A NOTE FROM THE BOARD CHAIR
Hello Chamber Members!
As we say so long to Summer and Hello to Fall, I cannot help but embrace the new season, back to school and back to routine. I am so proud of the Chamber and our members’ agility and strength as we continue to endure the changes, obstacles and unknowns that this year brings– and all with a smile!
Thank you to our staff, current and new members for attending our New Member Breakfast in late August. We gathered for a wonderful yet rainy morning and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company, welcoming our new members and learning more about the value of the Chamber. Have questions about how to get involved, want to host a ribbon cutting or your membership in general? Reach out! We are so happy to help.
And for the weekend we have all been waiting for…All Aboard! James J. Hill Days 2021 is right around the corner and the Chamber is gearing up for an unforgettable weekend that you will not want to miss. From the street market, live music, food trucks and carnival to the JJHD Dog Park, log-rolling, fireworks (with a special surprise) and parade, the calendar is jam packed with something for everyone. You can find the current event schedule and so much more on the festival website. New for 2021 – our very own Board of Directors will be volunteering in the Beverage Tent. Be sure to stop by and say hi!
Interested in volunteering at the event? We invite you, your coworkers, family and friends to grab a shift or two during the weekend. A variety of slots remain to be filled and can be found on the festival website within the Volunteer tab. It takes a village and your support is noticed and appreciated.
Planning ahead, we look forward to the Person of the Year luncheon on Thursday, October 14th and Boo Bash Dash on Saturday, October 30th. For more information on these two events and other happenings around town, visit our calendar on the website.
All my best.
Wayzata Post Office renamed in honor of Congressman Ramstad
The Ramstad Family, U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Postal Officials, family, friends and community members unveiled a plaque to designate and rename the Wayzata Post Office in honor of the late Congressman Jim Ramstad. Ramstad served in Congress from 1991-2009 and was Wayzata Chamber Person of the Year in 2008. He passed away in November after battling Parkinson’s disease. READ MORE >
Wayzata Commission reviews plans for The Good Clinic, at the Promenade. READ MORE >
The Wayzata Planning Commission turned down the latest concept plan to redevelop the former TCF site. READ MORE >
The Wayzata Planning Commission previously approved an updated plan for The Moments in early August, but it was rejected at the recent City Council meeting. READ MORE >
Have you ordered your Winter Banners yet? The cost is $475.00 per banner for the next two winter seasons. Click here to purchase before September 30. Hurry – space is limited! Order your Winter Banner here.
Give a Wayzata Welcome to our New Members
Be Sure to Support our Renewing Members
- Apres Event Decor & Tent Rental
- Blue Water Theatre Company
- BohLand Development, Inc.
- Burnet Fine Art & Advisory
- Coldwell Banker Burnet – Ellen DeHaven
- Community Member- Belle Davenport
- Community Member- Peter Hitch
- Edward Jones- Jian Yang
- Ethan Allen Inc.
- Lake Minnetonka Party Rental
- Minnesota Bank & Trust
- Mohawk Moving & Storage, Inc.
- New Spaces Design Build Remodeling
- Patrick Mohs Jewelry
- R & R Business Development Company
- Sanford, Pierson, Thone & Strean PLC – Chris Pierson
- Steamboat Minnehaha
- Waytonka Club, Inc.
- Wayzata Blu Suites LLC
- Wayzata Library
Interested in joining the ambassadors and fellow members who welcome and congratulate our members? It’s quick and easy, two Wednesdays a month (generally the 2nd and 4th Wednesday) at 4pm! Join the group or just come when you can. Email Abby Hansen if you are interested!
As the story goes, there was a feud between Wayzata and James J. Hill, so why do we celebrate James J. Hill Days?
The event started 46 years ago when fellow Chamber members decided the rich history of Wayzata and its unique panoramic view of Lake Minnetonka as a result of the railroad, was worth celebrating and it became an annual end of the season tradition.
These memories are shared through members calling out their favorite JJHD moments; Lesa – rooftop fireworks, Paul – time with grandchildren, Ken – water ski show hidden by the train, Mike – a special officer salute and Jim – Dierks Bently Band in his store. Come create more memories September 10-12. We are grateful for community celebrations and now more than ever, to gather together.