September 13, 2021

County Health Department Update
The County Health Department is strongly recommending that anyone over the age of two (2) wear a mask in public, indoor spaces AND at indoor, private gatherings. This guidance also applies to those who have been vaccinated.  Hand sanitizer will be at each table for your convenience. Meals will be plated and served to you.
This Week Week at Rotary:
Karen Hebert - District Governor
We are looking forward to hosting Karen Hebert, our 2021-22 District Governor. Karen joined The Rotary Club of EauClaire in 1989 where she served as President from 2003-2004. A move lead to her transfer to The Rotary Club of Chippewea Falls. Here, she served six years as Executive Secretary. Karen recently transferred her membership to The Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary Club. She states that of all the roles she has held within Rotary, her favorite role is that of "fellow". 
Last Week at Rotary: Rotary Youth Exchange
What it Takes to Be (and Host) a Superhero
Thank you to former Youth Exchange Rebound student, Erin Rehban and Youth Exchange Committee members for this informative presentation!
Applications Now Open
Applications are now being accepted for outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students for the 2022-23 school year. Students who are interested in being outbound exchange students should complete the preliminary application right away. We would ask that you please direct any students that you know of that are interested to do so. You can also refer them to our outbound program page
Informational Meeting
Wednesday, September 22nd at 6:30 PM
Children's Museum in La Crosse
For More Information:
Jamie 608-304-7489
Important Dates
Monday, October 4, 2021                       Local Interviews
Saturday, November 6, 2021                 District Level Interviews in Baraboo
Wednesday, December 1, 2021             Overall Application Deadline
Eligible students who applied for the cancelled 2020-21 and 2021-22 exchange
years have already been contacted and encouraged to reapply. 
Upcoming Speakers
Sep 16, 2021
Lunch With Karen Hebert
Sep 23, 2021
COVID Stories of Rotary
View entire list
Meal for This Week
TWF Signature Mac and Cheese with Mushroom and Chicken, and breadstick
Gluten free: Rice Noodles
Vegetarian: No Chicken
The Cargill Room has been very supportive in meeting our requests for special diets. Please email Robin at to request any dietary accommodations. 

Afghan Refugees

Rotary in Wisconsin has a non-profit foundation where a special account has been established called the Wisconsin Afghan Fund. Anyone wishing to contribute can send donations to:
Wisconsin Afghan Fund
Rotary District 6250 Foundation, Inc
c/o Treasurer Val Schroeder
1723 Chadbourne Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53726 
Be sure to indicate on the memo section of the check that this is for the Wisconsin Afghan Fund.
Rotary Committee
If anyone would like to form a committee within our club to focus on these efforts, please email Other area clubs are also interested in this effort so there's potential for collaboration among clubs. 

Rotary Leadership Series

October 14th at 7:00 AM via ZOOM

Shaundel Spivey is a recognized community leader in La Crosse. In 2015, he co-founded Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge (BLACK) and now serves as their first Director.

The organization was developed to build space and opportunities for Black people in this community, especially Black youth, and to help them feel empowered and knowledgeable about their significance in this community. He recently served as the Director of Upward Bound at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is a community organizer and very passionate about social justice, equity, and community.
Spivey is someone who serves in many capacities in our community and is always willing to share his knowledge and experience to help the community and others. He is a School Board member for the District of La Crosse, serves as a Racial Justice Training consultant in the community and also serves on the Governors Equity and Inclusion Council. Originally from Milwaukee, Shaundel is the recipient of the 2019 Martin Luther King award in La Crosse. An alumnus of UWL (2012 and 2015) and Western Technical College (2014), he is currently in the Counselor Education Supervision Doctoral program at Viterbo.
Toastmasters/Rotary Educational Courses
There’s a lot to love about the alliance between Rotary and Toastmasters as it leverages the strengths of both organizations for the personal and professional growth of all members. As part of the alliance, Toastmasters developed online leadership and communication courses specifically for Rotary members. Eight courses are available free for Rotarians and Rotaract members to access on Rotary’s Learning Center (member login required). After you login to My.Rotary, click on the Learning & Reference tab, then click on Learning Center, and choose "Professional Development." (Note: as a Rotarian, you can register for a free My.Rotary account here if you haven't done so already). 
Vibrant Club Workshop
September 22nd
Holmen Community Center or ZOOM
Mark your calendars for our upcoming Vibrant Club Workshop. We are excited to launch a new hybrid model for this engaging, must see program. VCW gives our club an opportunity to learn, connect, and most of all, get inspired. VCW will be kicked off by a high energy, inspiring speaker- Tei Street. For more on Tei Street, click here:
Habitat for Humanity Work Days
REGISTER NOW to VOLUNTEER with Habitat for Humanity - La Crosse Area
Saturday, October 9
Saturday, October 23
Shifts Include:
8:00am-12:00 OR 11:30am-3:00
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Up to 10 volunteers per shift.
  • Must be age 16+.
Al's Musky Challenge
Al has surpassed $90,000 and he's aiming for $100,000!!!
This year's Challenge is in Memory of David Amborn.

2021 Beneficiaries:
Upcoming Events
Habitat Build Day
Oct 09, 2021
Habitat Build Day
Oct 23, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
STAR Committee Meeting
Nov 11, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
View entire list

Member Information

Do you know someone who may be interested in joining a Rotary club?  Feel free to bring them as a guest to one of our meetings.

Active Rotarians

Honorary Rotarians


Anthony Cooper

David Stoeffler

Mary Mickelson

Proposed Rotarians

Gary Klein

Abbas Rahimi

Alex Attardo


Rotary Attendance 
September 9th - 45% (18 ZOOM)

Attendance Policy

Brian (Jodi) Langenhorst - September 12
Diana (Mike) Carey - September 15
Michael (Diana) Carey - September 15
Rob (Wylie) Jordan - September 16
Dave (Carlynn) Clements - September 17
Eric (Liz) Filter - September 17

Club Anniversaries:

Sarah Ellingson - September 17 - 1 year
Jamie Schloegel  September 13 - 3 years
Judson Beck - September 17 - 6 years
Art Fahey - September 14 - 17 years
Dave Gresham  September 13 - 37 years



Member Spotlight: John Wettstein

A Rotarian for 57 years, John Wettstein was born & raised in La Crosse where he attended Holy Trinity Grade School and Aquinas High School.   His professional career was at the family business on 3rd St., Wettstein's TV & Appliances where Bruce Swanwick was one of his employees. After retiring, for a brief time John was Interim Director for DMI.  Most weekday mornings you can find him at Grounded Coffee absorbing all the news in the New York Times.  He's also very knowledgeable about La Crosse businesses.  Since its inception, John has been involved with Rotary Lights. A favorite pastime is making up stories about Rotarian Mary Ann, a classmate/friend.   John has been married for 59 years and has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.  He has no bucket list.  


September 16th

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Dean's Marbles  $30


September 2nd

 Raffle $52 - Fines $48 - Scooters $5 - Scrip $

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

Other Area Rotary Events
CVRA Drive Fore Rotary
On-Line Auction begins September 1st
Our friends at Creston Valley Rotary Club in British Columbia are hosting an on-line auction beginning September 1st. Check out the link here

Rotary East LobsterFest 

Benefitting Chad Erickson Memorial Park
September 24, 2021
Live Music, Food and Beverages
Admission and Lobster Dinner $50
Admission only $25

Hilltopper Second Annual Chiefs Challenge Pulled Pork BBQ-Q

Tickets on sale now for the Second Annual Chiefs Challenge Pulled Pork BBQ-Q on Thursday, October 14 from 3:30pm-6pm (or till sell-out).

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