also, both of those clubs will be sending students to those respective countries. All three host families at Madison welcomed Lucia in August.
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RLI Facilitator Training

A Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator training session will be included the Rotary District 5610 Conference in LeMars, IA in October. The training will take place on Friday, October 13, from 9:00 a.m.–noon. Rotarians planning to attend this session need to preregister by sending an email message to Larry Lyngstad so materials can be prepared for participants. Previously trained facilitators are welcome and encouraged to participate as well.
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District Administrator position open

    Rotary District 5610 is seeking applications for District Administrator. The position has been vacant since the resignation of Ms. Ella Shafer. The District Administrator reports to the sitting District 5610 Governor, and provides vital support to all Rotary clubs in our district.
    Please help District leaders fill this critical position. The position description is attached to this story and available in Downloads on the District website. Please consider applying and share this with others who may be interested. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1 and will be accepted until the position is filled. The candidate selected must be a Rotarian prior to accepting the position.
    I am available to answer any questions.  
—Dave Lorenz, District Governor-Elect
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Great Job District 5610 Rotarians!

     A number of clubs and members made significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation to give us an outstanding year in our Rotary Foundation giving of $184,827 for 2016-2017 Rotary Year. This goal was attained by giving to the Annual Fund, the PolioPlus Fund, and the Endowment Fund.
     District Governor Steve Harrington has made this year’s goal $200,000 which is certainly doable if we as Rotarians look at what we give to the Foundation. Let’s work together to increase our giving to the Foundation and have another successful year of Rotary Foundation for 2017-2018.
—Mike Gibson, District Foundation Chair,
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2018 District Conference Update

     The 2018 District 5610 Conference is set for September 27, 28 and 29, 2018 in Vermillion, SD. Vermillion Rotarians Mary Merrigan and Chuck Lubbers will serve as co-chairs for the conference.  More announcements of conference plans and activities will be unveiled at the upcoming October conference in LeMars.  Vermillion is excited to welcome 5610 Rotarians in 2018!!!!
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     Let's show our members and communities who and what Rotary is! The new People of Action public awareness campaign materials are available! You can prepare a visible image of Rotary to grow your membership. See the Brand Center for a template to make your own posters and Facebook ads. It is simple, it is effective, it is ACTION!
    The People of Action video from Rotary Brand Center aired as PSAs on VAST and Midco cable channels with a tagline to the District website. Billboards have displayed in Marshall, Sioux Falls and Rapid City! You can ask your local radio and TV stations to air PSAs for free too!
    The following NEW People of Action campaign materials are available now on the Brand Center. There are many other templates, formatted ads and posters. Please feel free to share this information with your club's Public Image team, and let me know if you have any questions.
  • Digital Banner Template
  • Shortened “What We See” video with a 25-second and 85-second version. This allows clubs to add in their own tagline in the last 5 seconds.
  • “What We See” Video with no voiceover with a 30-second and 90-second version of the video, and a script for each. This allows Rotarians to record the video in their own language or dialect.
  • Using the People of Action Campaign: Television ads (Guide)
  • Using the People of Action Campaign: Radio ads (Guide)
  • Radio ad with no voiceover. This allows Rotarians to record a radio ad in their own voice, language, or dialect.
    Use your club Facebook page to promote People of Action ads that you edit and personalize on the Brand Center. Then "friend" the District Facebook group page and link to your club's page, for even more synergy!
    I am available to visit with your club's leaders and Public Image team to create a marketing plan for your club. Arrangements to visit the Marshall area, Brookings, Watertown and Sioux Falls are in the works for late fall. Contact me now!
—Linda Peterson, Zone 27 Regional Public Image Coordinator   605-341-5006
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D5610 Rotary Conference in Le Mars

Join us in Le Mars!
Register by clicking on the Upcoming Events listing on the right column of the District website.
Over the past year I have been an active participant in District 5610 activities, from the District Conference, to Foundation Day, and then PETs. From what I learned, I then returned to Le Mars and recruited 3 new members. Just think what would happen if every attendee did that. I have learned that there are members of Rotary and then there are Rotarians. These District events have helped me to become a better and more informed and enthusiastic Rotarian. I want all Rotarians in the District to take advantage of what this year’s District Conference has to offer, to educate and enthuse you! 
PDG Ed Jacobson has the goal that every Rotarian should attend a District Conference at least once in the next 5 years. I hope that the Conference in Le Mars is one that you will attend! And come on Iowans! It’s not often that you get the chance to attend a conference this close to home! The Black Hills area clubs are going to have us outnumbered…
My committee has worked hard to put this Conference together. Please come and take advantage of our efforts. Please register ASAP on the District Website by clicking on the event listing. I so look forward to meeting you in Le Mars October 13 &14!
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New! Online Membership Course

    Is Your Club Healthy? is an online course available on Rotary’s Learning Center. Once club leaders or members have completed Rotary Club Health Check, they can take the modules that correspond to the areas identified as needing attention. This course, available in the Learning Center, can help clubs update their strategic plan, or create one with strategies and ideas in place that address areas of concern.
    I am here to help whether you want to focus on retention or recruitment with tools and strategies. 
—Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair   605.484.6056
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News & Events from Clubs

