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January 16, 2018

January Theme: Vocational Service - Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.  Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to: Aspire to high ethical standards in their occupation; Recognize the worthiness of all useful  occupations, and Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society.
In environment, RI President calls for planting a tree for each member by Earth Day on April 22, 2018 and for our future as an organization to improve our gender balance and lower the adverage age of our members.  2017-18 RI President is Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia.  2017-2018 District Governor is Jeff Reed of Fond du Lac.
  1. (Brenda G..)  Pledge of Allegiance; Prayer led by Kim H.; 4way Test
  1. (Brenda G.) Thank you for covering in Bob’s absence! Today’s Greeter is Lauretta K-O.; Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
  1. (Brenda G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): Adam Wachowski, TR Youth Sports
Guests: Jr. Rotarians, Hannah Helling (December), Christin Mikeal (January)
  1.  (Betty B.)  Suggestion for 2018-19 District Grant – “Goodwill Housing” Project involving 70 students to be coordinated by St. Peters.  Our club could contribute both manpower and funding for materials.  Stay tuned….
  1. (Brenda G.)  We are participating in the 1st Annual Car on Ice event. Tickets are priced at $10 with $3 going to the selling club.  We have $1555.50 in the “pot” – awaiting for ice formation/car placement.  We purchasing “on-line” – be sure to notate “member tickets” to gain club credit.

  2. (Brenda G.)  Next Board Meeting January 24, 2018
  3. (Brenda G.) Ideas for recipient of Annual Dinner funds. Not too early to begin solicitation of auction items. Adam Wachowski will talk about Ball Park Lighting as one possibility at today’s meeting.  The date selected for the 2018 Dinner is April 8th.
  1. (Brenda G.) 5th Tuesday Social January 30th – sign up was passed.
  1. (Betty B.) Update if any for the Kayak Trail and the Rotary launch – progressing according to schedule!
  2. (Brenda G.) Next Meeting: January 23 2018, Club Assembly to include election of officers for 2018-19. Greeter is Jim L.
  1. (Brenda G.) Happy Bucks – Steve R. facilitated and passed the buck to Kim H.   
  2. (Brenda G.)  Easter Bag Project for TREP – Brenda G has agreed to coordinate this year’s project.  Thank you!
  1.  (Brenda G.) Program: Adam Wachowski – Two Rivers’ Youth Sports
Lakeshore Rise intends to provide all possible instructional and moral support to help the players reach their full potential in athletic talent. We truly believe these skills will produce positive role models and highly productive members of the community. In addition to a regimen of instruction for developing motor skills, strength and coordination for on-field mechanics, the coaches will incorporate a balanced curriculum with a focus on mental toughness, critical thought and sportsmanship. It is the combination of all these characteristics that yield healthy, competent, confident and resourceful young adults as champions on and off the field.
Phase I  (completed) –  a $320,000 project, it replaced the lighting on the upper baseball diamonds to be followed by Phase II (planned) – a $110,000 project to include work on the lower baseball diamonds that must be completed by 2019.  This will allow Two Rivers to host the National World Series softball tournament.
  1. Last verse of America.
Coming Up: Check for possible inclusion in weekly agenda
            January 11-1/17 or 1/20, 2018 GMRP mission dates
Mobile app (ClubRunner) for iPhone and Android.
January 24, 2018 Board Meeting
January 2018, District Friendship Exchange to India
January 2018 Water Filters for Haiti - Ken Schumann Hartland Lake Country Rotary Club
January 2018, Guatemala Medical Resources Partnership ( 
March 2-4, 2018 (Fri-Sun) PETS, Itasca IL
April 8, 2018 (Sun) TR Rotary Fund Raising Dinner (April 1, 2018 is Easter.)
April 22, 2018 (Sun) Earth Day- Tree planting goal
May 4-6, 2018 (Fri-Sun) Tri-Con District Conference, Wilderness Hotel, Wisconsin Dells
June 23-27, 2018 (Sat-Wed) RI Convention, Toronto Canada
2017-2018 Board Members:
President: Robert Gahl
                Secretary: Colleen Inman
                Treasurer: Jeff Zimmerlee
                Past President: Colleen Inman, Brenda Georgenson
                Members at large: Tim Schroeder, Betty Bittner, Jeff Zimmerlee
Club Organization-Program Chairs:
Marketing- Michael Dittmer & Brenda Geogenson
New Members- Kim Henning
Community Projects- Fundraising- Betsy Benz & Tim Schroeder
Youth- Dennis Swetlik
International- Jeff Zimmerlee
                Membership: Increase by 2 (23 to 25 members) - Engagement: Increase by 17 (23 to 40 participations)
Communication:  Increase by 2 (4 to 6 socials) - Public Relations: Increase by 4 (2 to 4 media stories)
Have as much legal fun as possible
Plant at least 25 trees
Increase membership by 2
More sophisticated jokes
August social celebrating the beginning of summer in TR
Grant for 2017-2018
Add benefactor to Rotary Foundation
Look for dollars from outside TR
Create an alumni chair
Formalize club archivist
Joint venture with MTWC clubs
Encourage members to join fellowships
Think about starting fellowships of our college alumni
Investigate Rotary associate/shared/partial memberships
Encourage frequent visits to the RI website
Did I say have fun?
Continue 5th Tuesday socials
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Program:  Club Assembly -  Election of 2018-19 Officers and club activity update including final decision for use of Annual Dinner funds
Greeter:  Jim L.
Happy Bucks: Kim H.
Jeff Reed - 2017-18 District Governor   "Rotarians are People of Action. - I look forward to seeing you soon and discussing how District 6270 Rotarians as People of Action can MAKE A DIFFERENCE."
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What it's like to ...
For the third consecutive January, The Rotarian magazine celebrates what happens when ordinary Rotarians find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Rotarians in their own words tell what it's like to survive an atomic bomb, chase your baseball dream, walk 27,000 miles for peace, live on $1.50 a day, and more.
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It's a fifth Tuesday - January 30th!
Rick and Colleen Inman will be hosting the food, fun, and fellowship!
Gathering at 5:30pm - 1818 30th St., TR, 794-1351


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Play to Win...Make your predictions, 24/7 at CARONICE.COM
Tickets $10 each (or 3/$25; 8/$50; 20 for$100 UNTIL the car is placed on the ice)
Everyone who participates has a chance to WIN!
All entries will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Everyone who picks the date the "Car On Ice" goes through the ice
at the Manitowoc Marina will be entered into an additional drawing
for prizes.  Cash grand prize will be awarded to the person(s) who pick the time 
closest to when the "Car On Ice" goes through the ice.
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Give the gift of Rotary
This holiday season, give the gift that makes a difference. For more than 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has been supporting the work of Rotary members in creating sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing needs. When you give the gift of Rotary, you become part of the positive change Rotarians are making in your community and around the world. See what your gift supports.
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Our health is everything, yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care.  Health care is everyone’s right. 


Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide.  That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to Rotarians.  We lead efforts both large and small by setting up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities that struggle with outbreaks and health care access.  We design and build infrastructure that allows doctors, patients and governments to work together.  Our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and of course polio.  Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.


Rotary members have hundreds of health projects underway around the world at any given time.  In Ghana we work with partners to provide more than 80% of its people with clean water to fight worm disease.  In Liberia, Rotary helps women get tested for HIV early in their pregnancies.  And of course the eradication of polio has created a system for tackling a myriad of other health issues such as Ebola.  To date $65 million in grants to fight disease has been given by Rotary.


Your donation to the Rotary Foundation allows this happen.  Thank you!  Click to DONATE NOW

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

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The secret sauce to Rotary growth in La Crosse

Members of the Rotary Club of Lacrosse-After Hours mug for the camera during a recent service event.

