Speaker Date Topic
Anne Snow, Inspiring Community Engagement May 23, 2024
Rotary Leadership Series: Anne Snow, Inspiring Community Engagement
Rotary Leadership Series: Anne Snow, Inspiring Community Engagement

The Rotary Leadership Series welcomes Anne Snow

Anne Snow has earned a reputation as an innovative and inspiring leader. When Anne and her family moved to La Crosse in 1996, she brought the vision of a children’s museum with her.

Nearly three decades later, fully realized, that vision remains a vital and popular presence in downtown La Crosse.

Anne Snow served as the founding executive director of Children’s Museum of La Crosse for 27 years.

She has been able to grow the organization through a solid business model and programming that inspires volunteer and community support. The museum opened to the public in 1999 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. During that span, it has welcomed over 1.4 million visitors.

Anne has been an active member of the community, notably through her involvement in Rotary.

In her remarks, she will provide insight about her personal leadership journey.

You won’t want to miss this enlightening program!


The Rotary Leadership Series is sponsored by the Rotary Club of La Crosse and the La Crosse-area Rotary clubs.


Lee Rasch, Andrew Bakkum, Stephanie Fraase, Chuck Hanson, Joe Kress, Jeanne Meyer and Emily Nolte

LSO's Gundersen Fellow: Adrian Jackson May 30, 2024

The La Crosse Symphony Orchestra's first recipient of its Gundersen Fellowship Program is violist, Adrian Jackson of Austin Texas.

The La Crosse Symphony added the diversity-focused fellowship in partnership with Gundersen Health System. The new Gundersen Fellowship Program of the La Crosse Symphony brings Adrian to our community for each concert week this season. He works with the Central High School orchestra, the Boys and Girls Club Free Violin Lesson Program, and the healing arts program at Gundersen as well as performing with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. Adrian Jackson will be bringing strong musical support and value to our community through his fellowship.

Jackson is a young aspiring performer, educator, and student. Adrian began studying music, initially on the violin, at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy in Austin,Texas. Adrian discovered the viola when he was fifteen years old. 

He is a Graduate of the Eastman School of Music and will be going on to pursue a professional studies certificate in orchestral studies at the San Francisco Conservatory studying under professors Dimitri Murrath and Johnathan Vinocour.

Adrian has served on the faculties of the Leander Music School, Rochester Music Collaborative, Bach to Rock Music School, and the Music and Arts Center teaching violin, viola, and piano to beginning through advanced students.

Adrian has performed as the Principal Violist of the Southern Tier Symphony, section violist in the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and the winner of the Dennis De Couteau Ballet Orchestra Fellowship. Adrian had attended esteemed festivals like the Interlochen Arts Camp, Heifetz Institute, Castleman Quartet Program, and Red Rock Chamber Music Festival.

Jackson has been on stage with the LSO while celebrating their 125th anniversary season.


Regenerative Medicine: Dr. Gary Poehling Jun 06, 2024
Dr. Gary Poehling: My Experience with Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Gary Poehling: My Experience with Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Gary G. Poehling received a B.S. degree from Marquette University in 1964 and his M.D. degree from Marquette School of Medicine in 1968.   He completed an internship and residency in general and thoracic surgery at Duke Medical Center from 1968-1970.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1970-1972 at the 655th Tactical Hospital in Tachikawa, Japan.  After fulfilling his military duty, Dr. Poehling completed his orthopaedic residency at Duke Medical Center from 1972-1976, serving as Chief Resident his final year.   He subsequently joined the faculty of Bowman Gray School of Medicine, now Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as an Assistant Professor.  Dr. Poehling served as Interim Chair of the Department in January 1989 and was formally appointed as Chair in October 1989 and served in that capacity for 18 years and served as Editor in Chief for the Journal of Arthroscopy for 24 years.

