Rotary Zoom Meeting
Thursday, January 28th
11:30 Networking/Social
Noon Meeting


Our club is meeting by Zoom this week.  We will be sending you a browser link via email Thursday morning.  We will open our meeting at 11:30 and meeting will start at Noon. If you have an announcement you would like to make, please contact Andy Bakkum. You are welcome to bring a guest, just forward your link to them.
Joe Carlson
Classification Talk

Our very own Joe Carlson will give us a classification talk.  Joe has been a member of the club since April of 2019.  Joe's classification is "Youth Services - Executive Director" involved with scouting.  Enjoy learning about Joe, his family and the many talents he brings to our club and community!

Dushawn Hockett - We all have implicit biases. So what can we do about it?
DEI Committee led by Lauren Journot
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update for Rotary Club of La Crosse (Part II - Implicit Bias)

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee continued their conversation at the club on this important topic.  They discussed implicit bias and we were able to select and take a Harvard Implicit Bias Test and discuss what we learned in small groups during the meeting.

People don’t always say what’s on their minds. One reason is that they are unwilling. For example, someone might report smoking a pack of cigarettes per day because they are embarrassed to admit that they smoke two. Another reason is that they are unable. A smoker might truly believe that she smokes a pack a day, or might not keep track at all. The difference between being unwilling and unable is the difference between purposely hiding something from someone and unknowingly hiding something from yourself.

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. For example, you may believe that women and men should be equally associated with science, but your automatic associations could show that you (like many others) associate men with science more than you associate women with science.

We hoped you were able to take something of value from the experience of taking one or more of these tests.





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 Tom Behrenbeck Click on photo to view.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee will have a weekly section in our newsletter each week called the "DEI Corner" with a question of the week, DEI learning opportunity, etc.  This week they are promoting:
An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson
January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On Jan. 25, 2021, the University of Wisconsin–Madison will welcome journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as the keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Wilkerson is the author of “Caste” and “The Warmth of Other Suns,” and she is the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. Wilkerson will discuss connections and reflections on the messages and life of Martin Luther King Jr. in researching and writing “Caste.” This will be a Q&A-style event.
The Rotary Club of La Crosse - Downtown is seeking a Club Administrator to manage all aspects of the club, including finances, club communication, data and record management, meeting and event coordination, and volunteer management; and will additionally provide board support and liaise with Rotary International. This is a full time salaried position reporting to the Club President and Executive Committee. The Rotary Club of La Crosse - Downtown is a vibrant service-based organization made up of nearly 200 members, following the motto "Service Above Self."


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.



 Happy Birthday
Meredyth Lillejord - Jan 24
Sarah Ellingson - Jan 25
Ben Lachecki - Jan 25
Linda Zoerb - Jan 26
Annette Mikat - Jan 27
Joe Skemp - Jan 27
Sarah Arendt-Beyer - Jan 28
Dan Roemhild - Jan 28
Sheila Wieser - Jan 28

Happy Wedding Anniversary
John (Diane) Dingman - Jan 29

Rotary Anniversary
James Gallagher - Jan 28 - 33 years
Steve Tanke - Jan 28 - 39 years
Todd Restel - Jan 29 -12 years
Roz Schnick - Jan 29 - 6 years
Jim Salmo - Jan 30 - 6 years



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

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. 



Oak Grove Cemetery Association is seeking an Executive Director to manage a historic, non-profit cemetery situated in a park-like setting. The Executive Director provides the leadership and strategic direction to the Association, its mission and staff. The position is responsible for the day-to-day general operation of the cemetery including leading a team of staff providing compassionate customer service and facility and landscaped grounds care.  Full-time position; competitive salary and benefits. For more information on the position and how to apply, visit: 



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:
Rotary International Links

Active Rotarians

Resignation - Sue Wieman

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 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
Mar 04, 2021
Cameroon School Renovation Project...a Rotary Collaboration!
Mar 11, 2021
Classification Talk
Mar 18, 2021
Police Body Cam Programs - How police body cameras increase public confidence in policing
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Upcoming Events
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
Rasch, Lee
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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