Activities of the Centerville Rotary Club
Cody Carstensen of the Centerville Rotary club was recently awarded the title of Paul Harris Fellow. This award is given to individuals who have contributed more than $1000 to the Annual Program Fund, the Polio Plus Fund or the Humanitarian Grants Program of the Rotary Foundation.
Now that our boulevard renovation project is complete, we have started working on the area at the north end of Broadway just across the bike path. Centervile Rotarians are clearing trees and debris and would like to make it a more scenic area with a bench along the bike trail. Jan Stevens concludes her role as our President on June 30th. We thank her for her great leadership over the past two years and welcome incoming president Jen Knudson. We are always looking for new members, programs and ideas. We meet each Thursday at noon at the Dakota Diner.
Rotarian Bot receives Community Service Award
District Governor Steve Harrington with Rotarian Rick Bot and his wife Ruth, receiving the 2017 Minneota Rotary Community Service Award.
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Governor Filmed Presentation & Club Visits Schedule

    Hello Rotarians of the great Rotary District 5610, and I can say "great district" because I know each of you is capable of doing good in your communities. My year as your governor has just begun and I can already say "it is an honor to be your governor."  In 2017-2018 we will chart a new course in membership growth, increase foundation giving, and expand public image. We will embrace and enhance the Rotary Leadership Institute program, the Rotary Youth Exchange program, and all other Rotary programs that define a successful Rotary district. We can do this!
    I have requested that ALL Rotarians in our district view my filmed message Rotarians: One foot local, One foot Global. Club presidents have been asked to make this a program within the first two months. If you have not seen this, please go to our district website Home Page | District 5610 the link is on the home page. This will clearly explain where we are going this Rotary year.
    As your governor, I'm here to serve you...not to be served. As your governor, I'm here to inspire and motivate...not to dictate or mandate. You, my dear Rotarians, are the heart and soul of this great service organization. I know together we will not only succeed, but we will move this district forward in a positive manner. Our communities, and the world at large, will know that the Rotarians of district 5610 truly do "make a difference."
Schedule: District Governor Club Visits



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Membership Matters workshops across the District

Workshops were held in Rapid City on May 20, with 14 attendees representing six clubs: Custer, Rapid City, Rapid City Rushmore, Northern Hills-Spearfish, Hot Springs, and Pierre-Ft. Pierre. The four-hour session was packed with information and small group breakout sessions to practice what we learned. Gleanings from trainer Larry Petrash, PDG 20-14-15 D5790, Texas, Zone 21b Membership Cadre:
* Becoming a vibrant club takes intentional effort.
* Planning with trilogy continuum, both club and district chairs: Membership, Foundation, Public Image.
* Engagement of all members is essential.
* Set goals, enter in Club Central, update often.
* Retention plan is very important. Do often and continually revisit.

The next workshop was held in Brookings on June 2, followed by Rotarians from Vermillion, Sioux City, and Le Mars in Sioux City on June 3. The workshops were conducted by PDG Bob Delavan, Zone 27 Membership Cadre instructor from Grand Junction, Colorado. The course included techniques and ideas to create sustained club membership growth and retention. Attendees left with great ways to grow new club membership, and retained current members. Retention is important because four of ten new members leave Rotary within the first three years.

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Bring your talents to promote Rotary!

     Are you a supporter of Rotary's Public Image? Are you willing to add your talents and skills to increase awareness of Rotary throughout our District? We are expanding the Public Image committee to include the following three skill positions: video recording/conference tech support, social media content builder, e-club website administrator.  All positions would work with the Public Image District chair. Training will be provided to explain the goals and tasks of each position. Of course, this is volunteering for club service, and no compensation is offered, except for approved material expenses. Membership in a club within D5610 is required, but place of residence is not important. Some travel may be necessary, and training may require time.
—Linda Peterson at 605-341-5006 or email
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District 5610 Grants Highlights

Types of Grants:
CAP – Community Assistance Grants: No minimum; $1,000 maximum, 50% match  
5610 Grants: No minimum; $15,000 maximum, 50% match
     Apply to district, deadline is July 31, 24 months to complete Global Grants $30,000 minimum, 50% match of DDF, 33% match of cash Must address one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus Must have a needs study, be sustainable and have host and international partners
Apply to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) online, can apply throughout the year
Club Qualification:
Signed Memorandum of Understanding for current year
At least one club member trained at grants seminar for current year
In good standing with the IRS (Form 990 current)
Current reporting on any open grants
Contributions to TRF
Stewardship Principles:
Project is needed/desired by the community
Rotarians are involved in the project
Clear expectations if a cooperating organization is involved
Separate bank account or accounting
Good record keeping (retain records for five years) Records available for audit by District or TRF
Follow up on project to ensure equipment is in place and functioning
All income and expenses accounted for
Any conflicts of interest are reported
Fully transparent fund distribution
Timely reports on project to District
Final reports are due no later than 60 days from project completion
Progress report due at 12 months, if project not completed Project must be completed in 24 months from grant award
Sustainability Principles:
Lasting impact
Optimal use of local resources
Attention to preservation of natural resources
Effect on maximum number of beneficiaries
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Rotary Showcase

     Do you have anyone in your club who is recording your activities on the Rotary International site?  There is a program to have the clubs around the world record what they are doing in their communities. You just record a few pieces of information about what you did, how many total volunteer hours you contributed and/or how much money was donated. They also have a way to upload pictures, scans of news coverage, videos, etc. It’s nice because RI can get a sense of how much is being done around the world, but it’s also a great resource for clubs to go for ideas about what they might do in their community. Check it out at    
— Chuck Lubbers, AG Area 7
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Youth Exchange events

