2017 District Conference
May 12-13, 2017
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, Wisconsin


2017 District Conference


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Welcome to District Conference 2017! 

Rotary International President John Germ has encouraged us this year to be "Rotary Serving Humanity".  As I visited the 63 clubs in District 6250, I have seen evidence in every club where we are living up to this, both locally and internationally.  Even more powerful, we are working together with our friends as we make meaningful differences in the lives of others. 

I encourage you to celebrate Rotary friendship and Rotary progress with your fellow Rotarians in La Crosse.  At District Conference 2017 we will learn about some of the outstanding projects happening as a result of the efforts of our District's clubs and assistance from The Rotary Foundation.  We will have opportunity to learn more about specific Rotary roles and programs at District Assembly and at workshops.  We will hear from several young people whose lives have been changed forever by Rotary Youth programs.  We will hear inspiring messages about service and philanthropy from Rotarian and non Rotarian keynote speakers.  Probably most important of all, we will meet and talk with Rotarians from all around our District, taking home new ideas to improve our clubs.  

Join me in La Crosse to renew old friendships and make new ones in Rotary.  

       

 
 
Dean McHugh

District Governor 2016-2017
 
 
 

Welcome to District Conference 2017! 

Dear fellow Rotarians and friends,
 
Judy and I welcome you to this 2016-17 District Conference. This is a great opportunity for you to come together for fellowship and inspiration. Each district conference grants us the unique opportunity to come together to share ideas, make plans, and prepare for the future of Rotary.
 
Now is a critical and historical time for our organization—a tipping point, if you will. Not only must we increase membership, we must have a cultural shift; one that truly embraces the concepts of membership attraction and engagement, instead of terms like recruitment and retention. We need more caring hearts, willing hands, new ideas, and integrity to strengthen our clubs. There is a potential Rotarian in anyone who cares about their community and strives to make the world a better place.
There is plenty of work to be done this year. Now is the time to capitalize on our successes and catapult Rotary towards becoming an even greater force of good in the world. We must continue to make significant progress in the fight against polio. In the last few years, we have reached significant milestones and the disease is now endemic in only two countries. But we’re not done yet, which is why I ask that you and your fellow Rotarians continue to put polio front and center, until the work is done and we have fulfilled our promise of a polio-free world.
 
I hope this is a motivating and productive district conference and wish you all the best.  Our founder Paul Harris once said, “The power of combined effort has no limitations.” Together, we will continue to provide extraordinary service to communities around the world and add another successful year to the legacy of Rotary Serving Humanity.
Sincerely,

John F. Germ

President, Rotary International 2016-17

 
 

Schedule & Program
 

FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
           

Friday, May 12, 2017

10:00 am - 8:00 pm Registration Open - House of Friendship Setup
 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm District Business Meeting - Election of District positions, Youth Awards
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch - Deli Buffet
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Break
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm District Assembly - (North Hall)
District Assembly provides sessions designed for club officers and others interested in learning more about club administration, leadership and the bigger picture of Rotary.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Grant Management Seminar-Refresher Course 1-3 and Full Course 1-4:30 (this is a change as of 4/27/17)
 
3:15 pm - 5:00 pm Presidents Reception (Current Club Presidents and Invited Guests Only)
Meet at the La Crosse Queen at 3:15 for a departure time of 3:30.  The La Crosse Queen Port is located at the North end of Riverside Park, a short 4 minute walk from the Radisson/La Crosse Center complex.  We will embark on a beautiful spring cruise on the Mississippi River while enjoying refreshments, hors de oeuvres AND Rotary Fellowship!
 
Cash bar available providing Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Soda and Water.  (2 Free Drink Tickets per guest provided)

 
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Reception/Rotary Fellowship
Join Rotary Friends at the Zielke Suite beginning at 5:00 to kick off our celebration!
 
6:45 pm - 8:40 pm Rotary Welcome by Dean McHugh, District Governor
Welcome to La Crosse by Tim Kabat, Mayor
Opening Comments by Chris Etienne, Rotary International President's Representative

Banquet
Enjoy an Asparagus Stuffend Chicken Breast with Gathered Greens, Craisins, Bleu Cheese, Red Onions, Walnuts, Pears and Poppy Seed Dressing.
 
