Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President/President Elect Nominee
Immediate Past President
Club Administration
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
La Crosse East
Service Above Self
We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Piggy's Restaurant Upstairs
501 Front St. S.
La Crosse, WI  54601
United States
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March Programs
March Programs
March 5
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse Fine Arts Programs
Mike Desmond, Peter Hughes, Andrew Hughes
March 12
Paws 4 Independence
March 19
Judi Zabel, Community Health Educator, La Crosse County Health Department
Tobacco Prevention Control Coalition
March 26
Rotary Lights Check Presentation
Club Service Assignments
Program Chairs
Attention Program Chairs!
Please email a copy of the speaker's presentation to Spencer Niebur prior to the meeting. This will help eliminate any last minute technology issues. Thanks!
Rita Gasterland
James Strack
Jessie Storandt
Karla Stanek
James Strack
Jodi Ehrenberger
Tom Weber
Catherine Lavallée-Welch
Club Response
5 - Bill La Rue
12 - Jason Larsen
19 - Catherine Lavallée-Welch
26 - Jonathan McKenzie
2 - Tom Mickelson
9 - Kathi Millard
16 - Terry Miller
23 - No Meeting
30 - Rebecca Naugler
7 - Wayne Oliver
14 - Natalie Olsen
21 - Sheri Ross
28 - Tim Schadeberg
4 - Jeff Sexauer
11 - Walt Smanski
18 - Karla Stanek
25 - Pat Stephens
Welcome New Members
Welcome New Members Jon McKenzie and Jahnna Johnston!
On February 5, two of our newest members celebrated the end of their membership orientation, Jon McKenzie (center) and Jahnna Johnston (right), here with East Membership Chair Jodi Ehrenberger (left).
So, what did Jon and Jahnna achieve in order to take off their red ribbons? They attended the STAR training program, a club social, another club's meeting, volunteered at a club event and did their Classification Speech. Congrats!
Want to learn more about Rotary?
STAR Program
Specialized Training for Action in Rotary
Attention all new Rotarians - or anyone who wants to learn more about Rotary!  New Rotarians meet over breakfast six times per year to learn more about various Rotary topics.  
We meet for breakfast only six times during the year and you may receive a make-up for attending these sessions.  We intend to provide programs on the Five Avenues of ServiceThe Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Works Foundation, along with other aspects of Rotary.  Each of you is expected to attend the next six meetings following your orientation.  All new Rotarians are considered a member of STAR for their first year.
We meet on the second Thursday of the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November.
The meeting is at 7:00 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel 200 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse.  A complimentary breakfast will be served.
- See more at:
Interested?  Let Spencer Niebur know!
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Catered for Kids' Sake
Thursday, March 1
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cargill Room, The Waterfront
Visit their website or contact Jason Larsen for more info! 
STAR Meeting
Thursday, March 8
Radisson Hotel
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
RCCW Wrestling - AC Riley
Friday, March 9
American Legion Post 52
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Come cheer on our very own Alex Riley and enjoy a night of fun and fellowship!
Contact Tom Mickelson at (608-516-9414) or 
St. Patrick's Day Float Building
Friday, March 16
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Spencer's house
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 17
11:00 a.m.
Downtown La Crosse
Social Splash
Thursday, April 26
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Pearl Street Brewery
District 6250 Conference
May 3 - 5
Wisconsin Dells
Thursday, June 14
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Colgan Air, Hangar #4
Friday, June 15
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Set Up
4:00 - 10:00 p.m. Event
Colgan Air, Hangar #4
Saturday, June 16
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Colgan Air, Hangar #4
Rotary International Convention
June 23 - 27
Nicaragua Mobile Library
International Service - Nicaragua
Who: Rotary East member Mary Thompson along with Gundersen Health System's Global Partners Program
What: establish and maintain small lending libraries to promote literacy through access to books and training
When: March 11-18, 2018
Where: Matagalpa region of Nicaragua
Why: Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, second only to Haiti. Most of the country is mountainous and rural, making it difficult for people to access needed services and opportunities.


Lending Library and Early Literacy Training

Establishing and maintaining small lending libraries in rural Nicaraguan communities to promote literacy through access to books and training.

Why this matters: In 2013, literacy assessments in a rural Matagalpa community showed 41 percent of families had no reading materials at home and four out of 10 adults could not read or write a simple sentence.

