District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 AM
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI
United States of America
We will have ZOOM Meetings every Thursday at Noon until further notice.
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The Rotary Club of La Crosse - Downtown is seeking a Club Administrator to manage all aspects of the club, including finances, club communication, data and record management, meeting and event coordination, and volunteer management; and will additionally provide board support and liaise with Rotary International. This is a full time salaried position reporting to the Club President and Executive Committee. The Rotary Club of La Crosse - Downtown is a vibrant service-based organization made up of nearly 200 members, following the motto "Service Above Self."


Rotary Clubs in the Coulee Region have a goal to raise $80,000 to help fund a Mobile Clinic for St. Clare Health Mission.  The eight Coulee Region Rotary Clubs are applying for a Rotary International foundation grant. If approved, our $80,000 goal will be multiplied, bringing the total amount raised to $240,000.  Your donation matched through our Rotary Foundation can make an impact.  Every $1 = $3!
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TOGETHER, we see a world where people UNITE
 and take action to CREATE lasting CHANGE
 across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Last week at Rotary we had our annual meeting.
Moved to accept the nominations for 2021-22 by Peter Grabow and seconded by Chuck Hanson.  Motion approved.
We also voted on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.
 Moved by Sue Durtsche, seconded by Paul Mueller to adopt this statement.  Motion carried.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement from Rotary International - Rotary Club of La Crosse. We will be asking the club to vote to adopt this statement.

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, the Rotary Club of La Crosse values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

The Rotary Club of La Crosse will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.
LINK to RI Diversity Equity and Inclusion Site.
LINK to Rotary Club of La Crosse Diversity Equity and Inclusion Site
We also practiced breakout rooms with Zoom.  It was a great experience.    Breakout rooms will give you a chance to meet in smaller groups...so if your committee or fellowship would like to meet prior to one of our meetings you would go into a breakout room.   We did have a few issues with some members not having a breakout function on their screen.  We will need to research more on that but the host of our meeting will be able to put you in a breakout room until the issue is resolved.  Members felt it will be a great way to socialize, network and do committee work in smaller groups!  We are all learning so be patient!!   One note is that the chat function in a breakout room will NOT follow you back to the main Zoom screen.  If you would like to have a breakout room prior to our meeting, please contact Rob Palmberg to set that up for you.
Breakout rooms are sessions that are split off from the main Zoom meeting. They allow the participants to meet in smaller groups, and are completely isolated in terms of audio and video from the main session. Breakout rooms can be used for collaboration and discussion of the meeting.
Our next STAR Meeting will be Thursday, January 14th - Zoom  - 7 am - 8 am.  STAR will be hosted by Jodi Widuch and Todd Restel.
Please RSVP to Jodi Widuch and she will send you the link to the meeting.

STAR - Specialized Training for Action in Rotary....you will meet other new Rotarians from the area.  We will provide programs on the Avenues of Service, The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Works Foundation, along with other aspects of Rotary.  This is a great time to ask questions you may have about our club or Rotary in general.  Hope you will be able to join Jodi Widuch and Todd  Restel on Thursday, January 14th.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

We also have a link on our homepage that contains STAR information.
Check out our Leadership Series Site Page!  You will find the videos of our past Leadership Series presentations.
The Rotary Leadership series involves featured speakers providing insight and information about various aspects of leadership.  The events are scheduled in a virtual format on the second Thursday of the month on an alternating schedule with the STAR program.  7:00-8:00 am.   The Rotary Leadership Series is designed for the members of the nine La Crosse-area Rotary clubs. Members may invite guests.
Our next Leadership Series will be February 11th
Jonah Larson
The Brain Game

"The Brain Game" is a user-friendly educational guide which explains to parents why and how their child is learning and developing. Additionally, the book includes specific activities, songs, and suggested behaviors that parents can engage in to help foster their child's intellectual and social development. 

The Brain Game was born when the Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families spoke to the Rotary Club of La Crosse, WI. She was excited to spread the word of new, cutting-edge research into early child brain development. More than ever before, scientists discovered that proper stimulation of children in the first three years could play a huge role in growing a healthy brain.

During this meeting we'll learn more about The Brain Game, along with some exciting new developments around it.  


Web Site Link

ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download! A great tool to stay connected with your club and fellow Rotarians.
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.
On the membership module you will need to make sure and sync to update the membership directory with our new members.
In the upper right hand corner you will see the circle/arrow sync icon  Arrow, arrows, backup, circle, sync icon


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
Kelly Krieg-Sigman, Administrator

Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571

Scott Herdeman,  Administrator

Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours
P.O. Box 1622
La Crosse, WI  54602-1622 


DEI Committee led by Lauren Journot
Jan 21, 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update for Rotary Club of La Crosse (Part II - Implicit Bias)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update for Rotary Club of La Crosse (Part II - Implicit Bias)

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will continue our conversation at the club on this important topic.  We'll discuss implicit bias and you'll be able to select and take a Harvard Implicit Bias Test and discuss what you've learned in small groups during the meeting.

People don’t always say what’s on their minds. One reason is that they are unwilling. For example, someone might report smoking a pack of cigarettes per day because they are embarrassed to admit that they smoke two. Another reason is that they are unable. A smoker might truly believe that she smokes a pack a day, or might not keep track at all. The difference between being unwilling and unable is the difference between purposely hiding something from someone and unknowingly hiding something from yourself.

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. For example, you may believe that women and men should be equally associated with science, but your automatic associations could show that you (like many others) associate men with science more than you associate women with science.

We hope you have been able to take something of value from the experience of taking one or more of these tests.


Joe Carlson
Jan 28, 2021
Classification Talk
Ina Pinkney
Feb 04, 2021
Polio Survivor
Tony Conn & Yogi Reppmann
Feb 11, 2021
The Peace Pipe Letters - Rotary February Theme of Peace & Conflict Resolution
David Stoeffler
Feb 18, 2021
Random Acts of Kindness - La Crosse Public Education Foundation
Andrea Finnegan, US Secretary of State's Office
Feb 25, 2021
Global Health Security and Disease Prevention
Lee Rasch & Mike Swenson
Mar 04, 2021
Cameroon School Renovation Project...a Rotary Collaboration!
Jamie Capuzzi
Mar 11, 2021
Classification Talk
Rob Abraham
Mar 18, 2021
Police Body Cameras
Andy Bakkum and Dean Dickenson
Apr 01, 2021
Paul Harris Fellow Presentations
Jamie Korn
Apr 08, 2021
Child Abuse Intervention and Prevention (April is awareness month!)
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Palmberg, Rob
Duty Roster Coordinator
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Kolkmeier, Catherine
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President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liaison
Board Member
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Club Administrator
Rotary Works Board Member
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Program Chair
Public Relations/Social Media
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Club Administrator / Executive
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