Rotary Zoom Meeting
Thursday, January 14th
11:30 Networking/Social
Noon Meeting


This week at Rotary we will have our annual meeting.  We will vote on Board Nominations for 2021-22 and for a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.  Both listed below.
We will also practice breakout rooms with Zoom.  We ask that everyone make sure they have the latest version of Zoom. LINK how to update.   We understand it is hard to network and socialize with our large group.  Breakout rooms will give you a chance to meet in smaller if your committee or fellowship would like to meet prior to one of our meetings you would go into a breakout room. 
Breakout rooms are sessions that are split off from the main Zoom meeting. They allow the participants to meet in smaller groups, and are completely isolated in terms of audio and video from the main session. Breakout rooms can be used for collaboration and discussion of the meeting.
Board Nominations for 2021-22 were announced at our meeting on December 10th.  We will vote on these nominations at our annual meeting on January 14th.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement from Rotary International - Rotary Club of La Crosse. We will be asking the club to vote to adopt this statement.

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, the Rotary Club of La Crosse values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

The Rotary Club of La Crosse will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.
LINK to RI Diversity Equity and Inclusion Site.
LINK to Rotary Club of La Crosse Diversity Equity and Inclusion Site
Jack Haase was doing some research in the Tribune archives and came across an interesting piece from April 17, 1997.   (David Stoeffler gave us permission to share it with all.)    We all miss meeting onsite each week and this article gives us a glimpse of how much fun it was to gather in one room together!   LINK to article.
Our Zoom Meetings are certainly not the same but they keep us connected until we can celebrate being back together in one room.  President Andy certainly did not think his year would be sitting in front of his computer trying to keep 70+ members each week engaged online.  We all did not want this for Andy's year but he has stepped up along with Rob Palmberg and Sarah Arendt Beyer to make the Zoom meetings fun and as seamless as possible.  We have had great programs from all over the country, thanks to Rob Palmberg and even pulled off an awesome Christmas Program thanks to Dean Dickinson and Katie Berkedal.  When Rotarians are given a challenge they answer...with ingenuity and flexibility. 
Catherine Kolkmeier, New Norm Chair and the NEW NORM committee have been meeting to come up with ways to connect with our fellow Rotarians and figure out what our new norm will be after covid is behind us. They have researched breakout rooms as a tool we could use.  This week at our annual meeting we will be voting on a few items and we will have a fellowship. No formal program planned.  The committee will then introduce us to breakout rooms.   This will be a learning experience for all of us so don't be afraid to login and learn with us!!
Our next STAR Meeting will be Thursday, January 14th - Zoom  - 7 am - 8 am.  STAR will be hosted by Jodi Widuch and Todd Restel.
Please RSVP to Jodi Widuch and she will send you the link to the meeting.

STAR - Specialized Training for Action in will meet other new Rotarians from the area.  We will provide programs on the Avenues 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 Widuch and Todd  Restel on Thursday, January 14th.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

We also have a link on our homepage that contains STAR information.


Jeff McSweeney
Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region
Proposed by Andy Bakkum

Phillip Waselik
Trinity Lutheran Church La Crosse
Proposed by Bruce Swanwick


Sam Przywojski
Director of Business Development
Vendi Advertising
Proposed by Kathy Van Kirk
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.




January 7, 2021
Jason Larsen
Rotary Mobile Clinic

The St. Clare Health Mission has provided health and medical services to those in need, the poor, the immigrants and homeless, since its inception in 1998.  Founded by Sr. Clare Beres, the Health Mission is a collaboration between Mayo Health Systems, Gundersen Health System and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.  Almost 20,000 people have used the health mission since it was founded with over 100,000 repeat visits. 

The program for Thursday, January 7th will be provided by the Executive Director, Jason Larsen, who also serves as the current president of the Rotary Club of La Crosse-East.  He will share the story of the St. Clare Health Mission and will, with the assistance of Steve O’Malley and Dean Dickinson, rollout a new collaborative initiative between St. Clare and the nine area Rotary Clubs that will provide an outreach opportunity to those in need of medical services.


Rotary Clubs in the Coulee Region have a goal to raise $80,000 to help fund a Mobile Clinic for St. Clare Health Mission.  The eight Coulee Region Rotary Clubs are applying for a Rotary International foundation grant. If approved, our $80,000 goal will be multiplied, bringing the total amount raised to $240,000.  Your donation matched through our Rotary Foundation can make an impact.  Every $1 = $3!
or donate online
TOGETHER, we see a world where people UNITE
 and take action to CREATE lasting CHANGE
 across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
ROTARY MOMENTS: 5 Questions with Andy
Each week President Andy will interview one of our Rotary Family. We will post the video each week in our newsletter. We will also post on Facebook and our website: PAGE LINK.  You can share this site with prospective members. 
Last week Andy interviewed Todd Restel Click on photo to view.



