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Rotary Meeting This Week
November 7, 2019
Lemon Pepper Chicken
Rice Pilaf


THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - November 7th


The Rotary Foundation

Rotarian Dean Dickinson

Chair of our Annual Support Committee


The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

Learn more.

The Annual Support Committee will be distributing a personal letter/pledge form to you to renew your two-year Rotary Foundation pledges for 2020-21.  Please stop by their table and pick it up this week. 

If your form is NOT returned your pledge will be renewed with your 2018-19 pledge.   



The Coulee Region's Youth Exchange Cultural Celebration will be Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 5:30pm at the La Crosse Club, 200 Harborview Plaza.  This is a fundraiser event for our Rotary Youth Exchange students to help cover their cost of the East or West Coast trip at the end of their exchange.  Your ticket price will include...hors d'oeuvres, dishes to sample from the students home country and you will here from each of the Rotary Exchange Students and get to know them better.   There will also be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.    Flyer Link with more information.  We are also looking for sponsors ....see letter LINK for more information. 
The Humanitarian committee is coordinating our 3rd annual Warm Feet, Warm Hearts campaign, now through November 14th. The purpose of the campaign is to provide comfort to those who need help this winter, by collecting warm clothing and other items which will be donated to Catholic Charities for distribution to those in need in our community.   LIST OF SUGGETED ITEMS LINK
Last year area Rotary clubs collected over 848 items and $235 in cash & checks for Catholic Charities. This year, we'll again be collecting: 
  • large sweatshirts, especially hoodies
  • tube socks
  • men’s white t-shirts 
  • flannel shirts (especially large sizes such as 4X) 
  • hats, especially those with earflaps 
  • long underwear
  • sweatpants 
  • coffee 
  • laundry soap
  • hand warmers 
  • new or gently used winter boots 
  • new men’s and women’s underwear
Donations can be brought to our Rotary meetings between now and Nov 14th. Cash and check donations are also welcome; checks can be made payable to Catholic Charities. 
The La Crosse Warming Center, run by Catholic Charities, provided services to 301 unduplicated guests amounting in 6,414 individual stays last year. This required over 6,700 volunteer hours by 291 volunteers just from our area! Each guest receives a hot meal, shower, a place to sleep, an opportunity to wash their clothes, and help accessing local resources. They are open from November 1st through April 30th.
Questions? Contact Sarah Arendt-Beyer at 608-406-7492 or email
You are invited November 15th to the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon at WTC Lunda Center.  Rotary Works Foundation will be receiving the President's Award.
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District 6250 Friendship Exchange Opportunities......Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.  Participants may travel as individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may be Rotary members or not.    More general information on Friendship Exchanges.
Here is the latest news.  Rotary Friendship Exchanges.  Spots available on the March 14-24 Brazil Friendship Exchange.  Please contact Mark Etrheim at for more information.  

LAST WEEK AT ROTARY - October 31st
Dani Stuhr, HR Assistant Director, Festival Foods
Company Culture Matters

In this presentation we will explore the heart and soul of an organization – company culture.  We hear the word “culture” being thrown around a lot these days, but what exactly does it mean?  And more importantly, how does it shape the employee experience and success of a company overall.  In my experience, it’s a total game changer.  Please join me for this presentation as I bring to life the best-in-class company culture of Festival Foods.


Dani Stuhr obtained her Associate’s Degree through Western and secured a job in Human Resources right away.  She later began working toward her Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Stout in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources.  That additional education and work experience at Festival confirmed what she already knew, that Human Resources was her calling.

In total, Dani has 13 years of progressive HR experience.  After working in the construction industry for a couple years, Dani joined the HR team at Festival and truly found her home.  She is currently the HR Assistant Director for Festival Foods and co-leads a team of 34 HR Managers across the state of WI.  Additionally, she serves as the College Relations Chair for the Society for Human Resources Management and is pursing President Elect in 2020. 