    District 5610 Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound and Outbound students gathered for a weekend of service, fellowship and thoughtful learning May 20 – 21 in Brookings. Lead by Brookings Rotarian and Youth Exchange Officer Toby Uecker and various other loyal Brookings Rotarians on Saturday, the students volunteered with the McCrory Gardens, and with Habitat for Humanity.
     Saturday evening, the students were hosted by Marshall, MN Rotarian Olga Reuvekamp, where they enjoyed phenomenal food, fellowship, and hospitality.
     Sunday morning, the students gathered at the Reuvekamp family business, Hilltop Dairy near Elkton, SD, for meaningful discussion – the inbounds reflected on their soon-to-end Rotary Youth Exchange experience and shared insight with the District’s two outbound students. The outbound students will depart for their overseas learning experience in a few short months.
     The students wanted to share a huge THANK YOU with all of the Rotarians who have supported them through their Rotary Youth Exchange opportunity. This program requires a plethora of support – from required Club Youth Exchange Committee positions, to host families, Club Presidents, and Rotarians who help the students fulfill completion of items off their “bucket list”, we are so grateful to each of you. Thank you.
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Rotary Leaders Fly to District 5610 to Deliver Membership Workshops

Membership Matters workshops are being scheduled for several locations across the District. “These workshops have been warmly received and feedback from evaluations forms has been excellent,” said District 5610 Governor Ed Jacobson. “I hope every member who reads this will consider attending one of the workshops.” Register for the workshop of your choice now! Click on the listing in Events Calendar on right!

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District Foundation Raffle has BIG prizes!

     Karl’s TV & Appliances will partner with D5610 to provide a GRAND PRIZE for the Foundation Raffle:  LG Kitchen Appliance package worth up to $7,500 at Karl’s retail pricing. In addition, Karl’s will sell raffle tickets for us at every location in South Dakota!  A large sign/poster to promote ticket sales will be displayed in each of their 14 SD stores.  The twelve communities in SD with Karl’s stores are:  Aberdeen, Brookings, Gregory, Huron, Madison, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls(2), Spearfish(2), Watertown, Winner and Yankton. We are only working with the stores in SD because of concerns about state laws regarding raffles.  We get permission from the state and from the city of Mitchell to do our raffle.  We don’t ask for those permissions in our border states, so we thought it prudent to stay within SD borders. However, the winner of the Grand Prize may deal with the closest Karl’s store, no matter where.   But stores outside SD will NOT sell raffle tickets.
      If you have a Karl’s location in your community, consider inviting the store manager to your meeting.  You might even ask he/she to speak about their newest products.
     As you all know, Rotary is the greatest service organization in the world, and The Rotary Foundation is the funding arm for all the great service that Rotary does in the world. We are really hoping that the increased focus on the raffle will help us achieve our District goal of $200,000 in donations to The Rotary Foundation. Thank you for your support!
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District Leadership Training Seminar

Training for Rotary District and Club Officers Scheduled April 6-8, 2017 at Highland Event Center, Mitchell, SD
     All in-coming club Presidents*, Secretaries, Treasurers, Foundation, Membership, Public Image Chairs and all other members are invited to attend training in Mitchell April 7-8.  Training will start Friday morning and extend through 12:30 p.m. Saturday.  A special recognition for all Presidents-elect will be held at the Friday evening dinner. All Club should be represented at the District Assembly (business meeting) on Saturday. Club organization and website training and Foundation grants training will be offered on Saturday morning. Agenda is available now in the download section.
   All District Leaders, Assistant Governors and Committee Chairs should attend training sessions, District meeting, and dinner on Thursday evening. This day is limited to District leaders, club leaders do not need to attend.
   Register by clicking on the event listing of PETS on the right, after you have logged onto the District 5610 website:
    Information on hotel rates is posted in the event listing.
    To receive on-going notices and the agenda, club board members must be listed on the District website as 2017-18 officers or members of Rotary – and your email address must be posted with your listing.
    *NOTE:  Rotary International stresses that the current president of any club whose president-elect fails to attend PETS must continue as president in the coming year.
Steve Harrington, District Governor Elect
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Rotarians in our Zone get recognition!

The largest human image of a cog (Rotary wheel) includes 412 participants, and was achieved by Rotary International (USA) with the support of Zone Institute participants in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, on 29 October 2016.
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Working with the media to promote Rotary

    Rotary International rolled out the new "People of Action" campaign at the RI Convention in Atlanta. We will design a media campaign for our District to begin as soon as materials become available. You can download materials for your club too at the Brand Center on by logging in.

    I have a great powerpoint on “Publicizing an Event” that I would be happy to present to your club or event committee. I also have website and social media training that will assist your club in using these digital tools. Please contact me to schedule! I will travel anywhere in the District to meet with your club. 

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Foundation Giving Goal

     2017 will be the 100th birthday of the Foundation. The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity. You have all heard of Rotary's efforts to eradicate Polio. In addition to End Polio Now, the Rotary Foundation helps Rotarians do good in the world through its Six Areas of Focus:
     That first gift that all started it in 1917 was for the amount of $26.50. If you have never given to the Rotary Foundation, would you consider giving a gift of $26.50 in this anniversary year? If you have given in the past, please consider increasing your gift by $26.50 or more. Thank you for your generous support of the Rotary Foundation!
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Club Extension Events

Club Extension Event is planned for November 17 at Sioux Center. If you know of potential members in that area, please contact District Governor Elect Steve Harrington for more information.
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Foundation AND Membership Day!

