Speaker Date Topic
Mike Waldron Jun 09, 2022 7:00 PM
23rd Veteran
23rd Veteran

Mike Waldron, Executive Director

Mike served in time of peace for 3 years of training in preparation for possible combat. In 2001, Mike spent 6 months in the Pacific Ocean where he experienced building schools for children in Indonesia, training on islands of Japan, and preparing for non-lethal extraction of a U.S. Ambassador.

In 2002, Mike was meritoriously promoted for his dedication and duties as a Marine. Afterward, he deployed to Kuwait as a show of force leading to Operation Iraqi Freedom. He spent two months living in a hole he and his team dug in the desert, waiting for President George W. Bush to “declared war”. Mike and his unit were the first to cross the border into Iraq, spending his 21st birthday securing enemy prisoners of war near Al-Bashara. He returned from Iraq after 8 months overseas and was honorably discharged into civilian life.

Following the Marine Corps, Mike obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Managed Federal Buildings and U.S. Courthouses throughout the Midwest. Once he began to re-discover happiness, Mike returned to Purdue to learn Entrepreneurship through EBV, and created his life purpose in serving other veterans.

Learn more: https://23rdveteran.org/

Jack J. Grams Jul 14, 2022 7:00 PM
ESGR - Employer Support for Guard and Reserve
ESGR - Employer Support for Guard and Reserve

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers and staff. They develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members. ESGR’s trained ombudsmen provide mediation of issues relating to compliance with USERRA.

Russ Hanes Aug 11, 2022 7:00 PM
Invisible Wounds Project
Invisible Wounds Project

Mission: It is our turn to help those who help us.

Invisible Wounds Project is committed to raising awareness and providing services to Minnesota’s military, first responders, front-line medical staff, corrections, dispatch, and their families, relating to mental health, PTSD and suicide issues.

We are committed to making a difference and helping the heroes who’ve helped all of us. We do so without judegement.

Our resources are offered off the record and free of charge because we know the stigma that creates a barrier and we want nothing to stand in the way of getting help to those who deserve it most.

For more information:  https://iwproject.org/


Sam Daly Sep 08, 2022 7:00 PM
Believet Canine Service Partners
Believet Canine Service Partners

Mission:  Freedom for Veterans, Dogs with a Mission.

Sam is the founder of Believet Canine Service Partners. Sam served two deployments in Afghanistan as a military contractor for the Marine Corps. His work supported and provided unit training for the battlefield detections of IEDs using off-leash Labrador retriever military working dogs. Training dogs and their handlers is the central focus of Sam's life.  Sam and his wife, Debra, have operated a kennel and training center in Northfield since 1993.

Learn more:  https://believet.org/about-us/

Lloyd Campbell, District Governor Nov 10, 2022 7:00 PM
Rotary District 5950
Rotary District 5950

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

District 5950 of Rotary International is a group of 64 Rotary Clubs located in Central and Southwestern Minnesota. These clubs represent 41 Minnesota communities ranging in size from Minneapolis to Springfield. Our District is one of 529 Districts in 166 countries throughout the world and totaling 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 35,000 local Rotary Clubs.  Lloyd was instrumental in helping launch our Rotary Club of MN Veterans in 2019.

Learn more: https://www.rotary5950.org