May 2, 2022

May 5th  - Offsite Meeting


La Crosse Convention Center 

(Enter through main doors on 2nd Street)

See further details below.
County Health Department Update
According to the CDC's guidelines, individuals in communities at a low level should stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if you have symptoms, but do not need to wear a mask indoors in public. However, additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness. People may choose to mask at any time. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or test positive, we ask that you follow the CDC guidelines for quarantining/isolating
This Week at Rotary: Art Fahey, Tour of the La Crosse Convention Center

We will be meeting at the La Crosse Convention Center and getting a tour of the new facility. 

Directions:  Enter through the main doors on 2nd Street, take the escalator to the top floor. Greeters will be on hand to guide you as will the signs posted.

We will enjoy a boxed lunch and beverage during our meeting portion and then Art Fahey will lead us on a tour of the facility.

Last Week at Rotary: Alex Johnson, How to Grow a Rotary Club Like a Business

Alex Johnson is a Business Coach in Plano, Texas, and second-year president of Plano West Rotary Club in District 5810-Dallas, Texas metro. Johnson coaches’ entrepreneurs by helping with accountability and organization to scale their business and have more free time.

Alex's energy was infectious and his thought very provoking! What does it take to grow our Rotary Club?  Alex said, "It takes three things: community service, diversity in membership, and support to our foundation." He suggested us looking at the service opportunities in our area, putting together small groups of volunteers through our club, and working to support our community.  Through these actions, we will grow!

Upcoming Speakers
May 05, 2022
La Crosse Convention Center Tour
May 12, 2022
Cannabis: The Current State of a Growing Industry
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Meal for This Week

The meal will be boxed lunch - turkey/cheese croissant, chips, cookie, pickle spear. Beverage service includes: Pepsi, diet Pepsi, and water.
Note: If you prefer to keep your mask on during the entire meeting, you will be provided a boxed lunch to take home with you.

Donate to: Rotary Extra Effort Award  

The Youth Committee will be sponsoring the annual “Rotary Extra Effort” awards that will be held during our May 19th meeting. This program celebrates the accomplishments of 8 local high school students who have overcome significant obstacles in their young lives, and is always a club favorite. As has been the case in previous years, the Club would like to present a $250 award to each recipient of the award, and we are asking club members to consider donating money to make this happen. If interested in donating, please contact Tom Berkedal with donation details.

Advertise in the Newsletter and on Website 

Do you think your business would benefit from being one of our website and newsletter sponsors? Check out the GUIDELINES HERE and contact Niki Pohnl if you have any questions.


July 7, Passing of the Gavel; Welcoming in our new President, Rob Palmberg.


Every so often we like to take the "pulse" of the club to see how things are going. Will you please share your feedback with us by completing the following Member Satisfaction survey? The questions are provided by Rotary International and focus on your day-to-day experiences in our Rotary club.
Your input is valuable and will be shared with the Board of Directors and used to make our club even better.
There are no right or wrong answers; we simply ask for your honest opinions. Thank you for taking this survey. 
Rotary COVID Stories
In the fall of 2021, an interactive discussion about COVID-19 experiences were the topic of the weekly rotary meeting. At this meeting, club members were asked to write responses to prompts about their experiences during the pandemic and verbally share their responses with others are their tables. The responses were collected ad combined here. This document will be submitted to our club's archive at the La Crosse Public Library.  
Hospitalizations and Illnesses
Please keep Rick and Theresa Jeric's daughter in your thoughts as she was recently diagnosed with adrenal gland cancer. Her surgery scheduled for Tuesday, May 3rd in Columbus, OH.  Feel free to reach out to the Jeric Family.
Please keep Ed Neuman in your thoughts as he continues treatment for Acute Leukemia. Feel free to reach out to Ed at 88 Shore Acres Road, La Crescent, MN 55947.  Ed says he may not be attending meetings in person for the near future but will attend online as much as possible. He wants us to know our group has been such a huge part of his life and he cares about all of us. For future updates, following the Caring Bridge link below.
LaCrosse River Clean Up: Volunteers Needed
The Environmental Committee and Rotary Board encourage you to participate in the La Crosse River Clean Up on Saturday, May 7th from 8 am to noon.    This is a great activity to help take care of our wonderful river and surrounding environment.  This helps keep our river clean and prevents trash from polluting our oceans.     
There will be four start/collection sites:
  • Goose Island, west landing
  • 7th Street landing in La Crosse
  • Clinton Street West Landing on the Black River
  • Fred Funk Landing on Brice’s Prairie
At these four sites, volunteers will receive trash bags and gloves, then move out on the water, along shorelines, and through neighborhood streets near the river to collect trash and return it to the landings to be properly disposed of. Wear proper clothing and expect them to get wet and dirty. Thank you for considering!
Rotary at the La Crosse Loggers !!
Copeland Park Home Opener
La Crosse Loggers vs. Eau Claire Express
Tuesday, May 31st
    Buffet Picnic from 5:30 p.m. thru 3rd Inning.
Rain or Shine, Hot or Chilly
Picnic is under the tent!
Cost $23 Adult
Children 3 – 12 are $15
Under 3 are FREE
Season Ticket Holder: deduct $10/ticket

Click here for a flyer with more details.

Upcoming Events
La Crosse River Clean Up
May 07, 2022
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
May 09, 2022
Rotary at the La Crosse Loggers
Copeland Park - Logger Field
May 31, 2022
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Club Board Meeting
Jun 13, 2022
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Active Rotarians

Honorary Rotarians

Rotary Attendance
114 total in person and ZOOM 


Attendance Policy

Gloria Doyle - May 3
Jim White - May 5
Tom Berkedal - May 7
Joan K. Parke - May 8
Jodi Widuch - May 8
Kenna Christians - May 8
Sheila Riley (Ted) May 2
Sarah Ellingson (Adam) May 5
Club Anniversaries:
Catherine Kolkmeier - 14 years

District Grant Reports Due May 15 –

Clubs receiving District Grants during the 2021-22 Rotary year are required to file final reports by May 15. These reports will be used to help share the impact of Rotarian contributions to the Annual Fund/SHARE program. The reports are also critical to close the District Grant process to access District Designated Funds for grants during the 2022-23 year. Reports should be sent to

District Grant Applications Due May 25 –

District Grant applications for projects during the year starting July 1 are due by May 25. Application materials are available on the District 6250 website under the Foundation tab. There will be more than $90,000 available for District Grants again this year. Now is the time for project planning and drafting an application to ensure your club has an opportunity to receive matching funds for qualified projects. Contact with questions.
Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Journot, Lauren
Carey, Diana
Registration Manager
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Restel, Eva Marie
Duty Roster Coordinator
Grathen, Trish
Rotarians in the News
Krieg-Sigman, Kelly
Introduce Speaker
Fahey, Art
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Ruda, Pat
Hospitality Greeter
Carey, Michael
Swanwick, Bruce
Raffle Ticket Seller
Carey, Diana
Scrip Seller
Lindeman, Steve


May 2, 2022

$10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Dean's Marbles  $10


April 28, 2022
 Raffle $213 - Fines $65 - Scooters $0 - Scrip $0

Raffle, Fines, Birthday, Anniversaries and Scooters
are donations that go to directly to our club.

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