For the first time since 2014-15 our District 5610 has a realistic chance to increase our membership.  However, to get over the finish line we need help from every club in the district.  We are announcing a FUN membership campaign.  Our goal for new members is a very reachable goal.  For example, if smaller clubs would add one new member and medium and large clubs would add 2 (or more) members, our goal will be achieved!  Our District Membership Chair has talked about this more eloquently than I, but every one of our clubs can identify one or two folks in your community who would be easy to recruit into Rotary.  We refer to these membership candidates as “low hanging fruit” – folks who shouldn’t need any arm-twisting or convincing.  We just need to ask them!  We will also be announcing super prizes for clubs who recruit new members between now and June 30.  For every new member recruited by your club, your club will receive a chance to win one of the prizes.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, help us get over the hump and show a membership gain......and let’s have fun doing it!
Yours in Rotary,
Rotary District 5610 Governor
Dr. Willis Sutliff, the Energizer bunny of the Polio Plus campaign in District 5610, receives a club banner from Rand Wergin, Vermillion Rotary Club President, after Dr. Sutliff's update to the Vermillion Club on Rotary's efforts to rid the world of Polio.  To watch Dr. Sutliff's presentation to the club you can CLICK HERE or on the picture below to go to the Club's YouTube page. 
Below is a video clip interview with Reuben Bareis.  District 5610 is proud to announce Reuben Bareis is one of the ten honorees for the SD Hall of Fame.  This marks the 45th year of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, and since 1974, more than 700 South Dakotans have become members of the state's Hall of Fame.  The annual honors ceremony will be held September 13-14 and is open to the public. Tickets will go on sale June 1 and can be purchased on the Hall of Fame's website at or by calling 605-234-4216.  To learn more, click on the website link for a Rapid City Journal news article.
Dave Lorenz
District Governor 2018-19
Rotary Club of Vermillion
David (Dave) Lorenz was born in Yankton, South Dakota and raised in Avon, South Dakota. He attended the University of South Dakota Springfield, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in History Education. He later obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from USD.
Dave’s professional career has been focused on public higher education, with forty-five years of service to the University of South Dakota system. He spent the first ten years of his career at the University of South Dakota at Springfield in a variety of student services positions, including Director of Student Financial Aid, Director of Housing and Student Activities, and Director of Admissions. In 1982, Dave relocated to Vermillion, starting his USD career as Associate Director of Admissions. In subsequent years he was promoted to Director of Admissions, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Enrollment Management, and Dean of Students in 1998, a position he held for eight years. Following early retirement, Dave returned to USD to develop the Academic Advising Program for Student Athletes, and as an academic advisor in kinesiology, health sciences, and for health pre-professional students.
Dave has been actively involved in the Vermillion and University communities. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Vermillion Chamber and Development Corporation and served a term as President of the VCDC.
Dave joined the Vermillion, South Dakota Rotary Club in 2006. He was previously a member of the Springfield, SD Rotary when it was active. Dave has served as President of Vermillion Rotary, and as Assistant Governor for Area 7.  He has also served as District Foundation Scholarship Chair.
Dave and his wife continue to reside in Vermillion, South Dakota.  The couple have two children.  Dave and Jeaneite enjoy boating, golfing, and relaxing at their summer home at Lake Okoboji, Iowa.
Ina Winter
District Governor Elect 2019-20
Rotary Club of Hot Springs
Ina Winter is a retired civil engineer. She spent the majority of her career in highway administration with the Nebraska Department of Roads, working from the field positions of surveyor and construction observer to designer and back to the field as construction engineer and ending with the position of District Engineer.
Working with the public to achieve timely and cost-efficient projects is what she enjoyed best in her professional life. Public works projects are complex and involve many people and organizations working hand in hand to make worthwhile results. It is this experience that she intends to use in her role as District Governor.
Ina’s Rotary journey began in Norfolk, Nebraska in 2002. She served her club as Treasurer and President and worked with District 5650 as Membership Chair. After retiring from professional pursuits, Ina moved with her husband Brad Winter to Hot Springs, South Dakota where she immediately joined the Hot Springs Rotary Club. She just finished her second term as club president, this time with her new club. She has also just finished a three-year term with District 5610 as District Grants Subcommittee Chair.
Ina has traveled to Africa four times on humanitarian missions. Once with Engineers Without Borders for a water project in Uganda and the other three times with Rotary teams involved in National Immunization Days.
Ina is a Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society member, and a Major Donor. She resides in Hot Springs with her husband Brad.
Dan Little, DVM
District Governor Nominee 2020-21
Rotary Club of Brookings
Dan Little currently resides in Brookings, SD where he is owner of D.E. Little, DVM, a veterinary consulting practice, and CEO of Precision Health Technologies, a manufacturing and distribution company that specializes in natural animal health products. Over his 34 years as a veterinarian, his practice has focused on a systems management approach to food animal medicine. In addition to providing on-farm services to diagnose and prevent health challenges, he has also provided technical support to companies that desire to implement biotech solutions in livestock systems. He provides expert opinions of causation and economic loss in complex scenarios regarding dairy, swine, beef, poultry, equine, small ruminants, practice management, and personal injury.
As the eldest child on his parent’s dairy and swine farm near Faribault, MN, Dan had an early interest in keeping animals healthy and avoiding chronic treatments for preventable livestock illness. He followed that interest and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College, a Master of Science in Physiology of Reproduction from Texas A&M University, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Little is a licensed veterinarian in the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Texas, and Hawaii. 
