Rotary District
5610 Bulletin
January 2020

District 5610 Disaster Response Project Helps Pine Ridge Residents

District 5610 recently completed a Rotary Disaster Response project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. 559 homes were damaged in the bomb cyclones of 2019. We helped the tribe's Emergency Management and Disaster Resiliency Departments buy a foam sprayer machine that will help waterproof and insulate these damaged homes.  You can watch the video by clicking on the image or watch it on YouTube by CLICKING HERE


Multi-district PETS – March 12-14, 2020 Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN - The North Central Presidents-Elect Training Seminar is an annual multi-district training event for incoming Rotary Club Presidents-Elect, and Presidents-Nominee.  Please submit the names of these officers to Nicole Rawden for marketing information will be distributed to these officers starting soon.  All are welcome to attend.  The registration cost is $245 by January 31 and $270 after January 31.  District 5610 President-Elects registration fee will be covered by District 5610.  Checkout the program agenda, speaker line-up, and videos on why you should attend at

District 5610 Conference - April 24-25, 2020 Hot Springs, SD Friday afternoon, evening and Saturday morning.  We have booked Tom Gump from Minnesota.  Tom will be speaking on the first ever Veterans Serving Veterans Rotary Club and will offer a mini-workshop on how to start a cause-based Rotary Club.  Jon Ruybalid of Whiteclay Makerspace will be speaking on our first ever effort at a host global grant project. It is a joint effort between Whiteclay Makerspace, Inc. and District 5610 designed to support Oglala Lakota artists and craftspeople with an economic and community development project.  Weather permitting, we will be offering a service project at the maker space in White Clay, NE.  Another presentation will be on our first ever Disaster Response grant to address Pine Ridge Reservation homes damaged by the bomb cyclones of 2019.  Look for more conference information in the near future on the district website and for registration and lodging information in February.


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.



It is time to start thinking about RY 2020-2021 District Grants. The timetable is being moved up this year to support projects starting around the beginning of the school year. The deadline for submitting a grant request through the website will be Jun 1, 2020! This will allow us to get the funds out to clubs by the end of July (we hope) so projects can start as early as August, instead of October.

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. 

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Rotary Club Service Highlight of January 2020

Rotary Club of Marshall Noon - Club’s “Student Rotarian” Guest Program

Scott Monson, Superintendent of Schools in Marshall and Rotary Marshall Noon Club member said, “One of the many things I find rewarding about the student Rotarian program is the learning that these students experience when they are researching a Rotary focus- such as promoting peace or eradicating polio for their week one speech.  The research and preparation for their speeches helps them to learn more about challenges in the world and how Rotarians across the globe are stepping up to help others overcome these challenges.  In my opinion, the knowledge that our student Rotarians gain is another important step in their leadership and development.”

Rotary Seeks Lakota Participants for Professional

Exchange to Australia

The official name of this exchange is Australia-USA Wiradjuri/Oceti Sakowin Rotary Group Study Exchange. Phase 1 of this grant project will support the Rotary District 9700 delegation of young indigenous Australian professionals to Rotary District 5610 to experience a different indigenous culture and to share experiences and connections to demonstrate the way Rotary works towards building understanding, peace and vocational excellence. This is planned to occur April 2020.

Rotary and Toastmasters are now working together


Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Toastmasters International is a global nonprofit organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Its members attend club meetings where they give speeches, evaluate the speeches of others, and perform other club duties, with the goal of ultimately becoming more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. Our organizations are complementary in many ways, but we are each unique in what we offer our members.

Just a Few Reasons Why YOU should Join Rotary NOW!


This video provides a few of the major reasons why you should consider joining Rotary. Rotary District 5610 covers all of the state of South Dakota, a portion of southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska in the US.  Help us share Rotary with everyone.


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