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It is looking to be an exciting September for RAH!

Our Alpaca Pancake Breakfast was a huge success, especially considering it was the first time engaging such a feat. Congratulations Sierra and all those that volunteered. Many connections were also made while putting RAH's name out further into the community. 
Friends, there are many exciting things scheduled for September, and knowing the themes for Rotary International this year: Creating Hope in the World, and Mental Health, know that you only can do what you can do, and what excites you for being a member of Rotary. See the list of things we have scheduled in the left margin! 
It would be great to see all of you at everything but know that it is understood about family and work. You are all special to each of us as a member of RAH. You all hold great gifts for doing 'service above self.' Therefore, we offer a variety of events for where you best fit and thank you for all you do! The Mini Masters and the Torchlight Parade are a great way of just having fun and building relationships. Please join in if you are able.
Thank you as well for a great discussion with Sierra about the Global Grant for Nicaragua. Please read more about the international project later in the cRAHnicle.
In addition, it is a goal of mine as president this Rotary year to schedule a time for a coffee, a beer, or dinner with individuals or small groups. It is just to get to know you all better. So please reach out to schedule a day and time.
As I love to say, blessings to you all,
(Club President 2023-24)


All proceeds go towards our Youth Exchange Program!
Thursday, Sept 21st
5:30-9:30 pm
Riverside Amusement Parkin La Crosse

Registration fee is $120 per team of 4 - includes registration fee, commemorative t-shirts for each teammate, beverages, and fun!
  • Teams of 4 can register together - ONE person should sign up as team captain so that payment stays at $120.00
  • Please indicate your t-shirt size for each team member or message Stef Kline with the sizes
**The registration deadline to guarantee shirt sizes has been extended to NOON on Wednesday, September 13th. Orders will sent in at that time. Don't miss out!**
Please consider putting a team together with fellow RAHtarians or ask your friends/colleagues to join you in a team! 
We also desperately need more raffle prizes and sponsorships! 
Check out Mini Masters 2023 for more information and to sign up!
If you have any questions, please reach out to Stefanie Kline or Bill Pritchard!

The first Alpaca Pancake Breakfast was a SUCCESS!

Over 500 people spent their Saturday morning enjoying a yummy breakfast and spending time with adorable alpacas and mini horses. 
One week old and baby Limerick is already a media sensation!  Check out the news stories from WXOW and WKBT.
Thank you to everyone who attended and everyone whose hard work made this awesome event happen, especially our own Foundation chair and master event planner Sierra Lyon and her parents, and to Stephanie and Katelyn Doyle and Family for sharing their four-legged pets all morning! 
Please complete one of the linked surveys if you volunteered or attended so we can improve future events. 
If you took photos at the event, please upload them to this shared Google Photos folder. These events will be used in future promotions for the event and club. 
See you next year!?!

Exciting News! An International Project is in the Works!

