Greg LeMond Article Peter Congdon 2019-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eileen Krenz on Sep 28, 2018
Its that time of year again, an opportunity to share the gift of Roses in our Community.  
The Rotary Club of La Crescent is selling roses again this year as a fundraiser for support of our programs.   Roses are on sale now, and will be delivered on Wednesday, Oct 24.  We will be purchasing the flows from Bauer's Market again this year, and the bouquets are getting an extra special touch.
Roses are $20 per dozen.   Orders need to be in to Eileen by Friday, Oct 12.   Please see Eileen with any questions! 
The public can order roses by emailing
Everything is Coming up Roses Eileen Krenz 2018-09-28 05:00:00Z 0 Fundraising
Posted by Bob Spencer on Sep 19, 2018
The Story of our Rotary Sign in La Crescent.
When District Governor Bill Hoel came and visited our club in August, he shared the Rotary goal of sharing our story, and increasing our visibility in our community.  President Darren Winkers took it to heart and looked for opportunity.   He noticed many communities had signs announcing Rotary's presence in the community.   He asked the question, why don't we have that?
To dig into that, conversations were had with many long standing members of our club.  "We used to have them", was a common message.   Secretary Eileen Krenz uncovered that we still had the signs in storage, but that the City Council and State Highway department had made it clear years ago that it wouldn't be allowed.   "For some time," Krenz explained, "We would go out and put up the signs near the entrance to the city on the highway.   Some time later, Highway Department Staff would remove the signs and return them".    After further research, we discovered that many of placement locations required the approval of 4 agencies and their rules: City Council, MN State Highway Department, Minnesota Scenic Byways Commission,  Federal Highway Administration.     La Crescent is a unique community to be home to 3 Scenic Byways.  That also brings its challenges, as Scenic Byways have strict sign regulations.
President Winkers would not take no for an answer, and looked for more options.   One area he found a clear exception on with all rules for those agencies was that private property was exempt.  After reaching out to some property owners and friends of Rotary, our community now again has 2 Rotary signs visible to our community.   One on the Wieser Brother's property along the Pike to La Crosse, and one on the Amlaw-Swift family property on Elm Street near the heart of town.   While these may not be permanent homes for the signs, it gets them back into our community so we can share our Rotary Pride.  This couldn't have been done without the fortitude of President Winkers by continuing to reach for the goal and sharing Rotary with the world. 
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Looking for Signs Bob Spencer 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0 Community
Posted by Bob Spencer on Aug 28, 2018
Please Welcome Hyunguen Cho, 
From:  South Korea (Gyeonggi-do, about 100 miles outside of Seoul)
Hyunguen, pronounced “HUNG-GEN” is a Rotary Exchange Student currently living with Steve and Monica Holman. Hyungeun has studied English for the past 5 years, after school (2 hours daily) with his Korean Uncle.  His written comprehension is much better than verbal, but he is progressing quickly. 
Hyunguen has a 19 year old brother. His father is an optometrist and his mother is a housewife. Hyungeun enjoys performing magic and also likes basketball and ping pong.   He loves Mountain Dew and Nerds candy.  In our conversations, I have found him quite polite and calm.
Hyungeun will be speaking to our club on September 14.  We look forward to learning more about him.
International Youth
Welcome Hyungeun Cho from Korea Bob Spencer 2018-08-28 05:00:00Z 0 International,Youth
Posted by David Ebner on Aug 14, 2018
On Tuesday, August 14, the 9 La Crosse area Rotary Clubs gathered together to celebrate the past year, and to raise funds for the Rotary Works Foundation.  This annual event is coordinated by a planning committee of members from all clubs, and is chaired by the Assistant Governor, La Crescent's own Dave Ebner.  Awards are handed out in Rotary's 5 Avenue's of Service: Club Service, Community Service, Youth Service, International Service, Vocational Service.
The La Crescent Club had two of it's own recognized.  Bob Spencer was named La Crescent's Rotarian of the Year, and Leo Chaput recieved a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Read more below to learn more about these two amazing Rotarians.
Avenues of Service Dinner David Ebner 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Spencer
Come and be a part of our Community's Future!!

