February 15, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
member photo
Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! 
Thank you to Gustaf for sharing about his life in Sweden with us last week. It is exciting to hear all the international sharing each week. Gaining insights into the cultures, ideas, values and beliefs practiced by those around the world allows us to better communicate and help each other to make a larger impact.  I am so grateful to be part of this community with each and every one of you!!!
Please join us this week to hear from Grant Soper who will share about his journey on the Pacific Crest Trail.
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!
Avenues of Service 2023
The AOS Committee (comprised of members from all area Rotary Clubs) will be meeting this week, Tuesday morning.  Please message or reach out to Steph Fraase is our Valley View Rep on this committee.  Please reach out to her with any input you would like for her to contribute or questions you would like asked.
As mentioned, the committee is hoping to finalize cost and venue this week for this year's event.  The Avenues of Service is an annual event, traditionally held in the summer, that recognizes Rotarians and Rotary Clubs for their good work.
Valley View Monthly Board Meeting
The Valley View Board of Directors will hold its monthly meeting this Tuesday at 7:30am.  Please reach out to me or any Board member regarding anything you would like discussed or if there are any resources you need for your committee work that requires Board approval.
Valley View's 50/50 Weekly Raffle - Part II
A recent guest asked the question, “how much would somebody win today”, meaning how much was in the pot? The answer was we didn’t know the exact amount, but that it’s over a couple hundred bucks.
However, (last week's explanation part II) it should be noted that if a non-member pulls the joker, they only win $10.  The reason behind this is when the raffle originally started there wasn't the “draw the joker” part of the game.  The winning ticket just got 50% of the week’s pot regardless if it was member or non-member.
 When we added the “draw the joker” is when we changed it to 50% of the accumulated pot, but for members only.  The “theory” behind the $10 limit that was placed on guests is that the pot is built by our members purchasing tickets every week, which guests really do not.
Support for Ukraine:

The people of Ukraine are continually challenged with uncertainty and incredibly challenging times. Many 6250 clubs have supported Ukraine and others continue to do so. If you're looking for a way to support Ukraine, here is one of many opportunities:

​​​​​​​Rotary Friendship Exchange
District 6250 has a very active Rotary Friendship Exchange program (with a group in India right now)! There are 2 more Friendship Exchange opportunities on the calendar for this year:
Youth Exchange
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 ** 2/13 - Association of Fundraising Professionals is the guest caller at BBBB Bingo. $8,000 Jackpot, $1/game, $150 payouts. Food, Entertainment, Fun!!! Doors open at 4pm and First Call at 6pm.
February 20-25th. Downtown La Crosse Winter Days
March 2, Gateway Area Council Golden Eagle Gala.
March 6, Valley View Red Cross Blood Drive
March 20-26, Valley View Rotary Mobile Meals Week
May 25th, Valley View Rotary Mobile Meals Week
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
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
Morgan, Janie
Soper, Bill
Callahan, Russell
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mark Etrheim
February 1
Rox Adamsen
February 27
Join Date
Julie Nelson
February 1, 2013
10 years
Scott Safranski
February 13, 2019
4 years
Feb 15, 2023
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail
Feb 22, 2023
My Para-archery Journey
Mar 01, 2023
WAFER - New Building Project
Mar 08, 2023
Hope Restores
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Youth Exchange Photo Directory Links:  Please contribute memories as they are created:

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