Visitors Welcome!
We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Kirk and Melissa Ingram, Get Up Stand Up
Aug 22, 2018
Kelly Sater, Host
Greg Gibson, Wayzata Youth Hockey Association
Aug 29, 2018
Jerry Jensen, Host
Sep 12, 2018
Darrell Leines, Host
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President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Club Administration
Executive Secretary / Director
Programs Chair
STRIVE Coordinator
STRIVE Coordinator

Kirk and Melissa Ingram, Get Up Stand Up
Kelly Sater, Host

Kirk Ingram was injured in an accident on Lake Minnetonka in August 2015. Sadly, his spinal injury caused him to be paralyzed. Since then, he and his wife, Melissa, have been involved with “Get Up Stand Up” – a non-profit foundation to cure paralysis out of Excelsior.  Kirk and Melissa plan to talk about his injury, efforts towards recovery, spinal cord research being done, and the foundation they work with.
Northern Lights Foundation - Dr. Ken Larson
Lynn Groll, Host
Dr. Ken Larson, visited Wayzata Rotary and gave an overview of this locally based foundation he founded.  Their mission:
"Our mission is to ease financial stress placed on local families that have a child with a life-threatening medical illness."
Fundraising is event driven and generally in Duluth and in Minneapolis.  Dr. Larson was very proud that funds are used to help families located in Minnesota.  In general, a family can apply for a $2,500 grant and the illnesses are not limited to one type of illness.  Families can use the grant funds as they need to and can apply for "re-grant" if needed.
The foundation is well supported by the Minnesota Wild Hockey Team, Chive Charities (that partners with them for 50/50 concert fundraising efforts), and the Duluth fire and police departments who host an annual baseball game,  "Guns and Hoses," to raise money for the Foundation.  
For more information on how you join the foundation or support financially, you can contact them or

Rotary STRIVE and Wayzata High School

The WRC Board met on August 15 and voted unanimously to pursue hosting a STRIVE program with Wayzata High School students with the expectation that the club would move exchange student funds to this program.  Norrie Thomas and Scott Gengler have agreed to form a committee to pursue this exciting opportunity to keep WRC involved with students in the community.  If you are interested in joining this committee let Norrie or Scott know!
Great Expectations Breakfast
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7:30-9 a.m.
Wayzata Community Church, Mithun Hall
*Breakfast is free but donations are gratefully accepted
Please RSVP by Aug. 17
Bring a friend to the 2018 Great Expectations Breakfast, and connect with amazing community-based volunteers and partners who are changing the odds for struggling kids. Come hear Chris Coleman, CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and former St. Paul mayor, speak. He is a strong and effective advocate for education, economic development and racial equity.
The Great Expectations Breakfast will provide opportunities for community residents to become informed, engaged and invested in the cradle-to-career educational success of all of our kids. This event is sponsored by Wayzata Community Church.

Rick Bateson, from Excelsior Rotary, joined us to share that he was looking for golfers and sponsors for The Rotary Clubs of Excelsior Annual Rotary Classic on August 22.

Each year the Rotary Clubs of Excelsior team-up for a golf event that raises money for local and international causes. Join us at Deer Run Golf Club in Victoria on Wednesday, August 22. Golfing begins at 1pm and dinner starts at 6:35pm.
Not interested in golfing?  Join them for happy hour, the live and silent auction & dinner!
Learn more by visiting


This long standing tradition has taken place for 57 years.  In 2011, the Chamber renamed the tournament the Roger Miller Golf Classic in honor of Roger Miller and his 33 years of service as committee chair. Roger Miller was an incredible man and a pillar in our community. The tournament continues on as a celebration of Roger’s love for the game of golf and his contributions to the Wayzata community.

Currently there are early bird specials for signing up!

For more information, contact Kathy Peterson at 952.473-9595 or

Wayzata Rotary Awards Spring Grants to 4 Agencies

Each fall and spring, the community grants committee of Wayzata Rotary, get together and review grant applications and choose recipients that meet these values:
  • We are open to funding a variety of purposes or causes.  New ideas are welcome!
  • We are open to small or new organizations as well as larger, well-established organizations.
  • We prefer funding nonprofit or charitable organizations.
  • We strongly prefer projects which are locally initiated and managed.
  • We prefer to fund specific needs, rather than general operations. 
This spring, 4 grants were awarded for $1,500 each for the following agencies:
Camp Christmas Tree: Ridgedale YMCA
Meals on Wheels: Wayzata/Plymouth
Treehouse, Inc: Minneapolis
October 20, 2018 is the deadline for grant applications for fall.   Thank you members for making these grants possible!!

