District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
 
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LaCrosse

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Thursday - 11:30 Buffet - 12:00 Meeting
at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI  54601
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We will NOT have a  Noon Rotary meeting this Thursday, June 20th.
 
We will have our Centennial Celebration
Thursday, June 20th
La Crosse Center North Hall
 
 
Cocktail Reception - 5:30 pm
Dinner and Program - 6:30 pm
Keynote Speaker
Stephanie Urchick
Rotary International Director-Elect
 
 
 
 
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  20 JUN 2019
 
As we celebrate our Centennial anniversary this Thursday, take some time to reflect on one or two of your favorite things about Rotary.  Hopefully, you can share these reflections with others at our Centennial event.  For me, while the list is long, Rotary’s Youth Exchange program is at the top of my list.  Not only has this program changed our family’s lives, I do believe that Rotary’s Youth Exchange program promotes world peace.  Through the long term exchange program, our sons have lived in Japan, Germany and France.  Our fourth son can’t wait to participate when he is old enough.
 
I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday evening as we take a short pause from being Rotarians of action in order to celebrate and reflect on one hundred years of service.
 
 
 
 
 
Centennial Dinner Celebration:  La Crosse Center - June 20, 2019 - Speaker will be Stephanie Urchick - a member of the Rotary Club of Canonsburg Houston, Southpointe.  She has served Rotary as a Foundation Trustee, RI and TRF Committee member, District Governor, Regional Foundation Coordinator for ZONE 29, International Training Leader, RI President's Representative, Regional Leaders Training Institute Moderator, district delegate to Councils on Legislation, Training Leader at Zone meetings, and in various club and district Foundation roles.
 
Register online at Eventbrite.
 
 
 
 
 
This is an exciting time for our club!!!  We hope you are saving the DATE - Thursday, June 20th for our Centennial Celebration at the La Crosse Center. 
 
Here is the letter from May 2017 that gives you an overview of our Centennial Project.  
 
A number of members asked about naming rights at the Cameroon Gardens.  Here is the list of what is available and what has been spoken for. Naming Rights Opportunities.   Please contact Lee Rasch if you have any questions.
 
If you haven't made a pledge yet....now is the time to do so.  Pledge cards are available at our meetings.  Check should be made out to Rotary Works Foundation.  Please contact Lee Rasch if you have any questions.
 
History Committee is looking for old photos, directories, etc that could be put on display at our celebration and used in our Centennial booklet. Please contact Patt  Boge if you have something you would like to share.
 
Centennial Coins are now for sale at our meetings.  Bronze $15 and Silver $30.
 
 
 
We will also be ordering sweatshirts with the Centennial Logo...order forms will be available at our meetings.
 
Featured article about the Riverside International Gardens is in the L.I.N.K. Magazine.
 
 
 
 
 

Learn More About Growing Hearts Across the World

 
Message from the Fundraising Committee: Lee Rasch, Kerstin Boudreau, Kenna Christians, Sue Durtsche, Mary Ann Gschwind, Chuck Hanson, Kathryn Sexauer, Mike Swenson, Jodi Widuch, Todd Restel, Katie Berkedal and Catherine Kolkmeier.
 

As you know, we are celebrating 100 years of Rotary service to our region with the Growing Hearts Across the World campaign. The campaign will culminate with the completion of the Cameroon Garden in Riverside Park in the summer of 2019. The Garden will honor the rich cultural traditions of Cameroon and provide a wonderful gathering place overlooking the area where the the “Three Rivers” meet. Most importantly, it will serve as a model for community and international service for the upcoming generations of Rotarians.

To date, we have received excellent support from Rotarians. But we have not yet heard from all of you. The next phase of the Growing Hearts Across the World campaign will be to the Seven Rivers Region community. It is very important to be able to state to the community at large that Rotarians are fully committed to Growing Hearts Across the World. Indeed, there is no better message than to state...every Rotarian in our Club contributed. We have asked members to consider a $100 contribution pledge for up to two years. However, your contribution at any level will count.   Please complete a pledge card and include with your payment.

Growing Hearts Across the World - Sculptures/Entrances - Naming Opportunities Link

Please turn in your pledge cards and contributions to Earlamae Dahlby or send your contribution to Rotary at P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI 54602-1914.

One hundred years of service by Rotary has had a profound impact on the lives of many in our region and throughout the world. Come join us in celebrating this service...and help set the stage for generations of Rotarians in the years to come. If you would like more information, please contact Lee Rasch, Chuck Hanson or Eva Marie Restel.

