Rotary members touring Startup Sioux Falls new building in downtown Sioux Falls


Our committees are a primary way that we make an impact in our community. Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary has a variety of committees that serve different organizations and initiatives to ensure support is provided. Explore our current committees and consider becoming a member.

Current Committees

Purpose: Promote Downtown Rotary as a “place where important conversations happen” through the Club’s programming.


  • Identify relevant program topics.

  • Secure speakers and moderators.

  • Provide support to program promotion.

  • Manage external program suggestions.

Chair: Eric S. Erickson

Purpose: Create a welcoming, organized atmosphere to Downtown Rotarians and their guests.


  • Create a smooth and efficient means of checking in, welcoming members and guests, creating a pleasant first impression.

  • Recruit and prepare Rotarians to greet, ensuring two or three are scheduled to welcome and work the registration table each meeting.

  • Run microphone during guest introductions and Q&A portions of the meeting.

  • Identify and schedule people to give invocations at meetings.

Chair: Laura Arnett

Purpose: Grow and build a club of active community leaders that represent the demographic makeup of the city of Sioux Falls. Help re-frame the perception from being “Where important people gather” to “Where important conversations happen.”


  • Recruitment Strategy

  • Membership Outreach

  • Sponsor Engagement

Chair: Ryan Martin

Purpose: Engage members by providing Rotarians opportunities for community service, fellowship and mentorship outside of weekly meetings.

Organize & Execute a Variety of Monthly Opportunities for:

  • Rotary “In the Know” Events

  • Service Projects

  • Rotary Networking Social Events

Chair: Dan Kippley

Purpose: Develop and execute a strategy that influences internal and external perception of Downtown Rotary as a Top 25 Rotary Club in the world.


  • Public Image/Perception

  • Storytelling

  • Media Relations

  • Social Media – maintain and post content on the club's pages

  • Stage Aesthetics

  • Meeting Technology

  • Video/Photography

Chair: Olivia Essig

Purpose: Intentionally engage with members to help connect them to the Rotary mission and other Rotarians.


  • Plan quarterly group service activities.

Chair: Sophie Johnson

Purpose: Ensure Downtown Rotarians understand the work of Rotary on a global scale. Invite members to participate in Rotary initiatives beyond the local club.


  • Rotary Foundation

  • Paul Harris Fellow

  • World Polio Day

  • Youth Services
    • Junior Rotarians

    • 4-Way Test Essay contest

    • Youth Exchange

    • Friendship Exchange

Chair: Jodi Dehli

picture of Rotary Centennial Plaza in downtown Sioux Falls, SD

Better Together

We welcome and encourage you to consider joining the Downtown Sioux Falls Rotary. Once qualified you're on your way to making a difference in our community and throughout the world with Rotary International. Learn more about what it takes to become a member.