Custer Rotary Club 

In the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

Program Committees
July=, BJ Shipp , Curtis Tyler     
August=  Dick Nolte, John Twiss, Verl Scheibe      
September=  John Carson, Charley Najacht,     
October=  Kathy Scheibe, Rob McWhorter
November=  Don Kraus, Mark Naugle   
December= Eve Trandem, Karen Kraus , Terri Cornelison 
January=  Dan Hutt, Lynn Kolund, Gaylon Baker
February=  Micheal Brennan, Becky Hove, Jim Meyer    
March=  Patti Hauschildt  Patrick Argabright 
April = Rex Jorgensen, Bonnie Ramer, 
May =  Mike Chase, Nathan Wiederholt   
June=   Dick Brown,  Tom Nelson      
President Elect
Membership Chair
Community Service
Past President
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Custer Rotary Club


We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
(Temp) Crazy Horse Memorial
Mt View Room
12151 Avenue of the Cheifs
Custer, SD 57730-8900
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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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.  
Custer Rotary President Marguarite presenting Custer YMCA Director (and Rotarian) Rex Jorgensen a $500.00 donation.

Long time Custer Rotarian Roy Roadifer is awarded the Honorary Membership of Rotary International. Roy has been a past President, board member and active member of the Custer Rotary Club for 27 years. He had had over 20 years of perfect attendance at meetings.  His contributions to the club community and beyond, exemplify his service above self!  Thank you Roy or your dedication to Rotary! 
The 3rd Grade students in the Custer and Hermosa Schools received their dictionaries from Custer Rotary President and Custer School District Superintendent Mark Naugle, along with Rotarians Tom Nelson, Kathy Scheibe and Verl Scheibe.  
T shirts for the Custer Wildcats, provided by Custer Rotary.
Custer Rotary Club helps provide nourishment to the runners of the Crazy Horse Marathon. Thanks Nathan, Mark Becky, Verl, Tom, Terri, and Kathy! 
It was also good to see Veronica Schmidt, our former member, and club president come up from Nebraska to run in the Crazy Horse Memorial Marathon! 
Congratulations Dick, 
Thank you everyone for the kind and generous
remarks regarding the 2019 induction into the
SD Hall of Fame.  Such an honor to join 2008
Honoree—loving partner, wife Sue.
Rotarians:  Reuben Baries and Dick Brown
Dick Brown-2019 Inductee to the South Dakota Hall of Fame
Banquet Speech, Chamberlain, South Dakota--September 14, 2019
This Hall of Fame honor affirms a historic family legacy, forged by generations with shared values of making a difference-- by the lives we live and in the lives of others-- through philanthropy, stewardship of our natural resources, and “service above self” through public leadership.  
I am a 5th generation descendant of South Dakota homesteading Browns, Berdahls, McCaffertys and Brileys-- all committed to making a difference in the communities of this state.
I recall the historic South Dakota tales of my Norwegian and Irish Great Grandfathers: -John Brun Brown and Erick Johannesen Berdahl-born in Norway, homesteading in 1873 Minnehaha County.
Erick’s diary a source of immigrant life recorded in relative Ole Rolvaag’s epic novel “Giants in the Earth”.   Erick was elected to the SD state legislature in 1892, 
My Irish Great Grandfather--Captain William L Briley, 2nd Regiment, Cavalry, Minnesota Volunteers stationed at Fort Sisseton, SD 1862-1866.  Great Grandfather Van McCafferty homesteaded Edmunds County in 1886 was elected Sheriff.
These positive generational histories of service and public commitment were carried on by:  MY PARENTS: Ellsworth and Catherine Briley Brown.   BY MY SIBLINGS:  Brother Allen and his wife Gloria, Sister Gail represented by her son Steve Munk, Brother Donald represented by his son Dan and wife Becky and Sister Janet (My marvelous NOMINATOR)and her daughter Miranda.
By MY IMMEDIATE FAMILY:     WIFE SUE—my partner of 52 years sharing this wonderful adventure.  OUR CHILDREN:   Son--Matthew and wife Dr. Joy Falkenburg, children Nancy, Ryken and Lincoln.  Daughter Terra and husband David, children David and Catherine,  Daughter Jennifer and husband Mark, children Ryan and Madeline  The adults and the oldest grandchildren have all taken up the mantle of community service, philanthropy and conservation.
BY nurturing Uncles and Aunts, MY cousins whom I love as brothers and sisters: Kelly and Charles Brown–wives Lois and Paula.
My life has been and continues to be blessed with caring and impactful mentors and friends. 
Dr. Bill Farber--political science-professor emeritus, University of South Dakota was the most impactful--   an Icon of South Dakota political life and public service, a lifelong friend, mentor and matchmaker.        
“Doc” urged us to “Think of the Possibilities”!!!“ To make a difference, To serve well:   One needs the background to know---the vision to see---and the will to do”.
Doc lived his belief that “Public service is the noblest of professions.”
Standing together on the hallowed floor of the SD House of Representatives with my cherished family mentor—Representative and Uncle---Arne Brown of Brookings,   we would be reminded that: “we had a role much greater than ourselves”.
“Thinking of the possibilities” is to embrace the best of philanthropy, the preservation and conservation of our natural resources and public leadership,---LEADERSHIP anchored in   civility of public discourse, respect for diversity, the sanctity of truth,   integrity,  dignity,  inclusiveness,  tolerance and  the courage to:  “give up what you have--for what you can become!!
What will be your role--in making a difference in the lives of others?
“Think of the Possibilities”  “Think of the Possibilities
Custer Rotarian Roy Roadifer ( Custer Rotary’s Rotarian of the Year) is honored in the 4 th of July Parade in Custer.  
Rotarian Mike Chase presents a check for $300.00 to the HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) group.  They shared their experiences about the trip they went on to learn more about health fields that are available to pursue.  
Kadense Dooley, Mindy Dooley (advisor) and Mr. Baker.  
Kathryn Bradeen is this year’s Custer$1000 Scholarship Winner.  Custer Rotarian Kathy Scheibe presenting Kathryn her Scholarship Certificate.  Kathryn will be attending South Dakota State University this fall. Congratulations Kathryn! 
Monica Whiting being presented with a $500 donation for the Senior Meals by Custer Rotary President Jill Kettle. 
Sandy Arsenault presented to the Custer Rotary Club, what their membership does in providing scholarships, to deserving young students, and grants to teachers to enhance their projects in the classroom.  Crazy Horse Museum Curator/Director of Cultural Affairs,  Andrew Dunehoo, spoke about events and the University at Crazy Horse.  
New Member Gaylon Baker being presented with New Member Plaque of 4 Way Test, by District Gov. David Lorenz.
Doris Ann Mertz updated the Custer Rotary Club on happenings at the Custer Library.  Rotarian Marguerite Cullum presenting a $500.00 donation to the Custer Library.
Verl Scheibe presents to Mark Simonsma from Hope Haven a donation of $1000 from the Custer Rotary Club to go toward wheelchair distributions that they do.   Verl went on the last Hope Haven Wheelchair Distribution to Vietnam in March, and gave a presentation of that trip at the regular Rotary Club meeting. 
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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