May 3, 2023
VVR Newsletter

Rolan Covert
member photo
Greetings, Valley View Rotary family and friends!!! 
Thank you to everyone that attended last week's program at the Harry J Olson Senior Center.  Thank you to Erin for sharing this valuable community asset with us!  Erin's passion for providing the best experiences for HJO Members and her success in securing the transition of the building from the City of La Crosse reminded me of the words of Steve Jobs,

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.  As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."

Kudos Erin for the great work you are doing and thank you for being part of Valley View Rotary!

Please join us this week at the Onalaska YMCA where Trenton Covert will share with us his research on Norwegian History.  This presentation will serve as a culminating event for him and will fulfill a graduation requirement of Polytechnic High School.  Study now, as fun prizes will be up for grabs for those quick to answer Trivia Questions.
TriCon was.... LOTS of fun
Did you attend?  Tell your story! Here is what Amy Bettis says about her first District Conference experience:
I am thankful my recent career change the Development Executive with Gateway Area Council Scouts BSA prompted my involvement with Rotary. 2023 has been a great year of change and growth for me, proving that you are NEVER too old to learn new things and meet new people. As a new Rotarian participating in Tricon 2023, it was a great learning experience. To engage with other Rotarians from the other participating districts was inspiring to hear their stories about their Rotary experiences.
My focus for the Tricon workshops was centered on engagement and communication. The professional storytelling, empowering young women and girls, and engaging young leader presentations were the ones that resonated with me the most. I am looking forward to applying what I have learned in my professional and Rotary career.
One fact that sticks in my mind from this weekend is that 10% of new Rotarians drop out after the first year due to poor fit, lack of engagement, or a stagnant club culture. However, if they find the right club and remain active members for 3 years they will have made the lifetime commitment to Rotary. From the very beginning I have felt very welcome at Valley View Rotary, and I felt that I fit in almost immediately. I am putting down some good Rotary roots getting involved in Mobile Meals, Moontunes this Summer, and the Georgian exchange this Fall.
I am still getting up to speed as to all the good Rotary does in the community and world. Tricon was my crash course in Rotary. I do not think it will take me 3 years to make my commitment to Valley View and I refuse to be part of that 10%. Strengthening my relationships with my Rotary club and the larger Rotary community is something that I plan to enjoy very much. Thank you to everyone at Valley View Rotary seeing your familiar faces at Tricon was comforting. I think it will be your passion and enthusiasm for all things Rotary that will inspire me the most.
Our next Mobile Meals Week is a month away...
Click on Sign Up to view available slots and book yourself directly online.
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. The day will be filled with amazing food, entertainment and opportunities to build community.  We are asking for assistance this year with the Children’s Fun Fair. The Fun Fair consists of games with prizes as well as a cake walk, train ride, bounce house, and free food.  We are hoping we can get 10-12 agencies to provide staff and prizes for 1 game (we have equipment for 9 games + snow cones and cotton candy machines but we are open to other game suggestions if you already have the equipment). The time frame for the Fun Fair is 12pm-3pm (Staff would need to arrive by 11:15am to set up and then expect about 30 minutes of clean up time after). Regarding prizes, we anticipate each agency providing around 300 prizes total (to include small participation prizes and larger winning prizes.)  Just an FYI that each child will receive a bag with 10 game tickets, 1 ticket for either a snow cone or cotton candy, and 1 ticket for food/drink. 
Please reply if you would like to sign up to help at 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.
Budapest 2023 and Friendship Exchanges
Budapest photos here:
District 6250 has 1 more Friendship Exchange opportunities on the calendar for this year:
September 7 to 18
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.
Holmen Area Rotary Club Service Auction
The Holmen Area Rotary Club's main fundraiser is on Friday, May 5th at the Cargill Room.  It is a fun evening with dinner, fellowship and fun.  Tickets cost $30 in advance. Please call 608.780.1628 for more information.

Rotary International Foundation Giving

Two options for giving to the Foundation:

Presidents Leadership Series with Rick Kyte
The fourth and final session is May 17th at 5pm. More information and register at:
Youth Exchange
Earth is on the West Salem Tennis Team and this week has an Away Match on Tuesday, May 2nd at 4:30pm at Viroqua.
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 1st - BBBB Bingo this week. $12,000 Jackpot, $1/game, $1/dauber. Guest Caller: Aquinas & Central Football for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Secondary Prizes from Garrison Therapies.  Raffle: 50 pies from Meringue Bakery will be raffled off for $1/raffle ticket. Entertainment, Fun!!! Doors open at 4pm and First Call at 6pm.  La Crosse Center - SOUTH HALL (UPPER). Games/Jackpots are paid by check, not cash, NO CARRY-INS/NO INFANTS/NO TODDLERS.
May 4, Measuring Results: Demonstrate Your Impact,
May 5, An evening with Moniker at The Main. $10/$15, Doors 6p, Music 7:30p
May 5, Holmen Rotary Fundraiser, Cargill Room $30
May 18, Expanding Reach: Partner with Youth in Service,
May 25th, Valley View Rotary Mobile Meals Week * Sign up is Live!
July 28-30, Deece Fest 2023. Blue Bird Campground.
August 16th, Avenues of Service Dinner. Cargill Room.
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
Mahlum, Matt
Bettis, Amy
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Janie Morgan
April 12
Join Date
Dick Spencer
April 3, 1978
45 years
Steve Fritz
April 12, 2000
23 years
Brad Quarberg
April 21, 1999
24 years
Bill Soper
April 28, 2004
19 years
May 03, 2023
"Alt For Norge" - Polytechnic Senior Topic Presentation
May 10, 2023
May 17, 2023
Tips From The Stage to Enhance Communication in Real Life
May 24, 2023
Northside Elementary
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Youth Exchange Photo Directory Links:  Please contribute memories as they are created:

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