District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
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Rotary Connects the World

Thursday - 11:30 Networking-Buffet - 12:00 Meeting
at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI  54601
United States of America
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Hello!  Let me introduce myself, I am Tami Woods, 2019-2020 President of the Rotary Club of La Crosse.  I have been a Rotarian since 2009 and am excited about my future with Rotary!   My husband Brian (“Woody”) and I have been married for 25 years and we have two sons, Max (18) and Jake (21).  The year begins with the new Rotary theme, “Rotary Connects the World”.  After attending my first International Rotary Convention in Hamburg Germany, I experienced what this means in many ways.  Rotarians have a special connection, it truly is an extended family. 
My profession is the Director of Catering for the Radisson Hotel, my areas of focus are managing and building talent in our catering operations team and I specialize in corporate accounts and convention services, the largest being the Organic Farming Conference which brings 3,500 guests to our wonderful city every February.  I love hospitality, making events happen and exceeding guest expectations are always a priority to keep them coming back.  Our catering team also means so much to me, they are truly the ones that make every event happen.
Some of my hobbies are riding motorcycle with my husband, volunteering, running, working out, cooking, wine tasting, watching movies, reading and spending quality time with my family and friends.  I love inspirational quotes and will be sharing a quote a week in our newsletter.  Please feel free to share some of your favorites too!
I look forward to “connect” with our fellow Rotarians in our club, hoping to get to know a little more about each one of you.  Cheers!

Quote of the week:

"She believed she could, so she did."  

Author unknown.


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
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

Duty Roster Coordinators
Our monthly duty roster coordinators 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 Duty Roster Coordinator. 

July 2019-June 2020
August -Mike Swenson
September - Ashley Skoczynski
October - Scott Bradford
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
January- Tim Candahl
February - Peter Grabow
March - Alex Lueck
April - Josh Trust
June - OPEN


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 


Cindy Erickson, LMFT, HeartJourney
Jul 25, 2019

Cindy Ericksen works with individuals, couples and families to resolve challenges they face in their lives and relationships using Solution Focused, CBT and Mindfulness approaches to help them accomplish their goals. 

Research shows that the connection between mind, body and spirit is a significant factor in the healing process and creating lasting change. Today, Cindy will be talking to us about meditation and we can use it to enhance our own lives. 

Cindy holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from Shimer College, a M. A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, and a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

View her website, here. 

Jim Salmo, VP for Advancement, Viterbo University
Aug 01, 2019
Classification Talk
Ashlyn Neader & Joel Restel
Aug 08, 2019
Outbound Exchange Students
Audra Wieser, The Parenting Place
Aug 22, 2019
The Childcare Crisis
Ed McCann, Conservation Warden
Aug 29, 2019
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Mississippi River Warden Team
Bryan Kuhn
Sep 05, 2019
Coulee Region Climber's Cooperative
Patty Nuttleman, Development Director
Sep 19, 2019
Classification Talk
Keachen Abing
Oct 03, 2019
7 Rivers Community High School & Project Based Learning
Al Bliss, Health Educator, Alliance to HEAL
Oct 10, 2019
Alliance to HEAL (Halting the Effects of Addiction Locally)
Paul Mueller, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System
Oct 17, 2019
Classification Talk
Gary Schettle
Oct 24, 2019
La Crosse Area German Relations Association (LAGRA)
Dean Dickinson
Nov 07, 2019
Rotary Foundation
Todd Roessler
Nov 21, 2019
Elmaro Vinyard
Nov 28, 2019
Beth Franklin, Community Concierge, Chamber
Dec 12, 2019
Classification Talk
Christmas Program
Dec 19, 2019
Join us for the annual Christmas Program MC'd by Dean Dickinson
Dec 26, 2019
Board of Directors
Jan 02, 2020
Rotary Goal Setting: Ideas for Getting Involved
Greg Reichert, UW La Crosse
Jan 09, 2020
Classification Talk
Upcoming Events


Website Sponsors
Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
Duty Roster Coordinator
Hensel, Mary Beth
Introduce Program
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Green, Kaycie
Hospitality Greeter
Rotarians in the News
Gschwind, Mary Ann
Raffle Ticket Seller
Schloegel, Jamie
Scrip Seller
Flottmeyer, Nancy
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Rotary Works Foundation Liaison
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Club Administrator
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Rotary Works Board Member
Program Chair
Public Relations/Social Media
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Protection Officer
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
Youth Exchange Counselor
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