Rotary Notes 3/22/2016


After being greeted with a handshake and smile by Dick Einan and enjoying a tasty lunch, President Terry Carlson called the meeting to order at 12:30.  Mr. Einan led the flag pledge and four way test, and Jeff Norton gave an invocation reminding us of the importance of teamwork. 


Luke Ferden introduced visitors and guests.  There were no guests in attendance and two visiting Rotarians.  Visitors included Burt Riskedahl from the St. Paul Sunrise club and John Risdall from the New Brighton/Mounds View club.  Mr. Riskedahl invited everyone to attend the St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club’s 11th Annual Community Forum titled “The State of Race in Minnesota Then and Now” on April 14 from 7:15-9:15 AM at the Town and Country Club.  If you are interested in attending, visit  or contact Ed Marek at 612.210.4342.


Following introductions there were several announcements:


Ted Johnson provided an update on REEP.  We are in need of more host families and drivers for the visiting teachers from Sri Lanka in town from April 15 - 30.  Contact Ted if you are interested.  Ted also handed out flyers for the Edgerton Elementary School PTA Bingo Night on April 1 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the gym.  A portion of the funds raised will go towards hosting the inbound teachers.


Ed Studinski informed the club about the Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Fund.  Essentially how it works is you make a tax-deductible contributions to the Rotary Foundation in years when they are most beneficial.  Over time, you can advise the Foundation how to invest the funds and recommend grants to any IRS-approved charity of your choice.  For more information, visit


Terry Carlson indicated that Seth Eggessa is undergoing dialysis and is on the Kidney transplant list.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.  Ms. Carlson also mentioned that the Board recently approved giving Seth a “Service Above Self” plaque.


Kim Vanderwall is seeking volunteers for Cook for Kids at the Jeremiah Program in St. Paul on April 26 from 4:00-7:00 PM.  The Jeremiah Program provides the support necessary for low-income single mothers and their children to move into a life of economic independence.  The Cook for Kids program allows the mothers to have a meeting rather than cook dinner. 


Patrick Mader, President Terry Carlson


Next, Terry introduced our speaker, Patrick “Packy” Mader.  Mr. Mader is a retired teacher from Northfield  Area who recently authored a book titled “ Minnesota Gold, Conversations with Northland Athletes Competing on the World Stage.”  The book is a collection of 57 biographies celebrating the lives, stories, challenges and achievements of Minnesota athletes competing in the Olympics.  Mr. Mader described a Minnesota athlete as person who received their K-12 education in Minnesota and there are currently 300 such living people who have competed in the Olympics.  Of the 57 athletes interviewed, Mr. Mader indicated they were all down to earth good people and he had no bad experiences.  For the remainder of the program, Mr. Mader showed slides of some prominent and obscure Minnesota athletes, and provided some tidbits about each.  Following are most that Mr. Mader discussed:

  • Wendy Anderson – the future governor of MN won silver in hockey at the 1956 Olympics. 
  • Lindsay Whalen – the MN Lynx guard won gold in 2012.
  • Ruben Bjorkman – won silver with the 1948 hockey team at the age of 18.
  • Burdette Haldorson – MN’s only male basketball Olympian in 1956 and 1960.
  • Sara Reiling – Roseville native who attended Credit Derham Hall.  She was a gymnast who broke her back then switched to diving and made the Olympics in 4 years – 2000 and 2004 platform and synchronized diving.
  • Randy Bartz – Rosevlle native who attended Mounds View High School.  He was a short track speed skater who competed in the 1994 Olympics and won silver as part of the 5000 meter relay.
  • Steve Sertich – coached hockey at Roseville for many years then went on to be the head coach of the Bemidji State Women’s team.  Steve was on the 1976 Olympic hockey team and his son Marty won the Hobey Baker award with Colorado College.
  • Tom Malchow – three-time Olympic swimmer who won gold in the 200 butterfly in 2000.
  • John Mayasich – grew up in a poor family in Eveleth.  His parents never saw him play because they were always working and he wore the same pair of hockey skates throughout high school.  His #8 is the only jersey retired by U of M hockey.  He was inducted into the MN Broadcasting Hall of Fame.  Mayasich won silver at the 1956 Olympics and gold at the 1960 Olympics. 
  • Brianna Scurry – soccer goalie who won 2 silvers and 1 gold. 
  • Janet Gerhauser – doubles figure skater who was 1 of 13 women on the 1952 Winter Olympic Term.
  • Buzz Schneider – won 1980 hockey gold on the high scoring line with John Harrington and Mark Pavelich.  His son Billy played Buzz in the movie “Miracle on Ice.”
  • Phil Rogosheske – multi sport athlete at Gustavus who started kayaking in 1970 and was in the Olympics 2 years later.
  • George Hovland – oldest Olympian interviewed who turned down a promotion in the Navy because he would rather cross-country ski.  He was in the 1952 Olympics.
  • Jessie Diggins – cross country skier who accidentally lost one of her poles during a relay race but kept going and her team won gold in 2014.
  • Heather Dorniden -  Not an Olympian, but check out what she did in the 600-meter race at the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Track Championships…

Mr. Mader is having a book launch party on March 31 at Braemar Golf Club.  For more information, visit