Rotary Zoom Meeting
Thursday, January 7th
11:30 Networking/Social
Noon Meeting


Happy New Year from District 6250!
As we turn the page on the past year, let's look forward to what's next while learning from what has been.
Warm wishes for a happy and healthy 2021! #PeopleOfAction
Our club will have a ZOOM meeting again this week.  We will be sending you a browser link via email Thursday morning.  We will open at 11:30 and our meeting will start at Noon.  If you have an announcement you would like to make...please contact Andy Bakkum.    If you would like to have a guest attend, please let Andy know and YOU can forward your email link to them. 
Thanks to Sarah Arendt-Beyer you can now view past Zoom Rotary Meetings - she will post each week on our web site......LINK.
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.


Jeff McSweeney
Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Proposed by Andy Bakkum
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.







 Happy Birthday
Cindy Taerud - Jan 1
Colin Fleming - Jan 3
Courtney Daneils-Burke - Jan 7
Sue Durtsche - Jan 8
Brian Mlsna - Jan 9

Happy Wedding Anniversary
Jake (Jessie) Erickson - Jan 2
Bud (Barbara) Hammes - Jan 2

Rotary Anniversary
Bob Masewicz - Jan 4 - 3 years
Kenna Christians - Jan 6 - 21 years


Congratulations to the Ryan and Callie Smith family.  Rowan Thomas Smith was born on 10/24 at 8:19pm, he weighed in at 10lb and 21in!  Adorable future Rotarian!


We send our condolences to the:

Leonard Lee Family.  Leonard was a former member of our club....he passed away on December 28th at the age of 93.  LINK TO OBIT.




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.
Dear Rotary Club members,
On behalf of the students, teachers and families of the School of Technology and Arts II (SOTA II), I would like to thank you for your generous donation of $500 towards our fundraising goal. The money will be used to purchase Apple Pencil stylus for each of the students and teachers at the the school. SOTA II is a middle school (6th, 7th and 8th grade) charter within the school district of La Crosse. At full enrollment the school is 45 students in a multi-aged classroom setting. The mission of SOTA II is to integrate the arts and technology in the delivery of the core curriculum. Studies have linked learning of an art form to increased student motivation and the ability to learn other skills like reading, mathematics, and writing. It also showed correlation between active involvement in the arts to positive outcomes such as increased student participation in community service and appreciation of cultural differences. Similar research indicated that a wide range of computer technologies supported the development of advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills in students. The idea to purchase the Apple Pencils was taken from the teachers wish list. The teachers wanted to give the students a device that should be in every artist’s electronic tool box. The COVID-19 pandemic has strained everyone's budgets and the need for financial support has never been greater. I feel very fortunate that your group believes enough in the SOTA II mission to support our efforts.
Sincerely, John VonRuden| SOTA II Inc, Treasurer
We also received a thank you from the Gateway Area Council......CLICK here to view thank you and holiday photo card.
I want to thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, emails, cards, memorials, gifts, food and for helping me through the loss of my mother, Rosemarie Herlitzke.  Memorials will be given to The Parenting Place and the Children's Museum... she would be so happy knowing she is helping families in the community.  I was fortunate that Bluffview Memory Care allowed me to be at her side for her final hours.  Thank you to those that helped me through this five-year journey with her....your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.     Heartfelt thanks,  Lyn Sheffer
A top priority for Rotary is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve and are inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities. We're creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities.
The Rotary Club of La Crosse - Downtown has formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee to discuss all things DEI.
Check out their SITE PAGE on our web site.
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:
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.
Grant Management Seminar Session #1
 Saturday January 16, 2021 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 via ZOOM 
Rotary International Links

Active Rotarians

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:

December - Lynn Bruns
January - OPEN
February - OPEN
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)
Feb 04, 2021
Polio Survivor
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Board - ZOOM MEETING
Zoom Meeting
Jan 11, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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
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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
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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