This year’s Foundation Day is scheduled for Chamberlain, SD on Saturday, November 5th.  We will have general sessions and then separate tracks for Foundation and Membership.  We are bringing in two engaging Rotarians (see below for their bios) from outside the District who are sure to get everyone fired up about all of the good work that Rotary does in the world. All Rotarians in the District are encouraged to attend, especially Club Foundation and Membership Chairs, as well as Club Presidents and Presidents Elect.  2017 is the 100th birthday of the Rotary Foundation, so there will be lots of excitement and awareness of the Rotary Foundation in the upcoming year.  This event will be held at the AmericInn Conference Center in Chamberlain (1981 E. King St., Chamberlain, SD  57325, phone (605)734-0985.)  We will start at 8:30 on Saturday morning, and will end at 3:30 on Saturday afternoon, which will give most everyone time to drive home on Saturday.  A block of rooms has been reserved at a group rate of $89.99/night.  Reservations must be made by October 5th to get this rate.  If you need more information about this event, please contact Joe Mauss, District Rotary Foundation Chair (, or 605-610-5035.)
This event is open to all Rotarians in the District.  Presidents, Presidents-Elect, and Club Rotary Foundation Chairs are especially encouraged to attend. Click on the District Foundation Day event link to register for this event.
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Get on the Bus, Gus!

Rotary International Conference in Atlanta, GA ~ June 10-14, 2017 Register now at
“We have chartered a bus to take 36 or more Rotarians from District 5610 to the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta next June,” announced District Governor Ed Jacobson. The Rotary Atlanta Convention planners have at last assigned our group a hotel: The Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead. Rotary will provide shuttle service from all convention hotels to the convention site.
    In planning the trip we believed we had projected a cost high enough to cover any of the Atlanta hotels that were listed on the Rotary website. However, Buckhead is an upscale area of Atlanta, and the cost of the Ritz-Carlton is higher than our estimate. This means that we have to raise the price of the trip by $100 ($20 per Atlanta night) per person for double occupancy and $200 ($40 per Atlanta night) per person for single occupancy. Thus the double occupancy price is now $2,027.00, and the single occupancy price is $3,156.00. The reservation fee remains $500 for double occupancy and $750 for single occupancy.
    Please plan to get your deposit to Brookings by October 1.  After that date we will be seeking Rotarians from other Districts to fill up the bus.  At last count we were looking for six more couples to make the trip a GO!  Final deadline for deposits is November 15.
   REVISED Information is on this District website in the Download section.
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Club Visits Schedule from DG Ed

District Governor Ed Jacobson has announced his club visitation schedule, attached to this story, and available in Download Section on right.
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Rotary Foundation Celebrates 100 Years!

The year-long celebration of The Rotary Foundation’s centennial was kicked-off at the 2016 International Convention in Seoul, Korea on May 28th. The celebration will mark a century of “Doing Good in the World” through humanitarian projects, scholarships, professional training and exchanges, and the remarkable campaign for a polio-free world.
In 2016-17, Rotary clubs throughout the world have been urged to organize Rotary Days to celebrate this milestone by showcasing the Foundation’s rich history and good work. The resources
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RLI Opportunity at District Conference

Rotary Leadership Institute courses I & II will be offered for the first time in conjunction with the District 5610 Conference this year. Rotarians may complete one of the two courses of the program by attending the Friday morning session and working luncheon, and attending the remaining RLI sessions which will be offered during the District Conference break-out sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday.
    Rotarians may register for course I, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre. Registration is limited to ten participants.
    Rotarians who have previously completed course I may fulfill the requirements of the program by completing course II, which will also begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26. Registration is limited to ten participants.
A one-time reduced course fee of $20 will be charged for those attending an RLI course during the conference. Clubs will be billed for the course fee of registrants from respective clubs, which must be paid prior to the beginning of the course. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis, however, additional registrations beyond the ten maximum for each course will be placed in a back-up position in the event of a cancellation.
   Registrations may be made on the District website by clicking on the event listing, and must be made prior to August 15. Rotarians attending the conference who live a significant distance from where courses are generally offered are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
    Please contact me with any questions.  —Larry Lyngstad, RLI District Coordinator
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Grants Training Scheduled Thursday, April 14

                Rotary Grants Training has been added to the Thursday, April 14 schedule at the District Leadership Training session in Mitchell.  The training will be two hours long starting at 3:30 p.m.  Clubs officers needing the training should register on the District website by clickin on the Events listing for PETS.
                Grants training is needed by any club expecting to apply for a grant through The Rotary Foundation.  The person managing the club’s grant application must show they have completed this training.  The training will be conducted by District Foundation Grants Chair Ina Winter of Hot Springs.
                The District Leadership Training session starts with a meeting of District Leaders on Thursday, April 14.  Club president training and training for all other interested Rotarians is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.  All Rotarians are encouraged to attend!  The expanded schedule, including the Thursday grant training,  is posted on the District website.
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Acheivement Award for Public Relations/Public Image

Your club promotes events, hosts exchange students, reaches out to the public with fundraisers, gives scholarships, the list goes on! How does your club website and social media look? Have you used radio, newspaper, TV for promotion? If so, I want to hear about it! There is a Club Public Image Citation application waiting just for you! Read the goals I have established for our District in the January District news and posted in Downloads! I am available to visit your club and provide a slideshow and demonstration of the Rotary Visual Identity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me at:
605-341-5006 or    —Linda Peterson, Public Image Chair
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Clark Club Has Heart!

