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.  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.  Let me make you aware of some important days...October 24 is world Polio eradication day!  And the month of November is Rotary Foundation month!  Make sure your clubs do something special for these celebrations!  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

WAGNER – OCT 18
TYNDALL – OCT 23
VERMILLION - OCT 24
DENISON – OCT 26
PIERRE-FT PIERRE - OCT 30
CENTERVILLE – NOV 2
YANKTON – NOV 7
MITCHELL - NOV 9
MAPLETON – NOV 14
WATERTOWN - NOV 16
LUVERNE - NOV 28
SIOUX FALLS DOWNTOWN - DEC 4
MARSHALL NOON - DEC 5
SIBLEY - DEC 11
 
 
 
 
Foundation giving Totals thru September 2017 are as follows:  
Annual Fund totals are $10,571
Polio Funds are $10,645
for a total of $21, 216. 
We are a little over 10% of our District Goal met and will report it regularly. Remember the Foundation is one of the key aspects of our membership in Rotary. It is how we are impacting the world for Rotary.
—Mike Gibson, D5610 Foundation Chair
    District Grants for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year have been awarded. We received 14 grant requests totaling $61,305 which is great to see. But unfortunately, we only had $34,604 available, so some very difficult decisions had to be made by the grant subcommittee. In the end, 10 grants were awarded with most requests receiving less than their full amount. The checks were mailed out on 9/25/2017. The District 5610 and CAP grant awards for 2017-18  are shown below:
Centerville
$             3,375 
City Park
Hot Springs
$             7,800 
Centennial Park Stage
Luverne
$             2,000 
Dog Park
Marshall Sunrise
$             4,000 
Replace Playground Equipment in Liberty Park, Marshall, MN
Pierre - Fort Pierre
$             6,000 
Freezer for Community Youth Involved
Rapid City Rushmore
$             3,250 
Thrive Life Skills
Scotland
$             1,000 
Scotland City Sign
Sioux City
$             1,000 
Costume Corner at Pier Center for Autism (CAP Grant)
Sioux Falls South
$             5,000 
Books for students at Cleveland Elementary
Sioux Falls West
$             1,000 
Boys and Girls Club Scholarships
Administrative
$                179 
Web Conference Subscription, Postage, etc.
 
$          34,604 
   Congratulations to all of the Grant recipients.
    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. Applications may downloaded from this website. 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.
District Grant Training is required every year for any club submitting a grant request. From now on, District 5610 will be holding Grant Training by Web Conference. There will be no official grant training at PETS this year, so please have someone from your club plan on attending one of the following web conference training sessions if you plan on submitting a grant for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.
  • Thurs. 1/25/2018 8:00 PM CST (7:00 PM MST)
  • Sat. 2/17/2018 2:00 PM CST (1:00 PM MST)
  • Wed. 3/28/2018 7:30 PM CST (6:30 PM MST)
  • Mon. 5/21/2018 8:00 PM CST (7:00 PM MST)
The training should take less than 2 hours and you will need to be at a Mac or a PC (smartphones or tablets should work but I recommend a computer) with an internet connection to view the slides. You can either use the microphone and speakers of the computer or dial in to a phone number for audio. If you know which training session you would like to attend, please email Bruce Young, District Grant Subcommittee chair at district5610grant@gmail.com to preregister. Webinar information will be provided to people that have expressed interest a few days ahead of the scheduled date.
     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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