January 2017 programs

January 6

Steve O’Malley and Kahya Fox talked about the Habitat for Humanity project which will begin early this spring in LaCrosse.  Because of the support of Rotary Works Foundation, clubs are not expected to donate money unless they want to.  Rotarians will be able to sign up for “build days” to volunteer to help build.

The project encompasses 3 lots upon which to build 2 triplexes.  Rotary will build one unit this year.

Steve O'Malley and Kahya Fox

Steve O’Malley and Kahya Fox








January 13

Shelly Ellingson spoke about her Windy Ridge Ranch Therapeutic Riding Center.  The center was developed in 2014 by individuals who recognized the need for therapeutic horseback riding opportunities for individuals with disabilities and special needs in Houston County.  The program is a member of the Professional Assn of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) .

Team oriented lessons are used to encourage involvement and interaction between riders and volunteers.

Shelly Ellingson--Windy Ridge Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program

Shelly Ellingson–Windy Ridge Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program








January 20

Mike Swenson and Lee Rasch updated our club on the progress of the Cameroon Project.  This is school sanitation and literacy project headed by LaCrosse Downtown Rotary.

Mike Swenson

Mike Swenson

Lee Rasch

Lee Rasch














January 27

Brent Schroeder, Counselor and Caledonia Middle/High School, spoke about the career guidance program at school.  Eighth and 9th graders use the MCIS computer system to assess their interests.  In the 10th and 11th grades they explore careers within their interests.  Seniors may be involved in a career pathway experience with local businesses.

Brent Schroeder

Brent Schroeder



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