Children's Home Advocacy Center Gala
Making a Difference for Generations Gala was held on March 19th to benefit the Children's Home Child Advocacy Center.  Thanks to Golf sponsors, Gala Sponsors, InKind donors, Rushmore Rotarians, ALL the volunteers,  auction package donors and buyers, attendees, Gala committee, Childrens Home board members, and EVERYONE who made it possible, we raised over $45,000 for the Children's Home Child Advocacy Center. Best ever ! A HUGE THANK YOU.!!! 
Strategic Plan 2022-2024 
Mark your calendars for two important Strategic Planning sessions:  March 29th and April 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 at our regular meeting location: Howard Johnson Express. During the first meeting, we will review then build upon the results from our recent survey.  We invite conversation about the refined direction of our club, characteristics that define us, and priorities/goals we want to set.  Once the vision is seen by the group, the second meeting will focus on the activities, timeline, and tracking needed to ensure success. Rushmore Rotary is already a strong and healthy club.  These assemblies are meant to set the path to make the small improvements and encourage continual growth in a positive direction to best align in providing service needed by the community, large and small. 
Painting Volunteers Needed at Storybook Island April 4th
Storybook Island will be repainting some buildings and is asking for volunteer help on April 4, at 10AM. If you are interested, feel free to reach out to Storybook Island directly at 1-605-342-6357 and let them know. We would love to have 6-9 people assist in painting buildings in preparation for opening day in May.  Thank you for all of your support!
Rotary Plaza Dedication April 21 10:00 am
Thank you Mark Barry and Bob Quinn for installing the 3rd bench.  Mark your calendars for April 21 at 10am for the dedication and ribbon-cutting for the Rotary Plaza at Rapid City High School. More information to follow.
Community Action Volunteer Opportunities
Members volunteer on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at Feeding South Dakota. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to "service above self" and interact with members.  Mark April 23rd on your calendar for City-Wide Cleanup Day.  Meet at the Stevens High School overflow parking at 10:30 am.
Accepting Donations for School of St. Judes thru May 3rd
As was announced at our weekly meeting, the team going to Tanzania to visit the School of St Jude is accepting donations.  Specifically, we are collecting art supplies.  Below is a list of the specific items on the school’s wish list.  If you have unused or clean, gently used items on the list, please bring them to any meeting between now and May 3rd.  Recall we will be putting the items in our checked baggage, so no oversized or exceptionally heavy items is appreciated. 
Thank you for generosity from the Rushmore Club Tanzania Team:  Family of Rollins, Sutliff, Heacock, Nearhood, Kahler, Cline, and O’Connors
Art Supply wish list:
Acrylic and poster paint
Art textbooks
Blending stumps and tortillon
Charcoal pencils
Dye powder and liquid
Fixative spray
Graphite pencils
Paint brushes
Paint palettes
Shading pencils
Small, stretched frames with canvases
Water based color markers
Friendship Exchange to Sweden - Openings for June 17-28
There is a Friendship Team going to Sweden from June 17 to 28, 2022 and they have 4 openings.  It will be a really great trip, you will be celebrating Midsummer there.  This is their biggest celebration of the year with lots of flowers, bonfires, great food dancing and more.  This is truly a cultural experience.  You will fly in and out of Gothenburg and can add on travel to other places if you wish.  The Swedes will come here from September 18 to 27, 2022.  If interested please contact Pat Sutliff <> or 605-593-2896
Member Shout Out
  • Roger Heacock, former CEO of Black Hills Federal Credit Union, is the recipient of the Herbert Wegner Memorial Award, the highest honor in the credit union industry, bestowed upon those who are innovators and modern-day pioneers of the credit union movement. He was presented the award by the National Federal Credit Union Foundation in Washington DC. Roger is the first credit union professional from the Dakotas to ever receive this prestigious award, and his 46-year legacy in the movement truly speaks for itself. Roger embodies the word "servant leader" and such an inspiration to all of us.  
  • Tom Katus who received a Paul Harris +1 for his contribution to the Rotary Foundation.   
District and RI important dates
  • Presidents Elect and Presidents Nominee Training scheduled for April 7 - 9 in Mitchell.
  • Rally Round the Raffle - Raffle tickets for sale to support District 5610s contribution to the Foundation.  Email Mark Barry for a ticket at
  • Rotary International Convention scheduled for June 4 - 8, 2022 in Houston, TX.
    For additional information on the above visit the District 5610 website at or contact Jean Cline, Assistant District Governor.  
Disaster Relief for Ukraine
As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve tis conflict through dialogue.  As Rotarians, we have two options for contributions to disaster assistance:
1.  Consider Contribution to the Rotary Disaster Relief Fund now through 30 April 2022 at
Contributions will go into the Disaster Response Fund to address a variety of issues affecting Ukraine: Refugee assistance, transportation to safety, lodging, food, clothing, water, medical care, other needs. 
2. Due to the relationships built between Rotarians of District 5610 and Romania through the Hope Haven wheelchair projects, we have direct connections with Rotarians that are supporting refugees in Romania.  To make a contribution go to and click on the Give button in upper right corner of the homepage. The money will be used to buy food, clothing and other essentials for the Ukrainian refugees. I hope you have you can join us in this effort. 
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