Speaker Date Topic
Terry Glenn Lilley Jul 18, 2024
The Four-Way Test, Re-Envisioned
The Four-Way Test, Re-Envisioned

The vision statement of Rotary is to imagine a world “where people unite and take action to create lasting change” and those actions, as well as what we think or say, are subject to the Four-Way Test.

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER RELATIONSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

In our discussion, we will reimagine the Four-Way Test and use it to evaluate the things we do not think, say, or do.

Terry Glenn Lilley is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His research and teaching focus on public policy and collective movements related to a variety of social justice issues.
 
 
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Jul 25, 2024
Anne Gorman
Anne Gorman

Anne Gordon is the Executive Director of a local non-profit organization, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Kids. Anne joined the CASA team back in 2022 as a Program Coordinator and then later, the Program Director prior to becoming the Executive Director when the organization achieved 501c3 in November of 2023. Before CASA, Anne came from healthcare and higher education positions finetuning her skills in human services, development and advancement, board and foundation logistics, and federally funded programs serving low-income, first generation, and persons with disabilities. Anne has always had a passion for child advocacy as someone who comes with many lived experiences. The CASA for Kids program roots were established in the La Crosse community in 1999 by a local judge and a steering committee. They identified the need for court appointed child advocacy in open CHIPS (Children in Need of Protection/Services). The program was placed under YWCA La Crosse and remained there until October 2023. As local CASA programs within the state grew, the national reach was over 340 programs, and the best practice was to be an independent organization to have the greatest impact in our communities. CASA for Kids began serving Monroe and Vernon counties in its most recent years and its need for growth in our communities became a priority to serve more children in our surrounding areas with a waitlist of over 100 children. CASA for Kids primarily recruits, trains, screens, and oversees volunteers assigned in open child abuse cases. This process of consistent volunteer advocacy provides effective and accurate reporting to our local judges in order to make the best determinations in the child(ren)'s outcomes, giving these children a voice in their case and advocating for their best interests.

Outbound Exchange - Soren Minor, A Year in Review Aug 01, 2024
Soren Minor just completed a year abroad in Belgium with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. He's an avid musician and outdoors enthusiast, and can usually be found hiking or biking around the Driftless Region. When he's not on his bicycle, he enjoys spending time around friends or enjoying a strong cup of coffee. Next year, he plans to major in Environmental Science at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
 
RI Convention Highlights: Jolivettes and Restels Aug 08, 2024
Highlights of the RI Convention in Singapore
Highlights of the RI Convention in Singapore

The Rotary International Convention is where you’ll find people of action from around the world brainstorming solutions to some of the most pressing challenges and celebrating our works of service that create lasting change.  This year's convention was held in Signapore.  Mark and Sharon Jolivette and Todd and Eva Marie Restel attended from our club.  They will present highlight from the convention and enlighten us on what we can expect to see through Rotary in the future.

Classification Talk: Amanda Worman Holmgaard Sep 19, 2024
Classification Talk
Classification Talk
When Rotary was established by Paul Harris and three others, each person came from a different walk of life. This diversity is a cornerstone of Rotary. The intent is to have a cross-section of business and professional experiences in your community.

For decades Rotary International listed a range of professional “classifications” and restricted how many representatives of each could be in a club. This ensures that each club reflects the community in which it serves. It also reminds us to not have one profession as a dominant voice in our club. Over time, these restrictions have pretty much given way, but your classification continues to be of great interest to your fellow club members. That’s why your Rotary badge carries your name and your classification.
 
Classification talks help us learn about the life experiences and professional backgrounds of new members.
Classification Talk: Alex Attardo Oct 17, 2024
Classification Talk
Classification Talk
When Rotary was established by Paul Harris and three others, each person came from a different walk of life. This diversity is a cornerstone of Rotary. The intent is to have a cross-section of business and professional experiences in your community.

For decades Rotary International listed a range of professional “classifications” and restricted how many representatives of each could be in a club. This ensures that each club reflects the community in which it serves. It also reminds us to not have one profession as a dominant voice in our club. Over time, these restrictions have pretty much given way, but your classification continues to be of great interest to your fellow club members. That’s why your Rotary badge carries your name and your classification.
 
Classification talks help us learn about the life experiences and professional backgrounds of new members.
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