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We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
David Arbit, MAAR's Chief Economist
Mar 20, 2019
Lynn Groll, Host
State of the City
Mar 27, 2019
Joint Meeting with Wayzata Chamber
Nonna's, "Montessori for All Ages"
Apr 03, 2019
Angela Bernhardt, Host
Apr 10, 2019
James Larson, Host
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President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Club Administration
Music by the Lake Committee Chair
Executive Secretary / Director
Programs Chair
STRIVE Coordinator
STRIVE Coordinator
STRIVE Coordinator

David Arbit, MAAR's Chief Economist
Lynn Groll, Host

Housing research, market analysis, policy analysis, economic development, community planning, public speaking, business development, organizational change, innovation, efficiency, bicycling and skiing.

Enthusiastic speaker. Dedicated problem solver. Strategic planner. Tireless innovator. Project manager. Careful implementer. Critical thinker.

Jeffrey Madel, M.D. - Growing Through Grief Fundraiser
Mark Cheeley - Host

Retired Park Nicollett doctor, Jeffrey Mandell, shared  pictures and stories of his cross country bicycle ride raising money for good causes.  He is currently training to do this ride again, and this time he will be raising money for the Park Nicollet Foundation "Growing Through Grief" program.  The program provides in school grief support to elementary, middle, and high-school aged students who have experienced a death within their family.  Dr. Mandell shared that we are all touched by grief and this program costs $500,000 per year to run and supports 6 full-time grief counselors.  73 school in 13 school districts are supported with 71 weekly grief groups.  Currently the program supports 520 students weekly!
Dr. Mandell shared the training involved for this ride and the logistical support with equipment and travel.  If you would like to know more about his plans or donate, please email Dr. Mandell directly.

The Food Fundraising Has been Decided!

The committee met after the Wayzata Rotary meeting.  The meal aspect for the series has been agreed to.  WRC will be selling a hotdog basket, root beer floats, and beer/wine at the event. 

The club will not be asking members to sell raffle tickets as in previous years, however, if any members are able to help attract sponsor for the event, please let Shelley or Lynn Groll know.  A sponsorship flyer will be available for members to share in the next couple of weeks.  The fundraising goal is set for $15,000.
Members will also be encouraged to attend the evening events and help man the grills, and help sell the food and beverage items.  We will be providing Rotary aprons!

Treasurer Needed!!

James Larson is no longer able to serve as Treasurer and the club is in need for a volunteer to help with this critical board position.  Please contact Hope of Shelley if you are able to step in and help.

Revised needs - March 4, 2019

Wayzata Rotary is run by volunteers (with the help of a paid position to do the website, newsletter, billing, and administrative behind the scenes work.)  The club is in need of several committee leads:
Treasurer:  James Larson is no longer able to be the club Treasurer due to work conflicts.  This is an executive board position.  Treasurer responsible for helping President and President Elect with rotary budget creation, providing spending updates to board, and for delivering weekly deposits to Anchor Bank after each meeting.  
50/50 Committee Lead:  The 50/50 program raised over $3,000 last year for community grants and is in need of a committee lead.  If you are keen on helping out the community and get a kick out of raffles and interfacing with members each week, this would be a great position to take up in the club.  Estimated personal time: 1 hour/week plus selling tickets at each meeting or finding a member to sell.
Programs Committee Lead:  In July, Angela Bernhardt is going to step down as the committee lead on programs .  This very important behind the scenes position will be available between now and July.  Angela has done a superb job over the last few years scheduling the members and reminding them to book a speaker, and input the weekly speaker bios and information into club runner.  If you enjoy scheduling, organizing people, and have ideas on what speakers would be fun to have visit Rotary, this would be a great position for you.   Estimated personal time: 1-2 hours/week - on own time.
International Grants Committee Lead:  During the 2019-2020 Rotary Year, WRC will be in charge the Area 12 Rotating Fund Program.  This is an international focused grant and is in partnership with the following clubs:  Excelsior (noon), Lake Minnetonka/Excelsior (morning), Mound/Westonka, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata.  Each club allocates $2,000 to the project and in order for us to get matching from the district, we must send a member to the district grant writing class.  Edina classes are on March 23 and April 27.  The class is 4 hours.  We did not get a volunteer to do this last year and lost out on being able to get matching dollars for projects.  We want to be sure that we can participate properly and get the most dollars for our project, so we will need 1-2 members to take up the task of being the international grants committee lead.  This project will be heavier on personal time up front and promises to be extremely fulfilling, particularly if the member has a pet international project they are interested in proposing the club support.
Community Grants:  Kelly Sater will be resigning as the committee lead in July so she can focus on her year of being WRC President.  Member would be responsible for collecting fall and winter grant applications, coordinating committee meeting to determine winners, alert winners, and complete check requests.  This role is active in April/May and Oct/Nov.
Please talk to Shelley or email her if interested in any of these club positions.  
“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” – Author Unknown

This Week’s Profile: Angela Bernhardt

Being part of the Rotary of Wayzata and Rotary International is a large part of both my personal and professional life. I enjoy our weekly luncheons where I can socialize with members and catch up on what’s going on in their lives. I also value our weekly speakers who are always interesting and engaging, and who I always learn something from. But most important to me is being part of something bigger than myself, and working towards a greater good for our community, and the world.

