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Dun-uh. Dun-uh. Dun-uh. Back by popular demand, iiittttt'sss sHARk Tank Time!

Our next RAH meeting (Tuesday 4/25) is one YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS! Thanks to the hard work of our club at the Ugly Sweater 5k and other fundraising events, we can provide a grant up to $10,000 for a really cool project in our community! There are many needs locally that with the help of Rotarians can be filled, so keep reading to learn how YOU can pick the next Rotary After Hours project!
 
 
On April 25th, Rotarians will pitch projects designed with fellow club members and community leaders that focus on a community need. This year we have four awesome pitches. The RAH Sharks (club members) will be able to cast their “Shark Bucks” to choose which dream will be fulfilled with dollars fundraised by Rotary After Hours and a district grant. Your input and participation is valued and needed.
 
Last year, he winning project of Shark Tank was the Beds for Kids project in partnership with the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization. We received a $5,000 grant from District 6250 Foundation matching the $5,000 from our club to build 40 beds for local kids in need. Watch the WXOW news story about the build day here! 
 
Note, this meeting will be longer than our normal meetings! Plan to spend about 30 additional minutes with the club. Invite others to join us and check out the cool things RAH does.
 
Swim with the Sharks. Be there!
 
 
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"The Most Interesting Men in the World"

Who, in Rotary After Hours, has been maced and tazed in Morocco, sold snickers and soda on a school bus, operated a Turret gun, and went viral with a real estate social media post? Well, the same person whose favorite movie is Forest Gump, of course! You had to be there.
 
Vocational presentations are always a highlight of club meetings, and Tuesday, March 14 th did not disappoint. We learned about a member who has achieved a dream job here in La Crosse as Evening Anchor of WXOW, the station he grew up watching. We were introduced to a real estate agent who flips houses in his free time. And we got to hear from a pastor whose previous life included visiting every single state while leading a drum corp.
 
When the evening concluded, we knew more about our great rotary club. There are awesome people making up the DNA of RAH, a club destined for continued success.
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Eradicating Polio One Pint at a Time! 

We held our 5th annual beer tasting event to raise money for Polio Plus on March 28th at Big Al's Pizza. The eradication of polio is one of Rotary's longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. None of those kids will have to suffer the devastating, paralyzing disease. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
 
30 Rotary members, friends & family helped raise over $1,300 in one evening. With the Gates Foundation 2:1 match, that equates to $3,900+!
The average cost to fully protect a child against polio is $3. 1,300 more kids will be saved from the paralyzing disease.
 
Many thanks to several very generous donations from our members, to La Crosse Beverage and Big Al's Pizza, to the planning committee and to everyone who came and supported RAH's Pints for Polio 2023!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Brave Rotarians took on below freezing morning temperatures and snow to lend a hand in the bluffs!

 

Mike O’Brien, with Friends of the Bluffs, was our guide. Mike led us through successful Buckthorn removal. He also informed us that a Rusty Patch Bumblebee hive was recently discovered on the Dobson tract we were cleaning up. The Rusty Patch bee is an endangered species and garnered the attention of the Wisconsin DNR and University of Minnesota researchers. RAH can add improving habitat for endangered wildlife to its accomplishments!
 
 
You had to be careful though, not too many Rotary volunteer opportunities involve yelling “look out below” or “watch your head!”. We got through it without any injuries, and in the end were treated to an amazing view as Mike took us on a tour. Viewing dowtown La Crosse and the backdrop of the Minnesota Bluffs in a morning haze was beautiful.
 
Shout out to Brad, Neil, Ben, Becky, Mari, Dustin, Katelyn and Aaron for getting up early and getting out there in the cold to get ‘er done! RAH!
 
 
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Spend Time with RAH's Youth Exchange Student - Mari Kiyose!

