Rotary Club of La Crosse                 District 6250  Club 2690

                                                                                                                           Founded June 1, 1919


Kurt Oettel
May 25, 2017
Lung Cancer
Lyn Kenney
Jun 01, 2017
The Mouse that Roared
Jennie Sauer
Jun 15, 2017
Minnesota-Wisconsin Search and Rescue
Jun 22, 2017
Offsite at the Lunda Center
Jun 28, 2017
NO NOON MEETING on June 29th
Changing of the Guard
Jul 06, 2017
Paul Harris Fellow Presentations
Anne Seehafer, Executive Director
Jul 13, 2017
GROW, La Crosse
Ashlyn Neader
Jul 20, 2017
Outbound Student A Year in Austria
Tan Pham
Jul 27, 2017
US refugee from Vietnam
Art Fahey and Lyn Bruns
Aug 03, 2017
La Crosse Center Expansion Project
Grant Restel
Aug 10, 2017
Outbound Student A Year in Japan
Aug 17, 2017
Avenues of Service Dinner on Aug 15th Lunda Center
Tom Berkedal
Aug 24, 2017
Voices of Men
Carolyn Bostrack
Oct 12, 2017
Rising Beyond
Dean Dickinson
Oct 19, 2017
Classification Talk
District Governor Joe Ruskey
Nov 02, 2017
District 6250
Dean Dickinson and Bill Hoel
Nov 09, 2017
November is Foundation Month
Nov 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving
Upcoming Events
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!



Thursday - 11:30 Buffet - 12:00 Meeting
at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI  54601
United States
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Grant Simmons, a senior at Logan High School, has been named winner of the first Rotary Club of La Crosse Youth Committee Community Service Award.
Grant, the son of Mary Jacobs and Lonnie Simmons, was a Rotary Student of the Month in December 2015. He has been active in the Logan Rotary Interact Club, serving this year as vice president and also working as the main coordinator of the 2016 iFeed event. In addition, Grant has served the community in other ways, including organizing blood drives with the National Honor Society and working as volunteer mentor teaching middle school students in Connecticut basic programming and other skills during the summer.
One of Grant's advisors for Rotary Interact says Grant "continually lives the Rotary motto of 'Service Above Self.' " Stephanie Fraase praised Grant's work on iFeed, including efforts to organize teams of readers to visit elementary schools to read the book "I'm Hungry, I'm Hungry, I'm Hungry Too!" and for organizing multiple food drives to contribute to the record-breaking total.
Grant was chosen from among six applicants, all of whom were recognized as juniors as a Rotary Student of the Month. He receives a $1,000 prize. The award by the Club's Youth Committee is designed to recognize and encourage academic excellence, good citizenship and career development in youth.
President Patt Boge presented a $1,000 check from our club to help support the River Watch organization.  
We  welcomed members from the River Watch organization. Danny, Alex and here for wxow highlight. 
This crucial program is campus driven by student and community volunteers as well as support from the Police Department.  Operation: River Watch began in 2006. Sigma Tau Gamma at UW-La Crosse took over the coordination of Operation: River Watch in 2007, although student volunteers come from all three campuses in La Crosse.  “I am a big fan of Operation: River Watch. Over the years, there have been other examples of wonderful student-led projects. But they rarely carry on to the next ‘generation’ of students, states Lee Rasch, President of Western Technical College. “It is even more unique to have three institutions of higher education collaborate on a multi-generation project.”
Operation: River Watch consists of four volunteers patrolling the river each Thursday through Sunday from 11p.m. to 3a.m. and has been credited with preventing several drownings. Volunteers typically intercept 700 or more people in Riverside Park during an academic year, as reported in a 2015 study.
“We are honored for this opportunity to have a partnership with the Rotary Club of La Crosse”, said Daniel Potter, Director Operation River Watch. “In order to keep our city safe year round, we are in need of constant and effective patrolling of the Mississippi River.”   As Summer approaches, it becomes more difficult to recruit volunteers for work that is truly making a difference and saving lives.  If you would like to volunteer to participate in Operation: River Watch, please contact Danny Potter at
Here we are in one of the Delhi slums at a free clinic. Children were waiting to get their drops. Whereas we get one dose, they get as many as 25 over a five year period. Why? Because if they have any intestinal issues, the dose can't replicate in their stomach in time for the body to trigger the immune system. After each dose, and we did 210 vaccinations today, the child gets his/her pinkie finger painted purple. We had a couple of kids come back to get the drops again just be cause they were so intrigued to see the western foreigners. Mothers thanked us. All the children were gorgeous. All smiling and anxious to practice their English.

Rotary Works Foundation Golf Outing: Please join us Wednesday May 24, 2017 at Cedar Creek Lane, Onalaska.  4-person teams, $85 per person includes: 18 holes, cart & dinner; $30 Dinner only.  Schedule of Events: 12:30 pm Shot Gun Start, 5:00 pm Cocktails, 6:00 pm Dinner.  Register online here.  Questions: Contact Bob Allen at 708-785-1727 or email  Rotary Works.


