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Next Meeting

May 23, 2019

Radisson Center

Buffet/Networking starts at 11:30

Program at Noon

Pasta Buffet
Mixed Vegetables
Caesar Salad
Bread Sticks





I am lucky enough to be on vacation this week with my son Jared who finished high school on Friday.  Therefore, this week’s message is very short.  We all have busy lives.  Be sure to take time out of your life to be with family and friends.
You will be in good hands this week with Tami Woods in charge.

Rotarian of the Year
Lee Rasch


Lee Rasch was chosen as the Rotarian of the Year. One nominator stated "Lee should be the Rotarian of the Year because he embodies the object of Rotary.  He is a community servant with dedication to ethical behavior and decision making.  Lee is a citizen diplomat, advancing international peace efforts.  Lee has a track record of great service to our club.  Specifically, in 2018-19, one of Lee's primary Rotary accomplishments has been achieved as the chairperson of the centennial celebration fundraising committee.  Over $140,000 has been pledged to support the centennial celebration project.  Without Lee's efforts and leadership this would simply not have happened."


Lee will be recognized at the Changing of the Guard on July 11th and the Avenues of Service Dinner on August 13th.
Next Wednesday, May 22nd is your chance to help complete the planting of flowers for our 100 Year Cameron Garden Centennial Project.
Bluff Country Master Gardeners will host a  Rotary - Cameroon Garden flower planting evening on Wednesday May 22, starting at 4:30 pm, ending at 7 pm, at the international friendship gardens at Riverside Park. The new Cameroon garden is to the left of the visitors' center building.  Volunteers may come at 4:30, 5 or 5:30 pm and also leave as suits their schedule. Please bring gardening gloves and drinking water if you wish. Digging trowels will be provided. This will be light work involving small annual flowers. Kneeling required. Park in the parking lot off Veterans Drive next to the international gardens.  Maximum 12 volunteers.  Volunteer here.  
We need four more volunteers!
Master Gardeners and other experienced Riverside International Friendship Garden volunteers will supervise the work.
The work will continue if there is light rain. Heavy rain or thunderstorms will cause the work to be delayed one night, until Thursday, May 23, same time.
Extra Effort Recognition Program
Thursday May 23rd, we will honor 12 La Crosse students who have truly given the “Extra Effort” and overcome long odds to accomplish amazing things as they graduate from high school. Tom Berkedal and David Stoeffler from our Youth Committee will be joined for this special program by Rusty Cunningham, editor of the La Crosse Tribune.
This program borrows its name from the Tribune's longstanding “Extra Effort Awards” program. For 23 years, the Tribune has shared the stories of area high school students who have overcome serious obstacles. Each year, the Tribune gathers those students -- one from each school -- and awards thousands of dollars in scholarships provided by generous donors, many of them members of the Rotary Club of La Crosse.
You won't want to miss this recognition event!

We are teaming up with the Riverfest Commodores with a fundraiser.  They are selling raffle tickets to benefit their Riverfest Commodore Foundation, Inc....each ticket is $10 or 3 for $25. and you get a free car wash with each ticket....every ticket we sell we will get $5. First place will be four club seats to a Packer Game - plus 2nd- 5th place prizes will be awarded.   Last year we made $2,100 from this fundraiser and our club had 3 of the 5 winners!  Drawing will be Tuesday night, September 5th at 7 pm at Shenanigan's.

Thank you to Grant Withrow who will chair this fundraiser.  Tickets will be for sale at our upcoming meetings.  Sell to your family, friends and coworkers.






MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Thursday, May 23rd at 11:15 at the Radisson Center.
CENTENNIAL SOCIAL COMMITTEE: Thursday, May 23rd at 1:00 at the Radisson Center.
DISTRICT CONFERENCE COMMITTEE WALK THROUGH: Tuesday, May 28th at 3:00 pm at the La Crosse Center - South Hall Lobby.  Meeting at the Radisson following at 5:00.
CENTENNIAL SOCIAL COMMITTEE: Thursday, June 13th at 1:00 at the Radisson Center.
We will again have a Rotary Fellowship at the Loggers Game on Thursday, May 30th...La Crosse Loggers will be playing the Duluth Huskies.   Picnic begins at 5:30 with an all you can eat buffet until 7:05 - burgers, brats, hot dogs, beans, chips, popcorn, cookies and  includes soda and water  You will be able to purchase beer in the tent at the regular price. Once the game starts you are welcome to stay in the tent OR go to your seats in the grandstand...OR back and forth.   Cost is $20 per adult and $15 child 4-12 and free for 3 and under.  This will be a Polio Plus fundraiser and the La Crosse Loggers will donate $2.50 per ticket to Polio Plus.  Register here if you plan on attending.  We will bill you on your next invoice.
Deadline to register is May 23rd....See Info Flyer

