Rotary Club of La Crosse                 District 6250  Club 2690

                                                                                                                           Founded June 1, 1919


Offsite at Oktoberfest
Sep 28, 2017
Patt Boge
Oct 05, 2017
National Immunization Day in India
Carolyn Bostrack
Oct 12, 2017
Rising Beyond
Dean Dickinson
Oct 19, 2017
Classification Talk
Chancellor Joe Gow and Staff
Oct 26, 2017
Sustaining Excellence - UWL New Strategic Plan
Chancellor Joe Gow and Staff
Oct 26, 2017
Sustaining Excellence - UWL New Strategic Plan
District Governor Joe Ruskey
Nov 02, 2017
District 6250
Dean Dickinson
Nov 09, 2017
November is Foundation Month
Nov 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving
Dean Dickinson MC
Dec 21, 2017
Christmas Program
Dec 28, 2017
Merry Christmas
Annual Meeting
Jan 25, 2018
Upcoming Events
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Rotary Making a Difference

Thursday - 11:30 Buffet - 12:00 Meeting
at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI  54601
United States
District Site
Rotary International
Venue Map
Home Page Stories
These are the winners of the Commodore Foundation Packer Raffle:
1st Place:              Scott Davies -  Limo ride to the Packers game and 4 box seat tickets for the Thursday 9/28 game against the Bears
2nd Place:             Dave Ring - Day rental/use of a Pontoon Boat from American Marine
3rd Place:              Tom Albrecht - 1 year of unlimited car washes from Ship Shape Car Wash
4th Place:              Diane Foust -   $500 Gift Card to Festival Foods
5th Place:              Joyce Murphy - Vehicle Detailing of a Vehicle from Clason Buick GMC
Message from our District Governor, Joe Ruskey.
As we have seen, the devastation is great and is growing. The communities effected will need incredible resources to recover. Because of the widespread devastation already seen, the needs of those impacted will far exceed existing resources. Many have asked how we can Make a Difference.  As you may or may not know, District 6250 has a Charitable Trust.  This is a foundation that will allow you to make a tax deductible contribution that will be sent to the Rotary District(s) heading the relief efforts in Texas and effected areas.  100% of your contribution will go to those that truly need it. 
Here’s how you can donate:
By Check:
Make check payable to Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust
Mail check to:
Rotary District 6250 Charitable Trust
Attn: HHRF
907 Martin Drive
Marshfield, WI 54449
By Credit Card (PayPal):
Click the “Donate” Button under
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
If you prefer we will have a basket at the registration table this week at Rotary...your checks/cash will be sent to the District 6250 Charitable Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.  Money will be sent in October 13th.
Tom Berkedal shared information about a Fox Valley based group called “Voices of Men,” that engages men and boys in the process of reducing acts of domestic assault and sexual violence.
Voices of Men had its beginning in 2007 when the leaders of the four agencies in the Fox Valley dealing with domestic assault and sexual violence issues, had a discussion centered on the fact that they were all women, their staff members were all women, and about 85% of their donors and volunteers were women. And yet, they knew that approximately 90% of the perpetrators of domestic assault and sexual violence are men. The question they asked themselves that day was “Where are the men?” They spent the next few years working with about 40 local men to organize what was to become “Voices of Men” and ultimately decided to have an annual breakfast that would inform men and boys about the issues regarding domestic assault and sexual violence, and inspire them to be involved in the solution.
The breakfast has grown significantly over the past 6 years, and the last two in 2015 and 2016 sold out the largest banquet facility in Appleton, and had over 1000 attendees. The breakfast event has also provided growth for the organization through the efforts of men and boys who have attended, and decided to do more. As a result, several groups that were inspired by Voices of Men have been formed in various high schools, colleges, a middle school, grade school, and several local businesses. Visit if you’d like to read more about the organization.
Tom announced that he is in the process of informing various La Crosse agencies and organizations about “Voices of Men,” and plans to form a second chapter of the group in La Crosse when he retires next year and moves back to the area. If you’d be interested in being involved with the formation of the La Crosse chapter of “Voices of Men” please email Tom at    
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....every ticket we sell we will get $5.......1NFL Logosst Place is Four Club Seats to the Packers/Dallas game on October 16th...includes a 6 passenger limo service to and from the game.....2nd - 5th price click here to view.   We hope you will not only buy a ticket but take a pack of tickets to sell to your friends, co-workers, etc.  We will use the money through-out the year for our  projects.  Last year we used $1,000 for the Riverwatch Project and $1,000 for the After Hours Youth Exchange program. The money remaining may be used for our Veteran's Lounge Project.  Please help us make this fundraiser a success.  Pick up your tickets this week at Rotary. PICK UP A PACK AND SELL THEM TO YOUR FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS!  Drawing will be Monday, September 11th at 7 pm at Shenanigan's.  If you are not a member of our club and would like to purchase a and we will connect with you.
The Rotary flags in front of Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and Rotary offices around the world fly at half-staff ast week as friends and colleagues mourn President-elect Sam F. Owori, who died on 13 July from complications after surgery.  Click here for more information.
Katie Shephardson received the Rotary Global Award. Read on Katie's blog about the Rotary Global Award and how Katie with the help of Rotarian Bruce Swanwick applied and was awarded the Rotary Global Grant.  Katie will be pursing a Masters degree at the University of London SOAS which specializes in the geographic regions of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.   You can follow Katie's adventure on her blog.
We asked Katie to write a little about herself.....I am the oldest of my incredible parents Darin and Linda Shepardson and am blessed with two phenomenal younger sisters named Emily and Clair.  Emily is going into her Sophomore Year at UW-Eau Claire where she is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in journalism/communications.  Her talent for speaking and writing is pretty evident in her long lived passion for acting and in her success on the UW-Eau Claire Forensics Team where she successfully made it to the National meet last year.  Clair is going to be a Freshman at Winona State University where she is planning on pursuing an undergraduate degree that will prepare her for either a Graduate program in  Kinesiologyor as a Physical Therapist.  She is a talented Track and Field athlete and will be competing for the Winona State Track and Field team next year.
My mother and father are both alumni of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and they met while my father was competing as a  Cross Country and Track athlete for UW-L and my mother was working towards becoming an a Athletic Trainer prior to pursuing her PT degree. They have been married  for 26 years.  My father has taught Social Studies for over 20 years at Onalaska High School and is the head coach for the Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. While my mother is a Physical Therapist working out of the Rochester area.

