The Community Action Committee has organized a monthly volunteer opportunity for Feeding South Dakota on the third Tuesday of each month from 4:30pm - 6:00 pm.  We need between 12-15 members each month.    If you are interested in volunteering please let Dave Dolan or Todd Hyroniumus put you on the list.   We will be helping pack food boxes for the mobile distribution and/or the backpack programFeeding South Dakota is located at 1111 N. Creek Drive.

Year End Drawing for Football Book Fundraiser

Congratulations to Jim Scull, Tommy Barbour and Lindsay Willits who were winners in the year-end drawing for our football book fundraiser.  We made it through a complete season of Monday Night Football!!  Thank you to members who sold the books in support of many great Rotary projects.    
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Exciting News for School of St. Jude

The 40-year-old Australian actress, Rebel Wilson, appeared on  "Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire" and was raising money for the charity of her choice -- School of St. Jude in Arusha, Tanzania.  Rebel served as an ambassador and once sponsored a student.  She won a total of $250,000 and donated her entire winnings to the School of St. Jude.  Very exciting news for St. Judes. 
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District Grant for COVID Relief

The District Governor and the members of the COVID-19 Disaster Response Grant Taskforce are happy to announce that thirteen District 5610 clubs have been awarded funds to help with projects in their communities to lessen the impact of COVID-19.  These funds were allocated from a $25,000 Disaster Response Grant awarded to District 5610 this fall and will be used by the clubs between now and April 2021.  With support from our members, Rushmore Rotary and District 5610 were able to provide financial help, food donations, prepare 800 backpacks for children during the holiday season and package holiday meals for distribution to help Feeding South Dakota.  
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As part of our December 20, 2020 meeting, we will be collecting Stocking Stuffers for WAVI, who will be our program speakers that day.  Suggested items for donation include:  colors, markers, color books, books, activity books, games, puzzles, matchbox cars, miniature dolls, chapstick, hair ties, Christmas candy, suckers, etc.  Be creative!  
Items can be brought to the December 8th in person gathering or Linda Rabe will be collecting items on December 19th at Baken Park parking lot from 10:00 am to noon (corner of Mt. View and Canyon Lake Drive).  If you have any questions or need to arrange a separate time to drop off items, please contact Linda direct.  Thanks for your participation. 


The District Conference 2020 was well attended and well received by participants.  District Governor Dan Little provided an introduction and opening remarks were shared by RI President Elect Nominee Jennifer Jones.  Several presentations were made on Global Grants (Human Trafficking), Growing Rotary, the Foundation, Polio Plus, and local Club projects.  If  you were unable to join the meeting, the  presentations can be found on the District website  under "downloads".  Thank you to several members of our club who served on the different committees for this conference.  


St. Jude's is very appreciative of our support to Furahini - the gift of a 100% free, quality education. It is thanks to the generosity of supporters like you that St. Jude's  are able to continue fighting poverty through education and nurturing the future leaders of Tanzania! This year, our sponsored student, Furahini successfully transitioned to an Advanced Level (A Level) academic scholarship - she is now in Form 5 at St Jude’s! This will surely be an exciting and challenging leap from her O Level studies due to new responsibilities that accompany higher years of education; however, we are sure that, with continued guidance from our dedicated teachers and secondary staff, Furahini will continue to thrive.

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Recognition Gathering 

The Club held an in-person gathering September 29th at Old Storybook Island to recognize new members (Kyle Bargmann) and Paul Harris Fellows:  Mike O'Connor (+8), James Huff (+6), Kent Musegades (+4), Willis Sutliff (+4), Penny Lind (+2) and Mark Schreiner (+2).  Paul Harris recognizes members who contribute $1,000+ to the Rotary Foundation.   Dana Foreman (current president) gave a summary of our ongoing projects and grants.  Doug Lind, District Governor Elect, gave a preview of the 2021 District Conference scheduled for October 2021 in Deadwood.  Jennifer Rollins gave a preview of the 2020 District Conference (including the Human Trafficking initiative) which will be held virtually November 6th.  Watch for more details on the link and itinerary.  Thanks to all who participated.  It was great to socialize even if it was masked and at a distance.
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Rotary Plaza in memory of George Lyons -  This project is using funds donated in memory of George Lyons, a Rushmore Rotarian, and supplemented by a District Grant, and in-kind contributions by several project partners to create an outdoor space at Rapid City High School.  Concrete has been poured and benches are in the works.  We look forward to seeing the final product for the enjoyment of students and staff at RCHS -- in tribute to a great Rotarian and friend.
Global Grant - Makerspace, Whiteclay NE Work days for volunteers to setup and install equipment and prepare the space have been scheduled for October 2, and 10. Please call us to volunteer! Linda and Norm Peterson, Marcia Whiting, Mary Kenner (Rushmore Rotary), Ina Winter (Hot Springs) and Dr. Ashok Kumar (Rapid City Rotary) volunteered on September 26. 
If you wish to make donations for the project, see download file (Whiteclay Donation Form) on this website or District 5610 website. Items needed: table saw, drill press, laser cutter, Mac computer with Adobe Photoshop software, airbrush tool, quilt hoops, leather tooling punches, stamps, awls, mallets, Carpentry tape measures, angles, saws, misc. hand tools, wood chisel hand tools set.
District 5610’s  Ending Human Trafficking Initiative -  At the upcoming District 5610 Virtual Conference scheduled for November 6, the subcommittee plans to invite a victim of human trafficking to speak (or provide a video) to the audience in order to raise awareness of the prevalence of this crime. 


