Rotary Club of La Crosse                 District 6250  Club 2690

                                                                                                                           Founded June 1, 1919


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Welcome to our Club!



Thursday - 11:30 Buffet - 12:00 Meeting
at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI  54601
United States
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President Patt Boge presented a $1,000 check from our club to help support the River Watch organization.  
We  welcomed members from the River Watch organization. Danny, Alex and here for wxow highlight. 
This crucial program is campus driven by student and community volunteers as well as support from the Police Department.  Operation: River Watch began in 2006. Sigma Tau Gamma at UW-La Crosse took over the coordination of Operation: River Watch in 2007, although student volunteers come from all three campuses in La Crosse.  “I am a big fan of Operation: River Watch. Over the years, there have been other examples of wonderful student-led projects. But they rarely carry on to the next ‘generation’ of students, states Lee Rasch, President of Western Technical College. “It is even more unique to have three institutions of higher education collaborate on a multi-generation project.”
Operation: River Watch consists of four volunteers patrolling the river each Thursday through Sunday from 11p.m. to 3a.m. and has been credited with preventing several drownings. Volunteers typically intercept 700 or more people in Riverside Park during an academic year, as reported in a 2015 study.
“We are honored for this opportunity to have a partnership with the Rotary Club of La Crosse”, said Daniel Potter, Director Operation River Watch. “In order to keep our city safe year round, we are in need of constant and effective patrolling of the Mississippi River.”   As Summer approaches, it becomes more difficult to recruit volunteers for work that is truly making a difference and saving lives.  If you would like to volunteer to participate in Operation: River Watch, please contact Danny Potter at
Here we are in one of the Delhi slums at a free clinic. Children were waiting to get their drops. Whereas we get one dose, they get as many as 25 over a five year period. Why? Because if they have any intestinal issues, the dose can't replicate in their stomach in time for the body to trigger the immune system. After each dose, and we did 210 vaccinations today, the child gets his/her pinkie finger painted purple. We had a couple of kids come back to get the drops again just be cause they were so intrigued to see the western foreigners. Mothers thanked us. All the children were gorgeous. All smiling and anxious to practice their English.
Last month Jodi Widuch and Todd Restel attended PETS (President-elect training seminar) in Illinois.  Chuck Hanson serves as our District representative to the Midwest PETS Council and sent me the link so we all can hear the great speakers they had.  Anyone interested can log on and chose any program they would like to see.
To access them, just go to the Midwest PETS website ( and click on PAST PETS .... 2017 at the top of the page to view the videos.  Simply click on the video to watch it.  If you want to share the video via email, Facebook, etc., you may click the "Share" icon at the top right of each video.

The 2017 Rotary Conference for District 6250 will bring together members of 63 Rotary Clubs and communities to celebrate Rotary service and fellowship. It’s also an opportunity for Rotarians and their colleagues to shine as conference sponsors and advertisers.
Program advertisers, support Rotary and at the same time, showcase your business in the conference program. Conference programs will be given to all 400+ Rotarian business leaders and professionals expected to attend. 
Conference sponsors, underwrite an event or activity and support Rotary Clubs throughout District 6250.  As a sponsor, you will be listed in the District conference program and your business will be recognized for the sponsorship with an easel poster and from the podium at your event or activity.
District Governor Dean McHugh invites you to the 6250 District Conference in La Crosse on May 12-14, 2017

Rotary International President John Germ has encouraged us this year to be "Rotary Serving Humanity".  As I visited the 63 clubs in District 6250, I have seen evidence in every club where we are living up to this, both locally and internationally.  Even more powerful, we are working together with our friends as we make meaningful differences in the lives of others. 

I encourage you to celebrate Rotary friendship and Rotary progress with your fellow Rotarians in La Crosse.  At District Conference 2017 we will learn about some of the outstanding projects happening as a result of the efforts of our District's clubs and assistance from The Rotary Foundation.  We will have opportunity to learn more about specific Rotary roles and programs at District Assembly and at workshops.  We will hear from several young people whose lives have been changed forever by Rotary Youth programs.  We will hear inspiring messages about service and philanthropy from Rotarian and non Rotarian keynote speakers.  Probably most important of all, we will meet and talk with Rotarians from all around our District, taking home new ideas to improve our clubs.  

