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PINTS FOR POLIO - Thursday, October 24th (WORLD POLIO DAY) - Pearl Street Brewery from 4:00 to 7:00 pm...Audio Jack  will be performing.   T-shirts available for purchase.  Every pint sold $1.00 will be donated to Polio Plus.  More details coming!
WWII Monument Fundraiser - Featuring the Greg Balfany Swing Band and Winona Jitterbug Club.  Saturday, October 5th.  6p, Social 7:00pm Entertainment.   Jakes Northwoods, Hwy 21, Sparta, WI.  Encouraged to dress in 40's attire.   Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at door.   Silent Auction Items and Drawings throughout the evening!    Contact Patt Boge if you are interested in going.
Save the date for our District 6250 Conference  - ROTARYFEST - June 19-21, 2020.
BATTLE OF THE BEARDS - Holmen Area Rotary Club - La Crosse area Rotary challenge; Send your best NO-Shave November candidate to compete....LINK to more information.
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Posted on Sep 16, 2019


Rotary Meeting This Week
Radisson Center
September 19, 2019
Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken
Roasted Vegetables
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 Happy Birthday​
Ingrid McCallson - Sept 20

Happy Wedding Anniversary
Mike and Diana Carey - Sept 15
Rob (Wylie) Jordan - Sept 16
Dave (Carlynn) Clements - Sept 17
Mike (Rebecca) Swenson - Sept 19
Jerry (Marilyn) Arndt - Sept 21

 Rotary Anniversary
Judson Beck - Sept 17 - 4 years
Mike Desmond (H) - Sept 19 - 23 years




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Active Membershi

Honorary Members


Associate Membership is a program to recruit younger members, millennials, to membership.  Associate Membership is available to anyone who is proposed for membership who is 35 years of age or less.  Associate membership will end when that member reaches the age of 38. They would pay for dues and $100 for meals per quarter no matter how many meetings they attend that quarter.

Corporate Membership is a program to allow multiple employees of a business Rotary participation under one primary membership. Each corporate membership is limited to a three-year term. After the three-year corporate membership term, the individuals are required to become individual members. View Corporate Membership Policy.

Family Membership is a program to allow a second individual Rotary participation under one primary membership.  View Family Membership Policy.

Honorary Membership  is offered to members who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals.Unlike other membership categories that can be requested by the member, Honorary Membership is bestowed upon a member by election from the Board of Directors.   View Honorary Membership Policy.

Excused Membership is offered to members if the aggregate of the member’s years of age and years of membership in one or more clubs is 85 years or more, the member has been a member of one or more clubs for at least 20 years, and the member has notified the club's secretary in writing of the member’s desire to be excused from attendance  and the board has approved.  Excused Members will pay the quarterly dues and only for meals when they attend a meeting.

Membership Proposals....we will no longer ask for three references when you propose a new member.  This was a criteria that our club had set not RI.  This will help us process new members into our club more efficiently.  You can access the membership proposal form online, under the Club Information site page.



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Program Chair for July 2019 - June 2020
October - Scott Bradford
November - Jud Beck
December - Sheila Riley
January- Tim Candahl
February - Peter Grabow
March - Alex Lueck
June - OPEN
If you would like to volunteer for Rotarians in the News,  be a greeter,  a hospitality greeter, raffle ticket seller,  scrip seller or announce guests, you can email the Monthly Duty Roster Coordinator that are listed above....just click on their name.  If you would like to give your classification talk please contact Program Committee Chair Sarah Arendt-Beyer.


Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914
608-526-4491 (Phone and Fax)

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passe, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator 


Alicia Strilzuk
The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384


Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571

Scott Herdeman, Administrator


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First Day of School for our Exchange Student
Inga and her host sister Riley!
Inga...enjoy your classes at Logan High School!
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Rotarian Al Louis Muskie fishing trip has ended with 4 muskies caught. He will be donating $500 and a Rotary friend from Lake Vermilion will donate $200.
 We have raised $3,460.00 in pledges and outright gifts.
Please make your checks out to THE PARENTING PLACE and either send to Rotary Club of La Crosse, PO Box 1914 La Crosse, WI 54602-1914 or drop off at the designated table at Rotary this week.  WE WILL NOT BE INVOICING YOU.   
If you did not pledge and would like to is NOT too late.  Your donations will help make DRY BOTTOMS = HAPPY, HEALTHY KIDDOS.
Thanks to Al and all who have donated to this worthy cause!
Muskie's Caught
Got to LOVE that Rotary t-shirt!!
Muskie #1 - 44.5"
August 7th
Muskie #2 - 40.5"
August 8th
Muskie #3 - 36"
August 15th
Muskie #4 - 41.25"
August 15th
Our Youth Exchange Student Arrived!
Inga from Germany
Thanks to all who were at the airport to welcome her to La Crosse.
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AVENUES OF SERVICE DINNER 2019-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
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This week at Rotary we will welcome Dr. Tom Nebel, Senior Assoicate at GiANT Worldwide.   GiANT Worldwide is a global company dedicated to leadership transformation through intentional apprenticeship. 

