Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls
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Higher education has long been viewed as a gateway to opportunity and the necessary path to greater quality of life. However, Dr. Bradfield believes that changes in the enterprise and societal expectations have called into question the relative value, or lack thereof, of a college degree, especially in consideration of its return of investment. As college costs escalate and more concerns emerge regarding suffocating loan debt for students, higher education is called to demonstrate its value proposition. Higher education should be viewed as a major player in serving the greater good of societal needs and be a major contributor to workforce development that drives the national and local economy.
The mission of Rotary International is to support its member clubs in fulfilling the Object of Rotary by fostering unity among member clubs; strengthening and expanding Rotary around the world; communicating worldwide the work of Rotary; and providing a system of international administration.   Rotary International was the first-ever service organization and it has been in existence over 100 years.  Paul Harris began the Rotary service club in Chicago, Illinois in 1905.Paul Harris created the club to build friendship among business leaders.  The early meetings rotated among their different offices, thus the rotary name.
District Governor Harrington shared that there are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide in 120 countries.  There are 35,000 clubs and 535 districts around the world.  Regionally, Rotary District 5610 serves 41 clubs and over 1,800 Rotarians, encompassing South Dakota, Northwestern Iowa, Southwestern Minnesota, and Northeastern Nebraska. 
Organizations across the country are under increasing threat from cyber-attacks. According to FEMA, 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster, including a severe cyber-attack, and for those that do, only 29% are still operating after two years. Organizations who lose their information technology for 9 days or more almost always end up filing for bankruptcy within a year.
Human sex trafficking, or sexual exploitation, is an issue that is becoming more prevalent in all our communities. The number of victims is rising-despite the awareness of the issue, with the average age of entry into forced prostitution being only 13 years old. Because of the misinformation surrounding human sex trafficking many victims are going unidentified or misidentified, and the issue intertwines with nearly every other epidemic plaguing our communities. Drug abuse, addiction, homelessness, mental health services, domestic violence, child abuse, and many others.
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Rotary Holiday Celebration
Dec 18, 2017
Rock Garden Tour
Meeting Schedule
We meet every Monday at 12:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Downtown Sioux Falls.
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