Speaker Date Topic
Katie Berkedal Sep 24, 2020
Classification Talk
Classification Talk
Alyson Haugen Oct 01, 2020
All of Us Research Program
All of Us Research Program

Presenters Alyson Haugen, Kristy Honaker, Dr. Sig Gunderson and Dr. Steven Manson

All of Us Research Program now enrolling at Gundersen Health System


The All of Us Research Program wants to speed up health research and medical breakthroughs. To do this, they’re asking one million or more people to lead the way to provide the types of information that can help us create individualized prevention, treatment and care for all of us.


“The All of Us Research Program aims to change the face of medical care from ‘one size fits all’ to one that takes into account our individual differences. It is one of the most ambitious projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health,” said Murray Brilliant, Ph.D., former lead investigator for All of Us Wisconsin and director of the Center for Precision Medicine Research. “Our vision for All of Us Wisconsin is to offer the opportunity to join this program to the entire state. Our current sites are in La Crosse, Marshfield, Madison and Milwaukee. 


The Wisconsin consortium led by Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and joined by University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Gundersen Health System, is spearheading enrollment in Wisconsin. People ages 18 and older, regardless of health status, are able to enroll. The Wisconsin consortium is a partner of the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program and is one of several regional networks across the country where individuals can enroll.


To learn more, contact AllofUs@gundersenhealth.org, call (608) 775-2171, or visit joinallofus.org/Gundersen. Also follow our Facebook page at Facebook.com/AllofusGundersen.


Together, let’s create a healthier future for all of us.

Ed Futa Oct 08, 2020
Rotary Update with Ed Futa
Rotary Update with Ed Futa

Ed Futa is a past General Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.  As such he managed operations for one of the world’s largest global humanitarian service organization with 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic regions. Futa comes from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was president of an international marketing consulting firm. He is a keynote speaker at many Rotary International events including club and district conferences and international assemblies and conventions.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu, Hawaii.  Ed lives in Madison, WI.

 In “retirement”, Ed served five years as Dean of the Rotary Representative Corps.  This included Rotary appointed representatives to the following:

 The United Nations, New York City; UNOG (United Nations Office In Geneva; UNOV (United Nations Office Vienna; ECLAC (UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santiago, Chile); ESCWA (UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Beirut, Lebanon); ESCAP (UN Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand; UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, France); OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France); Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France); AU (African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia); ECA (Economic Commission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia); UN-HABITAT, Nairobi, Kenya; UNEP (UN Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya); WFP (World Food Program, Rome, Italy); FAO (Food & Agriculture Organization, Rome, Italy); IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development, Rome, Italy); World Bank, Washington DC; OAS (Organization of American States, Washington, DC); European Union, Brussels, Belgium; Commonwealth of Nations, London, England; League of Arab States, Cairo, Egypt.

He currently serves as an alternate Rotary representative to the United Nations.

Jim Kohli Oct 15, 2020
Toastmasters and Rotary Partnership

Past Toastmaster International Director Jim Kohli will discuss Toastmasters, their mission, and a new partnership with Rotary International.  Further details are under development!

Bill Pritchard - Governor, District 6250 Oct 22, 2020
COVID Opens Opportunties
COVID Opens Opportunties
Rotary Club of La Crosse welcomes our District 6250 Governor and previous club member.
For Bill Pritchard, his awareness of Rotary did not truly begin until after he had already been a Rotarian for several years.  A district governor-elect asked for a cup of coffee meeting.  During the meeting Bill was asked how many District Conferences he had been to?  Bill’s answer was none, which prompted this follow-up question:  Why would you join an organization that you obviously care enough about to attend meetings with your busy schedule, but not care enough to give even one days-worth of investigation into the ways they serve and give back to their local communities? 
Bill did not have a good answer.  So, he attended his first District Conference in 2010.  And he became AWARE… 😊
That awareness quickly grew to involvement.  Since 2010, Bill has held numerous club and district posts and responsibilities – starting with becoming a Youth Exchange Counselor in his club in 2010 (still active) and the first Ethics Committee chair for District 6250 in 2011.  He has served as the District 6250 Membership Chair, the District 6250 Youth Exchange Inbound Coordinator, and was President of the Rotary Club of La Crosse in 2014-2015.  His worth at the district level expanded to the Zone and Multi-Zone levels – serving as Curriculum Director for the 19 districts of Central States Rotary Youth Exchange as well as the Assistant Rotary Zone Coordinator for Zone 28. 
It is well known that Rotarians do not get involved for accolades (or the pay 😊), but Bill has been honored as Rotarian of the Year by both his Rotary Club (2012-2013) and District 6250 (2011-2012).  He has been recognized for his efforts in the area of Membership (2016) and in assisting with the local area Interact Clubs (2016), and most recently was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Rotary Works Foundation (2015-2016).

When not involved in a Rotary project, Bill is the Branch and Portfolio Manager for Stifel Financial.  When he can, he enjoys finding moments to chase small white golf balls around a golf club near his home in Holmen, Wisconsin when not on his boat on the Mississippi River.  Bill is blessed with two wonderful daughters, hundreds of Youth Exchange Sons and Daughters around the world, and a wife who he adores.
Lauren Journot Oct 29, 2020
Rotary Club of La Crosse - Diversity and Inclusion Update
Rotary Club of La Crosse - Diversity and Inclusion Update

More program details to be forthcoming!

Jack Haase - Moderator Nov 05, 2020
Youth Exchange - How did the exchange impact the lives of 4 past students?

Rotary Club of La Crosse will highlight 2 previous inbound and 2 previous outbound youth exchange students recapping their experience and what they're doing now.

Dean Dickenson Nov 12, 2020
Rotary Foundation Presentaiton
Rotary Foundation Presentaiton

The Rotary Foundation Committee will present on the foundatio and it's work.  More details of the program are under development.

Shawn Kudron Nov 19, 2020
La Crosse Police Department

Chief of Police for La Crosse Police Department, Shawn Kudron, will give an update on himself and the Department.  More details of the program are under development.

No Speaker Nov 26, 2020
No Meeting - Happy Thanksgiving
Secretary-designee Randy Romanski Dec 10, 2020
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)

A presentaiton on DATCP and the work of this important Wisconsin agency!

Randy Romanski was announced secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection by Governor Tony Evers in June 2020. Prior to this appointment, he served as DATCP deputy secretary since January 2019 and interim secretary since November 2019. He brings decades of experience in government administration and policy development to the department.

Romanski has held leadership roles at multiple state agencies. He previously served as DATCP's deputy secretary and secretary under Governor Jim Doyle, working on issues such as farmland preservation, local foods, Farm to School, and renewable energy. Romanski has also served as the executive assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Since 2011, Romanski has been serving as the safety program chief in DOT's Division of State Patrol. Earlier in his career, he held staff positions in the state legislature, both in the Senate and Assembly. He has also served as a policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Originally from Wisconsin Rapids, Romanski earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and his master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Romanski resides in Monona.

No Speaker Dec 24, 2020
No Meeting - Happy Holidays
No Speaker Dec 31, 2020
No Meeting - Happy New Year!
Steve O'Malley Jan 07, 2021
Classification Talk
Classification Talk