Our Speaker this week is Steve Burger. Rotarian Steve Burger was 12 when his uncle Warren Burger left St. Paul to go to Washington in 1952 to become Assistant Attorney General of the United States. Steve’s dad managed Warren’s properties in St. Paul so for many years he was a frequent visitor in the Burger home. When he was named Chief Justice, Steve lived 90 miles away, so visiting was not difficult. Upon retirement Warren Burger served as Chair of the Bi-Centennial Commission for the Celebration of the Constitution and asked Steve to advise, relating to getting the message to common people.
Steve served over 50 years in rescue mission ministry with the last 18 as Executive Director of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions headquartered in Kansas City, MO. During this period he spent many days in Washington, DC on behalf of the 300 member gospel rescue missions in the United States. So visiting his uncle during that time gave him the opportunity to gain insight, knowledge, facts and foibles. Steve will share reflections, which many relate to the court today. Steve is a 45 year Rotarian, and Chair of our club's Program Committee.