Custer Rotary Club 

In the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

Winner of the Custer donation to Disrict Raffle 2020-08-07 06:00:00Z 0

Roy Roadifer Honored

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! 
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Dictionaries to 3rd Grade in Custer and Hermosa  Schools 

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.  
Dictionaries to 3rd Grade in Custer and Hermosa Schools 2019-11-20 07:00:00Z 0

T shirts 

T shirts for the Custer Wildcats, provided by Custer Rotary.
T shirts 2019-11-18 07:00:00Z 0

Crazy Horse Marathon 

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! 
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Ukulele Group entertains 2019-10-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians honored 

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
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Custer Rotary Scholarship winner

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! 
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HOSA Presentation

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.  
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Custer Rotarian in the Parade

Custer Rotarian Roy Roadifer ( Custer Rotary’s Rotarian of the Year) is honored in the 4 th of July Parade in Custer.  
Custer Rotarian in the Parade  2019-07-10 06:00:00Z 0

Custer Youth and Alumni Foundation

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.  
Custer Youth and Alumni Foundation 2019-07-02 06:00:00Z 0

Senior Meals Donation 

Monica Whiting being presented with a $500 donation for the Senior Meals by Custer Rotary President Jill Kettle. 
Senior Meals Donation 2019-07-02 06:00:00Z 0

Presentation to New Member

New Member Gaylon Baker being presented with New Member Plaque of 4 Way Test, by District Gov. David Lorenz.
Presentation to New Member 2019-07-02 06:00:00Z 0

Custer Library update 

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.
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Big Game Wildlife Biologist in the Black Hills 2019-06-10 06:00:00Z 0

Hope Haven Info

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. 
Hope Haven Info 2019-06-04 06:00:00Z 0

A great presentation 

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!  
A great presentation 2019-04-29 06:00:00Z 0

High School Class goes to Washington

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.  
High School Class goes to Washington 2019-04-01 06:00:00Z 0

Gary Enright from Custer Co Courthouse Museum

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.  
Gary Enright from Custer Co Courthouse Museum 2019-02-04 07:00:00Z 0
Thought for the Month 2019-01-08 07:00:00Z 0

Thoughtful Quote

Posted on Jan 08, 2019
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 

Thoughtful Quote 2019-01-08 07:00:00Z 0

Roy Roadifer Rotarian of the Year 2019

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! 
Roy Roadifer Rotarian of the Year 2019 2019-01-08 07:00:00Z 0

Ann Hamilton's legacy 

Founder of the Christmas for Kids annual celebration, Ann Hamilton receiving a $200 donation.  She presented to the Custer Rotary Club information regarding how she and her late husband started, the annual celebration, and continued to grow it each year.  Last year there were over 200 children that received gifts presented to them at a program at the Custer High School.  Children 0-10 age range receive three gifts, one valued at $50 , one valued at $25, and one valued at $15.   
Thanks Ann for a good program, and making Christmas wonderful for so many!  
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Newest PHF 

Kathy Scheibe presented with her 5th Paul Harris Fellowship by Custer Rotary President Jill Kettle.  
Newest PHF 2018-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

Wheelchair delivery

Thanks to Hot Springs and Custer Rotary Clubs, a cartrailer loaded with used wheelchairs and walkers  were taken to Karl’s in Rapid City, where they will be loaded into one on their trucks and hauled down to Sioux Falls penitentiary where they will be reconditioned.  From there Hope Haven International will get them redistributed to those who have not had mobility.  Thanks to all who helped and contributed. 
Wheelchair delivery 2018-10-27 06:00:00Z 0

District Gov. Dave Lorenz Visit 

District Governor Dave Lorenz presented our program , on the benefits of being Kind, and Being the Inspiration 
District Governor Dave Lorenz and his wife Jeaniete 
District Gov. Dave Lorenz Visit 2018-10-08 06:00:00Z 0

Dictionaries for the Custer School 3rd graders

Rotary District Governor Dave Lorenz was on hand when Custer Rotary Club passed out dictionaries to the third grade class at Custer Elementary, Hermosa Elementary, and Home Schooled.  Thanks everyone! 
Dictionaries for the Custer School 3rd graders 2018-09-24 06:00:00Z 0

Senior Project by Nathan Youngblood 

Nathan Youngblood from the Custer High School, being presented a check for $300 by Custer Rotary President Jill Kettle, that will be used to purchase T-shirts for the 75 elementary students that have signed up to run each morning at the school.  Nathan took on as a senior project to encourage younger students to participate in an early morning run.  There are 75 students signed up, from kindergarten to 7th grade that run in the mornings.  ​​​​​​Runners with their T shirts that Custer Rotary donated. Mrs Kortemeyer with a happy runner! 
Senior Project by Nathan Youngblood 2018-09-10 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Joel Jackson 

Custer Rotary President Jill Kettle congratulates Joel Jackson on becoming the newest member of the Custer Rotary Club.  Joel is the Director of Ambulatory Services at the Custer Regional Hospital.  
Welcome New Member Joel Jackson 2018-09-10 06:00:00Z 0

