Visitors Welcome!
 
We meet each Wednesday from 11:45am-1:00pm
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd West
Wayzata, MN
 
 
Weekly Speakers
Megan Remark, President & CEO Regions Hospital
May 03, 2017
Tim Westermeyer, Host
Be Remembered - Various Speakers
May 10, 2017
Mike Lee, Host
Lester Bagley, Minnesota Vikings
May 17, 2017
Mark Shadow
2017 WMEF Scholar Recognition
May 24, 2017
Bruce Lea and Scott Gengler, Hosts
 
 
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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Leadership
President
Treasurer
Secretary
Past President
President-elect
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 Neema Namadamu, Women Thrive Worldwide

 
 
Neema Namadamu is a visionary game changer and an amazing leader for women, girls, and for people with disabilities. She herself is a survivor of polio and was the first woman with a disability to ever go to college in all of DRC.   Women Thrive Worldwide named her as 1 of 14 Fierce Women’s Rights Advocates To Watch In 2014. In a Huffington Post article, peace activist John Dear said, “She ranks with Leymah Gbowee, the Nobel laureate from Liberia and Mairead Maguire, the Nobel laureate from Belfast – two of our greatest living peacemakers.”

Congratulations to Adam Fonda, the newest member of Wayzata Rotary.  Adam was inducted at our March 29th meeting by General Bob Shadley. Adam lives in St. Louis Park with his wife and works in Wayzata at Lakes Sotheby's Realty. He is interested automobiles and looks forward to assisting with the JJ Hill Days Auto Show as well as other club activities and service projects.  Welcome, Adam, we look forward getting to know you!  
 
 

Speaker Glen Neddermeyer

Host Cliff Otten

This past week's guest speaker is an adventurous man who recently participated in a once in a lifetime experience: Glen joined a group of tourists exploring Tibet on motorcycles, eventually reaching base camp on Mt. Everest. Glen's ride took him through the craggy roads and villages of this mountainous and beautiful country. Along the way he explored Buddhist monestaries, stayed in guest houses, met and conversed with Tibetans, and immersed himself in the beauty of the land. Glen found the people and Buddhism very interesting, and was struck by the harshness of Chinese rule there. Wayzata Rotary members were treated to beautiful photography and anecdotes of his travels. 
 
Thank you Cliff and Glen for a fun program!
 

 

We welcomed several guests last week:
 
Rotarian Fr. Bernardin Ness spoke to members about an International Project he spearheads that provides used computers to Guatamalan schools. Members are asked to consider donating their unneeded computers or $50 (the cost of one used computer) to this project. 
 
Colorado Springs Rotarian Joe Wiegand  and his guest Ron Stromsed paid a visit last week; they represent the Teddy Roosevelt Foundation (photo). 
 
Come back soon!
 

New Hands-on Service Project for WRC

The Wayzata waterfront is in need of another community canoe rack, and WRC has stepped up to fill the need. The project is funded and will require a few hours from Wayzata Rotary volunteers to erect it, add cement, and finish the sitework. The work will be done the first week of May. If you can help, see Andy Thielen (andyt@craneengineering.com).  A post-event social has been promised. 

Congratulations

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.