Rotary East Lobsterfest: Please support Rotary East and their Lobsterfest on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 4-9 at Colgan Air, 2709 Fanta Feed Road.  Music by Three Bears 'Til Dubuque and Tom Conrad.  Ticket $45.  Advance sales  only.    Web Site Info. Proceeds will benefit Chad Erickson Memorial Park Adaptive Pathway.



Ashlyn Neader, one of our outbound exchange students has arrived in Austria!  She will have a blog on her adventures......  click here to view.     Updated post...... 'A Day in my Life'  

Ashlyn Neader has published a new blog post:
'Things you should know before becoming an exchange student in Austria'
Ashlyn Neader has published a new blog post: 'Christmas in Austria Video' 
Ashlyn Neader has published a new blog post:
'Ski Week in the Alps- Video'


Grant Restel, son of Rotarians Todd and Eva Marie Restel is one of our outbound exchange students...he is in Osaka, Japan.  You can follow Grant's year on his Facebook.
Congratulations to Bruce Swanwick 2015-16 La Crosse Downtown Rotarian of the Year. Bruce was recognized at our meeting last week.  He will also be recognized at our Avenues of Service Dinner on August 16th.
Bruce was nominated by a number of Rotarians and they stated....Bruce is currently our Club Secretary and Chair of our Social Committee.  Every week Bruce is at our meetings at 10:15 setting up and helps to clean up after the meeting.  He is "johnny on the spot" always helping everyone.  Bruce also transports some of our senior members to the meetings. He is always upbeat and greets everyone with a smile and hand shake and lives the Four Way Test.  This year he was involved in raising funds for Coulee Region RSVP, Smarter than a Fifth Grader.  He was involved in our Fruit Basket Fundraiser by visiting every Rotary Club in the area twice to promote the sale of our baskets.   He is actively involved in our Club Social activities and is present at every event...he helped organize the bus to Caledonia for the Avenues of Service Dinner.  He is a good cheerleader for our club and these social events,   Bruce is the perfect selection for our 2015-16 Rotarian of the Year!!!
Rotarian Al Louis volunteers even when he is out of town on vacation. Al helped at the 7th Annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair. Entrance fee was $15 per person for three days.  There were 186 vendors that included crafts, food, gift and other items.  There were 90 different balloonists.  You were able to take rides for a charge...2 were tethered for people to go up but attached to the ground for a charge.  Four beer gardens on the grounds...and that is where you would of found Al volunteering...he did one four hour shift. This is a 100% volunteer paid staff.  Three Rotary Clubs and Two Lions Club and 1200 community members made up the workforce.  Attendance is 25,000 and growing each year.  More info available on their website.   Click here to view more photos.
Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917. Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations.

Learn about the people and events that have made our Foundation a powerful force for good. That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. View the timeline of the history of the development of what is now the Rotary Foundation.
Go to Celebrate the Centennial to see what events are planned by Rotary international.
                Plan to attend the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta June 10-14, 2017!!!
  The link to the registration area is
2017 Atlanta Convention Newsletter
Eva Marie Restel is quoted in the newsletter!
ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download!  The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go! Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app is comprised of 3 main modules.You now will have the ability to view your member directory, view the articles posted to your website and locate the nearest club right from your iPhone or iPod, bringing you even closer to being able to connect, collaborate and communicate
To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. Our mobile app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 3.1 or later and with versions of Anrdoids that are 2.3.3 or better.
Click here for more information. Note the app is the one that has a blue background and has CR on it. It will give you easy access to all our member's contact information.

PROGRAM CHAIRS FOR THE UPCOMING ROTARY YEAR....  Our monthly program chairs will work with the Program Committee and be a host to our speakers each week.  You will be responsible for recruiting all the volunteer helpers for the meetings during your month.

If you would like to volunteer to do Rotarians in the News, be a greeter or raffle ticket seller, or announce guests, you can email the Monthly Program Chair. Link to Program Chairs.





Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914
608-526-4491 (Phone and Fax)
Lyn Sheffer, Administrator


The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384
La Crosse, WI 54602-0384
Jeanne Meyer, Administrator

Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571

Kathy Knoblock, Administrator

Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours
P.O. Box 1622
La Crosse, WI  54602-1622 


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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster
Amborn, David
Swanwick, Bruce
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Program Chair
Krause, P.J.
Haase, Ann
Skoczynski, Ashley
Hospitality Greeter
Christians, Roger
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Hartigan, Mike
Introduce Program
Krause, P.J.
Rotarians in the News
Horne, Scott
Raffle Ticket Seller
Swanwick, Bruce
Scrip Seller
Johnston, Dave
Youth Exchange Student Driver
Widuch, Jodi
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liason
Club Administrator
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