Author Duke Pieper and Host Andy Fazendin
"I’m Alive: Courage, Hope and a Miracle" Duke was a hockey player at Shattuck St. Mary's and in 2008. He had a cavernous hemangioma and came close to death multiple times. During the first surgery he had a 5% chance to live and on another occasion was only hours away from dying . He also had multiple brain infections and the last one landed on his spinal cord paralyzing me from head to toe. From this point on he had to re-learn everything from walking to talking, eating to breathing. He believes the true reason I made it though those nine months in the hospital was to help other people! He truly believes that with the things that he had to experience and had overcome in his recovery that it all was to share his story and help other people. So in his book along with telling his story on how he got through everything, he put 15 bullet points in the back pertaining to how he overcame those challenges and adversaries in his recovery. He made it real general though so anyone can relate to it no matter what the situation is or no matter what they are trying to overcome.
Duke started a Foundation "The Pieper Hope and Courage Foundation". All the proceeds from the book go to the Foundation and the Foundation is looking to buy books for people who can not afford them or who are not in a position to buy one. His goal is then to go in to hospitals and hand his book out and talk with them about whatever it is that they are trying to overcome.
Guests are welcome!
Speaker Mark Kretschmar
Host Paul Boettner
Congratulations to Tyler Frederickson, the newest member of Wayzata Rotary. Tyler was inducted at our December 21st meeting by General Bob Shadley. Tyler lives in Lakeville and works nearby at the Ridgedale YMCA. Tyler loves to serve others and build relationships, and seeing others treated well regardless of divsersity of background is very important to him. He is looking forward to growing as a leader and serving others through Rotary. Tyler is especially interested in working on our annual fund raisers, the membership committee, and is looking forward to local service. Welcome, Tyler, we look forward getting to know you!
- The local Alzheimers Association, for interactive alert bracelets/necklaces to prevent wandering.
- Bloom Early Childhood, for scholarships for early childhood education so that students are prepared for kindergarten.
- Hammer Residence, for its Quality of Life Program
- IOCP, towards a much needed van for its Neighborhood Program
"Wayzata Rotary 'drives' support for community change
Many of you wandered through or maybe just glanced at the beautiful cars on display last month in Wayzata during James J. Hill Days. But what may not have been clear from looking at the shiny paint and clean interiors is that these cars serve a higher purpose in our community.
The Wayzata Rotary began organizing the car show in 2008. At that time, the exhibition was located in the small old Muni parking lot. This past year marked the eighth year for the car show, which has grown to host more than 116 eclectic vehicles. Our local automotive businesses and even personal enthusiasts sponsor the show to raise money for the community.
Specifically, Wayzata Rotary proudly supports projects and community organizations by funding grants twice a year, in May and in November. Typically, awards from $100 to $2,000 are made to selected applicants and are each sponsored by a club member.
The community service grants fund a variety of purposes and causes, but prefer to fund nonprofit or charitable organizations with specific needs, rather than general operations. Strong preference is also given to locally initiated and managed groups serving our area.
Recent recipients of community service grants include: