District 6250       Club 2690 
June 1, 1919
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Welcome to our Club!


Rotary Connects the World

Thursday - 11:30 Networking-Buffet ($15.00) - 12:00 Meeting
at the Radisson Center
200 Jay Street
Parking Radisson Hotel
LaCrosse, WI 54601
United States of America
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Please join us for our next fellowship gathering Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Piggy's Smokin' Blues Lounge at 501 Front Street, La Crosse.  
If you have never been on a Rotary Friendship Exchange, now is your chance!  The fall Brazil Friendship Exchange will take place from October 3rd through the 14th in central Brazil in Belo Horizonte.  Never been on a Friendship Exchange then you have priority!  Bring your spouse, bring your son or daughter, bring a friend! For details, contact Mark Etrheim, 608-769-7200 or MARK@MCHLAX.COM.  Read more for extra details.
We fly into Rio de Janerio and then a short flight to Belo Horizonte where we get picked up by local Rotarians.  Fall break?  Bring the family! We typically spend ...3 nights at 3 different clubs,  stay in home-hosted accommodations and each club doing its best to show their home towns off.   Always an adventure of the best kind.  Cost is your airfare (?900-$1200?) and maybe a few hundred dollars for any meals not provided, entry fees, and souvenirs.  It will be warm during our stay as they are in the southern hemisphere and is late summer there.  Rotary makes friends fast!  For details, contact Mark Etrheim, 608-769-7200 or MARK@MCHLAX.COM
Rotary Friendship Exchanges are exchanges between groups of Rotarians for the purpose of creating connections and friendships.  The magic of Rotary happens when these friendships morph into relationships from which projects can be born!  Anyone Rotarian can participate in a Friendship Exchange.  Anyone with connections in certain parts of the world is encouraged to consider leading a Friendship Exchange.  More information on the DISTRICT FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE PAGE.
Rotary Club of La Crosse
Service Above Self Awards
Tessa Edge
Central 2019
Tessa Edge, a 2019 graduate of Central High School, was presented with her $1,000 Service Above Self Award following completion of her first semester of school at the University of Minnesota. As you can see from her photo, Tessa embraced the opportunity to join the marching band, and was able to accompany the football team to perform during the Gophers victory over Auburn at the Outback Bowl in Tampa. "I had a wonderful first semester. Although my program is a difficult one, I strove to overcome the challenges," Tessa wrote in a note thanking the club for the Rotary award. "I am grateful for these opportunities and to you all for supporting me." 
Caitlin Coffey
Logan 2019
Caitlin Coffey, a 2019 graduate of Logan High School, was presented with her $1,000 Service Above Self Award following completion of her first semester of school at the Franklin Olin College of Engineering, a noted private engineering college in suburban Boston. Caitlin has returned to school for the 2nd semester and was unable to attend a club meeting to receive her award.
Caitlin was a member of the Logan Interact Club and says helping organize iFeed helped her "realize how much Rotary does for others around the world!" She has already taken an active role in community service work in college, joining Code for Boston, a nonprofit dedicated to helping other nonprofits with software and related projects. Recently she worked on a project with a nonprofit called the Guardian Group, which is working to combat the presence of online human trafficking. 
She is grateful for the Rotary award, which will help pay tuition and allow her to continue pursuing school. "I appreciate the work your club has done to make our community, as well as our nation, a better environment. Rotary was an amazing opportunity for me to help serve others in my community."
Matthew Jankowski
Aquinas 2019 
David Stoeffler, Youth Committee member presented Matthew Jankowski with his
$1,000 Service Above Self Award
Matthew just completed his first semester at University of North Dakota.

"I had a really good first semester.  I adjusted to my new school and college level classes well, along with making many new friends, working at the library for my work study financial aid and volunteering in leadership opportunities in student government.  It's been a lot of work but also a lot of fun too."   Matthew thanks the La Crosse Rotary in supporting him in his studies at UND.
Rotary Club of La Crosse Service Above Self Awards INFO


From Rotary After Hours

On December 16th 2019, our friend David Knutson passed away unexpectedly. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours with a passion for supporting Rotary youth programs. To honor Dave's memory, our club is determined to create an endowed sponsorship for a student to attend Rotary District 6250 - RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) annually, in his name. Our goal is to raise $4,200.