Dr. Tom Nebel’s earliest recollections are those of being a successful entrepreneur. At the age of six he would construct small wooden ships, pack them in his wagon, and sell them to soft-hearted workers as they finished their shift at the local shipyard in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Since those days he has dedicated himself to creating organizations that work, both in the profit and not-for-profit sectors, and helping others to do the same. He has authored six books on the subject of starting and growing new ventures, having directed organizations at local, regional, national, and international levels.

Tom is recognized as an engaging public communicator and an effective coach of those seeking to increase their personal and organizational capacity. He specializes in recognizing and removing the obstacles which stand in the way of success. His personal interests include fitness, history, travel, reading, a family cottage in Door County, Wisconsin, and the National Football League. A Wisconsin native, he makes his home in Madison–or at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, where he is a season-ticket holder.


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As I write my last weekly president’s message and reflect upon our outstanding Centennial event last week, I would like to offer up some “Thank-Yous”. 
  • Thank you for the opportunity to be your President this year.  The experience has been extraordinary. 
  • Thank you to all of you who make our club such a vibrant, caring and giving organization.  Our club is truly special. 
  • Thank you to our club for sponsoring three of our sons to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. This program truly changes lives and creates a small step towards achieving world peace.
  • Thank you Lyn Sheffer.  You are truly special.
Lastly, I fell woefully short of my goal to have Eva Marie and I share a meal with each one of you along with your spouse, partner, significant other, etc. during my year as President.  For those of you with whom we did share a meal, those meals were one of the many highlights of my year as President.  This process was such a positive experience, Eva Marie and I have decided to simply extend our timeline and continue to reach out to everyone with hopes of sharing a meal with all of you.  We plan to continue this course of action until we have shared a meal with all of you.
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Centennial Dinner Celebration:  La Crosse Center - June 20, 2019 - Speaker will be Stephanie Urchick - a member of the Rotary Club of Canonsburg Houston, Southpointe.  She has served Rotary as a Foundation Trustee, RI and TRF Committee member, District Governor, Regional Foundation Coordinator for ZONE 29, International Training Leader, RI President's Representative, Regional Leaders Training Institute Moderator, district delegate to Councils on Legislation, Training Leader at Zone meetings, and in various club and district Foundation roles.
Register online at Eventbrite.
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Extra Effort Recognition Program
Thursday May 23rd, we honored 12 La Crosse students who have truly given the “Extra Effort” and overcome long odds to accomplish amazing things as they graduate from high school. Tom Berkedal and David Stoeffler from our Youth Committee was joined for this special program by Rusty Cunningham, editor of the La Crosse Tribune.
This program borrows its name from the Tribune's longstanding “Extra Effort Awards” program. For 23 years, the Tribune has shared the stories of area high school students who have overcome serious obstacles. Each year, the Tribune gathers those students -- one from each school -- and awards thousands of dollars in scholarships provided by generous donors, many of them members of the Rotary Club of La Crosse.
Front: Anna Van Riper (Aquinas), Sudha Schultz (Aquinas), Kayley Colburn (Central), Racelyn Tolomei (Logan), Jordan Johnson (LaCrossroads)
Back: Jacob Savoldelli (Aquinas), Andriel Morgan (Central), Cydney Livingston (Central), Patrick Schwabenbauer (Logan), Byraius Moyer (LaCrossraods), Cheyanne Mattie (Logan)
Missing: Christian Dungy (LaCrossroads)

District 6250 logo
Rotary District Conference June 7 & 8
We are looking for volunteers.  Check out the link below to register and volunteer.
Program Advertisers and SponsorshipsTHANK YOU to all who placed an ad or are sponsoring an event at the District Conference.  We are grateful for your support of Rotary and our District Conference.    If your business would like an opportunity to shine as a conference sponsor, we still have one break out sessions left - $200.   Please contact David Amborn for more information.

Meet the Rotary Club of La Crosse's Humanitarian Committee! (not all members pictured). This committee facilitates a monthly group of volunteers for Come to Supper; and organizes the annual Warm Feet, Warm Hearts campaign (collecting clothing and other items for Catholic Charities to distribute to those in need). Each year the committee also chooses one larger humanitarian project that fits within the six Rotary areas of focus - this year the committee has identified human trafficking as their focus. At this year's district conference they'll be collecting personal care items for survivors of human trafficking; if you're moved to help please view the list of desired items here:  (We will have Kwik Trip Fuel ONLY cards available to purchase at our weekly meetings.)
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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
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 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. 
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Supporting Safe Birth
Dr. Nancy Comello, Executive Director
Supporting Safe Birth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to build the skills of indigenous Guatemalan midwives and other birth attendants, allowing them to provide evidence-based care to all women and babies. Their goal is to establish global partnerships to increase the scope and coverage of these programs in Guatemala.
Nancy is leading an effort to send vocational training teams to Guatemala in 2019. The teams will both train birth attendants and to equip them with supplies. 
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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.

The Rotary International Convention is scheduled for June 1-5, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.  
Registration and convention housing materials are available at
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.
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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