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CLUB INFO

 

Rotary Meeting This Week
RADISSON CENTER
 
 
October 24, 2019
 
MENU
Swedish Meatballs
Yukon Whipped Potatoes
Vegetables
Cranberry Preserves
 
 
 
 
PRESIDENT TAMI'S QUOTE OF THE WEEK
 

 

 

SAD NEWS FOR OUR ROTARY FAMILY

Rotary Club of La Crosse lost a member of our Rotary Family.

Honorary Member Dick Swantz passed away.

  Dick was a member of our club for 42 years. 

Link to Obituary

Judy Swantz's address is: 1 Riverplace Dr. Apt 206, La Crosse

 

 
 
 

 

THIS WEEK AT ROTARY - Oct 24th
 
Gary Schettle (LAGRA) and Inga Rottmann
La Crosse Area German Relations Association (LAGRA) and a presentation from Inga Rottmann

We will be hearing from our exchange student, Inga, and also The La Crosse Area German Relations Association, Inc. (LAGRA)!

LAGRA's mission is to foster a productive international relationship with our Partner City, Friedberg, Germany, to increase awareness of our area’s German heritage, and to promote the study of German culture and language in area schools. Their vision is to be recognized as a leading organization honoring La Crosse’s German heritage, and facilitating the many relations between the Greater La Crosse Area and Germany.

Some of their activities include:

  • Welcoming &/or hosting Germans from Friedberg, our Sister City in Bavaria
  • Assisting with setting up tours for visiting Germans
  • Adult delegations to Friedberg  
  • German Heritage Day activities for students at the Northside Oktoberfest grounds
  • Lincoln Middle School’s annual Oktoberfest dinner & entertainment 
  • 3rd graders at Northwoods Elementary International School have a partner class in Friedberg 
  • Fundraising & supporting both Central’s and Logan’s high school German exchanges
  • Helping in the German Garden at Riverside Park
  • Providing La Crosse area products for the annual Christmas Market in Friedberg

Read more about Friedberg. Read a news story about a delegation from Friedberg.

 

WORLD POLIO DAY - PINTS FOR POLIO
WORLD POLIO DAY
On World Polio Day, thousands of Rotary clubs around the world will hold events and fundraisers
to recognize our progress in the global fight to end polio.
 
Our club will gather at Pearl St. Brewery
1401 St. Andrew Street
4-7 pm Music by Audio Jack
(Jay Dalberg and Rotarians
Tim Kolek and Michelle Skemp)
50/50 Raffle
Light Snacks
 
or
JOIN OTHERS AREA ROTARIANS
at establishments listed below.
 
 
 
DEADLINE THIS WEEK - ROTARY LIGHTS 2019 AD and SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Rotary Lights 2019 will be our 25th anniversary.  
 
We need your help this year.  The way the calendar falls in 2019, we only have 33 nights of operation compared to 39 last year.  That means we have 6 fewer nights to collect food and cash to help the less fortunate.  We ask for your consideration to help sponsor Rotary Lights 2019.  Rotary Lights is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation.  All gifts are deductible to the full extent of the law.  Link to 2019 Sponsorship! (may state 2018 but we are using same sponsorships for 2019).    Here is the list of sponsored nights as of September 16th.
 
Other opportunities to support Rotary Lights:  is to have a food drive at your place of business.   If your business wants to sponsor a night for our 25th anniversary or sponsor a food drive, contact Pat Stephens for more information.  AND Advertise in the 2019 Rotary Lights Booklet.  The full-color book will feature a history of the project, maps, schedules, photos and much more!  30,000+ will be printed and will be personally handed out to each vehicle and to groups of walkers that enter the park and can be viewed on the Rotary Lights web site.    AD FORM LINK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With your help, Rotary Lights 2019 will again light up Riverside Park!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
iFEED - FOOD DRIVE & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY 
 
 

We will have two teams of 12.

Team Leaders
Sarah Arendt-Beyer
Bob Masewicz


Register here.

We will have a food drive for iFeed.
Bring your non-perishable food items to Rotary

October 17, 24 and 31.

Info below from their FaceBook page.

iFeed is aiming to be the largest food drive in the history of La Crosse. Held on November 2nd, 2019 from 8:00 am - Noon at Logan High School, it is organized by the local area high school Rotary Interact Clubs.