Custer Rotary Float in Gold Rush Days 

Second photo courtesy of Jason Ferguson, Custer Chronicle. 
On hand at the Custer Gold Rush Days , is  Custer Rotary President Jill Kettle leading the float!  On the float passing out candy is Bryleigh Cornelison (Future Rotarian and grandaughter of Terri Cornelison). Assisting with handout, are Rotarians Kathy Scheibe, and Terrie Cornelison, Don Kraus and Karen Kraus.    
Custer Rotary Float in Gold Rush Days 2018-07-21 06:00:00Z 0

Indian University of North America 

 Jadwiga Ziolkowski from Crazy Horse Memorail accepts $500 donation from Custer Rotary Club for the Indian University of North America.  
Chief Henry Standing Bear was a strong, proud and progressive leader who believed that education was instrumental in preserving the culture and living heritage of the American Indian peoples. He was an eloquent writer and learned at an early age that he would be able to advance his ideals much more effectively using the mighty pen. This is evidenced in his invitation to sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in which Standing Bear communicated that he and his fellow chiefs wanted the world to know that "the Red Man has great heroes also." Once Korczak accepted Standing Bear's invitation he ensured education was an essential part of the mission at Crazy Horse Memorial. The dream that started with Standing Bear's desire was the genesis of what has become an incredible vision and story that remains in a state of becoming.

As with any great dream, Crazy Horse Memorial's education efforts started small. In 1978 the Crazy Horse Memorial scholarship program began with a single college  scholarship of $250. Korczak called it a "modest effort now toward the future, long-range educational goals of Crazy Horse." Today the cumulative total awarded to American Indian students attending colleges or universities in South Dakota exceeds $2 million. Eligible applicants must be: American Indian students who plan to attend, or are attending a South Dakota college, university, vocational-technical school or tribal college. Crazy Horse Memorial does not process scholarship applications and is not involved in the selection process. Funds are distributed to qualifying colleges, universities and technical institutions and recipients are selected by the institutions of higher education. Interested students should contact the financial aid office at their college.

The educational efforts of the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation were furthered in 2010 with the creation of the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® . The university summer program, offered in partnership with the University of South Dakota, serves to advance the educational goals of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation by offering accepted students a full semester of college and paid internships at the Memorial. Upon successful completion of the summer program; students will leave the instructional and residential facility at Crazy Horse with up to 12 transferable college credits. In the first six years of its history, 160 students and 26 tribes in 16 states have successfully completed the program. Of the students who have successfully completed the program and matriculated to a variety of colleges and universities around the country, 86% have been American Indian. Worth noting is that the national persistence rate for American Indians enrolled in college lingers around 15%, while annual tracking of the persistence of successful completions of the Summer Program in the first six years reveals an overall college persistence rate of 64% for all students and 59% in particular, for American Indian students. To date, several students who started their college studies at Crazy Horse have earned their college degrees.
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Custer Rotary Scholarship 

Custer High School Scholarship winner of the Custer Rotary Club, Congratulations Mya Schmidt!  Certificate being awarded by Rotarian, and Superintendent Mark Naugle. 
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Hope Haven Wheelchair Distribution 

Mark Siemonsma and Marilyn Korsten from Hope Haven International are presented with $1000 donation from the Custer Rotary Club. Hope Haven Intl. manufactures and distributes wheelchairs to people who are unable to afford them.  The Custer Rotary Club along with other clubs in the District contribute to matching grants through The Rotary International Foundation to provide the funds to distribute the wheelchairs. 
Mark gave the club an update on what's happening in Hope Haven's Wheelchair Program.  You can find additional information on their website :
Thanks Mark and Marilyn
Hope Haven Wheelchair Distribution 2018-05-21 06:00:00Z 0

Library Update 

Doris Ann Mertz gave the Custer Rotary Club an update on the many changes going on at the Custer County Library. They now have access to 12 Black Hills Libraries that we in Custer can receive books from. They also have a new website:  Give it a try!   
Custer Rotary President Bonnie presenting $500 to Doris Ann Mertz for the Custer County Library. 
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Pageant Hill Picnic Shelter 2018-05-08 06:00:00Z 0

Custer Search and Rescue update

Rick March, the Custer County Search and Rescue Coordinator, presented the Custer Rotary Club with an update on the C.C. Search and Rescue. 
One of the projects they are working on is getting a drone, that has infrared capabilities to assist in their searching for any lost persons.  
Custer Rotary Club President, Bonnie Ramer presents a $500 check to the Custer County Search and Rescue. 
Thanks to Rick and all the volunteers that respond and for all the assistance you provide the folks of Custer County, and surrounding area!  
Custer Search and Rescue update 2018-05-08 06:00:00Z 0

Storehouse Support 

The Custer Rotary Club provides assistance to the Custer Storehouse by helping transport food, and financial support. 
Rotary club president, Bonnie Ramer, presenting a $500 donation to the Custer Storehouse. Thank you ladies for speaking at our weekly club meeting and a special thanks for all you do for our community! 
Storehouse Support 2018-04-30 06:00:00Z 0

