Custer Rotary Club 

In the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

Program Committees
July=, BJ Shipp , Curtis Tyler , Monica McGowen, 
August=  John Twiss, Verl Scheibe      
September=  John Carson, Charley Najacht,     
October=  Kathy Scheibe, Rob McWhorter
November=  Don Kraus, Mark Naugle   
December= Eve Trandem, Karen Kraus ,  
January=  Dan Hutt,  Gaylon Baker, Kevin Larson
February=  Joel Jackson Becky Hove, Jim Meyer    
March=  Patti Hauschildt  Patrick Argabright 
April = Rex Jorgensen, Bonnie Ramer, 
May =  Mike Chase, Nathan Wiederholt   
June=   Dick Brown,        
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Club Service
Club Service
Past President
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Custer Rotary Club


We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Crazy Horse Memorial Laughing Water Restaurant
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Custer, SD 57730-8900
United States of America
Crazy Horse Memorial Laughing Water Restaurant 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs Custer
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We had a great program with updates from Kim and Marge in regards to what is happening at the Storehouse in Custer.  The number of meals, and working in assisting Feeding South Dakota has resulted in increased meals for those in need.  It was stressed that donations to the Storehouse that folks drop by that are basically junk, that people should think of if their mother in law has no need for it, that it should be discarded to waste, rather than dump it off at the Storehouse, where volunteers, then have to discard those items.  People are urged to use common sense, and don't bring junk in that can not be utilized.  
Marge commented on the increase of assistance they are providing at Buffalo Gap, which is dear to her heart, since that's where her mother's grandparents homesteaded many years ago.  Kim and Marge thanked all those volunteers that have assisted with the loading and unloading of food to the Storehouse, including those from Custer Rotary that have made a big difference.  Thanks Marge and Kim for what you do to make this a better community to live in. 
We welcomed Stacey, and Mark from Rushmore Rotary Club, representing the District Raffle Committee, and challenged the club to buy one more book to help with the Foundation through the District Raffle.   Stacey, (works for Hope Haven), also updated the club on what's going on in regards to plans for wheelchair distributions, and participation with Rotary Clubs, and what Clubs can do to assist Hope Haven in their mission to provide wheelchairs for those without mobility.  Also updated us on the working with Rotary to supply wheelchairs to the Rosebud Indian Reservation.  
Thanks Stacey and Mark,  
Past President of the Custer Rotary Club Mark Naugle receives a Paul Harris Fellowship, given in honor of his year as President of the club.  The Paul Harris Fellowship represents $1000 given to The Rotary Foundation. Congratulations Mark, and thanks for your year of service. 
District Governor Doug Lind presents this years banner and theme to Custer Rotary President John Carson.  DG Lind gave a presentation sharing this years goals.  Assistant Gov. Jean Kline was also present for our meeting. 
Past President Marguerite is being presented with the Past President Gavel Plaque and a Paul Harris Fellowship!  Thanks for doing a great job over a difficult and trying year!  
Custer Rotary member, Dick Brown gave an update on the new Bison Center that is being constructed in Custer State Park.  The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust had awarded a $4 million grant to construct the Bison Center. The SDPWF (a 501(c)(3) non profit, independent support organization for the SD Dept. of Game, Fish and Parks, is seeking $1 million in private and public donations for the total project budget of $5 million.   Dick had a number of diagrams of the Center that showed the internal workings of the Center. It's expected completion by end of May 2022.  
The Center will educate visitors through dynamic interpretive displays and tell the origin story of the park's bison, herd management and the annual Buffalo Roundup and auction.  
Jennifer Rollins of the Rapid City Rushmore Club presented her research on Gov. Little's District Subcommittee to execute a Global Grant focused on ending Human Trafficking in our District.  We will certainly hear more from her as she gets the grant put together as "the next BIG project to join together and to conquer."
Custer Rotary Road Clean up Supervisor, Amelia Wiederholt, was proud of the group, after waiting for a hail storm to pass, the dedicated group proceeded to clean up 15 bags of garbage along Sylvan Lake Road!!  
Others participating, included: Dan Hutt, (Supervisor and future Rotarian, Amelia Wiederholt), Nathan Wiederholt, Verl Scheibe, Kathy Scheibe, Patti Hauschildt, Jake the dog, Marguerite Cullum , the photographer. Not present, but assisting the evening before, during good weather, was Mike Chase, and John Carson.  Thanks to all, great job!! 
Good turn out in spite of Covid! Our wine Extravaganza was a huge success!  Lots of door prizes, lots of good appetizers too. A big Thank You to Crazy Horse Memorial for the wonderful hospitality and appetizers! Thanks to all the contributions from supportive businesses too. It was a great success. A special thanks to Naked winery, Firehouse Winery, Crow Creek Brewery, Knuckle Brewery , and Sick and Twisted for their wonderful contributions too.  Thanks to all who turned out to participate in our fund raiser! 
some of the working crew, apologies for those that missed the picture.  
Some of the winners of the whine and beer. 


