Rotary District 5610
Serving 43 clubs in South Dakota, northwestern Iowa,
southwestern Minnesota, and Sioux City, Nebraska.

Mailing Address: PO Box 674, Rapid City, SD 57709


     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 536 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.

Training for New Rotary Officers Scheduled April 15-16, 2016 at Highland Event Center, Mitchell, SD
     All in-coming club presidents*, secretaries, treasurers and other officers are invited to attend training in Mitchell April 15-16.  Training will start Friday morning and extend through 12:15 p.m. Saturday.  A special recognition for all presidents-elect will be held at the Friday evening dinner, as well as a District Assembly (business meeting). Agenda is attached to this story and available in the download section.
   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, YOU MUST be listed on the District website as next year’s 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.
Ed Jacobson, District Governor Elect
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

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!
     The Membership training on November 7 included a workshop on how you can have a vibrant club. Attached are the translated notes from the attendees. See if you can improve your club by taking action on some of these ideas!

    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.
     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!!
     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.
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 administraters 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, 2016 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 2016.  The first place winner will receive a $200 check, a certificate, a 4 Way Test coin and the chance to read their essay at the District Conference in Pierre.  Second place receives a $100 check, a certificate and a 4 Way Test coin while third place receives a $50 check, a certificate and a 4 Way Test coin.
     I am hoping that many, many of the District 5610 clubs will participate in this terriffic project where we teach young people about what Rotary stands for.  For questions or more information contact Pat Sutliff <> or 605-718-0559.
     There are 5 Documents available for download on this website.

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. View the video and 2016 Conference Cheer on both the District Facebook Group and Page at:

     All your board members, especially President, Secretary and Treasurer and Foundation chairs, have been compared and matched to your listing the RI website. If this is not correct, you will need to log on to BOTH websites to make the changes. Not all clubs have completed their listing of board members on Post ALL the same board members on the website, so your access will continue each July 1. The District leadership contacts specific board members from time to time with targeted information. Contact Linda Peterson, District website administrator, if you need assistance.


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.

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.

February 2016
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