District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
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Be The Inspiration

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at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI  54601
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For my year as President, I plan to include two video links in each week’s Club Runner newsletter.  The first link will be a video on Rotary International (“RI”).  Likely topics will be videos of the RI president, members of the RI Board of Directors and other relevant Rotary related people and events.  My goal in having this link is for our club to develop a more broad understanding of RI beyond our local club’s boundaries.
The second link will be a video of something fun that can be watched within a short period of time.  When Bill Pritchard was our club president a few years ago, he spoke to us every month about a book.  My observation was that most people were not taking the time to read those books.  My idea is identical to Bill’s, but I am replacing his concept of a club sharing a book with video that will take 20 minutes or less to watch. 
The first RI video that I have selected is a speech given by our RI president Barry Rassin for the 2018-19 Rotary year.  He gave this speech in early 2018 to the RI District Governors.
The other video that I have selected is a TED talk.  If you haven’t heard of TED talks before, their motto is “Ideas worth spreading”.  They have put together over 2,800 talks designed “to stir your curiosity”.  Beyond hoping to peak your curiosity, I have a few reasons for selecting a video for you to watch each week.
First, if you don’t know the people that you are sitting with, but you have all watched the video, then the table will have a common experience with which someone can utilize to start a conversation.  Second, these videos can be interesting, educational, funny, and/or address many topics and issues that are relevant to our lives.
So why did I pick this particular TED talk?  I have two main reasons.  First, this video is inherently about design.  With our Club designing a Centennial Coin, this video is immediately topical.  Second, I really like flags.  (Yes, this is a video about flags.)  I actually believe that the right flag has the ability to spur world peace.  Ask me about it sometime.
As a final note, if you have recommendations for future links in our newsletter, please email those to me.  I love discovering new areas of interest from other people that I respect.
Ina Pinkey
Our Speaker on Thursday, July 26th
Erin Bagniewski is from La Crosse and in the past 18 months when working in Africa she became a Rotarian there.  Jodi Widuch gave a banner to her father (Jim Bagniewski in La Crosse) who gave it to Erin when they visited her. Erin visited as a Visiting Rotarian at our club and presented her club's banner. Cool!
Jodi and Erin
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 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!
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
Inspiring Aquinas senior receives Youth Committee Community Service Award
Elissa Nott, a senior at Aquinas High School, was honored at our meeting April 12 as this year's winner of the Rotary Club of La Crosse Youth Committee Community Service Award.
Elissa, the daughter of Steve and Charlotte Nott of Onalaska, was a Rotary Student of the Month in February 2017. She has been an extremely active participant in the Aquinas Interact Club, including serving this year as club president. Among many duties in that role, Elissa provided extraordinary leadership of the 2018 iFeed event as Aquinas was responsible for organizing the international food packing stations on the day of the event. Interact is just one of Elissa's many community service activities. She has been active in the Aquinas IMPACT organization, which encourages students to donate time for church and local charitable events, and has taken leadership roles with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Army Teen Panel, the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and the Fort McCoy Teen No-More Task Force, which provided first-of-its-kind education for youth on domestic abuse and sexual assault prevention.
"Growing up in a military family has motivated me to give back to others," Elissa wrote in her application essay. "My family, faith, and the many community service organizations I have observed and worked with, including Rotary, have guided and inspired me to give back to our nation and my community." Elissa plans to major in political science in college, with an interest in international relations, while also serving in the United States Marine Corps.
Club Member Rob Palmberg, who is one of Elissa's advisors for Rotary Interact at Aquinas, describes her as "efficient, detail-oriented, and extremely competent. ... She is a person of high character and integrity, as evidenced by her recently being named Chief Petty Officer for the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the highest rank a cadet can reach. She serves and impacts community in many profound ways!"
Elissa receives a $1,000 award to be used toward college expenses. This is the second year for the Club's Community Service Award, which is designed to recognize and encourage academic excellence, good citizenship and career development in youth.

