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Posted on Jun 22, 2017
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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.
Finding Answers about Non-Natural Death AFB 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 14, 2017
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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.”
MetaBank Financial CEO Speaks AFB 2017-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 11, 2017
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Metro Communications Director Paul Niedringhaus provided an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the 9-1-1 emergency center in a presentation to The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, June 5.  Niedringhaus, using a remote video feed, lead the audience on a virtual tour of the secure facility located adjacent to the Minnehaha County Jail.

Niedringhaus has overall responsibility for dispatching 9-1-1 emergency services in Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County.  He explained operations and management of the consolidated city-county public safety communications center.
9-1-1 Emergencies: Behind the Scenes AFB 2017-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2017
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Each month, the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls features a brief introduction to members of the club.
Featured Members 2017-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2017
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Four candidates for one seat on the Sioux Falls School Board faced off in an hour-long forum at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls meeting, Monday, May 22.

Randy Dobberpuhl, Dimitrios Gliarmis, Cynthia Mickelson and Carol Robinson were questioned about their qualifications and relevant experience, their interest in serving and their positions on a variety of issues involving public education and the Sioux Falls School District specifically. Retired journalist and Rotarian Jack Marsh moderated. 

The top vote-getter in the June 6th election will succeed Douglas Morrison, whose term expires June 30. There won’t be a run-off election. The five-member school board oversees the largest school district in South Dakota, with almost 25,000 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, about 3,300 employees and an annual budget of about $300 million. School board members are paid $75 for each day they are in service to the school board.
School Board Candidates--Panel Discussion AFB 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2017
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Access to affordable legal services throughout South Dakota is decreasing at an alarming rate while increasing vulnerability and denying justice for children, adults and families who are struggling to navigate a daunting system of laws, regulations and government process, according to Taneeza Islam Rotary guest speaker.

In a presentation titled “JUSTICE – But Not for All,” Sioux Falls attorney and Bush Leadership Fellow Taneeza Islam addressed the Downtown Rotary Club of Sioux Falls on Monday, May 15.  Islam, a civil rights advocate and social entrepreneur, explained her views about the breadth of the problem, its human toll and its detriment to a civil society.

“Lack of access to legal services is a community health crisis in South Dakota,” said Islam. “South Dakota ranks in the nation’s bottom quarter for access to legal services and is one of a handful of states which does not fund civil legal aid. We must find innovative solutions to this age-old problem and increase the quality of life for every South Dakotan.” 
Justice---But Not for All afb 2017-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2017
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The top executive and the volunteer board chair of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce spoke at the Downtown Rotary Club of Sioux Falls Monday, May 8, about the organization’s recent leadership transition, the Chamber’s priorities and development of a qualified, robust workforce that meets the growing needs of business and industry.

Jason Ball became Chamber CEO and president in January, succeeding Evan Nolte, who retired after leading the region’s premier business advocacy group for 37 years. Dr. David Kapaska, CEO and regional president of Avera McKennan, is amid his one-year term as the elected chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Ball was hired by the Chamber during Kapaska’s chairmanship.
Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce: Leadership transition, emerging priorities AFB 2017-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2017
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South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels discussed the challenges of operating within a balanced state budget despite lagging tax revenue when he spoke at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, May 1.

“We adjusted the current budget, which ends 30 June, by reductions of $38 million and the upcoming budget year by $50 million,” said Michels. “The online purchases not capturing sales tax, the agricultural sector and slower consumer spending growth all contribute to the softening. We do not have any idea when the corner will be turned, but have budgeted within our means.”
 
Michels, South Dakota’s 38th lieutenant governor, was elected on a Republican ticket with Gov. Dennis Daugaard in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Michels is president of the Senate and a member of the Governor’s Executive Committee. In 2011, Matt led the state’s flood preparations in the area from Yankton to Dakota Dunes. He has been a leader in the construction of the new State Veterans Home in Hot Springs and works closely with the National Guard, Tribal Relations and Veterans Affairs. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the South Dakota Retirement System. 
LT. Governor Matt Michels: Budgeting Within Our Means AFB 2017-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Lavallee on May 01, 2017
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Dear Downtown Rotarians:
 
As my year as your President draws to a close at the end of June, I want to let you know what a privilege it is been to serve you and to represent this esteemed club, a top 20 club in North America.
 
