Program Chair for July 2017 - June 2018
 
 
Monthly Program Chairs
 
Program Chair for July 2018 - June 2019
 
July - Heidi Svee
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 Program Chairs 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.
 

 
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 Happy Birthday
Roger Christians - May 20
Tom Golden (honorary) - May 21
Patrick Paulino - May 24
Thai Vue - May 25
Anne Snow - May 26
Peter Grabow - May 29
Randy Nelson - May 29
Erick Maki - May 30
Steve Shultz - May 30

 

Happy Anniversary
Jack and Ann Haase - May 20
Tami (Brian) Woods - May 20
Gibran (Sana) Augustine - May 23
Ryan (Cathy) Geister- May 23
Mike (Vicki) Hartigan - May 24
Val (Deb) Schute - May 25
Mary (Randy) Mickelson - May 26
Marcie (Scott) Wycoff-Horn - May 27
Angela (Curt) Czerwinski - May 30
Fred (Hedy) Ross (honorary) - May 31

 

Happy Rotary Anniversary
Gary Schettle - May 26 - 13 years
Kelly Krieg-Sigman - May 29 - 15 years
Mark Cassellius - May 30 - 27 years
Cheryl Hancock - May 31 - 6 years
Nick Passe - May 31 - 11 years

 


 

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ROTARY GOLF OUTING 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
Our program last week was about LeaderEthics-Wisconsin, presented by Lee Rasch.
 
 
LeaderEthics –Wisconsin is a non-partisan/non-profit organization dedicated to promoting integrity in the American Democracy through ethical leadership practices among elected officials. Ethical leaders are:
  1. Honest and truthful.
  2. Transparent with public information.
  3. Unifiers rather than dividers, and
  4. Willing to represent the collective interests of their constituency.
 
 
PowerPoint Presentation
 
Dean Dickinson left us with a quote from Rick Kyte: “The Four Way Test reminds us that there are four ways of evaluating whether any particular action is right or wrong: Truth, fairness, character and consequences.  When we try to justify behavior by focusing on just one or two ways in evaluating an action we are exercising moral partiality.  Integrity is compromised whenever we selectively choose the kind of evaluation that works best for our favored position.  The Four Way Test gives us a way out of such impasses if we are willing to take it.  We should step back and carefully evaluate potentially controversial topics using all four ways of ethical thinking.  That is the path to integrity."
 
 
 
 
 
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MEMBERSHIP 
Active Membershi
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189

Honorary Members

25

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 $75 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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We will again have a Rotary Fellowship at the Loggers Game on Thursday, May 31st...La Crosse Loggers will be playing the Eau Claire Express.  Brickl Brothers Pavilion from 4-6 pm.  Seats will be undercover in Section D.  Game at 7:05  Adults $17 and Students $12 (ticket voucher for another game and Loggers sunglasses included in ticket price).  If you are a Logger’s Season Ticket Holder, the cost is $10.  This will be a Polio Plus fundraiser and the La Crosse Loggers will donate $2.50 per ticket to Polio Plus.  Register here if you plan on attending.
 
Payment prior to the event.  Please send your check to Rotary Club of La Crosse, PO Box 1914, La Crosse WI  54602-1914 or drop your payment off at our weekly meetings at the registration table.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary Club of La Crosse
P.O. Box 1914, La Crosse, WI  54602-1914
608-526-4491 (Phone and Fax)

Lyn Sheffer, Administrator
rotarylax@charter.net

Bruce Swanwick, Secretary
bruceswanwickjersey@gmail.com

Earlamae Dahlby
Attendance and Make-up Coordinator
earlamae@centurytel.net

 

The La Crosse Brain Game
P.O. Box 384, La Crosse, WI  54602-0384
608-304-2971

Jeanne Meyer, Administrator 
info@rotarybraingame.org

 

Rotary Works Foundation
P.O. Box 1571, La Crosse, WI  54602-1571
608-886-9793

Kathy Knoblock, Administrator
Scott Herdeman, Upcoming Administrator

rotaryworksfoundation@gmail.com

 


 
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Posted on May 21, 2018

Next Meeting
Radisson Center

May 24, 2018

11:30  Networking
12:00 Meeting

Menu
Tequila Glazed Pork
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Salsa & Guacamole
Tortilla Chips

 

 

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ROTARY 2018 DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2018-04-30 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.
 
 
 
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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."

 
ROTARIAN STEVE DOLL'S MISSION TRIP TO MEXICO 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
The Downtown La Crosse Rotary Club (along with the Caledonia Rotary Club) partnered in 2016/17 with the Kumbo, Cameroon Rotary Club for an international  project to develop bathrooms, hand sanitation units and libraries for ten schools in the Kumbo region. The project was named the WASH and Library Project.
 
The physical aspects of the project were completed late in 2017. The toilets and hand sanitation units have been installed and the library books were delivered.
 
The next step involved holding a seminar for stakeholders to develop a plan for effective implementation and support. The seminar was held in early 2018. We received an audio copy of a Kumbo City Radio Report interview about the WASH and Library Project. The radio interview was conducted at the seminar. The Bui Divisional Officer, Chin Iridisu (Cameroon Education Foundation, who also visited the Downtown La Crosse Club in 2016) and the President of the Kumbo Rotary Club were interviewed. Two other radio stations also covered the story.
 
 
 
 
It is great to hear about our Rotary project from the voices of the local stakeholders.
 
Rotary does make a difference around the world!
 
 
 
WASH AND LIBRARY PROJECT Lee Rasch 2018-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
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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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2018 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year

David Amborn

 

Anne Snow nominated David...

I believe David Amborn should be the 2016-17 Rotarian of the Year for our club because David Amborn lives the four way test in all that he does. He has overseen the downtown Fruit Basket fundraiser for years, offered his help with convention and every other Rotary need that is asked of him. He has the highest ethical standards and retired from Gundersen Lutheran Foundation after years of fundraising and community giving. He continues to serve the Community Theater, The Children's Museum and the Parenting Place in leadership positions, helping our community to be the best it can be. He has taken an active interest in exchange students in the past, making sure they get to community events and feel welcomed.
 
I can think of no one who is more deserving, who continues to be active in Rotary year after year, tirelessly and willingly accepting roles wherever needed.
 
David is currently serving on our Board of Directors and is our Sergeant-at-Arms.  He is a past La Crosse Rotary Foundation President and Club President (2009-10).
 
David will also be recognized at the Avenues of Service Dinner on August 15th.
 
 
 
 
 
    
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