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 73 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 Scott Van Dam for a zoom invite or to find out more information about Rotary International visit  Home | Rotary International
The Four-Way Test is an ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings.  Each year Rushmore Rotary Youth Advocacy Committee sponsors an Essay Contest at Rapid City High School based on the Four Way Test.  We are proud to announce the winners for 2022:  1st place--Jasua, 2nd place--Kevin, 3rd place--Rayven, and 4th place--Kaylee.  Jasua’s essay was read at our weekly meeting and it made a great connection between Rotary’s guiding principles and the expectations set out for students at RCHS.  Congratulations all.  Pictured with the students are Sean Binder, RCHS advisor and Scott Van Dam, Club President.
District 5610 does a Four Way Test Essay Contest with 6th graders.  Each club in District 5610 can run their own Four Way Test Essay Contest choosing a first, second and third place winner.  Colby Christensen has been running our contest at North Middle School (NMS) in Rapid City and presented our winners at a recent club meeting.  Jennaya's essay regarding the value of friendships as it relates to the Four Way Test was read to our Club.  We awarded gift cards and sponsor a pizza party for the participants at North Middle School.  Each club sends their first place winner to the District contest where they are judged and winners are announced for the district.  The first place district winner reads their essay at our District Conference in the fall.  Congratulations to the following North Middle School students: Jennaya (1st place); Jaselle (2nd place) and a tie for 3rd place Matthius and Ken (not pictured).  Thank you to Colby and Becca (NMS English teacher) for their assistance in this contest.  Also pictured with the group is Darla Crown from Rushmore Rotary.
Come and explore the place where magic happens.  Lots of new updates have been made in the park to discover.  Saturday May 28, 2022 from 9am to 7pm.  Cake and beverages served (first come basis).
Join other organizations and Rotarians in honoring our heroes buried at Black Hills National Cemetery by placing an American flag on every gravesite.  We will carpool to arrive at the cemetery by 8:30 am on Sunday May 29th.  Please meet at the vacant parking lot located on the NWC of Peaceful Pines Rd. and Sturgis Rd. by 8:00 am. Parking at the cemetery is limited so carpooling is highly recommended.  The flags are centered and placed 12 inches from the gravestone.  Please bring a 12 inch ruler and a Phillips screwdriver as tools in placing the flags.  If you haven't already, please let Mary Kenner (mkenner56@gmail.com) that you are planning to help.  Also, removal of flags is scheduled for June 1st (Wednesday) at 9am if you are available.
  • Jeff Kingsbury new member. Jeff 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.  Hobbies include  water and downhill skiing, swimming, and cooking.  Jeff looks forward to building strong relationships with members and the community.  
  • Mark Barry and Jeffrey Meyers received Paul Harris +2 recognition.  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.
Hold the dates for the following:
Tuesday June 28 - Transition Dinner (change in club leadership) to be held  at Ellsworth Air & Space Museum.  More details to follow.
Monday July 25 -  Children Home Society/Advocacy Center Golf Tournament.  More details to follow on volunteers needed.

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 International Convention scheduled for June 4 - 8, 2022 in Houston, TX.
  • Rotary District Conference is scheduled for September 23-24, 2022 in Sioux City IA
  • For additional information on the above visit the District 5610 website at rotary5610.org or contact Jean Cline, Assistant District Governor.  
  • Several members of Rushmore Rotary attended the recent Presidents Elect Training (PETS).
The Community Action Committee has selected two recurring volunteer opportunities:
Feeding South Dakota.  We meet the third Tuesday of every month at 4:30 pm to pack boxes for their mobile pantry or backpack program.  The west river facility provides 1500 backpacks weekly and distributes 75 to 80 lbs of food to families once per month at 42 distribution centers west river; all thanks to corporations, retailers, and individual donors.
Highway 16 Cleanup.  Rushmore Rotary is part of the Adopt a Highway Program that began in 1990.  The Adopt-A-Highway Program provides an opportunity for organizations, businesses and/or individuals to volunteer to pick up litter in the right-of-way of Pennington County roads and be recognized for their efforts.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21st at 10am.  Meet at Old McDonalds Farm.  We will head to Pizza Ranch after.  Other ideas for one-time opportunities are welcomed.  Contact Todd Hyronimus or David Dolan with your ideas.  

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


Jin Washington
May 17, 2022
Black Hills Literary Council
Don Barnett
May 24, 2022
Remembering the Rapid City Flood
Michelle Looby Gertch
May 31, 2022
One Heart Coffee Shop (Home Brew) ON SITE
Jeff Kingsbury
Jun 07, 2022
Black Hills Playhouse
Rotary Day
Jun 14, 2022
TBD (Ron Jeffries)
Jun 21, 2022
Rodeo Producer
Al Rieman
Jun 28, 2022
RC Harley Davidson & Sturgis Rally

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