Visitors Welcome!
We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
Weekly Speakers
President / Speaker Awards
Jun 28, 2017
Angela, Doug, Lisa & JR Hosts
Bob Showers, Author of The Twins in the Dome
Jul 05, 2017
Angela Bernhardt, Host
Jul 12, 2017
Doug Arndt, Host
Jul 19, 2017
Marty Schneider, 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
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

President Awards

Join us as current president, Angela Bernhardt, hands over the presidential gavel to incoming 2017-2018 President, Doug Arndt. 
We will also have various awards to share as the 2016-2017 Rotary year comes to a close.

Jun 21, 2017

Becky Pierson, Host

Our speaker this week is Tim Shore, who is the Featured Artist for the upcoming Wayzata Art Experience (WAE) on June 24th and 25th. Tom is the owner/artist for Shore Boards.  For more information on Tim, visit his website

Rise Up to Polio Plus!

Tim Mulcrone, District 5150's Polio Chair, was our guest this week.  He has been our District Chair for 5 years, and shared some great stories about his personal history with Polio in his family, and about the success of vaccinating.  This year there have only been 5 cases reported worldwide versus 16 reported last year.  Did you know that Rotary has become the number one organization in the world in working to eradicate Polio?  This is something you, as a Rotarian, should be very proud of!
Before the meeting, Wayzata Rotary has already raised $895 in donations this year to end polio. A big shout out of "thanks!" to Charlie Marvin, Norrie Thomas and a donor who wishes to remain anonymous for "Rising Up" after Tim’s talk and pledging an additional $250 each to Polio Plus.
If you would like to donate, you may contribute online at and select the Polio Plus Fund. All donations count towards your Paul Harris award which recognizes Rotarians each time they reach $1000 total in contributions.


New this year:  Pancake Breakfast!
Stay tuned for registration and participation information.

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.