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Rotary Meeting This Week
November 21, 2019
Chicken ala King
Yukon Whipped Potatoes
Green Salad



THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - November 21st

Our guest speakers will be Lynita May Docken and Mark Edward Delany from the Elmaro Vineyard.

The Elmaro Vineyard winery, found northwest of Trempealeau, continues to experience explosive growth, having won several wine competition medeals, indluing the Wisconsin Winery of the Year award. The winery opened in 2011 and makes about 25 kinds of wine. They are sold by the glass and the bottle in the winery tasting room. Bottles also are available at grocery and liquor stores, and some area restaurants serve Elmaro wines.



Tuesday, November 19th
Stephanie Jobe
Housing and Community Outreach Specialist
SpringBrook Community of Onalaska
Proposed by Annette Mikat
Help Build Rotary's Future
Share Rotary with a Friend
Every Rotarian is Responsible for Membership Growth
If no written objection to the proposal stating reasons is received by the Board of Directors from any member of the club within seven days following publication of the name of the prospective member, the prospective member shall be considered to be elected to membership.




The Humanitarian Committee completed their 3rd annual Warm Feet, Warm Hearts campaign. The purpose of the campaign was to provide comfort to those who need help this winter, by collecting warm clothing and other items which was donated to Catholic Charities for distribution to those in need in our community.  Thank you to all who donated to the Warm Feet, Warm Hearts campaign.

Mary Beth Hensel (Humanitarian Committee - Rotary Club of La Crosse) and Josh Mansee (President Elect Nominee, Rotary After Hours) delivering nearly 500 clothing items collected by area Rotary clubs (Rotary Club of La Crosse, Rotary After Hours, Valley View Rotary, Hilltoppers Rotary, and Onalaska Rotary) to the Catholic Charities Warming Center. 


The La Crosse Warming Center, run by Catholic Charities, provided services to 301 unduplicated guests amounting in 6,414 individual stays last year. This required over 6,700 volunteer hours by 291 volunteers just from our area! Each guest receives a hot meal, shower, a place to sleep, an opportunity to wash their clothes, and help accessing local resources. They are open from November 1st through April 30th.


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, November 26th from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Thank you to our volunteers: Patt Boge, Mary Beth Hensel, Aeden Higgins, Catherine Kolkmeier, Jamie O'Neill and Joe Skemp.




Thank you to Jud Beck and Paul Bjorge (WLAX-WEUX FOX2548 -TV) for creating our PR video.

Check it out and see what Rotarians played a role!

Click on the photo above.




FRUIT BASKET FUNDRAISER....Our Fruit Basket Fundraiser is to generate financial resources for our club activities and service projects.  The fundraiser also provides an opportunity for all club members to participate in an annual activity through the assembly, distribution, purchase and sale of fruit baskets during the holiday season.  This year our Fruit Basket assembly and delivery will be Saturday, December 14th and Monday, December 16thSave those dates!   Order forms and flyers will be available this week. Deadline to order is December 2nd.

You have two options:

                        Rotarians will need to purchase or sell 5 fruit baskets @ $23 per basket  = $115    OR     you can make a donation of $100 to the Rotary Club of La Crosse.  It will NOT be a tax deduction because we are NOT a 501 (3) c.  It will be your donation to our annual major fundraiser. 


We want you to start thinking of how you can promote our fundraiser.....Does your business give employee gifts?  Rotary Fruit Baskets are your answer!  Each wicker basket contains 8 apples, 4 oranges, 4 pears  and a bag of peanuts.

We have special rates for large orders: 200+ ($18), 100-199 ($19), 49-99 ($20), 1-48 ($23). 

Fruit Basket Flyer 2019

Volunteer Today to Help Assemble or Deliver Fruit Baskets




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November is Foundation Month.  This is the time to renew your pledges to the Rotary Foundations for 2020 & 2021.  You recently received a letter and personal pledge form either at a Rotary Meeting or by mail.  We are asking you return your pledge form by November 30th.  If you do not return the form we will assume that you will be pledging the same as 2019.  YOUR PLEDGE IS AN INVESTMENT IN THE WORLD.
Those that pledge $100 or more to the Rotary International Polio Fund during this enrollment period will be given matching points, thanks to a number of generous Rotarians in our club.  This means if you pledge $100 to PP you will be given 100 points, $200 you will be given 200 points.  
If you have any questions, contact
This year you are given the opportunity to make your Rotary Foundation INTERNATIONAL pledge through Rotary Direct.    You can enroll online at   If you give to both the Annual Fund-Share (funds come back to our District for grants) and Polio Plus you may need to fill out the form twice.  If you decide to give online - please NOTE that on your pledge form so that I don't bill you on your invoice in January.  

Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area


Our Rotary Habitat Build Day has been changed....  We are looking for 8-10 volunteers for Saturday, December 7, 2019.


Start time will be 8:00 am with a short orientation and safety run through.  Lunch will be at 11:30 am and then the end time is 3:30 pm.  

 All volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed toed shoes on the construction site. They won't have individual plastic bottles available, but they do have jugs of water ready.  So everyone will want to bring a water bottle for the day. At the moment they’re not quite sure what we'll be working on yet, however we’ll find out the week before and let everyone know.





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Help make a lasting contribution to the La Crosse area by volunteering to ring bells and raise funds for the Salvation Army. Greet holiday shoppers and help spread Christmas cheer while accepting donations in the Famous Red Kettle.The money raised stays in our community, supporting the Salvation Army Food Pantry, Meal Program, Emergency Shelter, Families in Need, Sending Kids to Camp, and so much more.

Our club will be ringing bells on Saturday, November 23rd.

Volunteer Today LINK




Kwik Trip Scrip cards are available for sale after and before our meetings.  We will get 5% off the face value of each card...if the card is used IN STORE for purchases we will receive another 10%- total 15% back (some exclusions apply)....if used only for gas we will only get the initial 5%.    Great gift idea!
LAST WEEK AT ROTARY - November 14th
tHANK YOU TO Kelly Kassien, Diabetes Educator at Gundersen
Diabetes Education - World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. 

Kelly Kassien, an RN and Diabetes Educator with Gundersen Health System joined us and talked about: 

  • how diabetes is diagnosed

  • prevention tips

  • what a diabetes educator does

  • current medications that are being used to treat diabetes

  • and an overview of Gundersen’s programs around diabetes

Kelly has been a nurse for about 9 years, and the last 8 years with Gundersen Health System. Kelly joined the diabetes education team last May; prior to that she worked in outpatient care with internal and family medicine.  She’s always been very interested in helping patients manage diabetes and was very excited to join the diabetes education team. She says that "there’s a lot of misinformation about diabetes, so it’s nice to be able to resolve misconceptions. For example, many people think they can never eat anything with a carbohydrate again - and that’s not the case at all!" 

Here are some additional resources: 

International Diabetes Federation

National Diabetes Prevention Program 

Do you know how to prevent diabetes? (Gundersen) 

Diabetes prevention: 5 tips for taking control (Mayo Clinic) 



Our club is responsible for securing volunteers at Rotary Lights on
Friday, November 29th
We have two shifts available.
Bring your family and friends to help out!
It is that time of the year....
Dean Dickinson is planning our
Christmas Program for December 19th.
Please contact Dean if you have children, grandchildren, friends, etc. that would be willing to entertain us on Thursday, December 19th.  They would need to be there between 12 and 1 that day. Contact Dean for more information.
Inga, our exchange student will be traveling out west with other Exchange Students from our District next Spring.  We have two raffles going on to help her fund her trip.


FIRST RAFFLE by Dean Dickinson: Guess the value of the coins in the pint jar...closest gets the coins, and if within .50 cents...250 recognition points....all for a $1.00 contribution to the "Inga Fund" to help with her expenses on the trip to the west coast...Dean will be in the lobby area on Thursday to collect dollars and guesses.


SECOND RAFFLE by our club:  We have a framed art print of Rotary Lights (10 x 20) and two Rotary Lights sweatshirts.  Buy a chance for $5.00 or 3 for $10.00.   Winners will be chosen at the end of our meeting on December 7th - Rotary Lights Meeting in Riverside Park.



YOUTH EXCHANGE HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR ONE NIGHT... Our Rotary Distsrict will be sponsoring a Youth Exchange Weekend on December 6-8.  Beginning Friday, December 6, Inbound Youth Exchange Students from around the state will be arriving for a fun-filled weekend.

We are in need for places for these students to stay on Friday night, December 6th.  Your accommodations do not need to be 5-star.

