District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
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Thursday - 11:30 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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FRUIT BASKET FUNDRAISER....Our Fruit Basket Fundraiser is to generate financial resources for our club activities and service projects.  The fundraiser also provides an opportunity for all club members to participate in an annual activity through the assembly, distribution, purchase and sale of fruit baskets during the holiday season.

Every Downtown Rotarian is obligated to buy or sell a minimum of five (5) baskets @ $20 a piece. You may allocate your baskets to a local pantry of your choice.

Raffle:  This year we will be raffling off two gift baskets for those members that sell 10+ baskets.  For every 10 baskets you sell your name will be put in the drawing.  They will be on display at our upcoming meetings.  We will draw the names on December 13th.   (Thanks to Jamie Capuzzi for donating the Beer Basket & Wine Basket - both have $40 worth of gift cards to Outback Restaurant.)

Does your business give employee gifts?  Rotary Fruit Baskets are your answer!  Each wicker basket contains 8 apples, 5 oranges, 3 pears  and a bag of peanuts.  The fruit is delicious and the sturdy basket makes an attractive keepsake.  We have special rates for large orders: 200+ ($13), 100-199 ($15), 49-99 ($16), 1-48 ($20).

Order forms will be available at our upcoming meetings...our dates will be December 8th to assemble and deliver and December 10th to deliver.  Save those dates!

Fruit Basket Flyer 2018

Fruit Basket Order Form



sign-up at our upcoming Rotary Meetings

Photos from Fruit Basket Assembly 2017



15 November 2018
This week, we celebrate Veteran’s Day as well as the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  Let me lead this week’s message by thanking those of you in our club who have served our country.  To celebrate this week and o honor our veterans, I am recommending that you watch a TED talk titled “Why I choose a gun” by the Netherlands' chief of defense - Peter van Uhm.  This 17 minute video is an interesting view from a military commander on the use of guns as an instrument of peace.
For those of you with an adventurous spirit, the 10th of November was Rotary Day at the United Nations.  This 6 hour and 30 minute link is a recorded video of the live event held in Nairobi.  For full disclosure, I did not watch the entire event, so please let me know if you viewed some particularly memorable moments.  Note that RI President Barry Rassin gives a short talk at approximately the 31st minute.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KMzwKwxKHI
Please invite a guest to our club’s meeting this week.  Remember, we have money set aside to cover the cost of your guests’ meals.
Interested in participating in Rotary's Got Talent
at this year's Club Assembly (January 24th)?
Put a team together with a few of your Rotary friends (minimum of three participants per team) and email rgeister@trane.com. Talent entries can include singing, lip syncing, dancing, or other talents (please, nothing involving fire)!
We're also soliciting sponsors to donate prizes for the event. 

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.

 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. 
Mitchell has arrived in the UK and settling in nicely for the start of his Global year..   You can follow him on his blog....https://myglobalgrant.blogspot.com/2018/09/a-brief-introduction.html
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
Over 500 Interact students, Rotarians and community volunteers came together to make it the most successful iFeed event to date!

*101,088 meals were packed and ready to ship
to hungry kids in Nicaragua 
*34,681+ food items were collected
to help fill our local

Thank you to everyone who supported, donated, sponsored and volunteered. You helped make iFeed a huge success!

Thank you to our Ladybug Team that volunteered!

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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.
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 


Nov 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving!
Miranda TerBeest
Nov 29, 2018
UW-La Crosse Model UN Summit Team
William Robbins
Dec 06, 2018
La Crosse Foster Care Program
Carol Abrahamzon
Dec 13, 2018
Mississippi Valley Conservancy
Holiday Program - Dean Dickinson MC
Dec 20, 2018
Christmas Program
Dec 27, 2018
David Stoeffler
Jan 03, 2019
La Crosse Education Foundation - 30 years of doing great things!
APTIV Program
Jan 10, 2019
Andy Parrish & Mary Kessons
Terry Bauer
Jan 17, 2019
Riverside Park Bandshell
Rotarians Have Talent?
Jan 24, 2019
Annual Meeting
Roger Stanford
Jan 31, 2019
The Western Experience 2025
Dr. Larry Skendzal
Feb 21, 2019
Palliative Care
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