Dr. Poehling has over 48 years of experience as an orthopaedic surgeon. He pioneered the use of arthroscopy and was influential in defining various procedures that can be performed arthroscopically. Together with James Roth, MD and Terry Whipple, MD, Dr. Poehling pioneered the use of wrist arthroscopy in 1985. Dr. Poehling also was one of the first orthopaedic surgeons to use arthroscopic operative techniques in the elbow. Dr. Poehling has also served as a proponent for the development and use of minimally invasive surgical techniques. As an academic surgeon he has promoted the application of computer technology for training residents and medical students. Is a faculty member of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.


Humanitarian Committee Program: Alison Fiebig Jun 13, 2024
Humanitarian Committee Program: Alison Fiebig, Brand Journalist
Humanitarian Committee Program: Alison Fiebig, Brand Journalist

Alison Fiebig, Brand Journalist

I feel deep in my being I was put on this planet to help others share their journey with the rest of the world, to offer up new perspectives, and to expose different ways of life and thought.

I’m a journalist, a question-raiser, idea crusader, and a permanent pupil of this strange and beautiful life.

The journalist in me is “on” more often than “off,” and I’m always chasing the desire to create wonder!

My mission is to tell soulful stories, inspire a compassionate response, and experiment with raw and revealing writing and visual storytelling while helping to create a community I want to live in.

The opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives motivates me to pursue and expose the issues that are most difficult to address and fix, to break down stigmas, and embrace individuals of all walks of life.


Environmental Committee Update: Roz Schnick Jun 20, 2024
Mississippi River Operation Pollination (MR-OP) Partnership Project
Mississippi River Operation Pollination (MR-OP) Partnership Project

The Environmental Committee will share a presentation of what projects and other initiatives have happened because of the launch of the Mississippi River Operation Pollination (MR-OP) Partnership Project on September 28, 2023. 

That MR-OP event has already launched projects in progress or brought forth ideas for new ones.

Passing the Gavel & Incoming President's Message Jun 27, 2024
Passing the Gavel (Eva Marie Restel to Mark Jolivette) and Incoming President's Message
Passing the Gavel (Eva Marie Restel to Mark Jolivette) and Incoming President's Message
This week's program is the Passing of the Gavel/Changing of the Guard where we'll welcome new club leadership.  
Mark Jolivette is our La Crosse Rotary Club President for this Rotary year (July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025).
Special thanks to Eva Marie Restel who will complete her year of service as club president when she passes the gavel to Mark.
We appreciate all those past and present who have accepted formal and informal leadership roles within our club!

2023-24 Board of Directors

Eva Marie Restel (20-25)

Mark Jolivette (21-26)

Regina Siegel (23-28)
President Nominee & Rotary Works Foundation Liaison

Rob Palmberg (20-24)
Past President

Lauren Journot (21-24)

Mike Nickel (22-25)

Mary Ann Gschwind (22-25)

Scott Horne (22-25)

Youth Protection Officer



Julia Behrenbeck (23-26)

Carolyn Bostrack (23-26)

Tim Ehler (22-25)

Ryan Geister (22-25)
Trish Grathen (22-24)
Nancy Mueller (23-26)
Lee Rasch (21-24)
Mark Solyst (22-25)
Candice Tlushtosch (21-24)

No Meeting/4th of July Jul 04, 2024
OPEN - Email Richard if you have a program idea! Jul 11, 2024
Email below for Richard Strauss, Program Chair 2024-25; Rotary Club of La Crosse
Email below for Richard Strauss, Program Chair 2024-25; Rotary Club of La Crosse

Instructions for Emailing Program Requests to rhstraus@gundersenhealth.org

Subject of Email = Proposed Rotary Program from (Insert YOUR NAME)

Body of Email = Proposed Topic/Title AND Proposed Presenter (attach bio & photo)

Remember: There is to be no advertising or fund raising included in presentations to the Rotary Club of La Crosse unless permission is granted by 2024-25 Club President, Mark Jolivette.