Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls
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Rotarians will now have access to the presentations shown during weekly meetings. In an effort to provide more content to club members, handouts or PowerPoint presentations from weekly speakers will now be archived on the website for future reference. This feature will be very useful when watching the recorded Facebook feed after the event, or if you attended the presentation, but want to refer back to the information. These will be available only to club members and you will need to log in to the website to gain access. 
The first presentation available to members is the March 19th presentation by Steve VanBuskirk on the Lake Lorainne Development. To download your copy go to the Past Speaker Presentations page under the Member Resources tab at the top of the website. Thank you to Steve for a wonderful presentation and for being the first to share materials for our new Speaker Presentation library.
Girls Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls with over 100 years of service.  “In today's world, the need for and cultivation of female leadership is stronger and more relevant than it's ever been. And it all starts with Girl Scouts,” states Marla Meyer, CEO, Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons.  The organization is committed to building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.  
Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons is a non-profit organization that serves more than 12,000 members (9,000 girl scouts and 3,000 volunteers) in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons Council area includes cities, towns, and communities covering more than 164,000 square miles and includes girls on 13 Native American Reservations and 3 Air Force Bases.  In addition, the Girl Scouts of the Dakota Horizons Council sell over $5 million dollars worth of Girl Scout cookies each year.  The organization is a 501c(3) chartered by Girl Scouts USA.
Charles Marohn, the Founder and President of Strong Towns (, discussed how to build stronger communities for the 21st century.  He provided an insightful understanding of the implications of how and why cities grow as they do.  In turn, this knowledge allows citizens and community leaders shape a more resilient, community-focused, and value-additive future for our city.  Mr. Marohn also discussed the value of urban development, and shared insights on transportation networks.

Dr. Casey Williams is the Director of the Avera Cancer Institute Center for Precision Oncology and the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine.  Today, he discussed some of the challenges in bringing new cancer medicines into the clinic, summarized some of the key areas of focus for cancer research at Avera, including genomics and early phase clinical trials, and provided an overview of some of the current trials and future directions.

Conflict in the workplace or home is costly and disruptive. It can lead to lost productivity and dangerous stress.  Combining a wealth of practical knowledge with high energy and a straightforward approach to interpersonal problem-solving skills, Gary L. Mc Cann is a favorite among seminar leaders. Spanning a 32-year career before retirement as a manager with the United States Postal Service and more than 22 years of management experience in the technical and business field, Mr. Mc Cann brings more than expertise, he brings experience. His philosophy to Think Positively. Act Powerfully. Communicate Effectively. 

Dr. Michael J. Lawler discussed what children say about their lives, what children in South Dakota say about their well-being, and what the common factors that predict well-being for children around the world.  Since 2010, Dr. Lawler has been spearheading a study in which children provide a self-assessment of their own lives: What do children say about their own lives?  This is an important indicator of developmental health and well-being (Ben-Arieh, 2010; Casas et al., 2013).  Furthermore, individual and contextual factors with geographic and cultural variation contribute to children’s subjective well-being (Broberg, 2012; Dinisman & Rees, 2014; Legace-Suguin & Case, 2010).
“We know the future success and well-being of our community and region in part depends on ensuring everyone has access to quality education and employment regardless of race, ethnicity or socio-economic status” states Southeast Tech’s newest President, Robert Griggs.
Southeast Tech began in 1968, and this year marks the 50th anniversary.  Over 20,000 graduates live and work in our region.  Ninety-eight percent of the graduates are employed within 6 months and 92% of them work in the their graduate field.  In addition, 6 of the college programs have a 100% state and national exam pass rate.  Southeast Tech received Noel Levitz 2017 National Retention Excellence Award.   Southeast is the first higher education institution to receive this award in the state of South Dakota.  
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Mar 26, 2018
Deep Dive into Important Issues in Sioux Falls
Mayoral Candidates
Apr 02, 2018
Deep Dive into Important Issues in Sioux Falls
Secretary Mike Jaspers
Apr 09, 2018
South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture
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