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January 30, 2020
Swedish Meatballs
Yukon Whipped Potatoes
Steamed Vegetables
Cranberry Preserves

Kobe Bryant – On what it takes to lead:

"Leadership is lonely …
I'm not going to be afraid of confrontation

to get us to where we need to go.
There's a big misconception where people thinking
winning or success comes from everybody
putting their arms around each other
and singing kumbaya and

patting them on the back when they mess up,
and that's just not reality.

If you are going to be a leader,
you are not going to please everybody.
You have to hold people accountable.
Even if you have that moment of being uncomfortable."





THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - January 30th
Our speaker this week will be Catherine Schuman.
Women Beekeepers of the La Crosse Area
Cathy Schuman, a clinical psychologist at Gundersen Health System started The Women Beekeepers of the La Crosse Area.

Honeybees are responsible for 80% of pollination overall and 30% of the world’ food. But lately, bees of all types have been dying off.


We will also welcome our students of the month: 

CENTRAL: Deston Wooley, Pheng Shila Vang, Chantell Tyson, Julia Poelma, Psalm Woody and Juniper Rose.

LOGAN: Lauren Boge, Isabella Vang and Brooke Thurman

AQUINAS: Rachel Mertes, Sophie Cowgill and Harley Lenser-Sjolander



LAST WEEK AT ROTARY - January 23rd
The Brain Game 

"The Brain Game" is a user-friendly educational guide which explains to parents why and how their child is learning and developing. Additionally, the book includes specific activities, songs, and suggested behaviors that parents can engage in to help foster their child's intellectual and social development. 

The Brain Game was born when the Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families spoke to the Rotary Club of La Crosse, WI. She was excited to spread the word of new, cutting-edge research into early child brain development. More than ever before, scientists discovered that proper stimulation of children in the first three years could play a huge role in growing a healthy brain.

You can purchase a copy of The Brain Game book for $10 at our Rotary Meetings.

If you plan to travel and attend a Rotary Club meeting, pick up a complimentary copy to give to the club as a gift.  

Learn more here:






Kristie Korish
Assistant Store Director
Festival Foods
Proposed by Sarah Arendt-Beyer

Callie Smith
Donor Relations Coordinator
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse
Proposed by Greg Curti

Cindy Taerud
Marketing Director
Proposed by Andy Parrish

Ian Turner
Airport Director
La Crosse Regional Airport
Proposed by Alex Lueck


Remember to meet and greet new members
who can be identified by their temporary red badge.



Thanks to all who had a part in organizing the
Rotary Lights Banquet last Saturday night.
25th Planning Committee
Peter Hughes (Chair)
Robin Moses
Naomi Fruechte
Jason Larsen
Brad Quarberg
Tom Knobloch
Joe Welch
Nick Ragner
Gina Miller
Marissa Dickinson
Teresa Peters
Sarah Dahlke
Pat Smith
It was a wonderful celebration of the past 25 years!

Banquet Sponsors
Jim Warren
 Rotary Valley View
 Rotary East,
Rotary La Crosse
 Rotary After Hours
 Rotary Holmen
Rotary Caledonia
Thanks to La Crosse Monument and local Rotary Clubs.
We now have a boulder that will be placed in
 Riverside Park all year long.

Volunteers needed to drive Youth Exchange students

One driver is needed to take 3 or 4 local exchange students (Inga is one of them) on Friday afternoon February 28th to Madison.   The driver should leave around 3:00 p.m. and would be back in La Crosse by 8:00p.m.    A second driver is needed to pick up these students in Madison around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday (March 2) and bring them back to La Crosse.
For more details, contact Jack Haase at or 507-313-1128.


Thank you to all who participated in our Thursday, January 9th meeting - PULSE SURVEY - Rotary Club Health Check.
Your feedback on how YOUR club is doing is important.  This was a great health check to help us maintain our club's health and preserve its value for YOU and the community.      Here are the results!
  The board will be reviewing the survey to help create a strategic plan that will set long-range and annual goals.  
If you were not at the meeting or if you were and thought of concerns/ideas after you is an online:
Rotary, Gates Foundation Commit $450 Million to Polio EradicationRotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a joint commitment of up to $450 million in support of global efforts to eradicate polio.

As part of the commitment, which represents a three-year extension of an existing partnership established more than a decade ago, Rotary will work to raise $50 million a year, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. Rotary also announced funding allocations totaling $45 million in support of critical immunization and disease detection, research, and community mobilization efforts in Africa (Angola, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan) and Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Philippines). While only Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to report cases of wild poliovirus, "last-mile" obstacles to global eradication, including weak public health systems and difficulty reaching children in areas of conflict, have proven challenging.






COME FOR SUPPER....The Humanitarian Committee will be helping again with the "Come for Supper Meal Program" at Our Savior's Lutheran Church - 612 Division Street on Tuesday, January 28th from 4:30-6:00 p.m.    We have our volunteers!!  Thank you to Mike Carey, Diana Carey, Bonnie Steidl, Catherine Kolkmeier and Kristie Korish for volunteering!





