Welcome to the Rotary Club of La Crosse!  I want to personally thank you for your decision to become a member of our club and a member of the worldwide Rotary community.  I am the president of the club from July 2020-June 2021.  Personally, I have been a member of this club for seven years and I have loved every minute of my membership.  I really look forward to getting to know you and helping you along this Rotary journey.
 
We look forward to your active engagement within our Club.  As a service-oriented Club, we have and will continue to do great things within our community and our world.  As a new member, please know that we have dozens of ways for you to get involved within our Club and the community at large as soon as you are ready.  I am confident that our Club will have an appropriate opportunity for you to become engaged.  More importantly, please know that the Board of Directors approved your membership application because we believe that your talents will make us an even better Club.
 
There is a lot to learn about our Club and Rotary International. Accordingly, our Club holds six STAR (‘Special Training for Action in Rotary’) meetings a year in order to help with your transition as a new member into our large Club.  STAR is designed to provide a foundational understanding of Rotary. STAR is composed entirely of new members and is open to new Rotarians from each of our local area clubs. Each STAR session offers a topic that will deepen your understanding of Rotary from a local, national, and international perspective.  I encourage you to mark your calendars NOW for these six breakfast meetings. See the handouts in your new member packet for relevant details.
 
Upon joining, you were issued a “Red” badge with your name on it.  A checklist has been put together with items for you to complete.  The purpose of these items is to better familiarize yourself with Club members, committees and other opportunities that we offer.  Once you complete at least five of these activities, you will transition to a “Blue” badge.  The complete list of items from which you may choose is available in the packet under the name “New Member Expectations Checklist.”  Working through these activities is a good way to learn more about Rotary and to begin to know your fellow club members. We sincerely hope that you will earn your “Blue” badge within five months of joining.
 
Rotary’s offerings in service, camaraderie and networking opportunities are unparalleled.  While it is up to you to make the most of your membership and to find your niche within the Club, we are here to help.  If you have any questions, comments and/or concerns, please contact me directly by cell 414-810-9397 or via email at bakkumandrew@yahoo.com.
 
Yours in Rotary,
Andrew Bakkum
Andrew Bakkum - 2020-21 President, Rotary Club of La Crosse
 
 
 
 
Rotary is proud to welcome you to our global community of more than 1.2 million men and women dedicated to building a better world.  You make Rotary stronger. By adding your skills, experience, and enthusiasm to your club, you can advance communities at home and on a global scale. Together, we can eradicate polio, train more skilled peacemakers, and provide lasting solutions for communities fighting disease, hunger, illiteracy, and poverty. Through the Rotary community, you can exchange ideas and build lifelong friendships with people who share your passion for service. Take advantage of the resources and activities available through your club, district, and Rotary International to make your experience with Rotary both rewarding and fun.
 
Since 1919, the Rotary Club of La Crosse has worked to provide service to others, while maintaining camaraderie & fellowship among our members.
 
When our Rotary Club of Crosse was chartered on June 1, 1919, those visionary members set out to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.  For the past 100 years, our club has fervently worked toward accomplishing this mission and much more.  As Rotarians, we frequently do not seek recognition for our good works. As people of action, we will continue to influence our communities for the remainder of this century and beyond.
 
 
 
 
 
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