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Next Meeting

March 21, 2019

Radisson Center

Buffet/Networking starts at 11:30

Program at Noon

Roasted Chicken
Whipped Potatoes





I hope to see you all at our club’s fellowship meeting which occurs on the third Tuesday of every month.  We will meet at Dublin Square Irish Pub this Tuesday.

For the month of March, my selection of educational content has closely mirrored Rotary International’s focus on “Water and Sanitation.”  As you know, I search the internet for educational and informative content that is somehow applicable to our lives and at least tangentially related to Rotary.  This week’s first link to content is from a TED talk on whether or not we are running out of clean water.  It is just under 5 minutes long.    TED Talk Link


This second link is from a Jewish Chef named Dan Barber who tells an amazing parable about Foie Gras.  Believe it or not, this parable does tie in nicely with many Rotary areas of focus. The video is 20 minutes long. Dan Barber Link

This last link is a short video (4 minutes) on the physics of ketchup in a bottle.   In addition to providing some hints on how to get the ketchup to come out of the bottle easier, it is a fascinating discussion on “Non-Newtonian Fluids.” This link is definitely a stretch to claim a direct link to Rotary, but is nonetheless interesting.  Ketchup Link

Thank you to those of you who made Lucia’s birthday so special last week!  As a final note, I would ask you to invite a potential member to join us at this week’s meeting.  We have funds set aside to cover the cost of your visitor. 


This week at Rotary our guest speaker will be Pat Stephens from Rotary Lights.  Checks will be presented to a number of organizations that helped at the 2018 Rotary Lights.  We will welcome: WTC Respiratory Therapy Club, Boys and Girls Club, La Crosse Citizen Advocacy, Girl Scouts of Badgerland, Health Science Academy, La Crosse Astronomical Society, YWCA Teen Services, Aptiv, Disability Action Network, American Red Cross, Myrick Park Community and Zoo and Gundersen Transitional Residency.
Pat will update us on the results of Rotary Lights 2018 and you will hear about the plans for our upcoming 25th Anniversary of Rotary Lights 2019!
All area Rotary Clubs will be celebrating Rotary Lights 25th at a dinner on  Saturday, January 25, save the date!

Supporting Safe Birth
Dr. Nancy Comello, Executive Director
Supporting Safe Birth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to build the skills of indigenous Guatemalan midwives and other birth attendants, allowing them to provide evidence-based care to all women and babies. Their goal is to establish global partnerships to increase the scope and coverage of these programs in Guatemala.
Nancy is leading an effort to send vocational training teams to Guatemala in 2019. The teams will both train birth attendants and to equip them with supplies. 
The first annual Youth Exchange Cultural Celebration will take place on Thursday, April 11th, 5:30-8:30 pm and Sunday, April 14th, 4:00-7:00 pm and is hosted by the Coulee Region Youth Exchange Council (CRYEC)!  We are asking you to be an active partner in our mission to support the Youth Exchange students that spend their year in the Coulee Region by sponsoring our event.

Ina Pinkney,  was diagnosed with Polio at a young age, a challenge she has faced quietly and courageously while fundraising to eradicate the polio virus worldwide. For the past decade she has been living with the consequences of Post-Polio Syndrome which left her partially, but not completely disabled. Ina was a speaker at our Tri Con 2018 and also spoke at our club last year.
On December 2, 2018, Ina fell on the pavement, landing full force on her already compromised polio knee and breaking her thigh bone. She was admitted to Northwestern hospital for a surgery that included the insertion of a titanium rod into her leg. Unfortunately, other complications ensued, and Ina remained hospitalized for nearly a month before finally being released to a rehabilitation center. 
Ina is now (thankfully!) home, but she is at the beginning of a very long road to recovery, and her ultimate destination is uncertain. She is currently wheelchair-bound. She cannot bend her leg and it will be many months until it is strong enough to support her. This leaves Ina unable to stand, walk, drive or move freely. Anyone who knows Ina knows that being in this debilitative state is not easy for her. Neither is asking for help.  Her friends have started a Go Fund Me Page to help with her expenses.  For more information and to donate to her fund visit her Go Fund Me Page.


Paul Harris Fellow Presentation  April 4th

This is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing 'Service Above Self." Paul Harris Fellow is a person who has contributed, or in whose name a contribution of $US1000 has been made, to the Annual Programs Fund and certain other programs of The Rotary Foundation. Recognition of a Paul Harris Fellow is an opportunity to show appreciation for a person, either Rotarian or non-Rotarian, who shares the values of the Foundation.
We will have a number of Rotarians that will be recognized on April 4th.

If you would like to become a Paul Harris Fellow and/or honor someone with a Paul Harris Fellow here for info.



Gretchen Gerrard
Lawyers at Work
Proposed by Roger LeGrand

Help Build Rotary's Future
Share Rotary with a Friend
Every Rotarian is Responsible for Membership Growth
If no written objection to the proposal stating reasons is received by the Board of Directors from any member of the club within seven days following publication of the name of the prospective member, the prospective member shall be considered to be elected to membership.




