Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls
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Jeff Hazard is CEO and Creative Director of Koch Hazard Architects. Founded in 1961, Koch Hazard firm is a leading regional Architecture, Planning, and Interiors firm.  Mr. Hazard, a fellow Rotarian, received his Master of Architecture and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Illinois and worked for 10 years with KMD Architects in San Francisco prior to returning to Sioux falls in 1988. Today, Mr. Hazard spoke about the firm's conservation efforts in Downtown Sioux Falls during the past 25 years . 

Jay Weems, Vice President of Operations for Avera eCARE discussed how Avera eCARE is making a difference in the lives of millions, impacting the cost of care and patient outcomes. Avera eCARE is telemedicine through two-way video that provides remote delivery of health care service. The mission is "to care for people where they are."

Mr. Weems discussed how technology is saving lives, decreasing costs, and improving quality outcomes within rural and urban communities.  In addition, Avera eCARE impacts Sioux Falls by job creation, supporting economic growth, and bringing national and international leaders into the community.

Craig Severtson is founder and president of Helping Kids Round First. Mr. Severtson shared how Nicaragua, after decades of political unrest and financial difficulties, has struggled to grow its economy. As a result, it is currently the 2nd poorest country in the Western hemisphere, trailing only Haiti (nominal per capita GDP). Nicaraguan youth face many difficulties. 

“While other organizations genuinely seek to improve the lives of those they help, the true social connection needed to spark long-term, systemic change is missed,” states Mr. Severtson. He shared how the sport of baseball and softball grows trust through social interaction which has allowed the organization to broaden their mission. What started as a baseball program has expanded into an agriculture, water, education and healthcare mission.
Dr. Barry H. Dunn was named the 20th president of South Dakota State University (SDSU) in April 2016, the fourth alumnus chosen to lead the institution. He assumed office May 23, 2016. President Dunn discussed Imagine 2023: SDSU’s impact, academic quality, workforce development, and looking forward.
Program Highlights for October 23, 2017
Dr. Dunn stated that the goal of SDSU is to foster students who serve this community.  SDSU educates students from 50 states and over 90 countries.  The university has accreditation in over 40 programs and 10 more in progress.  Accreditation ensures that the university system maintains quality and competiveness on a national level.  It also ensures students are reaching, if not exceeding the national standards.  Furthermore, accreditation is good for employers, prospective students and their parents. 
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Upcoming Speakers
The New Colossus
Nov 20, 2017
Human Trafficking
Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, President
Nov 27, 2017
Dakota State University
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We meet every Monday at 12:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Downtown Sioux Falls.
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