"Big Water" Roundabout Project is Complete

Members gathered at the roundabout on May 22 for an evening of Rotarian fellowship and fun.  As part of our community grant funds from the district, WRC contributed lighting and sustainable plants to the roundabout in Wayzata.  Great fun was had by all who attended to help plant and now WRC members can take pride in how beautiful this roundabout is!  If you haven't driven by, please do!  
Rotarians in action - there is nothing better!

Welcome New Members!

Wayzata Rotary is thrilled to welcome Tom Schwalbe and Pat Houston.  Tom is a neighbor of Norrie Thomas and is looking forward to getting his hands dirty with club spring planting projects.  Pat keeps busy as the President of her condo association and is happy to be back in the suburbs after being a city dweller for years.
Please welcome Tom and Pat and look for them at the check-in table or selling 50/50 raffle tickets soon!

Capture the Moment in Hamburg!



In 2019, the Rotary International Convention will travel to Hamburg, Germany. Registration is now open! To get the best possible rate, register by this Wednesday, 27 June and you'll pay just $350. With so much to see and do, the convention is an experience you won't want to miss.

Register and pay today, because this special price of $350 is good only until 27 June.  Click here to register.

Annual "Night to Unite" - Shared Meeting with Wayzata Chamber Members

Rotarians and COC Members came together to kick off the annual "Night to Unite" activities.  This year has been the "Year to Unite" as the community came together to support the family of fallen officer, Bill Mathews.  Officer Mathew's son, Wyatt, was a special guest of honor in attendance.  Wyatt wanted to share that his birthday is August 19 - hint, hint.  If any members would like to send him a card, you can send to him c/o the Wayzata Police Department.
The annual "Jim Fish Award"  was awarded to Dave Dudinski.  The Jim Fish Award is an annual Crime Prevention award presented by the Wayzata Crime Prevention Coalition (WCPC) to recognize a Wayzata citizen or Wayzata area business person for service to the community, past and present, in the area of “crime prevention.”  The award is meant to honor the recipient, and via the name of the award, to honor Jim Fish, who was instrumental in bringing and keeping crime prevention programs in Wayzata.
Honorary Rotarian and Wayzata Chief of Police, Mike Risvold, was the keynote speaker and shared information on current crimes and highlights of three criminals that were caught this year and how the police department worked clues to solve these crimes.

Carlos Javier Hernandez - Guest
Shelley Beaumont - Host

WRC member and Club Administrator, Shelley Beaumont, had her son Pierce's new Autism Service Dog, Merlin, as a special guest at the meeting.  Trainers,  Carlos Hernandez and Greg Vaughn, gave an overview of what the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines as a service animal and gave an overview of what is involved in training a service animal as well as what specific tasks Merlin has been trained for to help Pierce.  Two specific commands include "touch" (to disrupt a negative behavior) and "lay" (to lay down on Pierce to apply deep pressure for anxiety, panic, or rage attacks).


Members asked lots of questions about training and tasks, and were able to meet Merlin.


A special thank you to all members that contributed financially to help Shelley and her family bring Merlin home!!!  For more information on Highland Canine Training/Assistance Dogs for Autism visit here.

Mark Ihrke - YMCA
Angela Berhnardt - Host

Mark Irhke, a fellow Rotarian from the St. Louis Park Rotary, was our guest and gave us a great overview of the benefits of the YMCA.  It is not just a "gym and swim" location, but an organization that is focused on strengthening community through:
  •     *  Youth development
  •     *  Healthy living
  •     *  Social responsibility
There are 4 pillars that the YMCA organization focus' on in all they do: Be caring, responsible, respectful, and honest.  The YMCA ensures that all members of the community have access to the facilities and programs, regardless of financial status.  The YMCA offers financial support and scholarships and works on a case-by-case basis if needed to ensure access.
WRC donated $1,500 to the Ridgedale YMCA and that helped send 6 children to camp this year.  He noted that community partners are very important!  The community Board of Directors has 30-35 board members and there are volunteers at all locations.
If you would like to learn more about the YMCA or to volunteer, you can contact WRC member Tyler Fredrickson and he'll be happy to get you information!

Brian Kokesh - Guest
Angela Berhnard and Walt Gislason - Hosts

Brian shared his amazing story of his life after a snow mobile accident that resulted in him losing both hands and feet.  His wife, Kaya, shared with us the details of the accident and Brian continued the story about how amazing the Veteran's Administration (VA) was and still is.  They started the recovery with private insurance but Brian was reminded that he is a a Vet and had access to the VA's system.
Brian showed us the different prosthetic that he has on both arms - his right prosthetic has clamps where the hand would be and his right prosthetic has a mechanical hand on the end.  Brian used to play volley ball and golf and the VA was able to make him attachments so that he can play both sports.  Members were very engaged and Brian graciously answered questions and was a very inspiring visitor to the club.
Brian wanted to share an organization, Wiggle Your Toes, that helps to empower those who have lost a limb to move forward, take action and get back to the life they want as a fantastic resource for help.