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Rotary Meeting This Week
July 18, 2019
Swedish Meatballs
Yukon Whipped Potatoes
Steamed Vegetables
Cranberry Preserves
"She believed she could, so she did."

Author unknown.


This week we will welcome Katie Shepardson, our 2016-17 Global Grant Scholar, program will be ONE.

ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organization of more than nine million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.  We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality.  Learn more, here: received her bachelors degree in biology and political science at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and her masters at the University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies. She was a Global Grant Scholar, read her blog from that time, here.


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. 
We would like to thank Todd Restel for his leadership this past year. He turned the gavel over to our 2019-20 President Tami Woods.  Thanks to our Club Board of Directors and Rotary Works Board members for representing us this year.
2018-19 Club Board Members were:  Todd Restel, Jodi Widuch, Tami Woods, Rob Palmberg, David Amborn, Carol Abrahamzon, Sarah Arendt-Beyer, Andy Bakkum, Greg Curti, Mark Jolivette, Al Louis, Alex Lueck, Catherine Kolkmeier, Nick Passe, Pat Ruda, Ashley Skoczynski and Miranda TerBeest.
2018-19 Rotary Works Board Members were: Pat Ruda, Sue Durtsche, Craig Ubbelohde and Kelly Krieg-Sigman.
Our Rotarian of the Year, Lee Rasch was also recognized.
We honored three Rotarians with Paul Harris Fellows....David Morrison PH+5, Randy Nelson PH +1 and Kelly Krieg-Sigman PH+1.  Each Paul Harris represents a donation of $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation.  We thank David, Randy and Kelly for their contributions.  If you would like more information on the Paul Harris Fellow status...LINK.
Every year our club helps to fund our president's trip to the Rotary International Conference.  This year Tami went to Hamburg, Germany and had the good fortune to take her family with her to celebrate her 25 years of marriage to Brian.   She gave a heartfelt message to all of us of how you can go anywhere in the world and you will be with a Rotary friend. If you want to get inspired and make new should attend a Rotary International Conference or closer to home a District Conference.  Tami introduced her 2019-20 Board of can view the board and our representatives on the Rotary Works Board on our website's home page at
Watch for a quote from Tami each week in our newsletter. 
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:

"She believed she could, so she did."  

Author unknown.




Rob Jordan
Sales Engineer
Proposed by Ryan Geister

Remember to meet and greet new members

who can be identified by their temporary red badge.



 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






Kwik Trip Scrip cards are available for sale after and before our meetings.  We will get 5% off the face value of each card...if the card is used IN STORE for purchases we will receive another 10%- total 15% back (some exclusions apply)....if used only for gas we will only get the initial 5%.    

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​
Jamie Capuzzi - July 15
Debby Johnson -Towner - July 16
Elmer Grassman - July 17
James Gallagher (H) - July 18
John Morrissey - July 19
Audrey Lucier - July 20


Happy Wedding Anniversary
Mike (Karen) Desmond - July 14
Ilene (Tom) Kernozek - July 14
Brad (Kelly) Reinhart - July 15
Candice (Ty) Tlustosch - July 20


 Rotary Anniversary
Pete Eversole (H) - July 16 - 49 years
John Wettstein - July 16 - 55 years
Kathy Van Kirk-Przywojski - July 18 - 6 years
Greg Reichert - July 20 - 2 years




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


July 11th

Raffle $10 Kwik Trip Gift Card

Marble Raffle  $90

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.


July 11th
Raffle: $44; Fines $159; Scrip $550; Scooters $7



June 28th - 51%
July - 57%

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
May - Ilene Kernozek




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


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Jul 25, 2019
Aug 01, 2019
Classification Talk
Aug 08, 2019
Outbound Exchange Students
Aug 15, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
The Childcare Crisis
Aug 29, 2019
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Mississippi River Warden Team
Sep 05, 2019
Coulee Region Climber's Cooperative
Sep 12, 2019
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Upcoming Events
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
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Carey, Diana
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Christians, Kenna
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Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
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Hensel, Mary Beth
Introduce Program
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Green, Kaycie
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Raffle Ticket Seller
Schloegel, Jamie
Scrip Seller
Flottmeyer, Nancy
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