Several members of Rushmore Rotary volunteered in July and August at WDT Masks for Rapid City putting together mask kits.  Masks for Rapid City is an effort to sew and distribute 60,000 masks for healthcare providers, caregivers, and immunocompromised individuals in our community. You can order mask-making kits, or place orders to receive completed masks via Masks for Rapid City facebook page or call the Masks for Rapid City hotline at (605) 718-3088.


MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS IN FULL SWING!  Football book winner will be announced weekly during our meeting and checks mailed out while we meeting virtually. Congratulation to all winners and thank you to the Committee and Rotarians for participation in this great fundraiser.
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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.  
MARK BARRY - ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR 2020-06-23 06:00:00Z 0


Rapid City Rushmore Rotary Club donated over $2,300 in gift cards from local businesses to the Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition for those individuals and families affected by Covid-19.  With a Rotary grant and donations from its club members, Rushmore Rotary was able to not only support Rapid City downtown local businesses by purchasing gift cards from Philly Teds, Armadillos, Fork Real Café and Colonial House, but also help families.  Austin Brummer of Armadillos Ice Cream states, “We love seeing organizations pay it forward and we hope it does not stop there and hope everyone in our community pays it forward.”  Food insecurity was identified as a high priority, and Rotary wanted to be part of the solution.  In addition, Rushmore Rotary Club wanted to also provide economic relief to local businesses affected by the pandemic. With guidance from Black Hills Area Community Foundation and United Way of the Black Hills, Rotarians decided to partner with Volunteers of America Northern Rockies because they are coordinating the Homeless Coalition and assisting families with emergency resources and housing support.  “We are grateful for these gift cards that will be used to feed families and help brighten their day,” says Sara Hornick, VOA Coordinator of Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition.”
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Black Hills Children's Home Thank You Letter

Hello Rotarians,
While it was unfortunate, it sure seems like it was the right call to cancel the Gala at Mount Rushmore. Now, so much more has transpired since that time.  We hope you are all staying healthy and safe. We are so very grateful for all the time and effort that went into planning the Gala – thanks to everyone from Rotary who was part of that!  We also appreciate very much how the sponsors and intended guests were open to still giving their gifts even after the event was cancelled. It sounds like the event will still raise around $31,000!   That’s similar to what the event has made on average over the past few years – that is terrific!
As you many know, the funds are designated to endowment for the Child Advocacy Center, our program where we provide forensic interviews and support for children who are alleged victims, most often of sexual abuse, but sometimes severe physical abuse. Over 50% of the funding for the Child Advocacy Center has to come from charitable support, so building the endowment funding to help run the program is so very critical. In 2019 we provided forensic interviews for 341 children.You are all part of a wonderful service club – and part of a terrific group of people in your Rapid City Rushmore Chapter.
Thank-you for your many acts of Service Above Self, and for your partnership in our work!
Michelle Lavallee                              Rick Weber
Chief Executive Officer                       Development Director
Children’s Home Society                    Children’s Home Foundation
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RCHS Student of Distinction Pizza Party

Rotarians and Rapid City High School staff honored  students of Distrinction nominees for this quarter with a pizza party.  Thank you to several members who helped them celebrate.
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Over a dozen members took advantage of the Club's match for November's Foundation Month Giving.  Thank you to The Board, Norm and Shari for encouraging contributions to a great organization--Funds are returned to our Club in the form of future District Grant Funds.  This match is available to the end of the year--so take advantage.

End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign Certificate of Appreciation:  Rushmore Rotary will receive a certification of appreciation for contributing at least US $1,500 to Rotary's polio eradication efforts.  Isn't that a tremendous use of our Happy Dollars collection.  

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College Application Day - Rapid City High School

Several members from Rushmore Rotary volunteered at Rapid City High School during their College Application Day.  Members assisted junior and seniors in completing their applications on-line.   Application fees are waived for students during this week.  Pictured are Dave Dolan, Shawn Binder (RCHS), Mary Kenner, Kathy Quinlivan, and Gene Bilodeau.  
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Rotary Classification Talks

Are you ready? As our club grows, it is important that we get to know more about our Fellow Rotarians.  President Gene Bilodeau will be calling on members to share their classification talks and has prepared some guidelines from other clubs.  See download files for the full set of guidelines.  The talks should be approximately 5-7 minutes and include information on your vocation, personal information (family, hobbies) and Rotary connections (what brought you to Rotary).  GO ROTARY!
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Storybook Island - Carousel House Pledge Complete

Thanks to Football Book Fundraising we have met our pledge for Storybook Island's Carousel House project in the amount of $50,000.  Great job everyone.  Special thank you to Dana Foreman for his help with the design and construction specs.  Pictured are Darla Crown and Shari West Twitero presenting Connie LeZotte (SBI)  the check.  REMINDER:  Get your Football Books money turned into Cindy Hansen, Shari West Twitero or your team captain!
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Welcome to our Rotary Club!

