Speaker Planning

Potential Speakers List

If you are interested in speaking at our club or have an interesting program idea, please send us an email.  We will forward the information to our Club Program Chair, as well as consider posting the message on this page for members to view.

Link to the District's Speaker's Bureau

The District Office receives many offers of programs for clubs’ consideration. They have set up a Speaker’s Bureau online to help you find programs, and they add new programs quite often. Date added is far right hand column. You will need the account name (future) and password (yourhands) to access this list.  Here is a link.

Fair and Balanced

Please note that our club has a long standing policy regarding political candidates as speakers:
"During election season, elected officials or announced candidates may not speak to the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club after June 1 in the year they are up for election."
This preserves the club's "fair and balanced" status amongst our members.  Thank you for understanding.

Rotary's Areas of Focus

Rotary support grants and other activities based on six areas of focus:

  • Water & Sanitation
  • Education and Literacy
  • Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Maternal & Child health
  • Economic Development
  • Disease Prevention & Treatment

We strive to present programs that identify with at least one of these areas of focus.

Postings from Potential Speakers

Wanny Huynh: HOPE

Posted 5/15/2017

Wanny Huynh (Win) is the Author of HOPE and is interested in speaking to our club. His bio can be found at www.wannyhuynh.com. You can look at Wanny and have sympathy for all the years of life struggles he’s been through, or you can acknowledge his strength, admiration, and passion for life to not let anything hold him down. Wanny holds a true and inspiring story that needs be shared with the world.

Wanny Huynh


Negro League Baseball Historian

Posted 12/4/2016

I'm a Negro League baseball historian, have written several books, many articles and have made a few hundred public speeches over the years.  Would enjoy speaking to your club. Email me with any questions.

Kyle P. McNary


Americorps - Minnesota Reading Corps

Posted 6/24/2016

I am just wrapping up my first year as an Americorps Minnesota Reading Corps tutor.  I hope you will consider contacting us for a program.  There are over 1,000 volunteers in our state, in every community.  We are always recruiting and hope you will help us get the word out. Volunteers are needed all over our state.

Looking for a summer program for your meetings?  Volunteers are available to share their experiences with your membership - if you'd like to invite speakers or receive materials to post at your location, contact Gil Towers at gtowers@servemnaction.org.  We are recruiting age 18 and up with a high school diploma or its equivalent. Do you know anyone 18 or over with a GED who is looking for an adventure? Check out the Americorps website! There are open positions for any interest you may have. The pay is not great, but the rewards are beyond your dreams. I have been a Minnesota Reading Tutor at Armatage Elementary school in SW Minneapolis this year, and will return next year. There are full time and part time jobs available all over the US. There are health plans included at no charge to you as well as an Education Award ($5,775) given at the end of service. You can use it towards further education, to pay off student loan debt, or even bank it for your children or grandchildren. The Americorps staff has renewed my faith in the future of our country. They are committed to making this world a better place in a kinder way than we are seeing daily in the news. Working with kids in kindergarten to grade 3 every day has been hilarious, touching, and heart wrenching. Seeing them improve their scores and for many becoming readers by the end of the year has been a joyful and rewarding experience for me. My youngest son is leaving in June for Texas where he will be part of an Americorps team. He will join the Texas Conservation Corps based out of Austin for 6 months...trail building, tree planting, removing invasive plants, and also disaster relief work. So please, feel free to pass this on to others…. mention Americorps to anyone you know who is looking for a change or time to get away from everything and think about what they want to do next. There is an adventure out there for everyone!

Nancy Dobbratz
Minnesota Reading Corps


Pivot Stillwater - Robert Molenda

Posted 5/5/2016

I would like to have the opportunity to speak at one of the upcoming meetings of the Sunrise Rotary in Stillwater.  

My name is Robert Molenda and I have lived in Stillwater and its environs since 1973.  I have always loved Stillwater, its history and its people.  

I have a project underway entitled, "Pivot Stillwater".  It is a combination of some technology and the historical John Runk Photo Collection located in the Stillwater Library, the Washington County Historical Society and the Minnesota Historical Society.

The technology comes from a "Kickstart" program headquartered at Harvard University Innovation Center in Boston.  The technology was launched in February 2016 for initial use as a Harvard Tour.  

The technology enables a tourist to use their i-Phone or i-Pad to locate a photo scene at a given location via the resident GPS function on the phone.  When you are nearby such a "Pivot Site", your i-phone can access the same location and allow a photo from some past event to appear with a finger movement.  You can also take a "Virtual Tour" of an active series of sites and view these same locations via a map, then also view the current scene or the scene from the past. Stillwater can easily be the first in the Midwest Region of the USA to use this capability and its unique historical photo collection to showcase the jewels of the St. Croix Valley and how change has brought the community from "Then to Now".  

This will be accomplished by a team of volunteers along with a great story of how "Pivot The World" itself was born. If you would like a preview, please give me a call and we can arrange a time to demonstrate what will be done in Stillwater.

Robert Molenda


Liberty Classical Academy

Posted 4/22/2016

I am the Marketing Director at Liberty Classical Academy, a Christian, Classical, private school located in White Bear Lake. I am looking to align the headmaster, Rebekah Hagstrom, with possible speaking engagements which would hopefully support your mission at the Stillwater Rotary Club. What makes Rebekah unique and sets her apart from other school leaders is that she (along with the support of several other families) started and founded the school 13 years ago, after a long and arduous search for a school which met 2 priorities: a high academic and rigorous program, coupled with a strong Christian worldview for her 4 boys. This led her down the path to the Classical method of education, which has been established since Greco-Roman times, and was the method of education for the majority of the American public schools, before government reform.

Rebekah is extremely passionate and knowledgeable of the varied topics surrounding education today: such as Common Core, standardized testing, and safe spaces on college campuses, to name a few. In her talks, she focuses and gets to the heart of the matter, which is the desire to educate the whole child: heart, mind and soul. She is the host of Education Nation, a public radio show on KLBB AM 1220, located in Stillwater, Saturday mornings at 10:30. (Btw, the co-host of the show is Pete Hegseth, a local Stillwater dad, FOX News contributor, best-selling author and 3 time Afghani war veteran.) Tune in!

A few videos to familiarize yourself with Rebekah:
Tedx Talk in Mahtomedi on Education: http://libertyclassicalacademy.org/tedx-what-if-everyone-had-a-classical-education/
Podcasts of Education Nation radio show: http://libertyclassicalacademy.org/education-nation-radio/
Her LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebekahhagstrom
Liberty's Introduction Video: http://libertyclassicalacademy.org/introduction-video/

​Please let me know if you have any questions for me or would like more information.

Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing from you soon.​

Susan Emison
Liberty Classical Academy
3878 Highland Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
651-772-2777 ext. 4


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