By William Pritchard, Rotary Club of La Crosse-After Hours, Wisconsin, USA

In La Crosse, Wisconsin, and neighboring communities, we have a high number of Rotary members and clubs for our relatively small population. There are eight clubs and 500 members for a population of less than 80,000. We are well-known in our community for the things we do, from planting trees and gardens, to building parks and playgrounds. But what truly makes Rotary special in the area is our ability and interest to work together – to keep the “walls” between clubs very low so it is easy to “step over” and work together on projects.

Some attribute this unique quality to the downtown club, which opened its arms to all the other area clubs to make its Foundation an area wide collaboration with representation from all clubs. Others point to community leadership that has developed projects like Kids Coulee, iFeed, and Rotary Lights that are larger than any single club. But whatever the secret sauce, Rotary clubs around La Crosse collaborate and work together in a Rotary Community kind of way.

STAR program
One of the ingredients is surely our method of bringing all our new members together for a shared education on the basics of Rotary. Each club maintains its own orientation to address traditions and functions. But every-other-month, all the new members in the eight-club area join together for a breakfast to learn Rotary 101. Our Specialized Training for Action in Rotary (STAR) program is a six-course curriculum that allows members to step in at any point during the year and pick it up quickly.

  • In July, all new members learn about the Rotary Year and theme,, a history of Rotary in the La Crosse region, and service opportunities.
  • In September, participants dive into club service, the structure of Rotary clubs, and a look at districts.
  • In November, they learn about The Rotary Foundation, our local foundation, annual giving, and legacy giving.
  • In January, we review the service projects in our community and how they can get involved.
  • March’s class teaches then about Youth ExchangeFriendship Exchange, Vocational Training Teams, and area International Service projects.
  • And in May we focus on vocational service, RYLA, and other area initiatives.

New members attend at no cost, their clubs are only charged the cost of the breakfast. At the end of the cycle, STAR program graduates are asked to give their classification talk at their home club and join a minimum of two committees with their home club. They are also offered the opportunity to transfer to a different area club if they desire.

Opting to transfer
A surprising number of our program graduates take advantage of this opportunity. They may have been asked to join a particular club by a friend. But in learning about all the other clubs and what they are doing, they find a different club’s focus speaks more directly to their passions. This single provision has significantly helped us collectively keep new members.

La Crosse Area Rotary clubs have created a special place where the clubs work collectively – tearing down the walls that separate – to make our communities a better place.

Give new members Rotary Basics, a comprehensive overview of Rotary, or order a copyfor club reference. Find other membership materials.

