Visitors Welcome!
We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
Father Mike Van Sloun, Vikings Chaplain
Feb 22, 2017
J.R. Boisclair, Host
IOCP volunteer event (Lynn Vettel host)
Mar 01, 2017
IOCP County Rd 6/101 in Plymouth
Mar 08, 2017
Todd Mohagen, Host
Mayor Willcox
Mar 15, 2017
State of the City Lunch
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.
Bulletin Subscribe
Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Past President
Foundation Treasurer
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

Speaker Father Mike Van Sloun

Host JR Boisclair

Our speaker next Wednesday, Father Mike Van Sloun is the pastor of St. Bartholomew Church in Wayzata. For more than 10 years has been a chaplain for the Minnesota Vikings. 

We welcome guests!



Congratulations to the Logistics Team!  Our Logistics Team once again did a great job at Wayzata's Chilly Open. This year the the theme was "board games" and the Rotary "Battleship" hole was the crowd favorite. Special thanks to chair Mike Lee, along with  his amazing team. Thank you to all who pitched in to make this a great day on the lake! 
Speakers Jeannie Makowski & Sara Nobbs
Host Nate Lilleodden
Jeannie and Sara are representatives of Math and Reading Corp, both Americorps Programs. AmeriCorps is a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of "helping others and meeting critical needs in the community." 75k volunteer members commit to full-time or part-time positions offered by a network of nonprofitcommunity organizations and public agency, to fulfill assignments in the fields of educationpublic safetyhealth care, and environmental protection. Reading and MathCorps provide data-based intervention for students in 700 schools nationwide. ReadingCorps volunteers work in classrooms to facilitate reading proficiency by third grade, a critical juncture in education because "before 3rd grade you're learning to read; after 3rd grad you're reading to learn". In other words, if a student can't read well by 3rd grade they will quickly fall behind in every subject. Volunteers work in pre-k classrooms assisting at-risk learners, while kindergarten through third grade students receive one on one tutoring outside the classroom. MathCorps targets students in 4th-8th grades, with volunteers tutoring pairs of students and working to create a co-learning environment between them. Both programs are grounded in high levels of training for their volunteers and used measured outcomes to determine success for both the students and the tutors. Jeannie and Sara ended their interesting presentation with a request that we consider whether we might have what it takes to join them as Reading or MathCorps volunteers. Thank you Nate, Jeannie, and Sara for a top-notch presentation!

Congratulations to Paula Paulsen, the newest member of Wayzata Rotary.  Paula was inducted at our January 25th meeting by General Bob Shadley. Paula lives in Wayzata and is a graduate student as a nurse practitioner at St. Kate's. Her personal and professional work have always led her to serve others. Among Paula's many service examples, she has worked with immigrant families to determine and mitigate the effects of environmental damage on their population, taught life support to hundreds of Girl Scout families, and worked to improve land stewardship in Minnesota. She is interested in Rotary because it will allow her to give back to the community and allow her to work with others who can implement real change. Welcome, Paula, we look forward getting to know you!  


We welcomed several guests last week:
Visiting Rotarians Ron Erhardt (Edina Noon) and Mark Siemonsma (Sioux Falls West)
Prospective members Adam Fonda and Travis Senenfelder
WHS student Tyler Young
Come back soon!


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.

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.