 
 
 

Rotarian of the Year
2018-19
Lee Rasch

 

Lee Rasch was chosen as the Rotarian of the Year. One nominator stated "Lee should be the Rotarian of the Year because he embodies the object of Rotary.  He is a community servant with dedication to ethical behavior and decision making.  Lee is a citizen diplomat, advancing international peace efforts.  Lee has a track record of great service to our club.  Specifically, in 2018-19, one of Lee's primary Rotary accomplishments has been achieved as the chairperson of the centennial celebration fundraising committee.  Over $140,000 has been pledged to support the centennial celebration project.  Without Lee's efforts and leadership this would simply not have happened."

 

Lee will be recognized at the Changing of the Guard on July 11th and the Avenues of Service Dinner on August 13th.
 
 
 
 
    
 
Meet the Rotary Club of La Crosse's Humanitarian Committee! (not all members pictured). This committee facilitates a monthly group of volunteers for Come to Supper; and organizes the annual Warm Feet, Warm Hearts campaign (collecting clothing and other items for Catholic Charities to distribute to those in need). Each year the committee also chooses one larger humanitarian project that fits within the six Rotary areas of focus - this year the committee has identified human trafficking as their focus. At this year's district conference they'll be collecting personal care items for survivors of human trafficking; if you're moved to help please view the list of desired items here: https://www.rotary6250.org/page/2019-exhibits-silent-auction.  (We will have Kwik Trip Fuel ONLY cards available to purchase at our weekly meetings.)
 
 
 
Extra Effort Recognition Program
 
Thursday May 23rd, we honored 12 La Crosse students who have truly given the “Extra Effort” and overcome long odds to accomplish amazing things as they graduate from high school. Tom Berkedal and David Stoeffler from our Youth Committee was joined for this special program by Rusty Cunningham, editor of the La Crosse Tribune.
 
This program borrows its name from the Tribune's longstanding “Extra Effort Awards” program. For 23 years, the Tribune has shared the stories of area high school students who have overcome serious obstacles. Each year, the Tribune gathers those students -- one from each school -- and awards thousands of dollars in scholarships provided by generous donors, many of them members of the Rotary Club of La Crosse.
 
 
Front: Anna Van Riper (Aquinas), Sudha Schultz (Aquinas), Kayley Colburn (Central), Racelyn Tolomei (Logan), Jordan Johnson (LaCrossroads)
 
Back: Jacob Savoldelli (Aquinas), Andriel Morgan (Central), Cydney Livingston (Central), Patrick Schwabenbauer (Logan), Byraius Moyer (LaCrossraods), Cheyanne Mattie (Logan)
 
Missing: Christian Dungy (LaCrossroads)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Coulee Region's Youth Exchange Cultural Celebration with the exchange students our area clubs are hosting this year was last Thursday at the La Crosse Club.   Rotarians & friends gathered to try food native to each of their countries (made by local area chefs) and to learn more about each of the students. Great job Miki, Amy, Lucia and Kajus.   Our exchange student, Lucia served rice pudding made by our very own chef Rotarian Carol Abrahamzon.  
 
We learned a lot about the students and their countries. Each student prepared a picture board representing their country. They individually mingled with guests sharing information about their country. We also had a MC (Bill Pritchard), who asked questions of the students for all the guests to listen to.
 
The food was excellent.  This is what they served us:
Pad Thai - Thailand
Pierogies - Poland
Ceviche - Ecuador 
Macaroni Casserole - Finland
Rice Pudding - Spain
 
 
 Mitchell Paquette
   Global Scholar through Rotary International
Sponsoring Club - La Crosse Rotary Club
 
 
 
My name is Mitchell Paquette and I am from La Crosse, Wisconsin. This year I was selected by Rotary International District 6250 to be a Global Grant Scholar. The Global Grant Scholarship is a $30,000 award for an individual to pursue graduate level studies at a foreign university, in a subject related to one of Rotary International's six focus areas: Peace and Conflict Resolution,  Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health,  Basic Education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development. With the help of the Downtown La Crosse Rotary Club, I applied and was awarded a Global Grant Scholarship in the area of Peace and Conflict Resolution for the 2018/2019 academic year. I will be using the funds to pursue a Master's of Law in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom.   More information on Mitchell. 
 
 
 
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! 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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)
rotarylax@charter.net
Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

 

The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384
La Crosse, WI 54602-0384
608-799-7974
info@rotarybraingame.org
Jeanne Meyer, Administrator
 

Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571
608-886-9793
rotaryworksfoundation@gmail.com
www.rotaryworksfoundation.org

Scott Herdeman,  Administrator

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  

 
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Duty Roster
Secretary
Passe, Nick
 
Sergeant at Arms
Wettstein, John
 
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
 
Piano
Haase, Ann
 
Program Chair
Bakkum, Andy
 
Duty Roster Coordinator
Maki, Erick
 
Introduce Program
 
Introduce Guests and Visitors
 
Greeter
 
Hospitality Greeter
 
Rotarians in the News
 
Raffle Ticket Seller
 
Scrip Seller
 
 
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