January 25, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
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Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! 
Thank you to Shari Laffredi for stepping in to present an update on the Rotary International Open World Program and all the friendships, fun and learning that await!  This is a very exciting initiative for Valley View Rotary and for the Coulee Region! Thank you also to Katie for taking charge in my absence.
How cool is technology to be putting this newsletter together as I sit up high in the sky and have the connection to make it happen :) While we had so much fun, it will be nice to return.  A special thank you to one of our newer members, Matt Boshka for his guidance and abilities to make this an amazing trip that we are planning to repeat in the near future!
Please join us this week to hear from Earth Kateudomsup as he shares more about his culture and the fun that he is having in the Coulee Region this school year. Also...
Paul Harris Presentations this Week
We have several Paul Harris recognitions this week.  This is a call to all current Paul Harris Fellows to wear your medallions this week as we celebrate these presentations.
Mobile Meals
Thank you to everyone that helped complete our Mobile Meals Route last week.  Please mark your calendars for our next week, scheduled for March 20-26.
Rotary Leadership Series - Mark your Calendars
Thursday, February 9th 12:05-12:35pm.  
The issues and developments in global climate conditions are rapidly evolving. In her role a Director of the Center for Climate and Security, Erin Sikorsky has been front and center in U.S. involvement. A former resident of Holmen, Wisconsin, Erin will discuss her leadership journey as well as some of the climate challenges facing our nation and the world.
The Rotary Leadership Series is designed for the members of the eight La Crosse-Area Rotary Clubs. Members may invite guests. REGISTER HERE:
Rotary new Leadership Fundamentals Program
This new program can help Rotary and Rotaract members build the skills they'll need to take on leadership roles. This online program presents key leadership skills and is available through Rotary's Learning Center only for members. 
In this program, members will learn to:
  • Lead and motivate others
  • Create a positive team environment
  • Delegate responsibilities
  • Build consensus and inclusive environments
  • Recognize the strengths in others
  • Understand, manage, and resolve conflict
  • Create and deliver effective speeches and presentations
This program also features questions that participants can discuss in a community forum and assignments that let them apply what they've learned. Participants identify their leadership strengths, then learn how to use them to be more effective. 

We encourage you to share the sign-up link for this free leadership program with members in your club. 
More information or sign-up here: Qualtrics Survey | Qualtrics Experience Management.  Please note registration closes on February 6th.
District 6250 Vibrant Club Workshop "Imagination to Action"
Who attended this workshop this past weekend?  Please reach out and share your experience and thoughts if you are able, I would love to hear all about it.
Youth Exchange
Thank you to everyone that signed up to take Earth and Gustaf to School on-time from our weekly meetings.  The sign up link is here: Driver | Rotary Club of La Crosse-Valley View ( You do not need to have completed the link above if you transport both students.
Not too late to register.... Who is going?
Rotary TriCon23
Early bird registration is now open for this year's conference that will be held here in La Crosse at the La Crosse Center on April 27-29.  Introduce a prospective member to the bigger Rotary world when you bring them with you!  Register here: 2023 Rotary TriCon Tickets, Fri, Apr 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM | Eventbrite
2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne
Gateway Area Council Annual Golden Eagle Gala
This is a dinner program and auction benefiting local scouting in the Coulee Region and will be held on Thursday, March 2nd at The Cargill Room.  A VIP Reception will start at 5:15pm and Dinner and Program at 6:30pm.  Ahman Green from the Green Bay Packers will speak on The Legacy of Leadership.
Sponsorship Opportunities and Tickets can be found at:
Committee Membership Document Link:  Feel free to add or edit assignments as you would like, or let me know and we can handle it.  Committee Leaders - I am happy to announce any scheduled meetings in the weekly newsletter :)
Event Resources:
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
Pham, Tan
Frigo, Keli
Smith, Robert
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Sue Weidemann
January 13
Mike Jankowski
January 17
Bruce Nuttall
January 18
Dick Spencer
January 20
Mike Herro
January 27
Scott Safranski
Sally Safranski
January 3
Dick Spencer
Pat Spencer
January 24
Join Date
Mary Kessens
January 1, 2013
10 years
Peggy Derrick
January 10, 2018
5 years
Paul Patros
January 17, 2007
16 years
Kate Dunnum
January 30, 2002
21 years
Jan 25, 2023
Youth Exchange Presentation
Feb 01, 2023
Bantry, Ireland Sister City
Feb 08, 2023
Youth Exchange Presentation
Feb 15, 2023
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
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Youth Exchange Photo Directory Links:  Please contribute memories as they are created:

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