Visitors Welcome!
We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Feb 28, 2018
Evening Meeting at 6 Smith
David Arbit, Mpls Area Assoc of Realtors
Mar 07, 2018
Andy Fazendin, Host
State of the City, Joint Wayzata Chamber Meeting
Mar 14, 2018
Mayor Ken Wilcox, Host
Mar 21, 2018
Belle Davenport, Host
Current Community Volunteer Opportunities
Lynn McCarthy will be chairing Pull It and her cell is 612-702-1937 and her email is  
The City of Wayzata really appreciates your helping with their gardens and I thought they looked pretty spectacular this summer.  You will be meeting at the Wayzata Public Works Building at 8:15AM  - 299 Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata, 55391.
Please bring your trowel and garden gloves-  need your trowel for those plants that do not want to leave their good earth.
There will be coffee, water and donuts waiting for you.  The Mayor of Wayzata will welcome you with a few words and Kurt Klapprich will be telling you which plants not to pull out. You will be leaving for the gardens at 9:00  SHARP!   Last year it only TOOK ONE HOUR TO PULL ALL THE FLOWERS!  WOW! You all have this down to a science.
Have a fun time – hope your schedule permits you to take part in PULL IT 2017.
Pat Broyles, REALTOR, CRP
Counselor Realty
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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

Meeting Schedule and Locations

Due to renovations at the Wayzata Country Club, our February meetings will be off site.

Lunch Meetings:  11:30/12:00 - 1:00 pm
February 7:  Wayzata City Hall Community Room - 600 Rice Street E, Wayzata
February 14: Wayzata City Hall Community Room - 600 Rice Street E, Wayzata
February 21: Wayzata City Hall Community Room - 600 Rice Street E, Wayzata
Dinner Meeting: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
February 28 :  6Smith - 294 Grove Ln E, Wayzata

Sojourner Project
Chris Pierson - Host

Sojourner Project, Inc. began in 1977 when two Hopkins residents, Kitty Alcott and Jenny Arimond, documented domestic abuse in their community, west Hennepin County. As they spoke out, Kitty and Jenny gave a human face to the issue of family violence in our own community; subsequently, others joined their quest. For the next two years, Jenny, Kitty, and their supporters lobbied for support and educated the public about the need for a domestic violence program in the area. In 1978, with the support of agencies such as St. Joseph’s, Hennepin County, Hopkins Interchurch Council, West Hennepin Human Services Council, and the Hopkins City Council, one of the first battered women’s shelters in Minnesota opened in a former single-family home in downtown Hopkins.

Then known as the Hopkins Project, the organization initially kept its focus on providing a 24 hour emergency phone line, legal advocacy and support groups for the shelter’s residents. The organization expanded its reach beyond the shelter wall in 1982, when it began partnering with the Hopkins Police Department to provide support, information and referrals to victims immediately following a domestic assault. Soon, hundreds of additional women and children began connecting with the organization, requesting information, support, counseling and advocacy in the legal system, and our community-based services were firmly established.

Today Sojourner Project, Inc. maintains working relationships with many police departments serving the west Hennepin Community, and our programs serve more than 1,000 battered women and children each year though our shelter and community-based services.

Jean Sharon Abbott - Guest
Lynn Groll - Host

WRC could not have had a better speaker for Valentine's Day!  Jean shared her incredible story of living with a misdiagnosis of Spastic Dipligia, a form of Cerebral Palsy for 33 years.  Jean endured painful muscle surgeries, depression,  having to grow up using a wheel chair, and many years of taking the wrong medications.   
When she received the correct diagnosis, Dopa Responsive Dystonia (DRD),  thanks to a very intuitive doctor, she went from her wheel chair to walking within 3 days.
Jean radiated her joy and gratefulness of how this journey has shaped her as a person and her life.  She reminded all of us that miracles do happen and a couple of outcomes that she is particularly grateful for.  1.  Her parents were still alive when she was able to walk and knew that they didn't have to worry about her; and that with her talks and after an interview on the Today Show, she has helped 20 other people get the correct diagnosis.  
She left us with the charge to find positives in each day - to think of three positive things each day and train your brain to turn around a negative day and make it a positive one.
Wayzata Rotary Welcomes Alexander Cauwels
Welcome to Wayzata Rotary!  Alexander, an active Rotarian from the Rotary Club of the Princeton Corridor, has recently moved to the area and made one of his top priorities to become an active Rotarian in the Wayata Community.  Alexander started in Rotaract when he was 18 years old and joined the Princeton Corridor Rotary Club in New Jersey in 1999.  He has served as District Governor of District 7510 (2009-2010) and looks forward to organizing and participating in hands-on community service projects.
Please be sure to say hello to Alexander and welcome him to the club!

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!

Sumi Mukherjee - Guest
Steve Hance - Host

Author, Sumi Mukherjee, shared with us how growing up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities as a "brown" child with a "different" name affected his childhood and eventually led to him suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  OCD is a very complicated mental "condition in which an individual is barraged by repeated, unwanted, intrusive thoughts that cause the sufferer to experience extreme anxiety.  These thoughts often focus on issues that the individual views as terrifying threats to either their well-being or their self-image. "*

Sumi shared how bullying, in particular by "Michael," shaped his world.  Ultimately, Sumi was able to confront Michael and come to peace with his tormentor, and he has found that sharing his stories through his books and speaking engagements, continues to help in his journey.  Sumi has published three books:
1.  A Life Interrupted: The Story of my Battle with Bullying and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
2. Father Figure: My Mission to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
3. How to Stand up to Workplace Bullying and Take On an Unjust Employer

Lynn Groll - Host
Michael Durchslag and Beth Ulrich - Guests

Lynn Groll welcomed Michael Durchslag, Academy Director, from the P.E.A.S.E. Academy, where teens are able to attend high school while sober surrounded by peers who are also in recover.  The academy believes "A strong high school experience within a community of recovery is the foundation for a productive, successful future."
Past Member, Beth Ulrich, shared the story of how her daughter struggled with addiction and the harrowing times the family went through to get her daughter to a healthy and happy place in life.  She graduated from P.E.A.C.E. academy last year and has been sober for 18 months.  
Some background - P..E.A.S.E. (Peers Enjoying a Sober Education) is the oldest recovery school in the state.  It is funded through state dollars that follow the student from their home districts.  The school works with students who have dealt with trauma, medical issues, and drug and alcohol abuse.

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!!

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.

Welcome to the Board Bjorn!

Bjorn Meisner was voted in as the newest member of the Wayzata Rotary Club during the December 10 board meeting.  The board looks forward to Bjorn's enthusiasm and interest in helping our club to remain a vibrant party of the Wayzata community.  Congratulations Bjorn!