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Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Caledonia                        October, 2017

P.O. Box 413, Caledonia, MN  55921                                  

 

 

2017-18 Rotary Officers

 

President:  Tom Danielson ; President-elect: Joe Hammell; Secretary, Naomi Fruechte; Treasurer, Sherry Sime

 

 

October Programs:

October  programs are courtesy of  Mike Werner.  Please thank him for his efforts on this important part of our club meetings.

 

October 6:             Sister Eileen, FSPA.    Sister is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse.  She will talk about the mobile library project in Cameroon.  Sister calls Cameroon her home even though she is from California.  Sister works with the La Crosse Downtown Rotary and Cameroon Rotary club on projects.

 

October 13:           Tom Bjerke.     Fellow Rotarian and Thrivent representative will talk about his humanitarian trip to Thailand last spring.

 

October 20:            Kelly Krieg-Sigman.  Kelly is the director of the La Crosse Public Library.  She will talk about the Dark La Crosse performance at the Pump House in La Crosse on October 26-29.   Proceeds from the October 27 show will benefit Rotary Works Foundation.

 

 October 27:           Explore Rotary.org website and My Rotary.  Bring your smart phone, tablet, or laptop to the meeting to have a hands-on training.  We will have it projected also.   .

 

 

 

 

Meeting Location

 

We meet at 7:30 a.m., Fridays at the Farmhouse Eatery & Gifts, 219 North Kingston St. Caledonia. You can call them at 725-8581.

 

President’s Column

 

Dear fellow Rotarians:

 

It’s been ten years since I joined Rotary and one of the best things I have experienced as a member of the Caledonia Rotary Club is the weekly program we have.  There are so many interesting things happening in our area communities and we get a front row seat every Friday to hear about them and ask questions.  It’s just another way we all benefit from our membership.

If you feel there are other individuals who would also appreciate the weekly programs as well as the camaraderie of our club members and the opportunity to serve others, please reach out to them and invite them to a meeting. The more members we have the more good we can do both locally and world-wide.

 

Also, I want to remind everyone that the Rose Sale is our club’s biggest fundraiser so please do what you can to sell the roses.  “Just Ask” is the mindset we all should have.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Tom Danielson

President

 

 

 

Please complete your pledge sheet for Rotary’s fiscal year

 

In August, our local Rotary Foundation delegate, Bruce Bulman gave a presentation  to members about how they can support the Rotary Foundation, Rotary Works Foundation, and Polio Plus.

 

A pledge sheet indicating members’ intentions for this fiscal year was distributed.  An email with the same information was also sent.  The same attachment came with last month’s newsletter.

 

Please do what you can.  Every donation is welcome.  You should know that matching dollars are frequently associated with your donations.  These additional funds provide a multiplier effect to your generosity.

 

Quarterly club dues are payable

Rotary dues for the October, November, December quarter are payable.

 

Please submit your check for $125 to our treasurer Sherry Sime.  The club’s mailing address is at the top of the newsletter or hand your check to Sherry at this meeting.

 

 

 

 2017-2018 Chairs for Programs, Greeters, Invocations

Here is the roster of Rotarians who have made the commitment to select programs, serve as a greeter or offer invocation for  our Rotary year.

 

Month                                        Greeter                  Invocation             Programs

 

October                            Manon Hoscheit      Bruce Bulman         Mike Werner

November                         Joe Hammell           Tom Bjerke             Sibyl/Sherry

December*                       Sibyl Floyd              Steve Reiman         Bruce Bulman

January                            Steve Reiman         Jimmy Westland      Tom Murphy

February                           Arien O’Heron         Mary Jane Hendel   Ben Barton

March                               Merrill Deters          Steve Reiman         Beth Stempinski

April                                                    Steve Ingvalson       Gina Meinertz                                                                                                    Naomi Fruechte

May                                                   Ann Thompson         Naomi Fruechte                                                                                                     Nancy Runningen

June*                                                  Tom Murphy                       Ashley Dress

*  Please schedule a club assembly committee meeting for fourth Friday.

