May 10, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
member photo
Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! 
Thank you for attending last week to hear my son Trenton Covert present his research on Norwegian History.  There are two quotes I want to share this week as I reflect on his presentation:

"I am confident that the younger generation will emerge as the new vanguard of progress, unfettered by the prejudices and practices of tired, old traditions." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Speaking of our leaders of tomorrow, please join us this week at the Onalaska YMCA where we will host a graduation ceremony for 5 La Crosse Roads Seniors!

Speaking of Prom... Check out the photos of Earth and Gustaf all dressed up this past weekend... Earth Kateudomsup YE Year 2022-23 - Google Photos & Gustaf Bang YE Year 2022-23 - Google Photos.  Do you have photos that capture fun memories that haven't been uploaded yet?  Let me know if you need help adding photos, or you can send them to me, and I will add them.

Our next Mobile Meals Week is a a couple weeks away...
Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.  We currently have 7 of 14 slots available.
Next Valley View Red Cross Blood Drive is May 25
The next Valley View Rotary Red Cross Blood Drive is set for Thursday, May 25. The drive runs from noon-5 p.m.  at Stoney Creek Inn, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Road, Onalaska.
Four members are needed to help each drive run smoothly. Shifts run from noon-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-5 p.m. Two members are needed for each shift. If interested in filling any shift, email Brad Quarberg at
Members are asked to donate and share the drive on their social media. Watch for a promotion flyer on Valley View’s Facebook page.
Other drives for the year are set:
Tuesday, July 25
Monday, Oct. 23
Tuesday, Dec. 26
Refer questions to Brad Quarberg at
May Executive Board Meeting
The Executive Board will meet this Tuesday morning at 7:30am.  Please let me know if there is any board action that you would like considered for any committee work, or general Club operations. 
Juneteenth is a day celebrated in communities across the U.S. each year as the official emancipation of slavery. This summer in La Crosse we are celebrating Juneteenth on Sunday, June 18th in Riverside Park
Lucas Herro
Many members were moved by Lucas' recent presentation to the Club about his journey and desire to return to the Olympics. 
Here are some ways to help Lucas:  You can make an Online Donation at or send a check to: Lucas M. Herro Supplemental Needs Trust c/o Mike Herro. 533 Eagle Ct. Onalaska, WI  54650.
Budapest 2023 and Friendship Exchanges
Budapest photos here:
District 6250 has 1 more Friendship Exchange opportunities on the calendar for this year:
September 7 to 18
Avenues of Service Award Nominations
The AOS Committee will be meeting next month to begin preparations for this year's event.  Please forward any 2023 Nominations prior to the end of this month for consideration.  Award Categories are: Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service, New Generations, Rising Star, Lifetime Achievement and Valley View Rotarian of the Year.
Holmen Area Rotary Club Service Auction
The Holmen Area Rotary Club's main fundraiser is on Friday, May 5th at the Cargill Room.  It is a fun evening with dinner, fellowship and fun.  Tickets cost $30 in advance. Please call 608.780.1628 for more information.

Rotary International Foundation Giving

Two options for giving to the Foundation:

Presidents Leadership Series with Rick Kyte
The fourth and final session is May 17th at 5pm. More information and register at:
Youth Exchange
Lots of Tennis this week for Earth - @ Black River Falls 4:30p on Tuesday 5/9, Home vs. Mauston 4:30p on Thursday 5/11, Quad @ Altoona on Friday 5/12 Details TBD, Quad @ Tomah on Saturday 5/13 at 9am.
The Sign-Up form has been updated through May.  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
May 8th - BBBB Bingo this week. $13,000 Jackpot, $1/game, $1/dauber. Guest Caller: YWCA La Crosse Restorative Justice. Secondary Prizes from Breakfast Club & Pub.  Raffle: Kentucky Spirits will be raffled off for $10/raffle ticket. Entertainment, Fun!!! Doors open at 4pm and First Call at 6pm.  La Crosse Center - SOUTH HALL (LOWER). Games/Jackpots are paid by check, not cash, NO CARRY-INS/NO INFANTS/NO TODDLERS.
May 18, Expanding Reach: Partner with Youth in Service,
May 22nd WEEK, Valley View Rotary Mobile Meals Week * Sign up is Live!
May 25, Valley View Rotary Blood Drive
July 28-30, Deece Fest 2023. Blue Bird Campground.
August 16th, Avenues of Service Dinner. Cargill Room.
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
Huber, Sarah
Bettis, Amy
Mahlum, Matt
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Steph Fraase
May 16
Sarah Huber
May 23
Bill Shepherd
May 24
Rolan Covert
May 28
John Lyche
Linda Lyche
May 12
Join Date
Tom Byerly
May 1, 2010
13 years
Mike Jankowski
May 6, 2021
2 years
Sue Weidemann
May 8, 1991
32 years
Cinthia Shireman
May 11, 2022
1 year
Steve Christiansen
May 15, 2002
21 years
Keli Frigo
May 28, 2003
20 years
May 10, 2023
May 17, 2023
Tips From The Stage to Enhance Communication in Real Life
May 24, 2023
Northside Elementary
May 31, 2023
SCORE - pending
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Youth Exchange Photo Directory Links:  Please contribute memories as they are created:

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