Powerpoint  Presentation



iFEED 2019
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




FRUIT BASKET FUNDRAISER....Our Fruit Basket Fundraiser is to generate financial resources for our club activities and service projects.  The fundraiser also provides an opportunity for all club members to participate in an annual activity through the assembly, distribution, purchase and sale of fruit baskets during the holiday season.  This year our Fruit Basket assembly and delivery will be Saturday, December 14th and Monday, December 16thSave those dates!   Order forms and flyers will be available this week. Deadline to order is December 2nd.

You have two options:

                        Rotarians will need to purchase or sell 5 fruit baskets @ $23 per basket  = $115    OR     you can make a donation of $100 to the Rotary Club of La Crosse.  It will NOT be a tax deduction because we are NOT a 501 (3) c.  It will be your donation to our annual major fundraiser. 


We want you to start thinking of how you can promote our fundraiser.....Does your business give employee gifts?  Rotary Fruit Baskets are your answer!  Each wicker basket contains 8 apples, 4 oranges, 4 pears  and a bag of peanuts.

We have special rates for large orders: 200+ ($18), 100-199 ($19), 49-99 ($20), 1-48 ($23). 

Fruit Basket Flyer 2019





Our club is responsible for securing volunteers at Rotary Lights on
Friday, November 29th
We have two shifts available.
Bring your family and friends to help out!

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Help make a lasting contribution to the La Crosse area by volunteering to ring bells and raise funds for the Salvation Army. Greet holiday shoppers and help spread Christmas cheer while accepting donations in the Famous Red Kettle.The money raised stays in our community, supporting the Salvation Army Food Pantry, Meal Program, Emergency Shelter, Families in Need, Sending Kids to Camp, and so much more.

Our club will be ringing bells on Saturday, November 23rd.

Volunteer Today LINK





Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area


Our Rotary Habitat Build Day has been changed....  We are looking for 8-10 volunteers for Saturday, December 7, 2019.


Start time will be 8:00 am with a short orientation and safety run through.  Lunch will be at 11:30 am and then the end time is 3:30 pm.  

 All volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed toed shoes on the construction site. They won't have individual plastic bottles available, but they do have jugs of water ready.  So everyone will want to bring a water bottle for the day. At the moment they’re not quite sure what we'll be working on yet, however we’ll find out the week before and let everyone know.





GREETING CARDS BY ANITA - QUARTERLY REPORT... Anita Froegel sent a check for $100 to Rotary Works from July-Sept card sales.    Thank you to all who support this fundraiser....special thanks to Anita for her creative talent and her time in making each card. Total sales for 2019 are $380.

Reminder if you would like to have a personal card made you can contact Anita




Because of the surge in new polio cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Indian Government has announced they will hold one Polio National Immunization Day (NID) in mid-January 2020.   This will likely be the last time a Rotarian can participate in an Indian Polio NID.
There is limited amount of space and we expect the NID trip to be filled within the next few weeks.   Many Rotarians have enquired over the years on how they too can participate in an NID trip.  This is their chance!  Please let everyone know in your club about this life-changing opportunity!
Rotarians will travel to Delhi, India, where they will participate in the polio NID activities and attend other related Rotary events.  The trip includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb Factory.  
Date of Departure: Friday, January 10, 2020
Date of Return: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Per Person Costs based on double occupancy is $2,499 which includes
hotels transfers, Rotary events, participation in the NID activities,
most meals, sightseeing. 
The above price does not include international roundtrip airfare or Indian Visa fees
The group size will be limited and confirmation in the program is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Those who are planning to join us should take immediate action.  Over the last two years, this program sold out in less than two weeks.
Click here for an informational document, including application.  The material is also available on the Howard Tour's website.
If you are interested and would like to talk to others that have participated in a NID trip through Howard Tour's, members from our club are Sharon Imes, Dean Dickinson, Todd Restel and Patt Boge would be willing to share their experiences.
Razia's Bus Committee - Thursday, November 7th at 11:00 at the Radisson Center.
Would your family or business let to volunteer to help at Rotary Lights and monitor one of the "smore nights?"     Here is the list of open days to date.  If you would like to volunteer, contact Pat Stephens.   Great opportunity for a makeup and to engage your family or business in Rotary Lights!!   Here are some of the details. 
  • Fires and s’mores are subject to weather conditions
  • We ask each group to have a minimum of four people on duty to monitor the fire and help with making s’mores.  There is a warming house next to the fire for rotation purposes.
  • We prefer a 5:30 pm start and wrap up by 8:30 pm whenever possible
  • There is meant to be one (1) free s’more for each guest
  • All materials supplied. Fire will be ready to go for you by 5:30 pm.
Tuesday, November 19th
It is that time of the year....
Dean Dickinson is planning our
Christmas Program for December 19th.
Please contact Dean if you have children, grandchildren, friends, etc. that would be willing to entertain us on Thursday, December 19th.  They would need to be there between 12 and 1 that day. Contact Dean for more information.  
Inspire, Connect Transform
District 6250 Fall Summits
November 6, 2019
Ground Round - Tomah WI



