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Fellowships are open to Rotarians, family members, and program participants and alumni. You can contact a fellowship directly by using the information listed in the Rotary Fellowships directory. Or search our discussion groups to find Rotary and Rotaract members with similar interests.

Rotary Fellowships empower their members to pursue their passions and connect with new friends in Rotary from all over the world. They unite members who share a particular vocation or have mutual interests in the same field.


Rotarian Jack Haase is a member of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Scuba Divers....see their Facebook Page.  Photo below is a gathering they had at Little Cayman Island.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2017


Next Meeting

November 30, 2017

Rotary Lights Tent
Riverside Park
Parking Available in the Park

11:30  Networking
Chili and Box Lunch
Noon Program


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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.
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Active Membershi
New Members
Grant Golson
John Morrissey
Andy Parrish

Honorary Members

Corporate Membership is a program to allow multiple employees of a business Rotary participation under one primary membership. Each corporate membership is limited to a three-year term. After the three-year corporate membership term, the individuals are required to become individual members. View Corporate Membership Policy.

Family Membership is a program to allow a second individual Rotary participation under one primary membership.  View Family Membership Policy.

Honorary Membership  is offered to members who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals. View Honorary Membership Policy.

Excused Membership is offered to members if the aggregate of the member’s years of age and years of membership in one or more clubs is 85 years or more, the member has been a member of one or more clubs for at least 20 years, and the member has notified the club's secretary in writing of the member’s desire to be excused from attendance  and the board has approved.  Excused Members will pay the quarterly dues of $70 and only for meals when they attend a meeting.

Membership Proposals....we will no longer ask for three references when you propose a new member.  This was a criteria that our club had set not RI.  This will help us process new members into our club more efficiently.  You can access the membership proposal form online, under the Club Information site page.



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Program Chair for July 2017 - June 2018
We are recruiting Monthly Program Chairs
If you would like to volunteer, please
contact Tami Woods.
OPEN months listed below.
Monthly Program Chairs
November - Earlamae Dahlby
December - Dean Dickinson
January - Jamie Capuzzi
February - Jeff Odom
March - Wendy Franke
April - Mark Solyst
If you would like to volunteer for Rotarians in the News,  be a greeter,  a hospitality greeter, raffle ticket seller,  scrip seller or announce guests, you can email the Monthly Program Chairs that are listed above....just click on their name.  If you would like to give your classification talk please contact Program Committee Chair Tami Woods.

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

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Bruce Swanwick, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator


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


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Thank you to our presenters Dean Dickinson, Mary Mickelson and Kelly Krieg-Sigman for their thoughts on why it is important to support the Rotary Foundation International (Annual Fund and Polio Plus) and  our local Rotary Works Foundation.  
Last week at Rotary was our enrollment for your pledge to the Rotary Foundations for 2018 & 2019. Those members in attendance received their letter and personal pledge form with their pledges noted from 2017.  If you were not at the meeting you will be receiving your letter/pledge form in the mail.  We are asking you return your pledge form by Thursday, November 30th.  If you do not return the form we will assume that you will be pledging the same as 2017.
This year you are given the opportunity to make your Rotary Foundation INTERNATIONAL pledge through Rotary Direct.    You can enroll online at   If you give to both the Annual Fund-Share (funds come back to our District for grants) and Polio Plus you may need to fill out the form twice.  If you decide to give online - please NOTE that on your pledge form so that I don't bill you on your invoice in January.
Another opportunity that was presented is the Rotary Credit Card.

Promote Rotary and help support our Foundation with the Rotary International credit card. Just by using your card, you’ll be helping The Rotary Foundation do good in the world.

A portion of each purchase you make with the card will benefit The Rotary Foundation, at no additional cost to you. The Rotary Foundation has received more than $8.6 million from the program since it launched in 2000, including $3.6 million to support polio eradication.

Earn 1% cash back on every purchase, 2% cash back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs, and 3% cash back on gas for the first $2,500 in combined grocery/wholesale club/gas purchases each quarter. Bank of America donates $100 to Rotary with every activated account.

Rotary Foundation Month
Rotary Foundation Pledge Renewal
Through the generosity of people like you, Rotary's work has made a difference in the lives of millions around the world. Your gift to The Rotary Foundation allows us to improve communities by promoting peace, preventing disease, bolstering economic development, and providing clean water and sanitation.  Charity Navigator rates The Rotary Foundation with a 4 STARS...91% of funds go directly to programs.
Your gift to the Rotary Works Foundation supports local and worldwide projects around the world. Check out the Rotary Works Foundation web site for past recipients. Rotary Works supported our Rotary Habitat Day and Airport Veteran's Lounge projects this year.
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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.
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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
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    
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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.
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).
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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.
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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
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