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Next Meeting

February 14, 2019



Buffet at 11:30

Program at Noon


Tequila Glazed Pork
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Salsa & Guacamole
Tortilla Chips



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  14 February 2019
My message from last week presented additional insight into Rotary International’s (RI) focus area on ‘Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution.”  This week, I want to share how your voice is actually heard within RI which is via Councils.  Again, this information is directly from RI’s website.  The links in this letter should be active, but if not, this information can be found on RI’s website at the following link:  My hope is that you will spend some time exploring this area on your own.
The Councils give us a voice in how our organization is governed.

Council on Resolutions

The Council on Resolutions meets online every year to vote on proposed resolutions. Resolutions are requests to the Board or the Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents. Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues.
Representatives from all Rotary districts vote on resolutions proposed by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI. Adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees.
The Council on Resolutions will take place 15 October through 15 November. You can view resolutions beginning 1 October. Voting will close 15 November at 23:59 Chicago time (UTC-6). The results will be published by 20 November. Any Rotarian can view the resolutions and the results, but only representatives can vote.

Council on Legislation

Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed changes to the legislation that governs Rotary. They consider enactments, which change Rotary’s governing documents, and position statements by the RI Board.

Council representatives

Each Rotary district chooses a representative for a three-year term. These members represent their districts at all three meetings of the Council on Resolutions and at the Council on Legislation during their term.
District governors had until 30 June 2017 to report to Rotary their district representatives for the term covering 1 July 2017 through 30 June 2020. Representatives will participate in the:
  • 2017, 2018, and 2019 Councils on Resolutions
  • 2019 Council on Legislation

Proposing legislation and resolutions

Clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the RIBI general council or conference may submit legislation and resolutions to the Councils. The deadline for submitting resolutions for the 2018 Council on Resolutions was 30 June 2018. Upcoming deadlines for submitting resolutions and legislation follow:
  • 2019 Council on Resolutions: 30 June 2019
  • 2022 Council on Legislation: 31 December 2020


Council on Resolutions

Council on Legislation

If this topic is of further interest, we have a few club members who have been and remain active in this area and can help with any questions or comments you may have.
With the arrival this week of Valentine’s Day, I have attached a very short (2:30 minute) link from the that gives a brief history of the celebration’s origins.   Link Valentine's Day
As a final note, please 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 we will welcome Shaudel Spivey.  La Crosse activist and educator Shaundel Spivey received the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award in La Crosse.  One of Spivey’s most ambitious projects is BLACK — Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge — developed in 2015 and established as a nonprofit in 2016. Based on seven pillars — education, financial literacy, family, youth engagement and empowerment, community engagement, spirituality, and wellness — the organization collaborated with the La Crosse School District last summer to take 43 students on a Legacy Keepers trip, touring the King Center in Atlanta, historically black colleges including Clark and Spelman, and former slave trails, as well as exploring STEM education and entrepreneurial opportunities. The weeklong tour was Spivey’s response to the students’ desire to learn more about their ancestors and history.
Last week we welcomed Jamie Korn, Director of Development at the Family and Children's Center.  Jamie is also an active Valley View Rotarian. 
Her presentation was on the Hope Academy - "Hope Academy provides teen parents the opportunity to complete a high school credential and raise a healthy child. With the foundational belief that teen parents can be great parents, our staff ensures the long-term self-sufficiency of teen parents and the healthy growth and development of their children. Our vision is for all Hope Academy graduates to continue to make healthy choices and understand that no consequence is beyond repair. Teen parents dream of a life in which they become the best parent, employee, and community member possible; at Hope Academy, we make those dreams reality."
The programming components include: Academic Preparation; Early Childhood Education/Parent and Child Together; Parent and Life Education and Early Childhood Educare Room
Beth Franklin
Community Concierge
La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce
Proposed by Todd Restel

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.




February 19, 2019

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: Catholic Charities, New Horizons, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Designing Jewelers, Rotary Works, The Brain Game and Rotary Lights.

New Sponsors this Month

Catholic Charities
13th Annual Lenten Luncheon
Letter - Sponsor Form

Web Site Link



New Horizons
Victory Over Violence Gala & Auction
Web Site Link


Make an additional donation of $100 or greater to the Rotary International Annual or Polio Plus
through February 2019 and we will match your donation with foundation points.
Thanks to those that have given to this match
$7,000 has been donated to Rotary International
We have 3,000 points left to match donations.
District Governor Bill Hoel
serves Western Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota
Save the Date
District Conference
La Crosse Center
June 7 & 8, 2019




We send our condolences to Bruce Swanwick. Bruce lost his mother, Helen Swanwick.

Bruce will be having a celebration of Helen's life on Friday, April 12th at Howie's from 2-8.   Bruce's address is 3036 Lakota Place, La Crosse WI, 54601.






 Happy Birthday​
Greg Curti - Feb 10
Mike Desmond - Feb 10
Ryan Geister - Feb 13

Happy Wedding  Anniversary

 Rotary Anniversary
Bonnie Steidl - Feb 15 - 1 year



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!
VALLEY VIEW ROTARY MOON TUNES: Riverside Park - Bill Miller and friends June 6, 2019.   Web Site.
AREA PRESIDENT'S MEETING JANUARY MINUTES: Over view of our area club's activities. 



Rotary District Conference in La Crosse: June 7-8, 2019
Centennial Dinner Celebration:  La Crosse Center - June 20, 2019

Jan 31st - 46%
Feb 7th - 50 %

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




Active Membershi

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.





February 14th

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $20

Congratulations to Lucia who pulled the blue marble last week!

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.


Feb 7th: Raffle $40; Fines $95.25; Scrip $150
Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
February - Bonnie Steidl
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 Andy Bakkum.


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

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passee, 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
Feb 21, 2019
Palliative Care
Feb 28, 2019
Opioid Epedemic
Mar 07, 2019
The Watershed Act and the Driftless Region
Mar 14, 2019
Supporting Safe Birth - Madison Rotary
Mar 21, 2019
Rotary Lights
Mar 28, 2019
The La Crosse Plow Company
Apr 04, 2019
Classification Tlak
Apr 11, 2019
The Life and Times of a Modern Day Maestro
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Upcoming Events
Fellowship - Eva Marie Restel Art Studio
Todd and Eva Marie Restel's home
Feb 19, 2019 5:30 PM
Rotary Works Board Meeting
Viterbo University
Feb 21, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Mar 14, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Passe, Nick
Amborn, David
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Dahlby, Earlamae
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Program Chair
Bakkum, Andy
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Steidl, Bonnie
Fleming, Colin
Hospitality Greeter
Mueller, Paul
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Horne, Scott
Rotarians in the News
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Raffle Ticket Seller
Beck, Judson
Introduce Program
Steidl, Bonnie
Scrip Seller
Carey, Diana
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