District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
 
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LaCrosse

Be The Inspiration

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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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  18 April 2019
 
This week’s program will focus on our club’s 100th anniversary and the efforts that we will undertake over the next several months.  As a special treat, we are bringing in one of the completed sculptures that will go into the garden later this summer.  I hope to see you at our meeting this Thursday.  This is an important topic and a great way to be sure that we are all on the same page.
 
As previously mentioned, Rotary International’s focus for the month of April is on “Maternal and Child Health.”  Jodi Widuch, past-president of our club and executive director of the Parenting Place, shared this link with me from Psychology Today.  The article discusses the stress that mothers face today.  It is a fascinating study on mothers.  LINK.
 
 
Over the weekend, I spent some time researching other organizations celebrating their 100th birthday.  One of my favorite things to do is visit our nation’s National Park system.  I discovered that we share our birthday with the Grand Canyon attaining National Park status.  Details on its’ celebration can be read in this link.  LINK
 
I did want to include one short video.  This 2.5 minute video was created by Khan Academy to celebrate the Museum of Modern Art’s 100th birthday a few years ago.  One of my favorite artists, Marcel Duchamp, is discussed in this link for his contribution to changing the art world.  I was censored back in high school when I tried put my own interpretation on an art piece called “Fountain” that Duchamp had made famous.  Just last month, I was inspired to start up the high school art piece again with a slightly reinterpreted design.  LINK
 
I hope you have a great week!
 
 
 
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
 
 
We invite you to the 2019 District Conference...

We have had an inspiring year – now it’s time to celebrate, as well as exchange ideas and plan for the future.  In keeping with President Barry Rassin theme ”Be the Inspiration”, we have some truly inspiring stories to share with you.  We also have some inspiring challenges that face our entire district, that we will address and ask “What can a Rotary Club do about this?”  Two of those biggest challenges are the opioid epidemic in our region, and human trafficking. 
 
Besides the thought provoking sessions, we will have a membership summit meeting, our annual business meeting, and fun!  Be sure and check out the House of Friendship, and the silent auction items up for bid.  And take in some of La Crosse’s fun at the free Artspire street fair, just a block or so south of the La Crosse Center.  In the evening, there will be live entertainment there.  We also have several “international” ports of call lined up so you can sample La Crosse’s walkable downtown nightlife.
 
Rotary’s slogans and messages come and go, but this year’s theme will stay with me forever.  Because a central part of each and every Rotarian’s responsibility is truly to “Be the Inspiration”.  That should not end at the close of this Rotary year.  I hope each of us will embrace that mission, and share the gifts of Rotary with many others in the years to come!

Bill Hoel
District Governor 2018-2019
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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.

 
 
 
Thank you to all who contributed to our India Project
 
Below photo of sanitary materials (toilet kits) distributed
to MGR Nagar People Pathamadai
 
 

We received the following email and thank you video.
 
We have completed and handed over the facility to the beneficiary families in a simple function attended by local officials. We have also provided training for the people on how to maintain hygiene and toilet maintenance.   Satheeshkumar.P
 
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 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 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! 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 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Thai Vue
Apr 25, 2019
May Yer Thao - 40 years of the Hmong Growth in America
Bud Hammes
May 02, 2019
Immunization Trip to India
Mark Neumann
May 09, 2019
Single Payer National Healthcare Insurance/Advantagous or Not
Gloria Doyle
May 16, 2019
Classification Talk - RFE to Australia
David Stoeffler - Tom Berkedahl & Local Students
May 23, 2019
Rotary Extra Effort Recognition - Honoring Local Students
Nancy Flottmeyer
May 30, 2019
Classification Talk
Janie Morgan
Jun 06, 2019
Proper Etiquette
Thai Vue
Jun 13, 2019
Classification Talk
NO NOON MEETING TODAY
Jun 20, 2019
100TH Anniversary Gala at La Crosse Center at 5:30
Tom Knebel
Jun 27, 2019
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Secretary
Passe, Nick
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
Amborn, David
 
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
 
Piano
Haase, Ann
 
Program Chair
Bakkum, Andy
 
Duty Roster Coordinator
Czerwinski, Angela
 
Introduce Program
Restel, Todd
 
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Trust, Josh
 
Greeter
Swanwick, Bruce
 
Hospitality Greeter
Mueller, Paul
 
Rotarians in the News
Withrow, Grant
 
Raffle Ticket Seller
Porter, Stephen
 
Scrip Seller
Bradford, Scott
 
 
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