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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August Programs
August Programs
August 7
Jill Miller
YMCA's Food Forest
August 14
No Club Meeting
But there will be a BOARD MEETING AT NOON
(Board meeting moved from 8/21 to 8/14)
Attend Avenues of Service Dinner, August 15
August 21
Sheryl Tuttle Ross & Peggy Derrick
La Crosse County Historical Society
August 28
Club Assembly
Club Service Assignments
Club Service Assignments
First Name: Programs
Second Name: Rotorooter
Attention all Program Chairs!
In an effort to streamline meeting set up and eliminate last-minute issues with technology, please email a copy of the guest's presentation to Spencer Niebur prior to the meeting.  Randy will load the presentation on his laptop so the guest speaker doesn't have to worry about technology the day of the meeting.  Guests can bring their own laptop if they insist but we prefer to have the presentations in advance.  Thank you.
Sheri Ross
Sheila Connors
Penny Tiedt
Dave Burgess
Joe Kress
Bob Allen
Tom Mickelson
Sally Egan
Jodi Ehrenberger
Lynnetta Kopp
Club Response
31 - Walt Smanski
7 - Pat Stephens
14 - No Club Meeting - Avenues of Service Dinner Aug. 15
Note: The Board meeting has been moved from August 21 to Noon August 14
21 - James Strack
28 - Lori Terry
4 - No Meeting - Labor Day
11 - Mary Thompson
18 - Penny Tiedt
25 - Randy Van Rooyen
2 - Elaine Yager
9 - Tom Weber
16 - Teri Wildt
23 - No Meeting - Rotary Social Oct. 24
30 - Bob Allen
6 - Pam Barge
13 - Dave Burgess
20 - Scott Butler
27 - Sheila Connors
4 - Mark Dahlke
11 - Joel Dettwiler
18 - Sally Egan
25 - No Meeting
Avenues of Service Dinner
Avenues of Service Dinner
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
WTC Lunda Center
318 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI

Enjoy a relaxing evening, a wonderful meal, the chance to win a beautiful basket and great fellowship with other area Rotarians. 

We will recognize the hard work of our area clubs and honor the area's outstanding Rotarians.

Cocktails and Basket Raffle...5:30

Please RSVP by August 8th

A sign up sheet is circulating at the Monday meeting or email Sheila Connors at

Menu choice....Lemon Herb Chicken (GF) or Burgundy Petite Tender of Beef (GF) or Vegetarian Asparagus Gnocchi...please indicate your meal choice.

Avenues of Service Dinner - Awards
2017 Avenues of Service Dinner
Lunda Center
August 15, 2017

Deadline to Register is August 8th

Save the date for an evening of Rotary fellowship.  

Lifetime Achievement Award: All Rotarians are invited to nominate individuals for the "Lifetime Achievement Award" - You can nominate any Rotarian from any of the local Rotary Clubs.  Lifetime Achievement award is given to a Rotarian who best demonstrates a commitment to Rotary's Four Way Test and the Object of Rotary.  Among the criteria considered will be length of time in Rotary (10 year minimum commitment to Rotary and its programs); who demonstrates high ethical standards in his/her business or profession, and who is committed to the ideal of service in his/her personal, business and community life.  No Rotarian who has previously received this award may be nominated.  Past Lifetime Achievement Recipients:  2007 Jack Haase; 2008 Natalie Hartigan; 2009 Mac Dahl (deceased); 2010 Pat Stephens; and 2011 Dean Dickinson, 2012 Mike Klug, 2013 Elmer Grassman and Pat Smith, 2014 Dick Spencer and Dick Wieser, 2015 Dirk Gasterland and Phil Quillin, 2016 Brad Quarberg and Bill Pritchard. 


Dean McHugh - Holmen Rotary Club


Rotary Four Way Test  Award - Rotary Rising Star Award: The Four Way Test - Rotary Rising Star award is given to a Rotarian who best demonstrates a commitment to Rotary's Four Way Test and the object of Rotary. Among the criteria considered will be length of time in Rotary (a minimum of 2 years but not more than 5 years); a strong commitment to Rotary and its programs; someone who demonstrate high ethical standards in hi/her business or profession, and who is committed to the ideal of service in his/her personal, business and community life. Past Rising Star Recipients: 2014 Johnny Brevik & Arien O'Heron, 2015 Matt Boshcka, 2016 Justin Garvey. 



