Governor's Message

Greetings Rotarians of District 5610. I'm a halfway through my 40 club visits and I can tell you it is a wonderful experience.  I can also say it can be grueling and difficult at times trying to manage the travel and administration.  But there is never a moment I regret being governor of this great Rotary district. What an honor and pleasure it is meeting Rotarians throughout our area.  You my friends, are the key to making a difference in your communities, and around the world with Rotary global projects. I often say, 'Rotarians, the future is today.  A better world awaits us.  Together we will reach new heights in Service Above Self.'  Rotary district 5610 can reach new levels of Foundation and Polio Plus giving, in expanding our Membership, and with improving Rotary's Public Image.   I hope to see all of you at the 2017 District Conference in Lemars on October 13-14. Rotary on my friends.  DG Steve Harrington

 
 
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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 535 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.

    Hello Rotarians of the great Rotary District 5610, and I can say "great district" because I know each of you is capable of doing good in your communities. My year as your governor has just begun and I can already say "it is an honor to be your governor."  In 2017-2018 we will chart a new course in membership growth, increase foundation giving, and expand public image. We will embrace and enhance the Rotary Leadership Institute program, the Rotary Youth Exchange program, and all other Rotary programs that define a successful Rotary district. We can do this!
    I have requested that ALL Rotarians in our district view my filmed message Rotarians: One foot local, One foot Global. Club presidents have been asked to make this a program within the first two months. If you have not seen this, please go to our district website Home Page | District 5610 , the link is on the home page. This will clearly explain where we are going this Rotary year.
    As your governor, I'm here to serve you...not to be served.  As your governor, I'm here to inspire and motivate...not to dictate or mandate. You, my dear Rotarians, are the heart and soul of this great service organization. I know together we will not only succeed, but we will move this district forward in a positive manner. Our communities, and the world at large, will know that the Rotarians of district 5610 truly do "make a difference."
 
 
Schedule: District Governor Club Visits
 

CUSTER - JULY 17
RUSHMORE - JULY 18
SPEARFISH - JULY 19
HOT SPRINGS - JULY 20
RAPID CITY - JULY 20
CHEROKEE – JULY 31
SCOTLAND – AUG 3
ABERDEEN - AUG 7
GETTYSBURG - AUG 10
MINNEOTA - AUG 16
MARSHALL SUNRISE - AUG 17
CANBY – AUG 17
SIOUX FALLS WEST – AUG 25
SIOUX FALLS SOUTH - AUG 28
LEMARS - AUG 29
WINNER - AUG 31
CLARK – SEPT 5
HURON - SEPT 6
SIOUX CITY - SEPT 11

GREGORY - SEPT 13
ROCK VALLEY – SEPT 18
MADISON – OCT 2
BROOKING – OCT 3
CANTON – OCT 10
SIBLEY - OCT 16
VERMILLION - OCT 17
WAGNER – OCT 18
TYNDALL – OCT 23
DENISON – OCT 26
PIERRE-FT PIERRE - OCT 30
CENTERVILLE – NOV 2
SIBLEY – NOV 6
YANKTON – NOV 7
MITCHELL - NOV 9
MAPLETON – NOV 14
WATERTOWN - NOV 16
LUVERNE - NOV 28
SIOUX FALLS DOWNTOWN - DEC 4
MARSHALL NOON - DEC 5
 
 
 
     The Rotarians of Le Mars are very excited to be the host club for the 2017 District 5610 District Conference to be held October 13 and 14 at the “Ice Cream Capital of the World.”
     Three distinguished Rotarians will be highlighting our conference with keynote general session addresses and breakout session leadership. They are Rotary International Director-elect Larry Dimmitt, PDG of Topeka, KS representing our Zone 27; Rotary Membership Coordinator Kelly Atkinson, PDG of Salt Lake City, UT; and our own Rotary Public Image Assistant Coordinator Linda Peterson, PDG of Rapid City, SD.
     We will be holding breakout sessions on the Foundation, Membership, Public Image, Clubrunner, Grants and perhaps others. General sessions will feature  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, nearby club welcomes, awards, international projects, 4 Way test, Friendship Exchange and our DG Steve Harrington.
     Our showcase entertainment will be “The Browns”, a family gospel and patriotic music group from Le Mars.
     Most of our activities and day’s events will be held at the Le Mars Convention Center on the former campus of Westmar College. We have secured blocks of rooms in the three local motels, see the Event registration for more information.
 
A Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator training session will be included the Rotary District 5610 Conference in LeMars, IA in October. The training will take place on Friday, October 13, from 9:00 a.m.–noon. Rotarians planning to attend this session need to preregister by sending an email message to Larry Lyngstad lglyngstad@mncomm.com so materials can be prepared for participants. Previously trained facilitators are welcome and encouraged to participate as well.
 

By check

Payable to: The Rotary Foundation DAF
Memo line: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608
Mail to: Rotary DAF, c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 2600, Woburn, MA, 01801

By credit card

Online at: https://www.your-fundaccount.com/rotary/HowToContribute.asp

Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund
Account number: 608

By wire transfer

To the account of: Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
ABA number: 011002343 
For credit to: The Rotary Foundation
Account number: 943423732 

For Further Credit: TRF DAF
Account name: Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund #608

You must fax a copy of the wire authorization to +1-781-658-2497 to complete the transfer

 
Hopefully this will help those Rotarians in our district that are interested in helping those people and communities that are affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Thank you.

Steve Harrington
District Governor 2017-18
Rotary International, District 5610  ph. 712-898-8689

     The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls was founded in the City of Sioux Falls in 1915. In celebration of its Centennial in 2015, leadership created the Centennial Fund, challenging the members to raise $100,000 annually to have a greater impact in the community. In its first two years, the Centennial Fund has contributed over $60,000 to the Rotary Foundation with the remainder going to several selected organizations and projects in the Sioux Falls community.
    One of those projects is Rotary Centennial Plaza in the heart of Downtown Sioux Falls, creating in Phase 1, a permanent public space that will highlight the important contributions of Rotary to the city of Sioux Falls and around the world. Future phases will visually display the pillars of Rotary. To date over $50,000, cash and in-kind resources, have been contributed to the project. When completed, the project could cost over $150,000, leaving a Rotary legacy and acknowledge the people we serve.
    On August 15th, 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held with Past President Joel Dykstra as emcee and lead visionary for the project.
    The final numbers our out for 2016-2017 Rotary year. District 5610 was down 102 members compared to the previous year. We ended the year at 1,835. The good news is as of August 15, 2017, we are up 12 members. Nine clubs have increased membership in their clubs in August: Denison, Centerville, Hot Springs, Scotland, Marshall, Sioux Falls South, Winner, Brookings, and Downtown Sioux Falls. New members need orientation and mentoring to retain. Check out Membership Central. A great Rotary resource.
Fourth Tuesday of the Month - Jumpstart Webinar - Open to all  Rotarians! It is very easy to join our monthly Jumpstart calls. Simply do the following: Type into your browser URL Line: https://zoom.us/join When the box pops up type in 544896340 or if you cannot join by computer (the preferred method of joining these calls) simply call the following number: 408 638 0968. Calls take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM MST and 8 PM CT. 
—Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair  605-484-6056  carmenhansen@rushmore.com
    The deadline for submission of District Grant requests for fiscal year 2017-18 was July 31, 2017. Thirteen organizations within District 5610 submitted a total of 14 grant requests totaling $61,305! That is great news and shows that the district’s clubs are becoming more aware of the opportunities to partner with The Rotary Foundation for their local projects. The bad news is that District 5610 only has $34,604 to distribute for the 2017-18 fiscal year. This means the District Grant subcommittee consisting of Steve Harrington, District Governor, Mike Gibson, District Foundation Chair, and Bruce Young, District Grant Subcommittee Chair, had some difficult decisions to make on how to distribute the funds as all 14 grant requests were for worthy projects. The process of wrapping up the grant approvals is still in process and clubs will be notified as to whether their request was approved in early September.
    Remember that 50% of the districts giving to the SHARE fund of The Rotary Foundation comes back to the district in 3 years to fund the grants. So the more that our district gives to TRF, the more we get back for our own projects. Two types of grants are available for clubs to use for their own projects. A Community Assistance Program (CAP) grants and District 5610 grants. Both grants require matching funds with a limit of $1000 available for a CAP grant and up to $15,000 available for a 5610 grant. Make sure that you have someone from your club attend grant training over the next year and be thinking of how your club may be able to utilize a CAP or 5610 grant next year. Grant requests for the 2018-19 FY will be due on July 31, 2018. If you have questions about the grant process, or a specific question about a possible grant project, please feel free to contact Bruce Young, District 5610 Grant Subcommittee Chair, at District5610Grant@gmail.com or at 712-541-9822.
I thought it was important for District 5610 members to see Paul Netzel’s (Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2017-2018) message about the Rotary Foundation and I would also ask you, like Paul, to share your thoughts on District 5610’s approach to the Rotary Foundation. Remember the Foundation is one to key aspects of our membership in Rotary. It is how we are impacting the world for Rotary. —Mike Gibson, D5610 Foundation Chair
 
