Custer Rotary Club 

In the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

Stories

For all of the Custer Rotary Members that went to the tour of the jail on Monday 20 Nov. got a "Get out of Jail Free" card..... Just kidding!!  Looks like it was a good tour!  
get out of Jail Free card 2017-11-21 07:00:00Z 0
Picnic Shelter at Pageant Hill Completed 2017-11-21 07:00:00Z 0
Jill Kettle, President Elect of Custer Rotary Club, accepts a $1000 donation from the Custer Hospitality Group.  This donation will go toward the many community projects that Custer Rotary Club is involved in. Thank You to the Custer Hospitality Group.  
Donation from Custer Hospitality Group 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
Jill Kettle, President Elect of the Custer Rotary Club accepts recognition for the Club for being the 2nd highest in the Polio Plus Campaign in District 5610.  
Polio Plus 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
 
Congratulations Kathy, on her 4th Paul Harris Fellowship.  
The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” This honor accompanies a donation of $1,000 or more, in the recipient’s name, to Rotary International’s “Annual Program Fund,” which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs. 
Congratulatins Kathy Scheibe 2017-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Congratulations Dick and Sue Brown 2017-10-14 06:00:00Z 0
Yes! This is a real EMMY!  John Twiss' daughter, Jill won the Emmy, she writes for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The show is an HBO production on Sunday evening. Congratulations Jill!   John was there to see it all happen too!  Of course Linda Anderson, Executive Director for Black Hills Playhouse was our speaker, and she wanted her picture with the real thing too!  Thanks Linda for updating us on another successful year at the Black Hills Playhouse.  we look forward to more of those wonderful plays!  What a great opportunity for young actors and actresses to gain great skills. 
 
The Emmy! 2017-09-27 06:00:00Z 0
 
 
Custer Rotarian and Custer Superintendent Mark Naugle with the third grade class at Custer Elementary School, and Hermosa third grade class, during the dictionary distribution to them.  Each year the Custer Rotary Club donates each pupil in the third grade (at Custer, Hermosa, and home schooled) their own dictionaries to keep and use.  
Third Grade Dictionaries 2017-09-18 06:00:00Z 0
Ryan Tennyson Commissioner of Raven Football, received a $500 donation from Bonnie Ramer, President of Custer Rotary Club.  The Raven Football Program is not a school supported function.  It is for younger folks (like 1-5th grade) who like tackle football.  The equipment is top notch for safety, and parents are responsible to get the kids to and from games.  The donation is to assist in helping with expenses.  
Raven Football Support 2017-08-29 06:00:00Z 0
On the 14th of August we were honored to have Pat Sutliff, Darla Crown along with Janet, and Terri, all from the Rushmore Rotary Club of Rapid City, gave a super presentation about their travels to visit the St Jude School in Tanzania. 
The School of St Jude is a charity-funded school located in the city of Arusha, in the northern Arusha Region of Tanzania. It was started in 2002 by Gemma Sisia, a farm raised gal from Australia.  
The motto is Fighing Poverty through Education.  
The school was started 15 years ago with just a couple of students, there are now over 1800.  All the students are selected from families suffering from poverty.
The team spent time with students, and visited their homes and families.  They enjoyed watching one of the students that the Rushmore club supported graduate from the school.  
They shared the emotional attachment they had for the students.  Ladies, it was a very inspiring presentation!  Thanks Pat, Darla, Janet, and Terri!
For more on St Jude School, please go to http://www.schoolofstjude.org/about-us/our-history.html 
It's a wonderful example of how people can change the world. As Rotarians, it is good to be a part of that.  
 
