Happy Birthday
Jamie Capuzzi - July 15
Debby Johnson-Towner - July 16
Elmer Grassman - July 17
James Gallagher (honorary) July 18
Tita Yutuc - July 18
John Morrissey - July 19
Audrey Lucier - July 20
Don Zimmeran - July 21

Happy Wedding  Anniversary
Brad (Kelly) Reinhart - July 15
Candice (Ty) Tlustosch - July 20

Happy Rotary Anniversary
Peter Eversole (honorary) - July 16 -48  years
John Wettstein _ July 16 - 54 years
Bruce Norgaard - July 18 - 27 years
Kathy Van Kirk-Przywojski - June 18 - 5 years
Greg Reichert - July 20 - 1 year




CELEBRATIONS 2018-07-16 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 at the July 19th meeting. If you are not able to attend, please send your pledge card and 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.

Active Membershi

Honorary Members

Lynn Zielke
Herb Salisbury

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 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
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 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

Bruce Swanwick, 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 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Ina Pinkey
Our Speaker on Thursday, July 26th
INA PINKEY - Speaker July 26, 2018 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2018

Next Meeting
Radisson Center

July 19, 2018

Cheesy Potatoes


CLUB INFO 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
For my year as President, I plan to include two video links in each week’s Club Runner newsletter.  The first link will be a video on Rotary International (“RI”).  Likely topics will be videos of the RI president, members of the RI Board of Directors and other relevant Rotary related people and events.  My goal in having this link is for our club to develop a more broad understanding of RI beyond our local club’s boundaries.
The second link will be a video of something fun that can be watched within a short period of time.  When Bill Pritchard was our club president a few years ago, he spoke to us every month about a book.  My observation was that most people were not taking the time to read those books.  My idea is identical to Bill’s, but I am replacing his concept of a club sharing a book with video that will take 20 minutes or less to watch. 
The first RI video that I have selected is a speech given by our RI president Barry Rassin for the 2018-19 Rotary year.  He gave this speech in early 2018 to the RI District Governors.
The other video that I have selected is a TED talk.  If you haven’t heard of TED talks before, their motto is “Ideas worth spreading”.  They have put together over 2,800 talks designed “to stir your curiosity”.  Beyond hoping to peak your curiosity, I have a few reasons for selecting a video for you to watch each week.
First, if you don’t know the people that you are sitting with, but you have all watched the video, then the table will have a common experience with which someone can utilize to start a conversation.  Second, these videos can be interesting, educational, funny, and/or address many topics and issues that are relevant to our lives.
So why did I pick this particular TED talk?  I have two main reasons.  First, this video is inherently about design.  With our Club designing a Centennial Coin, this video is immediately topical.  Second, I really like flags.  (Yes, this is a video about flags.)  I actually believe that the right flag has the ability to spur world peace.  Ask me about it sometime.
As a final note, if you have recommendations for future links in our newsletter, please email those to me.  I love discovering new areas of interest from other people that I respect.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
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.
ROTARY 2018-19 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
WELCOME TO ROTARY NEWS WHEEL 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0
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
LOGGERS FELLOWSHIP 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Note from Sean Henneman:
Thank you very much for helping out with the Rotary event this Saturday (June 2). See specific tentative program offerings/times below. We will offer Kayaking last due to the “wet” nature of the program, participants can head directly home after kayaking. I’m guessing we will have some people taking the river plunge.  I am also looking for Guide(s) “A great job for Boy Scouts” to escort groups from area to area. Please feel to bring others along to help, We will provide lunch-thanks again!! If possible please try to have areas set up ahead of time, it is up to you if you would like to extend the hours beyond what I have listed below, let me know if I can help. My cell phone number is (608) 738-2000, if you have any questions. The tentative schedule is;
Program Overall: 11am to 3pm.  Lunch 11:30am to 1pm-Prep at 10am.
Shooting Sports (Archery-Paint Ball) 11am-1:00pm
Zipline/Climbing Tower 11:30am-1:30pm
Kayaking-1pm to 3pm
Fishing (Self Guided) 11am-3pm
Nature Center Open (Self Guided) 11am-3pm
Field Games-Rotary led (Self Guided) 11am-3pm
ROTARY GOLF OUTING 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0
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.

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."

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.
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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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.
ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR 2016-17 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0