After 48 programs including three off-sites, 26 new members, 155 songs, 21 Junior Rotarians, hundreds of guests and numerous front-page stories featuring that gorgeous new Rotary backdrop, Dave Pfeifle will assume leadership of our club with the official “changing of the guard” on June 26.
Message from the President Michelle Lavallee 2017-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 26, 2017
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Perceptions, misperceptions and the truth about Native Americans were explored in a presentation to the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, April 24. Craig Howe, Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge and executive director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, “will challenge Rotary members to become more educated regarding Native Americans and their place in South Dakota history. “ 

The Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, founded by Howe in 2004 and operating near Martin, S.D., is an Indian-controlled nonprofit research and education center committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of American Indian communities and issues important to them. 
Better Understanding of American Indians AFB 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 23, 2017
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Two Roman Catholic sisters at the forefront of advancing social justice and strengthening communities in South Dakota spoke at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, April 17, about how the Presentation Sisters are achieving renewed relevancy through evolving priorities and new missions. 

The Sisters have spent years educating, tending the sick and reaching out to lift up those made poor,” said Sister Lynn Marie Welbig. “The Sisters in every era have responded to the needs of that time and that place, always forwarding gospel living and the common good. … Lately, the systems that make and keep people on the floor of society has driven the Sisters into new places of ministry.

Sister Lynn Marie Welbig discussed efforts of the Presentation Sisters to influence state legislation and public policy through lobbying in Pierre. Sister Janet Horstman talked about the Presentation Sisters’ service to South Dakota’s immigrant communities.
Presentation Sisters: Ears to the Ground AFB 2017-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 11, 2017
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Enrolled members of Indian Country’s sovereign nations deserve well-functioning tribal governments devoted to serving and being accountable to their people. That’s the basis behind a Bush Foundation multi-million-dollar initiative that was explained at Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, April 10.