 

-Thanks for serving Rotary!-

 

 

Avenues of Service Committee Memberships

 

At the quarterly Club Assembly meeting,    we will meet in discussion of our committees’ progress in the last three months.  Please talk to the committee chairperson if you have questions

 

Vocational

Gina Meinertz, chair;  Mary Jane Hendel, Ben Barton, Steve Ingvalson   Naomi Fruechte,   and Dianne Schuldt.

 

Club

Tom Murphy, chair;  Bruce Bulman, Merrill Deters, John Pongratz, Beth Stempinski, and Steve Reiman.

 

Community

Arien O’Heron chair;  Joe Hammell,  Manon Hoschei, Ann Thompson,  Matt Schuldt, Jimmy Westland, Eric Wurm Sibyl Floyd and Ashley Dress.

 

International

Mike Werner, chair; Sherry Sime, Joe Welch, and  Tom Danielson.

 

New Generations (Interact Club)

Nancy Runningen, chair; Mary Mell, and Julie Meyer.

 

 

 

 

Rotary Outreach

 

Caledonia Rotarians have more opportunities to network with other Rotarians at their weekly meetings in the La Crosse area.

 

One of the club’s goals is to attend weekly Rotary meetings at the eight other Rotary clubs in the La Crosse area.  Here are the updated time, date, and location of each of the clubs’ weekly meeting:

 

Monday, Noon,                       La Crosse Rotary  East, Piggy’s Restaurant

Monday, 6 p.m.,                          Onalaska Rotary, Blue Moon

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.                 La Crosse After Hours, Downtown Radisson,  2nd and 4th

Tuesdays; Social Hour at 5 p.m., Meeting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 7 a.m.,                Holmen Area Rotary, Village Hall

Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.,           Valley View Rotary, Famous Dave’s

Wednesday, Noon                  Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary, La Crosse Country Club

Meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, Noon,                      La Crosse Downtown, Radisson Center

Friday, 7 a.m.,                         *La Crescent Rotary, Corky’s.  Check the website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caledonia Rotary Board Meeting

September 29, 2017

Present: Arien O’Heron, Mary Mell, Tom Danielson, Sherry Sime, Mike Werner, Naomi Fruechte, and Tom Murphy.

 

Secretary’s Report –  motion by Mike Werner, seconded by Sherry Sime, to approve the Secretary’s Report as emailed.  Carried.

 

Treasurer’s Report presented by Sherry Sime.  Motion by Mike Werner, seconded by Arien O’Heron, to approve.  Carried.

 

Old Business:

  • Cash raffle profit was $2,426.05.
  • IFeed event is November 4. Ten people are needed.  Signup will be soon.
  • Rose sale is underway. A classified ad was placed in the ARGUS for 5 weeks at a cost of $20.90.

 

New Business:

  • Possible tree project—Arien has a committee which will meet after our club meeting next week.

 

  • Are there any suggestions for new members? If we recruit four or more new members between now and April 30, 2018, we will be eligible for a $1000 grant to be used on our own project.

 

  • Diane Schuldt has asked to be removed from membership since her family situation interferes with attendance. Naomi will remove her from our roster.

 

  • Other fundraising events were discussed. If it works with the city committee, we agreed to have the Soup Supper again in December.  Is it possible to have it on the main floor of the city auditorium?  Is there something we could do in February to raise money?  Maybe a bowling event?

 

  • Two important things to concentrate on are fundraising and new member recruitment.

 

Next board meeting will be the last Friday of October (Oct. 27).

 

Meeting adjourned at 9:18 a.m.

 

Naomi Fruechte

Secretary

 

Rotarians with perfect attendance in September

 

These Rotarians had perfect attendance in the month of September:  Ben Barton, Bruce Bulman, Tom Danielson, Merrill Deters, Naomi Fruechte, Manon Hoscheit, Mary Mell, Tom Murphy, Arien O’Heron, Nancy Runningen, Joe Welch, and Mike Werner.