Posted by Linda Peterson
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Rushmore Rotary is a club composed of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.
Welcome to our Rotary Club! Linda Peterson 2019-07-21 06:00:00Z 0


District Governor (DG) Ina Winter (Hot Springs) visited Rushmore Rotary on July 25th.  Ina shared her goals for the year:  membership (2 new groups), Foundation (global grants), and Rotary recognition.     Pictured below are former and future DGs from our Club with Ina:  Jean Cline, Doug Lind, George Twitero and Linda Peterson.  A Deck Party was held later in the week at Norm and Linda Peterson.

Australian Friendship Exchange

Several Club members hosted members of District 9670 from New South Wales, Australia in their homes.   Jennifer Rollins organized tours including the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Wind Cave and a tour of the President's downtown Rapid City and a potluck at Storybook Island.  Thank you to all who participated.  It was a great time learning about their projects and fundraising and sharing information about our Club.  A contingent from our District will visit Australia in October.
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Omniciye Satellite Club -- Update

Omniciye Multi-Cultural Satellite Club gave a great update  at Rushmore Rotary on recent projects:  3 Sister Gardens, Little Free Library, 4 Way Test Contest (North Middle School), Pine Ridge Youth Assessment and Global Grant for Art Maker Space. Pictured are Linda Peterson, Kibbe Conti, Colby Christensen, Sheela Farmer, and Tom Katus.  
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Several Rushmore Rotarians enjoyed a spring morning helping cleanup at Storybook Island in April.   The dedication for the carousel is scheduled for May 28th at 9am.  Hope to see a great turnout.  
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6th Grade Four Way Test Essay Winners - March 2019

North Middle School
Kibbe Conte and Colby Christensen presented certificates of participation and gift cards to the students and provided a pizza party for them. Congratulations to Devin, pictured with his mom Keisha, for taking 1st place in the competition for North Middle School 6th graders.  
Southwest Middle School
Opal Nelson third place; Scarlet Marcus second place; Bryn Marietta first place.  Bryn also won the District 5610 competition  CONGRATULATIONS. 
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HOST FAMILY NEEDED FOR OUR CURRENT EXCHANGE STUDENT - ELO from March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019.  Please share with prospective families or individuals.  Please contact Cindy Bailie at or Cindy Howell at
Elo, Rotary foreign exchange student from Belgium needs housing for her last 3 months in the USA.  She is a straight A student at Stevens HS, has lots of energy and is looking to make her stay in the US as rich as possible.  Elo is very easy to be around as she is very interested in others.  She needs a bed of her own but can share a room with another female.  She will need rides to and from school; however Rotary has many who can help with transportation.  She should be treated as one of your family when in your home.   Her school lunches are provided by Rotary.  If you have conflicts during the time but are still interested Elo has a place to stay for when her family is out of town.
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Rapid City High School Service Project

For our Christmas meeting in December 2018, the club collected hats, gloves, boots, and coats for Rapid City High School students, as well as gift cards and cash to be used to purchase similar items.  The clothing and gift cards were presented to Shawn Binder the Internship Coordinator. Great job Rushmore Rotarians.
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Welcome Rushmore Rotarians (2018): Fred Folsom, Debra Niemi, Casey Bulyca, Todd Hyronimus, Chris Twiggs, Tyler Trevillian, and Bob Weyrich; pictured with Darla Crown (current President) at a February 2019 meeting.

Latest update on Membership contest:  Men 14 - Women 10!  Keep up the good work Rotarians.
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Rotary Foundation Month 

November is Rotary Foundation month and Tuesday November 27 is Giving Tuesday.   This is a great opportunity to review your personal commitment to The Rotary Foundation and its programs. If you have not already made your personal contribution to the Foundation, please support our Foundation by making a contribution before the end of November to help make lives better in our community and around the world. Rotary's 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.   For more information on the Foundation go to  Contact Sheri West Twitero for quarterly or annual giving options.  
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School of St. Jude 

Rushmore Rotary Club hosts three students at the School of St. Jude in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa.  Pat Sutliff is the International Committee chair.  
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Rushmore Rotary Highway Cleanup

Thanks to everyone who helped conduct cleanup on Highway 16 for Adopt a Highway Program.  We had 17 participating Rotarians and their guests. Several enjoyed pizza after. Thank you Cindy Hansen for organizing.  
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Pat Sutliff Honored with Roger Kozak Award

Pat Sutliff was honored at the District Conference with the 2018 Roger Kozak Service Above Self Award. It is given in recognition of exceptional service to Rotarians in Rotary District 5610.  Congratulations Pat!