St Jude School in Tanzania 2017-08-14 06:00:00Z 0
 
Past President for the last 2 years, Rex Jorgensen is given a commemorative plaque to go with his 2 year gavel plague.  He also received a Paul Harris Fellowship for his 2 years of leadership for the Custer Rotary Club.  Thanks Rex!! We appreciate your service not only to the Club, but to the Community and the YMCA!
Congrats to Rex Jorgensen for doing a great job as President 2017-07-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2017

“None of us is as smart as all of us”

Japanese Proverb

 

Ok, another challenge..... if you are reading this, and would like to get $250 added to your journey toward your Paul Harris Fellow, surf this website, (you can't ruin anything, or hurt or change anything) in the process you will become familiar with the site....  (No BIG hint this time, )

As you surf the site, look for the italicized words" 0 Polio Cases after you login as a member (member login), use the "communications" from the menu, and send me an email that you found it. ( and where).....  any questions on how to do this, ask Verl 

Thoughtful Quote 2017-06-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2017

 

The funniest thing about some people is that they have no sense of humor. - Ashleigh Brilliant (Ashley Brilliant)
 
 
 


 
 

 

 

 

Thought for the Month 2017-06-24 06:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary Supports Custer Storehouse 2017-06-24 06:00:00Z 0
 
Contribution to the Senior Meals Program from Custer Rotary President Rex Jorgensen. He is  presenting a check for $500 to Laura Wickham, site volunteer, along with Monica Whiting site manager.
Contribution to Senior Meals 2017-06-21 06:00:00Z 0
Jamie Toennies Executive Director of the Southern Hills United Way gave a great presentation on what the United Way does in the Southern Hills.  They are active in helping many people by providing funds to many of the organizations that assist with the needs of people.  
We also had three visiting Rotarians, Robert, from Hayward, Calif, Sonny, from Mali, Africa, and Ina Winter from Hot Springs Rotary ( our District Governor Nominee). 
Jamie Toennies Executive Director 2017-06-19 06:00:00Z 0
On behalf of Crazy Horse Memorial, Marguerite Cullum accepts $250 contribution for the Indian University of North America from Custer Rotary President Rex Jorgensen. 
 

The INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® began with the Summer Program, which is one piece of the greater vision.

The Summer Program is a partnership between Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and the University of South Dakota. Applicants that are accepted into the program receive a full tuition scholarship. This summer program offers students the ability to earn transferrable college credits, paid internships and scholarship opportunities.

Summer Program participants have the opportunity to earn:

  • Complete first full semester of college over the summer.
  • College credits earned can be transferred to a college or university of choice for continued study in the fall semester and beyond.
  • Study, live and work at the beautiful Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • Participate in numerous educational and cultural activities.
  • Receive a scholarship for summer tuition, books, instructional supplies and a portion of food and lodging.
  • Compete for additional scholarships.
  • Learn habits of success needed for college and for life.
  • Participate in a paid, credit-bearing internship (students also have opportunity to continue working after completion of the program in order to earn extra for the fall semester.)
  • Study with fellow students from across the United States.
  • Be a part of a global and engaging college experience, meet people from around the world.
  • Opportunity to earn back 50 percent of food and lodging costs at the end of the summer through a special incentive program.
 
Contribution to Indian University of North America 2017-06-12 06:00:00Z 0
 
Rex Jorgensen accepts $500 donation to Custer YMCA from incoming Custer Rotary President Bonnie Ramer.   
Donation to Custer YMCA 2017-06-12 06:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary Club will be doing the Backpack Program for students at Custer School for the programs during the month of May.  
Backpack proram 2017-05-11 06:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Mike Chase with his wife's (Patti) beer!!!
 
 
 Wheelbarrow won by Bruce Nearhood of Rapid City
 
                              Wheelbarrow won by Rotarian Kris Zerbe 
 
 
The evening of Friday, May 20, was a huge success for the Custer Rotary Wine Tasting and Raffle Event.  Firehouse Winery, from Rapid City, and Naked Winery from Hill City were present giving sample tasting of their wines.  We had beer donated by Sick and Twisted Brewery from Hill City, and also from Crow Peak out of Spearfish, and also The Knuckle Brewery from Sturgis. And Beer Growlers from Firehouse, Sick and Twisted, The Knuckle Brewery, and the Custer Wolf.  
We would like to thank Firehouse Winery, Naked Winery, Sick and Twisted Brewery , the Knuckle Brewery, and all the merchants who contributed to make this a fun and prosperous event.  The Custer Rotary Club was able to make $10160.00, that will be used for projects.  
These projects include (but not limited to) :
  
Custer Rotary Club -Some of the Projects 2014-2017
 
Custer Storehouse-Assisting in the handling of food, and providing a monthly contribution. The Storehouse started out as the Custer Food Pantry and The Community Exchange and was created by local volunteers to provide a place for people to donate household furnishings and clothes and food. It is then distributed to people in need at no cost.
 
