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We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Club Assembly
Nov 21, 2018
Hope Schroeppel, Host
Nov 28, 2018
Cindy Leines, Host
No Meeting! Holiday Party in the Evening!
Dec 05, 2018
No Meeting! Holiday Party in the Evening!
Holiday Concert
Dec 12, 2018
Jack Weeks, Host
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STRIVE Coordinator
STRIVE Coordinator

Irene Kelly, Governor of Rotary District 5950

Hope Schroeppel, Host

Irene Kelly is Governor of Rotary District 5950. She will share an update about our nationally recognized District. Her presentation is titled, "Be the Inspiration!" Kelly will serve as District Governor from July 2018 through June 2019. She is a member of the Eden Prairie AM Rotary Club.

Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad (Ret.) - Guest
Angela Bernhard - Host

General Schulstad gave a talk about the importance of National Defense and shared with us several ways that we can help support Veterans.  Wayzata Rotarians were proud to host 12 vets, with one from WWII!!
Back to WWII, General Schulstad reminded us that that war was about our survival as a free and democratic national, not a political war.  At that time, 12% of the population was serving and wearing a uniform, where today only .5% of the population is.  He talked about the National Guard and how it is under the control of each state's Governor and how it can be called up for Federal use.  Many men and women join the guard so they can take advantage of high level training but work in the private sector where income is higher.  
Smart technology and cyber security are top concerns and focuses in today's national defence and it is imperative to get more people with high level training into the armed services.  General Schulstad reminded us that all current people serving in the military are volunteers - they are keeping our country safe and we need to thank them!  Below are 3 organizations that directly help vets from Minnesota.  
ESGR:  Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve:  ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. Learn more.
MN Military Family Foundation:  The mission of the Minnesota Military Family Foundation is to provide timely financial assistance to deployed and currently serving Minnesota military personnel and their families – which includes active duty, national guard and reserve components, across all services – who have a financial crisis that is not supported by existing state or federal programs.  The Minnesota Military Family Foundation is a 100% volunteer organization.
Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF) is a statewide fundraising initiative by the citizens of Minnesota, for Minnesota military personnel and their families. Launched in August of 2005, MMAF is a non-partisan, non-political, 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation. The mission of MMAF is to say "thanks" to Minnesota Service members and their families who are making sacrifices in the defense of our freedoms in combat zones around the world. MMAF has provided over $10.9 million in grants to more than 17,100 recipients, making it the nation’s largest-ever statewide fundraiser of its kind.

Wayzata Rotary Awarded $1,000
Kelly Sater, our Community Grants committee head and President Elect, applied for a community grant through Old National Bank on behalf of WRC.  The club was informed on October 15 that the grant application was successful and WRC now has an extra $1,000 to redistribute to the community.

Thank you Hope Schroeppel for the lead on the opportunity, and thank you Kelly Sater for taking the time to apply for the club!

Tom Hubler, Guest
Lynn Groll, Host

Author and Consultant, Tom Hubler, was our guest and presented information on family business dynamics, how to create structure and balance within a family business, and the two most important subjects to be willing to talk about: money and death.


In his book, The Soul of Family Businesses, A Practical Guide to Family Business Success and a Loving Family, Tom shares case studies and practical advise for building a strong foundation for a family business, discusses the "soul" of the business, best practices, managing conflict, succession planning, the family legacy, and advise for advisors.


Speak your truth without criticism.  Positive communication includes talking, listening, resolving conflicts, forgiving, and understanding Hubler's "speck of dust" theory.  When families don't discuss their differences, these little specks of dust collect and turn into larger problems.  He also shared that it is important that all generations feel valid and that a failure to plan and avoidance, are the two biggest pitfalls in the demise of family businesses.


Deanna White - Clean Water Action - Guest

Adam Fonda, Host

Deanna White visited Wayzata Rotary and presented an interesting overview of what the Clean Water Action MN organization does.  They focus on people, politics, and policies to ensure clean safe drinking water from source.  The organization does do lobbying, education, and works in electoral realms.  Public health is a major focus of the organization and the campaigns they work on stretch 5, 10, and 15 years.
The organization focuses on putting water first and ways to protect it.  Agricultural runoff, chemical reduction, and enforcing the Clean Water Act are areas the organization works with.  The organization also works to protect and restore the Great Lakes and tries to prevent pollution from going downstream.  What we do here in Minnesota directly affect the Gulf of Mexico! 
Members asked great questions!

Wayzata High School Football Coach, Lambert Brown - Guest

Ben Hoveland - Host
Coach Brown gave a wonderful overview of the Wayzata High School Trojan football program.  The core values of the team are TEAM (family), UNIT (brotherhood of trust) and YOU (improving daily). 
There are currently 180 students involved in the program and the average GPA is 3.6!  Members had several questions at the end of his presentation and one that comes up often is around concussions in the sport.  Coach Brown feels that football is the safest it has ever been and this is dues to equipment technology being so much better than early years and the change in rules.
Below is a one page overview of his presentation to the club the succinctly covers the core values and principals that are shared among the staff and students.

STRIVE Program Overview

Jim Betzold (Maple Grove) and Chuck Krausort (Osseo) gave the club an overview of the Rotary STRIVE Program they host at Maple Grove and Osseo High Schools, how they run their program, and shared how much gratification and joy they receive from working with this program.  The program is intended as a scholarship and mentoring program to help students improve grades, attendance, and school performance.  The original program was started in 1991 by Rotarian, Don Mooney, in White Bear Lake.
Wayzata Rotary is looking to start a STRIVE program with Wayzata High School and to date, 170 students have already been identified as potential mentees.
Norrie Thomas is the champion of this program for WRC and she has already identified 10 mentors within the community, Rotary, and Interfaith Outreach.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or would like to join the STRIVE committee, please let Shelley and/or Norrie know.  The WRC board will be voting at the November board meeting after receiving member input on whether or not to move forward with funding and committing to this program. 
Below is the agenda used as Osseo Senior High school and the commitment that Jim and Chuck will provide to WCR as the program begins as reference.