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Two Rivers Rotary Club; 2016 – 2017 Annual Report
Community Service
  • Meals on Wheels; delivered 430 meals
  • Hosted seven (7) Junior Rotarian students at  weekly meetings
  • Participated in the ‘reading day program’ at Koenig Elementary School
  • Salvation Army: December Bell Ringing - $13,616 raised
  • Donated 105 Easter bags containing a reading book and other small presents to children of Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry (TREP) clients
  • Received a $3,000 District Grant to supply Narcan® and training to Two Rivers Police Department.  Narcan® is used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency
    • Hosted a community medication collection event and an educational session
  • Submitted 2018 Rotary District Grant application; Lakeshore CAP Polar Express book
  • Rotary display and booth at TR Community Care Day event
Donated over $5,345 to various local and international projects throughout the year, including:
  • Donated two bicycles to the Two Rivers Optimist Club Bike Giveaway ($200)
  • Donated school supplies to TREP
  • St. Peter the Fisherman: Christmas adopt-a-family program.  Donated items for a family of eight
  • Happy Bucks from club meeting; $80 donated to The Haven
  • Donated $250 to TREP at Christmas
  • Contributed $350 to water filter project in Haiti
  • Donated $1,000 to the Guatemala Medical Relief Project (GMRP)
  • Donated $500 to Two Rivers Schools Reading Program
  • Hosted the Senior Volunteer Luncheon for 200 volunteers from the Senior Center
  • Awarded two (2) $1,000 scholarship to Two Rivers High School students
  • Sponsored a student to attend the World Affairs Seminar
  • Donated $250 to Badger Boys State
  • Sponsored a ‘Sunday Supper’ at St. Peter the Fisherman; serving 125 meals
  • Contributed $215 plus non-perishable food items to TREP; 5th Tuesday Social
  • Made a contribution of $500 to Salvation Army; Parkview Apartment Fire Victims Fund
Club Events
  • Held 42 club meetings
  • Held annual steak fry attended by 20 people
  • Held annual holiday social attended by 20 people
  • Held three 5th Tuesday Socials
  • Initiated quarterly club assembly; project updates and financial summary
  • Ten Rotarians and guests attended Manitowoc Sunrise Veterans Day Breakfast
Club Fundraisers
  • Held the Annual Dinner/Auction for the Rotary Pavilion, 70 people attended; with a profit of $16,188.65
  • Participated in the TR Volleyball Tournament with the two Manitowoc Rotary Clubs
  • Held the annual Rose Sale: sold 213 dozen roses for a profit of $1,634
Club Highlights
  • Brian Jensen and Bob Gahl traveled to Guatemala to participate in GMRP mission trip
  • Club members donated $1,875 to  Rotary International
  • Club members donated $1,405 to PolioPlus Fund
  • Paul Harris Fellowship awards were presented to one member
  • Enhanced presence on Facebook, 108 likes in July; currently 120
  • Published more than three press releases in the Herald Times Reporter
  • Developed committee chairs to spread responsibility across the club
  • Created a scholarship evaluation tool
  • Revised the Club Membership Application Form
  • Utilized Chamber advertisement opportunities
    • Chamber Notebook
    • Tuesday Tidbits
  • Created a ‘TR Rotary Club Elevator Pitch’ as a tool to increase membership
  • Developed and implemented the members survey to validate member satisfaction
  • Increased Club Membership; 23
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Rotary Inauguration 2017-2018
Four score and fourteen years ago our Rotary Founding Fathers brought forth on this city a new service club conceived in social justice and dedicated to the proposition that service to local and global communities supersedes self-gratification. The foresight of the Founders of Rotary evolved to the belief that the abolition of polio benefits all nations, all religions, all economic levels; that Human Slavery in any form subverts the laws of God and nature.
We therefore stand here on the shoulders of those who have come before and paved the way not with an air of self-righteousness but with a sense of duty to others. We stand here with profound awe of those past presidents, those past district governors, and especially those countless, diligent Rotarians who work selflessly, silently to promote the goals of Rotary.
Let us therefore re-dedicate our lives to the advancement of Rotary’s ideals; to re-dedicate our lives to our God, to self and family care, to community service, and to the very principles that will make Rotary endure to the end of time.
                   Robert A Gahl MD
                   June 27, 2017
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Promote your club with new Rotary resources

How do you communicate with your community about your club? Are prospective members hearing about who you are and what you do? If your club is looking to promote its unique culture, events, and service projects, you can customize a club brochure. Edit the content or upload your own photos to make a distinctive promotional pamphlet. 

Use the Discover Rotary presentation and the Impact Begins With You prospective member brochure to introduce Rotary’s values and history, the benefits of membership, and what makes Rotary stand out.

Does your club sponsor an Interact or Rotaract club? You can customize your own promotional cards for Rotary’s programs for young leaders through our Brand Center. This is a great opportunity to show potential members all the ways they can get involved through Rotary.

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Presenting Rotary to prospective members

What is Rotary all about? What do Rotarians do? Why should prospective members join your club? If you are looking for a presentation on the who, what, and why of Rotary, download the Discover Rotary PowerPoint presentation. This new resource touches on Rotary’s values and history, and highlights the benefits of membership. The slides can be customized to include information and images that reflect your club. This presentation, along with the Impact Begins with You brochure, is an excellent way to introduce Rotary to prospective members or at public events.

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Club Event Registration Procedures




1.        Log into Club Runner as a member


2.       “Click” on the event desired (left side of home page)


3.       “Click” on members …this will bring you to the registration page


4.       “Click” register me and confirm


You are now registered for the event!


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Posted by Brian Jensen on Aug 24, 2013

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Avenues of Service

For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity. 


The Four-Way Test

The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. 

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