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We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
No Meeting: Holiday Party in the Evening
Dec 07, 2016
No Meeting: Holiday Party in the Evening
Holiday Choir Concert
Dec 14, 2016
Jack Weeks, Host
Tod Worner
Dec 21, 2016
J.R. Boisclair, Host
Dec 28, 2016
Bob Shadley, Host
The West Metro Rotaract Club is a highly motivated young professionals group with a service twist,  meeting in the west Metro. Club members have a passion to make a difference within them and in the world that surrounds them.
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Past President
Rotary Foundation Annual Campaign
Membership Committee
Car Show Chair
Youth Exchange Chair
Programs Chair
Holiday Party Chair
Public Relations Chair
Community Grants Chair
International Grants Chair
WMEF Chair
Wayzata Rotary Foundation
Club Administrator

It's Time for the Annual Holiday Party!

Congratulations to Nathan Wentzlaff, the newest member of Wayzata Rotary.  Nathan was inducted at our meeting last week by General Bob Shadley. Nathan has a brother in Rotary who recommended he consider joining Rotary; after visiting several groups Nathan chose the Wayzata organization and we are delighted he did!  Nathan works in the home health care industry, and looks forward to getting to know us while giving back to the Wayzata community. His family includes his wife Brook who works at Target Corporate, a two year old son Parker, and a 5 month old daughter Paige. Welcome, Nathan, we look forward getting to know you!  

Ann Heck, Bee Squad

Fred Meyer, Host

Fred Meyer hosted our program spotlighting the work of the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. Ann is a member of the Bee Squad, the public outreach arm of the U's efforts. Ann updated us on the colony collapse crisis stemming from mites and viruses. Collapse, which is reducing the number of pollinators, threatens native and farmed plantings. The Bee Squad was formed to enable the U to engage the public in learning about bees, their vital habitat, and threats to their wellbeing. They provide education to individuals considering their own home apiary and mentoring to beekeepers, including hands-on learning for new beekeepers in an on campus apiary.  Other programs include Bee Exchange Programs to strengthen our bee populations, a Hive to Bottle Program, establishing high school Pollinator Ambassadors, Veterans and Artist programs, outreach to additional cities across the country, and even a Bee Cruise. 
To support pollinators, we should all consider adding bee-friendly flowers and native plantings to our landscaping and reducing or eliminating quantities of insecticides and pesticides. She recommended we closely read the labels on garden products to learn how to minimize impact on wildlife.  Anyone interested in home beekeeping should find a class to learn best practices, available through the U and other community providers (including Otten Bros).  Thank you Fred and Ann!


Fred Meyer      

Fred is a 20 year member of Wayzata Rotary. He has lived in Woodland for more than 30 years.  He and his wife Christine (who is British) spend almost half of each year in England where he also regularly attends Rotary.  He has a daughter, Amy, who was in attendance at last week's meeting.  Fred, now retired, spent his career building Meyer Brothers Dairy.  Thanks Fred!                                                          




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:


Angela Bernhardt, Bob Shadley, Norrie Thomas, and Angela's son met at IOCP last Saturday to help pack food for the food shelf's senior delivery program. Thank you for your service. IOCP is one of the Wayzata Rotary's grant recipients as well as the scene of offsite service meetings. We will continue our commitment to this important part of the community over the next year. Stay tuned for more opportunities!

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!

A Great Night to Be at the Ballpark for 43 Rotarians and Guests!













2016-17 Vision Session Outcomes

As the new president of the Wayzata Rotary, there's a lot to learn! One of the most interesting things for me has been to learn what members value and what the future of Rotary looks like for each of us. 

This summer I sent out a survey to all members electronically and invited all members to a visioning session led by district leadership. While responses and participation were limited, they no doubt represent the thoughts of many.  

There were several themes that emerged that will guide our Rotary year. Including:  

  • Every member has a role, including new members. Are you on a committee? Are you doing something with Rotary beyond our weekly lunches with great programs? Look at our Club Roster on our tables every meeting – is the column with your Current Club Leadership blank?! There are many ways to get involved, let's work together to find a spot for you.  

  • Service Above Self. One of Rotary's official mottos, it's something that members clearly value. We will begin to have more service projects with Michael Rye and Lynn Vettel leading the committee. Our first one-time opportunity will be at IOCP on September 24, and Greg Rye is going to be talking about a long-term mentoring project with students from Wayzata High School at our meeting this week. 

  • Commitment to the Community. One of the ways we support our community is through our grant program and Rotary scholarships. In order to financially support students and nonprofits doing good work in our community, we raise funds in many ways (and are always open to new ideas): the upcoming car show (September 11), our holiday party, and through the weekly 50/50 raffle, Happy Bucks and more.  The Wayzata Rotary Foundation board is looking for new members! Contact Mark Lauffenburger to learn more. 

I welcome the opportunity to meet with each and every member to talk about what Rotary means to YOU. I'm always up for coffee in Wayzata! 

Angela Bernhardt

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.

Wayzata Rotary Scholarships Honor 16 Outstanding Students

One of Wayzata Rotary Club's best traditions is to present scholarships to exemplary seniors from Wayzata High School. These scholarships are made possible through the endowment of the club's Wayzata Memorial Education Foundation, along with member donations and fundraising. This year we were pleased to announce 16 scholarships for $1,000 each to deserving seniors Emma Baldry, John Barbella, Liz Benson, Kathleen Butler, Gina Carter, Seri Choi, Emma Johnson, Pooja Kandikonda, Jake Marsh, Connor Moen, Reece Smith, Jennifer Radermacher, D.J. Thapa, Jessica Weng, Tristan Wilkes, and AJ Yablonsky. Winners were introduced by WRC members, and each senior shared fun facts about themselves. Our winners include mentors and youth ministers, have logged countless service hours, were team captains, showed off bruises and battle scars, care for disabled siblings and friends, are multi-lingual, are musicians and thespians and artists and drum majors, are representatives to international Science Fairs and Business Conferences, are entrepreneurs, are members of the NHS and almost every club in the school, and have even been voted "most gullible".  Above all, this group of 16 outstanding seniors are full of gratitude and looking forward to making their marks on college and the broader world beyond. Congratulations!

Early Registration Discount ends 12/15

The 2017 Rotary convention, June 10-14 2017, is both convenient and unique.  It will be the 100th year celebration for the Rotary Foundation and the location is Atlanta, an easy-to-get to and fun-to-visit city.  For details and registration here is the link.  Our district already has 69 Rotarians  signed up to attend and we are looking to reach 100.  Come join us for what will be a memorable and fun occasion.  The convention is already packed with activities but there will be a District 5050 cocktail hour at a location and time to be determined.