Rotary is...

A service organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, conducting humanitarian projects, encouraging high ethical standards and working toward world understanding and peace.


Our History

The Rotary Club of La Crosse founded the Rotary Foundation in 1982 to provide a separate agency to award grants for local and international activities which fall under the criteria established.

In 2008, the foundation became a regional foundation and changed its name. Rotary Works Foundation is made up of the nine Rotary Clubs in the area - La Crosse Downtown, La Crosse East, La Crosse After Hours, Valley View,  Onalaska Hilltopper, Holmen, Caledonia and La Crescent and is governed by a board made up of members from each of the clubs.


The efforts of the Rotary Works Foundation are supported in large part by the nine Rotary clubs and individual members of those clubs.

Because of the large scope of many of the activities, the Foundation enthusiastically welcomes contributions and memorial gifts from people who share its commitment to improving the quality of life in the La Crosse area and the world.


Originator of the Rotary Works Foundation, La Crosse Downtown meets Thursdays at noon @ Cargill Room at the Waterfront
Coordinators of the Ugly Sweater 5k, La Crosse After Hours meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays  each month at 6pm @ the Main
Founders of Rotary Lights and Lobsterfest, La Crosse East meets Mondays @ Noon at Schmidty's Bar & Restaurant
Partying at Brewfest, Caledonia Rotary meets at 7:30am @ Elsie's on the first two Fridays of the month.
Biking through the Bluffs with the Apple Blossom Tour, La Crescent Rotary meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 7am @ Corky's Pizza
Rocking fundraisers with Moon Tunes, Valley View Rotary meets Wednesdays at 7:30am @ RW Hauser Family YMCA
Hosts of Great River Sound, Onalaska Hilltopper meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at noon @ The La Crosse Country Club
Home of the Service Auction and establishing clean water throughout Central and South America, Holmen meets Wednesdays at 7am @ the Holmen Community Center
Representing all area interact clubs, including those at Onalaska, Logan, Central, Aquinas, Holment, West Salem and Caledonia High Schools

Note: Meeting dates and times are subject to change, please visit the club's site for specific details


What is the purpose of our Rotary Works Foundation?

To carry out Rotary's mission of service to our community.


How does our Rotary Works Foundation do this?

Through the awarding of grants, and though the support of special projects.


How can Rotary Works Foundation funds be requested?  

By filling out a Rotary Works Foundation Grant Application Form.


What are the criteria for making grants? 

 Organizations or entities must be charitable in nature, and the Foundation Board evaluates the information provided on the Grant Application Form.  Special emphasis is given to projects related to education and youth, and to local projects.


What are some of the projects that have been beneficiaries of Rotary Works Foundation grants in the past year?  

Safe Families Reunion, Lancer Manufacturing, Onalaska and Holmen Thanksgiving Dinner, La Crescent Band - Florida Band Trip Scholarships, Renew the Block – Pollinator Gardens, New Facility Renovation - WAFER, Sister Thea Bowman Center Celebration Week, New Swings Project - Northside Elementary, First Light, Veterans Park Pollinator Rain Gardens Design and Planting


What are some Rotary projects that the Rotary Works Foundation supports?

Kids Coulee, The Brain Game Book, Rotary Lights in the Park, World Community Service project in Romania, Organ Donor Awareness and Myrick Hixon EcoPark.


Where do Rotary Works Foundation funds come from?

Generous area Rotary clubs and members who continue to pledge and donate to our Foundation.


Who administers our Rotary Works Foundation?

Eighteen members of the area Rotary Clubs who are voted on by the general membership of the area clubs govern the Foundation.


2022-23 RI President Jennifer Jones speaks at the closing general session of the Rotary International Convention. 08 June 2022, Houston, Texas, USA.