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     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.

     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 many ROTARIANS in ATLANTA JUNE 10-14 207 AND CELEBRATE THE CENTENNIAL OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION!

Register by DECEMBER 15 and  SAVE $75! Register online at www.rotary.org
Arrive early and see the BRAVES PLAY THE METS on JUNE 8. Promotional videos found at  www.ricon17promotion.org

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.
     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:
    PROMOTING PEACE            FIGHTING DISEASE
    PROVIDING CLEAN WATER        SAVING MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
    SUPPORTING EDUCATION            GROWING LOCAL ECONOMIES
     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!
     Does your Club have interested and involved members? Would you like more ideas on how to have a Vibrant Club? Attend the Foundation & Membership Day in Chamberlain on November 5! Listen to Leaders and be inspired! Club Membership chairs from every club in the District should be there!
     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 the Presidential Theme and Citation brochure and be rewarded!
 
 

We have a new effort to raise awareness of Rotary and publicize club events! An application for clubs to get additional funding from the District is available for download on this website, titled Rotary Awareness Campaign Application. Groups of clubs in a geographic area and media reach can band together to put dollars into a media campaign. Call me for more information. Deadline is January 15.

Public Image Citations went to Vermillion and LeMars clubs for 2015-16 publicity efforts. Thanks to these clubs and several others in the District for their excellent community awareness efforts for their clubs. Available again for the second year is the Public Image Citation Application for your club. New goals are listed, so download the file from the District website and make new efforts to publicize your club projects and events.

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.
Linda Peterson at 605-341-5006 or email Linda4Rotary@me.com

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
     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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