“Our goal in the Nation Building strategy is to strengthen tribal governance and better advance the aspirations of their nations,” said Rotary program speaker Eileen Briggs of the Bush Foundation, a non-profit that invests in problem-solving, leadership, innovation and stronger communities throughout South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. “We want to make tribal governments in our region models that tribes look to in how to exercise their self-determination for the good of their people.”
Sovereign Nations, Sound Governance AFB 2017-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 05, 2017
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Two top law enforcement officials spoke with member and guests of the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, April 3.  They lead a discussion about the impact and most effective potential responses to a methamphetamine epidemic that is fueling crime, violence and other societal problems in the Midwest and Sioux Falls.  Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead and Sioux Falls Police Capt. Loren McManus raised awareness about the gravity of the situation and are engaging community to find solutions. Milstead attributes methamphetamines and the emerging use of heroin in Minnehaha County to increased burglaries, robberies and other violent crimes, including homicides. 
Meth Epidemic & Rising Crime AFB 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 28, 2017
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Mike Headley, lab director for the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, S.D., discussed the lab’s scientific mission, its benefits to South Dakota’s economy and its role in STEM education when he spoke at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, March 27. “We’re on the verge of constructing one of the largest international mega-science projects to ever be developed on U.S. soil to study the mysteries of neutrinos,” said Headley, who’s also executive director of the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority. Sanford Lab houses big physics experiments, as well as other experiments in biology, geology and engineering, nearly a mile underground in the former Homestake gold mine. He heads the 125‐member Science and Technology Authority team in the development and operation of the newest and deepest underground science laboratory in the nation. “These experiments and several others have been used to enhance STEM education for K-12 schools throughout South Dakota.” In the past year, Sanford Lab’s Education and Outreach Department has created programs and curriculum modules engaging about 13,000 students statewide. The department holds teacher workshops and hosts field trips.
BIG Science at Sanford Lab AFB 2017-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 23, 2017
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South Dakota’s opioid drug epidemic, effectiveness of immunizations, impact of smoking, latest data on infant mortality and the pending overhaul of federal policy on health care and on medical insurance was discussed by the state’s health secretary when she spoke at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, March 20. “This is an exciting time for health care policy in our state and country,” said Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon. “There are many ideas to improve state and federal programs, and it will be key that any changes lead to better health outcomes for people in South Dakota.” In addition to being a senior advisor to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Malsam-Rysdon chairs the Governor’s Primary Care Oversight Committee, focused on improving access to quality primary care across the state.
Assessing, improving health of South Dakotans AFB 2017-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2017
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Joy Ranch, a barrier-free camp near Watertown, built entirely accessible so people of all ages and abilities can experience camp together, was discussed at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, March 13. Renee Hoover, director of sales for the year-round facility, explained featured programs including grandparent/grandchild camps, family camps, horse programs and specialty camps for people with special needs. Joy Ranch, operated by Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota, is located on Highway 20 about 8 miles northwest of Watertown, S.D.
JOY Ranch: Barrier-free camp AFB 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 07, 2017
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Sioux Falls State Theatre, being restored as the last jewel in the crown of historic downtown, is reopened its doors for tours, a silent movie and an updated progress report for members and guests of the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, March 6.  Host was John Swedeen, volunteer board president of the non-profit State Theatre Company and retired president/CEO of StarMark Cabinetry.  The State Theatre opened to the public in 1926 as a vaudeville and movie house, welcoming visitors with 1,350 seats.
Road Trip to “The State” AFB 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2017
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A leader in the local Islamic community, Dr. Mohammad Zeeshan Qamar, spoke about "Being Muslim in Sioux Falls" when he addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, February 27.  Dr. Qamar is a nephrologist at Sanford Health and director of interfaith dialogue at the Muslim Community Center of South Dakota. He discussed his experience as an immigrant and a Muslim in America over the past 13 - 14 years.  Dr. Qamar also talked about the challenges Muslims face and their contributions as productive members of this society, along with some of the common misconceptions people have about Muslims. 
Being Muslim in Sioux Falls - I am your neighbor, co-worker, friend. Afb 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2017
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The leader of a new organization dedicated to helping Sioux Falls children and youth achieve their highest educational and career potential spoke to the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, Feb. 20.  Candy Hanson, a philanthropic advocate and an expert in non-profit management, is president of Sioux Falls Thrive, a workforce development initiative of Forward Sioux Falls.  “Thrive is taking a fresh approach at managing the complexity of the educational ecosystem,” says Hanson. 
Equipping Youth to Achieve Their Full Potential AFB 2017-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 14, 2017
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Junior Achievement is a decades-long program that puts thousands of successful adult role models in classrooms has improved financial literary and encouraged strong ethical behavior among countless young South Dakotans.  “Research shows that JA alumni are more successful than their peers, and JA of South Dakota is fortunate to impact more than 51,000 students each year,” Kayla Eitreim shared: “For nearly 50 years, we’ve connected them with a community volunteer who utilizes hands-on activities to teach about money, careers, ethics, and owning a business.” Eitreim shared data at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls meeting, showing JA’s impact today versus the past and JA’s impact in Sioux Falls in comparison with other regions.
Junior Achievement “Empowering Young People to Succeed” AFB 2017-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2017
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Leaders in education, business, government and non-profits are collaborating to expand and improve the region’s workforce by training, mentoring, recruiting and placing qualified candidates for an abundance of unfilled jobs in the Sioux Falls market. Lon Clemensen, the person handling several initiatives on behalf of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, spoke at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls Monday, Feb. 6. Clemensen, vice president of workforce development, discussed an elaborate new “one-stop” website for prospective applicants, plans for a “Back to SoDak” three-day event next summer to recruit former residents and outreach to unemployed or underemployed people in specific targeted groups. Those include reformed criminal offenders, the disabled, immigrants and refugees, retirees, at-risk youth, the homeless and veterans.
Matching good workers, abundant jobs AFB 2017-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 31, 2017
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First off, thank you for affording Dianne and I the opportunity to attend the Large Club Conference (LCC) in Nashville! 
 