Custer Boy Scouts-As a charter sponsor, the Custer Rotary supports the Custer Boy Scouts program. In the past we assisted an Eagle Scout candidate, with a project to construct a picnic shelter at Gates Park, and look forward to assisting in other ways.  In addition an annual contribution to the local troop is made.
Hwy 89 (Sylvan Lake Road) Road clean up-
Gates Park/West Dam area– improvements.
Pageant Hill– completed a new roof on the  shelter at Pageant Hill.  A large picnic shelter is planned for 2017.
Annual Custer High School Scholarship
Hope Haven Wheelchair Program– members have traveled to Romania, Jamaica, and Guatemala,to distribute wheelchairs for disabled children and adults.
Annual  Donations-Custer Rotary also contributes to the Custer Senior Center, Church and Community Response, Relay for Life, Many different Youth Projects, Literacy program, YMCA, Polio Plus, (Eradicating Polio Worldwide) School Back Pack Program, Kids against Hunger, SMAAF, (arts)
We help sponsor a student along with the District that is in Tanzania, we also assist the District with sewing machines to India to help women start business. 
Many, other worthwhile projects.
A big thanks to all who joined us, and to the folks that took the time to assisted in the event.  Thanks to all for helping people help others!
 
Wine tasting and Raffle a big success 2017-05-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 17, 2017
Scout Master Brent Nelson accepting a $500 donation from Custer Rotary (Co-Sponsored the Boy Scouts Charter in Custer).  Brent and Scouts Sam Nelson, Danny Nelson, Hunter Rice and Dalton Rice gave the Custer Rotary Club a presentation on Scouting, and some of the many aspects of being a Scout. Glad Custer Rotary can be a part of helping to build a strong foundation for these young men.  
Boy Scouts 2017-04-17 06:00:00Z 0
Suzi Kramer and friend from Custer State Park spoke to us today about Shared Hope International, a program to help combat human trafficking.  Suzi is a grass roots person in our area trying to help in Western South Dakota.  Our donation of $200 would go toward providing a DVD used for an intervention and would be placed in public libraries or sheriff departments.  Thanks Suzi for what you do.  
Shared Hope International 2017-03-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Verl Scheibe on Feb 27, 2017

Welcome to our Rotary Club! 
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This website is for the use of the membership of Custer Rotary Club, it's leadership, and the public. Please browse the information, suggest additions and changes, or ask questions in "Contact Us". If you login as a member of our club, you can access additional club and club management information.

 

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to bring peace and stability to the world by providing water and sanitation, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, peace and conflict prevention/resolution. One of the major commitments is to eradicate polio from the face of the world. Our motto: Service Above Self.  