At our club's strategic planning session in 2020 (and in subsequent work sessions with members of our club,) it was determined that we wanted it to be one of our goals to do a Global Grant project every 3 years. International is our last name after all!
For the past few years, $5,000 raised from every Ugly Sweater 5k has been set aside to help offset the hurdle of raising a large sum of money to fund an international project. Our RAH Foundation Committee led by Sierra Lyon, has been working really hard over the past year to identify our next global grant project. This started in 2021, by sending a survey asking YOU what Rotary Area of Focus and what part of the world we should do our next international project in. RAHtarians spoke and said either a clean water & sanitation or a mother & children's health project in Central America.
There have been several projects explored over the past year. A lot of research, meetings and conversations have been had by our Foundation Committee and others, and a clean water & sanitation project in Matagalpa, Nicaragua in partnership with the Rayo de Sol has risen to the top, providing/purchasing systems that would collect and sanitize rainwater for local families. There is an endless need for these. The community is at a very high point where it is nearly impossible to drill wells. It is a very dry area over half of the year, and during this time, women and children spend hours a day walking to collect clean water. The systems we could provide will be life-changing for these families.  
Our collective goal would be to raise enough money to provide 100 clean water systems for families in immense poverty.
Each system costs $775, so the total budget is going to be over $77,500. 
RAH members on the project committee (Sierra, Josh, Dean, Nathan, Ashley, Steph D) are proposing a contribution of $10,000 from club funds.
Other area clubs involved include Downtown, East, and Holmen and they will all make financial contributions to the project as well.
Matagalpa is the local club in Nicaragua.
Together, we can make a greater IMPACT and CHANGE LIVES!
Q: I missed the meeting where Sierra presented more on the project, where can I find the recording? 
A: She shared details about the project at our August 22nd meeting (minute 12:50) and you can find her PowerPoint here
Q: Would I have the opportunity to travel down to Nicaragua to help/assist/see the project in action?
A: Absolutely! We hope to have a group from RAH take an international trip down there. We may not be hands-on with the water system installations but certainly, there are opportunities for other work to be done 
Q: Is Nicaragua a safe place to travel to? 
A: That was one of the criteria outlined when selecting our next international project. Currently, it is safe to travel to Nicaragua however this could always change in the future.
Q: Do we have to raise money for this project? Am I going to be asked to personally contribute to it? 
A: We have sufficient money in our account and no fundraising will need to be done to make a RAH commitment of $10k
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding moving forward with this project, please reach out to Sierra, Phil or anyone from the Global Grant Project Committee no later than end of the day Monday, September 18th. 
It is because of all of YOU that we are able to do great things and change lives - for our neighbors at home and for our friends we may never know across the globe.
Thank you RAHtarians!

It’s all about connection for new RAH member Alicia Smithburg!


Working as an Assistant City Clerk for the City of La Crosse, Alicia said her reason for joining Rotary After Hours is “to serve the world around me and build a deeper connection with my community.”

She works to build connections in her free time as well.

Hailing from Fairfield, IA, the UW-Stout alumna said she enjoys spending time with her kitty, Apollo, as well as her family in Tomah. Alicia said reading, sewing, and drinking wine help her regularly connect with her interests. She also strives to connect with friends for game nights at least once a month and participates in target shooting with the La Crosse Rifle Club.

Alicia admits, she hasn’t always hit the mark. She said that for her entire childhood, she thought the popular Bon Jovi song was “Living on a Prairie” instead of “Living on a Prayer”.

By reading this, you’re now halfway there to getting to know Alicia. Please introduce yourself and connect with her at the next RAH meeting or event!


Save the Date! It's Our Ugly Sweater 5k!

It's that time of the year again - the Ugly Sweater 5k will be here before you know it! The date is set for Saturday, December 2!
If you'd like to help in the planning efforts, there is a meeting after our club meeting on Tuesday, September 12, at 7:00 p.m. (or somewhere around there). If you would like to join via Zoom, please let Ashley know and she'll get you a link. 
This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year and allows us to do fun and cool things like our Shark Tank and international projects! Please Save-the-Date! We need all hands on deck to pull this 5k off. Thanks in advance!
It's going to be another great event!

RAH Leadership Opportunities Available!

Serving as a Rotary After Hours committee chair is a fulfilling opportunity full of service, new connections, leadership development and fun! 

