We’ve been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. The first Rotary club was started in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1905 by an attorney named Paul Harris. Harris wanted to bring together a group of professionals with different backgrounds and skills as a way to exchange ideas and form meaningful acquaintances. In August 1910, the 16 Rotary clubs then in the United States formed the National Association of Rotary Clubs, now Rotary International. In 1912, Rotary expanded to a few more countries, and by July 1925, Rotary clubs existed on six continents. Today, there are more than 35,000 clubs, in almost every country in the world. For more information about Rotary’s history, go to rotary.org/history.

Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

Club History

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YearPresidentClub Accomplishments
Dec 20, 1920First organizational meeting for Dickinson Rotary Club
1921-22LR BairdCharter Club
1922-23PS Berg
1924-25Otto Pippin
1925-26JW Reed
1926-27Oscar Hoffman
1927-28Ed Knapp
1928-29Samuel T. May
1929-30George Perkins
1930-31Art Tollefson
1931-32Duane Heaton
1932-33Harlan Reed
1933-34Frank Ray
1934-35Oscar Christopherson
1935-36LeRoy Moormaw
1936-37Ed Winn
1937-38Melvin Sherffus
1938-39William R. Everett
1939-40Ward Johnson
1940-41Charles E. Scott
1941-42Charles E Scott
1942-43Frank Cooper
1943-44Arthur RabeBoy Scout Charter # 34
1944-45Frank Hallowell
1945-46Elmore Wecher
1946-47RL Kronstedt
1947-48Hans Guloin
1948-49Kenneth D. Ford
1949-50James O’Brien
1950-51Orville Burda
1951-52Francis Reichert
1952-53Vernon McCutchan
1953-54Norbert MuggliSponsored Explorer Post for Boy Scouts
1954-55Alem L Hagen
1955-56Herbert SwellStarted Western Edge Scholarship Program
1956-57Gilbert SaxowskyVeteran’s Day Parade award for Most Colorful Float

Donated $500 for two aluminum boats for Heart Butte Boy Scouts

1957-58Lewellyn Price1st Annual Chamber Land Appreciation Award
1958-59Raymond Douglas2nd Annual Chamber Land Appreciation Award
1959-60Raymond Schnell
1960-61Robert T Coutts4th Annual Chamber of Commerce Land Appreciation Award
1961-62Paul Schilla
1962-63Kenneth Mann
1963-64Lawton Osborn
1964-65Oscar Delong
1965-66David Price
1966-67Emil Trzynka
1967-68Peter HinrichsAssisted Bowman Rotary Club to get started
1968-69Jim Dike
1969-70Lauren Haacke
1970-71Frank ReardonRI Citation for Golden Anniversary of Club Service
1971-72WA Smart
1972-73Donovan Benzie
1973-74Stanley Deck
1974-75RC GillundAwarded Western Dakota Scholarships to Kathy Ann Kadrmas and Pamela Rae Glasser
1975-76Pat AltringerAwarded Western Dakota Scholarship to Diane Lynn Vokal

And Renee Heiser

1976-77OT Belsheim
1977-78Bruce Howe
1978-79Ralo Kuhl
1979-80Darwin Whelan
1980-81Lloyd Schnaidt
1981-82Bruce Kolden
1982-83Larry Strand
1983-84Richard Grosz
1984-85Jon Westrick/Ev HaunsonDonated $5000 to proposed West River Center which was proposed to be located next to Whitney Stadium on DSU Campus
1985-86Jim Cornell
1986-87Jack Olin
1987-1988Dwight Mundy`Hosted Exchange student from Brazil. Host family was Terry and Anita Tryznka

First female member of Rotary inducted May 1, 1988: Rev. Dr. Ann Fritschell, first female clergy at St. John’s Lutheran.

Also, Lillian Sorrenson inducted December 1, 1988

1988-1989Gene Gendreau
1989-1990Al WatrellNext female Barbara Adams Bleth admitted to Dickinson Rotary
1990-1991Alvin Dvorak
1991-1992Frank WaldHosted District 5580 Conference 398 Rotarians and spouses were in attendance
1992-1993Mike ParkeHosted Group Study Exchange from Scotland
1993-1994Rick ZumBrunnen
1994-1995Dick Harsche
1995-1996Merry JohnstonPresidential Citation

RI Citation for 75 years of Club Service

Hosted Group Study Exchange from Turkey

1996-1997Guy MoosCompleted Gazebo Project at Prairie Outpost Park

Hosted Group Study Exchange from Argentina

1997-1998Brad FongHosted Exchange student Monica Rodriguez from Tepic, Mexico Host families: Rick and Jeanne ZumBrunnen and Richard and Shirley Dukart

Hosted Group Study Exchange from Australia

1998-1999Linda SteveRI Award for clubs participating in 4 Avenues of Service
1999-2000Lyle BrudvigChartered Boy Scout Venturing Crew 114
2000-2001Jerry FisherClub celebrates 80th Anniversary
2001-2002Shirley DukartDickinson State University Award for University Club for contributing to DSU Scholarships

Dickinson Airport Landscape Project

2002-2003Jim OzbunEstablished DSU Nursing Scholarship Foundation with $75,000 of Rotary and community support
2003-2004Clyde Frank
2004-2005Greg Sund
2005-2006Kevin Thompson
2006-2007Kari SheaPresidential Citation

Donated $10,000 to Dickinson Library for new building. Received permanent cabinet for Rotary history at the new library.

2007-2008Gaylon BakerRI Certificate of appreciation for contributing to Polio Plus

Hosted District 5580 Conference

2008-2009Glenice Hansen
2009-2010Jason HansonClub donated 150 books and reads to Head Start
2010-2011Ken NelsonDistrict Literacy Award for dictionary and Head Start reading projects

Donated Moving Rock Wall to Heart Butte Boy Scouts

2011-2012Jon Hendrickson
2012-2013Kris Fehr
2013-2014Don Bares
2014-2015Mary MassadDistrict award for clubs donating over $1500 towards Polio Plus Campaign
2015-2016Erv BrenChartered Boy Scout Pack 4028

District Award:  First Place Polio Plus Largest Club Contributions $8734

2016-2017Chad Renicker
2017-2018Woodrow Wilson “Chip” Poland