August 16, 2021

County Health Department Update
Please note the County Health Department is now strongly recommending that anyone over the age of two (2) wear a mask in public, indoor spaces AND at indoor, private gatherings. This guidance also applies to those who have been vaccinated.  Hand sanitizer will be at each table for your convenience. Meals will be plated and served to you.
This week at Rotary: La Crosse Community Theatre Update with Dominique Luecke
Join us this week to hear from Dominique Luecke, general manager at the La Crosse Community Theatre, about what 2021-22 has in store for the Theatre. La Crosse Community Theatre has been a La Crosse tradition since 1963. They produce six main stage shows and several youth shows during their September through June season, including dramas, comedies, and musicals.
Last week at Rotary: Natural Burials with Sharon Berger, FSPA
During our Aug. 12, 2021 meeting we heard from Sister Sharon Berger about the FSPA 2009 initiative to offer a natural burial cemetery on St. Joseph Ridge. The sisters can choose to be buried in a simple wooden container without embalming. To date, over 40 sisters have chosen this option and 16 have been buried with this alternative to traditional burials.

Meal for This Week

This week's meal will be a chef's salad.
If you have special dietary preferences such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, allergies, or religious preferences, please email Robin at so we can work with the Cargill Room to accommodate your needs. 
Upcoming Speakers
Aug 26, 2021
Sep 02, 2021 12:00 PM
Classifcation talk
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Habitat for Humanity Work Days
Join us for a Build Day!
Saturday, September 11
Saturday, October 9
Saturday, October 23
Shifts Include:
8:00am-12:00 OR 11:30am-3:00
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Up to 10 volunteers per shift.
  • Must be age 16+.
Job Shadow Committee
The Job Shadow Committee is offering you the opportunity to promote your business and recruit potential employees. Through an application process, we will match and place accepted high school and/or college students in your business to take tours, meet with professionals in your business to learn about your industry, or develop a mentor/mentee opportunity.
The Rotary Club of La Crosse, the Dahl School of Business at Viterbo University, the Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, and area Interact clubs are engaged in partnering in the Rotary Job Shadow program.
We would like to initiate the Job Shadow program in September.  If you are interested in participating in the Rotary Club of La Crosse Job Shadow Committee or hosting a student, please contact Todd Ondell at
Al's Musky Challenge
Al and his team are continuing their fundraising efforts. Check out coverage from WXOW.
This year is in honor and memory of David Amborn.

2021 Beneficiaries:
Upcoming Events
Al's Musky Challenge
Jul 17, 2021 – Aug 27, 2021
Avenues of Service
La Crescent Area Event Center
Aug 25, 2021
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Webinar: Lunch out of Landfills
Aug 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Webinar: Citizen Science with Debris Tracker
Sep 02, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Member Information

Do you know someone who may be interested in joining a Rotary club?  Feel free to bring them as a guest to one of our meetings.

Active Rotarians

Honorary Rotarians

Proposed Rotarians

Rotary Attendance 
August 12th - 51.96%

Attendance Policy

Bob Bendiksen - Aug 15
Nancy Mueller  - Aug 17
Dave Trapp - Aug 17
Mary Mickelson - Aug 21
Ray Kline  - Aug 22
Katy Wood - Aug 22
Chris Palmer - Aug 24
Sandra Cleary - Aug 26
Mary Ann Gschwind - Aug 28                  Judy Kirkpatrick - Aug 28   
Carol and Bill Abrahamzon - Aug 15
Robin and Ron Cosby - Aug 15
Dave and Bonnie Koudelka - Aug 16
Sheila and Richard Wieser - Aug 17
Peter and Susie Hughes - Aug 18
Ian and Whitney Turner - Aug 18  
Mark and Cindy Cassellius - Aug 21
Dave and Betty Trapp - Aug 21
Aaron Engel and Lisa Carlsen - Aug 23
Ruth and Dan Kinstler - Aug 25
Tom and Jan Brock -  Aug 26
Joe and Michelle Skemp - Aug 26
Art and Shelley Fahey - Aug 28

Club Anniversaries:

Randy Nelson - Aug 18 - 10 years            Mary Kay  Wolf - Aug 19 - 11 years        Joe Gow - Aug 23 - 14 years                    Craig Ubbelohde - Aug 23 - 31 years        Thai Vue - Aug 26 - 28 years                Sue Durtsche Aug 28 - 7 years



Rotarian Bud Hammes' wife Barb Hammes passed away August 12, 2021. Please keep Bud and their family in your thoughts and prayers. 
Bud's address is 314 Shore Acres Road, La Crescent MN 55947.
Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Journot, Lauren
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Restel, Eva Marie
Duty Roster Coordinator
Riley, Sheila
Introduce Speaker
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Behrenbeck, Julia
Ellingson, Sarah
Hospitality Greeter
Curti, Greg
Raffle Ticket Seller
Swanwick, Bruce
Scrip Seller
Kinstler, Ruth
Rotarians in the News
Kolkmeier, Catherine


August 19th

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Dean's Marbles  $20


August 12th

 Raffle $136 - Fines $115 - Scooters $0


Raffle, Fines, Birthday, Anniversaries and Scooters are

donations that go to directly to our club.

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