Donations can be made at our website:

Or by check: Payable to Rotary After Hours, add Memorial Youth Sponsorship to the memo field, and mail to:

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


Please share the link and help us keep Dave's memory alive by supporting the cause he cared about most. Thank you for your support!




The Brain Game

"The Brain Game" is a user-friendly educational guide which explains to parents why and how their child is learning and developing. Additionally, the book includes specific activities, songs, and suggested behaviors that parents can engage in to help foster their child's intellectual and social development. 

The Brain Game was born when the Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families spoke to the Rotary Club of La Crosse, WI. She was excited to spread the word of new, cutting-edge research into early child brain development. More than ever before, scientists discovered that proper stimulation of children in the first three years could play a huge role in growing a healthy brain.

During this meeting we'll learn more about The Brain Game, along with some exciting new developments around it.  


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Thanks to all who supported iFeed 2019!




The iFeed day consists of two parts: Part 1) Teams will pack over 100,000 highly nutritious, vitamin-fortified soy-rice meals that will be shipped to Nicaragua to be feed malnourished children in schools and churches. Part 2) Food items collected from the hundreds of food drives held from September-November at many local businesses, churches, schools, etc will be brought to Logan High School where we’ll sort, count and then give to the La Crosse Hunger Task Force for distribution to all local food pantries. Items will also be flown to Puerto Rico to help Hurricane victims. Cash and food donations will be collected the day of the event!   iFeed Web Site



We would like to thank everyone who helped make our Holiday Program such a heart-warming and delightful event.  


Special thanks to our performers who shared their talent with us:  Miya and Leo Servais, Tessa, Annabelle and Roman Parrish, Maya Chilcote, Allie Schlicht and Nola Dienger Hanson, Madeline, Isabella and Sophia Masewicz, Inga Rottmann (our exchange student), Riley Horn and the Central High School Choir directed by Mike Esser.


Thank you to Dean Dickinson for organizing our Christmas Program, to Al Louis for the Hanukkah Reflection and Linda Zoerb for donating the poinsettias.
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
January- Tim Candahl
February - Peter Grabow
March - Alex Lueck
April -  Lynn Bruns


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
Kelly Krieg-Sigman, 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 


Cheryl Hancock
Feb 27, 2020
Coulee Recovery Center
Coulee Recovery Center


Coulee Recovery Center provides confidential help to individuals and families impacted by addiction and leads the community in prevention, education and awareness. http://www.couleecouncil.org/

The Mayo employee parking ramp is directly across Ferry Street from Coulee Recovery Center and it will be open for use by club members who are attending the meeting.

We will also have a food drive that day for the food pantry at Coulee Recovery Center.


Kurt Schroeder
Mar 05, 2020
Outdoor Recreation Alliance and La Crosse's Trail System
Mary Beth Hensel
Mar 12, 2020
Classification Talk
Mar 26, 2020
Razia's Bus
Rebecca Schwarz, Mission Impact Coordinator
Apr 02, 2020
YWCA's Racial and Restorative Justice Programs
Joe Carlson
Apr 16, 2020
Wildnerness Survival Skills - Boy Scouts
Matt Boschka
Apr 23, 2020
Cannabis 101
Bree Breckel, Co-Founder, B&E's Trees
Apr 30, 2020
B&E's Trees - Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
Steve Kramer, La Crosse Firefighter
May 07, 2020
Firefighting in the Coulee Region
Matthew Christen
May 14, 2020
Bike to Work Week
David Stoeffler - Tom Berkedal & Local Students
May 21, 2020
Rotary Extra Effort Recognition - Honoring Local Students
May 28, 2020
Kelsey Flock, Dementia Care Specialist
Jun 04, 2020
Dementia & Dementia Care
Steve O'Malley
Jun 18, 2020
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Steve O'Malley
Jun 25, 2020
Classification Talk
Upcoming Events


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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster
Sergeant at Arms
Christians, Kenna
Passe, Nick
Carey, Diana
Registration Assistant
Dahlby, Earlamae
Haase, Ann
Program Chair
Arendt-Beyer, Sarah
Duty Roster Coordinator
Grabow, Peter
Introduce Speaker
Grabow, Peter
Introduce Guests and Visitors
Jobe, Stephanie
Jolivette, Sharon
Hospitality Greeter
Jolivette, Mark
Raffle Ticket Seller
Green, Kaycie
Scrip Seller
Swanwick, Bruce
Rotarians in the News
Gschwind, Mary Ann
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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