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Dearest Rotary Friends,

Our meeting on September 26th brought a ‘WOW’ moment to my heart. This Rotary year has been flying by! Also, our first quarter has come to a close and there have been some
exciting moments. One of those moments was meeting Ida at the gate with a large group of RAH members when she landed in La Crosse. Another moment was this past meeting where our District Governor, Dr. Michelle McGrath shared her story and inspirational message on mental health. Please know that she sends her thanks for making her feel very welcome and she enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing all that we are doing.
It is amazing how much the work all of you do touches the wider community and beyond. As we look forward to the next quarter of our Rotary year, we got to hear from some of RAH’s newest members through their Vocational presentations. There was also the pinning of several new members from the first quarter. In addition, October brings the opportunity to serve those who are homebound throughout the community through Mobile Meals. Please know that volunteering in such an activity allows time to converse with those who have experienced a great deal in their lives as you impact them physically with nourishment. It is a wonderful and rewarding experience. I personally invite you to check your calendars to see if you can make yourself available for a couple of hours this week (October 23rd-29th)!
Finally, my friends, there is a new initiative that began at our first meeting in October. RAH recognized one or two members who are known to have served our club with many hours, including planning events. It is understood that we are not able to recognize everyone all the time and this will be a learning process for criteria to determine who these people are and who will be making the decisions. There will be a recognition at the first meeting of each quarter of the Rotary year.
To close friends, following my reading of the October edition of the Rotary magazine, I would like to share a quote: “When we nurture peace, opportunities, and one another, we help heal the world and create lasting change.” This is the Rotary International initiative for our Rotary year, and it begins at home. Yes, your home, but also our club. As I shared at our last meeting, we need to learn how to better lean on one another, share with each other, and nurture those life-giving relationships one person at a time. Let us continue to nurture the connections between each other.
You are incredible leaders and incredible people. I thank God every day for all of you.
Best wishes,

St. Clare Health Mission: Rotary Mobile Clinic Quarterly Report April - June 2023

The Rotary Mobile Clinic continues to be a beacon of hope for our patients and a source of inspiration for our volunteers and partners.
We have been working with the local Homeless Outreach Team (HOT Team), Gundersen Health System, and with Vivant Health adding their mobile unit for addiction and other services. We have developed new partnerships and have streamlined service delivery this summer – including adding scheduled appointments including diabetic care and sport physicals in rural areas vs. the walk-in model.
We have received a 3-year DHS grant for a full-time community health worker and mobile clinic coordinator. That position has been hired and she will start in a few weeks. This position will have a dual role coordinating our mobile medical rounds and carrying a caseload of mobile med patients to work with on follow-up care, referrals, and social service supports. With the Rotary Mobile Clinic nearing a year of service, we are excited for the addition of this needed role.
We have missed a handful of clinic opportunities due to 1) gaps in volunteerism which is normal for the vacation months and 2) we’re waiting on grants that would allow us, and our partner Gundersen Health System, to reach the ideal of weekly Friday rural and farm rounds. We are actively recruiting more volunteers as well to shore up gaps. Even with these challenges, patient visits still increased slightly this quarter.
Patient Volumes
Street Medicine:                    117 patient visits
Rural Medicine:                       32 patient visits    
Farm Medicine:                       12 patient visits 
Rotary Mobile Clinic    161 total patient visits
Clinic dates:
Street Medicine serving local the sheltered and unsheltered homeless. We make rounds to Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Cameron Park, and local parking garages. This summer has created unique challenges and unique partnerships. We actively work with the Homeless Outreach Team, including City of La Crosse Homeless Outreach Coordinator, ILR, Vivant Health and local police. We have added locations and are anticipating a more challenging service delivery model as the city may no longer allow the homeless to congregate and live in city parks.
First and third Thursday: Arcadia Middle School in partnership with St. Clare Health Mission, Bridges Health Winona, and Arcadia Schools. Recently, we have added partnerships with Cochrane-Fountain City School District. These clinics have been slower due to lower volunteerism this summer, but we’re working with partners to ramp up for another busy fall.
We alternate between farms serving immigrant farm workers. We are currently working on an expansion with Gundersen Health System where we will serve farms, rural pop-up locations, and chronic condition clinics on a rotating basis. We have added new schools, diabetic only rural clinics, and are working on a larger rotation once we hear back on a few medical foundation grants.

