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Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Holger Knaack, who became Rotary International president on 1 July. He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects. Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million members.  Rushmore Rotary is a local club composed of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in our community.
Rushmore Rotary Meetings will be held virtually at 7am using ZOOM until further notice.  Each member should receive an email invite.  Contact Janet Kahler for an invite:
jkdoitnow@rushmore.com--Invite potential new members to join us!   Grab a cup of coffee and log in...hope to see you soon.
Football Book distribution to members will occur at Print Market, 404 St. Onge Street, Rapid City, SD  between 4pm and 6 pm on Monday, July 13, 2020. When you arrive please call the number posted out front to let them know you are there to pick up your packet of books.  Questions, please email cmquinlivan@gmail.com. The committee has a plan in place if the Monday Football Schedule is changed.  This information will be printed on the books to encourage sales.  Thanks, in advance, for all you do to contribute to our largest club fundraiser..
COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE -  The Community Action Committee needs your help preparing mask-making kits on July 9 at 4:00 at Western Dakota Tech. We will be there past 5:00, so please show up even if you work until 5:00. Please bring/wear a mask and enter through the main entrance. This is a really awesome project that has a goal of distributing 60,000 masks in the community! Thank you to Dr. Bolman for organizing this Project, and to Dana Foreman for bringing it to my attention. Each Kit contains 3 different colors of fabric, 1 spool of thread, 1 bundle of (20) knit strips to use as ties, and 1 set of pattern instructions.  Each Kit will yield 20-25 masks (depending on the seamstress 😊) ·

GOLF COMMITTEE - The BHCH Golf Tournament is scheduled for July 27, 2020.    To ensure the safety of golfers and volunteers on tournament day, we anticipate some changes to accommodate CDC social distancing guidelines.  The committee would welcome some donations of gift cards for the raffle or potential names for Hole Sponsorship.  Watch for emails regarding volunteers.  
HAPPY BUCKS - During our virtual meetings, please continue to send your Happy Bucks to Shari West Twitero (see Club Runner).  Shari reported that we raised $1546 in the last quarter -- despite our virtual meetings.  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.  Happy Bucks are allocated towards eradicating polio (Polio Plus). Norm and Linda Peterson had a great visit with Nick Hall of Pedal Power to End Polio! 
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Norm reported that we exceeded our annual goal - $16,500 (GREAT JOB EVERYONE).  Also in combination with Polio Plus (happy bucks); we raised $22,479 this year.  
Congratulations Rotarian Jennifer Rollins for being chosen to 2020-21 Leadership South Dakota class. It's going to be a great year! 
Thanks to all who attended or organized the Transition Gathering-- to thank Gene Bilodeau for his leadership as President in 2019-2020 and to welcome Dana Foreman as incoming president 2020-2021.  Also recognized were current Officers and Board members: Darla Crown (past president), Shari West Twitero (Treasurer), Janet Kahler (Secretary), and directors Heidi Bell Gease, Cathy Quinlivan and outgoing directors  Marcia Whiting and Seth GreenDan Little (Brookings), incoming District 5610 Governor, was recognized as well as District Governor Elect  Doug Lind (Rushmore Rotary).  Bruce Nearhood was recognized for his nomination as Rotarian of Distinction for Area 1 by Jean Cline (Area Governor), and Mark Barry as Rotarian of the Year for Rushmore Rotary (see separate write ups).   The event was well attended and enjoyed by all.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NOMINATION AS ROTARIAN OF DISTINCTION.  Bruce has been a constant and passionate promoter of Rotary throughout his membership. He joined Rapid City Rushmore in January 1987. Since then Bruce has repeatedly worked on numerous activities of his club. He has been Club President and strong promoter of new members. He has also made several international trips with Rotary.  He went 4 times to Haiti regarding Rotary's provision of solar ovens and a trip to Guatemala to facilitate clean water for families. Bruce has facilitated three times in regards to RLI and was District Foundation Chairman for four years. Bruce is a Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, a Major Donor and a Benefactor.   Bruce embodies the best of Rotary personally and professionally.  He is definitely a Rotarian of Distinction.
Congratulations Mark Barry for being chosen as Rotarian of the Year for Rushmore Rotary.  Mark is a force in selling football books and plays a very large role in the Children’s Home Golf Tournament every year.  Additionally, he has brought guests and new members to the club.  He is not only kind to everyone, but goes over and above to volunteer for our Club. He sells many, many books each year - last year 270 books. He does this by speaking to everyone he knows ( I will add his large extended family) and many that he just meets in passing. Mark provides constant support on many Rotary tasks and always with a huge heart.   Mark was recognized at the recent Transition Dinner. Pictured with Janet Kahler, Club Secretary.  
Rushmore Rotary was awarded a District 5610 Pop Up Covid-19 $2,000 Grant.   Our COVID grant is two-fold, supporting Rapid City downtown local businesses by purchasing gift cards to be distributed to families in need identified by United Way ,Black Hills Community Foundation, and Volunteers of America.   The Rushmore Rotary COVID Grant committee members talked to several non-profit groups and the discussions led to our focus of food insecurity.  We will purchase gift cards at:  1) Colonial House; 2) Armadillo’s; 3) Philly Ted’s and 4) Fork Real Cafe.  If you wish to add to the grant by purchasing restaurant gift cards or local bank/credit union visa cards, please leave in downtown (200 Main) BHFCU drop box with Deb Niemi’s name on the envelope or mail a check to:  Shari West Twitero (See Club Runner for address).  Watch for photos and a joint press release when distributed.  Thanks all. 

Rotary Club of Rapid City Rushmore

Rapid City Rushmore
We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Howard Johnson Express Motel (CURRENTLY VIRTUAL MEETINGS)
950 North St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
United States of America
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Glenn Duggin
Jul 14, 2020
Community Partnership and Correctional Interventions Coordinator
Ken Charfour
Jul 28, 2020
Beef to School
Paul Higbee BHSU
Aug 25, 2020
Leland Case - historian and past editor for Rotary Magazine

Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
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Foundation Chair
Past President