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January 31, 2019

Note the Hotel not the Radisson!

Buffet at 11:30
Program at Noon

Chef's Choice



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  31 January 2019
In District Governor Bill Hoel’s newsletter this month, he mentioned that January is ‘Vocational Service” month.  You know that I like for us to learn something about Rotary each week.  We discussed the ‘Object of Rotary’ earlier this month.  The following teaches us how we can put Rotary International’s view of Vocational Service into action.
The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object, which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster:
• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:
• Talk about your profession in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
• Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
• Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
• Help young people achieve their career goals.
• Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
By undertaking these activities, you bring vocational service to life. Vocational service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.
In my message from last week, I asked for requests from you for things that I could share at upcoming meetings.  My only request was to play a Bruno Mars song as we exit this week’s meeting.  If you aren’t familiar with the music of Bruno Mars, he was a guest star on James Cordon’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ a few years ago.  As the talk show host for “The Late Late Show,” Cordon has had several dozen singers participate in these fifteen minute short videos.  If you haven’t heard of either Cordon or Mars, you may very well become new fans.  Here is the link.  If you like this, search for your favorite singers to see if they have participated. 
Remember, please invite a potential member to join us at this week’s meeting.
This week at Rotary we will  welcome speaker Roger Stanford, President of Western Technical College. Roger is also a member of our club and is celebrating his second anniversary this week.
Western launched a new college-wide strategic plan, Experience 2025, aimed at improving overall student success at Western. You will hear about the plan that was developed over the last year with input from Western staff, students, and local employers. It builds upon the previous strategic plan, Vision 2020, which included a $79.8 million referendum to create facilities that represent current and future workplace environments.
We are meeting at the Radisson Hotel this week!
Park in their lot and we will give you the code to get out.
WOW!  What a "Rotary's Got Talent" show it was!  So many thanks go out to all who were a part of this amazing meeting/show! 
To the creators of our "Rotary's Got Talent" - thank you for your time and talent for organizing this amazing show: Andy Bakkum, Sarah Arendt-Beyer, Ryan Geister, Bob Masewicz and Maddie Masewicz.
To our host, Rotarian from Rotary East, Bill LaRue.
To our judges:  Andy Bakkum, Sister Mary Ann Gschwind and Scott Horne.
To those that tried out and didn't make the cut: David Amborn, Andy Bakkum and Carol Abrahamzon.
To those that performed and helped us raise $500 for the Rotary Foundation!!!
  Yes $500 in one hour! 
Thanks to all who donated!
"Almost Audio Jack"- Tim Kolek and Michelle Skemp
Jamie Capuzzi
"Export Light" - Lee Rasch and Roger Christians
Scott Bradford
Katie Berkedal & Jamie Schloegel
Congratulations to  the winner of our
"Rotary's Got Talent"

"Almost Audio Jack"
Tim Kolek and Michelle Skemp
Last week at Rotary was also our annual meeting.  We voted on our Rotary Board and Rotary Works Board reps for 2019-20.   See link. 
A motion from Bob Bendiksen, and seconded by Sue Durtsche to approve the Rotary Board and Rotary Works Board for 2019-2020.  Motion carried.
ROTARY DUES - Invoices were sent out this week for  the 3rd quarter of our fiscal year - (Jan-March).  Our invoices are sent through QuickBooks each quarter NOT ClubRunner will always show a zero balance on your account.  You can make payment through your bank account online from the invoice we send you through QuickBooks....otherwise you can send a check.  We ask that you make payment within four weeks of invoicing or sooner!  
Please review your invoice...we had additional charges for some members that included:  Fruit Baskets, Christmas Meeting, Growing Hearts Across the World Pledge and Centennial Coins.  Please look over your invoice and contact Lyn at if you have a question.  
Make an additional donation of $100 or greater to the Rotary International Annual or Polio Plus
through February 2019 and we will match your donation with foundation points.
Thanks to those that have given to this match
$6,000 has been donated to Rotary International
We have 4,000 points left to match donations.
February 19, 2019
Rotary Lights 2019 will be our 25th anniversary.
We will have 33 sponsor nights in 2019.  We have 22 nights spoken for and 11 OPEN.   If your business wants to sponsor a night for our 25th anniversary, contact Pat Stephens for more information.

National Immunization Days
Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, India

Rotarian Bud Hammes
is on the
This is our first full day in India.  Still adjusting to time.   Great to spend a day touring with nearly 70 Rotarians from around the US and Canada.   One of them is my son, Joe, from the After Hours Rotary. 
We now have a bulletin board in the foyer of the Radisson Center to promote your business or event.  Each week you can place a flyer on this board and also leave flyers/brochures on the table beneath the bulletin board.  The board will be cleaned off after each meeting.  Please pick up your flyers/brochures after each meeting otherwise they will be thrown away.
We do not have time for braggers and squealers each week so this will be your opportunity to promote your business or upcoming event at no charge.
Another way is to pay for a web site sponsorship.  Details of that opportunity to get the word out about your business or upcoming event is in the article below.

