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Rotary Meeting This Week
First Meeting of our new Rotary Year!
Welcome our new President Tami Woods.
July 11, 2019
BBQ Chicken Breast
Oven Roasted Potatoes
Creamy Coleslaw
Southwest Corn
Hello!  Let me introduce myself, I am Tami Woods, 2019-2020 President of the Rotary Club of La Crosse.  I have been a Rotarian since 2009 and am excited about my future with Rotary!   My husband Brian (“Woody”) and I have been married for 25 years and we have two sons, Max (18) and Jake (21).  The year begins with the new Rotary theme, “Rotary Connects the World”.  After attending my first International Rotary Convention in Hamburg Germany, I experienced what this means in many ways.  Rotarians have a special connection, it truly is an extended family. 
My profession is the Director of Catering for the Radisson Hotel, my areas of focus are managing and building talent in our catering operations team and I specialize in corporate accounts and convention services, the largest being the Organic Farming Conference which brings 3,500 guests to our wonderful city every February.  I love hospitality, making events happen and exceeding guest expectations are always a priority to keep them coming back.  Our catering team also means so much to me, they are truly the ones that make every event happen.
Some of my hobbies are riding motorcycle with my husband, volunteering, running, working out, cooking, wine tasting, watching movies, reading and spending quality time with my family and friends.  I love inspirational quotes and will be sharing a quote a week in our newsletter.  Please feel free to share some of your favorites too!
I look forward to “connect” with our fellow Rotarians in our club, hoping to get to know a little more about each one of you.  Cheers!
Quote of the week:
“If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you”
We will have the "changing of the guard" at our Rotary Meeting this week, July 11th.  We will be recognizing our outgoing president Todd Restel, our Board of Directors (Club and Foundation) and our Rotarian of the Year, Lee Rasch.  We will also present Paul Harris Fellow pins to a few members.
We are asking all past presidents to come forward and help pass the gavel on to our incoming president Tami Woods. 

Our next STAR Meeting will be Thursday,  July 11th  We will meet at the Radisson Hotel in the Wisconsin Room 3 at 7:00 a.m.  Please RSVP if you will be attending to Lyn at

ALL NEW members become a member of this committee for one year.  This breakfast is hosted (no cost to the new members).  The breakfast and presentation will last no longer than one hour and the meeting will count as a make-up.  The STAR Committee, in addition to meeting other new members and some of the present membership will learn more about various aspects of the Club.  



Robert (Rob) Jordan
Sales Engineer
Proposed by Ryan Geister

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.




AVENUES OF SERVICE BANQUET - Registration - Nominations
Every year the nine area Rotary Clubs gather for a celebration of club projects and honor members that have lived the Service Above Self motto.  Clubs will also honor their Rotarians of the Year.  This year our Avenues of Service Banquet will be Tuesday, August 13th at the new La Crescent Area Event Center, 595 Veterans Parkway, La Crescent, MN. 
The celebration will begin at 5:30 with a social.  This is a fundraiser for our Rotary Works Foundation.  We hope you will save the date.  It is a great night of fellowship and celebration.  Downtown Rotarians $20 and guests $35 (NO Rotary meeting on August 15th). 
We are now looking for nominations for the following categories:  Avenue of Service Nominations for Club Projects, Lifetime Achievement Nominations and the Rising Star Nominations.   More information and nominations forms can be found on the Avenue of Service Dinner page on our web site....LINK.  Deadline to submit nominations is July 15th. 
CAMEROON DONOR SUBCOMMITTEE  - July 11th at 11:00 at the Radisson Hotel.
Our speaker on June 28th was Dr. Tom Nebel a Partner from GiANT Worldwide.
As a Senior Consultant with GiANT Worldwide, he helps others “become leaders worth following, who build leaders worth following, and lead organizations everyone wants to work for.”  He serves a wide spectrum of clients in both for-profit and non-profit spaces.  What he does in GiANT he believes is, hands down, the best leadership development process in three decades of service.  Routinely he hears clients say, “I wish I would have had this years ago.  I would have been a better leader…a better person.”
Anne Snow presented Macy Neader with a Youth Exchange scholarship
Macy will be heading to Taiwan for the 2019-20 school year.
Mike Hartigan shared a story on past Rotary Meetings at the Stoddard Hotel
and how our club was a "singing" club. 
Mike and Ann Haase led us in the song "Grandfather's Clock."
 We are taking orders for Rotary Club of La Crosse Sweatshirts and Fleece jackets.     The items are:  Full-Zip Fleece; Full-Zip Hooded Sweatshirt; Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt and Crewneck Sweatshirt.   Note there are two types of fleece jackets - one is more fitted.  These will have a special 100th logo design.
If you would like to order one, please contact Jamie Capuzzi at or 507.319.1141.  Payment must be made to Jamie prior to submitting the order.  Jamie will have order forms at our upcoming meetings.   
Elmer Grassman's Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, July 17 from 5-7
Bethany St. Joseph's Care Center
2501 Shelby Road, La Crosse
Refreshments & snacks provided, cards welcomed.
Join us as we celebrate our beloved member's 93rd birthday!
Twisted Moose Fellowship
Tuesday, July 23 from 5-7
Twisted Moose
128 3rd Street
Join Will Jedlicka one of our newer members,
at his establishment.
Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Lucia will be heading home on July 27th. Lucia's flight home leaves at 9:57 am from the La Crosse Airport.  Come at 9:00 to help send her off.  She has been a delight to host this year and she will be missed!
We will welcome our new Youth Exchange Student, Inga from Germany.  She will arrive in La Crosse on, August 15th at 5:50p.m.   She arrives on SkyWest Airlines.  Come and welcome Inga to La Crosse!