 

Our club’s attendance in the last quarter was:   July, 72%; August, 96%; and September, 82%.

 

Thanks to Naomi Fruechte, our secretary, who provides, accurate, timely  attendance records.

 

Friday is important step in our Rose sales

 

On Friday, please tell Naomi Fruechte how many dozen roses you expect to sell this year.

 

Any additional effort you can make to sell a few more roses will greatly benefit our club.  This is the biggest fundraiser the club has.

 

Thanks for everything you do.

 

iFeed benefits our Interact club

 

There is a one day iFeed event where seven Interact clubs from the La Crosse area will package more than 50,000 meals for delivery to a country where people are hungry.

 

Please contact Nancy Runningen or Bruce Bulman if you wish to help our young Interact Club at Logan High School, La Crosse, on Saturday, November 4.

 

There are three shifts available and we need ten people to volunteer.  Spouses and companions are welcome.

 

 

 

Caledonia Rotary Pledge Card

for fiscal year ’17 –‘18

 

Name____________________________

Phone____________________________Email____________________________

 

Rotary Works Foundation Pledge – A Foundation of the greater La Crosse area Rotary clubs whose board meets monthly to consider grant requests with priority placed on youth, education, and projects with “local” ties.

 

Yes___ No___    If yes, I will pledge $__________.

___I wish to pay with one check.

___I will make quarterly payments of $_______.

 

Check should be payable to: Rotary Works Foundation

 

Rotary Foundation Pledge: Annual Fund (Funds projects all over the world)  Our club’s goal is $100 per member per year.

 

___ Yes ___No    If yes, I will pledge $________.

___I wish to pay with one check.

___I will make quarterly payments of $________.

 

Polio Plus Pledge:  (You have an opportunity to help with Rotary’s commitment to eradicate polio from our world)

 

___Yes ___No   If yes, I will pledge $_________.

___I wish to pay with one check.

___I will make quarterly payments of $________.

 

Checks for the Annual Fund and Polio Plus should be payable to:                        The Rotary Foundation (please put Annual Fund or Polio Plus in the memo area of the check)

 

I understand this is a pledge needed for club budgeting purposes, not a contract, & I will do my best to fulfill it.

 

 

 

Signature:__________________________________ Date:_________________

 

 

The Wheel

Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Caledonia                   July, 2017

P.O. Box 413, Caledonia, MN  55921                                  

 

 

2017-18 Rotary Officers

President:  Tom Danielson ;President-elect:     ;Secretary, Naomi Fruechte; Treasurer, Sherry Sime

July Programs:

July programs are courtesy of Ann Thompson and Tom Murphy.  Please thank them for their efforts on this important part of our club meetings.

July 7:                        Avenues of Service.    We’ll break up into committees today.  See the listing of committee members elsewhere in this newsletter.

July 14:                     Gail McCormick.    Gail will give us an update on the status of the Back Pack program in our schools.  Back Packs with food are sent home with qualifying students every Friday.

July 21:                     Sister Marlene Weisenbeck.  Sister Marlene is the convener of the            Task Force to Eradicate Modern Slavery.  It is a group that meets quarterly at the Franciscan Spirituality Center.  She will explain the task force’s mission.

July 28:                     Larry & Carmel Ledebuhr.  The owners of the new Claddagh Senior Living Center, Caledonia, in the original Americinn will talk about their newest center.

Meeting Location

We meet at 7:30 a.m., Fridays at the Farmhouse Eatery & Gifts, 219 North Kingston St. Caledonia. You can call them at 725-8581.

President’s Column

Dear Fellow Rotarians:

I hope everyone enjoyed a nice 4th of July weekend and took time to reflect on what a great country we live in and the opportunities it provides us.

On behalf of the club I would like to thank Bruce for his fine leadership this past year and also Naomi and Sherry for their willingness to serve again as secretary and treasurer for the upcoming year.

I’m happy to report that our club was able to satisfy its $1500 Rotary Works Foundation obligation for 2016-17 without having to take any money out of our accounts.  Once again our members stepped up to help others.  THANK YOU!