Dear fellow Rotarians,
   For 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has been the charity of choice for Rotarians all over the globe. Why? Because your gifts to the Foundation change lives. Without your support, Rotarians wouldn’t have been able to help a hospital in Brazil purchase the equipment it needed to care for tiny newborns. Nor would Rotarians have had the funds they needed to tile bathtubs in Indonesia in an effort to fight dengue fever. We have accomplished so much during our first 100 years, and I am excited to see what the future holds as we embark on The Rotary Foundation’s second century.
    Rotary District 5610 is seeking applications for District Administrator. The position has been vacant since the resignation of Ms. Ella Shafer. The District Administrator reports to the sitting District 5610 Governor, and provides vital support to all Rotary clubs in our district.
    Please help District leaders fill this critical position. The position description is attached to this story and available in Downloads on the District website. Please consider applying and share this with others who may be interested. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1 and will be accepted until the position is filled. The candidate selected must be a Rotarian prior to accepting the position.
    I am available to answer any questions.  
—Dave Lorenz, District Governor-Elect   David.Lorenz@usd.edu
 
This year District 5610 is hosting two students: Madison Club will be host a student from Spain and Sioux Falls West Rotary Club will host a student from Italy. Also, both of those clubs will be sending students to those respective countries. All three host families at Madison welcomed Lucia in August.
Posted on August 22, 2017 on Rotary Voices
By Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer
    Since 1 July, 2016, my Rotary club has recruited and brought in 31 new members. Eleven of these new members are women and eight of them are under 40 years of age. The club has gone from being classified as a “medium” sized club of 68 members in our district to being classified as a “large” club of 93 members in just over nine months. How did this happen?  Here’s our tips:
    1.    Know your club’s strengths. If you meet in the morning, you will probably be a good fit for a 9 to 5 employee. But if you meet at noon, you’re more likely to appeal to retirees or parents of school-age children. If someone doesn’t fit your format, recommend them to another club. They won’t forget you and may send you someone another day. Let all the clubs in your area know you are looking for members, and they may send you some that better fit your format than their own.
    2.    Keep a list of potential recruits. It doesn’t matter if it’s a paper list or if it’s kept on the desktop of your computer – it just makes you think about those people and others that may be a fit for your club.
     Does your Club have interested and involved members? Would you like more ideas on how to have a Vibrant Club?  Visit Rotary.org for many good ideas and resources.
     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 this year's Presidential Theme and Citation brochure and be rewarded! and don't forget to log your club's goals at Club Central on the Rotary website!
 
 

    Rotary International rolled out the new "People of Action" campaign at the RI Convention in Atlanta. We will design a media campaign for our District to begin as soon as materials become available. You can download materials for your club too at the Brand Center on www.Rotary.org by logging in.

    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. 

 
     Do you have anyone in your club who is recording your activities on the Rotary International site?  There is a program to have the clubs around the world record what they are doing in their communities. You just record a few pieces of information about what you did, how many total volunteer hours you contributed and/or how much money was donated. They also have a way to upload pictures, scans of news coverage, videos, etc. It’s nice because RI can get a sense of how much is being done around the world, but it’s also a great resource for clubs to go for ideas about what they might do in their community. Check it out at https://map.rotary.org/en/project/pages/project_showcase.aspx    
— Chuck Lubbers, AG Area 7
     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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