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.
We would like to thank Steve O'Malley for taking the lead on our Rotary Habitat for Humanity Project and to all the workers that showed up on behalf of our club to help build the home.  We received a District Grant because of YOUR donations to the Rotary International Foundation and Rotary Works.  Everyone did their part in making this project a success.  The following is the report sent to District.     Click here to view photos.
Habitat for Humanity Home dedicated February 3, 2018
La Crosse Area Rotary clubs helped dedicate the 43rd Home built by La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity at 5th and Mississippi in the City of La Crosse.  In cooperation with many other volunteers, area Rotarians helped to complete one of three Habitat homes on one site. 
Over six build days three area clubs (Downtown, Holmen and After Hours) at least 50 Rotarians volunteered their time to help paint, caulk, landscape, install trim and doors to help complete the home last fall.  Volunteers from several other clubs joined in as well.
The project was funded in part with a $5,000 District 6250 matching grant along with $5,000 from the local Rotary Works Foundation.  These two grants funded a specific project for the cost of the Drywall, Paint and Doors within the house. 
This home is part of a much larger development addressing the need for affordable quality owner occupied housing in the City of La Crosse.  This home is part of redeveloping a challenged corner in the Washburn Neighborhood and convert it into a well-designed, mixed-income development. The overall project will replace three blighted rental properties that have a combined tax base of $150,000 and replace them with eight, high-quality owner-occupied homes with a tax base of more than $1.1 million.
Every year the nine area Rotary Clubs gather for a celebration of club projects and honor members that have lived the Service Above Self motto.  Clubs will also honor their Rotarians of the Year.  This year our Avenues of Service Banquet will be Tuesday, August 14 at the Lunda Center at WTC.  The celebration will begin at 5:30 with a social.  This is a fundraiser for our Rotary Works Foundation.  We hope you will save the date.  It is a great night of fellowship and celebration.  More information will come closer to the date.
We are now looking for nominations.  Please click on the forms below for more information.  

Steve Doll went on a mission trip to Mexico helping the Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary Club.   See more  photos.
"We spent the day distributing water filters donated by the Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary Club to the families in Mayto, Mexico. Mayto is 2 hours from Puerto Vallarta. The $60 filters will provide clean water for decades, a much needed necessity. We dispensed the 50 filters at a 1st -6th grade one room school and had an opportunity to visit the class. What a fabulous project."

We welcomed Elizabeth Hazlett from the USO.  Her program was on the USO and how we can as a group or individual volunteer our time.   View her PowerPoint Presentation.
Our club is collaborating with the USO to purchase items for the Veteran's Lounge at the La Crosse Regional Airport and volunteering our time at the lounge. (You will be hearing more about this volunteering opportunity in the coming weeks.)
Steve Lindeman who brought this project to our board last year,  presented Elizabeth on behalf of our club a check for $13,200.  Thanks to all that supported our Spring Social, Rotary Works Foundation and Rotary International Foundation. Our Spring Social brought in $2,500 for the project, Rotary Works matched our $2,500 and our District 6250 also matched $3,200.  We then received $5,000 from the Brown Stuff Foundation.  We exceeded our goal of $8,200 and will be able to purchase more needed items for the lounge.  Your donations to the Foundations do make a difference in our community.

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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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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 


Chris Hardie
Jul 19, 2018
WISE Presentation
By 2026 the 7 Rivers Region will be more than 15,000 workers short of what we need to keep pace with the projected job openings. There are not enough people in our region to keep pace with the retirements and the outmigration our region experiences. To solve this, the 7 Rivers Alliance has developed the WISE (Workforce Innovation for a Strong Economy) Plan, a 10-year comprehensive workforce development plan. 7 Rivers Alliance CEO Chris Hardie will present highlights of the plan and talk about solutions.    www.7riversalliance.org
Ina Pinkey
Jul 26, 2018
Chef/Polio Survivor
Esme Brekke and Maisie Bailey
Aug 02, 2018
Youth Exchange Rebounds
Jared Restel & Mitchell Paquette
Aug 09, 2018
Youth Exchange Rebound & Global Scholar
Aug 16, 2018
Shaundel Spivey
Aug 23, 2018
Bob Masewicz
Aug 30, 2018
Classification Talk
Adam Jacobi
Sep 06, 2018
Public Speaking - WHSFA
Dean Dickinson & Mary Mickelson
Sep 20, 2018
Travel to Germany for the RI Convention 2019
Sep 27, 2018
District Governor Bill Hoel
Oct 04, 2018
Rotary District 6250
Grant Withrow
Oct 18, 2018
Classification Talk
Jamie Bakkum
Oct 25, 2018
Nov 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dean Dickinson
Dec 20, 2018
Christmas Program
Dec 27, 2018
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