The La Crescent PTO, in Partnership with the Rotary Club of La Crescent and La Crescent-Hokah School District is organizing a community build of our new Elementary School Playground. This playground has been in develpment for more than 3 years, and we are very excited to see this project come to life.


Equipment Arrival (May need help unloading 1 or 2 semi trucks) - on or about July 18 (TBA)
Friday July 27 - 7am - until done: Unwrapping (saran or shrink wrapped) parts, palettes, and poles (Near playground build site)
Saturday July 28 - 7am - until done:  Hole Digging, Assembly of playground, cement work.
Sunday July 29 - 7am - until done:  Wood chips and final touches.
Come be a part of this fun event, and help us build our community together.
For more information and to sign up to Volunteer, click here!
Playground - Community Build Day Bob Spencer 2018-07-13 05:00:00Z 0 Community
Posted by Bob Spencer on Jul 07, 2018
The Rotary Club of La Crescent is coordinating volunteers to staff the parking lot of Country Boom in West Salem on Saturday, July 14th.
This is a great opportunity to spend some time in fellowship with some fun people, and volunteering for your community.  You may get to hear some awesome live music too!
We are committed to provide the staffing, so reach out to friends and family to join you.  Shifts are broken down to 2 hour sections, so please sign up if you can help for a little bit, or all day long!  The club will receive proceeds for its volunteering  efforts, which will go towards our youth programs!
Volunteering Opportunity!! Bob Spencer 2018-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Spencer
If you will be working directly with YOUTH on behalf of our club you will need to have completed a background check, please do so by completing the following steps:
1. Go to and complete the volunteer application .  The link to the application is on the home page of the website, under FORMS.
2. Contact Judy Steinhauer and give her your social security number & DOB.    This information is needed to complete the background check and is not included in the application for security purposes.  Judy will be the only person outside the company to see this information.  She may be contacted at:
500 Viking Road
Mount Horeb, WI 53572
C: 608-807-7363
H: 608-437-4424
 3. When you contact your references, please let then know that they will be receiving an email request to complete a reference online.  This request will come from Central States Rotary and will arrive within a day or two of you completing your application.  Some individuals will provide you with their work email address as their contact information and some worksites will block the email from Central States or it will go into a junk mail file.  Also email addresses ending in .net can be problematic.  I will receive a notice if 2 email requests for references have been sent and there has been not response.  At that time, I will send a personal email to the individual to determine what might be causing the delay.
4. On a monthly basis your Rotary Club will be billed for the background checks completed by club members.
5. Once approved, you will be notified.  Also, as your annual due date approaches, you will be sent a notice that it is time for you to renew, if you are interested in continuing to work with Rotary Youth.
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Background Check Information Bob Spencer 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0 Youth
Posted by Bob Spencer on May 29, 2018
Rotary Youth Exchange has been a part of the Rotary Club of La Crescent since its founding in 1983.   Throughout the years, La Crescent Rotarians and community members have opened up their homes and their lives to many students who want to share in the experience of living in the United States.

This fall, La Crescent Rotary is welcoming its 31st Youth Exchange Student, and it's first from Korea.   Hyungeun will be arriving this August to spend a year living and going to school in La Crescent.  Hosted by 3 caring families of volunteers, this young man will be experiencing the life living in our small town, and sharing his culture with our community.
International Youth
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LaCresent Rotary to Welcome 31st International Student Bob Spencer 2018-05-29 05:00:00Z 0 International,Youth
Posted by Bob Spencer on May 22, 2018
ClubRunner, the platform we are now using for our Rotary Club Website and Newsletter, has many useful components.  If you haven't already, logging into the website is the first step in any future use.   A Video on how to Login can be found at   

