August 12, 2021

County Health Department Update
Please note the County Health Department is now 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: Natural Burials with Sharon Berger, FSPA
Hear Sister Sharon Berger speak about the FSPA 2009 initiative to offer a natural burial cemetery on St. Joseph Ridge. The sisters can chose to be buried in a simple wooden container without embalming. To date, over 40 sisters have chosen this option and 16 have been buried with this alternative to traditional burials.
Last week at Rotary: Preventing Investment Fraud with Leslie Van Buskirk
Leslie M. Van Buskirk is an Administrator in the Division of Securities for the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. She shared examples of investment fraud that are happening today and ways we can protect ourselves from falling victim to these kinds of fraudulent activity. 
New Administrator - Meet Robin Cosby
Robin is joining our Rotary family on August 2nd as our new Administrator. As a third generation La Crosse resident, Robin has deep roots in La Crosse and shares Rotary's passion for serving others with a special interest in social justice. In her "free" time, she enjoys spending time with her family in the out-of-doors - hiking, alpine and nordic skiing, bicycling and traveling.  Robin is working part-time until August 23rd when she will begin full-time.
Meal for this week
This Week's Meal
BBQ Shredded Pork
Upcoming Speakers
Aug 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Natural Burials
Aug 19, 2021 12:00 PM
Community Theater present
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Leadership Series - Kayha Fox
Thursday December 9th
For over five years, Kayha Fox has been the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity in the La Crosse area.  Before taking her role, Kayha has lead many housing efforts.
Habitat for Humanity Work Days
Join us for a Build Day!
Saturday, September 11
Saturday, October 9
Saturday, October 23
Shifts Include:
8:00am-12:00 OR 11:30am-3:00
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Up to 10 volunteers per shift.
  • Must be age 16+.

The sign up takes about 5-10 minutes which includes signing a waiver and entering emergency contact information.

Job Shadow Committee
The Job Shadow Committee is offering you the opportunity to promote your business and recruit potential employees. Through an application process, we will match and place accepted high school and/or college students in your business to take tours, meet with professionals in your business to learn about your industry, or develop a mentor/mentee opportunity.
The Rotary Club of La Crosse, the Dahl School of Business at Viterbo University, the Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, and area Interact clubs are engaged in partnering in the Rotary Job Shadow program.
We would like to initiate the Job Shadow program in September.  If you are interested in participating in the Rotary Club of La Crosse Job Shadow Committee or hosting a student, please contact Todd Ondell at
Global and Community Partners Needs Volunteers

Mentorship Opportunity
Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child? Two local elementary schools are seeking volunteers to mentor students.
  • Commitment is 1 hour/week for one school year
  • Hamilton - Morning options
  • Hintgen - Morning or lunchtime options
  • Background check and orientation are required
The day and time you volunteer is flexible but does need to be consistent.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact:
Kristin Lettner
Al's Musky Challenge
Al and his team are continuing their fundraising efforts. Check out coverage from News Channel 8.
This year is in honor and memory of David Amborn.

2021 Beneficiaries:
Upcoming Events
Al's Musky Challenge
Jul 17, 2021 – Aug 27, 2021
Avenues of Service
La Crescent Area Event Center
Aug 25, 2021
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Webinar: Lunch out of Landfills
Aug 26, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Webinar: Citizen Science with Debris Tracker
Sep 02, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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Member Information

Do you know someone who may be interested in joining a Rotary club?  Feel free to bring them as a guest to one of our meetings.

Active Rotarians

Honorary Rotarians

Proposed Rotarians

Rotary Attendance 
August 5th - 32%

Attendance Policy

John Dingman - August 9
Rob Jordan - August 9
Scott Chorski - August 9
Todd Restel - August 11
Peter Hughes - August 12
Barry Watkins - August 13
Ilene Kernozek - August 13
Debby Johnson Towner (John Towner) - August 8
Gloria (Steve) Doyle - August 8
Neal Zygarlicke (Whitney Hegseth) - August 10
Brent (Ellen) Smith - August 11
Teresa (David) Pierce - August 12
Terry Witzke (Kathryn-Deceased) - August 12
Eva Marie (Todd) Restel - August 13
Todd (Eva Marie) Restel - August 13
Barry (Chris) Watkins - August 14

Club Anniversaries:

Jodi Widuch - August 14 - 18 years
Anita Froegel - August 10 - 34 years
Mark Jolivette - August 8 - 36 years
Jim Lewis - August 12 - 39 years


Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Journot, Lauren
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Restel, Eva Marie
Duty Roster Coordinator
Riley, Sheila
Introduce Speaker
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Durtsche, Tim
Restel, Eva Marie
Hospitality Greeter
Durtsche, Sue
Raffle Ticket Seller
Swanwick, Bruce
Scrip Seller
Ericksen, Cindy
Rotarians in the News
Solyst, Mark


August 5th

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Dean's Marbles  $10


June 29th

 Raffle $24 - Fines $30 - Scooters $1 


Raffle, Fines, Birthday, Anniversaries and Scooters are

donations that go to directly to our club.

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