     The Clark Rotary Club took the Rotary has Heart campaign, literally to heart! Clark Rotary President, Tom LaBrie latched on to the campaign by coming up with an idea and pitching it to his club.
     The idea was founded around Valentines Day. A perfect match with Rotary Has Heart. New member, Margaret Grimm is manager of the Senior Golden Living Center, Member Janet Roehrich is the owner of Roetell Senior Living Center, and Gayle Wookey is owner/manager of the Wookey Assisted Living Center. All three of these Rotarians stepped up to making arrangements in their Centers for the event.
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Sioux Falls Downtown Club makes Donation

    Monday February 15th was a special day for Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary. The second of three distributions from its $100,000 Centennial fund was awarded to the SculptureWalk Arc of Dreams project.
     Monday's $50,000 donation to the Arc of Dreams marks Rotary as one of the largest contributors to this iconic stainless steel structure that will be spanning the Big Sioux River downtown. SculptureWalk Sioux Falls Arc of Dreams project is a privately funded sculpture slated for downtown Sioux Falls.
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Global Scholar Reports

Our new Spring term has started at Trinity College and things are already getting quite busy. I am taking a course on Transitional Justice this term, which is taught by Dr. Brendan Browne, a native of Belfast who just returned after living and working in Palestine at the Al Quds University for the past year. Additionally, I am auditing a class titled “Conflict Analysis and Models of Intervention” taught by my professor from last term, Dr. David Mitchell, and I will be attending another one-week residential course February 15-19 at the Corrymeela peacemaking center on the north coast of Northern Ireland titled “Conflict Residential Skills”, and another one-week intensive module in March titled “Conflict Resolution Lessons from Comparative Peace Processes” taught at our ISE (Irish School of Ecumenics) Belfast campus by lecturers from the Glencree Center for Peace and Reconciliation in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. We are also in the process of preparing for our dissertation proposal presentations that we will give on Friday, February 12. I am really excited about what I’m planning to research for my dissertation but will keep you in suspense until it has been approved!
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Vocational Training Team member goes to Perú

Linda Peterson, Rapid City Club, joined four other members of the Vocational Training Team for 10 days in the Urubamba Valley near Cusco, Peru. She used her work experience to print the manuals, design a Yearbook for the girls, shoot photos, and create slideshows. Many other tasks kept her busy such as: setup of the room, exchanging English for Spanish with the girls, inputing data for Monitoring & Evaluation for the grant. Discussion is ongoing with the TVN team to discover ways to continue the project after the grant has closed. See the story in February newsletter.
     Linda is available to give a presentation about this project anytime, contact her at
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How to have a Vibrant Club?

     Does your Club have interested and involved members? Would you like more ideas on how to have a Vibrant Club?  Visit for many good ideas and resources.
     Has your Club completed a strategic planning session? Download the Planning Guide and get started!
     Is your club already a great success and moving forward? Download this year's Presidential Theme and Citation brochure and be rewarded! and don't forget to log your club's goals at Club Central on the Rotary website!
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District Conference 2016 Invite

Larry Lyngstad, District Conference Co-Chair and Ed Jacobson, District Governor-Elect invite you to join the Pierre-Fort Pierre Rotary Club in Pierre, August 26-27, 2016. A draft schedule is attached to this story. Register by clicking on the Conference event title on right. View the video and 2016 Conference Cheer on both the District Facebook Group and Page at:
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Let's Promote The End of Polio!

World Polio Day is October 24th, to honor the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a polio vaccine.  One of the special events that Rotary has planned, in partnership with UNICEF, is a "Livestream" event from New York City at 4:30PM Mountain or 5:30PM Central, on Friday the 23rd.  We can watch a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and others. Here's the link to the livestream event.
There are many ways we can be a part of this moment in history. For example:
Host a viewing party, invite friends and co-workers
Have a viewing party in your office! Its at 4:30 anyway!
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper outlining the successes of Polio Plus
Invite local media folks to watch the event
How about this: A FLASHMOB! Arrange a venue with big TVs and a bar!
You can download the official "Tool Kit" here It contains lots of ideas!
DID YOU KNOW? Over the past five years, District 5610 Rotarians have contributed nearly $200,000 to Polio Plus!! Donate your contribution today! Our Governor for South Dakota has declared October 23 World Polio Day, I would hope that Districts in the nearby states have also obtained Proclamations. See the download panel for the PDF. Have you contacted your city mayor for a proclamation?
Polio is almost licked, but there's a way to go. Lets do our part!
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Rotary Has Heart! ... in District 5610!

    Join clubs from across Zone 21b and Zone 27 in helping show how much Rotary cares this year! Let's show everyone in our communities across the nation that Rotary Has Heart!
    Rotary Has Heart is the over-arching theme each Rotary club can use to promote the work being done in your community. By using a common theme, and common social media, clubs are able to share their good work with others. Together, we can all help our friends and neighbors see the great work being done each day by thousands of Rotarians.
Rotary Has Heart! ... in District 5610! 2015-10-12 05:00:00Z 0

District 4 Way Test Essay Contest

     It's that time of year again when we think about the District 5610 4 Way Test Essay Contest.  This 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 4 Way Test to my life?"  You will be amazed and excited at the perspective 6th graders have on our 4 Way Test.
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Foundation Day - November 7!