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Welcome to our website! Verl Scheibe 2017-02-27 07:00:00Z 0
Mike Chase, Treasurer of the Custer Rotary Club presents a donation for PBIS materials to Nancy Frentz.  Custer Rotary Club donated $500 to the school for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support. The money will help stock a student store at the elementary school. Students are given a ticket for each positive thing they do when it is seen by a teacher, aide, custodian, or staff person. They may save the tickets to purchase items in the store. The more tickets they earn, the better the item they may purchase.
Donation to PBIS 2017-02-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2016
The Custer Rotary Club donated dictionaries to the 3rd grade classes at Custer, Hermosa, and the home schooled youngsters.  This program has had lots of positive comments by parents, teachers and the 3rd graders like having their own dictionary.  Here are some pictures of the groups, and the students enjoying their dictionaries. 
Thanks to Rotarians Rex Jorgensen, Don Kraus, Superintendent Mark Naugle, and Tom Nelson for assisting on the distribution.  
3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution 2016-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Major Phillip Rehmert from Ellsworth Air Force Base gave an interesting presentation on some history, what they do, and the B1 Bomber. The capabilities, and security that they provide us are amazing.  The amount of ordinance, and the global range of the B1 are tremendous. He also reviewed the different conflicts that the B1's stationed at Ellsworth have been involved in. They were sent to Afghanistan on the first night raid after 9/11, having departed Rapid City, going over dropping their bombs, and returning, without landing.... WOW..  
The Ellsworth Air Force Base 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary and Rapid City Rotary Clubs co-sponsored Hot Springs as a new club 35 yrs ago.  At their celebration dinner on 12th of Nov, MC Bill Coffield gave an entertaining story on how to ring the Rotary Bell. Hot Springs Charter member Mike Ortner explained about the "plunger" and its use in collecting funds. Charter member Gary Shuh, (35 yr Secretary also) put a power point presentation together of the many projects they had done the past 35 years.  President Ina Winter accepts a plaque on behalf of District 5610 for Hot Springs Rotary Club Serving Humanity for 35 yrs. 
Hot Springs Rotary Club Celebrates 35 yrs (Nov 12, 2016) 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Richard Effird gave a very interesting presentation on hiking the Continental Divide Trail. From New Mexico through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and into Canada. He raised money for the VA Hospital to help those who served in the Middle East conflicts, and to Special Ops Warriors Program.  He has also hiked the Pacific Crest and Appalachian trails and others.  Thanks Richard for a great presentation, and supporting our troops!  
Hicking the Continental Divide Trail 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
 
Dave Lerferman from Custer State Park speaking about the Nite Hikes in the Park, especially the upcoming one with a “Harry Potter” theme for Halloween.  He is dressed as “Swaggart” – a take-off of Harry Potter’s Hagrid!
David Lerferman from Custer State Park doing the Program 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary President Rex presenting a $300 check to Marge McColley at The Storehouse at Custer.  In addition the Custer Rotary Club assists in hauling food groceries every second Tuesday of the month.  
Donation to Storehouse 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Bonnie, ( & Bonnies granddaughter), Tom, (Tom's son, Steve) BJ, Kathy, Nathan, & Verl for helping out at the finish line at the Crazy Horse Marathon on Saturday.  Nice weather, and a fun morning. Over 700 runners.  
Crazy Horse Marathon 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Highest Charitable Rating for The Rotary Foundation  2016-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
        Wild poliovirus type 1 and Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases   
                                             
          Total Cases   Year to date 2016   Year to date 2015  Total in 2015
                                  WPV   CVDP         WPV    CVDP         WPV     CVDP
Globally                         23        3             37       14             74         32
 
endemic countries          19        0             37        3              74           3
 
non-endemic countrries   2         3               0        9                0         29
 
Polio remains endemic in two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. . In addition, in August 2016 WPV1 was detected in Nigeria. Nigeria was taken off the list of polio endemic countries in September 2015 because a year had passed with no reported cases of WPV1. WHO, with authorities across the region, is undertaking a thorough field investigation in order to inform a decision on Nigeria’s endemic status. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially vulnerable countries with weak public health and immunization services and travel or trade links to endemic countries. Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus is causing an outbreak in Madagascar, Guinea and Ukraine.
 
