District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
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Be The Inspiration

Thursday - 11:30 Buffet - 12:00 Meeting
at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI  54601
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  27 September 2018
When I started my first meeting as your Club’s President, I went out of my way to talk about the importance of diversity.  In fact, the very first item on that first day’s agenda was the reading of a children’s book titled “The Crayon Box that Talked.” Diversity is one of the many themes embedded within the story.  The secondary theme of that same meeting was membership.  Being the smart Rotarian that you are, I know that you were able to make the connection between diversity and membership and my goals for the year.
As a white, Christian male with an advanced degree from college, you probably wouldn’t guess that I have lived in a country where I experienced the life of a minority.  In fact, the official percentage of citizens in that country who were Christian was 0%, there was not a single official Christian church of any denomination, and my looks made it obvious that I was foreigner.  This experience helped me to learn empathy and gave me some limited insight into what life as a minority might be like. 
So how does this personal story relate to diversity?  What I have found is that we have to put in effort if we want to increase our diversity.  For example, last week, many groups, including our own, scheduled events on Yom Kippur.  This most holy day for the Jewish faith is overlooked by many.  In contrast, not too many people schedule meetings on Christmas Day.  Early on in my career, I learned that if you bring up a problem, you should also present a solution.  So, here is my simple solution to start our Club on the path of becoming a little more diverse.
My concept begins with a simple technological fix.  If you use an electronic calendar, add in religious holidays.  For years, I have had the official holidays of the United States downloaded on my electronic calendar.  However, this list does not include many religious holidays.  After a quick ‘Google’ search, I learned that religious holidays from the Christian, Jewish, Islamic, etc. can be downloaded too.  In other words, these holidays will be reflected on your calendar exactly like the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, etc.  Obviously, there is more we can do after taking this initial step.
Do yourself a favor and go ahead and add these relevant calendars to your electronic calendar today.  If you use an old fashioned paper calendar, the most significant religious holidays are probably already included, but you should still check.  This simple exercise has the potential to save you some future embarrassment.   I use Microsoft Outlook and the attached image (you may need to magnify the picture) shows how simple this is.  If you need help, please let me know.  (As an aside, the background picture is of my boys in their Naval Sea Cadet Uniform.  If you have children or grandchildren, you should look into this on their behalf.  It is an amazing program.)
Changing topics, last week I had you read Bill Hoel’s District 6250 newsletter instead of viewing a short video.  This week I continue the short reading selection in order to complement this week’s message on diversity.  This link takes you to a brief history on Yom Kippur as told by the History Channel. 
The educational video that I am recommending this week is a TED talk titled ‘How to speak up for yourself’ by Adam Galinsky.  This video is 15 minutes long.  https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_galinsky_how_to_speak_up_for_yourself?language=en
As a reminder, one of the reasons that I am including these links is that if you happen to be sitting with a table of Rotarians that you don’t know, but you have all experienced the same content, then the table will have a common experience with which someone can utilize in order to start a conversation.  Second, these links can be interesting, educational, funny, and/or address many topics and issues that are relevant to our lives.
Finally, invite someone to our Club’s meeting this week.  We have money set aside to cover the cost of your guests’ meals.
Rotary and USO Military  Lounge Partnership
Sign for the USO Lounge in the La Crosse Airport.
Thanks to all who attended the USO Military Lounge Open House last Friday.  The USO Lounge at the La Crosse Regional Airport served around 38,000 troops this year and Rotary Club of La Crosse members got a chance to see  how their donations help.

The USO Lounge offers services to military members to let them relax before their flight. It includes a book exchange, movie library, gaming system, comfort foods, wifi and an area to relax during the stresses of travel. The USO is fully stocked by donations and staffed by volunteers.

If you’d like to volunteer you can sign up by going to usowisconsin.org.



