Conversations of the Valley

 Season 2017-2018 Speakers

Conversations of the Valley - Tracy Maki

Conversations of the Valley

A public affairs luncheon series sponsored by the
St. Croix Valley Foundation

“The Geography of Poverty – shared fate and local response”
with guest speaker:
Tracy Maki
Executive Director at Valley Outreach

This year, Valley Outreach is celebrating 35 years in the community.  Founded as a food shelf only, Valley Outreach has expanded to offer basic needs services to thousands of people in the St. Croix Valley, and beyond – from elementary school kids to seniors.  Also evolving has been the rise of suburban poverty in the U.S., more than doubling over the last two decades, yet suburban policy solutions remain less developed than urban solutions. What does that mean for those in need here and how do we support low-income families? Washington County, one of the most affluent in Minnesota, known for beautiful, green spaces and wealthy residents, has its share of hidden and dispersed poverty. Hear about Valley Outreach programs and client experiences and learn how we can approach a place-based safety net in our community.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Lowell Inn Event Center, 102 N. Second St., Stillwater

The cost of the lunch and program is $17 and must be paid in advance to guarantee your reservation.
(Any payments received on the day of the event will be charged $20 a ticket, if seats available.)
To make a reservation (due in SCVF offices by noon prior to the day of luncheon):

  • mail your check to: SCVF, 516 Second St. #214, Hudson, WI 54016, or
  • make your reservation by credit card online at:, using the PayPal system.
    There is a $1.00 processing fee per person using PayPal.
Conversations of the Valley is supported by a generous contribution from
First State Bank and Trust.

of the Valley is a monthly luncheon series.  The programs feature speakers on an interesting variety of topics; they are designed to strengthen community connections in the St. Croix Valley and to facilitate discussion around a broad range of local current affairs issues.Programs are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at

The Lowell Inn in Stillwater, located at 102 N. Second Street. The cost of the lunch and program is $17 and must be paid in advance to guarantee your reservation. (Any payments received on the day of the event will be charged $20 a ticket if seating is available.) Please note, doors open at 11:15 a.m.

To Make a Reservation:  Send a check for $17 per registrant to the St. Croix Valley Foundation at 516 Second St., Suite 214, Hudson, WI 54016. Please enclose the names of the attendees with your check. (Checks are due in the SCVF offices by noon the day prior to the luncheon.)or Reserve online using a credit card and the PayPal system. Please note the $1.00 processing fee per person for registrations made using PayPal. (Registrations are due by noon the day prior to the luncheon.)

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Our Previous Conversations of the Valley:

“Little Free Library” with Todd Bol, Wednesday, January 17, 2017

Dispatches from the Land of 10,000 Lakes” with Boyd Huppert, Monday, December 11, 2017

“Secrets of the Congdon Mansion” with Joseph Kimball, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

“Reducing the Stigma Around Mental Health in The St. Croix Valley” with FamilyMeans & Lakeview Health Foundation, Wednesday, October 18, 2017

“Teachable Safety Skills: Replacing Myths with Facts” with guest speaker Jane Straub of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

“Real Mountains – A Grief Journey” with guest speaker Dan Seftick, Author, Wednesday, March 15, 2017

“Opening the Door to the Natural World” with guest speaker Jennifer Vieth of the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Wednesday, February 15, 2017

“The Role of a Community Foundation in Identifying Community Needs” with guest speaker Paul Mayer of the New Richmond Area Community Foundation

“Under the Surface: Teens Find Hope Through Underwater Photography” with guest speaker Ben Thwaits of Northwest Passage”, Dec. 11, 2016