Team Building/Leadership: Awareness, Insight, Action was the theme of this of this year's LCC where 48 large clubs from around North America attended.  Keynote speakers were Julia Reed, writer on food, politics and the South, Joe Calloway, Author, Consultant/Advisor and Nashville Mayor Megan Berry.
Rotary Large Club Conference - Nashville AFB 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 31, 2017
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Olga Reuvekamp, who together with her family operates Hilltop Dairy near Elkton, S.D., shared her story about emigrating from the Netherlands in 2006 and discussed issues facing fellow immigrants in the region when she spoke at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, January 30.  In their business, she and her husband Wilifried employ a diverse workforce to milk 2,000 cows, raise heifers and grow crops to feed the herd.  Reuvekamp also is executive director of Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership, administering that state’s leadership program for people in the agriculture industry and those living in rural communities.
I'm an Alien/Immigration in America AFB 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 17, 2017
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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard discussed the “State of the State” in a presentation to the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, January 16. Daugaard, a Republican who is beginning the third year of his final term as South Dakota’s chief executive, elaborated on his proposed state budget and his agenda for the legislature’s current session in Pierre.

Governor Dennis Daugaard--STATE of the STATE Address AFB 2017-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 15, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls went on the road Monday, January 9, to the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, to hear a presentation about the South Dakota foster care system.  Amanda Barton, committed to improving the lives of foster children and break the cycle of abuse and neglect, is founding director of Royal Family KIDS Camp/Sioux Empire.  Barton, mother of four sons, fitness instructor and active community volunteer, was awakened to the needs of the foster care community when she and her husband became foster parents in 2011.

Improving Lives of South Dakota's Foster Children AFB 2017-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 01, 2017
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         At the end of 2016 the Downtown Rotary Centennial Fund has received contributions exceeding $80,000.
 
2016 Centennial Fund Drive Report Joel Dykstra 2017-01-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 15, 2016
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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley will discuss the impact, ramifications and status of Marsy's Law and Initiated Measure 22, controversial ballot issues recently approved by state voters, when he addresses Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary, Monday, Dec. 12. Marsy's Law, which protects crime victims' rights with an amendment to the state constitution, restricts the release of information that could be used to locate and harass them and their families. Initiated Measure 22, promoted as an anti-corruption referendum, regulates lobbyists and public officials, establishes a state ethics commission and creates “a publicly funded campaign finance program.” Both issues won statewide approval in the general election. on Nov. 8.

Marty Jackley, SD Attorney General—Marsy’s Law & IM 22: NOW WHAT? AFB 2016-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2016
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Co-directors of an after-school music program dedicated to transforming lives of socially and economically challenged children in Sioux Falls spoke about the goals and impact of the non-profit organization at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls meeting, Monday, December 5. Composer/conductor Dan Goeller and music performer/educator Heidi Goeller founded Harmony South Dakota nearly three years ago.  In support of their mission, Rotary presented a $12,000 grant to Harmony South Dakota to help underwrite the cost of concerts and the purchase of instruments.

Social Change Through MUSIC AFB 2016-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2016
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Dr. Vance Thompson, an internationally recognized specialist in refractive and cataract surgery, will discuss his career in ophthalmology and related research when he addresses Downtown Rotary, Monday, Nov. 28. Thompson and his team have conducted more than 100,000 eye procedures in the past 25 years and have been involved in about 80 FDA-monitored clinical trials involving the latest advancements in eye surgery techniques and the use of highly-specialized laser technology.

Visionary Surgeon, Vance Thompson AFB 2016-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 01, 2016
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During the first significant snow storm of the season, our district’s 5 intrepid International Exchange students spent the weekend in Sioux Falls.
Rotary Youth Exchange Students Visit Sioux Falls AFB 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 24, 2016
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Chris Semrau, who is responsible for booking all touring events at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, spoke at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, November 21. He discussed the process for securing events and shared his insights about the volatile entertainment touring industry. As the assistant general manager, Semrau oversees various departments including event services, ticketing, marketing, public relations and premium seating.