Wine Tasting and Raffle Event 

Linda and Norm Peterson of Rapid City won one of the wheelbarrows full of wine. (They look like they are gonna enjoy it!) Congratulations 
Some of the Custer Rotary members helping out at the Raffle.  It was an enjoyable time despite the wintry weather.  The proceeds of approximately $8000 raised will go toward the many projects the Custer Rotary does each year.  
Wine Tasting and Raffle Event 2018-04-08 06:00:00Z 0

Operation Black Hills Cabin 

Marty Mahrt from Operation Black Hills Cabin, gave the Custer Rotary Club some history on how Operation Black Hills Cabin got started, and what it's doing to help veterans with disabilities enjoy a vacation.  Disabled veterans that have spent a tour of duty in the Middle East can send in an application to experience a Black Hills Vacation, knowing that the people who support Operation Black Hills Cabin appreciate their service.  There have been 79 families in the 3 years that it has been going that have been able to enjoy the benefits provided by this great organization.  The Custer Rotary Club donated a check for $500  to Operation Black Hills Cabin.  
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get out of Jail Free card 

For all of the Custer Rotary Members that went to the tour of the jail on Monday 20 Nov. got a "Get out of Jail Free" card..... Just kidding!!  Looks like it was a good tour!  
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Picnic Shelter at Pageant Hill Completed 2017-11-21 07:00:00Z 0

Donation from Custer Hospitality Group 

Jill Kettle, President Elect of Custer Rotary Club, accepts a $1000 donation from the Custer Hospitality Group.  This donation will go toward the many community projects that Custer Rotary Club is involved in. Thank You to the Custer Hospitality Group.  
Donation from Custer Hospitality Group 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0

Polio Plus 

Jill Kettle, President Elect of the Custer Rotary Club accepts recognition for the Club for being the 2nd highest in the Polio Plus Campaign in District 5610.  
Polio Plus 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0

Congratulatins Kathy Scheibe

Congratulations Kathy, on her 4th Paul Harris Fellowship.  
The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals, in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.” This honor accompanies a donation of $1,000 or more, in the recipient’s name, to Rotary International’s “Annual Program Fund,” which supports Rotary’s world-wide programs. 
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Congratulations Dick and Sue Brown 2017-10-14 06:00:00Z 0

The Emmy!

Yes! This is a real EMMY!  John Twiss' daughter, Jill won the Emmy, she writes for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The show is an HBO production on Sunday evening. Congratulations Jill!   John was there to see it all happen too!  Of course Linda Anderson, Executive Director for Black Hills Playhouse was our speaker, and she wanted her picture with the real thing too!  Thanks Linda for updating us on another successful year at the Black Hills Playhouse.  we look forward to more of those wonderful plays!  What a great opportunity for young actors and actresses to gain great skills. 
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Third Grade Dictionaries 

Custer Rotarian and Custer Superintendent Mark Naugle with the third grade class at Custer Elementary School, and Hermosa third grade class, during the dictionary distribution to them.  Each year the Custer Rotary Club donates each pupil in the third grade (at Custer, Hermosa, and home schooled) their own dictionaries to keep and use.  
Third Grade Dictionaries 2017-09-18 06:00:00Z 0

Raven Football Support 

Ryan Tennyson Commissioner of Raven Football, received a $500 donation from Bonnie Ramer, President of Custer Rotary Club.  The Raven Football Program is not a school supported function.  It is for younger folks (like 1-5th grade) who like tackle football.  The equipment is top notch for safety, and parents are responsible to get the kids to and from games.  The donation is to assist in helping with expenses.  
Raven Football Support 2017-08-29 06:00:00Z 0

St Jude School in Tanzania

On the 14th of August we were honored to have Pat Sutliff, Darla Crown along with Janet, and Terri, all from the Rushmore Rotary Club of Rapid City, gave a super presentation about their travels to visit the St Jude School in Tanzania. 
The School of St Jude is a charity-funded school located in the city of Arusha, in the northern Arusha Region of Tanzania. It was started in 2002 by Gemma Sisia, a farm raised gal from Australia.  
The motto is Fighing Poverty through Education.  
The school was started 15 years ago with just a couple of students, there are now over 1800.  All the students are selected from families suffering from poverty.
The team spent time with students, and visited their homes and families.  They enjoyed watching one of the students that the Rushmore club supported graduate from the school.  
They shared the emotional attachment they had for the students.  Ladies, it was a very inspiring presentation!  Thanks Pat, Darla, Janet, and Terri!
For more on St Jude School, please go to 
It's a wonderful example of how people can change the world. As Rotarians, it is good to be a part of that.  
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Congrats to Rex Jorgensen for doing a great job as President 

Past President for the last 2 years, Rex Jorgensen is given a commemorative plaque to go with his 2 year gavel plague.  He also received a Paul Harris Fellowship for his 2 years of leadership for the Custer Rotary Club.  Thanks Rex!! We appreciate your service not only to the Club, but to the Community and the YMCA!
Congrats to Rex Jorgensen for doing a great job as President 2017-07-17 06:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary Supports Custer Storehouse 2017-06-24 06:00:00Z 0