Dan and his wife, Pat, enjoy travel, golf, and general aviation, as well as the joys of grandparenting and activities with their adult children. Dan has been a Rotarian since 1996 when he joined the Downtown Club in Rochester, MN. Upon moving to Brookings, he became an active member of Rotary Club 1444 and served as 2016-2017 President. He has served as an RLI facilitator and Assistant Governor in District 5610 for the past two years and will serve as the District Governor in 2020-2021.  Dan has a passion for world health and supporting global food production and has attended two international conventions.  On a local level, Dan has led an effort to establish alternative times for club meetings to encourage a new generation of citizens to join in Rotary service.
Doug Lind
District Governor Nominee 2021-22
Rotary Club of Rapid City Rushmore
Dear District 5610 Rotarians:
I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself.  I was born in Vermillion, SD and raised on a farm in central Clay County with my parents and one brother and one sister.  I attended a country school, Vermillion High School, St. Olaf College, and graduated from the University of SD with a pre-law / English degree.  While in college, my brother Greg and I, with the help of our dad, started a small backhoe service company to help pay college expenses. After graduation, it was my original intent to go to law school. After a lot of serious consideration, I decided to postpone law school, and continue with the small excavating service business that my brother and I had started 3 years earlier in 1971.  Obviously, law school is still “on hold” and we have had a gratifying and exciting career in building our company to what it is today. Sadly, my brother lost his battle with lung disease in 2017 and I’m now the sole owner of our company.  We moved our business from Vermillion to Rapid City in 1981 and have remained there since.  My son was born to my first wife and I in 1990, and in 2011, Penny and I met and fell in love, and married. Together we share our son, three daughters and 3 granddaughters. Together we share a love for helping others through Rotary, a passion for golf, and 2 homes, in Rapid City and Florida.
Second only to my faith in Jesus Christ as my risen Lord and Savior, Rotary has been a driving force and has given and continues to give my life meaning and purpose.  I joined Rapid City Rushmore Rotary Club in January of 1995.  When I first became a member, the club was mainly comprised of young downtown businessmen and professionals, with a small number of professional women.  The original “big project” was the Black Hills Children’s Home Golf Event, and not much else.  Since then our club, through many of it’s long time members has grown into a multi-faceted organization. Rushmore Rotary has expanded its scope and mission to include far-reaching support of schools in Tanzania, water projects across the world, world-wide Friendship Exchanges and countless community projects for local organizations.  One of the greatest personal rewards in Rotary is growing, training, and educating new members and our community about the vast and amazing blessings that Rotary International brings to the world every day in ways that are almost beyond human comprehension.  For all that R.I. has given me, I will always be grateful and so humbled to be a part of it.  After many years of consideration, I have decided that I can repay in a small way all that I’ve been given by serving in this honored role, if I am chosen to do so.
During my Rotary career, I have served locally as President and B.O.D. member for six years over two different terms.  At the club level, I have chaired the BHCH Golf Event, the Membership Committee, the Social Committee, the Program Committee, and served on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.  At the District level, I was part of the original leadership group that implemented RLI in 5610. I served as an Assistant District Governor for a period of four years and have served on the planning committee for the  District Meeting in Pat Sutliff’s term.  I have attended almost all District Annual Meetings for the past twenty years and have attended two Rotary International Conventions in Los Angeles and New Orleans. I attended the Zone Leadership Institute in Albuquerque, NM during Roger Kozak’s term.   I have been a member of two Friendship Exchanges, the first in Nikko City, Japan and last year to Sweden.  My wife and I have served as a Friendship Exchange hosts for many District Friendship Exchanges and chaired the local planning committee for last year’s District Friendship Exchange.            
The first part of my vision for our district is to develop a system of “Intentional Retention”. As I was reminded this morning at a Rotary meeting that I attended in Spring Hill, FL, there is power in numbers, and even more value in quality and integrity of members.  I believe that one often-overlooked part of a successful membership plan is consistent, planned, and intentional retention.  It’s a proven fact that it takes about three new members to replace one quality existing member.  I have been involved in membership committees for many years, and although it’s often talked about, there is rarely a plan for “intentional retention”, i.e., on-going consistent care, support and connection to each other as members.  Often-times members have left the club for a variety of reasons, some of which can be resolved or fixed and those responsible don’t become aware until membership dues lapse. 
The second part of my vision is to create a sustainable marketing and branding plan. There is a long-standing problem with branding and product recognition in our organization, and although the problem is recognized, more work and attention that needs to be given to this.  There is still a wide-spread ignorance in our communities and across the country about what Rotary is, what we do, and who we are.  I believe that until people are made more aware of our organization, through a structured branding and marketing plan, sustained growth will continue to be challenging.
The third and final part of my vision for our district is helping our individual clubs become more knowledgeable and then more willing to be involved in International Projects. I know that when I first became a member, my knowledge and the knowledge of our club did not extend beyond local community service, and now I know that there is so much more, and so many more ways that we can serve the world and in doing so do our part to make the world a better, safer and happier place.
In summary, my vision is to make our district stronger and more vital by developing an “intentional retention” system to grow our membership by retaining current members, while increasing awareness of our organization through a focused and structured marketing and branding plan to help our members and our community gain a crystal clear picture of Rotary and all that it is across the world.
During the next two years, I plan on committing my time and energy in support and assisting the sitting DG and the DGE in whatever ways that I can to help and support District 5610 and serving with enthusiasm and commitment as the 2021-2022 District 5610 District Governor. I look forward to this honor with a sense of excitement, a certain amount of “what have I gotten myself into”, and mostly joy and enthusiasm!  I know that if I’m chosen to serve, I’ll be supported by my God, my wife, my family and employees, and many good Rotarian friends, all much more accomplished and knowledgeable  than me, and an unshakeable belief in the power of love through Rotary and its members.  
Photo of Sushil Gupta

