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Rotary Meeting This Week
November 14, 2019
Salad Bar



THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - November 14th
Kelly Kassien, RN, Diabetes Educator, Gundersen
Nov 14, 2019
Diabetes Education - World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. 

Kelly Kassien, an RN and Diabetes Educator with Gundersen Health System will be joining us to talk about: 

  • how diabetes is diagnosed

  • prevention tips

  • what a diabetes educator does

  • current medications that are being used to treat diabetes

  • and an overview of Gundersen’s programs around diabetes

Kelly has been a nurse for about 9 years, and the last 8 years with Gundersen Health System. Kelly joined the diabetes education team last May; prior to that she worked in outpatient care with internal and family medicine.  She’s always been very interested in helping patients manage diabetes and was very excited to join the diabetes education team. She says that "there’s a lot of misinformation about diabetes, so it’s nice to be able to resolve misconceptions. For example, many people think they can never eat anything with a carbohydrate again - and that’s not the case at all!" 

Here are some additional resources: 

International Diabetes Federation

National Diabetes Prevention Program 

Do you know how to prevent diabetes? (Gundersen) 

Diabetes prevention: 5 tips for taking control (Mayo Clinic) 




Our next STAR Meeting will be Thursday,  November 14th.  We will meet at the Radisson Hotel in the Wisconsin Room 3 at 7:00 a.m.  Please RSVP if you will be attending to Lyn at


ALL NEW members become a member of this committee for one year.  This breakfast is hosted (no cost to the new members).  The breakfast and presentation will last no longer than one hour and the meeting will count as a make-up.  The STAR Committee, in addition to meeting other new members and some of the present membership will learn more about various aspects of the Club.  



Tuesday, November 19th

COME FOR SUPPER....The Humanitarian Committee will be helping again with the "Come for Supper Meal Program" at Our Savior's Lutheran Church - 612 Division Street on Tuesday, November 26th from 4:30-6:00 p.m.   Click here to volunteer.   Thank you we have our volunteers!!



The Humanitarian committee is coordinating our 3rd annual Warm Feet, Warm Hearts campaign, now through November 14th. The purpose of the campaign is to provide comfort to those who need help this winter, by collecting warm clothing and other items which will be donated to Catholic Charities for distribution to those in need in our community.   LIST OF SUGGETED ITEMS LINK
Last year area Rotary clubs collected over 848 items and $235 in cash & checks for Catholic Charities. This year, we'll again be collecting: 
  • large sweatshirts, especially hoodies
  • tube socks
  • men’s white t-shirts 
  • flannel shirts (especially large sizes such as 4X) 
  • hats, especially those with earflaps 
  • long underwear
  • sweatpants 
  • coffee 
  • laundry soap
  • hand warmers 
  • new or gently used winter boots 
  • new men’s and women’s underwear
Donations can be brought to our Rotary meetings between now and Nov 14th. Cash and check donations are also welcome; checks can be made payable to Catholic Charities. 
The La Crosse Warming Center, run by Catholic Charities, provided services to 301 unduplicated guests amounting in 6,414 individual stays last year. This required over 6,700 volunteer hours by 291 volunteers just from our area! Each guest receives a hot meal, shower, a place to sleep, an opportunity to wash their clothes, and help accessing local resources. They are open from November 1st through April 30th.
Questions? Contact Sarah Arendt-Beyer at 608-406-7492 or email

FRUIT BASKET FUNDRAISER....Our Fruit Basket Fundraiser is to generate financial resources for our club activities and service projects.  The fundraiser also provides an opportunity for all club members to participate in an annual activity through the assembly, distribution, purchase and sale of fruit baskets during the holiday season.  This year our Fruit Basket assembly and delivery will be Saturday, December 14th and Monday, December 16thSave those dates!   Order forms and flyers will be available this week. Deadline to order is December 2nd.

You have two options:

                        Rotarians will need to purchase or sell 5 fruit baskets @ $23 per basket  = $115    OR     you can make a donation of $100 to the Rotary Club of La Crosse.  It will NOT be a tax deduction because we are NOT a 501 (3) c.  It will be your donation to our annual major fundraiser. 


We want you to start thinking of how you can promote our fundraiser.....Does your business give employee gifts?  Rotary Fruit Baskets are your answer!  Each wicker basket contains 8 apples, 4 oranges, 4 pears  and a bag of peanuts.

We have special rates for large orders: 200+ ($18), 100-199 ($19), 49-99 ($20), 1-48 ($23). 

