Business Meeting Agenda

October 17, 2017

October Theme: Economic & Community Development.  Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members are urged to promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions.
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 average 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. (Bob G.)  Pledge of Allegiance; Prayer; 4way Test
  1. (Bob G.) Thank you, today’s Greeter is Betsy B.; Pictures Bob G.; Brian J. for notes from our last meeting and for our newsletter.
  1. (Bob G.) Welcome/Announcements
Presenter(s): White House Chief of Staff (or his designee)
Guests: Jr. Rotarian, Emma Burbey (First Meeting) - interests include basketball, hunting and fishing.  Aspirations include pursuing a career in medicine.
Birthdays: Stanley P. (10/22) – declined a second rendition of the Rotary birthday song.
  1. (Bob G.) Correspondence: invitation for the Nov 9th Rotary Foundation dinner in West Bend.
  1. (Betty B.) Magical Trolley (Polar Express) Ride To The North Pole.  Many sign-up opportunities exist. Sign up was passed.
  1. (Betty B./Brenda G.) Collection of pajamas for the Magical Trolley Ride is in progress.  Infant to size 14 are needed.  Drop off PJs at any location displaying the poster like the one on your table by Monday November 27th.  With over 90 foster children, the need is greater than in year’s past.
  1. (Colleen I.)  Rose Sale update  (distribution November 16-17, 2017 (Thu-Fri), 3:00PM - 7:00 PM)  Five tickets were distributed to all club members.  There is the opportunity to sell many more by the deadline of Oct 31st.  Last year was a record with 213 dozen sold.  Now in its 24th year, this is the main “club” operations fundraiser. 
  1. (Betty B.)  Our club has been signed up for the Salvation Army “bell-ringing” on Friday Dec 22nd from 10am-8pm.  Details to follow.
  1. (Bob G.) 5th Tuesday (working date of Sunday, November 5th) Social. Plans are in development - stay tuned.  One option is a Brett Hundley viewing party.  Reminder - if not a Tuesday, will we have our regular meeting on Tuesday morning?  If so, we need ideas for a program and a greeter volunteer.  If not, we will need to notify the Lighthouse Inn.
  1. (Dennis S.) Update on potential Outbound Student who showed an interest last week – we are awaiting a response to our e-mail/invitation.
  1. (Bob G.) Watch World Polio Day live October 24th (Tue) 12:30 PM,   Get an update from Gates Foundation and other.  Only 11 new cases reported in 2017, all in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Nigeria has gone a year without a new case reported.  We are closer than ever.  Click
  1. (Bob G.) Next Meeting: Tom Finley to introduce Sue Tomasik Exec Director, The Crossing.  Greeter will be on a first come basis.
  1. (Bob G.) Happy Bucks- Dennis S. facilitated and passed the buck to Jeff Z.
  1. (Bob G.) Obliged us with a sophisticated joke – a real bell-ringer.
  1. (Bob G.) Program: Jim Lester provided highlights of a good read – “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency” by Chris Whipple. Vignettes and insights about leadership were amplified by Jim.
“What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States—as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as "the gatekeepers," wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS's agenda, and—most crucially—enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. 

Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker’s expert managing of the White House, the press, and Capitol Hill paved the way for the Reagan Revolution—and, conversely, how Watergate, the Iraq War, and even the bungled Obamacare rollout might have been prevented by a more effective chief. 

Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, The Gatekeepers offers an essential portrait of the toughest job in Washington.”
  1. Last verse of America
Coming Up: Check for possible inclusion in weekly agenda
October 31, 2017 (Tue) 5th Tuesday Social (date conflict with Halloween)
November 16-17, 2017 (Thu-Fri), 3:00PM - 7:00 PM, Rose Sale distribution
November 27, 2017 (Mon) Pajama Collection for Magical Trolley Ride ends
December 8-9, 2017 (Fri-Sat), Magical Ride To North Pole. 2017-2018, $3000 District Grant
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
March 18, 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
From the 10/3/17 Club Assembly
  • Input from club organization program chairs- The annual Rose Sale will start in November and will be as successful as our selling will make it.  Our club’s financial status remains strong.  Our dues structure allows the club to meet operating expenses with our “non-501(c)3” events such as the Rose Sale, Volleyball event, etc. allowing us to designate funding to community needs.   Major fundraising events (such as the annual dinner/lobster fest) provide support to our Foundation.  The club’s Foundation has a current balance of $17,079.04 with $14,280.00 committed to projects in 2017-18.  A detailed club treasurer’s report and foundation financial report were provided at the meeting.
  • Items from 9/27 board meeting: Donations from the general fund include $500 to the Spirit of the Rivers; $200 to Hope House and $200 to the upcoming Sunday Supper.  A donation to the Washington House is pended to allow for future project needs.
  • Annual dinner ideas/input - A number of “soft” need concepts were explored.  These included defined support for The Haven and Employee Assistance Program support benefiting school age families.  Please provide further ideas for consideration over the next few weeks.
  • Input from club officers - Bob G has reached out to area service clubs in an effort to understand their structure and agenda.  The hope is that we can collaborate on a local project bigger than any single club could achieve independently.  Stay tuned.
2017-18-Rotary District Grant:
December 8-9, 2017 (Fri-Sat), Polar Express (Magical Trolley). 2017-2018, $3000 District Grant.  Also need children’s pajamas.
                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
                Volleyball Check $1118.24!
October 17th Meeting/Minutes Brian Jensen 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0


Program: Tom Finley to introduce Sue Tomasik Exec Director, The Crossing
Greeter:  First come, First serve
Happy Bucks: Jeff Z.
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."
October 24th Duty Roster 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
Magical Trolley Ride to the North Pole...supported by our club through a $3000 District Grant
Join us for a holiday event of fun, laughs and creativity.  We begin with our jolly conductors aboard our own magical trolleys that start at Manitowoc Coffee for a joy ride to the Holiday Inn (North Pole) that includes a quick visit with a special guest, complete with carols and holiday cheer.  At the North Pole, there will be a holiday party complete with craft activities, refreshments, entertainment, story telling at more. The most exciting part of all, Santa has made time in his busy schedule to be there for the party and will be available for photos.
This is a fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Lakeshore Family Resources, programs of Lakeshore CAP.  All proceeds will go to benefit vulnerable children in our service area.
Please consider the various opportunities to participate in the Magical Trolley Ride to the North Pole (formerly Polar Express).  As a recipient of a $3000 grant from the District to support this program, club members are required to participate in a "meaningful" way.  Sign up now so you can get the duty, day and time best suited to your busy schedule.   Click on the link to the event on our site.  If you have further questions, please contact Betty B.  Thank You!
Brenda G is also spearheading a "pajama" drive to help outfit the kids...posters and promotion has been developed.
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World Polio Day - October 24th 2017-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
Steak Fry - 2017 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0

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
Two Rivers Rotary Club; 2016 – 2017 Annual Report 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
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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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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