District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 AM
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI
United States of America
We will have ZOOM Meetings every Thursday at Noon until further notice.
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Our club will have a ZOOM meeting again this week.  We will be sending you a browser link via email Thursday morning.  We will open at 11:30 and our meeting will start at Noon.  If you have an announcement you would like to make...please contact Andy Bakkum.    If you would like to have a guest attend, please let Andy know and YOU can forward your email link to them. 
Thanks to Sarah Arendt-Beyer you can now view past Zoom Rotary Meetings - she will post each week on our web site......LINK.
This Week at Rotary: 
Ms. Lynn C. Simpson
The Navy the Nation Needs


Ms. Lynn C. Simpson assumed duties Director, Total Fleet Force Manpower and Personnel, U.S. Pacific Fleet in June 2014. As the N1, Simpson serves as the principal advisor to the Commander on all matters relating to the more than 130,000 personnel (active duty, reserve, civilian, and contractor) employed throughout the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet area of responsibility.
“Al Louis’s 2020 Musky Challenge”
Thank you to all who submitted a request to be a part of the Musky Challenge Fundraiser.   The following will each receive $500 of the funds raised:  Mobile Meals - Guardian Angel Fund; Gateway Area Council, BSA - Fall Cub Camp; La Crosse Public Education Foundation - Random Acts of Kindness; and Family and Children's Center - Chrome Book Project. 
The main recipient of the fund will go to New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers - Stewards of Children Training.   
Starting July 26 through August 28,  Al will be fishing up at Lake Vermilion with the hopes of catching many Muskies. He is hoping to get out each Tuesday and Thursday night to chase Muskies for four hours each night. If all goes well he will get 10-12 trips during the dates listed.  It takes 10,000 casts to catch one Musky and last year Al was lucky enough to catch four.  Al is contributing $100 per Musky he catches during that time frame and challenging our members to match any $ amount towards each Musky.  If you want to challenge Al to $10 per Musky and he catches 7, your generous contribution of $70 would go towards the fund. You can also just donate a flat rate of any amount.  Last year we raised over $4,000 which went to The Parenting Place for the 2019 Diaper Drive.  Al’s minimum donation will be $500 and he will also be promoting this fundraiser at his honorary clubs in Arizona and Minnesota.  His Lake Havasu Club has already agreed to match up to $1,000.! Anyone donating $50 or more will receive a bronze Centennial coin.  Al's goal is $20,000!!  He has already collected $5,000+ and we haven't even started the fundraiser yet!
You will be hearing more about the fundraiser and how you can sign-up to challenge Al and help five nonprofits in our community that support families, the elderly and children!
Membership Grants - Rotary District 6250
Rotary District 6250 allocates $1,000 grants to five district clubs.  The first 5 clubs to recruit four or more new members between July 1 and April 30 were eligible for a $1000 grant for these new members to use for a project of their own.  These members must remain for 4 months for the club to be eligible.   Our club was the recipient of this grant in 2018-19 and 2019-20.  The new members were invited to a Zoom meeting to discuss the dispersement of the $2,000.
The guideline for the Membership Grant Program is for the new members to use the funds for a project(s) of their choosing.   
Recipients of the funds were:
New Horizon's Dart Program 

New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers, Inc. - Rita Carranz, Dart Victim Service Coordinator accepted a $500 check from Rotary President Tami Woods.

This was made possible through the Rotary District 6250 Membership Grant Program. New members of the Rotary Club of La Crosse were given $2,000 to be used for projects of their choosing.

Their Victims Service Coordinator with the Domestic Abuse Reduction Team (DART) provides intense case work and follow up to individuals and families who have experienced repeated domestic violence incidents. The DART program pairs an advocate with an officer of the La Crosse City Police Department.



Gateway Council Boy Scouts

Gateway Area Council, Boy Scouts of America - Rotarian Joe Carlson presents a check for $500 to Kevin Corkin, Development & Community Engagement Director.These funds will go towards kids that need a subsidy for camp this summer.  They are planning on moving forward with limited camps this summer in line with state and federal guidelines. 


New Horizon's Food Pantry

New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers, Inc. - Rotarian Patty Nuttleman presents a $500 check to Ann Kappauf, Executive Director of New Horizon's for their food pantry.  Their annual Postal Service Food Drive that usually contributed 6,000 pounds of food for their food pantry was cancelled due to the pandemic.



La Crosse Area Family YMCA - President Tami Woods presented Bill Soper, CEO of the La Crosse Area YMCA with a $500 check.  They suspended all membership dues through August, these funds will be used to pay for youth activities this summer. 


Community Information
Opportunities to Help
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world and in our community, we as Rotarians have many opportunities to help others. 
Rotarians are people of action.   This is your opportunity to look over the following links to see how you best can help.  Every small gesture will be appreciated,  whether it is a monetary donation, a letter to a resident in a healthcare facility, a thank you to our essentials in the area, etc.
We have one Rotarian that we know of in a healthcare facility.  Rotarian Elmer and his wife Lil are at Bethany St. Joseph, 2501 Shelby Road, La Crosse, WI  54601.  Check your ClubRunner Membership App…. see if there is someone you might want to connect with and drop a note to.
(if you have another link you would like to share,
please sent it to rotarylax@charter.net)
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.  


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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 


Ms. Lynn C. Simpson
Jul 16, 2020
The Navy the Nation Needs
The Navy the Nation Needs

Director, Total Fleet Force Manpower and Personnel (N1)

Ms. Lynn C. Simpson assumed duties Director, Total Fleet Force Manpower and Personnel, U.S. Pacific Fleet in June 2014. As the N1, Simpson serves as the principal advisor to the Commander on all matters relating to the more than 130,000 personnel (active duty, reserve, civilian, and contractor) employed throughout the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet area of responsibility.


Rebecca Schwarz
Jul 23, 2020
YWCA Restorative Justice Program
Jeff Springer
Jul 30, 2020
Electric Vehicles and Efficient Electrification
Macy Neader
Aug 06, 2020
Youth Exchange (Outbound) Experience in Taiwan
Jon Steffes
Aug 13, 2020
Wings in the Wind: The Armistace Day Storm of 1940
Steve O'Malley
Sep 03, 2020
Classification Talk
Katie Berkedal
Sep 24, 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
Palmberg, Rob
Duty Roster Coordinator
Kolek, Tim
Introduce Speaker
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Hospitality Greeter
Raffle Ticket Seller
Scrip Seller
Rotarians in the News
Carlson, Joe
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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