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March 19, 2020
March 26, 2020
April 2, 2020



Your Board of Directors met briefly following our lunch meeting today.  Due to the rapid change of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019) situation in our state, the board has decided to cancel our weekly lunch meetings and any Rotary events through April 2, 2020.  The board will have a conference call on Thursday, April 2 to discuss the current situation at that time.  These lunch charges will be credited on the next quarterly billing invoices.
We appreciate the feedback and concern from our members and want the very best for our club members, families, servers and community.  We will continue to have our newsletter posted every week with information on special Rotary links, e-Club information and so forth.  These meetings will be considered excused for all members. 
This decision was made with the Four-Way Test in mind:
  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Tami Woods
La Crosse Downtown Rotary President 2019-2020
For more information:
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.
Last week at Rotary Mary Beth Hensel will gave her classification talk. 
Mary Beth is the Director for Resolve Through Sharing. Resolve Through Sharing® (RTS) is a not-for-profit organization providing thought leadership, and an evidence-based yet compassion-first approach to bereavement care. 
We thank Mary Beth for sharing her story. 
Included in the PowerPoint this week - Rotary Club of La Crosse Facebook Reviews - take time this week to write a review on our Facebook page.  Great reviews will bring more awareness to our community and new members.   Thank you.  
Classification Talk: Some have described the classification talk as a talking business card.  But it is so much more than that!  You can share vital and interesting information about your family, your interest and your business. The talk is not meant to embarrass you, but to let us get to know you as you want us to.  You are not expected to present yourself as a professional speaker.  Most of us are not.  Contact Rob Palmberg upcoming Program Chair if you would like to give your classification talk.




We are NOT meeting this week but we will be offering you some IDEAS to keep you engaged with Rotary.
E-Club  - Web Site Link
This club is open to all Rotarians who need to do a makeup or just want to read about great programs from around the world. Please join them at and click on makeups. 
Rotary International Web Site - MyRotary...Rotarians can set-up an account that will give them access to their personal information, Paul Harris Fellows, Foundation Donations, etc.....
District 6250 Web Site - Check out our District 6250 Web Site - Newsletters, Leadership, Programs, etc. LINK
Rotary Club of La Crosse Web Site - Check out our own club's web site....if you see something that needs to be - we have lost of info out there and your help is always welcomed - ways to update or let us know what info you would like out there.  LINK
Login to ClubRunner and make sure your profile is updated with the correct contact info.    Cheat sheet on ClubRunner.
ClubRunner App
Do you have the ClubRunner App on your phone yet?  You will LOVE IT!
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.
If you already have the app:   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

(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.



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. 

New Sponsor this Month





We are looking for nominations for "Rotarian of the Year" from our club....please submit you nominations to by May 1st. 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 18th.  
LINK to PDF file to print out and then fill in.
Forms will also be available at our Rotary Meetings on the bulletin board table.



 Happy Birthday
Sondra LeGrand - March 15
Jed Beck - March 17
Bill Hoel - March 20
Liz Wuensch - March 20
Mary Beth Hensel - March 21

Happy Wedding Anniversary
No wedding anniversaries.

Rotary Anniversary
(H) - Honorary Member

Matt Boshcka - March 15 - 8 years
Colin Fleming - March 16 - 3 years
Carl Miller (H) - March 18 - 16 years
Debby Johnson Towner - March 19 - 28 years
Meredyth Lillejord - March 19 - 22 years
Erick Maki - March 21 - 2 years


La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce
The La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce is pressing pause on their face-to-face events (Honor Student Banquet, Business After Hours, Business Summit). This allows their team to focus on developing online resources to keep you connected. This includes their COVID-19 Business Toolkit here >>



Next Meeting ?

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 12th: Raffle: $30; Fines: $90; Scooters: $4; Scrip: $230

March 5 - 54%
March 12 - 44%


Rotary Attendance policy is to attend or makeup at least 50% of the club meetings 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. Make ups can be made up anytime during the year.

100% Attendance Winners
July  - Jim Salmo
August - Dan Howes

September - Kenna Christians
October - Kenna Christians
November - Tim Kolek
December - Todd Restel
January - Bob Bendiksen
February - Jack Haase




Active Membership

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.



Program Chair for July 2019 - June 2020
Sarah Arendt-Beyer
ProgramChair for July 2020 - June 2021

Rob Palmberg
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 Rob Palmberg.

Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passe, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator 

Kelly Krieg-Sigman
The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384

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

Scott Herdeman, Administrator

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Christians, Kenna
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Carey, Diana
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Haase, Ann
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Lueck, Alex
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Russell Hampton
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