Visitors Welcome!
We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Jenny Hansen, Gopher Women’s Gymnastics Coach
Aug 16, 2017
Angela Bernhardt, Host
Dr. Verna Cornelia Price
Aug 23, 2017
Gloria Iñamagua, Host
Kari Groth Swan, Orono Foundation for Education
Aug 30, 2017
Norrie Thomas, Host
Kenneth P. Olson, MD
Sep 06, 2017
Norrie Thomas, 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
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

Jenny Hansen, Gopher Women's Gymnastics Coach
Angela Bernhardt, Host

Jenny Hansen, a Gopher gymnast from 2000-2003 and a former volunteer assistant coach, finished her third season at the helm for the Gopher women's gymnastics program in 2017. 

Under her tenure, the Gophers advanced to the 2016 NCAA Championships as a full team - the first time since 2013. Hansen was named the 2016 Big Ten Coach of the Year as the team finished with a 9-0 Big Ten record, a feat the program has never done. The Maroon and Gold also were named the Big Ten Regular-Season Champions. In her time with the Gophers as a full-time coach since 2007, Minnesota has gone 167-102-3 and has been selected for an NCAA Regional every season. 

The 2017 season boasted the largest team in program history with 18 gymnasts, including nine returners and nine newcomers. 11 new routines were included in lineups at the Big Ten Championships and nearly half of the routines were from first time competitors. 

During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Minnesota repeated as the Big Ten regular season champions and achieved its highest national finish ever, placing eighth. Hansen has coached Big Ten individual champions Carmelina Carabajal and Lindsay Mable and helped lead Mable and Hanna Nordquist achieve All-American status. Mable also earned a place at the NCAA Qualifier, was named Big Ten Gymnast of the Year in 2015 and 2016, Big Ten Champion on floor exercise and vault, NCAA Regional Champion, regular season All-American, North Central Gymnast of the year and was a Honda Award Nominee.

Hansen spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at the University of Illinois before returning to the Minnesota program. At Illinois, Hansen primarily dealt with the floor exercise, music selection compilation and choreography. In addition to coaching the floor exercise competitors, she also played an important role in on-campus recruiting and alumni relations. Illinois recorded a record of 11-12 in 2006, and finished seventh at the Big Ten Championship with a team score of 192.500. At the NCAA South Central Region Championship, Illinois came in fourth with a score of 193.125, and finished the season with a No. 25 national ranking.

As a volunteer assistant coach in 2005, Hansen helped coach the Golden Gophers to a third-place showing at the Big Ten Championships, which was the team's highest finish at the conference championships since 2002. As a student assistant coach in 2004, she helped lead Minnesota to record-breaking performances, including the program's best team score, a 197.700, and the best uneven bars and balance beam scores in team history.

As a gymnast, Hansen competed as a Golden Gopher from 2000-2003. In 2003, she finished fifth in the vault at the NCAA Regional Championships with a career-best score of 9.850. At the completion of her career, she ranked third on Minnesota's all-time top performers list on the balance beam (9.925), was tied for seventh on the floor exercise list (9.925), and was tied for ninth all-time on the vault (9.850).

Hansen, a native of Ripon, Wis., served as a team captain in her senior season with the Maroon and Gold. She was a four-year letter winner and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. She completed her bachelor's degree in kinesiology in at the University of Minnesota in May of 2004.

Hansen, her husband Justin and two sons reside in Rosemount, Minnesota.

Charlie Leonard, Blue Water Theater Company
Adam Thompson, Host

Charlie visited us last week and gave us an overview of the Blue Water Theater Company.  This non-profit organization has recently purchased and moved into the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka (UUCM) at 605 Rice Street East in downtown Wayzata.
The mission of Blue Water Theatre Company’s is to create a theatre community for young people through meaningful and transformative experiences.  They offer children's classes and scholarships.  
Charlie is very excited to be an integral part of the community and hopes that everyone will come and see one of the productions.  For more details, please visit their website and have a look at the fantastic work they are doing!  