As we move into the new rotary year and continue to work together to serve others, I encourage all of you to keep sharing your thoughts, ideas and questions with the board members and the club in general.  I think this is what has helped keep our club moving forward and challenged us to get things done.

Tom Danielson

President

 

 

Quarterly club dues are payable

Rotary dues for the July, August, September quarter are payable.

Please submit your check for $125 to our treasurer Sherry Sime.  The club’s mailing address is at the top of the newsletter or hand your check to Sherry at this meeting.

Quillin’s Cookout date set for Interact

The last of two dates set for cookouts at Quillin’s this summer is coming up Friday, July 14.  This one will benefit our Interact Club.

Rotarians have provided strong support to our Interact youth to help them raise money.  These dates are interchangeable for the convenience of our youth group.

For a few hours of work, we make plenty of money.  Rotarians will also be asked to help at the Interact-sponsored cookout.

Signups are coming this month.

2017-2018 Chairs for Programs, Greeters, Invocations

Here is the roster of Rotarians who have made the commitment to select programs, serve as a greeter or offer invocation for  our Rotary year.

 

Month                                                Greeter                      Invocation                Programs

 

July                                         Steve Reiman           Dianne Schuldt        Ann T/Tom M

August                                   Dianne Schuldt        Arien O’Heron          Arien O’Heron

September*                           Steve Reiman           Steve Reiman           Naomi Fruechte

October                                  Manon Hoscheit      Bruce Bulman          Mike Werner

November                              Joe Hammell             Tom Bjerke                Sibyl/Sherry

December*                            Sibyl Floyd                Steve Reiman           Bruce Bulman

January                                 Steve Reiman           Jimmy Westland       Tom Murphy

February                                Arien O’Heron          Mary Jane Hendel   Ben Barton

March                                     Merrill Deters                        Steve Reiman           Beth Stempinski

April                                    Steve Ingvalson       Gina Meinertz               Naomi Fruechte

May                                    Ann Thompson         Naomi Fruechte           Nancy Runningen

June*                                  Tom Murphy                                                     Ashley Dress

*  Please schedule a club assembly committee meeting for fourth Friday.

 

 

-Thanks for serving Rotary!-

Avenues of Service Committee Memberships

At our quarterly Club Assembly  in March,  we updated committee composition and chairpersons again for the Rotary Avenues of Service will meet.  If you missed the last meeting, let the chair know you want to be a part of the committee.

Vocational

Gina Meinertz, chair;  Mary Jane Hendel, Ben Barton, Steve Ingvalson   Naomi Fruechte, Joe Welch,  and Dianne Schuldt.

Club

Tom Murphy, chair;  Bruce Bulman, Merrill Deters, John Pongratz, Beth Stempinski, and Steve Reiman.

Community

Arien O’Heron chair; Tom Danielson, Joe Hammell,  Manon Hoschei, Ann Thompson,  Matt Schuldt, Jimmy Westland, Eric Wurm Sibyl Floyd and Ashley Dress.

International

Sherry Sime, and Mike Werner.

New Generations (Interact Club)

Nancy Runningen, chair; Mary Mell, and Julie Meyer.

Rotary Outreach

Caledonia Rotarians have more opportunities to network with other Rotarians at their weekly meetings in the La Crosse area.

One of the club’s goals is to attend weekly Rotary meetings at the eight other Rotary clubs in the La Crosse area.  Here are the updatedtime, date, and location of each of the clubs’ weekly meeting:

Monday, Noon,                   La Crosse Rotary  East, Piggy’s Restaurant

Monday, 6 p.m.,                    Onalaska Rotary, Blue Moon

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.             La Crosse After Hours, Downtown Radisson,  2nd and 4th

Tuesdays; Social Hour at 5 p.m., Meeting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 7 a.m.,            Holmen Area Rotary, Village Hall

Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.,       Valley View Rotary, Famous Dave’s

Wednesday, Noon              Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary, La Crosse Country Club

Meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, Noon,                  La Crosse Downtown, Radisson Center

Friday, 7 a.m.,                     *La Crescent Rotary, Corky’s.  Check the website!

