June 7, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
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Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! 
Thank you for everyone that attended last week's meeting on our local SCORE Chapter and the investment they are inspiring and contributing to throughout our region.  Thank you to Greg, Shari and Paul for the significant impact your leadership is having on those you serve.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted." - Aesop
In case you missed it in their presentation.... you can volunteer based on what fits into your schedule.  Talk to our Valley View Rotary SCORE Friends today!!!
Please join us this Wednesday when Ben Kapanke comes and shares their vision for this year's Logger Season and Copeland Park & Events Center.
Moon Tunes 2023 
Beatles Tribute featuring Hans Mayer & Friends will be on stage this Thursday.  Volunteer Sign-ups for the 4 June concerts can be found by clicking here.
As our Club's largest fundraiser, you are encouraged to help pass the bucket if you find yourself at the Park and not officially signed up.  Thank you for all your help and enjoy as WE... ROCK... THE... PARK... and raise more funds to accomplish more in our community!!!!!
Epinal France Sister City Fundraiser
Gourmet Tour de France Wine & Appetizers. Thursday, June 22 from 5-7:30pm. Le Chateau. 410 Cass Street. $60 per person.
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!
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!
Kenya October 2023 Mission Opportunity
Past Rotarian and Friend of Valley View Rotary, Fred Nicklaus, is seeking persons interested in joining him on a trip to Kenya in October to assist Henri Johanga (who visited us last Winter) and his wife who have committed their lives to educating and feeding children at his school, The Anointed Community Academy. Henri ministers to over 300 children and also employs 9 teachers and 2 other staff members. These are children who otherwise would not receive an education or have regular meals each day. Henri’s commitment is changing many young lives in a powerful way  every day.
The Aquinas Interact Club has taken on this project as one of their projects and have already begun raising funds.
The itinerary for this trip can be found on Club Runner at:
For more information, Fred can be reached at: 608.792.4006.  This will appear in the next couple newsletters, and we will be adding a link to photos of the work being completed.
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
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
June 5th - BBBB Bingo returns to the La Crosse Center Upstairs River Ballroom!!! $7,000 Jackpot, $1/game, $1/dauber. Guest Caller: Hope Restores. Secondary Prizes from Practically Posh. 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.
June 8th - MOON TUNES. Beatles Tribute with Hans Mayer & Friends. Riverside Park. 5:30 pm - 8 pm (unless you are signed up to volunteer before and/or after - all help is appreciated)
July 28-30, Deece Fest 2023. Blue Bird Campground.
August 7th, Valley View Golf Fundraiser supporting the International Children's Hospital in Tanzania and the La Crosse Boys & Girls Club. Cedar Creek.
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!
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400 Mason St
Onalaska, WI 54650
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Meeting Responsibilities
Fleis, Steve
Derrick, Peggy
Schmidt, Nancy
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Nancy Schmidt
June 10
Mary Kessens
June 26
Nancy Schmidt
George Schmidt
June 15
Edward Jaekel
Amy Jaekel
June 19
Mary Kessens
Tom Mickelson
June 23
Holly Fisher
Clay Kirschbaum
June 25
Join Date
Bruce Nuttall
June 1, 2019
4 years
Edward Jaekel
June 30, 2006
17 years
Janie Morgan
June 30, 1998
25 years
Mark Flint
June 30, 2011
12 years
Mike Herro
June 30, 2011
12 years
Robert Smith
June 30, 2019
4 years
Steve McCombs
June 30, 2011
12 years
Jun 07, 2023
La Crosse Loggers 2023 Season
Jun 14, 2023
Jun 21, 2023
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Jun 28, 2023
Mayo Clinic La Crosse Hospital Update
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