Happy Birthday
Peter Hughes - Aug 12
Ilene Kernozek - Aug 13
Barry Watkins - Aug 13

Bob Bendiksen - Aug 15
Dave Trapp - Aug 17
Mary Mickelson - Aug 21

Ray Kline (honorary)  - Aug 22

Happy Wedding  Anniversary
John (Deborah) Morrissey - Aug 13
Todd & Eva Marie Restel - Aug 13

Barry (Chris) Watkins - Aug 14
Carol (Bill) Abrahamzon - Aug 15
Andy (Ana) Bakken - Aug 15
Dave (Bonnie) Koudelka (honorary) - Aug 16
Sheila (Richard) Wieser - Aug 17
Peter (Susie) Hughes _ Aug 18
Mark (Cindy) Cassellius - Aug 21
Dave (Betty) Trapp - Aug 21
Tina (Dan) Klinger - Aug 25


Happy Rotary Anniversary
Jim Lewis - Aug 1 2- 36 years
Jodi Widuch - Aug 14 - 15 years
Roger LeGrand - Aug 15 - 22 years
Randy Nelson - Aug 18 - 7 years
Mary Kay Wolf - Aug 19 - 8 years
Joe Gow - Aug 23 - 11 years
Craig Ubbelohde - Aug 23 - 6 years


CELEBRATIONS 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all Rotarians who have purchased tickets in the Riverfest Commodore Foundation Raffle!   A big THANK YOU, also, to all who are out there selling tickets!   The commodores have provided 500 tickets to our club and we aim to sell them all!    The more we sell the more we make, as our club keeps $5 from each ticket sold!    As of today we are at 75% of goal in terms of tickets sold or in circulation.  The clock is ticking.  Drawing is September 10th.
Tickets are $10 apiece or 3 for $25.  Great prizes!! (Limo ride for four with club seats to Lambeau field for a Packer game; use of Pontoon from American Marine; $500 Festival Foods gift card; complete detailing from Clason Buick GMC;  one year Ship Shape car washes!)
Contact Peter Grabow grabow.peter@mayo.edu with your ticket order.  He’ll have your tickets and an invoice for you at the next club meeting!  A FREE car wash accompanies each ticket sold!!
NFL Logos
We are teaming up with the Riverfest Commodores with a fundraiser.  They are selling raffle tickets to benefit their Riverfest Commodore Foundation, Inc....each ticket is $10 or 3 for $25....every ticket we sell we will get $5.......1st Place is Four Club Seats to the Packers/Buffalo game on September 30th...includes a 6 passenger limo service to and from the game.....2nd - 5th price click here to view.   Each ticket comes with a FREE Exterior Basic Wash at Ship Shape or Quick N'Clean coupon worth $8We hope you will not only buy a ticket but take a pack of tickets to sell to your friends, co-workers, etc.  We will use the money through-out the year for our  projects.    Please help us make this fundraiser a success.  Pick up your tickets this week at Rotary.
PICK UP A PACK AND SELL THEM TO YOUR FRIENDS AND CO-WORKERS!  Drawing will be Monday, September 10th at 7 pm at Shenanigan's.  If you are not a member of our club and would like to purchase a ticket..email rotarylax@charter.net and we will connect with you.
Any questions you can contact Peter Grabow.
FUNDRAISER-RAFFLE TICKETS 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Centennial Project Fundraiser - 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 turn in your pledge cards and contributions to Earlamae Dahlby or send your contribution to Lyn Sheffer 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.

We have dedicated a page on our web site for our Centennial year to keep members updated on our project.  Click here to view.
If you would like more information, please contact Lee Rasch.
The Rotary International Convention is scheduled for June 1-5, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.  Travel Leaders is exploring five day pre and post-convention tours of the north of German and of the south to include Munich and Bavaria.
A program will be presented by Dannette Jacob from Travel Leaders on Germany in September.
Registration and convention housing materials are available from Lyn or 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.

There was NO Rotary News Wheel this week - no one placed an ad.

Reminder you can advertise your business or upcoming event for $10.

We have changed our deadline to submit an ad to Tuesday prior to the meeting.         

Link to submit your ad.



WELCOME TO ROTARY NEWS WHEEL 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Active Membershi

RESIGNED: Chris Hackner

Honorary Members

RIP: Jean Bassett


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. 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 of $76 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.



MEMBERSHIP 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
August - Petra Roter
September - Marcie Wycoff-Horn
October - Jamie O'Neill
November - Miranda Terbeest
December - Grant Golson
February - Bonnie Steidl
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 Andy Bakkum.


