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We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Awards Presentations
Jun 27, 2018
Doug Arndt, Host
No Meeting, Happy 4th of July!
Jul 04, 2018
No Meeting, Happy 4th of July!
Brian Kokesh
Jul 11, 2018
Angela Bernhardt & Walt G, Co-Hosts
Ben Standahl????
Jul 18, 2018
Angela and Walt, Co-Hosts
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Past President
President Nominee '19
50/50 Raffle Chair
Events Co-Chair
Events Co-Chair
Foundation Treasurer
Car Show 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

Becky Masterman, U of MN Bee Squad - Guest
Fred Meyer - Host

Becky Masterman first worked for the UMN Bee Lab as an undergraduate in 1992, and returned in 2012 as the Bee Squad’s Associate Program Director and Coordinator. Becky graduated from UMN Twin Cities with a BA (major in history, minor in biology) and then obtained a Ph.D. in Entomology studying the neuroethology of honey bee hygienic behavior under the direction of Dr. Marla Spivak.

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!

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!

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!

Scott Hutton - Peace Corps
Angela Bernhardt - Host

Scott, a Rotarian for 25 years, visited WRC and shared stories and pictures from his time serving in the Peace Corps.  Scott trained in New York for a placement in Columbia, South American.  Scott spent time teaching students how to read and write in Spanish in a small school in the mountains.   Scott shared some history of the Peace Corps and told us that at the time, training was done at universities, but today's Peace Corp does in-country training.   Tours are for 2 years and anyone over the aged of 18 can go.  
Angela shared that she also did a tour with the Peace Corps!
2018 Wayzata Memorial Education Foundation
Scholarship Winners!
One of the favorite meetings of the year is when the best and brightest from Wayzata High School come and join us for lunch.  This year the WMEF was able to award 16 $1,000 scholarships.  This is not possible without the donations and fund raising that Wayzata Rotary does.  Members - THANK YOU!
This year while munching on tacos, we got to know each student, where they are planning on going to school, and each shared what they were most proud of.  This year's Q&A with the students was fantastic!  This group of scholars was very articulate, engaged with members in answering questions, and were very open and honest with their observations.  
Thank you Scott Gengler for hosting the luncheon and to the WMEF committee membes, Bruce Lea, Tom Vettel, and Chris Pierson for attending and participating in the Award Program on May 14.  You earned an attendance credit!

Author, Ames Sheldon, Guest
Hope Schroeppel, Guest

Author Ames Sheldon visited Wayzata Rotary and shared the 15 year journey to get her book published.  She described "roadblocks" as "pot holes" and how her book and story grew stronger and better after each dip.  One of the interesting pot holes she encountered was with a Book Doctor.  It was recommended along the line that she should have her manuscript worked over by a book doctor and she was shocked when the person cut 1/3rd of her manuscript.  She had heard about "editorial grief" and shared with us that it is real!
After three major revisions, she was ready to get her book published.  She was not able to find a publisher in the traditional route and went with an independent publisher, Beavers Pond Press and earned the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice: Fiction.

Juan Nusatodo to Attend RYLA ( Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)

Juan, the Rotary exchange student from Argentina, reached out to WRC to ask for sponsorship to attend  RYLA  camp in Hudson, WI the last week of April.  Juan is sponsored by the Plymouth Rotary and they were unable to help Juan with this request.  Wayzata Rotary stepped in and is able to help Juan with this $375 investment.
'"For me. Is something that I would love to attend I thing is going to be a really good experience that will improve me as a person and as a leader"  Juan Nusatodo

One of the goals of Rotary is to help young people develop their leadership abilities and self-confidence to the fullest. To accomplish that goal, Rotary clubs around the world prepare thousands of young leaders through RYLA programs each year.

Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a five-day camp which strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges.  There is an emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students and volunteer counselors and presenters.

Who can attend?

About 100 high school students are selected each year from southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin by their local Rotary Clubs which pays the tuition for the camp experience.

What are the benefits?

At RYLA, students gain insight into:

  • Leadership basics
  • Communication
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Personal strengths
  • Community and global citizenship
Steve Hance will be Juan's sponsor and upon finding out we could help him, Juan wrote; "I am so glad and happy to hear those good news. I am really really thankful for you help and your sponsor."
If you would like to know more about Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, click here.

Enriching Exchange Students - Youth in Rotary

WRC provided a scholarship for Juan Najar to attend Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) in April in Hudson, WI and he sends his thanks!
"Thank you so much I really appreciate what have you done for me. I am really thankful with you, I really enjoyed my experience at RYLA camp, I took tons and tons of lessons from that experience, I made a lot of new friends and I had the opportunity to see some fellow exchange students, It is a fact that your money was one of your best investments and it had a really god use in my life and knowledge. "
Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a five-day camp which strengthens leadership skills and capabilities of high school students through physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual challenges.  There is an emphasis on problem solving, teamwork, and interaction with other outstanding students and volunteer counselors and presenters.
Pictured is Juan and his team at "Feed my Starving Children"

"Thank you!" from Interfaith Outreach

Last year, the Wayzata Rotary Club Foundation contributed $4000 for a new passenger van.  Although it took a while to get the remaining funding in place, we finally purchased the van and are now using it to support activities of our Neighborhood Program (formerly known as CONECT).  We are so appreciative!
Interfaith Outreach recently completed signage on the van giving recognition to both the Wayzata and Plymouth Rotary clubs. 

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.

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!