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 34,000 clubs worldwide. 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.

Registration is now open for our District's second annual Foundation/Membership/Rotaract seminar.  This is truly going to be the best one yet.  I guarantee that you will leave the seminar with tools to help you make your club a more vibrant and connected club.  You will see how your contributions to The Rotary Foundation make a difference in our communities and our world.  You will also learn how to engage your new and existing members to retain them and get them active in your club.  As a President, President-elect, Secretary, Board Member and members of your club this will help you make this the best year for your club and a potential turning point in your clubs life!!!  We will update you on PolioPlus and provide Grants Training.  This year we will invite members of our District's Rotaract clubs.  They will be doing some activities that will not only impact them but your clubs as well.  Don't miss this opportunity to mingle with these youth.  They are the ones we need to take over for us.  You will find that they will throw out your misconceptions of the next generation!
I hope you will encourage others to attend with you on November 7th in Mitchell.  It will start at 9:00 am and conclude that evening with awards and a banquet.  Registration will be on the District website.  
Please give me the opportunity to show you what Rotary is all about!

     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.

     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!!
     To best serve clubs who want to contribute to the School of St. Jude project, a separate district account is open so that all interested clubs can donate to The School of St. Jude.  It would only take $100 to $200 or more to get involved. When the total reaches $1500 we will send it to The School of St. Jude to sponsor our 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.
     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

     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.

RI Director Greg Podd has made available all the speakers at Zone Institute in San Antonio. We have added all the Links to Zone on the left, under Links. Copy and paste the speaker link you wish to hear, and follow the instructions. Be patient, 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!

October 2015

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