Speaker John McHugh
John is the Director of Corporate Communications, Leadership Development, and Training for Kwik Trip, Inc., based in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  

A Life of Service: Regardless of our occupation or state in life, all of us have the power to make a positive difference in the lives of others. A life of service is not only good for our world but it also leads to greater personal happiness. John’s examples and stories about service are ones you won’t forget.

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8:45 pm - 12:00 pm
Late Night La Crosse
La Crosse has a vibrant downtown scene to please All! 




Join your fellow Rotarians at the venue that fits your interests.

 
*Hosted evening of Refreshments, Music and Fun. Pub Captains will escort you to Local Establishments.    ~Friday night choices are~   
THE OLD CROW-Spacious, easygoing hangout doling out hearty pub fare, plus various craft beers & bourbons.
DUBLIN SQUARE- Thee Irish Pub of La Crosse! Irish beers, specialty entrees & pub grub, plus patio seating & TVs.
EARLS GROCERY & SALOON-A "clubhouse atmosphere" where the refreshments are plenty and the company is entertaining. The oldest bar in La Crosse also feartures Giant Jenga in the back room!
WINE GUYZ- Relaxed spot for wine & craft beers serving cheese plates & other bites in a warm setting.

~AND~
THE PEARL ICE CREAM PARLOR- (Until 10pm) Nostalgic 1930s-style shop selling ice cream, sodas, malts & milkshakes, plus handmade candies.

Or choose a *45 Minute to One Hour Walking tour of the city with La Crosse’s own famed Kelly Krieg-Sigman.   Learn about the seedy underbelly of our quaint little river town. Visit the red light district. Meet the madam of the Bull Pen. Hear about the visit from Public Enemy Number One. Stories of prostitutes, murderers, gangsters and other nasty folks will entertain as well as educate! 

 
 
 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast
Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the Raddison Hotel Ballroom.  You will have your choice of scrambled eggs, assorted muffins and pastries plus assorted juices, milk, coffee or tea.
 
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Plenary 1 - Spotlight:  Friendship Exchange
A great way to travel. Explore another country while you stay with and are guided by host country Rotarians. This session will include an explanation of the program, brief presentations by past participants, and upcoming trip opportunities.
 
9:45 am - 10:30 am
Plenary 2 - Philanthrophy - Don Weber
Don is Chairman and Founder of Logistics Health Incorporated, a military medical readiness firm based in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Giving - Time, Talent or Treasure:  A person can serve others by giving of their time, of their expertise, or of their money...or a combination of the three.  Don will discuss why each of these is admirable in its own way and why it is important that we give back in whatever way we can.  

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10:30 am - 10:45 am
Break - House of Friendship - Silent Auction
 
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Workshop Session 1
  • ESRAG
  • Successful Fundraising
  • Innovative and Alternative Membership Types and Meetings
  • Rotary 101/Rotary Club Central/RI Website 
  • Our Rotary Foundation 101
11:30 am - 11:45 am
Break - House of Friendship - Silent Auction
 
11:45 pm - 1:15 pm
Lunch
Enjoy a lunch of Italien Meat Lasagna with a Caesar Salad.


Speaker on Youth Programs - Barbara Nieviadonski
Barbara is a past outbound exchange student from Brazil to Germany

Exchange - A year in the life.  In an interesting and innovative narrative, Barbara tells the story of her exchange, an account of all the events that have taken place since her departure from Curitiba, Brazil up to the finish. Technology allows her to have a conversation with her own self that is still present abroad. This journey takes us inside what it feels like to be an exchange student in real time.

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1:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Break - House of Friendship - Silent Auction
 
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Workshop Session 2
  • Ethics 
  • Disrict Resources
  • Innovative and Alternative Membership Types and Meetings
  • Rotary 101/Rotary Club Central/RI Website
  • Leaving Your Rotary Legacy
     
 
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Break - House of Friendship - Silent Auction
 
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Plenary 3 - Spotlight: Youth Programs  

This session will include several brief presentations from young people whose lives have been changed and shaped by different Rotary programs and projects.
 
