Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls
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W. Tom Simmons, who recently retired after a long career at Midco where he served the company as the Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls at the club’s weekly meeting, Monday July 17.

Simmons discussed key concepts from his hot-off-the-press book “How We Do Things Around Here – A 45 year discovery into the power of corporate culture.

Simmons is a nationally recognized industry spokesman appearing often before congressional committees, state and federal regulators yet his passion is people and organizations who work together in the best interest of others.  He makes the case culture can be the key and style still matters.  His key principles for business leaders include:
Jill Franken, Public Health Director for the City of Sioux Falls and Mary Michaels, Public Health Prevention Coordinator for the Sioux Falls Health Department shared, among other topics, the recent 2017 Ambulance Contract Performance Report as well as the results of the Community Health Needs Assessment.

Franken is responsible for the overall operation and function of the Public Health Department.  Among her duties is the administration of the ambulance contract on behalf of the City.  Paramedics Plus operates within the EMS system through an exclusive franchise agreement with the City of Sioux Falls.  This agreement allows for the provision of ambulance services without a City subsidy.  The annual ambulance contract performance report is complete.  Franken will share these outcomes, including response times.

Michaels focused on the importance of adopting a community approach to health and well-being as we manage our growth, recruit and retain a qualified workforce to ensure a healthy future for our children.  “There are many ways that government, schools, businesses, churches and others can work together to focus on prevention to help people live healthier lives and to reduce the costs of chronic disease” according to Michaels.  The Live Well Sioux Falls initiative, a community-based health promotion and prevention effort works with employers and other community partners to demonstrate the “ROI” of a focus on prevention and well-being. 
Outgoing president Michelle Lavallee recapped her year in office and incoming president David Pfeifle rolled out changes and plans for the club when the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls met Monday, June 26.

The leadership transition is the centerpiece of an inspiring program celebrating the club’s achievements as one of the 20 largest Rotary clubs in North America, its relevancy and its commitment to improved member engagement and to impactful community service.

Milt Husby, the club’s senior member, was honored for his 60 years as a Rotarian and as a long-time club secretary.  Rotarian and South Dakota Hall of Fame inductee Larry Ritz, who died on April 8 at age 97, will be remembered with presentation of the inaugural Lawrence “Larry” Ritz Rotarian of the Year Award.
Dr. Kenneth S. Snell, who has served as coroner and medical examiner for Minnehaha County since January 2011, addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, June 19.  Snell is a forensic pathologist and works for Sanford Health Pathology Clinic. 

The Minnehaha County coroner is responsible for certifying all non-natural deaths in the county and all natural deaths outside of a medical care facility.  When necessary, the coroner will order an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  As the Minnehaha County medical examiner, Snell performs autopsies, collects evidence, generates formal reports and provides court testimony in criminal proceedings.
J. Tyler Haahr, chairman and chief executive officer of Meta Financial Group and MetaBank, addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls Monday, June 12.

MetaBank is a federally chartered savings bank with headquarters in Sioux Falls.  Meta Financial Group, Inc., is the holding company of MetaBank and its divisions, including Meta Payment Systems. 

Meta differs from traditional banks due to the unique products and channels we’ve developed,” Haahr said.  “We are constantly looking for ways to implement our vision of financial inclusion for everyone through the products and services we offer.”
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Upcoming Speakers
Christoph Bausch, Chief Scientific Officer for SAB
Jul 24, 2017
A United Strategy for Developing BioTech in SD
Miles Beacom, Stephanie Sandlin, Jeff Scherschligt
Jul 31, 2017
SD Hall of Fame: A Panel Discussion
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We meet every Monday at 12:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Downtown Sioux Falls.
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