Sep 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Judge Karen Schreier – Her Vote. Her Voice.

Judge Karen Schreier, first woman to be appointed as a judge to the Federal District Court in South Dakota, will discuss Her Vote. Her Voice. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting most women in America the right to vote. To commemorate this milestone in women’s history, Governor Kristi Noem appointed a Women’s Vote Centennial Delegation to organize statewide celebrations, gather historical artifacts, develop educational materials about the suffrage movement and more.

The meeting will be held at the Washington Pavilion – Belbas Theatre and will begin at noon. Please arrive early to allow time for check-in and seating. All Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary Club programs are open only to Rotarians and their guests. Please use this link to purchase your lunch that will be available for pick up following the meeting.

Face masks will be strongly encouraged for all attending. Judge Schreier has requested that all attendees wear masks to help ensure that she remains healthy and is able to continue presiding over her very full docket of cases. Thank you for honoring her request. 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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About the Speaker:

Karen Schreier is the first woman to be appointed a Federal District Court Judge in South Dakota. She has served in that role for 21 years. She has presided over matters in Rapid City, Pierre and Sioux Falls. Judge Schreier also was the first woman to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota. She is a native of Flandreau, South Dakota. Karen and her husband, Tim Dougherty, live in Sioux Falls.

Judge Schreier was appointed by Governor Noem to serve as a delegate to the Women’s Vote Centennial Delegation called Her Vote. Her Voice (HVHV). HVHV is bringing together hundreds of statewide volunteers to celebrate women gaining the right to vote 100 years ago, to raise the significance of women’s achievements both 100 years ago and today, to preserve and archive women’s history, and to raise funds for the SD Historical Society Foundation. Her presentation will describe the 50 plus years of efforts of women and men so women could vote in South Dakota.

Please Note: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.