Custer Rotary Club 

In the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

New Librarian

Jessica Phelps, new Custer County Librarian, spoke of her background and the current & future of the library. The main focus of the Library Foundation & library funds will be the Hermosa Library.
New Librarian 2023-01-16 07:00:00Z 0

The Storehouse at Custer 

 
Storehouse volunteer, Kim Canete, updated the Custer Rotary Club on what’s happening.  
Custer Rotarian, Rob McWhorter presented $500 check to Kim for the Storehouse.  
The Storehouse at Custer 2023-01-11 07:00:00Z 0

Nice Challenge!!

 
“Rotary President John Carson (R) and Custer Lions President Fred Mills (L) each presents $500 checks to the Custer area Meals on Wheels program to assist seniors who cannot afford their meal costs.  Accepting the checks are Senior Meals Site Manager Tiffany Wilcox (CL) and Cook Katy Ryan (CR).  The Lions had challenged the Rotary to match $200, but the Rotary bumped the challenge up to $500 each, which the Lions bravely rose rose to meet!"
 
 
Nice Challenge!! 2022-12-16 07:00:00Z 0

Christmas for Kids!



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!
Christmas for Kids! 2022-12-05 07:00:00Z 0

Happenings at the Y

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!
 
Happenings at the Y 2022-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

Dennis Krull, new District 30 Representative

 
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.  
Dennis Krull, new District 30 Representative 2022-11-15 07:00:00Z 0

Crazy Horse Memorial Donation

 
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.
Crazy Horse Memorial Donation 2022-11-15 07:00:00Z 0

Monument Hospital Admin

 
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.  
Monument Hospital Admin 2022-11-07 07:00:00Z 0

CEO of Crazy Horse Memorial

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.
 
CEO of Crazy Horse Memorial 2022-10-24 06:00:00Z 0

Road Cleanup 

 
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.
 
Road Cleanup 2022-10-05 06:00:00Z 0

Sheriff Marty updates

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.  
Sheriff Marty updates 2022-10-03 06:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visit 

 
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.  
 
District Governor Visit 2022-09-26 06:00:00Z 0
Robert Martin’s Vietnam Story 2022-09-19 06:00:00Z 0
Custer County Veterans Service Officer Todd Fish. 2022-09-12 06:00:00Z 0

The Custer Court House Museum 

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.  
The Custer Court House Museum 2022-08-31 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Fred Hlava

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.  
New Member Fred Hlava 2022-07-18 06:00:00Z 0

Custer Rotary President John Carson

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!  
Custer Rotary President John Carson 2022-07-18 06:00:00Z 0

Mark Papousek, Monument Foundation

Mark Papousek Development Officer for Monument Health Foundation, spoke about the Foundation's structure and various upcoming events we could participate in.
Mark Papousek, Monument Foundation 2022-06-27 06:00:00Z 0

Custer Scouts Troop 25

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.  
Custer Scouts Troop 25 2022-06-07 06:00:00Z 0
Carson Awarded from School Staff 2022-05-20 06:00:00Z 0

Newest Custer Rotary Member 

Congratulations Fred HLava for being the newest Custer Rotary Member!!!!  4 Way Plaque presented by John Carson, Custer Rotary President.  
Newest Custer Rotary Member 2022-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

Don Barnett Mayor of Rapid City 71-75

 
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!!!  
Don Barnett Mayor of Rapid City 71-75 2022-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

Joshua Rudnik Director of North American Indian University, Crazy Horse 

 
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. 
 
Joshua Rudnik Director of North American Indian University, Crazy Horse  2022-05-03 06:00:00Z 0

Successful Wine Extravaganza Fund Raiser 

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.  
Successful Wine Extravaganza Fund Raiser 2022-05-01 06:00:00Z 0
overall Real Estate Market 2022-05-01 06:00:00Z 0

Economic Development in Custer

 
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.  
Economic Development in Custer 2022-04-22 06:00:00Z 0

Assistant District Commander 

 
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.   
 
Assistant District Commander 2022-04-11 06:00:00Z 0
County Commissioner update 2022-04-06 06:00:00Z 0
Career Learning Center of the Black Hills  2022-03-04 07:00:00Z 0

Highway update

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.  
Highway update 2022-01-31 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome to our newest club member!


Custer Rotary Club President, John Carson welcomes newest club member, Micheal Fischer. Welcome Micheal, we are looking forward to getting to know you.  
Welcome to our newest club member! 2022-01-25 07:00:00Z 0

Great  Program 

 
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,  
Great Program 2021-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
Wildland Fire Division 2021-12-13 07:00:00Z 0

Past President Naugle receives Paul Harris Fellowship 

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. 
Past President Naugle receives Paul Harris Fellowship 2021-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

Club Visit by District Governor Lind

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. 
Club Visit by District Governor Lind 2021-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

Past President Marguerite 

 
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!  
Past President Marguerite 2021-06-29 06:00:00Z 0

Bison Center Custer State Park 

 
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.  
Bison Center Custer State Park 2021-06-29 06:00:00Z 0

Human Trafficking in our district

 
 
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."
 
Human Trafficking in our district 2021-06-18 06:00:00Z 0

Road Cleanup

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!! 
 
Road Cleanup 2021-05-17 06:00:00Z 0

Wine Raffle Fund Raiser

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. 
 



 
 

 
Wine Raffle Fund Raiser 2021-05-06 06:00:00Z 0

Queen of Hearts Winner

 
​​​​​​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!! 
Queen of Hearts Winner 2021-04-12 06:00:00Z 0
Shelter st the dog park. 2021-04-01 06:00:00Z 0

The Queen of Hearts 

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!!!!!!   
 
 
 
The Queen of Hearts 2021-03-08 07:00:00Z 0

Covid 19 update 

 
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.  
 
Covid 19 update 2021-02-22 07:00:00Z 0

Progress on the Dog Park Shelter


 
 
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 !

 
 
Progress on the Dog Park Shelter 2021-02-09 07:00:00Z 0