Recently, you may have received an email asking to update your personal info on ClubRunner.   This information is ONLY available to Fellow La Crescent Rotarians and District Officers who login.  I encourage you to update your profile to help us keep our records accurate.    A video on updating your profile can be found at:
Third, I highly recommend you download the ClubRunner Mobile App.  This app is a great resource to have lots of information at your fingertips.  Quickly Access contact information of your fellow Rotarians, Details and meeting places of other clubs in the district, Club and District Event Calendars, and More!  Check out more information at
Finally, ClubRunner has a lot of good resources published on how to do things within the system.  For further insight into the system and what you can do, visit the Members Guide. The ClubRunner's member guide has many written instructions that help get you started.  The member's guide articles also sometimes contain videos to walk you through the process as well.  The Member guide can be found at
If you have any questions or want more followup, you can always reach out to ClubRunner support at, or contact your club webmaster: Bob Spencer
ClubRunner Members Training
Using Clubrunner, Tips and Tricks Bob Spencer 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Members,Training
Posted by David Ebner on May 21, 2018
Every year the nine area Rotary Clubs gather for a celebration of club projects and honor members that have lived the Service Above Self motto.  Clubs will also honor their Rotarians of the Year.  This year our Avenues of Service Banquet will be Tuesday, August 14 at the Lunda Center at WTC.  The celebration will begin at 5:30 with a social.  This is a fundraiser for our Rotary Works Foundation.  We hope you will save the date.  It is a great night of fellowship and celebration.  More information will come closer to the date.
We are now looking for nominations.  Please click on the forms below for more information.  
Foundation Local
Avenues Of Service Nominations David Ebner 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Local
Posted by Eileen Krenz

Come gather with the La Crescent community for a Family Friendly Block Party!
Saturday, June 26, 2018  3pm-10pm

Click Here To Sign up to help out!!!

Family Activities include: 
Jigsaw Puzzle Competition
Cornhole Tournament
Dunk Tank
Food & Beverages

No Admission Fee:  (Donations to the La Crescent Chamber are appreciated!)

Live Music
     3:30 - Kaleb Harris
     5:00 - Apple Annies
     7:00 - Last Call

Community Local Partnerships
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Main Street Block Party Eileen Krenz 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0 Community,Local,Partnerships
Posted by Bob Spencer on Apr 08, 2018
The 2018 District Conference is special.    Wisconsin's 3 districts are hosting the second triennial TriCon,  a statewide conference to celebrate Rotary.  From May 4-6, Rotarians from throughout Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Southeast Minnesota will gather in Wisconsin Dells for Fun, Fellowship and Learning.  Register now to ensure your participation in the great Plenary speakers at mealtime.   Learn more and register now at
District Partnerships
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TriCon Registration - Final Call Bob Spencer 2018-04-08 05:00:00Z 0 District,Partnerships
Posted by Bob Spencer on Jan 28, 2018
The two local service clubs in La Crescent - the La Crescent Lions and the Rotary Club of La Crescent - team up to recognize volunteers from the community who are "Super Stars".  Join friends and neighbors as we honor individuals in our community who make a difference in the lives of others.
Community Lions Partnerships SuperEvent
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La Crescent SuperEvent Bob Spencer 2018-01-28 06:00:00Z 0 Community,Lions,Partnerships,SuperEvent
Posted by Lynn Reynolds on Jul 01, 2017
Lynn Reynolds has one major goal for his year as President of the Rotary Club of La Crescent, MN: Increase giving to the Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.  Becoming a Paul Harris fellow is a recognition for contributions to the Rotary Foundation.   Lynn was inspired at his President Elect Training to increase his giving by a matching offer by District Governors.  Rather than $1000 for a PHF recognition, $500 could be donated on the spot, or pledged over the next year, and they would match the donation.   
Lynn has offered this matching to all the members of La Crescent Rotary, and over $15,000 has been donated by our club this year.   The matching offer remains through the end of this Rotary year, and our club is looking toward becoming the First club in District 6250 to be recognized as a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club.  If you haven't yet become a Paul Harris Fellow, reach out to Lynn Reynolds, or Club Foundation Chair, Bob Spencer, for more information on how to give.
Foundation Giving
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Rotary Foundation - Matching Points Lynn Reynolds 2017-07-01 05:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Giving
Posted by Stephen Mau on Jan 08, 2016

The La Crescent Rotary Club hopes an evening of musical performance will make the school experience for a handful of students that much better.

Rotarian Steve Mau, along with La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School special education teacher Jesse Stoikes and student Addison Tarrence, spoke to the La Crescent-Hokah School Board Oct. 21 about an event the Rotary is organizing to raise money for equipment that will help Addison and others at the school.

