February 21, 2022

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 at Rotary: Tonya Wagner, Classification Talk

Join Tonya as she talks about her non-traditional route to educational leadership.

Learn more about her background studying Comparative Religion, her time building community and partnerships in the Seattle coffee scene, and her passion for developing equitable pathways into high growth careers and for equipping the next generation of workers with the skills they need for success.

Last Week at Rotary: Ted Redmond, Climate Action Plans

In 2019, the City of La Crosse passed a “Ready for 100” resolution pledging to cut carbon emissions to zero and transition to 100% renewable energy community-wide by 2050. Now, the city is working on a plan to reach those goals.

Ted Redmond is co-founder of paleBLUEdot, llc, a consulting firm that helps local governments, community organizations, and businesses understand and improve their climate resilience through climate planning.

Ted talked to us about what a climate action plan is, who is making climate action plans and why they are important. He also touched on what is included in the process and how you can get involved in the La Crosse Climate Action Plan now.

A recording of this meeting will be available upon request until April 17, 2022. See Niki Pohnl for details.

Upcoming Speakers
Feb 24, 2022
Classification Talk
Mar 03, 2022
Behind the Scenes Stories from the 2022 Winter Olympics
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Meal for This Week

The meal will be Pork Stir Fry.
Announcement: Milk and iced tea will be available for you to pick up at the north bar as you find your seat. Cargill Room staff will also be happy to deliver a glass of milk or iced tea to you while they're serving the meal. 
Note: If you prefer to keep your mask on during the entire meeting, the Cargill Room can provide you with a boxed lunch to take home with you - but we need to know in advance. Please email rotary@rotarycluboflacrosse.org.

Rotary Meeting Program Ideas?

Do you have an idea for a weekly meeting program presentation? Could we book you for a classification talk? Please contact Eva Marie Restel as we have upcoming dates to fill.

Rotary Club Strategic Plan

Please take the time to review the Rotary Club of La Crosse Strategic Plan for 2021-2026 in full.  Sarah Arendt-Beyer will be summarizing it at our upcoming club meeting on February 24th and we will be referring to the plan through committee meetings and club meetings moving forward.  Click HERE to view.

Meeting Recording

Moving forward, our meetings will be recorded and held for 2 months. There are no longer links on our website. If you are interested in a link to a specific meeting, please contact Niki Pohnl. We do have recordings of Bradley Smegal's presentation on Fraud and Ted Redmond's presentation on Climate Change available.

Coulee Report Deadline

Please have detailed information to Niki Pohnl by Saturday at 5pm to be included in the following Monday edition of the Coulee Report.


Our hearts go out to Steve Doll and his family. Steve lost his mother-in-law, Joyce Clason, last week. You are all in our thoughts and prayers for healing hearts.