Polio Update  2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Members of District 5610 receive checks for various projects from the District Designated Funds Grant program.  Verl Scheibe receives check for $1000 toward the Custer Rotary Picnic Shelter project.  
Grant for Picnic Shelter  2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Black hills Cabin Donation 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Custer YMCA Director, and Custer Rotary President Rex Jorgensen, receives a $500 check from Custer Rotary Treasure Mike Chase. 
Rex reviewed with the Custer Rotary Club all of the activities the Custer YMCA provides. Some but not all of the programs available at the YMCA include: Adult Softball, Day Camp, Swim Lessons, Grand Slam Tennis, Golf, T-ball, Coach Pitch, Minors Baseball/Softball, Majors BB?SB, Babe Ruth BB, Basketball Clinic, Football Clinic, Bark Beetle Trail Race, Splash and Dash, Baby Sitting Clinic, Gold Discovery Days Events, Then there are the Normal YMCA Activities: Yoga, Zumba,Core and More, Boot Camp, Women on Weights, Ride and Shine, Spin and Sculpt, Wellness Center, Open gym, Pickleball, Seibukan Karate, Dakota Tae Kwon Doo, Infant thru school age Child Development Center, the hours are M-F 5 am-7pm, Sat 9-1, Closed on Sundays now till Nov. 
The Custer YMCA provides services for approximately 1000 people.
 
Custer YMCA receives Rotary Donation 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Outgoing President Rex Jorgensen presented with a gavel plaque, as incoming President Rex Jorgensen accepts the "outgoing/incoming" plaque. 
President Rex Presented with Plaque 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Custer High School HOSA students headed to the National competition in Nashville, TN receive a donation of $750 from Custer Rotary to help fund their trip.  Pictured from L to R: Ben Marchand, Emme Schmidt, Rotary President, Rex Jorgensen, Joana Arengo, and Taren Jones.  The HOSA team is the similar to the FFA program in High School, where the FFA program deals with agriculture, the HOSA program deals with all aspects of the health related field.  We're proud to have our young adults rise to the top of Custer's HOSA program and represent Custer at the National Competition .  Congratulations to the Team!! 
Custer HS HOSA Team 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Simonsma from Hope Haven International receives a $1000 check from Custer President Rex Jorgensen.  Non- Profit, Hope Haven makes, and reconditions wheel chairs for distribution to those in need. 
Hope Haven Donation 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Roy Roadifer receives another Paul Harris Fellowship.  This is his seventh Paul Harris Fellowship.  Thanks Roy for your generous contributions.  It makes a difference in the world. 
 
Another Paul Harris for Roy 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary President Rex assisting with the set up at Kids Against Hunger evening. Over 300 people showed up to help support the Kids for Hunger program at the community''s first Family Service Night, held Thursday May 5th.  Many other service clubs, school classes and families assisted in completing 10,364 meals. The cost of each nutritional meal was 25 cents. The meals will be going to Nkangi Village in Africa,  to be distributed to the children there. The Custer Rotary Club combined their annual Kids Against Hunger-Back Pack program for the elementary school along with the Nkangi Meal Pack program.  
 
Kids against Hunger 2016-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Donation to Kids against Hunger 2016-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary Club makes a $400 donation to the SHMAAF. Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival, presented by Custer Rotary Club President Rex Jorgensen. 
SHMAAF Donation 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
A Happy Camper 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Pictured is Miquel Martinez from Custer Troop 25 after receiving his award for heroism in waking his family when there house was on fire.
Miquel was awarded this during the annual key leaders breakfast on Friday morning. In attendance was Rex Jorgensen representing Custer Troop 25 and Custer Rotary Club,  the troops chartered organization. Congratulations Miquel on a being a HERO! (story and picture from Rex Jorgensen).
 
A Hero Award to Miquel Martinez 2016-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Auctioneer Jeff Storm selling up a storm!!  Jeff assisted the Custer Rotary on the evening of 18 March to make the 5th Wine Tasting and Raffle Fund Raiser a Big Success!!  Thanks to Jeff, the Firehouse Winery, Custer State Park Resorts, and to Crazy Horse Memorial and the staff at Crazy Horse Memorial for making it a fantastic evening. With all the efforts and participation, there was over $7200 raised to go toward Custer Rotary Projects and Programs. Most people went home with something.  A special thanks to all the folks that contributed to help make it a fun and successful event. 
 