Rotarian, Jeff Dahl, Participates in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Jeff Dahl participated in the grand opening of the Mill Street Parking ramp in downtown Wayzata.  If you were not able to make the grand opening ceremony on August 10, you can click here for more information and pictures of the grand opening.

The Plymouth Rotary Still Needs Host Families.

The incoming Rotary Youth Exchange Student:
·      Is a 16-year-old boy from Argentina
·      Will attend Wayzata High School
·      Enjoys basketball, Rugby, gaming

"Walzer Wednesday" at CHS Field

Members of Wayzata Rotary got together on a beautiful summer evening to cheer on the St. Paul Saints.  "Walzer Wednesday" is a fun evening to attend as CHG hosts a picnic before the opening pitch.
The weather was spectacular for an evening of socializing and baseball. 
A cameo appearance by Bill Murray!

Registration Open!

Please register now to attend the One Rotary Summit, scheduled for Friday, September 15, 2017; and, encourage your friends to do the same.  This training is unique.  A small group of outstanding facilitators will lead us through a case study to help us think outside of the box and develop tools for our District 5950’s “Attract and Engage Toolbox.”
To register click here:  REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING HERE!
The details for the event are:
What:            One Rotary Summit
Where:          Earle Brown Heritage Center
When:           Friday, September 15, 2017
From:            8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
                     (Breakfast and Lunch Buffets provided)
For:               All Rotarians and their guests
Charge:        Free for all D5950 Rotarians!  (Paid for through District training fee.)

Thank you for all you do for Rotary and for helping our District be the best it can be!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Tom Gump
District Training Chair 2017
Rotary District 5950

Mobile:  (612) 770-8389

Volunteers are Needed - Are You Ready?

The Wayzata Rotary Club is in need of 20 volunteers to help on Sunday, September 10.  Help is needed for the pancake breakfast, checking in cars,  and to sell lottery tickets at the event. Each shift will last for 2 hours and will count as a "make up" for any missed meetings members may have.
There will a car show meeting before the Rotary meeting this week at 11;00, so if you have any questions, please feel free to attend the meeting.  We are looking forward to a great event!
One of the Wayzata Rotary Club's original members, Robert Doen, passed away on July 11, 2017 .  Bob was very active in our club from the 1960's through 1980s.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this sad time.   For details on services and to read his obituary, please visit here:
We also received word that RI President, Ian Riseley, shared the sad news that President-elect of Rotary International, Sam F. Owori, died last week as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery. 
His request was that all Rotarians keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.  While I had the good fortune to meet Sam only briefly, it was obvious that he was a man of great caring.  He would have been RI president during my term as District Governor in 2018-2019 and if you are a President-elect, during your term as president of your club.     
A Sam F. Owori Memorial to Polio has been established in his honor since Sam was committed to Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. He was a member of both the Africa Regional PolioPlus Committee and the International PolioPlus Committee as well as MANY other Rotary efforts.  Online contributions can be made to the fund here.

Thank you Board Members!


Our final meeting with Angela Bernhardt, as our club President, was full of "thank-you's" and applause.  Angela thanked the board members for attending the monthly board meetings, trying to teach her "Roberts Rules of Order," being great partners in this work, and presented them with a Rotary coin.

Pictured:  Bruce Lea, Jim Houg, Mark Lauffenburger, Ben Hovland, Steve Hance, Angela Berhnardt, Doug Arndt, Chris Pierson, Tom Vettel, Hope Schroeppel.


Welcome to our Newest Members!

Rob Shadley welcomed our newest Rotary members, Gloria Inamagua and Shelley Beaumont. 
Gloria joins us from BMO Harris Bank in Wayzata.  She is interested in community gardens, financial seminars, community engagement, and mentoring children.   She is involved with IOCP, serving low income families and with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  Gloria looks forward to her involvement in Rotary and looks forward to helping those who are being "left behind" in today's society.
Shelley joins us as the new Club Administrator.  Shelley's interests revolve around Autism awareness and global citizenship.  She is a mosaic artists and enjoys cooking and travel.
Welcome Gloria and Shelley!

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.