District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
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Rotary Connects the World

Thursday - 11:30 Networking-Buffet ($15.00) - 12:00 Meeting
at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI 54601
United States of America
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Hello Rotarians,

Your Board of Directors met on Thursday, March 26th via Zoom and had a very successful meeting.  We are excited to announce, on Thursday, April 9th we will be holding our first virtual club meeting via Zoom.  Lyn will be providing more information prior to that meeting.  Our very own, Joe Carlson will be the main presentation. 

In our meeting, a major topic that we discussed was our membership - how to retain and assist our members during this pandemic.  A letter addressing various membership initiatives will be coming prior to the next billing cycle.  We are here to assist and support all our members anyway we can.

Thank you, Rotarians, this pandemic will more than likely change how we live but will not change the good in all we do. 


Stay safe and healthy,
Tami Woods
La Crosse Downtown Rotary Club President 2019-20
Rotarian Bud Hammes informed us of this timely and relevant program that Rotary Club of Milwaukee streamed last week.   Though we cannot meet this week in La Crosse we are suggesting you take time to view this video or listen to the podcast.
Program by Dr. Bob Gleeson.
Coronavirus, What do we know, where are we now, and where might we go? 
Coronavirus is suddenly upon us.  How did we get here?  What do we know for sure?  Where might we be headed?  How will this end?  And what can I do to protect my family and business?
Dr. Bob Gleeson has studied pandemics professionally for Northwestern Mutual and personally for 25 years.  He shared his learned insights and governmental guidelines for care.
PodCast -   LINK
You Tube Video -  LINK
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.
We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

(Article submitted by Josh Mansee, President Elect Nominee Rotary After Hours & District Foundation Chair)

Rotary Club of La Crosse donates $1,000 to the Mexico Water Project.

The Rotary Club of La Crosse was proud to recently support the purchase of a clean water filter for the Mexico Water Project led by local Interact Clubs and After Hours Rotary. These filters provide free clean water to the areas school children. This is particularly important to reduce the incredibly high water mineral content levels causing frequent medical issues such as gallstones and kidney stones.

The 6 total filters being installed in 2020 will bring clean water to more than 1,000 additional primary school students in the area surrounding Valladolid Mexico. The partnership & friendship between these Rotary groups in Wisconsin and Mexico continues to grow for the 4th year of this project, with 16 total filters installed. Unfortunately,  the Rotarian trip to Mexico including downtown Rotarian Patt Boge that was planned to bring the interact students (3 from Aquinas, 2 from Logan) to see the project in action was cancelled due to Covid-19 in mid March. While unfortunate that the trip could not move forward, the good work by Rotarians in both countries continues to make an impact and a difference.


Rotary Club of La Crosse
Service Above Self Awards
Tessa Edge
Central 2019
Tessa Edge, a 2019 graduate of Central High School, was presented with her $1,000 Service Above Self Award following completion of her first semester of school at the University of Minnesota. As you can see from her photo, Tessa embraced the opportunity to join the marching band, and was able to accompany the football team to perform during the Gophers victory over Auburn at the Outback Bowl in Tampa. "I had a wonderful first semester. Although my program is a difficult one, I strove to overcome the challenges," Tessa wrote in a note thanking the club for the Rotary award. "I am grateful for these opportunities and to you all for supporting me." 
Caitlin Coffey
Logan 2019
Caitlin Coffey, a 2019 graduate of Logan High School, was presented with her $1,000 Service Above Self Award following completion of her first semester of school at the Franklin Olin College of Engineering, a noted private engineering college in suburban Boston. Caitlin has returned to school for the 2nd semester and was unable to attend a club meeting to receive her award.
Caitlin was a member of the Logan Interact Club and says helping organize iFeed helped her "realize how much Rotary does for others around the world!" She has already taken an active role in community service work in college, joining Code for Boston, a nonprofit dedicated to helping other nonprofits with software and related projects. Recently she worked on a project with a nonprofit called the Guardian Group, which is working to combat the presence of online human trafficking. 
She is grateful for the Rotary award, which will help pay tuition and allow her to continue pursuing school. "I appreciate the work your club has done to make our community, as well as our nation, a better environment. Rotary was an amazing opportunity for me to help serve others in my community."
Matthew Jankowski
Aquinas 2019 
David Stoeffler, Youth Committee member presented Matthew Jankowski with his
$1,000 Service Above Self Award
Matthew just completed his first semester at University of North Dakota.

