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Rotary Meeting This Week
June 27, 2019
Pulled Pork
Cole Slaw
Cowboy Beans
Southwest Corn


As I write my last weekly president’s message and reflect upon our outstanding Centennial event last week, I would like to offer up some “Thank-Yous”. 
  • Thank you for the opportunity to be your President this year.  The experience has been extraordinary. 
  • Thank you to all of you who make our club such a vibrant, caring and giving organization.  Our club is truly special. 
  • Thank you to our club for sponsoring three of our sons to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. This program truly changes lives and creates a small step towards achieving world peace.
  • Thank you Lyn Sheffer.  You are truly special.
Lastly, I fell woefully short of my goal to have Eva Marie and I share a meal with each one of you along with your spouse, partner, significant other, etc. during my year as President.  For those of you with whom we did share a meal, those meals were one of the many highlights of my year as President.  This process was such a positive experience, Eva Marie and I have decided to simply extend our timeline and continue to reach out to everyone with hopes of sharing a meal with all of you.  We plan to continue this course of action until we have shared a meal with all of you.
We need 3 or 4 volunteers to help build two raised planter boxes at the Garden this Wednesday June 26 @ 5:00 p.m.
We will need basic hand tools including a power drill.  Steve O'Malley will bring what he has, but it would be helpful if someone else brought tools too. Should take about an hour or so to complete.  The short video link shows what we will be building. 
Please contact Steve O'Malley if you can volunteer.
This week at Rotary we will welcome Dr. Tom Nebel, Senior Assoicate at GiANT Worldwide.   GiANT Worldwide is a global company dedicated to leadership transformation through intentional apprenticeship. 

Dr. Tom Nebel’s earliest recollections are those of being a successful entrepreneur. At the age of six he would construct small wooden ships, pack them in his wagon, and sell them to soft-hearted workers as they finished their shift at the local shipyard in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Since those days he has dedicated himself to creating organizations that work, both in the profit and not-for-profit sectors, and helping others to do the same. He has authored six books on the subject of starting and growing new ventures, having directed organizations at local, regional, national, and international levels.

Tom is recognized as an engaging public communicator and an effective coach of those seeking to increase their personal and organizational capacity. He specializes in recognizing and removing the obstacles which stand in the way of success. His personal interests include fitness, history, travel, reading, a family cottage in Door County, Wisconsin, and the National Football League. A Wisconsin native, he makes his home in Madison–or at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, where he is a season-ticket holder.


Rotarians from our club and district celebrated our Rotary Club's Centennial last Thursday evening at the La Crosse Center.  It was an amazing night of celebration and fellowship.   Stephanie Urchick - Rotary International Director Elect 2019-2021 was our guest speaker.   We had a surprise visit from Paul Harris (aka Rick Kyte). 
Professional photos will be uploaded when received.
Thank you to:
Centennial Celebration Committee: Tami Woods (Chair), Patt Boge, Scott Bradford, Jami Capuzzi, Diana Carey, Dean Dickinson, Nancy Flottmeyer, Jack Haase, Jeff Odom, Todd Restel, Lyn Sheffer, Ashley Skoczynski and Jodi Widuch. 
Centennial Booklet Committee:  Sarah Arendt Beyer, Patricia Boge, Jack Haase, Bill Pritchard, Dam Roemhild and Kathy Van Kirk.
Video: Jud Beck and Paul Bjorge from WLAX/WEUX FOX2548
PowerPoint and Program Designer: Michelle Hendrickson, Admin Radisson Hotel
Room Designer: Weddings by Nancy
Gift Designer: Eva Marie Restel
Radisson and La Crosse Center Staff
Plans are to have a celebration at the Cameroon Gardens this Fall to celebrate our Centennial Project.  Watch for more information.
AVENUES OF SERVICE BANQUET - Registration - Nominations
Every year the nine area Rotary Clubs gather for a celebration of club projects and honor members that have lived the Service Above Self motto.  Clubs will also honor their Rotarians of the Year.  This year our Avenues of Service Banquet will be Tuesday, August 13th at the new La Crescent Area Event Center, 595 Veterans Parkway, La Crescent, MN. 
The celebration will begin at 5:30 with a social.  This is a fundraiser for our Rotary Works Foundation.  We hope you will save the date.  It is a great night of fellowship and celebration.  Downtown Rotarians $20 and guests $35 (NO Rotary meeting on August 15th). 
We are now looking for nominations for the following categories:  Avenue of Service Nominations for Club Projects, Lifetime Achievement Nominations and the Rising Star Nominations.   More information and nominations forms can be found on the Avenue of Service Dinner page on our web site....LINK.  Deadline to submit nominations is July 15th. 
Humanitarian Committee meeting will be held Thursday, June 27th at 11:00 AM at the Radisson Center.
SAVE THE DATE: Lucia will be heading home on July 27th. Lucia's flight home leaves at 9:57 am from the La Crosse Airport.  Come at 9:00 to help send her off.  She has been a delight to host this year and she will be missed!
Lucia is leaving this week for her Youth Exchange trip out West.  She will be back in July and hopefully you will be able to wish her well at her last Rotary meetings in July.

