Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls
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Please note the new date for the Rotary In the Know tour of the City Center. Please plan to join us on Wednesday, February 20th!
Did you know that in November Rotarians around the world celebrate the great work of The Rotary Foundation? As part of Foundation Month, Downtown Rotary has recognized eighteen new Paul Harris Fellows. The new fellows are:
Ryan Boschee, Eric Erickson, Mick Gibbs, J. Tyler Haahr, Paul Hanson, John Hantla, Rob Howe, Dan Kippley, Jennifer Kirby, Tim Kromminga, Andy Patterson, Matt Paulson, Cindy Peterson, Jay Powell, Jeff Pray, Loren Tschetter, Darla VanRosendale, Tom Welk
Thank you to each of these Rotarians for their contributions, along with all of the Paul Harris Fellows in our club.

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During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

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Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

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The Downtown Rotary Club had a historic day on Monday, October 29th. For the first time in club history, a meeting was broadcasted live on television. There was also record attendance at the meeting, where 330 people were present to witness the debate between South Dakota gubernatorial candidates Kristi Noem and Billie Sutton. The event was the only debate of this campaign that had a live audience.
KSFY-TV broadcasted the debate live on their CW station and will re-air the event on KSFY at 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 4, 2018.  You can watch the online stream of the event here.
KDLT-TV also live-streamed the debate on their website.  Their coverage can be found here.
We were honored to have Governor Dennis Daugaard speak to the club about the landmark South Dakota vs. Wayfair Supreme Court case on Monday, August 6th. He discussed the implications it will have on the state and nation moving forward. He also addressed the next steps for finalizing the case and implementing the changes into law.
If you missed the meeting, you can watch Governor Daugaard's full presentation on the Facebook archive and the slides he shared are available to members on the Past Speaker Presentations Page.
Why be a Rotarian?
Upcoming Speakers
Greg Henson
Feb 18, 2019 11:30 AM
Sioux Falls Seminary
Rotary In The Know
Feb 20, 2019 5:00 PM
Tour of City Center
Dr. Josh Pauli
Feb 25, 2019 11:30 AM
DSU's MadLabs: Innovative R&D Clusters to Drive Research and Economic Development
Meeting Schedule
We meet every Monday at 12:00 PM at the Holiday Inn Downtown Sioux Falls.
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Director Membership Recruitment
Director Marketing
Director Media Relations
Director Membership Engagement
Foundation Liaision
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Director Youth Services
Director - Finance Committee Chair
Director - Monday Logistics
Director - Nomination Committee Chair
Executive Director
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