My Fellow Rotarians,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as the president-nominee of Rotary International. While it was my dream to serve as your president, my health prevents me from giving my absolute best to you and the office of the president at this time. I believe Rotary deserves nothing less than that from those elected to represent this great organization of ours.

I have made this difficult decision after much soul searching and conferring with my family. This is not only a disappointment for us, but I am also keenly aware that this will be a disappointment for many Rotarians in India who were so proud to see someone from our country again named as president. I know that this is what is best for Rotary International.

I have been a Rotarian for more than 40 years and it has given me everything I could ask for. I can think of no higher honor than to have been selected by the Nominating Committee as president of Rotary for the 2020-21 Rotary year. I will continue to proudly serve as a Rotary member and pursue some major initiatives that I wanted to accomplish during my year as president, because I know that we are poised to achieve more great things in the future.

I wish nothing but the best to the candidate who succeeds me as president and thank you all for the support and encouragement you have shown me in the past year.

-Sushil Gupta


LE MARS — The Le Mars Rotary Club attained a special distinction at its centennial banquet on April 9, that of being a 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow Club.  Seven members were recognized as fellows at the banquet, with the awards presented by Rotary District 5610 Governor Dave Lorenz and local club president Chris Becker.  They are: Steve Albert, Peter Streit, Opal Anderson, Matt Washburn, Joel Johnson, James Klein and Debra Young.

“Congratulations to Le Mars Rotary, what a wonderful accomplishment, being a service to your community for 100 years,” Lorenz said. “Le Mars has always been a bright star in Rotary in District 5610 and we can see the evidence of that tonight.”