Project Activities:

Opening lending libraries in rural Nicaraguan communities

Providing early literacy training to adults in preparing their children to learn to read

Donating Spanish children's books to open and maintain lending libraries



Thanks to all who donated supplies (crayons, markers, small scissors, Beanie Babies, coffee filters) for Mary's trip.

Mary, thank you for representing East on this trip and for your dedication to service.


Want to learn more?

Are you interested in international service? Talk to Tom Mickelson, our club's point person for Global Partners.

Wondering what else Gundersen's Global Parners does? Check out their website -

Want to participate in international service projects? Visit Global Partners' Blogs to see the experience from a volunteer's perspective -

What's Cookin' with Lobsterfest?
Sponsorship Opportunities!
Did your company sponsor Lobsterfest last year? Do you know someone that would be interested in sponsoring this year?
Many sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $250 to $4,000.
Depending on their level, sponsors receive:
* Tickets to Lobsterfest
* Recognition on event banners
* Company logo on event posters
*Sponsorship mentions during the event
We are activley seeking sponsorships NOW and we need YOUR help. Please see Spencer for more information.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Join us in promoting Lobsterfest in the St. Patrick's Day Parade!
We'll gather Friday night, March 16 at Spencer Niebur's house to prep the float, then meet at 11 am Saturday, March 17 for the parade step-off. Come for one or both events!
What you need to know:
- The parade is 10 blocks long
- We go, rain, shine or snow
- We'll hand out save the date cards and candy
- Sign up sheets for both events (float-building and parade) will be circulated at Monday meetings
- Bring your spouse/partner/kids - it's a great family event
- It's a really fun time!
Volunteers are needed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 14 - 16, to assist with set up, the big event, and clean up.
Please mark your calendars and begin thinking about how YOU can contribute!
Family members and friends are encouraged to attend.
There's something for everyone! Volunteers are needed for:
- Set up/decoration
- Food prep
- Ticket Sales
- Greeters
- Food line workers
- Lobster boilers
- Cracking lobster tails
- Wristbanding
- Lobster costume
- Photographer
 - Beverage servers
- Bussers
- Runners
- Floaters
- Clean up
Please think about how you'd like to contribute! Volunteer sign up sheets will be circulated.
Contact Natalie or Spencer with questions.
Thank you!
Rotary Events
TriCon 2018 Wisconsin is a Rotary District Conference for Rotarians in District 6220, District 6250 and District 6270.  All Rotarians from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and eastern Minnesota, with their significant others and families, and other Rotarians and friends of Rotary are welcome.

RYLA Dates for 2018: May 18-20, 2018 at Camp Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells, WI

What Is RYLA

Established as a Rotary Structured Program in 1971, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people.

The Rotary District 6250 RYLA program is a camp designed to build future leaders and Rotarians who exemplify the four way test.

What is the cost?

The cost to attend the camp is:

  • $200 if complete paperwork is submitted by April 1, 2018 and is paid by the local Rotary Club.
  • $225 for any registrations with paperwork arriving after April 2, 2018 - April 13, 2018
    • Please Note:  Due to club response and camp limits we will be at a a maximum occupancy this year.  Availability will be on a first apply, first filled basis.  All paperwork must be submitted to guarantee a spot.  
    • Please note that transportation is the local Rotary Club’s responsibility.  
Learn about RYLA 
Click here to learn more about RYLA.
Rotary International Convention
There's a world of opportunity waiting for you at the Toronto Convention
5th Monday Social
5th Monday Social - February 15
Okay, so it was technically a Thursday and February only has four Mondays... but that didn't stop us from having a great time together!
Thank you to Jeff Sexauer for planning the event at Senior Villa and to Catherine Lavallée-Welch for photographing the fun!
Celebration Time!
Nicki (Ryan) Hennessy - March 27
Sally Egan - March 30
Wedding Anniversaries
Elaine & Phil Yager - March 16
Rotary Anniversaries
Sheila Connors - March 1, 2016
2 Years
Tim Schadeberg - March 1, 2016
2 Years
Randy Van Rooyen - March 13, 2000
18 Years
Mark Dahlke - March 15, 1999
19 Years
Jeremy Novak - March 24, 2008
10 Years
Paul Harris Fellow Plus One
Congratulations, Tom Mickelson, on earning your Paul Harris Fellow Plus One!
Thank you for your support of Rotary in time, talent and treasure.