District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
 
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LaCrosse

Rotary Making a Difference

Thursday - 11:30 Buffet - 12:00 Meeting
at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI  54601
United States
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We will again have a Rotary Fellowship at the Loggers Game on Thursday, May 31st...La Crosse Loggers will be playing the Eau Claire Express.  Brickl Brothers Pavilion from 4-6 pm.  Seats will be undercover in Section D.  Game at 7:05  Adults $17 and Students $12 (ticket voucher for another game and Loggers sunglasses included in ticket price).  If you are a Logger’s Season Ticket Holder, the cost is $10.  This will be a Polio Plus fundraiser and the La Crosse Loggers will donate $2.50 per ticket to Polio Plus.  Register here if you plan on attending.
 
Payment prior to the event.  Please send your check to Rotary Club of La Crosse, PO Box 1914, La Crosse WI  54602-1914 or drop your payment off at our weekly meetings at the registration table.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please join us in welcoming our next District 6250 Governor, Bill Hoel at a reception on Sunday, July 1st at Celebrations on the River, 2100 Dawson Avenue from 4-6 pm. Appetizers, Complimentary Soda and Cash Tiki Bar.  Summer casual attire. 
 
We are cancelling our meeting on Thursday July 5th so there will be no cost for downtown active Rotarians.
 
 
Guests will be charged $15. Deadline to register is June 16th.  Checks can be sent to Rotary Club of La Crosse, PO Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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."

 
The Downtown La Crosse Rotary Club (along with the Caledonia Rotary Club) partnered in 2016/17 with the Kumbo, Cameroon Rotary Club for an international  project to develop bathrooms, hand sanitation units and libraries for ten schools in the Kumbo region. The project was named the WASH and Library Project.
 
The physical aspects of the project were completed late in 2017. The toilets and hand sanitation units have been installed and the library books were delivered.
 
The next step involved holding a seminar for stakeholders to develop a plan for effective implementation and support. The seminar was held in early 2018. We received an audio copy of a Kumbo City Radio Report interview about the WASH and Library Project. The radio interview was conducted at the seminar. The Bui Divisional Officer, Chin Iridisu (Cameroon Education Foundation, who also visited the Downtown La Crosse Club in 2016) and the President of the Kumbo Rotary Club were interviewed. Two other radio stations also covered the story.
 
 
 
 
It is great to hear about our Rotary project from the voices of the local stakeholders.
 
Rotary does make a difference around the world!
 
 
 
 
 
The International Project Committee report from Sondra Le Grand:
 
In 2016 I received a request from a Secondary School Headmaster from a small village in South India, TamilNadu, via a Rotarian friend.  This school is 125 years old with about 1000 students in grades 8-12.  He was asking for help to build both a boy’s and girl’s set of toilet blocks. There were no resources available and no government funds.  Rotary Tinnevelli District 3212 wanted to partner with Valley View and Downtown Rotary Clubs to build those two toilet blocks. I went to Tinnevelli to do an assessment of the potential project in 2015. The conditions were abysmal. Through avid fundraising and District Rotary funds both on the part of Tinnevelli and La Crosse District 6250, we were able to raise $33,000 to build the blocks. Finally, after 2 years, that project was competed along with a Menstrual Hygiene training for the girls.
 
I returned to Tinnevelli in January 2018 to celebrate the completion of the project and to participate in a special holiday called Pongal. Two Public Health graduate students from UW-La Crosse accompanied me to see the students and the completed project. After seeing their new toilets, the students went home and convinced their parents to have an individual toilet in their house. So now, the Indian Rotary Club and La Crosse Rotaries have partnered again for the next phase of the project. Thirty individual toilets for villagers will be completed in 2019.
 
Our Indian partners and generous Rotarians of La Crosse made this desperately needed project possible. A special thank you to our Indian Rotarians who worked through the grant process, procured architects, construction companies, La Crosse Rotary members and private donations.
 
According to the teachers, the students would rather spend their time in the restrooms instead of class because they are so beautiful! The project was a success.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians are welcomed to attend Rotary Meetings wheeever they travel.  Rotarian Thomas Behrenbeck has been attending the Jakarta - Shangri-La Rotary Meetings.  See photos from meetings he attended.

 

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Katie Shephardson received the Rotary Global Award. Read on Katie's blog about the Rotary Global Award and how Katie with the help of Rotarian Bruce Swanwick applied and was awarded the Rotary Global Grant.  Katie will be pursing a Masters degree at the University of London SOAS which specializes in the geographic regions of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.   You can follow Katie's adventure on her blog.
 
 
 
 

Rotarian of the Year

David Amborn

 

Anne Snow nominated David...

I believe David Amborn should be the 2016-17 Rotarian of the Year for our club because David Amborn lives the four way test in all that he does. He has overseen the downtown Fruit Basket fundraiser for years, offered his help with convention and every other Rotary need that is asked of him. He has the highest ethical standards and retired from Gundersen Lutheran Foundation after years of fundraising and community giving. He continues to serve the Community Theater, The Children's Museum and the Parenting Place in leadership positions, helping our community to be the best it can be. He has taken an active interest in exchange students in the past, making sure they get to community events and feel welcomed.
 
I can think of no one who is more deserving, who continues to be active in Rotary year after year, tirelessly and willingly accepting roles wherever needed.
 
David is currently serving on our Board of Directors and is our Sergeant-at-Arms.  He is a past La Crosse Rotary Foundation President and Club President (2009-10).
 
David will also be recognized at the Avenues of Service Dinner on August 15th.
 
 
 
 
 
    
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al Louis has been a member of our club since June 2, 2016.  He and his wife Brenda own Designing Jewelers.   Al has been a very active member of our club.  He said "my first year Rotary experience has been wonderful, awesome and exciting.  Best organization I have ever had the privilege of being a part of.  I am so amazed what this group gets accomplished."
 
Thanks to David Amborn for proposing Al!  If you know of someone who might be a great Rotarian, invite them to one of our meetings.  That is what David did and Al said yes!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.

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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

Kathy Knoblock, Administrator
Scott Herdeman, Upcoming Administrator

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

 

 
 
 
 
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Rob Palmberg
May 24, 2018
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May 31, 2018
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Esme Brekke and Maisie Bailey
Aug 02, 2018
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Aug 09, 2018
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