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


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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 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.

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. A draft schedule is attached to this story. Register by clicking on the Conference event title on right. View the video and 2016 Conference Cheer on both the District Facebook Group and Page at:

Rotary Leadership Institute courses I & II will be offered for the first time in conjunction with the District 5610 Conference this year. Rotarians may complete one of the two courses of the program by attending the Friday morning session and working luncheon, and attending the remaining RLI sessions which will be offered during the District Conference break-out sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday.
    Rotarians may register for course I, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Pierre. Registration is limited to ten participants.
    Rotarians who have previously completed course I may fulfill the requirements of the program by completing course II, which will also begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26. Registration is limited to ten participants.
A one-time reduced course fee of $20 will be charged for those attending an RLI course during the conference. Clubs will be billed for the course fee of registrants from respective clubs, which must be paid prior to the beginning of the course. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis, however, additional registrations beyond the ten maximum for each course will be placed in a back-up position in the event of a cancellation.
   Registrations may be made on the District website by clicking on the event listing, and must be made prior to August 15. Rotarians attending the conference who live a significant distance from where courses are generally offered are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
    Please contact me with any questions.  —Larry Lyngstad, RLI District Coordinator

    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!

    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!!
May 2016
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