District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!

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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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Lee Rasch & Mike Swenson

Hearts to Schools Revisited - Cameroon

Member pictureCameroon School Renovation Project...a Rotary Collaboration!

Don't miss Rotarians Lee Rasch and Mike Swenson as they discuss an amazing International project for our club! 

Sister Eileen MCKenzie, President of FSPA, will also join the presentation.  She lived in Cameroon for a number of years and she has been actively involved wit the Common Venture...the FSPA collaboration to support community efforts in Cameroon.


How to Give:

By Check
Payable to Rotary Works Foundation, mail to:
Mike Swenson
Western Foundation
400 Seventh Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601

By Credit Card
  1. https://www.rotaryworksfoundation.org/donate
  2. Click “Credit Cards”
  3. Enter your credit card gift to the Rotary Works Foundation and select “Hearts to Schools” or type Hearts to Schools in the note section if it does not appear.
Navigating the New Normal of Rotary Meetings - How to Network Almost Like Before
Do you miss face-to-face networking at Rotary?
Meeting online has allowed us to do some amazing new things: inviting visitors from around the world, talking with former club members and exchange students, and letting out-of-town members keep up their attendance. But some of us miss being able to network with people one-on-one. Maybe you've even stopped attending altogether for this reason.
Do you miss being able to…
…find a friend in the coat room and say "save me a seat!"
…sit among the same group of friends each week to visit and catch up?
…sit with someone specific you want to talk to?
…meet new members (remember red badges?) to get to know them and make them feel welcome?
…tell a fellow Rotarian during a call or a meeting, "let's sit together at Rotary this week and we can talk more."
If you miss doing these things, the New Normal Committee hears you, and we have a solution! Until we can meet in person again, we've created a way to network one-on-one using Zoom's Breakout Room feature. Think of a Breakout Room as a table, just like you're at the Radisson Center.
Here's how it works: At 11:30 each Thursday, we'll have several virtual tables (breakout rooms) open for Rotarians to meet at, either one-on-one or in small groups. When you first join the meeting, you'll be in the main "room." (This is like the lobby.) Feel free to hang out here and talk with the big group, or...
To find an open table, click on the Breakout Room button. You'll see a list of all the available tables and who is sitting at each one. Some tables will be empty. (Thanks to Rob Palmberg for giving the tables interesting names each week to keep it fun!)
To invite someone to sit with you at an empty table, use the Chat to send them a private message: “Hey! Want to sit with me and talk?” Then click "Join" next to an empty table on the list. Make sure you both join the same table!
To join a table with people already present, click "Join" next to that room name. (Check the name to make sure you're not accidentally jumping in on a committee meeting.)
To go back to the main room at any time, click the "Leave Room" button. Hint: Be careful not to choose "Leave Meeting" or you'll get disconnected and have to start over!
All breakout rooms will automatically close just before noon, and you'll see a 60-second warning message. You'll be brought back to the main room just in time for the ringing of the bell.
If you want to host something more formal, like a committee meeting or a fellowship group gathering, contact Rob Palmberg ahead of the meeting and ask him to label one of the rooms for you.
If you show up early and want to give it a try, ask Catherine Kolkmeier, Rob Palmberg, or just jump into the main room conversation and ask someone to try it out with you. You know Rotarians…we’re always willing to help!
Give it a try, and if you've been missing Rotary because you can't network, we hope this helps you reconnect with other club members. We’ve missed you! See you online soon, and hopefully in person before too long!
Thanks everyone!
The Rotary Club of La Crosse - Downtown Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee is considering facilitating an online/virtual (ZOOM) book club fellowship focused on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please complete the following short survey to indicate your interest in participating.