The iFeed day consists of two parts: Part 1) Teams will pack over 100,000 highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice meals that will be shipped to Nicaragua to be feed malnourished children in schools and churches. Part 2) Food items collected from the hundreds of food drives held from September-November at many local businesses, churches, schools, etc will be brought to Logan High School where we’ll sort, count and then give to the La Crosse Hunger Task Force for distribution to all local food pantries. Items will also be flown to Puerto Rico to help Hurricane victims. Cash and food donations will be collected the day of the event!   iFeed Web Site

 

 

 

WARM FEET, WARM HEARTS
 
 
The Humanitarian committee is coordinating our 3rd annual Warm Feet, Warm Hearts campaign, now through November 14th. The purpose of the campaign is to provide comfort to those who need help this winter, by collecting warm clothing and other items which will be donated to Catholic Charities for distribution to those in need in our community.   LIST OF SUGGETED ITEMS LINK
 
Last year area Rotary clubs collected over 848 items and $235 in cash & checks for Catholic Charities. This year, we'll again be collecting: 
  • large sweatshirts, especially hoodies
  • tube socks
  • men’s white t-shirts 
  • flannel shirts (especially large sizes such as 4X) 
  • hats, especially those with earflaps 
  • long underwear
  • sweatpants 
  • coffee 
  • laundry soap
  • hand warmers 
  • new or gently used winter boots 
  • new men’s and women’s underwear
Donations can be brought to our Rotary meetings between now and Nov 14th. Cash and check donations are also welcome; checks can be made payable to Catholic Charities. 
 
The La Crosse Warming Center, run by Catholic Charities, provided services to 301 unduplicated guests amounting in 6,414 individual stays last year. This required over 6,700 volunteer hours by 291 volunteers just from our area! Each guest receives a hot meal, shower, a place to sleep, an opportunity to wash their clothes, and help accessing local resources. They are open from November 1st through April 30th.
 
Questions? Contact Sarah Arendt-Beyer at 608-406-7492 or email sarendt@digisage.com
 
 
 
ROTARY WORKS FOUNDATION
 
 
 
ROTARY WORKS FOUNDATION
Your donations doing good in the Community and World
 
October Grants:  CORRECTION GRANT OF $1,000 to Franciscan Spirituality Center - Overcoming Challenges With Grit and Grace.
 
 
ROTARY WORKS FOUNDATION WEB SITE
 
 
YOUTH EXCHANGE CULTURAL CELEBRATION
 
The Coulee Region's Youth Exchange Cultural Celebration will be Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 5:30pm at the La Crosse Club, 200 Harborview Plaza.  This is a fundraiser event for our Rotary Youth Exchange students to help cover their cost of the East or West Coast trip at the end of their exchange.  Your ticket price will include...hors d'oeuvres, dishes to sample from the students home country and you will here from each of the Rotary Exchange Students and get to know them better.   There will also be a cash bar and a 50/50 raffle.    Flyer Link with more information.  We are also looking for sponsors ....see letter LINK for more information. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
UPCOMING COMMITTEE  - FELLOWSHIPS MEETINGS
Razia's Bus Committee Meeting- Thursday, October 24th at 1:00:  This is an ad hoc committee that will pursue the purchase of a bus to provide transportation for girls attending the Zabuli Education Center in Afghanistan. If you would like to be on the committee or learn more, please attend.  Jodi Widuch and Bill Hoel will be co-chairing this committee.    Razia's Hope Foundation Web Site.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LAST WEEK AT ROTARY - October 17th
Paul Mueller, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System
Classification Talk

Last week Rotarian Paul Mueller gave his classification talk.  Members always enjoy hearing about their fellow Rotarians. Paul joined our club on December 13, 2018.

Paul's PowerPoint Presentation

Dr. Mueller serves as a Regional Vice President for Mayo Clinic Health System, overseeing the 10 locations headquartered from La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has been a consultant in general internal medicine for Mayo Clinic since 1998 and has chaired that department since 2009. He is also a professor of medicine and biomedical ethics for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. His appointment in La Crosse was effective October 1, 2018.

Classification Talk: Some have described the classification talk as a talking business card.  But it is so much more than that!  You can share vital and interesting information about your family, your interest and your business. The talk is not meant to embarrass you, but to let us get to know you as you want us to.  You are not expected to present yourself as a professional speaker.  Most of us are not.  Contact Sarah Arendt-Beyer Program Chair for the year if you would like to give your classification talk.