Contribution to Senior Meals 

Contribution to the Senior Meals Program from Custer Rotary President Rex Jorgensen. He is  presenting a check for $500 to Laura Wickham, site volunteer, along with Monica Whiting site manager.
Contribution to Senior Meals 2017-06-21 06:00:00Z 0

Jamie Toennies Executive Director

Jamie Toennies Executive Director of the Southern Hills United Way gave a great presentation on what the United Way does in the Southern Hills.  They are active in helping many people by providing funds to many of the organizations that assist with the needs of people.  
We also had three visiting Rotarians, Robert, from Hayward, Calif, Sonny, from Mali, Africa, and Ina Winter from Hot Springs Rotary ( our District Governor Nominee). 
Jamie Toennies Executive Director 2017-06-19 06:00:00Z 0

Contribution to Indian University of North America

On behalf of Crazy Horse Memorial, Marguerite Cullum accepts $250 contribution for the Indian University of North America from Custer Rotary President Rex Jorgensen. 

The INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA® began with the Summer Program, which is one piece of the greater vision.

The Summer Program is a partnership between Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and the University of South Dakota. Applicants that are accepted into the program receive a full tuition scholarship. This summer program offers students the ability to earn transferrable college credits, paid internships and scholarship opportunities.

Summer Program participants have the opportunity to earn:

  • Complete first full semester of college over the summer.
  • College credits earned can be transferred to a college or university of choice for continued study in the fall semester and beyond.
  • Study, live and work at the beautiful Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
  • Participate in numerous educational and cultural activities.
  • Receive a scholarship for summer tuition, books, instructional supplies and a portion of food and lodging.
  • Compete for additional scholarships.
  • Learn habits of success needed for college and for life.
  • Participate in a paid, credit-bearing internship (students also have opportunity to continue working after completion of the program in order to earn extra for the fall semester.)
  • Study with fellow students from across the United States.
  • Be a part of a global and engaging college experience, meet people from around the world.
  • Opportunity to earn back 50 percent of food and lodging costs at the end of the summer through a special incentive program.
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Donation to Custer YMCA

Rex Jorgensen accepts $500 donation to Custer YMCA from incoming Custer Rotary President Bonnie Ramer.   
Donation to Custer YMCA 2017-06-12 06:00:00Z 0

Backpack proram

Custer Rotary Club will be doing the Backpack Program for students at Custer School for the programs during the month of May.  
Backpack proram 2017-05-11 06:00:00Z 0

Wine tasting and Raffle a big success 

Rotarian Mike Chase with his wife's (Patti) beer!!!
 Wheelbarrow won by Bruce Nearhood of Rapid City
                              Wheelbarrow won by Rotarian Kris Zerbe 
The evening of Friday, May 20, was a huge success for the Custer Rotary Wine Tasting and Raffle Event.  Firehouse Winery, from Rapid City, and Naked Winery from Hill City were present giving sample tasting of their wines.  We had beer donated by Sick and Twisted Brewery from Hill City, and also from Crow Peak out of Spearfish, and also The Knuckle Brewery from Sturgis. And Beer Growlers from Firehouse, Sick and Twisted, The Knuckle Brewery, and the Custer Wolf.  
We would like to thank Firehouse Winery, Naked Winery, Sick and Twisted Brewery , the Knuckle Brewery, and all the merchants who contributed to make this a fun and prosperous event.  The Custer Rotary Club was able to make $10160.00, that will be used for projects.  
These projects include (but not limited to) :
Custer Rotary Club -Some of the Projects 2014-2017
Custer Storehouse-Assisting in the handling of food, and providing a monthly contribution. The Storehouse started out as the Custer Food Pantry and The Community Exchange and was created by local volunteers to provide a place for people to donate household furnishings and clothes and food. It is then distributed to people in need at no cost.
Custer Boy Scouts-As a charter sponsor, the Custer Rotary supports the Custer Boy Scouts program. In the past we assisted an Eagle Scout candidate, with a project to construct a picnic shelter at Gates Park, and look forward to assisting in other ways.  In addition an annual contribution to the local troop is made.
Hwy 89 (Sylvan Lake Road) Road clean up-
Gates Park/West Dam area– improvements.
Pageant Hill– completed a new roof on the  shelter at Pageant Hill.  A large picnic shelter is planned for 2017.
Annual Custer High School Scholarship
Hope Haven Wheelchair Program– members have traveled to Romania, Jamaica, and Guatemala,to distribute wheelchairs for disabled children and adults.
Annual  Donations-Custer Rotary also contributes to the Custer Senior Center, Church and Community Response, Relay for Life, Many different Youth Projects, Literacy program, YMCA, Polio Plus, (Eradicating Polio Worldwide) School Back Pack Program, Kids against Hunger, SMAAF, (arts)
We help sponsor a student along with the District that is in Tanzania, we also assist the District with sewing machines to India to help women start business. 
Many, other worthwhile projects.
A big thanks to all who joined us, and to the folks that took the time to assisted in the event.  Thanks to all for helping people help others!
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Boy Scouts 

