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
                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.

    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.
     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.
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

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

     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!

     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.
    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!!
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.

May 2016
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