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Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
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Dr. Ken Larson, Northern Lights Foundation
Lynn Groll, Host

After the loss of his infant daughter, Ken Larson, DDS, began volunteering his time with several national children’s charities in an effort to give back to other families and children in need. In 2006, he founded a local charity in Duluth, Minnesota with the mission of providing financial support to families with children who have life-threatening illnesses.

He chose the name Northern Lights Foundation (NLF) for this new non-profit organization because his vision was to bring some much needed light into the lives of children and families who were experiencing a dark time.

Dr. Larson has served as President of NLF since the beginning, and his son Michael established a second chapter in Twin Cities, Minnesota. Over the past decade, the foundation has raised more than $350,000 and made grants to more than 160 Northland families. Foundation grants are unrestricted which means families can use the funds for whatever needs they may have.

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.

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!
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Club in Danger of Losing Youth Exchange Program

It may not be a surprise that WRC has had difficulties in finding host families for incoming youth exchange students.  What may be a surprise is our club will no longer be able to send students unless a volunteer steps up to be the new Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) and that we do find host families.
Steve Hance is stepping down as our YEO and leaving Wayzata Rotary to pursue opening a cider tap room in Minneapolis.  For the end of the current rotary year, the Board has approved that money budgeted for host family expenses be sent to the St. Croix River rotary to help with expenses pertaining to a exchange student coming in from Thailand.  For the 2018-2019 Rotary Year, we will not be participating in the Youth Exchange Program unless we can get a new Youth Exchange Officer and a committee to support this position and program.  Ideally, the club would have a committee of three people to coordinate with North Star Youth Exchange.  

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.

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!

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.