Registration is now open for our District's second annual Foundation/Membership/Rotaract seminar, Saturday, November 7 in Mitchell.  This is truly going to be the best one yet.  I guarantee that you will leave the seminar with tools to help you make your club a more vibrant and connected club.  You will see how your contributions to The Rotary Foundation make a difference in our communities and our world.  You will also learn how to engage your new and existing members to retain them and get them active in your club. 
I hope you will encourage others to attend with you on November 7th in Mitchell.  It will start at 9:00 am and conclude that evening with awards and a banquet.  The Seminar schedule is attached to this story.
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District Conference Agenda Posted!

Conference Agenda posted in Download Section!
The 2015 District Conference begins September 24 with Leadership meetings and dinner. Regular sessions begin Friday, September 25 at 1 PM and continue all day Saturday, September 26. The conference concludes Saturday evening with a Celebrate 100 Years of Rotary in Sioux Falls dinner, Greg Podd, RI Director, keynote speaker, and entertainment by Dallas Brass. Non-Rotarian dinner cost is $32 per person. The public may register for just the dinner by going to the District website, clicking on the Saturday event on the EVENT panel and signing up. We would appreciate getting a count!
Please let us know if you are planning to attend, so we can plan for adequate space and meals. Register by FIRST-LOGGING ON to the District website, then clicking on the EVENT listed on the right panel. That will take you to registration. Club secretaries may also take a role call of their members, and then registering a group of club members by going to Administration, click on Events, click on the District Conference event, then accessing the Register Members function listed on the right. If you have registration issues, please contact Linda Peterson, website administrator.
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Welcome to our District 5610 website!

This website is for the use of the membership of District 5610 clubs, district leadership and the public. You can locate club meetings and locations in the left column, and District leaders in Organization. Please browse the information, suggest additions and changes, or ask questions by reaching leaders in "Contact Us." If you login as a member of Rotary, you can access additional club and district management information.
Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs worldwide, divided into 535 Districts. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
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International & Zone news

Want to know more about our incoming International President? See the News Release in downloads. Please pass along to your local newspaper, other media, and your members.

Want to know what is happening in our Rotary Zone? See the Zone July 2015 newsletter in downloads section. Previous issues are available on the Zone 21-27 website link.
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District Resource Leader Invitation

District leaders who would like an opportunity to receive training and encouragement to use their skills for the advancement of Rotary, are invited to attend the Zone Emerging District Leader Program (EDL) in San Antonio, Texas, September 16-20, 2015. There is no limit to the number of district leaders that can enroll. This program is for Rotarians who are willing to share their leadership skills at the District level. Attendees will have a very unique opportunity to interact with Rotary senior leaders, to hear and discuss Rotary issues.
Brochures are available from Linda Peterson, or you can browse the Zone website and download the invitation. Please contact Linda Peterson, DG or Steve Sikorski, DGE, if you need further information. 
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District Literacy Book Drive

Norm and Linda Peterson believe in literacy for all people, as the best way to improving your life. As members of Rotary International, they support Literacy and Basic Education, one of the Six Areas of Focus. So they set out on a book drive to collect children and adult books and get them into the hands of people at no cost, no return needed. And at locations they frequently visit, close to home.
Norm Peterson, Rapid City Rotary Club member, has collected and distributed over 100 cartons of used books around the Black Hills and western South Dakota. Norm asked 43 clubs in the District 5610 area which includes all of South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and a corner of Nebraska, to donate children and adult books. He accompanied Linda, District Governor, during the past year of visits to each club. The clubs responded generously! Norm received books from many clubs, including Pierre, Cherokee, Canby, Sibley, LeMars, Centerville, Sioux Falls, and Rapid City. Over 6000 books arrived during the fall District Conference in Rapid City. Then another shipment of 41 cartons arrived in April, due to Heartland Paper delivering from a Sioux Falls’ collection site.
The books were sorted and children’s books were distributed to Dear Ones Daycare, a low-income site sponsored by Cornerstone Mission, and adult mystery novels to the Veterans Center at Cornerstone. WAVI received a box of novels. Lakota Homes Oyate Center received boxes of children, adult novels, classics, self-help and reference books. The Journey Museum received a set of crafts reference books. Pine Ridge Sacred Heart Mission received boxes of children, adult and reference books on art and sports. The Storybook Island Little Free Library will benefit from a huge supply of children books this summer. And Readiatrics was donated over 60 cartons of books to be distributed through the South Dakota Public Health clinics.
Norm and Linda spent many hours collecting, sorting, and driving to locations to deliver the books. The books were donated freely and distributing for free.
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How to get reports from Rotary Foundation

Club Foundation Chairs: Want to know what your club members have donated to the Foundation? Find in Downloads, a simple 3-page document from Rotary that explains the process.
Club Members: you can also find your own donation record by logging on the and exploring the Foundation tab.
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Forty2 Solar and Rotary

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill interviewed Rotarian Chris Maxwell of Peppermint Energy, to discuss the Forty2 Solar Panel project and Rotary's involvement. Follow this link to hear the whole program on "City Limits", recorded for OaheTV.
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Global Grant Scholarship Applicants Wanted!