If you can host, you would pick them up Friday at 6:00p.m. at the food court in the mall-- would provide Friday night dinner and Saturday breakfast; -- would decide how to spend time with them Friday night and Saturday morning.  This could be just chatting with them or doing something special.  You  would drop them off at noon at South Lanes Pizza, 4107 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse.    For the rest of Saturday, they will spend it bowling, helping with the Ugly Sweater 5k event, working at Rotary Lights and sleeping overnight at the Boys and Girls Club.  Their rides home will be picking them up Sunday morning.
We will also need luggage transport from South Lanes to Boys and Girls Club between noon and 3 on Saturday; vehicles to transport students from Rotary Lights to Boys and Girls Club Saturday night (time TBD).  
If you can assist with this by hosting one or more students, please contact Lisa Kobs at    Send your name, cell phone number, home address, number and gender of students to host.    
If you have any questions, please contact Jack Haase at
Razia's Bus Committee - Thursday, November 21st at 11:00 at the Radisson Center.
Razia's Bus Committee - Thursday, December 5th at 1:15 at the Charmant.



 Happy Birthday
Art Fahey - Nov 17
Carl Miller (H) - Nov 17
Brian Langenhorst - Nov 19
Joe Carlson - Nov 22
A.J. Frels - Nov 22
Ward Brown - Nov 25
Tom Behrenbeck - Nov 28
Kelly Krieg-Sigman - Nov 30
Fred Ross (H) - Nov 30

Happy Wedding Anniversary
Alex (Becky) Lueck - Nov 15
Meredyth(John) Lillejord - Nov 21
Annette (Richard) Mikat - Nov 21
Kelly (Michael) Krieg-Sigman - Nov 30

Rotary Anniversary
Peter Grabow - Nov 18 - 26 years
Andy Bakkum - Nov 20 - 5 years
Ryan Geister - Nov 20 - 5 years
Lynn Bruns - Nov 21 - 6 years
Steve Shultz - Nov 21 - 23 years
Ted Knutson - Nov 29 - 1 year


Save the date for our District 6250 Conference  - ROTARYFEST - June 19-21, 2020.
BATTLE OF THE BEARDS - Holmen Area Rotary Club - La Crosse area Rotary challenge; Send your best NO-Shave November candidate to compete....LINK to more information.
Join Rotary After Hours on Saturday, December 7, 2019 for the Ugly Sweater 5K, presented by Northwestern Mutual. Registration for the 12th annual fun run/walk will be at Myrick Park Center at 3:00 p.m. The race will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Myrick Park and will end at La Crosse’s iconic Riverside Park. A bus will return runners to Myrick Park after the race.   View their web site for more information. 


Nov 21, 2019

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $30

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.

Nov 14:   Raffle: $47; Scrip $430; Fines $100 Scooters $4


Nov 1 - 58%
Nov 7 - 56%
Nov 14 - 56%


Rotary Attendance policy is to attend or makeup at least 50% of the club meetings 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. Make ups can be made up anytime during the year.

100% Attendance Winners
July  - Jim Salmo
August - Dan Howes

September - Kenna Christians
October - Kenna Christians




Active Membershi

Tina Klinger
Petra Roter

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 2019 - June 2020
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
January- Tim Candahl
February - Peter Grabow
March - Alex Lueck
April - 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 


Kelly Krieg-Sigman
The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384


Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571

Scott Herdeman, Administrator


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Nov 21, 2019
Elmaro Vineyard
Nov 28, 2019
Dec 05, 2019 11:30 AM
Dec 12, 2019
Classification Talk
Dec 19, 2019
Join us for the annual Christmas Program MC'd by Dean Dickinson
Dec 26, 2019
Jan 02, 2020
Rotary Goal Setting: Ideas for Getting Involved
Jan 09, 2020
Classification Talk
Jan 16, 2020
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Upcoming Events
Nov 19, 2019 11:00 AM –
Dec 02, 2019 8:00 PM
Rotary Works Board Meeting
La Crescent Area Event Center
Nov 21, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Razia's Bus Committee Meeting
Radisson Center
Nov 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Various Locations
Nov 23, 2019 8:00 PM
Come for Supper
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Nov 26, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Rotary Lights Work Night
Rotary Lights
Nov 29, 2019
4:30 PM – 10:20 PM
Razia's Bus Committee
Charmant Hotel
Dec 05, 2019 1:15 PM
Rotary Habitat Build Day
Dec 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Dec 09, 2019
Fruit Basket Fundraiser
Rotary Light House
Dec 14, 2019 7:30 AM –
Dec 16, 2019 12:00 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
Duty Roster Coordinator
Beck, Judson
Introduce Speaker
Abrahamzon, Carol
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Hensel, Mary Beth
Beck, Judson
Hospitality Greeter
Abrahamzon, Carol
Raffle Ticket Seller
Christians, Roger
Scrip Seller
Swanwick, Bruce
Rotarians in the News
Christians, Roger
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President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liaison
Board Member
Board Member
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Board Member
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Rotary Works Board Member
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The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Russell Hampton
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