Custer Rotary Club 

In the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

Program Committees
July= Jim Meyer, Fred HLava, Greg Giese
August=  Frank Urrutia
September=  John Carson, Charley Najacht,     
October=  Kathy Scheibe, Rob McWhorter
November=    Mark Naugle,  Monica McGowen, 
December= Karen Kraus , Marguarite Cullum, Michelle Fischer 
January=  Dan Hutt,, Kevin Larson
February=  Becky Hove, Dick Brown, Don Kraus    
March=   Patrick Argabright, Jason Ferguson 
April = Rex Jorgensen, Bonnie Ramer, 
May =  Mike Chase, Nathan Wiederholt,  Michelle Fischer   
June=   BJ Shipp , Curtis Tyler,  Verl Scheibe    
President Elect
Past President
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Custer Rotary Club


We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Custer Senior Citizen's Center
538 Mt Rushmore Rd
Custer, SD 57730
United States of America
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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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Custer President Rob McWhorter presents $500 to HOSA Adviser, while Sidney and Brandon, HOSA finalists look on.  
Sidney Garcia was also a Custer Rotary Senior Scholarship winner.
The Custer Rotary Club has lost a great friend and member.  Don Kraus has been a member since December of 1989, for the last 35 years.
He is a past president, and board member of the Club.  Don took a special interest in assisting in the projects of the club, and was always there when it came time to assist the Custer Storehouse with their monthly food pick up!  His smiley face will be truly missed by our Club, our community, and our District.  
Don was one of the most familiar faces at activities!
Dan said, The poor family I visited yesterday gave me a goat. It rode back in our van and I gave it to Michelle. She gave t to the school. Not sure what we had for supper.
Greetings from Arusha, Tanzania. We are being treated very well at the School of St. Jude. We had a three course breakfast in the Rotary Kitchen. In an hour we go on a walking tour of the surrounding village. We’re seeing some of the good being done by Rotarians and others.
The Custer Rotary Board members each received a "Jersey" for participating as a board member!
A hearty Thank You to each of you for your Service Above Self  by serving as a board member! 
Kim Canete receives a $500 Donation for the Custer Storehouse, from Custer Rotary President, Rob McWhorter.  Thanks for all you do for the Storehouse Kim!!  
South Dakota Department of Transportation in Custer area engineer, Rich Zacher receives special plate of chocolate chip cookies in recognition of another great presentation to Rotary.

 Deann Arneson presented an interesting program on preplanning your funeral.  It was to die for!
Prized Rotary cup presented to Donna Talley, Executive Director of Women Escaping A Violent Environment, following her presentation.

Dr Ashok Kumar gave Custer Rotary an update on Rotary Internationals Polio Plus.  In assisting Rotary International to keep their pledge of $50 Million a year toward eradication of Polio, he asked for each member to contribute to the Polio Plus campaign.  
we passed the Polio Plus bowl and raised $271.00.  
Vice President Pat Argabright presenting a Rotary pen to our speaker Matt Fridell from Tallgrass Landscape Architecture speaking about the community's thoughts for the old grade school space. Custer School District Superintendent Mark Naugle spoke about up-coming plans for the school district.

$500.00 Rotary matching donation to Senior Meals was presented by Custer Rotary President, to Mary Ann Schmitz of the "Bingo Crowd" recently.  This will result in a $1000.00 total for seniors who need help with their meal costs. 
Rick and Sam ( and his lovely daughter) gave us a summary of history, and the growth of the Custer Search and Rescue unit.  This has evolved into a highly technical organization with the most up to date equipment, and abilities. There are 40 some members, of highly trained individuals that have done a spectacular job.  Thanks so much!!  
Custer Rotary donated $500 to Search and Rescue.  

President of Custer's Youth & Alumni Foundation Lea Ann McWhorter, spoke to the membership about the good work they do for scholarships for our graduating students and for special classroom needs for the teachers in our school district.
Steve Hone Retired Master Chief from US Navy gave a very interesting program of live on the aircraft carrier deck.  He was a "Green Shirt" involved with operating  and maintaining all aircraft launch and recovery equipment and performed all support equipment and aircraft-related maintenance. Thanks for your service Steve!  
Retired Lt. Col. John Heaton shared with the Custer Rotary Club, some of his activities and duties while active. In addition, he shared some of the contracting he has been doing with drones.  I'm sure there is much more that he can't tell, but he kept everyone very interested.  Thanks for your service and contribution John!
Roy Roadifer
We Honor Past President Rotarian, Roy Roadifer, he passed away on 8 Dec, 2020. We remember Roy, as a loyal Rotarian, a knowledgeable geologist, always explaining things about the Black Hills, and a wonderful Humanitarian. He was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Roy had been an active member for over 26 years and had over 19 years of perfect attendance. He had served in Okinawa during WW2. 
To his wife Ramona, and family, our condolences. 
Jill Kettle
We Honor Past President Rotarian, Jill Kettle, who passed away unexpectedly on November 16th.  Jill's constant smile and can do attitude was always there as she got things done!  She was a hard working Rotarian that lead by example! Jill was an active member of Custer Rotary since 2014. Her leadership at the Custer Senior Center kept it vibrant, and alive. Jill was very active in several local service organizations.  She was always giving of herself to help others, a Paul Harris Fellow and True Rotarian. Our Sympathies to Ron and her family, and the dogs she loved.   
Sue Brown
We Honor Past Custer Rotarian Board member, Sue Brown. Sue passed away May 10th.  She will be remembered for her wonderful smile, and the many who were touched by her generosity, and kindness.  
She served on the Boards of many nonprofit organizations in the fields of education, housing, and women’s issues including the Sioux Falls Housing and Redevelopment Commission, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, YWCA, Habitat for Humanity, United Way and Volunteers of America.  She also served on the Boards of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Rotary.  She served two terms on the Sioux Falls School Board, worked as a financial services representative for her husband’s business and became President/CEO the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation in 1995.  She retired from that position in 2006.  Both the School Board and Community Foundation were works that matched Sue’s passions, and she considered these opportunities two of the turning points in her life.
Photographer reflects on 18 years of chasing polio

Exhibit documents the scope of polio eradication efforts worldwide

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