     We need your help identifying candidates for this wonderful scholarship sponsored by Rotary District 5610 and Rotary International!
     Successful applicants will receive a $30,000 grant for GRADUATE level studies. Must provide proof of at least provisional acceptance to a university OUTSIDE the USA. Graduate Studies must be related to one of the six areas of Rotary International focus: Peace and Conflict Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water & Sanitation; Maternal & Child Health; Basic Education Literacy; Economic & Community Development.
     How to apply:
Application deadline is FEBRUARY 1, 2015. Applications are on the District website.
Applicants cannot be related in any way to a member of Rotary.
Applicants must residents of District 5610.
     Further information can be obtained by contacting: David Lorenz —  Scholarship Chair
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District Raffle Prizes Needed

     We will once again be holding a raffle to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. It is our hope that every club in the District will donate a prize for the raffle drawing and will promote the raffle to club members. In the past we have raised several thousand dollars for the Foundation and, in the process, we have been able to award some fabulous prizes to our members. Two main changes that were implemented starting with last year’s raffle that will continue this year are:
We are asking clubs to send the money directly to the Rotary Foundation rather than turning it in at PETS,
We are emphasizing that raffle ticket purchases are not tax deductible, since there is a chance of winning a prize.
     Clubs should submit prize commitments now to Joe Mauss or Mark Barry, District Raffle Co-Chairs. Drawings for prizes will be April 9-11, at the 2015 PETS Conference. If any questions, please contact Joe Mauss or Mark Barry
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School of St. Jude Support Project

     A number of Rotarians and clubs in our District already support the School for St. Jude in Tanzania. We have had personal visits to our District from Gemma, who started the school. If you do support, thank you!
 If your club would like to provide support, but do not have the resources for the full donation, here is a great option. Our District sent $1320 in May to St. Jude for this year. We are on our way to making a difference in our world by changing the future for one very poor, bright child in Arusha, Tanzania and helping in the classroom of a very dedicated teacher.  Together we are all making our world a better place!!
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Rotary Leadership Institute - Be A Leader!

What is RLI? It is a grassroots, multi-district leadership and Rotary development program using facilitation in small groups to engage Rotarians and strengthen clubs. The sessions also provide leadership skills that are useful to the individual's career.

Members may attend any RLI session around the district, and will be awarded a certificate after completing all three parts. Check the District website calendar for dates and locations. If you wanted to attend another location for any sessions, you could, as the material is the same.

The discussion among different clubs' members is the most valuable part, your input will be needed, so speak up and take part! Some of you may have many years in Rotary, some are very young in their Rotary life. Some of you may have lead committees or clubs, some of you may have very small roles in your club so far. But you will find that all Rotarians matter, whatever their role in the club.

The cost is $35/person or $100 for 3 sessions per person. Registration file may be downloaded from the website. It is recommended that the clubs pay for the attendees, as the benefit to your club from the training is IMMEASURABLE! ENORMOUS! INVALUABLE TO THE FUTURE OF YOUR CLUB!

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November is Foundation Giving Month

Encourage your club members to give to the Rotary Foundation in November. Use the Powerpoint attached and added to the Download section, to show your members what a great Foundation we have. The Charity Navigator rated our Foundation a four star status, as one of the best of all the organizations we can support.
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World Polio Day

    Our District 5610 again this year supports the goals of End Polio Now with a personal donation of $40 per person, and a club donation total of $1500. Our District has approved of over $12,000 donation to Polio Plus from our District allocation from the Rotary Foundation. We have given 20% each year in support of Rotary International’s goals.
    If you make a donation to Polio Plus on October 24, it will be double matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and you will get points toward your Paul Harris Fellowship award. Download the attached file for additional information and links to videos and graphics.
World Polio Day 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Solar Projects deploying

The October edition of Rotary Africa features a District 5610 Project!  The Pierre/Ft. Pierre Club has teamed up with Peppermint Energy to form their Rural Electrification Project, which aims to provide solar panels to those without a consistent, sustainable energy source.  (see story in Downloads) The Pierre/Ft. Pierre club has sent panels to Haiti and Uganda.  If you are interested in learning more or participating in this project, please contact Pierre/Ft. Pierre Rotary leadership in the Clubs section.
Solar Projects deploying 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

Friendship Exchange with India

Nine District 5610 Rotarians went on a Friendship Exchange to India, District 3120, January 30 to February 15, 2015. See story, photos and comments in the March news. A slideshow will be created to present at clubs and District events.
The team represents a broad spectrum of our District from Iowa and Minnesota, eastern and western South Dakota, as follows: Patrick and Roberta Clark, Mitchell; Larissa Christensen, Mapleton, Iowa; Linda Peterson, Rapid City; Susan Randall and Mark Sanderson, Sioux Falls; Debrah and Benjamin Vander Kooi, Luverne, Minnesota; and Renu Pandey, Rapid City, South Dakota.
Friendship Exchange with India 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

4 Way Test Essay Contest winners due to District

Attention all clubs planning on participating in the DISTRICT 5610 ROTARY 4 WAY TEST ESSAY CONTEST:
Local winners are due to Pat Sutliff by March 15, 2015. They can be sent by e-mail or regular mail, 4819 Steamboat Circle, Rapid City, SD 57702  Winners will be announced at PETS in April.