Posted on Apr 17, 2017
Scout Master Brent Nelson accepting a $500 donation from Custer Rotary (Co-Sponsored the Boy Scouts Charter in Custer).  Brent and Scouts Sam Nelson, Danny Nelson, Hunter Rice and Dalton Rice gave the Custer Rotary Club a presentation on Scouting, and some of the many aspects of being a Scout. Glad Custer Rotary can be a part of helping to build a strong foundation for these young men.  
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Shared Hope International 

Suzi Kramer and friend from Custer State Park spoke to us today about Shared Hope International, a program to help combat human trafficking.  Suzi is a grass roots person in our area trying to help in Western South Dakota.  Our donation of $200 would go toward providing a DVD used for an intervention and would be placed in public libraries or sheriff departments.  Thanks Suzi for what you do.  
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Welcome to our website!

Posted by Verl Scheibe on Feb 27, 2017

Welcome to our Rotary Club! 

This website is for the use of the membership of Custer Rotary Club, it's leadership, and the public. Please browse the information, suggest additions and changes, or ask questions in "Contact Us". If you login as a member of our club, you can access additional club and club management information.


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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Welcome to our website! Verl Scheibe 2017-02-27 07:00:00Z 0

Donation to PBIS

Mike Chase, Treasurer of the Custer Rotary Club presents a donation for PBIS materials to Nancy Frentz.  Custer Rotary Club donated $500 to the school for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support. The money will help stock a student store at the elementary school. Students are given a ticket for each positive thing they do when it is seen by a teacher, aide, custodian, or staff person. They may save the tickets to purchase items in the store. The more tickets they earn, the better the item they may purchase.
Donation to PBIS 2017-02-25 07:00:00Z 0

3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution 

Posted on Dec 03, 2016
The Custer Rotary Club donated dictionaries to the 3rd grade classes at Custer, Hermosa, and the home schooled youngsters.  This program has had lots of positive comments by parents, teachers and the 3rd graders like having their own dictionary.  Here are some pictures of the groups, and the students enjoying their dictionaries. 
Thanks to Rotarians Rex Jorgensen, Don Kraus, Superintendent Mark Naugle, and Tom Nelson for assisting on the distribution.  
3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution 2016-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

The Ellsworth Air Force Base 

Major Phillip Rehmert from Ellsworth Air Force Base gave an interesting presentation on some history, what they do, and the B1 Bomber. The capabilities, and security that they provide us are amazing.  The amount of ordinance, and the global range of the B1 are tremendous. He also reviewed the different conflicts that the B1's stationed at Ellsworth have been involved in. They were sent to Afghanistan on the first night raid after 9/11, having departed Rapid City, going over dropping their bombs, and returning, without landing.... WOW..  
The Ellsworth Air Force Base 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

Hot Springs Rotary Club Celebrates 35 yrs (Nov 12, 2016)

Custer Rotary and Rapid City Rotary Clubs co-sponsored Hot Springs as a new club 35 yrs ago.  At their celebration dinner on 12th of Nov, MC Bill Coffield gave an entertaining story on how to ring the Rotary Bell. Hot Springs Charter member Mike Ortner explained about the "plunger" and its use in collecting funds. Charter member Gary Shuh, (35 yr Secretary also) put a power point presentation together of the many projects they had done the past 35 years.  President Ina Winter accepts a plaque on behalf of District 5610 for Hot Springs Rotary Club Serving Humanity for 35 yrs. 
Hot Springs Rotary Club Celebrates 35 yrs (Nov 12, 2016) 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

Hicking the Continental Divide Trail 

Richard Effird gave a very interesting presentation on hiking the Continental Divide Trail. From New Mexico through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and into Canada. He raised money for the VA Hospital to help those who served in the Middle East conflicts, and to Special Ops Warriors Program.  He has also hiked the Pacific Crest and Appalachian trails and others.  Thanks Richard for a great presentation, and supporting our troops!  
Hicking the Continental Divide Trail 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

David Lerferman from Custer State Park doing the Program 

Dave Lerferman from Custer State Park speaking about the Nite Hikes in the Park, especially the upcoming one with a “Harry Potter” theme for Halloween.  He is dressed as “Swaggart” – a take-off of Harry Potter’s Hagrid!
David Lerferman from Custer State Park doing the Program 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0

Donation to Storehouse 

Custer Rotary President Rex presenting a $300 check to Marge McColley at The Storehouse at Custer.  In addition the Custer Rotary Club assists in hauling food groceries every second Tuesday of the month.  
Donation to Storehouse  2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

Crazy Horse Marathon

Thanks to Bonnie, ( & Bonnies granddaughter), Tom, (Tom's son, Steve) BJ, Kathy, Nathan, & Verl for helping out at the finish line at the Crazy Horse Marathon on Saturday.  Nice weather, and a fun morning. Over 700 runners.  
Crazy Horse Marathon 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Highest Charitable Rating for The Rotary Foundation  2016-09-11 00:00:00Z 0

