PETS = Presidents-Elect Training + Club Leadership Training + Assistant Governors Training + Foundation & Grants Training + RLI Makeups

April 9-11, 2015 at Highland Event Center, Mitchell, SD

    All incoming Club Presidents*, Secretaries-Treasurers, Foundation and Grants chairs will have training all day Friday. All District committee chairs and Assistant Governors will be attending a District planning meeting on Thursday. All members of District 5610 are invited to the District Assembly on Friday evening. Additional training is being offered for Presidents-Elect, Secretaries/Treasurers on Saturday morning. A Foundation Grants training will also be offered Saturday morning. A makeup session of Part II and Part III of RLI is offered on Thursday. Itinerary available NOW in download section.
Register NOW for by clicking on the event listing after you have logged on. Information on hotels is listed on the event posting. Please note what training you are registering for in the comments section when you register.
    To receive ongoing notices and the itinerary, YOU MUST be listed on the District website as next year’s officers or members of Rotary, and have logged on with your specific email address, to receive email notices! ALL board members should have an email listed. ALL Executive Secretaries should be listed on the boards with an email.
*Rotary International stresses that the current President of any club whose President Elect is unable to attend the Seminar will continue in that position. 
     Please post ALL your incoming board members, especially President, Secretary and Treasurer on the District and RI websites NOW! Steve Sikorski, District Governor-Elect, is contacting all your club officers to announce training! Special training will be offered to Secretaries and Treasurers in addition to the Presidents. Also, grants training will again be offered to Foundation chairs. Successful clubs are our goal!


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


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.

     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!
 For those who would like to provide support, but do not have the resources for the full donation, here is a new option being proposed.
     PROPOSAL:  To best serve clubs who want to contribute to the School of St. Jude project, a separate district account would be opened so that all interested clubs can donate to The School of St. Jude by sending their checks to this account.  It would only take $100 to $200 (more would be great if the club wishes) to get involved and when the total reaches $1500 we would send it to The School of St. Jude to sponsor a child and a teacher.  This would be an annual commitment as the child needs to be sponsored every year.  The sponsorship for the student includes uniforms, shoes, food, clean water, transportation to and from school, school supplies and a high quality education.  In the upper grades it also includes boarding as fourth grade through eighth board at the school during the week and from ninth grade on the students board at the school for the whole semester. For the teacher it provides classroom supplies.
     REASONS FOR PROPOSAL:  The School of St. Jude needs sponsors for the children that they are educating.  Many clubs in our district could use an easy way to get involved in an international project and this project will give them lots of feedback from the school and the student to truly show them that they are helping to change the world.  The students write letters to their sponsors twice a year and their grade reports are also sent to the sponsor.  Also if the student wins an award the sponsor is sent a picture of the student and a description of the award.  For more background on the School of St. Jude, please go to
    For more information please contact PDGs: Pat Sutliff or Nancy Moose

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.


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!



Let's Get Integrated!  More clubs have integrated, and found the value of joining the District website for both Club leaders and members alike! The Clubrunner RI Integration powerpoint explains the integration process in several steps, starting with and ending with the District website at You do not need to complete the Club steps if you do not have a Clubrunner website for your club. We have ONLY THREE clubs still not integrated: Gregory, Huron, and South Sioux City. Please complete the process by calling Linda Peterson for assistance. Let's reach the goal of 100% of our District clubs participation! The benefits are many, including ease of membership management and communications tools.


RI Director Greg Podd has made available all the speakers at Zone Institute in Denver. We have added all the Links on the left, under Links. Copy and paste the speaker link you wish to hear, and follow the instructions. Be patient, some of the speakers talked for up to an hour! So 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!


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