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So much has changed in our world over the last couple weeks.  As Rotarians it is a time to come together of like minds to serve in the Rotary way with a “Service Above Self”, attitude.  At this time this is not possible to do physically, but this can be shown compassionately.  You can pay it forward, pick up groceries for a neighbor, give to La Crosse Community Foundation/United Way, buy a gift card at Festival, Kwik Trip or Walmart and give to the store clerk to use it at their discretion for a shopper in need.  We can say a prayer for everyone to be safe and healthy through this crisis.  We don’t know what the end of this will look like but do know that we are resilient and can lean on each other for strength and encouragement. 
On Instagram and Facebook you’ll see fellow Rotarians like: Jeff Odom having “Rock, Paper, Scissor” competition with his family, Candice Tlustosch teaching her daughter how to make meringue, Rob Palmberg and family retreating to the lake for “isolation” , Mary Beth Hensel celebrating her birthday or Michelle and Sydney Skemp win a Euchre game with their family (sorry Joe☹).  Keep doing these special things and sharing them. These things will be remembered as the best things that happened to our families during this time.  Looking forward to seeing more funny, positive and uplifting moments from our fellow Rotarians.  Please email or text me a picture, or short video of a special family moment, or maybe your new “home office” or something from work from those that are considered “essential” like healthcare, grocery stores, auto techs, gas stations, law enforcement and so forth.  I will put together a link to share with our Rotarian family on a weekly basis.  Please share more thoughts and ideas of things to do.  Due to the size of our club, technical availability and social distancing, live stream meetings would be quite challenging, but this is still something we are considering.  With the goal of keeping our members “connected” during this time, a new link will be created weekly to share with our club on what is happening in our fellow Rotarians lives. 
Your board will have a conference call on Thursday, March 26 to determine best meeting options moving forward for our club. 
Please see all links in our newsletter, provided by Lyn, with Rotary ideas to keep you engaged.
To our Past President and Fellow Rotarian, Patt Boge and your family, we are so sorry for your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.  Jerome touched many of us, we know he was a special husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be deeply missed.  
My weekly quote this week is more of a list, which falls in line with our “Four Way Test”. Here’s a list of” Virtues”, which are part of our character.  These are free and the impact in understanding and practicing them can have positive impact on our health and outlook.
Acceptance ~ Assertiveness ~Authenticity ~ Beauty ~ Caring ~ Cleanliness ~ Commitment ~ Compassion ~ Confidence ~ Consideration ~ Contentment ~ Cooperation ~ Courage ~ Creativity ~ Detachment ~ Dignity ~ Encouragement ~ Enthusiasm ~ Ethical ~ Excellence ~ Fairness ~ Faith ~ Flexibility ~ Forgiveness ~ Friendliness ~ Generosity ~ Gentleness ~ Graciousness ~ Gratitude ~ Harmonious ~ Helpfulness ~ Honesty ~ Honor ~ Hope ~ Humility ~ Idealism ~ Integrity ~ Imaginative ~ Joyfulness ~ Justice ~ Kindness ~ Love ~ Loyalty ~ Moderation ~ Modesty ~ Optimistic ~ Orderliness ~ Passionate ~ Patience ~ Peace ~ Perseverance ~ Preparedness ~ Purposefulness ~ Reliability ~ Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Reverence ~ Self-discipline ~ Service ~ Sincerity ~ Tact ~ Temperate ~ Tenacious ~ Thankfulness ~ Tolerance ~ Trust ~ Truthfulness ~ Understanding ~ Unity ~ Visionary ~ Wisdom ~ Wonder
Stay safe and healthy.
Yours in Rotary,
Tami Woods
La Crosse Downtown Rotary Club President 2019-2020
We are NOT meeting this week but we will be offering you some IDEAS to keep you engaged with Rotary.
E-Club  - Web Site Link
This club is open to all Rotarians who need to do a makeup or just want to read about great programs from around the world. Please join them at and click on makeups. 
Rotary International Web Site - MyRotary...Rotarians can set-up an account that will give them access to their personal information, Paul Harris Fellows, Foundation Donations, etc.....
District 6250 Web Site - Check out our District 6250 Web Site - Newsletters, Leadership, Programs, etc. LINK
Rotary Club of La Crosse Web Site - Check out our own club's web site....if you see something that needs to be - we have lost of info out there and your help is always welcomed - ways to update or let us know what info you would like out there.  LINK
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Anyone with a My Rotary account can take a free course in the Learning Center. Among the many courses available are How to Run a Webinar, How to Propose Legislation, Rotary Club Central Resources, and role-specific selections.