Booking the Premier Center/A look into programming SD’s premier venue AFB 2016-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 14, 2016
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Principal Tracy Vik and a few of her 599 students enrolled in the highly-acclaimed Sioux Falls K-5 Spanish immersion school presented at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, November 14. They explained a typical day at the Sioux Falls School District’s newest school, Sonia Sotomayor Elementary, named for the first US Supreme Court justice with Hispanic heritage. The presentation explored the nine-year history of the innovative program, plus the benefits and relevancy of bilingual education to equip children to live and thrive in a multicultural society.

Just What Exactly is Spanish Immersion? AFB 2016-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 08, 2016
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Democrat Billie Sutton and Republican Mark Mickelson in the South Dakota state legislature argued for voter support of their respective party tickets in a moderated discussion at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls meeting Monday, November 7, the day before the general election.

Dem, GOP leaders make their best cases AFB 2016-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2016
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Former USA TODAY media columnist and editor-at-large Rem Rieder, who’s been a prominent watchdog over American journalism for the past 25 years, spoke about the media’s role, responsibility and controversial performance in covering the 2016 presidential election when he addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, Oct. 31.  Rieder has devoted much of his distinguished career to scrutinizing the media and advocating for integrity in journalism.

Rem Rieder, Editor USA Today—Press Under Fire: Media’s Worst and Best in Election ‘16 AFB 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2016
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Mayor Mike Huether, joined by Presidents, Rotarians and distinguished guests, declared Monday, Oct. 24 as World Polio Day in Sioux Falls. 
World Polio Day October 24, 2016 2016-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 25, 2016
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Rotary, Midco present a C-SPAN telecast

Republican incumbent John Thune and Democratic challenger Jay Williams, candidates for a U.S. Senate seat from South Dakota, faced off in a nationally-televised exchange produced by the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls and Midco, Monday, October 24. C-SPAN carried a delayed broadcast of the hour-long issues debate, which was moderated by veteran journalist Jack Marsh.
Thune vs. Williams, Senate candidate debate AFB 2016-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2016
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Ed Jacobson of Pierre, District Governor for Rotary District 5610, shared his assessment of and vision for the 43 clubs in the four-state region when he made his official annual visit to the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, October 17. His presentation focused on the things that make Rotary unique, how and why Rotary’s 4-Way Test was written and the Rotary Foundation’s 100-year history.

Rotary Points of Pride AFB 2016-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 12, 2016
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Democrat Paula Hawks and Republican incumbent Kristi Noem, the two major party candidates for South Dakota’s lone seat in the US House of Representatives, faced off in a forum and debate during an extended meeting of the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, October 10.

“US House candidate forum: Hawks vs. Noem” AFB 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 03, 2016
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Veteran South Dakota editor Maricarrol Kueter, joined professional journalists Jonathan Ellis of Argus Leader Media, Stephanie Rissler of South Dakota Public Broadcasting and Beth Fuller Jensen of KELOland News, at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, October 3 meeting, and examined what’s at stake with 10 ballot issues that will be decided by the state’s voters on November 8. Presentations covered: Explanations of state constitutional amendments, initiated measures and referred laws; origin and background of each; effect and impact; pros and cons.

Understanding SD’s 10 Ballot Questions AFB 2016-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 01, 2016
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On September 28 our own Mike Costanzo emceed the groundbreaking of the Arc of Dreams, the five-story stainless steel sculpture, designed by sculptor and South Dakota Artist Laureate Dale Lamphere.
Arc of Dreams Groundbreaking Michelle Lavallee 2016-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls took a short road trip to The Bakery, 910 N. Main Ave., on Monday, Sept. 26, for a first-hand look at this business incubator for collaboration, ideas and innovation, and for a discussion about the “Rise of Young Entrepreneurs.” Rotarian Brian Rand, a co-founder of The Bakery, hosted and moderated a panel featuring Addie Graham-Kramer of The Event Company, Aaron Hultgren of Legacy Developments, and Matthew Paulson of MarketBeat.com.
Rise of Young Entrepreneurs AFB 2016-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 20, 2016
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Superintendent and Downtown Rotarian Dr. Brian Maher discussed his first-year report card on the performance and shared vision for the future of the Sioux Falls School District when he addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, Sept. 19.  Maher, who recently began his second school year as superintendent, oversees South Dakota’s largest district, with over 24,000 students in K-12.  “The Sioux Falls School District’s commitment is to grow college- and career-ready graduates with the highest critical thinking skills, experience in collaborative working groups, and belief that they can successfully reach both traditional and entrepreneurial aspirations right here in this great city we all call home.
Superintendent's first-year report card AFB 2016-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2016
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The CFOs of NorthWestern Energy and Daktronics will discuss the challenges and benefits of operating as publicly-traded companies in South Dakota when they address Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary on Monday, Sept. 12. Sheila Anderson of Daktronics and Brian Bird of NorthWestern represent two of only eight publicly-traded companies based in the state.

