Rotary Club
Speaker Date Topic
Patrick "Packy" Mader, Minnesota Gold Jul 25, 2024 12:00 PM

The author of four children’s picture books that celebrate heartwarming, inspirational, and intergenerational stories with rural Minnesota traditions, Packy decided to research and explore another Minnesota resource: its athletes. He discovered many athletes from a variety of sports and eras who have brought pride to the state through their effort, perseverance, achievements, and professions. Convinced that the stories of these remarkable athletes who have enriched our heritage should be preserved, Packy has spent seven years researching sports data, traveling to 85 of Minnesota’s 87 counties, having conversations with more than 100 elite athletes who competed on the world stage, and then writing two books profiling their lives:  Minnesota Gold and More Minnesota Gold. They are 400-page, full-color volumes with more than 200 photographs in each book.  He believes he has discovered true Minnesota Gold!

For more information about Patrick "Packy" Mader, please visit .

Rotarian Joe Grinstead Aug 01, 2024 12:00 PM
Lonny Stormo Aug 08, 2024 12:00 PM
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary's project Crutches 4 Africa
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary's project Crutches 4 Africa
Angie Hong Aug 15, 2024 12:00 PM
East Metro Water Resource Education Program
East Metro Water Resource Education Program
David Newman Aug 22, 2024 12:00 PM
District 5960 LIFT initiative in Nicaragua
District 5960 LIFT initiative in Nicaragua
Rotary District 5960 District Governor Ed Boeve Aug 29, 2024 12:00 PM


Ed was born and raised on a farm near Steen, a small community in the very southwest corner of Minnesota. Oldest son in a family with eight siblings his elementary years were spent attending a small country school, so small that he was the only student in his class!

High school years were busy with sports, church, and leadership in Future Farmers of America front and center. He served as President of the FFA chapter for two years and also served as the District Vice President.

Most important during those years was his introduction to classmate Sue, who became his spouse and lifelong love. They have three grown children (Edward, Tim and Alyssa), accompanying spouses (Erin, Julia and Mike), and six lovable grandkids.

Undergraduate work at Northwestern College of Iowa culminated in a BA degree in Psychology/Sociology and a job working in a residential setting with delinquent adolescents. It was during this time that a career in helping others came into focus.

Most of Ed’s career was spent leading non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting adults with significant cognitive impairments in employment settings, first in northern Minnesota and later in the metro area. Highlights included earning a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from Moorhead State University, participating in a national demonstration project focused on employment and later leading that statewide effort for Minnesota. The last twenty-eight years of his career was spent as the Executive Director of ESR, Inc. based in Stillwater providing services in Washington County (MN) and St. Croix County (WI) prior to retiring a few years ago.

Ed is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater. He has served on the governing board of the church, chaired and currently serves on the Finance Ministry Team, and is the President of church corporate entity. Rotary experience began in 1997 and continues today with Stillwater Sunrise. Ed led the process to obtain and complete two district grant efforts in Kenya in support of a school for orphans and to bring water to a remote village in the northwest quadrant of the state of Pokot. He served as Club President in 20/21, surviving the year of Covid!

Spare time is spent golfing, fishing, traveling and watching grandkids grow up.

OPEN Sep 05, 2024 12:00 PM
Mike Wurm & Mark Ritzinger Sep 12, 2024 12:00 PM
"Stories from the Water"
"Stories from the Water"

“Stories from the Water” doesn’t fit into a tidy film category. It has done well in several film festivals. Five kids from town take a 2-year journey discovering the river and learning about the process of storytelling. All featured musicians are from River Falls and western Wisconsin, several bring a personal connection to the river. A children’s book from 1962, “The Fishing River,” is one of the inspirations for the film.

A conservation theme is central. The issues & challenges facing the Kinni haven’t changed much through the years. The 5 middle school producer/actors learn that the watershed is as important to protect as the river itself.

Mike Wurm loves aerial photography, scuba diving & visual storytelling. The River Falls community is near & dear to his heart. He's worked in medical television as a senior producer. Through the years, he has won awards as a producer and editor & in photography. He's honed his storytelling skills in corporate & healthcare media and worked for Allina Health for over 30 years.

After UWRF, he thought he'd like to do something on the river. He states he's "fortunate to have friends & family here to support all my crazy projects. Years ago, I tipped a kayak on the Kinni, resulting in over $600 dollars in drone & camera gear. Nothing was lost, but the water damage reminded me that 'the river always wins'."

Deanne DeGraff, Hudson Pickleball Association Sep 19, 2024 12:00 PM

Pickleball is a sport available to all ages and skill levels.  For more info, please visit 

OPEN Sep 26, 2024 12:00 PM
Melissa Meschke, St. Croix EDC Oct 03, 2024 12:00 PM
St. Croix EDC's Role in Hudson's Economic and Community Development
St. Croix EDC's Role in Hudson's Economic and Community Development
Mary Claire Potter, Hudson Chamber of Commerce Oct 10, 2024 12:00 PM
The Chamber's Role in Hudson's Economic and Community Development
The Chamber's Role in Hudson's Economic and Community Development
Students of the Month Oct 17, 2024 12:00 PM
Joan Somes, Towards Zero Deaths Oct 24, 2024 12:00 PM
OPEN Oct 31, 2024 12:00 PM
Margie Horning, Rotary District 5960 Nov 07, 2024 12:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation
OPEN Nov 14, 2024 12:00 PM
Students of the Month Nov 21, 2024 12:00 PM
NO MEETING - Happy Thanksgiving Day! Nov 28, 2024 12:00 PM
Elle Klasen, Health Officer for SCC Public Health Dec 05, 2024 12:00 PM
Disease and Prevention Treatment in St. Croix County
Disease and Prevention Treatment in St. Croix County
Students of the Month Dec 12, 2024 12:00 PM
Merry Meals packing event @ Hop 'N' Barrel Dec 17, 2024 12:00 PM
OPEN Dec 19, 2024 12:00 PM
NO MEETING - Merry Christmas! Dec 26, 2024 12:00 PM