Rotary Club of La Crosse                 District 6250  Club 2690

                                                                                                                           Founded June 1, 1919


Jack and Ann Haase
Mar 23, 2017
Classification Talk
Classification Talk



March 23rd....Humanitarian Committee will meet at the Radisson Center at 11:15

Lacie Ketelhut
Mar 30, 2017
No Hit Zone
Peter J. Blum
Apr 06, 2017
Deputy Director of Admissions, Recruitment and Community Relations - Challenge Academy
Steve O'Malley
Apr 13, 2017
Rotary and Habitat for Humanity - "Welcome in La Crosse" Projec
Jamie Capuzzi
Apr 20, 2017
Deaf Culture in America
Anglea Czerwinski
Apr 27, 2017
Classification Talk
Jeanine (Ipsen) Black
May 04, 2017
Operation Lifesaver Inc.
Richard Strauss
May 11, 2017
Reach Out & Read Wisconsin
Kurt Oettel
May 25, 2017
Lung Cancer
Lyn Kenney
Jun 01, 2017
The Mouse that Roared
Jennie Sauer
Jun 15, 2017
Minnesota-Wisconsin Search and Rescue
Jun 22, 2017
Offsite at the Lunda Center
Jun 29, 2017
Upcoming Events
Club Information

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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Rotary International
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APRIL 4 – 5, 11AM – 1PM
Thank you for supporting our Interact Students. Joan Parke
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.

Caledonia Rotary Cabin Fever Event:  The event will take place on March 24th from 5:30 to about 7:30 p.m. at the Ma Cal Grove Country Club just south of Caledonia on State Hwy 44/76. Tickets are $12 in advance & checks should be made payable to “Caledonia Rotary”. Please RSVP with a check and the names of those attending to…Tom Murphy, PO Box 66, Caledonia, MN 55921. Your tickets will be held at the door for you. Hors d’oeuvres and great Rotarian fellowship are included in the ticket price and there will be a cash bar.  RSVP’s and payment must be received by March 17th.
Onalaska Hilltopper's
HILLTOPPER ROTARY 2ND ANNUAL SPRING GALA:  The Court Above Main, April 21, 2017; 6-9 pm, Field to Fork Gourmet Dinner, $65 per person...Click here for more information.

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.



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' 


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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Amborn, David
Swanwick, Bruce
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Dahlby, Earlamae
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Woods, Tami
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Schettle, Gary
Haase, Ann
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Gschwind, Mary Ann
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Beck, Judson
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Swanwick, Bruce
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Curti, Greg
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Torp, Clint
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Woods, Tami
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