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Next Meeting

January 17, 2019

Radisson Center

Buffet at 11:30
Program at Noon

Italian Buffet



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  17 January 2019
I spent time this week on Rotary International’s (‘RI’) website.  It is truly amazing how many opportunities exist for us as members outside of our local club activities.  While our entire club has the “Four Way Test” memorized, I can’t say the same for our ability to recite “The Object of Rotary.”  I am including it here so that you can re-familiarize yourself with exact words.  This is a wonderful reminder of why we joined Rotary.
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
I would encourage you to spend some time this week on the RI website  and see what areas might be of interest for you.   My search led me to do more research on Polio.  I am attaching an excellent source from the World Health Organization (‘WHO’).  RI has a significant relationship with this group in our efforts to eradicate polio.  WHO’s website link on Polio is as follows: LINK 
Additionally, I do have one goal that I want to bring back to the forefront of everyone’s mind.  Eva Marie and I are attempting to share a meal with every Rotarian in our club and their spouse/significant other/partner, etc.  While we are admittedly behind, we haven’t given up.  If you know you have time over the next couple of weeks, please reach out to either Eva Marie or myself so that we can get this on the calendar.
As a final word, our club does a lot to make this community a better place to live.  With so many great things to share about our club and Rotary International, consider inviting a guest to one of our meetings this month.  Remember, we have money set aside to cover the cost of your guests’ meals.
This week at Rotary we will welcome Valley View Rotarian Terry Bauer.  Terry will present the La Crosse Band Shell Project.
Riverside Park band shell fundraising campaign to start next month

A consortium of organizations that use the stand — including Rotary Lights, Moon Tunes, La Crosse Concert Band, Riverfest, La Crosse Jazz Orchestra and Explore La Crosse — are working to put a roof on the Wendell Anderson Bandstand in Riverside Park in 2019, providing some protection from the weather and, more importantly for the musicians, an acoustical shell to direct the sound toward the audience. The design, developed by architect Roald Gundersen, incorporates a round timber structure with arches mirroring the Cass Street bridge, ash tree columns and a copper fish-scale roof similar to the one on the Pettibone Park gazebo across the Mississippi River.

Rotarians are invited to come for a special tour of the Marie Angelorum Chapel in St. Rose Convent on Tuesday, January 15 at 5:15 pm.  We’ll gather for refreshments in the convent’s gathering space and then have a personalized tour by our very own Sr. Mary Ann Gshwind.  Sign up is required and is limited to 25 people. Deadline is Tuesday, January 8. There is no charge for this Fellowship event. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to view one of La Crosse’s famous landmarks.   Link to flyer.   Link to register online.
January 24th
Buffet starts at 11:30 and show begins at Noon!
You will not want to miss this Meeting!!
Centennial Fundraising Committee: Thursday, January 17th at 1:00 pm following our regular meeting at the Radisson Center.
Centennial Social Committee: Thursday, January 17th at 1:00 pm following our regular meeting at the Radisson Center.
James Salmo
Vice President for Advancement
Proposed by Mary Ann Gschwind

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.




District Governor Bill Hoel
serves Western Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota
Save the Date
District Conference
La Crosse Center
June 7 & 8, 2019
Aptiv - Services for people with disabilities Last week at Rotary our program was Aptiv - services for people with disabilities.  Mary Kessens, President and CEO of Aptiv, Inc was our speaker.  Mary is also a member of Valley View Rotary Club. 
Aptiv, established in 1977 as Riverfront Inc., is a non-profit with over 40 years of experience working alongside children and adults with disabilities to provide a spectrum of innovative support through programs and service so they may live more independent lives.

Their services help more than 1,700 individuals and their families in each community we serve. They provide support when and where you need it, whether it’s in your home, at school, in the community or at one of their 8 service locations.

Aptive Facebook Page

Aptive Web Site

Aptive PowerPoint Presentation


LAST WEEK WE WELCOMED THE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Congratulations to the following students.

Central High School
  • October - Madison Squires (Maddie) and  Mathew Feyen
  • November -  Jordan Davis and Julia Gasper
  • December - Ava Shively and Vibsake Thao
Logan High School
  • October  - Abie Sprain
  • November - Ella Ledocq
  • December - Boy Yang 
Aquinas High School
  • October  - Tessa Gundersen
  • November - Stephen Pedretti
  • December - Lexi Donarski



 Happy Birthday​
Diana Carey - Jan 13
Roger LeGrand - Jan 16
Todd Ondell - Jan 16
Cindy Ericksen - Jan 18