Rotary Golf Outing
Cedar Creek

Wed, May 22, 2019
12:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

Last week at Rotary, Rotarian Gloria Doyle gave her classification talk which highlighted her Rotary Friendship Exchange to Australia. Gloria enjoyed her time in Australia and encouraged others to find out more about the Rotary Friendship Exchanges and/or help host friendship members that will be coming to La Crosse.  We thank Gloria for sharing her story with us.
PowerPoint presentation  
If you would like to host a member of upcoming Friendship Exchanges to La Crosse, contact Mark Jolivette.
We also celebrated Bob's Daley 70th wedding anniversary.  Mary Ann Gschwind presented from the club a card and cake to Bob...he was the last man standing after playing the anniversary game.  Congratulations to Bob and Marie - 70th Wedding Anniversary.



Mary Ann Gerrard
President - Shelter Development
Proposed by Roger LeGrand

Will Jedlicka
Owner - The Twisted Moose & Legend's
Proposed by Andy Bakkum
Lewis Kuhlman
Environmental Planner City of La Crosse
Proposed by Roz Schnick
Liz Wuensch
Dining Room Manager
The La Crosse Club
Proposed by Kathryn Sexauer
Remember to meet and greet new members

who can be identified by their temporary red badge.



Every year the nine area Rotary Clubs gather for a celebration of club projects and honor members that have lived the Service Above Self motto.  Clubs will also honor their Rotarians of the Year.  This year our Avenues of Service Banquet will be Tuesday, August 13th at the new La Crescent Area Event Center, 595 Veterans Parkway, La Crescent, MN.
The celebration will begin at 5:30 with a social.  This is a fundraiser for our Rotary Works Foundation.  We hope you will save the date.  It is a great night of fellowship and celebration.  More information will come closer to the date.
We are now looking for nominations for the following categories:  Avenue of Service Nominations for Club Projects, Lifetime Achievement Nominations and the Rising Star Nominations.   More information and nominations forms can be found on the Avenue of Service Dinner page on our web site....LINK.  Deadline to submit nominations is July 15th. 

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, May 28th from 4:30-6:00 p.m. We need three more volunteers.   Click here to volunteer.  




District 6250 logo
Why attend the Rotary 6250 District Conference:
It is being held in your own backyard - La Crosse Center - June 7 & 8
NO registration fees - only cost will be for meals.
The District Governor is our very own Rotarian Bill Hoel.
Strengthen our club and YOUR PASSION for Rotary.
Opportunities for NETWORKING.
Be MOTIVATED by inspirational speakers.
LEARN more about the excellent work being done by other clubs.
Meet other Rotarians in the District for great FELLOWSHIP.
Have FUN with fellowship opportunities - Moon Tunes, River Walk/Trolley Ride to Riverside Park International Gardens, Artspire, Late Night Fun with a Passport for your guide, Hall of Friendship, Silent Auction.
Take advantage of this opportunity to come together!

District 6250 logo
Rotary District Conference June 7 & 8
We are looking for volunteers.  Check out the link below to register and volunteer.
Program Advertisers and SponsorshipsTHANK YOU to all who placed an ad or are sponsoring an event at the District Conference.  We are grateful for your support of Rotary and our District Conference.    If your business would like an opportunity to shine as a conference sponsor, we still have two break out sessions left - $200 each.   Please contact David Amborn for more information.

Join us in helping bring a little comfort to human trafficking survivors by donating personal care and other items during this year's Rotary 6250 District Conference on June 7 & 8 at the La Crosse Center. Donations can be dropped off near the registration kiosk throughout the day during each day of the conference.  Donations will be provided to New Horizons, a shelter for individuals and families who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse, or human-trafficking. New Horizons provides shelter and services to a seven-county area in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The following items would be appreciated: Bus tokens, Gas cards, Hand sanitizer, Flip flops, Chapstick, Kleenex, Chewing Gum,  Day Planners
Phone cards,  Small bottles of lotion
Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks may be made payable to New Horizons.
This project is sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Crosse Humanitarian Committee. Support for this project is provided by the Rotary Club of Caledonia and the Rotary Club of La Crescent. 
You can also bring your items to our upcoming Rotary meetings - May 16th, May 23rd, May 30th and June 6th.   We will have Kwik Trip gas cards available for $10 and $20 if you would like to purchase and donate to the cause.
Outback is hosting a Give Back Night Supporting THE ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM.  Every Tuesday in May Outback Steakhouse will be donating 10% of sales from the families who comes in to dine in support of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program from 4:00-9:00 pm.  View Flyer - bring this flyer in if you can!  If you can't say you are here for Rotary!
OUR FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE will have their monthly Rotary Fellowship there on Tuesday, May 21st from 4-9...join us!

