Rushmore Rotary is a local club composed of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in our community. We were organized in March 1986 and currently have 81 members.  Rushmore Rotary Meetings are held every Tuesday morning at 7am at Howard Johnsons Express, 950 North Street, Rapid City, SD.  Virtual Zoom meeting logins are available.   Contact our President for a zoom invite or to find out more information about Rotary International visit  Home | Rotary International
Our speaker today was our own Mark Crosswait, sharing the Missing In Action (MIA) story of his uncle Bob: Lt. Robert L. Crosswait.  Lt. Crosswait was originally in the B-25 bomber squadron, later transferring to the P-38 Fighter Squadron.  He was declared MIA in 1944, having been lost in or over New Guinea on a combat mission in the Southwest Pacific Area.  Mark and family members were contacted by the MIA/POW Government Agency in 2012 for DNA should they recover Lt. Crosswait.  Mark and his sister Connie found additional information/documents during a 2014 MIA/POW Conference they attended. Connie prepared a Memoir booklet, which they shared, including letters home to his parents and wife.  Thank you Mark for sharing as we remember, honor and mourn the Americans who have died in the country’s
The Sturgis Rotaract Club completed their park project. Thank you to all of our club members who supported the Rotaract in their fundraising efforts to complete this project.
Students of Distinction for Rapid City Alternative Academy were
recognized at our meeting this morning by Principal Jennifer Roberts
and Shawn Binder.  Mr. Binder said these students were nominated
because they are amazing young people, distinct in their own ways and
serve as role models for the Alternative High School campus. Also
pictured is Cathy Quinlivan, Rushmore Rotary's Youth Advocacy
Committee. Congratulations to:
9th Grade - Tayshawn; 10th Grade - Morgan; 11th Grade - Jennavieve;
12th Grade - Gabe.
Our speaker today was our own Tanner Hart who shared his background in health care along with information about a family owned business Profile.  Tanner's education includes a BS and Nurse Practitioner.  He and his wife Brandy opened the doors of Profile in 
2017.  Tanner is the son of a physician and a nurse, so working in the medical community allowed him to help make an impact in health wellness and see changing results.  As well as being an owner and manager, he provides lifestyle coaching to help individuals reach their health and wellness goals.  Profile's solutions are grounded in
evidence-based clinical research.  Pictured with Tanner is Past President Jennifer Rollins.
The May social was pickleball at the YMCA. They provided all the equipment and instructions. A great time was had by all.

Today was Rotary Day -
Carmen Hansen received her Paul Harris Fellow +4. Congratulations!
Steve Bareis and Kevin Culhane completed their new member requirements and received their official Rotary badges. 

Deb Niemi shared information on The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
financials.  Rotary expenditures in the US total over $344 million --
with $157 million towards Polio Plus, $55 Million towards global
grants and $26 million towards District Grants.  Deb pointed out that
Rotary International collabortes with numerous organizations including
some that have connection to our club members and committees:  Peace
Corp, Toastmasters, and ShelterBox.

Two members gave classification talks:
Mark Barry - joined our Club in 2010.  He shared his passion for the
Football Book committee and woodworking, which is what brought him to
our Club through a fundraiser for BHCH.  (Thanks to Doug Lind and
Darla Crown)

Bill Spindle - joined Rotary in 1998 in Anchorage Alaska and his
various career moves (Air Force Academy, Finance/Contracting and
Higher Education), which eventually brought him to SD Mines and our
Club.  He has been very involved in Youth Exchange since his inception
in Rotary.
Rushmore Rotary serving lunch to the very best group of teachers and staff at Rapid City Alternative Academy during Teacher Appreciation Week. Roger Heacock, Mike Fuller, Rene Sorenson, Shari West-Twitero and Carmen Hansen.
Today’s meeting was at the new Black Hills Children’s Home Society campus on US 16 in Rapid City. We heard from Mark Niemeyer, CAO, who heads the building project. They are moving all facets of the CHS under one roof to include the advocacy center, operations and the school/residence facilities. They will also open a new outpatient therapy center. They are also looking at a day school that will take Rapid City students that need special attention. For more information on the CHS please visit www.chssd.org.
Our local winner of the 4-Way Test contest, Alivia Richman, won 2nd place in the District 5610 contest. Rushmore Rotarians went to Southwest Middle School to present her award. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment!
We are looking for host families for our new Youth Exchange high school inbound student, a boy from Thailand by the name of Peach Tancharoam.  He is a 16-year old looking forward to learning all about America and the Black Hills.
If you are interested in hosting him for part of the year, call 
Bill Spindle at 907-227-4970 or email him at William.spindle@sdsmt.edu.
Rushmore Rotarians served the May lunch at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission.  Servers: Jean Cline, Kim Nearhood, Pat Sutliff, Janet Kahler. Great job! Our next serving opportunity is June 4th. 
Hard working Rushmore Rotarians and friends helping to distribute food for Feeding South Dakota Tuesday. 

Every day, Rotary members respond to challenges big and small, emerging and ongoing. And when members like you participate through service or with a donation to our Foundation, we make an even bigger impact.
Please donate online or send your contribution by mail to The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund-SHARE or one of our Annual Fund's areas of focus. Your gift will support projects like these and make Doing Good in the World possible.

What we say and how we behave matter. Although free expression is important, we must take responsibility for how our words and actions may affect others. The RI Board has approved a new DEI Code of Conduct to help Rotary members create and maintain an environment that is collaborative, positive, and healthy for everyone. Simply put, the DEI Code of Conduct asks you to:

  • Use respectful language
  • Be supportive
  • Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Celebrate diversity

Rotary Club of Rapid City Rushmore

PO Box 8125, Rapid CIty SD  57709

Rapid City Rushmore
We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Howard Johnson Express Motel
950 North St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
United States of America


Dan Driscoll-West SD Water Board
Jun 04, 2024
Native park and plants north of Star Village
Bruce Nearhood
Jun 11, 2024
Dist Gov speech
Jun 18, 2024
Meals On Wheels
Mark Barry-Football book Sales 101
Jul 09, 2024
Misty McCallister
Jul 16, 2024
SD Dept of Social Services

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