Pat Sutliff Honored with Roger Kozak Award 2018-10-03 06:00:00Z 0

Jessica Dial receives Paul Harris Fellow

In October 2018 Rushmore Rotary recognized Jessica Dial with a Paul Harris Fellow for her leadership as a  former Youth Intern Coordinator at Rapid City High School.  Jessica was designated to receive this recognition as a special expression of appreciation from our Club.  Darla Crown, Pat Peel and Jessica Dial are pictured below.
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In recognition of World Polio Day (October 24, 2018)  Rushmore Rotary sponsored a Free Movie WONDER at the Elks Club.   Thanks to Heidi Bell Gease and Dr. Willis Sutliff for organizing the event.  The turnout was light, but the message about eradicating Polio and Rotary's involvement was shared with many.Thanks to club members who participated during the event.       
 For more information on POLIO PLUS go to:
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Keaghan Duffy - Rotary Exchange Student Update

Cindy Bailie gave us an update on Keaghan Duffy, our Rotary Exchange Student to Italy. She is enjoying her experience and shared that the people are so friendly and the country beautiful.  Cindy hopes that everyone will try to stay in touch with her at:
She is writing a blog that can be accessed at and photos can be found at:
The photo is the entrance to the town, Sant'Agata de' Goti (i.e.  S'Agata) where Keaghan is staying.
Keaghan Duffy - Rotary Exchange Student Update 2018-09-17 06:00:00Z 0

Friendship Exchange Visitors - Italy

Rushmore Rotarians hosted Friendship Exchange visitors from Italy in August.  The visitors included 5 members from Milan, including 4 different Rotary Clubs; and the first female Milan Rotary District Governor (40 clubs).  Their  professions included a university professor of Cultural Policy, notary/Civil lawyer,  judge, chemical engineer, and a civil engineer. The visitors enjoyed a trip to Mount Rushmore, Prairie Berry Winery, Reptile Gardens, Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, Delta Missile site, BH Children's Home, Journey museum and a potluck at Storybook Island.    They were so moved by the children’s home mission that they ended up making a financial donation before they left!!  Jennifer Rollins commented that " it was really fun to talk about combining efforts on current and future Rotary projects; and laying the groundwork for a potential global grant as they would be our International partner.  It was an amazing week building upon our  initial friendships formed when we visited Milan Italy in 2017.   The rotary Friendship exchange is a top notch, well designed program for not only building friendship and fun but truly building culture awareness for the betterment of people as especially the Rotary mission."

Upcoming Friendship Exchanges for Australia and Scotland are full for our club, but for future exchanges, please contact Pat Sutliff for information.  Thank you to the host families (Lind's, Sutliff's, O'Connor's, Nearhood's, and Jennifer Rollins and the Rushmore Rotary Club for their hospitality.  

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Copy of Belgian Exchange Student Arrived

Several Rotarians greeted our Belgian exchange student, Eloise Longhi, at the airport on August 20th.  Cindy Howell is her first host family.  Elosie attended the Rushmore Rotary meeting on August 21st.  Welcome.
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Belgian Exchange Student Arrived

Several Rotarians greeted our Belgian exchange student, Eloise Longhi, at the airport on August 20th.  Cindy Howell is her first host family.  Elosie attended the Rushmore Rotary meeting on August 21st.  Welcome.
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Children's Home Golf Tourney

Rushmore Rotary hosts Children’s Home Society 29th Annual Golf Tournament
Another successful fundraising golf tournament was held at Arrowhead Country Club, Rapid City, SD,  on July 30, 2018.
Rushmore Rotary has raised over $1.5 Million for Black Hills Children's Home through the golf tournament (1990 - 2017) and Gala at Mount Rushmore (1994-2017).   Thank you to the many volunteers, sponsors and golf participants who faithfully support this cause.  Stay tuned for the total raised during the 2018 golf tournament to be announced in the near future.   
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Omniceye publishes Pine Ridge Rotary Requests

   The Pine Ridge Area Social Services Organizations Rotary Directory was originated by Angie Sam, Raising Healthy Families Together Director. Her intern, Maretta Afraid of Bear, collected the initial data and Robyn Whirlwind Horse assisted with data entry in 2016/17. Raising Healthy Families Together is an informal network of social service organizations providing services to the residents of the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
    The Omniciye Club asked the members of RHFT to expand or compose their organizational profiles, assess the communities they serve, and outline potential projects Rotary clubs might wish to consider for support of volunteers, materials and funds.
    Dr. Craig Howe, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) and Tom Allen, Oglala Lakota College, provided historical and contemporary Tribal information. On behalf of Omniciye Multi-Cultural Rotary Club: Bev Warne, Kibbe Conti, Gloria Eastman and Tom Katus were members of the initial visiting team. Terri Hunter wrote the chapter on Lakota History, Dee Katus edited the data, Tom Katus provided over all management to the project, and Linda Peterson provided final editing and electronic publishing.
   The electronic file is available in downloads for anyone wishing to find a worthy project in need of support. An additional file on Pine Ridge Social Services Organizations Contacts Directory is also available. Both directories were funded by a Rotary District 5610 Grant to Omniceye Multi-Cultural Rotary Club.
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Dana Foreman Rotarian of the Year!

The members voted and Dana was nominated Rotarian of the Year for 2017-18! He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow at the last meeting of the Rotary year on June 26. Thanks Dana for all your contributions to Rotary and the community!
Dana Foreman Rotarian of the Year! 2018-06-26 06:00:00Z 0

Storybook Symphony plays on!