Fruit Basket Flyer 2019

Volunteer Today to Help Assemble or Deliver Fruit Baskets








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Help make a lasting contribution to the La Crosse area by volunteering to ring bells and raise funds for the Salvation Army. Greet holiday shoppers and help spread Christmas cheer while accepting donations in the Famous Red Kettle.The money raised stays in our community, supporting the Salvation Army Food Pantry, Meal Program, Emergency Shelter, Families in Need, Sending Kids to Camp, and so much more.

Our club will be ringing bells on Saturday, November 23rd.

Volunteer Today LINK




Our club is responsible for securing volunteers at Rotary Lights on
Friday, November 29th
We have two shifts available.
Bring your family and friends to help out!
It is that time of the year....
Dean Dickinson is planning our
Christmas Program for December 19th.
Please contact Dean if you have children, grandchildren, friends, etc. that would be willing to entertain us on Thursday, December 19th.  They would need to be there between 12 and 1 that day. Contact Dean for more information.

Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area


Our Rotary Habitat Build Day has been changed....  We are looking for 8-10 volunteers for Saturday, December 7, 2019.


Start time will be 8:00 am with a short orientation and safety run through.  Lunch will be at 11:30 am and then the end time is 3:30 pm.  

 All volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed toed shoes on the construction site. They won't have individual plastic bottles available, but they do have jugs of water ready.  So everyone will want to bring a water bottle for the day. At the moment they’re not quite sure what we'll be working on yet, however we’ll find out the week before and let everyone know.




Inga, our exchange student will be traveling out west with other Exchange Students from our District next Spring.  We have two raffles going on to help her fund her trip.


FIRST RAFFLE by Dean Dickinson: Guess the value of the coins in the pint jar...closest gets the coins, and if within .50 cents...250 recognition points....all for a $1.00 contribution to the "Inga Fund" to help with her expenses on the trip to the west coast...Dean will be in the lobby area on Thursday to collect dollars and guesses.


SECOND RAFFLE by our club:  We have a framed art print of Rotary Lights (10 x 20) and two Rotary Lights sweatshirts.  Buy a chance for $5.00 or 3 for $10.00.   Winners will be chosen at the end of our meeting on December 7th - Rotary Lights Meeting in Riverside Park.



YOUTH EXCHANGE HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR ONE NIGHT... Our Rotary Distsrict will be sponsoring a Youth Exchange Weekend on December 6-8.  Beginning Friday, December 6, Inbound Youth Exchange Students from around the state will be arriving for a fun-filled weekend.

We are in need for places for these students to stay on Friday night, December 6th.  Your accommodations do not need to be 5-star.

If you can host, you would pick them up Friday at 6:00p.m. at the food court in the mall-- would provide Friday night dinner and Saturday breakfast; -- would decide how to spend time with them Friday night and Saturday morning.  This could be just chatting with them or doing something special.  You  would drop them off at noon at South Lanes Pizza, 4107 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse.    For the rest of Saturday, they will spend it bowling, helping with the Ugly Sweater 5k event, working at Rotary Lights and sleeping overnight at the Boys and Girls Club.  Their rides home will be picking them up Sunday morning.
We will also need luggage transport from South Lanes to Boys and Girls Club between noon and 3 on Saturday; vehicles to transport students from Rotary Lights to Boys and Girls Club Saturday night (time TBD).  
If you can assist with this by hosting one or more students, please contact Lisa Kobs at    Send your name, cell phone number, home address, number and gender of students to host.    
If you have any questions, please contact Jack Haase at
Razia's Bus Committee - Thursday, November 21st at 11:00 at the Radisson Center.
Razia's Bus Committee - Thursday, December 5th at 1:15 at the Charmant.
LAST WEEK AT ROTARY - November 7th

The Annual Support Committee distributed a personal letter/pledge form to members to renew their two-year Rotary Foundation pledges for 2020-21.  Please stop by their table and pick it up this week if you did not do so last week.  If you do not pick up by November 14th you will receive yours in the mail.  Your pledge is an investment in the world.

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.
  • $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.
  • $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

Learn more.


Those that pledge $100 or more to the Rotary International Polio Fund during this enrollment period will be given matching points, thanks to a number of generous Rotarians in our club.   This means if you pledge $100 you will be given 100 points, $200 you will be given 200 points. 

Included in your packet was a Rotary Direct Form.  This form can be used for your Rotary International Foundation pledge if you do not want to be billed quarterly on your invoice.   The forms asks for our club name = La Crosse Rotary; club #2690 and YOUR Rotary Membership ID which can be found on your profile when you login to ClubRunner.