 

 

The Wheel

Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Caledonia                                          April, 2017

P.O. Box 413, Caledonia, MN  55921                                  

2016-17 Rotary Officers

President:  Bruce Bulman; President-elect:  Tom Danielson;  Secretary, Naomi Fruechte; Treasurer, Sherry Sime

April  Programs:

April   programs are courtesy of Steve Ingvalson and Mike Werner.  Please thank them for their efforts on this important part of our club meetings.

April 7:                       Doug Heintz.    Doug has farmed in Badger Valley for many years.  He is a pioneer in the use of robotics in his dairy operation.

April 14:                    Jennifer Sauer.   Jennifer is president of Minnesota-Wisconsin Canine Search and Rescue (formerly southern Minnesota K9 Search and Rescue).  She will talk about the organization and is hoping to give a demonstration.  The all-volunteer group is dedicated to assisting law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

April 21:                    *ABLE tour.  After breakfast, we will tour the agency’s new Training and Recreation Center south of Caledonia MS/HS.

 April 28:                   *Caledonia Robotics team.    After breakfast, we will go to the high school for a demo by the Caledonia Robotics Team.

*These meetings may be swapped as the robotics team may have a competition conflict.

Meeting Location

We meet at 7:30 a.m., Fridays at the Farmhouse Eatery & Gifts, 219 North Kingston St. Caledonia. You can call them at 725-8581.

 President’s column

Fellow Rotarians,

The Rotary theme for April is “Maternal & Child Health”. This follows last month’s “Water & Sanitation” theme nicely because good health for mothers and children is nearly impossible without clean water and proper sanitation.

There are other important components to good health that come quickly to my mind:  peaceful communities, stable family units, proper nutrition, and access to proper medical care to name a few.

Most Rotarians have been blessed in most, if not all, of these areas already. I appreciate the fact that through Rotary we have a wonderful avenue whereby we are able to assist others less fortunate to share in these blessings as well.

As always, I am pleased to be serving others with all of you.

Bruce Bulman, Club President

Quarterly club dues are payable

Rotary dues for the April, May, and June quarter are payable.

Please submit your check for $105 to our treasurer Sherry Sime.  The club’s mailing address is at the top of the newsletter or hand your check to Sherry at this meeting.

 

Rotary golf outing is May 24

The La Crosse Area Rotary Clubs’ Annual Golf Outing has been moved to May.

Plan on Wednesday, May 24, at Cedar Creek Onalaska, benefitting Rotary Works Foundation.  $85 per person includes 18 ho9les of golf, cart, and dinner.  Dinner only is $30.

Shotgun start is 12:30 p.m. with cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

Quillin’s Cookout dates set for Rotary, Interact

We have two dates set for cookouts at Quillin’s this summer.

Rotary’s cookout will be Friday, June 16.  Interact Club will have its cookout on Friday,  July 14.  Rotarians have provided strong support to our Interact youth to help them raise money.  These dates are interchangeable for the convenience of our youth group.

For a few hours of work, we make plenty of money.  Rotarians will also be asked to help at the Interact-sponsored cookout.

Signups are coming in the future.

 2016-2017 Chairs for Programs, Greeters, Invocations

Here is the roster of Rotarians who have made the commitment to select programs, serve as a greeter or offer invocation for  our Rotary year.

Theme                                   Programs                 Invocation                Greeter

Apr     Maternal & Child Health      Steve I/Mike              Ann                            Manon

May    Youth Service                       Mary                           Mary                           Tom M.

June* Rotary Fellowships              Steve R.                     Naomi                        Tom D.

*Denotes a month with five meetings.  Please plan on having one meeting day devoted to Club Assembly

-Thanks for serving Rotary!-

 

Avenues of Service Committee Memberships

At our quarterly Club Assembly  in March,  we updated committee composition and chairpersons again for the Rotary Avenues of Service will meet.  If you missed the last meeting, let the chair know you want to be a part of the committee.

