2024 Rotary Person of the Year 

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee has no higher honor than the Rotary Person of the Year Award.  Annually, the club honors an accomplished local individual who has distinguished herself or himself with professional accomplishments.
Unlike other awards that recognize civic and philanthropic achievements, the Rotary Person of the Year honors and recognizes individuals, executives and entrepreneurs who, through their profession, are making the Milwaukee community a better place to live and work. Members of our club are eligible for the award, but, most often, the winner comes from outside the club.
Nominations were due by January 31, 2024 and will be reviewed by a committee of Rotarians.  One award winner is selected and recognized at a meeting in June.  For more information, view the Rotary Person of the Year FAQs here.


The nomination window for 2024 has closed.

2023 Rotary Person of the Year:
Daniel Goldin, Owner of Boswell Book Company

Daniel Goldin is obsessed with books and is on a single-minded mission to connect books to Milwaukeeans. While Bud Selig gets credit for saving the Brewers and Herb Kohl the Bucks, Daniel Goldin can be credited with saving the independent bookstore experience for Milwaukee. In creating Boswell Book Company, he has persevered against low margins, the dominance of Amazon, and the shuttering of COVID, through persistence, business savvy, and incredible hard work.

Daniel is a graduate of Dartmouth with a degree in Mathematics. He has been bookselling for 34 years and has used his relationships to bring a steady stream of authors to Milwaukee to talk about their books, while bringing national recognition to our city.  Boswell’s evening author events, scheduled 3 to 4 times every week, are an important part of Milwaukee’s social life and a key gathering place for building community. 

Daniel is a strong supporter of local libraries and public radio. His long-lived partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) has enabled them to develop and grow a strong fan base for literary programming by delivering quality author events to diverse communities across the city. The library’s budget is modest and with Daniel’s support and enthusiasm for serving the community, MPL is able to host many acclaimed authors to curious and adoring audiences for free.