Visitors Welcome!
We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Mark Ihrke, Ridgedale YMCA
Jul 18, 2018
Angela Bernhardt, Host
Assistance Dogs For Autism
Aug 01, 2018
Shelley Beaumont - Host
TUESDAY MEETING! Night to Unite Luncheon
Aug 07, 2018
TUESDAY MEETING! Night to Unite Luncheon
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President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Club Administration
Programs Chair

Mark Ihrke, Ridgedale YMCA
Angela Bernhardt, Host

Mark Ihrke serves as the Executive Director of the Ridgedale YMCA. Local YMCAs engage hundreds of communities in Minnesota.  By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving health and well-being, and supporting and serving neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.

The Y values what everyone brings to the table. They work to ensure that all segments of our communities are welcome at the Y, and have equal opportunities to become connected to other participants, members, staff and volunteers at all levels of the organization. It is a priority to educate and empower staff and volunteers to intentionally think, act and communicate with a diverse, inclusive and global approach to serving all. 

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.

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.

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.  

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!

Hope's Focus for 2018-2019
Human Trafficking in Minnesota

Hope shared with us that she wants to focus her term on helping end Human Trafficking in Minnesota.  During the district meeting in Burnsville, clubs were challenged to identify a person in each club to be the Club Champion for this project.  The district is working on a new website, "".  It is not yet active, but it will be created to provide financial support to partner organizations to work on prevention, awareness, and education.
One of the organizations is ACT United:  "At ACT United we focus our efforts on prevention by providing awareness training on juvenile sex trafficking and exploitation, facilitate Community Café Dialogues, provide opportunities for communities to engage in prevention projects, and aim to inspire churches, individuals, and organizations to work together creating safe communities for children and youth."
There is also the "Done in a Day Project" where the district plans to make dignity bags.  If you are not able to attend that event but wish to help, district 5950 is taking donations to purchase items for the event.  Contact Carol MacDonald, District Conference Done-In-A-Day Project Chair to donate (  Carol suggests $250 to $1000 from each club!  Please see Shelley or Hope if you are interested in helping.

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!

2017-2018 Awards Meeting


Congratulations to Hope Schroeppel, WRC President for 2018-2019.

Thank you Doug Arndt for your service to WRC in 2017-2018.


Perfect Attendance - a combination of attending meetings, serving on the board, attending WRC volunteer activities all earn a tick mark on weekly attendance.  Thank you members for your dedication.

Pictured:  Doug Arndt, Angela Bernhardt, Chris Pierson, Tom Schwalbe, Bjorn Meisner, Lynn Groll, and James Houg.

Not Pictured:  Bruce Lea


Paul Harris members for 2017-2018.  Remember, donations to Rotary International are accumulative and each time you reach $1,000 you get an additional recognition.  Thank you members!

Pictured:  Mark Lauffenburger, Doug Arndt, Belle Davenport, and James Houg.

Not Pictured: Rob Shadley, Charlie Marvin, and Tom Metcalf


Thank you 2018 Board for your Service to WRC!

Pictured:  Doug Arndt, Hope Schroeppel, Angela Bernhardt, Bjorn Meisner, Mark Lauffenburger, Andy Thielen, Kelly Sater, Norrie Thomas, Lynn Groll, James Houg


Not Pictured:  James Larson, Bruce Lea

The Bee Squad Was Here!

Becky Masterman, UMN Bee Squad Associate Program Director, visited WRC and shared her knowledge of local and global bee health.  The Bee Squad provides extension support for bee keepers, shares bee health with the public, and offers creative outlets to community programming.  The program is funded through grants.
She shared that lack of flowers and the use of pesticides are what is causing the most stress for bees.  The best thing we can do to help them is just plant flowers!  We learned that there are 460 different types of bees that are native to MN, including the adorable bumble bee.  Honey bees are not native to the U.S. and were imported from Europe.  
The Bee squad has many outreach programs and educational opportunities.  To buzz around their site and gain more knowledge about bees, visit here.

Lake Minnetonka - Summer Splash Highlights
Becky Pierson - Host

Artist, Patrick Sweeney, came armed with a gorgeous painting for members to look at.  he shared that he is in the process of changing how he works with his painting - he no longer works in oils and using intense brush strokes, but now works with palette knives, syringes, and thick paint on his canvases.  He is particularly interested in boats right now and gave a shout out to Wayzata Art Experience for always putting on a high quality show with quality artists.  You can see Patrick and his paintings this weekend at the Wayzata Art Experience!  

Sam Rogers started the Wayzata Match Cup in 2014 after the 2013 America's Cup and the AC72, a menacing, 72 foot high. catamaran capable of near-highway speeds changed sailing. This year, the Wayzata Match Cup will be hosting 4-M32 Catamarans.  These are 32 ft high boats that have crew members of 4-5.  They will follow a course that is close enough to the shores that viewers can get a good look at them as they sail by.  He said that the boats would be assembled at MN Boat Works Monday-Wednesday of this week, so if you would like to see them, stop by!

Rick Warren, organizer of the "Bash for the Boardwalk" concerts came and gave away tickets for concerts this weekend.  Proceeds for these concerts go towards the Boardwalk Project and Wayzata Lake Effect.

Thursday:  A night of rock, blues, and pop with country.  Belle Davenport - Congratulations!
Friday: Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles.  Chris Pierson and Darrell Leines - Congratulations!
Saturday: Kate Vans.  Doug Arndt - Congratulations!

Tereza Paskova - Guest
Steve Hance - Host

Rotarians were treated to a fantastic presentation from District 2240's Slovakian exchange student, Tereza Paskova.  If there was any doubt that being involved with foreign exchange students is not a worthwhile investment, Tereza showed that involvement with exchange students is one of the most rewarding activities Rotarians do.
Tereza shared how after considering being an exchange student for only one week, she found the courage to embark on a year that has changed her life.  Arriving a year ago, crying, shaking, and scared, Tereza will be leaving the United States laughing, confident, and changed.  Tereza attended Delano high school and told us how hard it was at first to make friends and understand how the school system worked.  She told us a lovely story that Chemistry ended up being her favorite subject and that her self-portrait she painted in art class won a prize.  Tereza was able to visit Canada, Wisconsin, and Florida.  Her year started with not being able to catch a fish and ended by finally catching one!  Truly a rite of passage for anyone in Minnesota.
Her host families were amazing and helped her navigate her first birthday away from her family, her first Christmas away from her family, and the home sickness she felt at times.  Thanksgiving for her was an amazing experience and she will carry forward the love she felt from her host families for the rest of her life.  A warm thank you to the Scheibe and Gilmore families for hosting Tereza!