   The Leadership Rapid City Class of 2015 has met the fundraising goal for our legacy project, benefiting Storybook Island. Our project will bring a new attraction to Storybook Island: Storybook Symphony. Storybook Symphony will feature a collection of colorful, life-size, outdoor, musical instruments, installed in the southeast section of the park. The interactive ensemble will allow visitors of all ages and abilities to explore the wonders of making music.
   As of March 2018, Leadership Rapid City had raised $28,500 of the $30,000 goal through a GoFundMe campaign, a Character 5K Walk/Run, and a banquet, which was held on February 20, 2018. Our final push to raise the remaining $1,500 was met by Rapid City Rotary and Rapid City Rushmore Rotary clubs. Rotarians have volunteered and helped raise funds for Storybook Island and are happy to support this new feature.
   The staff of Storybook Island and Leadership Rapid City, Class of 2015, are thrilled to bring Storybook Symphony to the park,. Playing music has been shown to increase social and academic skills while building self-esteem. The musical equipment is specifically designed for outdoor use and is built to last with very little maintenance. This attraction will serve Storybook Island for years to come.
   Leadership Rapid City, Class of 2015, has committed to purchase and install Storybook Symphony at no cost to Storybook Island. We have set an aggressive goal to install the exhibit in the Spring of 2018.
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Where's this billboard? 2018-03-30 06:00:00Z 0


   On Saturday, March 3, 2018 nearly 200 guests enjoyed an incredible gourmet meal, wide array of refreshments and opportunity to bid on unique live auction packages at the 24th Annual Gala at Mount Rushmore. Rotary Club of Rapid City Rushmore sponsored the entertainment-Cowboy Brad Fitch, emceed the event, and assisted with event planning and coordination. Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. donated the meal, beverages and auction packages and National Park Service staff chipped in to provided top-notch service during this elegant evening in the newly-renovated dining room. In addition to serving as a “Thank You Celebration” for Diamond and Gold Sponsors of the Rushmore Rotary Black Hills Children’s Home Golf Tournament, this event is on track to raise more than $29,000 this year to support Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

   CAC provides expert forensic interviews of children who are alleged victims of sexual and/or physical abuse or who have witnessed violence. Children’s Home Society established CAC with the support and involvement of law enforcement agencies, the medical community, United States and State Attorneys and court services. In addition to forensic interviews for children, CAC provides family support services and abuse prevention programs. (
   Since 1989 Rotary Club of Rapid City Rushmore, partner businesses, golfers and guests have raised nearly $1.5 MILLION DOLLARS to support Children’s Home Society programs in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Each July this club hosts a fundraising golf tournament and every March they host the Gala event. In addition to all the complimentary admissions for the Gala that are part of the Diamond and Gold Golf Sponsorships, the GALA itself has raised over $415,000! Rotary Club of Rapid City Rushmore has been a vital supporter of Children’s Home Society for nearly 30 years!
   (L-R:) Laura Hawkins, Tiffanie Pietro and Brandi Tonkel. Laura was the very first forensic interviewer and Rushmore Rotary guaranteed her salary for three years to enable the program to get started. Tiffanie and Brandi are the current interviewers. By creating this program we help to protect children who had been sexually abused from repeated interviews. It has been a tremendous assistance also to law enforcement in handling these cases.
   Save the dates for upcoming events: 29th Rushmore Rotary BHCH Golf Tournament is Monday, July 30, 2018. The 25th GALA at Mount Rushmore is Saturday, March 16, 2019.
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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Darla & Doug's home! 2018-03-07 07:00:00Z 0

Students of Distinction

   Our February 27 meeting was a rousing celebration of second trimester Students of Distinction! We packed the room at 7 AM!
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Rotaract club pizza party!

SDSM&T Rotaract and Rapid City Rushmore clubs met for pizza on February 26 at the SDSM&T campus. The student club maintains 15-25 members, and completed three service projects so far this year. They recruit students during the fall student fair, and elect officers every April.
   Attending from Black Hills State University was Jama Khainzan, a Northern Hills Spearfish Rotarian, who is energetically forming a Rotaract club at BHSU. She met with Meerab Joseph, SDSM&T Rotaract secretary, and Heidi Bell Gease, Rushmore club liaison, to gain some tips. Jama is a Rotarian from Mongolia, reported Rotaract is strong there, and suggests an exchange program with them in the future.
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Membership Picnic

Members celebrated the end of our recent "membership drive" with a picnic hosted by the losing team (men) on July 11th at the Central States Fairgrounds.   A total of 12 new members have joined bringing our total to 75!!   Great turn out and cause for celebration. 
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Children's Home Gala

    The 24th annual Children's Home Gala will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Mt. Rushmore's newly remodeled dining hall. A partnership of Xanterra, National Park Service and Rushmore Rotary has raised approximately $30,000 annually.
    Save-the-date postcards will be mailed soon, (see attached) with formal invitations to follow. Tickets are $90/person, with seating limited to 200. Pre-dinner social, delicious dinner, fun auction, and entertainment rounds out a wonderful evening. Please rsvp to Theresa or Katie at 605-343-2811.
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SDSM&T Rotaract Stuffs Puppies for Polio

    A group of Rotaract members stuffed 100 puppies, and then sold all of them for $20 each. Josiah Horner, club president, worked the table at student center. They netted $550 for polio, with the Gates Foundation match of $1100, totaling $1650. They estimate 60 cents per vaccine,  protecting 2,750 children from contracting polio.
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Rotary Day on December 5 is Committee Reports 2017-11-23 07:00:00Z 0

Foundation Donations add up

    Norm Peterson, Club Foundation Chair, encouraged members to contribute to the Foundation in November, and he walks his talk! Both Norm and Linda gained the next level on Paul Harris recognition. Linda decided to join Norm in the Paul Harris Society, agreeing to contribute $1000 per year ongoing.
    Norm is anticipating a good report on club giving, and will report findings in mid-December.
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Hansen honored as District Rotarian of the Year for 2016-17

