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Looking Ahead: American Democracy at a Crossroads Oct 26, 2020 11:30 AM

One week before the general election, three distinguished South Dakotans, advocates of civil discourse who have vast expertise in government affairs, will join in a discussion on Monday, Oct. 26, titled “Looking Ahead: American Democracy at a Crossroads.”    

The panelists are former South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard of Garretson, retired state Supreme Court Justice Judith Meierhenry of Sioux Falls and political scientist, scholar and author Matthew Moen of Vermillion. Rotarian and life-long journalist Jack Marsh will moderate the program.

Daugaard was elected to two terms as South Dakota’s 32nd governor, 2011-2018. Meierhenry retired from the Supreme Court after serving on the appellate bench, 2002-2011, and as a state trial judge, 1988-2002. Moen is former dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Dakota and moved back to Vermillion this summer after three years as CEO and president of the Gettysburg Foundation.

The presentation, at the club’s regular weekly meeting, will be held at the Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls and will begin about noon. All Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary Club programs are open only to Rotarians and their guests. Please use this link to reserve your lunch that will be available beginning at 11:30 am. You can eat during the meeting or take it with you after.

Face masks will be strongly encouraged for all attending. Distancing protocols will be followed.

All programs are recorded and streamed live on Facebook & YouTube. Local media are invited to attend to record the session. If you do not feel comfortable attending an in-person meeting, we will continue to stream our meetings live so you can watch them from your home or office. Attendance is optional.

If you do not feel well, or have been exposed to Covid, we ask that you stay home and join us through the live Facebook or YouTube stream.


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