March 15, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
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Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! This week finds me in the Carolinas, spending time with family.  My sister and her family live outside Asheville, NC and my Aunt lives in Greenville, SC.  Yesterday I was able to visit several of my cousins and see their new homes and even a new baby!  Currently we are driving to the Eastern part of South Carolina for my niece's gymnastics competition.  One of my favorite parts of our club is the sharing of our travel adventures.  That's my adventure for this week, and also an insight into why you may be receiving the newsletter a little early :)
Thank you to Tashyra Bernard for sharing with us her work with Hope Restores and the impact they are making in our community.  I was excited to participate on Zoom (thanks Katie for covering for me) and hear Tashyra speak to all the activities Hope Restores is engaged in and the partnerships they have created in our community. 
Compassion is the foundation of a strong and vibrant community.  It is essential to show kindness, respect and understanding to all, no matter what differences may exist.  When we practice compassion, we create an environment of inclusion and acceptance, allowing us to build bridges between diverse people, and allowing us to work together to create a better future for us all.  - Unknown
Please join us this week as we hear from Dan Jorgensen, a Rotarian and author living in Miliken, CO.  Dan grew up on a South Dakota farm, attended a one-room country school and earned degrees in journalism and public relations from South Dakota State University.
Since writing his first novel, Killer Blizzard, he has written several books including the most recent being the mystery-thriller Rainbow Rock and award-winning historical novel And The Wind Whispered.
See you Wednesday!
Mobile Meals Sign-up is now live!
Our next week is March 20-26.  Sign up here ---> March 2023 Mobile Meals | Rotary Club of La Crosse-Valley View (  Thank you to all who have signed up so far... we currently have 10/14 spots filled.
Club Assembly coming soon...
Our next Club Assembly is March 22nd. I have reached out to committee chairs, hoping to help them prepare for 5 minute updates on the 22nd.  We will not be meeting in committee groups on that day.
I appreciate your willingness to work with me to streamline our club assembly process and further the initiatives of our committee work beyond what we thought was possible!

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.

Centering Onalaska Service Opportunity

Please click on this Survey and let us know your thoughts on participating in this service opportunity that was presented in last week's newsletter:

Announcements from the Assistant Governors Jessica and Wayne

Support Rotary - please support the Rotary Annual Fund and Polio Plus. Here is a link to more info: 

Avenues of Service Dinner - Date and new location confirmed for this year's event: Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at the Cargill Room

Rotary Grant Management Seminar - April 14th, 5:30-7:00 pm via zoom. If you have any questions you can contact Erin Luken at  Here is the link to register:

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:
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 ** 3/13 - Couleecap, Inc. is the guest caller at BBBB Bingo. $6,000 Jackpot, $1/game, $1/dauber, $200 payouts. Dinner Menu: Corned Beef & Cabbage plate, econdary prizes: Cookies by Omega Bakery, 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 18, The People Brothers Band at The Main, 422 Main St, Downtown La Crosse. Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pm. $10 online, $15 at the door
March 20-26, Valley View Rotary Mobile Meals Week
March 23, Promoting Projects: Tell Your
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 15, 2023
Rotarian and Author of 9 books - newest is "Rainbow Rock"
Mar 22, 2023
Committee Updates
Mar 29, 2023
Let's Play Catch
Apr 05, 2023
Rotary Lights Check Presentations
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Youth Exchange Photo Directory Links:  Please contribute memories as they are created:

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