Angela Bernhardt, Director of Major Gifts, Hammer Residences

"And the Beat Goes on"

The third annual “And the Beat Goes On” BrewFest will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N. This is a fundraiser by Plymouth Rotary supporting Heart Safe Plymouth. The Brewfest will feature live music, and area craft breweries with their one-of-a-kind beers and hard ciders. 

Proceeds to benefit Rotary’s Heart Safe Plymouth initiative of educating and training for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest by providing CPR and automated external defibrillator training to individuals and organizations in the community, as well as increasing the availability of AEDs throughout the city.

Save the date: April 6, 2019 from 1pm-4pm

STRIVE Luncheon Set for Friday, May 24, 2019
Wayzata High School

The STRIVE committee, Intefaith Outreach, and Wayzata High School are happy to announce that the kick-off to the Charlie Marvin Memorial STRIVE Scholarship Program with an awards luncheon held at Wayzata High School on Friday, May 24, 2019.  There will not be a lunch meeting on Wednesday, May 22.  Members, parents, mentors, and teachers will all come together for this luncheon.
Members are invited to come to this luncheon and hear from Charlie's daughter, Paige Marvin, who will be sharing some words about Charlie and how excited she is that the Rotary is honoring her dad's legacy with this program.  WRC will be awarding five $350 scholarships based on the following criteria:
* Work Completion - the greatest improvement in percentage of work completion;
* GPA - the highest overall cumulative GPA;
* Increased GPA - the highest percentage increase in GPA (Minimum 2.5 GPA);
Attendance - 90% or greater improvement in attendance;
* Mentorship - the greatest impact MENTORING others in work completion, course grades, and attendance (subjective).
WRC has a dedicated line-item in the budget for this program and members can contribute to WRCF at any time and ask that their donations be allocated to STRIVE.  This luncheon does not replace or interfere with our annual WMEF scholarship luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, 2019 which will still be held at WCC.

Holiday Party Prizes - Progressive Dinner and Pub Crawl


Tom Schwalbe sharing his extensive Scotch collection with Belle Davenport


Mark Lauffenburger, Becky and Chris Pierson, and Joni Lauffenburger enjoying the progressive dinner.


Pub Crawl First Stop - Baha Hause

Lynn Groll, Cindy Leines, Becky Pierson, Belle Davenport, Peggy Douglas, and owner, Billy Tserenbat.

Making Green by Going Clean - Tony Signorelli
Sundial Solar Energy

Tony Signorelli (pictured in middle) with his colleague Shaun Motz from Sundial Solar Energy gave an overview of how businesses are taking the lead in going green as a good profit model.  The financial value and benefits to the environment are strong pulls for businesses to embrace using more solar energy.
An interesting point about solar energy in Minnesota, is that the solar panels are more effective in colder climates than warm.  While this initially seems counterintuitive, the panels get hotter in warmer climates and produce less energy and more is needed to cool the panels.  It is also a neat fact to compare Minnesota to Germany - Germany leads the world in solar power usage yet Minnesota gets 50% more sunshine than Germany.  This is a great motivator to utilize the sun as Minnesota has the opportunity to harness a great deal of energy and create green jobs.
Members had many questions for Tony and Shaun about what solar panels actually are, are they subject to hail damage, and are old panels recycled?  See below for more information and contact details for Shaun and Tony.

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Members Brave Just Another February Storm....

With the snowiest February in history, it wasn't a surprise that a snow storm didn't sway all members to stay away.  With the cancellation of the Two Harbors Ukulele Group, members got to have a purely social luncheon.
We look forward to the rescheduling of the Two Harbors Ukulele Group and to seeing our members this week at Wayzata City Hall! 

Paul Grangaard - CircleRock - Guest
Tim Westermeyer - Host

Former Chairman of Allen Edmond's Shoes, and founder of CircleRock clothing, Paul Grangaard shared charming and funny stories about his mishaps while running Allen Edmond shoes and how he came to form his new company. 
Paul walked us through the process of how he learned a valuable business lesson, "Always listen to the end customer."  He has learned that becoming more than you are at the expense of your core customer is a sure way to hurt your business.  
In his new role, he is very aware of culture, design, trends, and has a strong value proposition.  It is interesting to note that he imports his raw materials and fabrics from Italy, New Zealand, and London and has the clothing and shoes made in the United States.  Fun facts: Walnut is a favorite shoe color because it goes well with all shades of blues and grays, and CircleRock is the official clotheir of MN United! 
For more information on his fine quality clothing, visit CircleRock here.

Beth Warner, Host
Park Nicollet Melrose Center

WRC learned about the Melrose Center, part of the Park Nicollet Foundation.  The Melrose Center serves adults and children of all genders struggling with all types of eating disorders.  Eating disorders are a particularly difficult mental disorder to treat and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to recognize, manage, and treat eating disorders.  A team of psychologists, therapists, registered dieticians, primary care doctor, and psychiatrists work together to help patients.
Andrew and Alison Humphrey shared the heart breaking story of how they lost their daughter, Clare, to this disorder.  Clare struggled for 10 years with the disorder before ending her own life.  Andrew and Alison have started the Clare Susan Humphrey Memorial Endowment Fund to support Melrose Center eating disorder patients and their families in an effort to reduce the economic barriers that prevent successful treatment and access to care.  Because of the wide range of insurance coverage, many patients are not able to access the full treatment options available to them due to restrictions.  The Endowment Fund's aim is to help those patients ensure they are able to access all of the care needed.
Andrew and Alison's hope is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around this disorder.