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February 3, 2020
Smothered Pork Chops
Garlic Roasted Red Potatoes
Steamed Vegetables

February we are on the move!!!
February 6th we will be meeting in the Radisson Hotel Ballroom. 
February 27th we will be meeting at the Coulee Council on Addictions - Recovery Center.   Rotarian Cheryl Hancock and Executive Director of Coulee Council on Addictions will be our speaker. Tours of the building will be available after the meeting.  Parking information will be coming !   We would also like to fill their food pantry - if you would like to donate, please bring non-perishable food items to the meeting.     Lunch will be catered by Festival Foods.  


THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - February 6th
Sierra Lyon will be our guest speaker.  Executive Director.
Abilities in Harmony- Adaptive Show Choir Camps

Abilities in Harmony is an adaptive show choir camp for kids who love to sing and dance that also have special needs! They have held 5 camps in the La Crosse area, and have begun planting camps throughout the Midwest. Learn more on their web site.





LAST WEEK AT ROTARY - January 30th
Our speaker last week was 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.

We learned why honeybees are important.  That 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 learned two things we can do to make a direct and powerful impact on Honey Bee Survival.





Last week at Rotary we recognized the Students of the Month.
Central High School
Deston Wooley
Pheng Shila Vang
Chantell Tyson
Julia Poelma
Psalm Woody
Juniper Rose
Logan High School
Lauren Boge
(Rotarian Pat Boge's granddaughter)

Isabella Vang
Brooke Thurman
Aqunias High School
Rachel Mertes
Sophie Cowgill
Harley Lenser-Sjolander
Courtney Daniels - Burke
Major Gifts Specialist
Gundersen Medical Foundation
Proposed by Bill Hoel
Nancy Mueller
Community Volunteer
Retired Aerospace Engineer &
Physics and Chemistry Teacher
Proposed by Eva Marie Restel
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.




Invoices were sent out last week (January-March)...check your inbox....if you did not receive, please let us know.  Your immediate payment would be appreciated.  Thank you to all who have already made payment!!  
This quarter will be your dues/meals/guests and your updated Foundation Pledges, Fruit Basket charges if you have not paid yet and your Christmas Program guests.  Please look over your invoice and if you have any questions, please email
In the past you were able to make payment online only through your bank account.  Starting this month you will also be able to make payment by credit card online.  There will be a 3% convenience fee for paying online.  Yes we still take checks!   We have an account balance of all members at our registration table if you ever have any questions on what you owe.
We still have a $2500 past due.  We DO NOT use the ClubRunner invoicing system so your account balance on ClubRunner will always show $0 balance. Your invoice comes from our online QuickBooks account.  
Do you wonder where our money goes?   Our financials are posted on our password protected ClubRunner - you can view them online under "View Club Documents."  Other Club Documents you will find there are Board Minutes, Policies, By-Laws. etc.
The 2019-20 Football Fantasy results are in!  No Roger Christians you did not win...we won't say where you placed!! Sure, winning at Fantasy Football is probably 75 percent chance. But the other 25 percent? That's skill, preparation and moxie. And that's something that can be learned. Once you know the ins and outs of the way the game is played, you'll be winning again and again.   Craig Ubbelohde has proven that by winning our Fantasy Football for the fourth time!  Second place was Kyle Visker and third place Nick Passe.  Congratulations to Craig!!  Craig has donated his winnings to Rotary International Polio Plus.  Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser for our Rotary Foundations!
Razia's Bus Committee - Thursday, February 13th at 11:00 at the Radisson Center.



 Happy Birthday
Mike Carey - Feb 2
Carol Abrahamzon - Feb 4
Dave Morrison - Feb 5
Earlamae Dahlby - Feb 6
Brad Fischer- Feb 8
Maria Norberg - Feb 8

Happy Wedding Anniversary
Pat (Kenneth) Ruda - Feb 8 

Rotary Anniversary
Joan Parke - Feb 1 - 12 years
Cindy Ericksen - Feb 2 - 3 years
Brad Fischer - Feb 2 - 3 years
Roger Stanford - Feb 2 - 3 years
Peter Hughes - Feb 8  - 9 years



If you have never been on an Rotary Friendship Exchange, now is your chance.!  The fall Brazil Friendship Exchange will take place from October 3rd through the 14th in central Brazil in Belo Horizonte.   Never been on a Friendship Exchange then you have priority!  Bring your spouse, bring your son or daughter, bring a friend!   For details, contact Mark Etrheim, 608-769-7200 or MARK@MCHLAX.COM.  Read more for extra details.
We fly into Rio de Janerio and then a short flight to Belo Horizonte where we get picked up by local Rotarians.  Fall break?  Bring the family! We typically spend ...3 nights at 3 different clubs,  stay in home-hosted accommodations and each club doing its best to show their home towns off.   Always an adventure of the best kind.  Cost is your airfare (?900-$1200?) and maybe a few hundred dollars for any meals not provided, entry fees, and souvenirs.  It will be warm during our stay as they are in the southern hemisphere and is late summer there.  Rotary makes friends fast!  For details, contact Mark Etrheim, 608-769-7200 or MARK@MCHLAX.COM
Rotary Friendship Exchanges are exchanges between groups of Rotarians for the purpose of creating connections and friendships.  The magic of Rotary happens when these friendships morph into relationships from which projects can be born!  Anyone Rotarian can participate in a Friendship Exchange.  Anyone with connections in certain parts of the world is encouraged to consider leading a Friendship Exchange.  More information on the DISTRICT FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE PAGE.
Inga and Hagen (Rotary Afterhours Youth Exchange Student) enjoyed a trip to the Mall of America and Go Karting!   Photo Link.
Are you going to have a family gathering or attend a special event....ask Inga to join your family.  Your family will gain a new global perspective, many memories and quite possibly a new family member for life. 

*****Just a reminder that if you will be one-on-one with Inga, you will need a background check.  This is done through the Rotary District site and our club will cover the cost.  Click here to process your background check.
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.
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!




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.
HOLMEN ROTARY SERVICE AUCTION - Save the Date - March 26th more details coming.   WEB SITE.


February 6, 2020

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $10

Congrats to Steve Doll winner of the $50 marble raffle!

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 30:   Raffle: $40; Scrip: $180; Fines: $56; Scooters: $10


Jan 2nd - 51%
Jan 9th - 55%
Jan 16th - 58%
Jan 23rd - 49%
Jan 30th - 53%


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

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
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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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
Grabow, Peter
Introduce Speaker
Grabow, Peter
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Serle, Brian
Siegel, Regina
Hospitality Greeter
Czerwinski, Angela
Raffle Ticket Seller
Wuensch, Liz
Scrip Seller
Swanwick, Bruce
Rotarians in the News
Ubbelohde, Craig
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President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liaison
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
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Club Administrator
Rotary Works Board Member
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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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