 Happy Birthday
Kyle Visker - Nov 1
Tim Kolek  - Nov 3
Lisa Duncanson - Nov 7
Kathy Van Kirk-Przywojski - Nov 8
Scott Horne - Nov 9


Happy Wedding Anniversary
Erick (Jennifer) Maki - Nov 2
Mark (Sharon) Jolivette - Nov 4
Andy (Beth) Bakkum - Nov 5
Mike(Debby) Nickel - Nov 5
Lu (Charles) Cagin - Nov 9


Rotary Anniversary
Jamie Capuzzi - Nov 3 - 3 years
Diana Carey - Nov 6 - 22 years



Save the date for our District 6250 Conference  - ROTARYFEST - June 19-21, 2020.
BATTLE OF THE BEARDS - Holmen Area Rotary Club - La Crosse area Rotary challenge; Send your best NO-Shave November candidate to compete....LINK to more information.
Join Rotary After Hours on Saturday, December 7, 2019 for the Ugly Sweater 5K, presented by Northwestern Mutual. Registration for the 12th annual fun run/walk will be at Myrick Park Center at 3:00 p.m. The race will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Myrick Park and will end at La Crosse’s iconic Riverside Park. A bus will return runners to Myrick Park after the race.   View their web site for more information. 


Nov 7, 2019

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $10

Congrats to Inga who won the $60 marble raffle 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.

Oct 31st:   Raffle: $40.00; Scrip $345; Fines $127; Scooters $5


Nov 1 - 58%


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



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.



Program Chair for July 2019 - June 2020
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
January- Tim Candahl
February - Peter Grabow
March - Alex Lueck
April - 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 


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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Nov 07, 2019
Rotary Foundation
Nov 14, 2019
Diabetes Education - World Diabetes Day
Nov 21, 2019
Elmaro Vinyard
Nov 28, 2019
Dec 12, 2019
Classification Talk
Dec 19, 2019
Join us for the annual Christmas Program MC'd by Dean Dickinson
Dec 26, 2019
Jan 02, 2020
Rotary Goal Setting: Ideas for Getting Involved
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Upcoming Events
Youth Exchange Cultural Celebration
La Crosse Club
Nov 07, 2019 5:30 PM
Rotary Board
Radisson Hotel
Nov 11, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Nov 14, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Fellowship Gathering
Nov 19, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Works Board Meeting
La Crescent Area Event Center
Nov 21, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Various Locations
Nov 23, 2019 8:00 PM
Come for Supper
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Nov 26, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Rotary Lights Work Night
Rotary Lights
Nov 29, 2019
4:30 PM – 10:20 PM
Rotary Habitat Build Day
Dec 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Dec 09, 2019
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Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
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Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
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Beck, Judson
Introduce Speaker
Beck, Judson
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Carlson, Joe
Skemp, Jr., Joe
Hospitality Greeter
Skemp, Michelle
Raffle Ticket Seller
Christians, Roger
Scrip Seller
Swanwick, Bruce
Rotarians in the News
Salmo, Jim
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Russell Hampton
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