Join me in La Crosse to renew old friendships and make new ones in Rotary.  May Rotary friends and Rotary ways continue to help us serve.


Rotary Works Foundation Golf Outing: Please join us Wednesday May 24, 2017 at Cedar Creek Lane, Onalaska.  4-person teams, $85 per person includes: 18 holes, cart & dinner; $30 Dinner only.  Schedule of Events: 12:30 pm Shot Gun Start, 5:00 pm Cocktails, 6:00 pm Dinner.  Register online here.  Questions: Contact Bob Allen at 708-785-1727 or email  Rotary Works.


Rotary East Lobsterfest: Please support Rotary East and their Lobsterfest on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 4-9 at Colgan Air, 2709 Fanta Feed Road.  Music by Three Bears 'Til Dubuque and Tom Conrad.  Ticket $45.  Advance sales  only.    Web Site Info. Proceeds will benefit Chad Erickson Memorial Park Adaptive Pathway.



Ashlyn Neader, one of our outbound exchange students has arrived in Austria!  She will have a blog on her adventures......  click here to view.     Updated post...... 'A Day in my Life'  

Ashlyn Neader has published a new blog post:
'Things you should know before becoming an exchange student in Austria'
Ashlyn Neader has published a new blog post: 'Christmas in Austria Video' 
Ashlyn Neader has published a new blog post:
'Ski Week in the Alps- Video'


Grant Restel, son of Rotarians Todd and Eva Marie Restel is one of our outbound exchange students...he is in Osaka, Japan.  You can follow Grant's year on his Facebook.
Congratulations to Bruce Swanwick 2015-16 La Crosse Downtown Rotarian of the Year. Bruce was recognized at our meeting last week.  He will also be recognized at our Avenues of Service Dinner on August 16th.
Bruce was nominated by a number of Rotarians and they stated....Bruce is currently our Club Secretary and Chair of our Social Committee.  Every week Bruce is at our meetings at 10:15 setting up and helps to clean up after the meeting.  He is "johnny on the spot" always helping everyone.  Bruce also transports some of our senior members to the meetings. He is always upbeat and greets everyone with a smile and hand shake and lives the Four Way Test.  This year he was involved in raising funds for Coulee Region RSVP, Smarter than a Fifth Grader.  He was involved in our Fruit Basket Fundraiser by visiting every Rotary Club in the area twice to promote the sale of our baskets.   He is actively involved in our Club Social activities and is present at every event...he helped organize the bus to Caledonia for the Avenues of Service Dinner.  He is a good cheerleader for our club and these social events,   Bruce is the perfect selection for our 2015-16 Rotarian of the Year!!!
Rotarian Al Louis volunteers even when he is out of town on vacation. Al helped at the 7th Annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair. Entrance fee was $15 per person for three days.  There were 186 vendors that included crafts, food, gift and other items.  There were 90 different balloonists.  You were able to take rides for a charge...2 were tethered for people to go up but attached to the ground for a charge.  Four beer gardens on the grounds...and that is where you would of found Al volunteering...he did one four hour shift. This is a 100% volunteer paid staff.  Three Rotary Clubs and Two Lions Club and 1200 community members made up the workforce.  Attendance is 25,000 and growing each year.  More info available on their website.   Click here to view more photos.
Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917. Thanks to his vision and staunch advocacy, and the extraordinary generosity of Rotary members worldwide, that fund has become one of the world’s leading humanitarian foundations.

Learn about the people and events that have made our Foundation a powerful force for good. That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. View the timeline of the history of the development of what is now the Rotary Foundation.
Go to Celebrate the Centennial to see what events are planned by Rotary international.
                Plan to attend the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta June 10-14, 2017!!!
  The link to the registration area is
2017 Atlanta Convention Newsletter
Eva Marie Restel is quoted in the newsletter!
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 


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Website Sponsors
Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster
Amborn, David
Swanwick, Bruce
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Program Chair
Horne, Scott
Scrip Seller
Abrahamzon, Carol
Haase, Ann
Greeter 1
Boshcka, Matt
Greeter 2
Cottrell, Kelly
Raffle Ticket Seller
Carey, Diana
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Kruse, Barb
Rotarians in the News
Christians, Roger
Introduce Program
Snow, Anne
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liason
Club Administrator
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