Benefits of sponsoring an ad on the Rotary Club of La Crosse web site:
Enhance your business' public relations and image.
Advertise an upcoming event.
Opportunity to sponsor and support the Rotary Club of La Crosse and your community.
Sharing with fellow Rotarians in our club and other local clubs who would like to know what you do.

Why advertise on the Rotary Club of La Crosse web site?  The majority of visitors to our website are members and friends of our club.  This makes our site's web sponsorship an ideal opportunity for small and large businesses to promote their products, services or an upcoming event in our community.  Moreover 100% of the advertising revenue goes back to our club; this in turn supports the local community

Cost is $20 per month up to $120 per year . . . . click here for form and more information.  We will include your logo/link on our web site, send one email blast to all Rotarians and include an initial mention in our newsletter and on our Facebook page.

Click on the logos under Web Site Sponsors...located on right side of our home page and in each newsletter. 

New Sponsor this Month







We are teaming up with the Riverfest Commodores with a fundraiser.  They are selling raffle tickets to benefit their Riverfest Commodore Foundation, Inc....each ticket is $10 or 3 for $25. and you get a free car wash with each ticket....every ticket we sell we will get $5. First place will be four club seats to a Packer Game - plus 2nd- 4th place prizes will be awarded.   Last year we made $2,100 from this fundraiser and our club had 3 of the 5 winners!  Drawing will be Tuesday night, September 5th at 7 pm at Shenanigan's.

Thank you to Grant Withrow who will chair this fundraiser.  Tickets will be for sale at our upcoming meetings.  Sell to your family, friends and coworkers.

Flyer with list of prizes LINK.








 Happy Birthday​
Peter Eversole (H) - July 1
Jamie O'Neill - July 3
Will Jedlicka - July 5
Candice  Tlustosch - July 5
Mark Jolivette - July 6

MIke Swenson - July 6
Tim Durtsche - July 7
Dan Howe - July 9
Patt Boge - July 10
John Honadel - July 10
Roger Stanford - July 11
Paul Mueller - July 12


Happy Wedding Anniversary
Herb (Barb) Heili (H) - July 2
Ed (Corine) Neuman - July 4
Glena (Stephen) Temple - July 7
Tom (Jean) Thompson - July 9
Katie (Sam) Berkedal Servais- July 10
Tara (Tim) Johnson Padesky- July 12
Regina (John) Siegel - July 12


 Rotary Anniversary
Todd Wilson - July 3 - 16 years
Marv Davis - July 7 - 36 years
Ed Neuman - July 12 - 1 year






Rotarian Elmer and his wife Lil Grassman are residents of Bethany St. Joseph, 2501 Shelby Road, La Crosse, WI 54601.


Rotarian Cary Heyer was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He had surgery April 2nd and the surgery went well.   Cary was a former member of our club and a past president (2011-12) he moved to the Madison area and is now a member of the Madison Club. Cary was hoping to attend our Centennial Celebration...his mind said yes but his body said no.  Please keep Cary in your thoughts and prayers.  His home address is W11004 Eagle Dr., Lodi WI  53555






We send our condolences to the Robert Steuck family. Robert Steuck was a former Rotarian of our club.  He passed away at the age of 88 on June 23, 2019.

View obituary.



VALLEY VIEW ROTARY MOON TUNES: Riverside Park -  Web Site.


July 11th

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $80

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.


June 27th
Raffle: $42; Fines $142; Scrip $80; Scooters $4



June 6th - 53%
June 13th - 53%
June 20th - NO meeting
June 28th - 51%

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  - Sheila Wieser
August - Bob Riutzel
September - Peter Grabow
October - Chuck Hanson
November - Grant Withrow
December - Tami Woods
January - Kenna Christians
February - Cindy Erickson
March - Ed Neuman
April - Cindy Erickson




Active Membershi


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
September - Josh Trust
October - Scott Bradford
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
January- Tim Candahl
February - OPEN
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 


Alicia Strilzuk
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


Interested in being a sponsor?
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Jul 11, 2019
Jul 18, 2019
ONE is a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030.
Jul 25, 2019
Women Beekeepers of the La Crosse Area
Aug 01, 2019
Classification Talk
Aug 08, 2019
Outbound Exchange Students
Aug 15, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Aug 29, 2019
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Mississippi River Warden Team
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Upcoming Events
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Jul 11, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Fellowship - Birthday Party for Elmer
Bethany St. Joseph Care Center
Jul 17, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Works Board Meeting
Viterbo University
Jul 18, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Come for Supper
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Jul 23, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Twisted Moose
Jul 23, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Board
Radisson Hotel
Aug 12, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Avenues of Service Dinner
La Crescent Area Event Center
Aug 13, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
Duty Roster Coordinator
Hensel, Mary Beth
Introduce Program
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Flottmeyer, Nancy
Carlson, Joe
Hospitality Greeter
Neuman, Ed
Rotarians in the News
Raffle Ticket Seller
Green, Kaycie
Scrip Seller
Hensel, Mary Beth
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
Program Chair
Public Relations/Social Media
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Russell Hampton
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