Rotary Club of La Crosse                 District 6250  Club 2690

                                                                                                                           Founded June 1, 1919


Jun 28, 2017
NO NOON MEETING on June 29th
NO NOON MEETING on June 29th


Court Above Main

Changing of the Guard
Jul 06, 2017
Paul Harris Fellow Presentations
Anne Seehafer, Executive Director
Jul 13, 2017
GROW, La Crosse
Ashlyn Neader
Jul 20, 2017
Outbound Student A Year in Austria
Tan Pham
Jul 27, 2017
US refugee from Vietnam
Art Fahey and Lyn Bruns
Aug 03, 2017
La Crosse Center Expansion Project
Grant Restel
Aug 10, 2017
Outbound Student A Year in Japan
Aug 17, 2017
Avenues of Service Dinner on Aug 15th Lunda Center
Tom Berkedal
Aug 24, 2017
Voices of Men
Carolyn Bostrack
Oct 12, 2017
Rising Beyond
Dean Dickinson
Oct 19, 2017
Classification Talk
District Governor Joe Ruskey
Nov 02, 2017
District 6250
Dean Dickinson and Bill Hoel
Nov 09, 2017
November is Foundation Month
Nov 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving
Dean Dickinson MC
Dec 21, 2017
Christmas Program
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
District Site
Rotary International
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Home Page Stories
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!
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.
Our Spring Social/Fundraiser will be at Court Above Main on Wednesday, June 28th.  PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE AND VENUE.    Food will be provided by Outback Restaurant and there will be a cash bar.  Cost will be $17 for Rotarians from our club and $30 for guests.   
Online Registration Now here.  Register today!!  Deadline is Thursday, June 22nd!
Join us for FUN, FOOD, and FRIVOLITY as we celebrate Spring into Summer and President Patt's swan song as she goes off into the Rotary sunset....
Enjoy delicious food donated by Jamie Capuzzi's Outback Steakhouse; music by Tim Kolek, Michelle Skemp and Jay Dalberg; wine, beer, soda and a SPECIALITY SIGNATURE DRINK designed by Kelly Krieg-Sigman; live auction by Jerome Boge, including a Farmhouse Dinner for six donated by Carol Abrahamzon; Children's Museum Basket: Jewelry by Kathy Curti ; Out Back Grilling Basket; Beverage Cooler donated by Nancy Danou; Sail Boat Cruise from Kurt Schroeder; and more!
Money raised will go towards the Habitat here for information.
the Veterans Lounge Project at the La Crosse Regional Airport..USO wish list for the La Crosse Airport Veteran's Lounge: Volunteer Laptop, lockable storage cabinets, display cases, chest freezer, industrial coffee dispenser, quick shade canopy tent, desk chairs, tablet and charging station for cell phones, tablets and laptops and Xbox games.

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 be recognized at our July 6th meeting and the Avenues of Service Dinner on August 15th.
We will again have a Rotary Fellowship at the Loggers Game on Thursday, July 20, 2017...La Crosse Loggers will be playing the Eau Claire Express.
Brickl Brothers Paviion from 4-6 pm
Game at 7:05
Adults $17 and Students $12 (hat and ticket voucher for another game included in ticket price).
- See more at:

We will again have a Rotary Fellowship at the Loggers Game on Thursday, July 20, 2017...La Crosse Loggers will be playing the Eau Claire Express.

Brickl Brothers Paviion from 4-6 pm

Game at 7:05

Adults $17 and Students $12 (hat and ticket voucher for another game included in ticket price).

- See more at:
We will again have a Rotary Fellowship at the Loggers Game on Thursday, July 20, 2017...La Crosse Loggers will be playing the Eau Claire Express.  Brickl Brothers Pavilion from 4-6 pm.  Game at 7:05
Adults $17 and Students $12 (hat and ticket voucher for another game included in ticket price).
UPDATE on the collaboration of our  La Crosse Rotary Club and Valley View Rotary Club supporting a secondary school - Sanitation and Menstrual Health Management Project.  (The project site is in a small rural village located in TamilNadu, South India.   The project will address the following sanitation needs:  to help build toilet blocks for 745 students and 18 teachers at Pattamadai Ramaseshier Secondary School; to provide basic Menstrual Health Management for 253 girls at Ramaseshier School; to provide 1 incinerator and maintenance for disposal of used sanitary napkins and to train school maintenance worker for the incinerator.)
Note from Sandra LeGrand, Valley View Rotary Club.....
Special thanks to all the generous Rotarians of Valley View and Downtown Clubs for helping make this dream come true for 950 students at Pattamadai School in Tamil Nadu, South India.  The opening of the facilities for boys,girls,and teachers will be held on June 16,2017.  The training for the girls in Menstrual Health was held in January of 2017. Great work by our Indian Partners and for everyone who helped with writing the grant and of course Rotary Foundation, Rotary International, World Fund, WASH institute in India and all contributors over the past year.
I am leading a delegation to go to Pattamadai to actually witness these facilities and to support the efforts to bring sanitation to this village.  Anyone interested in coming please contact me at The trip is planned for January 5-15, 2018.  It will be a trip of a lifetime.
Thanks again from Rotary of Tinneveli.
Grant Simmons, a senior at Logan High School, has been named winner of the first Rotary Club of La Crosse Youth Committee Community Service Award.
Grant, the son of Mary Jacobs and Lonnie Simmons, was a Rotary Student of the Month in December 2015. He has been active in the Logan Rotary Interact Club, serving this year as vice president and also working as the main coordinator of the 2016 iFeed event. In addition, Grant has served the community in other ways, including organizing blood drives with the National Honor Society and working as volunteer mentor teaching middle school students in Connecticut basic programming and other skills during the summer.
One of Grant's advisors for Rotary Interact says Grant "continually lives the Rotary motto of 'Service Above Self.' " Stephanie Fraase praised Grant's work on iFeed, including efforts to organize teams of readers to visit elementary schools to read the book "I'm Hungry, I'm Hungry, I'm Hungry Too!" and for organizing multiple food drives to contribute to the record-breaking total.
Grant was chosen from among six applicants, all of whom were recognized as juniors as a Rotary Student of the Month. He receives a $1,000 prize. The award by the Club's Youth Committee is designed to recognize and encourage academic excellence, good citizenship and career development in youth.
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.
Rotary Rock n Ribs 2017 - June 23rd and 24th.....Oktoberfest Grounds - Two Day Admission $ here for more information.





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.
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.
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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