February 7, 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: Bradley Smegal, Fraud: How to Stay on the Right Side of the Law.

Every day, business professionals at the top of their careers are sentenced to prison for fraud. Mail fraud, wire fraud, insurance fraud, securities fraud - the list goes on. Bradley Smegal will discuss ethical corrosion, walk you through the Five Warning Signs of Fraud, and leave you with tips to help you stay on the right side of the law.

Mr. Smegal has over 40 years of experience in sales, investment management, and business development. His executive education includes the Wharton School of Business (Certified Investment Management Analyst) and the University of Chicago School of Business (Certified Private Wealth Advisor).

Last Week at Rotary: Waking Up White Workshop Take-Aways

Rotarians who attended the White Privilege Symposium in December spoke about key takeaways from the presentations that we can all learn from.

Thank you Cindy Erickson, Mark Solyst, Richard Strauss, and Jamie O'Neill for sharing with us.

Some comments from our Zoom audience, which we can all relate to:
  • Excellent and important presentation; we can all do better.
  • Thank you everyone for sharing. We have much work to do in our community, and these conversations are uncomfortable but so necessary. We need to keep moving in our efforts to improve personally via reflection and new understanding.
  • Quoting James Baldwin, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."
  • This is such an important presentation. Thank you for giving us a better understanding.
Upcoming Speakers
Feb 10, 2022
Fraud - How to stay on the right side of the law!
Feb 17, 2022
What is a CLIMATE ACTION PLAN? (and why do we need one?)
View entire list

Meal for This Week

The meal will be pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw.
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.
Please register for this event here. Upon registration, you will receive the ZOOM link.

Club Board Meeting - Feb. 14  

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, February 8th for review that the next board meeting.
New Member Process 

Our New Member Process has been updated. See our website for specific details at https://rotarycluboflacrosse.org/page/become-a-member. 


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

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 or contact Jamie O'Neill for a mailing address.
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
Rotary Leadership Series
Feb 10, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Club Board Meeting
Feb 14, 2022
Grant Management Seminar
Feb 23, 2022 5:30 PM
Club Board Meeting
Mar 14, 2022
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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
90 total in person and ZOOM

Attendance Policy

Emily Vanderfleet - February 8
Jen Barney - February 8
Maria Norberg - February 8
Bud Hammes - February 9
Greg Curti - February 10
Mike Desmond - February 10
Ryan Geister - February 13
Pat Ruda (Kenneth) - February 8
Club Anniversaries:
Peter Hughes 23 years
Brent Smith - 32 years
Lee Rasch 32 years
Sandy McCormick - 31 years
Courtney Daniels-Burke - 2 years
Nancy Mueller - 2 years
Beth Franklin - 3 years
Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Swanwick, Bruce
Journot, Lauren
Carey, Diana
Registration Manager
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Restel, Eva Marie
Duty Roster Coordinator
Ellingson, Sarah
Introduce Speaker
Ellingson, Sarah
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Ericksen, Cindy
Hospitality Greeter
Boge, Patt
Raffle Ticket Seller
Palmer, Chris
Scrip Seller
Luecke, Dominique
Rotarians in the News
Behrenbeck, Julia


February 10, 2022

$10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Dean's Marbles  $40


February 3, 2022
 Raffle $55 - Fines $60 - Scooters $0 - Scrip $20 

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

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