Polio Update 

        Wild poliovirus type 1 and Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases   
          Total Cases   Year to date 2016   Year to date 2015  Total in 2015
                                  WPV   CVDP         WPV    CVDP         WPV     CVDP
Globally                         23        3             37       14             74         32
endemic countries          19        0             37        3              74           3
non-endemic countrries   2         3               0        9                0         29
Polio remains endemic in two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. . In addition, in August 2016 WPV1 was detected in Nigeria. Nigeria was taken off the list of polio endemic countries in September 2015 because a year had passed with no reported cases of WPV1. WHO, with authorities across the region, is undertaking a thorough field investigation in order to inform a decision on Nigeria’s endemic status. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially vulnerable countries with weak public health and immunization services and travel or trade links to endemic countries. Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus is causing an outbreak in Madagascar, Guinea and Ukraine.
Polio Update  2016-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

Grant for Picnic Shelter 

Members of District 5610 receive checks for various projects from the District Designated Funds Grant program.  Verl Scheibe receives check for $1000 toward the Custer Rotary Picnic Shelter project.  
Grant for Picnic Shelter  2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Black hills Cabin Donation 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

Custer YMCA receives Rotary Donation

Custer YMCA Director, and Custer Rotary President Rex Jorgensen, receives a $500 check from Custer Rotary Treasure Mike Chase. 
Rex reviewed with the Custer Rotary Club all of the activities the Custer YMCA provides. Some but not all of the programs available at the YMCA include: Adult Softball, Day Camp, Swim Lessons, Grand Slam Tennis, Golf, T-ball, Coach Pitch, Minors Baseball/Softball, Majors BB?SB, Babe Ruth BB, Basketball Clinic, Football Clinic, Bark Beetle Trail Race, Splash and Dash, Baby Sitting Clinic, Gold Discovery Days Events, Then there are the Normal YMCA Activities: Yoga, Zumba,Core and More, Boot Camp, Women on Weights, Ride and Shine, Spin and Sculpt, Wellness Center, Open gym, Pickleball, Seibukan Karate, Dakota Tae Kwon Doo, Infant thru school age Child Development Center, the hours are M-F 5 am-7pm, Sat 9-1, Closed on Sundays now till Nov. 
The Custer YMCA provides services for approximately 1000 people.
Custer YMCA receives Rotary Donation 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

President Rex Presented with Plaque

Outgoing President Rex Jorgensen presented with a gavel plaque, as incoming President Rex Jorgensen accepts the "outgoing/incoming" plaque. 
President Rex Presented with Plaque 2016-06-20 00:00:00Z 0

Custer HS HOSA Team

Custer High School HOSA students headed to the National competition in Nashville, TN receive a donation of $750 from Custer Rotary to help fund their trip.  Pictured from L to R: Ben Marchand, Emme Schmidt, Rotary President, Rex Jorgensen, Joana Arengo, and Taren Jones.  The HOSA team is the similar to the FFA program in High School, where the FFA program deals with agriculture, the HOSA program deals with all aspects of the health related field.  We're proud to have our young adults rise to the top of Custer's HOSA program and represent Custer at the National Competition .  Congratulations to the Team!! 
Custer HS HOSA Team 2016-06-07 00:00:00Z 0

Hope Haven Donation

Mark Simonsma from Hope Haven International receives a $1000 check from Custer President Rex Jorgensen.  Non- Profit, Hope Haven makes, and reconditions wheel chairs for distribution to those in need. 
Hope Haven Donation 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

Another Paul Harris for Roy

Roy Roadifer receives another Paul Harris Fellowship.  This is his seventh Paul Harris Fellowship.  Thanks Roy for your generous contributions.  It makes a difference in the world. 
Another Paul Harris for Roy 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0

Kids against Hunger

Custer Rotary President Rex assisting with the set up at Kids Against Hunger evening. Over 300 people showed up to help support the Kids for Hunger program at the community''s first Family Service Night, held Thursday May 5th.  Many other service clubs, school classes and families assisted in completing 10,364 meals. The cost of each nutritional meal was 25 cents. The meals will be going to Nkangi Village in Africa,  to be distributed to the children there. The Custer Rotary Club combined their annual Kids Against Hunger-Back Pack program for the elementary school along with the Nkangi Meal Pack program.  
Kids against Hunger 2016-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Donation to Kids against Hunger 2016-05-15 00:00:00Z 0

SHMAAF Donation

Custer Rotary Club makes a $400 donation to the SHMAAF. Southern Hills Music and Arts Festival, presented by Custer Rotary Club President Rex Jorgensen. 
SHMAAF Donation 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
A Happy Camper 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

A Hero Award to Miquel Martinez

Pictured is Miquel Martinez from Custer Troop 25 after receiving his award for heroism in waking his family when there house was on fire.
Miquel was awarded this during the annual key leaders breakfast on Friday morning. In attendance was Rex Jorgensen representing Custer Troop 25 and Custer Rotary Club,  the troops chartered organization. Congratulations Miquel on a being a HERO! (story and picture from Rex Jorgensen).
A Hero Award to Miquel Martinez 2016-04-10 00:00:00Z 0

Custer Rotary's Wine Tasting and Raffle Event is a Big Success!