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

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator

Nick Passee, Secretary

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator


The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384
Jeanne Meyer, Administrator 


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

Scott Herdeman, Administrator


CONTACT INFO 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Next Meeting
Radisson Center

Aug 23, 2018

Tequila Glazed Pork
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Tortilla Chips


CLUB INFO 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  16 August 2018
I hope to see you at the Avenue of Service dinner on Tuesday, August 14th.  This meeting will include all nine of our local area clubs and will be a special evening.  Since this meeting is being held in lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, I will keep the president’s message brief.
First, please invite a potential new member to next Thursday’s meeting.  With this being our Club’s 100th anniversary, we should have plenty of exciting reasons for a guest to want to join us.
Second, Eva Marie and I have begun the process of sharing a meal with every member of our club.  For now, we are scheduling these meals in a low tech way on a piece of paper.  We hope you will sign up.  Please find either myself or Eva Marie to set up a time and date. 
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
Mississippi Expedition for ShelterBox
Erik Elsea, President of Cape Coral, Florida Rotary Club and ShelterBox volunteer is canoeing the length of the Mississippi River to raise money for ShelterBox USA and raise awareness of the great work of Rotary along the route.  ShelterBox is a huge international partner of Rotary, speeding pre-positioned supplies to disaster scenes around the world.  It is without doubt a worthy cause.  Charity Navigator ranks them almost as high as the Rotary Foundation, with an overall rating of 95.8 and transparency rating of 100.  They get the highest rating of fours stars.
More information is on the following sites:
Our club and Valley View Rotary club hosted a ShelterBox Fundraiser Sunday at Pettibone Boat Club to welcome Erik to La Crosse.  Last week we had a donor give us a $500 match donation - we collected $315 in our baskets so we had raised $815.  After the fundraiser on Sunday we have collected over $1384.   Thank you to all who were there to welcome Erik and who donated to this worthy cause. Special thanks to the Radisson Hotel for giving Erik a comfortable nights rest on Sunday night!   See photos.
You can see Erik's progress on his Garmin tracker: 
You can also donate online - please note it is for the Mississippi Expedition
Good Morning! First I want to thank everyone for your hospitality. You sure know how to make someone feel welcome. I appreciate all your efforts for raising money for ShelterBox and helping provide shelter, warmth and dignity to families on their worst day ever. Staying at the Radisson was pure luxury as well as having a hot shower and a real bed. I had the opportunity to explore a little of Lacrosse and meet some locals. I wish I could stay longer because this seems like a really fun town. I will definitely be back someday. Thanks again for everything and you can continue to follow along the journey at www.mississippiexpedition.com and our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MississippiExpedition/
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District 6250 2018-19
District Governor Bill Hoel
Congrats to Rotarian Bill Hoel our new 2018-19 District Governor.  Click here to view his bio on the District 6250 web site.  Our District Web Site has a lot of information to keep you in the loop of what is happening in our District. 
District 6250 2018-19
Assistant Governor Patt Boge
Rotarian Patt Boge is one of the District 6250 Assistant Governors. She will oversee Group 3 in our District that includes the following Rotary Clubs: La Crosse Valley View, Holmen, Onalaska, Onalaska Hilltoppers and Sparta.
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Rotary International 2018-19
President Barry Rassin
Rotary International President Barry Rassin's theme this year is BE THE INSPIRATION.  "We need to focus on larger projects that have a more lasting impact, taking the time to research and plan work that spans Rotary years and terms of office.  Most important of all, we need to BE THE INSPIRATION for positive change, inspiring our clubs, and communities, and our organization to face today's challenges head on, with courage, optimism, and creativity.
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Erin Bagniewski is from La Crosse and in the past 18 months when working in Africa she became a Rotarian there.  Jodi Widuch gave a banner to her father (Jim Bagniewski in La Crosse) who gave it to Erin when they visited her. Erin visited as a Visiting Rotarian at our club and presented her club's banner. Cool!
Jodi and Erin
AFRICA - LA CROSSE CONNECTION 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
Inspiring Aquinas senior receives Youth Committee Community Service Award
Elissa Nott, a senior at Aquinas High School, was honored at our meeting April 12 as this year's winner of the Rotary Club of La Crosse Youth Committee Community Service Award.
Elissa, the daughter of Steve and Charlotte Nott of Onalaska, was a Rotary Student of the Month in February 2017. She has been an extremely active participant in the Aquinas Interact Club, including serving this year as club president. Among many duties in that role, Elissa provided extraordinary leadership of the 2018 iFeed event as Aquinas was responsible for organizing the international food packing stations on the day of the event. Interact is just one of Elissa's many community service activities. She has been active in the Aquinas IMPACT organization, which encourages students to donate time for church and local charitable events, and has taken leadership roles with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Army Teen Panel, the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and the Fort McCoy Teen No-More Task Force, which provided first-of-its-kind education for youth on domestic abuse and sexual assault prevention.
"Growing up in a military family has motivated me to give back to others," Elissa wrote in her application essay. "My family, faith, and the many community service organizations I have observed and worked with, including Rotary, have guided and inspired me to give back to our nation and my community." Elissa plans to major in political science in college, with an interest in international relations, while also serving in the United States Marine Corps.
Club Member Rob Palmberg, who is one of Elissa's advisors for Rotary Interact at Aquinas, describes her as "efficient, detail-oriented, and extremely competent. ... She is a person of high character and integrity, as evidenced by her recently being named Chief Petty Officer for the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the highest rank a cadet can reach. She serves and impacts community in many profound ways!"
Elissa receives a $1,000 award to be used toward college expenses. This is the second year for the Club's Community Service Award, which is designed to recognize and encourage academic excellence, good citizenship and career development in youth.
YOUTH COMMITTEE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD David Stoeffler 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0
We would like to thank Steve O'Malley for taking the lead on our Rotary Habitat for Humanity Project and to all the workers that showed up on behalf of our club to help build the home.  We received a District Grant because of YOUR donations to the Rotary International Foundation and Rotary Works.  Everyone did their part in making this project a success.  The following is the report sent to District.     Click here to view photos.
Habitat for Humanity Home dedicated February 3, 2018
La Crosse Area Rotary clubs helped dedicate the 43rd Home built by La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity at 5th and Mississippi in the City of La Crosse.  In cooperation with many other volunteers, area Rotarians helped to complete one of three Habitat homes on one site. 
Over six build days three area clubs (Downtown, Holmen and After Hours) at least 50 Rotarians volunteered their time to help paint, caulk, landscape, install trim and doors to help complete the home last fall.  Volunteers from several other clubs joined in as well.
The project was funded in part with a $5,000 District 6250 matching grant along with $5,000 from the local Rotary Works Foundation.  These two grants funded a specific project for the cost of the Drywall, Paint and Doors within the house. 
This home is part of a much larger development addressing the need for affordable quality owner occupied housing in the City of La Crosse.  This home is part of redeveloping a challenged corner in the Washburn Neighborhood and convert it into a well-designed, mixed-income development. The overall project will replace three blighted rental properties that have a combined tax base of $150,000 and replace them with eight, high-quality owner-occupied homes with a tax base of more than $1.1 million.