Your Rotary Works pledge will be billed to your quarterly invoice unless you make payment in full when returning your pledge form.

Please return your form to Lyn Sheffer by November 30th.  If your form is not returned, we will assume your pledge will be the same as last year.  If you have any questions, please contact us at


Dean Dickinson honored Sister Fran Browning with a Paul Harris Fellow for her work
in the community and as 
a Pastoral Care Provider at Dickinson Funeral Homes.

  Sister Mary Ann Gschwind presented Fran with a certificate, pin and Paul Harris Medallion.


This is one of the highest honors Rotary can bestow upon a person. Recipients are Rotarians and community professionals in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing 'Service Above Self." Paul Harris Fellow is a person who has contributed, or in whose name a contribution of $US1000 has been made, to the Annual Programs Fund and certain other programs of The Rotary Foundation. Recognition of a Paul Harris Fellow is an opportunity to show appreciation for a person, either Rotarian or non-Rotarian, who shares the values of the Foundation.
Congratulations to Sister Fran Browning!

If you would like to become a Paul Harris Fellow and/or honor someone with a Paul Harris Fellow here for info.









Thanks to all who joined us for the Cameroon Gardens Dedication
and Celebration.  
Thanks to Nick Passe!
You are invited November 15th to the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon at WTC Lunda Center.  Rotary Works Foundation will be receiving the President's Award.
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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.  Rotary Friendship Exchanges.  Spots available on the March 14-24 Brazil Friendship Exchange.  Please contact Mark Etrheim at for more information.  




 Happy Birthday

Happy Wedding Anniversary
Jamie Eric) O'Neill
Tim (Jennie) Kolek

Rotary Anniversary
Dave Johnston - Nov 12 - 32 years
Gloria Doyle - Nov 13 - 13 years
Dean Dickinson - Nov 15 - 39 years
Kayce Greent - Nov 15 - 1 year
Mary Beth Hensel - Nov 15 - 1 year
Maria Norberg - Nov 15 - 7 years
Mike Swenson - Nov 15 - 7 years
Grant Golson - Nov 16 - 2 years
Andy Parrish - Nov 16 - 2 years


Save the date for our District 6250 Conference  - ROTARYFEST - June 19-21, 2020.
BATTLE OF THE BEARDS - Holmen Area Rotary Club - La Crosse area Rotary challenge; Send your best NO-Shave November candidate to compete....LINK to more information.
Join Rotary After Hours on Saturday, December 7, 2019 for the Ugly Sweater 5K, presented by Northwestern Mutual. Registration for the 12th annual fun run/walk will be at Myrick Park Center at 3:00 p.m. The race will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Myrick Park and will end at La Crosse’s iconic Riverside Park. A bus will return runners to Myrick Park after the race.   View their web site for more information. 


Nov 14, 2019

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $20

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.

Nov 7:   Raffle: $41; Scrip $225; Fines $94 Scooters $7


Nov 1 - 58%
Nov 7 - 56%


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



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.



Program Chair for July 2019 - June 2020
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
January- Tim Candahl
February - Peter Grabow
March - Alex Lueck
April - OPEN
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?
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Nov 14, 2019
Diabetes Education - World Diabetes Day
Nov 21, 2019
Elmaro Vinyard
Nov 28, 2019
Dec 12, 2019
Classification Talk
Dec 19, 2019
Join us for the annual Christmas Program MC'd by Dean Dickinson
Dec 26, 2019
Jan 02, 2020
Rotary Goal Setting: Ideas for Getting Involved
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Upcoming Events
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Nov 14, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Fellowship Gathering
Nov 19, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Works Board Meeting
La Crescent Area Event Center
Nov 21, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Razia's Bus Committee Meeting
Radisson Center
Nov 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Various Locations
Nov 23, 2019 8:00 PM
Come for Supper
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Nov 26, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Rotary Lights Work Night
Rotary Lights
Nov 29, 2019
4:30 PM – 10:20 PM
Razia's Bus Committee
Charmant Hotel
Dec 05, 2019 1:15 PM
Rotary Habitat Build Day
Dec 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Dec 09, 2019
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Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
Duty Roster Coordinator
Beck, Judson
Introduce Speaker
TerBeest, Miranda
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Skemp, Michelle
Swanwick, Bruce
Hospitality Greeter
Carlson, Joe
Raffle Ticket Seller
Hensel, Mary Beth
Scrip Seller
Beck, Judson
Rotarians in the News
TerBeest, Miranda
Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liaison
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Club Administrator
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
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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