Speaker Date Topic
Wayzata High School Chamber Singers Dec 13, 2017
Annual Holiday Musical Performance (Jack Weeks Host)
Annual Holiday Musical Performance (Jack Weeks Host)
TBD Dec 20, 2017
Jim Houg, Host
Patrick Mader, Author of "Minnesota Gold" Dec 27, 2017
Adam Fonda, Host
Adam Fonda, Host

Minnesota Gold features compelling stories told by fifty-seven Minnesota athletes participating in the Olympics, World Championships, and World Cups from 1948 – 2014. As they pursued their dreams and persevered to compete in the greatest international competitions, these diverse athletes represented their state with dignity and brought pride to sports fans in all regions of Minnesota. 

Author Patrick “Packy” Mader presents an engaging and unique program as he shares the memorable conversations he had with these remarkable men and women who honored their sport, their state, and their country on the world stage over the last seven decades. Discover true Minnesota gold!

Dave Garwick, "With Every Mouse & Man" Jan 03, 2018
Mike Lee, Host
Mike Lee, Host

Author Dave Garwick will talk about his new book, "With Every Mouse & Man", a novel about one of the most heroic and tragic U-boat mysteries of the Second World War.

In the North Atlantic of World War I, a British passenger liner called The Laconia was torpedoed and sunk by a German U boat. Soon, a different U boat, U 156, was blown up and sunk with all hands on deck. Decades later, in the South Atlantic of World War II, another British passenger liner, also called The Laconia, is torpedoed and sunk, this time by another U156 which also is doomed to be sunk with all hands on deck. But before it dies, this U156 makes its mark in history by rescuing all the survivors of the ship it had just sent to the bottom. It radios for Allied assistance and the Americans send a bomber that attacks the U boat, killing many of the struggling survivors. About that same time, high profile Lutheran pastor, Martin Niemöller, a former decorated U boat captain of the First World War, turns against Hitler and is dragged off to the concentration camps. Then one of Niemöller's WWI protégés, Karl Dönitz, ascends to command the entire German U boat fleet. These two men share the nightmare memory of a U boat atrocity which they had been forced to commit in the last war. Those are the facts of history. But why would a U boat captain risk the lives of his entire crew and his entire wolfpack in order to save the enemy he had just tried to kill? Why would he defy Hitler and continue the rescue effort and even call in enemy assistance? Why would Hitler then decorate him with one of Germany's highest medals of valor? Why would the Americans deliberately and repeatedly bomb its own defenseless civilians on the open sea? These are the questions which drive the fiction in Dave Garwick's debut novel, With Every Mouse and Man.

District Governor Bob Halagan Jan 10, 2018
Doug Arndt, Host
Doug Arndt, Host

We are pleased to welcome Bob Halagan, District Governor (Rotary District 5950), 2017-18.  Bob Halagan has been a member of the Buffalo Rotary Club since 2000 and served as its President in 2009-2010.  He has also served as District 5950 Legal Counsel from 2011-2014, Area 13 Assistant Governor from 2010–2013 and District Fundraising Chair from 2013-2016. 

Bob’s Rotary journey has taken him, among other places, on numerous service trips to Guatemala where his club, in conjunction with other Rotary clubs has authored or participated over $400,000 in Rotary grants including grants promoting economic development, nutrition and maternal health for indigenous women. 
In his non-Rotary life, Bob is an attorney who began practice with the largest law firm in Minnesota and is now the owner of the smallest law firm (one person).   Bob’s legal practice focuses on small businesses and he believes the proper role of an attorney is to help owners make their best business decisions in an ethical, practical and profitable manner.  Bob also serves as a mediator and arbitrator and has participated in hundreds of mediation sessions where the parties have successfully resolved their legal disputes. 
TBD Jan 17, 2018
Rob Hunt, Host
TBD Jan 24, 2018
Jim Hartfiel, Host
TBD Jan 31, 2018
Tom Vettel, Host
TBD Feb 07, 2018
Steve Hance, Host
TBD Feb 14, 2018
Lynn Groll, Host
TBD Feb 21, 2018
Chris Pierson, Host
TBD Feb 28, 2018
Blaze Driscoll, Host
TBD Mar 07, 2018
Sarah Kaelberer, Host
TBD Mar 14, 2018
Jim Houg, Host
TBD Mar 21, 2018
Belle Davenport, Host
TBD Mar 28, 2018
Andy Fazendin, Host
TBD Apr 04, 2018
Paul Boettner, Host
TBD Apr 11, 2018
Steve Droen, Host
TBD Apr 18, 2018
JR Boisclair, Host
Lonnie Dupre, Explorer Apr 25, 2018
Mark Cheeley, Host
Mark Cheeley, Host

Lonnie Dupre was born in 1961 and raised on a Minnesota country farm. He is descended on his mother’s side from Jacques Cartier, the French explorer and founder of Quebec. Lonnie currently lives in Grand Marais, enjoying woodworking and back country skiing in the Quetico/Boundary Waters Wilderness area. Accomplishments include: 

  • Completed the first west to east, 3,000 mile winter crossing of Canada’s famed Northwest Passage by dog team

  • Achieved the first circumnavigation of Greenland, a 6,500 mile, all non-motorized journey by kayak and dog team

  • Pulled sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice achieving over 68 million impressions worldwide on issues surrounding climate change

  • Accomplished the first solo winter ascent of Alaska’s Mount Denali (20,340ft.) in January

  • Alpine Ascent of Kyajo Ri (20,295 ft) in Nepal

TBD May 02, 2018
Nate Lilleodden, Host
TBD May 09, 2018
Hope Schroeppel Host
TBD May 16, 2018
Bob Shadley, Host
WMEF Presentation May 23, 2018
Scott Gengler and Bruce Lea, Hosts
TBD May 30, 2018
Tim Westermeyer, Host
TBD Jun 06, 2018
Nathan Wentzlaff, Host