Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls
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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.
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.

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Upcoming Speakers
President Brett Bradfield
Dec 11, 2017
University of Sioux Falls
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.
Club Executive
President Elect
President Nominee
Foundation Chair
Past President
Executive Director
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