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Rotary Meeting This Week
Radisson Center
October 3, 2019
Chicken ala King
GF Yukon Whipped Potatoes
Green Salad
7 Rivers
Community High School

Keachen Abing, a La Crosse native, teaches Social Studies at the 7 Rivers Community High School, which he helped found. In 2016 he won the Top Notch Teacher award and also serves as a director of La Crosse SOUP. Keachen will be talking to us about the 7 Rivers Community High School and Project Based Learning. The idea for the school came about when parents of children at the La Crosse Design Institute, a project-based charter hosted at Longfellow Middle School, voiced their support for a high school level program. Project Based Learning provides each student the unique opportunity to dive into their areas of interest and passions. He says, "it is AMAZING to see how students can connect their interests to the curriculum and how how each project has the potential to make an impact in our community." 

This week we'll welcome two unique charter schools within the School District of La Crosse. La Crosse Design Institute (or LDI) is a middle school project based charter school within the district and 7Rivers Community High School is a project based high school within the district. LDI and 7Rivers schools have grounded their foundations in a partnership with Viterbo University’s Servant Leadership curriculum. The School District of La Crosse has made the commitment to providing varied learning experiences to students and they recently showed this commitment through the purchase of the Brick House (formerly the Eagles Club) to house LDI and 7Rivers. The District plans to move both schools in January. LDI and 7Rivers are excited to partner with downtown businesses and continue to expand the experiential learning opportunities for their students. 

Maggie McHugh is currently the Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, teaches at LDI and is certified in math and English. Ashley Mikehowski is the science teacher at 7Rivers and is also student council advisor. Both Maggie and Ashley are fully committed and invested in project based learning and creating unique opportunities for their students within the La Crosse community.



Dedication Ceremony
October 10th
The Garden is Looking AMAZING!
Thanks to ALL who have donated to our 100 anniversary project.
Our Club Board approved a $2,500 donation to our project.
If you would like to donate to the project pick up a pledge card at Rotary.
MAMI WATA  has been installed!!

Lauren Journot
Executive Director of YWCA
Proposed by Ashley Skoczynski

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.




Tuesday, October 15th
Rotary Lights 2019 will be our 25th anniversary.  
We need your help this year.  The way the calendar falls in 2019, we only have 33 nights of operation compared to 39 last year.  That means we have 6 fewer nights to collect food and cash to help the less fortunate.  We ask for your consideration to help sponsor Rotary Lights 2019.  Rotary Lights is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation.  All gifts are deductible to the full extent of the law.  Link to 2019 Sponsorship! (may state 2018 but we are using same sponsorships for 2019).   
We will have 33 sponsor nights in 2019.  We have 27 nights spoken for and 6 OPEN.  Here is the list of sponsored nights as of September 16th.
Another opportunity to support Rotary Lights 2019 is to have a food drive at your place of business.   If your business wants to sponsor a night for our 25th anniversary or sponsor a food drive, contact Pat Stephens for more information.
With your help, Rotary Lights 2019 will again light up Riverside Park!

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 more information will be available soon.


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





LAST WEEK AT ROTARY - September 26th
Joan Weisenbeck and Pat Ruda
Report from the Border

We welcomed Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Joan Weisenbeck and FSPA Justice and Peace Promoter Pat Ruda and they shared their enlightening experience in service to migrants at the Yuma and Tucson border crossings. 

As they honor World Day of Migrants and Refugees, we invite you to watch FSPA Justice and Peace promoter Pat Ruda, Sister Joan Weisenbeck and Sister Laurie Sullivan share their experiences with migrants at the Yuma and Tucson borders....this presentation was given on September 24th at St. Rose Convent.   LINK to Presentation.




We also welcomed the Holland Friendship Exchange to our meeting.



As our club continues to grow, it becomes more difficult to know your fellow Rotarians.  Beyond the fellowship that we enjoy each Thursday and beyond committees on which you may serve, there may be activities or interests that you share with other members, but you simply haven't discovered that mutual bond.   
Do you want to get to know some of your fellow Rotarians better?   Find out which ones have the same interests that you do by taking 3 minutes to complete the survey linked below.