We have received the Presidential Citation two years in a row!  Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in our communities achieve goals related to Rotary's three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service and enhance Rotary's public image and awareness.  Last year's Rotary Citation recognized clubs that completed activities that support these priorities.   Presidential Theme and Citation for 2017-18 - goals that we achieved.
We began a new year, July 1, 2018 and we will work towards achieving the Presidential Citation for 2018-19.   Be The Inspiration Presidential Theme and Citation for 2018-19 - goals.
HOW TO GET HELP: If you have flood/rain damage or know somebody who does, please have them contact one of these area Rotary clubs immediately. We want to be as efficient and quick as we can be in getting financial help to where it is supposed to go. Thanks.  Also report your damage to 211 because if damage isn't reported the government won't know and the help funding will be less for the budget for the area.
HOW TO GET HELP: Proceeds from the Fight the Flood effort will be distributed through the Rotary Works Foundation, and flooding victims can apply for funding through their local Rotary Clubs. Here is the contact information for clubs in the western Wisconsin counties hit hard by flooding:
VERNON COUNTY: 608-619-0011; myhrefos.chel@gmail.com
CRAWFORD COUNTY: 608-412-3110; char@crawfordcountytitle.com
MONROE COUNTY: 608-633-0627; tpolkoski@florstar.com
RICHLAND COUNTY: 847-274-9063; geneschiesser85@gmail.com
If you would still like to make a donation....mail your check to
Rotary Works Foundation- Flood Relief
PO Box 1571,
La Crosse WI  54602-1571

Rotary Youth Exchange A Step Toward World UndersRYE-2c-ctanding. The La Crosse area Rotary Clubs are looking for students who are interested in a unique experience of attending high school while living in another Rotary International country.  Rotary International has a program which annually involves over 10,000 high school students living nearly a year in another country.  Candidates must be sophomores to seniors in high school at the time of application and 16-18 1/2 years old when they leave for their assigned country.  Applicants must rank in the upper half of their class.

How to apply.  If you know of someone that is interested in this program for the 2019-20 school year, simply have them complete and return the application.  Click here for application and more information. An informational meeting will be September 19, 2018, 6:30 pm at the Children's Museum, 207 5th Avenue, La Crosse.  Preliminary application due, September 19, 2018.  Local interviews will be October 1, 2018 and final application due October 24, 2018.  District interviews will be held on November 4, 2018 in Baraboo.


Attention All Enthusiastic Rotarians...One Rotary Summit will be coming to La Crosse on Thursday, October 11th.  Why attend?  A much-used description of Rotary these days is “Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action”.  Well, this is a chance to help lead your club in some fashion, by joining leaders, hearing ideas from other clubs, and taking them back to your own club.  In the process, you may well help another Rotary club by explaining how your club does something that they find interesting.  In short, this is not a chance to sit on your rear and listen to speaker after speaker.  It’s a chance to talk with others in a structured session, and then rotate to two more similar sessions with different people.  At the end of the session, we will have about a half hour to “shop” as you review many ideas from other tables you might not have heard, but you can read them off posters, and if necessary get a quick explanation, and take them back to your club.    Register today! 
October 11, 2018 - LaCrosse
Time 5:00 - 8:00 pm
La Crosse Public Library, lower level auditorium
800 Main Street, La Crosse WI
Parking in lot on south side of library
Rotary Contact for Event: Assistant DG Patt Boge
No Fee - Registration Deadline September 29th
The Rotary International Convention is scheduled for June 1-5, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.  
Registration and convention housing materials are available at Rotary.org.
If you are considering attending it is recommended that you get registered and book your accommodations while in Hamburg.  The tour elements will be inclusive of travel and hotels while on those tours.  Club members who attended the Toronto convention, the Restels, Hoels, Dickinsons, Tami Woods and Roz Schnick would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
District 6250 2018-19
District Governor Bill Hoel
Congrats to Rotarian Bill Hoel our new 2018-19 District Governor.  Click here to view his bio on the District 6250 web site.  Our District Web Site has a lot of information to keep you in the loop of what is happening in our District. 
District 6250 2018-19
Assistant Governor Patt Boge
Rotarian Patt Boge is one of the District 6250 Assistant Governors. She will oversee Group 3 in our District that includes the following Rotary Clubs: La Crosse Valley View, Holmen, Onalaska, Onalaska Hilltoppers and Sparta.
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Rotary International 2018-19
President Barry Rassin
Rotary International President Barry Rassin's theme this year is BE THE INSPIRATION.  "We need to focus on larger projects that have a more lasting impact, taking the time to research and plan work that spans Rotary years and terms of office.  Most important of all, we need to BE THE INSPIRATION for positive change, inspiring our clubs, and communities, and our organization to face today's challenges head on, with courage, optimism, and creativity.
Thank you to all who contributed to our India Project
We received the following email and thank you video on September 19, 2018
We have completed and handed over the facility to the beneficiary families in a simple function attended by local officials. We have also provided training for the people on how to maintain hygiene and toilet maintenance.   Satheeshkumar.P
Dear Sondra,
We are happy to inform you and members of your club and district the formal opening of our project GG1759519 at Pattamadai village on 17/06/18. 
The district governor of our rotary district 3212 will be the chief guest. As informed to you we have started construction early in order to complete the project before this term ends. We have completed construction of 10 toilets and for the balance 26, construction is progressing. We plan to complete the whole project by end of July 18.  We would love to have you amidst us when we open the facility in part to the beneficiaries. I’ll update you when the project complete in full shape.
A formal invitation is attached. Please inform all concerned in your club and district.   Our special thanks to all Rotarians of lacrosse Valley view and downtown clubs and district officials of 6250.
Best regards 
P. Satheesh kumar

