May 16, 2022 11:30 AM
Transition of Leaders at Sioux Empire United Way

The foundation of any strong community is how it takes care of its people. Quality, affordable childcare makes it possible for parents to enter and stay in the workforce. Transitional and income-based housing creates stability for stability. Access to mental health services lifts up people in need of care. Support for caregivers as they care for aging family members.

These foundational pieces that hold up many people in our community are possible, in part, due to Sioux Empire United Way. Since 2000, Sioux Empire United Way’s annual fundraising campaign has raised $200 million, through the support of 700 local business and 20,000 individuals givers. Sioux Empire United Way funded organizations support 1 in 3 people in the community. In the past year, Sioux Empire United Way funded organizations have matched 1,715 children with a mentor, provided 262,334 meals to vulnerable adults, and provided 659 families and individuals with transitional housing or support to attain or maintain stable housing.

As the organization transitions leadership, with the retirement of President and Downtown Rotarian Jay Powell and hire of new President/CEO Alan H. Turner II, Rotarian Joel Sylvester will sit down with both leaders and current Sioux Empire United Way Board Chair, Brenda Kibbe to discuss the past, present, and future of Sioux Empire United Way.

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

The presentation, at the club’s regular weekly meeting, will be held at the Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls and will begin at noon. All Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary Club programs are open only to Rotarians and their guests. All programs are recorded and streamed live on Facebook & YouTube. 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 25 clubs in the world. For more information on how to become a mentor or involve your organization in mentoring visit