Complete A Background Check for Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary International requires all volunteers that wish to participate in youth service programs (i.e Youth Exchange) have background checks if they will be working with youth. 
Anyone who wishes to spend 1:1 time with Ida or transport her solo should complete one. There is no cost to you; the club will pay for the cost. We appreciate those who have already done this and those who will consider doing so! 

The Coulee Region is rich with great Rotary Clubs

Each is unique and special in its own way. We often collaborate and work together to make a greater impact in our community. Consider joining them for a club meeting to meet and network with other area Rotary members. 
Meeting times and locations are as follows for these Rotary clubs:
  • Caledonia- 1st and 2nd Fridays at Elsie’s Bar and Restaurant from 7:30-8:30 am
  • Holmen Area - Every Wednesday at Holmen Community Center from 7-8:00 am
  • La Crescent - 1st and 3rd Friday at Corky’s in La Crescent from 7-8:00 am
  • La Crosse - Every Thursday at The Cargill Room (Waterfront) from 12-1:00 pm
  • La Crosse East - Every Monday at Schmidty’s from 12-1:00 pm
  • Valley View - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays at The Onalaska YMCA from 7:30-8:30 am
  • Onalaska-Hilltopper - 2nd and 4th Wednesday @ Mary Cody’s 12-1:00pm
  • Sparta - Every Tuesday @ The Zone in Sparta from 7-8:00 pm

Rotary District 6250 District Dispatch

Check out what's happening in Rotary Clubs around the district in the monthly District Dispatch newsletter.

Our Rotary District will be Hosting a New Member Orientation Throughout 2023

On every fifth Wednesday (November 29) at 7 a.m. or 7 p.m., new Rotarians – and Rotarians who feel new – can join others for an easy-going hour designed to give everyone a great start to a great Rotary experience.
We will offer a warm Rotary welcome, Rotary language acquisition, Rotary highlights, and a Rotary map. This is not a series, it is a single opportunity, offered four days a year, at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. each of the four days. Remember! Fifth Wednesdays, 7 a.m. OR 7 p.m.
Email PDG Karen Hebert at for the link!
*This is different from both our RAH orientation and the area STAR meetings
After Hours Membership

Active Members: 53

Welcome to our Newest Members:

  • Nicole Trussoni
  • Samantha Leicht-Ruskey

Members leaving us:

Rotary Attendance:

  • August: 38%
Member Birthdays
Megan Hafner
April 3
Sierra Lyon
April 7
Join Date
Stefanie Kline
April 1, 2013
11 years
Brandon Harris
April 6, 2016
8 years
Amy Schmidt
April 11, 2018
6 years
Emily Nolte
April 11, 2018
6 years
Gibran Augustine
April 14, 2016
8 years
Board Minutes
August 2023 Board Meeting Minutes
Club Information
After Hours meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 
5:30-6pm - Networking/social
6-7pm - Club meeting/program
Meeting Location:
The Main - An Event Space
422 Main Street, La Crosse WI
Parking: surrounding streets, in nearby ramps, or in the State Bank parking lot.
A meeting fee of $10 will be collected.
*A virtual option to join will most always be made available
RAH service and social opportunities vary each month - check out the upcoming events below to learn more! 
Upcoming Events
Volunteer: Mobile Meals
Mayo Clinic Health System
Apr 22, 2024 10:30 AM –
Apr 28, 2024 12:30 PM
Volunteer: Highway Cleanup
May 02, 2024
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Social: BBBB Bingo at Omni Center
Omni Center
May 08, 2024
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting
Northside Elementary School
May 09, 2024
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Social: Holmen Rotary Service Auction
May 10, 2024
Volunteer: Monday Meals at Trinity
May 13, 2024
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Meeting: APTIV
The Main
May 14, 2024
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Service Committee Meeting
The Main - An Event Space
May 14, 2024 7:00 PM
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center
May 17, 2024 – May 19, 2024
RAH Board Meeting
May 21, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Board of Directors & Officers
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Immediate Past President
3-Year Director (23-25')
1-Year Director (23')