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: Catholic Charities, New Horizons, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Designing Jewelers, Rotary Works, The Brain Game and Rotary Lights.


Catholic Charities
13th Annual Lenten Luncheon
Letter - Sponsor Form

Web Site Link


New Horizons
Victory Over Violence Gala & Auction
Web Site Link






Make-ups...Just a reminder that you can view your attendance and make-ups online on our ClubRunner site.   If we have missed recording an attendance or make-up for you, please email Earlamae Dahlby our Attendance and Make-up Coordinator at or stop and see her at the registration table.  Those of you who hand in a make-up card from another club make sure you have your name and date on the card so we can give you credit!
District Governor Bill Hoel
serves Western Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota
Save the Date
District Conference
La Crosse Center
June 7 & 8, 2019



 Happy Birthday​
Annette Mikat - Jan 27
Joe Skemp - Jan 27
Sarah Arendt-Beyer - Jan 28
Dan Roemhild - Jan 28
Sheila Wieser - Jan 28
Robin Moses - Jan 29
Mike Carey - Feb 2

Happy Wedding  Anniversary

John (Diane) Dingman (H) - Jan 29

 Rotary Anniversary

James Gallagher (H) - Jan 28 - 31 years
Steve Tanke (H) - Jan 28 - 37 years
Todd Restel - Jan 29 - 10 years
Roz Schnick - Jan 29 - 4 years
Joan Parke - Feb 1 - 11 years
Cindy Ericksen - Feb 2 - 2 years
Brad Fischer - Feb - 2 years
Roger Standford - Feb - 2 years



One of our Rotarians was traveling last week in Northern Minnesota (Matt Boshcka)...he took a pic of this at an American Legion.  He thought it would be a good share with our club for understanding the importance of a successful club.  He feels our club is AWESOME and he thinks that is because we say on top of these 10 things.  He said many of us can do better in a few of these including himself.....take a look and see what you could improve on.
ONALASKA HILLTOPPERS: Spring Fling at the La Crosse Country Club on March 21, 2019. Tickets $50. Sponsor a table. Join us at the Fourth Annual Hilltopper Rotary Spring Fling on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm for a delicious dinner, bucket raffle, socializing, the chance to win $1,000, and more! Money raised from the Spring Fling will go help fund Club projects and the Onalaska Sculpture at the Great River Landing.   Link for more information.
HOLMEN SERVICE AUCTION:  Lunda Center on April 4, 2019 from 5-10  Come join the Holmen Area Rotary Club in their 2019 Service Auction. Come bid on unique and special items and services and support the Holmen Area Rotary Club and their service to the community. 
​There will be food, drink, lots of fun and fellowship. Hope to see you there!
VALLEY VIEW ROTARY MOON TUNES: Riverside Park - Bill Miller and friends June 6, 2019.   Web Site.
AREA PRESIDENT'S MEETING JANUARY MINUTES: Over view of our area club's activities. 



Rotary District Conference in La Crosse: June 7-8, 2019
Centennial Dinner Celebration:  La Crosse Center - June 20, 2019

Jan 3rd - 63%
Jan 10th - 62%
Jan 17th - 67%
Jan 24th - 64%

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




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.





January 31st

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $10

Congratulations to Thai Vue
who won the $80 and then gifted it to Lucia!

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.


Jan 24th: Raffle $40; Fines $200; Rotary's Got Talent $506; Scrip $40.00
Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
February - Bonnie Steidl
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 Andy Bakkum.


Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914
608-526-4491 (Phone and Fax)

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passee, 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
Jan 31, 2019
The Western Experience 2025
Feb 07, 2019
The Hope Academy
Feb 14, 2019
Feb 21, 2019
Palliative Care
Feb 28, 2019
Opiod Epedemic
Mar 07, 2019
The Watershed Act and the Driftless Region
Mar 14, 2019
Supporting Safe Birth - Madison Rotary
Mar 21, 2019
Rotary Lights
Mar 28, 2019
The La Crosse Plow Company
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Rotary Board
Radisson Hotel
Feb 11, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Fellowship - Eva Marie Restel Art Studio
Todd and Eva Marie Restel's home
Feb 19, 2019 5:30 PM
Rotary Works Board Meeting
Viterbo University
Feb 21, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Mar 14, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Meeting Responsibilities
Passe, Nick
Wettstein, John
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Program Chair
Bakkum, Andy
Duty Roster Coordinator
Fleming, Colin
Trust, Josh
Hospitality Greeter
Hensel, Mary Beth
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Green, Kaycie
Rotarians in the News
Ondell, Todd
Introduce Program
Rasch, Lee
Raffle Ticket Seller
Knutson, Ted
Scrip Seller
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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
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Counselor
Russell Hampton
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