SD's publicly-traded companies: CFOs Perspectives AFB 2016-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2016
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With only three weeks left until City Council votes on a 2017 budget, the veteran Sioux Falls public works director will addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls Monday, Aug. 29, about his department’s priorities for streets, water, wastewater and other municipal systems and infrastructure. “Public Works is responsible to manage the transportation and utility systems for the 76 square miles of our great city,” said Mark Cotter. “Public Works plays an active role in your daily lives from your regular commute to the cold glass of water that flows from your faucet. More than 52,000 water and wastewater customers depend on us for life’s basic services.” Mayor Mike Huether’s 2017-2021 capital plan would commit $589.2 million over the next five years for the city infrastructure, facilities, equipment, and other improvements. The plan involves projects tied to Public Works and 11other city departments.  Only the first year of the capital plan is incorporated into the 2017 budget, which will be considered September 20th by the city councilr the next five years for the city’s infrastructure, facilities, equipment, and other improvements. The plan involves projects tied to Public Works and 11 other city departments. Only the first year of the capital plan is incorporated into the 2017 budget, which will be considered Sept. 20 by the City Council. The Aug. 29th Rotary meeting at the Holiday Inn City Centre is open to all Rotarians, their guests and the media. Lunch costs $11; the buffet.r the next five years for the city’s infrastructure, facilities, equipment, and other improvements. The plan involves projects tied to Public Works and 11 other city departments. Only the first year of the capital plan is incorporated into the 2017 budget, which will be considered Sept. 20 by the City Council. r the next five years for the city’s infrastructure, facilities, equipment, and other improvements. The plan involves projects tied to Public Works and 11 other city departments. Only the first year of the capital plan is incorporated into the 2017 budget, which will be considered Sept. 20 by the City Council.

Streets, Sewers, Water: Bigger City, Growing Needs AFB 2016-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 23, 2016
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Faced with a ratio of one school nurse for about every 1,000 students, the Sioux Falls School District is partnering with Avera McKennan to develop an eCare initiative in select schools. Molly Satter, health services supervisor for the school district, addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, Aug. 22, about the importance of the pilot project... for the state’s largest district, with about 24,000 students and more than 30 schools. The eCare School Nurse program increases school nurse access for students who need medical care during the school day. With clerical support, student health needs can be assessed by a school nurse via computer when the assigned school nurse is not available on site.

Expanding School Nurse Access with eCare AFB 2016-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 16, 2016
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Drawing on 38 years of professional experience with youth and young adults, Brian Roegiers spoke to member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, Aug. 15, about juvenile justice in South Dakota and how McCrossan Boys Ranch offers “New Hope for a Better Life” to troubled boys, ages 9 to 20. Roegiers, who noted underprivileged youth have “a special place in my heart,” has been executive director of McCrossan since 1998. “By working on values, goals, education and life skills, we prepare our boys to live a balanced life outside the ranch,” says Roegiers. The private non-profit McCrossan Boys Ranch, situated near the northwest edge of Sioux Falls, serves boys who have experienced conflict in their lives and provides “one-on-one counseling as well as specialized educational services so they can heal and grow intellectually.