We have a remarkable youth exchange student this year from Japan - Mari! Mari has been with us since August and is currently with her last host family, Keith Lease and kids. She is embracing learning a new language, discovering another culture, and truly becoming a global citizen. It is said that the Youth Exchange experience changes each of these young people, for the better. It also changes us. We open our world to their culture and learn from them. Mari is with us through June when she'll head back to Japan. It's not too late to spend time with her. Don't miss out on the opportunity to develop a friendship. You neer know when you'll be over in Japan and need a little tour guide to help you get around!
She loves trying new foods/restaurants and is up for any adventure! Consider inviting Mari along to do something with you or your family. 
 
 
Reach out to Phil at 860-333-0220 if you'd like/be willing to coordinate a time. 
*Reminder background checks must be completed if you are with her 1:1
 
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Host Families are Needed for the 2023-24 Year

We are looking for 2-3 host families for our upcoming Youth Exchange year. Please reach out to Lisa Kobs if you (or a friend, family or coworker from the area) are able to accommodate a high school year for approximately 3-4 months. The student arrives mid-August and leaves mid-July.
 
You DO NOT need to have other children in your home. ALL are welcome to host!
 
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Join Rotarians From All Over the State at Rotary TriCon - April 27-29, 2023

An invitation from District Governor, Ben Bauer -
 
TriCon in La Crosse is next weekend! The team of dozens of volunteers from all 3 Districts (6250 (us!), 6220 and 6270) have completed, or are so very close to wrapping up final plans for our exciting event. I'm so grateful for the team of amazing people that help make TriCon possible.
 
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You will not want to miss it, so if you haven't registered already, use this link to register right now! One thing to note: Meals can no longer be purchased, but you can still register and attend the plenary and workshops!
 
Visit rotarytricon.com to learn more, register, check out the amazing speakersworkshops and sponsors that make TriCon what it is.
 
Let's raise some money for Polio Plus! You may be aware of the Polio Plus Fundraisers that are part of the event. To keep with the theme of encouraging giving to Polio Plus, we'd like to do something special for District 6250 Rotarians. Any Rotarian who has joined the Polio Plus Society before TriCon will get special recognition for their pledge and can also collect their Polio Plus Society pin at TriCon (unless we run out of pins!). So, make your pledge today and I look forward to recognizing your commitment to End Polio Now!
 
For those of you that are already registered, thank you - take this moment to forward this to a friend and encourage a fellow club member to join you. Use these resources to help spread the word at your club.
 
Thank you and we'll see you in La Crosse!
 
Ben Bauer
District Governor (2022-2023)  |  Rotary District 6250
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Area Rotary Club Events

Rotary Valley View Golf Outing - August 7

La Crescent Rotary Apple Blossom Bike Tour - August 12

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The Avenues of Service Banquet is August 16th, 2023

The greater La Crosse Rotary Clubs along with the Rotary Works Foundation are invited to the 2023 Avenues of Service banquet on Wednesday, August 16th, 2023 at the Cargill Room. Price is $50/person and includes dinner. Options include: steak, chicken parmesan or chef's choice (vegetarian option) and includes The Waterfront's house salad, greens and dessert.
 
Sign-up coming soon.
 
Area club projects will be recognized and celebrated, as well as each club's Rotarians of the Year, the area Rotary-club Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement will also be honored.
 
All area Rotarians and their guests are invited.
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After Hours Membership

Active Members: 54

Welcome to our Newest Members:

Members leaving us:

Rotary Attendance:

  • March: 44%
 
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
March 2023 Board Meeting Minutes

Photo Albums

Youth Exchange 2022-23
Club Meetings 2022-23
Service 2022-23
Social 2022-23
Paul Harris Fellow Recipients
 
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 $10-12 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
Online
May 21, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
 
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Board of Directors & Officers
President
 
President Elect
 
President Elect Nominee
 
Immediate Past President
 
Treasurer
 
Treasurer-Elect
 
Secretary
 
Secretary-Elect
 
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
3-Year Director (23-25')
 
1-Year Director (23')