 Happy Birthday
Diana  Carey - Jan 13
Roger LeGrand - Jan 16
Todd Ondell - Jan 16

Happy Wedding Anniversary
Sandy (Richard) McCormick - Jan 12

Rotary Anniversary
Rob Palmberg - Jan 10 - 8 years
John-Peter Temple - Jan 10 - 19 years
Earlamae Dahlby - Jan 11 - 25 years
Dave Clements - Jan 12 - 15 years
Steve Doll - Jan 12 - 15 years
Ben Lachecki - Jan 13 - 16 years
Sharon Imes - Jan 14 - 33 years
Steve O'Malley - Jan 15 - 17 years
Michelle Skemp - Jan 16 - 7 years




We send our condolences to the:

Tami Woods Family:  Tami's mom passed away on January 6th.  Tami's address is 427 Losey Blvd N. La Crosse WI  54601.   






We send get well wishes out to  Rotarian Earlamae Dahlby.  Earlamae had a stroke last week. Good news is that her MRI was good.  She will need some OT and PT.  If you would like to send her a note: W5772 CTH K, Stoddard, WI  54658.  (Earlamae is our constant at the the registration table each week when we meet in person and welcomes guests to our club, records Rotarians makeups and sends cards out to Rotarians when they have lost a love one.)



Check out our Leadership Series Site Page!  You will find the videos of our past Leadership Series presentations.
The Rotary Leadership series involves featured speakers providing insight and information about various aspects of leadership.  The events are scheduled in a virtual format on the second Thursday of the month on an alternating schedule with the STAR program.  7:00-8:00 am.   The Rotary Leadership Series is designed for the members of the nine La Crosse-area Rotary clubs. Members may invite guests.
Our next Leadership Series will be February 11th
Jonah Larson

How do I use Venmo?

Are you getting fined during Rotarians in the News?  
You can now pay your fines by using Venmo.
It's easy!  Click here to learn more.

Venmo is a mobile payment service owned by PayPal. Venmo account holders can transfer funds to others via a mobile phone app; both the sender and receiver have to live in the U.S. Venmo is a type of payment rail. It handled $12 billion in transactions in the first quarter of 2018.

Since 2008, cash transfers using Venmo were not instantaneous and could be canceled after an initial transfer is sent. Like traditional wire transfer they can take one to three business days to become final. In January 2018,PayPal rolled out an instant transfer feature on Venmo, allowing users to deposit funds to their debit cards typically within 30 minutes. A 1% fee is deducted from the amount for each transfer, while the standard bank transfer (typically completed within 1–3 business days) is available for no fee.

Download the App to your mobile device today!


Our account is Rotary Club of La Crosse (@RotaryClub-LaCrosse) - last four digits of our phone number is 4491.


Here's a few tips to help ensure you're using Venmo safely:
  • Change your “payment activity” privacy setting to “private.” Here’s how. (Having your transactions set to “Public” will allow others to see when you make payments through Venmo, as well as the description you attach to each one.)
  • Consider setting up a separate online checking account just to fund Venmo payments (rather than linking it to your primary checking account). If you link it to a credit card, you incur a 3% fee. 
  • Never store large amounts of money in your Venmo balance. Immediately transfer Venmo transactions to linked bank accounts.
  • Don’t use the app on public wifi.
  • Set up your Venmo app to require a passcode, PIN, or fingerprint before making a payment.
  • Only use Venmo to send and receive money from friends and family you know and trust. Don't use it to buy something from an online marketplace, to send money to someone you don't know, or someone claiming to be from a government agency.
  • Only accept payments from people you know and trust (there’s a scam where people send you money “by accident” - read more here.)
Additional Resources:
Grant Management Seminar Session #1
 Saturday January 16, 2021 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 via ZOOM 
Rotary International Links

Active Rotarians

Resignation: Bonnie Steidl

Honorary Rotarians

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 2020 - June 2021
Rob Palmberg
If you would like to give your classification talk please contact Program Committee Chair Rob Palmberg.
Duty Roster Coordinators:
January - Rob Palmberg
February - Joe Carlson
March - Cindy Ericksen
If you are willing to do Rotarians in the News....please contact one of the Duty Roster Coordinators.

Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passe, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator 

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

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 14, 2021
Annual Meeting and Zoom Breakout Room Training
Jan 21, 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update for Rotary Club of La Crosse (Part II - Implicit Bias)
Jan 28, 2021
Classification Talk
Feb 04, 2021
Polio Survivor
Feb 11, 2021
The Peace Pipe Letters - Rotary February Theme of Peace & Conflict Resolution
Feb 18, 2021
Random Acts of Kindness - La Crosse Public Education Foundation
Feb 25, 2021
Global Health Security and Disease Prevention
View entire list
Upcoming Events
STAR Meeting - ZOOM
Jan 14, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Leadership Program - Jonah Larson
Feb 11, 2021
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Palmberg, Rob
Duty Roster Coordinator
Rotarians in the News
Horne, Scott
Executives & Directors
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
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Program Chair
Public Relations/Social Media
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Club Administrator / Executive
Russell Hampton
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