Speaker Date Topic
NO MEETING--Memorial Day May 25, 2020

We will not host an online meeting on Memorial Day. Please take time to remember those who bravely served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Facebook LIVE Event: Dr. Eddie Sullivan Jun 01, 2020 12:00 PM
SAB Biotherpeutics' Rapid Response to COVID-19
SAB Biotherpeutics' Rapid Response to COVID-19

One of the leading antibody therapeutic developers for COVID-19 is located right in Sioux Falls and Dr. Eddie Sullivan will join us to share how SAB Biotherpeutics is rapidly responding to the pandemic. SAB has spent two decades developing a unique technology that harnesses the native human response to disease to rapidly generate targeted, high-potency immunotherapies on a large scale. A novel, quickly spreading infectious disease like COVID-19 is exactly the type of challenge their platform is ideally suited to address. They use genetically engineered cattle to produce fully human antibodies and are on track to have a therapeutic ready as early as summer 2020.

Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary will continue to offer online-only programming while we aren't able to meet in-person. The LIVE Facebook program will begin at noon. The direct link to the Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/siouxfallsdowntownrotary/

Rotary International is one of the premier service organizations in the world. The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls is among the largest 40 clubs in the world.

Speaker Bio:

As President, CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Sullivan is actively involved in charting the vision of the organization and working directly with the scientific and technical staff to develop new, innovative products using the DiversitAb™ Platform. He has worked to form strategic partnerships around the world to promote the development of life saving therapeutics. 

As a seasoned biotechnology executive, Dr. Sullivan has more than 15 years of leadership experience including President of a subsidiary of Kyowa Hakko Kirin, a Japanese pharmaceutical company. During that time, he led initiatives to develop infectious disease, cancer and autoimmune therapeutics. Raising over $190M in capital to develop biopharmaceutical platform technologies, he has also led several mergers and acquisitions. Dr. Sullivan was previously Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations of Sanford Applied Biosciences, a subsidiary of Sanford Health. He was also the head of Genemark, a company developing molecular diagnostic tools to the animal health industry as well as a co-founder of BioDak, a biotechnology development company.

Dr. Sullivan has been a thought leader in this field and worked with various committees and discussion groups that have focused on animal biotechnology and has actively participated in discussions for establishing a regulatory framework for this technology. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in Washington, D.C. He is also Founder and Past President of the state affiliate of BIO, South Dakota Biotech. He was appointed by the Governor of South Dakota to the state’s Research Commercialization Council and serves as Chairman of the South Dakota National Science Foundation EPSCoR.

Dr. Sullivan holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and graduate degrees from Brigham Young University, Kennedy-Western University, and Utah State University in both reproduction and business.

Facebook LIVE Event: Dr. Brian Maher Jun 15, 2020 12:00 PM
Sioux Falls School District Superintendent
Sioux Falls School District Superintendent

We will have a conversation with Rotarian Dr. Brian Maher as he prepares to pass the baton at the end of the month.  We'll discuss managing the state's largest school district amid a pandemic, what challenges still face the district when classes resume in the fall as well as finalizing the redistricting process and preparing to open the two new schools in the district.

Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary will continue to offer online-only programming while we aren't able to meet in-person. The LIVE Facebook program will begin at noon. The direct link to the Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/siouxfallsdowntownrotary/

Rotary International is one of the premier service organizations in the world. The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls is among the largest 40 clubs in the world.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Brian Maher is the Superintendent of the Sioux Falls Public Schools in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He began serving in this capacity on July 1, 2015. Sioux Falls, located in eastern
South Dakota, has a population of 175,000 with an MSA of 250,000+. The K-12 student enrollment in Sioux Falls Public Schools is 23,655. Prior to moving to Sioux Falls he served as
Superintendent of the Kearney Public Schools in Kearney, Nebraska.


Dr. Maher received a bachelor’s degree in math education from Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
Dr. Maher has been a teacher of all levels of mathematics as well as a high school physics teacher. He has been a varsity level coach in football, basketball, soccer and track and field.
In addition to teaching and coaching, Dr. Maher has had the opportunity to be an athletic director, assistant principal, a high school principal as well as a superintendent. He was once
named Nebraska’s New Principal of the Year as well as named Nebraska’s Superintendent of the Year.


Dr. Maher currently holds positions on the South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors, SD Symphony Board of Directors, as well as serving in board
capacity on the Sioux Empire United Way. Further, as Superintendent, Dr. Maher serves as an ex-officio member of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board. He and his wife, Peg,
are parents to three grown children – Lindsey, Brett and Maggie.

Annual General Meeting Jun 29, 2020 12:00 PM
President Jessie Schmidt
President Jessie Schmidt

This is the Club's annual general meeting.  We will announce the Ritz Rotarian of the Year recipient.  President Jessie Schmidt will reflect on her term as president and the new slate of officers for 2020-2021 will be elected.

Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary will continue to offer online-only programming while we aren't able to meet in-person. The LIVE Facebook program will begin at noon. The direct link to the Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/siouxfallsdowntownrotary/

Rotary International is one of the premier service organizations in the world. The Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls is among the largest 40 clubs in the world.