Our Club currently has a few key open roles:
  • Service Committee chair and co-chair 
  • Membership Committee co-chair
  • Sergeant at Arms (Board Position)
A club committee chair:
  • Oversees committee functions
  • Convenes regular committee meetings and activities
  • Supervises and coordinates the committee’s work
  • Reports activities to club board
Maybe you’re already interested in Membership and growing Rotary After Hours, or have professional skills in Public Image. Perhaps you really love the volunteer opportunities offered each month and want to be a part of identifying and scheduling them for us to partake in. Or, maybe you’re interested in learning something new and just know you want to serve. Wherever you may be, we’d love to have you join one of our many committees! 
Rotary After Hours Committees:
  • Foundation - The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International and is supported solely by contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation. Through Foundation grants, Rotarians are able to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The role of RAH's Foundation committee is to develop and implement a plan to support the Foundation through participation in grant projects and activities and through financial contributions. The Foundation also coordinates our annual Shark Tank event which helps identify our 'big' service project for the year. For more information, talk to Sierra Lyon!
  • Membership - This ongoing process is essential to supporting Rotary International and Rotary After Hours which needs a dedicated club membership base to succeed. Specifically, this committee's role is to develop and implement an action plan/ideas/activities for membership development that actively attract, retain and engage members. Talk to Neil Wieser if you're interested in learning more! 
  • Mini Masters - This fall (2023) we'll celebrate our 10th Annual Mini Masters fundraiser event. All proceeds raised from this fun night at Riverside Amusement park go to support our Youth Exchange efforts. This committee helps identify and reach out to sponsors and coordinates the fun mini-golf event! Are you good at creating fun? Or maybe you have the special skill of fundraising? For more information, talk to Stef Kline! 
  • Programs/Socials - Identifies and schedules high-quality programs/speakers (bi-monthly) and a social (1+/month) that resonates, educates and serves our members. For more information, talk to Stef Kline! 
  • Public Image - Creates and implements a plan to tell Rotary After Hours' story to the public, and to promote the club’s projects and activities. This is done through social media posting, press releases to the news for story coverage, development of the cRAHnicle, annual RAH apparel purchases, etc. To join or hear more, talk to Marissa Dickinson!
  • Service - Service Above Self is Rotary’s principal motto, which means that every Rotarian is responsible for finding ways to improve the quality of life in his or her community and in those around the world through service. RAH's service committee helps identify volunteer opportunities that are of interest to our members and then schedules/coordinates the service activity or project. Our club typically has 1-2 volunteer activities each month. Is "Service" your middle name? Talk to Phil Waselik about getting involved!
  • Ugly Sweater 5k - This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, held the first Saturday in December. Proceeds raised from this run/walk allow us to do our Shark Tank projects and build funds for a larger global grant project. This committee starts working in August and conquers and divides tasks to make the event run seamlessly! This can be anywhere from helping with sponsorships, course logistics, coordinating swag bags for the participants, recruiting volunteers to help us, etc! It's an all-hands-on-deck event! Save the Date - Saturday, December 2nd! To join the merry fun, talk to Ashley Santolin!
  • Youth - This committee is dedicated to supporting all things youth - in our community and through our yearly Rotary Youth Exchange student. The committee may work to support our local Interact clubs, Global Scholars (our first ever in 2023!) and identify students to send to RYLA with the help of our Dave Knutson Memorial Scholarship. Do you have a passion for helping young people develop, grow and become servant leaders? If so, talk to Ashley Santolin!
We're always looking for people to help support our club. Please consider what your gifts or interests are and how you can help After Hours become an even more vibrant and thriving club!

Meet our first ever, Rotary Global Scholar - Tierney Hall!

Rotary After Hours was presented with a unique opportunity to be the US sponsor club for our first-ever, Rotary Global Scholar. What in the world is a Global Scholar? We're glad you asked!

Global Grants are for Graduate Students Studying Abroad in One of Rotary’s Causes:

  1. Promoting peace
  2. Fighting disease
  3. Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  4. Saving mothers and children
  5. Supporting education
  6. Growing local economies
  7. Protecting the environment

Global Grant Scholarships

Rotary clubs can apply to The Rotary Foundation for district and global grants to support scholarships. $7.5 Million in scholarships, on average, are given out by Rotary each year. Being the sponsor club comes at no cost to our club, other than signing off on the application and report. Our club will be featured as the US Sponsor Club in the District Newsletter. All budgeting and financing are handled at the District. Scholarships last from one to four years and can include an entire degree program. Global grant scholarships are funded using District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and directed gifts and endowment earnings. The Rotary Foundation provides an 80% World Fund match for all DDF contributions. There is no financial commitment, just a personal opportunity to get to know a really special person.


