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 for an zoom invite or to find out more information about Rotary International visit  Home | Rotary International
Our speaker this week was Gregg Peterman, 1st Assistant United States Attorney.  His office is responsible for federal prosecutions on the reservations in SD. He discussed his work enforcing federal law and working with federal investigating agencies such as the FBI and DEA on the reservations. A very interesting talk on the unique challenges they face in Indian Country.
**Don't forget our next two meetings are off campus.
8/23- Central States Fairgrounds. Enter through the Center St. gate.
8/30-RESPEC. 3824 Jet Dr.  A map will be e-mailed before the meeting.
Introducing our newest member Bill Spindle.
Bill is originally from Colorado Springs, CO., then California.  He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and spent his Air Force career in logistics serving around the world.  He retired at the rank of Colonel.  Bill then began a career in higher education, finance and administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage. After 20 years he worked for Texas A&M San Antonio for 3 years. He is now the Vice President for Finance and Administration at the School of Mines here in Rapid City.
Bill's Rotary career began in the Anchorage Rotary Club where he ran the youth exchange program. He has also been a member of the San Antonio Rotary Club and the Mission Trails Rotary Club.  His wife Cindy is a retired NICU nurse.  They have a blended family of 6 children and 10 grandchildren. They currently live on a small ranch with 4 horses, 4 dogs, 3 cats and 2 mice.
Welcome Bill! We are excited to have you.    
Saturday 8/13 was the August social at Canyon Lake Park.  Rotarians from neighboring clubs joined in the fun.  As always the food was good, the fellowship great, and the corn hole competition fierce!

Storybook Island is having a banner year!  Donations/income as of 8/1/22 total $876,598.57, and the summer is not even over. The All Ability playground is continuing to move forward. Storybook Island has a projects wish list and several have already been granted.
Volunteer Opportunity for Rotary Club- Wednesday 9/7/22- Day of Caring for cleaning up the park, touch-ups etc. There will be a food truck onsite. 
Don't forget the next Adult Fun Night is set for 9/17/22. Come enjoy games, food and drink at the park.
On Friday, August 5, 2022 a group from Rushmore Rotary visited the Whiteclay Makerspace and Trading Post, a District 5610 Global Grant project.  It was wonderful to see the ongoing progress on location, including an updated professional photo booth, expanding bead and yarn shop, and a second quilting long arm.  After a productive meeting with the partners involved, the group attended the Pine Ridge Pow Wow.  Despite the 108-degree weather, the group enjoyed visiting the vendors, talking with Pine Ridge locals and other visitors to the Pow Wow, and watching the setup of the teepee building competition. 
New resources available
Rotary has developed exciting new resources to help you keep members informed about our Action Plan and about what we are doing to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. Learn about these resources and strengthen our mission by sharing them with your members and partners:
2021-22 Rotary year in review
Rotary clubs and districts began the 2021-22 year focused on COVID-19, in particular on increasing access to vaccination. Nearly a year later, clubs are still navigating challenges created by the pandemic and continuing to improve their hybrid meetings. We are also responding to humanitarian crises brought on by the war in Ukraine and by environmental disasters around the world. Learn about what Rotary accomplished last year in General Secretary John Hewko’s 2021-22 Report to the Convention, and share it with your members.
Updates from the Council on Legislation
In April, representatives to the 2022 Council on Legislation voted overwhelmingly to add “equity and inclusion” to the Rotary International bylaws, affirming our organization’s continuing effort to be inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities and to reflect the communities we serve.

The council meets every three years to review and vote on changes to RI’s constitutional documents. At this year’s council, representatives also approved a dues increase and a club administration pilot that will allow Rotary to experiment with different governance structures. A Report of Action has been sent to clubs, which have until 1 August to submit statements of opposition to adopted measures. Revised governance documents are available online, and you can also review voting results and find more information about the council process.
Create a welcoming experience
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, a time for Rotary leaders to focus on the most important part of our organization, our members. This year, Jennifer Jones is emphasizing comfort and care for our membership as one of her four presidential initiatives. Throughout the month of August, read inspiring stories of how districts and clubs are creating a nurturing environment and a welcoming culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. And find a variety of resources that will help you build and strengthen your membership.
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!
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!
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.

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 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


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Aug 30, 2022
Materials Testing Laboratory Tour
Pat Sutliff
Sep 06, 2022
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Rotary Day
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Jon Johnson CIMA , AAMS, CMFC
Sep 20, 2022
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