March 22, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
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Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! 
Thank you to Dan Jorgenson for joining us last week via Zoom from Colorado to talk about his journey with Rotary and his passion for writing.  As he mentioned, he is happy to autograph any of his books, written directly to an individual or group. The book prices are $17.95 for And The Wind Whispered and Rainbow Rock and $7.95 for Killer Bilzzard, but to Rotarians the price is $15 for the first two and $7 for the last one.  His publisher, also a Rotarian donates to Rotary and he donates to Polio Plus from book sale proceeds.  He is also donating money from Rainbow Rock to the Rotary Adult Literacy effort.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." – William James
Please join us this week for Club Assembly.  Our committees have been working hard and are eager to report!  We will hear an update from each committee during the allotted program time, and I will then send out a survey later in the week to collect feedback and gauge your interest levels in helping with our many club initiatives.  (Individual committees will not be meeting during the meeting.)

Here is the link to the Committee Membership Document which can be easily modified as desired:

If you would like to play a greater role in any of our committees or would like to join a new committee or participate in additional committee work, please let me know!  We are continuing to do great work this year and I am excited for what is to come!!!

Note: our 5 Committees are Moon Tunes, Vocational Service & New Generations, Community Service, International Service and Club Service.

See you Wednesday!
Mobile Meals Sign-up is here!
This is our week.  Reminder emails have been sent to all those that registered.  You can review here ---> March 2023 Mobile Meals | Rotary Club of La Crosse-Valley View (  Thank you to all who have signed up so far... we are still looking for help on Tuesday and could use one more volunteer on Saturday.

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:

Bantry Sister City Hoolie Coulee Ceili Event is Saturday, March 25 (Saturday) at 6pm

VVR is supporting this event (through a Rotary Works Foundation Grant) to benefit two horse therapy organizations, HorseSense Inc., here in La Crosse, and Hairy Henry Care Farm in Bantry. Lucas Herro used HorseSense as part of his recovery journey. Éamonn de Cógáin, widely regarded as Ireland's most energetic caller, will lead the dancing. Live music will be provided by the *Coulee Hooligans.* Popular (and amazing) storyteller, Terry Visger (who has presented to our Club more than once), will share her Irish tales. There will be Irish-themed food and Silent Auction items donated by local businesses. Here is a link to more information on the event: 2023 Coulee Hoolie Ceili Fundraiser for LBFA, American Legion Auxiliary Unit#52 La Crosse, WI, March 25 2023 |

Rotary Storytelling
We hear so much about storytelling today, but how do you start?  Click below and learn from local Rotarians who are also professional storytellers.
Link to this video: 

New Member Orientation - 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 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 ** 3/20 - La Crosse Adventure Films is the guest caller at BBBB Bingo. $7,000 Jackpot, $1/game, $1/dauber, $200 payouts. Dinner Menu: Spaghetti with Meatballs and Breadsticks $8, Secondary prizes: Stacks Family Farms. Entertainment, Fun!!! Doors open at 4pm and First Call at 6pm.  La Crosse Center. Games/Jackpots are paid by check, not cash, BBBB State Bingo License #3779, NO CARRY-INS/NO INFANTS/NO TODDLERS.
March 20-26, Valley View Rotary Mobile Meals Week
March 23, Chair Yoga at the La Crosse Public Library Main Hall 2pm - 3pm
March 23, Promoting Projects: Tell Your
March 23, Greg Cheech Hall and Monica Austin, Free Show sponsored by Cow97 at The Main, Doors 6pm Music 7:30pm.
March 25, Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes at The Main with special guests Cheeba. $15 pre $20 day of. Doors 6pm Music 7pm.
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.
April 6, Rotary Leadership Series = Speaker Janine Latus.
April 6Planning a Project: Design for Results,
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: - Who's going to the SOLD OUT Here Comes the Sun?!? - 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 22, 2023
Committee Updates
Mar 29, 2023
Let's Play Catch
Apr 05, 2023
Rotary Lights Check Presentations
Apr 12, 2023
Rotary Works
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Youth Exchange Photo Directory Links:  Please contribute memories as they are created:

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