To learn more, click on the website link for a LeMars Daily Sentinel Plymouth County Newspaper news article.
July 17 – 21, 2019
Hello from Rotary District 5610 of Rotary International - the largest service organization in the world.  District 5610 includes 41 Rotary clubs in South Dakota, northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and northeast Nebraska.  Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership training program sponsored by Rotary International that promotes, encourages and rewards outstanding young people who want to become better leaders.  RYLA consists of an all-expense paid five-day conference that brings together a group of young men and women from Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa to share ideas about becoming better leaders.  Action-packed activities like problem solving games, challenge courses, group discussions and teambuilding activities help participants build confidence and leadership skills.
Eligibility:  Students who are currently high school sophomores or juniors.
Location:  Nebraska State 4-H Campgrounds near Halsey, Nebraska
Cost:  No cost to participating students.  Transportation to and from RYLA is included.
Click on the three names listed below to view some testimonials from 2018 RYLA participants:
For further information please contact your local Rotary club president(s) or contact the following individuals:
Dave Lorenz
District Governor 5610
Nicole Rawden
District Administrator 5610
Dear Presidents and Presidents-Elect:   Under the leadership of Pierre Rotarian Larry Lyngstad, the District 5610 Bylaws Committee presents these proposed revised bylaws for your consideration.
A vote on approval/disapproval will be taken at the 2019 Leadership and Presidents Elect Training Seminar and Assembly which will be held in Mitchell on April 5 and 6.  The vote will be taken at the District Assembly on Saturday morning, April 6.
If you have any questions or comments prior to April 6, please direct them to District Governor Dave Lorenz at or Committee Chair Larry Lyngstad at
Please review the bylaws and be prepared to have your club representative(s) vote on April 6. 
Link to Revised Bylaws:


I write to you with an update of my time in London here right as dissertation season begins in earnest. Our false Spring has ended, and the cold grey skies bring the constant threat of rain. But such is life in London!

My studies are going very well. This term, I am taking Applied Peace and Justice, Philosophical Foundations of International Law, and my core module that focuses on helping us produce our dissertation. I am taking part in a War Crimes Research group as part of my Peace and Justice Course. Within that, I am researching post-conflict reparations and reconstructions efforts. We recently heard from the Human Security Chief Mehrnaz Mostafavi on the work her organization is doing, and strategies that can be employed to help address the issues of human securities in conflict prevention measures.

Outside of courses, I have been quite busy as well! I joined Rotaract Westminster as a full member and have regularly been attending their meetings. Last week, I spoke to the club about my studies and time in South Dakota, focusing on my concepts of home and belonging and how that influenced my desire to study migration policies. In addition, I spoke on the Rotary Scholarship that made my studying here in London possible. Another Rotary Scholar (and good friend of mine) from Tennessee spoke alongside me, giving her own story, study focus, and experiences with the same scholarship. 

Food remains the most accessible source of adventure. Along with a friend, we try to see at least one museum, play, musical concert, speaker, or art show a week. We have visited the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, seen Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, and eaten probably a few too many Full English Breakfasts, among many other things. 

I'll keep in touch more as the Spring carries on in to Summer. 

Thank you very much for your support, and I hope all is going on well back home in South Dakota.


DJ Fravel​​​​​

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.  Provide the teacher with the attached forms describing the contest, it's history and requirements.  Participant Entry Form, Participant Guideline, 4-Way Test History, Judging Guidelines, and Judge's Score Sheet.
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, 2019 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 2019.  The first place winner will receive a $500 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 $300 check, a certificate and a Four Way Test coin while third place receives a $200 check, a certificate and a Four Way Test coin.  We are hoping that 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.
Below is a video clip from an episode of "Rotary Cares" broadcasted by Brattleboro Community Television, in which Tristam Johnson, international projects committee chair for the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary, outlines the global partnership being formed for a project on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  District 5610 and our District clubs can play a critical role in this global grant project taking place in our District. To learn more about the project, click on the website link for WHITECLAY MAKERSPACE or for an Omaha World - Herald news article.
District 5610 did an outstanding job of recognizing the Foundation month this past November.  During the District Governor’s Foundation Challenge, clubs and individuals contributed over $23,401 just slightly ahead (3.7%) of our previous year’s giving. We had a number of our District’s Rotary clubs and Rotarians make gifts to the Foundation during the challenge. The results are reported here and recognition will be provided at the District PETS conference in April.
Large club winner:        Brookings Rotary Club                 Total: $6,972             
Midsize club winner:    Madison SD Rotary Club              Total: $1,168
Small club winner:        LeMars IA Club                              Total: $1,016
We had a number of individual gifts of $1,000 by Rotarians and by decision of the District Governor and the Foundation Chair, we decided to award the Paul Harris Points to the two Rotarians who gave the largest gifts during this period.  Great job by all Rotarians and thanks for your support of the Rotary Foundation and all the wonderful things that the Rotary Foundation is doing. This may be a great time to look and see what your Foundation is doing around the world at

