Visitors Welcome!
We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Community Grant Awards
Nov 22, 2017
Kelly Sater, Host
Shannon Full, Twin West Chamber of Commerce
Nov 29, 2017
Mark Schadow, Host
Hold for Holiday Party
Dec 06, 2017
Hold for Holiday Party
Dec 13, 2017
Jack Weeks, 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
Technology and Communications Chair
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

Top Dog Foundation
Lynn Groll, Host

The mission of Top Dog Foundation is rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a loving and permanent home for dogs that are deemed “un-adoptable” because of age and health; that would otherwise be unnecessarily euthanized.

Jeff Dahlman - Twin Cities Kids in Need Resource Center
Tyler Fredrickson - Host

The Kids in Need is a national foundation whose mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.  Jeff Dahlman, from the Minneapolis chapter, gave us an overview of his work with this organization.  One of the neat events that they organize is a teacher's shopping event at the beginning of each school semester.  At these events, teachers can come and "shop" for supplies needed for their classroom at no cost to them.  There are many ways to help this foundation!
  • Volunteer at the TCKINRC
  • Provide Basic School Supplies
  • Donate to Teacher Appreciation Gift Bags
  • Donate Silent Auction Gifts
  • Donate Books
  • Donate Winter hats, mittens and blankets for the teacher shoppers (new please!)
  • Gifts of Product/Cash
  • To donate cash and other items online please visit their website at:

A special screening to support Wayzata Community Sailing
& the Mike Plant Center

Jason Hunt shared with us that Wayzata Community Sailing and filmmaker Thomas Simmons are pleased to present two encore screenings of COYOTE the feature documentary that shares the inspiring true story of legendary American sailor and Deephaven native, Mike Plant. Come out and enjoy this award-winning film for a great cause! Coyote won three encore screenings, the people's choice award, and was a finalist for best documentary at the Twin Cities Film Fest. You won't want to miss this film!

** All proceeds from the event will go to support the Mike Plant Center **

Help Wayzata Community Sailing Launch a Legacy by helping it complete the new Mike Plant Center, to solidify lake and sailing access for all!

There will be a celebration of Mike Plant after the film for the new sailing center that will bear his name. To register for the screening or to donate to the Mike Plant Center, click here:

Rotary:  Making a Difference
2017-2018 Citation Overview


Message from Ian H.S. Risley - 2017-2018 President - Rotary International:

"Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in our communities achieve goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

This year’s Rotary Citation will recognize clubs that complete activities that support these priorities. Clubs will have the entire Rotary year — 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 — to achieve the citation’s goals.

Rotary will be able to verify your club’s completion of most of the goals using our database. For others, we’ll confirm your club’s achievements through information you enter in Rotary Club Central, Rotary Showcase, and Rotary Ideas.

District governors can also track their clubs’ progress online. I’m asking each of them to talk with clubs regularly and support them in achieving these goals and Making a Difference.

Find more information at /presidential-citation. If you have questions, write to"

Register for Mid Term Assembly - January 27

Mid-Term Assembly   

Location:  Crown College

A time to meet and network with fellow Rotarians, learn of club activities around the district, and re-energize for the rest of the year.  All Rotarians are encouraged to attend, particularly club presidents and board members, Assistant Governors and District leadership.

The event will run from 7:30am to 1:00pm. A healthy breakfast and lunch will be served. (Please indicate in comments if you prefer vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free meals).  There is no cost to register - as it has already been included in your club's training fee.

To register, click here:

WRC Still Needs a Volunteer to Volunteer!
Please see Doug or Shelley if you are able to help fill this post!!!!!!

Rotary International is interested in collecting volunteer hours from members.  They are looking for Rotary related as well as non-Rotary related volunteer hours spent.  The hope of gathering this information is to help spread the awareness of the positive impact Rotary members make in their community.
In order to do this, we need a volunteer who would be able to gather community service hours from our members and record in Rotary International.  If you are interested, please let Shelley or Doug know.
Meanwhile, did you do anything outside of Rotary for community Service this week?  If so, let us know!

Chuck Aycock, Guest
James Larson, Host

Chuck visited WRC and gave us a very informative and enlightening overview of just how important father's are in today's society.  He shared with us many stories, interesting facts, and a call to action for all Father's to embrace the call; "Father's Matter - Father's Power."  A couple of interesting facts:
1.  Divorce affects kids more than a parent death.
2.  Medical degrees now require engineering because of robotics
3.  Girls 10-14 years of age will listen to their dads about sexuality and learn at this age what to "expect"
4.  Most importantly, if you don't know how to text, learn!!  This is how to best communicate with kids today!!

The DadsFirst mission is:

  • To reconcile men to their fathers, and fathers to their sons and daughters
  • To equip fathers with the skills and abilities to establish positive, fulfilling relationships with their children and wives
  • To guide fathers to become servant leaders to their children, families and communities.

