Visitors Welcome!
We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Jennifer Fernjack
Sep 27, 2017
Steve Droen, Host
Wayzata Schools Reading Expert
Oct 04, 2017
Norrie Thomas, Host
Wayzata Public Schools: Finance and Facilities
Oct 11, 2017
Chace Anderson, Host
Oct 18, 2017
Jim Hartfiel, Potential 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
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

Jennifer Fernjack - Guest
Steve Droen, Host

Sep 27, 2017

When life gives you lemons, do you make lemonade? Did you know optimism can reduce stress and help increase your brain’s “feel good” chemicals? If you make small changes you can reap major benefits and flip your perception of life to help you triumph in the most trying times. Please join Jennifer Fernjack, as she shares her own story of how optimism helped her conquer the biggest challenge of her life. In this session, you will learn:

How to reduce or get rid of fear by embracing it

  • How the science of optimism can change your brain chemistry

  • How perspective and gratitude can carry you through a given situation

MN Opera Visits Wayzata Rotary

Ryan Taylor, the President of the MN Opera, gave us a lovely overview of how he came to love Opera (after leaving mid-show the first time he went to one), to becoming a lover of Opera and to becoming an integral part of the MN Opera.  His view is the opera is a multi-media performance that creates "moments."   He is very proud of the innovation of the MN Opera and how they reach out to a traditional and non-traditional audience. The MN opera is having it's 55th year anniversary (86 if you add the years before the merger of the St. Paul Opera in 1976) and will be presenting 5 shows this year.
We were able to enjoy two "moments" with Jessica Hall at the piano, and Andy Acosta singing.  Jessica and Andy are current winners of the residence program which is a classical version of "American Idol."  Contestants have less than a 1% chance of winning and we were delighted to hear them perform for us.  Fun fact:  There are no microphones for opera singers.  The power of their voice could be felt throughout the dining room and was truly a memorable lunch.
Shelley has a few 20% of coupons if you are interested in purchasing tickets!  

Annual Be Pink Breast Cancer Breakfast
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:00 am - 8:45 am

Park Nicollet Foundation

Join us for a special morning of breast cancer awareness that brings the community together to support and celebrate the Jane Brattain Breast Center. The morning features great food, inspiring speakers and back by popular demand, the Pink Box Sale!

Be Pink Breakfast is sponsored by Schuler Shoes so 100% of proceeds can go directly to programs to help local women in need.

To sign up, visit here:  Lynn Groll will also be sending out an email!

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.

From Bob Halagan
District Governor

As we approach the Labor Day weekend and enjoy the last bits of summer, I thought it appropriate to let Rotarians in our District know of the efforts being made through Rotary to assist those displaced and at risk due to Hurricane Harvey.  Typically, Rotary does not act as a first responder to an emergency so those who are looking to make an immediate contribution should consider first responder organizations like the American Red Cross or Shelter Box.  Greg Krauska from Chanhassen Rotary is our ShelterBox liaison and will be providing details on how your donations to ShelterBox can be designated for the hurricane's victims.  
In addition, the Rotary Foundation has established a donor advised fund for contributions. If you would like to help thought TRF please go to the following link:  The Name of the DAF (Donor Advised Fund) is The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund and a flyer is attached to this email for further description.
Finally at our District level we have decided to wait for the emergency phase to pass and then consider joining with other Rotary Clubs and Districts in more traditional Rotary-style projects once the Rotary Districts in those affected areas can identify their most worthwhile projects.  We will keep you apprised of any developments in that regard.
If you are moved to donate now while the emergency phase is still in full swing, please do so generously.  I hope that once the emergency phase passes and the hard work of rebuilding begins, that we can count on you to contribute to whatever projects the clubs in our District find worthwhile to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

It is Always Fun to Come Across a Bit of History! 

While in Chicago recently, Wayzata Club member, Mark Lauffenburger, stumbled across this plaque.  
The Rotary Club of Chicago was founded on February 23, 1905. Leaders of the club went on to establish Rotary International in 1910. Paul Harris, Rotary's founder, became the first international president and Ches Perry, of ROTARY/One became the first general secretary of the newly formed international office.
The Rotary Club of Chicago is still going strong.  If you would like to see what they are up to, visit here.
Another Great Volunteer Planting Experience
Lynn McCarthy, City of Wayzata
The City needs men, women and high school student volunteers to plant trees, shrubs and perennials on Saturday September 30 from 9:00-1:00 at the interchange at Gleason Lake and Highway 12.
The volunteers will be embarking on a major effort (in conjunction with the Public Works Department and MNDOT's Community Roadside Landscape Partnership) to beautify and improve the Gateway entrances to our City.
This is Phase One of a multiple phase beautification program and volunteer support is vital.
This is a great end of the summer project!  Please contact Lynn McCarthy at to sign up.
Many thanks for your continued support of our City.
Lynn McCarthy
Volunteer Coordinator
City of Wayzata

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. 


The Wayzata Rotary Grants Committee has chosen the recipients of our 2016 Fall Grants, who were honored at our November 23rd meeting. The grants total $9500 for the following local organizations doing great work in our community:
  • The local Alzheimers Association, for interactive alert bracelets/necklaces to prevent wandering.
  • Bloom Early Childhood, for scholarships for early childhood education so that students are prepared for kindergarten.
  • Hammer Residence, for its Quality of Life Program 
  • IOCP, towards a much needed van for its Neighborhood Program

"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.