​​​​​​Here's the Queen of Hearts winner, Pat Engebright and his check for $450 that he gave back to our general fund.  He was just thrilled to be named a "winner" - He is a winner in our book!   Thanks for your wonderful contribution!! 
Today's speaker, Richard Kaan gave a fantastic history account of some of the cattle drives, from Texas up north to the rail heads.  The numbers of cattle were staggering!!  Most of the cattle owners were syndicates of sorts.  There were thousands of cattle that were brought up to the miners in the Black Hills, many coming through Custer County near Hermosa.  Wish I'd taken notes, it was very interesting.  He talked about the cowboys (the name cowboy, came about because of the first cow handlers were youngsters, right after the civil war, so people started calling them "cowboys", and the name stuck) the equipment, and how they herded them going north. 
Everyone knows, our Queen of Hearts drawing at the Custer Rotary Club helps raise money.....  Well, there is now $710 in the pot, winner of course gets half of that!!   But, there are now only 3 cards left to draw from........   2 jokers (if drawn you forfeit) and if you draw the queen..... well, I'm your friend!!  
Unfortunately  today, Terri drew the last of the regular cards , the 4 of clubs......  so, next meeting 22 March, someone will have a  33.33% chance to win over $350.00!!!!!!   
Dr Lisa Brown from Monument Health Hospital here in Custer, gave the club an update on Covid 19.  She explained the workings of the virus and the vaccines that help prevent the spread.  Thanks Dr Lisa, it was very interesting, we're looking forward to the reduction of the spread!!!  
In addition, Toby Cass the Custer HS Principle, gave an update on what's happening at the Custer High School. They have an incentive program for positive action.  Custer Rotary Club President, Marguerite Cullum presenting Toby with $250 to go toward the Positive Action program at the High School.  

Progress on the Dog Park Shelter will proceed following the cold snap.  Work being done by Joey Steed, thanks Joey!
Update, as of Tue, 9 Feb. it looks like it may get completed by end of day, or tomorrow.  
More pictures, ..... and Finished!!!!   Thanks again Joey !

Two new members receive 4Way Test Plaques from the District.  
Patrick Argabright 
Rob McWhorter                                                                                         
 From the Archives of Crazy Horse Memorial.  Some of the contribution of the Custer Rotary Club to help Sculpture Zoilkowski.
The 3 interesting speakers today from the Indian University of North America® at Crazy Horse Memorial were:
Josua Rudnik – Director of Programs
Whitney Rencountre – Enrollment Management
Nate Watahomigie – Manager of Residence Life
Custer Rotary members were updated on what is happening at the Indian University of North America.  Director of Programs Josua Rudnik accepts a donation of $500 from Custer Rotary Club. 
The dog shelter is progressing. Cement has been poured, next comes the  construction. Brent Nelson from the Boyscout Camp to ramrod the project, Steve Pischke has offered out help also.  Thanks to Kevin Jenniges  for a great job on the concrete.   
The drive for wheelchairs for Hope Haven is going on!  Folks can drop off wheelchairs at any Karl's Stores.  The one in Rapid City would prefer to have them dropped of on Tuesday since their truck goes to Sioux Falls on Wednesday.  
Recently, Randall Meyers of Hot Springs Rotary Club received from the State VA Hospital 7 wheelchairs and many walkers. These were picked up by the Custer Rotary Club and delivered to Karl's in Rapid City. Karl's will deliver them to the Hope Haven reconditioning plan at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls where they will be made like new for use for  those who are unable to be mobile. Thanks all for helping Hope Haven.
Lisa Bausell from the Custer Arts Council gave us an interesting presentation regarding the Custer Arts Council.  What they do, who they are, and the many different areas of art they are involved with, such as the Burning Beetle, and working with younger aged prospective artists.  Thanks Lisa. 
Seven Custer Rotarians helped to do some clean up on Sylvan Lake Road.   Thanks to John Carson, Mike Chase, Kathy and Verl Scheibe, Marguerite Cullum, Dan Hutt, and John Twiss (not pictured, sorry John,)  
Frank Garcia presented an interesting, and educational orientation of the new museum in Hot Springs.  
This is according to KOTA TV in Rapid City: 

"A museum that will make your jaw drop-- with some of the largest jaws in the world-- is opening in Hot Springs on Saturday.

"I want to tell everyone, you know, this town is known for mammoth but there's a new elephant in town," Frank Garcia, the co-owner of World Fossil Finder Museum says. And the new elephant Frank is referring to is actually the greatest female mastodon discovered in the world.

"We've got the biggest tylosaurus that I found in Edgemont six years ago on Halloween, and that turns out to be the longest, biggest, best tylosaurus, swimming reptile, ever found." And Frank is paying tribute to his wife with this finding...with a little bit of humor. "I named it after her, Debby Sue, and when you see the mouth and the teeth and all that, that's what she looks like when she gets up early in the morning."

Frank is actually a well-known fossil finder and used to work for the Smithsonian Museums, and he has discovered a world-class site decades ago. "The world's richest, earliest, ice age site, which I discovered in 1983 in Tampa Bay Florida."

Frank says this building is a gift from his daughter, and realizes that this weekend is Father's Day, and with the museum finally opens on Saturday, which, in a way, shows the loving support from his family. "On June the 20th is our grand opening, free fossils for children." Also a navy veteran, he offers free admissions for veterans on Wednesdays. Frank wants to invite people to witness some of the world's best fossils in this unique museum in Hot Springs."

Custer Rotary Club donated dictionaries to the 3rd grade classes at Custer, and Hermosa and to homeschooled. Superintendent and Rotarian Mark Naugle, Rotarians Karen Kraus, and Mike Chase handed the dictionaries out.  
Mike Chase from the Custer Rotary Club, gave the city of Custer 18,000 dog waste bags for the three waste stations we gave to the city a few years ago. Brian Raber from the City received the Doggie Do Do bags.....  
District 5610 Governor Dan Little gave the Custer Rotarians insight into what is happening in the District and in Rotary International. 
He shared how the District receives donated dollars back from Rotary International, what the District is doing in regards to grants.  
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.
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