Speaker Date Topic
Debra Owen, Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Mar 25, 2019 11:30 AM
94th Legislative Wrap-Up
94th Legislative Wrap-Up

Debra Owen, Director of Public Policy for the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will be updating the club on key business related legislation and how those bills fared, give us the inside scoop on the bill that would have offered driver’s license exams in
Spanish, and explain the bill that united East and West River.  This will be an important update as many of the bills passed will take effect on July 1st or sooner.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. 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 20 clubs in North America.

 

Speaker Bio:
Debra Owen, has worked in advocacy for more than 20 years. She has served as a lead lobbyist for the Chamber, the hospital association, and the State of South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources. She is a licensed attorney and graduate of South Dakota School of Law.
She received her undergrad from Augustana University with a B.A. in Business Administration. She is married to David Owen and they have two sons.

Marc Littlecott Apr 01, 2019 11:30 AM
Smarter Giving after Tax Reform
Smarter Giving after Tax Reform

With the doubling of the Standard Federal Income-Tax deduction, the majority of Americans will no longer be itemizing their charitable contributions.  As they file their 2018 taxes right now, many are finding that out the hard way.  Having superior options to giving cash in mind may position them for a better tax day when they file their 2019 taxes next year, not to mention possibly enhance their philanthropic footprint.  Mr. Littlecott will help members understand not only how the charitable income tax deduction was created and evolved to where we are today, but why it behooves donors to be better informed about how they give moving forward.  He will also discuss a host of giving options to charity that are superior to gifting cash in light of Tax Reform and rank which kinds of asset-gifts, in order, are usually superior to giving cash to charity.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. 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 20 clubs in North America.

 

Speaker Bio: Since 2014, Marc Littlecott has been the Director of Gift Planning at the South Dakota State University Foundation.  As a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®), he is a qualified resource to many SDSU supporters and their advisors who wish to effectively integrate planned giving strategies in their estate planning, business/corporate operations, real property, farm & ranch asset sales, etc.  Prior to SDSU, Marc worked in a similar capacity for The Salvation Army, both in Cincinnati and Dallas.  He serves on the editorial board of Planned Giving Today magazine and is Board Secretary for the Charitable IRA Initiative, the national organization that produced and is seeking expansion of the Charitable IRA Rollover law, which he will talk about in this presentation.  Marc served 8 years in the Army Reserve after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1989.  He lives in Brookings with his wife Laura and their two high-schoolers.

Randy Knecht Apr 22, 2019 11:30 AM
Journey Group – Culture Development
Journey Group – Culture Development

Randy Knecht, CEO of Journey Group will present the evolution of Sioux Falls Contruction to Journey Group and discuss the keys to their growth and culture development.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. 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 20 clubs in North America.

 

Speaker Bio:

Randy has been involved in the construction industry for more than 25 years, joining the firm in 1994.  Serving as President  & CEO, Randy leads an outstanding group of dedicated and talented construction professionals.  Duties also include developing and maintaining client relationships and overseeing overall corporate risk strategy.

As a member of the Board of Directors, Randy works closely with the board to provide strategic direction and vision for the Company – a roadmap for the future.

Prior to being appointed President and CEO, Randy served as CFO from 1994 – 2010.

Community support includes serving on the boards of Avera McKennan Trustees, Junior Achievement, Northern State University Foundation, Volunteers of America-Dakotas Foundation, Sioux Empire United Way, and Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.  Randy also serves on the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appeals and Business Leadership Council committees.

Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D. Apr 29, 2019 11:30 AM
Gettysburg Revisited: Reclaiming Civility in American Public Life
Gettysburg Revisited: Reclaiming Civility in American Public Life

Abraham Lincoln said Americans could "nobly save or meanly lose" our democracy. Dr. Matthew Moen feels that right now we are doing both and that every American has a stake in the success of our democratic experiment.  During his presentation Dr. Moen will give an understanding of the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg, including the most famous speech by an American president. He will place America in the context of successful/failed democracies historically and offer personal and public policy solutions to improve civility in public life.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. 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 20 clubs in North America.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Matthew Moen is President of the Gettysburg Foundation. He is author/co-author of six scholarly books and more than 100 articles/papers; served 15 years as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Lohre (Lor-ay) Distinguished Professor at USD; chair of the SD Humanities Council, appointed to the Board by Governor Daugaard; professor/chair of political science, and special assistant to the president, at the University of Maine.

Moen has served on the Board of Directors of seven organizations, including president of the New England Political Science Association and president of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences -- the national organization consisting of 1600 deans at 600 colleges/universities.

He grew up ten blocks from the SF Downtown Holiday Inn. His last appearance before this club was in 2004, when he delivered a talk on liberal arts education miraculously entitled "Aristotle in the World of Donald Trump."

The educational initiative he launched--Gettysburg Revisited--has taken him to more than 12 states and one foreign country, with about 30 appearances to date.