Steve Doll went on a mission trip to Mexico helping the Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary Club.   See more  photos.
"We spent the day distributing water filters donated by the Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary Club to the families in Mayto, Mexico. Mayto is 2 hours from Puerto Vallarta. The $60 filters will provide clean water for decades, a much needed necessity. We dispensed the 50 filters at a 1st -6th grade one room school and had an opportunity to visit the class. What a fabulous project."

Posted by Sondra LeGrand
The International Project Committee report from Sondra Le Grand:
In 2016 I received a request from a Secondary School Headmaster from a small village in South India, TamilNadu, via a Rotarian friend.  This school is 125 years old with about 1000 students in grades 8-12.  He was asking for help to build both a boy’s and girl’s set of toilet blocks. There were no resources available and no government funds.  Rotary Tinnevelli District 3212 wanted to partner with Valley View and Downtown Rotary Clubs to build those two toilet blocks. I went to Tinnevelli to do an assessment of the potential project in 2015. The conditions were abysmal. Through avid fundraising and District Rotary funds both on the part of Tinnevelli and La Crosse District 6250, we were able to raise $33,000 to build the blocks. Finally, after 2 years, that project was competed along with a Menstrual Hygiene training for the girls.
I returned to Tinnevelli in January 2018 to celebrate the completion of the project and to participate in a special holiday called Pongal. Two Public Health graduate students from UW-La Crosse accompanied me to see the students and the completed project. After seeing their new toilets, the students went home and convinced their parents to have an individual toilet in their house. So now, the Indian Rotary Club and La Crosse Rotaries have partnered again for the next phase of the project. Thirty individual toilets for villagers will be completed in 2019.
Our Indian partners and generous Rotarians of La Crosse made this desperately needed project possible. A special thank you to our Indian Rotarians who worked through the grant process, procured architects, construction companies, La Crosse Rotary members and private donations.
According to the teachers, the students would rather spend their time in the restrooms instead of class because they are so beautiful! The project was a success.
UPDATE ON OUR INDIA PROJECT Sondra LeGrand 2018-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
We welcomed Elizabeth Hazlett from the USO.  Her program was on the USO and how we can as a group or individual volunteer our time.   View her PowerPoint Presentation.
Our club is collaborating with the USO to purchase items for the Veteran's Lounge at the La Crosse Regional Airport and volunteering our time at the lounge. (You will be hearing more about this volunteering opportunity in the coming weeks.)
Steve Lindeman who brought this project to our board last year,  presented Elizabeth on behalf of our club a check for $13,200.  Thanks to all that supported our Spring Social, Rotary Works Foundation and Rotary International Foundation. Our Spring Social brought in $2,500 for the project, Rotary Works matched our $2,500 and our District 6250 also matched $3,200.  We then received $5,000 from the Brown Stuff Foundation.  We exceeded our goal of $8,200 and will be able to purchase more needed items for the lounge.  Your donations to the Foundations do make a difference in our community.
ROTARY and OUR USO - VETERAN'S LOUNGE PROJECT 2018-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
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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