Speaker Date Topic
Congressional Candidates Debate Oct 22, 2018 11:30 AM
Four South Dakotans seeking the state’s lone seat in the US House of Representatives will elaborate about their qualifications and policy platforms in a moderated debate.

They are Democrat Timothy Bjorkman, Libertarian George Hendrickson, Republican Dusty Johnson and independent Ron Wieczorek.

Veteran journalist Jack Marsh, a Rotary past president, will pose the same set of questions to the candidates and enforce a uniform time limit on responses. Questions won’t be shared in advance. This extended meeting of Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary will begin at noon and will adjourn by 1:15 p.m. Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary meetings are open to the media, to all Rotarians and to guests of Rotarians.
 
Lunch and networking 11:30-12:00. Lunch is $15 payable at the door. The program is recorded and Facebook Live Streamed.
Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Oct 29, 2018 11:30 AM

The two major party candidates for South Dakota governor, Republican US Rep. Kristi Noem and Democrat South Dakota Sen. Billie Sutton, will face off in an hour-long moderated debate.

Veteran journalist Jack Marsh, former Rotary president, will pose the same set of questions to both candidates and enforce a uniform time limit on responses. At Marsh’s discretion and as time permits, some rebuttals will be accommodated. Questions won’t be shared in advance. This extended meeting of Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary will begin at noon and will adjourn by 1:15 p.m.

The KSFY/Gray Television group will air a 90-minute live broadcast of the debate on its companion station The CW channel, noon to 1:30 p.m., re-air a recorded broadcast on The CW channel, 9 p.m., Oct. 29, and then broadcast an edited version on the main KSFY channel, 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4. The 90-minute program also will be streamed live on KSFY.com.

Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary meetings are open to the media, to all Rotarians and to guests of Rotarians.

Lunch is available at 11:30, $15 payable at the door, with the program starting at 12:00.

Nancy Halverson Nov 05, 2018 11:30 AM
Levitt at the Falls: Building Community Through Music
Levitt at the Falls: Building Community Through Music

Still seven months away from the first concert, Levitt at the Falls is already a creating dynamic community engagement in downtown Sioux Falls. Join us to hear from Executive Director Nancy Halverson as she explains the public/private partnership that has made Levitt at the Falls a reality, explores the idea of “placemaking” and what it means to our community and describes the vision for Levitt at the Falls and the economic impact it will provide. Levitt at the Falls is changing the landscape of downtown Sioux Falls. As a catalyst for economic development, this exciting new concert venue has already drawn businesses and inspired new housing opportunities in Falls Park West. 

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.

About the Speaker:

Nancy began her career as a high school theatre teacher and Program Manager for the South Mountain High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Phoenix, Arizona.

After completing an MFA in Theatre (directing) from Arizona State University, Nancy joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign as a professor of Theatre and Director of Performance Studies. She was a co-author of the National Standards for Theatre in Education, authored three theatre text books, published numerous articles for academic journals.

Following her husband’s appointment as President of Augustana College, Nancy and her family settled in Sioux Falls in 1999. In addition to her role hosting thousands of guests annually in their home as first lady for the college, Nancy founded the first professional theatre company in South Dakota, The Children’s Theatre Company of Sioux Falls. The company earned numerous accolades including a prestigious invitation to workshop their original play, “Dreams Carved in Stone - the story of Korzcak Ziolkowsky” as part of the Kennedy Center for the Arts New Visions/New Voices program. The production, which featured six Lakota tribal members, was also featured in the annual report published by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Upon Bruce’s retirement from Augie, the family moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2007, where she enjoyed the role of adjunct faculty member for both Clemson University and Furman University.

In 2011, she was named President and CEO of the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Under Nancy’s leadership the museum was named an Affiliate of the Smithsonian, was chosen as “Best Museum of the Upstate” and was credited with contributing over $80MM back into its local community.

In July of this year, the Halverson family returned to Sioux Falls where Nancy is delighted to take on the role of Executive Director of Levitt at the Falls, a new outdoor music venue being built in Falls Park West.

Rotary District Governor Dave Lorenz Nov 12, 2018 11:30 AM
Annual Visit & Message to the Club
Annual Visit & Message to the Club

Rotary District 5610 Governor Dave Lorenz will visit to deliver the annual district message to the club.

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.

Sheila Gestring, Univ. of South Dakota President Nov 19, 2018 11:30 AM
Matt Miller, FBI Special Agent Nov 26, 2018 11:30 AM
The FBI, Bigger Than Me

Special Agent Matt Miller will take a look at the FBI in the last quarter century and why the organization is better than the sum of its parts.  Special Agent Miller has been with the FBI since 1992.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. Rotarians and their guests are invited. This event will not be recorded.

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.