Vocational

Gina Meinertz, chair;  Mary Jane Hendel, Ben Barton, Steve Ingvalson   Naomi Fruechte, Joe Welch,  and Dianne Schuldt.

Club

Tom Murphy, chair;  Bruce Bulman, Merrill Deters, John Pongratz, Beth Stempinski, and Steve Reiman.

Community

Arien O’Heron chair; Tom Danielson, Joe Hammell,  Manon Hoschei, Ann Thompson,  Matt Schuldt, Jimmy Westland, Eric Wurm Sibyl Floyd and Ashley Dress.

International

George Frisch, chair, Sherry Sime, and Mike Werner.

New Generations (Interact Club)

Nancy Runningen, chair; Mary Mell, and Julie Meyer.

2017 District Conference Returns to La Crosse

Please make plans to attend the annual Rotary District 6250 Conference in La Crosse.  It will be held Friday-Sunday, May 12-14 at the Radisson Hotel.

This is the best chance local Rotarians have to learn about Rotary’s efforts from a regional, national, and international perspective.

Pick and choose events that interest you from the program

Except for the meals, everything is free.

Rotary Outreach

Caledonia Rotarians have more opportunities to network with other Rotarians at their weekly meetings in the La Crosse area.

One of the club’s goals is to attend weekly Rotary meetings at the eight other Rotary clubs in the La Crosse area.  Here are the updatedtime, date, and location of each of the clubs’ weekly meeting:

Monday, Noon,                   La Crosse Rotary  East, Piggy’s Restaurant

Monday, 6 p.m.,                    Onalaska Rotary, Blue Moon

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.             La Crosse After Hours, Downtown Radisson,  2nd and 4th

Tuesdays; Social Hour at 5 p.m., Meeting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 7 a.m.,            Holmen Area Rotary, Village Hall

Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.,       Valley View Rotary, Famous Dave’s

Wednesday, Noon              Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary, La Crosse Country Club

Meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, Noon,                  La Crosse Downtown, Radisson Center

Friday, 7 a.m.,                     *La Crescent Rotary, Corky’s.  Check the website!

 

The Lions’ Trivia Contest is on!

Rotarians are being recruited to form teams to compete in the fourth annual Caledonia Lions Trivia Contest on Saturday, April 22, at the Four Seasons Community Center.

Rotary has had the champion team every year.

The teams are shortened this year to six members.  Why can’t Rotarians form two teams?

 Neighbors Day volunteers are needed

Fellow Rotarian Arien O’Heron is organizing her plans for  this year’s Neighbors Day.  It is Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to Noon.

The principal duties are cleaning windows and raking.  You’ll be working with our Interact youth.

Contact Arien at a regular meeting.  Signups requested at the next two meetings.

Club Assembly

 March 17, 2017

Committee Reports

Community Service

Discussed Neighbors’ Day, gazebo, raffle (Mike Werner and Matt Schuldt, chr), and Founders Day activities.

Club Service

Golf Outing on May 24; need sign ups for Cabin Fever social; Need to determine whether or not to hold Brewfest in 2017.

Youth Service/Interact

Nancy Runingen was only member present.

Vocational Service

Naomi Fruechte was only member present.

Nancy and Naomi talked about our scholarship program.  Things to consider for next year:  does the school have a scholarship committee and if so, would that be a better way to select our recipients?  Naomi will talk to Nicole Ott.  If we make the selection, would it be better to have the readers meet to discuss their selections?  One or two references?

International Service

Continue a pledge the Polio Plus—how much?

We are not involved in any particular project now.

 

_____________________________________________

The Wheel

Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Caledonia                           March,  2017

P.O. Box 413, Caledonia, MN  55921                                  

2016-17 Rotary Officers

President:  Bruce Bulman; President-elect:  Tom Danielson;  Secretary, Naomi Fruechte; Treasurer, Sherry Sime

March  Programs:

March   programs are courtesy of Beth Stempinski.  Please thank her for her efforts on this important part of our club meetings.

