Last week we welcomed Rotarian Majel Hein, President of the Rotary Works Foundation.  The Rotary Works Foundation is our local Rotary Foundation that our club and members financially support.  Check out their web site and see where your dollars are making a difference. 
Anita Froegel presented Majel with a check for $100 from the sales of her greeting cards this past quarter.  Anita donates all sales each year to the Rotary Works Foundation.  Thank you to all who support the weekly fundraiser and to Anita for all her work in creating one of a kind cards.
We had Paul Harris Fellow recognition at Rotary last week. Kathryn Sexauer and Sue Durtsche recognized members that have contributed to the Rotary International Foundation. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
We recognized first time PH Fellow, Joe Zoellner. Others that have made contributions received their Paul Harris Pin: Al Louis - PH+1; Anita Froegel, Steve O'Malley, Tom Thompson and Mark Jolivette with PH+3; Roz Schinick with PH+8. Kathryn Sexauer honored Lyn Sheffer with her PH+4. Our club/members have given over $700,000 to Rotary International. 
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Steve Doll went on a mission trip to Mexico helping the Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary Club.   See more  photos.
"We spent the day distributing water filters donated by the Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary Club to the families in Mayto, Mexico. Mayto is 2 hours from Puerto Vallarta. The $60 filters will provide clean water for decades, a much needed necessity. We dispensed the 50 filters at a 1st -6th grade one room school and had an opportunity to visit the class. What a fabulous project."




 Happy Birthday
Bob Masewicz - March 22
Beth Smith-Houskamp - March 22
Chuck Hanson - March 25
Brent Smith - March 25
Mike Hartigan - March 26
Richard Strauss - March 26
Petra Roter - March 28


Happy Anniversary


Happy Rotary Anniversary
Mary Stanek - March 23 - 18 years
Trish Grathen - March 24 - 24 years
Mike Nickel - March 24 - 13 years
Bob Daley - March 25 - 47 years
Tim Durtsche - March 25 - 36 years

Ingrid McCallson - March 27 - 25 years
John Honadel - March 27 - 10 years
Patt Boge - March 28 - 27 years
Todd Ondel - March 28 - 27 years


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Active Membershi

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
Monthly Program Chairs
March - Wendy Franke
April - Mark Solyst & Mark Jolivette
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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Posted on Mar 19, 2018

Next Meeting
Radisson Center

March 22, 2018

11:30  Networking
12:00 Meeting

BBQ Pulled Pork
Cole Slaw
Cowboy Beans
Southwest Corn




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The Downtown La Crosse Rotary Club (along with the Caledonia Rotary Club) partnered in 2016/17 with the Kumbo, Cameroon Rotary Club for an international  project to develop bathrooms, hand sanitation units and libraries for ten schools in the Kumbo region. The project was named the WASH and Library Project.
The physical aspects of the project were completed late in 2017. The toilets and hand sanitation units have been installed and the library books were delivered.
The next step involved holding a seminar for stakeholders to develop a plan for effective implementation and support. The seminar was held in early 2018. We received an audio copy of a Kumbo City Radio Report interview about the WASH and Library Project. The radio interview was conducted at the seminar. The Bui Divisional Officer, Chin Iridisu (Cameroon Education Foundation, who also visited the Downtown La Crosse Club in 2016) and the President of the Kumbo Rotary Club were interviewed. Two other radio stations also covered the story.
It is great to hear about our Rotary project from the voices of the local stakeholders.
Rotary does make a difference around the world!
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Posted by Sondra LeGrand
The International Project Committee report from Sondra Le Grand:
In 2016 I received a request from a Secondary School Headmaster from a small village in South India, TamilNadu, via a Rotarian friend.  This school is 125 years old with about 1000 students in grades 8-12.  He was asking for help to build both a boy’s and girl’s set of toilet blocks. There were no resources available and no government funds.  Rotary Tinnevelli District 3212 wanted to partner with Valley View and Downtown Rotary Clubs to build those two toilet blocks. I went to Tinnevelli to do an assessment of the potential project in 2015. The conditions were abysmal. Through avid fundraising and District Rotary funds both on the part of Tinnevelli and La Crosse District 6250, we were able to raise $33,000 to build the blocks. Finally, after 2 years, that project was competed along with a Menstrual Hygiene training for the girls.
I returned to Tinnevelli in January 2018 to celebrate the completion of the project and to participate in a special holiday called Pongal. Two Public Health graduate students from UW-La Crosse accompanied me to see the students and the completed project. After seeing their new toilets, the students went home and convinced their parents to have an individual toilet in their house. So now, the Indian Rotary Club and La Crosse Rotaries have partnered again for the next phase of the project. Thirty individual toilets for villagers will be completed in 2019.
Our Indian partners and generous Rotarians of La Crosse made this desperately needed project possible. A special thank you to our Indian Rotarians who worked through the grant process, procured architects, construction companies, La Crosse Rotary members and private donations.
According to the teachers, the students would rather spend their time in the restrooms instead of class because they are so beautiful! The project was a success.
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We welcomed Elizabeth Hazlett from the USO.  Her program was on the USO and how we can as a group or individual volunteer our time.   View her PowerPoint Presentation.
Our club is collaborating with the USO to purchase items for the Veteran's Lounge at the La Crosse Regional Airport and volunteering our time at the lounge. (You will be hearing more about this volunteering opportunity in the coming weeks.)
Steve Lindeman who brought this project to our board last year,  presented Elizabeth on behalf of our club a check for $13,200.  Thanks to all that supported our Spring Social, Rotary Works Foundation and Rotary International Foundation. Our Spring Social brought in $2,500 for the project, Rotary Works matched our $2,500 and our District 6250 also matched $3,200.  We then received $5,000 from the Brown Stuff Foundation.  We exceeded our goal of $8,200 and will be able to purchase more needed items for the lounge.  Your donations to the Foundations do make a difference in our community.
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Rotarians are welcomed to attend Rotary Meetings wheeever they travel.  Rotarian Thomas Behrenbeck has been attending the Jakarta - Shangri-La Rotary Meetings.  See photos from meetings he attended.


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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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