May 24, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
member photo
Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! 
Thank you for everyone that attended last week's program with Lisa Olson.  Her Tips from the Stage to Enhance Communication in Real Life made us laugh while also giving us a perspective on making bigger and longer lasting impacts in our community and our world.  
If you haven't already done so, the laughs continue on her Facebook page Counter Clockwise.  Thank you Peggy for inviting Lisa to share with us!

Please join us this week to hear from Sarah Bradel who will be the new Principal of Northside Elementary.  The current principal, Nicki Ells, who has visited and presented to our club in the past will be leading Principals in a new role this next year that perhaps Julie Nelson can share more with us on Wednesday. 

Club Survey for Members

The Executive Board is encouraging all members to complete the survey at: ** 19 Surveys ** have been submitted to date, approximately representing 1/3 of our membership.

This survey asks members for their opinions on Membership Dues and elements pertaining to our weekly meetings.  Survey results and feedback are needed to assist the Executive Board with approving next year's budget at our meeting on June 13th.

Our next Mobile Meals Week is this week... Mon 5/22 to Sun 5/28
Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.  We currently have 4 of 14 slots available, with no one signed up for Thursday... anyone willing to help on Thursday?
Next Valley View Red Cross Blood Drive is May 25 * This Week
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.
Members are still 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
Dan Jorgenson
Author and Rotarian Dan Jorgenson, who presented to our Club earlier this year via zoom, is stopping in La Crosse on June 12th. Interested in obtaining any of his books? Reach out to him at to let him know how many books to bring with him!
Election of Zone 29 Member of RI President Nominating Committee 2023-24
The RI Bylaws provide that if there are two or more eligible past directors from any zone who have indicated to the general secretary on 15 April that they wish to serve as a member of the Nominating Committee for RI President, the member (and alternate) shall be elected by the clubs in the zone.
This ballot ends on 15 June*, 11:59 p.mUS/Central. The vote that I cast as Club President must be the result of a vote held at our club’s meeting. 
Districts in Zone 29 are: 5580, 5610, 5630, 5650, 5680, 5710, 5950, 5960, 5970, 6000, 6220, 6250 (this is our District), 6270, 6420, 6440, 6450
Bios of each candidate can be found by clicking on this link: 
Please review the profiles and we will vote at our meeting on Wednesday during announcements.
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
If you are willing to volunteer, please go to the sign-up at
Refer questions to Robert Smith at
Seeking Raffle Items for our Golf Outing Fundraiser
Auction items should have a value of at least $20, but higher is better :)
Prizes for golfers should come in a quantity of 4 (4 players per team), such as 4 gift cards of the same value.  A dozen golf balls works well since there are 4 sleeves per box.
Raffle items should be worth at least $100 but again, higher is better ;)
We would like to to have 3 to 5 items with values ranging from $200 to as much as $500.  We already have a quilt (value at least $500) and will likely arrange a golf specific item.
College Football, NFL or equivalent tickets are a good draw also!!!
Thank you for your continued support of this fundraiser that generated $9,000 in profits last year that we were able to donate to the Children's Hospital of Tanzania and the La Crosse Boys and Girls Club.
Not a golfer you say... and want to be involved in this amazing charitable experience to help us make an even bigger impact this year?  Please see Bob Newberry or me and we will find a way for you to help grow this event!
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.
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.

Rotary International Foundation Giving

Two options for giving to the Foundation:

Youth Exchange
West Salem Tennis this week:
Mon or Tue - Sub sectionals @ Aquinas (Green Island)
Wed or Thr - Sectionals at Altoona
I would suggest calling West Salem High School to confirm details :)
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 21st - TONIGHT - Central and Logan High Schools present La Crosse Confluence Live 7pm at The Main - An Event Space FREE
May 22nd - BBBB Bingo this week returns to the La Crosse Center Upstairs River Ballroom!!! $6,000 Jackpot, $1/game, $1/dauber. Guest Caller: School District's Community Services Department. Secondary Prizes from Toppers Pizza and Raffle of 3 Ooni outdoor pizza ovens. Entertainment, Fun!!! Food & Cash Bar available. Doors open at 4pm and First Call at 6pm. Games/Jackpots are paid by check, not cash, NO CARRY-INS/NO INFANTS/NO TODDLERS.
May 22nd WEEK, Valley View Rotary Mobile Meals Week * Sign up is Live!
May 25, Valley View Rotary Blood Drive
May 31, Rotary Orientation via Zoom, 7am or 7pm. Email PDG Karen at for the link
July 28-30, Deece Fest 2023. Blue Bird Campground.
August 16th, Avenues of Service Dinner. Cargill Room.
September 7, Croatia Friendship Exchange
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 24, 2023
Northside Elementary
May 31, 2023
SCORE - pending
Jun 07, 2023
La Crosse Loggers 2023 Season
Jun 14, 2023
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