Auctioneer Jeff Storm selling up a storm!!  Jeff assisted the Custer Rotary on the evening of 18 March to make the 5th Wine Tasting and Raffle Fund Raiser a Big Success!!  Thanks to Jeff, the Firehouse Winery, Custer State Park Resorts, and to Crazy Horse Memorial and the staff at Crazy Horse Memorial for making it a fantastic evening. With all the efforts and participation, there was over $7200 raised to go toward Custer Rotary Projects and Programs. Most people went home with something.  A special thanks to all the folks that contributed to help make it a fun and successful event. 
Winners of the grand prizes, are Arlyn Dorris, from Wolsey (Gary Timm from Wolsey will be delivering the wheelbarrow of wine to Arlyn), Bonnie Ramer is the proud winner of the Wagon of Beer. We're sure that Tony will help out with the beer!  Mike Chase, is a happy owner of the second wheelbarrow of wine.  Congratulations to all the winners. 
 Bonnie with her supply of refreshments for the coming season. 
Custer Rotary's Wine Tasting and Raffle Event is a Big Success! 2016-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

Update on the new Custer Regional Hospital Plan

Posted on Mar 13, 2016
Veronica Schmidt, President of Market Area for Custer Regional Hospital explains the layout for the new Custer Regional Hospital. The new hospital will be on a new piece of ground just to the south of the present hospital. She pointed out the Custer City Council approved approximately $4 million dollars to assist in the $18 million plus project. The project is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2018.  
There have been two additional doctors hired and will start 1 October of this year. It's looking good Veronica!!
Update on the new Custer Regional Hospital Plan 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute Session

RLI Session in Rapid City, with attendees from Rapid City Morning Club, Rapid City Rushmore Club, Hot Springs, and Custer. Facilitated by Linda Peterson. 
RLI is the Rotary Leadership Institute. RLI is a multi- district leadership and Rotary development program to engage Rotarians and strenghten clubs. 
RLI Mission: The Rotary Leadership Institute is a grassroots, multi-district leadership development program whose mission is to strengthen Rotary clubs through  quality leadership education. Its a great opportunity to learn more about what Rotary is and what Rotary does. 
Rotary Leadership Institute Session 2016-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Dictionaries to the 3rd Grade Class 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0
Donation for Freshman Impact Program 2016-02-15 00:00:00Z 0

Newest Custer Rotary Member

Kathy Scheibe is accepted as newest Custer Rotary Club member. She is receiving her membership from District Governor Steve Sikorski.  Congratulations Kathy.
Newest Custer Rotary Member 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Custer Rotary Donates to YMCA Youth Development 2015-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Contribution to Relay for Life 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0

Donation to Operation Black Hills Cabin

A  donation for $500 was for Operation Black Hills Cabin was received by Marty Mahit. He then presented information on how the Operation Black Hills Cabin benefits soldiers who have come back from middle east with disabilities. Many local businesses and people have made it possible to provide these wonderful services to our men and women who have made sacrifices. Thanks much from the Custer Rotary Club. 
Donation to Operation Black Hills Cabin 2015-06-08 00:00:00Z 0

2015 High School Scholarship Winner

The Custer Rotary Club 2015 Scholarship winner was Billie Wicks.    There were a number of highly qualified applicants that made it difficult for the scholarship committee to chose from.  Congratulations Billie!!
2015 High School Scholarship Winner 2015-05-29 00:00:00Z 0

Custer Wine Tasting and Raffle a great Success

Posted on Apr 26, 2015
The 4th Annual Custer Rotary Wine Tasting and Raffle Fund Raiser was a great success.  Approximately 130 people enjoyed wine tasting, and socializing while raising funds for the Custer Rotary Club. Many Rotarians from Rapid City attended to help make it a success.  The folks at Crazy Horse Memorial did a fantastic job of service and providing wonderful food. Most folks went away with some kind of raffle winning.
The big winner, Kevin Luebke from Wolsey, SD (eastern part of the state) won a wheelbarrow full of wine AND a wagon full of beer. ( I'm sure that will entice him to purchase more raffle tickets next year)/  Everyone had a wonderful evening.  Thanks to all to make it a success.  A big THANK YOU to Custer Resort Co, Naked Winery and Stone Face Winery for the great wine tasting. 
Custer Wine Tasting and Raffle a great Success 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

Third Grade Students in Custer and Hermosa receive dictionaries

The Third Grade classes in Custer, Hermosa, and 6 homeschooled children, received their own personal dictionaries from the Custer Rotary Club. The students spent time listening to Mike Chase explain about Rotary, and then was challenged to look up different words.  Words to be looked up such as "service" "truth" "ethics" .  The students enjoyed the short lesson and we are sure they will put their books to good use. 
Third Grade Students in Custer and Hermosa receive dictionaries 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0

