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Rotary in Denmark is comprised of five rotary districts.  There are 270 clubs with 10,907 members in Denmark as of September 2017.  Verner Jensen, a Danish Rotarian from Denmark District 1440, spoke about the government, business, and culture in his country.  Denmark District 1440 is in Northern Denmark and has 2,203 members and 58 clubs.  
The government in Denmark is a Constitutional Monarchy which was created in June 1849 under King Frederik VII.  The highlights of their government include free political and religious convictions, free speech and writing, and influence by vote.  There are 179 members of their parliament.  Elections take place every four years and when a citizen turns 18, they are eligible to vote, without registering.  

Shawnie Rechtenbaugh is the Deputy Secretary for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety and the State 9-1-1 Coordinator.


Shawnie was appointed deputy secretary in 2016. She works closely with Department Secretary Trevor Jones and the department’s 410 employees.  There are 11 different agencies that compose the South Dakota Department of Public Safety. A major priority for her is the development of long-term goals and strategies for the department.



John W. Meyer, P.E. is a “mostly retired” professional civil engineer. His career included 22 years working for various cities in Iowa as a city engineer/public works director and 20 years working for a 25-person engineering and surveying consulting firm in Fairfield, Iowa, retiring as president of the firm in 2014. This work included helping small communities with a wide variety of projects including water supply, waste water treatment, streets, and about any other type of municipal project one can imagine. John now works part time for the city of Waverly, Iowa and with the non-governmental organization (NGO), Empower Tanzania, Inc. and the Rotary Club in Ames, Iowa on water supply projects in Tanzania.

Founded in 1860, Augustana is a selective, comprehensive university affiliated with the Lutheran Church. With more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, along with graduate degree and continuing education programs, the University is committed to enriching lives and fostering development by combining a foundation in the liberal arts with professional skill and advanced study.

Augustana serves approximately 1,900 students from 34 states and 38 countries. Most are part of the 100-acre campus residential community.


Kristi was born, raised and still lives in northeastern South Dakota with her husband, Bryon, and their three children, Kassidy, Kennedy, and Booker.

Kristi learned the value of hard work as she farmed with her dad to build an operation he could pass along to his kids one day. While Kristi was taking college classes, her father died unexpectedly in a farming accident. Kristi returned home shortly after to farm and ranch full-time. She stepped up, helped stabilize the operation, and provided leadership when it was needed most.

Kristi’s experience as a small business owner shaped her understanding of government. The way she sees it: the federal government too often gets in the way of hardworking South Dakotans trying to support their families, communities, and our country. That belief has been what's driven Kristi to try to make a difference through public service.

Neel Kashkari took office as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on January 1, 2016. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Fed’s Ninth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington. In addition to his responsibilities as a monetary policymaker, Kashkari oversees all operations of the bank, including supervision and regulation, and payments services. He is on the Board of the Economic Club of Minnesota and the Twin Cities PBS (TPT) President’s Council. Kashkari spoke to the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, August 7th, 2017.
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