Speaker Date Topic
Josh Robinson – Silicon Prairie Nov 18, 2019 11:30 AM

Josh Robinson, Chief Information Officer at Sanford Health, will address how keeping and maintaining local technical talent is important to our economy and growth in our community. In order to do this, a positive culture and strong leadership are imperative to growth.  He will discuss how to attract and retain talent, develop leadership and drive culture.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. Programs are open to Rotarians and their guests. 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 40 clubs in the world.

Speaker Bio:

Josh Robinson, an experienced leader with 10 years of professional experience, currently serves as the chief information officer for Sanford Health. In this role, he provides technology strategy, vision, and leadership in the development, operations and continuous improvement of all organizational information technology functions.

Rotary in the Know: Avera Addiction Care Center Nov 19, 2019 5:00 PM

Downtown Rotary In the Know after-hours social events will feature an element of the community not accessible to everyone. Open to Downtown Sioux Falls Rotarians and their guests.

Tuesday, November 19th

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Tour of Avera Addiction Care Center

3715 Curae Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Enter onto the Avera on Louise Health Campus from 69th Street and Ralph Rogers Road. Take your first left and park in the lot near the facility. There will be Avera staff there to direct you into the building where our tour will begin.

RSVP before Thursday, November 14th by calling Angie at (605) 743-0927 or emailing DowntownSiouxFallsRotaryClub@gmail.com.

Watch for more upcoming Rotary in the Know events to be announced!

Dr. José-Marie Griffiths Nov 25, 2019 11:30 AM
President, Dakota State University
President, Dakota State University

Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, President of Dakota State University will be our presenter.  She will give an update on the exciting initiatives underway at Dakota State University.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. Programs are open to Rotarians and their guests. 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 40 clubs in the world.

 

About the Speaker:

Dr. Griffiths has spent over 30 years in research, teaching, public service, corporate leadership, economic development, and higher education administration. She has used her knowledge and expertise in computational science and technology to advance projects and endeavors across all of these fields. She has conducted ground-breaking work in meta-data and return-on-investment analysis of “big data” information systems, including multiple approaches to cost-benefit assessment; the influences of the digital revolution on the conduct of research, technology transfer, and economic development; and developing and implementing innovative and successful models for higher education/government/corporate multi-disiciplinary partnerships and collaborations.

Jill Franken – Community Triage Center Dec 02, 2019 11:30 AM

Too often individuals in crisis with mental health and/or substance use disorder (SUD) cycle in and out of jail or our local hospital emergency departments. Rotarian Jill Franken, Public Health Director for the City of Sioux Falls will discuss how establishing a Community Triage Center will provide persons with mental health and SUD challenges with a safe and therapeutic place, away from jails and emergency departments, where they can be assessed, stabilized, and referred to services to help their mental health and/or SUD issues. 

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. Programs are open to Rotarians and their guests. 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 40 clubs in the world.

 

About the Speaker:

Jill Franken is the Public Health Director for the City of Sioux Falls and in that role serves on the project team for the Community Triage Center Initiative. 

Dr. Brett Bradfield Dec 09, 2019 11:30 AM
The Changing Face of Higher Education
The Changing Face of Higher Education

Higher education has long been considered a gateway to opportunity and a major contributor to workforce development. While this continues to be true as demonstrated by credible data sources, institutions of higher learning are being increasingly confronted with adapting to rapidly changing societal expectations and navigating demographic challenges that threaten the traditional business model of the industry.  Dr. Brett Bradfield, President of the University of Sioux Falls, will give a brief overview of disruptive forces impacting the enterprise of higher education, discuss the need for finding balance in embracing the rich traditions of the past, leveraged against the necessity to consider an alternative future in higher education and then explore strategies for overcoming paradigm paralysis and seizing mission centric opportunities for innovation in the higher education enterprise.

Networking and lunch from 11:30 am - noon with the program beginning at noon. Lunch costs $15, payable at the door. Programs are open to Rotarians and their guests. 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 40 clubs in the world.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Brett Bradfield is a graduate of Dakota State College (SD) and holds a Master of Arts degree in educational psychology and counseling, and a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration from the University of South Dakota. Upon completion of his doctorate, Dr. Bradfield was awarded the Dr. H. C. Rustad Memorial Award recognizing the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year on the topic of board leadership in education. Prior to moving into higher education in 2000, he held various instructional and administrative roles in public and private K-12 education. These roles included service in the Harrisburg Public School District and serving as Principal of O’Gorman High School for many years just prior to entering higher education full-time in June 2000. During his years in K-12 education, he also served as an adjunct instructor for the graduate educational administration program at the University of South Dakota, teaching in various content areas relative to leadership in the field of education.

Dr. Bradfield currently serves as President at the University of Sioux Falls (USF).  Prior to being appointed as the University’s twenty-third President, he served as its Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, an appointment he accepted in 2006. Upon arriving at the University in June 2000, his first assignment was a newly created position as Director of Graduate Programs in Education. In 2003, he was elevated to Vice President for Professional Studies, another new position designed to increase the institution’s footprint in the adult learning market.

Throughout an extensive career, Dr. Bradfield has demonstrated his passion for educational leadership and commitment to fostering the delivery of affordable, high quality educational programming and services to students and families. In 2018 and after four years of research, Dr. Bradfield implemented a bold “Tuition Reset” initiative at the University of Sioux Falls that reduced tuition by $10,000 per year for students. The primary incentive for this effort was to make higher education more accessible for students from all socio-economic backgrounds and reduce suffocating loan debt for graduates of the institution.

Dr. Bradfield and his wife, Jane, have 4 children and 2 sons-in-law; Brittany (Josh) Childress, Brooke (Lane) Mellegaard, Blake, and Braden.  In addition, Dr. Bradfield and Jane have 7 grandchildren; Creighton, Kate, Isaiah, Meile, Berklie, Kase, and Clara, ranging in age from 4 to 11 years old.

 

Rotary Holiday Celebration Dec 16, 2019 11:30 AM

Please join us for the final meeting of 2019 and ring in the holidays with fellow Rotarians. The annual holiday party will feature musical numbers by Rotarians. Rotarians and their significant others are invited to attend.  The music will begin at about 11:30 am, with lunch and social from 12:00 to 12:30, followed by a short holiday musical program and then ending with a sing-a-long of holiday favorites.  Lunch will be served and is complimentary for Downtown Rotarians and their significant other.

Please RSVP using this link: Rotary Holiday Celebration RSVP

NO MEETING – Merry Christmas! Dec 23, 2019
NO MEETING – Happy New Year! Dec 30, 2019