April Student Back Pack Program

During the month of April, Custer Rotary Club packed approximately 100 bags of food for the Custer School after each meeting.  
April Student Back Pack Program 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

Jenny's Flower Shop decorates the White House

Jenny Behlings, owner of Jenny's Floral, last October was asked to come and help decorate the White House!  Jenny presented her slide presentation to the  Custer Rotary Club on Monday. She shared with us in her slides, many of the different decoration arrangements that were done.  One of those was a large tree (made of some kind of material) that went up the big columns on the front of the White House. 
What a great honor to be invited to the White House.  Congratulations ! Thanks for sharing your experience.   
Jenny's Flower Shop decorates the White House 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Kay Foust Second Female Custer Rotarian Honored

Custer Rotary Club has been honoured to have Kay Foust as a member since 1989, just shortly after the Council of Legislation of Rotary International changed the RI Constitution to allow women into Rotary as members!!  Kay has been Past President of our Club, and has been a Board member for many years.  She has been active in the church, the community and had been involved in helping people through her many talents over the years.  Kay is retiring and moving to Rapid City where we are sure she will be involved in helping people in some way.  Thank you so much for always being there Kay.  Custer will miss you. 
Kay Foust Second Female Custer Rotarian Honored 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

Crazy Horse Memorial

Custer Rotary Club was pleased to have Marguerite Cullum, Librarian/Historian and Laurie Becvar, COO/Pres of Crazy Horse Memorial to inform, and update us on what's happening at the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Marguerite, explained that the private library at Crazy Horse Memorial (which is not open to the public) is used as a research library on native American culture and history.  Students at the Indian University of North America have access to the library.  It is also being updated to an automated system.
Laurie shared her many responsibilities at Crazy Horse Memorial. She explained that the Foundation supports 32 students during the summer months to enable Native Americans to earn up to 12 credits, and assists in getting into and staying in college to completion.
She stated that 71% of those who have attended go on to earn a degree.
Currently, from 19 Dec to 4 Jan, Crazy Horse Memorial will have extended hours for their museum (which has over 11,000 artifacts, art, and rich with culture and history) and restaurant, along with an exciting light show. 
Thanks Marguerite and Laurie for some great information.
Crazy Horse Memorial 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0

Christmas Gift Exchange

Everyone had a great time at the Custer Rotary Gift exchange at our regular meeting on 8 Dec. Roy Roadifer came in his special Christmas attire, complete with red bow tie!! 
Christmas Gift Exchange 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

Christmas Parade Float

A special THANKS to Don Kraus, Tom Nelson, and John Carson for getting the Rotary Float ready, and putting it in the Parade!!  Thanks guys, and Karen Kraus too!!!    Photo's courtesy of Dick Brown.
Christmas Parade Float 2014-12-07 00:00:00Z 0

Basketball rules and regs from a referee

Posted on Nov 30, 2014
Mark Naugle Custer School Superintendent, and former Basketball Referee, explained some of the rules and regulations of Basketball.  He shared some of the good, the bad, and the ugly (relating to dribbling )  of basketball.  When asked about the fans and their reactions to some of the calls, he stated, "He doesn't listen to them". He stated he loved refereeing, and it was a great hobby for him.  Mark is now a Referee Evaluator, giving newer referees insight.  Thanks Mark for an interesting program.
Basketball rules and regs from a referee 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
The Nature Conservancy and The Whitney Preserve 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Custer County Search and Rescue

Posted on Nov 10, 2014
Steve Baldwin, head of Custer County Search and Rescue, gave the Custer Rotary Club a review of the history of the Custer County Search and Rescue Dept.  The review included information regarding how many (regular members, and reserves) that assist, what they do, and the training involved. He shared how new technology has drastically improved the response, and how smart phones can assist in locating people, along with how it helps those potentially lost to help themselves.
The S&R receives $4,000 a year from the county but they take $2000 back for insurance.  They get approximately $8,000 from Custer State Park for the work they do in the Park. 
There is a 501 3c formed to create an avenue for those wishing to provide funds and be able to deduct it. It's the Friends of Custer County Search and Rescue.  It provides funds for training and equipment needed. 
There will be a poker run on Labor Day weekend as a fund raiser, there will also be a feed on 15th of November as a fund raiser. In addition the Custer Rotary Club donated $500 toward a fund for a UTV for the Rescue.  The UTV fund has received a grant from First Interstate Community Fund for $10,000 of which $5000 of that will need to be matched, so far there is only $1500 left to be matched. With the Rotary donation, it will leave only $1000 left to be matched to receive the second $5000 from the First Interstate Community Fund. 
Custer County Search and Rescue 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Newest Members

The Custer Rotary Club would like to extend a warm welcome to our three newest members, Mark Naugle, Karen Kraus, and Curtis Tyler. Welcome!  We look forward to getting to know you better. 
Newest Members 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0