Winona Health Foundation
Dan Goltz, PharmD, received this year’s Ben and Adith Miller community service award from the Winona Health Foundation at a dinner in his honor Tuesday at Cedar Valley Golf Course in Winona.
Dani Holtzclaw, director of the Winona Health Foundation, welcomed guests to the evening celebration.
The Tribute is presented annually by the Hugh and Vera Miller family and RTP Corporation through the Winona Health Foundation to recognize a member of the community for their outstanding generosity of time, talent, spirit, or charitable donations.
During his remarks, Brian Calteaux, a Wilson Fire and Rescue volunteer who nominated Goltz for the honor, shared that they are grateful for Dan’s medical training, expertise and willingness to step up and d try new things, including high-speed obstacle courses with people under half his age.
Calteaux said: “Every time I answer a call, I show up and look for Dan’s Jeep. It’s often there. One of the things we learn from responding to emergencies is to be cool and calm and have a warm heart. Dan has that for sure. He is an inspiration to all of us.
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Winona County Public Health Nurse Betsy Zeller shared her appreciation for Goltz’s consistent leadership and assistance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She noted that he can always be counted on in times of need, including spending countless hours vaccinating for COVID-19 at county clinics.
Winona County Emergency Management Director Ben Klinger recalled first meeting Goltz as a high school student taking an amateur radio course taught by Goltz. Klinger expressed his satisfaction at having Goltz’s 44 years of experience as a volunteer in emergency management. He has also been a National Weather Service Skywarn Instructor since 1982.
“We are grateful for his calming presence whenever there is severe weather,” Klinger noted, adding, “This is only scratching the surface of all he has done out of the goodness of his heart. Dan is a most humble and generous volunteer.
Hugh Miller, son of Ben and Adith Miller and Chairman and CEO of RTP, presented the award to Goltz. This is the 34th year of the tribute.
Upon accepting the honor, Goltz began, “I just want you to know…it’s terrifying.” But, like him, Goltz forged ahead. He expressed his gratitude for the honor noting that “Winona is a wonderful and wonderfully generous town”.
In thanking Hugh Miller for his family’s support of the Patient Care Fund, Goltz shared his experience working with Hugh’s father, Ben, on the board of a local organization and his inspiring leadership when he s was about getting things done.
Goltz also shared a moment that influenced his life. “When I was a junior at Cotter High School, Father Paul Nelson challenged us to decide if we just wanted to get ahead in life or if we wanted to try to make a difference. I remember thinking the world is a very big place and that I was a very small person. What can I do to give back to the community is a meaningful way to improve someone else’s life?”
Goltz noted that he always felt so lucky to have a loving family, a safe home, access to excellent education and health care, a satisfying career. “I always had access to everything I needed and more,” he said. “I feel privileged to be able to help others.”
Goltz expressed his gratitude for all the people he works with and volunteers noting that “no one does these things alone.” In his thank you messages, he said: “Let me tell you about my wife…fantastic support and tolerance…my enabler and supporter…thank you for helping me do the things I love.”
The family of Hugh and the late Vera Miller and RTP Company generously donated $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Goltz’s honor. In addition to donations from the Miller family and RTP over the years, the continued generosity of the community also makes this fund possible.
Since its inception in 1986, the Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care Fund has provided more than $14.7 million in relief to 7,409 local people with their medical bills.
Those wishing to donate to the Winona Health Foundation in honor of Dan Goltz can direct their donation to the Winona Health Foundation by mail: 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987, or online: winonahealth.org/foundation.
Questions about the Winona Health Foundation can be directed to Katrice Sisson, Community and Donor Relations Manager, 507.474.3050 or [email protected]
To learn more about Goltz’s story and his contributions of time and talent to our community, visit winonahealth.org/foundation.
“This only scratches the surface of all he has done out of the kindness of his heart. Dan is a most humble and generous volunteer.
Ben Klinger, Winona County Emergency Management Director