Meet our 2023-24 Global Scholar, Tierney Hall!
Tierney Hall graduated from Jefferson High School (WI) in 2017. While in high school, she had the opportunity to start an Interact club at her school, in which she received a scholarship from to help fund her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At UW-Madison, she received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies with distinction in each and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. After graduating, she transitioned to a full-time position with the WI State Refugee Health and Tuberculosis programs. During this time, she worked on COVID-19 support for refugee communities, nationwide COVID-19 refugee health equity initiatives, TB health education, and the Afghan and Ukraine resettlement efforts.
Tierney will be starting her second year of graduate study at the University of Oxford, where she is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy in International Relations, researching international health and continuing to pursue principles that closely align with Rotary goals, especially as it relates to Disease Prevention and Treatment, and values of local and global citizenry.
She has received many awards, including the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship (2017) and the Tommy G. Thompson Leadership Award (2020). In addition, she can speak Arabic, Russian and Spanish.
Upon interviewing and receiving word she received the scholarship, Tierney said- "This is going to be such a huge help and I am so grateful and also so excited to be a more official member of the Rotary family!!!"
Tierney will be starting a blog up and is an excellent writer. Our club will be able to follow along with her life at Oxford. Her parents, Lester and Wendy are originally from the La Crosse area and have recently moved back to the area. Her little sister, Mariah resides in Rochester. Tierney loves to read. She will also be connected with a Rotary Club in England, which may present our club with an opportunity to virtually do a joint meeting or projects in the future! 

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 7:30-8:30am
  • Holmen Area - Every Wednesday at Holmen Community Center from 7-8:00am
  • La Crescent - 1st and 3rd Friday at Corky’s in La Crescent from 7-8:00am
  • La Crosse - Every Thursday at The Cargill Room (Waterfront) from 12-1:0 pm
  • La Crosse East - Every Monday at the La Crosse Club (part of Radisson) from 12-1:00pm
  • Valley View - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays at The Onalaska YMCA from 7:30-8:30am
  • Onalaska-Hilltopper - 2nd and 4th Wednesday @ Mary Cody’s 12-1:00pm
  • Sparta - Every Tuesday @ The Zone in Sparta from 7-8:00pm

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
Stephanie Doyle
June 2
Brianna Boehm
June 6
Emily Nolte
June 10
Dustin Luecke
June 27
Join Date
Griffin Moe
June 1, 2021
3 years
Jennifer Luedtke
June 11, 2020
4 years
Megan Hafner
June 19, 2023
1 year
Phillip Waselik
June 21, 2021
3 years
Bradley Burke
June 24, 2021
3 years
Neil Wieser
June 24, 2021
3 years
Jenny Arihood-Hanabarger
June 29, 2023
1 year
Joe Hammes
June 30, 2017
7 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
Meeting: RAHk the Rotary Year with President Phil
The Main
Jun 25, 2024
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Party: RAHk the Rotary Year at Top Shots
Top Shots Pool & Darts
Jun 25, 2024
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Jun 25, 2024 7:00 PM
Volunteer: Riverfest Fencing
Riverside Park - Friendship Gardens
Jul 01, 2024
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Service Committee Meeting
The Main - An Event Space
Jul 09, 2024 7:00 PM
RAH Board Meeting
Jul 16, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
RAH Loggers Friends and Family Social (ADULT)
Loggers Field @ Copeland
Jul 18, 2024 10:00 PM
RAH Loggers Friends and Family Social (CHILD)
Loggers Field @ Copeland
Jul 18, 2024
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
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Board of Directors & Officers
President Elect
President Elect Nominee
Immediate Past President
3-Year Director (23-25')