Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls
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Fellow Rotarian Dr. Brian Maher, Superintendent of Sioux Falls Public Schools, shared numerous statistics with club members on Monday, July 16 regarding current and projected student enrollment and how the district's facilities will be able to meet the needs of the increasing enrollment. A bond election is being discussed for this fall and if you'd like more information on this issue be sure to watch the Facebook video archived on the club's Facebook page and read through the statistics that Dr. Maher shared here.
Downtown Rotarians have been invited to be part of a first-ever event for Sioux Falls.  Levitt @ the Falls is bringing grammy-award winning Blind Boys of Alabama to Sioux Falls on Friday, August 3.
Levitt and Downtown Rotary are partnering to secure volunteers for the concert.  Day-of efforts include hospitality assistance, stage hands, help with set up, and general “utility club” volunteers.  Shifts are short.  Downtown Rotary will be recognized from the stage for our involvement.  A wonderful opportunity to promote Downtown Rotary while supporting such an incredible downtown organization.
For more information including a complete list of volunteer opportunities and shifts please email Cindy Peterson at
Dr. Amy Novak presented to the Downtown Rotary Club on Monday, June 4. The video of the presentation is available on the Facebook page archive and her accompanying slides are available for members to access on the Past Speaker Presentation page at:
There is a Friendship Exchange to New South Wales, Australia in 2019.  Our District's team will be going there in October of 2019 and they will be coming here from May 26 to June 9, 2019.  We need people from the West side of our district and Sioux Falls to participate.  If this is something you would be interested in, please contact Pat Sutliff as soon as possible.
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. 

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Upcoming Speakers
Jim Hagen, SD Secretary of Tourism
Jul 23, 2018 11:30 AM
Tourism 101
Dr. Alan Cureton
Jul 30, 2018 11:30 AM
University of Northwestern (UNW) Expansion in Sioux Falls
Doug Stensland
Aug 06, 2018 11:30 AM
Stensland Family Farms
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