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Plenary 4 - Spotlight:  Our Clubs

This session will include fast paced presentation from several clubs within our District. See how the power of The Rotary Foundation helped these clubs make a profound difference locally and internationally.
 
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Break - House of Friendship - Silent Auction
 
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Plenary 5 - Polio Eradication - Randy Sproule, Polio Plus Chair
Randy is Polio Plus Chair for District 6250 and a long time advocate for our efforts to eradicate Polio.

Polio - Why then?  Why now?  Despite being absent from the United States for decades, polio was still a major killer and crippler of the world's children in the mid 1980's.  Rotary International took on the challenge to rid the world of this horrible disease.  Despite tremendous successes over 30 years, it is important we not falter in the final mile of this journey.

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5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Reception/Rotary Fellowship
Join old and new Rotary Friends at the Zielke Suite beginning at 5:00 for a cash bar.  Greet Youth Exchange Students and learn fun facts about thier experience!
 
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Banquet
The evening's menu provides options for all palates
  • Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Natural Juices, Creamy Horseradish with Yukon Mashed Potatoes and Green Topped Carrots
  • Vegetarian Option - Ravioli Stuffed with Spinach, Marinated Portobello, Herb Butter Sauce

RI President's Representative - Chris Etienne - What's next in Rotary? Six Areas of Focus. 
Chris is a Past District Governor and serves as the personal representative of RI President John Germ for our District Conference.

Rotary serving humanity and Giving the gift of Rotary.  I am looking forward to sharing Rotary stories on how we serve humanity and do good in the world.  When we think about Our Rotary and how to maximize our impact, let’s reach out and touch someone. 

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8:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Youth Exhange Introductions

Outbound Youth Exchange, Introduced by Doug Richmond
Inbound Youth Exchange, Introduced by Bill Pritchard

 
8:15 pm - 9:30 pm
District Awards and Acknowledgements - Passing of the Gavel - Memorial

 
9:30 pm - 12:00 am
Late Night LaCrosse



Join your fellow Rotarians at the venue that fits your interests.

*Hosted evening of Refreshments, Music and Fun. Pub Captains will escort you to Local Establishments.    ~Saturday night picks are~   
BODEGA BREW PUB - Quirky watering hole dispensing artisan beers on tap & elevated pub classics in a relaxed hangout.
STAR LIGHT LOUNGE - Second-floor lounge offering classic cocktails & live jazz in a comfy space with retro '60s decor.
STEINHAUS - La Crosse's Only GERMAN pub and grill!!15 tap beers.... no boring domestics!! No rail! Serving  Good Spirits in a Great Atmosphere with live music and a Beer Garden.
4 SISTERS 4TH STREET BAR - Hip, Modern and New… Choose from a selection of tap and bottled beer as well as a full liquor offering.  32 Wines on tap self serve, fun!

~AND~

THE PEARL ICE CREAM PARLOR- (Until 10pm) Nostalgic 1930s-style shop selling ice cream, sodas, malts & milkshakes, plus handmade candies.

Or choose a *45 Minute to One Hour Walking tour of the city with La Crosse’s own famed Kelly Krieg-Sigman.   Learn about the seedy underbelly of our quaint little river town. Visit the red light district. Meet the madam of the Bull Pen. Hear about the visit from Public Enemy Number One. Stories of prostitutes, murderers, gangsters and other nasty folks will entertain as well as educate! 
 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

7:30 am - 9:30 am
Hot Breakfast (Zielke Suite) Stop by for an optional breakfast in the Zielke Suite with sliced melon, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and assorted pastries, fruit, coffee, tea, milk and juices. A final opportunity to visit with Rotary Friends before you head out of town. No planned program.
 

 

Registration & Fees


This year there is no registration fee!  

Advanced registration is required - Attendees must select the meals/programs they wish to attend.  
Meal registrations must be completed by May 1, 2017 to be assured of being served.

Friday
 
  • ​Friday Lunch - $27
  • Friday Dinner -$39

Saturday
  • Saturday Breakfast - $23
  • Saturday Lunch - $27
  • Saturday Dinner - $44

Sunday 
  • Sunday Breakfast - $16
Cancellation Policy - Any Meal refunds must be requested by May 1, 2017.  No Refunds will be given after this date.



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