Happy Wedding  Anniversary

Thai (Kaying) Vue - Jan 19

 Rotary Anniversary

Ben Lachecki - Jan 13- 14 years
Sharon Imes - Jan 14 - 31 years
Steve O'Malley - Jan 15 - 15 years
Michelle Skemp - Jan 16 - 5 years
Peter Krause - Jan 17 - 34 years
Brian Reitzel - Jan 17 - 6 years
Mike Hartigan - Jan 19 - 35 years
Tara Johnson - Jan 19 -24 years




Thank you to all who contributed to our India Project
Below photo of sanitary materials (toilet kits) distributed
to MGR Nagar People Pathamadai

We received the following email and thank you video.
We have completed and handed over the facility to the beneficiary families in a simple function attended by local officials. We have also provided training for the people on how to maintain hygiene and toilet maintenance.   Satheeshkumar.P
Dear Sondra,
We are happy to inform you and members of your club and district the formal opening of our project GG1759519 at Pattamadai village on 17/06/18. 
The district governor of our rotary district 3212 will be the chief guest. As informed to you we have started construction early in order to complete the project before this term ends. We have completed construction of 10 toilets and for the balance 26, construction is progressing. We plan to complete the whole project by end of July 18.  We would love to have you amidst us when we open the facility in part to the beneficiaries. I’ll update you when the project complete in full shape.
A formal invitation is attached. Please inform all concerned in your club and district.   Our special thanks to all Rotarians of lacrosse Valley view and downtown clubs and district officials of 6250.
Best regards 
P. Satheesh kumar
ROTARY CLUB OF ONALASKA - Sink the Sled Fundraiser
AREA PRESIDENT'S MEETING DECEMBER MINUTES - Over view of our area club's activities. 




District 6250 Friendship Exchange Opportunities......Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.  Participants may travel as individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may be Rotary members or not.    More general information on Friendship Exchanges.
Here is the latest news.  We are now announcing two new exchanges.  One to the Netherlands, the other to New Mexico.  Please spread the word.  Being one of the first to commit to going helps your chances of being a participant.  We will not take more than 12 on any trip.  The maps will be on the next district dispatch and our district web site.  If you want details, contact Edwin Bos for the Holland trip and Dave Clemens for the New Mexico trip.  Details are below.
Rotary Friendship Exchange between our District 6250 and District 7680 in Holland 
Our District Governor Elect, Edwin Bos, has arranged an exchange with Holland in 2019. Our group will travel to Hoogeland, Warfflum, Holland, as seen on the map midway between Amsterdam and Hamburg, Germany.  This exchange will take place just before the annual Rotary International Conference. Our group will travel to Holland from May 24 to June 1, then go to the International Conference from June 1-5.  We expect a group from Holland to visit our district in the fall, with dates to be determined later.  More details can be found on our District web site. If interested in this trip, contact We expect to determine who will go by the end of January. We expect to get more interested persons than number that will travel together. Only firm commitments to travel will be accepted.
Rotary Friendship Exchange between our District 6250 and District 5520 in New Mexico
Our District has arranged an exchange with New Mexico. This will be the first Friendship Exchange within the United States, so language will not be a barrier. We expect a group from New Mexico to visit us for two weeks from October 3-11, 2019.  Host clubs and families will be needed.  A group from our district will travel to New Mexico from October 28 – November 5.  Please send a request to if you are interested in taking this trip. There will be more interested applicants than we can send, so only serious applicants should apply.​
2013-14  Youth Exchange Student Proud Returning to La Crosse:  Proud who was our youth exchange student from Thailand will be returning for a visit on December 30th through January 12th.  She will be staying with the Jeff Odom family.  Jeff will be needing some help hosting her, so if you would like to help out, please contact Jeff for details.
Centennial Dinner Celebration:  La Crosse Center - June 20, 2019
Make an additional donation of $100 or greater to the Rotary International Annual or Polio Plus
through February 2019 and we will match your donation with foundation points.

Dec 13th - 64%
Dec 20th - 66%
Jan 3rd - 63%
Jan 10th - 62%

Rotary Attendance policy is to attend or makeup at least 50% of the club meetings during the first six months and the second six months.  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



Active Membershi

Resignation - Thad Anderson

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.





January 17th

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.


Jan 10th: Raffle $64; Fines $49; Scooters $7; Scrip $110
Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
February - Bonnie Steidl
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 Andy Bakkum.


Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914
608-526-4491 (Phone and Fax)

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passee, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator


The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384
Jeanne Meyer, Administrator


Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571

Scott Herdeman, Administrator


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Jan 17, 2019
Riverside Park Bandshell
Jan 24, 2019
Annual Meeting
Jan 31, 2019
The Western Experience 2025
Feb 07, 2019
The Hope Academy
Feb 14, 2019
Feb 21, 2019
Palliative Care
Feb 28, 2019
Opiod Epedemic
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Amborn, David
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Haase, Ann
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