McCrossan Boys Ranch Today & Tomorrow AFB 2016-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2016
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Species of wildlife are facing global extinction on a massive scale, with about 21% of mammal species, about 12% of bird species and about 33% of all amphibian species under threat. So says Elizabeth Whealy, president and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo, who believes zoos are in a unique position to make a difference. Whealy addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls Monday, Aug. 8, and discussed how the Great Plains Zoo is banding together with other zoos in an aggressive mission to save endangered species through conservation breeding, habitat preservation, community development, public education and research.
Zoos on a Mission, Saving Species from Extinction AFB 2016-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 02, 2016
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Prolific author, economic historian and professor Dr. Robert E. Wright addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls Monday, Aug. 1, about the history of entrepreneurship in South Dakota in a presentation titled “The Next Big Thing.”  Wright, the chair of Political Economy at Augustana University, shared insights from his most recent book, "Little Business on the Prairie: Entrepreneurship, Prosperity, and Challenge in South Dakota."  The book reviews the state’s economic history through the lenses of its public policies, politics and institutions.
“The Next BIG Thing”: Entrepreneurship in S.D. AFB 2016-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2016
The Board of Directors and the Classification Committee has approved the following.  Objections should be submitted in writing within seven (7) days.
 
Membership into the club is subject to review by the Classification Committee and approved by the Board.  PLEASE introduce your guest as guests ONLY and not a potential new member until such approval has been authorized.
Proposed New Members 2016-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2016
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After a 27 day trip across 22 states Teo stopped in to share his experiences and thanks with Rotarians on July 18. On the stage, he explored with Rotarians how this
journey changed him for the better and allowed him to grow in so many ways!
Teo's Final Thank you! AFB 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 25, 2016
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A community advocate for inclusion and diversity addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, July 25, about improving job satisfaction and productivity by creating a healthier, more respectful people-focused business culture. “Respect, Empathy & Leadership: Transforming the Workplace” is the title of Vaney Hariri’s presentation, which explored key points from a self-published book he co-authored earlier this year, “Think 3D: Personal, Professional, Potential.” Hariri, 35, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., who moved to Sioux Falls at age 12, is former chair of the Sioux Falls Human Relations Commission, a sales team leader for student loans and nine-year employee at Wells Fargo and co-founder of a business consulting firm focused on workplace culture and leadership.
 
 
Respect, Empathy, Leadership: Transforming the Workplace 2016-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2016
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While matters involving the U.S. Navy are drawing domestic and international attention with news coverage from the South China Sea and Okinawa to San Diego and Washington, D.C., Rear Admiral Bret Muilenburg addressed the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls Monday, July 18, about the “State of America’s Navy."  Admiral Muilenburg gave an overview of the global mission undertaken by 540,000 active duty and civilian personnel, discussed the status of 276 deployable ships and 3,700 aircraft and shared his views about the importance of a strong Navy to land-locked South Dakota.
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SD Supreme Court Judge Says Look At Poverty To Understand Incarceration Rates AFB 2016-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2016
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South Dakota Supreme Court Justices Lori S. Wilbur and Glen A. Severson discussed the inner workings of the state’s highest court in a joint presentation to the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, July 11. Wilbur and Severson, two of the five jurists on the appellate bench, explored “A Few Things You May Not Know About the Supreme Court.”
SD Supremes: Courtside insights 2016-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
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Eleven Rotary Exchange Students gathered at Summit Events Hall in Sioux Falls, June 11-13, for a weekend of sharing, fellowship, team-building, service and leadership training.
The students were greeted by District 5610 Governor Steve Sikorski who shared the importance of the journey which will provide an opportunity for understanding and in turn develop peace, one relationship at a time.
 
Teambuilding activities and leadership training included the circle of trust, Simon Sinek’s lesson “Your WHY”, go carts, Roman Catholic Service at St. Joseph Cathedral, Festival of Cultures, Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream and a tour of the city!
 