Winners of the grand prizes, are Arlyn Dorris, from Wolsey (Gary Timm from Wolsey will be delivering the wheelbarrow of wine to Arlyn), Bonnie Ramer is the proud winner of the Wagon of Beer. We're sure that Tony will help out with the beer!  Mike Chase, is a happy owner of the second wheelbarrow of wine.  Congratulations to all the winners. 
 Bonnie with her supply of refreshments for the coming season. 
 
Custer Rotary's Wine Tasting and Raffle Event is a Big Success! 2016-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2016
Veronica Schmidt, President of Market Area for Custer Regional Hospital explains the layout for the new Custer Regional Hospital. The new hospital will be on a new piece of ground just to the south of the present hospital. She pointed out the Custer City Council approved approximately $4 million dollars to assist in the $18 million plus project. The project is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2018.  
There have been two additional doctors hired and will start 1 October of this year. It's looking good Veronica!!
Update on the new Custer Regional Hospital Plan 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
RLI Session in Rapid City, with attendees from Rapid City Morning Club, Rapid City Rushmore Club, Hot Springs, and Custer. Facilitated by Linda Peterson. 
RLI is the Rotary Leadership Institute. RLI is a multi- district leadership and Rotary development program to engage Rotarians and strenghten clubs. 
RLI Mission: The Rotary Leadership Institute is a grassroots, multi-district leadership development program whose mission is to strengthen Rotary clubs through  quality leadership education. Its a great opportunity to learn more about what Rotary is and what Rotary does. 
Rotary Leadership Institute Session 2016-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Dictionaries to the 3rd Grade Class 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Donation for Freshman Impact Program 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Kathy Scheibe is accepted as newest Custer Rotary Club member. She is receiving her membership from District Governor Steve Sikorski.  Congratulations Kathy.
Newest Custer Rotary Member 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary Donates to YMCA Youth Development 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Contribution to Relay for Life 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
A  donation for $500 was for Operation Black Hills Cabin was received by Marty Mahit. He then presented information on how the Operation Black Hills Cabin benefits soldiers who have come back from middle east with disabilities. Many local businesses and people have made it possible to provide these wonderful services to our men and women who have made sacrifices. Thanks much from the Custer Rotary Club. 
Donation to Operation Black Hills Cabin 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
 
The Custer Rotary Club 2015 Scholarship winner was Billie Wicks.    There were a number of highly qualified applicants that made it difficult for the scholarship committee to chose from.  Congratulations Billie!!
2015 High School Scholarship Winner 2015-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 26, 2015
The 4th Annual Custer Rotary Wine Tasting and Raffle Fund Raiser was a great success.  Approximately 130 people enjoyed wine tasting, and socializing while raising funds for the Custer Rotary Club. Many Rotarians from Rapid City attended to help make it a success.  The folks at Crazy Horse Memorial did a fantastic job of service and providing wonderful food. Most folks went away with some kind of raffle winning.
 
The big winner, Kevin Luebke from Wolsey, SD (eastern part of the state) won a wheelbarrow full of wine AND a wagon full of beer. ( I'm sure that will entice him to purchase more raffle tickets next year)/  Everyone had a wonderful evening.  Thanks to all to make it a success.  A big THANK YOU to Custer Resort Co, Naked Winery and Stone Face Winery for the great wine tasting. 
Custer Wine Tasting and Raffle a great Success 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
 
The Third Grade classes in Custer, Hermosa, and 6 homeschooled children, received their own personal dictionaries from the Custer Rotary Club. The students spent time listening to Mike Chase explain about Rotary, and then was challenged to look up different words.  Words to be looked up such as "service" "truth" "ethics" .  The students enjoyed the short lesson and we are sure they will put their books to good use. 
 
Third Grade Students in Custer and Hermosa receive dictionaries 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
 
During the month of April, Custer Rotary Club packed approximately 100 bags of food for the Custer School after each meeting.  
 