100% ATTENDANCE 2018-19
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Congratulations to all who achieved 100% attendance for 2018-19.  Please review the list and if you feel you should be on it, contact Lyn at  On October 10th we will recognize all members with 100% attendance and draw four names to receive a $25 gift card.
Inspire, Connect Transform
District 6250 Fall Summits
November 6, 2019
Ground Round - Tomah WI
to the winners of the
Commodore Foundation 2019 Packer Raffle
(Thanks to all who purchased tickets - proceeds to benefit our club AND  multiple charities in Greater La Crosse Area)


The Riverfest Commodores are proud to announce the winners of this years raffle.

1st Place -Tim Sherry – Limo Ride and Green Bay Packer Tickets

2nd Place – Charles Muller –  $500 Festival Foods Gift Card

3rd Place – Lynne Stage –  Pontoon Rental from American Marine

4th Place – Ali LaRue – Car Detailing at Clason Buick GMC






 Happy Birthday
Patty Nuttleman - Sept 29
Matt Durtsche - Sept 30
Roger Sorenson (H) - Sept 30
Dave Johnston - Oct 2
Josh Trust - Oct 2


Happy Wedding Anniversary
Ingrid (Al) McCallson - Sept 29


Rotary Anniversary
Brian Mlsna - Sept 29 - 3 years
David Amborn - Oct 1 - 27 years
Greg Curti - Oct 1 - 27 years
Bill Hoel - Oct 1 - 27 years
Miranda TerBeest - Oct 1 - 3 years
Scott Chorski - Oct 4 - 19 years
Tom Behrenbeck - Oct 5 - 21 years



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PINTS FOR POLIO - Thursday, October 24th (WORLD POLIO DAY) - Pearl Street Brewery from 4:00 to 7:00 pm...Audio Jack  will be performing.   T-shirts available for purchase.  Every pint sold $1.00 will be donated to Polio Plus.  More details coming!
WWII Monument Fundraiser - Featuring the Greg Balfany Swing Band and Winona Jitterbug Club.  Saturday, October 5th.  6p, Social 7:00pm Entertainment.   Jakes Northwoods, Hwy 21, Sparta, WI.  Encouraged to dress in 40's attire.   Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at door.   Silent Auction Items and Drawings throughout the evening!    Contact Patt Boge if you are interested in going.
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.

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










October 3, 2019

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $20

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.

Sept 26th:   Raffle: $30; Scrip $110; Fines $77; Scooters $13


September 5th - 60%
September 12th - 57%
September 19th - 61%
September 26th - 55%


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



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
October - Scott Bradford
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
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 


Alicia Strilzuk
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
Oct 03, 2019
7 Rivers Community High School & Project Based Learning
Oct 10, 2019
Alliance to HEAL (Halting the Effects of Addiction Locally)
Oct 17, 2019
Classification Talk
Oct 24, 2019
La Crosse Area German Relations Association (LAGRA) and a presentation from Inga Rottmann
Oct 31, 2019
Nov 07, 2019
Rotary Foundation
Nov 21, 2019
Elmaro Vinyard
Nov 28, 2019
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Cameroon Gardens - Dedication Ceremony
Oct 10, 2019
1:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Board
Radisson Hotel
Oct 14, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
4 Sisters Wine Bar & Tapas
Oct 15, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Works Board Meeting
La Crescent Area Event Center
Oct 17, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Pints for Polio
Pearl Street Brewery
Oct 24, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Nov 11, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Come for Supper
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Nov 26, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
Duty Roster Coordinator
Bradford, Scott
Introduce Speaker
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Hospitality Greeter
Rotarians in the News
Raffle Ticket Seller
Scrip Seller
Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liaison
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Club Administrator
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Program Chair
Public Relations/Social Media
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Russell Hampton
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