Rotarians of the Year

We had a number of great nominations for Rotarian of the Year this year.  The Board selected Steve Lindeman and Steve O'Malley for this honor.


Steve Lindeman

Nominations stated....Steve has worked to improve the experience of our military members as they process through the La Crosse airport. He has worked with the USO to determine needs, helped raise funds including a Rotary Works and District Grants.  He is establishing a group of volunteers who undergo training to staff the USO. Because of Steve's work, the members of our military will have a more enjoyable experience as they process through La Crosse via the airport.  He he is currently a member of our Board of Directors, chaired our Rotary Lights Float Committee and is an active member of the Kids Coulee crew and chef for Kids Coulee.  He is a great asset to Rotary.


Steve O'Malley

Nominations stated...Steve spearheaded our Rotary Habitat Project.  Rotarians worked together to complete one of three units in a new triplex. He applied for a grant through Rotary Works and District 6250 and raised $60,000 for the project.  He organized Rotary work days and visited other clubs to promote the fundraiser. He is a leader in Rotary and our community. He embodies the Four Way Test in his professional and personal life.  This year he exceeded the $400,000 mark riding in his 20th annual Habitat 500 (500 mile, 7 day ride).    He helped lead the Humanitarian Committee Comfort Drive collecting 400 sweatshirts and 700 pairs of socks for the Catholic Charities Warming Center.  As the La Crosse County Administrator, Steve leads by example a work force of over 1,300 public servants providing outstanding services to the residents of our county.

Our Rotarians of the Year will be recognized at our "changing of the guard" meeting on Thursday, June 28th and the Avenues of Service Dinner on Tuesday, August 14th.

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How do I join a fellowship?

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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Thank you to all the volunteers that helped plant 300 trees at Camp Decorah last Saturday morning. Tree Planting,  lunch and social were enjoyed by all.  We had archery, paint ball, zipline, climbing tower, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.  A special thanks to Sean and Maudra Henneman and COMPANY.  They catered our meal and organized the activities for the day.
More photos will be added next week.  If you personally planted trees, please send us your photos...with you, your family and the trees.
Thanks to Sean Henneman!
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.
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

Scott Herdeman,  Administrator

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


Chuck Hanson & Lee Rasch
Sep 27, 2018
Centennial Project - Final Plans

This meeting we will be seeing the final plans for our "Growing Hearts Across the World" CENTENNIAL Project.  

Our meeting is at the Radisson Center NOT the Oktoberfest Grounds.


District Governor Bill Hoel
Oct 04, 2018
Rotary District 6250
Audrey Lucier
Oct 11, 2018
Classification Talk
Grant Withrow
Oct 18, 2018
Classification Talk
Jamie Bakkum Gamez MD
Oct 25, 2018
Presentation on Henrietta Lacks
Nov 01, 2018
Our Exchange Student from Spain
Jamie O'Neill
Nov 08, 2018
Classification Talk
Foundation Committee
Nov 15, 2018
Rotary Foundations
Nov 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dean Dickinson
Dec 20, 2018
Christmas Program
Dec 27, 2018
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