February 28, 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: Bob Poehling, Behind the Scenes Stories from the 2022 Winter Olympics

Bob is the Athletic Development Coordinator (Women's Alpine) for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Olympic Team.

This will be his third Olympics to attend with the US ski team as staff. Bob will share stories of what it was like in China for the coaches and team members, behind-the-scenes stories, and a glimpse at what the Olympics is like for the athletic teams that get to go. 

Last Week at Rotary: Tonya Wagner, Classification Talk

Tonya is truly an inspiration and we are lucky to have her knowledge and expertise amongst us.

She spoke 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. If you missed the meeting, contact Niki Pohnl to send you a link.

Fun Fact: Tonya mentioned being in a documentary years ago called, "Caffinated". Check it out! How interesting!

Upcoming Speakers
Mar 03, 2022
Behind the Scenes Stories from the 2022 Winter Olympics
Mar 10, 2022
Rotary Lights Presentation
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Meal for This Week

The meal will be Cheeseburger and Kettle Chips.
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.

Club Board Meeting - March 14th

Do you have an idea, suggestion, or a project proposal? You are ALWAYS welcome and encouraged to share these with the Board. All submissions will be reviewed at the monthly Board meeting. Please email Niki Pohnl to share your ideas no later than Tuesday, March 8th for review that the next board meeting. 


Our hearts go out to Shaista Shaik. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Feel free to reach out to Shaista with your support.

STAR Meeting - March 10th 
Our next STAR Meeting will be Thursday, March 10th from 7-8am at the Banquet Room at the Waterfront hosted by Jodi Widuch and Todd Restel.
Please RSVP through the link below.
STAR - Specialized Training for Action in Rotary....you will meet other new Rotarians from the area. We will provide programs on the Avenue of Service, The Rotary Foundation, and the Rotary Works Foundation, along with other aspects of Rotary. This is a great time to ask questions you may have about our club or Rotary in general. Hope you will be able to join Jodi and Todd on Thursday, March 10th. 
Thank you for the support provided for the Hearts to Schools Revisited - School Renovation project. Lee Rasch is sharing a few photos of the work on two of the three primary schools in Cameroon as part of the project. The construction on the third primary school will begin shortly. School remains in session while construction is underway.
Government Primary School Ntoungha Babadjou: the picture shows the work in progress on three of the new classrooms. Students are attending class in the existing classroom structures.
This group photo shows some of the students gathered outside the school during a visit by the Governor of the Northwest Region, Adolph Lele L'Afrique (pictured in the grey athletic sport wear).
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.
Upcoming Events
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


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
81 total in person and ZOOM

Attendance Policy

Sandy McCormick -February 28
Dominique Luecke - March 2
Ann Haase - March 4
Dan Roemhild (Dana) - February 28
Earlamae Dahlby (Jim) - February 28
Club Anniversaries:
Regina Siegel - 3 years
Tim Ehler - 6 years
Jerry Hanoski - 29 years
Scott Horne - 23 years
Herb Heili - 24 years
Jim White - 42 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
Czerwinski, Angela
Introduce Speaker
Restel, Eva Marie
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Attardo, Alex
Trietley, Richard
Hospitality Greeter
Swanwick, Bruce
Raffle Ticket Seller
Czerwinski, Angela
Scrip Seller
Ubbelohde, Craig
Rotarians in the News
Horne, Scott


March 3, 2022

$10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Dean's Marbles  $70


February 24, 2022
 Raffle $94 - Fines $89 - Scooters $2 - Scrip $85 

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