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, Jill Kettle   
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=  Steve Engelbrecht,, Patti Hauschildt 
April = Rex Jorgensen, Bonnie Ramer, 
May =  Mike Chase, Nathan Wiederholt   
June=   Dick Brown,  Tom Nelson      
President Elect
Community Service
Past President
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!

Custer Rotary Club


We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Custer Senior Ctr.
538 Mount Rushmore Road
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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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. 
A great presentation by Nancy Falkenburg Brown on the Healing Gardens at Custer Regional Hospital on  April 29.  Thanks for spearheading that fundraiser to make that happen!  
8 of the Custer High School Sophomore will be going to Washington DC this spring.  They presented the program, and explained the many areas and sights they will be going to in DC.  It sounds like quite an educational trip!   Good luck and safe travels.  
Mark Naugle, Custer Rotary President Elect, presenting Gary Enright, Director of the Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum, a donation from the Custer Rotary Club for $200.00.  Gary gave the Custer Rotary Club an update on the Custer County 1881 Courthouse Museum.  
Roy Roadifer is being presented a plaque for Rotarian of the Year for 2019 by Custer Rotary President Jill Kettle.  Roy's support, and presents is being honored this year by being selected Rotarian of the Year.  Roy has over 20 years of perfect attendance.  Congratulations Roy! 
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Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.  Willie Nelson


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 

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