Natalie Olsen - East Rotary Club
Spencer Niebur - East Rotary Club


Rotarian of the Year Award:   Each club will select one of its members to receive the Rotarian of the Year award.  Rotarian of the Year award is given to a Rotarian who has given exceptional service to Rotary International and/or to the Rotarian's club or to the community in the name of Rotary during the 2015-16 Rotary Year. Please contact your club's president to find out how they nominate your club's Rotarian of the Year. 


David Amborn - La Crosse Downtown

Rotary Avenue of Service Awards:  Five Avenues of Service Awards (one in each category) are presented annually to club projects that best exemplify Rotary ideals in the five avenues of service.  A club may nominate more than one project.  Please complete a separate form for each nomination.  Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service and New Generations. 



Club Service
Lobsterfest - East Rotary Club

Community Service
Holmen Community Gardens - Holmen Rotary Club

International Service
Polio Plus Fundraiser - Caledonia Rotary Club

New Generations
Youth Exchange - After Hours Rotary Club

NO Nominations Received

STAR Meeting
STAR Program
Specialized Training for Action in Rotary
Thursday, September 14
7 - 8 am
Radisson Hotel, La Crosse
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!
Rotary Works Foundation Recap
Rotary East's Rotary Works Foundation representatives Catherine Lavallée-Welch and Tim Schadeberg
gave the club an overview of the mission and good work the RWF does in our community and beyond at our July 17 club meeting.
The Rotary Works Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, encourages Rotarians to enact the Rotary Four Way Test by financially supporting local and international charitable and educational activities.
All nine La Crosse area Rotary clubs support the foundation.  The Rotary Works Foundation Board meets monthly and is made up of Rotarian volunteers who live by our motto, "Service Above Self."
$26,000 is awarded annually to charitable organizations and special consideration is given to projects focusing on youth and/or education in our local community.
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This is an easy way to support the RWF!
Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival
Rotary Works Takes 2nd Place!
Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival
Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare hosted the fifth annual Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, 2017. Teams engaged in colorful and spirited competition on the Black River along La Crosse’s Copeland Park.  

The Big Blue Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration of the human spirit, as we gather in compassionate and enthusiastic support for breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.  The event promotes fitness and teamwork, while raising funds to enhance breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.  
Congratulations to Teri Wildt and the rest of the Mayo/BBDBR event planning committee for an outstanding event.  And thanks to Kathi Millard for keeping the RWF paddlers in time with her drum.

The Rotary Works Foundation won the silver medal in the Community C Division!
Check for Sheboygan Early Bird Rotary
Thank you, Sheboygan Early Birds!
On Friday, July 21, Sheboygan Early Bird Rotary held their 25th annual Lobsterfest.
Natalie and John Olsen attended the event and presented President Mary Hayward
with a check for $250.00 in appreciation for her club's willingness to help
Rotary East get our Lobsterfest off the ground!
A check for $250 will also be given to the Manitowoc Sunrise, Manitowoc Noon, and Two Rivers Rotary Clubs
for their support as well.  They previously held a successful lobster boil for 10 years and graciously
loaned Rotary East equipment including lobster pots, crackers, cocktail forks, aprons, etc.
Thank you, fellow Rotarians, for modeling "Service Above Self"!
Belated July Birthdays and Anniversaries
Happy birthday to Dirk Gasterland - July 6
Happy wedding anniversary to Dirk and Rita Gasterland who celebrated 14 years on July 11
August Birthdays
Kathi Millard - August 10
Phil (aka Santa) Yager (Elaine's husband) - August 26
Natalie Olsen - August 28
August Wedding Anniversaries
Pat and Joanne Stephens - August 8, 1970
47 years
August Rotary Anniversaries
Elaine Yager - August 7, 2015
2 Years
Mary Thompson - August 19, 2016
1 Year