Rotary Club of La Crosse                 District 6250  Club 2690

                                                                                                                           Founded June 1, 1919


Tom Berkedal
Aug 24, 2017
Voices of Men

Voices of Men: Profession male organization working to reduce violence against women and support local agencies who support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Dan Radtke & Tom Thompson
Aug 31, 2017
Coulee Council on Addictions
Mark Broses
Sep 07, 2017
Chippewa Falls Rotary Water Project
Jodi Widuch
Sep 14, 2017
Club Day - Rotary Round Up
John Norlin
Sep 21, 2017
Student Servant Leadership
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
Rebecca Reichelt
Oct 26, 2017
Our Exchange Student from Brazil
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

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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
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ROTARY AVENUES OF SERVICE DINNER....Avenues of Service Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Lunda Center at WTC. Social begins at 5:30 with dinner and program at 6:30.  Our club will recognize David Amborn as our Rotarian of the Year.  We will also remember Rotarians that have gone before us this year:  Dan Danou and Merl Case. To view Rotarians of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Rising Star and Avenue of Service Awards.....visit our web site.  





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.
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.
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!
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
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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Dahlby, Earlamae
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Skemp, Michelle
Haase, Ann
Franke, Wendy
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Snodgrass, Wendell
Rotarians in the News
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