Carmen Hansen, District Membership Chair, was honored by Immediate Past District Governor Ed Jacobson at the District Conference. But Carmen had left for a family event by the time of the award. So we surprised her with the award at a club meeting in November! Congratulations Carmen, and thanks for your hard work on encouraging membership in Rotary!
Hansen honored as District Rotarian of the Year for 2016-17 2017-11-23 07:00:00Z 0

A Note from Beyond the School of St. Jude: John’s Service Year

    It’s been about 7 weeks since John’s first day at his Community Service Placement and he has already achieved so much.
    Thank you for your continued support of John who has taken the opportunity to show his appreciation for the support you have given him by giving back to his community. We believe that sharing the benefts of a quality education and giving back to the community is an important part of the culture of The School of St Jude.
    John has decided to work as a teacher at Kimaseki Secondary School. He is teaching Biology to Form 1 students. In addition to teaching full classes, John is helping other Science classes with there practicals and assisting with the Debate Club! As government schools often deal with large class sizes, very few teachers and do not have the resources and support that private schools have,
    John is providing much needed help in his community by working as a teacher. "I have learnt when you stay with your fellow students you behave differently compared to when you are with your fellow teachers. I no longer see myself as a student but as a adult."
    John is doing a great job and will derive more and more from this experience as his Community Service Year continues. We know that his community will, too!
A Note from Beyond the School of St. Jude: John’s Service Year 2017-11-23 07:00:00Z 0
Christmas Social Invite 2017-10-30 06:00:00Z 0

Hiway Cleanup a great day!

   On Saturday, October 7, a group of lively Rotarians and friends joined together to clean our assigned section of Highway 16 from Sitting Bull Cave area to just prior to the turnoff for Rockerville.  We always have a great time and the volunteers are very much appreciated.  Participating this time were Ann Bolman, George Twitero, Carmen Hansen, her husband Gary Hansen, Janet Kahler, Weldon Freightner, Ivan Brown, Gene Bilodeau, Michael O'Connor, Pat Peel, Jean Cline, Maria Roes, Cindy Hansen, and her grandson, Kyle Klinnert.

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George Twitero honored with Kozak Award

    George Twitero was honored at the District Conference with the 2017 Roger Kozak Service Above Self Award. It is given in recognition of exceptional service to Rotarians in Rotary District 5610. The award honors the memory of Roger L. Kozak, long-time member of the Vermillion Rotary Club, who served as District 5610 Governor, 2009-10. Roger Kozak distinguished himself as an exceptionally dedicated servant leader.
    George Twitero, PDG 1996-97, served also as Treasurer and Council of Legislation positions, and gives of his time, talent and treasure to the Rapid City Rushmore club.
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“What’s Happened?…What’s Next?”

STORYBOOK ISLAND -  Clean up days April 6, 2019 and April 13, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  
MEMBERSHIP CONTEST - Congratulations to the Men; they won the membership contest by 1 point.  We will host a victory party on April 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm at VFW.  More details to follow.

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Football Book Update 2017-09-07 06:00:00Z 0

Our Club has great speakers!

Yes, we have great speakers every week, whether it's a member of a community business or organization, or our own members' reports on Rotary Day-the first Tuesday of the month. Or perhaps it's a tiger roar! We recently met at the Central States Fair and were entertained by beautiful tigers! Thanks Ron Jeffries. (more photos available, ask Linda Peterson to email yours.)
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Children's Home Golf Fundraiser

THANK YOU for joining us for the 28th Annual Children’s Home Society Rushmore Rotary Golf Tournament! Proceeds from this event will support Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center (CAC.) The 2018 Golf Tournament date is Monday, July 30!

    Rotary Club of Rapid City Rushmore has been a long-time, valued friend to Children’s Home Society of SD. With support from sponsors and golfers, Rotary has raised nearly 1.4 MILLION DOLLARS since 1989 to support Children’s Home Society Programs in the Black Hills.  We have contributed to every building project at Black Hills Children’s Home and the Community Based Services location in east Rapid City. Our efforts today are vital to the financial sustainability of Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center.

*The goal of Children’s Home Child Advocacy Center is to reduce a child’s trauma by eliminating repeated interviews and medical examinations by multiple investigative parties when child abuse is suspected.
*CAC is a cooperative venture between Children’s Home Society, law enforcement agencies, the medical community, United States and State Attorneys and court services.
*CAC also provides family support services and abuse prevention programs.
*The number of children served by CAC in 2016 INCREASED 24%!
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Rotarian of the Year Announced!

President-Elect Darla Crown announced the Rotarian of the Year award to Dr. Scott Van Dam at the regular morning meeting on June 27. Scott was the chair of this year’s annual Mt. Rushmore Gala, however, a major renovation precluded the use of the dining area this year so the Gala event committee created "March Gladness!" The community was encouraged to donate to a non-event, or host “mini events.” That effort raised over $25,000, matching previous year’s donations. Out-going President Jean Cline commended Scott Van Dam for his efforts to improve the lives of children, proceeds go to meet the Rapid City Rushmore Rotary club's challenge to raise $250,000 for the Child Advocacy Center.
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Children's Home Pledge Update

Scott Van Dam reported progress on our pledge to the Child Advocacy Center of the Children's Home Society. Current pledge to Child Advocacy Center Endowment for 2016 is $250,000. Income: July 2015 Golf Tournament add'l $716, March 2016 Gala at Mt. Rushmore $25,550, July 2016 Golf Tournament $70,443, March 2017 “March Gladness” fundraisers $25,214, leaving a balance of $128,007.

