Stillwater Sunrise Rotary

The Sunrise Club was chartered August 14, 1984. There were 23 charter members.  Our membership is about 55 members and growing.  We meet weekly for fellowship and discussions on important topics. We participate actively in many Rotary events locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

  • The Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club is one of about 32,000 clubs in 172 countries and geographic regions.
  • Our club is one of 68 clubs in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin with over 3400 members, which comprise Rotary District 5960, one of 526 Districts worldwide.
  • As Rotarians, we are part of a worldwide group of over 1,200,000 members committed to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.
Club Name Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club
District  #5960
Chapter #22065
Chartered Date 8/14/84
Charter Members 23
Incorporated Date 12/5/07
Charter Members:
Chris Aamodt, Howard Albertson, James Anderson, Bob Bielenberg, Peter Black, Dick Brady, Pat Brady, Mark Canale, Rich Cummings, Jack Evert, Peter Flock, Tom, Henderson, Alde Johnson, George Knuteson, John Lennes, Ralph Malmberg, Walt Marac, Tom O'Brien, Joe Rauscher, Roger Ruetten, Jay Sleiter, Bob Slogar, Gary Vigness, Robert Zaczkowski
Club Presidents
Year President
1984-85 Chris Aamodt
1985-86 Ralph Malmberg
1986-87 John Lennes
1987-88 Jack Evert
1988-89 Doug Plunkett
1989-90 Jon Stillman
1990-91 Dave Carlson
1991-92 Mary Jo Weingarten
1992-93 Andy Haak
1993-94 Charlie Truffer
1994-95 Nile Kriesel
1995-96 Jane Stillman
1996-97 Jerry Turnquist
1997-98 Mary Lou Gorski
1998 Greg Lawrence
1998-00 Cheryl Kohout
2000-01 Del Peterson
2001-02 Jeff Wegge
2002-03 Rich Cummings
2003-04 Doug Wolff
2004-05 Lynda Halbert
2005-06 Margie Horning
2006-07 Craig Leiser
2007-08 Orwin Carter
2008-09 Ken McGinley
2009-10 Mike Holsten
2010-11 Arba-Della Beck
2011-12 Mark Fisher
2012-13 Dave Langer
2013-14 Paula Williams
2014-15 Steve Madsen
2015-16 Shari Clifford
2016-17 Mel Sullivan
2017-18 Barbara Tischart
2018-19 Jason Hanlon
2019-20 Bob Gray
2020-21 Ed Boeve
2021-22 Wendy Heck



Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.


Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:
We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2012, only three countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.


Rotarians are your neighbors, your community leaders and some of the world’s greatest history-makers: 
  • Warren G. Harding, U.S. president
  • Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer
  • Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of Mayo Clinic
  • Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor of the wireless radio and Nobel laureate
  • Thomas Mann, German novelist and Nobel laureate
  • Friedrich Bergius, German chemist and Nobel laureate
  • Admiral Richard E. Byrd, American explorer
  • Jan Masaryk, foreign minister of Czechoslovakia
  • H.E. Soleiman Frangieh, president of Lebanon
  • Dianne Feinstein, U.S. senator
  • Manny Pacquaio, Filipino world-champion boxer and congressman
  • Richard Lugar, U.S. senator
  • Frank Borman, American astronaut
  • Edgar A. Guest, American poet and journalist
  • Sir Harry Lauder, Scottish entertainer
  • Franz Lehar, Austrian composer
  • Lennart Nilsson, Swedish photographer
  • James Cash Penney, founder of JC Penney Co.
  • Carlos Romulo, UN General Assembly president
  • Sigmund Sternberg, English businessman and philanthropist

The Object of Rotary

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his/her occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
  • The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his/her personal, business, and community life.
  • The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men/women united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do...

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Four Avenues of Service

Club Service:
Those things that a Rotarian does to help make successful the running of his/her Rotary Club.  These activities include the planning, implementation, and member participation in the following:

  • Interesting and informative weekly club programs.  Each member is responsible on a rotating basis to arrange for an interesting speaker.
  • Publishing our weekly club newsletter.
  • Annual social events, including a summer picnic and a Christmas party.
  • Other special events.

Vocational Service:
Activities which promote the “Ideal of Service” throughout the business and professional world include the following:

  • Programs and activities calling attention to the Four Way Test, and how it may affect our daily actions.
  • Programs dealing with employer/employee relations, including an award to employees for outstanding performance which exemplifies the ideals of Rotary.
  • The opportunity to visit the place of business of some of our members in order to learn about their business.

Community Service:
Every Rotarian is urged to participate individually in those activities which makes his/her community a better place to live.  In addition, our club is active in supporting or participating in the following activities:

  • Rake-A-Difference yard raking for seniors
  • Highway Clean-Up Days
  • Halloween Parade at Boutwells
  • “What’s Best for Kids” Golf Fund Raiser
  • Annual Fund Raiser(s) as approved by the Board

International Service:
To encourage and foster the advancement of understanding and goodwill among the peoples of the world.  Our club actively supports the following:

  • Rotary Foundation.  Each member is encouraged to contribute generously to support this program.  When $1000 is contributed in a Rotarian’s name, that person is eligible to become a Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Group Study Exchange Program which sends small groups of young professionals from each District to a different part of the world to explore their career fields.  The exchange is four to six weeks and the participants live with and observe the work of Rotarians in that area.
  • Ambassadorial and Peace Scholarship Programs which provides grants to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for continuing their studies in a country other than their own.
  • Polio Plus, an international program to immunize the children of the world. Rotary has pledged to help control polio world wide.  As of 2007, four countries are not yet polio free.
  • International Youth Exchange.  Sunrise Rotary participates in sending local high school students abroad to live and learn in another country.  In a like manner, our club hosts inbound students in our community. 
  • Fast for Hope, a District 5960 service project to provide help to the people of a needy country in the western world.
  • World Community Service, a rotary international service project initiated by a local club with a club from a needy, foreign country.  In the past, our club has done projects in Argentina, Africa, India, and Ecuador, among others.
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