District Governor Bill Hoel
serves Western Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota
District Conference
La Crosse Center
June 7 & 8, 2019
We invite you to the 2019 District Conference...

We have had an inspiring year – now it’s time to celebrate, as well as exchange ideas and plan for the future.  In keeping with President Barry Rassin theme ”Be the Inspiration”, we have some truly inspiring stories to share with you.  We also have some inspiring challenges that face our entire district, that we will address and ask “What can a Rotary Club do about this?”  Two of those biggest challenges are the opioid epidemic in our region, and human trafficking. 
Besides the thought provoking sessions, we will have a membership summit meeting, our annual business meeting, and fun!  Be sure and check out the House of Friendship, and the silent auction items up for bid.  And take in some of La Crosse’s fun at the free Artspire street fair, just a block or so south of the La Crosse Center.  In the evening, there will be live entertainment there.  We also have several “international” ports of call lined up so you can sample La Crosse’s walkable downtown nightlife.
Rotary’s slogans and messages come and go, but this year’s theme will stay with me forever.  Because a central part of each and every Rotarian’s responsibility is truly to “Be the Inspiration”.  That should not end at the close of this Rotary year.  I hope each of us will embrace that mission, and share the gifts of Rotary with many others in the years to come!

Bill Hoel
District Governor 2018-2019

Centennial Fundraising Committee:  Radisson Center, March 21st at 1:00.
Centennial Planning Committee: Radisson Center, March 21st at 1:00.
March 19, 2019
We are looking for nominations for "Rotarian of the Year" from our club....please submit you nominations to by May here to view form.
The board will review the nominations at the May board meeting and make a selection.
The Rotarian of the Year will be recognized at our Changing of the Guard Meeting and the Avenues of Service Dinner on Tuesday, August 13th.
Youth Exchange Committee:  Our Rotary Club's next exchange student will be Inga from Germany. Her mom and dad are both scientists (radio astronomy).  Their son is on exchange in the USA this year and they are excited that Inga will have a similar opportunity this coming year.

Inga will turn 16 shortly after school starts.  She is fluent in English but also studies French, Polish, Latin and Spanish.  She likes to read, draw, play tennis and volleyball, bake, garden and write.  She plays piano and ukulele and enjoys photography.  She is not religious but is supportive of those who are. She has traveled with  her family and describes herself as patient and ambitious.  Her future interests are not yet decided but she has interests in being an MD, owning a cake shop or becoming an architect.
We have a first host family, presently going through the background process,  but are looking for host family two and three in the Logan School District. Having three host families gives the student a more well-rounded experience in a culture, having experienced family life from multiple perspectives. It is also less of a commitment for host families; the typical length of stay is about three to four months instead of a full year.  Hosting an exchange student is life changing for you, your family and the exchange student. It allows you to become familiar with another culture and provides the opportunity to share a young student's hopes and ambitions. Youth Exchange promises to enrich the lives of the student and every member of your family.
If you are interested, please contact Jack Haase, Maria Norberg or Eva Marie Restel for more information.



 Happy Birthday​
Judson Beck - March 17th
Bill Hoel - March 20th
Mary Beth Hensel - March 21st
Bob Masewicz - March 22nd


Happy Wedding  Anniversary

 Rotary Anniversary
Debby Johnson Towner - March 19th - 27 years
Meredyth Lillejord - March 19th - 21 years
Erick Maki - March 21st - 1 year
Ellie Hazlett  - March 22nd - 1 year
Dillon McArdle - March 22nd - 1 year
Mary Stanek - March 23 - 19 years




Benefits of sponsoring an ad on the Rotary Club of La Crosse web site:
Enhance your business' public relations and image.
Advertise an upcoming event.
Opportunity to sponsor and support the Rotary Club of La Crosse and your community.
Sharing with fellow Rotarians in our club and other local clubs who would like to know what you do.

Why advertise on the Rotary Club of La Crosse web site?  The majority of visitors to our website are members and friends of our club.  This makes our site's web sponsorship an ideal opportunity for small and large businesses to promote their products, services or an upcoming event in our community.  Moreover 100% of the advertising revenue goes back to our club; this in turn supports the local community

Cost is $20 per month up to $120 per year . . . . click here for form and more information.  We will include your logo/link on our web site, send one email blast to all Rotarians and include an initial mention in our newsletter and on our Facebook page.

Click on the logos under Web Site Sponsors...located on right side of our home page and in each newsletter.  Our current sponsors are: Franciscan Spirituality Center, Catholic Charities, New Horizons, Drake Choir, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Designing Jewelers, Rotary Works, The Brain Game and Rotary Lights.