What a great job the Gala Committee did to come up with an alternative to the Gala while Mount Rushmore was under renovation! Three members of our club: Darla Crown, Linda Peterson and Scott Van Dam had VERY creative ideas for events that spurred matches and participation from a variety of sponsors. We're WELL on our way to meeting our current pledge. Thanks to all who participated!

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Tikes & Bikes Poker Run

Rapid City Rushmore Rotary hosted the 7th Annual Tikes & Bikes Poker Run, July 30, 2017, benefiting Thrive, a ministry of Love INC of the Black Hills. Thrive is an outdoor adventure resale store where youth (ages 14-17) learn life and employment skills while repairing and selling donated or consigned outdoor adventure gear and equipment.
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Membership Matter Workshop

A Membership workshop is scheduled for Black Hills area clubs on May 20. Please signup up on the District website if you are planning to attend this workshop.
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Four-Way Test Essay Contest Winners! 2017-04-05 06:00:00Z 0

Children's Home Gala is YOU!

Due the the construction at Mt. Rushmore, the gala will not be held there this year. So here's your chance to host your own "gala"! The poster and information sheet is attached to this story (click on the headline), and also available in download section. More messages will follow.
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Mommy’s Closet benefits from District Grant

     Rapid City Rushmore Rotary celebrated the holiday by providing diapers for Mommy's Closet, a program within Volunteers of America. Rotarians donated over $900 in diapers and cash donations. Mommy's Closet is a free crisis resource provider that lends a helping hand to moms, dads, and families with children under the age of five. Because young families have particular needs yet sometimes have trouble meeting those needs for a variety of reasons, Mommy's Closet provides assistance by supplying necessities to help take care of babies and children.
     This diaper donation goes hand in hand with a District Grant, Rushmore Rotary received to provide health kits to Mommy's Closet clients.  Members packed 250 bags of goodies on February 25. The matching funds were raised by Tikes & Bikes Poker Run in July.
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Be a Rotaract student mentor!

Students who attended Rotary Zone Institute came back on fire for Rotary! Our November multi-club social featured two members describing their Rotaract club goals. Starting in January, one of SDSM&T Rotaract goals is to match Rotarian mentors/host family to student members. You can sign up by contacting Bruce Nearhood or Janet Kahler to add your name to a list. Then we will have a social gathering in January to match up students to hosts. Stay tuned for more details!
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Support Rotary’s Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated worldwide to celebrating generosity. On November 29th, join those committed to making a difference by giving to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) online. It’s also a great way to help your club reach its centennial giving goals.

The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17! The Rotary Foundation (TRF) stands at the forefront of humanitarian service, having supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, and provide basic education — as well as the historic project dedicated to eradicating polio worldwide.

Don’t forget to support Rotary’s Giving Tuesday!

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Cheyenne River Youth Project links

Julie Garreau, Executive Director spoke at our November 22 meeting about her 28 years of building the youth community center in Eagle Butte. If you are interested in learning more, here are the links to CRYP Videos:
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RRAP on the move!

Rushmore Rotary Achievement Patrol (RRAP) was on patrol on Thursday, November 17th, 9am at RCHS. The honorees, family members and RCHS representatives will be hosted at the November 29th meeting.
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Club awarded for Polio giving

Our club was awarded for being 4th highest in the District for End Polio Now giving in 2015-16, at the Foundation Day. Thanks.
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We cleaned up the hiway!

We had a great group of almost 20 people cleaning our section of Highway 16 on Saturday, September 17, and enjoyed pizza buffet at Pizza Ranch after.  Thank you to a great group of volunteers!
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Club wins awards at District Conference

Our club won the award for having the most members in attendance at the District Conference, other than the host club. We had 16 members registered, but-more important-participated in presentations! Michael and Georgia were honored for serving as Assistant Governors. Carmen, Linda, Pat and Willis all provided reports and led breakout presentations on a variety of subjects as District Committee Chairs. Good work everyone!
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Global Scholar Kjelsie Hass speaks

Kjelsie gave the club a glimpse into her studies and future plans at the July 26th meeting. She has a District Global Grant to obtain a Master's Degree in Peace & Conflict Resolution, studying in Belfast, Ireland.
Global Scholar Kjelsie Hass speaks 2016-07-27 06:00:00Z 0

Four-Way Test Scholarship Winner

Aspen Whitehead-Kalytka, a Rapid City High School student, was first place winner of the second semester Four-Way Test Scholarship sponsored by Rushmore Rotary. Aspen received a $500 check from club member, Patricia Peel, in recognition of her first place essay based on the Rotary Four-Way Test, in June. Aspen and other Scholarship winners must use their award for educational purposes only. Aspen, who was a freshman when her essay was selected, was also honored as the third trimester freshman Student of Distinction.
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Tikes & Bikes great success!

