March 14, 2022

County Health Department Update
According to the CDC's guidelines, individuals in communities at a low level should stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if you have symptoms, but do not need to wear a mask indoors in public. However, additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness. People may choose to mask at any time. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or test positive, we ask that you follow the CDC guidelines for quarantining/isolating
This Week at Rotary: Michael Scott; Irish Tales for St. Patrick's Day

Michael Scott is a professional storyteller who will delight us all with an Irish fable to properly celebrate St. Patrick's Day! 

Chuck Hanson and Eva Marie Restel will also share about the new Riverside Garden Expo coming this summer which will feature folktales in all of the international gardens. 

Last Week at Rotary: Pat Stephens, Rotary Lights Summary and Celebration

Rotary Lights presented a summary of this years' event and extend thanks to all who participated.

Pat Stephens traveled to area Rotary Club meetings dispersing checks to area organizations that helped with the event. 

Upcoming Speakers
Mar 17, 2022
Irish Tales for St. Patrick's Day!
Mar 24, 2022
The Crawford Stewardship Project
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Meal for This Week

The meal will be Chicken Alfredo.
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.
 
March 24th - Offsite Meeting
Location:
The Main - Event Space, 422 Main Street
(former Crossfire Youth Center)
Rob Palmbeg and Eva Marie Restel attended PETS last week (president elect training). 
Pictured above is Razia Jan, one of the keynote speakers.
Rob and Eva Marie came back energized and ready to talk about what they learned!
Buy a Bucket/Bring a Bucket
Spring Cleaning Drive
How to support:
  1. Drop off items before a club meeting March 24th or March 31st.
  2. Purchase a bucket it and fill it with specific needs (see flyer attached)
  3. Bring a bucket with a cash donation
  4. Contribute online through Hope Restores or The Exchange

Update: CDC Guidelines

Great News! COVID conditions have improved significantly over the last month in our community and across the country. The CDC has updated their guidance on masking and other risk mitigation strategies. Under the new guidance from the CDC, face masks are now considered optional and universal masking is no longer recommended for areas experiencing low COVID risk

The Board of Directors voted today to continue in-person meetings and to continue to offer a ZOOM option. However, since the risks posed by COVID have fallen significantly, we will not be offering a meal opt-out option for quarter four (April - June) as had been offered previously due to COVID concerns. Club members may request a Leave of Absence if needed, in accordance with our bylaws.

Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief Fund

Rotary International is working to create the best paths to help Ukraine, Ukrainians, and its neighbors. In the meantime, you may donate to The Rotary Foundation's disaster relief fund at https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund
There is a GoFundMe effort whose funds will be sent directly to a Ukrainian Past District Governor. Here is the link https://gofund.me/05876825

Tri-Con Electors Needed

Are you planning on attending Tri-Con? Would you be willing to represent our club as an electors at the business meeting Friday, April 29th at 10:30am? As an elector, you would represent our club by voting on several important items during this meeting. Our club is entitled to up to seven electors. See Meeting Details here. Please let Sarah Arendt-Beyer or Niki Pohnl know to receive specific meeting details.

ZOOM Names

A reminder, if attending weekly meetings on ZOOM, to change your name so it is recognizable to give you proper attendance credit. There are a few name labels we do not recognize and would like to update our records. Please contact Niki Pohnl if you sign in as any of the following so attendance credit can be given: jean's iphone, 13367470991, 17738751435.

Condolences

Please keep Paul and Nancy Mueller in your thoughts as they mourn the loss of Paul's sister, Marybeth Gardner. 

 

Message received from Pat Stephens on March 14th:

We received a call from John Corem's daughter Tina that John had passed away.  I believe he was home in Sparta. John was a very special individual and a guy with a heart of gold. He was a major help with Rotary Lights for many years and had  many hidden talents that he willingly shared with us. We were lucky to call him a friend and he will certainly be missed. Thought and prayers to Tina.
Upcoming Events
Club Board Meeting
Mar 14, 2022
 
Club Board Meeting
Apr 11, 2022
 
Club Board Meeting
May 09, 2022
 
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Active Rotarians
184

Honorary Rotarians
32

Rotary Attendance
82 total in person and ZOOM plus our Rotary guests through Rotary Lights recognitions

Resignations: Audrey Lucier

Attendance Policy

Birthdays:
Judson Beck - March 17
Bill Hoel - March 20
 
Anniversaries:
 
Club Anniversaries:
Sheila Wieser - 26 years
Matt Boshcka - 10 years
Colin Fleming - 5 years
Rebecca Flege - 11 years
Carl Miller - 18 years
Debby Johnson Towner - 30 years
Meredyth Lillejord - 24 years

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!

https://www.rotarywglconf.org/

 

2022 Holmen Rotary Service Auction Fundraiser

The Holmen Area Rotary Club will hold their Service Auction fundraiser on Friday Evening, May 6th at the luxurious Waterfront in the spacious Cargill Room and patio. The event starts with a social hour at 5:00 and includes an appetizer buffet, a Live Auction of unique items and services, bucket raffles and more. For more detailed information, CLICK HERE. 

 

Annual Science and Math Expo - Volunteers Needed

The 30th Annual Science and Math Expo at UW La Crosse is recruiting volunteer reviewers with a background in math and science to review middle school students' research projects on May 10, 2022. Reviewer feedback helps students gain valuable experience in the research process and to explore career possibilities that exist in the STEM field. Your input will make a difference in students' potential careers in STEM! Students create projects based on a topic of their interest. Guidelines will be provided to help volunteer reviewers throughout the review process. 

REGISTER HERE to learn more and register.

 

2021 Council on Resolution

Our Board of Directors recently signed a petition requesting the RI Board to approve Council on Resolutions item 21R-28 To Consider Encouraging all Rotarians to Oppose the Growing Problem of Modern-day Slavery. The Board considered this matter at its February 2022 meeting. For your information, CLICK HERE for specific details.

Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
 
Secretary
Journot, Lauren
 
Treasurer
Carey, Diana
 
Registration Manager
Gschwind, Mary Ann
 
Piano
Haase, Ann
 
Program Chair
Restel, Eva Marie
 
Duty Roster Coordinator
Czerwinski, Angela
 
Rotarians in the News
Candahl, Timothy
 
Introduce Speaker
Palmer, Chris
 
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Mueller, Nancy
 
Hospitality Greeter
Pierce, Teresa
 
Greeter
Ellingson, Sarah
 
Raffle Ticket Seller
Jeric, Rick
 
Scrip Seller
Carlson, Joe
 

RAFFLES


March 17, 2022

$10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Dean's Marbles  $90

 

March 10, 2022
 Raffle $64 - Fines $52 - Scooters $2 - Scrip $50

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


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