 

 

 

100% ATTENDANCE 2018-19
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Congratulations to all who achieved 100% attendance for 2018-19.
 
Winners of the $25 gift cards were:  David Amborn, Catherine Kolkmeier, Lee Rasch and Steve Porter.
 
 
 
 
WELCOME NEW MEMBER

WELCOME NEW MEMBER

Brian Serle
Spiritual Leader
Congregation Sons of Abraham
Proposed by Ed Neuman

Remember to meet and greet new members
who can be identified by their temporary red badge.

 

 

ROTARY FELLOWSHIP
UPCOMING ROTARY FELLOWSHIP
Tuesday, November 19th
 
 
 
ROTARY HABITAT BUILD DAY

Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area

 

Our Rotary Habitat Build Day has been changed....  We are looking for 8-10 volunteers for Saturday, December 7, 2019.

LINK TO VOLUNTEER

Start time will be 8:00 am with a short orientation and safety run through.  Lunch will be at 11:30 am and then the end time is 3:30 pm.  

 All volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed toed shoes on the construction site. They won't have individual plastic bottles available, but they do have jugs of water ready.  So everyone will want to bring a water bottle for the day. At the moment they’re not quite sure what we'll be working on yet, however we’ll find out the week before and let everyone know.

 

 

 

CAMEROON GARDENS DEDICATION & CELEBRATION
 
 
 
Thanks to all who joined us for the Cameroon Gardens Dedication
and Celebration.  
 
 
 
 
ROTARY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
It is that time of the year....
Dean Dickinson is planning our
Christmas Program for December 19th.
Please contact Dean if you have children, grandchildren, friends, etc. that would be willing to entertain us on Thursday, December 19th.  They would need to be there between 12 and 1 that day. Contact Dean for more information.  
 
 
FRUIT BASKET FUNDRAISER

FRUIT BASKET FUNDRAISER....Our Fruit Basket Fundraiser is to generate financial resources for our club activities and service projects.  The fundraiser also provides an opportunity for all club members to participate in an annual activity through the assembly, distribution, purchase and sale of fruit baskets during the holiday season.  This year our Fruit Basket assembly and delivery will be Saturday, December 14th and Monday, December 16thSave those dates!   Order forms and flyers will be available this week. Deadline to order is December 2nd.

You have two options:

                        Rotarians will need to purchase or sell 5 fruit baskets @ $23 per basket  = $115    OR     you can make a donation of $100 to the Rotary Club of La Crosse.  It will NOT be a tax deduction because we are NOT a 501 (3) c.  It will be your donation to our annual major fundraiser. 

 

We want you to start thinking of how you can promote our fundraiser.....Does your business give employee gifts?  Rotary Fruit Baskets are your answer!  Each wicker basket contains 8 apples, 4 oranges, 4 pears  and a bag of peanuts.

We have special rates for large orders: 200+ ($18), 100-199 ($19), 49-99 ($20), 1-48 ($23). 

Fruit Basket Flyer 2019

 

 

 

 

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING

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Help make a lasting contribution to the La Crosse area by volunteering to ring bells and raise funds for the Salvation Army. Greet holiday shoppers and help spread Christmas cheer while accepting donations in the Famous Red Kettle.The money raised stays in our community, supporting the Salvation Army Food Pantry, Meal Program, Emergency Shelter, Families in Need, Sending Kids to Camp, and so much more.

Our club will be ringing bells on Saturday, November 23rd. We will have sign-up at our upcoming meetings.

 

ROTARY SUMMIT - TOMAH
CONNECTING OUR ROTARY STORIES
Inspire, Connect Transform
District 6250 Fall Summits
 
ONE NEAR YOU IS
November 6, 2019
5:30-8:30
Ground Round - Tomah WI
 
 
 
 
 
 
CELEBRATIONS

 

                                   

 Happy Birthday
Dean Dickinson  - Oct 20
Mike Nickel - Oct 23

 

Happy Wedding Anniversary
Matt (Mindy) Durtsche - Oct 21
Ben (Laurie) Lachecki - Oct 21
Mike(Cindy) Seichter - Oct 21
Steve (Sude) Tanke - Oct 23
Peter (Amy) Grabow - Oct 25
Jim (Lisa) Salmo - Oct 25

 

Rotary Anniversary
Judy Kirkpatrick - Oct 21- 26 years
Tom Thompson - Oct 21 - 20 years
Don Zimmerman - Oct 22 - 32 years

 

 

ROTARY CLUB EVENTS & LINKS
 
 
 
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PINTS FOR POLIO - Thursday, October 24th (WORLD POLIO DAY) - Pearl Street Brewery from 4:00 to 7:00 pm...Audio Jack  will be performing.   T-shirts available for purchase.  Every pint sold $1.00 will be donated to Polio Plus.  More details coming!
 