Get started by finding the Learning Center under the LEARNING & REFERENCE tab on If you are already registered on the site, you will have a profile. If not, it's easy to create an account. From the MY PROFILE tab, you can modify your profile, find announcements about new and upcoming courses, and join a community to discuss what you're learning.

Inga has moved from the Jon Trapp family to the Jamie and Joe Schloegel family.  We thank the Trapp family for allowing Inga to be a part of their family the past few months.   To keep Inga and the Schloegel family safe, Inga will not be accepting any invitations from Rotary families until further notice.
A number of inbounds have returned to their home country. Inga's parents live in the most populous state in Germany.  There is a high incidence of the virus in such state.   Her parents wish her to remain here for now as things are safer here.  



We send our condolences to the:

Patt Boge Family:   Patt's husband Jerome Boge passed away on Saturday.  Because of the virus they'll  just have a small family service but plan to have a celebration of life later in the summer when all this health scare dies down.   Please remember Patt and her family at this difficult time.  Patt's address is: 219 21st Street South, La Crosse, WI  54601.







 Happy Birthday
Bob Masewicz - March 22
Chuck Hanson - March 25
Brent Smith - March 25
Mike Hartigan - March 26
Richard Strauss - March 26


Happy Wedding Anniversary
No wedding anniversaries.

Rotary Anniversary
Dillion McArdle - March 22 - 2 years
Mary Stanek - March 23 - 20 years
Trish Grathen - March 24 - 26 years
Michael Nickel - March 24 - 15 years
Bob Daley -  March 25 - 49 years
Tim Durtsche - March 25 - 38 years
Ingrid McCallson - March 25 - 27 years
John Honadel - March 27 - 12 years
Patt Boge - March 28 - 29 years
Todd Ondell - March 28 - 29 years


Dear Rotary Friends,
I want to give you an update since I left Rotary. Since loosing my job a few weeks ago, I have decided to temporarily move to East De Pere (near Green Bay) at the end of March and continue searching for the next step in my career. I want to let you all know how much I miss everyone. Being part of Rotary certainly shaped me professionally and personally and it was an honor to spend Thursday lunches with each of you. I hope to visit La Crosse this summer and will be sure to attend a Thursday meeting. I wish each of you the best and please feel free to reach out anytime. Unfortunately, I don't have anyone's contact information but I can be reached at or 920-676-2381.
Ashley Skoczynski
We are looking for nominations for "Rotarian of the Year" from our club....please submit you nominations to by May 1st. 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 18th.  
LINK to PDF file to print out and then fill in.
Forms will also be available at our Rotary Meetings on the bulletin board table.
Our Club was highlighted in The Parenting Place - Your Stories - A Digest for Donors - Spring 2020
Thanks to Al Louis and David Amborn, who were the masterminds behind the Rotary Deep Dive for Diapers.
Thanks to  YOU, our membership for donating to this challenge.
Thanks to Rotarian Craig Ubbelohde, CEO of Bethany St. Joseph Corporation and staff for ordering and delivering the 19,000 diapers that were purchased.

(Article submitted by Josh Mansee, President Elect Nominee Rotary After Hours & District Foundation Chair)

Rotary Club of La Crosse donates $1,000 to the Mexico Water Project.

The Rotary Club of La Crosse was proud to recently support the purchase of a clean water filter for the Mexico Water Project led by local Interact Clubs and After Hours Rotary. These filters provide free clean water to the areas school children. This is particularly important to reduce the incredibly high water mineral content levels causing frequent medical issues such as gallstones and kidney stones.

The 6 total filters being installed in 2020 will bring clean water to more than 1,000 additional primary school students in the area surrounding Valladolid Mexico. The partnership & friendship between these Rotary groups in Wisconsin and Mexico continues to grow for the 4th year of this project, with 16 total filters installed. Unfortunately,  the Rotarian trip to Mexico including downtown Rotarian Patt Boge that was planned to bring the interact students (3 from Aquinas, 2 from Logan) to see the project in action was cancelled due to Covid-19 in mid March. While unfortunate that the trip could not move forward, the good work by Rotarians in both countries continues to make an impact and a difference.


La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce
The La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce is pressing pause on their face-to-face events (Honor Student Banquet, Business After Hours, Business Summit). This allows their team to focus on developing online resources to keep you connected. This includes their COVID-19 Business Toolkit here >>


March 5 - 54%
March 12 - 44%


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
January - Bob Bendiksen
February - Jack Haase




Active Membership
Matt Durtsche
Nancy Flottmeyer

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
Sarah Arendt-Beyer
ProgramChair for July 2020 - June 2021

Rob Palmberg
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Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914

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

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