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Next Meeting

February 28, 2019

Wisconsin Room
Radisson Hotel

Buffet starts at 11:30

Program at Noon

Chef's Choice



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  28 February 2019
Don’t forget that our meeting location has changed this week!
As you might have guessed, I consider myself to be a life-long learner.  This week, I want to move away from TED talks and show a link from Kahn Academy.  This organization is amazing.  It will teach you lessons from the basic to the highly advanced on dozens of topics from math, science, history and pretty much any other topic.  If you have children or grandchildren struggling in a subject in school, visit the Kahn Academny website.  For this week, I choose to include a link showing Chinese artist Ai WeiWei’s process of crafting millions of porcelain sunflower seeds.  He creates a work of art as well as a positive social project for the village in rural China he employed to make the seeds. Follow Sunflower Seeds on its remarkable journey from conception to delivery, and hear the artist talk about his unique socio-political approach to making art. The link of the artist speaking runs almost 15 minutes and can be found at the following link:  Ai WeiWei Link
With February coming to an end, I have included a final link highlighting the fact that it is Rotary International’s Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month.  The link is only 1.5 minutes long.  LINK
As a reminder, Eva Marie and I want to treat each member of our club to either a breakfast, lunch or dinner during my year as Rotary president.  You are welcome to bring your spouse or significant other.  If you have a family with kids and want to bring them, then we will set something up at our home that will be child friendly.  Please reach out to either one of us and we will get a meal on the calendars.
I have two final notes.  One, please invite a potential member to join us at this week’s meeting.  We have funds set aside to cover the cost of your visitor.  Two, if you have recommendations for future links in our newsletter, please email those to me.  I love discovering new areas of interest from other people that I respect.  I also take music requests for the exit song after our meeting is officially adjourned.
THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - February 28th
This week at Rotary
we will be in the
WISCONSIN ROOM at the Radisson Hotel. 
Opioid Epedemic

Secretary Dawn Crim

from the

WI Department of Safety and Professional Services

will be our speaker.

Our speaker last week was Dr. Larry Skendzel and he spoke about Hospice and palliative care.   Dr. Skendzel is a hospice & palliative medicine specialist at Gundersen Health System.  He graduated from Wayne State University School Of Medicine in 1990 and specializes in hospice & palliative medicine.
Gundersen Health System provides hospice care for adults and pediatric patients with life-limiting illnesses.  Web Site Link
DISTRICT CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING:  Radisson Hotel, Iowa Room - Thursday, March 7th from 5-7.  Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.
Regina Siegel
Assistant Vice President
Trust Point
Proposed by Eva Marie Restel

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.




Make an additional donation of $100 or greater to the Rotary International Annual or Polio Plus
through February 2019 and we will match your donation with foundation points.
Thanks to those that have given to this match
$9,250 has been donated to Rotary International
We have 750 points left to match donations.
DEADLINE for MATCH is February 28th.
District Governor Bill Hoel
serves Western Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota
Save the Date
District Conference
La Crosse Center
June 7 & 8, 2019



 Happy Birthday​
Marv Davis - Feb 25
Sandy McCormick - Feb 28


Happy Wedding  Anniversary
Earlamae (Jim) Dahlby - Feb 28
Dan (Dana) Roemhild - Feb 28

 Rotary Anniversary
Carol Abrahamzon - Feb 27 - 4 years
A.J. Frels - March 1 - 23 years


ONALASKA HILLTOPPERS: Spring Fling at the La Crosse Country Club on March 21, 2019. Tickets $50. Sponsor a table. Join us at the Fourth Annual Hilltopper Rotary Spring Fling on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm for a delicious dinner, bucket raffle, socializing, the chance to win $1,000, and more! Money raised from the Spring Fling will go help fund Club projects and the Onalaska Sculpture at the Great River Landing.   Link for more information.
HOLMEN SERVICE AUCTION:  Lunda Center on April 4, 2019 from 5-10  Come join the Holmen Area Rotary Club in their 2019 Service Auction. Come bid on unique and special items and services and support the Holmen Area Rotary Club and their service to the community. 
​There will be food, drink, lots of fun and fellowship. Hope to see you there!
VALLEY VIEW ROTARY MOON TUNES: Riverside Park - Bill Miller and friends June 6, 2019.   Web Site.



Rotary District Conference in La Crosse:  La Crosse Center June 7-8, 2019
Centennial Dinner Celebration:  La Crosse Center - June 20, 2019 - Speaker will be Stephanie Urchick - a member of the Rotary Club of Canonsburg Houston, Southpointe.  She has served Rotary as a Foundation Trustee, RI and TRF Committee member, District Governor, Regional Foundation Coordinator for ZONE 29, International Training Leader, RI President's Representative, Regional Leaders Training Institute Moderator, district delegate to Councils on Legislation, Training Leader at Zone meetings, and in various club and district Foundation roles.

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.  Our current sponsors are: Catholic Charities, New Horizons, Drake Choir, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Designing Jewelers, Rotary Works, The Brain Game and Rotary Lights.

New Sponsors this Month


Update on Hosts

March 13th Performance at

St. Rose Convent


Link for more info.


Catholic Charities
13th Annual Lenten Luncheon
Letter - Sponsor Form

Web Site Link



New Horizons
Victory Over Violence Gala & Auction
Web Site Link




Jan 31st - 46%
Feb 7th - 50 %
Feb 14th - 60%
Feb 21st - 44%

Rotary Attendance policy is to attend or makeup at least 50% of the club meetings during the first six months and the second six months.  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.

100% Attendance Winners
July  - Sheila Wieser
August - Bob Riutzel
September - Peter Grabow
October - Chuck Hanson
November - Grant Withrow
December - Tami Woods




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.





February 28th

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $30

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.


Feb 21st: Raffle $27; Fines $38; Scrip $110; Scooters $0
Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
February - Bonnie Steidl
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 Andy Bakkum.


Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914
608-526-4491 (Phone and Fax)

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passee, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator


The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384
Jeanne Meyer, Administrator


Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571

Scott Herdeman, Administrator


Interested in being a sponsor?
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Feb 28, 2019
Opioid Epedemic
Mar 07, 2019
The Watershed Act and the Driftless Region
Mar 14, 2019
Supporting Safe Birth - Madison Rotary
Mar 21, 2019
Rotary Lights
Mar 28, 2019
The La Crosse Plow Company
Apr 04, 2019
Classification Talk
Apr 11, 2019
The Life and Times of a Modern Day Maestro
Apr 18, 2019
Centennial Celebration Updates
Apr 25, 2019
May Yer Thao - 40 years of the Hmong Growth in America
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