33rd Annual BHCH Golf Tournament
July 25th marked the 33rd annual Black Hills Children's Home golf tournament at Arrowhead Country Club. This years event raised $67,000 for the Children's Home, bringing the total raised by Rushmore Rotary to over $2 million! Our awesome volunteers did a great job.  Thank you to the participants, sponsors, volunteers and BHCH staff who made it all happen.
Storybook Island Adult Fun Night
June 25th was Adult Fun Night at Storybook Island. This was a successful and fun evening to raise money for the 100 acre woods Winnie the Pooh Treehouse. Games were played, 10 food trucks were there along with music by Spin Cycle.
This display will be all inclusive and have an elevator, climbing ropes and slide. This event raised $17,273.71 and had 364 participants. The previous Adult Fun Night, held June 2021, raised $11,843.92 and had 615 participants.
The next Adult Fun Night is September 17, 2022 so mark your calendars.
New Members 
Introducing our 3 newest members from right to left. Welcome!

Christopher Russo, having recently relocated from Milwaukee, WI to Rapid City, is the Director of Operations at the YMCA of Rapid City. He previously worked in director roles with the YMCA of Metro Milwaukee and the Franklin School District in Southeastern Wisconsin. Chris recently completed his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Having played collegiate soccer at Western Illinois University, he is a lifelong soccer enthusiast. Chris lives with his wife, Jessica, and daughters, Josephine and Eloise, in Summerset, SD. Chris is thrilled to be joining the Rotary Club and is looking forward to doing great things for the community and demonstrating the importance of community service to his daughters. 

Jeff Kingsbury has been an actor and director for the Black Hills Playhouse for the last 12 years.  He spent 24 years running his own theatre company and youth theatre program in his home state of Washington.  For the past 22 years, Kingsbury has also worked as a highly coveted auctioneer for charities throughout the US and Canada, including JDRF, American Heart Association, March of Dimes, and various symphonies, private schools and hospital foundations. He understands philanthropy and why people and businesses choose to give to a particular organization. He was elected to the Olympia City Council in 2005, and served his last 2 years as Mayor Pro Tem.  

Jeff recently relocated to the Black Hills from the Seattle area to become the Director of Development for the Playhouse.  He continues to auctioneer throughout the country in his “spare time.”  He enjoys water and downhill skiing, swimming, cooking.

Of Rushmore Rotary, Jeff says “I am so inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of this club.  There is a clear commitment to the community.   I’m excited to do my part to build strong relationships with the members and the community and to uphold the vision that Paul Harris intended when he founded the organization.  I look forward to knowing every member.”

Sandra White Shield grew up just west of Rapid City in Dark Canyon.  She spent 25 years employed in the finance division of Rapid City Regional Hospital.  Seeking a new challenge, she accepted a position as Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Studies Director at Oglala Lakota College and spent 10 years there in grant and program management.  She then accepted an Administrative Assistant position in Graduate Studies at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and subsequently worked for Intertribal Buffalo Council in grants management.  Oglala Lakota College requested that she return to Graduate Studies and she spent another five years with the program.   She has also served 16 years on the Institutional Review Board of Monument Hospital reviewing research studies that the hospital is involved in, served 13 years on the Ethics Committee at Monument Hospital helping to develop hospital policies which are considerate of cultural ways of being, was a member of the Mounted Search and Rescue Unit of the United States Marshall's Posse, served on the St. Seaton School Board, served on the St. Isaac Jogues Parish Board,  served on the Medical Federal Credit Union Board and regularly presents information regarding Lakota Culture to USD nursing students.  She did try recently to retire but answered the call again to assist Oglala Lakota College with grants management and has also continued with the work with the Institutional Review Board and the Ethics Committees at Monument.  She is also involved in governance issues which are important to South Dakota.  She is a proud mother to five and grandmother to seven. Her spare time is given to quilting and various community needs.  "I am anxious to assist in bringing Lakota projects of need to fruition."

Rotarian of the Year Paul Harris Award
Rotarian of the Year, Cathy Quinlivan, received a Paul Harris Fellow as part of her award. This makes Cathy a Paul Harris +1. Congratulations!
Football Book Sales Are On!
Football books were handed out at the 7/12 meeting. Everyone should have received an e-mail with your team captain information. They will be getting your books to you. It is important that everyone sells their books so we can continue to support Story Book Island, The Black Hills Children's Home, International Projects, Student Achievement, and various donation requests that come up throughout the year.
This year the football books committee will be holding drawings for $25 gift card rewards to encourage members to sell all their books. 
Here's how it works: 1st drawing will include those who sell 8 books within the first 2 weeks.
                                  2nd drawing will be a month later with 1 entry for every 10 books sold. 
                                  3rd drawing will be for the top sellers(25 or more books). 1 entry  for every additional 10 books sold.
So get your books sold and see your captain for additional books!
Fun time at the July Social
The July social at the Baker’s house was a great time! Everyone brought great food and enjoyed Bob’s home brew! Great fellowship was enjoyed by over 40 Rotarians and guests.  
Community Action Volunteer Opportunities
Several members and friends volunteered at Feeding South Dakota in June. We packed 475 bags for the backpack program this month.  We meet the third Tuesday of every month at 4:30 pm to pack boxes for their mobile pantry or backpack program.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in the Community Action Committee and serve others!
The Rotary Foundation
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.
Rotary's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Code of Conduct

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
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