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Next Meeting

March 7, 2019

Radisson Center

Buffet starts at 11:30

Program at Noon

Tequila Glazed Pork Loin
Cumin Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Salsa & Guacamole
Tortilla Chips


The month of March kicks off Rotary International’s (“RI”) focus on “Water and Sanitation.”  I have turned to Khan Academy this week to provide two short videos on the importance of RI’s theme.   As a reminder, Kahn Academy’s mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.  You can find videos on hundreds of topics on their website from basic math to complicated science and many other topics.
The following link takes you to a 5 ½ minute video on “Flocculation”, which is one example of a water treatment option. Flocculation Link
Last month, Eva Marie and I hosted our fellowship meeting with a Champagne party at our house.  This video link provides a completely different image of Champagne.  Again, this short video addresses clean water, amongst other topics.  Video Link
Lastly, I would ask you to invite a potential member to join us at this week’s meeting.  We have funds set aside to cover the cost of your visitor. 
As always, if you have recommendations for future links in our newsletter, please email those to me.  I love discovering new areas of interest from other people.  I also take music requests for the exit song after our meeting is officially adjourned.
The Watershed Act
and the
Driftless Region
Presenter - Heidi Keuler

Secretary Dawn Crim from the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services was our speaker.  They administer the enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ePDMP).  The ePDMP is a tool to help combat the ongoing prescription drug abuse epidemic in WI.  By providing valuable information about controlled substance prescriptions that are dispensed in the state, it aids healthcare professionals in their prescribing and dispensing decisions.  Informational Flyers DSPS and ePDMP



March 19, 2019
We are looking for nominations for "Rotarian of the Year" from our club....please submit you nominations to by May here to view form.
The board will review the nominations at the May board meeting and make a selection.
The Rotarian of the Year will be recognized at our Changing of the Guard Meeting and the Avenues of Service Dinner on Tuesday, August 13th.
District Governor Bill Hoel
serves Western Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota
Save the Date
District Conference
La Crosse Center
June 7 & 8, 2019
Youth Exchange Committee:  Our Rotary Club's next exchange student will be Inga from Germany. Her mom and dad are both scientists (radio astronomy).  Their son is on exchange in the USA this year and they are excited that Inga will have a similar opportunity this coming year.

Inga will turn 16 shortly after school starts.  She is fluent in English but also studies French, Polish, Latin and Spanish.  She likes to read, draw, play tennis and volleyball, bake, garden and write.  She plays piano and ukulele and enjoys photography.  She is not religious but is supportive of those who are. She has traveled with  her family and describes herself as patient and ambitious.  Her future interests are not yet decided but she has interests in being an MD, owning a cake shop or becoming an architect.
We have a first host family, presently going through the background process,  but are looking for host family two and three in the Logan School District. Having three host families gives the student a more well-rounded experience in a culture, having experienced family life from multiple perspectives. It is also less of a commitment for host families; the typical length of stay is about three to four months instead of a full year.  Hosting an exchange student is life changing for you, your family and the exchange student. It allows you to become familiar with another culture and provides the opportunity to share a young student's hopes and ambitions. Youth Exchange promises to enrich the lives of the student and every member of your family.
If you are interested, please contact Jack Haase, Maria Norberg or Eva Marie Restel for more information.



Nancy Flottmeyer
Weddings by Nancy/WBN Event Group
Proposed by Tami Woods
Regina Siegel
Assistant Vice President
Trust Point
Proposed by Eva Marie Restel
Remember to meet and greet new members

who can be identified by their temporary red badge.






 Happy Birthday​
Ann Haase - March 4
David Stoeffler - March 8

Happy Wedding  Anniversary

 Rotary Anniversary
Tim Ehler - March 3 - 3 years
Jerry Hanoski - March 4 - 26 years
Scott Horne - March 4 - 20 years
Herb Heili (H) - March 5 - 21 years
Jim White (H) - March 6 - 39 years
Sandy Schultz - March 8 - 1 year
Grant Withrow - March 8 - 1 year
Kyle Visker - March 9 - 13 years



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.  Our current sponsors are: Catholic Charities, New Horizons, Drake Choir, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Designing Jewelers, Rotary Works, The Brain Game and Rotary Lights.

New Sponsors this Month



March 13th Performance at

St. Rose Convent


Link for more info.


Catholic Charities

Rotarians Joe & Michelle Skemp
as well as
Sr. Karen Neuser will be honored at the event

on March 20th

Letter - Sponsor Form

Web Site Link


New Horizons
Victory Over Violence Gala & Auction
Web Site Link



ONALASKA HILLTOPPERS: Spring Fling at the La Crosse Country Club on March 21, 2019. Tickets $50. Sponsor a table. Join us at the Fourth Annual Hilltopper Rotary Spring Fling on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm for a delicious dinner, bucket raffle, socializing, the chance to win $1,000, and more! Money raised from the Spring Fling will go help fund Club projects and the Onalaska Sculpture at the Great River Landing.   Link for more information.
HOLMEN SERVICE AUCTION:  Lunda Center on April 4, 2019 from 5-10  Come join the Holmen Area Rotary Club in their 2019 Service Auction. Come bid on unique and special items and services and support the Holmen Area Rotary Club and their service to the community. 
​There will be food, drink, lots of fun and fellowship. Hope to see you there!   Flyer  Tickets $20 are in advance. Buy a table for 8 and get drink tickets, table candy and a table tent with your company name on it for only $200.   To get tickets or become a sponsor please contact Judy at or call (608) 780-1628 
VALLEY VIEW ROTARY MOON TUNES: Riverside Park - Bill Miller and friends June 6, 2019.   Web Site.



Rotary District Conference in La Crosse:  La Crosse Center June 7-8, 2019
Centennial Dinner Celebration:  La Crosse Center - June 20, 2019 - Speaker will be Stephanie Urchick - a member of the Rotary Club of Canonsburg Houston, Southpointe.  She has served Rotary as a Foundation Trustee, RI and TRF Committee member, District Governor, Regional Foundation Coordinator for ZONE 29, International Training Leader, RI President's Representative, Regional Leaders Training Institute Moderator, district delegate to Councils on Legislation, Training Leader at Zone meetings, and in various club and district Foundation roles.

Feb 7th - 50 %
Feb 14th - 60%
Feb 21st - 44%
Feb 28th- 55%

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
December - Tami Woods
January - Kenna Christians




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.





March 7th

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $40

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.


Feb 28th: Raffle $24; Fines $89; Scrip $80; Scooters $2
Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
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


Interested in being a sponsor?
Download the website sponsorship guide
Mar 14, 2019
Supporting Safe Birth - Madison Rotary
Mar 21, 2019
Rotary Lights
Mar 28, 2019
The La Crosse Plow Company
Apr 04, 2019
Classification Talk
Apr 11, 2019
The Life and Times of a Modern Day Maestro
Apr 18, 2019
Centennial Celebration Updates
Apr 25, 2019
May Yer Thao - 40 years of the Hmong Growth in America
May 02, 2019
Immunization Trip to India
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