March 3:                    Randy Mell.   Randy’s talk will localize Rotary’s March theme of “Water and Sanitation”.   Randy will speak on city water, provide information on how to test your well water for people living in the country, and water conservation.

March 10:                  Club Assembly.  Plan on participating in your committee meeting on this date.  Committee membership is shown elsewhere in this newsletter.

March 17:                  To Be Announced.

 March 24:                 Pat Stephens.   Pat is the chair of Rotary Lights.  Plan on attending this meeting to hear all that Rotary Lights accomplished this year.  Pat founded and has led the event for 23 years.  His love for Rotary and the La Crosse will become very evident.  Certain agencies will be given checks for volunteering at Rotary Lights.  Learn what they do in their communities.

March 31:                  Geoff and Stephanie Mell.   We’ll tour the Mells’ new business location on West Main Street. The Mells are graduates of Caledonia MS/HS and Loras College.  Geoff earned his degree  from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.  Meet at the Farmhouse for breakfast and then we’ll reassemble at the Mells’ office.

 

Meeting Location

We meet at 7:30 a.m., Fridays at the Farmhouse Eatery & Gifts, 219 North Kingston St. Caledonia. You can call them at 725-8581.

 President’s column

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Rotary’s theme for March is “Water & Sanitation”. These are vital things we as Americans frequently take for granted. But for many of our fellow human beings on planet Earth, proper water sources and decent sanitation are not a reality.

As most of you are aware, Rotary has been and continues to be doing a lot to solve these challenging problems.

Our club has recently helped folks in Tanzania develop clean water wells in two communities and we assisted with financing sanitation projects in Cameroon. If it were not for the efforts of all of you and many other Rotarians these and many other worthwhile endeavors would not have come to fruition.

So, I encourage you to always remember that your membership and active participation is making a difference here in Caledonia and around the world.

Thanking you for your service,

Bruce Bulman, Club President

 

Quarterly club dues are payable

Rotary dues for the January, February, and March quarter are payable.

Please submit your check for $105 to our treasurer Sherry Sime.  The club’s mailing address is at the top of the newsletter or hand your check to Sherry at this meeting.

 

Cabin Fever social is Friday, March 24

Our late winter social called “Cabin Fever” will be held on Friday, March 24, from 5:30-7:30 at MaCalGrove.

A signup sheet will be started soon with accompanying details.  Rotarians and spouse or companion are asked to pay $12 per person for hors de oeuvres.

Quillin’s Cookout dates set for Rotary, Interact

We have two dates set for cookouts at Quillin’s this summer.

Rotary’s cookout will be Friday, June 16.  Interact Club will have its cookout on Friday,  July 14.  Rotarians have provided strong support to our Interact youth to help them raise money.

For a few hours of work, we make plenty of money.  Rotarians will also be asked to help at the Interact-sponsored cookout.   Signups are coming in the future.

 2016-2017 Chairs for Programs, Greeters, Invocations

Here is the roster of Rotarians who have made the commitment to select programs, serve as a greeter or offer invocation for  our Rotary year.

Theme                                   Programs                 Invocation                Greeter

Mar*    Water and Sanitation           Beth                            Steve R.                     Merrill

Apr     Maternal & Child Health      Steve I/Mike              Ann                            Manon

May    Youth Service                       Mary                           Mary                           Tom M.

June* Rotary Fellowships              Steve R.                     Naomi                        Tom D.

*Denotes a month with five meetings.  Please plan on having one meeting day devoted to Club Assembly

-Thanks for serving Rotary!-

Avenues of Service Committee Memberships

At our quarterly Club Assembly  in March,  we updated committee composition and chairpersons again for the Rotary Avenues of Service will meet.  If you missed the last meeting, let the chair know you want to be a part of the committee.

Vocational

Gina Meinertz, chair;  Mary Jane Hendel, Ben Barton, Steve Ingvalson   Naomi Fruechte, Joe Welch,  and Dianne Schuldt.