Here is the update of the project from Dean Dickinson.....
Our club paid donations stand at $36,575.  The total for all clubs is $96,360.  We are in a position to submit the global grant as soon as the International Partner joins us.  There is still time to donate. All donations in excess of the grant requirement will be earmarked for vehicle/equipment upgrades and replacement and maintenance. Thank you to all who have supported this project.
Please keep the following Rotarians in your thoughts and prayers:
Kerstin Boudreau's dad passed away. LINK to OBIT 
Kerstin's address is:
1441 Valley Lane
La Crescent, MN 55947


David Amborn passed away on February 14th. Please keep his wife Karen and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

LINK to OBIT    LINK to SERVICE - Coming soon.

Karen Gilster
W4230 County Road B
West Salem, WI  54669

Celebrating Lyn Sheffer's Years of Service
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We are very grateful for Lyn Sheffer, our Club Administrator, who has worked with us for the past 19 years.  Lyn has helped our Downtown Rotary Club become what it is today. Our club meetings and activities tend to run smoothly, and that has been with all the extra help of Lyn.
Lyn is retiring and taking a step back to get her COVID vaccine and to enjoy time walking, sewing, and with her family.  "She is a legendary person, and we will miss her dearly."  - Club President Andrew Bakkum
If you want to connect with her, feel free to reach her at 608.317.6033 or lynshef@juno.com
Happy Retirement cards or Thank You cards can be sent to:
Lyn Sheffer
N6945 Pine Ln
Holmen, WI 54636
Welcoming our new Club Administrator
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jamie O'Neill as our new Club Administrator!  The Rotary Club of La Crosse is honored to have Jamie join us in this role.  As you know, our Rotary club has done so much good in the community and our world for over 100 years now.  As we continue down this path of improving and having such a positive impact, we look forward to Jamie utilizing her talents to help this club improve, grow, and strengthen. 
Jamie has been a member of our club for over 3 years now, and will continue as an active member in addition to serving as the Club Administrator. She brings a plethora of skills and experience that will enhance our club: leadership, communication, marketing, event planning, finance, and volunteer management...just to name a few. What's more, Jamie embodies the motto "Service Above Self" and has a terrific attitude and energy. We know you will all enjoy working with her!
I do have to tell Jamie a little bit of bad news.  She will have to manage working with me as the President for your first 4+ months of employment.  But then it gets much better in a hurry as Sarah Arendt-Beyer will take over as President in July. 
Please join us in helping Jamie settle into her new role - there's a lot to learn and we will appreciate your patience and support as Jamie learns the ropes.
We are so grateful to have Jamie joining us in this role and we look forward to great things to come!
Andrew Bakkum
President / Rotary Club of La Crosse - Downtown
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)
Jamie O'Neill, 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 


Lee Rasch & Mike Swenson
Mar 04, 2021
Cameroon School Renovation Project...a Rotary Collaboration!
Cameroon School Renovation Project...a Rotary Collaboration!

Lee Rasch and Mike Swenson will discuss another amazing International project for our club!  Sister Eileen MCKenzie, President of FSPA, will also join the presentaiton.  She lived in Cameroon for a number of years and she has been actively involved wit the Common Venture...the FSPA collaboration to support community efforts in Cameroon.

Jamie Capuzzi
Mar 11, 2021
Classification Talk
Rob Abraham
Mar 18, 2021
Police Body Cam Programs - How police body cameras increase public confidence in policing
Dave Handy
Mar 25, 2021
Rotary Club Exhange - Creston Valley BC Canada
Andy Bakkum and Dean Dickinson
Apr 01, 2021
Paul Harris Fellow Presentations
Jamie Korn
Apr 08, 2021
Child Abuse Intervention and Prevention (April is awareness month!)
Audrey Lucier
Apr 15, 2021
Creating a Legacy of Peace and Goodness
Lauren Journot & DEI Committee
Apr 22, 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update for Rotary Club of La Crosse
Vicki Markussen
Apr 29, 2021
Engage Greater La Crosse
Matt Bratner
May 20, 2021
Upcoming Events


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Duty Roster
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Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Palmberg, Rob
Duty Roster Coordinator
Ericksen, Cindy
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Ellingson, Sarah
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Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
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