All this fun was balanced with “Service above Self”.  On Saturday the students volunteered at Bishop Dudley Hospitality House (BDHH); cleaning rooms, picking up garbage and learning about the important service BDHH provides.
Rotary Hosts International Youth Exchange Retreat AFB 2016-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2016
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South Dakota Representative Mark Mickelson, R-13, assessed the 2016 legislative session and discussed major state issues including the recent teacher-pay initiative and the expansion of Medicaid when he spoke at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls meeting on Monday, June 27.
Mark Mickelson: State Issues at Hand AFB 2016-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 21, 2016
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Two well-known South Dakota lobbyists and a former state lawmaker addressed the relevancy and conduct of hired advocates in the legislative process during a presentation at the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls Monday, June 20. David Owen and Steve Willard are registered lobbyists. Tim Rave, a former Senate majority leader and former speaker of the House, now hires lobbyists. Owen is president of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Willard is executive director of the South Dakota Electric Utility Companies Association, president of the South Dakota Broadcasters Association and a contract lobbyist. Rave is vice president of public policy at Sanford Health.
SD Lobbyists: Key players in Pierre AFB 2016-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 14, 2016
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South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, whose official responsibilities include the oversight and integrity of public elections, spoke at Downtown Rotary Club of Sioux Falls, Monday, June 13. The South Dakota native and former small business owner was elected to her current post in November 2014. She succeeded fellow Republican Jason Gant, who decided not to seek a second term after criticism of his election handling.
Secretary of State: S.D.’s chief election officer AFB 2016-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2016
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Sioux Falls resident Mary Mortenson, executive director of Prison Congregations of America, addressed Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls on Monday, June 6, about the impact the national ministry is having on those incarcerated at 29 prisons in 13 states. Her presentation, titled “Changing the World From the Inside Out,” explored the mission of the South Dakota non-profit organization to collaborate with Christian denominations and prison officials to establish congregations behind the walls at state penal institutions across the US.
Prison Ministry: Changing the World from the Inside Out 2016-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2016
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Foundation recognition points are awarded to donors (clubs or individual Rotarians) who contribute to The Rotary Foundation through the Annual Programs Fund or PolioPlus, or as a sponsor portion to a Foundation grant.
Foundation Recognition Points AFB 2016-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Paul Harris Society: Web sign-up now available. We have a new webpage for the Paul Harris Society, complete with a sign-up form. The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary Members and friends of the Rotary Foundation who contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank donors for their generous annual support of the Rotary Foundation.
 
Paul Harris Fellow Campaign Update 2016-06-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2016
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Plans were unveiled Monday, May 23, for a downtown river plaza commemorating the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Sioux Falls.  Landscape architecture expert Jon Jacobson and Sioux Falls city planning director Mike Cooper showed renderings and presented details about "Rotary Centennial Plaza," to be developed along the Big Sioux River Greenway, near the intersection of 10th Street and River Boulevard. Pending a vote by Sioux Falls City Council, the plaza will be named for Rotary. The plaza will be developed this summer as a public seating area and river overlook.
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Posted on May 21, 2016
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Paula Jensen, resource and community development director with Dakota Resources, based in Renner, S.D., addressed “Why Rural South Dakota is Important to Sioux Falls” when she spoke at Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, on Monday, May 16. Jensen’s presentation explored cultural and economic interconnectedness and interdependence of regional trade centers and their rural neighbors in South Dakota. Dakota Resources is a 501(c)(3) community development financial institution dedicated to stimulating financial and human investment in rural communities.
Why Rural South Dakota is Important to Sioux Falls 2016-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2016
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US Representative Kristi Noem, R-S.D., spoke to the members of the Downtown Rotary Club of Sioux Falls Monday, May 9th.  Congresswoman Noem, South Dakota’s lone member in the US House of Representatives, provided an update on activities she has been involved with.  Representative Noem is in the final year of her third term.
Congresswoman Kristi Noem—Congressional Update 2016-05-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2016
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Business and civic leaders Dave Rozenboom and Mark Shlanta, co-chairs of Forward Sioux Falls 2021, addressed the Downtown Rotary Club of Sioux Falls, Monday, May 2, on the topic “The MOMENTUM of Forward Sioux Falls.” They reviewed Forward Sioux Falls accomplishments, gave an update on the current $15.5 million campaign and presented an overview of program priorities for the next five years.

The MOMENTUM of Forward Sioux Falls 2021 2016-05-04 05:00:00Z 0