Custer Rotary Club 

In the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

Program Committees
July= , Monica McGowen, Jim Meyer, Fred HLava, Greg Geise
August=  John Twiss, Patti Hauschildt, Frank Urrutia
September=  John Carson, Charley Najacht,     
October=  Kathy Scheibe, Rob McWhorter
November=  Kim Horkey,  Mark Naugle   
December= , Karen Kraus , Marguarite Cullum, Michelle Fischer 
January=  Dan Hutt,, Kevin Larson
February=  Becky Hove, Dick Brown, Don Kraus    
March=  Roxanne Horkey,  Patrick Argabright 
April = Rex Jorgensen, Bonnie Ramer, 
May =  Mike Chase, Nathan Wiederholt,  Michelle Fischer   
June=   BJ Shipp , Curtis Tyler,  Verl Scheibe    
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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Cory Virtue shared with the Custer Rotary Club, The Christmas for Kids program.  They raise funds for kids in the community for Christmas presents.  They average over 100 kids per year.  Custer Rotary is donating $500.00 to the program.  Thanks for what you do Cory!
Our own RexJorgensen, Director of Custer YMCA,  receives a $500. Donation from Custer Rotary President John Carson.  He then gave the club an update on the Y. Last year they set a record for total membership.  With a new bus for the Y, and the many programs, the Y has been busy. This last year there were about 35 employees, with lots of volunteer help.  The Y and Custer school district collaborated on different programs.  Thanks Rex for a successful Y!
Newly elected District 30 Representative Dennis Krull, updated Custer Rotary Club on his goals!  We look forward to your leadership as you represent us in Pierre!  Thanks for taking time to update the Club.  
CEO of Crazy Horse Memorial, Whitney Rencountre, accepting a $500 gift donation to The Indian University of North America from Rotary Board Member, Marguerite Cullum.
Barb Hespin Marketing Director of Monument Hospital at Custer gave the club an overview of the Custer Hospital.  She pointed out many of the challenges due to Covid 19 and how many health care givers have had burn out.  
She shared some of the avenues that are being pursued to improve.  
Thanks Barb for the insights.  
Recently appointed CEO of Crazy Horse Memorial, Whitney Rencountre II,  gave the Custer club an update on what’s happening at Crazy Horse Memorial.  There are approximately, 65-70 employees, and during tourist season, as many as 125-130 employees.  
Whitney Rencountre II, is Crow Creek Hunkpati Dakota from the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and is the CEO of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. Whitney previously served as Associate Director and Instructor at The Indian University of North America.
Sheriff Marty updated the club on many of the activities that have kept the sheriff’s office busy. Some of the programs that they run, such as the ankle bracelet that they use to monitor those that need drug testing, and breathalyzer tests, rather than incarceration.  That save the county thousands of dollars.  We appreciate all you and the department does for the city and county. Many thanks!
The second picture is Custer Club President John presenting Sheriff Marty a token of appreciation that he can use for writing up new tickets.  
Thanks to the crew who showed up for the road cleanup.   Pictured above, are From L to R - Frank Urrutia, Greg Giese, Nathan, his two daughters and Rob McWhorter.  Not shown: Fred Hlava, Marguerite Cullum, Mike Chase, and John Carson.
District 5610 Governor John Schneider visited the Custer Rotary Club. He presented the club with his program, outlining some of the goals for this coming year.  He also reviewed with the club, Rotary Internationals vision. Rotary International's President this year is Jennifer Jones from Canada, the first RI female President.  
DG John, presented Custer Rotary President John Carson with this years banner, and a memento of a Rotary handbag. 
Thanks John for taking the time to visit our club and give us your insight.   
We also had Lydia Austin from Custer State Park give us an update on the upcoming Buffalo Roundup.  
Wanda Wheeler from the Custer County Couthouse Museum provided an interesting program with games of artifacts from the museum. She gave us some great information about the history and some stories about the courthouse.  Thanks for a good programWanda.  
Custer Rotary President John Carson presented Wanda with a contribution of $500 for the Museum.  
New member Fred Hlava presented to the club his history, and a lot of his past experiences in his many different positions.  You have led an interesting life Fred!  Thanks for letting us get to know you better.  
President John Carson presented with President's Gavel for this past year as Custer Rotary President, presented by past President Marguerite Cullum.  Thanks John for a tough Covid year!  
Mark Papousek Development Officer for Monument Health Foundation, spoke about the Foundation's structure and various upcoming events we could participate in.
Brian Nelson receiving a $500 check for the Custer Scout Troop 25.  The Club got an update on what the Troop activities have been.  Also explained to those of us that have not been in the Scouts, some of the ways they achieve badges.  
Congratulations Fred HLava for being the newest Custer Rotary Member!!!!  4 Way Plaque presented by John Carson, Custer Rotary President.  
Don Barnett, Mayor of Rapid City 1971-1975, who wrote the book , "Thorns and Roses, Rapid City 1971-1975" presented his perspective on his time as mayor during the Rapid City Flood, and racial issues.  Most interesting and educational.  Thanks for the great job of leading a city to recovery during trying times!!!  
Joshua Rudnik, Ph.D. Direcror The Indian University of North America gave an interesting program on the educational work being done at Crazy Horse. 
Dr. Joshua Rudnik joined The Indian University of North America as a teaching assistant in summer 2015 and has served university students in a variety of roles, including instructor, Success Coach, residential advisor, and most recently as the Manager of Student Success. In his current capacity as Director of the university, he leads curriculum development by identifying innovated means to best serve Native American students, as well as teaches courses in English and American Indian Studies. 
The pictured is Mke Chase, winner of one of the wheelbarrows of wine!!  Mike kept some of the refreshments, then had the item auctioned off, as did Jen Randulavich, winner of the other wheelbarrow of wine!!!   Then the winner of the wagon of beer, Karen Kraus, wanted to keep the wagon, so she had all the beer auctioned off !!!!   
It was a successful evening, lots of good appetizers from Crazy Horse Laughing Water Restaurant, along with a of fun! 
Custer Rotary Club thanks all the participation by all the businesses that support Custer Rotary, and all those who came to the event to have fun!! 
 Thanks to all the Club members who helped to prepare, and assist, and contributed to a successful fund raiser.  
Phil Abernathy from Dakotah Bank gave the club an interesting update on the Economic Development of Custer.  One of the items on their list is to get more housing in the Custer area.  He explained that the Economic Development has a 5013c foundation that can be taken advantage of for assisting in projects that could be used to better the community.  
Thanks Phil for a great program.  
Assistant District Commander Lieutenant Angel Duran, from the SD Highway Patrol gave an interesting presentation to the club on what the Highway Patrol is doing in and around the Black Hills.  He gave us a background of himself, starting his life in Mexico, to being a Lieutenant State Trooper in the SD Highway Patrol, to all the training, and activities involved in their departments.   
Custer Rotary Club's newest members, Monica McGowan and Michelle Fischer were presented 4-Way Test plaques from President John Carson, welcome to Rotary International ladies!
Jim Meyer gave us a financial review/ history of our time.  Seems things are always going up and down.....or down and up, but always looking for the up! . 
He now has his own investment business called Freedom Hills through Raymond James. Congratulations on the new venture Jim!  
Rich Zacher presented an update on highway road projects using different materials. He also gave an update on the work being done on the Keystone Way Bridge.  
Holli Mitchell from Thrivent
Dec 12, 2022
Regarding of the matching funds available
Club Christmas Party
Dec 19, 2022
Christmas party at the Sr. Center with a gift exchange
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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