Club

Tom Murphy, chair;  Bruce Bulman, Merrill Deters, John Pongratz, Beth Stempinski, and Steve Reiman.

Community

Arien O’Heron chair; Tom Danielson, Joe Hammell,  Manon Hoschei, Ann Thompson,  Matt Schuldt, Jimmy Westland, Eric Wurm Sibyl Floyd and Ashley Dress.

International

George Frisch, chair, Sherry Sime, and Mike Werner.

New Generations (Interact Club)

Nancy Runningen, chair; Mary Mell, Julie Meyer,  and Dan McGonigle

 

2017 District Conference Returns to La Crosse

Please make plans to attend the annual Rotary District 6250 Conference in La Crosse.  It will be held Friday-Sunday, May 12-14 at the Radisson Hotel.

This is the best chance local Rotarians have to learn about Rotary’s efforts from a regional, national, and international perspective.

Pick and choose events that interest you from the program

Except for the meals, everything is free.

Rotary Outreach

Caledonia Rotarians have more opportunities to network with other Rotarians at their weekly meetings in the La Crosse area.

One of the club’s goals is to attend weekly Rotary meetings at the eight other Rotary clubs in the La Crosse area.  Here are the updatedtime, date, and location of each of the clubs’ weekly meeting:

Monday, Noon,                   La Crosse Rotary  East, Piggy’s Restaurant

Monday, 6 p.m.,                    Onalaska Rotary, Blue Moon

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.             La Crosse After Hours, Downtown Radisson,  2nd and 4th

Tuesdays; Social Hour at 5 p.m., Meeting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 7 a.m.,            Holmen Area Rotary, Village Hall

Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.,       Valley View Rotary, Famous Dave’s

Wednesday, Noon              Onalaska Hilltoppers Rotary, La Crosse Country Club

Meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, Noon,                  La Crosse Downtown, Radisson Center

Friday, 7 a.m.,                     La Crescent Rotary, Corky’s

 

The Lions’ Trivia Contest is on!

Rotarians are being recruited to form teams to compete in the fourth annual Caledonia Lions Trivia Contest on Saturday, April 22, at the Four Seasons Community Center.

Rotary has had the champion team every year.  More details will follow.

Help plan Neighbors Day

Arien O’Heron would like two people to help her plan this year’s Neighbors Day.  It is Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to Noon.

Your three person committee will recruit additional help and plan.  Your new ideas for 2017 are welcome!

Contact Arien at a regular meeting.

Caledonia Rotary Club Board Meeting

February 24, 2017

Attendance:  Bruce Bulman, Tom Murphy, Tom Danielson, Arien O’Heron, Nancy Runningen, Naomi Fruechte.

Meeting called to order by Bruce Bulman, 8:35 a.m., at the Farmhouse Eatery.

Tom Danielson moved to approve the secretary’s report as emailed.  Seconded by Tom Murphy.  Carried.

Tom Danielson moved to approve the treasurer’s report as presented on paper.  Seconded by Tom Murphy.  Carried.

Music in the Park:  Mike Werner emailed a report that our evening for Music in the Park would be July 11 when the Busta Band will be performing.  Since so many groups wanted to serve food, he would help with food preparation and serving.  Because we felt we needed more information and clarification of the intent, the following motion was made by Nancy Runningen and seconded by Tom Danielson:  The Board recommends to the membership to host July11 Music in the Park and hold a raffle if the membership agrees.  Motion carried.

Community Service committee:  Neighbors’ Day will be held in cooperation with Neighbors in Action on April 22.  They should look at any gazebo maintenance that may be needed.

Interact Club:  They have been discussing IFeed, Moontoons, and RYLA.  Motion by Naomi, seconded by Arien to fund 1 or 2 youth to attend RYLA in 2017.  Carried.

Cabin Fever event on March 24 at MaCalGrove.

Bruce provided the board with information about Rotary Foundation Points.  Our club has 6499.17 points at this time.  Information will be brought to the membership.

Adjourned at 9:24 a.m.

Naomi Fruechte

Secretary

 

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