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     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.

Schedule a program to your clubs using the link to this 25 minute video in the July-August timeframe. I would like all club membership to see this video, because it spells out our Rotary mission and goals for 2017-18. My in-person visit will reinforce our mission, and we will celebrate our Rotary fellowship.
DG Club Visits schedule attached as PDF.

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.

     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!
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.

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. Contact info: or 605-341-5006.

     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
     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
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
    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.
     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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