April Student Back Pack Program 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Jenny Behlings, owner of Jenny's Floral, last October was asked to come and help decorate the White House!  Jenny presented her slide presentation to the  Custer Rotary Club on Monday. She shared with us in her slides, many of the different decoration arrangements that were done.  One of those was a large tree (made of some kind of material) that went up the big columns on the front of the White House. 
What a great honor to be invited to the White House.  Congratulations ! Thanks for sharing your experience.   
Jenny's Flower Shop decorates the White House 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary Club has been honoured to have Kay Foust as a member since 1989, just shortly after the Council of Legislation of Rotary International changed the RI Constitution to allow women into Rotary as members!!  Kay has been Past President of our Club, and has been a Board member for many years.  She has been active in the church, the community and had been involved in helping people through her many talents over the years.  Kay is retiring and moving to Rapid City where we are sure she will be involved in helping people in some way.  Thank you so much for always being there Kay.  Custer will miss you. 
Kay Foust Second Female Custer Rotarian Honored 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary Club was pleased to have Marguerite Cullum, Librarian/Historian and Laurie Becvar, COO/Pres of Crazy Horse Memorial to inform, and update us on what's happening at the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Marguerite, explained that the private library at Crazy Horse Memorial (which is not open to the public) is used as a research library on native American culture and history.  Students at the Indian University of North America have access to the library.  It is also being updated to an automated system.
Laurie shared her many responsibilities at Crazy Horse Memorial. She explained that the Foundation supports 32 students during the summer months to enable Native Americans to earn up to 12 credits, and assists in getting into and staying in college to completion.
She stated that 71% of those who have attended go on to earn a degree.
Currently, from 19 Dec to 4 Jan, Crazy Horse Memorial will have extended hours for their museum (which has over 11,000 artifacts, art, and rich with culture and history) and restaurant, along with an exciting light show. 
Thanks Marguerite and Laurie for some great information.
Crazy Horse Memorial 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

Everyone had a great time at the Custer Rotary Gift exchange at our regular meeting on 8 Dec. Roy Roadifer came in his special Christmas attire, complete with red bow tie!! 
Christmas Gift Exchange 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
A special THANKS to Don Kraus, Tom Nelson, and John Carson for getting the Rotary Float ready, and putting it in the Parade!!  Thanks guys, and Karen Kraus too!!!    Photo's courtesy of Dick Brown.
Christmas Parade Float 2014-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2014
Mark Naugle Custer School Superintendent, and former Basketball Referee, explained some of the rules and regulations of Basketball.  He shared some of the good, the bad, and the ugly (relating to dribbling )  of basketball.  When asked about the fans and their reactions to some of the calls, he stated, "He doesn't listen to them". He stated he loved refereeing, and it was a great hobby for him.  Mark is now a Referee Evaluator, giving newer referees insight.  Thanks Mark for an interesting program.
Basketball rules and regs from a referee 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
The Nature Conservancy and The Whitney Preserve 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 10, 2014
 
Steve Baldwin, head of Custer County Search and Rescue, gave the Custer Rotary Club a review of the history of the Custer County Search and Rescue Dept.  The review included information regarding how many (regular members, and reserves) that assist, what they do, and the training involved. He shared how new technology has drastically improved the response, and how smart phones can assist in locating people, along with how it helps those potentially lost to help themselves.
The S&R receives $4,000 a year from the county but they take $2000 back for insurance.  They get approximately $8,000 from Custer State Park for the work they do in the Park. 
There is a 501 3c formed to create an avenue for those wishing to provide funds and be able to deduct it. It's the Friends of Custer County Search and Rescue.  It provides funds for training and equipment needed. 
There will be a poker run on Labor Day weekend as a fund raiser, there will also be a feed on 15th of November as a fund raiser. In addition the Custer Rotary Club donated $500 toward a fund for a UTV for the Rescue.  The UTV fund has received a grant from First Interstate Community Fund for $10,000 of which $5000 of that will need to be matched, so far there is only $1500 left to be matched. With the Rotary donation, it will leave only $1000 left to be matched to receive the second $5000 from the First Interstate Community Fund. 
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The Custer Rotary Club would like to extend a warm welcome to our three newest members, Mark Naugle, Karen Kraus, and Curtis Tyler. Welcome!  We look forward to getting to know you better. 
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