Check out the recent March 31, 2020 All District Program Meeting by clicking on the video.
 
Stay tuned and keep a look out by email for future all District Program Meetings with special speakers.  Next scheduled all District Program is Tuesday, April 7, 2020 9:30 am CT.  Guest speaker is Thomas Gump of District 5950 and Rotary International Zone 29 Innovative Club Advocate.
District 5610 Governor, Ina Winter, in consultation with the executive committee has decided to cancel the 2020 District Conference in Hot Springs. We are currently looking into ways of delivering some of the content from the conference online, so keep your eyes open for email announcements. We encourage you all to be safe and to consider what your club might do to help ease the burden of COVID-19 in your community. Finally, be sure to place the dates of the next District Conference (Nov. 6-7 in Brookings) in your calendar.
First of all, we hope everyone is being diligent and safe during this active Covid19 pandemic. Most Rotary clubs in our district have canceled weekly meetings as advised by social distancing guidelines. Some clubs are conducting ZOOM or other tele-conferencing methods to maintain contact, others are emailing weekly Rotary updates to their club membership.
 
RAFFLE TICKETS SALES WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL JUNE 1ST!
 
As you probably know, our district's annual conference scheduled April 24-25 Hot Springs, SD has been canceled. But the good news is we will continue our annual Raffle Foundation fundraiser. Now more than ever, supporting the great work of the Rotary Foundation is vital to making our communities and the world better.  Disease prevention is one of the six areas of focus for Rotary across the globe. There are already groups of Rotarians that are helping to address the coronavirus pandemic.
 
CAN I STILL SUPPORT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION?  WHERE DOES MY CLUB SEND THE DONATIONS AND THE TICKET STUBS?
 
Many clubs had started selling raffle tickets before the social distancing guidelines were implemented, others had not.  You can still support the Rotary Foundation by selling or purchasing raffle tickets up to June 1st!  You are given credit in supporting the Foundation with every raffle ticket you purchase. Your club will notate donations on the Foundation Multi-Donation Form that is submitted to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Your club can send raffle ticket stubs anytime before June 1, 2020 to Steve Harrington please email me for mailing address.
 
WHEN WILL THE RAFFLE TICKET DRAWING BE HELD?  HOW WILL THE RAFFLE PRIZES BE DELIVERED TO THE WINNERS?
 
The raffle ticket stub drawing will be held by the Raffle 2020 Committee at the Rotary Club of Lemars location by June 10, 2020. Prizes from the raffle drawing will be dispatched to the winners either by the raffle committee or the associated club by June 15, 2020.  
 
Thank you all for adapting, adjusting, and continuing to support the Rotary Foundation.  It truly has an impact on our communities through district grants, and across the world through global grants.
 
Contact me with any questions at steveharringtonrotary@yahoo.com.

Steve Harrington, PDG
District RAFFLE 2020 Fundraising Chair

 


RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp is still scheduled for July 15 to 19 at the beautiful Nebraska State 4-H Campgrounds.  To date, our district has just 4 applicants planning to attend - 1 from Sibley, IA Rotary: 2 from Sioux Falls, SD North Rotary; and one from Wagner, SD Rotary.  I understand the challenges we all face in recruiting applicants with school closures, but please try.  Maybe your club members can reach out personally to prospects.  Reminder:  Applicants must be CURRENT high school sophomores or juniors.  In order to move ahead, we really need applicants to apply by MAY 1.  Please direct campers to the following website to apply: https://greatplainsryla.org/rylaapplication/
Please feel free to reach out to me if you or prospective campers have any questions.
 
Good health to you all!
 
Dave Lorenz, PDG
District 5610 RYLA Chair

It is time to start thinking about RY 2020-2021 District Grants. The deadline for submitting a grant request through the www.matchinggrants.org website has been changed and is extended to July 31, 2020.

A club MUST have at least one member attend a training sessions if you plan on submitting a grant for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. 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. 
 
Here is the Tentative Schedule for Training for 2020-21 RY
To register for a session, click on the appropriate link. It will take you to a registration page. Once you have registered, you will receive the necessary login information for the webinar.
 
I hope to see a representative from each of your clubs attend. We have extra money to award as to District Grants this year, so I am looking forward to getting some great grant proposals!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Bruce Young
District 5610 Grant Subcommittee Chair
(712) 541-9822
     One of the premier awards a Rotarian in District 5610 can receive is the “Roger Kozak Service Above Self Award.”  It was conceived about four years ago and has been awarded three times.
     Here is the description of the award: “In recognition of exceptional service to Rotarians in Rotary District 5610.  This award honors the memory of Roger L. Kozak, long-time member of the Vermillion Rotary Club, who served as District Governor, 2009-10, and who distinguished himself as an exceptional servant leader.”
     The award will be presented in April at the District Conference in Hot Springs.  If you have someone in mind to nominate for the award, please feel free to do so at any time prior to March 15.  You can send it by email to me, or contact any of the current selection committee members.   (Ed Jacobson email: coach@pie.midco.net)
     This year’s selection committee consists of (Ed Jacobson, Pierre, PDG, Chair), Larry Lyngstad (Pierre, first recipient), George Twitero (Rapid City Rushmore, second recipient), Pat Sutliff (Rapid City Rushmore, third recipient), Dave Lorenz (Vermillion, PDG), Steve Harrington (Le Mars, PDG), and Kathy Chandler (Secretary of the Vermillion Rotary Club).
     On behalf of the selection committee, thank you in advance for your consideration this request.
     To view a short video on the District's Youtube page featuring clips of the late Governor Roger Kozak talking about the role of service in Rotary, you can Click Here on the image below. 
 
Hello Rotarians of District 5610.  It is time for our annual district raffle fundraising event. The event will raise donations to support the Rotary Foundation.  This raffle is the largest single fundraising event for our district.
 
Each Rotary club in our district will submit a prize for the raffle in January, followed by raffle tickets being delivered to our clubs in February. All raffle donations need to be submitted by April 10th. Raffle winners will be drawn at our district conference in Hot Springs, SD this April.
 
The grand prize for the 2020 District 5610 Raffle is a SAMSUNG 4 PIECE KITCHEN SUITE valued at over $4,500.00.  In addition, there are 40 great prizes provided by the Rotary clubs in our district.
 
Let's make this year's raffle fundraiser the best ever! Look for the raffle tickets in your club the first part of February.
 

Steve Harrington, PDG
District RAFFLE Fundraising Chair

It's that time of year again when we think about the District 5610 Four 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.  you may find that it is usually easier to approach teachers rather than the administrators 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, 2020 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 District Conference in April of 2020.  The first place winner will receive a $200 check, a certificate, a Four Way Test coin and the chance to read their essay at the District Conference in Hot Springs.  Second place receives a $100 check, a certificate and a Four Way Test coin while third place receives a $50 check, a certificate and a Four Way Test coin.
We are hoping that many, many of the District 5610 clubs will participate in this terrific project where we teach young people about what Rotary stands for.  For questions or more information contact Pat Sutliff.
 
The necessary forms are attached.
 
 
 
 
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