Transition Dinner Highlights
We had a wonderful transition dinner at the Air & Space Museum celebrating our outgoing president Scott Van Dam and welcoming this years president Jennifer Rollins. Our own Jeff Kingsbury did a fabulous job as emcee. We also honored the Rotarian of the Year, Cathy Quinlivan, and gave a special thank you to Janet Kahler for her 10 years of service as club secretary.
Enjoy these pictures of the event.
International Convention Houston TX
Several Rushmore and District 5610 members including District Governor Doug Lind attended the Rotary International Convention 2022 in Houston TX.  When 11,000 Rotarians from 221 countries from around the world come together, you become energized and inspired!! As we look to the future, the first female President Jennifer Jones will lead this 1.4 Million and growing stronger “Service Above Self” family.  Doug Lind is pictured with the incoming RI President Jennifer Jones.  
Rushmore Rotary Awards from RI/District 5610
District Governor Doug Lind presented our club with several awards for the year 2020-2021:
1.  100% Foundation Giving Club - Our club is great supporter of the RI Annual Fund, and this award is one of the top 3 per capita giving honors and attained status of Every Rotarian Every Year.  
2.   #2 club in District 5610 for Foundation Giving - Our Club in 2020-2021 gave $369.05 per capita to continue the great work of the Rotary Foundation.  
3.   End Polio Now award for our continued support of this campaign.
Trip to School of St. Jude Tanzania
Many members of Rushmore Rotary were part of the larger group of 37 people from District 5610 that had the pleasure of traveling to Tanzania in May 2022.  The purpose of the trip was to visit the School of St Jude and attend the graduation ceremony for many of the students we sponsor.  But the trip and the school were so much more! The School of St Jude is unique in many aspects.  It started in 2002 with a vision of a young Australian Gemma with only three students. Today, with much help from many Rotary clubs, districts, and supportive individuals it has a student body of 1800.  This is school is one of a kind in East Africa and arguably all of Africa.  Their mission is to end poverty through education, and it is working!  Those of us who visited observed this firsthand.  For example, of the approximately 900 graduates, they have positively affected their families and friends.  But, also during their community service year after graduation, many teach at public schools.  Graduates raised the academic level of the 80,000 public school children to whom they taught.  See article published in the RC Journal for more details on School of St. Jude.  A huge thank you to Pat Sutliff for organizing this trip.
The second part of the Tanzania trip was a safari.  Our group was privileged (and a bit lucky) to have observed all the big game in their natural environment.  Some species are rare to see (cheetahs), some really rare to see (leopards), some nearly extinct (rhinoceros), some really smelly (hippopotamus), some gracefully tall (giraffe), and some are just really cool (lion, elephants).  Despite the big seven, there were countless other animals, birds, and plants of amazing beauty.  The spectacular trip was only eclipsed by the marvelous group of Rotarians with whom we travelled!!
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!
Member Shout Out
Congratulations to George Twitero who recently received a Paul Harris +7 (Major Donor) and Carmen Hansen on her Paul Harris +3. The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. 

Congratulation to David Dolan who was inducted to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and received the Dwight T. Keith Award (2022).  The Dwight T. Keith Award is the highest national award that the NHSACA bestows on an individual. It is given to recognize and honor a person who has made an outstanding contribution to high school interscholastic athletics and the coaching profession. David coached a total of 87 seasons including: football for 32 years; basketball 17 years; Track and Field 38 years with 18 years as a head high school coach. Dave's girls' track teams won 2 state titles, 3 runners-ups and 3 third places while his boys' teams placed runner-up 5 times and third twice. His teams also secured 1 combined state track and field title.  Service to high school athletics has been the hallmark of Coach Dolan's career along with his passion for basketball officiating.  
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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