Speaker Date Topic
The Importance of Arts in Economic Development Oct 18, 2021 11:30 AM

Studies done in communities across the country have proven arts are far from mere decoration or light entertainment. Rather, they are a serious component of economic development strategies. Cities have employed the arts as a lever to increase visitors, attract residents and businesses, create jobs, improve quality of life, and increase local tax revenues. Join Downtown Rotary on October 18 as we speak with three of our local leaders about the importance of the arts in economic development. Rotarian Scott Lawrence, CEO/Partner with Lawrence & Schiller; Ceca Cooper, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Sioux Falls; and Rotarian Kerri DeGraff, Chief Operating Officer at the Washington Pavilion will join us for the conversation.

Please use this link to reserve your buffet lunch that will be available beginning at 11:30 am.

All programs are recorded and streamed live on Facebook & YouTube. Local media are invited to attend to record the session. 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 online.


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. For more information on how to become a mentor or involve your organization in mentoring visit Sioux52.org.

A Conversation with Maj. Gen. Jeff Marlette Nov 08, 2021 11:30 AM

As we celebrate Veteran's Day this week, we will host Maj. Gen. Jeff Marlette, The Adjutant General (TAG) for the State of South Dakota. Veteran and Rotarian Ron Mielke will moderate the conversation where they will discuss topics such as how the SD National Guard (SDNG) is used at the US border, how deployments of guard members outside the state are typically paid for, and what will be the future role of the SDNG in deployments around the world now that the US has withdrawn its involvement in Afghanistan. They will also look at where and how will the SDNG and America’s military find the young people to serve in the coming years as only about 25% of America’s youth between 17 and 23 are even eligible to serve, and what does the future look like for employers who either have current SDNG members or are considering hiring SDNG members.

Please use this link to reserve your buffet lunch that will be available beginning at 11:30 am.

All programs are recorded and streamed live on Facebook & YouTube. Local media are invited to attend to record the session. 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 online.


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. For more information on how to become a mentor or involve your organization in mentoring visit Sioux52.org.

NO MEETING – Merry Christmas! Dec 27, 2021
NO MEETING – Happy New Year! Jan 03, 2022