"I had a really good first semester.  I adjusted to my new school and college level classes well, along with making many new friends, working at the library for my work study financial aid and volunteering in leadership opportunities in student government.  It's been a lot of work but also a lot of fun too."   Matthew thanks the La Crosse Rotary in supporting him in his studies at UND.
Rotary Club of La Crosse Service Above Self Awards INFO
The Brain Game

"The Brain Game" is a user-friendly educational guide which explains to parents why and how their child is learning and developing. Additionally, the book includes specific activities, songs, and suggested behaviors that parents can engage in to help foster their child's intellectual and social development. 

The Brain Game was born when the Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families spoke to the Rotary Club of La Crosse, WI. She was excited to spread the word of new, cutting-edge research into early child brain development. More than ever before, scientists discovered that proper stimulation of children in the first three years could play a huge role in growing a healthy brain.

During this meeting we'll learn more about The Brain Game, along with some exciting new developments around it.  


Web Site Link

Thanks to all who supported iFeed 2019!




The iFeed day consists of two parts: Part 1) Teams will pack over 100,000 highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice meals that will be shipped to Nicaragua to be feed malnourished children in schools and churches. Part 2) Food items collected from the hundreds of food drives held from September-November at many local businesses, churches, schools, etc will be brought to Logan High School where we’ll sort, count and then give to the La Crosse Hunger Task Force for distribution to all local food pantries. Items will also be flown to Puerto Rico to help Hurricane victims. Cash and food donations will be collected the day of the event!   iFeed Web Site



We would like to thank everyone who helped make our Holiday Program such a heart-warming and delightful event.  


Special thanks to our performers who shared their talent with us:  Miya and Leo Servais, Tessa, Annabelle and Roman Parrish, Maya Chilcote, Allie Schlicht and Nola Dienger Hanson, Madeline, Isabella and Sophia Masewicz, Inga Rottmann (our exchange student), Riley Horn and the Central High School Choir directed by Mike Esser.


Thank you to Dean Dickinson for organizing our Christmas Program, to Al Louis for the Hanukkah Reflection and Linda Zoerb for donating the poinsettias.
The Brain Game Board of Directors has exciting news!  They are launching an eBook version of The Brain Game at our Rotary International Booth in Atlanta!  They are also very close to having Amazon publish, store and distribute the hard hardcover English version and BuildFire to host the mobile app.  Kuddos to all involved in creating these exciting changes to The Brain Game.
The Brain Game is a book enhancing children's brain development, written and recommended by early childhood professionals. This resource was developed through the leadership of the Rotary Club of La Crosse and as part of this Rotary project given to parents of newborns at both local hospitals.  The books are also available in Spanish.
Reminder if you are traveling and visiting other Rotary Clubs....please make sure and pick up a banner and Brain Game Book to present. Great way to promote the Brain Game Project.
If you have any questions on the Brain Game Project, you can contact Jeanne Meyer, Administrator at 608-304-2971 or visit their web site.
ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download! A great tool to stay connected with your club and fellow Rotarians.
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.
On the membership module you will need to make sure and sync to update the membership directory with our new members.
In the upper right hand corner you will see the circle/arrow sync icon  Arrow, arrows, backup, circle, sync icon

Duty Roster Coordinators
Our monthly duty roster coordinators 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 Duty Roster Coordinator. 

July 2019-June 2020
April -  Lynn Bruns


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
Kelly Krieg-Sigman, Administrator

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

Scott Herdeman,  Administrator

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


Apr 02, 2020



Joe Carlson
Apr 09, 2020
Wildnerness Survival Skills - Boy Scouts
Matt Boschka
Apr 23, 2020
Cannabis 101
Bree Breckel, Co-Founder, B&E's Trees
Apr 30, 2020
B&E's Trees - Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
Steve Kramer, La Crosse Firefighter
May 07, 2020
Firefighting in the Coulee Region
Matthew Christen
May 14, 2020
Bike to Work Week
David Stoeffler - Tom Berkedal & Local Students
May 21, 2020
Rotary Extra Effort Recognition - Honoring Local Students
May 28, 2020
Kelsey Flock, Dementia Care Specialist
Jun 04, 2020
Dementia & Dementia Care
Steve O'Malley
Jun 18, 2020
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Steve O'Malley
Jun 25, 2020
Classification Talk
Upcoming Events


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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
Duty Roster Coordinator
Introduce Speaker
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Hospitality Greeter
Raffle Ticket Seller
Scrip Seller
Rotarians in the News
Rotarians in the News
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liaison
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Club Administrator
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Program Chair
Public Relations/Social Media
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
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