Leadership Training at President Elect Training Seminar (PETS).  Club and District leaders are invited to Mitchell April 4-6, 2019.  Mandatory training for Club Presidents will be offered as well sessions for other club and district officers.  A detailed agenda will be circulated later, but be sure to block out these dates on your calendars.  I am looking forward to the 2019-2020 Rotary Year in District 5610 and PETS will kick it off.  Let's do this!  Ina Winter, DGE

Club and District leaders are invited to Mitchell April 4-6, 2019.  Mandatory training for Club Presidents Elects will be offered as well as sessions for other club and district officers.  PETS will kick off with an informal dinner for early arrivers on the evening of April 4th.  The morning of April 5th will began with a leadership meeting and training for District Officers and Assistant Governors.  A detailed agenda will be circulated later.  Be sure to block out these dates on your calendars.
I am looking forward to the 2019-2020 Rotary Year in District 5610 and PETS will kick it off.  Let's do this!
Ina Winter, DGE
Greetings, I hope this holiday season finds you and your family well. 
We are seeking candidates for our next District Governor-Nominee.  If you have an interest in serving as Rotary Governor for district 5610 in the 2021-22 Rotary year, we would like you to submit the attached application.
The district governor process is a three-year journey.  The first year is a slower-paced training year as District Governor Nominee, DGN.  The second year Rotary activity ramps up as District Governor-Elect, DGE. Your third year is a very busy period as the District Governor responsibilities kick-in.  It becomes very much a part-time job, and nearly full-time during your club visits period. Although sometimes very demanding, past district governors will tell the experience is very rewarding and life-changing.
We will be collecting district governor-nominee applications until March 1, 2019.  Please consider serving our district 5610 as governor during the 2021-2022 Rotary year (7/1/2021-6/30/22).
To apply, simply complete the attached DG application form and return to your local Rotary club president for submission approval.  Your club president will forward the applications to DG Dave Lorenz or myself. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee during the month of March 2019, and the next DGN will be announced at PETS in April 2019.
Please contact me, DG David Lorenz, or any other past district governor (PDG) with questions about the duties, requirements, or experience of being a Rotary district governor.
Thank you for being a Rotarian! Season blessings to you and your family.

Steve Harrington
Past District Governor, 2017-18
Rotary International, District 5610

Donovan (DJ) Fravel, a recent graduate of Augustana in the fields of government and politics, is our current Peace Scholar studying Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution for a Master’s Degree at King’s College in London. He is sponsored by the Enfield Chase Rotary Club in northern London, and as you see from the photos, District 1130 is sponsoring over 24 Peace Scholars from all over the world.  He received a warm welcome from the club, and has already participated in Club projects events as you can see in the photos.
The 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available!

As a Rotary leader, you play a key role in communicating information about Rotary Peace Centers programs to potential candidates. We encourage you to use and share these resources:
Candidates must submit applications to the District 5610 Global Peace Scholarship Chair, Sandra Christenson ( by March 1, 2019. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent to We thank you for your dedication to the Rotary Peace Centers and your continuous support in educating the Rotary network about the fellowships! Further information can be obtained by contacting any of the following:
Sandra Christenson (
Darrel Sawyer (
Pam Homan (
We appreciate your assistance in identifying interested and qualified applicants!
Sandra,  Darrell and Pam
District 5610 and our Youth Exchange officers have been welcoming two inbound students – Eloise Longhi from Belgium (Rapid City Rushmore) and Borja Gallo Ansa from Spain (Madison) – as well as preparing for a new group of outbound students from our district. District 5610 currently has two students who have applied to be outbound students, while several clubs have expressed an interest to host students even if they cannot send a student outbound. If you have a student interested in Rotary Youth Exchange, please have them contact as soon as possible due to the short time remaining in the application process. Lastly, please contact Patrick if your club is interested in hosting an exchange student for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.  
Pictured in photo:  Past District Governor and District Treasurer Steven Sikorski, Past District Governor Ed Jacobson and District Governor David Lorenz welcome District 5610 Rotary Youth Exchange Students from Belgium and Spain.
To learn more please visit  
What is RYLA?

RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award. A RYLA participant is selected by his or her local Rotary Club to attend a camp designed to build character, leadership, personal development and good citizenship. The “Award” part of RYLA is the actual scholarship the Rotary Club provides so that a participant may attend camp. Many participants have had life-changing experiences by attending RYLA Camp, and YOU could be one of those people.

Rotary District 5630 has hosted Great Plains RYLA for more than 1,200 students since 1990. Using the Nebraska State 4-H campground facilities near Halsey in the scenic Nebraska Sandhills, RYLA has trained young leaders through activities, workshops, and a variety of presentations by speakers in business, government, and education.

The camp is a six-day experience full of outdoor activities such as canoeing or tubing, a fun ropes course, and many other outdoor activities that emphasize teamwork and decision making. In addition, RYLA focuses on service and Rotary’s role in building stronger communities by emphasizing both local and global citizenship. Previous RYLArians serve as junior counselors and Rotarian men and women serve as senior counselors.

Learn more about RYLA and upcoming application deadlines by visiting

Rotary District 5610 recently recognized ten “Rotarians of Distinction” from 1,800 Rotarians in a four-state region at the 2018 Rotary District 5610 Conference and Celebration held in Vermillion.  Each Rotarian of Distinction received a certificate recognizing a level of service to the organization and to their communities that was so outstanding that it deserved special recognition.
“It was very exciting to recognize our Rotarians of Distinction,” said Dave Lorenz, Governor of Rotary District 5610.  “Too often we forget to say a public thank you to those who do so much good for their Rotary Club and for their community.  I am proud to be associated with such wonderful, compassionate individuals.”
As members of a service organization, all Rotarians contribute to the betterment of their communities and practice the organization’s motto of “service above self”.  However, each of these Rotarian’s contributions were at such a high level that they were recognized by the leadership of the District.
Rotary District 5610 includes 28 Rotary clubs from around South Dakota as well as 13 clubs in southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska. These 41 clubs are involved in many local and international service activities.
Visit the District website for information about when the clubs meet in our district. Visitors are welcome at club meetings, and local Rotary clubs are always interested in learning more about ideas for service projects to help the community.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit
Congratulations to Centerville, Cherokee, Marshall Sunrise, Watertown, Brookings, Gregory, Canby, Rapid City Rushmore, Aberdeen and Luverne who ended the Rotary year with an increase in members.  
Here are some great resources. 
Each club has received the Club Membership Guide to help you develop a club membership plan.
Carmen Hansen
District Membership Chair
My dear friends and fellow Rotary leaders,
As we enter Foundation Month, we would like to thank each and every one of you who did so much to make World Polio Day such an enormous success.

We welcomed Rotarians, Rotary staff members, Rotaractors, and guests to our livestream viewing and virtual reality event here at Rotary headquarters in Evanston. It was an amazing experience—not only sharing our excitement and enthusiasm for polio eradication with so many strong supporters, but knowing that our event was just one of the 3,300 registered World Polio Day events taking place around the world on that day. Everyone helped raise awareness of our work; everyone brought eradication that much closer.

Rotary’s work to eradicate polio continues, as does our work to promote literacy, economic development, better health, clean water, and peace throughout the world—all of it supported by our Rotary Foundation. In its 101st year, our Foundation continues to be the engine that drives the Rotary machine, allowing Rotary clubs and districts to aspire to larger, more ambitious projects with transformative, sustainable impact.

If your club is thinking about taking on a more ambitious project, remember that Rotary Action Groups  (RAGs) are great resources. RAGs are international groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who are experts in a particular field, such as microcredit, peace, family health, disasters, or water. In addition to contributing technical expertise, RAGs can also assist clubs with global grant projects by helping prepare grant applications, conduct community assessments, identify partners, raise funds, and establish monitoring and evaluation plans.

Some of the largest RAGs serve as leaders in Rotary’s areas of focus and help clubs take on large-scale global grant projects: RAG for Population and Development,Water and Sanitation RAGRAG for Family Health and AIDs Prevention,Microfinance and Community Development RAG, and RAG for Peace. Connect directly with a RAG for assistance with a project, district, or global grant, at any stage of planning.