Because of a partnership the Rotary has formed with the school this year to raise money for special needs students, the civic group is hosting the La Crescent Rotary Music Spectacular at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the high school fine arts center. The event will feature local talent from La Crescent, with the Holmen Midwest Express and Midwest Majestic show choirs headlining the evening.

Proceeds from the show will be split 70-30, with the larger portion given to the special education department to purchase what’s known as a HOPSA dress and other needed equipment, and the rest going back to the Rotary Club to support its various projects. Tickets are $10, and Mau said the minimum goal is to bring in $4,000 which, after expenses, would leave $2,550 in profit.

The idea is to use that money to purchase the HOPSA dress, a device used primarily to help children, unable to stand on their own due to weak lower extremities, remain upright without the need to use their hands to steady themselves.

Addison, a third-grader who was at the meeting representing the dozen or so students who could physically benefit from the device, addressed the board. She’s already used the device, as the school has been able to periodically borrow Holmen’s to get a feel for what the possibilities are.

“I have Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA,” Addison read from a prepared letter. “SMA makes it hard for me to walk, run, jump and get up. It makes my legs weak.”

Because of Addison’s desire to have a HOPSA dress at the school all the time, but knowing the nearly $1,000 dress isn’t considered a necessity, Stoikes approached the Rotary Club for help. He said the most important thing for his student population is freedom and the ability to make their own choices.

Stoikes shared a story from one of the first times Addison used the dress. He asked her to play catch with a ball, which she agreed to. The first time he threw it, Addison’s natural reaction was to use her hands to balance herself – not make the catch. That happened a few times, but finally, Addison trusted the device to hold her. She caught the ball.

“The look on this little girl’s face was, ‘I can do it,’” said Stoikes, who was visibly emotional.

But the dress isn’t just for students with physical needs. He said those with autism, ADHD and other sensory needs could benefit from it; even non-special education students have tried it. It’s also portable and can be attached to a swing set on the playground because it’s connected by a climber’s hook.

But the plan isn’t to stop once the HOPSA dress is purchased. Mau has been working with elementary school staff to look at other accommodations that could benefit special needs students on the playground. Right now, the swings and other play equipment are surrounded by rubber chips – not easy material to navigate a wheelchair through.

“I noticed (Addison) didn’t want to go outside, so I asked, “Why aren’t you going outside? The weather is beautiful.’” Stoikes said. “Her response was, ‘What would I do?’ You got me there. Unless you’re on the blacktop, if you’re in a wheelchair, it’s hard to get anywhere.”

The hope is to eventually purchase a “giant oval” both students with disabilities and able-bodied students can climb aboard to spin and bounce on. Money is also needed for mats for chairs to roll on to access the equipment. It’s unlikely the January event will raise enough to purchase the outdoor equipment, but Mau said the Rotary can consider other avenues to raise money for that.

Stoikes said the HOPSA dress for Addison is a gateway to social interaction with her classmates, which is a way the general population also benefits from the device. It’s a good week when she gets to use the dress.

“You can sense a change in the air in the classroom when it’s there,” he said. “All the kids want to do it and all the kids know it’s coming.”

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Special Needs in our Schools Stephen Mau 2016-01-08 06:00:00Z 0 Partnerships
Posted by Bob Spencer on Sep 16, 2015

La Crescent visitors will notice something new as they drive into town.  After six and a half years of planning and work, the city has a welcome sign.

Rotary Club Treasurer Bill Ohm says the sign is the result of a lot of work, from a lot of people.  Conversations about the sign began during Applefest in 2009.  It's only fitting that you can see the sign now, just before Applefest 2015 begins.

La Crescent Rotary members, the Chamber of Commerce, City Council and business leaders all had something to do with making the sign a reality.  Now, the Lion's Club is going to provide landscaping around the sign located along Highway 61.  Ohm says another group is responsible for the sign that let's you know you're in town.  He says residents stepped up immediately, donating money to make the La Crescent sign possible.

La Crescent's Community Sign Bob Spencer 2015-09-16 05:00:00Z 0 Community
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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