  The contest is conducted with 6th graders and any 6th grader in our district is eligible to compete by going through their local Rotary Club.  Your club can set up the contest in your community by working with one school or all of the schools there.  You need to show the students a copy of our 4-Way Test and perhaps explain what it means to us. Then the students write a 200 - 500 word essay explaining "How Can I Apply the 4-Way Test to my life?" and submit them to your club where you choose a winner that you then submit to the district.  Usually clubs have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners but just the 1st is sent on to the district. The prizes for this contest are 1st prize $200, 2nd prize $100 and 3rd prize $50. For questions or more information please contact: Pat Sutliff   cell # 605-593-2896

4 Way Test Essay Contest winners due to District 2014-09-30 00:00:00Z 0

Zone Speakers now available!

Posted by Linda Peterson
RI Director Greg Podd has made available all the speakers at Zone Institute in San Antonio. We have added all the Links to Zone on the left, under Links. Copy and paste the speaker link you wish to hear, and follow the instructions. Be patient, the audio downloads could take time. Others provided PDFs and Powerpoints to download to your computer. Browse through this great resource, provided by our super Director and the techno-team at Zone!
Zone Speakers now available! Linda Peterson 2014-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Pedaling for a Purpose 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0

Sewing Machines for India

Need Club Participation in Sewing Machines Grant

In 2011-12 our district participated in a Rotary International Matching Grant with District 3120 in India to buy sewing machines for young Indian women so that they could set up their own small businesses.  The project was a great success and attached are  a couple of pictures for you to see the implementation! 
Sewing Machines for India 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

4 Way Test Essay Contest is District-wide

District 4 Way Test Essay Contest - DEADLINE MARCH 15!

     It's time for the Rotary District 5610 4 Way Test Essay Contest. This is a wonderful way to spread knowledge about Rotary and what we stand for and to provide a challenge for the 6th graders in your community. 
4 Way Test Essay Contest is District-wide 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

Zone Training Institute

District Leaders invited to Training

All current, future and past leaders of Rotary districts in Zone 27 and 21B are invited to attend Rotary Institute in Denver on September 9-14, 2014. Training is not only for District Governors, but also for Foundation, membership, public image chairs and District trainers. Forums, speakers, and breakout sessions for exchanging best practices will be heard. See attached brochure.
Zone Training Institute Linda Peterson 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

RLI Events Planned


Review the dates and locations around the district listed below.
Tell your club president you want to attend! If you missed a session or two last year, sign up again, to get your graduation certification!  
RLI Events Planned 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0

About D5610

Our district encompasses all of South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska. There are 43 clubs located in small and larger communities throughout the largely rural area. The land ranges from flat farmland, to rolling ranch land, to scenic mountains. The Missouri River cuts through the middle of the district and hosts three large dams, contributing hydroelectric power. Wind farming is also a growing energy field, along with cornfields for producing ethanol. Agriculture is our main economy, with tourism, healthcare, and manufacturing/business contributing to a well-rounded diversity of industries. European immigrants with land grants settled much of the area. The ranches were staked out following cattle drives from the south, and the Black Hills gold rush of the 1880s brought in people from all over the world, including China.
     Some of our most interesting features include: Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills—a carving of four American Presidents on a granite mountain; Crazy Horse Monument—another huge carving of the Indian chief; lakes formed by dams and stocked with fish; horizon-to-horizon spanning ranches with large herds of cattle and buffalo; charming small towns, and mid-sized cities bustling with business and culture. While the pace of life may be considerably slower than that of the major industrial cities in America, we are proud of the up-to-date facilities, excellent educational and cultural opportunities, and short commutes!
     One of the pleasures of living in this region is the distinct four seasons, from the depths of a cold winter night to the heights of a hot summer day, and every change in-between—sometimes in the same day! The high northern plains are generally dry, while the eastern low lands near the rivers experience higher rainfall and humidity. Hunting, fishing, snow sports, hiking, biking, motorcycle touring and camping are just a few of the outdoors activities enjoyed by residents and vacationers to the area. Symphonies, operas, Broadway plays, county fairs, concerts, hockey, museums, art galleries, restaurants and shopping round out a full spectrum of entertainment available.
     Rotary clubs in our district host exchanges of all kinds, from high school students, the former Group Study exchanges, to sister city and Rotary Friendship exchanges. We enjoy building relationships with peoples from all cultures. Sitting down to a meal and getting to know someone from another country, examining the similarities and differences, and making our visitors feel comfortable and welcome, is a common attribute in all our communities.
     The District and Clubs’ projects range from community assistance to international grants. See the Grants page for more information. Contact any of the local club leadership if you are interested in joining Rotary!

About D5610 Linda Peterson 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Plus news Linda Peterson 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

District Grants

About District Grants

Our District 5610 has a Grants timeline for clubs to apply for District grants (see graph attached). Please review the required information needed on the grant application and the grant report. Submit by the deadline listed. Read the District Grants Financial Plan to understand how our grants are administered. If you need to contact the Grants chair, or Foundation chair for our district, see the District organization chart.

 District Grants

District Community Assistance Program (CAP) Grants are a tool for Rotary districts to support short-term humanitarian projects that benefit the community. District grants up to $15,000 that need to meet one of the six areas of focus.  The Rotary Foundation administers Global Grants. Links for the application forms can be found in the left banner on the District Grants page (click "The Rotary Foundation" tab in the banner above). See the Highlights file for additional information.

Global Grants

Please find the Global Grants information and application on the RI website.
District Grants Linda Peterson 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0