The poker run began at 9 AM, Sunday, July 31 with over 80 riders. Five sites in the Black Hills gave the riders over three hours of sun and rain! Almost $5000 was raised, with a District grant submitted to match. The Poker Run always support youth, and all of this year's funds go to  Mommy's Closet for health kits for mothers and fathers of newborns. Thanks to the sponsors, volunteers and riders for making this event successful!
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Children's Home Golf Tournament

Monday, July 25, saw Rushmore Rotary hosting the 27th annual Black Hills Children’s Home golf tournament at Arrowhead Country Club. The club is long-time friend to Children's Home Society. Since 1989 Rushmore Rotary has contributed to every building project at Black Hills Children's Home, the Community Based Services building in east Rapid City, as well as support to build endowment funds for long-term financial sustainability. Funds generated from the 2016 golf tournament are again designated to support the Children's Home Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Rapid City. This location provides a safe, child-friendly environment for conducting expert forensic interviews of children who are alleged victims of sexual and/or physical abuse. The primary goal of CAC is to reduce a child's trauma by eliminating repeated interviews by multiple investigative parties.
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Rapid City Rushmore Rotary Club celebrates 30 years of community service

   What happened in 1986 that sparked a second Rotary Club? With encouragement from Rapid City Rotary Club, Rushmore Rotary became a new club including charter members’ George Twitero, 1993-1994 President, and Greg Hollibaugh. “We had already become a Sister City with Keno in Japan. Some members were on the board of Children’s Home Society, and involved in other activities.” Once the club formed, a partnership was established early with Children’s Home. “At the beginning we pledged $20,000, which evolved to over $1.3 million dollars pledged, with funds raised through an annual golf tournament,” says George Twitero. Strong committees are the backbone of the club, keeping projects and events on track. Golf Committee Chairs Scott Barber and Mark Barry say “It’s about the team and the kids we benefit!”
    Why did Greg Hollibaugh join? “A tiny article in the newspaper called for interested people to join a new Rotary club, so I did! My father-in-law and brother-in-law were both Rotarians in Chadron, so I thought it would be good for me too.” Rushmore Rotary now has 63 members, 46% female, including four couples. One dedicated couple is Georgia and Michael O’Connor.  “We encourage couples, especially retirees; it doubles the volunteer contributions!”
    In addition to Children’s Home, Rushmore Rotary supports Storybook Island, Rapid City High School with educational scholarships through a Rotary 4-Way Test Essay Contest, Tikes and Bikes Poker Run, focused on the youth of Rapid City, highway cleanup and other community activities as well as international projects.
    During their 30th year, Rushmore Rotary hosted a Transition Celebration. Outgoing Club President Carmen Hansen, Program Officer and Event Coordinator for the John T. Vucurevich Foundation exclaimed: “It has been an honor to serve as President. It’s been a great experience.” Carmen joined Rushmore Rotary in 2007 because it is such a vibrant, community focused club. Incoming President Jean Cline, a native of Rapid City, and semi-retired attorney explained “The way you join Rotary, is when someone asks you.” Jean attended Black Hills State University, taught school for several years, including overseas in Glasgow, Scotland. After attaining her law degree from the University of South Dakota, she concentrated on children’s issues, and continues to do so. She has been a member of Rushmore Rotary for just over four years. “The enthusiasm of the club at 7 a.m. keeps me coming back. Our desire to give back to the community to make it a little bit better each day keeps us committed.”
   Visit website to learn more about this club.
Rapid City Rushmore Rotary Club celebrates 30 years of community service 2016-06-29 06:00:00Z 0

Janet Kahler newest Rotarian of the Year!

Janet Kahler was selected by the Rushmore club members to be this year's Rotarian of the Year. Janet serves as club secretary—but she also volunteers on many of the committees, and facilitates much of the paperwork necessary to help the projects and events run smoothly. Thanks for doing a great service to Rotary Janet!
Janet Kahler newest Rotarian of the Year! 2016-06-24 06:00:00Z 0

First Trimester Students of Distinction

December gave Rushmore Rotarians their chance to honor the first trimester Students of Distinction at Rapid City High School.  Jessica Dial and Clark Richardson introduced us to Kelli Bonser, 9th grade; Andrew Vance, 10th grade; Jordyn Jackson, 11th grade and Austin Swenson, 12 grade.  Remember to look out for them on the award poster if you visit the school.  Congratulations to a great group of young people!
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School of St. Jude Support Project

     A number of Rotarians and clubs in our District support the School for St. Jude in Tanzania. We have had personal visits to our
District from Gemma, who started the school. If you do support, thank you!
   A group of Rotarians visited the campus in May, 2017 to see the graduation ceremonies!
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Club Video - 2014 Jon D Johnson 2015-02-04 07:00:00Z 0


Congratulations to our Students of Distinction!  Our students for the first trimester of the 2014-15 school year are (from the left) : Brittaney Hanson for the 9th grade, Susan Brown for the 10th grade, Spencer Alden for the 11th grade and Gunnar Leach for the 12th grade.  The Rushmore Rotary Award Patrol surprised them in their classrooms and then invited them to our December 2 meeting where they received their gift cards.  What a wonderful bunch they are!!
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Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Jon Johnson 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Jon Johnson 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Your Calendars! Jon Johnson 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

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