January 18, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
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Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! 
Thank you to everyone that joined us last week to hear from Mike Kreiling!  I hope you enjoyed hearing his message as much as I did.  
Please note that we have a change to our speaker schedule. Lucas Herro, originally scheduled to share his Para-archery Journey with us this week has been rescheduled to next month.  Lucas was provided with a last-minute opportunity of a lifetime this week to train with an Olympic Gold medalist para-archer in Denver and will not return to La Crosse until later in the week. 
Our very own Shari Laffredi will be presenting this week on the Rotary International Open World Program that we have been accepted to participate in as - to our knowledge - one of the first clubs in the area to have an application accepted.
The Open World Leadership Center was founded 20 years ago as a congressional agency and has brought delegates to the United States from several countries.  The Open World Program is available only to Rotary Clubs in the United States and provides an opportunity to build fellowship and friendship to strengthen international understanding through hosting of emerging leaders from abroad in our local community.  Rotary Clubs in 280 U.S. cities have hosted nearly 4,000 of the program's more than 29,000 delegates.
A special thank you to Katie for returning to the podium this week in my absence.  I will share all about my travels with you next week.  Please note that next week's newsletter will most likely be sent out later in the day/evening on the Monday.
Mobile Meals
This is our Mobile Meals week!!!  Thank you for all that have already signed up! All spots are filled!! You may review the signup here: Signup | Rotary Club of La Crosse-Valley View (
Our remaining weeks for 2023 are: March 20-26, May 22-28, July 24-30 and September 18-24.
La Crosse – Junglinster Sister City Friendship
This week on Wednesday, January 18th 2023, at 12:00 noon CST, the City of La Crosse will finalize it’s Sister City Friendship with Junglinster, Luxembourg with the signing of the Friendship document by Mayor Mitch Reynolds and Mayor Romain Reitz. It will be the first Sister City document signed via a virtual platform. The public are welcome to attend in person at City Hall or stream on the City’s virtual platform. This will be the City of La Crosse’s 8th Sister City.

Public Live Stream Link:

More about the La Crosse – Junglinster Sister City Friendship:

La Crosse has a strong Luxembourg immigrant history dating back to the mid 1800s. The Luxembourg American Descendants Society of La Crosse was formed in 2007 to celebrate this past and form present bonds with the people and places in Luxembourg.

In 2020 Aquinas High School students formed the first virtual exchange program with the Lënster Lycée International School in Junglinster, Luxembourg. This exchange was so successful that it is now an annual program and expanded to include Central High School. The Luxembourg American Cultural Society, in Belgium, WI provided the initial connection between Junglinster and La Crosse.

This summer 25 students from Lënster Lycée International school will come to La Crosse, WI with their teachers for several weeks of in person educational experience.

In addition, both Viterbo University and the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse have established educational exchange agreements for students and faculty with the University of Luxembourg.

The strength of these partnerships and new opportunities are the foundation for the new Sister City Friendship between the City of La Crosse and Junglinster.

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:
District 6250 Vibrant Club Workshop "Imagination to Action"
This Saturday, January 21st, you are invited to represent Valley View and participate in focused discussions with sharing about Membership, Public Image, The Rotary Foundation and how the three work together in Rotary.  Gain insights about how our club can expand our reach, increase our impact, enhance our engagement and increase our ability to adapt.
You may register at:
Youth Exchange
In addition to hosting Earth and Gustaf this school year as Inbound Youth Exchange Students, our Valley View Rotary Club is also sponsoring two Youth Outbound Exchange Students.  Stay tuned for more details about the journey of Ella Hansen who is not yet sure what country she will be visiting for the 2023-2024 school year and Wynne Roberts who will be completing a Summer 2023 Short Term Exchange (country also TBD).
Gustaf and the West Salem Hockey team plays only 1 game this week, Thursday at 7pm in Black River Falls.  The full schedule can be found here:,&manual_access=1
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
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:
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
Rotary Friendship Exchange
The District 6250 Rotary Friendship Committee would like to announce a new Friendship Exchange to Budapest Hungary, from April 9th to the 19th of 2023.  Up to 10 team members.  Any questions can be addressed to Mark Etrheim at or 608.769.7200.
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
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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 18, 2023
Rotary International Open World Program
Jan 25, 2023
Youth Exchange Presentation
Feb 01, 2023
Bantry, Ireland Sister City
Feb 08, 2023
Youth Exchange Presentation
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Youth Exchange Photo Directory Links:  Please contribute memories as they are created:

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