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:  Andy and Peter Hughes, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cameroon Gardens, Centennial Coins, Designing Jewelers, Rotary Works, The Brain Game and Rotary Lights.

New Sponsor this Month

Andy and Peter Hughes
Conductor Wannabes





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.
Invitations were sent by mail if you didn't have a chance to pick them up last week.  You can also register online at Eventbrite.
This is an exciting time for our club!!!  We hope you are saving the DATE - Thursday, June 20th for our Centennial Celebration at the La Crosse Center. 
Here is the letter from May 2017 that gives you an overview of our Centennial Project.  
A number of members asked about naming rights at the Cameroon Gardens.  Here is the list of what is available and what has been spoken for. Naming Rights Opportunities.   Please contact Lee Rasch if you have any questions.
If you haven't made a pledge is the time to do so.  Pledge cards are available at our meetings.  Check should be made out to Rotary Works Foundation.  Please contact Lee Rasch if you have any questions.
History Committee is looking for old photos, directories, etc that could be put on display at our celebration and used in our Centennial booklet. Please contact Patt  Boge if you have something you would like to share.
Centennial Coins are now for sale at our meetings.  Bronze $15 and Silver $30.
We will also be ordering sweatshirts with the Centennial Logo...order forms will be available at our meetings.



 Happy Birthday​
Roger Christians - May 20
Tom Golden (H) - May 21
Thai Vue - May 25

Happy Wedding Anniversary
Jack and Ann Haase - May 20
Tami (Brian) Woods - May 21
Ryan (Cathy) Geister - May 23
Mike (Vicki) Hartigan- May 24
Val (Deb) Schute - May 25

 Rotary Anniversary



VALLEY VIEW ROTARY MOON TUNES: Riverside Park - Bill Miller and friends June 6, 2019.   Web Site.
ROTARY EAST LOBSTERFEST: Join La Crosse Rotary East's 3rd Annual Lobsterfest at Colgan Air, Hangar #4. All Lobster Dinner Tickets  ($50) will be advance purchase only (as we will be flying in fresh lobsters for the event). Sweet Lou barbeque as well as beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase the day of the event. We will have live entertainment during the event. Proceeds from the event will continue to go to supporting the Chad Erickson Memorial Park. ***Attendees are not required to purchase a Lobster Dinner Ticket ***Lobster Dinners will be served from 4pm-8pm.  ORDER TICKETS HERE.


May 23rd

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $50

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.


May 16th: Raffle $30; Fines $102; Scrip $185; Scooters $4

May 2nd - 60%
May 9th - 55%
May 16th - 59%

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
February - Cindy Erickson
March - Ed Neuman




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 2018 - June 2019
June - Erick Maki
Program Chair for July 2019 - June 2020
September - Josh Trust
October - Scott Bradford
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
January- OPEN
February - OPEN
March - OPEN
April - OPEN
May - 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


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
May 23, 2019
Honoring Local Students
May 30, 2019
Classification Talk
Jun 06, 2019
Proper Etiquette
Jun 13, 2019
Classification Talk
Jun 20, 2019
100TH Anniversary Gala at La Crosse Center at 5:30
Jun 27, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Come for Supper
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
May 28, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Area Rotary Night at the Loggers
La Crosse Loggers
May 30, 2019 5:30 PM
Rotary District 6250 Conference
La Crosse Center
Jun 07, 2019 – Jun 08, 2019
Rotary Board
Radisson Hotel
Jun 10, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Centennial Celebration
La Crosse Center
Jun 20, 2019 5:30 PM
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Jul 11, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Passe, Nick
Amborn, David
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Bakkum, Andy
Duty Roster Coordinator
Nuttleman, Patty
Introduce Program
Nuttleman, Patty
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Franklin, Beth
Howes, Dan
Hospitality Greeter
Wettstein, John
Rotarians in the News
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Raffle Ticket Seller
Swanwick, Bruce
Scrip Seller
Wuensch, Liz
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
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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