Rotary Club of La Crosse
Service Above Self Awards
Tessa Edge
Central 2019
Tessa Edge, a 2019 graduate of Central High School, was presented with her $1,000 Service Above Self Award following completion of her first semester of school at the University of Minnesota. As you can see from her photo, Tessa embraced the opportunity to join the marching band, and was able to accompany the football team to perform during the Gophers victory over Auburn at the Outback Bowl in Tampa. "I had a wonderful first semester. Although my program is a difficult one, I strove to overcome the challenges," Tessa wrote in a note thanking the club for the Rotary award. "I am grateful for these opportunities and to you all for supporting me." 
Caitlin Coffey
Logan 2019
Caitlin Coffey, a 2019 graduate of Logan High School, was presented with her $1,000 Service Above Self Award following completion of her first semester of school at the Franklin Olin College of Engineering, a noted private engineering college in suburban Boston. Caitlin has returned to school for the 2nd semester and was unable to attend a club meeting to receive her award.
Caitlin was a member of the Logan Interact Club and says helping organize iFeed helped her "realize how much Rotary does for others around the world!" She has already taken an active role in community service work in college, joining Code for Boston, a nonprofit dedicated to helping other nonprofits with software and related projects. Recently she worked on a project with a nonprofit called the Guardian Group, which is working to combat the presence of online human trafficking. 
She is grateful for the Rotary award, which will help pay tuition and allow her to continue pursuing school. "I appreciate the work your club has done to make our community, as well as our nation, a better environment. Rotary was an amazing opportunity for me to help serve others in my community."
Matthew Jankowski
Aquinas 2019 
David Stoeffler, Youth Committee member presented Matthew Jankowski with his
$1,000 Service Above Self Award
Matthew just completed his first semester at University of North Dakota.

"I had a really good first semester.  I adjusted to my new school and college level classes well, along with making many new friends, working at the library for my work study financial aid and volunteering in leadership opportunities in student government.  It's been a lot of work but also a lot of fun too."   Matthew thanks the La Crosse Rotary in supporting him in his studies at UND.
Rotary Club of La Crosse Service Above Self Awards INFO


From Rotary After Hours

On December 16th 2019,our friend David Knutson passed away unexpectedly. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours with a passion for supporting Rotary youth programs. To honor Dave's memory, our club is determined to create an endowed sponsorship for a student to attend Rotary District 6250 - RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) annually, in his name. Our goal is to raise $4200.

Donations can be made at our website:

Or by check: Payable to Rotary After Hours, add Memorial Youth Sponsorship to the memo field, and mail to:

Rotary After Hours, P.O. Box 1622
La Crosse, WI 54602-1622


Please share the link and help us keep Dave's memory alive by supporting the cause he cared about most. Thank you for your support!







 Happy Birthday
Linda Zoerb - Jan 26
Annette Mikat - Jan 27
Joe Skemp - Jan 27
Sarah Arendt-Beyer - Jan 28
Dan Roemhild - Jan 28
Sheila Wieser - Jan 28
Robin Moses - Jan 29

Happy Wedding Anniversary
John and Diane Dingman (H) - Jan 29

Rotary Anniversary
James Gallagher (H) - Jan 23 - 32 years
Steve Tanke - Jan 28 - 38 years
Todd Restel - Jan 29 - 11 years
Roz Schnick - Jan 29 - 5 years
Jim Salmo - Jan 30 - 5 years
Joan Parke  - Feb 1 - 12 years



Razia's Bus Committee - Thursday, January 30th at 11:00 at the Radisson Center.
Winter Moon Tunes concert being held on February 29th opening with TUGG.
 Think warmer weather...and join us!
Save the date for our District 6250 Conference  - ROTARYFEST - June 19-21, 2020.


January 30, 2020

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $50

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.

Jan 23:   Raffle: $37; Scrip: $100; Fines: $162; Scooters: $1


Jan 2nd - 51%
Jan 9th - 55%
Jan 16th - 58%
Jan 23rd - 49%


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




Active Membership

New Members
Kristie Korish
Callie Smith
Cindy Taerud
Ian Turner


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
January- Tim Candahl
February - Peter Grabow
March - Alex Lueck
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


Interested in being a sponsor?
Download the website sponsorship guide
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Jan 30, 2020
Women Beekeepers of the La Crosse Area
Feb 06, 2020
Abilities in Harmony- Adaptive Show Choir Camps
Feb 13, 2020
Great Rivers HUB
Feb 20, 2020
Classification Talk
Feb 27, 2020
Coulee Recovery Center
Mar 05, 2020
Wildnerness Survival Skills - Boy Scouts
Mar 12, 2020
Classification Talk
Mar 26, 2020
Razia's Bus
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board
Radisson Hotel
Feb 10, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Works Board Meeting
La Crescent Area Event Center
Feb 20, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Rotary Board
Radisson Hotel
Mar 09, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Mar 12, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
Duty Roster Coordinator
Candahl, Timothy
Introduce Speaker
Schnick, Roz
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Pierce, Teresa
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Siegel, Regina
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Ericksen, Cindy
Scrip Seller
Swanwick, Bruce
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