New Sponsors this Month


More information on Art Dash


Catholic Charities

Rotarians Joe & Michelle Skemp
as well as
Sr. Karen Neuser will be honored at the event

on March 20th

Letter - Sponsor Form

Web Site Link


New Horizons
Victory Over Violence Gala & Auction
Web Site Link





ONALASKA HILLTOPPERS: Spring Fling at the La Crosse Country Club on March 21, 2019. Tickets $50. Sponsor a table. Join us at the Fourth Annual Hilltopper Rotary Spring Fling on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm for a delicious dinner, bucket raffle, socializing, the chance to win $1,000, and more! Money raised from the Spring Fling will go help fund Club projects and the Onalaska Sculpture at the Great River Landing.   Link for more information.
HOLMEN SERVICE AUCTION:  Lunda Center on April 4, 2019 from 5-10  Come join the Holmen Area Rotary Club in their 2019 Service Auction. Come bid on unique and special items and services and support the Holmen Area Rotary Club and their service to the community. 
​There will be food, drink, lots of fun and fellowship. Hope to see you there!   Flyer  Tickets $20 are in advance. Buy a table for 8 and get drink tickets, table candy and a table tent with your company name on it for only $200.   To get tickets or become a sponsor please contact Judy at or call (608) 780-1628 
VALLEY VIEW ROTARY MOON TUNES: Riverside Park - Bill Miller and friends June 6, 2019.   Web Site.



Rotary District Conference in La Crosse:  La Crosse Center June 7-8, 2019
Centennial Dinner Celebration:  La Crosse Center - June 20, 2019 - Speaker will be Stephanie Urchick - a member of the Rotary Club of Canonsburg Houston, Southpointe.  She has served Rotary as a Foundation Trustee, RI and TRF Committee member, District Governor, Regional Foundation Coordinator for ZONE 29, International Training Leader, RI President's Representative, Regional Leaders Training Institute Moderator, district delegate to Councils on Legislation, Training Leader at Zone meetings, and in various club and district Foundation roles.

Feb 28th- 55%
March 7th - 59%
March 14th - 52%

Rotary Attendance policy is to attend or makeup at least 50% of the club meetings during the first six months and the second six months.  They can be done by: • Attending regular club meetings • Making up meetings at other Rotary Clubs ( which includes E-Clubs) • Engaging in club projects/events/fellowship/board meetings.

100% Attendance Winners
July  - Sheila Wieser
August - Bob Riutzel
September - Peter Grabow
October - Chuck Hanson
November - Grant Withrow
December - Tami Woods
January - Kenna Christians




Active Membershi

Resigned: Sandra Schultz

Honorary Members


Associate Membership is a program to recruit younger members, millennials, to membership.  Associate Membership is available to anyone who is proposed for membership who is 35 years of age or less.  Associate membership will end when that member reaches the age of 38. They would pay for dues and $100 for meals per quarter no matter how many meetings they attend that quarter.

Corporate Membership is a program to allow multiple employees of a business Rotary participation under one primary membership. Each corporate membership is limited to a three-year term. After the three-year corporate membership term, the individuals are required to become individual members. View Corporate Membership Policy.

Family Membership is a program to allow a second individual Rotary participation under one primary membership.  View Family Membership Policy.

Honorary Membership  is offered to members who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals.Unlike other membership categories that can be requested by the member, Honorary Membership is bestowed upon a member by election from the Board of Directors.   View Honorary Membership Policy.

Excused Membership is offered to members if the aggregate of the member’s years of age and years of membership in one or more clubs is 85 years or more, the member has been a member of one or more clubs for at least 20 years, and the member has notified the club's secretary in writing of the member’s desire to be excused from attendance  and the board has approved.  Excused Members will pay the quarterly dues and only for meals when they attend a meeting.

Membership Proposals....we will no longer ask for three references when you propose a new member.  This was a criteria that our club had set not RI.  This will help us process new members into our club more efficiently.  You can access the membership proposal form online, under the Club Information site page.





March 21st

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $70

Please note: Raffle, Fines, Birthday, Anniversaries and Scooters are all donations that will go to the club  If you are making a donation and would like it to go to the Rotary Works Foundation or Rotary International Foundation, we ask that you write a check to the Foundation of your choice.


March 14th: Raffle $69; Fines $320; Scrip $120; Scooters $12
Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
Program Chair for July 2019 - June 2020
July - OPEN
August - OPEN
September - OPEN
October - OPEN
November - OPEN
December -OPEN
January- OPEN
February - OPEN
March - OPEN
April - OPEN
May - OPEN
June - OPEN
If you would like to volunteer for Rotarians in the News,  be a greeter,  a hospitality greeter, raffle ticket seller,  scrip seller or announce guests, you can email the Monthly Duty Roster Coordinator that are listed above....just click on their name.  If you would like to give your classification talk please contact Program Committee Chair Sarah Arendt-Beyer.


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

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passe, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator


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

Scott Herdeman, Administrator


Interested in being a sponsor?
Download the website sponsorship guide
Mar 21, 2019
Rotary Lights
Mar 28, 2019
The La Crosse Plow Company
Apr 04, 2019
Classification Talk
Apr 11, 2019
The Life and Times of a Modern Day Maestro
Apr 18, 2019
Centennial Celebration Updates
Apr 25, 2019
May Yer Thao - 40 years of the Hmong Growth in America
May 02, 2019
Immunization Trip to India
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Rotary Works Board Meeting
Viterbo University
Mar 21, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Mar 26, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Rotary Board
Radisson Hotel
Apr 08, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Amborn, David
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McArdle, Dillon
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