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.

     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 is time to ask for nominations for the 2018-19 District Governor position. A fundamental principle of Rotary is that the best qualified candidate should be selected for service in elective offices.  If a Rotarian in our District that you know has the skills, knowledge and aptitude for this highest position in a Rotary District, please download the application in the download section of the District website.
     The candidate must fill out, sign, and have the club secretary sign, and send your application to Linda Peterson, Immediate Past District Governor, and chair of the Council of Governors. The Council will review the applications received by December 31, 2015, interview in January-February, and select the most qualified candidate before April 1, 2016.
Contact Linda Peterson, PDG 2014-15,

    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!!
     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.

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!

     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!

November 2015
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