 
 
 
Save the date for our District 6250 Conference  - ROTARYFEST - June 19-21, 2020.
 
 
 
BATTLE OF THE BEARDS - Holmen Area Rotary Club - La Crosse area Rotary challenge; Send your best NO-Shave November candidate to compete....LINK to more information.
 
 
 
 
RAFFLES

RAFFLES

October 24, 2019

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $50

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.

Oct 17th:   Raffle: $39; Scrip $540; Fines $148; Scooters $6

 
 
 
 
 
 
ATTENDANCE

ROTARY ATTENDANCE
Oct 3rd - 54%
Oct 10th - 54%
Oct 17th - 59%

 

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  - Jim Salmo

 

 
 
MEMBERSHIP

MEMBERSHIP 
Active Membershi
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188

Josh Trust - Resignation
John Morissey - Resignation

Lewis Kuhlman- Resignation

Brian Serle - New Member

Honorary Members

22

 

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.

 

 

WEB SITE SPONSORSHIP - Oct 2019
WEB SITE SPONSORSHIP

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

THE PARENTING PLACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM CHAIR & DUTY ROSTER COORDINATORS
Program Chair for July 2019 - June 2020
 
DUTY ROSTER COORDINATORS
October - Scott Bradford
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
January- Tim Candahl
February - Peter Grabow
March - Alex Lueck
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.
 

 
CONTACT INFO

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

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator
rotarylax@charter.net

Nick Passe, Secretary
nick@passelaw.com

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator
earlamae@centurytel.net 

 

Kelly Krieg-Sigman
The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384
608-304-2971
info@rotarybraingame.org

 

Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571
608-886-9793

Scott Herdeman, Administrator
rotaryworksfoundation@gmail.com

 


 
Sponsors
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Speakers
Oct 31, 2019
Nov 07, 2019
Rotary Foundation
Nov 21, 2019
Elmaro Vinyard
Nov 28, 2019
Thanksgiving
Dec 12, 2019
Classification Talk
Dec 19, 2019
Join us for the annual Christmas Program MC'd by Dean Dickinson
View entire list
Upcoming Events
iFeed 2019
Nov 02, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Youth Exchange Cultural Celebration
La Crosse Club
Nov 07, 2019 5:30 PM
 
Rotary Board
Radisson Hotel
Nov 11, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 
STAR Meeting
Radisson Hotel
Nov 14, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Rotary Works Board Meeting
La Crescent Area Event Center
Nov 21, 2019
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Nov 23, 2019 8:00 PM
 
Come for Supper
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Nov 26, 2019
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
 
Rotary Lights Work Night
Rotary Lights
Nov 29, 2019
4:30 PM – 10:20 PM
 
Rotary Habitat Build Day
Dec 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
 
Fruit Basket Fundraiser
Rotary Light House
Dec 14, 2019 7:30 AM –
Dec 16, 2019 12:00 PM
 
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Meeting Responsibilities
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
 
Secretary
Passe, Nick
 
Treasurer
Carey, Diana
 
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
 
Piano
Haase, Ann
 
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
 
Duty Roster Coordinator
Bradford, Scott
 
Introduce Speaker
Masewicz, Bob
 
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Snow, Anne
 
Greeter
 
Hospitality Greeter
 
Raffle Ticket Seller
Ericksen, Cindy
 
Scrip Seller
Jordan, Rob
 
Rotarians in the News
Bakkum, Andy
 
Executives & Directors
President
 
President Elect
 
President Elect Nominee
 
Past President
 
Treasurer
 
Secretary
 
Rotary Works Foundation Liaison
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
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
 
Membership
 
Program Chair
 
Public Relations/Social Media
 
The Rotary Foundation
 
Youth Exchange Officer
 
Youth Protection Officer
 
Youth Exchange Counselor
 
Youth Exchange Counselor
 
Youth Exchange Counselor
 
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