Speaker Date Topic
Big Sioux River: Water Quality Efforts Aug 19, 2019 11:30 AM
Andrew Berg & Jesse Neyens
Andrew Berg & Jesse Neyens

Andrew Berg, Environmental/Stormwater Manager and Jesse Neyens, Environmental Analyst for the City of Sioux Falls will discuss the water quality efforts that the city is undertaking for the Big Sioux River.  The Big Sioux River near Sioux Falls is currently impaired with two pollutants, bacteria and total suspended solids (TSS).  These impairments are due to many different factors that include both rural and urban influences.  A coordinated effort among many individuals, organizations, and agencies will be needed to make a difference.  The City of Sioux Falls constantly works to improve the water quality in the Big Sioux.  The river is not only an amenity that draws folks to our great city, it is a valuable resource that provides drinking water for our residents and visitors through both surface water and aquifer recharge.  Improving the water quality in the river will affect many generations to come.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. Programs are open to Rotarians and their guests. All programs are recorded and Facebook Live Streamed. Local media are invited to attend to record the session.

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.

About the Speakers:

Andrew has worked for the City's Public Works Dept for 13 years as the Principal Drainage Engineer and currently the Environmental/Stormwater Manager.  Jesse Neyens has worked as an Environmental Analyst for the City for the past 12 years. 

Tim Mages – Expansion Capital Group Aug 26, 2019 11:30 AM

Tim Mages, Chief Financial Officer of Expansion Capital Group will be our presenter.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. Programs are open to Rotarians and their guests. All programs are recorded and Facebook Live Streamed. Local media are invited to attend to record the session.

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.

ROTARY ON THE ROAD: Sanford International Sep 16, 2019 11:30 AM
Rotary District Governor Ina Winter Sep 23, 2019 11:30 AM
Annual Visit & Message to the Club

Rotary District Governor Ina Winter will address the club during her annual visit.  She will share her goals and plans for the upcoming year.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. Programs are open to Rotarians and their guests. All programs are recorded and Facebook Live Streamed. Local media are invited to attend to record the session.

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.

About the District Governor:

Kristine Ina Winter is a retired civil engineer. She spent the majority of her career in highway administration with the Nebraska Department of Roads, working from the field positions of surveyor and construction observer to designer and back to the field as construction engineer and ending with the position of District Engineer.

Working with the public to achieve timely and cost-efficient projects is what she enjoyed best in her professional life. Public works projects are complex and involve many people and organizations working hand-to-hand to make worthwhile results. It is this experience that she intends to use in her role as District Governor.

Ina’s Rotary journey began in Norfolk, Nebraska in 2002. She served her club as Treasurer and President and worked with District 5650 as Membership Chair. After retiring from professional pursuits, Ina moved with her husband Brad Winter to Hot Springs, South Dakota where she immediately joined the Hot Springs Rotary Club. She just finished her second term as club president, this time with her new club. She has also just finished a three-year term with District 5610 as District Grants Subcommittee Chair.

Ina has traveled to Africa four times on humanitarian missions. Once with Engineers Without Borders for a water project in Uganda and the other three times with Rotary teams involved in National Immunization Days.

Ina is a Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society Member, and a Major Donor. She resides in Hot Springs with her husband Brad.

Future of the School for the Deaf Campus & Poverty Sep 30, 2019 11:30 AM
Rich Merkouris
Rich Merkouris

Rich Merkouris, President of Kingdom Capital Fund, will bring awareness on how poverty is impacting the economy of SF and the social fabric of the community. Community Leaders are continually being asked to engage with different organizations and support different initiatives. How do they decide where to engage and how do they help bring more collaboration. He will discuss how poverty is a complex issue that requires collaboration, coordination and a holistic approach.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. Programs are open to Rotarians and their guests. All programs are recorded and Facebook Live Streamed. Local media are invited to attend to record the session.

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:

Rich Merkouris serves as the President of Kingdom Capital Fund, a Christian foundation focused on raising funds to invest in special construction, farming or entrepreneurial projects. Rich is involved in the community in a variety of ways as a Pastor at King of Glory church and serving on the board of directors for the following organizations; The Sioux Falls Ministry Center, Compassion Child Care, and the Hope Coalition.