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







We are teaming up with the Riverfest Commodores with a fundraiser.  They are selling raffle tickets to benefit their Riverfest Commodore Foundation, Inc....each ticket is $10 or 3 for $25. and you get a free car wash with each ticket....every ticket we sell we will get $5. First place will be four club seats to a Packer Game - plus 2nd- 4th place prizes will be awarded.   Last year we made $2,100 from this fundraiser and our club had 3 of the 5 winners!  Drawing will be Tuesday night, September 5th at 7 pm at Shenanigan's.

Thank you to Grant Withrow who will chair this fundraiser.  Tickets will be for sale at our upcoming meetings.  Sell to your family, friends and coworkers.

Flyer with list of prizes LINK.








 Happy Birthday​
Brian Reitzel - June 16
Tim Ehler - June 18
Kathryn Sexauer - June 18
Tim Gillespie - June 20
Grant Withrow - June 20
Tara Johnson - June 23
Beth Franklin - June 24
Trish Grathen - June 27
Craig Ubbelohde - June 28
Steve O'Malley - June 30
Joe Zoellner - June 30


Happy Wedding Anniversary
Tom (Laurie) Berkedal - June 16
John (Diann) Honadel - June 20
Greg (Kathy) Curti - June 21
Mary Kay (Matthew) Wolf - June 25
Peter (Krin) Krause - June 27
Brian (Joyce) Mlsna - June 28
AJ (Anita) Frels - June 29


 Rotary Anniversary
Anna Prinsen - June 19 -  5 years
Eva Marie Restel - June 19 - 5 years
Josh Trust - June 19 - 1 year
Jeff Odom - June 21 - 12 years
Candice Tlustosch - June 25 - 4 years
Petra Roter - June 28 - 18 years
Bob Riutzel - June 29 - 30 years





Rotarian Elmer and his wife Lil Grassman are residents of Bethany St. Joseph, 2501 Shelby Road, La Crosse, WI 54601.


Rotarian Cary Heyer was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He had surgery April 2nd and the surgery went well.   Cary was a former member of our club and a past president (2011-12) he moved to the Madison area and is now a member of the Madison Club. Cary was hoping to attend our Centennial Celebration...his mind said yes but his body said no.  Please keep Cary in your thoughts and prayers.  His home address is W11004 Eagle Dr., Lodi WI  53555




VALLEY VIEW ROTARY MOON TUNES: Riverside Park -  Web Site.


June 27th

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $70

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.


June 6th = Raffle $40 - Fines $87 - Scooters $9

June 13th = Raffle $45  Fines $140 - Scooters $4

June 6th & 13th Scrip = $310



June 6th - 53%
June 13th - 53%
June 20th - NO meeting



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.

100% Attendance Winners
July  - Sheila Wieser
August - Bob Riutzel
September - Peter Grabow
October - Chuck Hanson
November - Grant Withrow
December - Tami Woods
January - Kenna Christians
February - Cindy Erickson
March - Ed Neuman
April - Cindy Erickson




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
September - Josh Trust
October - Scott Bradford
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
January- Tim Candahl
February - OPEN
March - OPEN
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 


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


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Jun 27, 2019
Jul 04, 2019
Independence Day
Jul 11, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030.
Jul 25, 2019
Women Beekeepers of the La Crosse Area
Aug 01, 2019
Classification Talk
Aug 08, 2019
Outbound Exchange Students
Aug 15, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
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Upcoming Events
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Jul 11, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Avenues of Service Dinner
La Crescent Area Event Center
Aug 13, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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Passe, Nick
Sergeant at Arms
Amborn, David
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Bakkum, Andy
Duty Roster Coordinator
Maki, Erick
Introduce Program
Flottmeyer, Nancy
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Schute, Jr., Val
Kuhlman, Lewis
Hospitality Greeter
Beck, Judson
Rotarians in the News
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Raffle Ticket Seller
Palmberg, Rob
Scrip Seller
Maki, Erick
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Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liaison
Board Member
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Russell Hampton
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