Rotarian of the Year

David Amborn


Anne Snow nominated David...

I believe David Amborn should be the 2016-17 Rotarian of the Year for our club because David Amborn lives the four way test in all that he does. He has overseen the downtown Fruit Basket fundraiser for years, offered his help with convention and every other Rotary need that is asked of him. He has the highest ethical standards and retired from Gundersen Lutheran Foundation after years of fundraising and community giving. He continues to serve the Community Theater, The Children's Museum and the Parenting Place in leadership positions, helping our community to be the best it can be. He has taken an active interest in exchange students in the past, making sure they get to community events and feel welcomed.
I can think of no one who is more deserving, who continues to be active in Rotary year after year, tirelessly and willingly accepting roles wherever needed.
David is currently serving on our Board of Directors and is our Sergeant-at-Arms.  He is a past La Crosse Rotary Foundation President and Club President (2009-10).
David will also be recognized at the Avenues of Service Dinner on August 15th.
The Brain Game Board of Directors has exciting news!  They are launching an eBook version of The Brain Game at our Rotary International Booth in Atlanta!  They are also very close to having Amazon publish, store and distribute the hard hardcover English version and BuildFire to host the mobile app.  Kuddos to all involved in creating these exciting changes to The Brain Game.
The Brain Game is a book enhancing children's brain development, written and recommended by early childhood professionals. This resource was developed through the leadership of the Rotary Club of La Crosse and as part of this Rotary project given to parents of newborns at both local hospitals.  The books are also available in Spanish.
Reminder if you are traveling and visiting other Rotary Clubs....please make sure and pick up a banner and Brain Game Book to present. Great way to promote the Brain Game Project.
If you have any questions on the Brain Game Project, you can contact Jeanne Meyer, Administrator at 608-304-2971 or visit their web site.
Al Louis has been a member of our club since June 2, 2016.  He and his wife Brenda own Designing Jewelers.   Al has been a very active member of our club.  He said "my first year Rotary experience has been wonderful, awesome and exciting.  Best organization I have ever had the privilege of being a part of.  I am so amazed what this group gets accomplished."
Thanks to David Amborn for proposing Al!  If you know of someone who might be a great Rotarian, invite them to one of our meetings.  That is what David did and Al said yes!
ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download!  The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go! Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app is comprised of 3 main modules.You now will have the ability to view your member directory, view the articles posted to your website and locate the nearest club right from your iPhone or iPod, bringing you even closer to being able to connect, collaborate and communicate
To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. Our mobile app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 3.1 or later and with versions of Anrdoids that are 2.3.3 or better.
Click here for more information. Note the app is the one that has a blue background and has CR on it. It will give you easy access to all our member's contact information.

PROGRAM CHAIRS FOR THE UPCOMING ROTARY YEAR....  Our monthly program chairs will work with the Program Committee and be a host to our speakers each week.  You will be responsible for recruiting all the volunteer helpers for the meetings during your month.

If you would like to volunteer to do Rotarians in the News, be a greeter or raffle ticket seller, or announce guests, you can email the Monthly Program Chair. Link to Program Chairs.





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


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

Kathy Knoblock, Administrator

Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours
P.O. Box 1622
La Crosse, WI  54602-1622 




Website Sponsors
Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster
Amborn, David
Swanwick, Bruce
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Program Chair
Ondell, Todd
Lueck, Alex
Hospitality Greeter
Christians, Kenna
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Thompson, Tom
Introduce Program
Krause, P.J.
Rotarians in the News
Horne, Scott
Raffle Ticket Seller
Ondell, Todd
Scrip Seller
McCormick, Sandy
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liason
Club Administrator
Public Relations/Social Media
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Councelor
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...

Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.