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We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Lonnie Dupre, Explorer
Apr 25, 2018
Mark Cheeley, Host
Marci Malzahn, The Fire Within
May 02, 2018
James Larson, Host
Ames Sheldon, Potholes in the Road to Publication
May 09, 2018
Hope Schroeppel Host
WMEF Presentation
May 16, 2018
Scott Gengler and Bruce Lea, Hosts
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Past President
President Nominee '19
50/50 Raffle Chair
Events Co-Chair
Events Co-Chair
Foundation Treasurer
Membership Committee
Car Show Chair
Youth Exchange Chair
Programs Chair
Holiday Party Chair Co-Chair
Holiday Party Chair Co-Chair
Public Relations Chair
Community Grants Chair
International Grants Chair
WMEF Chair
Wayzata Rotary Foundation
Club Administrator

Lonnie Dupre, Explorer - Guest
Mark Cheeley - Host

Lonnie Dupre was born in 1961 and raised on a Minnesota country farm. He is descended on his mother’s side from Jacques Cartier, the French explorer and founder of Quebec. Lonnie currently lives in Grand Marais, enjoying woodworking and back country skiing in the Quetico/Boundary Waters Wilderness area. Accomplishments include: 

* Completed the first west to east, 3,000 mile winter crossing of Canada’s famed Northwest Passage by dog team

*Achieved the first circumnavigation of Greenland, a 6,500 mile, all non-motorized journey by kayak and dog team

* Pulled sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice achieving over 68 million impressions worldwide on issues surrounding climate change

* Accomplished the first solo winter ascent of Alaska’s Mount Denali (20,340ft.) in January

* Alpine Ascent of Kyajo Ri (20,295 ft) in Nepal

Tim Litfin- Guest
J.R. Bosclair - Host

Tim Litfin joined Wayzata Rotary armed with goodies left over from Tour de Tonka 2018 to award to members and generate excitement for this year's event.  Tim created the event 13 years ago and benefits the ICA Foodshelf.  “Bicycle riders participate because Tour de Tonka is pure fun."
Some fun number facts that Tim shared with us:
  • 24 cities are in the Tour de Tonka
  • 8 routes
  • 42 states send riders
  • 100 mile route is highly desirable to riders
  • 88 was the age of the oldest rider in 2017
  • 108 agencies are collaborated with
  • 616 Volunteers participated in 2017
  • 11,954 was the amount of money spent of rest stop food
  • 22,235 was the dollar amount invested in safety (state patrol, police, fire)
The event is always the first Saturday and August and promises to be a fantastic and fun community event.  Several members will be participating this year!  If you would like more details, click here.

Doug Arndt, Hope Schroeppel, and Shelley Beaumont attended District Assembly

Doug, Hope, and Shelley spent Saturday morning, April 21, at the Rotary District 5950 District Assembly in Burnsville.  The event was very well organized and attended by smiling Rotarians from all around the district.
There were 7 break out sessions to choose from, and a very moving and touching talk by speaker Maria Nhambu.   Many great ideas were shared around the District's priorities and District Governor Elect, Irene Kelly challenged us to think about as we move to add more women and diverse members to our clubs and work towards Rotary's enhanced humanitarian focus on eliminating Human Trafficking in Minnesota:
1.  How will YOU be the inspiration? 
2. What limiting beliefs are keeping you from taking action?
Stay tuned for updates from Shelley for specific action items you can take as a member of WRC!

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Lake Minnetonka Excelsior Rotary

Benefiting Excelsior Chamber 4th of July Fireworks Fund and local charities.
Corner of Water Street and Lake street, rain or shine.  Prizes, burgers, beer, and wine.
Three ways to help:
1.  Come to the event and have fun
2.  Donate bingo or raffle prizes.  Contact Christ Tietz at or at 612-210-2229
3.  Volunteer day of event.  Contact Mark Larson at or at 952-484-2016
Bingo:  3:00 - 7:00
Live Music: 7:00 - 10:00

District to create Dignity Packs for Human Trafficking Victims

Engage in the District Conference celebration
and Done-In-A-Day Project!
Clubs will donate products/funding | Attendees will create the packs | Cornerstone will distribute (through Law Enforcement supporting human trafficked victims)
1,000 Dignity Packs with
Toothbrush | toothpaste | deodorant | soap | shampoo | conditioner | tissues | lotion | non-perishable snacks | chap stick | water bottle | Rotary recognition!
Funding – join a District Grant to purchase the 1,000 tote bags (need $10,000)
Donate 250+ products
Donate funding for the District Grant
Contact Carol MacDonald, District Conference Done-In-A-Day Project Chair to donate (  Will be present at the Mid-Term for Club pledges!
Thank you for your support!!

Juan Nusatodo to Attend RYLA ( Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)

Juan, the Rotary exchange student from Argentina, reached out to WRC to ask for sponsorship to attend  RYLA  camp in Hudson, WI the last week of April.  Juan is sponsored by the Plymouth Rotary and they were unable to help Juan with this request.  Wayzata Rotary stepped in and is able to help Juan with this $375 investment.
'"For me. Is something that I would love to attend I thing is going to be a really good experience that will improve me as a person and as a leader"  Juan Nusatodo

One of the goals of Rotary is to help young people develop their leadership abilities and self-confidence to the fullest. To accomplish that goal, Rotary clubs around the world prepare thousands of young leaders through RYLA programs each year.

Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a five-day camp which strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges.  There is an emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students and volunteer counselors and presenters.

Who can attend?

About 100 high school students are selected each year from southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin by their local Rotary Clubs which pays the tuition for the camp experience.

What are the benefits?

At RYLA, students gain insight into:

  • Leadership basics
  • Communication
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Personal strengths
  • Community and global citizenship
Steve Hance will be Juan's sponsor and upon finding out we could help him, Juan wrote; "I am so glad and happy to hear those good news. I am really really thankful for you help and your sponsor."
If you would like to know more about Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, click here.

"Thank you!" from Interfaith Outreach

Last year, the Wayzata Rotary Club Foundation contributed $4000 for a new passenger van.  Although it took a while to get the remaining funding in place, we finally purchased the van and are now using it to support activities of our Neighborhood Program (formerly known as CONECT).  We are so appreciative!
Interfaith Outreach recently completed signage on the van giving recognition to both the Wayzata and Plymouth Rotary clubs. 

Artist of "Big Water," Foster Willey 

Mark Lauffenburger was able to meet "Big Water" artists, Foster Willey, at the plaque placement ceremony on December 8 in Wayzata.  If you have not had a chance yet to drive by and see this wonderful sculpture, please do.

Meet Merlin - An Autism Service Dog in Training!

Our Club Administrator and member, Shelley Beaumont, went to North Carolina last weekend with her Autistic Son, Pierce, and Sr. Daughter, Karly.  The Beaumont family has been working since 2016 to acquire a service dog for their son.  After a lengthy application process and waiting period, they were finally able to meet the puppy that was picked as a match.  As you can see, Pierce LOVED the puppy!  
Pierce's dog, a Labradoodle, will be named Merlin as Pierce has a particular love of elemental magic and fire balls.  His new side kick has 4-6 more months more of specialized training before he is able to join the family this summer.   Merlin will be specially trained to help pierce during periods of anxiety, tantrums, redirect him when self harming, provide deep pressure sensory relief (by squashing him when upset, or by letting Pierce rub on his joints when anxious).  The family is really excited to have Merlin in time for Pierce to transition to high school and beyond!