You can end Foundation Month on a charitable note by participating in Giving Tuesday, 27 November. Rotary will be joining thousands of other organizations worldwide for a global day of giving. Our new online giving platform has made it easier than ever to give to the Foundation, and you can easily notify someone of a gift made in their honor via email or by printing and delivering a customized notification yourself.

We usually refer to The Rotary Foundation as Our Foundation. Unlike most charities, our Foundation is truly Our Foundation, because it is both supported by the Rotary family, and supports the work we do. This year, our Foundation has already approved 222 district grants, with $31.9 million USD in total funding, and 41 global grants, with $11.9 million in total funding.

Our ambitious goals to grow our endowment and our annual giving set the stage for a larger, more effective, more sustainable Rotary—that will Be the Inspiration for generations to come.

Yours in Rotary,

Barry Rassin
President, Rotary International 2018-19

Ron D. Burton
Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2018-19
In June of 2018, we sent a team of twelve Rotarians and spouses from District 5610 to the Swedish Rotary District 2340 for two weeks.  They were in Sweden for Midsommer which is one of the biggest celebrations of the year for Swedes.  As you can imagine they had a fabulous and interesting time.  So they were very excited to welcome a team of ten Swedes to our district in September of 2018, and to be able to show them District 5610 hospitality.  The Swedish team was hosted in Rapid City, Pierre, Winner, Madison, Brookings, and Sioux Falls, all towns who sent delegates to Sweden.  They had many American experiences from viewing Mt. Rushmore, eating Indian tacos, barbequing, boating and seeing a football game.  What a wonderful way to celebrate Rotary and make international friendships.
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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.

As we enter a new Rotary year, I am reminded of the vision statement of Rotary International:

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."

As 2018-19 Rotary International President Barry Rassin said, “we unite because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone.”

As I travel District 5610 during the 2018-19 Rotary year, I look forward to building on the work done before us and together we all can BE THE INSPIRATION for better things yet to come.  

July 3 – VermillionJuly 16 – Rock Valley
July 17 - LuverneJuly 23 – Sibley
July 24 - MapletonJuly 31 – Marshall Noon
August 2 – Marshall Sunrise  August 2 – Canby
August 6 – Sioux CityAugust 8 – Minneota
August 9 – DenisonAugust 13 – Tyndall
August 21 – YanktonAugust 23 - Centerville
August 27 - Cherokee August 30 - Winner
Sept. 12 - Gregory
Sept. 13 - Rapid City 
Sept. 13 - Hot SpringsSept. 18 - Rapid City Rushmore
Sept. 20 - Scotland  Sept. 24 - Aberdeen
Oct. 2 - BrookingsOct. 4 - Watertown
Oct. 8 - CusterOct. 10 - Spearfish
Oct. 15 - MadisonOct. 18 - Gettysburg
Oct. 25 - MitchellOct. 29 - Pierre - Ft. Pierre
Oct. 31 -WagnerNov. 5 - Mobridge
Nov. 6 - ClarkNov. 7 - Sioux Falls North
Nov. 9 - Sioux Falls WestNov. 12 - Downtown Sioux Falls
Nov. 13 - Canton  Nov. 27 - Suburban Sioux City
Feb. 4 - Sioux Falls SouthMay 14 - LeMars
It is well known among most Rotarians the long and constant battle Rotary International has waged against polio worldwide since 1979.  While the goal to eliminate the disease hasn't been completely reached, we are getting so very close.  The Centerville Rotary Club has had first hand experience learning about the struggles of the disease from Club President Jen Knudson's mother Kathy Anderson.   Kathy visited the local club during the week of World Polio Day to share her story.

Kathy was one of several local children to obtain polio.   It was a perilous time for the family as the doctor would say things like "if she doesn't die" instead of "when she gets better".  Fortunately, she survived the disease with some mild symptoms such as back pain and weakness in the limbs that remain with her to this day.  We are very thankful that we are so far removed from polio that we only know the horrors of this disease from hearing stories from people like Kathy.  But there are still some remote places that polio remains a reality.  This gives us all the more incentive as Rotarians to continue the fight.   The Centerville Rotary club would like to thank Kathy for sharing her amazing story.
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