New Member Application: Robin Cosby
Robin Cosby has submitted her application for Club Membership. According to club procedure, Robin's name is to be published in our weekly email bulletin for two weeks.
If there are no objections from the current membership, this application will be approved.
Please contact the Club Administrator if you object to this application by March 7th.
Youth Exchange Involvement to Consider
We should learn within the month if we are receiving an inbound exchange student for our club.  All indications are that there is interest by students to come to America and the Rotary Club of La Crosse is in a strong position to have a student starting in August 2022.  As we prepare for the incoming student our needs are:
  1. Host families.  
    1. We need a total of three families to host the student while in the La Crosse area. Hosting an Inbound exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. You do not need to have children around the age of the exchange student. Any Rotarian (or a family you recommend) is eligible to host.
    2. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained. Because Rotary's goal is to give our Inbound students a diverse cultural experience, families (or couples or even individuals) typically host a student for only a few months. Our Rotary Club covers the cost of school lunches, basic cell phone, and a modest monthly stipend to the student for pocket money.   COST: A little extra in groceries & incidentals
  1. Youth Exchange Counselors (YEC).  Our Rotary Club tries to have three YEC during the student's visit to share the duties.
    1. A Counselor serves as the Inbound Student’s friend and advocate when he/she is having difficulties at home or at school. You will meet with the student at least once per month, to give sound advice and deal with any problems, fears and worries the Inbound Student may have. If we have three counselors, then most of your duties as a YEC is over a four-month period with additional assistance to the youth exchange team throughout the year.
Club members with any questions or interest should reach out to: Jim Salmo  or call/text (618)606-2862.
Pollinator Fundraising Project
Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many animals rely on for food and shelter. In the Coulee Region, pollinator plants are especially important as many migrating insects follow the Mississippi River to get from Mexico to Canada.  Worldwide, over half the diet of fats and oils comes from crops pollinated by animals. They facilitate the reproduction in 90% of the world's flowering plants.  Additionally, some pollinator insects only feed off one type of plant. Planting more pollinator plants increases the health of our local and global ecosystem.
   Our Rotary Club is raising funds to put in Rotary pollinator patches on 9th Street S., La Crosse as part of the Habitat for Humanity's ReNEW the Block Program. Students from Lincoln Middle School, Coulee Montessori Adolescent Program and SOTAII will benefit and take part in Operation Pollination. Rotary members will be able to learn more about planting pollinators along the way.  Our club is looking to raise $4,500.  
Two ways to donate
1) Online through the link below to Rotary Works Foundation. Make sure to select “Downtown Pollinator Project”
2) Make a check out to “Rotary Works Foundation” and bring it to a Rotary meeting to Jamie O'Neill or mail it directly to: Advancement Office, 900 Viterbo Dr.,
La Crosse, WI 54601
Rotary Club of La Crosse East is hosting a fundraiser fo high school scholarships and other local projects on March 5th at Colgan Air Hanger #4. 
Flyer attached to download/send or print and spread the word!
Upcoming Events
Grant Management Seminar
Feb 23, 2022 5:30 PM
Club Board Meeting
Mar 14, 2022
Club Board Meeting
Apr 11, 2022
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District Leadership Opportunities 

Please check out a new feature on our District website! We're sharing District leadership opportunities in one, handy spot. Maybe you'll find a great fit for you or a friend.  https://www.rotary6250.org/page/leadership-opportunities


District 6250 Grant Management Seminars

District 6250 Grant Management Seminar is a required step to qualify your Rotary Club for participation in the District Grant and Global Grant opportunities with The Rotary Foundation in the coming Rotary year. Over $183,000 will be available for matching grants from District 6250. Any member can attend on behalf of your club. 
Wednesday, February 23: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Register on the District 6250 website under the Foundation/Grants header: https://www.rotary6250.org/page/2022-grant-management-seminars.
Registrants will receive a Zoom link prior to each seminar. Both sessions will be virtual to save you travel time. Any Rotarian is welcome to attend and bring their questions as you prepare your 2022-2023 club projects.
And don't forget, we still have matching grants available for projects to be completed before May 15 this year.

Rotary Western Great Lakes District Conference "TriCon"
April 29 - 30, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

The Rotary Western Great Lakes District Conference, intended for any Rotarian, not just leadership, is set for Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30, 2022. Attendance will be in person at The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI. Attendees from Districts 6220, 6250 and 6270 will have the opportunity to gain useful skills that can be used in their Rotary club, and inspiration that will motivate them to embrace Rotary even more. Internationally-known featured speakers will provide keen insights about their passion projects during the addresses on both days.
Register early (by March 1st) and you could win a $100 gift card!




Active Rotarians

Honorary Rotarians

Rotary Attendance
88 total in person and ZOOM

Attendance Policy

Marv Davis- February 25
Jen Barney (Brian) - February 23
Club Anniversaries:
Ray Kline - 30 years
Roger Sorenson 30 years
Carol Abrahamzon - 7 years
Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Journot, Lauren
Carey, Diana
Registration Manager
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Restel, Eva Marie
Duty Roster Coordinator
Ellingson, Sarah
Introduce Speaker
Salmo, Jim
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Palmer, Chris
Boge, Patt
Hospitality Greeter
Mueller, Nancy
Raffle Ticket Seller
Attardo, Alex
Scrip Seller
Luecke, Dominique
Rotarians in the News
Kolkmeier, Catherine


February 25, 2022

$10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Dean's Marbles  $60


February 17, 2022
 Raffle $60 - Fines $71 - Scooters $0 - Scrip $40 

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

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