Michael Howard, Super Bowl Host Committee
Cliff Otten, Host

Michael Howard, Communications Director of the Super Bowl Host Committee, visited WRC and gave us an overview of the planning and events being organized for Minnesota hosting Super Bowl LII in 2018.   The 10 day festival will be celebrating all things football and all things Minnesota.
While the main focus is on the 10-day events around the Super Bowl, the host committee has been busy planning activities that spanned the 52 weeks between the handoff of the game ball in Houston, to the upcoming kick-off in Minneapolis.  One of the programs that the host committee has been very active in is Legacy Fund grants for children.  The Legacy Fund is a 501C3, community advised fund of the Minnesota Community Foundation. Working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and based on the recommendations of SHIP’s community heath boards, the Legacy Fund is providing 52 grants to 52 community projects across our state over the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII.  For more information on the program, click here.

Todd Mueller, Author of Town Ball Parks of Minnesota

Angela Berhnardt, Host

Todd Mueller visited WRC and gave us an overview of his very charming book, Town Ball Parks of Minnesota.  Todd shared how his love of baseball, and particularly baseball played in small rural towns, led him to writing this book.  He has visited all the towns that have baseball fields and had a rather difficult time choosing which 27 fields to highlight in his book.
He also shared some fun facts:
        *   There are over 300 Minnesota baseball teams
        *  15,000 people attend the annual baseball tournament
        *   The diamond patterns on the field are a play on light reflections caused by a steel roller ball bending the blades of grass in a certain direction
If you missed this talk, his book is a lovely coffee table style and sells for $32.50, and would make a great gift!

Doug Arndt Getting Ready for the ATV Winner to be Read Out


This year marked the 9th annual Car Show that hosted beautiful and eclectic vehicles. Our local automotive businesses and many personal enthusiasts sponsored the Show to raise money for the community. New this year was a pancake breakfast with “flying” pancakes, and an ATV raffle give away. As a result of our show, pancake breakfast and ATV raffle, Wayzata Rotary will be able to  increase our charitable giving. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers from Rotary and the community that helped to sell tickets and came out over the weekend to donate their time for this great event.

2017 WMEF Scholarship Winners 

Front row: Sarah Linderwell, Megan Peterson, Inna Couri, Sasidhar Vankina, Qiwen (Wendy) Lai, Bobby Isbell
Back row: Principal Scott Gengler, Gabrielle Bobgan, Hannah Emmons, Layne Burdette, Kishan Patel, Pankeel Shah
Unable to attend/Not pictured: Gauri Binoy, Noa Cherney, Liban Jama, Tyler Young and Catherine Yu
Rotarian Scott Gengler, principal of Wayzata High School, was our host.  We had our annual scholarship luncheon to honor 16 Wayzata High School Students for their outstanding academics, school participation, and community involvement.  Each student was teamed up with a Rotarian and was asked to introduce themselves, the college or university they  plan on attending, and their interests.  We were very happy to include parents this year and one final round of questions asked of the students was; "What are you afraid of?"  We were glad to hear the biggest concerns were concerning laundry and cooking. 
Congratulations students!

Rotarians in Action!

Service above self:
The Wayzata Rotary Club answered the call for a new Canoe Rack at the City of Wayzata Marina.  Over 14 Rotarians pitched in last Tuesday night to install foundations and complete the landscaping for the canoe rack.  When Andy Thielen asked everyone to bring a shovel and post hole digger, Bruce Lea super-sized the request brought his tractor - complete with bucket and post hole digger.  After the work was completed all met at 6SSMITH for a social hour. 

"Wayzata Rotary 'drives' support for community change

by guest columnist Kelly Sater

Many of you wandered through or maybe just glanced at the beautiful cars on display last month in Wayzata during James J. Hill Days. But what may not have been clear from looking at the shiny paint and clean interiors is that these cars serve a higher purpose in our community.

The Wayzata Rotary began organizing the car show in 2008. At that time, the exhibition was located in the small old Muni parking lot. This past year marked the eighth year for the car show, which has grown to host more than 116 eclectic vehicles. Our local automotive businesses and even personal enthusiasts sponsor the show to raise money for the community.

Specifically, Wayzata Rotary proudly supports projects and community organizations by funding grants twice a year, in May and in November. Typically, awards from $100 to $2,000 are made to selected applicants and are each sponsored by a club member.

The community service grants fund a variety of purposes and causes, but prefer to fund nonprofit or charitable organizations with specific needs, rather than general operations. Strong preference is also given to locally initiated and managed groups serving our area.

Recent recipients of community service grants include:

Wayzata Rotarians have begun a new and exciting service project mentoring students at Wayzata High School. Learn more about how you can join this project at an upcoming meeting. Onward and upward!

Making a Difference!

The Wayzata Rotary international service project has become a reality! The long-awaited dental clinic in the Dominican Republic is open and serving the public! We have received a terrific YouTube video showing the brand new clinic in San Cristobal, Domican Republic. Click HERE to view the video. Our Wayzata Rotary international grant donations have built this clinic, allowing people from San Cristobal and surrounding villages to receive dental care for the first time ever, leading to better overall health! Well done, Wayata Rotary, with special thanks to Dr. Arne Kolbjornsen, Chris Pierson, and Tom Vettel for their leadership.