March 29, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
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Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! 
Thank you to everyone that participated in our club assembly last week.  

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

This quote captures the spirit of Rotary, and it speaks to the power of working collaboratively towards a common goal. It's a reminder that when we come together as a community, we can achieve incredible things and make a meaningful impact both locally and globally.

Please join us this week to hear from local educator and tennis extraordinaire, Paul Holmen as he shares with us how to "Play Catch for Good".  His presentation will show us how playing catch can strengthen relationships and bring more joy into our lives. 
See you Wednesday!
Mobile Meals Thank You
Thank you to everyone who volunteered for Mobile Meals last week. Your willingness to give your time and energy to help those we served on Route #5 is truly inspiring. It was amazing to see Valley View come together to make a difference in our community. Thank you all for your dedication and commitment to service, and for being shining examples of Rotary's motto, 'Service Above Self'.

Centering Onalaska Service Opportunity

If you haven't already, please click on this Survey and let us know your thoughts on participating in this service opportunity that has been presented to our club:

To date, 6 members have completed the survey.  I am currently working with the Hilltoppers Club to coordinate our efforts with this service opportunity.

A Musical on the Life of Sr. Thea Bowman

There is an upcoming production about the life of Sister Thea Bowman, who was an African American nun who lived in the La Crosse area at the order of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The play is entitled 'I Will Live until I Die.' It will be presented at Viterbo's Fine Arts Center on Thursday, March 30th at 7pm. The presentation is free to the public. A good-will donation of $20 is recommended.

The producer of this production, Valimar Jansen, would very much appreciate seeing you and your family and friends in attendance to enjoy hearing this wonderful story.  

For more information you can call 608.782.5610 or email

New Member Orientation is this Wednesday - Our Rotary District will be hosting new member orientation throughout 2023. On every fifth Wednesday (March 29, May 31, August 30, November 29) at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., new Rotarians – and Rotarians who feel new – can join others for an easy-going hour designed to give everyone a great start to a great Rotary experience. We will offer a warm Rotary welcome, Rotary language acquisition, Rotary highlights, and a Rotary map. This is not a series, it is a single opportunity, offered four days a year, at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. each of the four days. Remember! Fifth Wednesdays, 7 a.m. OR 7 p.m. email PDG Karen Hebert at for the link! 

Rotary After Hours Annual Pints for Polio Event is this Thursday, March 30th

Location:  Big Al's Pizza on the side room.

We will have (4) samples of beer, pizza and (1) pint of your choice included with the ticket price of $30.00 per person.  We will hear more about the (4) samples from a local beer rep and cheers to our favorite beer with (1) pint of beer of choice at the end of the night! We will have some beer trivia that night as well as a short mention about Polio and how Rotarians across the globe help to eradicate Polio.

SIGN UP by 3/28/23: Pints for Polio Fundraiser & Social Event | Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours ( All donations and remaining money will be donated to Rotary's Polio Plus initiative.  Invite your friends and beer enthusiasts. We hope for a great turnout with a fun filled night of beer, pizza and friends!

TriCon 2023
Register today at!  Here is you opportunity to network with other Rotarians from THREE Rotary Districts, right here in La Crosse, April 27-29.  Hope to see everyone there! Register here:
Rotary Friendship Exchange
District 6250 has 2 more Friendship Exchange opportunities on the calendar for this year:
Budapest April 9 to 19
September 7 to 18
Youth Exchange
The Sign-Up form has been updated through April.  Please sign up at this link here: Driver | Rotary Club of La Crosse-Valley View ( to assist in driving Earth and Gustaf to School from our Wednesday meeting.
Calendar of Events
** Monday ** 3/27 - La Crosse Area Mountain Bike Race Team is the guest caller at BBBB Bingo this week. $8,000 Jackpot, $1/game, $1/dauber, $200 payouts. Dinner Menu: Cold cut sandwiches (turkey & cheese or ham & cheese), coleslaw, chips, cookie and a pickle spear. Secondary prizes: Breakfast Club & Pub. Entertainment, Fun!!! Doors open at 4pm and First Call at 6pm.  La Crosse Center. Games/Jackpots are paid by check, not cash, NO CARRY-INS/NO INFANTS/NO TODDLERS.
March 27, Downtown Dining Week Begins - Visit Downtown Mainstreet Facebook page for more details
March 29, Monthly New Member Orientation, email PDG Karen Hebert at for the link! 
March 30, Rotary After Hours Pints for Polio, see above for details.
March 31, Horeshoes & Hand Grenades Spring Tour 2023 comes to The Main. $25 Tickets in advance. Doors at 6pm, Show at 7:30pm.
April 1, Petty Comes Alive at the La Crosse Center. 7pm Showtime, 6pm Doors, 5pm Early Entry.
April 6, Rotary Leadership Series = Speaker Janine Latus.
April 6Planning a Project: Design for Results,
April 11, "Navigating the Path to a Healthy Weight" 11:30am - 1:15pm. Radisson Hotel Ballroom-La Crosse. Register now for the MCHS Spring Community Forum.  
April 14, Rotary Grant Management Seminar, Zoom. register:
April 20, Finding Project Partners and Resources: Build an Effective Team,
May 4, Measuring Results: Demonstrate Your Impact,
May 18, Expanding Reach: Partner with Youth in Service,
May 25th, Valley View Rotary Mobile Meals Week
August 16th, Avenues of Service Dinner. Cargill Room.
Event Resources: - Do you have tickets yet to see Diary of Anne Frank going live Mar 24 - Apr 2?
Thank you, Rotarian friends, for all you do for our community and our world!

Welcome to Valley View Rotary!
Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
R.W. Houser Family YMCA - Onalaska
400 Mason St
Onalaska, WI 54650
United States of America
Join us on Zoom here: (Zoom Password is 469027) Check schedule as we do not meet in person every Wednesday and at times meet at another location.
Meeting Responsibilities
Quarberg, Brad
Safranski, Scott
Kusilek, Dan
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bradley Teske
March 12
Kate Dunnum
March 15
Edward Jaekel
March 24
Robert Smith
March 30
Join Date
Katie Thomson
March 1, 2010
13 years
Tan Pham
March 1, 2017
6 years
Mar 29, 2023
Let's Play Catch
Apr 05, 2023
Rotary Lights Check Presentations
Apr 12, 2023
Rotary Works
Apr 19, 2023
Chief Stewardess of Wine and Luxury Hospitality
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Youth Exchange Photo Directory Links:  Please contribute memories as they are created:

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